PhD Opportunity: Ecology of Cats and Birds

 

The Flockhart Lab (tylerflockhart.com) at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking an inspired PhD student to study the population ecology of free-roaming cats and birds in urban areas. The position involves conducting field surveys for birds and cats, vegetation/habitat sampling, interacting with residents and town administrators, and possibly mark-recapture of birds and fecal analysis. 

The ideal candidate would have skills in organizing volunteers, wildlife identification (must be proficient in eastern USA birds by sight and sound) and experience with the statistical software R. Individuals with bird banding experience would by extremely valuable to the project. Expect to communicate with partners, lead field staff, collaborate with diverse stakeholders and interact with researchers from a variety of institutions. 

The position will ideally start January 1, 2018 and is based at the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland. Frostburg is a small university town in western Maryland with an abundance of nearby outdoor recreational opportunities. Two years of support is available but the student will be expected to apply for both internal and external fellowships and funding opportunities for their research. 

To inquire about the opportunity please email with questions. To be considered for the position, please first email Tyler Flockhart (tyler.flockhart [at] umces.edu) a single PDF containing (1) a one-page statement of interest (2) a CV with relevant experience, unofficial transcripts & GRE (and if appropriate TOFEL) scores, and (3) contact information for two academic references. Please indicate “Wildlife Ecology PhD position” in your subject line. Your statement of interest should include why you suit the position and how the position will help you achieve your career goals. Applications will be evaluated as they are received but the deadline has been extended to September 15, 2017 as formal applications for grad school are due by the end of September, 2017