MS assistantship studying post-fledgling biology of American Robins: Arkansas

Agency
Arkansas Tech University
Location
Russellville Arkansas
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$13,200 plus tuition waiver
Start Date
01/08/2022
Last Date to Apply
10/05/2021
Website
https://www.atu.edu/biosciences/fishwildlife/index.php
Description
Post-fledging biology is an extremely important but understudied aspect of avian ecology. I am recruiting a student to study post-fledging ecology of American Robins in Central Arkansas. The goal will be to evaluate survival, behavior, and habitat use of fledgling American Robins in Central Arkansas. The successful applicant will learn how to capture and handle adult robins and will locate and monitor their nests. We will use telemetry to follow both adults and fledglings so that we can make detailed observations on the post-fledging behavior and ecology of American robins. The successful applicant will become competent in using mist-nets, radio-telemetry, GIS and statistical analyses in R as well as home range assessment. There is also potential to expand this project to include other species. The successful applicant will be on a teaching assistantship and will be required to teach undergraduate labs during the spring and fall semester (usually two labs each semester). A tuition waiver is also included. Russellville, Arkansas is a semi-rural area in the Arkansas River Valley just south of the Ozark Mountains. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, paddling, and mountain biking. State parks are free in Arkansas and several are nearby. The graduate community at ATU is small, but close knit, and faculty are approachable and accessible.
Qualifications
You must meet the requirements of the Graduate College at Arkansas Tech: which includes a B.S. in wildlife biology or a related discipline; a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; and a competitive GRE score. You must also pass a background check, possess a driver’s license and have a good driving record. I also expect you to be organized, to be able to take careful measurements under harsh field conditions, and to be willing to spend long hours in the field. Some field experience with telemetry, capturing and handling birds and taking measurements would be helpful. I will also give preference to applicants with strong writing skills. To be considered for this position please send in one pdf document (asap): a cover letter identifying your interest in the position and why you should be chosen, (2) a resume, (3) your undergraduate transcripts (unofficial OK), and (4) copies of GRE scores showing percentiles (unofficial OK).
Contact Person
Dr. Chris Kellner
Contact eMail
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