PhD position announcement

Population dynamics of white-tailed deer in south Florida: implications for management of the endangered Florida panther

We are seeking a PhD candidate to participate in a study of white-tailed deer population dynamics within the range of the endangered Florida panther. Objectives of the research include determining the effects of changing hydrological conditions, predation pressure, and hunting regulations on deer populations, and developing a long-term deer monitoring program using non-invasive sampling methods such as camera traps. The monitoring program will be used to inform management actions aimed at maintaining the viability of both deer and panther populations.

Responsibilities will include intensive field work and statistical modeling. Field work will involve capture, collaring (GPS), and monitoring a large sample of white-tailed deer in Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, as well as establishment of an extensive camera trapping array. Applicants must be prepared to work in remote, hot, and humid conditions where biting insects, venomous snakes, and large carnivores are common.

Applicants should have a solid foundation in population ecology, spatial ecology, mammalogy, and statistical modeling. Preference will be given to candidates with experience analyzing telemetry data and capture-recapture data. A positive attitude, strong work ethic, and the ability to work independently and as a team member are required.

The student will be jointly advised by Dr. Richard Chandler, Dr. Robert Warren, and Dr. Karl Miller at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and by Dr. Mike Conner at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center. The start date is January 2, 2015. Send statement of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references as a single PDF to Dr. Richard Chandler: rchandler@warnell.uga.edu. The application deadline is November 1, 2014.

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