Dr. Jennifer Frey seeks a highly motivated Master’s student to assist with research to evaluate habitat selection and other aspects of the ecology of the Oscura Mountains Colorado Chipmunk (Neotamias quadrivittatus oscuraensis). This chipmunk is listed as threatened by the state of New Mexico and its distribution is restricted to a remote mountain range, the Oscura Mountains. The Oscura Mountains are located within a US Army installation, White Sands Missile Range about 2 hours north of Las Cruces. The research will entail investigating habitat selection by the chipmunk using radio-telemetry, remote cameras, other field methods, and rigorous statistical analyses. Field work is likely to require extended periods of camping or stays in a communal bunkhouse. The study area wilderness area above treeline in the Sacramento Mountains (about 2 hrs from NMSU). The study will form the basis of the student’s Master’s thesis in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University. The starting date is 16 January 2020 and is anticipated for 2.5 years.
• Bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, biology, or conservation ecology
• > 3.3 GPA
• > 70th percentile on verbal and quantitative portions of GRE
• Must be able to work, carry heavy loads, and camp outdoors at high elevation in steep terrain and in inclement weather.
• Quantitative aptitude and statistical knowledge (e.g., Statistics minor)
• Backcountry experience (wilderness backpacking, first aid, etc)
• Small mammal trapping experience
• Experience using ArcGIS
• Experience conducting research
For consideration, please email Dr. Frey an initial letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores (use the subject line GA Application). The letter of interest must explain your relevant experience, why you are interested in the position, and how it would fit in with your academic and professional goals. Letters that do not address these points will not be considered. Materials will be reviewed as received and the position filled upon finding a suitable applicant Information about the department can be found at http://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/fws/.