MSc and PhD Assistantships: Spotted Owls and Barred Owls in California

I am seeking 2-3 outstanding students to pursue MSc and PhD degrees in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, programs housed in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Students’ theses and dissertations will focus on topics related to the ecology and management of spotted owls and barred owls in California. Possible topics the student’s thesis could address a range of topics including owl population dynamics, dispersal ecology, physiology, climate vulnerability, and ecosystem effects, but there is some flexibility in the specific questions the student would address with work likely involving a blend of field work, laboratory work, and population analyses.
The student would be advised by Associate Professor Zach Peery. and be part of active research group. 
Funding for successful applicants’ stipend, tuition, and health insurance is available for at least three years mostly via research assistantships. 
Applicants for MSc positions must possess bachelor’s degree and applicants for PhD positions should possess a MSc degree in animal ecology, conservation biology, or closely related field. Applicants with strong field, quantitative, lab, and writing skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, will be given preference. 
To be considered for this position, please send – by Oct 15, 2018 – a cover letter outlining your interests and research background, a curriculum vitae (including GPA and GRE scores), and contact information for three professional references (name, email, phone, address) as either a PDF or MS Word file to  
The selected student is expected begin field work in early spring 2019 and enroll at the UW-Madison in Fall Semester 2019. More details on the graduate programs can be found at:
For more info, contact:
Zach Peery
Associate Professor
Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Madison, WI 53706