This Ph.D. project involves investigating factors influencing boreal toad recruitment dynamics and comparing population vita rates among populations at difference stages of exposure to the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, Bd). The project is a collaboration among Colorado State University faculty, the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), and Rocky Mountain National Park (ROMO) biologists. The graduate student with help coordinate long-term monitoring efforts, conduct annual field surveys, design targeted studies to explore factors contributing to reproductive failure, and analyze existing long-term monitoring data. Specific focus will be on early-stage survival probabilities (e.g. tadpoles and 1st year survival) and vital rates for populations at different phases of Bd exposure from long-term mark-recapture data.
B.S. related to wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, or biology. GPA > 3.0, Quantitative and Verbal GRE percentile scores of >70%. Applicants should be highly motivated with a strong work ethic, well-developed oral and written communication skills, and an excellent academic background. Preference will be given to students with extensive experience conducting fieldwork involving multiple agencies.
Applicants should create a single document (e.g., a Word or pdf document) that includes a brief letter of interest, CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, unofficial general GRE scores, and a list of three references and their contact information. The name of the file should contain the first and last name of the applicant. This file should be sent to Dr. Larissa Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications will be screened until the March 27, 2017 end date, at which time letters of recommendation will be requested from those on the short list.