The successful candidate will conduct research on king rails and other secretive marsh birds in Great Lakes coastal wetlands, as part of a Great Lakes basin-wide monitoring effort funded by the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, with additional potential funding from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Research will include multi-scale monitoring and modeling of king rail habitat, as well as assessing traditional callback surveys for marsh bird population estimates. Field work will occur in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. Funding will consist of a mixture of research and teaching assistantship support. More Information about the PhD program in Earth and Ecosystem Science at CMU: https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/se/EES/Pages/default.aspx
Academic requirements include a B.S. degree in biology, wildlife, or related field with GPA > 3.0 and competitive GRE scores. Candidates must also have a valid driver’s license, demonstrated strong work ethic, previous research experience, strong verbal and written communication skills, GIS experience, and quantitative skills. Preferred candidates are those with a M.S. degree in biology, wildlife, or related field; research experience in population assessment and analysis; publication and/or conference presentation track record; leadership skills and supervision of technicians; demonstrated ability to interact positively with the public and agency personnel; ability to work independently; and able to conduct field work in a variety of conditions. If interested, provide Dr. Tom Gehring via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a single PDF that includes: 1) a 1-page letter of interest describing your qualifications, experience and professional goals; 2) CV; 3) GPA and unofficial transcripts; 4) GRE scores; and 5) contact information for at least 3 professional references.