[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD in Environmental Engineering with a project in River Fish Passage

Sarah Delavan skdelava at buffalo.edu
Thu Oct 2 15:33:40 MDT 2014

From: Dr. Sarah Delavan, skdelava at buffalo.edu

Subject: PhD in Environmental Engineering with a project in River Fish


We seek one or two PhD students who will assist in a project to
hydrodynamically reconnect reaches of the Niagara River for effective
migration of Emerald Shiner minnows.  The student will join a team of
Ecologists from Buff State College, Engineers from the University at Buffalo
and the Army Corp of Engineers, the Buffalo Niagara RiverKeepers, and
governmental agencies such as the New York Department of Environmental
Conservation and the Fish and Wildlife Service studying the life cycle of
the Emerald Shiner in the Niagara River.  


The student will be a member of the Environmental Engineering group in the
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the
University of Buffalo, The State University of New York in Buffalo, NY
working with Dr. Sarah Delavan.  The PhD would be a degree in Civil


The project would specifically be quantifying the swimming capabilities of
Emerald Shiners from a hydrodynamic perspective according to fish age
classes and time of migration.  The student should be comfortable with both
field and laboratory work and there would be an opportunity for
computational work depending on the interest of the student.  There may also
be opportunities for quantifying hydrodynamic barriers to fish passage in
the Niagara river using field and computational modeling techniques.  This
student will be working closely with another PhD student who is working on
redesigning the shoreline structures to increase the ability of Emerald
Shiners to navigate the river.

We are seeking a student with a background in engineering with an interest
in ecological processes or a student with a background in ecology with an
interest in engineering and fluid mechanics.  


Funds are available for a stipend and tuition for an initial time period of
three years with a possibility of extension.  Preference will be given to
students with experience in a related field.  The position starts in January
2015 (at the latest Fall 2015)and interested students should contact Dr.
Sarah Delavan (skdelava at buffalo.edu) with questions and have application
materials in to the Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering
department by the deadline of October 15, 2014 (
sions.html#title_1 ).  





Dr. Sarah Delavan, PhD


Assistant Professor

Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

University at Buffalo

The State University of New York

230 Jarvis Hall

Buffalo, NY  14260-4400

Tel: +1 (716) 645 - 1810

Fax: +1 (716) 645 - 3667

Skype: sarah.kelly.delavan

Email: skdelava at buffalo.edu


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