Graduate students

I typically accept one graduate student with research interests similar to my own per year. I encourage qualified applicants to email me their CV and a brief cover letter describing their interests. However, before contacting me, prospective students should examine the research we conduct and read representative publications. Prospective students should have an interest in both applied and basic aspects of vertebrate conservation biology, and have a quantitative background. In addition to shared research interests, I typically accept students with strong GPAs and GRE scores, and that have previous field and/or laboratory experience in the field of wildlife ecology.

Note that the graduate program in Wildlife Ecology requires that incoming PhD students have already received a master’s degree and that funding is available to support the student’s stipend, benefits, and tuition. When funding is available, students are supported by working on an existing project under my direction. Otherwise, students must obtain their own funding via, for example, NSF or EPA fellowships, or from natural resources agencies.

Zach Peery
email: mpeery@wisc.edu

PhD Position Available in Barred Owl Ecology and Management (UW-Madison)

Field technicians

Up to eight field technicians are needed to undertake field work for bioacoustics research projects throughout National Forests in the Sierra Nevada region in California. This monitoring program uses autonomous recording units (ARUs) to survey for avifauna and provide information for several research and management programs studying forest owls and songbirds.

This multi-year research project focuses largely on the distribution of California spotted owls and the invasive barred owl, in order to provide information vital to the successful management of both species at broad spatial scales in the Sierra Nevada. Additional research is being conducted on the distributions of forest owls and songbirds across the range.

Start and end dates for this position are dependent on snowpack, but the season will likely run mid-April through July, with a target start date of April 15. Pay is $20-$22/hour depending on experience.

A typical workweek is 40 hours, generally 4 days/week. Field housing will be provided, but frequent camping of several nights/week is required. Schedules will be irregular, dependent on weather conditions, and will include a combination of field and office work. Field work consists of deploying and retrieving ARUs throughout National Forest Service land. Most sites will be reached by vehicle via forest roads, but some areas may require short-distance hikes to deployment locations. Office work can include, but is not limited to, data entry, downloading and managing acoustic data, updating maps, and prepping and troubleshooting equipment. Other duties may include clearing roads of debris, and vehicle maintenance. Much of the work will be solitary, but some group work will be required. Technicians must be respectful of others and work and live together cooperatively.

Ideal applicants will have experience working in remote conditions; working solo in the field for days at a time; and driving 4wd vehicles on unmaintained, back country roads. Chainsaw certification is a plus.

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The application deadline is 19 Jan, 2024, however we will review applicants and conduct interviews on a rolling basis.


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