The McRae Lab at East Carolina University seeks a Masters student to begin January 2018 http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/biology/mastersprograms.cfm to conduct thesis research developing and validating genetic markers to be amplified from environmental DNA (eDNA) for detecting secretive marshbirds, especially Black Rail and King Rail. Lab work will be conducted at ECU using the Biology Department’s Genomics Core Facility. Seasonal fieldwork in coastal wetlands will be based in and around Mackay Island NWR http://www.fws.gov/mackayisland/, where the candidate will lead a team conducting callback surveys to locate breeding rails, find and monitor nests, and catch rails for sampling and banding using a variety of methods. The fieldwork is physically demanding, and entails early morning start times and a non-traditional work week. The field team will spend long hours wading through water, mud and vegetation in the marsh, often in hot, humid conditions. Some night work will also be necessary. The student may also contribute to a larger study of the ecology, behavior and movements of rails.
Research will be under the direction of Dr. Susan McRae, and the work will be coordinated with USFWS collaborators and the Eastern Black Rail Species Status Assessment working group. Review of applications will begin September 5th and continue until the position is filled. Please write to express your interest in this opportunity by e-mail (mcraesATecuDOTedu) and include academic transcript(s), Curriculum Vita, and the names and contact details of three references. Final acceptance will be contingent on formal application to the ECU Graduate School before October 15th http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/gradschool/Admissions-Information.cfm.
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