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Graduate Assistantship on Bog Turtle Conservation Planning

A potential graduate position for a doctoral student may be available Fall 2015, contingent on funding.  The Ph.D. student would evaluate potential habitat for bog turtles in southwestern Virginia, and estimate changes over time in population size and growth rates using a previously developed GIS model and use a long-term mark-recapture database.  Major goals are to work closely with state agency personnel to develop a conservation plan based on trends in land use and human population growth and to improve our understanding of wetland size and connectivity required to maintain viable populations of bog turtles.

Qualifications: Successful applicants usually have an undergraduate GPA above 3.3 and GREs above 50th percentile.  Candidates for Ph.D. should have M.S. degree in Fisheries & Wildlife, Ecology, or related field, and have published in a peer-reviewed journal.  Experience with conservation planning, demographic analyses, occupancy modeling, wetland habitats, and GIS is desirable.

Anticipated starting date: August 2016

To apply: Applicants should submit a letter of in terest and a c.v. (including undergraduate and M.S. grade point average and GRE scores) as well as contact information for three references. Promising candidates will need to submit an official application to the graduate school at Virginia Tech (http://www.grads.vt.edu/).  Contact information:  Dr. Carola A. Haas, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, Mail Code 0321, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24060, cahaas@vt.edu, 1-540-231-9269.  Please put “bog turtle grad position” in subject line of emails to Professor Haas.

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Dana Keith
Assistant to Department Head
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Cheatham Hall, RM100, Virginia Tech
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Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Dr. Sarah Karpanty 
Graduate Program Coordinator 

Fish and Wildlife Conservation
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Blacksburg, VA 24061

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