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Winter and summer burning effects on butterfly communities in southern Texas

Winter and summer burning effects on butterfly communities in southern Texas

Position Description: The graduate student selected will conduct research on the effects of prescribed burning on butterfly communities in coastal southern Texas. Project goals include determining changes in butterfly and larvae in native rangelands brought about by burning in either winter or summer. The successful candidate will pursue a M.S. degree in Range & Wildlife Management with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Dept. of Animal, Rangeland, and Wildlife Sciences, Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Additional work expectations include assisting with other projects; assisting with prescribed burning; occasional help preparing, teaching, and grading classes or labs; and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications Required: B.S. in range ecology, plant ecology, or closely related field. A strong work ethic, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team, and the ability and willingness to work under adverse field conditions (extreme heat and humidity, ticks, mosquitoes, snakes, etc.) are essential. Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and competitive GRE scores.

Preferred: Background or interest in butterfly and larvae identification, plant identification, GIS/GPS skills, experience surveying vegetation, basic field ecology.

Stipend/Salary: $1,600/month plus benefits (medical package has a 60-day waiting period). Nonresident tuition is waived (resident tuition fees apply). Partial resident tuition fee assistance may be provided based on availability of funds.

Start Date: June 1, 2019 or earliest time thereafter.

Application Deadline: Will begin reviewing applications upon receipt and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

To Apply: Send a cover letter stating interests and career goals, resume/CV, copies of transcripts (originals will be required if selected), GRE scores, and 3 letters of reference to:

Dr. Sandra Rideout-Hanzak
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Texas A&M-Kingsville
700 University Blvd, MSC 218
Kingsville, Texas 78363
Phone: 361/593-4546

Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) enrolls approximately 6,000 students. The Department of Animal, Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences grants B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute is a research unit of the university with 15 scientists, 50+ graduate students, and numerous support staff. TAMUK is located in Kingsville, TX, a city of approximately 26,000 in coastal south Texas. Kingsville is surrounded by the historic King Ranch and is about 40 miles south of Corpus Christi, TX (population 175,000+).

Texas law requires that males 18 through 25 show proof of compliance with Federal Selective Service law in order to be eligible for employment.

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