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  • Ph.D. Assistantship in Upland Gamebird Ecology: Washington State University (PhD)


    Guest Jeff Manning
    • Employer: Washington State University – Pullman Campus
      Location: Pullman and Asotin, WA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/10/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

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    Description

    I'm inviting applications for a Ph.D. student to join the new comprehensive southeast Washington State mountain quail ecology research program in the Quantitative Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Lab (https://labs.wsu.edu/manning/) in the School of the Environment at Washington State University in collaboration with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Upland gamebird ecology and conservation is a primary focus of the WDFW, and Mountain Quail are ranked by the state as Critically Imperiled and included on the Priority Habitats and Species list. The Ph.D. student will be advised by Dr. Jeff Manning and will lead research aimed at expanding our understanding of the status and habitat conditions of quail populations. This work will involve developing and evaluating evidence for hypotheses involving the landscapes of fear, energy, competition, and resources under a hierarchical modeling framework to determine factors that limit these populations and inform translocation and habitat management strategies across southeast Washington and neighboring Idaho and Oregon regions.

    This position provides an excellent opportunity for a student interested in avian ecology, behavioral ecology, and spatial ecology to conduct applied research of high conservation importance. This student will work collaboratively with biologists in the WDFW and neighboring states. 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.

    Support for this project includes 4 years of Research Assistantship. This assistantship is ~$25,000 per year with benefits and a tuition waver. Funding for research-related expenses (vehicle, field housing, field supplies, etc.) will be provided by WDFW.

    Qualifications

    An M.S. degree in wildlife biology or related field, strong academic record, ornithological field research experience, strong quantitative skills, and experience 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 in mountainous SE Washington environments. Submit a single pdf that includes a 1-page 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 jeff. manning@wsu.edu. Specify in the email subject line Upland Gamebird Ph.D. application. Last date to apply – January 10, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on January 10, and I will reach out to the most qualified candidates to set up a zoom interview.

    Contact Person

    Dr. Jeff Manning -- jeff.manning@wsu.edu




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