Description The Wildlife Ecology, Restoration, and Conservation (WERC) and the Wildlife Habitat and Population Analysis (WHAPA) labs at Virginia Tech seek applications for two Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs). Each GRA will collaborate with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) and either (1) use GPS tracking technologies to understand individual and population level behavioral and demographic consequences of sarcoptic mange for American black bear (Ursus americanus) while working in the WERC lab, or (2) work with the WHAPA lab to estimate densities of black bears using hair snares and genetic mark-recapture in areas with and without mange outbreaks. American black bears are a culturally and economically important species across their geographic range. Although b

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