A graduate assistantship is available to study black bears in the Ozark Plateau region of Oklahoma, beginning in January 2021. The project is part of ongoing research on recolonizing/expanding black bear populations in human-dominated landscapes in eastern Oklahoma. Prior research in this area indicated that females are sensitive to habitat fragmentation, and that adult females are limiting reproduction in this population. The current study will address factors affecting fine-scale movements of dispersing male and female black bears and the implications for bear-human conflict and establishment of a self-sustaining black bear population in east-central Oklahoma. Satellite GPS collars are deployed on yearling black bears captured in winter dens and on adult female and young bears captured during the summer field season. The graduate student will work closely with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and with private landowners. In addition to a stipend, benefits include tuition waiver and health insurance.
Oklahoma State University is an EEO E-Verify employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
M.S. degree required. Ability to work outside in rough terrain, sometimes under harsh conditions; work well as part of a team and independently; work well with wildlife professionals, and communicate well with landowners.
Application: A statement of research interests in a cover letter, curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all college-level study, and GRE scores. Unofficial transcripts and GRE scores are sufficient for initial contact.