GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (M.S. or Ph.D.) position to study of the social ecology of Harris’s Hawks in south Texas. Student will examine the breeding ecology of Harris’s Hawks and address questions related to the origin of extra nest attendants, the stability of social groups, population ecology, and cooperative hunting. Research will involve locating nests, accessing nests and marking nestlings, capturing and sampling adults, re-sighting color-marked hawks, behavioral observations, and radio telemetry. Student will continue work on a marked population of Harris’s Hawks established by Bill Clark and Andrea Gibbons in the vicinity of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife refuges (near Harlingen Texas).
Applicants should have a strong interest in animal and behavioral ecology, as well as conservation. Applicant should be willing to work long hours to collect the maximum amount of data during the field seasons (winter, spring, and early summer). Ability to climb or to learn how to climb safely to hawk nests is required. The student would be required to qualify for a Teaching Assistantship in the Department of Biological Sciences.
Please send letter of interest, C.V. (or resume), unofficial copies of transcripts, and an unofficial report of GRE scores to JIM BEDNARZ (email@example.com), Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas. Applications received before 10 December 2021 will receive priority consideration. After a preliminary review of applications, top candidates for this position will then be encouraged to submit official applications to the Graduate School at University of North Texas.