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PhD Student- Snake Population Ecology and Disease Dynamics

University of Kentucky
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The Price Lab at the University of Kentucky (UKY) is seeking a Ph.D. student to work on a project examining dynamics of snake fungal disease in wild snake populations across the southeast US, with several sites located in Kentucky. Specifically, this field-based project will focus on determining the variation in infection intensity and survival among species and the role of direct (snake-to-snake) and indirect (environment-to-snake) contacts on disease dynamics.

The student will be supported by a research assistantship through the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.  The position includes $26,000 stipend, health insurance and tuition.  Technicians will be available to help with field sampling. Travel to and from field locations will be provided.  

More information about the UKY Graduate Program in Forest and Natural Resource Sciences can be found at

More information about the Price Lab at UKY can be found at


Applicants should:

  • Have a Bachelors or Masters (preferred) degree in wildlife biology, natural resources management, ecology, or related discipline is required.
  • Have strong quantitative skills (i.e., proficient in R, capture-mark-recapture modeling, GIS etc.)
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Work well independently and as part of a team. 
  • In addition, applicants should be comfortable working with nonvenomous and venomous snakes in the field, and have an interest in snake ecology and wildlife disease.  
  • A valid US driver’s license is also required. 
How to Apply:

Send cover letter, CV,  unofficial transcripts and a list of at least 3 references to Dr. Steven Price ( by August 2, 2024. Review of applicants will begin in early August. Starting date will likely be January 2025, although I may consider candidates that can start in Fall 2024.  

Contact Person: Steven Price

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