MSc Small Mammal Seasonal Dynamics in Changing Forests (UW-Madison) – Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
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Graduate Assistantships
Stipend + 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 field work to and population modeling analyze 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 January 2021. 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 supported travel, lodging and field supplies. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and population genetics. 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. The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please see To apply, please submit your application here: Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey (< 15 minutes), uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate). Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by September 1st, 2020 are guaranteed full consideration. Finalists will be notified by and instructed to submit a formal application, including reference letters, to the UW-Madison Graduate School. We will not be able to respond to queries about the status of applications, but general questions about the Wildlife Ecology graduate program can be directly to the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Student Services Coordinator. If you experience problems filling out the application please email Preston Thompson at 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 citizen and international candidates. Contact and program information is available on the UW-Madison Forest & Wildlife Ecology website:
Applicants must have a BS degree in biology, ecology, forestry, wildlife, or other related discipline. A working knowledge of population ecology and statistics are desirable, and field experience especially in capturing, handling and processing mammals (particularly with small mammals) is preferred. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.
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Preston Thompson
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