Position/Title: M.S./Ph.D Graduate Assistantship, Kansas State University

Agency/Location: Kansas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit and Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Responsibilities: The student will conduct a risk assessment of lead exposure for mottled ducks on the National Wildlife Refuges on the Gulf Coast. This assessment will be the final product of series of studies measuring availability of lead in coastal habitats and lead exposure by mottled ducks and other waterbirds. Specific objectives include a formal risk assessment of lead exposure to mottled ducks relative to population demography, habitat selection, and body condition; development of a body condition index; and evaluation of the source of lead in coastal marshes.

Qualifications: BS or MS in ecology, natural resources, biology, geography, or related field. Overall GPA >3.0, GRE (verbal + quantitative) >1000. Experience with geographic information systems, and spatial analyses is preferred. Interest in wetland and landscape-scale investigations. Strong quantitative and communication skills with an ability to work independently and as a team.

Start Date: January 2012.

Closing Date: Applicants will be screened beginning Nov. 20, 2011 and open until filled.

Salary: MS/Ph.D Assistantship approximately $25,000 annually, which includes tuition reimbursement and benefits.

Contact: Send cover letter of interest and experience, resume, GRE scores, and transcripts to David Haukos, Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Division of Biology, 205 Leasure Haull, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506; 785-532-5761;