Inquiries and applications are invited for two Graduate Research Assistantships in the lab of Dr. Alexis Powell, in collaboration with Dr. David Edds, in the Department of Biological Sciences at Emporia State University, starting January 2018. These GRAs will be responsible for conducting field surveys (year round, January 2018–December 2019) to assess the conservation status of the Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica) and Common Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus, ssp. maculosus and louisianensis) in Kansas. We seek self-motivated students who are comfortable and capable of working in muddy creeks and rivers, hauling heavy messy live traps up slippery river banks, identifying survey locations from maps and research on past records, contacting landowners, navigating backroads and trails, at times camping in rough conditions, and doing most of this fieldwork independently or in partnership with the other graduate student on the project. We expect that each GRA will demonstrate significant mental commitment to planning and coordination so that the survey is thorough and effective, and will also be intellectually invested by developing a master’s thesis around a topic relevant to ecology, evolution, or conservation biology, using data gathered in the course of the survey, to add value to the project. Communication and teamwork skills will be essential for successful collaboration with the other GRA, with possible undergraduate assistants, and with the principal investigators, other faculty, and state agency officials who will provide guidance, support, and assistance with data analyses, reports to agencies, and publications.
Please send inquiries, including (1) cover letter describing previous experience, research interests, and career goals, (2) resume or CV, including (3) contact information for three references, and (4) unofficial transcripts to Dr. Alexis Powell (email@example.com) by 12/01/2017. Review of inquiries will begin as soon as they are received. For more information, please visit www.emporia.edu/biosci/graduate-programs/herpetology.html. Final acceptance to these GRA positions will also require application and admission to the ESU Graduate School (www.emporia.edu/grad/) and the Graduate Program of the Department of Biological Sciences (www.emporia.edu/biosci/graduate-programs/).