PhD Position at UMich in Freshwater Fish Ecology and Conservation

PhD Student in Freshwater Fish Ecology and Conservation

The Alofs Lab of Applied Aquatic Ecology at the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is recruiting an exceptional PhD student with the motivation to improve our understanding of the effects of environmental change on freshwater fishes and how to manage and conserve aquatic ecosystems. We use a variety of approaches including analyzing monitoring data across regional scales, sampling along disturbance gradients, collecting trait data from natural history collections, and testing mechanisms in field and lab experiments. More details on the lab

This is a five year fully funded doctoral program in Resource Ecology Management to start in Fall 2019. Funding includes stipend, tuition/mandatory fees waiver, and benefits), plus benefits. More details about the program and current students can be found here:

Students should have a strong interest and background in ecology, evolution, conservation, limnology, fisheries, natural resource management, science communication and/or statistics and modelling.
Students who have completed an MSc and/or have authored a research publication are especially encouraged.  A Bachelor’s degree is required.

About SEAS, the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor:
The School for Environment and Sustainability is a collaborative and interdisciplinary school. Our mission includes contributing to the protection of environmental resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. We accomplish this by generating and sharing knowledge, contributing to policy and engaging managers and stakeholders. SEAS and U-M have a number of properties that are great places to do field research.
These include: University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) and E.S.
George Reserve. We have numerous local opportunities for collaboration and engagement through the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
(CIGLR) and the Institute for Fisheries Research (IFR) and with colleagues at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) and USGS Great Lakes Science Center. We also utilize the extensive freshwater fish collections at the U-M Museum of Zoology. The University of Michigan is a top-ranked public university with excellence in research and teaching. Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, is a town known for arts, culture, parks and restaurants.

How to Apply:
Applications are welcome and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. Details of applications to U-M SEAS graduate program can be found here:
The final deadline for PhD applications is December 14, 2018. Students must be accepted into the graduate program to join the lab.
If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in the Alofs Lab, before submitting the above online application, please send a cover letter (including background and specific research interests), CV, unofficial transcripts to Please include “PhD Position” in the subject line of your email. Review of this material will be ongoing.