The University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, Florida (Croc Docs) is seeking a PhD student interested in using long-term monitoring datasets on American alligators (*Alligator mississippiensis*) and American crocodiles (*Crocodylus acutus*) in southern Florida to understand crocodilian ecology and ecosystem dynamics and apply that understanding to
ecosystem restoration and management. Successful candidate must be a self-motivated individual with strong field skills, good organizational skills, and ability to work with other researchers. Research opportunities will build off of long term datasets on alligators and crocodiles with opportunities to develop novel research projects and to work internationally.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the lab’s website or Facebook page for more information – http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu/ or https://www.facebook.com/TheCrocDocs/.

*Qualifications*

Successful candidate should possess or be pursuing a MSc in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology or related discipline. He or she should be comfortable learning and applying hierarchical models of occupancy and abundance, mark-recapture models, or population growth models. He or she should be capable in Program R or other statistical
modelling software. Familiarity with GIS and database management is a plus.

*Start date: *Position is anticipated to start Fall 2016. Review of applications will begin in January. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience and will consist of a research assistantship and tuition waiver with housing provided while in Fort Lauderdale. Housing in
Gainesville for classes will be the candidate’s responsibility. Non-US citizen applicants should acquire all paperwork required for working in the US prior to applying.

*To Apply:* Please send letter of interest, transcripts, GRE scores, and resume or CV, names and contact information for three references by e-mail to Dr. Frank Mazzotti at [email protected] and use subject heading « PhD Crocodilian Ecology. »


Michiko Squires
Wildlife Biologist
University of Florida – FLREC
3205 College Ave
Davie, Florida 33314
(954) 577-6304
http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu

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