Urbanized landscapes pose new challenges and ever-changing ecological challenges for land managers. To tackle these tough questions, Mianus River Gorge provides multi-year grants to graduate students through its Research Assistantship Program (RAP). RAP awards support for advanced research in the fields of ecology, wildlife biology and conservation. By investing in graduate education, we are contributing to knowledge that will help land managers protect natural resources at the Gorge and beyond. Find out more information on applying to RAP.
The Gorge and our staff also supervise and collaborate with a number of graduate student scientists on our own staff research projects, acting as co-advisors or committee members, providing expertise or resources, or as partners on regional projects. These students tend to work hand-in-hand with Gorge staff and other collaborating scientists and design their own thesis/dissertation research as part of our larger programs, with cooperation with their own faculty advisor and university or under direct advisement by Gorge staff.
To foster a collaborative learning environment, each graduate student at the Gorge mentors a high-school student in our Wildlife Technician Program (WTP) on a multi-year study providing a unique, independent one-on-one education experience.