Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

M.S. Assistantship – Examining Topeka Shiner Distribution using eDNA Techniques

University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri
Closing Date
June 10, 2019

Dr. Aaron Geheber at the University of Central Missouri is currently seeking applicants for a 3-year research assistantship focused on identifying and monitoring populations of the federally endangered Topeka shiner (Notropis topeka) in Missouri. The successful candidate will use environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques to document the distributional extent of the species in Missouri and will test the efficacy of eDNA techniques using experimental stream systems. This work will be the basis of the graduate student’s MS thesis research in the School of Natural Sciences (Biology program) at the University of Central Missouri. The position start date is August 2019.


B.S. in biology, ecology and evolution, natural resources, or a closely related field required. Experience with experimental design/statistics, genetic techniques, and field data collection (in aquatic systems) is preferred. Fish identification skills are a plus. Applicants should have excellent writing and communication skills along with a strong work ethic.

To Apply

To apply, please send the following materials to Aaron Geheber (geheber [at] ucmo.edu) by 10 June 2019 with subject titled “RA Position”: 1) a letter of interest (2 page maximum) summarizing relevant background, research experience, and career goals, 2) CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) GRE scores, and 5) names and contact information of three references.

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