The mission of our lab is to (1) conduct research that advances science needed for effective conservation and management of fish and aquatic ecosystems, (2) provide mentorship and training for the next generation of professional biologists, and (3) engage the public through outreach and collaborative activities. The research activities of our group fall along the interface between basic and applied ecology and combine field studies with manipulative experiments. Recreational fisheries, habitat management, and aquatic invasive species form the applied contexts of most of our research. Our projects also typically involve partnerships with colleagues from county, state, and federal agencies, as well as valuable participation from NGOs and local fishing groups.
- Conduct fieldwork and laboratory tasks in support of research projects on sportfish management and invasion biology in lakes and rivers. Current research projects include spatial ecology and food web effects of habitat enhancements in reservoirs, experimental harvest regulations, and the ecology and management of invasive Asian carp in the Illinois River. Field work responsibilities include sampling fish, conducting creel surveys, and measuring limnological parameters in rivers and lakes throughout Illinois. Laboratory tasks include water chemistry, identification and quantification of larval fish, zooplankton and benthic invertebrates, fish age and growth measurements, and other tasks as needed. Must be knowledgeable or willing to learn field and laboratory techniques associated with fisheries and aquatic ecology research. Experience using boats, outboard motors, and trailers, along with some fisheries field and laboratory techniques is preferred. Work will be conducted in conjunction with faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and other research assistants. Other duties include data processing, and maintenance and repair of sampling gears, boats, boat trailers, and laboratory equipment.
Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, aquatic ecology or closely related field. Good judgment and interpersonal skills are essential. Requires significant physical exertion (including carrying 40 or more pounds of gear), commitment to safety, and meticulous data recording. Familiarity with boat operation and safety desirable. Candidate must be willing to work in adverse weather conditions, possible nights or weekends, and work from a boat on large water bodies. A valid driver’s license and ability to swim is required.