M.S. Position in Amphibian and Reptile Ecology/Conservation; New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, New Mexico
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Graduate Assistantships
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The Davis Lab (www.drewrdavis.com) in the Department of Biology at Eastern New Mexico University is accepting applications for M.S. students interested in pursuing thesis projects beginning in Spring 2024. Students will have flexibility to pursue specific research topics of interest, but these topics should generally be related to the ecology and conservation of North American amphibians and reptiles. Potential topics can include and combine components of behavioral ecology, stress physiology, disease ecology, ecotoxicology, and natural history and be field- or museum-based (though laboratory components could be pursued). All research should aim to to gain a deeper insight into the threats and challenges amphibian and reptile species and populations face and provide important information for their management. Students should be highly motivated and passionate on these research topics and display characteristics including self-direction, follow-through, and grit. Competitive applicants will have evidence of conducting field- or museum-based research, excellent communication skills (oral and written), and relevant coursework. Funding for this position is provided through a departmental Graduate Assistantship, though there is potential for future Research Assistantships. Eastern New Mexico University is federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution situated in Portales, New Mexico, a small, friendly town with an affordable cost of living. Portales is located on the Llano Estacado and situated near the confluence of the southern Great Plains, Chihuahuan Desert, and Southern Rocky Mountains, providing ample opportunities to pursue herpetological research in varied landscapes.
Successful applications should have a B.S. degree in Biology, Wildlife Ecology, or a closely related field, and a desire to conduct applied research to address current conservation challenges or ecological questions surrounding amphibians and reptiles. Previous field or museum experience with amphibians and/or reptiles is preferred, but not required. Successful candidates will also have demonstrated the ability to manage multiple competing tasks for their time (e.g., writing, data collection, coursework, and teaching), are goal oriented and self-directed, and have an interest in collaborative research. Interested applicants should send an email (subject line = ENMU MS Position) describing your interest in joining the lab, career goals, and recent relevant experience, and include a copy of your CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for two references to: drew.davis@enmu.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with notification of a decision in early October.
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Drew R. Davis, Ph.D.
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