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  • Funded M.S. in Lewis's Woodpecker Habitat Ecology at Cal Poly Humboldt

    Guest Frank Fogarty
    • Employer: Cal Poly Humboldt
      Location: Arcata, California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/01/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    We are seeking a graduate (M.S.) student to join a project examining the drivers of varied migratory strategies of Lewis’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) in Oregon. This species has declined sharply in abundance since the 1960s and is a top priority Oregon Conservation Strategy species for the East Cascades. The project will investigate the effect of land cover variables on Lewis’s Woodpecker across multiple spatial scales, including effects of wildfire and habitat connectivity. The graduate student will be supervised by Dr. Frank Fogarty and Dr. Ho Yi Wan in the Department of Wildlife (https://wildlife.humboldt.edu/) at Cal Poly Humboldt (formerly Humboldt State University). The project will involve both field data collection in Oregon’s East Cascades and the use of remote sensing data to construct optimized habitat suitability and connectivity models for this priority conservation species. This project is a partnership between Cal Poly Humboldt, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the East Cascades Audubon Society, and there will be additional opportunities for the graduate student to partner with agency staff and assist in the development of a community science outreach program. Students from most Western States can qualify for in-state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP).

    Application review will begin immediately and the position remains open until filled.

    Cal Poly Humboldt is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and the Department of Wildlife is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that recruits, welcomes, and trains the diverse next generation of wildlife biologists.


    Required Qualifications:

    ·         Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biology, environmental sciences, or a related field

    ·         Ability to work both independently and as part of a team to achieve research goals

    ·         Willingness to travel and collect data in remote, mountainous field sites in Oregon

    ·         Interest in developing advanced quantitative skills

    ·         The selected candidate will need to successfully apply to Cal Poly Humboldt’s Master of Science in Natural Resources program. For admission requirements, see: https://catalog.humboldt.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=8&poid=3375&returnto=1352


    Preferred Qualifications:

    ·         Experience using GIS and R to manage and analyze wildlife data

    ·         Experience collecting field data, including conducting point counts and vegetation surveys

    ·         Strong background in wildlife ecology and/or natural history of Intermountain West ecosystems


    Interested candidates should submit the following to Dr. Frank Fogarty (faf7@humboldt.edu):

    1.      A letter of research interests that includes relevant skills and experiences

    2.      CV or resume, including contact information for at least two references

    3.      Copy of unofficial transcripts

    4.      For international students, please also submit English language proficiency test scores (see: https://extended.humboldt.edu/international-programs/english).

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