The Waterfowl and Wetland Bird Lab (http://www.bartballardlab.com) of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville invites applications from highly motivated individuals to pursue a PhD degree and conduct innovative research within our highly collaborative lab. This project is part of a multi-institutional collaborative study with a primary goal to prioritize islands for conservation that would provide maximum benefits to colonial waterbirds. The student will collect and analyze rich datasets of tracking data from Great Egrets, Tri-colored Herons, Reddish Egrets, Caspian Terns, and Black Skimmers to develop several prioritization metrics. Due to the immense amount of data covering the entire annual cycle, the student will have ample opportunity to develop additional research questions. Research data will be used by the successful applicant for their dissertation. Successful applicants will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present papers at scientific meetings.
M. S. in ecology, wildlife science, biology, or closely related fields. A strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team, and ability to work under adverse field conditions (hot humid South Texas environment). Skill in operating motor boats is desirable. Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and conduct field research is required. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and competitive GRE scores.