This student will work in the Gitzen and Gulsby Labs in Auburn's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. The student will be a key part of a project evaluating current and potential alternative survey designs for assessing abundance of wintering waterfowl in Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley. Work will be conducted in close collaboration with Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources staff. Winter field seasons in northern Alabama will focus on developing and conducting Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) surveys in combination with visual observations and state aerial surveys. In addition to meeting fundamental objectives of the overall project, if filled as a Ph.D. position the student will have flexibility to identify survey-related (e.g. field and analytical methodological development) and broader questions to pursue for dissertation chapters and other manuscripts.
Desired qualifications include: a) M.S. degree (required for Ph.D. consideration) or B.S. degree (for M.S. consideration) in wildlife, natural resources, or a related field; b) strong writing skills; c) strong field experience and willingness to be in the field for several months each year; d) functional programming skills in R or ability to learn; and e) strong quantitative aptitude and interests, particularly regarding quantitative development of wildlife field survey designs. Preferred Ph.D. candidates should also have a track record of scientific presentations and publications. We are seeking an excellent collaborator who will work effectively with us, state cooperators, and field technicians, and who is strongly interested in developing publishable manuscripts throughout their time at Auburn. Depending on availability and COVID restrictions, there may be flexibility to start in early May or early August 2021. We strongly encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds in natural resources fields to contact us and to apply.
To apply, compile a single pdf file that includes a detailed cover letter, C.V., unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and contact information for 3 professional references. Email to Bob Gitzen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin by the end of January but additional applications will be considered until position is filled.