A Postdoc position is available to work in the labs of Alessio Mortelliti (alessiomortelliti.weebly.com) and Cyndy Loftin (https://www1.usgs.gov/coopunits/staff/479866). The position is focused on developing adaptive protocols for monitoring mammals as they respond to climate and land use change in the northeastern USA. The overarching goal of this project is to provide management agencies with statistically robust camera-trapping monitoring protocols that will allow them to monitor a suite of 15 mammalian species over the next decades across a large spatial scale (i.e., northern New England). An example of the type of protocols we are developing is available here: Mortelliti A., Brehm, A., Evans, B. 2022. Umbrella effect of monitoring protocols for mammals in the Northeast US. Scientific Reports, 12 (1), 1-12.
The ideal candidate would have strong quantitative (GIS, remote sensing, spatial modeling, occupancy modelling, mixed-effects modelling) and writing skills. The postdoc will be expected to work closely with agencies in New England to ensure the protocols are feasible and in line with management goals. Although most of the work is analytical (using existing data), some field work is expected to validate protocols across New England.
The position is at the University of Maine flagship institution in Orono, with an active and diverse department. Remote working (within US) is an option. Salary: approximately $52,000 year. Expected start of the position: as soon as possible. The position is currently funded for 1.5 years, a longer duration dependent on additional funding.
Informal enquiries are welcome (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To apply please send (as one unique PDF file), with subject line “Monitoring Protocols Post-Doc”:
1) A cover letter addressing why you want this position and what skills you would bring to the project
2) curriculum vitae
to: Dr. Alessio Mortelliti (email@example.com)