From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news
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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] MS or PhD Positions: NonConsumptive Effects of Invasive
Graduate Research Assistantships - MS and PhD Department of Fisheries and
Wildlife // Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program Michigan
Subject: Community Ecology, Invasion Biology, Non-consumptive predator
effects, Marine Ecology, Ecological Theory and Modeling
We seek a PhD or MS student to join a research effort to examine
non-consumptive predator effects (also called trait-mediated effects) of the
invasive spiny water flea (Bythotrephes) on the zooplankton community, and
food web in general, in Lake Michigan. We have found that predator induced
changes in zooplankton vertical migration contributes strongly to the net
effect of the predator on specific prey. We are now extending this work
looking at other behavioral responses of different zooplankton, and
community and ecosystem level effects. This research has addresses basic
food web ecology, and an applied problem of an invasive predator. It has
applications to community ecology, invasion biology, and lake and ocean
While particular graduate projects are flexible within the scope of the
overall project, the positions will include field and laboratory work. The
PhD position is expected to include a theory/modeling component (either
included or main focus).
This position is being re-advertised and on a very short time frame. We are
hoping that a graduate student could join the lab this coming field season.
Stipends are competitive based on qualifications, and health and tuition
waiver benefits are included.
Applications will be considered as they are received.
Please email inquires with "assistantship" in the subject line to
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(1) cover letter describing general and specific research
interests/experiences, brief statement of professional goals (e.g., plans
after finishing the graduate training), potential start dates, and whether
applying for MS or PhD position.
(2) cv/resume. Include GPA and GRE scores, and list of three references.
(3) Transcripts, or list of relevant courses (including math/physical