Position Description: The graduate student selected will conduct research to determine the survivability and movements of Texas tortoises upon translocation. In addition, the prevalence of diseases within tortoises from southern Texas, with emphasis on necrotizing scute disease (NSD) and upper respiratory tract disease (URTD), will be assessed. The successful candidate will pursue an MS degree in Range and Wildlife Science with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Position Description: The graduate student selected will conduct research on the rare and unique vegetation in clay lomas of South Texas and on their value as habitat for Texas tortoises. Project goals include describing vegetation and other variables of clay lomas and rating their value as Texas tortoise habitat based on density of tortoises on a minimum of 15 different lomas in a 4-county area of southern coastal Texas. The successful candidate will pursue a M.S. degree in Range & Wildlife Management with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Dept.