Highly motivated students wishing to earn an MS in Biology and 
interested in bat ecology are are invited to apply for a Graduate 
Research Assistantship in Dr. Christine Brodsky’s lab at Pittsburg State 
University (Pittsburg, KS) in a partnership with the Missouri Department 
of Conservation.

We are looking for an outstanding student to pursue an MS research 
project on the summer habitat use and roost ecology of tricolored, 
little brown, and northern long-eared bats in Missouri. Primary 
objectives include using mist-net surveys to place radio transmitters on 
reproductively active female bats to document maternity colony size,  
maternity roost locations, and summer habitat in the Current River 
Conservation Area (CA), Peck Ranch CA, and Mark Twain National Forest. 
The field season will be followed with a human dimensions survey for 
nearby residents' perception of bats, white-nose syndrome, and 
management practices.

The MS student will be supervised by Dr. Christine Brodsky (Pittsburg 
State University) and Dr. Kathryn Womack (Missouri Department of 
Conservation). Master’s degree coursework will be completed at Pittsburg 
State University in Pittsburg, KS. 

Summer field seasons (May 15 – August 15) will entail mist-net surveys 
at up to 5 sites and placing radio transmitters on reproducibly active 
female bats. Roost locations will be triangulated daily for the duration 
of the radio transmitter life (up to 21 days). The student is expected 
to begin the pilot field season in Summer 2018. Two additional field 
seasons will follow in 2019 and 2020, with graduation expected in 
December of 2020. Field season housing will be provided at Peck Ranch 
Conservation Area.

Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences, 
ecology, natural resource science, or other related fields with 
competitive GPA and GRE scores. Preference will be given to applicants 
who have or are able to obtain a federal permit for northern long-eared 
bats, experience working in field conditions, trapping and handling 
bats, telemetry, and those who have the rabies vaccination. 

To apply, please email the following materials to Christine Brodsky 
(cbrod...@pittstate.edu): 1) cover letter describing interest and 
professional goals; 2) curriculum vitae or resume; 3) contact 
information for three references; 4) copy of academic transcripts 
(unofficial); and 5) GRE scores.

The application deadline is March 16, 2018.

For more information and application instructions, please see the job 
posting: https://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/graduate-assistantship-ms-bat-

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