PhD Position Available on Grassland Birds and Microclimates (UW-Madison)

We are seeking an outstanding student to lead a novel, multi-scaled 
quantification of microclimates within grassland conservation areas and 
evaluate their importance on the nesting biology of declining grassland bird 
populations. The student’s dissertation will involve quantifying microclimates 
in grasslands using both ground-based sensors and unmanned aerial vehicle 
(thermography), design and implement a concurrent study of nesting biology for 
grassland birds, and analyze citizen science data to    evaluate the importance 
of extreme events on grassland bird populations. This study will evaluate the 
potential of managing microclimates as a form of climate change adaptation. 
This is a USDA-funded collaboration in the department of Forest and Wildlife 
Ecology at UW-Madison (Zuckerberg, Ribic) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
(Fink). The 4-year PhD assistantship will begin in the fall of 2019 (or 
possibly earlier). 

Applicants must have a MS degree in ecology, forestry, geography, or other 
related discipline. We will only consider applicants with a BS degree if they 
have proven relevant experience. A solid working knowledge of avian ecology, 
population modeling, GIS, and statistics are required.  Although not a 
requirement, the preferred candidate will have strong experience in field 
ornithology, collecting and analyzing nest data, and species distribution 
modeling. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are 

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open 
until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by February 8, 2019 
are guaranteed full consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an 
equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through 
diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is 
open to both US citizen and international candidates. The project includes an 
annual stipend, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. We envision a 
start date of September 2019, but an earlier start date may be possible. 

UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, 
remote sensing and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top 
research universities in the United States.  Total student enrollment is 43,000 
of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there 
are over 2,000 faculty.  UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct 
research! The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the 
U.S. to live and work.  For information about campus and city, please see

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