Ph.D. Assistantship in Bat Monitoring and White-Nose Syndrome – Texas

Agency
Texas State University
Location
San Marcos, Texas
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
Competitive salary and tuition
Start Date
01/03/2021
Last Date to Apply
08/30/2020
Description
Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, has been detected in several places throughout Texas leading Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) with a need to collect state-wide baseline occupancy and activity data. We are seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to join the Department of Biology at Texas State University. The research team includes Dr. Sarah Fritts, Dr. Ivan Castro-Arellano, Dr. Sara Weaver (Texas A&M San Antonio) and Jonah Evans (TPWD) and Dr. Nate Fuller (TPWD). The student will be responsible for assessing occupancy and activity across Texas using acoustic detectors and the NABat protocol. The start date is for spring 2021. If you are interested in mist-netting, possible side projects include recording captured bats to inform our call library and sampling at acoustic locations to confirm species presence/richness and identify calls. Student support will be through a combination of grant support and instructional assistantships. Tuition support will be provided for 3 years and summer support can be provided for 4 years. Multiple opportunities exist at the Biology Department for additional scholarships/awards on a competitive basis. The Biology Department (http://www.bio.txstate.edu/) of Texas State University (http://www.txstate.edu/) has a PhD program in Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology in which an emphasis exists on the application of ecological principles to studies in wildlife ecology and natural resource management. The University campus is conveniently located in central Texas along the I-35 corridor and close to both Austin and San Antonio. Details about the entry requirements for this graduate program can be found here (http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/ and https://www.bio.txstate.edu/Graduate-Programs/Ph-D--Aquatic-Resources.html and https://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/programs/aquatic-resources-phd.html ). Applicants need to meet the entrance requirements for the program, department and university. For more details about the details of the research team you can visit our websites where we have a description of our individual research and past publications: Dr. Sarah Fritts (https://sarahfritts.wordpress.com/, https://www.bio.txstate.edu/about/Faculty---Staff/faculty/Sarah-Fritts.html and https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sarah_Fritts). Dr. Ivan Castro-Arellano (https://www.bio.txstate.edu/about/Faculty---Staff/faculty/Ivan-Castro-Arellano.html Dr. Sara Weaver (http://www.tamusa.edu/College-of-Arts-and-Sciences/scienceandmathematics/Biology/Faculty/Sara-Weaver-Bio.html)
Qualifications
Required credential include a M.S. in wildlife, ecology, natural resource conservation, environmental studies, or a related field; strong quantitative skills and demonstrated writing ability; competitive GPA and GRE scores. Applicants should be willing to work independently and as part of a team, have experience with acoustic monitoring of bats including hardware and software (Sonobat, Kaleidoscope), experience with statistics, and the ability to withstand demanding Texas field conditions (i.e., hot weather, long driving hours). If interested, send in a single PDF file: (1) a cover letter briefly describing your research interests, career goals, and why you would like to pursue a graduate degree; (2) a resume; (3) unofficial copies of GRE scores and academic transcripts; and (4) name, phone number and email address of 3 references. There is no need to pursue the official application process through the university until candidate selection is complete. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Contact Person
Sarah R Fritts
Contact eMail
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