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I hope to recruit a PhD student to join my lab at Kansas State University in the fall of 2018 to develop a project focused on the mechanistic drivers of population regulation of birds dependent upon grasslands—one of the most threatened and climatically variable biomes. The project would be conducted at the nearby, beautiful Konza Prairie biological station, both contributing to and utilizing long-data collected as part of the Konza Prairie LTER program. The project will focus on topics at the interface of basic and applied questions in ecology, revealing the importance of direct and indirect effects of weather on the population dynamics of a declining guild over the spatial scales relevant to birds’ full annual cycle. The project will involve extensive fieldwork, involve use of technologies for tracking movements of individuals, and mentoring and supervision of undergraduate researchers and technicians. The most competitive applicants will either have completed a MSc, or have developed their skills and interests via employment and other experiences, resulting in strong field skills and an aptitude for independent critical thinking and good writing abilities. Facilities and expertise in the KSU Division of Biology will provide opportunities to develop a strong skill set ranging from various physiological and quantitative methods, the use of stable isotopes, GIS, genetic and genomic methods. The incoming student will join a very active, collegial group of graduate students, post-docs, and professors in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology section. Learn more about our graduate program and application process here, and more about the Boyle lab here.