The graduate student selected will conduct research on the effects of prescribed burning on coastal vegetative communities in southern Texas. Project goals include determining changes in coastal grassland communities, specifically nearest-neighbor relationships, brought about by burning in either winter or summer with either short or long return intervals. 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 projects and with prescribed burning; occasional help teaching classes or labs; and other duties as assigned.
To Apply: Send or email a cover letter stating interests and career goals, resume/CV, copies of transcripts (originals will be required if selected), GRE scores, and 3 letters of reference to:
Dr. Sandra Rideout-Hanzak
B.S. in 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, and the ability and willingness to work under adverse field conditions (extreme heat and humidity, smoke, ticks, mosquitoes, snakes, etc.) are essential. Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and competitive GRE scores.
Preferred: Background or interest in plant identification, GIS/GPS skills, experience surveying vegetation, basic field ecology.