Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship – Migration ecology of shorebirds – TEXAS

Agency
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University Kingsville
Location
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas (approx. 45 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas). Research will be conducted on public lands and on private ranches along the lower Texas coast.
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$1,600/month plus benefits (medical package has a 60 day waiting period). Nonresident tuition waived (resident tuition fees apply). Partial resident tuition fee assistance may be provided based on availability of funds.
Start Date
08/15/2017
Last Date to Apply
07/25/2017
Description
We are seeking a student to conduct research as part of a collaborative study to investigate several aspects of the spring migration ecology of shorebirds. Research questions will be related to understanding the importance of the Laguna Madre to migratory shorebirds, and specific questions will be developed collaboratively with successful applicant. This project will also be integrated into larger-scale shorebird research being conducted collaboratively throughout the mid-continent of North America (encompassing the spring migration period). Research data will be used by the successful applicant for their dissertation. Successful applicants will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present papers at scientific meetings.
Qualifications
M. S. in ecology, wildlife science, biology, or closely related fields. A strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team, and ability to work under adverse field conditions (hot humid South Texas environment). Strong analytical skills and experience with analysis of movement data desirable. Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and motor boats, and conduct field research is required. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and competitive GRE scores (application package must include GRE scores; applications with no GRE scores will not be considered).

Start Date: August 2017 or January 2018

Application Deadline: Will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

To Apply: Send via email a single pdf file that includes 1) a cover letter, 2) career goals, 3) resume/CV, 4) transcripts (can be unofficial), 5) GRE scores, and 6) names and email addresses of 3 references to: bart.ballard@tamuk.edu
Contact Person
Dr. Bart Ballard
Contact Phone
(361)593-3954
Contact eMail
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