We are seeking an ambitious and hard-working MSc student to lead a project to assess cause-specific mortality and resource use of Shiras moose. The student will be part of an interagency collaborative study led by the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming. Although an underlying objective associated with the work is to understand cause-specific mortality of a moose population that has exhibited poorer adult survival than expected, the student will have the liberty to pursue other novel questions associated with behavior and resource use of moose near the southern extent of their range.
Preference will be given to applicants with (1) a BSc degree in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology, or a related discipline, (2) previous experience in field-based research in wildlife ecology, (3) quantitative and GIS skills, (4) demonstrated written and oral communication skills, (5) ability to work independently and as a collaborative team member, and (6) a desire to conduct research grounded in ecological theory with direct relevance to management of ungulates.
A competitive graduate assistantship will be provided, which will include an annual stipend of $15,500, tuition, and benefits for the duration of the student’s MSc research. The student will join the Monteith Shop and will be housed in the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit within the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. Ideally the candidate will start by June 2017, with potential fieldwork beginning in summer. The student will be advised by Dr. Kevin Monteith.
To apply please send in a single pdf 1) a cover letter outlining your interests, experience, career goals, and relevance of this project, 2) a CV, 3) GRE scores, 4) transcripts, and 5) contact information for three references to Dr. Kevin Monteith at email@example.com with the subject line: MSc in Moose Ecology. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until suitable applicants are found.