Position Description: Dr. Katie Dugger (Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit) is seeking a graduate student to pursue an MS degree in Wildlife Sciences in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University to study the reproductive success of Adélie penguins breeding on Ross Island, Antarctica. This research would contribute to long-term research (25 years) on Adélie penguins conducted by the collaborative Penguinscience research team. This is an NSF-funded project that includes 2.5 years of Graduate Research Assistantship funding at approximately $2000/month plus a tuition waiver and basic medical coverage while enrolled. This project will focus on research objectives to 1) estimate age-, sex- and colony-related differences in fecundity, and 2) determine the effect of environmental variation on long-term patterns in reproductive success. Within this general framework the student is expected to develop an innovative research project including a written thesis as partial fulfillment of the requirements for an M.S. degree. This study will rely on 25-years of reproductive information on known-age, known-breeding history penguins banded as chicks at multiple breeding colonies on Ross Island, Antarctica. While long-term data is available for this project, the student will also spend at least one field season collecting demographic data on Adélie penguins as part of their program.
Qualifications: Applicants must have the following: 1) a strong academic background in vertebrate ecology or a closely related field; 2) field experience conducting wildlife studies in extremely remote, rugged terrain with inclement weather and the ability to lift and carry >50lbs; 3) the ability to thrive in a primitive living situation with just a few campmates and potentially crowded communal spaces; and 4) a strong interest or experience in population demographics. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong quantitative (particularly modeling) background, and experience working with seabirds and/or in polar ecosystems. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll at Oregon State University fall term 2022 (September). OSU is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
To apply, please send a cover letter, copies of academic records (unofficial transcripts are fine), a CV that details of your academic qualifications and field experiences, the names and contact numbers for 3 individuals willing to provide you with a reference, and a sample of your writing combined into a single PDF file to Dr. Katie Dugger (Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org). In your cover letter please explain why you are pursuing a graduate degree, how this opportunity aligns with your professional interests and what you feel are your strengths and weaknesses are relative to this position. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.