Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship – Migration Ecology of Northern Pintails

Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Student will be based at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas (approx. 45 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas). Winter field work will take place in several potential locations, including the Texas coast, Playa Lakes Region of Texas, Louisiana coast, MAV of Arkansas, New Mexico, and Central Valley of California.
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Graduate Assistantships
$2,000/month plus benefits (medical package has a 60 day waiting period). Nonresident tuition waived (resident tuition fees apply). Partial resident tuition fee assistance may be provided based on availability of funds.
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We are seeking a highly motivated student to investigate spring migration strategies of female northern pintails originating from several major wintering areas in North America. The selected student will work as part of a team of collaborators from state and federal agencies and NGOs seeking to better understand the ecology of this iconic species. This is a fully-funded position in which the incumbent will investigate the relative contribution of stopover areas to key vital rates, as well as link habitat use and behaviors during late winter and spring migration to survival and reproductive success. However, opportunities exist for the student to develop other research questions related to northern pintail ecology and management. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in movement ecology. Degree for successful candidate will be a Ph.D. in Wildlife Science.
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). 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 (application package must include GRE scores; applications with no GRE scores will not be considered).
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Bart Ballard
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