MS Fisheries Opportunity at University of Alaska

M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship Opportunity, University of Alaska Fairbanks

This project will explore the role of climate and other factors on life history expression and survival in sockeye salmon on Kodiak Island, Alaska.  

Applications are sought for a M.S. position to work on a collaborative project with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) under the supervision of Dr. Peter Westley (https://www.sfos.uaf.edu/directory/faculty/westley/) in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).

Responsibilities — The successful applicant will conduct analyses of growth, size and age at seaward migration as smolts, survival, and relationships to climatic and other variables such as metrics of conspecific competition through the measurements of archived sockeye salmon scales. The student will work closely and interact with scientists and staff at ADF&G, local native communities, and NGOs.  As such, good communication and social skills are vital. Support to travel to Kodiak Island and Juneau to receive training on scale reading and measurements will be provided in the first year of the project.

Qualifications — B.S. in fisheries, ecology, or closely related field. Experience digitizing and ageing fishes from scales or otoliths is preferred. The ideal candidate will have interests in quantitative ecology, climate change, evolution, and have experience manipulating large datasets in Excel and using statistical packages such as R. Applicants will be assessed based on a combination of their stated interest in the position, prior experiences, and track record of academic performance (GPA and GRE scores).  I expect the successful applicant will have a GPA of > 3.2 and GRE scores > 60th percentiles in 2/3 of the categories of the General Exam.

Compensation— Stipend ($30,000/year), plus tuition waiver, and student health benefits for two years.

Closing date — Open until filled. Expected start date is Fall 2016.

To Apply — Send the following via email to Dr. Westley (pwestley@alaska.edu): 1) cover letter describing your personal interests in attending UAF and working on the project as described, your past work and academic experiences, and professional goals, 2) current resume or CV, 3) copies of unofficial transcripts, 4) copy of GRE scores from the General Exam, and 5) contact information for three references.

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