Kindsvater Lab

Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech
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Opportunities in the lab

  • Undergraduate students

    Undergraduates interested in data synthesis and aquatic evolutionary ecology research can contact me if they are interested in volunteering or research credit. I ask that you commit to dedicating an average of 10 hours/week for credit, including our lab meeting! Students will be paired with a graduate student mentor.

    Fish and Wildlife Conservation majors at VT can complete their experiential learning requirement in my lab.

  • Graduate students

    I am seeking for a Ph.D. student interested in applying integrated population models to the small scale arapaima fishery in Amazonas State, Brazil. You must have a M.S. and a background in population ecology or fitting state-space models. This is part of a larger project on socio-ecological dynamics of the arapaima fishery, described here. I am also always open to students who contact me based on their interest in my published research.

    I strongly encourage applications from diverse, non-traditional students. However, I prefer students with prior experience in my field. I am especially looking for students with interests in combining statistics and programming with interdisciplinary work (including policy and outreach).

    Graduate student tuition and stipend at Virginia Tech will be fully funded with a combination of grants and teaching assistantships. Note the department has rolling admissions, meaning there are no formal application deadlines. The GRE is not required for admission to our graduate program, but completion of a Master's degree is required for admission to the PhD program.

  • Postdocs

    I do not currently have funding for postdoctoral researchers, but that is always subject to change. I am happy to discuss opportunities to apply for external funding with interested candidates. For example, the National Science Foundation has a new Ocean Science postdoc fellowship. There are other opportunities such as the McDonnell Foundation that fund postdoctoral research applicants near the end of their PhD.