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Wildlife Ecology and Management


Ranglack Lab, Department of Biology, University of Nebraska - Kearney

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Wildlife Ecology and Management


Ranglack Lab, Department of Biology, University of Nebraska - Kearney

 

"When your views on the world and your intellect are being challenged and you feel uncomfortable because of a contradiction you've detected that is threatening your current model of the world or some aspect of it, pay attention. You are about to learn something"

- William H. Drury, Jr., Chance a Change: Ecology for Conservationists (1998)

 
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Ranglack Lab


Ranglack Lab


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About Us

The Ranglack lab research team

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Research

Current and past research projects completed by the Ranglack lab

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Join Us

Find out how to join the team!

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Current Openings


Current Openings


Student Opportunities

We are always looking for new lab members (BS or MS seeking) or collaborators. If we have specific projects for which we are hiring, they will be posted below. 

If you are interested in joining the Ranglack Lab, please compose a personalized email describing, 1) why you want to go to graduate school to study wildlife ecology, 2) why you want to join my lab in particular, 3) what kinds of questions in wildlife ecology you are most interested in and why, and 4) your qualifications, including field experience, GPA, and GRE scores. Please also include your CV, and contact information for 3 references.

While I aim to support my students financially, learning how to pursue independent funding is an important skill. I expect my students to apply for external funding, even if TA and/or RA funding is available for the project. If you are interested in joining the lab, familiarize yourself with possible sources of funding, such as the NSF GRFP and EPA STAR fellowships.

If  you do not receive a reply within 2 weeks, please follow up with another email. Thanks!

 

Whitetail Deer and Bobcat Spatial Ecology MS Position

The Wildlife Conservation and Management Lab (Drs. Dustin Ranglack and Nate Bickford) at University of Nebraska Kearney is seeking a Masters student interested in whitetail deer and bobcat spatial ecology in an extremely fragmented, agriculturally dominated landscape. The student will monitor deer and bobcat movements in conjunction with a larger project on the impacts of habitat fragmentation in prairie systems on multiple wildlife species. This involves using advanced statistical techniques and requires experience with managing and analyzing large datasets in R.

Prospective students interested in deer and bobcat ecology and/or spatial ecology are encouraged to apply.  The student will be paid as a research assistant in year 1 and a teaching assistant in year 2. The student will be expected to apply for additional external funding, must maintain a 3.0 GPA, and will teach general biology labs for non-majors.

Prospective students should have: a degree in ecology, biology or related discipline and experience in GIS and R. Field experience working with large mammals is highly preferred. Applicants must have excellent English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work with and lead a research team. A minimum GRE score of 290 and 3.0 undergraduate GPA required.


Application Process:

Start date December 2017

Please send one pdf file that includes a cover letter, CV (with GPA and GRE scores), and names and contact addresses of three references to Dr. Dustin Ranglack at ranglackdh@unk.edu, using the subject line “Deer/Bobcat MS Application”, by September 22, 2017. Individuals who do not follow these instructions may not be considered.