We are seeking a motivated MS student to join a large international
project funded by the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) aiming at
understanding how seabirds navigate and the role of infrasound in their
movement [1]. The MS thesis will follow one of two possible paths,
requiring students with two distinct profiles: one in applied
statistics/mathematics; and one in quantitative ecology. Applications are
encouraged for both profiles, but only one student will be selected.

1) Applied statistics/mathematics profile: The student will focus on the
development of movement models integrating environmental cues. Applicants
should have a background in mathematics or statistics, including at least a
course in mathematical statistics (and not just applied statistics) and
strong programming skills; fluency in R and a genuine interest in
ecological applications are highly desirable. Previous experience, e.g.,
internships in movement ecology-related subjects or previous work with
tracking or satellite data, is a plus. Interactions with the trajectometry
group PathTIS in France [2] should be expected.

2) Quantitative ecology profile: The student will work to quantify and
understand the associations between individual movement and abiotic
conditions (such as meteorological conditions or the infrasoundscape) at
multiple scales.  Applicants should have a background in ecology and
several courses in applied statistics, and are expected to demonstrate
basic programming skills; fluency in R is highly desirable. Previous
experience, e.g., internships in movement ecology-related subjects or
previous work with geospatial data, is a plus. Interactions with Dr.
Samantha Patrick and Dr. Thomas Clay from the University of Liverpool in
the framework of the project [3, 4] should be expected.

The student will be expected to publish the results in peer-reviewed
journals and present them at national/international conferences.

The Master's degree awarded will be either in Wildlife Ecology and
Conservation or in Interdisciplinary Ecology (with concentrations in
Geographic Information Systems, Mathematics or Statistics). The Master’s
program will consist of three semesters mainly dedicated to classwork
during the first year and a second year exclusively dedicated to the
Master’s thesis. This position will be completely supported for the two
years (stipend + tuition) and the program is expected to start in fall 2018.

Classwork during the first two semesters will take place on the main UF
campus in Gainesville. Research will be performed at Dr. Mathieu Basille's
lab [5], under the supervision of Dr. Basille and Dr. Rocio Joo [6]. Dr.
Basille's lab is located at the University of Florida's Fort Lauderdale
Research and Education Center (FLREC), in Davie, Florida. Davie is a town
within the large Miami metropolitan area in South Florida, just miles away
from the Florida Everglades.

Please apply by sending an email including a cover letter describing your
interest, experience and career goals, a CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE
scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Rocio Joo
(rocio....@ufl.edu). Write “master application” as the email subject.
Applications will be processed in the order they are received until April
15th or before if a suitable applicant is found.








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