We are seeking a graduate student (PhD) to join the rangeland wildlife ecology lab at North Dakota State University that will investigate the influence of grazing management practices on the habitat quality of breeding songbirds. This research will take place in the Missouri Coteau region of North Dakota in one of the few remaining landscapes in the Great Plains with large, intact rangelands. The project will take place on North Dakota State’s Central Grasslands Research Extension Center (CGREC) and will be a part of a multi-year, interdisciplinary study examining the influence of restored disturbance regimes on livestock, wildlife, plants, and soils. This will be a highly interdisciplinary project with many opportunities to collaborate with other students, post-docs, and faculty.
The study area represents one of the most unique grassland complexes in North America. This area hosts an extremely diverse grassland bird community ranging from upland nesting waterfowl and sharp-tailed grouse to near threatened Sprague’s pipits and Baird’s sparrows. Despite fire being an integral disturbance in grassland ecosystems, this region has undergone fire suppression for decades, creating a unique opportunity to assess the response of grassland organisms to restored disturbance regimes.
Preferred qualifications: Candidates must have a Master of Science degree from an accredited university and a valid driver’s license. The most competitive applicants will have multiple years of field experience including previous work with grassland bird communities, rangeland management practices, and plant species identification. Students will be expected to work well independently and with a team and should have experience using some or all of the following programs: ArcGIS, DISTANCE, R, MARK, and unMarked.
To APPLY: Submit 1 document (.pdf) that includes a 1) cover letter discussing your qualifications and future goals, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) transcripts (unofficial), 4) three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Preferred start date is mid May but the position will be open until filled.