Ph.D. (preferred) or M.S. Research Assistantship to assess Atlantic brant wintering habitat use, movement patterns, and bioenergetics: Delaware, New Jersey, and New York

University of Delaware Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
Delaware, New Jersey, and New York
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Stipend will be ~$28,000 per year plus a tuition-waiver and reduced cost health benefits.
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Approximately 3.5+ years of funding will be available at the UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE'S (UD) Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology for a graduate research assistant (Ph.D. preferred but will consider outstanding M.S.). The student will conduct research on a multi-partnership project to better quantify wintering Atlantic brant daily movement patterns, habitat use, and bioenergetics on coastal New Jersey and New York. This research will occur in collaboration with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Canadian Wildlife Service, and University of Saskatchewan. Project objectives include: 1) collecting and analyzing fine scale GPS telemetry data of winter brant movement and distributions in relationship to external variables (e.g. habitat, food availability, anthropogenic pressures, weather), 2) sampling food availability in real time with habitats used, and 3) expanding a wintering bioenergetic carrying capacity model for Atlantic brant. Additionally, we encourage the student to creatively expand on any components of the core project for their own dissertation/thesis research. This is a great opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research to support conservation planning for a goose species of conservation concern within a top-notch Wildlife program. The student will be advised by Dr. Chris Williams and be part of the University of Delaware Waterfowl and Upland Gamebird Program ( Approximate start date is September 1, 2021.
Qualified applicants should have a M.S. in Zoology or Wildlife Ecology, a minimum 3.5/4.0 GPA, a record of previous successful research including manuscripts in preparation or published, and a minimum combined math/verbal GRE score of 300. If applying for a M.S. position, qualified applicants should have a minimum of a 3.2/4.0 GPA, some research experiences, and a minimum combined math/verbal GRE score of 300. Experience with GIS, telemetry, and R is strongly preferred. Additionally, we prefer candidates with prior experience/knowledge in waterfowl ecology although outstanding experience in general avian ecology will be considered. This work will involve a mix of some fieldwork but mostly analysis of the myriad of data points collected during previous years and through the student’s tenure. Therefore, it is critical that a successful applicant have a penchant for quantitative data analysis, statistics, and computer modeling of large remotely-sensed datasets. Interested individuals should send a cover letter outlining experience and research interests, curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of university transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to DR. CHRIS WILLIAMS, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, via email to
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Dr. Chris Williams
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