Incumbent will will join Dr. Carly Sponarski’s human dimensions of wildlife lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, and the research topic will examine: (a) private forest landowners, foresters, and loggers’ attitudes, beliefs, concerns, and knowledge related to risk of exposure to tick borne diseases; and (b) what factors influence decision-making processes related to land management and tick borne diseases prevention. The project will use quantitative and qualitative social science providing opportunities to develop social scientific skills including questionnaire design and implementation, interview design and analysis, multi-variate statistical analysis and structural equation modeling.
Candidate will interact closely with a diverse team of natural and social scientists in the UMaine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service, and students and faculty in a growing One Health and the Environment group at UMaine. Members of the project team also regularly engage in scientific outreach and research partnerships with private landowners, citizen scientists, and conservation organizations.
Degree in bio, environmental science or equivalent, quantitative skills, interested in the social science of wildlife conservation.
GPA of 3.2+ and GRE of 300+ (1200+) desired.
Language(s): English (required)
Submit: cover letter, CV, transcripts copies, 3 references (names) and GRE scores
$20,133 per year (2 yr), $1220 toward health insurance, tuition waiver. Funding is renewed annually