Ph.D. Assistantship – Wild turkey reproductive ecology, Missouri

University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
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An Ph.D. assistantship is available in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. The student will work on a comprehensive multi-year study of wild turkey reproductive ecology in an agricultural landscape in northern Missouri. The study includes 4 field seasons. The prospective student will join during the 2nd field season and be expected to work in cooperation with another Ph.D. student and Missouri Department of Conservation biologists. The student will be expected to assist will all aspects of field work, which include but are not necessarily limited to capture and GPS monitoring of female turkeys, capture and VHF radio-tracking of wild turkey poults, mark-recapture of mesocarnivores to estimate abundance, camera trap surveys to estimate predator occupancy and distribution, set-up and maintenance of weather monitoring stations, vegetation surveys, and arthropod surveys. The student will work with their advisor to determine the specific focus of their dissertation given project goals and their personal interests. Examples of potential topics include but are not necessarily limited to: survival analyses, habitat use and selection, movement ecology, carnivore occupancy and distribution, arthropod community ecology, population modeling and spatio-temporal ecosystem modeling. The student will be based in Columbia, MO, with field work taking place in Putnam County, MO (December – August). Field season housing will be provided, and the assistantship includes tuition waiver.
An M.S. degree in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Wildlife and Fisheries Science or other related field is required. The student must be highly motivated and have demonstrated strong quantitative and writing skills. Additionally, the successful applicant must have the inter-personal skills to be able to work collaboratively with cooperating students, biologists and field technicians, as well as be able to communicate with landowners. Field season is long, and the student must be committed to working long hours in conditions that range from extreme cold in winter to high heat and humidity in summer. Preference will be given to those that have experience in statistical modeling, and experience with animal capture and telemetry, although all interested are encouraged to apply. To apply please email a single PDF file including: 1. A cover letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) 4. Contact information for 3 references 5. If possible, please include a sample of your previous work to serve as a writing and analytical sample (published manuscript, thesis chapter, official report, or other). To Dr. Michael Byrne:
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