The Department of Biology at Pittsburg State University is recruiting a M.S. student to study forest bird ecology in the Missouri Ozarks. The student will join an interagency team working with the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP). Now in its 29th year, MOFEP is a collaborative, landscape-scale experiment designed to evaluate the effects of forest management on birds and other wildlife. The student will work toward established research objectives within the MOFEP framework, with opportunities to develop independent projects. Current research priorities include understanding how songbird communities and individual species respond to management systems over broad spatial scales and long time periods.
The student will be supported by a graduate teaching assistantship with full tuition waiver and monthly stipend, and through a separate MOFEP research position during the summers. Field work may begin as soon as May 2020.
Applicants should have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field by May 2020, and have a GPA and GRE scores that are competitive. Field experience with songbirds is highly desirable; applicants should be familiar with standard bird census techniques and should be skilled in forest bird identification by sight and sound. Previous experience with GIS and data analysis in R is also desirable. Applicants should be able to work collaboratively and independently under adverse weather and in remote locations, and should have strong communication skills.
Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter describing your interest in graduate studies and previous research experience, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) copies of transcripts, 4) GRE scores, and 5) contact information for 3 references. Send materials as an email attachment to Dr. Andrew George adgeorge[at]pittstate[dot]edu. Unofficial transcripts and GRE scores are acceptable at this time but official documents will be required for formal admission to the university.
Review of applications will begin on January 22 and continue until the position is filled.