PhD Position on Energetic Landscapes for American martens in a Recovery Network (UW-Madison)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Stipend + Tuition Remission
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Last Date to Apply
We are seeking an outstanding PhD student to advance our long-term research program studying the recovery of Wisconsin’s only state endangered mammal, the American marten. The student’s dissertation will focus on quantifying the energetic landscape for martens at sites in northern Wisconsin. Data collection will focus on estimating the daily metabolic rate, movement and diet of wild martens, and quantifying prey availability and competitive risk at three of our study sites. The assistantship will begin in the fall of 2021. The student will be advised by Dr. Jonathan Pauli ( and work closely with collaborators at the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, National Park Service, and US Forest Service. The project includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission, and health care benefits. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and population genetics. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please see
Applicants must have a MS degree in ecology, evolution, wildlife ecology, or other related discipline. We will only consider applicants with a BS degree if they have proven relevant experience. A solid working knowledge of field ecology and statistics are required. Although not a requirement, the preferred candidate will have strong experience in stable isotopes and animal energetics. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential. To apply, please submit your application here: Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey (< 15 minutes), uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate). Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by February 19th, 2021 are guaranteed full consideration. Finalists will be notified by and instructed to submit a formal application, including reference letters, to the UW-Madison Graduate School. We will not be able to respond to queries about the status of applications, but general questions about the Wildlife Ecology graduate program can be directly to the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Student Services Coordinator. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates. Contact and program information is available on the UW-Madison Forest & Wildlife Ecology website: If you have problems filling out the application, please email Preston Thompson at
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