Graduate Assistantship: Sage Grouse Connectivity and Energy Development
||University of Wyoming
|I have a newly funded project to determine how energy-related management
activities (oil/gas development and subsequent reclamation) influence
distribution and functional connectivity of Sage Grouse in Wyoming.
Isolated populations of Sage Grouse are unlikely to continue to persist
over time. Evaluating reclamation and conservation priorities in
relation to distribution and functional connectivity of Sage Grouse
is a vital need. To address this need, the project will integrate
models of Sage Grouse distribution and functional connectivity,
then use this information create tools that help managers prioritize
reclamation and conservation activities. This project will rely on both
innovative niche models (distribution) and landscape genetic approaches
(functional connectivity). The goals of this project are to provide
science-based management tools and technology-transfer to support Sage
Grouse mitigation actions (avoiding impacts and focusing reclamation
efforts on high-value sites).
I am recruiting a PhD student for this project starting in August
2011. The project includes a highly competitive 12-month stipend,
tuition, fees, health insurance, and research funds. The selected
student will be in the interdepartmental Program in Ecology (PiE;
www.uwyo.edu/pie). Prospective students with a
background in ecology, natural resources, conservation biology, landscape
ecology and/or population genetics are encouraged to apply. Evidence
of robust quantitative/analytical skills (including spatial modeling),
strong work ethic, passion for investigating scientific questions,
ability to work under harsh field conditions and collaborative skills
will all be vital for the success of potential candidates.
Applications should be submitted by June 10th (early application
is strongly encouraged as review of applications will begin
immediately). Applicants should meet the following minimum
requirements: MS degree or other evidence of independent research,
total GRE of 1100, and undergraduate GPA of 3.3 (or MS degree).
Applications should include: cover letter with statement of research
interests, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information
for three references. Please be sure to include any evidence GIS,
statistical modeling and/or population genetic analysis skills.
University of Wyoming (www.uwyo.edu) is ideally
located in Laramie, Wyoming with easy access to excellent outdoor
recreation opportunities and beautiful field sites. In addition, the
campus is only 1 hour from Fort Collins and 2 hours from Denver, CO.
|The packet can be sent as a pdf attachment to Dr. Melanie Murphy
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Please contact
me if you have any questions.
"Melanie A. Murphy"