M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship – Riparian Wildli fe Ecology, West Virginia University

M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship –
Riparian Wildlife Ecology, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, West Virginia University
STARTING DATE: May to August 2018 
CLOSING DATE: Position is open until filled and pending final approval of funding.
DESCRIPTION:  Student will be supported by 12-month Research Assistantship for 2 to 2.5 years. 
Student will work with an interdisciplinary team on a stream and riparian restoration project in northcentral West Virginia.  Student will be responsible for monitoring of small mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, macroinvertebrates, and plants in an active farmland landscape.  Thesis will establish baseline (pre-restoration data) and short-term post-restoration data. An additional thesis chapter will be developed on a relevant topic based on the interest of the student.  The student will be working toward a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University (http://bit.ly/WVUForestry).
QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. in Wildlife or closely related field.  Minimum GPA of 3.0 and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 310.  A strong interest in riparian wildlife ecology and the ability and desire to work with multiple taxa required. 
STIPEND: $16,536/year plus health insurance and complete tuition waiver.
CONTACT:  Student will be advised by Dr. James T. Anderson.  Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, resume, a 500-word statement of purpose (why do you want to work on this project, your research interests, and long-term career goals), unofficial copy of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to jim.anderson@mail.wvu.edu.