MS Biology position, AState – Ozark Pocket Gopher Dispersal and Genetics – Arkansas

Arkansas State University
Jonesboro & Izard Co., AR
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Graduate Assistantships
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The Rolland and Johnson Labs are inviting applications for a graduate position in the Biology program at Arkansas State University. The overall goal of this funded two-year project is to assess gene flow in Ozark pocket gophers, a geographically restricted subspecies, through a study of fall dispersal using radio-tracking and genetic diversity using DNA from tail snips of live and museum specimens. The position starts in January 2021. The successful applicant will be co-advised, but will also be trained in the field by an expert for a short period. Duties will include trapping, radio-tracking, collecting and analyzing tail snips, performing data analyses, and presenting results in peer-reviewed manuscript(s) and at scientific meetings. The position will be supported through a grant-funded research assistantship combined with a renewable teaching assistantship depending on performance. The grant will also cover tuition.
Applicants must have a B.S. in wildlife ecology or related field with ≥ 3.0 GPA, and a valid driver’s license. The project involves extensive digging on private property. Therefore, applicants should also be comfortable with demanding manual labor and have strong communication skills. Applicants with prior experience in radio-tracking, small/medium-sized mammal trapping/handling, and/or DNA isolation and amplification will be given preference. Please send the following documents to Dr. Virginie Rolland ( by October 20, 2020: 1) Letter of intent 2) CV or detailed resume 3) Unofficial transcripts 4) GRE scores 5) Contact information of at least two references For more information, you may contact either Dr. Virginie Rolland (; 870-972-3194) or Dr. Ron Johnson (; 870-972-2366).
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