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Fisheries Ecology M.S. Assistantship Available

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Fisheries Ecology M.S. Assistantship Available – starts January 2021
Population Assessment of Bigheaded Carps in the Sulphur River
PI: Dr. Scott F Collins, Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Description: The Collins Lab at Texas Tech University is recruiting interested and qualified applicants for 1-2 Graduate Research Assistantships to study the ecology of invasive fishes (2-years fully funded; 18k per year). Each graduate position is expected to start in January 2021. The objective of the funded project is to conduct a population assessment of invasive Bigheaded carps (Bighead carp, Silver carp) in the Sulphur River as it flows through Texas and Arkansas. Efforts will (1) help understand how invasive Bigheaded carps affect native aquatic food webs (e.g., plankton, fish communities), and (2) determine how to effectively manage Bigheaded carp populations.


Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Fisheries Science, Natural Resources Management, Biology, or related fields, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. A successful applicant must have the ability to work independently, be comfortable working on boats, and be able to work with a small and dedicated research team. Previous fisheries experience (e.g., setting nets, boat electrofishing) is preferred but not required. For more information about the project/position, please contact Dr. Collins directly (

To Apply: Send a C.V. or resume, transcripts (unofficial), cover letter, and contact information for three references to Dr. Scott Collins ( with the email subject line “MS Position” and your name. Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2020. Top applicant(s) will be interviewed and selected by Nov. 1st.