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