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  • Post-Doctoral Researcher modeling Brown Treesnake and native bird population dynamics

    Eben Paxton
    • Employer: USDA Wildlife Services
      Location: Guam or Hawaii
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/24/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    Post-Doctoral Researcher modeling Brown Treesnake and native bird population dynamics


    Postdoctoral Researcher/Modeler needed to develop population models of predator-prey interactions between Brown Treesnakes (BTS) and native Guam avifauna. Non-native BTS have decimated Guam’s native avifauna, but recent efforts to reduce density of snakes provides hope of reintroducing native avifauna to Guam’s forests. But short of total elimination, what densities of BTS would allow for the persistence of native birds, and would different species of birds tolerate different densities of BTS depending on their particular life history characteristics? Identifying BTS density thresholds that would potentially allow for successful reintroductions is a critical first step in eventual refaunation of Guam. Succesful applicant is expected to combine demographic information on Guam’s native avifauna with empirical data on BTS density and encounter rates from both control and non-control areas to develop models to estimate levels of density that allow persistence of bird species. Qualifications include PhD or PhD candidacy from an accredited college or university in Wildlife Biology, Biostatistics/Biometry, Quantitative Ecology, or Biology, 1-2 years of ecological modeling, particularly population modeling, and demonstrable knowledge in various statistical programming environments (e.g., R, JAGS, Stan). Requires strong experience in scientific writing and editing, literature searches, statistical applications, create predictive models, and excellent communication skills both in writing and verbally.  Prior experience in the use of statistical models for the analysis of management decisions or adaptive management is desired. Incorporation of work product into a PhD dissertation is negotiable.  


    Salary and duration of appointment will be commensurate with experience and dictated by available grant funding. Preferred duty station is Barrigada, Guam, or Hilo, Hawaii. Telework from a remote location may be negotiable. Relocation expenses possible. Inquiries welcome to shane.r.siers@usda.gov. See announcement and application information for JOB # RC-20-27 at https://www.uog.edu/_resources/files/rcuog/_job_announcements/ja_2020/RC-20-27_POST_DOCTORAL_RESEARCHER_RCUOG_SIERS_BROWNTREESNAKE.pdf. Applications due by February 24, 2020.

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