Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Community Ecology of Bird Migration: Frostburg, MD
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory
Post Doctoral Appointments
Starting salary will be $50,000 per year with excellent state employee benefits including medical, dental, and life insurance. This is a two-year position that will be appointed on an annual basis, dependent upon candidate’s performance.
This position is funded by a research project recently awarded by National Science Foundation, titled “CAREER: Community Ecology of Bird Migration – Co-Occurring Migrations and Interspecific Interactions” (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2146052&HistoricalAwards=false). Despite advances in our understanding of animal migration broadly, co-migrations remain largely unexplored. This work will test the notion that understanding animal migrations requires moving beyond single specie studies and towards integrative approaches that consider migrating animals as communities engaged in networks of ecological interactions. The Fellow will lead research tasks pairing data collected by weather surveillance radar with migration monitoring at banding stations to test theoretical predictions about the drivers of community assembly for nocturnally migrating birds. The Fellow will have a leadership role in planning, management, execution, and publication of this aspect of the research project including developing spatiotemporal models that integrate the multiple existing datasets (i.e., weather surveillance radar, long-term migration banding, and meteorological conditions) which will form the foundation of much of the proposed research.
The ideal candidate will have a proven publication record with a doctoral degree in Ecology, Biology, or a related field. We seek a candidate who is highly motivated, able to work independently, and good at communicating with a team. Proficiency using R is required. Experience with spatial, movement, or network modeling is preferred. Some field experience and/or natural history knowledge of animal migration is beneficial.