Seeking a graduate student (MS or PhD) at New Mexico State University to examine breeding and movement ecology of Bendire’s Thrasher in relation to energy development in southwestern New Mexico.  Research will include the use of motus stations to examine the effects of the SunZia transmission line on movement ecology, territory establishment, adult and juvenile survival, and nest survival of Bendire’s Thrashers.  Long-hours in the field are required.

This position is collaborative with GeoSystems Analysis, inc. and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The position will start in August 2023.  This student will be co-advised by Drs. Martha Desmond and Fitsum Abadi Gebreselassie.  The position includes a reimbursement for health insurance and partial tuition waiver.


BS in Wildlife, ecology, or related field. The ideal candidate will have previous experience with VHF telemetry and/or motus, arid land passerines, strong quantitative and communication skills and experience working in remote areas.  Preference will be given to applicants serious about pursuing a PhD.

 To Apply: Send a single email file attachment that includes: a cover letter that indicates your qualifications for the position, experience and skills in data analysis as well as proficiency with  R and GIS, a resume, names and contact information for 3 professional references, copies of all transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), to Martha Desmond, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, New Mexico State University at  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Salary $25,000

Last Date to Apply:  05/20/2023


Contact Person: Martha Desmond; Contact Phone: 5756461217; Contact eMail:

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