Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.) – nightjar and owl distribution: Illinois

Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois
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Graduate Assistantships
~$1,500/mo + tuition and benefits
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A M.S.-level Graduate Research Assistantship is available at Southern Illinois University starting Fall 2021 to evaluate the current distribution of nocturnal bird species of conservation concern (e.g., nightjars, owls) in Southern Illinois. The research will take place across priority conservation areas and will work to understand how forest management affects the recovery of the focal species. Primary field work will take place during spring and summer and includes deploying Autonomous Recording Units (ARUs) and conducting point counts. The graduate student will work to analyze field observations in an integrated species distribution modeling framework. The successful applicant is expected to communicate findings to state agencies and other on-going monitoring efforts. The student will earn a M.S. in Forestry with emphasis in Wildlife Ecology at Southern Illinois University.
The successful applicant will have (1) obtained B.S. degree in wildlife, ecology, biology, forestry, zoology, or related fields; (2) knowledge of regional birds by sight and sound and have experience conducting point counts and/or deploying ARUs; (3) exceptional quantitative skills and familiarity with occupancy modeling; (4) knowledge of program R and spatial software (e.g., QGIS, ArcGIS); (5) a driver's license and ability to conduct independent field work in difficult conditions (e.g., steep terrain, poison ivy, ticks, poisonous snakes); and (6) strong oral and written communication skills. To apply please email a single PDF to Brent Pease ( that includes: 1. A cover letter that describes past experiences and career goals 2. Curriculum Vitae (with GPA and GRE scores included, if possible) 3. Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) 4. Contact information for 3 references The email subject should be “MS - NOCTURNAL BIRD DISTRIBUTION”. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications must be received by Feb 26, 2021.
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Brent Pease
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