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Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S.):

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Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S.): Assessment of Endangered fish populations in Texas Position 

The Montaña Aquatic Ecology Lab ( at the Department of  Biology at Stephen F. Austin State University is recruiting a Master’s student to begin in Spring 2022  or Summer 2022. The position is funded for 2.5 years, and will be based in the research group of Dr.  Montaña. Student will receive a stipend of $1,800/month and a tuition waver. 

Research Focus 

This project will study the ecology of two endangered shiners: the Sharpnose and Smalleye shiners, their habitat use, and habitat quality, and their associated fish assemblages. The goal of the research  project is to improve our understanding of the environmental factors (abiotic and biotic) affecting  these distributions and dynamics of these populations in the Brazos River, Texas. 

Desired Qualifications 

Individuals with research interests in aquatic ecology, functional ecology, fisheries, river ecology,  food-web ecology, and/or conservation ecology are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must  hold a Bachelor’s degree by the start date in ecology, wildlife and fisheries sciences, or related field.  Demonstrated experience in fish sampling and identification; and driving a boat/trailer is required.  The ability to conduct rigorous fieldwork under extreme conditions (e.g., heat, humidity) will be  necessary. Excellent communication and time-management skills, a strong work ethic and attention  to detail also are essential. The candidate must also have a valid driver’s license. 

About the Area/University 

SFA is located in Nacogdoches, Texas, with more than 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. The Department of Biology has ( math/biology) has a diverse faculty with strengths in ecology and evolutionary ecology, conservation  biology, botany, and cellular and molecular biology. Nacogdoches is a city with more than 33,000  residents. It recently was designated as the Top Small City in Texas according to Cities Journal.  


Review of applications will start Nov. 15th 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The candidate  is expected to begin either Spring or Summer 2022. 

Please send only one PDF file with a cover letter outlining your research interests and experiences,  GPA, GRE scores (if available), a CV, contact details of three references and an example of your  writing to Dr. Carmen Montaña (