Description We are looking for a graduate student (PhD applicants preferred, but highly qualified MS applicants will be considered) for a project examining functional habitat values of riparian vegetation on sandbars formed after the 2011 Missouri River flood, including use by breeding (abundance, diversity, nesting success) and migratory (abundance, diversity, stopover biology) land birds. The student will likely be co-advised by David Swanson (avian ecologist) and Mark Dixon (landscape/riparian vegetation ecologist), both in the Biology Department at the University of South Dakota. There is also a second graduate assistantship available for a student examining sandbar development, including both vegetation and geomorphic dynamics (wind, water). The project is being conducted along...

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