Seeking highly motivated graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) to begin graduate research in a dynamic, new lab at Louisiana State University's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) in fall 2014. Active areas of research focus on using stable isotopes to provide insights into the ecology of seabirds and marine mammals and examining the impacts of invasive species on island ecosystems.
Desired qualifications include: 1) B.S./M.S. degree in biology, marine science, chemistry, or relevant discipline, 2) laboratory experience (i.e. sample preparation, organic extractions, gas chromatography, bulk and compound-specific stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry), and 3) experience working on ecological studies in remote field settings.
Interested candidates should fill out a pre-application form for the graduate program in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at Louisiana State University (www.oceanography.lsu.edu/index.php/academics/pre-application-form/). Please indicate on this form that you would like to work with Dr. Polito. In addition, please email a single pdf containing your CV, a cover letter with your potential research interests, a brief summary of accomplishments (educational background, GPA, GRE scores), and contact information for at least three professional references to Dr. Michael Polito (email@example.com). Qualified candidates will be contacted directly and encouraged to submit a full application to the graduate program in DOCS.
MS graduate position will include 2 years of tuition and stipend (about $20K/year). Outstanding PhD candidates (Combined GRE scores > 310 or 1250, GPA > 3.5, excellent references, and/or strong publication record) who are U.S. citizens can compete for Board of Regents Fellowships (about $28K/year+tuition) if full applications are completed ASAP and received by the Graduate School and DOCS prior to January 15, 2014.
For more information about potential research projects and DOCS see www.whoi.edu/people/mpolito and www.oceanography.lsu.edu