PhD/MS Assistantship in Elk Ecology, Nebraska

University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$26,000 – $27,000 (PhD); $24,000 - $25,000 (MS)
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I am seeking a highly motivated ecologist interested in pursuing a PhD or MS in Applied Ecology in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) as a graduate research assistant. Preference is for a PhD student but highly qualified MS students will be considered. The student will play a central role in developing and conducting comprehensive research on elk spatial ecology and population dynamics across their occupied range in western Nebraska. The research will involve deploying a large number of GPS collars on cow and bull elk, estimating survival, quantifying resource selection and movement decisions, and estimating abundance of elk across the state. In addition to meeting existing project objectives, there is considerable intellectual freedom to develop basic and applied questions of interest to the student. The student will work closely with the PI and Agency partners to develop a camera trap monitoring protocol to estimate abundance of multiple ungulate and carnivore species across the state. The student will also help to develop a statewide integrated population model for elk drawing on abundance estimates, survival rates, and harvest data. The successful applicant will join a dynamic and growing research lab. As such, the student will also have opportunities to contribute to additional, exciting research being conducted by the lab across Nebraska, North America, and beyond with large herbivores and top predators. This position will provide great opportunities for exciting fieldwork, authoring high-impact publications, and professional development. Start Date is January - September 2022. We find an excellent candidate as soon as possible so please apply early if interested. Position will be filled when a qualified applicant is identified.
M.S. degree in Wildlife, Ecology, or related field for PhD position. A track record of academic excellence, publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals (PhD), and strong quantitative, coding (R, Bayesian platforms, etc.), and writing skills are expected. A passion for basic and applied wildlife ecology are required. Ability to conduct field work, lead field crews, work effectively and professionally with agency and academic collaborators, and interact positively with private landowners are essential. Above all we seek an ecologist that will be a good fit for our lab group who is intrinsically motivated to do excellent science. Please email the following as a single PDF attachment to John Benson at 1) cover letter, 2) current CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) copy of GRE scores (with percentiles for all 3 sections, if available), and 5) contact info for 3-5 references. References should have direct knowledge of field, quantitative/coding, and writing abilities. Please also include any PDFs of peer-reviewed articles published as first author.
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