PhD Research Assistantship in carnivore ecology (20 hours per week)
We are looking for a motivated PhD applicant with strong quantitative
skills to join the Conservation Ecology Lab in the Department of
Biological Sciences at Ohio University starting in Fall 2018. This is a
graduate research assistantship position under the supervision of Dr.
Viorel Popescu. Our lab is working with the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources on a project aimed at understanding the status of Ohio=92s
recovering bobcat population.
Applicants must be eligible for unconditional admission to the Ph.D.
program in Biological Sciences, and have some familiarity with wildlife
data hierarchical modeling methods (occupancy, capture-recapture) and
spatial ecology, and experience with non-invasive field methods (camera
trapping, hair and scat sampling). Research opportunities include
analysis of existing bobcat datasets gathered by Ohio DNR, and
collection of new non-invasive data on Ohio=92s bobcats and carnivore
community. The end goal will be to develop a population model to inform
bobcat management and conservation in Ohio. There is potential to
supplement the Ohio bobcat work with field research on Eurasian lynx
ecology in the Romanian Carpathians (in collaboration with Romanian and
Slovenian researchers; more information at:
conservation/). The applicant will have the opportunity to develop their
own research goals related to the broader projects.
The research assistantship is funded for up to 3 years through an Ohio
DNR grant. Funding includes a stipend and tuition waiver. Additional
funding after the grant ends is available through a teaching
assistantship from the Department of Biological Sciences.
Applications are due in early January 2018, but I encourage interested
students to contact me well before this date. Please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org, including a brief statement that describes your
research interests and why you are interested in graduate school, and
attach your CV and an unofficial transcript.
Please see the lab website for more information:
http://vioreldpopescu.com and find information about applying to Ohio
University Biological Sciences here:
Applicants must have completed a U.S. bachelor=92s degree or its
equivalent by August 25, 2017; applicants who already hold a MSc degree
are preferred. Applicants who are not native English language speakers
must submit evidence of English proficiency as outlined in the Graduate
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