Two graduate research assistantships (Ph.D. or M.S.) in aquatic ecology/limnology are available in Alan Wilson’s lab at Auburn University (http://www.wilsonlab.com). Current lab research projects take advantage of our large field station that includes hundreds of ponds and nearby reservoirs where we answer basic and applied questions associated with understanding the ecological, evolutionary, and limnological mechanisms controlling the structure and function of freshwater plankton communities with an emphasis on harmful algal blooms. We are also developing projects to understand the ecology of drinking water reservoirs. My students are welcome to participate on existing projects but are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects in addition to applying for external grants and fellowships.
Ideal candidates will be hard-working, honest, motivated, team-oriented, and excited about studying freshwater communities using lab and field-based approaches. Prior coursework in ecology and statistics, a strong interest in mentoring undergraduates and participating in outreach, and relevant research experiences (including analytical skills, such GC-MS, HPLC, ELISA) are desirable.
Interested students are encouraged to email Alan Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) describing why the lab is a good fit for you by 1 November 2016 for full consideration. In addition, please include your resume, GRE scores, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references.