Development of thesis project with project leaders.
Field work under rigorous desert and tropical conditions in remote locations.
Development of detailed field and data management protocols.
Coordination with collaborators, authorities, and ranchers in Sonora, Mexico.
Recruitment and coordination of field assistants, including volunteers.
Collection and importation of blood and health samples.
Production assistance for project reports to sponsor and other agencies.
Position Description: The School of Natural Resources & the Environment invites applications from highly motivated, highly qualified, bi-lingual students to conduct Masters Degree research in northwestern Mexico. The project will focus on chelonians, especially including status of and threats to the Desert Tortoise. This is a two-year funded research assistantship.
Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, Wildlife Management, Evolutionary Ecology, or related field AND fluency (or near-fluency) in both Spanish and English; candidate must successfully apply to the Graduate Program in the School of Natural Resources & the Environment; ability to work flexibly under difficult field conditions is required.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
Experience doing ecological fieldwork strongly preferred, especially with amphibians and reptiles; research experience in conservation biology and evolutionary ecology also preferred.