Ph.D. assistantship, full annual cycle modeling of animal migration, University of Missouri

Agency
University of Missouri
Location
Columbia, Missouri
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$24,500 per year, health insurance and course waiver (i.e., the student will not pay tuition).
Start Date
01/11/2021
Last Date to Apply
09/09/2020
Description
A Doctorate of Philosophy graduate research assistantship is available with Dr. Mitch Weegman in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri (www.snr.missouri.edu). The student will use state-of-the-art tracking devices deployed on mid-continent white-fronted geese to conduct research in movement and population ecology. This project is an international partnership among the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, University of Missouri and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Our project goals are to quantify habitat use and the degree of inter- and intra-winter movements of white-fronted geese within and among wintering sites, and assess the extent to which variation in migration attributes (e.g., staging and wintering habitat use) explains variation in nesting propensity and reproductive outcomes. Based on tracking devices currently on individuals, we anticipate collation of millions of data points providing examples of individual decision-making. Using multi-year data, the student will develop full annual cycle models for the first time for these birds, yielding novel opportunities for conservation planning.
Qualifications
Ideal candidates will have an undergraduate and master’s degree in statistics, wildlife ecology or a closely related field, and interpersonal skills to lead discussions among collaborators. Preference will be given to those with a strong quantitative background (e.g., experience with Program R, Bayesian methods), knowledge of migratory bird ecology and management, and field experience (e.g., handling birds). Competitive applicants will have an undergraduate GPA >3.4. Students must have a valid driver’s license. The successful applicant will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present papers at scientific meetings. To be considered for this position, please send the following (preferably as a single PDF) to Dr. Mitch Weegman (weegmanm@missouri.edu): Letter of interest summarizing your experience Curriculum vitae or resume College transcripts (unofficial are fine) GRE scores (unofficial are fine) Contact information for three references
Contact Person
Mitch D. Weegman
Contact Phone
5738823537
Contact eMail
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