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Winter and summer burning effects on coastal vegetation communities in southern Texas

Winter and summer burning effects on coastal vegetation communities in southern Texas

Position Description: The graduate student selected will conduct research on the effects of prescribed burning on coastal vegetative communities in southern Texas. This will be the second phase of a project initiated in 2016. Project goals include determining changes in coastal grassland communities brought about by burning in either winter or summer. The successful candidate will pursue a Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Science 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: M.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 plant identification, GIS/GPS skills, experience surveying vegetation, basic field ecology.

Stipend/Salary: $2,000/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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