MS Assistantship – Small mammal seasonal dynamics in changing forests, UW-Madison

MS Student
Small mammal seasonal dynamics in changing forests
Wildlife Ecology Program
Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: We are seeking an outstanding student to pursue a MSc in small mammal ecology in the Wildlife Ecology program housed in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology (FWE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The student’s thesis will involve studying the population ecology of small mammals in experimental forests of northern Wisconsin using a combination of field work and population analysis methods. The MSc student will also have the opportunity to include a cross-cultural component in their project. Additional research components could be added depending on shared interests and funding opportunities. The student will be advised by Jon Pauli ( and partner closely with Jonathan Gilbert (, Director, Biological Services, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.
REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology or closely related field by the start date. Especially desirable are those applicants with a background in fieldwork, especially winter field experience, as well as experience with population modeling and working with Native American tribes. A command of English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work in team, are essential.
SALARY AND CONDITIONS: The position will start Summer 2018. The position comes with two years of funding under the title of a Research Assistant, which provides an annual stipend of $22,000, tuition, and health insurance.
APPLICATION/CONTACT INFORMATION: Interested applicants should visit the online application form ( where you will provide background information (e.g., GRE scores, names and three references, etc.) as well as to upload PDFs of your cover letter, CV/resume, and transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this point). Please make sure to have all three PDFs ready to upload when you begin the online form.
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until candidates are chosen.  Applications received before February 1st 2018 will be considered.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.  Questions regarding the application process should be directed to our Student Services Coordinator Sara Rodock (