MS in aquatic moleclar ecology


I am looking to recruit 1 or 2 new MS students to conduct molecular ecology research on native mollusks in the Great Lakes. Opportunities for significant field work in Great Lakes tributaries and coastal wetlands and laboratory work in a molecular ecology lab and state-of-the-art wet lab. See my lab webpage for more information on our research:

Minimum stipend support for successful applicants: Teaching Assistant support in Academic Year (AY) 13-14 and AY 14-15 AND 6-weeks Research Assistantship in Summer 2014. Stipend is $6,000 plus tuition per semester and $3,000 plus tuition per 6-week summer session. Additional Research Assistantships and support in Summer 2014 and Summer 2015 may be available to top candidates from the College of Science and Technology, the Department, or from grants.

To apply, follow the instructions on this website carefully: Indicate you are interested in working with Dr. Zanatta on your application materials to CMU.

Prior to submitting your application to the CMU Biology Department, contact me by email ( sending a brief introduction, prior research experience, CV, and an unofficial copy of your transcripts.


BS in Biology or related field. Desired interests and/or background in ecology, invertebrates, genetics, evolution, freshwater biology/limnology. GPA: 3.00 or higher.

Ideal candidates will have previous research experience with freshwater invertebrates/fish/mollusks, genetics, freshwater ecology, boats, SCUBA, strong writing ability, working with large datasets, and statistical skills.

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