Master’s project in hellbender ecology and conservation

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Title: MS Research- Hellbender Ecology and Conservation
Agency: Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, IN

Job Description: Seeking a highly motivated student for a MS position focusing on hellbender ecology and conservation. The selected candidate will assess post-release juvenile movements and survival, characterize juvenile habitat use, and conduct habitat modifications. This project will consist of intensive field work, up to nine months, at field sites located in southern Indiana. Transportation and off-campus housing will be provided. Graduate position begins in August 2015, but opportunities for field work can begin in May 2015.

Qualifications: A student with a background in herpetology or related field is preferred.
Experience using radio-telemetry is desired. Applicants must have a strong work ethic and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team of graduate students working on hellbender ecology and conservation (e.g., students evaluating larval hellbender captive rearing techniques, developing ecological niche models, and hellbender genetics). Applicants also will work closely with a diverse group of scientists, state wildlife biologists, private landowners, and zoo personnel. Excellent writing and interpersonal skills are essential.

Funding for research will be provided, but the successful student will need to secure a departmental assistantship through the application process from Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. Competitive students will have stellar GRE scores, grades/GPA, and letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to visit to ensure they meet the minimum departmental requirements for admission. Students that do not meet minimum requirements will not be considered.

To apply, electronically submit a single PDF that consists of a cover letter stating research and career interests, CV (including cumulative GPA and GRE scores & percentages), and contact information for three references to Dr. Rod Williams ( Only those applicants deemed competitive for a departmental assistantship will be asked to formally apply to the Purdue Graduate School and Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Stipend: ~$18,000/yr
Last Date to Apply: November 14, 2014
Contact: Rod Williams

Steven J.A. Kimble, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Assistant and Vertebrate Collection Curator, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Purdue University


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