[MARMAM] Graduate Student Positions

Jenn Burns jennburns01 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 14:02:41 PDT 2022

The Burns’ lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech
University (https://tinyurl.com/BurnsLab) is searching for three graduate
students to participate in two separate, NSF-funded, multi-PI field
projects on pinniped ecophysiology and behavior. The first project is
focused on individual variation in the diving behavior of lactating female
Weddell seals and their pups, requires field work in McMurdo Sound,
Antarctica, and is collaborative with Dr. Michelle Shero at WHOI, Dr.
Allyson Hindle at University of Nevada Los Vegas, and Dr. Briggs at
University of Alaska Anchorage.

The second project focuses on the role of iron in the physiological
development of grey seal pups and their resulting post-weaning movements
and diving behavior. One student will focus on pups, and the second on how
maternal diet and condition may influence the amount of milk and iron that
moms can provide to their pups. The project field work will take place on
Sable Island, Canada, and will be conducted in collaboration with partners
from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada, Dr.
Michelle Shero, and Dr. Greg Breed from University of Alaska Fairbanks.

For all projects, we prefer students who have experience with field work,
and who have already completed a MSc, although applicants desiring a PhD
who do not yet have a MSc will be considered if they can demonstrate strong
analytical or laboratory skills. Students will be provided with stipend
support, as well as tuition and fees; some student teaching is expected.
More information on the Department of Biological Sciences can be found at
https://www.depts.ttu.edu/biology/ . If interested, please send a statement
of interest, your CV, and unofficial transcripts (if available) to
jenn.burns at ttu.edu
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