Opportunities in the Capps Lab

Undergraduate Students: We typically have paid and unpaid research and/or technical positions in the lab each semester. You may inquire with me or one of my graduate students about your interests. I also mentor students by serving as the faculty advisor for internship positions. I am especially excited to mentor students that have organized opportunities with Athens-Clarke County, the Upper Oconee Watershed Network, the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, or the Tennessee AquariumWe have already hired our undergraduates for the fall semester of 2020, and will most likely not add additional undergraduates to the lab in order to maintain social distancing. 

Graduate Students: Thank you for your interest. I limit the size of my lab group to try to ensure that I have enough time and other resources to provide the financial support and mentoring my students need to be happy and successful in work and life. Therefore, at times, the size of our group is limited by funding. Students that obtain their own funding may be considered for positions, even when there are no positions advertised on this site. If you are interested, you may acquire funding by obtaining teaching assistantships or fellowships at the university (e.g., the Butler or Spencer Fellowships), applying for fellowships from outside institutions (e.g., the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Ford Foundation), or through collaborations with colleagues at the Jones Center at Ichauway. I am also happy to work with international students to apply for funding to support research and educational opportunities at UGA.

To work in our lab, you must:

  • Be interested in freshwater ecology and conservation
  • Enjoy working in a team environment
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Meet the entrance requirements for the University of Georgia and be admitted to the program of interest in the Odum School

Students in our lab group typically conduct a combination of field and laboratory work and integrate both experimental and observational approaches to answer ecological and/or socio-ecological questions pertaining to fresh water. Though there are some funding sources that are available through UGA and the Odum School for competitive students (Fellowships/RAs/TAs), MS students will be encouraged and PhD students will be expected to pursue additional grants and fellowships within UGA and from other funding agencies (e.g., EPA, NSF, the Fulbright Program) during their graduate studies.

Contact Instructions: If you are interested in graduate study in the Capps Lab, please send Dr. Krista Capps an email with:

  • A two paragraph description of your research interests and relevant work/educational experience
  • One sentence describing your TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • One sentence describing the degree you are interested in pursuing
  • PDF of your CV 
  • PDF copies of unofficial university transcripts

Open Positions

Graduate Opportunities in Freshwater Ecosystem Ecology at the University of Georgia

The Capps Lab in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia is recruiting a graduate student to begin coursework in the fall of 2021. I am excited to support an MS or PhD student in the Ecology, Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, or Integrative Conservation programs to pursue NSF-funded research investigating the ecological implications of aging and obsolete wastewater infrastructure.

To work in our lab, you must: 1) meet the entrance requirements for the University of Georgia and be admitted to the program in the Odum School, 2) enjoy working in a team environment, and 3) have a strong work ethic. Students in our lab group typically conduct a combination of field and laboratory work and integrate both experimental and observational approaches to answer ecological and/or socio-ecological questions pertaining to fresh water. Though there are funding sources that are available through the UGA, the Odum School, and through the lab for competitive students (Fellowships/RAs/TAs), MS students will be encouraged and PhD students will be expected to pursue additional grants and fellowships within UGA and from other funding agencies (e.g., EPA, NSF, the Fulbright Program) during their graduate studies.

Entrance to the Odum School of Ecology typically requires high GPAs and particularly strong letters of recommendation. We do NOT require the GRE.

Due to issues associated with COVID-19, applicants applying for the MS program would most likely not be conducting field research. Rather, their work would be focused on organizing and analyzing existing datasets. However, this is a dynamic situation is subject to change based on safety and the interest of the candidates. Assuming the conditions are safe and research activities are approved and would present limited or no health risks to others, applicants applying for PhD studies will conduct field and lab-based studies in conjunction with the analysis of existing datasets. Field work may occur in the US and in Mexico.  

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in chemistry, ecology, engineering, environmental science, or other related field
  • Independent research experience or relevant work experience
  • Experience working independently and in teams
  • PhD Only:
    • A graduate degree in a related field or at least two years of related experience (Note: COVID-Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers will be considered)
    • Willingness and ability to travel internationally
    • Demonstrated interest in living and working in Latin America and learning Spanish
    • Evidence of scholarly activity (e.g., presentations, publications, grants)

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Graduate degree in a related field
  • Ability to read and write in Spanish
  • Previous experience in field-based freshwater ecology
  • MS Only:
    • Evidence of scholarly activity (e.g., presentations, publications)
    • At least two years of professional experience
  • PhD Only:
    • Experience working with fishes using multiple fishing techniques
    • Interest in Social-Ecological-Technical Systems
    • Experience and/or interest in civil and environmental engineering

 

Contact Instructions: If you are interested in graduate study in the Capps Lab, please send Dr. Krista Capps (kcapps [ at ] uga.edu an email with (1) a two paragraph description of your research interests and relevant work/educational experience and (2) one-sentence identifying the degree you are interested in pursuing. Please attach a pdf of your curriculum vitae or resume and copies of university transcripts.

Useful Links:

Graduate Application Information: http://www.ecology.uga.edu/admissions.php?Graduate_Application_Information-3/

Support and Awards: http://www.ecology.uga.edu/admissions.php?Support_and_Awards-10/

 

Postgrado en Ecología de Agua Dulce en la Universidad de Georgia, EEUU

Oportunidad de estudios de posgrado en Ecología de Ecosistemas Dulceacuícolas en la Universidad de Georgia, EEUU

El Laboratorio Capps en la Escuela de Ecología Odum de la Universidad de Georgia está buscando a un(a) estudiante de posgrado para comenzar los cursos en el otoño de 2021. Con mucho entusiasmo, ofrecemos la posibilidad de apoyar a un(a) estudiante de maestría o doctorado en los programas de Ecología, Ecología de la Conservación y Desarrollo Sustentable o Conservación Integradora para realizar investigación financiada por NSF sobre las implicaciones ecológicas del envejecimiento y las implicaciones ecológicas de infraestructura de aguas residuales anticuada y obsoleta

Para trabajar en nuestro laboratorio, debe: 1) cumplir con los requisitos de ingreso a la Universidad de Georgia y ser admitido en el programa en la Escuela Odum, 2) Disfrutar del trabajo en equipo, y 3) tener una ética laboral fuerte. Los estudiantes en nuestro grupo de laboratorio generalmente realizan una combinación de trabajo de campo y laboratorio e integran métodos experimentales y de observación para contestar preguntas ecológicas y/o socioecológicas relacionadas con el agua dulce. Aunque hay fuentes de financiamiento disponibles a través de la UGA, la Escuela Odum y el laboratorio para estudiantes competitivos (Becas / RA / TA), se motiva a los estudiantes de maestría y se requiere? a los de doctorado, a buscar subvenciones y becas adicionales dentro de la UGA y en otras fuentes de financiamiento (e.g., EPA, NSF, the Fulbright Program) durante sus estudios de posgrado.

La entrada a la Escuela de Ecología de Odum generalmente requiere altos GPA y cartas de recomendación particularmente fuertes. NO requerimos el GRE.

Debido a problemas asociados con COVID-19, los aspirantes que solicitan el programa de MS probablemente no realizarán investigaciones de campo. Más bien, su trabajo se centraría en organizar y analizar datos existentes. Sin embargo, esta es una situación dinámica que está sujeta a cambios en función de la seguridad y el interés de los candidatos. Suponiendo que las condiciones sean seguras y que las actividades de investigación estén aprobadas y presenten riesgos de salud bajos o nulos para los demás, los aspirantes que soliciten estudios de doctorado realizarán estudios de campo y de laboratorio en combinación con el análisis de datos existentes. El trabajo de campo puede desarrollarse en los Estados Unidos y en México.

Calificaciones Requeridas:

  • Licenciatura en química, ecología, ingeniería, ciencias ambientales u otro campo relacionado.
  • Haber realizado investigación de forma independiente o tener experiencia laboral relevante
  • Experiencia trabajando de forma individual y en equipo.
  • Solo para doctorado:
    • Un título de posgrado en un campo relacionado o al menos dos años de experiencia pertinente (Nota: Se considerarán voluntarios del Cuerpo de Paz evacuados por COVID)
    • Voluntad y capacidad para viajar internacionalmente.
    • Poder comprobar que se tiene interés para vivir y trabajar en América Latina y aprender español
    • Disponer de evidencia de actividad académica (por ejemplo, presentaciones, publicaciones, subvenciones)

Habilidades y Experiencia Preferidas:

  • Posgrado en un campo relacionado.
  • Capacidad para leer y escribir en español.
  • Experiencia previa en ecología de agua dulce con base en actividades de campo.
  • Solo MS:
    • Evidencia de actividad académica (por ejemplo, presentaciones, publicaciones)
    • Al menos dos años de experiencia profesional
  • Solo doctorado:
    • Experiencia trabajando con peces y experiencia de pesca
    • Interés en los sistemas socio-ecológicos-técnicos
    • Experiencia y / o interés en ingeniería civil y ambiental

Instrucciones de contacto: Si está interesado en estudios de posgrado en el Laboratorio Capps, envíe a la Dra. Krista Capps (kcapps [at] uga.edu un correo electrónico con: (1) una descripción de dos párrafos de sus intereses de investigación y experiencia laboral / educativa relevante y (2) una frase que identifica el título (MS o PhD) que le interesa obtener. Adjunte un pdf de su curriculum vitae o resumé y copias de las notas de la universidad.

Enlaces útiles:

Información de solicitud de posgrado: http://www.ecology.uga.edu/admissions.php?Graduate_Application_Information-3/

Soporte y premios: http://www.ecology.uga.edu/admissions.php?Support_and_Awards-10/