We are looking for a self-motivated student interested in turtle ecology in to pursue a Ph.D. in the Wildlife Ecology & Ecotoxicology Laboratory at Indiana State University (ISU). The position is supported through a teaching assistantship with tuition waiver and $13,000 stipend.

Graduate research will be expected to combine traditional field ecology studies with techniques and technology such as ecotoxicology, GIS, mark-recapture, telemetry, and/or genetics. Students will conduct extensive field-based data collection during the summer as well as laboratory work during the academic year. Fieldwork may involve canoeing/boating, mud, bugs, heat, handling turtles, and other strenuous dirty job type work. There is opportunity for the student to develop their own project based off of their interests and skills. Projects with analytical ecotoxicology components are encouraged.

ISU has a state-of-the-art genomics center and state-of-the-art analytical chemistry equipment (e.g., GC-MS) that provides excellent opportunity for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects.


M.S. in Zoology, Wildlife, Ecology, Biology, or a related field

A strong interest in wildlife ecology

Fieldwork experience and completed coursework related to ecology and wildlife biology

Ability to lift ~50lbs

Experience with boats/canoes and ability to swim desired.

Experience with complementary interdisciplinary techniques such as ecotoxicology/analytical chemistry, GIS, or genetics as well as experience writing grant proposals and submitting research for publication are desired but not required.

To apply, please send a letter of intent and curriculum vitae to aaron.gooley@indstate.edu. The subject of the email should mention: Turtle Ecology Doctoral Position. Applications should indicate desired start semester (spring 2023 or fall 2023). Applications for spring will be considered as they are received. Applications for fall should be received by January 10th, 2023. Top applicants will be instructed to submit official applications to the university as part of the consideration process.

For more information about the department and the university, see:


Dr. Aaron C. Gooley
Associate Wildlife Biologist®
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Wildlife Ecology & Ecotoxicology Lab
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Email: aaron.gooley@indstate.edu

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