A PhD opportunity is available in the Prugh lab at the University of Washington to join a NASA-funded study examining how changing snow conditions are affecting ungulates and their predators. The student will join an interdisciplinary team of wildlife and snow scientists to investigate how snow conditions are changing in northwestern North America, and how these changes impact the movements, demography, and predation risk of Dall sheep, moose, elk, white-tailed deer, and mule deer. This project is funded through NASA’s Interdisciplinary Science program, and it builds from the NASA ABoVE Dall Sheep study (https://dallsheep.weebly.com/) and the WA Predator Prey Project (https://predatorpreyproject.weebly.com/). The Prugh lab (http://www.prughlab.com/) consists of a dynamic group of students and postdocs in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle (https://sefs.uw.edu/).
Although the broad goals for this study have been determined, there is considerable flexibility in terms of specific questions that could be addressed. The project will require winter fieldwork in northern Washington and Denali National Park, Alaska. The student will have access to existing GPS location and demographic datasets of ungulates and carnivores in Alaska, Canada, and Washington.
Grant support for this project includes 3 years of stipend and tuition, and additional fellowship and teaching assistantship opportunities are available. The student would ideally be available to begin January 2021, but a Fall 2021 start is also possible.
An MS degree, strong academic record, and previous relevant fieldwork experience is required. Exceptional applicants with BS degrees may be considered. The student must work well on a large, collaborative team and be able to manage a field project with winter fieldwork. Strong quantitative skills and a record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals are highly desirable.
To be considered for this opportunity, please send a cover letter outlining your research interests and qualifications, a CV, unofficial copies of your transcripts, and contact information for 3 references as a single PDF document to Laura Prugh (email@example.com). Please include your undergraduate GPA and GRE percentiles (NOT raw scores) in your materials. To ensure full consideration, submit your materials by October 2, 2020.