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M.S. graduate position in bat acoustics

University of West Georgia
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M.S. graduate position in bat acoustics and invertebrate response to prescribed fire management 


I am seeking a highly qualified M.S. student to conduct a funded research project examining the bat community’s response to invertebrate populations as it relates to prescribed fire management in the southern Appalachians. The research project will involve extensive sampling and analysis of invertebrates and bat calls in Alabama’s Talladega National Forest. One year of invertebrate and acoustic data has been collected and the student will conduct a second sample period in summer 2021. The project will involve long periods of time in the field during the summer, with the rest of time in the lab sorting invertebrate samples and analyzing acoustic data. Research funding via the U.S. Forest Service is available for a summer research stipend, field travel, supplies, field/lab assistant, and attendance at a bat acoustic data training workshop. The student will be expected to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship during the academic year. The selected individual will enroll in the graduate program of the Biology Department at the University of West Georgia for spring semester 2021.


Minimum Qualifications

B.S. in biology, wildlife ecology, or related field with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

Minimum GRE scores: Verbal 150, Math 150, Writing 3.0

Strong experience in ecological research at the undergraduate or post-baccalaureate level

Excellent quantitative, writing, and oral communication skills

Willingness to spend extensive periods in field and lab environments 

Ability to work independently under field conditions (extreme weather, rough terrain, and physically challenging tasks) at remote sites

Self-motivated with ability to effectively work on their own as well as supervise technicians

Orienteering skills and ability to drive 4WD vehicle

Excellent data management and analytic skills


Preferred Qualifications

Proficient in lab and field entomology including invertebrate identification and sampling methods

Experience in bat acoustic sampling and call analysis

Ability to identify southeastern trees and conduct standard vegetation measurements

Basic training in GIS and statistics



How to Apply:

Please email a PDF application containing a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Andrew Edelman, Review of applications will begin immediately.