Movement Ecology of Colonial Waterbirds

Position DescriptionThe Waterfowl and Wetland Bird Lab (http://www.bartballardlab.com) at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville invites applications from highly motivated individuals to pursue a PhD degree within our collaborative lab.

Student will work directly with collaborators at Harte Research Institute of Gulf of Mexico Studies, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, and other entities to address several questions relevant to colonial waterbird ecology. Specifically: 1) Examine foraging habitat selection of waterbirds that nest in coastal bays and estuaries of Texas; 2) Investigate the relationship between energy expenditure and environmental factors during breeding season (distance to foraging areas, colony size, etc.); 3) Delineate important stopover and wintering sites for migratory individuals; 4) Examine drivers of migratory tendency and partial migratory populations. The student will also have the opportunity to develop their own questions using information from locations and accelerometer bursts of Great Egrets (Ardea alba) and Tricolored Herons (Egretta tricolor). Research data will be used by the successful applicant for their dissertation. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Drs. Bart Ballard and Jordan Giese. Applicant will be expected to publish manuscripts in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals and present papers at scientific conferences.

Location: Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas (approx. 45 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas). Research will be conducted along Texas coast from Galveston to South Padre Island.

Qualifications Required: M.S. in ecology, wildlife science, biology, or closely related fields. A strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills that allow effective interactions with collaborators, and the ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team. Competitive applicants will ideally have strong quantitative skills, coding experience in R or similar programs, and experience working with spatial data. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Stipend/Salary: $2,200/month plus benefits (medical package available after completion of waiting period). Nonresident tuition waived (resident tuition fees apply but will be reimbursed to ensure full tuition waiver).

Start Date: May 2024

Application Deadline: 1 February 2024 (or until qualified candidate is identified)

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), and 5) contact information of 3 references to:

Dr. Jordan Giese
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
700 University Blvd., MSC 218
Kingsville, TX 78363
Phone: 402-719-7475
Email: jordan.giese@tamuk.edu

Texas law requires that males 18 through 25 show proof of compliance with Federal Selective Service law in order to be eligible for employment. Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation to be hired for this position.

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