Post-doctoral Research Associate– Forest management and Indiana bats

Summary:

Indiana State University is searching for a highly motivated and talented individual to work as a postdoctoral research associate on a project assessing the effects of forest management on Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in Missouri. This position will be based on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN, with summer field work in northeastern Missouri.

Project description:

This 36-month position will be hired under a contract from the Missouri Department of Conservation and supervised by faculty in the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State University. The post-doctoral researcher will conduct field work in Missouri from May to August each year, overseeing a team of technicians and MS and PhD students. Field work will include capture surveys, following standard Indiana bat protocols, at conservation areas across northeastern Missouri, radio telemetry, emergence counts, and acoustic monitoring. The post-doctoral researcher will be responsible for data management and analyses, and is expected to develop peer-reviewed journal articles related to this project.

Required expertise/skills:

The ideal candidate has a PhD (or degree expected in May 2019) in biology, ecology, wildlife biology, natural resources, or a related field and at least 6 cumulative months of experience using radio telemetry to study distribution and habitat preferences for bats. Proficiency using radio telemetry to track bat movements is essential. The candidate must be highly motivated, able to work both independently and collaboratively, and able to adapt to change. It is also critical that the candidate have extensive experience in R or other statistical software, and be proficient with GIS. Ability to write peer-reviewed manuscripts is a requirement.

Eligibility requirements:

The selected candidate must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.

Description of working conditions:

Field work will be performed in rural areas in northeastern Missouri. The incumbent must be willing to handle bats (ISU will provide a rabies titer check, if needed). There will be significant daily travel in a light truck and hiking while carrying up to 50 lbs. of equipment. Extreme weather (hot summers, high winds) and uncomfortable environments (biting insects, poison ivy) may be encountered. Extended periods of computer use will be required in this position.

Compensation:

Compensation will be approximately $20.52/hour or $40,000/year. Indiana State University offers a full, competitive benefits package. The position will begin in Spring/Summer 2019 and will be filled for a 36-month period.

Principal Duty Station:

Most field planning, analytical work, and writing (publications and reports) will occur on the campus of Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN). The post-doctoral research associate must be able to move to northeastern Missouri for field work from May to August each year.

How to apply:

Apply online at http://jobs.indstate.edu/postings/25733. Submit cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references. The cover letter should include (i) a summary of the applicant’s experience with capturing and handling eastern U.S. bats, (ii) details on the applicant’s experience analyzing data gathered via radio telemetry and acoustics, (iii) details on the applicant’s publication record, and (iv) 1-2 examples of how the applicant has worked successfully with collaborators. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, application materials must be submitted by January 4, 2019.

Direct inquiries to Joy.OKeefe@indstate.edu.

Additional information about the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation can be found at www.isubatcenter.org. Indiana State University is a public coeducational university in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a total enrollment of ~13,500 students. The university has been named a Green College by the Princeton Review; progressive initiatives include a community garden, car-share program, local food options on campus, and a Climate Action Plan. Terre Haute, which sits just east of the Wabash River, is a major regional center for health care, education, industry, and the arts.
Indiana State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All are encouraged to apply including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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Bat Fest Agenda—September 15, 2018

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A Year in the Lives of Bats

Our 2018 Indiana Bat Festival theme will cover the four seasons that our temperate bats must endure to make it through another year. We hope to see you there!

 

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2018 Bat Festival Silent Auction Donations

Our Bat Festival is fast approaching  and we are still accepting donations for the Silent Auction.

 

Whether you own a business or are just feeling generous, this is a great way to get your name out in the community. Proceeds are used to fund the Bat Festival itself and we provide charitable donation certificates for tax deductions.

Please use this form for each item you’d like to donate: 2018 bat fest auction donation form ISU

See you on September 15th!

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2018 Bat Fest Art Contest

Art by Christina Nelson

Enter the Bat Art Contest and, if your drawing is selected, you could win a great prize! Your artwork may also be displayed at the Bat Festival and could appear on a T-shirt, print, or other item sold to benefit the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State University.

Our 2018 theme is “A Year in the Lives of Bats”! Please limit your work subject to 8.5” x 11” in order to accommodate printing.

Artwork must be submitted to the ISU Bat Center by September 8, 2018.

For more details, please see our Art Contest Entry Form.

And check out some of the previous entries!

Huge thanks to our local sponsors,  Roly Poly!

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2018 Bat Festival – Save the Date

A Year in the Lives of Bats

September 15, 2018

Follow us on Facebook and check back with our Bat Festival page for more details to come!

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11th Annual Indiana Bat Festival

We look forward to seeing you at our 11th Annual Indiana Bat Festival! For more details visit our Bat Fest page and our Facebook

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Day of year, temperature, wind, and precipitation predict timing of bat migration

New publication from Dr. Joseph Pettit, a former student with the ISU Bat Center. This work describes the environmental factors that predict when Indiana bats will arrive and depart from a summer maternity colony area using long-term data from our Indianapolis Airport study. Nice work, Dr. Pettit!

 

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MS position to study bats in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

The Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State University seeks qualified candidates for a M.S. graduate position beginning August 2017. The student’s research will focus on the distribution and ecology of bats in the rugged terrain of Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, which sits at the nexus of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. The project will focus on cave-dwelling bats affected by white-nose syndrome, which was detected in the Park in 2013. Data on bat distribution obtained via capture and acoustic surveys will be valuable for the development of park-wide species distribution models for WNS-imperiled bat species. Data on roosting and foraging ecology will give resource managers valuable information on how bats might respond to management actions, such as prescribed fire and hazard tree clearing.
The student will be enrolled in the M.S. program in the Department of Biology at Indiana State University. The National Park Service-funded project provides a 1-year (12 months) stipend for the graduate research assistant, a 1-year full tuition waiver, and research funds for 2018 (housing, field vehicle, and salary for technicians will be provided). The student will be supported on a teaching or research assistantship (to be determined) during the second academic year.
Minimum qualifications include a B.S. degree in a biological discipline and 1–2 years of experience capturing bats and conducting radio telemetry studies. Rabies pre-vaccination is highly desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in wildlife biology, evidence of technological skills (necessary for acoustic studies and spatial modeling), and hiking ability. Residents of the state of Indiana will be given preference.
Applicants should submit their CV (including GPA and GRE scores), contact information for at least 3 professional references, and a brief letter answering the following questions:
1) Why are you interested in pursuing a M.S. degree studying bats? How will you use this degree?
2) Describe your experiences working with bats.
3) What evidence can you provide that you are technologically savvy, including experience with GIS?
4) What makes you uniquely qualified for this position?
Submit materials as 1 pdf document to Dr. Joy M. O’Keefe at joy.okeefe@indstate.edu. Submissions will be considered as they are received, but are due no later than 15 May 2017. The student will begin classes at ISU in August 2017.
Additional information about the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation can be found at www.isubatcenter.org. More information on the Biology graduate program can be found at http://www.indstate.edu/biology/graduateprograms/grad.htm. Indiana State University is a public coeducational university in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a total enrollment of ~13,500 students. The university has been named a Green College by the Princeton Review; progressive initiatives include a community garden, car-share program, local food options on campus, and a Climate Action Plan. Terre Haute, which sits just east of the Wabash River, is a major regional center for health care, education, industry, and the arts.

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Work with the Bat Center this Summer

Foraging Telemetry Technician Positions, Indiana

Indiana State University’s Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation is seeking technicians for a bat foraging study in central Indiana at the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. These positions are dynamic and require some mist netting and roost homing telemetry but mostly consists of tracking bats with radio telemetry while they are out foraging at night. Applicants must be visual map thinkers and have good direction and navigation skills. Please see below for further details on pay and housing, etc.

Application deadline has been extended to March 27, 2017.
For more details on job description and how to apply, see job posting document: Indiana HEE Job Posting 2017

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