PhD and MS Graduate Research Assistantship – Clemson University


Ph.D. or M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship – Salt Marsh and Oyster Restoration, Clemson University



May or August 2023


The position is open until filled.



The James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center at Clemson University is recruiting a highly motivated Ph.D. or M.S. student interested in incorporating eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) into salt marsh restoration and mitigation. The student will evaluate novel techniques for establishing and enhancing oyster beds within a salt marsh mitigation banking project.


The student will be working toward a graduate degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology at Clemson University (Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (MWFR, MS, PhD) (


Clemson University ( is a public land-grant Carnegie R1 Research University in a college town atmosphere on Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Students will take classes on the main campus and conduct fieldwork near Edisto Island, South Carolina.

Clemson University does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, or disability. We encourage applications from minorities, women, veterans, and all other qualified applicants.



B.S. (for M.S.) and M.S. (for Ph.D.) in Wildlife, Wetlands, Ecology, or a closely related field.

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25. A strong interest or experience in wetland restoration and oyster ecology is essential.

Interest in waterbirds, vegetation, and macroinvertebrates is also desirable. Background in statistics, modeling, and publishing is a plus. Physical exertion in the field will be required.



$25,000 (Ph.D.) or $23,000 (M.S.) plus tuition waiver.



The student will be advised by Dr. James T. Anderson. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, resume, a <1,000-word statement of purpose (why do you want to work on this project, your research interests, and long-term career goals), unofficial copy of transcripts, GRE/TOEFL scores (if available), examples of published papers, and contact information for three references to Dr. Anderson at



James T. (Jim) Anderson, Ph.D. |CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair of Waterfowl and Wetland Ecology

Director, James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center

Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

Hwy 17 North – 177 Hobcaw Rd.

P.O. Box 596

Georgetown, SC 29442

Cell: 304-276-8956


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