MS Position, Strecker Aquatic Ecology Lab, Western Washington University, USA

MS Research Assistantship (Fall 2023) in Freshwater Community Ecology, Western Washington University
Project Summary
The Institute for Watershed Studies at Western Washington University invites applications for a MS Research Assistantship on a funded project to examine spatial and temporal trends in macroinvertebrate communities and water quality in aquatic ecosystems in the North Coast and Cascades Network, including mountain lakes and streams in North Cascades, Mount Rainier, and Olympic National Park.  The prospective student will work collaboratively with scientists from the National Park Service.  Additionally, the candidate will have numerous opportunities to enhance their career by working with other scientists, students, and professionals.

A competitive stipend is available for two years, with additional support possible. The second year of funding is conditional based on student academic standing and project progress.

Tuition waiver is included for both in-state and out-of-state students.

Health insurance costs will be covered.

Project-related expenses will be covered.

The candidate will start in fall 2023.
The ideal candidate will have:

An undergraduate degree in ecology, environmental science, or a related field, with a GPA of 3.0 or above in undergraduate coursework.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Knowledge of and experience working in freshwater ecosystems and/or community ecology, statistics (especially multivariate, spatial, and/or time-series analyses), data management, and R.

Potential students should review the application guidelines for the MS program in the Department of Environmental Sciences (
To Apply
Send a single PDF to Dr. Angela Strecker ([email protected]) with:


Letter of interest describing your experience, qualifications, and research interests

Unofficial transcripts

Contact information for three references
Please send materials by May 31, 2023 for full consideration.

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