Thermal ecology is a poorly studied aspect of habitat selection and limited information exists on how temperature is related to reproduction and survival of avian species. In an effort to better understand thermal ecology in a region characterized by extreme temperature events, we will evaluate scaled quail movement, space use, survival, and reproductive success using VHF transmitters. The proposed research will evaluate how vegetation structure and composition are related to landscape thermal heterogeneity and management actions such as prescribed fire. We will examine various scales of thermal and vegetation heterogeneity in relation to nesting, brood rearing, and adult quail locations. Research will be conducted in a remote area east of Roswell, NM. Field work will be conducted February-July 2018 and 2019.
Requirements: B.S. in Wildlife Ecology or related discipline; GPA > 3.3, fluency in English and valid driver’s license. Ability to work in hot and remote locations.
Desired Experience: telemetry, plant vegetation measurement techniques, and GIS technology.
To Apply: Submit a cover letter, CV, an unofficial transcript, and a list of 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org.