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Tessa Rhinehart

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  1. The Kitzes Lab at the University of Pittsburgh (http://kitzeslab.org) is seeking a Ph.D. student to join our lab in the Summer or Fall of 2022 (applications accepted in Fall 2021). Research in our lab broadly seeks to understand how human alteration of natural habitat impacts species abundance and diversity at large spatial scales. Our ongoing projects mainly use bioacoustic methods to investigate the conservation and spatial ecology of temperate bird communities. The research focus for this student will be somewhat flexible, but will likely focus in part on field surveys of Pennsylvania breeding birds conducted using automated acoustic recorders, with recordings analyzed using our lab's machine learning classifiers and advanced statistical models. Students with a background in field work involving birds, acoustic surveys, statistics, and/or machine learning models are particularly encouraged to apply. Our department provides competitive financial support for graduate students that includes a stipend, full tuition remission, health insurance, and free access to public transportation (http://www.biology.pitt.edu/graduate/financial-support). We anticipate that the incoming student will receive a five year support package that includes up to 4 years of research funding. Although applications are not due until December, interested applicants should contact Dr. Kitzes during the fall term. Please send an email (justin.kitzes@pitt.edu) that includes a few paragraphs describing the type of work that you are hoping to do for your dissertation and why you are interested in our lab in particular, as well as your CV. Please see our lab website (http://kitzeslab.org) and the website of the Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.biology.pitt.edu/) for more information about our lab, the department, other faculty and students, the university, and the city of Pittsburgh.
  2. The Kitzes Lab at the University of Pittsburgh (http://kitzeslab.org) is seeking applications for up to two postdoctoral associates with expertise in bioacoustics, quantitative ecology, ornithology, machine learning, and/or data science. The ideal candidate will contribute to our long-term goal of developing and applying acoustic survey methods to study the ecology and conservation of birds, frogs, and other sound-producing taxa. Depending on candidate interests and skills, the position may be financially supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Potential research areas include using acoustic survey methods to: - Identify the direct and indirect drivers of population and community change for birds, frogs, insects, bats, and mammals - Spatially localize individual birds and mammals in heterogeneous landscapes using arrays of time-synchronized acoustic recorders - Survey populations of rare and endangered frog species at field sites across Pennsylvania, California, Panama, and Brazil - Understand the factors driving population change in Golden-Winged Warbler, Wood Thrush, Cerulean Warbler, and other avian species of interest in restored forests across Pennsylvania The associate will also: - Lead the writing of scientific manuscripts - Support the writing of research grants - Mentor graduate and undergraduate students The start date for the position is flexible, and applicants may join the lab any time between January and June of 2022. The initial appointment will be for one year, with funding available for a second year pending a positive first year review. Postdoctoral Associates at Pitt receive benefits including health insurance, access to libraries and recreational facilities on campus, free access to public transit, and paid vacation days. Interested applicants should send an email (justin.kitzes@pitt.edu) that includes (1) a cover letter describing your interest in this position, prior research, and plans for future research, (2) your CV, (3) the names of three references, and (4) a writing sample. Review of applications will begin in early September and will continue until the positions are filled. Please see our lab website (http://kitzeslab.org) and the website of the Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.biology.pitt.edu/) for more information about the department, other faculty and students, the university, and the city of Pittsburgh.
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