The PhD student will conduct research on the effects of solar energy development on carnivore site use in and around solar facilities in the Sonoran Desert under the supervision of Dr. Steve Grodsky (Assistant Unit Leader, New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit & Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, Cornell University). The PhD student will play an integral role in this flagship project for the newly instated Cornell branch of the Wild Energy Initiative (Wild Energy Cornell) led and directed by Dr. Grodsky. The PhD student will work with a team of researchers, including Dr. Angela Fuller (NY Coop Unit/Cornell) and Dr. Rebecca Hernandez (Wild Energy Initiative at UC Davis).
The PhD student will conduct the following research activities: 1) collect field data on carnivore site use during and after construction of solar facilities (~3 month fieldwork/yr) using various methods, including camera trapping, scat surveys, and non-invasive genetic sampling; 2) curate and analyze data (e.g., occupancy modeling); 3) write progress reports to be submitted to the Bureau of Land Management; and 4) publish peer-reviewed publications and disseminate research findings to stakeholders.
The PhD student will be expected to conduct quality, applied ecological research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and contribute to a team of creative, interdisciplinary researchers. This position comes with a highly competitive, annual 12-month salary (~$38,000/yr) and full support in the forms of tuition remission and student health insurance. Please see flyer on website for additional information.
- Master's degree in wildlife ecology or related field
- Proven capacity to publish peer-reviewed papers
- Advanced modeling and computational skills and working knowledge of statistical software
- Capacity to conduct geospatial analyses
- Ability to conduct fieldwork in rugged conditions
- Experience with camera trapping
- Ability to work independently and as part of a group
- Minimum undergrad GPA of 3.6
Applicants are to send a single PDF containing: 1) cover letter; 2) CV; 3) GRE scores; 4) contact information for 3 references and 5) PDFs of relevant peer-reviewed publications (if applicable) to Dr. Steve Grodsky (email@example.com) by 30 June 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a continual basis. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and required to apply for admission to the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment’s Graduate Program at Cornell University.