We are seeking a doctoral student to conduct a multi-year research project focused on the ecology and conservation of the marbled murrelet (MAMU). MAMU are listed as threatened throughout their range in Washington, Oregon, and California, and were one of the major drivers behind the creation of the Northwest Forest Plan. Research on MAMU, and the management implications of this research, will have direct effects on the people and economy of the Pacific Northwest. Although there is the possibility of some fieldwork, the successful candidate will focus on developing and applying novel quantitative methods to analyze existing datasets to better understand interactions and influences of coastal waters (foraging habitat) and terrestrial forest (nesting habitat) on MAMU. They will then use this information to develop predictive models to help guide MAMU conservation efforts into the future.
The successful applicant should be highly motivated and have an M.S. in wildlife, ecology, natural resources, environmental sciences, applied statistics, or a closely related field. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, an ability to work in a team situation, and an interest in developing analytical skills are required. Special consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in statistics; population and demographic estimation; simulation modeling; programming (i.e., R, BUGS, Matlab, Python, etc.); and ArcGIS. Graduate program information can be found at: http://fw.oregonstate.edu/content/graduate
Closing Date: Applications will be accepted till April 1, 2021 and a selection will be made in May 2021.
Contact: Send a cover letter, resume, copies of transcripts, and the names and phone numbers of three references as a single PDF to:
Dr. James T. Peterson
Unit Leader and Associate Professor
U.S. Geological Survey, Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit,
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University
Dr. Adam Duarte
Research Wildlife Biologist
U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station