Multiple Ph.D. Student Position in Fisheries Ecology at The Ohio State University: The Ohio State University’s main Columbus campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. More than 58,000 students select from 15 colleges, 200 undergraduate majors, and 250 master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs attend.

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Please note that two PhD positions are available, both of which focus on the ecology of Lake Erie walleye.

Position 1: Ph.D. Student Position in Fisheries Ecology,  
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Drs. Elizabeth Marschall (https://ael.osu.edu/people/marschall.2) and Stuart Ludsin (http://www.ludsinlab.com/) have an opening for a Ph.D. student to begin during spring, summer, or fall 2016. The student would work on a project designed to better understand how human-driven ecosystem change (i.e., climate change, species invasions, eutrophication) influences walleye recruitment in Lake Erie.

Project description: Lake Erie’s walleye population has declined in recent decades, owing in large part to low survival during the egg and larval stage.  The mechanisms underlying this reduction remain unknown; however, several indicators suggest that the re-eutrophication of Lake Erie, the expansion of non-native benthic species, and continued climate change are altering the lower food web in a way that negatively impacts walleye reproduction.
While we have developed hypotheses to explain how these simultaneous human-driven stressors impact walleye recruitment, as well as some possible first steps for the project, we are seeking a motivated, creative student to work with us and Ohio DNR-Division of Wildlife biologists to identify the exact research questions to ask and approaches to be used. We envision a project with a blend of basic and applied research, which could incorporate field collections (made across the food web), laboratory and/or outdoor mesocosm/pond experiments, and (or) modeling.

Location:  Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of students, post-docs, and faculty at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (http://ael.osu.edu/) within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (http://eeob.osu.edu/).

Qualifications:  Successful applicants will be creative, motivated, and capable of working effectively both independently and in collaborative groups.  A master’s degree in biology, ecology, general aquatic sciences, or a related field is required; those with a bachelor’s degree and an exceptional track record of research or related work experience also are encouraged to apply.  Strong writing, quantitative, and people-management skills are essential.

Stipend: ~$2,342/month plus full tuition waiver and health benefits. Full Graduate Research Associates (GRA) support exists for the degree duration, with opportunities to teach (if so desired).

Start date: Spring, summer, or fall 2016.

How to apply: Application instructions can be found at http://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions.

The published deadline is December 1, but applications for this position can be submitted online until December 31, 2015.

You must apply through OSU’s online application site to be considered for this position.

Concomitant with your online application submission, please email to apps.AEL@gmail.com your:

1) statement of purpose and research interests that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as describes your research interests/goals;

2) your curriculum vitae (or resume) that also includes your GRE scores (raw and percentages) and (if applicable) TOEFL/TSE scores;

3) an unofficial copy of your transcripts; and

4) contact information for at least three professional references. (Sending these documents by email does not constitute official application.)

Please place “ODNR-DOW Walleye Project” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Contact information: For additional information, visit http://www.ael.osu.edu/ or contact Dr. Ludsin or Dr. Marschall at the above email addresses.

Position 2: Ph.D. Student Position in Fisheries Ecology, 
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL)
The Ohio State University (OSU)
Columbus, OH

Dr. Stuart Ludsin (http://www.ludsinlab.com/) has an opening for a Ph.D. student to begin during fall 2016. The student would work on a modeling project designed to better understand how climate and land-use change can affect walleye (Sander vitreus) habitat quality and distribution across Lake Erie.

Project description: Lake Erie is experiencing rapid ecosystem change. Owing to the combined effects of climate change and intensive agriculture in its watersheds, Lake Erie now is warmer, has a longer growing season, and receives more bioavailable nonpoint source phosphorus (NPS-P) relative to the past. These changes underlie Lake Erie’s recent re-eutrophication and likely are altering the quality of habitat available for walleye, Lake Erie’s top predator. With monetary support from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, this project will test multiple hypotheses concerning how human-driven change has affected walleye distributions and recruitment across the lake by altering the availability of quality habitat for larvae, juveniles, and adults. Linked watershed-hydrology, lake circulation, water quality, and walleye bioenergetics models will be combined with historical datasets to help Lake Erie agencies better understand the drivers of walleye recruitment and distributions, both past and present, and also assess what the future might hold for this species under expected climate and NPS-P control scenarios.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate would work with a team of ecosystem modelers, aquatic ecologists, and fishery biologists to 1) develop predictive relationships between lake habitat quality and walleye distributions (e.g., spatially explicit fishery-independent and fishery-dependent catch rates), and 2) use these predictive relationships and output from the linked physical and biological models to hindcast and forecast habitat quality and walleye distributions across Lake Erie under observed (1995-2015) and anticipated (2016-2046) climate and land-use management scenarios.

Location: The incumbent will join a dynamic, interactive group of students, post-docs, and faculty at the AEL (http://ael.osu.edu/) within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (http://eeob.osu.edu/).

Qualifications: Successful applicants will be creative, motivated, and capable of working effectively both independently and in collaborative groups. A master’s degree in biology, ecology, general aquatic sciences, or a related field is required; those with a bachelor’s degree and an exceptional track record of research or related work experience also are encouraged to apply. Strong writing and quantitative skills are essential. Modeling and programming skills would be beneficial.

Stipend: ~$2,342/month plus full tuition waiver and health benefits. Graduate Research Associates (GRA) support exists for the degree duration, with opportunities to teach (if desired).

Start date: Fall 2016.

How to apply: Application instructions can be found at http://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions. The published deadline is December 1, but applications for this position can be submitted online untilDecember 31, 2015. You must apply through OSU’s online application site to be considered for this position.

Concomitant with your online application submission, please email to apps.AEL@gmail.com<mailto:apps.AEL@gmail.com> your:

1) statement of purpose and research interests that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as describes your research interests/goals;

2) your curriculum vitae (or resume) that also includes your GRE scores (raw and percentages) and (if applicable) TOEFL/TSE scores;

3) an unofficial copy of your transcripts; and

4) contact information for at least three professional references. (Sending these documents by email does not constitute official application.)

Please place “GLFC Walleye Project” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Contact information: For additional information, visit http://www.ludsinlab.com/ or contact me at ludsin.1@osu.edu.

Stuart A. Ludsin
Associate Professor
Co-Director, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, 222 Research Center, 1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212
614-292-1613 Office / 614-795-7044 Mobile / 614-292-0181 Fax
ludsin.1@osu.edu email / http://ael.osu.edu/ & http://www.ludsinlab.com/ web

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