The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is recruiting one M.S. student to study the reproductive ecology of black bears in Alabama. The student will be supported via a research assistantship funded by a grant from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The study will include capturing and handling bears, fitting captured bears with GPS-enabled radio collars, locating collared bears in the dens in the spring, characterizing those dens, capturing bear cubs in the den, fitting cubs with VHF expandable radio collars, and monitoring cub survival and cause of death. The start date of the position is flexible (Summer 2021 - Fall 2021).
Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, wildlife sciences, or a related field. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. GRE scores of 150 on each of the verbal and quantitative sections is preferred. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in trapping and handling large mammals and radio telemetry. Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining their interests, career goals, and qualifications for the project, CV or resume, copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies are OK for application review), and contact information for at least 3 references to Dr. Todd Steury via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).