Ph.D. Position on Dynamic Habitat Indices and their effects on North American Birds (UW-Madison)
I am seeking a graduate student to join an exciting project exploring the effects of changes in vegetative productivity on bird populations at continental scales. Remote sensing allows for development of Dynamic Habitat Indices (DHIs) that capture multiple aspects of vegetative productivity. DHIs are known to be important determinants of species richness. We are embarking on a new collaborative study to determine how synchronized changes in vegetative productivity effect multiannual changes in population dynamics for multiple bird species. We will focus on analyzing data from the North American Breeding Bird Survey. This new project is funded by NASA as part of a broader collaboration with the SILVIS lab (http://silvis.forest.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 will consider excellent 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 analyzing large biological databases. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.
Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. 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 http://www.wisc.edu/about/
To apply, please send 1) a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) contact information for three references; and 4) an unofficial list of coursework (undergraduate and graduate) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send all materials as a single PDF. After reviewing all applicants, I will ask for reference letters from top candidates.
GRASSLAND BIRD FIELD ASSISTANTS (2) SUMMER 2021
Position type: LTE
Location: Madison WI
Dates: ~ May 9 – August 6 or ~June 1 – July 31
Pay: $14.50/ hr
Schedule: 40/wk or more, irregular hours
About the position
There are two grassland bird field assistant positions available on a graduate study examining the effects of microclimate variation on grassland bird nesting success in southern Wisconsin. The study is housed in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and associated with the Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. One position will be available starting in early May and last approximately 3 months while a second position will begin in June and last approximately 2 months. THESE ARE LOCAL MADISON POSITIONS—NO HOUSING IS PROVIDED.
Positions will primarily focus on nest searching and monitoring of grassland songbird nests. However, they will also assist with vegetation surveys, deployment and collection of iButton temperature sensors, collection of aerial imagery by UAS (applicants will not pilot the drone however), collection of sub-meter accuracy GPS coordinates, and data entry and proofing as needed. Grassland nest searching is difficult even for experienced nest-searchers and requires a great deal of patience and concentration, sometimes under challenging conditions. The ideal applicant will be patient and diligent by nature and have a strong interest in the ecology and behavior of non-game wildlife. Applicants should also be comfortable in a wide range of outdoor conditions and undeterred by biting insects, wet vegetation, and high temperatures. It also essential that applicants are prepared to work 6-day weeks with days off sometimes determined by weather conditions. These positions provide an opportunity for recent graduates to gain exposure to a variety of data collection techniques and experience the beauty and diversity of grassland ecosystems in Wisconsin.
• Nest searching and monitoring: 50%
• Vegetation surveys: 20%
• iButton deployment/collection and GPS marking: 10%
• Data entry and proofing: 10%
• UAS flight ground support and miscellaneous tasks: 10%
• At least 1 field season of non-course related ecological data collection.
• Some form of experience monitoring and identifying avian species.
• Applicants with experience in grassland systems or nest searching will be strongly preferred.
• Attention to detail and ability to closely follow directions.
• Strong work ethic and tolerance for early mornings and irregular hours.
• Ability to walk several miles carrying a pack on hilly terrain.
• Ability to tolerate wind and sun exposure, biting insects, and temperature extremes.
To apply: please send a brief cover letter outlining your interest in the position, a CV highlighting relevant course work, job experience, and volunteer activities, and contact information for two professional/academic references in a single PDF document to Jacy Bernath-Plaisted (email@example.com).
The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff