The Department of Environmental and Forest Biology invites applicants for a Master’s Assistantship to study the influence of agricultural grains on diets, body condition, and seasonal stress in mallards and black ducks during winter on eastern Long Island. Eastern Long Island is an area rich in waterfowl and waterfowling history and has a long tradition of wintering an abundance of black ducks and other waterfowl. The selected student will work towards a Master’s degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management (http://www.esf.edu/efb/fishwild/) at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). SUNY ESF is home to the fourth
largest undergraduate and graduate education program in wildlife science, conservation
biology, and fisheries management in the United States; it is by far the largest such
program in the northeastern US. SUNY ESF is located in central New York with abundant outdoor opportunities with the Finger Lakes region, National Wildlife Refuges, Lake Ontario, and the Adirondack Park a short distance away. The field seasons will occur February – April 2018 and 2019 and include waterfowl counts, grain sampling, captures with baited walk-in traps and rocket nets over grain fields, lethal collection of mallards and black ducks, and blood and other tissue sampling for hemocrit/lymphocyte and stable isotope analysis. Must qualify for teaching assistantship for 2 Fall Semesters (2018 and 2019). Completion of degree expected Spring 2020.
Bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, biology, ecology or related field; competitive GPA (typically > 3.0; > 3.5 preferred) and GRE scores (typically above 50th percentile; > 75th preferred). Prior experience with waterfowl banding, handling, and waterfowl hunting are required. Those with experience blood sampling, working with state and federal partners, supervising technicians, and knowledge of grain farming are preferred. Must have a clean driving record and background to meet teaching assistantship requirement. Email letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores to Dr. Schummer.
Contact: Dr. Michael (Mike) Schummer, Roosevelt Waterfowl Ecologist, 204 Illick Hall, SUNY ESF, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13120