Graduate (M.S.) Assistantship: Boreal Toad Recruitment and Disease Dynamics
This Ph.D. project involves investigating factors influencing boreal toad recruitment dynamics and comparing population vita rates among populations at difference stages of exposure to the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, Bd). The project is a collaboration among Colorado State University faculty, the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), and Rocky Mountain National Park (ROMO) biologists. The graduate student with help coordinate long-term monitoring efforts, conduct annual field surveys, design targeted studies to explore factors contributing to reproductive failure, and analyze existing long-term monitoring data. Specific focus will be on early-stage survival probabilities (e.g. tadpoles and 1st year survival) and vital rates for populations at different phases of Bd exposure from long-term mark-recapture data.
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