The School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University is soliciting applications for an upcoming graduate research assistantship (Ph.D., but highly qualified and motivated MS applicants will be accepted) focused on linking habitat suitability, movement ecology, and demography of Eastern wild turkeys in Louisiana. Project field work will be centered on study sites in southeastern Louisiana in conjunction with ongoing research in west-central Louisiana. Graduate field research will focus on using GPS information collected from 80 female wild turkeys/year and 30 male wild turkeys/year to identify limiting factors driving wild turkey demography in stable and fragmented landscapes. Student will also have the ability to develop unique questions using the most comprehensive geospatial and demographic dataset on the wild turkey (>1,000 individuals) collected within Louisiana and across the southeastern United States over the last decade in collaboration with faculty at the University of Georgia. Research stipend, full tuition and fee waiver included.
Applicants must have a B. S. and/or M.S. in wildlife ecology, biology, or related field. Competitive candidates will be expected to have:
(a) Competitive GPA (>3.5) and GRE scores, and the applicant must meet the entrance requirements for the School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University
(b) significant evidence of field experience that includes capture, tagging, and radio-telemetry and habitat sampling
(c) strong background in wildlife ecology, demonstrated quantitative, writing, and oral communication skills are required. The successful application will need to have demonstrated experience with languages commonly used for statistical and scientific applications (e.g., R/S), experience with capture-recapture modeling/applications (e.g., MARK) and experience with geospatial software (e.g., ArcMap, QGIS).
(d) strong professional and interpersonal skills as regular interaction with LSU personnel, landowners, state agency personnel, and other interested stakeholders will regularly occur.
Applications will be accepted until a candidate is selected with a general deadline of 15 October 2020. I expect the student to arrive at LSU in November and begin graduate school and field work in January 2021. Applicants should send (via email as a single .pdf) a cover letter that details their relative experience and qualifications for the project, a CV, unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores, as well as contact information for at least 3 references to Dr. Bret Collier, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Rm 227 Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Phone: 225-578-4192; e-mail: bret(at)lsu.edu with questions.