PH.D. WILDLIFE ECOLOGY
AT UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
BIOENERGETICS OF WATERBIRDS ON GREAT SALT LAKE MARSHES
Millions of ducks and waterbirds stage on Great Salt Lake and its marshes during the summer and fall. For some avian species, over half of their total population is on GSL during staging. Survival of these species is dependent on the ability of Great Salt Lake and its marshes to produce the food they require. To ensure that nothing threatens these avian populations, Dr. Michael R. Conover seeks a Ph.D. student to join his lab and to develop a bioenergetic model for Great Salt Lake and its marshes that can compare energy needs of avian populations to energy production by GSL habitat. The ultimate aim is to identify habitat bottlenecks and use the bioenergetic model as a management tool to meet avian population objects. The student will become part of USU’s Ecology Center (http://ecology.usu.edu/), Department of Wildland Resources, and the Quinney College of Natural Resources (https://qcnr.usu.edu/wild/).
The successful candidate needs a strong resume, undergraduate GPA > 3.5, GRE scores > 305, and excellent letters of recommendation. There is a preference for a student who will have an MS degree by September 2021. Stipends are competitive with other top-research universities. Ideal starting date is July 1, 2021, but actual starting date is open.
To apply for this well-funded position, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org a cover letter, resume, GRE scores, and unofficial college transcripts.
Dr. Michael Conover, Wildland Resources Department, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5230.