We are seeking a motivated graduate student to study the role of ice connectivity in the ecology of mammals in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore archipelago (northern Wisconsin).
Project goals include: 1) Constructing a 30-year historical database of ice cover connecting Islands in the archipelago, 2) Estimating the degree to which periodic and cumulative measures of ice-bridge presence improves isolation- and size- based models of occupancy for the carnivore community. 3) Estimating the degree to which periodic and cumulative measures of ice-bridge presence improves isolation- and size- based models of genetic structure for small-mammal prey species. This last objective has significance for the ecology of American martens in the archipelago, a state-endangered mammal.
This project has field (camera trapping, small mammal trapping) and laboratory components (genetic analysis) and will take advantage of a multi-year camera-trapping effort and previous work on small mammal presence and carnivores.
The student will be jointly advised by T. R. Van Deelen and J. Pauli (UW-M) and E. Olson (Northland College).
The project has 2 years of funding for a standard 50% Research Assistantship with tuition waiver and access to UW student health benefits and will likely start during fall 2021.
To apply, send a 1) CV/resume including the names of three references, 2) brief cover letter (maximum of 2 pages) and 3) copies of undergraduate transcripts to email@example.com. Please put “APOSTLE ISLAND RESEARCH RA” in the subject line.
Well qualified candidates will have a background/interest in quantitative ecology and GIS.