I seek an energetic and motivated Ph.D. student to join an interdisciplinary 
team of faculty, staff, students and state agency personnel who are working to 
integrate biological, ecological, and sociological aspects of deer management 
in Indiana. The successful applicant will conduct dissertation research focused 
on estimation and modeling of deer populations. Specifically, population-level 
data will be collected from multiple study landscapes replicated in three 
socio-ecologically different regions of the state using aerial infrared 
imagery, remotely triggered ground-based camera imagery, and fecal pellet 
counts. Data will be combined into integrated population models with available 
age-at-harvest records, prior data on fawn survival, and region-specific 
indexes of fawn predation risk. To inform management decisions, the successful 
applicant also will be involved in modeling the relationship between deer 
population size and data collected by others on societal attitudes/values and 
ecological condition of habitat in the study landscapes.

The position is budgeted for 4 years beginning no later than mid-August 2018, 
with an initial annual stipend of $23,310, a tuition waiver, and health 
insurance. Excellent support for infrastructure, logistics and professional 
development is available including necessary equipment, travel to meetings, 
field and logistical assistance from a full-time project coordinator, an 
academic-year field coordinator, and undergraduate student technicians, and 
academic and career mentoring from faculty investigators, the state deer 
biologist and Extension specialists.

Required qualifications include GPA of 3.2 and strong GRE scores. Strongly 
preferred qualifications include a M.S. degree in wildlife, ecology, natural 
resources, or related field. Experience conducting aerial, remote camera, 
and/or pellet-based sampling is desirable, as are strong quantitative skills 
and experience with population and statistical modeling, preferably in R.

To apply: Prospective applicants should send via email a brief letter of 
interest and CV (including GPA, GRE scores, and contact information for 
references) with "Assistantship" in the subject line to Rob Swihart at 
rswih...@purdue.edu<mailto:rswih...@purdue.edu>. Review of materials will begin 
immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Purdue 
University is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.


About Purdue: Purdue is a land-grant university of over 40,000 students and 
ranked the 5th best public university in the U.S. Located in West Lafayette, 
Indiana, Purdue is an easy drive from Indianapolis and Chicago. The Department 
of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) is housed administratively in the 
College of Agriculture (#8 world ranking), emphasizes interdisciplinary 
approaches across a broad spectrum of natural resource sciences, and offers 
vibrant, nationally ranked graduate programs in wildlife and ecology. The West 
Lafayette-Lafayette area is home to a diverse community of 174,000, with good 
schools, safe neighborhoods, over 40 parks and extensive trail systems, active 
Farmers Markets, and year-long community festivals and art events.


Rob Swihart
Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033
PH: 765-494-3575
Web Page: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~rswihart/Swihart/

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