Successful applicants will join an active lab at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) conducting research on wetland birds and the aquatic ecosystems that support them. The student will become part of a team conducting field studies on Lake Okeechobee that address questions related to wading bird breeding biology and behavior, foraging ecology, habitat selection, wetland drivers of prey communities, and the responses of birds and aquatic fauna to water management (see lab web page for details http://cescos.fau.edu/gawliklab/). In the course of conducting research the student will be exposed to the process of using science to guide one of the nation’s most comprehensive wetland ecosystem restoration projects. The successful candidate will be hired as a Research Associate in Feb 2018. Conditional on acceptance to the MS degree program in Environmental Science (http://science.fau.edu/envirosci/; http://www.fau.edu/graduate/applyonline/degree-seeking.php), the candidate will transition to graduate student status in Aug 2018.
Applicants should have experience in avian ecology, wetlands, or wildlife science, possess a good analytical mind, a strong sense of curiosity, and a demonstrated ability to work well in teams. The position is based on FAU’s main campus in Boca Raton, Florida. Boca Raton is located between the Everglades and an extensive coral reef tract, two of Florida’s most unique natural features. FAU has over 30,000 students and a Carnegie Classification of High Research Activity. Applicants should send as a single pdf, a letter of interest indicating their specific research interests and qualifications, CV, transcripts, GRE scores (unofficial copies will suffice), and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dale Gawlik at firstname.lastname@example.org (561-297-3333) by 3 Dec 2017.