MSc position: Small mammal population ecology in northern Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Graduate Assistantships
Stipend and tuition remission
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We are seeking an outstanding student to advance our long-term research program studying the population ecology of small mammals in the Chequamegon/Nicolet National Forest of northern Wisconsin. The student’s thesis will involve a combination of fieldwork and population modeling analyzes seasonal small mammal dynamics during both winter and summer. Additional research components could be added depending on shared interests and funding opportunities. The assistantship will begin in January 2024. The student will be advised by Dr. Jonathan Pauli ( and partner closely with collaborators at the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and US Forest Service. The project is fully funded for 2 years (with likely additional resources, if needed) and includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission, health care benefits, and support travel, lodging, and field supplies. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizens and international candidates. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and wildlife management. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research. The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about the campus and city, please see
Applicants must have a BS degree in biology, ecology, forestry, wildlife, or other related discipline. A working knowledge of population ecology and statistics is desirable, and field experience especially in capturing, handling, and processing mammals (particularly with small mammals) is preferred. The preferred candidate will also have previous experience collaborating with natural resource agencies and working in remote locations for fieldwork. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential. To apply, please fill out a short survey and upload 1) a cover letter summarizing research interests and experience, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate) at the following site: Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by June 16th, 2023, are guaranteed full consideration. We will not be able to respond to queries about the status of applications. General questions about the Wildlife Ecology graduate program can be sent to the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Student Services Coordinator. If you experience problems filling out the application, please email Burcu Lacin Alas at
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