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PhD position: Fish ecology

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PhD position in Fish Ecology
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory

Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Research opportunities: The Aquatic Conservation and Ecology Lab ( is recruiting a PhD student to conduct basic and applied research in fish ecology. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help design their project to align with their research interests and those of the lab, with the potential opportunity to conduct fieldwork, carry out experiments, synthesize existing datasets, or work with museum collections. This position will be fully supported by a Graduate Teaching Assistantship unless outside research funding is acquired.

Location: The successful candidate will join a dynamic, interactive group of students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory ( within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (

Qualifications: M.S. degree in biology, ecology, fisheries, natural resources, or a closely related field is strongly preferred. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater (as required by the Graduate School). Successful applicants will be creative, motivated, and capable of working effectively both independently and in collaborative groups. We seek to maintain a productive, diverse, and collaborative lab group and especially
encourage students from under-represented groups to consider joining the lab.

Stipend: ~$2,625/month plus full tuition wavier and employer supported benefits.

Start date: Summer or Fall 2024

How to apply: If interested, please email Dr. Casey Pennock ( and include: 1) a letter of interest that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as your research interests and goals; 2) a curriculum vitae (or resume); 3) an unofficial copy of your transcript(s); 4) contact information for at least three professional references; and 5) GRE scores (if available, but not required), and if applicable, TOEFL/TSE scores. Please put “Pennock PhD Position” in the subject line. I will begin reviewing candidate applications immediately and ultimately will invite selected candidates to apply to the department. The department’s application deadline is November 15th, 2023.

Additional information: For additional information about application procedures and requirements, visit For more information about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory or the Pennock-Aquatic Conservation and Ecology Lab, please visit the websites above.