Postdoctoral and post-master’s applicants for the Wisconsin Water Resources Science-Policy Fellowship in Fisheries Management

Madison, WI, US

The University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute (WRI) in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) seeks postdoctoral and post-master’s candidates interested in tackling science and policy challenges related to water resources and fisheries management in Wisconsin. Together, these programs will fund a Wisconsin Water Resources Science-Policy Fellowship in Fisheries Management. This program places a recent master’s or doctoral graduate within a state program full-time for one to two years, with the Fellow bringing technical skills to benefit fisheries issues and challenges and receiving valuable real-world science-policy experience from the resource professionals who will serve as mentors. This mutually beneficial partnership will result in advancing science to support policy decisions as well as valuable training opportunities for new professionals entering the work force.

The fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with fishery managers and researchers in the WDNR and UW-Madison’s Center for Limnology and with hydrologists and water quality biologists in the WDNR, at UW-Madison, and at U.S. Geological Survey. The fellow will be appointed by the UW-Madison Aquatic Sciences Center (home to the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute), and stationed primarily in the WDNR Bureau of Fisheries Management headquarters in Madison, WI. The fellowship mentor team will likely include: Dr. Alex Latzka (WDNR Fisheries Management), Dr. Greg Sass (WDNR Fisheries Research), Dr. Titus Seilheimer (Wisconsin Sea Grant Fisheries Specialist) and Dr. Jennifer Hauxwell (UW-Madison Aquatic Sciences Center Associate Director).

WDNR has identified the following priority areas in which we are seeking assistance:

  • Effects of altered hydrologic regimes on Wisconsin fisheries (preferred)
  • Evaluation of trout habitat projects on water quality, habitat, and trout communities.
  • What are the best management practices for Wisconsin reservoir water level management?

While the bulk of the fellow’s work will focus on the research and modeling, there will be opportunities to assist with field projects, attend trainings and conferences, participate in policy discussions and work groups, and generally collaborate with DNR staff. The candidate will be expected to produce at least one lead-authored manuscript and contribute to internal DNR reports, and may be able to develop interactive tools via R Shiny related to their work.

More detail including application instructions is in the attached fellowship announcement or here –

The application deadline is March 23, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Hauxwell at [email protected] or (608) 263-4756.