PhD Assistantship – Wildlife Management; Storrs, Connecticut

University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut
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Graduate Assistantships
1 semester of GRA and 1 semester GTA each year and excellent health benefits
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Seeking highly motivated student for a PhD assistantship at the University of Connecticut, supervised by Dr. T Rittenhouse. The student will be a member of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and the UConn Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center. The research project is about connectivity in exurban forests. How do we foster sustainable landscapes and create functional corridors in a region that cannot define a corridor based on the migratory movements of large mammals? The PhD student will begin by describing foraging ecology of bears and bobcats, using stable isotope diet analysis. From there, options for expanding the research include developing Brownian bridge movement models, analysis of environmental sensor data or video data, comparisons among taxonomic groups, or developing socio-ecological models of sustainability. The project will include collaboration with CT DEEP Wildlife Division. My lab group and I strive to support each other as people with unique values and experiences. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until filled. Seeking a PhD student to start in January 2023 and I am considering taking on two students. The second student will be a PhD or MS student. Email Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse ( by Oct 15th as review of application will begin by this date. Attach one file that contains a cover letter with contact information for three references, resume, and unofficial transcripts. In addition, please fill out the google form found at the website. Following an initial screening of applicants, a formal application to the UConn Graduate School will be required.
Applicants should have MS degree in wildlife ecology or related discipline and strong academic record. Excellent quantitative skills, an ability to think across spatial and temporal scales, and willingness to work both independently and collaboratively. Successful applicants will have demonstrated success in completing an analysis and publishing peer-reviewed articles. Must have a driver’s license.
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Tracy Rittenhouse
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