PhD Opportunity: Vegetation Community Response to Deer Herbivory and 
Landscape Context  
I am seeking a motivated PhD student to examine how vegetation 
communities respond to state-wide differences in deer population 
estimates and landscape context. The student will be part of team of 
faculty, staff, and state agency personnel working to integrate 
biological, ecological, and sociological aspects of deer management in 
Indiana. The successful applicant’s dissertation research will examine 
multiple measures of community condition and habitat quality to 
determine which measures are most strongly linked to variations in deer 
abundance and landscape composition and configuration. In addition, this 
research will identify measures that best combine sensitivity to varying 
conditions with utility and efficiency of use in continued monitoring.

The position is budgeted for four 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, as well as academic and career 
mentoring from faculty investigators, the state deer biologist and 
extension specialists.

Required qualifications include a GPA of 3.2 and strong GRE scores. 
Strongly preferred qualifications include a M.S. degree in ecology, 
botany, forestry, wildlife, or a related field, experience conducting 
vegetation surveys, familiarity with Midwest flora, strong quantitative 
and writing skills, and experience with data analysis, 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) to Mike Jenkins ( 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. by The Wall Street 
Journal and Times Higher Education. 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 ecology, 
forestry, and wildlife. 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.

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