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Size-spectra in Stream Ecosystems - Linking Individuals, Communities, and Underrepresented Minorities

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Graduate Students (PhD)

This is a multi-year study of 'size-spectra' - size-based scaling relationships among fishes and benthic invertebrates - in temperate and tropical streams. I am currently recruiting undergraduates and a PhD student, all of whom will be students of color, to join my team.

PhD opportunity: I am seeking a PhD student of color join my lab and help lead this project. The PhD student will assist in collecting quantitative fish and invertebrate samples throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica, and will have abundant opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary research topics in freshwater ecology. This position has been funded through a NSF CAREER grant and will include five years of guaranteed financial support, including stipend ($24,000/yr) plus full tuition and fees. All travel expenses will also be covered to participate in each of the summer fieldwork trips and to attend a regional/national research conference each year.

Undergraduate opportunities: I am now recruiting undergraduate students of color who have an interest in freshwater ecology and research. Each participant must currently be a sophomore or junior; seniors will be ineligible, as they will not have time to complete an independent research project after the summer fieldwork trip. Training will begin in early 2017 (Spring semester) and will be conducted via a series of online meetings. In late July 2017 (tentative dates: 24 July-8 August), each participant will join me in Richmond, VA to begin an 2-week fieldwork trip, beginning with a high-gradient stream on the Blue Ridge (Front Royal, VA) then moving down to a low-gradient, sandy-bottom stream in central Alabama. At each site, we will conduct comprehensive surveys of physicochemical habitat, fish assemblage structure and biomass, and benthic invertebrates. The following academic year (2017-2018), each participant will complete an independent research project using data from the summer sampling trip, with myself and a faculty mentor at the home institution serving as co-advisors. Results from the independent research project will then be presented at the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) meeting in summer 2018. All travel expenses will be paid; no personal costs will be incurred by the students. This will include round-trip airfare to join the group and all lodging and meals. Full travel expenses will also be paid for each participant to attend the annual SFS meeting the following summer. Additionally, each undergraduate participant will earn a stipend of $1000 over the 2-week survey.
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Participating Institution(s):
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Virginia Commonwealth University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences

Aquatic Ecology
Ecological Modeling
Environmental Biology
Fish Biology
River Systems
Stable Isotopes
Stream Ecology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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