Prospective Students

I am always interested hearing from prospective students who wish to work in my lab. Currently, The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Tennessee State University grants a Masters of Science in five degree programs.  Please visit the departmental website ( for further information on the Department and Tennessee State University.

If you are interested working in my lab, please send the following information to 1) A list of undergraduate coursework and GPA, 2) GRE scores, and 3) a 1-page writing sample discussing your research interests and future goals.

Currently Available Positions:

Graduate Research Assistantship: Hellbender Conservation and Management

Description: The Wildlife Ecology lab at Tennessee State University State announces a Graduate Research (Master’s) Assistantship (stipend and tuition waiver) beginning Fall 2018. The prospective student will be expected to begin working on the project during spring 2018, with the goal of enrolling in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at TSU. The successful applicant will participate in research associated with a multi-state Hellbender research opportunity. Potential research opportunities include, nest-box construction and management, translocation and radiotelemetry, environmental DNA, and vulnerability analysis. The GRA will manage this project and will oversee all aspects of the project, including project implementation, data collection, data analysis, and manuscript preparation in partial fulfillment of the terminal degree. The prospective student will be under the primary advisement of Dr. William Sutton and will work alongside other state and other non-governmental project participants.

Qualifications: B.S. in wildlife ecology, ecology, biological sciences, or related discipline, English fluency, and a valid U.S. driver’s license. Desired Experience: Excellence in written and oral communication; considerable field experience (preferably with Hellbender salamanders); experience with statistical software (preferably the R statistical platform); ability to conduct research in swift-water environments; maturity, responsibility and dedication to meticulous field work despite cold and wet field conditions; and leadership in supervision of field technicians. For Consideration: Please send the following (IN PDF FORMAT AS ONE FILE) via email to 1) cover letter expressing interest in, potential research questions and goals for, and suitability for the position; 2) CV or resume describing relevant experience; 3) names and contact information for at least three references; 4) unofficial transcripts and undergraduate GPA; and 5) unofficial GRE scores. Please do not submit a formal application to the Department unless requested to do so. Applications will be accepted until 9 February 2018. Tennessee State University (located in Nashville, TN) is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities.



Common Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)


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