Impacts of Urbanization on the Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) in Tennessee

Tennessee State University
Nashville, Tennessee
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Graduate Assistantships
Graduate Assistantship
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A Ph.D. student opportunity is available in the Wildlife Ecology Laboratory ( at Tennessee State University in Nashville Tennessee. The successful applicant will evaluate the impacts of urbanization and landscape disturbance on Streamside Salamanders in Tennessee. Specifically, the student will conduct a multi-year study to evaluate to leverage a Before-After-Control-Impact study design to evaluate the efficacy of buffers to mitigate impacts of riparian disturbance on A. barbouri populations. The ideal candidate will have an interest in developing field and laboratory approaches to answer questions related to population and/or community ecology. In addition, the student will have opportunities to use environmental DNA approaches for population monitoring. Results from this study will be directly applicable to improving management protocols for the Streamside Salamanders in Tennessee.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with an undergraduate/M.S. degree in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Zoology, Environmental Sciences, Conservation Biology, or another closely related degree. The candidate must possess a passion for wildlife conservation research and be able to work in cold weather conditions. In addition, the applicant must also possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a 4wd vehicle. Prior experience working with salamanders and herpetofauna is a plus. Ideal candidates will have ample experience with R and ArcGIS/ArcPRO. Financial support (stipend and full tuition waiver) will be provided as a research assistantship and will be renewable annually contingent upon satisfactory performance. A positive attitude is a must. Interested candidates should send the following application materials as single .pdf to 1) cover letter describing research interests and academic background, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and 4) copies of GRE scores. Screening of applicants will begin immediately. Please submit application materials by 03/04/2022. Please entitle the email as "Streamside Salamander Assistantship". Additional graduate opportunities focused on genomic approaches for A. barbouri conservation will be available the in the Hurt lab at Tennessee Technological University. Please contact Dr. Carla Hurt ( for additional information.
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William B Sutton
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