We are soliciting applications for a graduate research assistantship (M.S. in Biology or Ph.D. in Environmental Science) focused on understanding the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides on Loggerhead Shrikes. The student will be primarily advised by Dr. Than Boves at Arkansas State University, but will work in collaboration with Drs. Brett DeGregorio (University of Arkansas), Lori Neuman-Lee (Arkansas State University), and Amy Chabot (African Lion Safari/Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada), as well as with a PhD student at the University of Arkansas. The research will be centered on study sites in Arkansas and will consist of capturing and collecting blood and fecal samples from adult and nestling shrikes occupying a variety of habitats (e.g., intensive agriculture, native grasslands, pastures), conducting endocrinological and immunological lab work, monitoring survival and reproduction of marked individuals, and analyzing pesticide and fecal dietary data in relation to a variety of factors.
Applicants must have a B.S. (for M.S. position) or M.S. (for Ph.D. position) in wildlife ecology, biology, or related field. Ideal candidates will have: (a) a sincere passion for avian ecology and conservation; (b) competitive GPA and GRE scores; (c) significant field experience that includes capturing, handling, and bleeding birds; (d) above average quantitative, writing, and oral communication skills; and (e) strong interpersonal skills as regular interaction with landowners, agency personnel, and other interested stakeholders will be expected. Applications will be accepted until 15 November 2019, although applications received sooner may be given early consideration, and the position is expected to begin in July 2020 (student will start coursework Fall 2020). Applicants should send (via email as a single .pdf) a cover letter that details why they are interested in the position along with their applicable experience and qualifications, a CV, copies of transcripts (unofficial is fine) and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Than Boves at firstname.lastname@example.org.