Description: Research on Lake Ogallala, Nebraska, to: 1) identify abiotic and biotic changes following chemical renovation and fish restocking; 2) examine movement of nuisance and sport fish to quantify recolonization rates and seasonal movements using a combination of active and passive acoustic telemetry; and 3) identify which sampling gear or gears best assesses nuisance fish populations. Completion of the project will serve as partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master’s degree in biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Other requirements include satisfactory completion of coursework and successful defense of the thesis. Publications of thesis chapters in peer-reviewed scientific papers and presentations of ongoing research at conferences strongly encouraged and supported. The student will be supported on a year-round research assistantship ($20,000/year) paid monthly and a full tuition waiver up to 36 credit hours (university fees not included in waiver). Students have the option to enroll in health insurance provided by the university. Start date may be negotiable.

Qualifications: B.S. in fisheries or wildlife science/management, ecology, biology, environmental science, or related field. Experience in fisheries field work and data analysis is desirable. Candidates with demonstrated written and oral communication skills, analytical skills, and strong academic credentials are preferred. Applicants must be self-motivated, demonstrate a strong work ethic, and be capable and willing to work long hours (within boundaries) to complete all aspects of the research. Contact Person Dr. Melissa Wuellner Contact eMail

Salary $20,000/year plus full tuition and optional health insurance.

Start Date 04/01/2023

Last Date to Apply 02/28/2023


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