Join Us

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!

Current Openings

Bison Conservation MS Position

The Ranglack Lab at University of Nebraska at Kearney is seeking a Masters student interested in bison conservation, ecology, and management to assist in a collaborative project with the IUCN Bison Specialist Group and World Wildlife Fund-Northern Great Plains Program to, 1) conduct the first global census of the genus Bison, including both species in North America and Europe, and 2) complete the first IUCN Green List Assessment for those species. This census and subsequent Green List Assessment will provide key information needed to develop long-term conservation action plans at the continental scale that address important considerations about ownership/jurisdiction, stewardship/husbandry, abundance/density, historic/potential range, ecological function, viability, genetics, and wildness that are fundamental attributes to consider for long-term conservation of bison.

 Prospective students interested in bison conservation, ecology, and management or conservation biology are encouraged to apply.  The student will be paid as a Teaching Assistant during academic years (2), along with three months summer salary each year. This package will also cover the student’s tuition (in-state or out-of-state) for two years and subsidized health insurance (optional). 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. 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.

Indigenous candidates and other underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Process:

Start date August 2019

 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 “Bison Conservation MS Position”, by March 29, 2019. Individuals who do not follow these instructions may not be considered.

Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamics MS Position

The Ranglack, Reichart, and Wuellner Labs at University of Nebraska at Kearney are jointly seeking a Master’s student interested in a collaborative project to model the interactions between genetic, environment, management, and socio-economic factors related to fish and wildlife management, using bison management at the American Prairie Reserve, MT as a case study. This student will also take part in a USDA funded training program in Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamic along with other graduate students at three other institutions and a UNK post-doc, who will jointly advise the student.

 Prospective students interested in Systems Thinking and System Dynamics, and/or wildlife management are encouraged to apply.  The student will be paid as a Teaching Assistant during academic years (2). This package will also cover the student’s tuition (in-state or out-of-state) for two years and subsidized health insurance (optional). 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. Summer salary will be contingent on grant funding.

 Prospective students should have: a degree in ecology, biology, wildlife science/management, or related discipline and experience/interest in GIS and R. 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.

 Indigenous candidates and other underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Process:

Start date August 2019

 Please send one pdf file titled “Lastname_Firstname.pdf” (e.g., Rodriguez_Isabella.pdf) that includes a cover letter, CV (with GPA and GRE scores), and names and contact addresses of three references to Dr. Melissa Wuellner at wuellnermr@unk.edu, using the subject line “Systems MS Position”, by March 29, 2019. Individuals who do not follow these instructions may not be considered.