Skip to Main Content
Pathways to Science: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Search for a program . . . find your future.

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


View this Opportunity's Website 


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

Description:
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.
study abroad programaccepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
(Click an institution to see all programs it hosts)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

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

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

Questions about this program?
Click here to view this program's website

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


Page last updated 6/26/2017 7:45:12 AM
Click here to submit updates to this program listing!

Featured Program!

The Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program

The Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD Bridge Program focuses on increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in astronomy, biology, chemistry, materials science and physics. Students work towards the Master’s degree at Fisk with the intention to enter a PhD program at Vanderbilt or elsewhere, with access to instructional and research opportunities at both institutions. Tuition, stipend, and medical insurance are provided. Click here to learn more and apply!

Interested in featuring your own program in this space? Click here to learn more.

PROGRAM ICONS


a flag denotes an institution that is the lead of an allianceInstitution that is the lead of an alliance

An exclamation point denotes a program with an upcoming deadlineUpcoming deadline

an airplane denotes a study abroad opportunityProgram includes a study abroad component

icon indicating a short-term opportunityDifferent from a program, an opportunity is generally short-term; they include paid workshops, travel funds, or professional development opportunities

icon indicating a nationwide programNationwide programs are not based at individual institutions

an airplane denotes a study abroad opportunityProgram Just Posted

a suitcase denotes portable fundingPortable Funding

a globe denotes funding for international studentsFunds International Students

a checkbox denotes a program recently updatedProgram recently updated