MS/PhD Assistantship – Human effects on wildlife habitat

The successful applicant will focus on understanding and demonstrating the effects of human activities on wildlife using a functional sensory ecology approach. Research will be conducted in collaboration with the National Park Service and will involve developing spatially-explicit indices of risk from anthropogenic nightlight and noise for mammals and birds of conservation significance across the contiguous US. The resultant new knowledge will help direct research and management toward those wildlife species and habitat corridors that are most vulnerable to anthropogenic sensory stimuli.

Minimum qualifications:

B.S. in Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Geography, or related field. Competitive applicants will have experience collecting, analyzing, and presenting scientific data, working in collaborative teams, and strong interest in developing and applying quantitative spatial models. Preference will be given to students with a proven publication record.


The Carter and Barber labs at Boise State University. The student will primarily be advised by Dr. Neil Carter (Human-Environment Systems) and co-advised by Dr. Jesse Barber (Biology) and work closely with both labs. The successful applicant will be in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior degree program (


Full graduate assistantship (stipend, tuition, and health insurance).

Start date:

August 14, 2017 (negotiable)

Late date to apply:

April 15, 2017. Applications will be screened until the closing date, at which time letters of recommendation will be requested from those on the short list.

Application instructions:

Applicants should email the following materials as a single pdf file with the subject line =93Graduate Assistantship=94 to (a) one page cover letter describing relevant experience, interests, and professional goals, (b) CV, (c) GRE scores, (d) transcripts (unofficial) from undergraduate and graduate education, (e) TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores if from non-English speaking institution, and (f) contact information for three professional references. For additional information contact Dr. Neil Carter.

Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty, student body, and staff. Accordingly, applicants who would add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community are encouraged to apply.

Additional information:

Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the capital of the State of Idaho, Boise is frequently featured as a top-ranked metropolis. The city has ample opportunities for world-class outdoor activities year round and a thriving arts and entertainment culture. In 2017, US News and World report ranked Boise the 12th best city to live in the United States.

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