I am recruiting for a Ph.D. position in the Quantitative Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Lab within the School of the Environment at Washington State University (Pullman campus), with a start date of August 2022. This funded Research Assistant position is part of a new comprehensive southeast Washington State mountain quail ecology research program in collaboration with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Mountain Quail are ranked by the state as Critically Imperiled and included on the Priority Habitats and Species list. The Ph.D. student will examine and compare the status and habitat conditions of quail populations, and test hypotheses involving the landscapes of fear, energy, competition, and resources under a hierarchical modeling framework to determine factors that limit these populations and inform translocation and habitat management strategies 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.
Support for this project includes 4 years of Research Assistantship. This assistantship is ~$25,000 per year with benefits and a tuition waver. Funding for research-related expenses (vehicle, field housing, field supplies, etc.) will be provided by WDFW.
An M.S. degree in wildlife biology or related field, strong academic record, ornithological field experience, strong quantitative skills, and experience 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 in mountainous SE Washington environments. 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 jeff. firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify in the email subject line Mountain Quail Ph.D. application. Last date to apply – January 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed the first week of January, and I will reach out to the most qualified candidates to set up a zoom interview.