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 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 More information on the Biology graduate program can be found at 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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