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Stream Ecology M.S. Assistantship Available - January 2021

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Macroinvertebrate communities in Gulf Coastal Plains Streams of Arkansas.

Dr. Hal Halvorson, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

Description: The Halvorson Aquatic Ecology laboratory at the University of Central Arkansas is recruiting interested and qualified applicants for a 2-year fully funded (12 months/yr) Graduate Research Assistantship to study macroinvertebrate assemblages across Gulf Coastal Plains streams in relation to land use in Arkansas. The overall objective of this project, funded by Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment, Division of Environmental Quality, is to collect physical, chemical, and biological data to establish a robust database toward establishing nutrient criteria for streams in the region.

Graduate Assistantship Position – M.S. Biology at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA): I am seeking applicants for a graduate position at the M.S. level to start in January 2021. UCA has a strong M.S. graduate program in Biology (~ 30 students), and there are opportunities for additional competitive funding through the university. Students will benefit from participating in this cross-discipline collaboration between faculty in the Biology Department and will join an existing team of students. For more information see the Halvorson Aquatic Ecology Lab website (

Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Environmental Science, or related fields. Minimum GPA of 3.0. The applicant must have the ability to work independently, enjoy long hours in beautiful Ouachita / Gulf Coastal plains streams, and work with a team. Strongest applicants will have prior research experience and/or macroinvertebrate identification experience. Experience with GIS analyses preferred, but not required.


To Apply: Send a C.V. or resume, cover letter, transcripts (unofficial is OK), and contact information for three references to Dr. Halvor Halvorson ( with the email subject line “RA Position (last name)”. Review of applications will begin October 10, 2020 until the position is filled.