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  1. The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on the Connecticut Bird Atlas project with Dr Chris Elphick, and co-advised by Dr Morgan Tingley of the University of California-Los Angeles. The Connecticut Bird Atlas began in 2018 and aims to map the distribution and abundance of all bird species throughout Connecticut during the breeding season, winter, and migration periods. The project has one more year of data collection, and we are ready to begin data synthesis. Primary responsibilities will include: analysis of occurrence and abundance data; integration of atlas data with previously-developed species distribution models; development of quality-control tools for volunteer-based data sets; and generation of map products. The postdoc also will contribute to the development of an online atlas describing the state’s birdlife, and be expected to collaborate with project PIs to use atlas data to publish exciting research on topics of interest to the postdoc. Such work may include, but is not limited to, studies of modeling methods, spatial distribution patterns, and temporal community change. For more information about the project see www.ctbirdatlas.org. Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD in biology or a closely related field; experience with abundance and distribution modelling, preferably with corrections for detection and availability; a successful track record of bringing projects to publication; excellent team skills; and expertise in GIS and statistics using Arc, R, and/or Python. Preferred candidates will also have experience with: ecological “big data,” such as breeding bird atlases, other volunteer-based data gathering projects, and/or eBird; manipulation and analysis of large-scale remote sensing data sets; bird identification, ecology, and distributions; web site programming; and Bayesian statistics. To apply: This is a full-time, fixed-term position based at the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut and includes competitive salary and health benefits (more details here); we are open to flexible arrangements in light of the ongoing pandemic. Initial funding is for one year, with the potential to renew following a satisfactory performance review after 9 months. Review of applications will begin on 1st Feb 2021, and the position will remain open until filled; position can begin as early as 1st May 2021. Interested candidates should email chris.elphick@uconn.edu with the subject line “CT Bird Atlas postdoc” and include: (1) a one-page description of their research interests and qualifications, (2) a CV, (3) 1-2 representative publications, and (4) contact information for 3 people who can provide references. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
  2. Coastal marshes are changing in response to sea-level rise, development, introduced species, and a variety of other environmental changes. These changes have consequences for both the biodiversity of coastal systems and the ecosystem services they provide. The Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP) is a collaborative endeavor involving researchers at several universities in the northeastern US. Collectively, we have been studying marshes along the US Atlantic Coast since 2010, with work in my lab group at the University of Connecticut dating back to 2002. Currently, I seek a PhD student to join the SHARP team and investigate long-term changes in coastal marsh ecosystems and the consequences of ongoing management and restoration activities. The incoming student will be partially funded via a research assistantship, with remaining support coming from teaching assistantships. The student will be expected to use existing data sets to quantify spatial and temporal patterns in plant and bird populations, and to develop independent research on related topics of the student’s choosing. In addition to joining a large group of exceptional graduate students at UConn, the successful candidate will be expected to interact closely with students, postdocs, and professors at the four other institutions that form the SHARP collaboration. For more information about our research group, go here: https://elphick.lab.uconn.edu/ For more information about SHARP, go here: https://www.tidalmarshbirds.org/ Qualifications: · An undergraduate degree in biology, ecology, natural resources, environmental science, or related degree program. · A Master’s degree in one of these fields or equivalent research experience. · Strong quantitative skills, preferably including statistical training and coding experience (e.g., in R). · Evidence of effective technical writing and a commitment to publishing peer-reviewed articles. · Field experience in coastal or wetland ecosystems would be valuable, but is not essential. Application procedures: Please submit initial inquiries to chris.elphick@uconn.edu with the subject line “Coastal Ecology Graduate position”, including a single pdf document containing: · Letter detailing your interest in this opportunity, including what questions you would like to investigate, why you think our group is a good place for you to study, what relevant experience you have, and why you want to get a PhD · CV · Transcript (unofficial acceptable initially) · Contact information (name, affiliation, phone, email) for 3 references Initial review of application materials will begin on 1st November, 2019 and continue until positions are filled. After initial review, I will be in contact to arrange a phone or Skype interview with candidates who are a good fit for the position. Top candidates will need to formally apply to the EEB department at the University of Connecticut (applications due 15 December 2019; for details, see https://eeb.uconn.edu/information-for-prospective-eeb-graduate-students/). The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. Our lab group strives to be a welcoming environmental to all.
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