A Ph.D. Assistantship is available to study various aspects of wild turkey ecology. The study will focus on population dynamics and brood survival of wild turkeys in southwestern OK, but the student is expected to develop their own research topics. The study will be using GPS technology to track wild turkeys which will allow the student to explore a variety of research questions given the frequency of data collection and resolution of the data. Examples of research topics include movement ecology of wild turkeys and response of wild turkeys to climatic variables, anthropogenic disturbances, and landscape features. Additionally, data from a previous wild turkey project in western OK along with an on-going wild turkey project in southeastern OK may provide further research opportunities and collaborations. We are seeking a student with a strong quantitative background and experience in spatial statistics and ecological modeling. Qualifications are an M.S. in ecology, wildlife biology, ecosystem modeling, or related field. This position is based in the Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department at Oklahoma State University and the student will be co-advised by Dr. Craig Davis and Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf. Anticipated start date is 1 January 2022 or as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Start date is flexible and potential candidate can begin as a technician during spring assisting with trapping on another turkey project and locating study sites for this project and begin PhD during the summer or fall semester 2022. Salary is $24,000/year and tuition costs are waived. Applications should include a letter of interest, resume, GRE scores, transcripts, and names and contact information for 3 references and should be emailed to:
Dr. Craig Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf at email@example.com
Qualifications are an M.S. in ecology, wildlife biology, ecosystem modeling, or related field.