A fully funded graduate assistantship (Ph.D.) is available in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University to study bobcats in Oklahoma beginning summer or fall 2018. The project will involve both field and laboratory components, as well as working with a large number of undergraduates. The study will 1) assess widespread distribution and trends in bobcat populations across the state, and 2) estimate bobcat abundance in 3 study areas of particular interest. Pilot studies conducted by OSU and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation indicate that hair snares are useful in providing hair samples for occupancy modeling, and procedures to identify hairs to species have been developed. Three intensive hair snare grids will be used to collect hair samples (follicles) for genetic capture-recapture estimates of population size in three areas of particular interest in Oklahoma. Opportunities exist for the student to develop additional questions of interest (spatial ecology, population/systematic genetics, etc.). A stipend is available for 4 years, with renewal each year based on satisfactory progress. Benefits include tuition waiver and health insurance.
Completed master’s degree in wildlife ecology, biology, ecology, or closely related field; ability to work outside, sometimes in harsh conditions; work well with undergraduates and wildlife professionals; interest in genetics and working in a genetics lab. Must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Ideal candidates will have field experience, genetic experience, and modeling experience, or some combination of these.
To apply, email Dr. Sue Fairbanks (firstname.lastname@example.org): 1) a cover letter including a statement of research interests and career goals, 2) CV, 3) transcripts of all college-level study, and 4) GRE scores. Unofficial transcripts and GRE scores are sufficient for initial contact.