Information for Prospective Students

I am always looking for excellent engineering graduate students with experience in modeling, hydrology, hydrodynamics, and ecology.

If you are interested in working in my lab please contact me at or by phone at 662-325-1983.

If you are applying for a specific position that is currently open you can submit an application packet to Anna Linhoss at The application packet should include 1) a cover letter, 2) CV, 3) academic transcripts, 4) GRE scores, 5) TOEFL or IELTS scores if the candidate’s native language is not English, and 6) three references. Your references will not be contacted until after an interview. Feel free to initiate a conversation with Dr. Linhoss if you have questions and as you prepare your application package (, 662-325-1983).

Current open positions

Coastal Water Quality Data Analysis Postdoctoral Associate

Position function: Water quality in the Mississippi Sound and Northern Gulf of Mexico is affected by natural variability and management decisions. Management decisions may (or may not) be causing a wide variety of impacts that have important social, economic, and ecological significance. For example, the Bonnet Carre Spillway has opened four times in the last three years and the Mississippi Sound Barrier Islands are eroding and being rebuilt by the USACE. There have been massive die offs in oyster reefs since 2010, harmful algal blooms caused beach closures in 2019, dolphin strandings and crab mortality show signs of increase, and there are decreases in shrimp production. These management decisions and ecosystem impacts have been discussed widely in scientific circles and popular press; however, little has been done to quantify changes in water quality and assign causal ecosystem relationships. This is, in part, due to the complex hydrodynamics of the system. Freshwater flows from the Rigolets, Pearl River, and Mobile River are variable and water quality in the Mississippi Sound is further influenced by tidal circulation and winds. Moreover, ecosystem responses are based on interactive relationships between water quality parameters such as temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen. These relationships complicate our understanding and management of water quality and ecosystem health in the Mississippi Sound and Northern Gulf of Mexico.

This position will entail compiling and analyzing existing hydrodynamic, water quality, and ecological datasets with the goal of identifying drivers of water quality in the Mississippi Sound and Northern Gulf of Mexico. This information will be useful in informing monitoring, management, and restoration efforts. Activities will also include interactions with ongoing research and resource managers. The results will allow for a better understanding of the spatial and temporal relationships between water quality and ecosystem health in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, as well as an improved capacity for management policies towards increased sustainability and resilience.

Essential duties and responsibilities: Conduct research on spatially and temporally variable data describing coastal hydrodynamics, water quality and ecology in the Northern Gulf of Mexico; write reports and peer reviewed publications; and other duties assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum qualifications: PhD in environmental science, engineering, or related field

Preferred qualifications: Experience with coastal watershed processes, physical nutrient and phytoplankton dynamics, and coastal ecosystem-integrated approaches.

Knowledge, skills and abilities: Processing and analysis of large data bases; GIS and water quality modeling; computer coding; and statistical software

Working conditions and physical effort: The applicant must have the ability to perform routine office work as well as coastal field work.

Instructions for applying: Apply on-line by submitting a cover letter, resume, copy of your PhD transcript, and list of three references.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.