MS Assistantship Demonstrating the Use of an Aerial Detection Technology to Inventory DoD Installations for Endangered, Threatened and at Risk Bat Species – Tennessee

Agency
University of Tennessee
Location
Knoxville and various field locations
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$15,000/year plus tuition waiver and health insurance
Start Date
01/05/2018
Last Date to Apply
11/10/2017
Description
We are looking for an outstanding student to pursue an MS research project demonstrating the use of an aerial detection technology (ADT) to inventory DoD installations for endangered, threatened, and at risk (TER-S) bat species. The ADT is comprised of a remote-controlled weather balloon that suspends an acoustic bat detector and data acquisition payload at various altitudes over a bat monitoring location. The ADT can be used on tether or free flown. The successful applicant will 1) validate the ability of the ADT to detect and record ultrasonic bat calls of sufficient quality to permit accurate species identification under a range of environmental and operational conditions; 2) Demonstrate the ability of ADT to collect data on calls of TER-S and other bat species at above-ground altitudes across a broad range of military installations; and 3) Establish the ability of ABDT to collect data on calls of TER-S and other bat species when free-flown over inaccessible areas across a broad range of military installations.
Qualifications
Academic requirements include a BS in wildlife, ecology, or related field, with a GPA of at least 3.25 and GRE scores of 300 or greater. Applicants must have prior field experience; a strong work ethic; excellent quantitative and oral and written communication skills, high attention to detail; the ability to work independently and manage a field crew; and the physical and mental capacity to work long hours and late nights in the field in hot, humid, and buggy conditions. A positive attitude and the personality to work/live amicably with others will also be an advantage. Preference will be given to candidates who have previously conducted acoustic monitoring. To apply, applicants should create a single .pdf document containing: 1) a cover letter that highlights experiences and interest in wildlife science and working with novel wildlife monitoring technology, 2) resume, 3) transcripts (unofficial), 4) GRE scores, and 5) the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for 3 references. Please email the single document to Emma Willcox: ewillcox@utk.edu.
Contact Person
Emma Willcox
Contact Phone
865-974-7888
Contact eMail
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