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  1. A PhD position is available in the Chandler Lab at the University of Georgia to study avian reproductive performance and nest predation over climate gradients in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The PhD student will design and execute field experiments, develop models of spatio-temporal predator-prey dynamics, and forecast the effects of climate change on avian productivity. Study species include Canada Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Veery, and several others with trailing-edge populations in western North Carolina. Eight years of data on distribution and demography are available from the study area. Applicants should have an MS degree in wildlife ecology or a related field, strong quantitative skills, and passerine field experience. The anticipated start date is August 2022. Tuition will be waived and an assistantship of approximately $25,000/yr for four years will be provided. Send a single PDF including a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Richard Chandler (rchandler@warnell.uga.edu) by November 10, 2021. https://chandlerlab.uga.edu/opportunities/
  2. This job was posted by a Guest (no way to know who), which means its unlikely anyone will respond to your query here on our job board. Your best bet for getting more information would be to contact WEST directly. Looks like this job was posted on their website in May: https://west-inc.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/566
  3. 11 June 2021. Motus Fest. 12:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time. Champions of the Motus Wildlife Tracking Network will provide updates on the progress and plans for Motus in regions around the world. Register here: https://birdscanada-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yFF6nzJoSC-UiMbF_X4ijw More info about Motus: https://motus.org/
  4. Some population related packages: Distance dsm marked mrds nimbleSCR oSCR PresenceAbsence Rcapture RMark scrbook secr unmarked Some packages for accessing bird observation citizen science data: auk (and ebirdst) rinat rgbif Lots of general modeling packages: MuMIn AICcmodavg You might also check out some of the CRAN task views such as, Analysis of Ecological and Environmental Data Analysis of Spatial Data Multivariate Statistics Phylogenetics, Especially Comparative Methods Cluster Analysis & Finite Mixture Models Handling and Analyzing Spatio-Temporal Data
  5. The Division of Conservation Biology at the University of Bern is offering a Postdoctoral research position in applied population ecology In order to complement our academic team we are looking for an experienced scientist with a good publication record in the field of conservation biology and population ecology. Our research group strives to provide evidence-based recommendations for a better management of biodiversity. The appointed researcher will work in close collaboration not only with other members of the Division of conservation biology but also with colleagues at the Institutes of Ecology & Evolution and Plant sciences. Your duties: Develop your own research agenda, in line with the philosophy of our team, by applying to competitive European and Swiss funding institutions (Swiss National Science Foundation) and governmental agencies Supervise students at all levels of education, in particular BSc, MSc and PhD candidates Participate in teaching activities at all levels, starting with general courses in conservation biology at the propaedeutic level (1st and 2nd year) Your profile: Completed PhD degree in ecology or a discipline judged equivalent Research focus on applied population ecology, with clear relevance for concrete species conservation management (fundamental biodiversity research on patterns and processes is not the focus) Good biostatistical skills, mastering state-of-the-art modelling in both the frequentist and Bayesian domains in: Natural resources utilization and selection functions (ecological niche, habitat selection, etc.) Population dynamics and demography (capture-mark-recapture and allies) Spatio-temporal and spatio-demographic modelling (GIS, species range distribution, etc.) Mastering conservation concepts and theory as well as their translation into conservation policy, in particular in the European context Interests for European biodiversity with a focus on animal taxa, in particular vertebrates Experience in teaching courses and field/lab practicals Proficiency in English, both spoken and written Advanced experience in scientific writing and publishing, assessed by a good publication record in peer-reviewed journals Willingness to contribute to societal shifts in the management of biodiversity by framing and communicating evidence-based management recommendations for policy-makers and stakeholders Ability to communicate with broad media Driving license The job is foreseen for a 80-100% employment, negotiable, for up to 5.5 years. Job sharing would be an option (up to two 60% posts at maximum). The University of Bern is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women and disabled persons. Outstanding salary conditions, depending on experience and previous achievements. Please send your application in electronic form as a single PDF-file including a letter of motivation, CV, two references and your study certificates by April 1st 2021 to alexandra.depeyer@iee.unibe.ch. Expected start in July 2021. Further information available from raphael.arlettaz@iee.unibe.ch. Postdoc_UniBE–CB-IEE_2021.pdf
  6. The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) invites applications for an academic-year (10 month), tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Quantitative Wildlife/Vertebrate Ecology. The successful candidate will bring proficiency in statistical/mathematical ecology that is complemented by professional experience in the conservation and management of vertebrate species. We seek a teacher-scholar with a strong commitment to engaging students in the classroom and through research mentorship at the undergraduate, MS, and PhD levels. Responsibilities: The workload for this position is 45% teaching, 45% research, and 10% service. Specific responsibilities include: 1) teaching an introductory course in wildlife ecology and management along with developing new undergraduate and graduate classes in quantitative ecology, 2) developing a vigorous, internationally recognized, externally funded research program focused on vertebrate species, including those in New York State and beyond, and 3) engaging in undergraduate advising and committee service to the department and college, professional societies, and governmental and non-governmental conservation partners. For qualifications, application procedure, and more, see the attached document. Wildlife_Faculty_2021_JobAd.docx
  7. A brief history can be found on page 8 of de Juana & Garcia (2015). de Juana E, Garcia E. 2015. The Birds of the Iberian Peninsula. Christopher Helm, London.
  8. Suffolk County Department of Parks is currently accepting resumes for seasonal openings in its Endangered Species Protection Program for the 2020 season. The positions involve helping to manage nesting shorebirds (piping plovers and least terns) at seventeen sites throughout Suffolk County. Candidates will gain an intimate knowledge of bird behavior and of the unique management issues their presence creates. Qualifying Candidates must: - Have an interest and/or coursework in ornithology, ecology, and natural resources - Be able to meet the physical demands of the job such as walking miles on the beach, carrying heavy fencing materials, digging trenches, and installing fencing and barricades in summer weather conditions. - Be meticulous and concise in recording data - Have an ability to interact professionally with the general public and co-workers - Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others and independently under stressful conditions - Work weekends & holidays, and flexible hours (average 35 hours/week) - Have a valid driver’s license (often required to drive 2-3 hours a day to visit sites) (Use of your personal vehicle may be required in limited circumstances) Hourly wage is $13.75. Crew Leader positions are available for those with prior experience at $14.50/hour. Basic housing may be available, indicate your interest. There is no application, send letter of interest and resume to: Diana Lynch (diana.lynch@suffolkcountyny.gov)
  9. Der Ornithologische Beobachter is the journal of Ala, the Swiss Society for the Study and Protection of Birds. Since 1902, the journal has published scientific articles on all aspects of ornithology and bird conservation. Authors are from the German speaking countries Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Articles typically have an English abstract and English figure and table legends, since about 1996. Articles from the current year and the year before can only be accessed by members of the society, all other ones can be accessed free of charge. The journal can be browsed either via the table of contents or via a special search form.
  10. Tattler is the Newsletter for the Asia Pacific Flyways. It is published four times a year, in April, July, October and December. Tattler publishes articles and news from people living throughout the Asia Pacific region. Tattler is currently subtitled "Newsletter for the Asia Pacific Shorebird Network". It was formerly subtitled "Newsletter for the Asia Pacific Flyways".
  11. Upcoming workshop on mark-recapture modeling: 22 July - 26 July 2019 University of Newcastle, Newcastle For more information, see https://www.proteus.co.nz/courses
  12. Upcoming occupancy modeling courses at the beginner and intermediate level: 15 July - 19 July 2019, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Sunshine Coast, Australia 26 August - 30 August 2019, Boulder City, Nevada 2 September - 6 September 2019, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey For more information, see https://www.proteus.co.nz/courses
  13. I would suggest deciding what kind of model you want to use before deciding which software to implement it with. You have distance data, so you could use distance sampling. But you also have repeated surveys within a season, so you might consider an N-mixture model. With your time intervals you could use a removal model. And there are ways to combine those data, for example by using a time-removal plus distance sampling model. Part of your choice should be based on your main question. If you need a density estimate for an area, you probably want a distance sampling model of some sort. If you are content to know N, the number of birds observed (or expected to be observed) on a given point, then an N-mixture model of some sort may suffice. To learn more about the various types of models (many of which are implemented in unmarked), I suggest you get a copy of this book: Kéry, Marc, J. Andrew Royle. 2015. Applied hierarchical modeling in ecology: analysis of distribution, abundance and species richness in R and BUGS: volume 1: prelude and static models. Academic Press. London, UK. I do not consider myself an expert on any of these types of models, and given that nobody else has answered in the last couple of days, I suggest you re-post your question on the unmarked Google group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/unmarked. Or if you're interested in going Bayesian, the hmecology: Hierarchical Modeling in Ecology group https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/hmecology Let us know what you find out.
  14. Pacific Seabird Group is dedicated to the study and conservation of Pacific seabirds and their environment. Students are a core membership of PSG; they contribute 29% of the PSG operating fund and comprise 40% of the annual meeting volunteer base. The PSG Student Research Grant (SRG) was created in 2019 by the PSG Former Chairs to honor and support the numerous contributions of the PSG student membership. Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program (BA, BS, MS, MA, PhD) at an accredited community college, college, or university. Applicants may be enrolled at any of the above institutions in any country & conduct their student research in any part of the world, but the applicable research must be seabird-based. Applicants must be current members of Pacific Seabird Group by the application due date. Use of funds: Funds are solely used for costs associated with research, including: field or lab supplies, equipment, travel to research or lab sites, and licensing and permitting fees. Funds do not cover salaries & benefits, stipends, institutional fees or overhead, or tuition. Additional information about this grant is available on the Students section of the Pacific Seabird Group website: https://pacificseabirdgroup.org/students-and-careers/students/
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