Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

Recruiting Ph.D. student to study American alligator reproductive ecology

The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA; member of the University of Texas System) invites applications for a graduate assistantship for a doctoral student (Ph.D. in Forestry) to begin in 2024 with a flexible start date. The position is funded for three years ($26,000/year for 3 years and potential to apply for additional years of funding), and will be under the supervision of Dr. Cord Eversole as part of the wildlife ecology lab and research group at SFASU. Although the State of Texas does not allow for direct tuition waivers, out-of-state students awarded assistantships only pay the Texas resident tuition rate. To further help defray tuition costs, scholarships are also available through this program for qualified students to put towards tuition. In addition to research, there are also opportunities for the candidate to gain teaching experience if desired. 
 
Research Focus: 
The student is expected to develop a project that addresses questions focused on understanding the reproductive ecology of American alligators. The selected student will be expected to 1) develop systems dynamics and statistical models using both theoretical and empirical frameworks, 2) develop spatial models based on both field collected and remotely sensed data, and 3) publish research findings in peer reviewed scientific journals.   
 
Desired Qualifications: 
Individuals with research interests in wildlife ecology and management, theoretical ecology, computational ecology, spatial ecology, and herpetology are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Master of Science degree by the start date in wildlife management, wildlife ecology, biology, or related field. Strong preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience with theoretical/mathematical modeling, systems dynamics, spatial modeling, and ARU data and data processing. Strong quantitative skills are desired and experience with R, SAS, systems dynamics software (Vensim, Stella, etc), and ArcGIS is preferred. Excellent communication and time-management skills, a strong work ethic and attention to detail are also essential. The candidate must have a valid drivers license. 
 
 
Deadline and Application Materials: 
 
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date for this position is flexible, but preference will be given to applicants who can start in either January 2024 or August 2024. 
 
Please send only one PDF file with a cover letter outlining your specific research interests and experiences, GPA (including unofficial transcripts), GRE scores (if available), a CV, contact details of three references and an example of your writing to Dr. Cord Eversole (cord.eversole@sfasu.edu).