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MS Positions (2) — South Carolina
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Two MS positions are available to obtain information on how conservation and management actions can support the recovery of tricolored bats in areas affected by white-nose syndrome (WNS) in the southeastern United States. Position 1 will focus on use of hibernaculum microclimates across the winter, determining the hibernation period of tricolored bats in the area, and determining the public’s perception of bats, potential conflicts over site use, and public acceptance of several potential bat management approaches. Position 2 will focus on determining spring and fall roost use and selection of tricolored bats in northwestern SC and determining suitable foraging habitat of tricolored bats during spring and fall.
The student will be based at Clemson University, and jointly advised by Drs. Susan Loeb, David Jachowski, and Shari Rodriguez. Position 1 will start in November or December 2020 and Position 2 will start in January 2021.
Applicants for Position 1 should have an interest in the human dimensions of wildlife and have a BS/BA in wildlife, natural resources, biology, zoology, psychology, recreation, sociology, forestry or related field. Applicants for Position 2 should have a B.S. in wildlife, biology, zoology, natural resources, or related field. Applications for Position 2 that have experience capturing, handling, and tracking bats are preferred. Applicants for both positions should have a strong record of academic excellence, skills or knowledge in quantitative research methods and analysis, strong organizational skills and work ethic, and strong written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work under difficult field conditions (cold and damp conditions, rough terrain, long hours) is required. A stipend will be provided for 2 years 9 ($19,000/yr) and tuition will be covered; the student is responsible for paying fees and health insurance. Strict adherence to WNS decontamination procedures and COVID-19 health protocols for humans and bats is required.
To apply, please email a single pdf with the subject line “Tri-colored Bat MS Assistantship” containing (1) a cover letter outlining your interests, experience, and contact information, (2) a resume or CV, (3) undergraduate transcripts (can be unofficial), and (4) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Susan Loeb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inclusion of GRE scores in the application package is optional but encouraged if they are available. Deadline for applications is October 2, 2020. Please indicate your preference for Position 1, Position 2, or both.