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MS or PhD Assistantship

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MS or PhD Assistantship in Global Change Ecology in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio
Principal Investigator:
Matthew Troia (University of Texas at San Antonio) Collaborators: Xingli Giam (University of Tennessee - Knoxville)
Start date: May 2023
Description: The successful applicant will participate in an NSF-funded study based at UT-San Antonio and in collaboration with Dr. Xingli Giam of the University of Tennessee. The project will include field, lab, and computational components aimed at understanding elevational range limits of fishes in the southern Appalachian Mountains and forecasting shifts in these range limits under scenarios of climate change. The successful applicant will develop a thesis/dissertation based on one or more of these objectives. Funding is available for travel and research costs, a living stipend ($21,600/year), full tuition reimbursement, and health insurance.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, or related field, and minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). PhD applicants should hold a Master’s degree or 2+ years of relevant experience beyond the Bachelor’s degree. The successful candidate must have strong written and verbal communication, ability to work independently and as part of a research team. Experience with Program R and fish husbandry are preferred.

Apply: Please submit an application packet as a single PDF-formatted document containing: (1) one- page letter of interest, (2) CV or resume, (3) unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts, and (4) contact information for three professional references. Email application packet to Matthew Troia ( using the following naming convention: NSF_APPLICANTNAME.pdf. Applicants from groups underrepresented in STEM are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

About UTSA: UTSA is a large urban university located on the scenic north side of San Antonio, Texas. The Department of Integrative Biology offers a PhD degree in Environmental Science & Engineering.

EO/AA Statement: As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. The University is committed to the Affirmative Action. Program in compliance with all government requirements to ensure nondiscrimination. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The UTSA campus is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Questions? Please send questions about the position to Matthew Troia (