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). Research data will be used by the successful applicant for their dissertation. Successful applicants will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present papers at scientific meetings..
Location: Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas (approx. 45 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas). Research will be conducted on public lands and on private ranches along the lower Texas coast.
Qualifications Required: M. S. in ecology, wildlife science, biology, or closely related fields. A strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team, and ability to work under adverse field conditions (hot humid South Texas environment). Skill in identifying shorebirds and operating motor boats is desirable. Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and conduct field research is required. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and competitive GRE scores (application package must include GRE scores; applications with no GRE scores will not be considered).
Stipend/Salary: $1,600/month plus benefits (medical package has a 60 day waiting period). Nonresident tuition waived (resident tuition fees apply). Partial resident tuition fee assistance may be provided based on availability of funds.
Start Date: August 2017
Application Deadline: Will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.
To Apply: Send via email a single pdf file that includes 1) a cover letter, 2) career goals, 3) resume/CV, 4) transcripts (can be unofficial), 5) GRE scores, and 6) names and email addresses of 3 references to:
Dr. Bart Ballard
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
700 University Blvd., MSC 218
Kingsville, TX 78363