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M.Sc. in Acoustic communication in parrots


University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Rio Grande Valley


United States

Last Date to Apply:

14 Apr 2018


M.Sc. in Acoustic communication in parrots. A Biology Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Research Assistantship are available to study parrot communication in the lab of Dr. Karl Berg in the Department of Biology, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The successful candidate will be engaged in ongoing, long-term research into vocal communication in Green-rumped Parrotlets. Preference will be given to applicants that can demonstrate a genuine interest in behavioral ecology, animal behavior and communication and that are comfortable in a Spanish-speaking culture. Lab and course work will take place on the historic, scenic and subtropical UTRGV Brownsville campus, near the mouth of Rio Grande and Gulf of Mexico and includes: audio-video archival and analysis; sound spectrographic and statistical analysis. Expected outcomes include co-authorship in peer-reviewed scientific papers, presentations and preparation of grant proposals. NSF-sponsored research is a collaborative effort between UTRGV, the University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Davis and the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, offering the successful candidate the opportunity to develop professional experience at the national and international level. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0; minimum GRE scores of 153 (verbal) and 144 (quantitative); experience or demonstrated interest in studying animal communication and excellent written and oral communication skills. Qualified individuals who are interested should send an updated CV, unofficial GREs and transcripts, a writing sample and letter of interest to karl.berg@utrgv.edu. Applicants will be reviewed as they are received and preference for Teaching/Research Assistantships will be given to those applicants that can meet admission requirements for Fall 2018 (April 15th, 2018). More information can be found at http://www.utrgv.edu/graduate/for-future-students/graduate-programs/program-requirements/biology-ms/index.htm#item3