I am seeking a Master’s student with a keen interest in lizard ecology who is also willing to put a lot of energy into this research project. The main focus of the research will be to determine the role of habitat structure on survival of prairie lizards in Arkansas. Study sites will be either primarily forested or primarily rocky with no forest cover. The successful applicant will start any time after July 1st, 2021. Field procedures will involve noosing lizards and using a relatively novel photographic identification technique (I3S) to identify individuals in the population. Field work will build upon a multi-year mark-capture-recapture study. The sites in the Arkansas River Valley have large populations of lizards and we have the potential of capturing several hundred lizards in each field season. There may also be opportunities to expand the research to look at other questions.
The student’s stipend will be paid via a teaching assistantship at Arkansas Tech University which involves teaching approximately 2 labs per week. The student will not be required to teach in the summer. Tuition will be waived.
I will begin reviewing applications as soon as they arrive and may select an applicant before the deadline, so I encourage you to apply early.
B.S in wildlife, zoology, biology, or closely related field. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work in a team environment and alone, a strong work ethic, possession of a valid driver’s license and ability to walk over boulder fields safely are critical. Prior knowledge or skills associated with noosing, handling, and measuring lizards would be useful; some knowledge of R, Program Mark, and GIS, are desirable. Please send in one document a letter of interest, resume, copies of transcripts, GRE scores, and names and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. Chris Kellner (email@example.com).
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