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PhD assistantship studying Black Rail ecology


University of Georgia


Athens, GA


United States

Last Date to Apply:

30 Nov 2017
Open until filled


We are looking for an enthusiastic, determined, and self-starting Ph.D. student to work on a project involving Black Rails St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Field components of the project will involve performing population surveys and radiotracking adults to assess survival and productivity. Modeling components will include estimation of Black Rail vital rates, population viability modeling, and assessment of adequacy of current survey methods for estimating Black Rail abundance and occupancy. The project will primarily be based at the St. Johns NWR near Titusville, FL, but the student will be required to spend time in other Gulf Coast refuges and in Athens for coursework and dissertation writing. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Robert Cooper (Professor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources) and Dr. Clint Moore (Assistant Leader, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit) and collaborate with Dr. Adam Smith (US Fish & Wildlife Service).


Qualifications: Master’s degree conferred by January 1, 2018 in wildlife management, ecology, or a related discipline. The candidate must be able to work under challenging field conditions that include wet marshes, hot temperatures, humidity, etc. Also, the candidate must have a working knowledge of the programming language R, plus the capacity to learn quantitative techniques such as survival analysis and movement models, and programming in formats such as Python and Matlab. As this project will involve significant hardware/software development, preference will be given to applicants with a familiarity with electronics such as circuit board assembly and customization. The student should also be personable and a team player.


Send cover letter, CV, GRE scores, and unofficial transcripts to email below. Please send a list of at least 3 references to contact as well.


The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.


Contact Person: Robert J. Cooper
Contact email: bcooper@uga.edu