Ph.D. (PhD) Assistantship in Spatial Ecology and Demography of Mountain Quail: Washington State University

Washington State University - Pullman, WA
Pullman, WA
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Graduate Research Assistantship for 4 years at ~$25K stipend per year plus tuition and benefits
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I am recruiting for a funded PhD position in the Quantitative Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Lab at Washington State University (Pullman campus), with a start date of January 2022. This project will begin a new comprehensive southeast Washington State mountain quail population ecology research program as a collaboration between WSU and 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. This research will examine the current status of populations, estimate vital rates, and determine factors that limit these populations in order to inform translocation and habitat management strategies. The Ph.D. student will examine and compare the status and habitat conditions of quail populations, estimate vital rates, and investigate population limiting factors 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.
An M.S. degree in wildlife biology or related field, strong academic record, ornithological field experience, strong quantitative skills, and experience writing reports and/or 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. Specify in the email subject line and your cover letter whether you are applying for the Ph.D. or M.S. position. Position open until filled.
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Dr. Jeff Manning
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