M.S. Assistantship – ecology of migratory ducks- Oregon
Oregon State University
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I seek a motivated, enthusiastic student to join my lab as an MS candidate working on questions related to the ecology, conservation, and management of waterfowl. The successful applicant will work with me in collaboration with research scientists in USGS to study the behavior of radio tagged ducks during spring migration through the Southern Oregon Northeast California (SONEC) region in the Pacific Flyway. This is primarily a modeling project, taking advantage of data currently being collected; thus, there will be little formal field work. However, the limited field work may include collecting specimens. The possibility exists for extending the project into a PhD that would involve field work. The student would be considering questions of duck habitat use and movements in the context of optimal foraging theory, migration stopover ecology, and practical aspects of habitat management on and off public lands. Results will have direct application to conservation modeling that assists habitat joint ventures in their efforts to develop and deliver strong conservation plans for non-breeding waterfowl. The student will be involved with crafting the specific project objectives, but possible study species include pintail, wigeon, shoveler, and green-winged teal.
Ideal candidate should enjoy using basic ecological theory to address current conservation challenges for migratory waterfowl. The successful candidate should have a strong undergraduate academic background in wildlife, ecology, or a related field. Special consideration will be given to students with skills/interests in GIS, bioenergetic models, and agent-based models. For possible field work, the ability to work outside in cold, wet conditions is required as is a willingness to participate in lethal collection of birds. Students may be asked to participate in grant writing to fund aspects of their research. Successful students have demonstrated leadership and initiative at the undergraduate level, have the capacity to manage multiple competing tasks for their time (e.g., write a proposal, teach a course, take graduate level courses), are goal oriented and self-directed with an ability to overcome obstacles to finish tasks (in research, education, or life in general), and have a passion for their work.
To be considered for the position send a cover letter, copies of transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), a CV that includes all details of your academic qualifications and field experiences, the names and contact numbers for 3 individuals willing to provide you with a reference, and a sample of your writing. In your cover letter please explain why you are pursuing a graduate degree and how this opportunity aligns with your professional interests and highlight what you feel are your strengths and weaknesses relative to this position.
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