Graduate student Position in Marine Fisheries Ecology at The University of Texas at Austin

Subject: Graduate student Position in Marine Fisheries Ecology at The University of Texas at Austin


A graduate research assistantship is available in the Coastal Fisheries Research Program ( and Brad Erisman’s lab at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute ( The position is open to students seeking either an M.S. or a Ph.D degree. The position is scheduled to begin in August 2019 in coordination with the Fall 2019 semester at UT Austin with the option of starting earlier in the summer.

We seek applicants that are interested in the fields of fisheries ecology and the reproductive biology, behavioral ecology, life history, population dynamics, management, and/or conservation of marine fishes. The student’s research topic is flexible within these fields but is expected to align with existing and pending research projects that explore spatio-temporal interactions between fishes, fisheries, and climate in the Gulf of Mexico ( Students will have opportunities to receive training and experience in a wide range of areas including fish bioacoustics and acoustic monitoring, fisheries independent sampling, boating and diving, and fisheries/climate modeling. In addition to research and training associated with their thesis, the student will be expected to be actively involved in and provide support to all active projects in the lab.

Applicants should be highly motivated, have a strong academic background, show evidence of independent work in the field and/or lab, and demonstrate a capacity to contribute to a diverse collaborative research environment. Prior training and experience in operating small boats, collecting and processing fish samples, research diving, and/or conducting fieldwork offshore are preferred but not required. Strong quantitative skills and proficiency with R or other statistical software are also valuable.

For more information, please email a statement of interest/background and a copy of your CV to Brad Erisman ( Please note that students are highly encouraged to submit their formal applications to the UT Graduate School by December 1st and no later than December 10, 2018.

CFRP/Erisman Lab:

Recent publications by Brad Erisman:

Current Project on Fish Spawning Aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico:

UTMSI graduate program: