Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship, Southern Flying Squirrels: Manhattan, Kansas

Agency
Kansas State University
Location
Manhattan, Kansas
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$27,300/year plus tuition and benefits
Start Date
01/01/2023
Last Date to Apply
10/15/2022
Description
The Hope (www.k-state.edu/hopelab) and Ahlers (www.ahlerswildlifelab.com) labs at Kansas State University are recruiting a Ph.D. student to model the distribution and population demographics of southern flying squirrels (Glaucomys volans) in Kansas. Southern flying squirrels are currently listed as a “Species in Need of Conservation” in Kansas though we have limited understanding of their distributional constraints and current population status. The student will use a combination of camera traps and live traps to determine presence and absence of southern flying squirrels in forest landcover and mark and monitor individuals within known populations. The student will also use population genetic analyses to investigate regionally distinct populations, barriers to dispersal, demographic expansion or contraction, and potential local adaptation within Kansas. There will be opportunities for the student to develop additional research questions based on their own interests in wildlife and landscape ecology/evolution. This position will begin at the start of the Spring 2023 semester, though funding is in place to start as a Research Assistant at Kansas State University as soon as October 2022 (and turnover to a PhD student during Spring 2023 semester). Applications for a later start date may be considered until position is filled. Kansas State University is in Manhattan, Kansas – in the middle of the beautiful Flint Hills ecoregion, representing one of the largest remaining tracts of tallgrass prairie in North America. There will be an extensive field component for this project that will occur in deciduous forests of eastern Kansas. The student will be required to lead a team of technicians to survey for, live trap, and mark (including sampling for genetic analyses), southern flying squirrels on both public and private property. The student will be supported by a 12-month graduate research assistantship with institutional support through 5 years. All assistantships in the Division of Biology also provide experience through teaching lab classes. This position will be co-advised by Andrew Hope and Adam Ahlers.
Qualifications
Prospective students should preferably have a M.S. degree in wildlife, landscape ecology, or related fields, exceptional leadership and organizational skills, experience with GIS and distribution modeling, experience with live-trapping and handling mammals, and excellent communication skills. Experience with genetic lab techniques is also preferred but not essential. Willingness to combine theory and practice across the fields of ecology and evolution is expected. Those interested should e-mail a single pdf file that contains a cover letter, CV, and contact information for up to three references. Materials and/or questions about the position should be sent through email to Andrew Hope (ahope@ksu.edu) and Adam Ahlers (aahlers2@ksu.edu).
Contact Person
Adam Ahlers and/or Andrew Hope
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