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.

Robert Fletcher
Associate Professor
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

Office: 352-846-0632
Email: robert.fletc...@ufl.edu<mailto:robert.fletc...@ufl.edu>
Web: http://plaza.ufl.edu/robert.fletcher/
Twitter: @FletcherEcology

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