Type of position: Graduate Student
Functional title: PhD student
Appointment Period: Beginning August, 2021
The Aquatic Entomology lab at Virginia Tech aims to understand how aquatic macroinvertebrates process and transfer material in streams and wetlands. Our research quantifies how macroinvertebrate communities and their functions change in response to human activities to inform whole-ecosystem anthropogenic alterations. Current research focuses on how watershed fragmentation, agriculture, urbanization, and mining legacies affect water quality and habitat that interact to alter macroinvertebrate community structure and their functions.
Students who are interested in the role of macroinvertebrates in freshwater function are encouraged to apply. Our research requires knowledge of aquatic ecology, experience with ecological field work, and a willingness to sometimes work under harsh environmental conditions.
If interested, please contact me, Sally Entrekin (firstname.lastname@example.org), with your CV, a one-page research statement describing your previous research experiences and interest, and the names and contacts of three references by the end of April, 2021. The Department of Entomology has a rolling deadline; therefore, applications to the graduate school can be submitted after discussing the position with me. If the student is accepted into the graduate program, there is the possibility for financial and tuition in the form of teaching or research assistantships. For details, please see: https://www.ento.vt.edu/academic-programs/graduate.html.