The selected Postdoctoral Research Associate will develop agent-based models of waterfowl movement and simulate population responses to landscape composition, as well as identify relative influences of allocating conservation acreage amounts, configurations, and compositions on waterfowl within midcontinent region.
Specifically, the postdoctoral research associate will leverage ongoing quantitative investigations of waterfowl habitat selection to develop agent-based models of waterfowl movement and simulate population responses to thematic landscape composition and configuration changes that represent alternative future conservation scenarios. The postdoc also will identify critical conservation wetland landscapes most likely to benefit migrant birds under a range of environmental variability and land use changes. The selected candidate is expected to interact with federal biologists, academics, and the lab group (including undergraduate and graduate students).
Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in an appropriate field and possess a broad range of ecological interests and skills. Research will require familiarity with geographic information systems, databases, and statistical tools, and strong programming skills in Python, R, or Julia. Applicants should demonstrate broad knowledge of movement ecology, excellent quantitative skills, ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, and a demonstrated ability to present and publish research.
Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and anticipated start date is early spring 2019. Email letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references (preferably as one pdf) to Lisa Webb, Missouri Cooperative Research Unit, University of Missouri, 573-882-2591, firstname.lastname@example.org