Changes in land ownership and landowner interest in black-tailed prairie dogs over the last few decades have prompted interest in new techniques to help black-tailed prairie dogs persist through drought and disease. We wish to reintroduce one population within one colony of this species to a private ranch within its historic range of the west Texas grasslands (one of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s [CEC] Priority Grassland Conservation Areas [GPCA]).
The student will: (1) work cooperatively with a team of graduate students, agency personnel, landowners, faculty, and staff; (2) reintroduce 150–200 black-tailed prairie dogs to a private ranch in the west Texas grasslands, (3) be responsible for gathering geospatial, demographic, and other attribute data in GIS, and perform appropriate statistical analysis; (4) monitor and document post-release survival and reproduction to evaluate the effectiveness of the restoration; (4) participate in report writing; and (5) produce educational materials to help inform future restoration efforts.
B.S. in wildlife ecology or closely related discipline with superior academic record and competitive GRE scores.
Student must (1) exhibit competencies in GIS, GPS, and technical writing (2) possess a strong work ethic and excellent communication skills.
Additionally, the student must be capable of working, traveling, and living in remote regions of west Texas. The student must be familiar and comfortable with collaborative research projects and private lands habitat management practices in Texas.
Serious applicants should send a letter of interest, resume or CV, copies of all academic transcripts, GRE scores, and 2 letters of reference to:
Dr. Whitney J. Gann
Borderlands Research Institute
Sul Ross State University
P.O. Box C-21
Alpine, TX 79832