Description: A Doctorate of Philosophy graduate research assistantship is available with Dr. Mitch Weegman in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri (www.snr.missouri.edu). The student will use state-of-the-art tracking devices deployed on mid-continent white-fronted geese to conduct research in movement and population ecology. There are opportunities to quantify habitat use and the degree of inter- and intra-winter movements of white-fronted geese within and among wintering sites, and assess the extent to which variation in migration attributes (e.g., staging and wintering habitat use) explains variation in nesting propensity and reproductive outcomes. Based on tracking devices currently on individuals, we anticipate collation of millions of data points providing examples of individual decision-making. Using multi-year data, the student will develop full annual cycle models for the first time for these birds, yielding novel opportunities for conservation planning. This project is an international partnership among Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, University of Missouri and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Prerequisites: Ideal candidates will have an undergraduate and master’s degree in statistics, wildlife ecology or a closely related field, and interpersonal skills to lead discussions among collaborators. Preference will be given to those with a strong quantitative background (e.g., experience with Program R, Bayesian methods), knowledge of migratory bird ecology and management, and field experience (e.g., handling birds). Competitive applicants will have an undergraduate GPA >3.4. Students must have a valid driver’s license. The successful applicant will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present papers at scientific meetings.
Salary and benefits: Approximately $24,500 per year, health insurance and course waiver (i.e., the student will not pay tuition).
Start date: August 17, 2020
Last date to apply: July 10, 2020 or until a suitable candidate is selected
To be considered for this position, please send the following (preferably as a single PDF) to Dr. Mitch Weegman (email@example.com):
Letter of interest summarizing your experience
Curriculum vitae or resume
College transcripts (unofficial are fine)
GRE scores (unofficial are fine)
Contact information for three references