M.S. or PhD Position: Adaptive Management in Michigan Prairie Fen Habitats.

Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI and Oakland Co, MI
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
~$21,000/yr + tuition for MS; $26,000/yr + tuition for PhD
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Graduate student position/s available for motivated full-time students wishing to pursue a Master of Science degree in Biology or a PhD in Earth and Ecosystem Science at Central Michigan University (CMU). Beginning Spring 2021 The successful candidates/s will work with national and international partners to design, implement, and assess habitat management in prairie fens with the goal of maintaining and growing populations of Poweshiek skipperling. Research includes off-site summer field inventory work, specimen based field collecting, digital data entry, analysis and archiving, report writing, and community building across research and management partners. Research conducted will contribute to larger collaborative effort to design and implement a habitat level adaptive management strategy for the at-risk prairie fen communities and federally listed Poweshiek skipperling butterfly. The project is funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Accepted students will work in close collaboration with partners at Michigan State University Extension - Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and USFWS and be an active participant in the Poweshiek Skipperling Habitat Monitoring Team. A YouTube Video highlighting some work conducted by the CMU Prairie Fen Research Team: https://youtu.be/1sEhqZrjiCY Information about the MS program in Biology at CMU: https://www.cmich.edu/program/biology-ms Information about the PhD program in Earth and Ecosystem Science at CMU: https://www.cmich.edu/program/earth-ecosystem-science-phd
The successful MS or PhD applicant must have a Bachelor of Science in biology, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to work safely and comfortably in prairie fen systems. Preference will be given to applicants with experience conducting field work with wetland plants and evidence of computational, statistical, and data skills. Competitive applicants must exhibit a strong work ethic, independent initiative, a commitment to data driven science, and the ability to work collaboratively with a team. Students on this project will be required to communicate science with a variety of stakeholders and must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Interested parties should contact Dr. Anna Monfils via email (monfi1ak@cmich.edu). Please note in the email you are applying for the Prairie Fen Position and provide a single PDF including a statement of interest, resume, transcripts (unofficial), and contact information for three professional references. Our lab is strongly committed to FAIR data practice and open science. We believe diversity, inclusion, equity and access are fundamental to good science and encourage applicants who can contribute to a positive and inclusive lab environment.
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Anna K. Monfils Professor and Director, Central Michigan University Herbarium Department of Biology 2401 Biosciences Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant, MI USA
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