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  • Research in Avian bioacoustic diversity and agroecosystem sustainability

    Guest Christy Morrissey
    • Employer: University of Saskatchewan
      Location: Saskatoon (remote possible)
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 05/21/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    In Saskatchewan, croplands are an economically important land use but also provide critical habitat for breeding and migratory farmland associated birds.  We have been monitoring the ecosystem response after an experimental conversion of 10-20% agricultural crop fields containing both wetlands and marginal areas to perennial forage plantings over 3 years.  The study is comparing avian acoustic diversity, water quality and soil health, crop productivity and profitability in both treated and control fields. In this research, we are trying to find practical ways for farmers to better manage wetlands and marginal areas to improve avian biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes.  The research has direct application to designing incentive programs for producers to support decision making for improving sustainable farm production.

    The position is a 6-12 month term as a PDF or Research Assistant (MSc level) to:

    1) Work with multiple datasets to analyze avian bioacoustics, water quality (pesticides), soil health and landscape features to compare the effect of experimental perennial plantations in croplands near wetlands or marginal areas.

    2) Evaluate the environmental benefits against crop yields and economic costs in the treatment and control fields.

    3) Prepare a report and work toward publication of results

    Salary range ($35,000-45,000/year) dependent on stage of career and experience. Remote work is possible as this research is primarily data analysis and reporting. Preference for candidates with experience working with bioacoustic data.  Send a cover letter and CV by email to christy.morrissey@usask.ca.

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