PhD opportunity based at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst supervised by Chris Sutherland (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Xavier Lambin (University of Aberdeen) and Andy Royle (U.S. Geological Survey – Patuxent).
Quantifying structural, functional and genetic connectivity in spatially structured populations.
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This is a terrific opportunity for a student interested in developing research interest in both spatial population ecology and quantitative ecology. The student will spend at least 6 weeks in the remote North West Scotland as part of a >6 person field team conducting visual latrine surveys and live trapping. Additional time at the University of Aberdeen can also be arranged. While not set in stone, we envisage a combination, and eventually integration, of spatial occupancy and spatial capture-recapture methods, the development of which will be motivated by ecological theory about dispersal, connectivity and metapopulations.
We are looking for applicants that have a genuine interest in both applied and quantitative ecology. There will also be a genetic component so either experience, or an interest in, conservation genetics would be welcomed. The candidate will have performed at a high level academically and would hold a M.S. degree Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources, Statistics or a closely related field. The field component requires that the candidate has demonstrable experience being part of/leading fieldwork.
While we envisage the student starting in September 2016, there is the possibility of early enrollment in the early part of 2016 which will allow the student to be employed as a paid field technician in the 2016 field season in Assynt (June through August – 2016). Here I have provided some general information about the project; please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the specifics of the project ([email protected]). The position is open to all nationalities. Interested candidates should send a CV/resume and a letter of interest to [email protected] on or before January 31st, 2016.