Research Assistantship – MS Wildlife Ecology – Wisconsin

Agency
UW-Madison
Location
Madison
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
Standard UW-M RA, 50%FTE, Health benefits, Tuition waiver
Last Date to Apply
03/15/2021
Website
https://forestandwildlifeecology.wisc.edu/
Description
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 trvandeelen@wisc.edu. Please put “APOSTLE ISLAND RESEARCH RA” in the subject line.
Qualifications
Well qualified candidates will have a background/interest in quantitative ecology and GIS.
Contact Person
Tim Van Deelen
Contact Phone
608 213-3659
Contact eMail
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