One student is needed to assist in a project addressing both applied and theoretical questions regarding the influence of grassland vegetation management and community structure on variation in wildlife interactions and community assemblages (quail, passerine, mammal, and invertebrate) on Burning Star 5 State Wildlife Area in southern Illinois. Graduate studies will lead to a PhD degree in Zoology or Ecology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Competitive GPA and GRE scores are required. Competitive candidates will have completed a Bachelor’s and M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology, Zoology, or a related field; however, exceptional candidates with a Bachelor of Science only will be considered. Demonstrated experience identifying grassland nesting birds and the ability to conduct rigorous fieldwork under extreme conditions will be necessary. Previous experience or a desire to continue a career in avian ecology is desirable, but not essential.