The Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking a 2-year postdoctoral fellow to lead two projects focused on population ecology of migratory birds:
Project 1: We will develop novel population models for mourning doves in Missouri to guide harvest and conservation decisions. This project is a collaboration with Tom Thompson (Missouri Department of Conservation) and Dr. Tom Bonnot (US Fish and Wildlife Service). The postdoc will focus on estimating demographics, including survival, productivity, harvest and movements. In addition, we seek to prioritize collection of data sets that contribute most strongly to demographic estimation and monitoring in future years.
Project 2: We will use all available demographic and population survey information collected since 1961 for the population of barnacle geese that breed in Greenland and winter in Ireland to estimate demographic rates and abundance in an integrated population model. We will identify demographic contributions to population growth rate, and test hypotheses about how land use and climate change are influencing barnacle goose population dynamics.
There will be opportunities to explore related research questions and collaborate on several projects in movement and population ecology in the Weegman lab.
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, NIMBLE, Stan
Experience forming and running integrated population models
Knowledge and experience in avian ecology
Salary and benefits: Approximately $65,000 Canadian per year plus benefits
Start date: 1 May 2023
Last date to apply: 3 Mar 2023
To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement and contact information for three references to Dr. Mitch Weegman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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