I am seeking an outstanding student to pursue a PhD in Natural Resources in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho. The student’s dissertation will involve studying bird and small mammal responses to juniper removal at broad scales. The successful applicant will be responsible for: (1) conducting 3-4 field seasons of field work in southwestern Idaho; (2) analyzing and interpreting data collected from the field; and (3) publishing results from the study in peer-reviewed journals. Fieldwork involves plant, bird, and mammal species identification in sagebrush steppe and juniper woodlands.
The successful applicant will be funded through a combination of research assistantships and teaching assistantships. The student will be advised by Dr. Tracey Johnson (website: http://traceynjohnson.com). START DATE IS FLEXIBLE.
Bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, ecology, or related field; minimum GPA 3.0; competitive GRE scores. Master’s degree preferred, but exceptional students without a M.S. degree may apply. Applicants with strong quantitative skills, a background in avian and/or small mammal ecology, and experience conducting research in sagebrush steppe or western grasslands will be given preference. The successful applicant must be capable of collecting data under adverse field conditions and of successfully supervising field technicians in remote locations; must have a strong work ethic, strong verbal communication and writing skills, and the ability to work well independently and with state and federal agency personnel; experience using GIS; and must have a driving record that will allow use of state vehicles.