We are seeking a highly motivated M.S. student for the Department of Wildlife
Ecology and Conservation (WEC) at the University of Florida, starting Spring
2017 or Fall 2017. This student will work as part of a landscape-scale research
project on the spatial ecology, population biology, and conservation of
Southeastern American Kestrels (Falco sparverius paulus). In Florida, kestrels
are listed as Threatened, but the current trend and status are largely unknown.
The subspecies is closely tied to upland habitats (e.g., scrub, sand pine,
sandhill, prairie, pasture), which have been declining in recent decades. The
project offers a unique opportunity to work alongside state biologists and
University faculty to conduct research that will directly inform development of
habitat management guidelines (HMG) for a Species of Greatest Conservation Need.
The project has three primary objectives. However, students with strong
initiative and desire to carve out their own research questions within this
theme are highly encouraged to apply.
Objective 1. Provide a current baseline population estimate and subsequent
monitoring protocol for Ocala National Forest, one of the three largest
breeding populations of southeastern American kestrels in Florida.
Objective 2. Develop HMG for southeastern American kestrels in scrub based on
occupancy and productivity in different habitat conditions.
Objective 3. Identify common habitat needs as well as potential conflicts
associated with managing Florida scrub-jays and other imperiled species in
southeastern American kestrel habitat.
The student will be co-advised by Robert Fletcher (University of Florida) and
Karl Miller (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission). Preferred
applicants will be highly motivated, have field experience conducting avian
point counts, have strong quantitative skills, and competitive GPA/GRE scores.
If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree on this project, please
send Dr. Fletcher a CV, GRE scores and GPA, contact information for three
references, and a brief statement of your research interests, career goals, and
why you would like to pursue a graduate degree prior to November 18, 2016
(email to: robert.fletc...@ufl.edu<mailto:robert.fletc...@ufl.edu>). Please see
the WEC Graduate Program website for more details on application procedures.
Also consult the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at UF for
other opportunities regarding graduate admission. For more information, see:
Information about Gainesville, Florida:
Situated in the rolling countryside of north central Florida, Gainesville is
much more than a stereotypical college town. Home of the University of Florida,
seat of Alachua County's government and the region's commercial hub, it is
progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse. The presence of
many students and faculty from abroad among its 99,000-plus population adds a
strong cross-cultural flavor to its historic small-town Southern roots. Its
natural environment, temperate climate and civic amenities make Gainesville a
beautiful, pleasant and interesting place in which to learn and to live.
Gainesville has been ranked as one of the best
cities to live in the United States.
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611