Movement & Ecophysiology Postdoc

Colorado State University and USFS Rocky Mountain Research Staion
Colorado State University
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The successful candidate will work in collaboration with PIs Mark Ditmer and George Wittemyer of the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and Colorado State University (CSU) on the analysis of combined animal location data and physiological measurements collected from biologgers at fine temporal scales. Project work will focus on using spatial modeling to characterize GPS collar data and philological biologger data from mule deer in Utah and hibernating black bears in Minnesota. Physiological biologgers, implanted in collared mule deer and black bears collect continuous data on heart rate (bpm), activity levels, acceleration (XYZ motion), changes in body position, subcutaneous temperature, and bioimpedance (fat measurement). The direction of this research position will be crafted to take advantage of existing spatial, movement, and demographic datasets, the applicant’s expertise, and the capabilities of the research team. Travel funds to work with scientists throughout the Rocky Mountain Research Station, attend conferences, and computer purchase are available. Research directions include: (1) Modeling physiological resistance, based on movement combined with physiological measures such as heart rate (heart rate data are continuously collected with 2-miute average data available) (2) Developing predictive models of space use, particularly during migratory periods, that explicitly consider physiological costs of movement and forage availability (3) Investigate responses to potential stressors by considering human features on the landscape and physiological signals (4) Leveraging a long-term data set of black bear denning patterns and biologgers data to understand relationships between physiology, weather, and climatic changes through time (5) Explore possible additional ecophysiological relationships by leveraging the suite of biologger measurements and spatial data APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application materials include: 1) cover letter, listing three representative publications of your work, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and contact information for 3 professional references. To apply and view a full position announcement please visit: by December 12, 2022, for full consideration.
Required 1. Ph.D. degree in a pertinent biological, physical, or computer science field. 2. Demonstrated research focus on spatial ecology 3. Strong publication record in spatial ecology Highly Desirable 1. Excellence in spatially explicit research as evidenced by a strong publication record 2. Demonstrated proficiency in movement analyses, spatial statistical modeling, and the processing and management of large data sets 3. Demonstrated abilities to think creatively and develop novel lines of research 4. Demonstrated proficiency with computer coding in scientific languages (e.g., Matlab, R) and/or programming languages (e.g., Python). 5. Demonstrated experience working in collaborative research settings.
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