M.S. or Ph.D. Assistantship on Endangered Yuma Ridgway’s Rails in Southwestern U.S. – Univ of Idaho

University of Idaho
Moscow, ID
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
12-month RA
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GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP available for an M.S. or Ph.D. student in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho. Student will be funded on a Research Assistantship as part of an ongoing project on the federally endangered Yuma Ridgway’s Rail in southeastern California and southwestern Arizona. The student’s thesis/dissertation research will: 1) examine daily movement dynamics of this rare bird; 2) estimate population densities via standardized marsh bird surveys; and 3) document the effects of selenium concentrations in marshes on the rails. Field work for the project will require conducting standardized marsh bird surveys, trapping rails and attaching satellite transmitters, locating rail nests, collecting eggs for toxicology testing, and sampling invertebrates and sediments for selenium. The telemetry portion of the project will document movement behavior and survival of rails in managed and unmanaged marshes. This is a collaborative project and we will work closely with biologists from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and other federal and state agencies. The assistantship will cover all tuition and fees, student health insurance, and a year-round grad stipend. Start date is flexible: as early as spring 2021 or summer/fall 2021. To apply, please send the following materials (via email attachment) by 10 January to Dr. Courtney Conway (cconway@uidaho.edu): (1) Cover letter explaining career goals, academic interests, and highlighting experience relevant to the project, (2) resume, (3) unofficial copy of undergrad/grad transcripts, (4) names/addresses/email for >3 references, and (5) GPA and GRE scores & percentiles. See the following websites for more information on the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho (http://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/fishwild) and the Idaho Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit (https://www.coopunits.org/Idaho/).
Qualifications include an undergraduate degree (in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Biology, or related field) and an undergraduate GPA of >3.0. The successful applicant must have excellent written and interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, a willingness to conduct field research in marshes under rigorous and hot conditions, aptitude for quantitative skills, and prior field research experience.
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Courtney Conway
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