Ph.D. Assistantship – Lesser Prairie-Chicken: Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX/Roswell, NM
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
17,000 plus health benefits
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
I seek a highly motivated Ph.D. student to assess population demography of lesser prairie-chickens in response to fire and grazing treatments. The field component consists of a 4-year project that is the "after" in a BACI study to assess the effects of prescribed fire and grazing on lesser prairie-chicken ecology (and vegetation response). The student will collaborate with the USDA Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative and New Mexico State University to collect, compile, and analyze the "after" data, and subsequently draw inferences from the combined 8 year study (the "before" data were collected by collaborators from NMSU). The project involves very intensive field work (February- August at minimal) in a harsh environment that is isolated from urban areas. The student will be housed in the Department of Natural Resources Management in Lubbock, Texas. The field site is the Sand Ranch, owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico.
Applicants must have a MS in ecology, biology, wildlife management, or closely related field. Prior field experience with birds, particularly ground-nesting birds, or grouse, is a must. Must be able to operate 4x4 trucks, operate with common sense in the field, and get along well with collaborators. Applicants must be willing to live in an isolated area with other graduate students; expect limited internet access and other amenities. Prior experience with vegetation sampling is preferred, as well as a someone with a sense of humor (and previous supervisory experience). Experience with advanced statistical analysis is preferred, but not required. Individuals who are willing to combine these data with three other long-term lesser prairie-chicken data sets collected in NM and TX to assess various habitat management techniques on lesser prairie-chicken ecology will be given preference. Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to
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Blake Grisham
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