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.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mitch Weegman (email@example.com).