I am seeking a graduate student to conduct Master’s research focused on ocelot and bobcat road mortalities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Cameron County, Texas. The student will join a growing graduate program in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences in one of the fastest growing, culturally diverse regions in the nation, situated close to South Padre Island and the Gulf of Mexico. The student will primarily work to assess road mortalities of wild cats and associated wildlife in comparison to areas where wildlife crossings are being installed in one of the last remaining habitats of the endangered ocelot in the United States. Additionally, the student will participate in other monitoring in this project involving camera trap surveys of wildlife crossing areas.
The appointment is to begin in Spring Semester 2018 in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The position includes a $1,600 per month stipend plus a tuition scholarship of $6,520 annually. Funding is available for two years and renewable annually based upon performance. The position includes an in-state-tuition waiver for out-of-state students.
Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science or a related field and be field capable. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores are required. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for research and an ability to work independently. A valid U.S. driver's license and good driving record is required. Prior experience working with wildlife monitoring is preferred, as is the ability to conduct fieldwork in hot conditions. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll full time in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences MS program.
If interested, please send a letter of interest, CV, unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores to firstname.lastname@example.org