• Description:

    We are inviting applications for a graduate position (MS) to participate in characterizing floral resources used by pollinators in Tamaulipan thornscrub. The appointment will begin Fall semester 2024.

    The Tamaulipan thornscrub is a threatened and heavily fragmented habitat in south Texas and northeastern Mexico, making restoration a conservation priority. Important restoration efforts for the last three decades have lacked information regarding floral resources used by pollinators, neglecting support for the pollinator community in reforestation. The thesis project will focus on pollinator preferences, floral resource availability and phenology. The goal is to inform future restoration efforts. Opportunities exist for participating in research activities in on-going thornforest and estuarine restoration and construction of a plant barcode library.


    Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology or a related field. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude/interest for research, good communication skills, and the ability to work independently. Prior experience in native plant communities, plant biology, and/or insect ecology is preferred but not required. The project includes conducting fieldwork, occasionally under hot weather conditions. A current, valid U.S. driver's license and good driving record is also preferred. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll full time in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Biology MS program pursuing the thesis option. The position is USDA funded and has a tuition scholarship covering four consecutive regular semesters in addition to a stipend of $18,000 per year.


    Interested applicants should send to Dr. Alejandro Fierro (alejandro.fierrocabo@utrgv.edu) and Dr. Julie Mustard (julie.mustard@utrgv.edu) a copy of their Academic, GPA (minimum 3.0) and GRE scores (not required for admission, but send them if available), transcripts (can be unofficial), a written statement of graduate research interests, and contact information for two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Fields

    • Biology

    • Ecology

  • Qualifications

    • High School

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