Ph.D. and M.S. Positions — Mountain Quail Ecology and Conservation — Washington State University

Agency
Washington State University
Location
Pullman, Washington Campus
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$24-25K/year + health benefits and tuition waiver
Start Date
01/10/2022
Last Date to Apply
10/01/2021
Website
https://labs.wsu.edu/manning/
Description
I am recruiting for two fully funded graduate positions (1 Ph.D. and 1 M.S.) in my Quantitative Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Lab at Washington State University (Pullman campus) to begin a new comprehensive southeast Washington State mountain quail population ecology research project. This is a collaborative project between WSU and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The mountain quail’s range within the U.S. extends northward into Washington State, where it was broadly distributed in the early 20th century. Their populations have declined in recent decades, and the status of populations in southeast Washington is largely unknown. Mountain Quail are ranked by the state as Critically Imperiled and included on the Priority Habitats and Species list. This research will develop survey methods to estimate mountain quail abundance, examine the current status of populations, estimate vital rates, and determine factors that limit their populations in order to inform translocation and habitat management strategies. M.S. Position -- The M.S. student will conduct research involving the development and comparison of field survey methods to estimate population size while accounting for imperfect detection. This position will include multi-season fieldwork involving hiking (and possibly snowshoeing) in remote, rugged terrain, and the capture, radio-tagging, and tracking of quail. Other facets of field work will include using audio recording devices, visual/auditory surveys, and vegetation sampling. This student will work collaboratively with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. This position will consist of 100% research assistantship, including a 12-month ~24K stipend per year plus tuition and benefits. Ph.D. Position -- The Ph.D. student will examine and compare the status and habitat conditions of quail populations, estimate vital rates, and investigate factors that limit populations across southeast Washington and neighboring Idaho and Oregon regions. This student will work collaboratively with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists and biologists in neighboring states. This position will include multi-season fieldwork involving hiking (and possibly snowshoeing) in remote, rugged terrain, and the capture, radio-tagging, and tracking of quail. Other facets of field work will include using audio recording devices, game cameras, visual/auditory surveys, vegetation sampling, nest searches and monitoring, avian and mammalian predator surveys, and quantification of resources. The Ph.D. position will consist of 100% research assistantship, including a 12-month ~$25K stipend per year plus tuition and benefits.
Qualifications
M.S. position -- A B.S. degree in wildlife biology or related field, strong academic record, >1 year of field experience in avian ecology, strong quantitative and writing skills. The student must work well in a collaborative team as well as independently and be able to manage a multi-faceted field project with summer and winter fieldwork. Ph.D. position -- An M.S. degree in wildlife biology or related field, strong academic record, >1 year of experience leading an avian ecology research project, strong quantitative skills, and a record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. The student must work well in a collaborative team as well as independently and be able to manage a multi-faceted field project with summer and winter fieldwork. To apply Submit a single pdf that includes a 1-page cover letter summarizing how you meet the qualifications described above, current CV, unofficial college transcripts, GRE percentiles (if available), and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Jeff Manning at TheQWECLab.WSU«at»gmail.com. Specify in the email subject line and your cover letter whether you are applying for the Ph.D. or M.S. position. Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2021.
Contact Person
Jeff Manning
Contact eMail
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