Prospective students ...
All new opportunities for joining the lab will be posted here.
We aim to recruit highly motivated, intelligent, and well-credentialed students who are interested in fish behavior, ecology, and conservation, and who are dedicated to careers either in the fundamental sciences or the application of scientific knowledge in human decision-making processes.
In January-February of each year we recruit 5-10 undergraduate students to work as paid technicians and/or interns during our summer field season. Please contact Dr. John Hume if you are interested in applying for one of these positions.
Current opportunities ...
We are currently recruiting motivated and productive graduate students for two projects:
M.S. student to study out-migration mortality in newly transformed sea lamprey, as they journey from natal streams to Lake Michigan. The project will entail collaboration with Federal scientists in Michigan and Washington, and will include the use of an innovative micro-transmitter for movement studies with small fishes. The position will be jointly supervised with Dr. Travis Brenden of the Quantitative Fisheries Center at MSU and will start May or June of 2019.
M.S or Ph.D. Student to study the behavioral ecology of the sea lamprey alarm cue, an odor generated from the damaged tissue of sea lamprey that alerts conspecifics when attacked by predators. The student will work closely with the laboratory of Dr. Muralee Nair (MSU Horticulture) who is working to discover the chemical compounds that constitute the cue. The position is open for immediate recruitment, with preferred matriculation by May 2019.
We are always looking for fellowship-worthy Ph. D. students interested in working on either (1) movement ecology of sea lamprey via acoustic telemetry, (2) selective fish passage design, and fish behavior in and near fish passage devices, or (3) mercury transfer in stream ecosystems, from migrating fishes into the lower levels of the food web. Fellowships are highly competitive and generally require a M.S. or M.A. degree, GPA > 3.7, and GRE scores in the top 10-15%. We are also very interested in historically-underrepresented groups for these positions. Please contact us if you believe you are qualified.