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  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in population ecology, University of Missouri

    • Employer: University of Missouri
      Location: Columbia, Missouri
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/27/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    The School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri is seeking an 18 month postdoctoral fellow to lead a project developing novel population models for mourning doves in Missouri to guide conservation planning. This project is a collaboration with Drs. Tom Bonnot, Mitch Weegman (University of Missouri), and Tom Thompson (Missouri Department of Conservation). Holistic demographic estimates for survival, productivity, harvest and movements are of greatest research priority. In addition, we seek to prioritize collection of data sets that contribute most strongly to demographic estimation in future years. Our objectives with this postdoctoral fellowship are to:

    1. Develop a quantitative framework to dove harvest management based on the application of integrative population modeling approaches to state and national data on mourning doves.

    2. Compare demographic results for management areas with regional (or state) estimates to assess representativeness of dove harvest management on these areas to state and regional levels and the effects of harvest on these areas on the overall state population.

    3. Use the framework to conduct simulations to identify more strategic designs for monitoring efforts such as banding and wing data collection.


    There are also other opportunities to collaborate on projects in movement and population ecology in the Bonnot and Weegman labs.


    Minimum qualifications:

    Ph.D. in statistics, wildlife ecology or closely related field

    Skills in Program R

    Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication

    Ability to work independently and as part of a research team


    Preferred qualifications: 

    Skills in JAGS, MARK

    Experience forming and running Bayesian integrated population models

    Knowledge and experience in avian ecology


    Salary and benefits:  Approximately $50,000 per year and benefits

    Start date: January 2021

    Last date to apply: November 27, 2020


    To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement and contact information for three references to Drs. Tom Bonnot (bonnott@missouri.edu) and Mitch Weegman (weegmanm@missouri.edu).

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