Month: December 2017

Position Available: Forest Inventory and Monitoring Intern USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System (Feb 2018)

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking ONE Forest Inventory and Monitoring Assistant Intern to assist leaders in developing and implementing a Forest Inventory and Monitoring Program and collect forest inventory data on at least two National Wildlife Refuges in Region 5.  This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resources and/or habitat management on our public lands. The purpose of the internship is to perform a variety of biological technical duties in support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) field projects pertaining to forest ecosystem inventory and monitoring and habitat restoration. The internship will last 50 weeks. The starting and ending dates are flexible to some degree.
Start Date: February 1st, 2018 (negotiable)
End Date: (50 weeks from start date)

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree (or be pursuing a degree) in forestry, wildlife biology, ecology, botany, natural resource management, parks and recreation or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement. 

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC USFWS Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early, 
Location: USFWS, Northeast Regional Office, Hadley Massachusetts, with temporary field duty assignments on at least two Refuges in Region 5.

Project Website: For more information on the Hadley, MA USFWS Office, please visit:
For more information regarding ACE, please visit

Compensation: The ACE Intern will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $570/week paid out biweekly for food and incidental costs. For the periods requiring the intern to be away from their primary duty station, on site housing may be provided at no cost to the intern.

Position Description:

Percentage of Time: 40% – Forest Inventory and Monitoring Program Development 

Primarily assists Refuges Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning Terrestrial Ecosystem Team leaders in developing and implementing a Forest Inventory and Monitoring Program on Refuges.Duties will include providing technical assistance with the forest and wildlife habitat data collection, management and analysis. Assist with the development of inventory sampling design, spreadsheets and databases to facilitate survey efforts. Assist team leaders and Refuge staff in configuring forest inventory software to meet specific Refuge survey objectives.
Use knowledge of forest and wildlife habitat inventory techniques, spreadsheet and database programs, ArcGIS and statistical analysis to assess Refuge forest habitats.  Prepare and edit reports, survey protocols, training materials, standard operating procedures and other documents developed to assist Refuge biologists, foresters and technicians to implement the forest inventory and monitoring program. Participate on terrestrial ecosystem teams and assist team leaders by providing support for managing and coordinating teams. Support includes helping develop team agendas, taking and posting meeting and call notes, facilitating communication between team members and tracking actions.

Percentage of Time: 40% – Field Work
Collect forest inventory data on at least two National Wildlife Refuges. Duties will include assistance with the forest and wildlife habitat data collection, management and analysis. Assist with the development of inventory sampling design, spreadsheets and databases to facilitate survey efforts. Assist team leaders and Refuge staff in configuring forest inventory software to meet specific Refuge survey objectives. Use knowledge of forest and wildlife habitat inventory techniques, plant identification, spreadsheet and database programs, ArcGIS and statistical analysis to assist with the assessment of Refuge forest habitats.

Percentage of Time: 20% – Fire Management Assessment and Vegetation Classification
Assist with the development of a Fire Management Assessment and Vegetation Classification System for the FWS Northeast Region through research of and compilation of existing methods. Consider data collection needs prior to treatment, threshold for management action, after action data review processes and data needs.
· US Citizen or Permanent Resident;
· Between the age of 18 and 35;
· A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation;
· A personal vehicle is required for off-duty hours due to the remoteness of the refuge, according to hurricane protocol, and for personal time off;
· Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences;
· Able and willing to work alone and in a group;
· Able and willing to perform duties outdoors in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in sustained physical labor;
· Be in good physical shape (capable of carrying a 50 pound pack for up to 2 miles).
· Ability to operate independently and in remote areas;
· Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check;
· Able to complete agency computer, privacy, and records management training successfully;
· Have a positive, flexible attitude.

· Knowledge of the basic procedure and technical terminology used in the field of forestry, wildlife biology, plant ecology, invasive species management and the inventory and monitoring of natural resources.
· Ability to follow assigned protocols to perform tasks with many steps.
· Skills and abilities to resolve a full range of problems or situations when performing a variety of tasks in a field or office setting.
· Knowledge and skills in taking exact measurements, performing mathematics, some of which may be complicated, and keeping detailed and precise records to collect and assemble data.
· Experience and/or knowledge with Microsoft Excel and Access, GPS, GIS and data collection software and equipment.
· Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation.
· Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional.
· Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agencies.

Amphibian Research Technicians Needed

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative in the northeast will be hiring 3 student contractor field research technicians in 2018. Technicians will be hired for the spring & summer period (early March through July), with the possibility of extension for work during the fall field season (September through October). Technicians will conduct amphibian surveys primarily in protected areas in the Northeastern US, but primarily in MA, CT, ME and VT. The technicians will work as part of a team that surveys for amphibians within National Parks, Refuges, and Forests, including work in the mountains of Shenandoah National Park, Acadia National Park, and the Green Mountain National Forest.  Surveys will include wetland-associated amphibians as well as stream salamander and terrestrial salamander populations. Field work involves identifying, catching, measuring, and marking amphibians, as well as collecting water quality and environmental data. The students will be required to conduct field surveys using techniques including visual encounter surveys, dip netting, stream transect searches, temporary removal sampling, and conducting a mark-recapture study using visual implant elastomer. All fieldwork will be conducted as part of teams of 2-4 people, so a demonstrated ability and desire to work effectively with a group is imperative. 
The position requires completion of academic coursework related to wildlife biology. Previous field experience with amphibians common in the Northeast US is highly recommended. The position requires the use of GPS units, digital cameras, and computer software for data entry and presentation (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Access). Technicians may also be asked to mark amphibians with injectable florescent elastomer and take voucher specimens related to amphibian disease studies. All of the work is outdoors, sometimes under harsh or hot conditions or in rain/snow. 
The technicians needs to be in good physical condition, as the job requires long hours in the field (including some night-time surveys) and hiking with up to 25 pounds of equipment for extended periods of time on rocky, steep terrain. The technicians must be willing to go on overnight field trips to parks throughout the northeastern US, which will typically last 4-12 days at a time. Accommodations for overnight field work will be provided.
Technicians must be able to work at least 40 hours per week. Technicians are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from Patuxent.  Government vehicles will be provided for all field work initiated from Patuxent. Housing costs are not included. Every attempt will be made to assist technicians in finding affordable housing in the area. Approximate wages are $14-15/hour; overtime pay is not provided. 
Only applicants who are current or recent students (graduated within 12 months of the position’s end date) are eligible for these positions. 
Principal Duty Station: 
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center 
SO Conte Anadromous Fish Research Lab
1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls, MA 01376
To apply, send the following to Jill Fleming at the above address or via email (; preferred) by January 12th, 2018: 
1) Letter of intent (please specify the time period in which you will be able to commit to this position) 
2) Resume, including previous field experience, list of relevant course-work, contact information, and two or three reference contacts 
3) One piece of evidence of current or recent (within past 12 months) enrollment in degree-seeking program (e.g., unofficial transcript, enrollment verification, a current registration card).  Candidates who graduated prior to July 2017 are ineligible (*unless they have proof of acceptance into a graduate program beginning the following fall*). 
Evan H. Campbell Grant, PhD 
NE Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center 
Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory, 1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls MA 01376 

Funded MS position in fisheries biology – East Carolina University

A MS student position is available for a recently funded Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission project and provisionally funded NC Sea Grant project within the Department of Biology at East Carolina University beginning fall 2018. The successful candidate will be involved in ongoing studies to quantify river herring spawning populations in North Carolina watersheds using environmental DNA techniques. This student will have the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research with Drs. Erin Field, Michael Brewer, and Roger Rulifson by integrating molecular quantitative PCR methodology, field sample collection, laboratory eDNA shedding experiments, and the coordination of a citizen science network with regional K-12 and community colleges. Previous research experience in any of these areas is preferable. Prospective students must have a B.S. in biology, fisheries biology, marine science, fisheries management, or related field. The qualified candidate should be proficient in communication skills including scientific writing, oral presentations, and the ability to work well in a collaborative environment. Additional information can be found at

East Carolina University is the third largest campus in the University of NC system and has an active and well-supported group of faculty working largely in the areas of ecology and evolution. Currently, there are >70 MS students and >20 doctoral students enrolled in the Department of Biology graduate programs. Additional information about the department and graduate programs can be found at cas/biology/.

Interested students should send a CV, short statement of research interests, and contact information for two references to Dr. Erin Field ( Any questions can also be directed to this e-mail address. Review of applications will begin January 19, 2018.

Conservation Intern Openings with the Montana Conservation Corps

Montana Conservation Corps is still accepting Conservation Intern applications for Summer 2018!

Are you passionate about the environment, have a strong service ethic, and are looking to gain professional development in a conservation- related field this summer? Check out this amazing opportunity!


MCC’s Conservation Intern program provides opportunities for college students and recent graduates to gain professional experience in a conservation-related field.  Conservation Interns serve at partnering federal, state, and nonprofit agencies across the state of Montana and neighboring states.

Location: Varies based on host site placement (MT & neighboring states) Position Dates:
Summer Term: 5/16/18 – 8/17/18
Extended Term:  5/16/18 – 10/5/18
Living Allowance: $504 bi-weekly
AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of the program.

Each internship is focused to help develop the interns’ professional skill set while providing expertise and valuable contributions to the host site. Conservation Interns (CI) are placed individually with a partner organization and work under the direct supervision of the Host Site Supervisor while coordinating with the MCC Program Manager to ensure successful completion of the program objectives.  CIs serve on a variety of projects including GPS and GIS projects, river ranger patrols, wildlife inventory, data analysis, public outreach and education, trails projects, research, and invasive weeds management.
Current students or recent graduates in the fields of resource conservation, forestry, biology, or environmental studies are encouraged to apply.


Questions? Contact Mandy Hedstrom at or 406-587-4475.

NSF REU Healthy Streams Healthy Coasts

Please help us spread the word to undergraduate researchers!

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is currently taking applications for undergraduates to participate in a new National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates site located in Lafayette, LA.

We are seeking  highly motivated undergraduate students to participate in a life changing research experience. Students accepted to this competitive program will have the opportunity to spend 8 weeks (June 4- July 27, 2018) in the heart of Cajun Country in Lafayette, Louisiana, working with leading researchers in interdisciplinary fields related to coastal and watershed science. REU investigations will fundamentally expand our understanding of watershed and estuarine resources and processes in an urban- and agriculturally-influenced watershed. Southern Louisiana encompasses a rich network of watersheds connected to the Mississippi (the largest Delta in the US) and the Atchafalaya Basin (the largest swamp in the US). This region is one of rapid and ongoing change due to both climate and land use changes, and is the focal point for a multitude of efforts at local, state, regional, and federal levels directed towards ecosystem protection and restoration. Students involved in research in this REU program will experience a vibrant research community engaged in innovative, multidisciplinary research to address some of the most pressing watershed and coastal issues of present and future decades. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor and engage in hands-on research, field trips, and meet and greets with leading researchers in watershed science. Students will develop valuable skills conducting literature reviews, scientific integrity, scientific writing, innovation in research, data collection and analysis, and presentation of research findings to diverse audiences.  Students will gain the education, networking opportunities, and mentorship to prepare them for further academic pursuits in graduate school and future careers in science. For eight (8) amazing weeks during summer 2018, REU students will be housed on campus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
This campus is located in the heart of Cajun Culture, is a walkable distance from downtown shopping, nightlife, and some of the best restaurants in the country.

UL Lafayette is seeking diverse students from Universities nation-wide.
Students from underrepresented groups, first generation students, and students without undergraduate research opportunities at their home universities or colleges are highly encouraged to apply.

Selected students will receive monetary compensation, food allowances, travel support, research support, and on-campus housing.
Applications are open now through Feb 15, 2018.

Go to: for more information on the program and how to apply!

*This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1659853. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.*

Research technician position in plankton and larval fish ecology

Research Technician Position in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University

Position description and key responsibilities: The Asch Fisheries Oceanography Lab at East Carolina University (located in Greenville, NC; is seeking to hire a research technician for a full-time, temporary position.  Our lab is partnering with the Beaufort, North Carolina branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in order to expand the Beaufort Inlet Ichthyoplankton Sampling Program (BIISP).  BIISP has been collecting weekly ichthyoplankton samples at Beaufort Inlet during fall through spring months since the year 1987, making it the longest continuously operating ichthyoplankton time series on the east coast of the U.S.  The goal of this program is to measure estuarine ingress of larval fish species that spawn offshore but utilize estuarine habitats during the fish’s juvenile life history stage.  This time series has the potential to provide valuable information on how local fish communities are responding to climate variability and climate change.  The Asch Fisheries Oceanography lab is investigating this question by examining variations in the seasonal timing of larval fish ingress and changes in species composition as a function of a number of climatic and ecological variables.  We plan to expand upon the BIISP time series by lengthening the duration of the sampling season so that it is year round, collecting weekly mesozooplankton samples, and conducting YSI profiles of temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and fluorescence.

We seek a technician to assist our lab with this work.  The technician’s responsibilities will initially focus on analyzing the mesozooplankton samples using a ZooScan system (  A ZooScan consists of a flatbed scanner that is used to electronically scan size-fractionated zooplankton samples.  ZooProcess software is then used to semi-automatically identify species in the sample using a machine learning algorithm adapted to local ecological conditions.  The technician will be in charge of scanning samples, working with ZooProcess to train the machine learning algorithm, and verifying classification accuracy once the algorithm has been trained.

Beginning during spring 2018 and together with other members of the Asch lab, the technician will also be responsible for traveling to Beaufort once a week, collecting the enhanced BIISP samples, and recording and transcribing YSI water quality measurements.  Since larval fish are capable of avoiding capture by plankton nets during the day, all sampling will be conducted at night and will be timed to coincide with tidal fluctuations.  The technician will also be in charge of sorting and identifying larval and juvenile fishes in 2-4 ichthyoplankton samples collected each week that represent additional sampling beyond the standard BIISP routine.

Lastly, it is expected that this technician will take on some duties associated with lab management including training undergraduate and graduate students in lab protocols, helping to order lab supplies, assuring compliance with lab safety regulations, and maintaining the lab in clean and functioning order.  The successful technician will potentially be encouraged to take on additional roles associated with statistical analysis of data, preparation of manuscripts for publication, and the presentation of results at scientific conferences.

This will initially be a one-year position, with the potential for renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding.  There will be a two-month probationary period associated with this hire.

Minimum qualifications:
-B.S. degree in marine science, biology, ecology, oceanography, natural resource management, or similar fields.  Must have taken at least introductory coursework in marine ecology.
-Some experience working in an ecology lab and using a dissecting microscope.
-Ability to drive state owned vehicles, conduct ecological fieldwork in wet and occasionally uncomfortable conditions at night-time, and carry field equipment weighing up to ~30 lbs.
-Independent self-starter who is exciting to learn new skills and has the ability to problem shoot technical challenges.
-Occasionally travel overnight to receive technical training or attend scientific conferences.

Preferred qualifications:
-Masters of science degree in marine science, biology, ecology, oceanography, natural resource management, or similar fields.
-1-2 years of experience at the post-baccalaureate level working in a lab focused on conducting marine ecological research.
-Previous experience operating a ZooScan and collecting and processing ichthyoplankton and zooplankton samples in marine and estuarine environments.  Experience with identification of ichthyoplankton and zooplankton species, especially those found in the Southeast U.S.
-Experience analyzing data and writing computer programs with MATLAB or R.  Experience with multivariate ecological statistics.
-Written and published scientific manuscripts and presented scientific results at conferences.

Application instructions: Applications for this position are to be completed online, with full instructions available at the following URL:  Please contact Rebecca Asch ( regarding any questions that you may have about this posting.  The deadline for applications is on January 4, 2018.

PhD opportunities in coastal ecology at University of Virginia

The Castorani Lab at the University of Virginia is recruiting 1-2 PhD students to study the population and community ecology of coastal marine ecosystems. Students will be advised by Max Castorani ( and join UVA’s highly interdisciplinary Department of Environmental Sciences (
Potential systems for field studies include coastal lagoons, salt marshes, oyster reefs, and seagrass meadows in Virginia, kelp forests in southern California, and estuaries in northern California. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to highly collaborative long-term ecological research in the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER
( and Santa Barbara Coastal LTER (

Applicants should have strong interests in population dynamics, spatial ecology (e.g., dispersal, landscape ecology, metapopulations), or community ecology (e.g., biodiversity, species interactions, foundation species, invasive species), especially in the context of ecological disturbances. Ideal applicants will also have some or all of the following qualifications (or a strong desire to learn these skills): (1) Experience in experimental field ecology, ideally in coastal ecosystems; (2) Experience with data management or analysis, ideally in the R programming language; (3) Interest in the ecology of marine plants, algae, invertebrates, or fishes; (4) Experience with the collection or analysis of remotely-sensed imagery using unmanned aerial vehicles
(drones) or satellites. Although research in the Castorani Lab is primarily motivated by fundamental ecological questions, there are opportunities for applied research related to coastal habitat restoration (seagrass) and aquaculture (oysters and clams).

Field resources include access to boating, laboratory, and mesocosm facilities at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center ( located at the Virginia Coast Reserve, a highly dynamic coastal barrier landscape comprising tidal marshes, coastal bays, and barrier islands. There are also opportunities for scuba- based research in kelp forests located near Santa Barbara, California, as well as field work at Point Reyes National Seashore near San Francisco, California.

UVA has a highly interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (, offering training and conducting research in ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and atmospheric sciences. Graduate students accepted into the program are typically supported through a mixture of teaching assistantships and research assistantships that support full stipend, tuition, and health insurance.

Those interested should send (1) a CV with academic and professional experience (including GPA); (2) a brief description of their background, career goals, motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, research ideas, and why they are specifically interested in joining the Castorani Lab; and (3) contact information for 2-3 references to Max Castorani (

The application deadline is January 15, 2018 for enrollment in Fall 2018, however applicants should send an email expressing their interest as soon as possible.

Research internship opportunity in tropical ecology!

Research internship in tropical ecology for March and April 2018 (Room and board included)

Project description:
PhD student in Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh is currently taking applications for a field assistant in Santa Fé, Veraguas, Panama.  Epiphytes, or structurally dependent plants such as bromeliads and orchids, make up a third of tropical vascular plant diversity, but their community ecology is largely unknown.  In spring of 2017, we set up a large long-term experiment in epiphyte community development and will be resurveying the 30 permanent plots throughout March and April of 2018.  We also have set up a network of motion-sensor camera traps to monitor canopy animals.  All of the fieldwork will be done in the beautiful premontane tropical rainforest of the Santa Fé National Park, a high-biodiversity park in the Cordillera Central of north-central Panama (Veraguas Province).  The assistant will be a primary backup for the graduate student during tree-climbing to access the plants up in the canopy and also be involved with data collection and photo analysis. Every day we will hike out to the field site in remote mountainous terrain early in the morning and return before sunset. Assistant will be living with the graduate student and other field assistant(s) in the nearby town of Santa Fé. All transportation, room and board will be provided.

Skills gained/used in the internship:
Research assistant will gain a wide variety of valuable ecological field techniques as well as hands-on research experience:
-Single-rope climbing techniques used to access tropical tree canopies (up to 35m or 115′ high).
-Recognizing and identifying epiphytic plants (especially bromeliads, orchids, and ferns) -Measuring canopy openness with a spherical densiometer -Measuring heights in the canopy with a laser rangefinder -Approximating vegetation cover of nonvascular and vascular epiphytes -Taking high-quality photographs of plants -Using motion-sensor camera traps -Analyzing photos of rare tropical animals -Spanish language (if not previously fluent) -Collaborate on graduate-level ecology research partially funded by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Upon arrival in Panama, all transportation, room and board will be paid for. Opportunities for small concurrent projects in which assistant would be a co-author on resulting publications are available if the assistant is interested in independent research. Glowing letters of recommendation for the future will be provided upon successful completion of the internship.

Duration and travel details:
Assistant is expected to arrive in Panama City, Panama by March 1st, 2018.  The graduate student will meet the assistant in the airport and from there they will travel together to the field site, about a 7 hour bus ride.  The team will live and do work in Santa Fe until April 27th (two months), at which point they will travel again to the city to fly back home. Depending on the research progress, a weekend or two may be used for a day trip to other areas of Panama.

-Prior experience doing tropical field research -Prior international travel experience or prior experience in Latin America -Seriously considering pursuing a career in ecology or conservation biology -Excellent academic performance -Must be able to stay for the entire 2-month duration -Must hold a driver’s license -Fluency in English OR Spanish -Physically able to carry 20-50lb of equipment along 2 miles of muddy, hilly, terrain every day -Enthusiasm for living in rugged conditions for two months -Must not be afraid of heights, getting dirty or wet, or insect bites

Strongly preferred traits:
-Prior rope-assisted climbing experience -Proficiency in Spanish and English -Extended time periods spent in rugged, rural tropical areas -Tropical botany experience -Familiarity with epiphytes -Problem solving and practical hands-on skills -Can drive manual transmission vehicles

How to apply:
If this position interest you, please send your CV, a short cover letter, and an unofficial transcript including your GPA to  Applications are accepted from now until January 15th. Skype interviews (in English or Spanish) will be conducted in late January. Feel free to email me questions!

SERC summer REU internship program in Environmental Studies

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center’s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.
SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the field of environmental sciences.
How to Apply
Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of on-line registration, student copy of transcripts, personal essay, resume, and two letters of recommendation using the
Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA)  
Summer (May-August) deadline is February 1, 2018
For more information please visit our web site
The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Students from under-represented groups or institutions lacking research facilities or research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.
However, all other interested students are encouraged to apply.

M.S. and Ph.D. Opportunities, Gulf Coast Research Lab, The University of Southern Mississippi

M.S. and Ph.D. Positions: Marine Invertebrate Behavior, Ecophysiology, and Fisheries Gulf Coast Research Lab The University of Southern Mississippi Ocean Springs, MS

We seek highly motivated applicants to fill two graduate student positions in the laboratory of Dr.
Zachary Darnell at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS. Both positions will begin in August 2018. Students selected for these positions will pursue graduate degrees in the Division of Coastal Sciences and will be supported on research assistantships (details below). Both the M.S. and Ph.D. assistantship will include substantial flexibility in research topic, within the general realms of marine invertebrate behavior, ecophysiology, and fisheries.

Our current research focuses on environmental constraints on behavior, performance, and fitness of marine and estuarine invertebrates, and the strategies used by organisms to overcome these constraints. More specifically, this encompasses (1) plastic and adaptive behavioral and physiological responses to environmental change and environmental stress, (2) environmental effects on life histories, distributions, and population dynamics, and (3) anthropogenic impacts on organism-environment interactions. This research also has a strong applied focus, using ecophysiological approaches to address fisheries management and conservation questions. For more information on current research areas, visit

Details on each assistantship are below:
-M.S. Assistantship: The M.S. assistantship includes a stipend of $22,800 per year, increasing to
$23,400 per year following comprehensive exams. A tuition waiver is also included. Required qualifications include a minimum GPA of 3.5 on all undergraduate coursework and GRE scores exceeding the 50th percentile. Prior research experience is preferred.
-Ph.D. Assistantship: The Ph.D. assistantship includes a stipend of $23,400 per year, increasing to
$24,000 per year following comprehensive exams. A tuition waiver is also included. Required qualifications include a minimum GPA of 3.5 on all undergraduate or graduate (if entering with a M.S.) coursework and GRE scores exceeding the 50th percentile. Prior research experience is preferred.
Priority will be given to applicants with an M.S. degree, but exceptional applicants at the B.S. level will also be considered.

The Division of Coastal Sciences is a research and graduate education unit within the School of Ocean Science and Technology, offering programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. The Division is located at Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (Ocean Springs, MS), a marine laboratory featuring comprehensive basic and applied research programs in coastal and marine biological sciences. Research program support includes state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and instrumentation; a fleet of small and large research vessels, including the R/V Point Sur; the GCRL Museum collection; the Center for Fisheries Research and Development; NSF I/UCRC Science Center for Marine Fisheries, and aquaculture facilities including the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center.
Additional information on graduate programs in the Division of Coastal Sciences can be found here:

Interested students should contact Dr. Zachary Darnell ( Please include a copy of your CV (including GRE scores), unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applicants will begin immediately. For full consideration, submit all materials prior to January 2, 2018.