Current Open Graduate School Positions:


Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant.

Salary:  $19,500-$22,600 (depending on qualifications and availability of supplemental awards); includes free student health insurance, and tuition waver.

Responsibilities:  Evaluate the effects of sucker gigging tournaments on fish populations of Spavinaw Creek and Eucha Reservoir, with the goal of determining the sustainable harvest level for this fishery and the implications of overharvest to the fish community. The successful candidate will need to be able to collaborate with state agency personnel and should have strong quantitative and field-sampling skills. The student will be co-advised by Drs. Dan Shoup and Shannon Brewer.

Qualifications:  M.S. degree in fisheries, biology, ecology, or related field; and competitive GPA (>3.0) and GRE scores (above the 50th percentile). Experience with mark-recapture is preferred but not required. Start date will be near the beginning of January 2018.

Contact:  Please send: 1) Cover letter expressing your desire apply for the position, 2) resume or Curriculum Vitae detailing your experience 3) copy of all college transcripts, 4) GRE scores, 5) a scientific writing sample (e.g., previous manuscript, term paper, lab report, etc.) to illustrate writing ability, and 6) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Dan Shoup (dshoup(at) and Dr. Shannon Brewer (shannon.brewer(at)

Closing Date:  Review of candidates will begin 5/1/2018 and will continue until position is filled.


Application materials can be sent as an email attachement (we do not need official copies until you formally apply).  Additional information about Dr. Shoup and his lab is available at this web site using the links at the top of this page.



Information about the Fisheries & Aquatic Ecology M.S. and Ph.D graduate degree option at OSU.

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NREM Department application information

OSU Graduate College web site

Facilities in The Shoup Fisheries Ecology Lab

People in The Shoup Fisheries Ecology Lab

Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


Information about OSU, city of Stillwater, and state of Oklahoma.

Stillwater is a moderate-sized college town (approximately 48,000 people + the university). It is large enough to have the amenities most people want (movie theater, restaurants, shopping, etc.), but small enough to have a small-town feel and to avoid many of the problems inherent in larger cities. For additional information, see the links below.

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Oklahoma State University Main Web Site

   About OSU

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City of Stillwater web site

Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

Stillwater info at CityData

Stillwater Wikipedia article

Typical Oklahoma Weather

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (our state agency for fisheries management)