Drs. Clay Nielsen and John Groninger seek a Ph.D.-level Graduate Research Assistant to study wildlife response to giant cane (Arundinaria gigantea) in southern Illinois. Giant cane is a native bamboo species that historically thrived in alluvial floodplains and riparian areas in the southeastern U.S., but only 2% of canebrakes currently remain. Our study will assess the contribution of giant cane to wildlife habitat; primary fieldwork will consist of large-scale surveys of birds, mammals, and herps conducted in canebrakes and surrounding habitats in southern Illinois. Data will be analyzed using occupancy modeling techniques. Although this is a research-intensive position, the successful applicant will have opportunities to teach or co-teach university courses. Following the successful completion of all requirements, the student will obtain a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University.
The successful applicant will have: (1) obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife, ecology, biology, forestry, or a related field; (2) applicable field skills including non-invasive surveys for birds, mammals, and herps, and habitat evaluation; (3) high tolerance of hot and humid weather, poison ivy, mosquitoes, and ticks; (4) a driver's license and ability to carry heavy gear long distances in difficult field conditions; (5) exceptional quantitative skills and experience with occupancy modeling; (6) strong oral and written communication skills; and (7) an ability to work both independently and within a team framework with project technicians and fellow graduate students in a highly-productive research laboratory.
Interested parties should submit a cover letter, CV (with GPA and GRE scores included), and list of 3 references no later than 15 July 2020.