A doctorate position is available to lead a fully-funded research project that addresses how habitat-level and landscape-level changes have impacted winter distributions of Canada, White-fronted, and Snow Geese. This project will incorporate field-based surveys with quantitative predictive modeling. Field surveys will be performed in Southern- and Central Illinois and will identify the habitat characteristics that influence foraging and roosting locations for each species. Quantitative modeling will characterize how changes in climate, hunting pressures, and habitat changes have impacted winter distributions in the past, as well as, predicting the potential consequences of future climate change. Results of this research will be used to develop management recommendations for agency personal and private land owners.
This position includes salary support through a research assistantship and is a joint research position in the Eichholz lab (http://eichholz.wix.com/avian-ecology-labv) and the Brown Lab (www.jasonleebrown.org).
Carbondale is located in southern Illinois and provides a close link to many forested areas and lakes. The regional landscapes varies from bottomlands to uplands with rolling hills, bluffs, and rugged topography. This makes it the perfect home for outdoor lovers.
Interested students are encouraged to send a single email to both Dr. Eichholtz (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Brown (email@example.com). The preferred start date is Fall 2021.
Competitive candidates will have completed a Bachelor’s or M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology, Zoology, or a related field. Experience in spatial analyses and GIS is preferred but not required. Applicants should provide an email of interest that includes an overview of relevant research experiences and career goals. Please also provide your GRE scores (if available) and GPA. Lastly, include a resume or CV. Review of applications will begin April 1st and will continue until the position is filled. Applications are not accepted after April 30th, 2021.