MSc – Mesocarnivore Movement – Cal Poly, SLO – California

Cal Poly - SLO
San Luis Obispo, CA
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Start Date
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The Bean Lab at Cal Poly - SLO (that’s me) is looking for a student to begin master’s work on a mesocarnivore movement study in and around San Luis Obispo, CA in fall, 2021. Precise questions will be developed with the graduate student, but will likely involve coyote-sheep interactions. Financial support will include a combination of teaching positions and full time summer salary. In addition, if you’re a resident of California who meets financial criteria, you will be eligible, and likely to receive, full tuition coverage. The research itself (equipment, travel, and one summer field assistant) will be fully funded. You’ll be encouraged to apply for additional grants to expand your research. Graduate projects in my lab generally require a field and a spatial component, which often turns in to one or two thesis chapters and one or two publications. Average time to completion has been 2.5 years. Graduates have gone on to PhD programs (N=5) or are working with public agencies (N=3), non-profits (N=1), and biological consultants (N=1). As your advisor, I will work with you to design a research program that gets you to your desired next step of your career. All students in the lab are expected to work well with and support each other, including mentoring undergraduate researchers. Everyone in the Bean Lab is committed to fostering equity and diversity in all its forms. Students historically under-represented in the sciences and environmental conservation are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should collate the following materials: 1. a resume/CV 2. a brief statement of interest (1-2 paragraphs) 3. a statement (<1 page) on your experiences, accomplishments, or goals in relation to equity, diversity and inclusion in the field of Ecology, and 4. unofficial transcripts Please send these materials to with subject line “mesocarnivore 2021”. After my review, the successful candidate will be expected to apply formally through the University. Please note that GRE Scores will *NOT* be required this year.
Required: undergraduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife, or similar field, and at leaset one year of ecology-related field experience Preferred: field experience with mesocarnivores and/or field experience in a leadership role; coursework or real-life use of GIS and R Students will be expected to meet the requirements for admission to the Master's Program in Biological Sciences at Cal Poly. Full details are available on the website listed. Students without the necessary prerequisite coursework may be admitted on a probationary basis.
Contact Person
Tim Bean
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