Gelada Monkey Research in the Ethiopian Highlands

Hiring Organization:
Dr. Peter Fashing & Dr. Nga Nguyen (California State University Fullerton)

Date Posted:
February 21, 2019

TWO field assistants are needed for a study of the behavior, ecology, and conservation of wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) at a remote, long-term field site in north-central Ethiopia called Guassa. Field research assistants will participate in data collection during an intensive 13-month long field season as part of this study, now in its second decade. Assistant duties will include (but are not limited to) carrying out behavioral observations, fecal sample collection, and vegetation monitoring. Work will begin in mid-May 2019 and last until the end of June 2020. Applications will be accepted until both positions are filled.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Two field assistants are needed for a study of the behavior, ecology, and conservation of wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) at a remote, semi-permanent field site in north-central Ethiopia called Guassa. The study is being carried out by Dr. Peter Fashing and Dr. Nga Nguyen, professors of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at California State University Fullerton. The field assistants will be responsible for (a) collecting basic demographic and reproductive data as part of routine monitoring of the well-habituated study population, (b) conducting focal animal samples (c) recording GPS readings of gelada ranging locations, as well as (d) conducting vegetation monitoring and (e) walking census transects. The two field assistants will share a camp and research responsibilities while at Guassa.

The study area consists of 111km2 of hilly Afro-alpine grassland situated at 3,200-3,600 meters above sea level along the eastern edge of the Ethiopian highlands and affords spectacular views out over the Great Rift Valley nearly a mile below. A number of animals endemic to the Ethiopian highlands occur at Guassa including geladas, the critically endangered Ethiopian wolf (the world’s rarest canid), the blue-winged goose, and the thick-billed raven. Notable mammals not endemic to Ethiopia but also present at Guassa include hyenas, leopards, serval cats, and the recently discovered cryptic African wolf. The gelada population at Guassa has been studied on a near-daily basis since January 2007 and nearly all individuals in the main ~200-member study band are habituated to observers at distances of a few meters.

For more information on the project, please see the following website:
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/gelada/

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE
Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Biological Anthropology, or a related field. Good physical fitness and a willingness to walk long distances (6-12 km) each day are essential to working at Guassa where the terrain is hilly, the air thin (due to the high elevation), and the geladas wide-ranging. Experience with winter camping and life in cold climates is preferred since the successful applicants will be living in (spacious) tents at a location where nights are sometimes below freezing (as low as 19ºF though 33-36ºF is more typical) and days are often chilly (45-60ºF) and windy (10-40 km/hour) as well. Our campsite is situated on an isolated patch of ecologically pristine alpine grassland far from human habitation and applicants must be highly self-sufficient (the nearest town, Mehal Meda, is 22 kilometers away from camp, we do not own a vehicle, and contact with other English-speakers is rare). Field assistants will live in a semi-permanent campsite with 2 Ethiopian staff members with limited English language skills. Prior travel and/or field experience in Africa or mountainous regions of Asia or South America preferred. Applicants must be fluent in English and eager to learn Amharic (the national language of Ethiopia).

After Guassa, former field research assistants have all (n=22) co-authored one or more peer-reviewed journal articles with us. Most have gone on to pursue graduate studies (Ph.D. and/or Master’s, including at Yale, Dartmouth, Penn State, Minnesota, Massachusetts-Amherst, Toronto, Saskatchewan, UC Santa Barbara, Oxford, UC London, and Georg-August [Göttingen], among others) or additional research opportunities in biological anthropology, animal behavior, or ecology. Several assistants have returned to Guassa to conduct graduate or postdoctoral research.

For an example of media coverage of a recent (February 2017) scientific paper (in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology) involving past and current Guassa Gelada Research Project assistants, please see…

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/02/02/512990553/a-new-view-into-the-primate-birthing-process

Our research site was also recently featured in the April 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. The article featured stunningly beautiful photographs of Guassa and its geladas made by Jeff Kerby, a former GGRP field assistant who subsequently earned his PhD at Penn State and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth. For more details, please see…

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/04/gelada-monkeys-grass-eating-guassa-ethiopia-bleeding-heart/

SALARY/FUNDING
None.

SUPPORT PROVIDED FOR INTERNSHIP/VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
Research assistants will be provided with basic accommodation, food and other basic supplies while at the field site. In addition, we will pay each assistant’s $1,000USD research fee (directly to the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority) for permission to conduct research in Ethiopia. However, applicants must pay their own international travel to Addis Ababa ($1,500-$2,000USD from the USA, less from Europe), including the cost of a tourist visa (~$70USD), and are responsible for any additional expenses incurred while traveling in Ethiopia, including travel to and from the field site and Addis every few months (to buy supplies, see a movie, etc.). Buses to Addis (300 km from Guassa or 6-8 bumpy hours travel) are inexpensive ($10 each way) and run almost daily from Mehal Meda. Camp is located a few miles walk from the road where you can catch the bus after a one or more hour wait. Luxury food items such as chocolates, cookies and canned tuna may be purchased in Addis at the volunteer’s expense. Our semi-permanent camp is remote but comfortable, with large walk-in tents with beds, solar electricity for the lights, a laptop computer, and small electronics, as well as mobile telephone service for international calls and calls within Ethiopia, and regular email service. Travel health insurance is strongly recommended; volunteers are required to acquire the necessary vaccinations prior to entry to Ethiopia. Volunteers are required to provide their own winter/alpine condition clothing, footwear and sleeping bag. Advice about what items are necessary for life at Guassa will be provided upon request.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT
13 months beginning mid-May 2019 and ending late June 2020. Because the training process requires ~2 months, assistants must be willing to work for a minimum of 13-months. We work in teams of twos and each researcher typically spends two to three days in the field with the geladas and one day at camp helping with camp chores and data entry and checking (we download and proof each day’s data onto the camp computer at the end of each field day). We expect successful applicants to be keen observers and diligent and conscientious students of animal behavior. Volunteers must be willing to work in a small team setting and have demonstrated a willingness to follow instructions/protocols closely in the past. We expect detailed updates from the field at least twice each week by email to keep us updated on conditions/progress in the field.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Positions will remain open until filled.

COMMENTS
To apply, please submit (1) a letter of interest stating how and why this position satisfies your interest and future educational or career goals, explaining your suitability for this project, plus a time frame during which you are available to work, (2) a CV or resumé detailing relevant experience, (3) a summary of college courses taken and the grades received, to be followed later by an official transcript, and (4) contact information for at least two references, preferably at least one academic reference as well as one person who has worked closely with you or who has closely supervised your work. The subject heading of the email message should read: “Application for field research position”. Please email the application materials to Dr. Peter Fashing at peterfashing@gmail.com. 

Contact Information:
Peter Fashing, Ph.D.
Dept. of Anthropology
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA  92834-6846
USA
Phone: 657-278-7144

Email
peterfashing@gmail.com

Website:
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/gelada

For more information about the project directors:
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/pfashing/
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/nganguyen/

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Post-doctoral position available in animal ecology – space use, Université Laval, Québec (Canada)

As part of the research program Caribou Ungava (www.caribou-ungava.ulaval.ca), we are seeking a post-doctoral candidate interested in continuing a project on space use by migratory caribou.

Migratory caribou perform annual spring and fall migrations in Nunavik representing more than 1000 km. The large herds of migratory caribou in northern Quebec and Labrador have sharply declined in recent years and the causes of decline are still not well understood. Climate change and anthropogenic disturbance may decrease habitat quality for migratory caribou during migration. This project aims at better understanding the factors involved in habitat selection of migratory caribou during migration. Using GPS locations on >500 migratory caribou over 10 years we will define migratory corridors and assess their variation through time according to environmental changes. The identification of migratory routes and the factors determining the behavior of caribou is essential to direct conservation efforts towards the most critical habitat.

Director : Steeve Côté (Department of Biology, Laval University)
Co-director: Mathieu Leblond (Environment and Climate change Canada)
Start date : as soon as possible for a duration of 18 months
Funding : $35 000 to $45 000 annual fellowship depending on experience and social benefits

Required skills :

  • PhD in animal ecology or similar subject;
  • Strong academic and publication records;
  • Rigor, autonomy, written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with spatial analyses

To apply, please send a brief statement of interest, a CV, copies of University transcripts and 3 names that could provide a reference to:

Steeve Côté, Département de biologie, Université Laval, Québec (Québec) Canada
steeve.cote@bio.ulaval.ca; (418) 656-2131 # 403490

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aquatic Ecology at McGill University sponsored by the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Limnologie (GRIL) 

The GRIL node at McGill University comprises eight aquatic scientists (see list below) that span a broad range of expertise; we are advancing knowledge regarding landscape-scale processes, long-term changes in aquatic structure and function, ecosystem-scale trophic interactions, genomics and molecular ecology, eDNA/eRNA, microbiomes, invasive species, and eco-evolutionary dynamics. We are connected to a larger interuniversity group (GRIL) that has a long-standing history of research excellence (now in its 29th year of continuous funding from the Quebec government).

To advance bold new ideas and to facilitate collaborations within our group, as well as other McGill students & faculty, we are recruiting a postdoctoral fellow in Aquatic Ecology. The successful candidate will conduct their own original research in collaboration with at least two GRIL members, and will participate in (or lead) broader group projects that advance collaboration and interaction among members.

Assuming satisfactory performance, the selected postdoctoral fellow will be provided funding for two years, receiving a salary of $44,000/yr. + McGill University benefits. The postdoctoral fellow will also receive a research stipend of at least $6000/yr.

Application requirements: Candidates should submit their CV, a research proposal in Aquatic Ecology (no more than 2 pages in length), three representative publications, and the names and contact information for three references. Candidates should be sure to contact GRIL-McGill members (the list below) with whom they would conduct their research, and to develop their research proposal in consultation with those members. More information can be found on each of the respective PI websites listed below. We will start reviewing applications on April 15, 2019. Please send your applications as a single PDF file (with file name as GRIL_lastname.firstname.pdf) to andrew.hendry@mcgill.ca

GRIL-McGill members, websites & their areas of expertise:

Rowan Barrett (associate member)                                         
Adaptation, Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics

Elena Bennett
EcosystemServices, Land-Water links, Biogeochemistry

Jeffrey Cardille
Machine learning, Earth Engine, Remote sensing

Melania Cristescu
Metabarcoding, Population Genetics, Invasive Species

Gregor Fussmann                                                                            
Experimental & Community Ecology, Eco-evolutionary dynamics

Irene Gregory-Eaves
Global Change, Anthropocene, Paleoecology

Andrew Hendry
Eco-evolutionary dynamics, Contemporary Evolution

Anthony Ricciardi
Biological Invasions, Animal Ecology, Food Webs

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Summer Student Jobs in the Qu’Appelle Valley Watershed

The Limnology Laboratory  at the University of Regina is seeking motivated students to sample lakes in the Qu’Appelle Valley, SK, as well as process samples in the laboratory.  This project is part of a long-term effort to quantify the effects of land use, urbanization, and climate change on aquatic ecosystems in the northern Great Plains.

Term:    May 1 to August 31, 2019

Salary:   $1900.00 per month

Closing Date:    March 10, 2019

Some experience within the field of aquatic biology, chemistry, or geography is preferred, but not essential.  Applicants should possess a valid driver’s license, and be comfortable working on open water from small boats.  You will be required to work outside and under adverse weather conditions.  Experience with analytical laboratory procedures and numerical analysis would be an asset.

Research will involve comprehensive weekly sampling of chemical and biological parameters of the lakes within the Qu’Appelle Valley as well as fossil analyses (paleoecology) of lake sediments.  Opportunities exist for independent research and honours projects.

Interested applicants should submit a CV/resume, cover letter, list of relevant courses taken, as well as the names and contact information of two references.  Applications should be submitted to deirdre.bateson@uregina.ca by the end of the closing date.

For more information about the Limnology Lab, please see @UofRLimno and www.iecs-uregina.ca.

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Tenure-track Asst. Professor in Comparative/Evolutionary Biomechanics,  University of Calgary. Application deadline is March 18, 2019.

The Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, at the
University of Calgary invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track
position in the area of Evolutionary and Comparative Animal
Biomechanics. The appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor with
an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019.

We seek a candidate studying animal functional morphology/biomechanics,
in an explicitly evolutionary comparative context. We seek a broadly
trained person who will complement existing strengths in animal
physiology, development, comparative anatomy and paleobiology.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in biomechanics or other appropriate field,
with research interests in the area of Evolutionary and Comparative
Animal Biomechanics, and have at least one year of postdoctoral
experience. Applicants must have a record of research scholarly output
demonstrating the potential to attract and sustain external funding.
Teaching experience in vertebrate biology/anatomy, and a demonstrated
commitment to high quality teaching as evidenced by teaching
accomplishments and accolades, teaching evaluations, and other lines of
evidence, also is required.

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct innovative research
and to establish an outstanding, externally funded research program. The
successful candidate will be expected to teach vertebrate
biology/anatomy and other courses in their area of expertise. The
candidate will also have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching
at both the undergraduate and graduate level and to graduate student
training and supervision.

Application details: Applicants should submit a single pdf including
curriculum vitae, statements of research interests, teaching philosophy,
and the names and contact information of three references to:
Dr. Douglas Storey, Head, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Fax: (403) 289-9311 Email: headbio@ucalgary.ca

Application deadline is March 18, 2019. View full posting and apply:
https://careers.ucalgary.ca/jobs/3606152-assistant-professor-department-of-biological-sciences-faculty-of-science?tm_job=17521-1A&tm_event=view&tm_company=1828&bid=2791

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary is
committed to High impact research and teaching and to creating an
innovative, student-centered learning environment. Information about the
Department and its programs can be found at http://bio.ucalgary.ca.

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary
and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website
(https://careers.ucalgary.ca/pages/academic-careers). For more
information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of
Science (https://science.careers.ucalgary.ca/).

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal
opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness
of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide
faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects
the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply;
however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In
this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the
following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
of Canada? (Yes/No).

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MSc project on the development of chorus frog monitoring and assessment protocols

In collaboration with Blazing Star Environmental and the Canadian Wildlife Service, we are designing a long-term monitoring program to estimate changes in the distribution of the western chorus frog across its Canadian range. Western Chorus frogs are highly cryptic and are listed as Threatened in Canada, it is therefore essential that robust monitoring protocols be developed to document population status, distribution and trends. The project will involve conducting field surveys and assessing factors affecting species occupancy and detectability in their natural habitat. Ultimately, the project will involve development of protocols for chorus frog monitoring as well as models predicting their habitat suitability and detectability, for broader use in long-term population monitoring.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend as well as coverage of all field-related travel and other expenses. Successful candidates will have a BSc in Biology or related field, familiarity with and quantitative skills in occupancy and habitat modeling, a strong work ethic, and interest in working collaboratively in a large and diverse research group. Additional desirable skills include amphibian field skills and working independently.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray (murraylabapplicants@gmail.com). The successful candidate will begin enrolment at Trent University by May (preferably) or September 2019, and we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, so apply early. See www.dennismurray.ca for additional information.

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M.Sc. opportunity in forest ecology and modelling

Title: Effect of intra-stand spatial structure on succession dynamics in a mixed boreal forest

Context and project overview: Understanding the succession dynamics of a forest following a major disturbance, such as a fire or harvest, is essential for developing management plans that maintain the forest’s biodiversity and ecosystem functions. In the mixed boreal forests of northwest Québec, this succession follows well-known general patterns, but multiple outcomes are possible depending on stand and landscape-level factors. This project aims to determine to which extent the spatial organization of the different species and age classes at the stand level (i.e. one or a few hectares) affects the long-term composition and productivity of the stand.

This project will use the data from permanent census plots at the Lake Duparquet Research and Teaching Forest (FERLD). The student will simulate stand dynamics with the SORTIE-ND forest model, with initial conditions matching empirical stand structure, and compare the composition and structure of the simulation outputs with that of census plots measured at different times since fire.

Location: The student will be based at the Institut de recherche sur les forêts (IRF) at the Rouyn-Noranda campus of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, under the supervision of Philippe Marchand. The IRF offers a dynamic research environment, with 10 faculty members and over 60 graduate students working on a variety of topics with direct applications to sustainable forest management. IRF students also benefit from resources and professional development opportunities offered through the Québec Center for Forest Research (www.cef-cfr.ca).

Financial support: A scholarship of 18 000 $ per year for two years is provided.

Required profile: A good or excellent academic record, an interest in ecology and forestry research, and experience with (or interest in) computer programming for simulations or statistical analyses.

Start date: Fall 2019

To apply: Send a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, an academic transcript and the contact information for two references to Philippe Marchand (philippe.marchand@uqat.ca). The position will be open until filled, with priority given to applications received before March 8, 2019.

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Ph.D. Position Molecular Microbial Ecology

The Heath Research Group at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), University of Windsor is seeking a Ph.D. student to lead a project investigating the microbial communities associated with sediment-water nutrient flux processes. We specifically want to target gene transcription profiles associated with nutrient flux variation across multiple environmental stressors and develop early warning indicators of nutrient flux based on multigene transcriptional profiles. The student would thus be trained in fieldwork, microbial genomics and transcriptomics and advanced bioinformatics. The student will work closely with Industry partners, the Essex Region Conversation Authority and Government laboratories (Environment and Climate Change Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada). GLIER is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary research institute with advanced genomics and microbial infrastructure situated on the shores of the Detroit River.

Requirements: Experience in any of Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Computer Science, with an interest in microbial ecology and evolution. Experience in bioinformatics (especially metagenomics and metatranscriptomics), mathematical modeling and/or molecular biology are strong assets but not absolute requirements. Canadian citizens and landed immigrants will be given first consideration. The most important qualifications are strong motivation to learn new things and solve problems and willingness to participate in research expeditions and to pursue research in an interdisciplinary framework.
To apply, please send an email (Subject: Ph.D. student Molecular Microbial Ecology) to Dr. Daniel Heath (dheath@uwindsor.ca) and Dr. Subba Rao Chaganti (chaganti@uwidnsor.ca) with a cover letter describing previous research experience and interests, a C.V., and contact information for two to three references.
Application deadline: open until filled
Start date: ASAP
Location: Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research,

University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada

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Assistant Professor, Wildlife Ecology, College of Science & Management, University of Northern British Columbia

Posting # FAESM19-18
Full time, Continuing

The Ecosystem Science and Management Program at the University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a tenure-track position in Wildlife Ecology. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2019.

We seek candidates who will develop a vigorous, externally funded long-term research program in mammalian ecology that will enhance the knowledge base of wildlife ecology and management, and contribute to better management of wildlife habitats and populations in the face of threats such as industrial development and climate change. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with existing UNBC faculty with expertise in wildlife conservation, avian ecology and behaviour, invertebrate biology, fish ecology and fisheries management, plant ecology and biology, forest ecology and natural resource management; and is expected to work with other scientists and managers within industry, government, and conservation groups.

Applicants for this position should hold a PhD, have a strong record of scholarly activity and productivity, and be prepared to teach several courses a year in the area of wildlife ecology and management. Candidates will also present a record of teaching excellence at both undergraduate and graduate levels. UNBC offers a BSc in Wildlife and Fisheries that is one of very few degrees of its kind in Canada. Students graduating from this degree have sound biological backgrounds for pursuing post-graduate studies as well as a degree that can lead directly into wildlife or fisheries professions. In addition, UNBC offers relevant graduate degrees at the Masters and PhD levels. Collectively these degrees are supported by a core group of high-caliber faculty who are actively engaged in wildlife and fisheries research and in related fields. UNBC also has a highly successful Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS), which forms an important link to learning outside the classroom. Interest and commitment to supporting the Student Chapter of TWS as a faculty liaison, and participation and leadership in the Wildlife and Fisheries Curriculum Committee are critical elements of this position.

UNBC provides broad support for faculty to develop their research and teaching capabilities, a modern and comprehensive campus, and a distinctive quality of life in central British Columbia. UNBC is equipped with significant research facilities and infrastructure including two research forests, and The Quesnel River Research Centre, located next to one of the world’s deepest lakes. UNBC is situated among diverse landscapes and ecosystems, and enjoys strong community connections. Diverse ecosystems and a resource-based economy provide many research opportunities. For more information on the UNBC Ecosystems Science and Management Program and Prince George/northern BC, please visit http://www.unbc.ca/ecosystem-science-management and www.unbc.ca/northernbc respectively.

Since its founding in 1990, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has emerged as one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a passion for teaching, discovery, people, and the North. Located in the spectacular landscape near the geographic centre of beautiful British Columbia, UNBC’s excellence is derived from community-inspired research, hands-on learning, and alumni who are leading change around the world.

For the past 10 years, UNBC has placed in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s university rankings, the only University of its size to achieve that feat. UNBC also recently placed among the top four per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

With a diverse student population, the University is friendly, inclusive, and supportive. Prince George is a city of ~74,000 people with impressive cultural, educational, and recreational amenities. For more information about living and working in Prince George, please refer to http://www.unbc.ca/experience and https://moveupprincegeorge.ca. Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.

To Apply

Applicants should forward their curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three references (including telephone, fax, and email information) quoting competition #FAESM19-18 to: The Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia, 3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9. Fax: (250) 960-5791. Please direct inquiries to: Dr Kathy Lewis., Chair of ESM, at Telephone (250) 960-6659, Email Kathy.Lewis@unbc.ca. This position is being advertised subject to budgetary approval. Electronic submissions of CVs can be forwarded to: FacultyRecruitment@unbc.ca .

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

We thank all applicants for their interest in UNBC however, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Applications received on or before March 15, 2019, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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PhD Assistantship in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana

Long-Term Research in Elk Population Dynamics, Migration, and Predator- Prey Dynamics

I am anticipating having one position in Fall 2019 for 1 PhD project focused on long-term research on elk population dynamics in a partially migratory system, elk-bison-wolf dynamics, and wolf-elk predator-prey dynamics. This is part of an NSF-funded Long-term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB). The PhD student will work with long-term datasets on wolves, elk, vegetation and climate change collected in the Ya Ha Tinda ecosystem, Banff National Park, from 2002 to the present. The study area is also the site of a recent Parks Canada Bison re-introduction program<https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/info/gestion-management/bison>, so there are opportunities for elk-wolf-bison modeling and empirical analyses working closely with Parks Canada collaborators.  The exact nature of the research focus for this PhD student is intellectually quite open, and would be well-suited to students with spatial, dynamic, and empirical modeling and field skill sets.

The Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project: We have collected long-term data on over 250 individually marked adult female elk, including survival, reproduction, and migration. We have also collected data from over 30 GPS collared wolves since 2002. See http://yahatinda.biology.ualberta.ca for more information about the study area and project. The project is highly collaborative in nature, jointly lead by Dr. Mark Hebblewhite (University of Montana) and Dr. Evelyn Merrill<https://grad.biology.ualberta.ca/merrill/> (University of Alberta) together with Alberta Fish and Wildlife and Parks Canada, Banff National Park. There are opportunities to take courses or be in residence at the University of Alberta, for example.

Qualifications: M.Sc./M.A. in wildlife biology, ecology, conservation biology, or related field; outstanding work ethic; exceptional quantitative skills and motivation; field experience in ungulate or predator ecology preferred; experience with analyses of GPS movement data from animals; demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience working with wildlife management agencies. Experience with statistical modeling, programming, R, JAGS, GIS analyses, remote sensing, scientific writing, and spatial modeling an asset.

How to apply: send cover letter summarizing interest and relevant experience, resume/CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information (including phone and email – letters not required at initial screening stage) for 3 references to Dr. Mark Hebblewhite (mark.hebblewhite@umontana.edu<mailto:mark.hebblewhite@umontana.edu>), Wildlife Biology Program, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA, 59812. See here<http://www.cfc.umt.edu/research/heblab/> for more information about ongoing projects in my lab. The position is anticipated to start, pending funding, in Fall 2019. While the University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program application deadline is Jan 15, 2019, late applications will be considered with review of applications starting February 25, 2019.

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