We are offering a fully-funded research assistantship focused on surveys, 
modeling, and prioritization of dragonfly species endemic to the lovely 
Ozark-Ouachita mountain region of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The purpose 
of the project is to improve knowledge of the distribution, requirements, and 
priority status of Gomphus ozarkensis, Ophiogomphus westfalli, Cordulegaster 
talaria, and Somatochlora ozarkensis. We anticipate doing this through a 
combination of habitat-directed surveys, ecological niche modeling to predict 
and map potential distributions (both current and projected under climate 
change), and ranking each species based on range-wide vulnerability and 
The position is housed in the Siepielski lab 
(https://asiepielski.wordpress.com/) in the Department of Biological Sciences 
at the University of Arkansas. Additional partners include the Missouri 
Department of Conservation, New York Natural Heritage Program, Oklahoma 
Biological Survey, University of Oklahoma, and University of Tennessee.
The strongest candidates will have the following skills, experience, and 
interests: Interest in conservation science; Interest in odonates and lotic 
habitats; Ability to conduct extended periods of field work in remote settings 
(lots of hiking); Strong organization skills and the ability to work 
independently and with a team; Quantitative skills or aptitude; Experience with 
R, GIS, and/or ecological niche modeling (or the aptitude to learn quickly)
Anticipated Start date will be ~ January 2017, although this is flexible. To 
apply, please send the following: (1) a cover letter that highlights relevant 
skills, experience, and interests; (2) a CV; (3) contact information for 3 
references to amsie...@uark.edu<mailto:amsie...@uark.edu>, and (4) GRE scores. 
Review of applications will begin immediately.
Applicants must also apply to the graduate program in the department of 
biological sciences and the graduate school. The deadline for all application 
materials for the Spring 2017 semester is Nov 1, 2016. More information can be 
found on the ‘JOIN US’ section of the lab webpage( 
Please contact Adam Siepielski (amsie...@uark.edu<mailto:amsie...@uark.edu>) or 
Jason Bried (br...@uark.edu<mailto:br...@uark.edu>) with any questions.
The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (UARK) is a Tier I research 
university located in the Ozark Mountains. The faculty and graduate students at 
UARK are highly interactive and include an internationally known group of 
evolutionary biologists and 
ecologists<http://comp.uark.edu/~wetges/EtgesHP/E%26E_Program.html>.  We are 
located in an ideal setting for field-based projects in aquatic systems (AR 
boosts more than 2,300 lakes and thousands of smaller ponds, and equally 
impressive numbers of rivers, streams and creeks). Fayetteville is located in 
beautiful northwest Arkansas and offers a high quality of living at a low cost, 
an excellent climate, and is a large enough city to offer diverse activities 
and amenities. Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and mountain biking 
opportunities are in close proximity.
Adam M. Siepielski
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville AR, 72701
Ph: 1-479-575-6357

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