Graduate Research Assistantships, (2 positions)- Frostburg, MD

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Funding is available to support 2 graduate students to work on an interdisciplinary research project exploring relationships between the genetic diversity of the submersed macrophyte, /Vallisneria americana/, and restoration success in the Chesapeake Bay.

We have funding for one graduate student in the Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences (MEES) Program at the University of Maryland ( who will be expected to design complementary greenhouse and field studies to explore relationships between genetic diversity and ecological performance.

This part of the project is housed and coursework will be taken at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s (UMCES) Appalachian Laboratory ( in Frostburg, MD. 

We also have funding for a student who will be primarily responsible for characterizing spatial genetic diversity patterns but will also have the opportunity to conduct field experiments. 

This student will be housed in the Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Maryland College Park.

A degree in a biological field and a GPA > 3.3 are required. A masters degree is desired but not required. Keen interest in understanding ecological theory, applying theory to ecosystem management and linking population genetics and ecology is highly desirable. 

For the field position, strong experience in conducting fieldwork is recommended, as is experience working in aquatic systems. For the genetic position, background in DNA-based lab and analysis techniques is a plus. 

For consideration for either position, send a letter of intent, including a statement of interests and educational goals, resume, names and addresses of 3 references, transcripts, and GRE scores to: Dr. Katia Engelhardt, UMCES Appalachian Lab, 301 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532. 

Inquiries for the field position may be sent to engelhardt [at] Send inquiries regarding the lab position to Dr. Maile Neel at mneel [at] 

The position will remain open until filled. Start date is June 1, or sooner.

Both UMCES and UMCP are affirmative Action/Equal opportunity Employers.

UMCES AL and UMCP are committed to making our programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. 

You may request accommodations through the UMCES AL business office at 301-689-7103.

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