Geographic information systems (GIS) and abundant landscape-level data, often from remote sensing sources, provide opportunities for biologists to model and evaluate wildlife habitat quality. The successful applicant will work with Dr. Don White, Jr. on a 2-year study to construct GIS-based habitat suitability index (HSI) models for black bears (Ursus americanus), prothonotary warblers (Protonotaria citrea), and evening bats (Nycticeius humeralis) on the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge and the north unit of the Dale Bumpers White River NWR, Arkansas. This project will include one field season in May-August 2021. The final report (MS thesis) will be delivered in December 2022.
Applicants must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses and satisfactory GRE scores. A B.S. degree in a natural resources-related field is also required. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license or obtain the same within 60 days of starting employment. Overnight travel is required as well as the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.