Graduate Opportunites

Undergraduate Opportunities 

Post-doctoral Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities



Graduate Opportunites


We seek highly qualified, enthusiastic graduate students that are creative, motivated, and capable of working well both independently and cooperatively. Successful candidates would join a dynamic, interactive group of graduate students, post-docs, visiting scholars, and faculty at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL) within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB). Interested students should contact Drs. Stuart LudsinElizabeth Marshcall, or Jim Hood

Undergraduate Opportunities 


Independent Study:

The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory is interested in energetic, committed undergraduate students who are interested in conducting independent research, for OSU credit, that focuses on ecologically oriented projects in freshwater ecosystems. For all projects, we ask students for, at minimum, a commitment of one year. For more information, please contact Drs. Stuart LudsinElizabeth Marshcall, or Jim Hood

Work Study:

We are looking for qualified students to fill work-study positions at the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory. Specific tasks for our Work-Study students include field sampling, in-lab sample processing, and data entry. We strive to ensure that Work-Study students also will have opportunities to participate in lab and field research associated with other ongoing projects. Aquatic Ecology Laboratory graduate students and faculty are committed to educating Work-Study students in the fine art of scientific research in a cooperative and supportive work environment. We are looking for creative, hard-working students.

Post-doctoral Opportunities


Post-Doctoral Researcher in Fisheries Ecological Modeling


Description: Dr. Elizabeth Marschall (Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University) seeks a post-doctoral scientist to collaborate on developing spatially and temporally dynamic habitat and fish habitat-use models under current and projected future environmental conditions. These models will focus on Lake Erie fisheries, specifically yellow perch response to a changing environment.

Additional research responsibilities include writing, editing, and submitting manuscripts for publication; submitting progress reports to sponsors; and presenting research talks to sponsors and stakeholders and at professional meetings. Other responsibilities include mentoring and co-mentoring undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Opportunities to participate in field and laboratory research and formal teaching can be made available, if desired.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of students, post-docs, and faculty at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a PhD in ecology or other relevant field. We seek applicants with strong modeling, data-handling, coding, and statistical skills; with demonstrated ability to publish papers in peer-reviewed journals; and the ability to work productively both independently and as part of a collaborative team.

How to apply: Submit a brief cover letter, full CV, including names and contact information of three references, and a statement of research background and interests, all in a single .pdf file to apps.ael@gmail.com. Please include “Lake Erie Fisheries Postdoc” and your last name in the subject line.

Application review will begin June 1and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. We anticipate a start date between July and September 2019. Questions about the position can be addressed to Elizabeth Marschall (marschall.2@osu.edu).

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment. We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


The Ohio State University – Aquatic Ecology Laboratory

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Bedford Institute of Oceanography


Description: Drs. Michael Fraker, Stuart Ludsin, James Hood, and Kenneth Frank are recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher for a study that will conduct the initial stages of a fisheries-focused integrated ecosystem assessment of the Lake Erie ecosystem. We will use multivariate analyses of long-term physical, chemical, and biological datasets to quantify patterns and trends in the structure and function of the Lake Erie ecosystem and identify drivers of those trends. We will then use similar multivariate analyses, as well as mechanistic modeling, to infer how ecosystem trends have driven the dynamics of ecologically and economically important fishes. The incumbent will also have the opportunity: 1) to help organize and participate in a workshop during which we will disseminate information and results to Lake Erie management personnel and stakeholders to facilitate their movement toward ecosystem-based fisheries management in the Great Lakes; and 2) to collaborate on future grant proposals and follow-up projects. Support to attend scientific meetings will also be provided.

Location: Preferably, the incumbent would join a dynamic, interactive group of faculty, post-docs, and students at the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (www.eeob.osu.edu/), located on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. However, alternative arrangements may be possible (i.e., being based in Nova Scotia, Canada with Ken Frank).

Qualifications. The successful applicant will be creative, motivated, and capable of working both independently and cooperatively. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in ecology, fisheries, limnology, oceanography, biostatistics, or a related field. Strong quantitative and written and oral communication skills are required. Ideal candidates will have a knowledge of multivariate statistics, computer programming experience (ideally in R), and a track record of peer-reviewed publications.

Salary: $48,484/year plus a comprehensive benefits package

Duration: 1.5 years

How to apply: Please submit the following materials to Dr. Michael Fraker (fraker.24@osu.edu): 1) a cover letter that briefly describes your educational and research background and your interests and career goals; 2) your CV (or resume); and 3) contact information for at least three professional references. Please place “Lake Erie Ecosystem Postdoc” in the subject line.

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. An ideal start date would be during winter/spring 2019. Please direct questions to Dr. Fraker at fraker.24@osu.edu.

Project Team:

Michael FrakerJames Hood, and Stuart Ludsin

Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Kenneth Frank

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS

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Volunteer Opportunities


None available at this time