Ph.D. Research Assistantship to assess coyote ecology and management related to livestock conflicts in Ohio

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
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Graduate Assistantships
Stipend will be $2,364 per month plus a tuition-waiver and health benefits.
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A Ph.D. assistantship is available in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. The student will work on a comprehensive multi-year study of coyote ecology and management in association with livestock management in Ohio. The study includes at least 3 field seasons. The student will be expected to assist with aspects of field and lab work, which include but are not necessarily limited to capture and GPS monitoring of coyotes, remote monitoring via cameras, genetic sampling, etc. The student also will be expected to interact with the public and help develop outreach strategies. 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: habitat use and selection, survival analyses, niche modeling via stable isotopes, genetic sampling and behavior analysis. This research will explore the ecological role the coyote occupies in eastern states in addition to evaluating the efficacy of select management techniques. This is an excellent opportunity to conduct impactful research that has the potential to influence human-carnivore conflicts in eastern states. The student will be based in Columbus, OH, with field work taking place in various locations in Ohio.
Qualified applicants should have a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology or related field, a minimum 3.5/4.0 GPA, and a record of previous successful research including manuscripts in preparation or published. Experience with livetrapping, GIS, telemetry, and R is strongly preferred. This work will involve a mix of noninvasive monitoring and GPS radiotracking techniques. Therefore, it is critical that a successful applicant have an interest in a combination of field techniques and quantitative data analysis, statistics, spatial modeling. Additionally, the successful applicant must have the inter-personal skills to be able to work collaboratively with cooperating biologists and field technicians, as well as be able to communicate with landowners. To apply: Submit a single PDF labeled as Lastname_GradApplication.pdf containing 1) a cover letter [this should include a description about your academic career thus far and why you are interested in this project], 2) a CV, 3) the name and contact information of 3 references, and 4) unofficial transcripts. The Gehrt Lab, and larger OSU community, is committed to increasing the representation of traditionally excluded groups and fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive research program. Applications or questions about the position should be sent to Dr. Stan Gehrt at
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