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Current Openings

Current Openings


PH. D. Assistantship(s)

Migration ecology of shorebirds

Position Description:  We are seeking a student to conduct research as part of a collaborative study to investigate several aspects of the spring migration ecology of shorebirds. Research questions will be related to understanding the importance of the Laguna Madre to migratory shorebirds, and specific questions will be developed collaboratively with successful applicant. This project will also be integrated into larger-scale shorebird research being conducted collaboratively throughout the mid-continent of North America (encompassing the spring migration period).

M.S. Assistantships(s)

Effects of selective harvest on adaptive genetic variation in white-tailed deer

Position Description: Selective harvest has the potential to affect the distribution of phenotypic traits in wild populations. In species of large mammals, managers have voiced concern about the potential for negative effects of harvest on population fitness, for instance by removal of males with large antlers or horns. Alternatively, management practices aimed at selective removal of individuals with undesirable phenotypes via culling are widely touted as a route to genetic improvement of antler size in populations of deer and other cervids.

Social behavior and movement ecology of nilgai antelope

Position Description: Nilgai are an exotic antelope introduced into South Texas from India. They have flourished and established a large, free-ranging population near the US-Mexico border. Nilgai are an important recreational resource, but increasingly cause human-wildlife conflicts because of their ability to serve as hosts for cattle fever ticks. The presence of nilgai in the US-Mexico border region and their ability to move long distances through rangelands have greatly complicated efforts to eradicate cattle fever ticks from the US.

Habitat Restoration following Oil and Gas Exploration in the Eagle Ford Shale, Texas

Position Description:  The graduate student selected will conduct research on restoration techniques for areas disturbed by oil and gas exploration in the Eagle Ford Shale region of Texas.  Project goals include designing and conducting experiments to restore disturbed areas and evaluating success.  The successful candidate will pursue an MS degree in Range and Wildlife Management with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Nature-Focused Photography in Wildlife Conservation

Position Description: Nature-focused photography ranching operations, where photographers are allowed free or paid access to private lands, are starting to become more common. The objective of this research project is to evaluate the interest in and economics of nature-focused photography from a landowner perspective. This will include designing and conducting land owner surveys and focus group meetings for analysis and evaluating nature-focused photography workshops and workshop participants.

RA in thornscrub restoration for ocelots

Position Description:  Study effects of treatments designed to reduce maturation time of seedlings planted for thornscrub restoration to enhance and increase ocelot habitat in South Texas.  Project goals include determining optimal treatments for enhancing previously-established seedlings and manipulations for new seedlings.  Position also requires work on related projects and prescribed burns as requested.  Successful candidates will pursue M.S. degrees in Range and Wildlife Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Spatial Ecology of Rio Grande wild turkey habitat in South Texas

Position Description: The overall objective of this project is to develop an understanding of the landscape level factors affecting Rio Grande wild turkeys (RGWT) in South Texas. Telemetry data will be combined with landscape level habitat characteristics to generate new insights on wild turkey habitat. The student will also actively participate in RGWT captures and translocations in different areas of South Texas. The student will pursue a M.S.

Montezuma Quail Site Use, Movements, and Demographics in the Edwards Plateau of Texas

Position Description: Montezuma quail once occurred over a large portion of the Edwards Plateau in Texas. Presumably because of a century of overgrazing and woody plant encroachment, today the range of Montezuma quail in the Edwards Plateau has been reduced to an area encompassing only 7 counties. Although a few studies have been conducted throughout West Texas, the Southwest US, and Mexico, little is known about the population residing in the Edwards Plateau. We are seeking 1 M.S.


Assistant Director, Texas Native Seeds - Lufkin, Tx

Position Description:  The Assistant Director of Texas Natives Seeds (TNS), under general direction, assists in directing and supervising the TNS Project in Lufkin, Texas. Oversees the daily management and operations of facilities, including evaluation sites with state, federal, and private partners, and research and demonstration projects with private landowners and agencies. Maintains close working relationships and educational focus with private landowners, and cooperating agencies.

Stedman Chair for White-tailed Deer Research

Position Description: Associate/Full Professor of Range and Wildlife Sciences, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Department of Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences, College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences, Texas A&M University-Kingsville. This is a 75% research and 25% teaching, 12-month, tenure-track appointment. Initial salary shall be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Research Positions

Research Technician I - Coastal Prairie Project

Position Description: The Research Technician I, under general supervision performs entry level, semi-skilled, technical support research work involving performance of routine tasks (e.g. quail trapping, radio-telemetry, and fire ant and vegetation sampling) for the Richard M. Kleberg, Jr. Center for Quail Research Program's "gamebirds on the Coastal Prairie project" on 3 ranches in Goliad County, Texas.

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