American marten Graduate Research Assitantship (M.S.) Michigan

Grand Valley State University
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Graduate Assistantships
$12,000/year plus full tuition waiver (2 years)
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The Biology Department at Grand Valley State University ( is recruiting a graduate research assistant (M.S.) to start coursework in August 2021. There is a possibility the student could start field work in June. The student will conduct a study examining the impacts of habitat management and extreme weather events on American marten habitat selection in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The project will involve live trapping and monitoring marten fitted with GPS collars. Travel and navigation throughout the study area will be necessary. The project is being conducted in collaboration with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Natural Resources Department and the student will be working with tribal Natural Resources Department personnel on a regular basis.
Candidates must have a B.S. in Wildlife Biology or a related field. Strong organizational and communication skills are required as are attention to detail and problem solving skills. A demonstrated ability to use GPS, GIS, and spreadsheets to quantify and analyze habitat is required. Common sense and an appropriate balance of the ability to work independently and knowing when to ask questions is also highly desirable. Experience live trapping, chemically immobilizing, and radio tracking mesocarvivores is highly desirable. The ability to maintain a positive attitude and sense of humor while dealing with the rigors of field work is also appreciated. This is an intense field-based project and will require working long irregular hours in the field while frequently working independently. Funding is dependent on applicant receiving a Biology dept. graduate assistantship which are highly competitive (>3.80 undergraduate GPA and competitive GRE scores most years). Applicants must also have a valid driver’s license. Interested applicants should send letter of interest, CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. Paul Keenlance (, Biology Dept., Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401. Applicants should also apply to the Biology dept. graduate program ( Questions can be directed to Dr. Keenlance at the above email or at 616-331-8579. Application deadline is 15 Jan.
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Dr. Paul Keenlance (, Biology Dept., Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401
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