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M.S. Assistantship – Reproductive and movement ecology of wild turkeys in Georgia
University of Georgia
Athens, GA and study areas in Georgia
$28,000 plus tuition waiver
Last Date to Apply
This work is part of a long-term series of field studies evaluating ecology of wild turkeys in the southeastern United States, and specifically, continuing assessments of reproductive and movement ecology of wild turkeys. The successful candidate will conduct field work on multiple study sites in the Piedmont of Georgia, where work has been ongoing for 5 years. The candidate will conduct field research that will involve assessments of gobbling activity, male and female behavior, nesting and brooding ecology of females, and various aspects of genetics and relatedness relative to movements and behaviors. The candidate will also have access to, and will be encouraged to use, spatial data collected on study sites throughout the southeastern United States which is currently the most comprehensive spatial dataset ever collected on wild turkeys. These spatial data were generated through use of GPS transmitters to evaluate movements and reproductive ecology of female wild turkeys, along with harvest rates and behaviors of males. Likewise, extensive datasets detailing gobbling activity of males are available and continue to be collected on multiple study sites, the candidate will have access to those data as well. The successful candidate will work with the Principle Investigator to design a thesis that best suits his/her interests, which could include topics related to female or male behavior, reproductive ecology, various aspects of movement ecology, calling activity of males, and many others. This project will also include assistance from numerous field technicians, collaboration with several graduate students currently working on various aspects of the project, and collaboration with researchers from Louisiana State University, the University of Missouri, and Tennessee Tech University. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Principal Investigator to discuss available datasets outside of what will be collected as part of field work supporting this project, as they will provide a unique opportunity to the successful candidate.
B.S. in Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, Biology or a closely related discipline; GPA > 3.0, fluency in English, valid driver’s license, good communication skills, and willingness to work in hot, humid, and buggy field conditions. A willingness to embrace collaborative research is a must. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 3 references in a single pdf document.