1 M.S. Graduate Assistantship – Multi-scale assessment of habitat connectivity on chestnut-bellied scaled quail populations in Texas

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas (approx. 45 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas). Field research will be conducted on private ranches in the South Texas Plains and Tamualipan Thornscrub regions.
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Graduate Assistantships
$1,600/month plus benefits (medical package has a 60-day waiting period) plus tuition wavier.
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Chestnut-bellied scaled quail (Callipepla squamata castanogastris) have experienced distribution-wide declines in recent decades and currently occupy a fraction of their historic range. Although the mechanistic causes of the scaled quail decline are unknown, habitat loss and fragmentation resulting from land-use changes may be contributing factors. Moreover, these relationships may be context and scale specific, leading to increased uncertainty of large-scale changes in scaled quail populations. We are seeking 1 M.S. student to conduct research on movement and population ecology of stable and declining chestnut-bellied scaled quail populations in relation to spatio-temporal landscape changes throughout their distribution in South Texas. The successful candidate will utilize GPS transmitter technology to better understand fine-scale movement and space use patterns of scaled quail in South Texas. This position will include assistance from multiple field research associates, 1 Ph.D. student, and a diverse team of quail experts at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, while also working in collaboration with scientists from the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Drs. Evan Tanner and Ashley Unger (co-advisor). The successful applicants will be expected to publish manuscripts in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals and present findings at national and regional scientific conferences. This is a fully funded 2.5-year position.
B. S. degree in ecology, wildlife science, natural resources, range science, biology, or closely related fields. Competitive applicants will ideally have coding and statistical experience in R or related software. 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 Texas environment) are essential. Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and conduct field research. GRE score requirements are currently being waived due to logistical constraints during COVID-19.
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Evan P. Tanner
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