MS Assistantship in Herpetology Conservation – Oklahoma

Herpetology Department, Sam Noble Museum; Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
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Graduate Assistantships
$2,100/month (12-month appointment) through a combination of Research Assistantships with the Sam Noble Museum ( and Teaching Assistantships with the Department of Biology ( Salary is in addition to a tuition waiver and benefits, as provided by Graduate College ( Funding is guaranteed for three academic years.
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The successful candidate will assist the Herpetology Department of the Sam Noble Museum with a wide variety of local herpetological conservation efforts in Oklahoma. These projects include, but are not limited to, the following topics/duties: (1) leading short-term weekend field sampling trips in eastern Oklahoma (Spring & Fall); (2) installing and maintaining a long-term drift-fence array in western Oklahoma (Summer); (3) supervising undergraduate research assistants in herpetology capture and identification; (4) sampling reptiles and amphibians for genetic samples, infectious disease, and microbial communities; (5) vouchering and cataloguing reptiles and amphibians; (6) working closely with land managers regarding research site selection, logistics, scheduling, permitting, etc.; (7) assisting with VHF tracking of Texas Horned Lizards (as needed); (8) assist with Texas Horned Lizard animal husbandry (as needed). It is expected that the candidate’s thesis research will evolve from data collected during involvement in the initiatives listed above, with multiple possible avenues, depending on interest and inclination.
Applicants should hold a B.A./B.S. in Biology, Ecology, or Zoology and meet college and departmental standards of GPA. Must have demonstrated previous experience in field research, scientific writing, independent work, and critical thinking. Additionally, applicants with experience in molecular genetic techniques are encouraged to apply. Interest and experience in herpetology is preferred. Applicants should start by sending a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and a list of references to Dr. Cameron Siler for initial review ( Candidates will be reviewed in four stages, and will only move to the next stage with the full support and approval of Dr. Siler: initial application by email, skype/zoom interview, application to the Department of Biology and the Graduate College (deadline December 1, 2020;, and in-person interview (February 2021, if allowed).
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Dr. Cameron Siler
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