Position and Details
A working group (Brian Weeks, Benjamin Winger, and Kathleen Bergen) at the newly-formed Institute for Global Change Biology at the University of Michigan is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The Fellow will work on predicting the limits to adaptive shifts in range and migration phenology in migratory birds, with a focus on the interaction of these phenomena with concomitant changes in morphology and allometry. While past efforts to predict shifts in species’ ranges and phenologies have focused largely on projecting changes in climatic niche envelopes, the extreme physiological demands of migration may impose constraints on these adaptive strategies in migratory species. In particular, the observation that many migratory birds are getting smaller as temperatures increase, suggests that morphological adaptation may be a key dimension of climate change adaptation. Understanding how morphological change may facilitate or inhibit adaptive shifts in range and phenology through changes in optimal migratory dynamics as well as relationships to landscape/habitat change is the goal of this position.
The position will begin Fall 2019, is based at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is for 2 years, and comes with a competitive salary and benefits. The postdoc will be supervised by Weeks, Winger, and Bergen.
Qualifications: The position requires a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology or a related field. The ideal applicant would have research experience related to bird migration, strong quantitative and modeling skills, and demonstrated success in publication of original research. Familiarity with GIS/remote sensing is a benefit.
Application Instructions and Deadline: Applicants should send a CV, contact information for two references, and a cover letter outlining their interest in the position and their relevant skills and experience to Brian Weeks (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2019, with an expected start date of September 1, 2019.
Background: The School for Environment and Sustainability’s overarching mission is to
contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable
society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are
devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help
practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of
human needs on a sustainable basis. The University of Michigan is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer.