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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!

MS Assistantship - Landscape of Fear/Deer Hunting Strategies

The Ranglack Lab (University of Nebraska-Kearney [UNK]) is recruiting an M.S. student with an interest in wildlife spatial ecology specifically tied to predator-prey interactions. The student will join a collaborative research project involving UNK (Dr. Dustin Ranglack), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Dr. Andrew Little; https://wildlifeecologylab.unl.edu/), and the Noble Research Institute (Dr. Stephen Webb; https://www.noble.org/staff/stephen-webb/). The student will work closely with research collaborators to evaluate: 1) behavior of hunters (e.g., hunting style, hunter movements, spatial attributes of hunting sites, etc.); 2) how hunter behavior influences their probability of observing deer; and 3) how hunter behavior structures risk in white-tailed deer using an existing data set from Oklahoma aimed at examining how hunting pressure impacts white-tailed deer behavior (e.g., Little et al. 2014, 2016; Marantz et al. 2016).

Applicants should have a strong interest in spatial ecology, animal movements and resource selection, and must have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in a field related to wildlife ecology or biology. Applicants should have a GPA ≥3.0. Applicants also should have strong quantitative skills and organizational skills, attention to detail, and excellent oral and written communication skills. This specific project will not involve data collection/field work; however, opportunities to collaborate/conduct field work with other graduate students/projects will be available. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience or training in animal movement ecology, ArcGIS, and R statistical software. The position begins August 15, 2019 and funding is available for 2 years ($18,000/year plus fringe benefits and a full tuition waiver).

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter outlining your interests, research background, and career aspirations as they pertain to this position; a resume or curriculum vitae; copies of transcripts (unofficial); and contact information for 3 professional references (name, email, phone, address), combined in a single PDF file with the file name formatted as lastname_firstname.pdf (e.g., rodriguez_maria.pdf) to ranglackdh@unk.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

Underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.