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PhD Graduate Assistantship in Freshwater Mussel Ecology

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and
Conservation Biology, University of Maine, Orono
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The Yellow Lampmussel (YLM), Lampsilis cariosa, is a medium-sized freshwater mussel occurring in freshwater rivers and lakes from Georgia, USA to Nova Scotia, Canada. The species is declining throughout its range and is a Northeast Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need. The overall goal of this project is to conduct research to inform and guide conservation and restoration planning for YLM by 1) Assessing landscape-scale threats and potential restoration sites for YLM across its range and 2) Assessing habitat for YLM and potential locations for YLM surveys and restoration. This is a highly collaborative project including state and federal partners. A key part of this position will be engaging with stakeholders, in addition to data collection and analyses.


M.S. or equivalent experience in ecology, biology, GIS, computer science, statistics, or other relevant discipline required. Experience with GIS and R, an interest in freshwater ecology, strong oral and written communication skills, and excellent record in seeing projects through from start to finish are highly desirable. Successful applicants will be expected to work both independently and collaboratively, mentor undergraduates in the group, develop independent research questions related to overall project goals, operate federal vehicles and boats, embrace environmental data science, and publish research results. We are committed to anti-racism and value diverse identities, experiences, and skills.


Questions? Please email with the subject header "Freshwater Mussels PhD Assistantship"

Approximately $26,000 per year for 4 years will be covered by the research project.
Tuition and a minimum of half of health insurance premiums will be covered. There may be an
additional opportunity for one or two semesters of Teaching Assistantship support.
How to Apply:

See For full consideration, please apply prior to January 15, 2023. Open until filled.

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