PhD Assistantship – Population Ecology of Urban White-tailed Deer – North Carolina

NC State University
Raleigh, NC
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
~$25,000/yr, tuition, health insurance, with additional resources available for students interested in teaching.
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The PhD student will lead a unique project to evaluate deer ecology and management across an urban-rural continuum in North Carolina. The student will work with an interdisciplinary team at the USGS NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, NC State University, and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to investigate deer movement, demographic rates, cause-specific mortality, and how these processes interact across urban-rural gradients to influence deer population dynamics. The project includes extensive field work, including trapping, handling, and tracking deer across multiple field sites. The student will collaborate with 2 other graduate students focused on different aspects of the study (e.g., human dimensions, genetics) and will have opportunities to explore their own research questions in conjunction with the project.
M.S. degree in Wildlife Conservation/Ecology, Environmental Science, or related fields. Strong quantitative skills, strong interpersonal skills. Previous experience with animal capture and handling, GPS/telemetry data, demographic modeling, and R programming is desirable, but not essential. To apply: Email a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three potential references as a single pdf document to Dr. Nathan Hostetter ( with the subject line “Deer Ecology Assistantship”. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive. Please address any questions to Nathan Hostetter (
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