Job: M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship

Title M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship
Agency, Location AK Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Categories Student
Job # 10742
Salary $31,000 per year
End Date 9/19

M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in Salmon Riverscape Ecology

The successful applicant will be part of a multi-disciplinary team tasked with evaluation of factors influencing the spatial distribution of spawning fall-run chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) in the Chandalar River, Alaska. Locations of spawning aggregations collected via aerial surveys will be linked to maps of thermal variability (e.g., presence of groundwater upwellings) along the riverscape, as well as other continuous physical habitat measurements, to help develop a long-term monitoring plan for spawning and rearing habitat in the system. These results will allow resource managers to better understand the effects of ongoing climate change in the region. The incumbent will work closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other local, tribal, state, federal and university entities with interests in the project. As such, good communication skills are essential.


B.S. in fisheries biology, ecology, or closely related field. Experience conducting field research in remote locations and an interest in spatial analysis and other quantitative ecological methods are preferred. GPA of 3.2+ and GRE > 60th percentile (in at least two of three areas) are desired.


Send cover letter describing your professional interests and experience, CV, copies of unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Jeff Falke (email below)