Graduate Research Assistantship Gray Fox Ecology

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
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Graduate Assistantships
$2,411 per month plus a tuition-waiver and health benefits
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A MS or Ph.D. research assistantship is available in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. The student will work on a comprehensive multi-year study of gray fox ecology and management in Ohio. The study includes at least 2 field seasons. The student will be expected to assist with aspects of field and lab work, which include but are not necessarily limited to capture and GPS monitoring of gray foxes, remote monitoring via cameras, disease and genetic sampling, etc. The student will be part of a research team focused on identifying factors potentially limiting fox populations. The student also will be expected to interact with the public and work with various landowners and cooperators. The overarching goal is to determine what factor(s) is limiting gray fox populations in Ohio, and possibly the Midwest. Examples of potential graduate research topics include but are not necessarily limited to: habitat use and selection, movement analysis, survival and cause-specific analysis, niche modeling via stable isotopes, and potentially interactions with coyotes. This is an excellent opportunity to conduct impactful research that has the potential to aid the state agency in the conservation of a species of concern. The student will be based in Columbus, OH, with field work taking place in various locations in Ohio.
Qualified applicants should have a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology or related field, a minimum 3.5/4.0 GPA, and a record of previous successful research including manuscripts in preparation or published. If applying for a M.S. position, qualified applicants should have a minimum of a 3.2/4.0 GPA, a BS/BA in biology, zoology, wildlife and fisheries science or related field, and some relevant research experience. Experience with livetrapping, GIS, telemetry, and R is strongly preferred. This work will involve a mix of noninvasive monitoring and GPS radiotracking techniques. Therefore, it is critical that a successful applicant have an interest in a combination of field techniques and quantitative data analysis, statistics, spatial modeling. Additionally, the successful applicant must have the inter-personal skills to be able to work collaboratively with cooperating biologists and field technicians, as well as be able to communicate with landowners. Start date is flexible, but those applicants with earlier availability are preferred. To apply: Submit a single PDF labeled as Lastname_GradApplication.pdf containing 1) a cover letter [this should include a description about your academic career thus far and why you are interested in this project], 2) a CV, 3) the name and contact information of 3 references, and 4) unofficial transcripts. The Gehrt Lab, and larger OSU community is committed to increasing the representation of traditionally excluded groups and fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive research program. Applications or questions about the position should be sent to Dr. Stan Gehrt at
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