Graduate Study in Conservation Biology at Washington State University Vancouver

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Graduate Study in Conservation Biology at Washington State University Vancouver

We seek MS or PhD students to engage in new interdisciplinary projects in Conservation Biology. We anticipate accepting one student to investigate the potential role of Working Lands as part of conservation strategiesfor endangered butterflies in South Sound Prairies in Washington. Likely project to involve field work to assess existing butterfly communities across a diversity of grazing management and the value of native prairies for butterflies and grazers. This is new project is a collaborative project with faculty in School of Biological Sciences and College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences as well as agency biologists and private landowners. This student will be advised by Dr. Cheryl Schultz, a conservation biologist. We anticipate accepting a second student with strong interest in ecology and statistics to pursue a project related to conservation of at-risk butterflies, most likely related to the dispersal ecology, but project directions are open. This second position will be co-advised by Dr. Schultz and Dr. Leslie New, an ecological statistician. Please see Conservation Biology lab website and Dr. New’s directory page for more information.

Washington State University Vancouver is a new campus in the WSU system located in Southwest Washington just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon and is close to Willamette Valley and South Puget Sound prairies. Currently with ~3300 students, it is a new and rapidly growing campus in the WSU system. Students benefit from outstanding faculty, world-class research, state-of-the-art
facilities and small class sizes.

Interested students should look at the Letter to Prospective Graduate Students and send a CV/resume, transcripts and a letter describing past research experience and future research interests to Dr. Cheryl Schultz, and/or to Dr. Leslie New, Graduate applications receive priority
consideration if received by January 10, 2016 for Fall 2016
admission. We encourage all interested students to get in touch to learn more about the program and research in our labs. Also please note that while admitted graduate students will formally matriculate in Fall, accepted graduate students involved in field work in the Conservation Biology Lab generally join us in the field in the prior Spring/Summer to be engaged and on-the-ground before classes start. Please indicate your interest and availability to begin as early as April 2016 in your cover letter.

******************************************************************** Cheryl B. Schultz
Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences
Washington State University Vancouver
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98686
Office: 360-546-9525 Lab: 360-546-9082
Fax: 360-546-9064


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