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Graduate Positions in Aquatic Ecology

Graduate & Postdoc
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Hood Lab, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University

The Hood Lab is recruiting one or more MS or Ph.D. students interested in developing research focused broadly on how global change drivers (e.g., land use, nutrient loading, climate warming, etc.) influence organisms and the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. There is considerable flexibility in developing topics; however, I am particularly interested in several broad topics: (a) nutrient cycling and metabolism in rivers, (b) influence of agricultural land use practices on rivers, and (c) the influence of nutrient loading and climate change on plankton communities, particularly in Lake Erie. Interested candidates should review our website ( and contact Jim Hood for more information.

The ideal candidates will be highly motivated and honest with a strong background in ecology and freshwater science and an interest in ecosystem ecology. I seek to maintain a productive, diverse, and team-orientated lab group and especially encourage students from under-represented groups to consider joining the lab. A Master’s degree is preferred for Ph.D. students, but not required. Financial support is available through a combination of research assistantships, competitive fellowships, and teaching assistantships.

If interested, please email Jim Hood ( a single PDF containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for your three references. On 15 October, I will begin reviewing candidate applications and ultimately invite selected applicants to apply to the department. The department's application deadline is 1 December 2017.