Distributional Shift of Snowshoe Hare in Wisconsin
A MS research assistantship is available to determine the current southern range boundary of snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) in Wisconsin, identify the ecological factors most important in shaping this range limit, and quantify the shift in the southern range boundary over time.The study would involve revisiting over 200 historic survey points throughout Wisconsin, designing and implementing a winter occupancy study using snow track surveys, and the analysis of climatological and remote sensing data sets.
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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and remote sensing science. This project will be supported in the in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and under the supervision of Drs. Benjamin Zuckerberg and Jonathan N. Pauli. Madison, Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the best places in the United States to live, work, and study. It is Wisconsin's capital city, with a vibrant population of approximately 230,000 that combines small town charm with a nice variety of leisure and cultural opportunities.
Current annual stipend levels are $20,400 per year before taxes, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. Financial support is available for two years. The start date for the project is September of 2012.
A BS or BA degree environmental science, forestry, wildlife ecology, or other related disciplines is required.
The preferred candidate will have experience in conducting field studies and collecting data in adverse weather conditions. Especially desirable are applicants with knowledge of Wisconsin’s ecosystems, experience in conducting winter studies, collaborating with natural resource agencies, and a high level of self-motivation. In addition, applicants should have a strong interest developing quantitative skills and working with climate and remote sensing data products. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team, are essential.
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until candidates are chosen. The application deadline is June 01, 2012. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Interested applicants are asked to e-mail the following documents listed below to our Student Services Coordinator Sara Rodock (firstname.lastname@example.org) (in ONE PDF file please). Please specify in your letter when you would be available to start.
The “Forest and Wildlife Ecology; University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate Application Cover Sheet” (http://forestandwildlifeecology.wisc.edu/sites/default/files/fwe_cover_sheet_zuckerberg.doc)
A well-crafted cover letter outlining research interests, academic and professional backgrounds
Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this point)
GRE scores if available
Names and contact addresses of three references
Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2012
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