We have two open positions. We are looking for a new postdoc and PhD student. See below for more details!
Post-Doctorate Position in Modeling Breeding Bird Abundances to inform Large-scale Conservation
Breeding bird atlases are a widely used monitoring tool for identifying conservation areas and studying the impact of habitat loss and climate change on species distributions. The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II was conducted between 2015-2019 with the goal of determining the current distribution and abundance of the breeding birds in Wisconsin. As part of this effort, an innovative point count secondary sampling scheme was deployed to obtain rigorous estimates of population size and generate spatially explicit models of bird abundance across the state; the sampling program resulted in 16,542 locations and 380,567 bird observations across four years of field work. We are seeking a post-doctoral associate to 1) develop spatially explicit models of abundance and statewide population-size estimates for multiple bird species, 2) develop recommendations for future sampling, and 3) evaluate the optimality of conservation lands for individual species and identify those species that are well represented in the current network of conservation lands. The successful candidate will be expected to meet regularly with atlas coordinators, develop manuscripts for peer-review, and collaborate with state researchers and managers.
Minimum requirements include: 1) a Ph.D. in ecology, conservation biology, biostatistics, or related field; 2) knowledge of principles and methods of bird population dynamics and distributions; 3) demonstrated proficiency in R statistical programming and ArcGIS; 4) demonstrated desire and proficiency to publish in scientific journals; 5) ability to communicate (oral and in print) research findings to multiple audiences. The successful candidate should have excellent written and personal communication skills and be able to work collaboratively in a group setting. Preferred skills include experience designing or working with broad-scale monitoring data, managing spatial environmental data, and skills in species distribution modeling and/or abundance estimation.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, zoology, and remote sensing science. This project will be supported in the in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg (http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/zuckerberg/). Madison, Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the best places in the United States to live, work, and study (http://www.wisc.edu/about/location.php). It is Wisconsin’s capital city, with a vibrant population of approximately 240,000 that combines small town charm with a nice variety of leisure and cultural opportunities.
The duration of the appointment is 24 months, and the position can start as soon as July 1, 2021, but start date is negotiable. The salary is $50,000 per year plus benefits. Reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will begin immediately. Applications received before June 01, 2021 will be given full consideration. Candidates should send a well-crafted cover letter summarizing their research interests and reason for applying, CV, and contact information for three references. All applications (e-mailed as a single PDF file) should be sent to email@example.com with the subject heading “PostDoc Application – Atlas”.
Ph.D. Position on Susceptibility of Ruffed Grouse to Past and Future Climate Change (UW-Madison)
For species inhabiting temperate ecosystems, winter is a critical season punctuated by environmental unpredictability and tradeoffs in life history choices; escaping inclement weather, acquiring food, and avoiding predation are all mediated by winter conditions. Climate change is leading to the rapid shortening and alteration of the winter season. We are seeking a graduate student to join a long-term project testing the broader hypothesis that winter conditions influence the historic and future demography and population dynamics of ruffed grouse populations inhabiting forests of Wisconsin. The student would lead a multi-year field study on the impacts of winter climate on grouse overwinter survival as well as an analysis of long-term count data to assess how past and future winter climate affects range and population dynamics. The project is funded by the Wisconsin DNR and is expected to directly inform management planning and practices. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg (https://zuckerberg.russell.wisc.edu/) and Dr. Jonathan Pauli (https://pauli.russell.wisc.edu/). This position will start in the fall of 2021. The research assistantship includes an annual stipend, tuition remission and health care benefits.
Applicants with a MS degree in ecology, forestry, geography, or other related disciplines are preferred, but we will consider exceptional applicants with a BS degree if they have relevant experience. A solid knowledge of avian ecology, population dynamics, spatial modeling, and statistics is preferred. The preferred candidate will also have previous experience capturing and handling wild birds and collaborating with natural resource agencies. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates.
UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing, and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research! The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please see https://www.wisc.edu/about/
To apply, please fill out a short survey (<15 minutes) and upload a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate) at the following site: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6RvmjUHJOzV1mv4. After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates.
Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Applications received by April 16th, 2021 will be given full consideration. Finalists will be notified and instructed to submit a formal application, including reference letters, to the UW-Madison Graduate School. We will not be able to respond to queries about the status of applications, but general questions about the Forest and Wildlife Ecology graduate program can be directed to Allee Hochmuth (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Student Services Coordinator. If you experience problems while filling out the application, please email Renee Klann (email@example.com).