We are seeking an ambitious and hard-working PhD student to contribute to the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project in western Wyoming. The Wyoming Range is home to perhaps the largest population of mule deer in the world and has been the laboratory for some of the most innovative and influential studies on mule deer. Initiated in 2013, the data amassed by this long-term, longitudinal study is rivaled by few others ever conducted for a free-ranging large mammal, and is nearing the point of having multi-generational data on family groups. The study integrates multiple lines of investigation including movement, nutrition, growth, demography, and ontogeny of migratory mule deer. The student will be part of an exciting, inter-agency collaborative study led by the Monteith Shop at the University of Wyoming in close collaboration with agency partners. The student will be responsible for leading the day-to-day duties associated with the project. Although an underlying objective is to address questions tied to nutrition and population ecology, the student will have the opportunity to pursue other novel questions associated with the ecology and management of mule deer with this rich, long-term dataset.
A competitive graduate assistantship will be provided, which will include an annual stipend of ~$23,000 plus tuition and benefits for the duration of the student’s doctoral research. The position will be housed in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, in conjunction with Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. Ideally the candidate will start by May 2021, but we are willing to be flexible for the right candidate. The student will be supervised by Dr. Kevin Monteith but will work closely with a group of committed and passionate collaborators.
To apply please send in a single pdf 1) a cover letter outlining your interests and experience, 2) a resume or CV, 3) GRE scores (if available), 4) transcripts (unofficial), and 5) contact information for three references to Dr. Kevin Monteith via email (preferred) at email@example.com with the subject line: PhD in Wyoming Range Deer. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found.
Applicants must have a strong work ethic, be self-motivated, and be adept at communicating and interacting with a diverse public and natural resource professionals. The position will require rigorous fieldwork in remote country for multiple months of the year, while balancing demands associated with coursework, statistical analyses, and writing. Preference will be given to applicants with (1) a MSc degree in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology, or a related discipline, (2) previous experience in field-based research in wildlife ecology, (3) strong quantitative and GIS skills, (4) written and oral communication skills, and (5) a desire to conduct research grounded in ecological theory with direct relevance to management.