The graduate student selected will conduct research designed to determine the insect pollinators of both native and nonnative grasses in southern Texas. Project goals include quantifying pollinator networks (alpha diversity, composition, connectivity) associated with native and nonnative grasses commercially available in working lands. The successful candidate will pursue a M.S. degree in Range and Wildlife Management with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Dept. of Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences, Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Additional duties include publication of research results; presentations at professional conferences; assisting with other graduate projects; occasional help teaching classes or labs; and other duties as assigned.
B.S. in entomology, range ecology or closely related field. Strong work ethic, excellent verbal and written communication, ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team, ability to identify pollinator insects in the South Texas region, and the ability and willingness to work under adverse field conditions (extreme heat and humidity, ticks, mosquitoes, snakes, etc.) are essential. Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and competitive GRE scores.