Many bird species migrate at night. The increase in human-built infrastructure in the lower atmosphere and associated artificial lights at night pose a significant collision risk to nocturnally migrating birds. We are recruiting a master’s student to conduct research examining airspace on the prevalence of bird strikes in association with lights at night. This project is part of a collaborative study that examines the role of ecological forecasting in decreasing lights at night during peak migration events. An abstract of the larger collaborative project can be found here: (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2123404)
Prior to applying to the graduate program, Please send your application to Jeff Kelly (email@example.com) containing a Cover Letter, CV (including undergraduate GPA, ornithological experiences such as number of bird species and individuals banded),and contact information of three references. Within your cover letter, please reflect on how your experiences relate to this project, why you are interested in this project, and how this degree helps fulfill your career aspirations. Send your materials with the email subject title “Master’s position in bird strikes”.
The candidate is expected to have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field (Biology, Ecology, or Wildlife Ecology) prior to starting the position. Experience in ornithology is expected. Additional experience in bird banding, R coding, introductory statistics, and a record in disseminating research findings, including presentations and peer-reviewed publications are desirable.