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MS Assistantship – Rocky Shiner Survey (OK)

Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
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Stillwater, OK
Job Description:

The Rocky Shiner (Notropis suttkusi) is a species of conservation concern and under consideration for listing as threatened or endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Recent surveys have documented occurrences of Rocky Shiner in the Ouachita Mountains, but other portions of its range have not been investigated for over a decade.

This study plans to investigate the occurrence of Rocky Shiner throughout its range in Oklahoma by conducting species distribution models to determine potential habitat followed by range-wide sampling to determine actual habitat use. This project will work closely with biologists from Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to survey for Rocky Shiner and associated fish communities. Start date is January 2025.

Oklahoma State University (OSU) is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which is within an hour of both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. OSU is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of ~25,000 students, and it is located on the ancestral lands of the Kickapoo, Osage, Kiowa, and Quapaw peoples. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the wildlife, forest, rangeland, and fishery resources of Oklahoma and beyond. The Department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.

  • BS degree in fisheries, ecology, or related field
  • GPA > 3.0, and competitive GRE scores

Work will include surveys of fishes and their habitats. The incumbent will work closely with state biologists and will supervise technicians to collect fisheries data. The successful applicant will be highly motivated, able to identify a broad array of fishes, work independentlyand in a group setting. Experience using geographic information systems (GIS) and familiarity with niche models is highly desirable.

Salary: $1,750/month, including resident and non-resident tuition waiver
How to Apply:

Send resume/CV, a letter stating interest and qualifications, unofficial transcripts, unofficial GRE scores, and three references to Jim Long, Unit Leader, Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (see contact info below). Applications are screened as they are received but should arrive by September 30, 2024 to receive full consideration. Questions and inquiries prior to applying are welcome.


Contact:  Dr. Jim Long

Address: US Geological Survey, Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 007 AGH, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078

Email: (preferred);

Phone: (405) 744-6342




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