Brown Treesnakes (Boiga irregularis) were introduced to Guam from the Admiralty Islands after World War II and have subsequently been linked to the declines and extirpations of many of Guam’s native vertebrates. These extinctions represented a significant loss of these species’ range and presented a case study of the havoc that invasive snakes can be cause on native ecosystems. The recent development of Aerial Delivery Systems (ADS) for acetaminophen-laced bait, which is toxic to Brown Treesnakes, has created the first realistic scenario for large-scale control of Brown Treesnakes; however, many unknowns remain concerning the best approaches towards successful suppression and eradication of invasive snake populations on Guam and elsewhere.
Colorado State University is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position to work with USGS scientists to address these informational and management needs by generating novel research associated with a multi-year study on suppression or eradication of Brown Treesnakes in USGS Closed Population (a 5-hectare study site closed to emigration or immigration of snakes). Using simulated ADS in an adaptive management framework, the Post-Doc will analyze collected and past data to determine ecosystem effects of management actions and determine optimal future conservation efforts.
1. PhD in Zoology, Ecology, Biology, Statistics, or Wildlife and/or Conservation Biology, or related quantitative field.
2. Demonstrated field experience in invasive species, population estimation, or modeling.
3. Demonstrated proficiency with statistical software used to estimate community and population vital rates.
4. Demonstrated desire and proficiency to publish in the peer-reviewed literature.
5. Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver's license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Competitive candidates will have proficient programming skills using data analysis software (e.g., Program R). The successful candidate will have excellent written and personal communication skills, an ability to work with people, and experience with tropical or island ecosystems. Experience with decision theory and management agencies is desirable