POST DOCTORAL POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Science to Inform Management of Floodplain Conservation Lands under Non-Stationary Conditions

We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate to help in the project below.  Click here for link to announcement.
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MS POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Development of fish and amphibian rapid assessment protocol for wetlands:  linking management to wetland system processes

We are seeking a MS student to help in the project below.  Click here for link to announcement.

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Fall 2013 newsletter

Let’s face it. It has been a tough year to be a federal employee. Budgets are always tight with the threat of more cuts always looming. This past year also brought on a federal shutdown and threats of furlough due to extreme budget cuts. But let’s look on the bright side—I have learned a few new terms this year. Now if I ever participate in a spelling bee I can spell ‘sequester’ or ‘furlough.’ Heck—I can even use them in a sentence (although the sentence would include a few choice words I probably shouldn’t mention here!). However, one main concern about these tough times is how it affects our students. I have talked to several students or young professionals that recently have indicated they may not want to work for the federal government because of these headaches. Although I understand their concerns, I really hope these bumps in the road do not have a long term impact on training future biologists. I have been with USGS for about 12 years, and, in talking to the old timers, they always assure me there are ebbs and flows.

The role of tributaries on ecosystem recovery of the Missouri River

Overview: Tributaries provide important habitat for spawning, rearing, feeding and refuge of big river fishes but river alteration may affect how fish use these systems.  This study investigates seasonal patterns of fish abundance, species richness, and big river fish presence in two tributaries of the Missouri River in Missouri. The Osage River is altered by a hydroelectric dam and engineering structures while the Gasconade River is free-flowing for 482 river kilometers (rkm), resulting in different discharges and water temperatures.  Sampling with boat electrofishing, benthic trawls, and seines in the lower 30 rkm of the Osage River and the lower 19 rkm of the Gasconade River from June 2012 to June 2013 resulted in the capture 84 species, 77% were found in both rivers....