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Graduate (Ph.D.) Assistantship: Understanding Brown Treesnake Movement

Colorado State University
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Accidental translocation of Brown Treesnakes from Guam to other islands represents a significant threat to ecological stability for many Pacific Islands, but movement patterns of translocated snakes are poorly understood. This Ph.D. project involves translocating radio telemetered snakes to similar and novel habitats on Guam and comparing their movement rates and behavioral patterns to non-translocated (control) individuals. A major focus will be on developing statistical models to forecast Brown Treesnake post-translocation movement, dispersal, and detectability, to inform interdiction and rapid response efforts. Extensive travel to Guam for fieldwork and presentations will be required (6-12 months). Housing in a shared government field house will be provided in Guam. This collaborative project involves Colorado State University faculty and scientists at USGS Fort Collins Science Center. Results are expected to inform effective management of Brown Treesnakes on Guam and other Pacific Islands and will likely be transferable to other invasive reptile species.


B.S. and M.S. related to wildlife biology or ecology; or mathematics, statistics, or management science. Desired qualifications include GPA ≥ 3.5, combined Quantitative and Verbal GRE scores > 70%. Applicants should be highly motivated with a strong work ethic, advanced quantitative background, and well-developed oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to students with a proven publication record. Experience in spatial ecology, herpetology, and radio telemetry are highly desirable.


Starting date: August 14, 2017, pending expected funding.

Pending expected funding, $26,000-$27,000/year with limited benefits. Tuition included.
How to Apply:

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 ( 


Applications will be screened until the June 16, 2017 end date, at which time letters of recommendation will be requested from those on the short list.