We are seeking a graduate student (PhD) to join the rangeland wildlife ecology lab at North Dakota State University that will trap and track pheasant use of CRP and other land use types throughout the breeding and winter months. We are most interested in how large-scale factors like land cover and land management influence survival at critical times of the year in addition to how finer scale management decisions influence things like nest site selection and nest survival. This research will take place in the SW region of North Dakota where pheasants are an extremely economically important game species. The chosen candidate will have a lot of flexibility to explore specific facets of this research project based on the combined interests of theirs and the team.
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, capturing gamebirds, and telemetry. Preference will be given to candidates that have experience with spatial analytical tools, survival analyses, and gamebird biology. Students will be expected to work well independently and with a team.
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 email@example.com.
*Start date is flexible but preference would be to start this spring/summer.