Aerial waterfowl surveys in northeastern Louisiana
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
Start Date: Summer/Fall 2022
Project Description: The goal of this project is to redesign the wintering waterfowl survey flown in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley for the state of Louisiana to be statistically robust and consistent with surveys conducted in partner states. In collaboration with the LSU faculty and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the student will be responsible for: 1) front-end statistical design to develop alternative sampling schemes; 2) participating in winter surveys as an observer in aircraft; 3) coordinating with ongoing spot-surveys using UAVs and thermal cameras to develop visibility correction factors; 4) back-end evaluation of aerial survey data to determine the optimal sampling frame for future surveys, including the development of analytical tools for use by the state agency.
This position provides an annual graduate assistantship of $32,000 and a full tuition waiver.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a B.S. in wildlife biology/ecology or commensurate experience, with a 3.0 GPA. Successful applicants typically achieve ~300 combined GRE score with ≥4 in writing. Applicants must have extensive experience identifying waterfowl from a distance, and must be willing and able to ride in small aircraft. Experience in GIS and R is strongly preferred. The applicant must provide proof of a clean driving record and pass a background check.
Please send a 1-page cover letter (which will serve as a writing sample), CV (with references listed), and unofficial transcripts/GRE scores to:
Dr. Kevin Ringelman
I will start reviewing applications on 2 May, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.