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PhD Assistantship in River/ Freshwater Mussel Ecology

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PhD Assistantship in River/ Freshwater Mussel Ecology

Project Background: Over the next several years, reintroduction of freshwater mussels into the lower Cuyahoga River is anticipated, focusing on the river within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To facilitate this work, an experienced graduate student is desired who will oversee the day-to-day components of introducing and monitoring not just the mussels, but also the stream conditions as a study in the efficacy of expanding reintroductions of Lampsilis siliquoidea to additional species. Critical research components include microhabitat characteristics and dispersal. The selected student will have ample opportunities to expand their dissertation work in their own direction, although the expectation is that research will relate to mussel habitat, behavior, physiology, toxicology or other related questions important to mussel survival, growth and/or reproduction. 

Qualifications: M.S. or undergraduate research experience in river ecology, biology, remote sensing/GIS, statistics, or other relevant discipline required. Strong oral and written communication skills are needed, as well as a record in seeing projects to completion. The successful applicant is expected to work both independently and collaboratively, mentor undergraduates in the group, and support a citizen science initiative within the project. The student will have ample opportunity to develop independent research related to overall project goals. Comfort in open water, kayak/canoe and a valid driver’s license is essential. 

Salary: Approximately $22,000-24,000 per year plus tuition waiver is anticipated to be covered by a combination of research and teaching. 

To Apply: 

Contact Dr. Bob Krebs, at with the subject header "Mussel conservation PhD " and send a cover letter and C.V. as an unofficial application. The position will remain open until filled.  Formal application for admission to Cleveland State is through the graduate school:

Project Team: 

Dr. Robert A. Krebs, Professor, CSU and members of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, the Army Corp of Engineers and various county metroparks.