MS Assistantship: Steelhead Migration UIdaho

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Graduate assistantships in adult steelhead conservation and management at the University of Idaho.

I am seeking applicants to fill a two-year graduate assistantship (MSc) studying migration and life history ecology of Endangered Species Act-listed upper Columbia River steelhead as part of a collaborative project with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Students will be associated with a research consortium motivated by questions about the migration ecology of fishes ( and will engage in a strong collaboration with WDFW biologists (Andrew Murdoch, Charles Snow and McLain Johnson).

The primary purpose of the 2 year study will be to use radiotelemetry to validate estimates of hatchery and wild steelhead abundance and distribution based on PIT tags. Additional substantial opportunity exists to addressed additional question such as:

1. Migration and overwinter survival patterns of hatchery and wild fish in the Columbia, Methow and Okanogan watersheds. 2. Overwinter habitat use and survival of hatchery and wild steelhead 3. Spawn timing and location of hatchery and wild steelhead
4. Spawning site selection and redd microhabitat of hatchery and wild steelhead
5. Influence of rearing and release location on the homing fidelity of hatchery steelhead

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and collaborative individual with a BS degree in a relevant fields of study (e.g. biology, ecology & evolution) with coursework in chemistry and statistics, field experience in aquatic or fish ecology, and desire to apply interdisciplinary approaches to questions in fish and aquatic ecology. The ability to work both independently and in collaborative settings will be essential. Competitive stipend with full tuition waivers will be available. Ideally, the selected student will arrive in late spring on a research assistantship to participate in field work during 2015 and fully matriculate in the fall.

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected; initial review of applications will begin mid-February.

How to Apply: Please email the following to Chris Caudill ( (1) a resume or CV; (2) a letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience, and (3) contact information for three references. Prior to acceptance, students must also apply to the University of Idaho College of Graduate Studies (see

Christopher C. Caudill
Assistant Professor
Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences University of Idaho 875 Perimeter Drive MS 1136
Moscow ID 83844-1136
208-885-7614 (voice)
208-301-0809 (mobile)
208-885-9080 (fax)


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