Starting Fall semester 2021. Fully funded PhD graduate position in the Quantitative Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Lab at Washington State University (Pullman campus) to begin a new comprehensive southeast Washington State mountain quail population ecology research project. The mountain quail’s range within the U.S. extends northward into Washington State, where it was broadly distributed in the early 20th century. Their populations have declined in recent decades, and the status of populations in southeast Washington is largely unknown. This research will develop survey methods to estimate mountain quail abundance, examine the current status of populations, estimate vital rates, and determine factors that limit their populations in order to inform translocation and habitat management strategies.
Position description -- The Ph.D. student will examine and compare the status and habitat conditions of quail populations, estimate vital rates, and investigate factors that limit populations across southeast Washington and neighboring Idaho and Oregon regions. This student will work collaboratively with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. This position will include multi-season fieldwork involving hiking (and possibly snowshoeing) in remote, rugged terrain, and the capture, radio-tagging, and tracking of quail. Other facets of field work will include using audio recording devices, game cameras, visual/auditory surveys, vegetation sampling, nest searches and monitoring, avian and mammalian predator surveys, and quantification of resources. The position will consist of a combination of research (75%) and teaching (25%) assistantships, including a 12-month ~$24K stipend per year plus tuition and benefits.
Qualifications -- An M.S. degree in wildlife biology or related field, strong academic record, experience leading an avian ecology research project, strong quantitative skills, and a record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. The student must work well in a collaborative team as well as independently and be able to manage a multi-faceted field project with summer and winter fieldwork.
To apply -- Submit a single pdf that includes a cover letter summarizing how you meet the qualifications described above, current CV, unofficial college transcripts, GRE percentiles (if available), and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Jeff Manning at TheQWECLab.WSU«at»gmail.com.