Graduate Opportunities

Updated 10/15/14


GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP

Ph.D. Graduate Assisantship in population dynamics, ecology, and behavior of amphibians in a fire-dependent system

Ph.D. graduate assistantship available in population dynamics, ecology, and behavior of amphibians in a fire-dependent system.  This position is suitable only for a doctoral student who is also interested in gaining experience in museum collections management and specimen-based teaching.  Because the assistantship would require work on the Virginia Tech campus, and the field site is in Florida, there will be limited opportunity for field research.  However, the candidate will have access to a five-year data set from a winter drift fence study of reticulated flatwoods salamanders (Ambystoma bishopi) at Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida panhandle and the opportunity to make short field visits (or add a summer field component) to collect additional data as the field work is ongoing.  The focus would be on salamander demography but there may be opportunities to work on hydrology and habitat data sets as well.  The assistantship covers tuition and stipend.

Qualifications: Candidates should have M.S. degree in Fisheries & Wildlife, Ecology, or a related field, have published in a peer-reviewed journal, have relevant field experience, and preferably experience with mark-recapture data sets and demographic analyses.  Successful applicants usually have an undergraduate GPA above 3.3 and GREs above 50th percentile. (Students with excellent grades and GRE scores who could compete for internal fellowships will be preferred.)  Experience with natural history museum collections a plus.   Student must be comfortable working as part of a team with diverse goals and responsibilities. 

Anticipated Starting Date: Position may start in January 2015, summer 2015, or August 2015, but no later than August 2015. (Starting in January would allow some winter field work.)

To apply: Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a c.v. (including undergraduate and M.S. grade point average and GRE scores and percentiles) as well as contact information for three references to Professor Haas. Promising candidates will be asked to submit an official application to the graduate school at Virginia Tech (http://www.grads.vt.edu/).  Applications will be considered as they are received, so inquiries made before November 7 are more likely to receive serious consideration.  Contact information:  Dr. Carola A. Haas, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, Mail Code 0321, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, cahaas@vt.edu, 1-540-231-9269.  Please put “flatwoods salamander grad position” in subject line of emails.


Graduate Assistantship on Bog Turtle Conservation Planning

A potential graduate position for a doctoral student may be available Fall 2015, contingent on funding.  The Ph.D. student would evaluate potential habitat for bog turtles in southwestern Virginia, and estimate changes over time in population size and growth rates using a previously developed GIS model and use a long-term mark-recapture database.  Major goals are to work closely with state agency personnel to develop a conservation plan based on trends in land use and human population growth and to improve our understanding of wetland size and connectivity required to maintain viable populations of bog turtles.

Qualifications: Successful applicants usually have an undergraduate GPA above 3.3 and GREs above 50th percentile.  Candidates for Ph.D. should have M.S. degree in Fisheries & Wildlife, Ecology, or related field, and have published in a peer-reviewed journal.  Experience with conservation planning, demographic analyses, occupancy modeling, wetland habitats, and GIS is desirable.

Anticipated starting date: August 2015

To apply: Applicants should submit a letter of in terest and a c.v. (including undergraduate and M.S. grade point average and GRE scores) as well as contact information for three references. Promising candidates will need to submit an official application to the graduate school at Virginia Tech (http://www.grads.vt.edu/).  Contact information:  Dr. Carola A. Haas, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, Mail Code 0321, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24060, cahaas@vt.edu, 1-540-231-9269.  Please put “bog turtle grad position” in subject line of emails to Professor Haas.


M.S. Graduate Research Asst. in Fisheries Population Dynamics and Conservation

Responsibilities: Conduct population dynamics and stock assessment modeling in fisheries. Duties will also include preparing reports and presentations for scientific audiences, coordinating with other investigators, and submitting manuscripts based on his/her work to peer-reviewed journals.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a B.S. in fisheries, ecology, statistics, or related field. The most qualified applicant will have a strong quantitative background, and a strong interest in population dynamics. Knowledge of computing languages will be an asset for appropriate candidates.

Contact: Please email a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE test scores, and the names of 3 faculty references to Dr. Yan Jiao at below email. Selected applicants will need to apply to the Virginia Tech Graduate School before acceptance.
Email: yjiao@vt.edu

Salary: The assistantship covers tuition and a competitive stipend ($20,000-$22,000) per year. Expected starting date: Fall Semester 2014.
End Date: 7/30 or until filled

 

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