Teaching Assistantship for M. S.

Applications are being sought from students with grit and optimism that wish
to pursue a Masters degree in Population and Conservation Biology. Students
should also have both curiosity and zest about studying various aspects of
the behavior ecology of native and introduced mosquitofish and/or sailfin
and Amazon mollies starting spring 2017. San Marcos River has both native
(Gambusia geiseri) and introduced (G. affinis) species of mosquitofish
providing opportunities to ask conservation type questions. Amazon mollies,
Poecilia formosa, are a unisexual (all female) species that are essentially
sexual parasites as they require sperm from the closely related bisexual
sailfin molly, P. latipinna, and Atlantic molly, P. mexicana, but don’t use
it to fertilize their eggs. In both systems questions about speciation and
species recognition abound. We can offer an Instructional Assistant
(teaching labs) for the length of your degree. See for details about our lab and our research

The Department of Biology offers a strong environment for training students
in conservation and evolutionary ecology. The Masters program in Population
and Conservation Biology would be the best fit for such an applicant. For
program information see

Interested students should send an email with a statement of interest that
includes a summary of topics you might be interested in working on in my lab
and your long term goals/interests. Please include a copy of your CV,
relevant coursework, GRE, and any other relevant experience to Caitlin Gabor
by email (gabor at Reference letters for top candidates will
be solicited at a later date. Applications will be reviewed as they come in.
Applications to our Masters program are evaluated on a rolling basis so it
is possible to start spring 2017.

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