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M.S. assistantship evaluating forest restoration efforts on insects and ultimately on bats-Arkansas
Arkansas Tech University
~$13,000/year + tuition waiver
Last Date to Apply
The Fisheries and Wildlife program, in the Department of Biological Sciences, at Arkansas Tech University, is currently hiring a thesis graduate student at the M.S level. The successful applicant will start any time after July 1st, 2018 and will conduct research to evaluate the impacts of different forest restoration treatments on daytime and nighttime insects. Depending on the student’s interest there is the potential to incorporate bat activity into the study. The student will setup insect traps both during the day and overnight in the Ozark region of NW Arkansas, and collect insects from forest stands with different restoration treatments. To monitor bat activity the student could utilize acoustic bat detectors to detect bats in the same areas as where insect sampling takes place. The goal of this research will be to better understand the effect of forest restoration on insect communities, and ultimately the availability of food sources for bats. The project will be in collaboration with the US Forest service, and thus the student will need to communicate with other researchers and research technicians working on the project
B.S in wildlife, zoology, biology, or closely related field. Excellent people skills, the ability to work in a team environment and alone, and a strong work ethic are critical. Ability to conduct field work under harsh environmental conditions (hot, humid, insect-infested study areas), and the ability to effectively troubleshoot when alone in the field is a must. Field experience (particularly with invertebrate sampling), strong GIS background, and proficiency with Excel and other software programs are desirable. Please send a letter of interest, resume, copies of transcripts, GRE scores, and names and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. Jorista Garrie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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