30 Graduate Positions in Biology (M.S.), for Fall 2017, Clarksville, TN

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The Graduate Program in Biology at Austin Peay State University (APSU) invites applications for admission to our MS thesis-track program for Fall 2017. The program comprises approximately 30 students supported by research and teaching assistantships. APSU (11,000 students) is located in Clarksville, TN, 45 minutes northwest of Nashville and is in close proximity to remnant prairies, numerous parks and public lands, and diverse aquatic ecosystems. For more information about the Biology Department and resources for research, please visit http://www.apsu.edu/biology.

The application deadline for Fall 2017 admission is March 1. For more information on application and admission requirements, see http://www.apsu.edu/biology/graduate/gradadmiss. Successful applicants will receive support from teaching or research assistantships and receive a full tuition waiver.

Because support of a faculty advisor is necessary for admission to the M.S. thesis-track plan of study, interested students should communicate with potential faculty research mentors as part of the application process. The following faculty are recruiting students for the upcoming Fall 2017-18 academic year. Carol Baskauf (baskaufc@apsu.edu)
Population genetics and ecophysiology of plants, focusing on rare species of conservation concern; comparisons of genetically or ecologically relevant attributes of rare and widespread congeners.

Mollie Cashner (cashnerm@apsu.edu)
Evolution of reproductive behavior in fishes using both experimental and molecular approaches.

C.M. Gienger (giengerc@apsu.edu)
Ecology of amphibians and reptiles.

Rebecca Blanton Johansen (johansenr@apsu.edu) Evolution, phylogeography, and conservation of freshwater fishes and crayfishes.

Jason Malaney (malaneyj@apsu.edu)
Species-environment relationship with research focused at the interface of ecology and evolution; focused questions target a better understanding of the factors responsible for generating and maintaining diversity of wild mammals using specimen-based research.

Gilbert Pitts (pittsg@apsu.edu)
Reproductive neuroendocrinology, particularly, control of gonadotropin-releasing hormone.

Stefan Woltmann (woltmanns@apsu.edu)
Behavioral and breeding ecology of birds associated with forested streams; ecology of imperiled grassland/prairie birds in the region.

Amy Thompson (thompsona@apsu.edu)
Study of cellular damage caused by brown recluse spider venom and identification of drugs that might reverse damage; characterization of brown recluse spider sodium channels to aid in pesticide additive development to control spider populations; identification of limitations of currently used assays for determining gluten content in foods.

Austin Peay State University embraces diversity as a core value and as essential for our effective participation in the global community. Therefore, Austin Peay State University (APSU) does not discriminate against students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by APSU.

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