Graduate Research Assistant – Bumblebee Ecology and Conservation-Illinois

Agency
Illinois Natural History Survey
Location
Champaign, IL 61821
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
TBD
Start Date
01/16/2019
Last Date to Apply
12/15/2018
Description
Drs. Michael Dreslik and Jason Robinson (Illinois Natural History Survey) are seeking a graduate student to pursue a Master of Science with the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences department at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). This is a funded project that will investigate the population ecology, demography and habitat use of the Federally Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee (Bombus affinis) in Illinois. Census techniques will include the use of aerial nets, digital photography, mark-recapture and exploratory methods. There will be opportunities for the student to ask additional ecological questions within the study system. Additional research responsibilities will include: entering and analyzing data; presenting results at scientific meetings; writing scientific reports and manuscripts. Competitive applicants will have: 1) a B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife or other related fields; 2) entomological knowledge and experience; 3) field research skills and abilities; 4) independently motivated but strong team player; and 5) a valid driver’s license. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll at the University of Illinois for the Spring 2019 semester (December 15 application deadline). Preference will be given to students with prior experience working with insects, particularly bumblebees and/or Illinois botany. To apply, combine cover letter, resume/CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information (e-mail and phone) for three references into a single PDF document and submit by e-mail to Jason Robinson (jrob@illinois.edu) with the subject heading, “Bumblebee Ecology”. For more information, email Dr. Jason Robinson (jrob@illinois.edu) and/or Dr. Mike Dreslik (dreslik@illinois.edu).
Qualifications
Competitive applicants will have: 1) a B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife or other related fields; 2) entomological knowledge and experience; 3) field research skills and abilities; 4) independently motivated but strong team player; and 5) a valid driver’s license. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll at the University of Illinois for the Spring 2019 semester (December 15 application deadline). Preference will be given to students with prior experience working with insects, particularly bumblebees and/or Illinois botany. To apply, combine cover letter, resume/CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information (e-mail and phone) for three references into a single PDF document and submit by e-mail to Jason Robinson (jrob@illinois.edu) with the subject heading, “Bumblebee Ecology”.
Contact Person
Dr. Jason Robinson
Contact eMail
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