Overview: The Golden-winged Warbler (GWWA) is under consideration for listing under the
Endangered Species Act. This project seeks to identify limiting factors driving regional and
global population decline and when they occur during the annual cycle to guide conservation
efforts and a listing decision. Toward this goal, the post-doctoral research associate will develop
a spatially explicit population viability analysis that integrates future predicted spatial
distribution using climate forecasting and habitat suitability.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The post-doctoral research associate will sequentially
develop and integrate a series of spatially explicit models to better understand population
dynamics and future species distribution. Other duties and responsibilities include mentoring
graduate and undergraduate students working on related projects, conducting fieldwork in the
Midwest and/or Appalachians to collect data needed to inform demographic models, and
coordinate communications with a large collaborative team of researchers across the GWWA’s
range, and publication of peer-review scientific publications.
Qualifications: Qualified applicants will possess a PhD degree in biology, ecology, natural
resources, environmental science, statistics, or other relevant field. We expect applicants to have
modeling experience in at least one of the following areas: forecasting climate change effects on
species distribution, regional- or rangewide-scale habitat suitability, or population modeling
(such as population viability analysis or integrated population modeling). Competitive candidates
will have an interest in mentoring graduate students and field technicians. We seek someone who
has a strong work ethic and an outgoing personality to be an engaging member of our team.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
(* = essential, + = preferred)
- Experience forecasting climate change effects on species distribution, regional- or rangewide-scale habitat suitability, or population modeling (such as population viability analysis or integrated population modeling).*
- Experience working with GIS and analyzing data in an R environment.*
- Demonstrated success publishing peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals.*
- Excellent presentation and oral communication skills.*
- Ability to travel, requiring a valid driver’s license.*
- Strong communication skills in coordinating large collaborative teams.+
- Demonstrated experience capturing and banding songbirds including attachment or telemetry tags (i.e., should be comfortable with training others in banding and tag attachment techniques).+
- Experience working in remote locations and supervising personnel in a field setting.+
Supervisory Responsibilities: The post-doc will be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students working under the same grant and potentially supervise a field crew.
To Apply: Submit your application at https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=65068&job=postdoctoral-research-associate If you have questions, please email Dr. Amber Roth via amber.roth AT maine.edu
Deadline for applications: Please apply by Monday, November 16; applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.
The University of Maine is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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