Position Description: Greater-sage grouse translocations. Drs. Hagen and Dugger are seeking a graduate student to pursue a Master’s in Wildlife Sciences at Oregon State University to study the ecology of greater sage-grouse translocated from Nevada into the Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge in cooperation with California Department of Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife Service Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Nevada Department of Wildlife. This position includes 2 full years of Graduate Research Assistantship funding at approximately $1989/month plus basic medical coverage while enrolled and a tuition waiver. The study will focus on two primary objectives: (1) evaluate translocated sage-grouse response to concurrent restoration to assess habitat conditions that could be limiting population growth and range expansion and, (2) evaluate the potential of sage-grouse dispersal from existing and translocated birds focusing on landscape constraints which could inhibit movement. Within this framework the student is expected to develop an innovative research project including a written thesis as partial fulfillment of the requirements M.S. degree. This study will use GPS transmitters to track female sage-grouse year-round, and field work will be required to locate nest sites, determine brood survival, and collect vegetation data to try and understand the demography and habitat use of translocated sage-grouse.
Qualifications: Applicants must have the following: 1) a strong academic background in vertebrate ecology or a closely related field; 2) field experience with wildlife studies in extremely remote, rugged terrain under inclement weather, 3) the ability to lift 50 lbs; 4) an ability to interact with the public on controversial issues; and 5) a strong interest or experience in landscape ecology or spatial ecology. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong quantitative (particularly population modeling) background, GIS skills, and experience working with avian species. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll at Oregon State University fall term 2019 (September), but hourly wages to begin pilot field work as early as late January will be available.
Send cover letter, resume, GRE scores, and copies of academic records (unofficial transcripts are fine) in a SINGLE PDF file to Drs. Christian Hagen (Christian.firstname.lastname@example.org) AND Katie Dugger (Katie.Dugger@oregonstate.edu). Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.