Seeking a graduate student to pursue a Ph.D. in Wildlife Sciences at Oregon State University to study the ecology of Greater sage-grouse in Southeastern Oregon in cooperation with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Bureau of Land Management. This position includes 4 years of Graduate Research Assistantship funding at approximately $2400/month, health benefits, and a tuition waiver. The study will focus on two primary objectives: (1) response of sage-grouse demography to juniper removal and (2) habitat selection of mesic resources. Within this framework, the student is expected to develop an innovative research project including a written dissertation as partial fulfillment of the requirements of a Ph.D. degree. The study will build upon a baseline dataset collected from 2009-2020, with much of the work focused on the use of existing data. However, the study will require 1 field season to locate and track GPS radio-tagged female sage-grouse, locate nest sites, determine brood survival, and collect vegetation data.
Applicants must have a Master’s degree in wildlife biology, vertebrate ecology or closely related field; the ability to collect wildlife data in rugged terrain, under inclement weather, in extremely remote landscapes occasionally carrying <30lbs. (~70 kg); the ability to interact positively with the general public on controversial issues; and a strong interest or experience in landscape ecology or spatial ecology. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong quantitative (particularly modeling) background and experience working with avian species in very remote field locations. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll at Oregon State University in winter or spring term 2021.
Send cover letter, resume, GRE scores, and copies of academic records as one pdf file to Dr. Christian Hagen (Christian.email@example.com). Applications will be accepted through 13 September 2020 or until a suitable candidate is selected.