We are seeking a highly motivated student to join the UF Disturbance Ecology and Ecological Restoration Lab (@ufdeerlab) in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida in collaboration with Tall Timbers Research Station. This position is expected to begin in either May or August of 2021 and includes a 2-year fully funded M.Sc. assistantship on an ongoing project that integrates disturbance ecology, wildlife ecology, and plant ecology. The student will investigate how fire timing interacts with deer herbivory to affect plant colonization and survival and community succession. There is latitude to explore topics related to herbivory, seed dispersal, plant population responses to fire, and seed depredation by wildlife depending on the interest of the successful candidate.
The field work is expected to occur at Tall Timbers Research Station (https://talltimbers.org/), Escambia Experimental Forest (https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/longleaf/experimental-forests/escambia/), and Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (https://ordway-swisher.ufl.edu/) and may include other sites. The student will be expected to work closely with another Ph.D. student on the project and with employees of the University of Florida, USDA Forest Service and Tall Timbers Research Station. Interest in use of UAVs and other technology for science communication is desirable. Development of peer-reviewed manuscripts and outreach materials and media is required. Interest in developing video recordings with camera traps, UAVs, and other technology for public outreach is desirable.
To apply, please send the following items: 1) Cover letter describing your interest in the position; 2) a resume/CV; 3) a list of references; and 4) unofficial copies of university transcripts
Minimum Qualifications: A B.Sc. degree in ecology, wildlife management, zoology, entomology, plant ecology or a related discipline is required. The successful candidate must be capable of working in the field under strenuous conditions for extended periods (hot and humid conditions, exposure to biting and stinging insects, exposure to poison ivy, etc.). Ability to work alone and in groups.
Preferred Qualifications: Students with demonstrated interest in scientific communication including authorship on peer-reviewed articles, professional presentations, and online forms of outreach are encouraged. Field experience conducting wildlife surveys particularly with camera traps and/or plant surveys. Desire to work in collaboration with other students and scientists.