|Title||M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship Available in Great River Fisheries|
|Agency, Location||Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign|
Potential thesis or dissertation topics include a wide variety ecology and management issues relevant to fish communities in the Upper Mississippi River, such as invasive species, long-term sport fish population and community dynamics, habitat restoration, and ancient sport fishes (e.g., gar). The successful candidate will have access to long-term data from
Students seeking a M.S. must have a B.S. fisheries ecology, aquatic ecology, or related field, and experience with sampling fishes in freshwater ecosystems. Students seeking a Ph.D. must have a M.S. degree in fisheries ecology, aquatic ecology, or related field, and experience with sampling fishes in freshwater ecosystems. Candidates with proven experience and skills in written and oral communication, quantitative analysis, and the ability to work in collaborative teams are preferred. Applicants must be self-motivated, demonstrate a passion for fisheries and ecological research, be physically capable of working long hours in demanding outdoor conditions, and be willing to assist with all aspects of monitoring and research work required by the agencies funding this assistantship.