The Biology Master’s Program at the University of Central Missouri is recruiting one graduate student to conduct research on endangered butterflies in San Diego County. Surveys in the summer of 2021 will determine the current distribution of the Harbison’s dun skipper (Euphyes vestris harbisoni) while assessing threats. In the summer of 2022, a marking study and habitat assessment will be conducted. Start of the graduate program/classes in Fall 2021.
Financial support, in the form of a stipend and tuition waiver/scholarship for two academic years, as well as summer wages and lodging while conducting field work during two summers, is available. Funding also covers field supplies, transportation, and field technicians to assist with surveys.
Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and enthusiastic, possess a strong work ethic, work well with others, and work effectively with minimal supervision when required. Field work involves walking several miles a day and often in harsh field conditions (heat, steep terrain, poison oak, rattlesnakes, etc.). Must have a valid driver’s license and be in good standing. Previous field work or butterfly research/monitoring experience is a plus.
Please provide the following items:
1) Cover letter
3) Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
4) One-page statement of interest related to this project and graduate school
Minimum qualifications to be considered for admission can be found on the UCM website: