Tidal Marsh Sparrow M.S. Position starting Summer 2018.
Title:M.S. Graduate Assistantship
Description: One M.S. assistantship is available focused on the effectiveness of habitat restoration for imperiled tidal marsh birds in New York City salt marshes. The saltmarsh sparrow, which is under consideration for Endangered Species Act protection, and the seaside sparrow (a species of special concern in New York) inhabit marshes around Jamaica Bay, one of the east coast’s most important bird sites. These species are facing high rates of habitat loss, and populations of both species are dwindling locally. This M.S. project focuses on a saltmarsh restoration experiment being conducted in partnership with New York City Parks, with the goal of recovering populations of saltmarsh nesting birds. The research will take place within the context of a coastwide collaborative study of birds and tidal marsh restoration being conducted by SHARP (www.tidalmarshbirds.org). The successful applicant will be part of an active grad student lab engaged in a wide range of wildlife conservation issues (http://jcohenlab.weebly.com/).
Qualifications: Applicants must have a B.S. in Wildlife, Conservation Biology, Biology, or similar area. At least one field season of wildlife-related work is highly desirable with preference given to candidates with competency in banding and extraction of songbirds and/or an active knowledge of SHARP protocols.
Interested applicants should submit the following: letter of interest, names and contact information of three references, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and CV to: Dr. Jonathan Cohen. Selected applicants will need to apply to the SUNY ESF Graduate School before acceptance.
Application emails: firstname.lastname@example.org Salary: Teaching assistantship in the spring semesters, research assistantship (starting $16,000/yr) in the summer and fall semester, tuition waiver, health benefits Last Date to apply: January 15, 2017 Contact:Dr. Jonathan Cohen (email@example.com) Phone: 315-470-6737 (Cohen)