PhD Assistantship: Effects of beaver impoundments on insect emergence, bat activity, and amphibian calling (aka, Beavers, Bugs, and Bats) in sagebrush-prairie habitats (University of Montana)

Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana
Missoula, MT
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Graduate Assistantships
~$19,296/yr plus health benefits and tuition waiver (with opportunities for additional summer salary)
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The Eby lab at the University of Montana, Missoula, is recruiting a PhD student in the Wildlife Biology Program for research focused in the Great Plains of eastern Montana. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Blake Hossack (U.S. Geological Survey, Missoula). The project will focus on how landscape characteristics — specifically beaver dams on headwater streams in prairie and sagebrush lands — affect aquatic insect emergence and bat and anuran (frogs and toads) communities and activity. The bat and anuran sampling will be done primarily via acoustic recorders. The student will have broad latitude to design their own questions, including expanding research beyond the communities identified in this announcement. Note that we are also recruiting a PhD student for a project on focused on aquatic communities (fish and herpetofauna) in the same study system. Students are welcome to apply to both positions. The student will be funded on a mix of TA and RA support. We anticipate strong potential to secure additional outside finding that can be used to increase the percentage of the time on an RA stipend or to increase the student’s summer salary.
Applicants who have completed a Master’s degree and have experience in wildlife biology, population or community ecology, and similar disciplines are encouraged to apply. Extensive field experience is required and experience in arid or harsh environments is preferred. In addition, the student will be expected to have familiarity with quantitative analyses; demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a broader research team; and to lead a field crew. Preference will be given to applicants who are available to work as a paid technician on the project starting in June 2022. Please visit the Wildlife Biology graduate page to learn more about the program and the full application process. Interested students are encouraged to email Dr. Eby ( and Dr. Hossack ( Please create a single document that includes a cover letter with a brief description of your research background and interests, CV, unofficial transcripts, a list of 3 references. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Contact Dr. Lisa Eby, Dr. Blake Hossack Contact email,
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