PhD Position in Riparian Ecology – Idaho

University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho; flexible
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Approximately $22,500/yr plus tuition and fees
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Last Date to Apply
We are seeking an outstanding student to pursue a PhD in either (student’s choice): the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences or the Department of Animal and Veterinary Science at the University of Idaho. The project will evaluate effects of livestock grazing of riparian habitats on ecological services including provisioning of resources for greater sage-grouse. The student will evaluate responses of plants important to sage-grouse, but will be expected to develop additional questions related to wildlife habitat provisioning or other ecological services and livestock grazing management. The successful applicant will be responsible for: (1) conducting three field seasons of field survey work at public lands grazing allotments in southern Idaho and western Wyoming; (2) analyzing and interpreting data collected from the field; and (3) publishing results from the study in peer-reviewed journals. Fieldwork involves plant species identification in riparian habitats and working around livestock. The position offers a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary training and excellent preparation for a career in rangeland ecology. The successful applicant will be funded through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. The student will be co-advised by Drs. Tracey Johnson (website: and Melinda Ellison (
Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in range science, wildlife science, animal science, or related field; minimum GPA 3.0; competitive GRE scores. Applicants with strong quantitative skills, a background in habitat ecology, and experience conducting research in riparia, sagebrush steppe, or western grasslands will be given preference. The successful applicant must be capable of collecting data under adverse field conditions (heat, rattlesnakes, etc.) and of successfully and safely supervising field technicians in remote locations; must have a strong work ethic, strong verbal communication and writing skills, and the ability to work well independently and with permittees and state and federal agency personnel; must have a driving record that will allow use of state vehicles. Preferred qualifications: Master’s degree in range science, wildlife science, animal science, or related field; background in spatial ecology, familiarity with GIS, and riparian ecology; experience publishing in the primary literature. To apply: Email the following information to 1. Personal statement – this should describe your research interests and career goals, and explain how your skills and experience make you a strong candidate for this position. (2 pp. max) 2. CV 3. transcripts (unofficial okay) 4. GRE scores (unofficial okay) 5. Contact information for three references The selected student is expected to enroll at the University of Idaho in the spring semester of 2021, but competitive students may be able to start before that date as an hourly employee on the project. Applicants can find additional details on the graduate programs at: UI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. AA/EO.
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Tracey Johnson
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