Indiana State University is a public institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,704 (fall 2021), its setting is city, and the campus size is 435 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Indiana State University’s ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 331-440.

Dr. Aaron Gooley’s Wildlife Ecology & Ecotoxicology Laboratory at Indiana State University (ISU) is seeking graduate applications (MS or PhD) from highly motivated and capable students to study wildlife ecology and/or ecotoxicology in Indiana. Positions supported by teaching assistantships will be available to start August 2023.

Graduate research projects will be expected to combine traditional field ecology studies with techniques and technology such as ecotoxicology, GIS habitat analysis, mark-recapture, telemetry, and/or genetics. The student will conduct field-based data collection during the summer as well as participate in laboratory work during the academic year.

Fieldwork may involve canoeing/boating, mud, bugs, heat, handling animals, and other strenuous dirty-job type work (need to be able to lift ~50lbs). There is opportunity for highly motivated and capable students to develop their own project based off of their interests and skills. Current lab projects involve turtles, pollinators, and bats.

Qualifications – For MS: BS by start date in ecology, biology, zoology, wildlife, or a related field – For PhD: MS by start date in ecology, biology, zoology, wildlife, or a related field (Exceptional students with a B.S. may be considered) – Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 – GRE verbal and quantitative scores of at least 150; GRE scores are required if applicant does not yet have a graduate degree. – Valid driver’s license.

Successful applicants will be self-motivated, have a strong interest in wildlife ecology and/or related disciplines (e.g., herpetology, mammalogy, entomology, ecotoxicology) and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills (including proficiency searching and reviewing peer-reviewed literature). Prior experience with research, fieldwork, boats/canoes, and common statistical software packages are preferred. Experience with ecotoxicology/analytical chemistry (e.g., LC-MS/MS), GIS, genetic analysis, or other modern analytical techniques/tools that could enhance a graduate project are a plus.

Use the recommendation forms at the bottom of the page linked above (the link in the Checklist is broken). Once your application is submitted, please let me know via email ( AND attach your cover letter and CV so I can begin the review process. Include “Wildlife Ecology Graduate Application” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the positions may be filled before the deadline. Questions should be directed to Dr. Aaron Gooley ( Contact Person Dr. Aaron Gooley Contact eMail

To apply, follow the directions below: There is a link to apply on this page: At the bottom of the page there is a Graduate Program Application Checklist, Biology Graduate Application Form, and recommendation form. Follow the appropriate part of the checklist for either M.S. thesis degree or Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD requires an additional statement of purpose).

Salary $6,500/semester + tuition waiver

Start Date 08/20/2023

Last Date to Apply 02/20/2023

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