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MS Assistantship – Genetic Mark-Recapture of White-tailed Deer – North Carolina
NC State University
~$22,000/yr, tuition, health insurance, with additional resources available for students interested in teaching
Last Date to Apply
The MS student will lead a genetic mark-recapture project to evaluate deer ecology and management across an urban-rural continuum in North Carolina. The student will work with an interdisciplinary team at the USGS NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, NC State University, and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences) to investigate deer movement, demographic rates, cause-specific mortality, and how these processes interact across urban-rural gradients to influence deer population dynamics. The genetic project will estimate population densities along the urban-rural continuum, which includes limited field (collection of fecal pellets) and extensive laboratory work (DNA extraction of fecal pellets, PCR, and microsatellite amplification). The student will also have opportunities to explore their own research questions in conjunction with the project. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive.
Submit a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three potential references as a single pdf document to Dr. Liz Kierepka (email@example.com). Please address any questions to Liz Kierepka (firstname.lastname@example.org).
B.S. degree in Wildlife Conservation/Ecology, Environmental Science, or related fields. Strong quantitative skills, strong interpersonal skills. Previous experience with DNA laboratory methods including DNA extraction and PCR, general wet laboratory skills, and microsatellite analysis is highly desirable, but not essential.