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

Graduate Research Assistantship in Marine Biology and Citizen Science

University of Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi
Closing Date
Preliminary review of applicants starts immediately and will continue until an applicant is invited to apply to the graduate program.

The Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi is seeking a doctoral student to join a recently funded project to recruit citizen scientists to document and monitor coastal and near-shore marine resources (e.g. game fish, non-game fish, sea turtles, invertebrates, etc.) in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and to use data collected with mobile devices for more effective conservation management.   

The student will engage with a range of partners, including government and academic scientists, policy-makers, NGO’s, software developers, sports fishers, commercial fishers, beach-goers, college students, school-children and teachers to achieve the development of an effective system to crowd-source data collection for long-term database growth. Using the framework of the citizen science project, the student will conduct biological research in the northern Gulf of Mexico on animal ecology and behavior, population biology, conservation biology, or similar topics, with Dr. Buchholz, Dr. Parsons, or with a member scientist of the Center for Biodiversity & Conservation Research as advisor/co-advisors. The assistantship provides $26,000 annual (12 month) salary for two years, and will also cover the cost of graduate tuition and student health insurance. Renewal of the research assistantship for the second year, and post-grant support as a graduate teaching assistant (for third year and thereafter), is conditional on student performance and progress.  

The starting date is either Summer or Fall 2021 (depending on student availability and pandemic-dependent opportunity for fieldwork).  


Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the Biology graduate program, with the exception that we understand that the application materials will be received after the listed departmental application deadline. 

To Apply

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Richard Buchholz (byrb [at] olemiss.edu) immediately with an email that briefly describes their accomplishments, qualifications and to express their interest in citizen science and marine biology and conservation. 

Only students invited to apply by the PIs should submit a graduate program application with expectation of funding from this project.

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