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Current Openings

Current Openings


PH. D. Assistantship(s)

Landscape Analysis of Habitat for Ocelot Recovery

Position Description: The graduate student selected will conduct research on the ecology and habitat use patterns of ocelots at the landscape level in South Texas. Satellite imagery, LiDAR, and other remote sensing will be used. Student will assist ongoing field projects of wild cats including box trapping, sedation, and camera trapping, as well as contribute to program activities. The successful candidate will pursue a PhD degree in Range and Wildlife Management with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

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.

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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