Funded Ph.D. position – Human Dimensions of Wildlife: Texas

Texas State University
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
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The Serenari Lab ( at Texas State University is searching for outstanding candidates for a funded Ph.D. position beginning January 2022. Contingent upon satisfactory degree progress, the student will have funding for the duration their program originating from a combination of instructional assistantship (IA) and research assistantship (RA). The IA position will provide at least $3,000 per month for 9 months for up to 5 years and in-state tuition rates (a high stipend helps offset the absence of a tuition waiver and cost of health insurance). The RA will cover four long semesters of tuition and provides a stipend of $2,326 (includes assistance for health insurance premiums) for 20 months (January 1, 2022-August 31, 2023). The selected student will work with Dr. Serenari and two community partners to conduct a funded conservation social science project examining the human dimensions of recreational disturbances to shorebirds.
Required qualifications for this position: • Academic background/degree(s) include Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Wildlife Ecology, Psychology, Political Science, Environmental Communication, or other relevant discipline. • Admission to the Ph.D. program normally requires an earned master's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in areas relevant to the position. Exceptionally qualified applicants with an earned bachelor's degree may also be considered with evidence of scholarly research/writing. • Ability to travel and conduct field for up to two weeks Preferred qualifications: • Master’s degree via thesis track • Experience with qualitative or quantitative data collection and analysis • Peer reviewed publications • Experience with GIS To apply, please send a curriculum vitae and 1-2 page statement of your research and professional goals, including your interests and qualifications for the research project to Dr. Chris Serenari ( by 5pm on July 16, 2021. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The selected candidate will need to be prepared to apply to the Ph.D. in Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology program by August 15, 2022 (including paying an application fee, 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts, and, perhaps, GRE scores [see current university policy/departmental requirements]). Texas State University is a high research activity university serving approximately 40,000 students, and 53% of the study body are ethnic minorities. The San Marcos campus is located in a growing community of 60,000 people in the Austin Metropolitan Area. Located in the Texas Hill Country, where blackland prairies roll into beautiful hills, Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities
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