MS position – Occupancy of semi-aquatic mammals in southern Illinois

Southern Illinois University
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The Spatial Wildlife Ecology Lab at Southern Illinois University is seeking an excellent MS student to begin in January 2023. The student’s project will compare various approaches (potentially including sign surveys, scent stations, eDNA, and detection dogs) to evaluate occupancy of native semi-aquatic mammals (beaver, otter, mink, and muskrat) in southern Illinois. Given recent sightings of nutria in the area, a specific goal of the project will be to apply these approaches to evaluate the extent of nutria distribution in southern Illinois. The academic home for the position is at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois under the supervision of Dr. Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau, and the project will involve collaboration with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and US Department of Agriculture. The position is two years in duration at ~20,000$/yr. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Qualifications: • BS in Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Biology, or a closely related field, with a strong academic record • Ability to perform fieldwork in difficult settings • Previous experience with GIS • Interest in developing quantitative skills, including the use of R • Previous lab experience is desirable • Excellent written and oral communication skills • Motivated, with an excellent work ethic To apply: Submit a single pdf that includes a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position, followed by a CV, unofficial transcript, and contact information for three references to Dr. Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau (
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