M.S. Position; Use of reclaimed forests by wildlife on Appalachian coal mines; University of Kentucky

Agency
University of Kentucky
Location
University of Kentucky (Lexington); field sites in Kentucky and West Virginia
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$18,000 yearly stipend; health insurance and tuition also covered
Start Date
07/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
05/21/2021
Description
M.S. assistantship is available beginning 1 July 2021 through the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Kentucky. The graduate student will work on a study evaluating the use of reclaimed forests by wildlife species of concern (i.e., amphibians, birds, bats, etc.) on Appalachian coal mines. The study locations include The University of Kentucky’s Robinson Forest (Kentucky) and the Monongahela National Forest (West Virginia). This project will provide critical information on whether species of concern are utilizing reclaimed mines and provide insight on what habitat types are suitable to support populations. A better understanding of habitat features that attract species of concern will guide future reclamation practices. The successful applicant will receive $18,000 stipend, health insurance and tuition. Travel to and from field locations and housing will be provided. More information about the Graduate Program in Forest and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Kentucky can be found at: https://forestry.ca.uky.edu/forestry-graduate-program.
Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, natural resources management, ecology, or related discipline. Candidates should have the ability to identify central Appalachian amphibians, birds and mammals. Candidates should also have the ability or willingness to learn automated recording systems and data processing from these systems. Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills, be self-motivated, work well independently and as part of a team, the ability to work long hours in the field and possess a valid US driver’s license. Experience with R, ArcGIS and occupancy modeling is a plus. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Send cover letter, CV, GRE scores, unofficial transcripts and a list of at least 3 references to Dr. Steven Price (steven.price@uky.edu) by May 21, 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so apply soon.
Contact Person
Steven Price
Contact eMail
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