PhD opportunity in Raptor Conservation in California National Parks at the University of Wisconsin Madison

Agency
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Location
Fieldwork in Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks; graduate work at UW Madison in Madison, WI
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
negotiable
Last Date to Apply
06/01/2021
Website
https://peery.russell.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/276/2021/04/PositionDescription_RaptorConservation.pdf
Description
Species inhabiting dry forest ecosystems are increasingly threatened by severe wildfire, drought, and other stressors owing to interactions between climate change and past management practices. I am seeking a graduate student to join a long-term spotted owl research project testing the broader hypothesis that forest conditions, wildfire, drought, climate change, and management have altered predator-prey interactions to the detriment of predator populations. The student would lead a multi-year field study in Yosemite National Park, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, and adjacent National Forests investigating interactions between spotted owls and their prey. The study will leverage new technologies in GPS tracking and nest video monitoring to characterize predator-prey interactions in different environmental contexts. The project is funded by a strong public-private partnership and is expected to directly inform management planning and practices in an ecologically sensitive and high-profile region. The PhD student would enroll in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wildlife Ecology graduate program and be advised by Dr. Zach Peery (https://peery.russell.wisc.edu/). The Peery Lab currently is composed of 10 graduate students, 6 full time research scientists, and multiple alumni who have chosen to remain involved in collaborative projects with current graduate students. The large lab fosters an active, collaborative, and supportive research atmosphere. The position ideally would start in September of 2021 but could begin January 2022 if necessary, with field work beginning in April of 2022. Four years of funding are available primarily through research assistantships including an annual stipend, tuition remission and health care benefits – and supplementary supports via teaching assistantships. Find the full position description and application instructions at: https://peery.russell.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/276/2021/04/PositionDescription_RaptorConservation.pdf
Qualifications
Species inhabiting dry forest ecosystems are increasingly threatened by severe wildfire, drought, and other stressors owing to interactions between climate change and past management practices. I am seeking a graduate student to join a long-term spotted owl research project testing the broader hypothesis that forest conditions, wildfire, drought, climate change, and management have altered predator-prey interactions to the detriment of predator populations. The student would lead a multi-year field study in Yosemite National Park, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, and adjacent National Forests investigating interactions between spotted owls and their prey. The study will leverage new technologies in GPS tracking and nest video monitoring to characterize predator-prey interactions in different environmental contexts. The project is funded by a strong public-private partnership and is expected to directly inform management planning and practices in an ecologically sensitive and high-profile region. The PhD student would enroll in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wildlife Ecology graduate program and be advised by Dr. Zach Peery (https://peery.russell.wisc.edu/). The Peery Lab currently is composed of 10 graduate students, 6 full time research scientists, and multiple alumni who have chosen to remain involved in collaborative projects with current graduate students. The large lab fosters an active, collaborative, and supportive research atmosphere. The position ideally would start in September of 2021 but could begin January 2022 if necessary, with field work beginning in April of 2022. Four years of funding are available primarily through research assistantships including an annual stipend, tuition remission and health care benefits – and supplementary supports via teaching assistantships.
Contact Person
Anu Kramer
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