Below is a posting of open teaching, project and research assistantships in the department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology.  All positions below require that the person selected be a current graduate student during the appointment and some of the positions require enrollment in either the Forestry or Wildlife Ecology graduate programs.  Please check out our Graduate Study pages for more information on our graduate programs.


PhD student to examine the social and ecological outcomes of private land conservation

The Rissman lab is seeking a student to conduct interdisciplinary research that investigates the relationships between society and the environment in ecosystem management, conservation, and sustainable use. Her research group examines natural resource policy design, implementation, and evaluation; 2) ecological outcomes of resource policy and conservation strategies; and 3) social and legal adaptation to environmental change. Mixed quantitative and qualitative methods include spatial analysis, surveys, and interviews.

Private land conservation: social and ecological outcomes

The public has invested heavily in private land conservation, including conservation easements, in the US and internationally, but their land use outcomes have not been well examined. This project will design and implement a longitudinal study of private land conservation to examine policy terms, social relations, and their impact on land use outcomes. The PhD student will work in collaboration with colleagues in economics and remote sensing, and conservationists in government and nonprofit land trusts. This project has the potential to make important contributions to conservation policy and the social dimensions of conservation. Geographic regions will include Wisconsin and other locations to be determined.

University, Department, Lab:
The University of Wisconsin –Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States (www.wisc.edu). It ranks 2nd in research expenditures among all U.S. universities and first among public universities. Total student enrollment is 41,500, out of which 8,800 are graduate students. Employees include 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and remote sensing science. This project will be housed with the Rissman group (http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/rissman/) in the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology (http://www.fwe.wisc.edu). Students would also have the option to engage with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Madison, WI:
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 friendly, vibrant population of approximately 200,000 who enjoy Madison’s lakes, bike paths, music, art, and food. For more information on campus and town see http://www.wisc.edu/about/facts/

Qualifications:
A BS degree in environmental studies, science studies, geography, political science, sociology, public policy and administration, natural resources, forestry, wildlife ecology, or other related disciplines is required. Experience with social science research and/or policy is preferred. Work experience in conservation agencies or nonprofit organizations also desired. Good English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team, are essential.

Application Process:
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until candidates are chosen. Applications will be received before February 10, 2017 are guaranteed consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position to open to both US citizen and international candidates. If you have questions before applying, please email Adena Rissman (adena.rissman@wisc.edu).

Interested applicants are asked to e-mail the documents listed below to Adena Rissman (adena.rissman@wisc.edu) (in ONE PDF file please). 
- Our departmental graduate application cover sheet (http://go.wisc.edu/2k7lql)
- Letter outlining research interests, academic and professional backgrounds
- Resume or CV
- Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this point)
- GRE scores if available
- Reprints of publications if available
- Names and contact addresses of three references

Posted 2/3/2017 (SR)


Ph.D. Student Position / Mammalian Ecology - University of Wisconsin - Madison

A 4-year PhD assistantship is available to study the population ecology, via non-invasive genetics and demographic modeling, of American martens in the Apostle Islands National Park.

Population ecology of American marten in an archipelagic refuge – the Apostle Islands

A 4-year PhD research assistantship is available to study the ecology of one of Wisconsin’s endangered species – American marten. The student will combine field work on the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior with genetic approaches in the laboratory and demographic/population modelling to explore the distribution, origin and viability of this cryptic population of American martens. This assistantship will include 2-3 months of fieldwork on the remote islands. The student will be advised by Forest & Wildlife Ecology professor Jonathan Pauli and in collaboration with researchers at the National Park Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service and Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. Note that additional field, laboratory or modeling components could be added depending on shared interests and funding opportunities. Funding for a 12-month research assistantship and tuition remission is available for four years, pending satisfactory progress.

Prospective students should have:

Solid working knowledge/experience in field ecology, laboratory approaches (preferably genetic-based approaches) and population or community modeling;

A master’s degree in ecology, biology, conservation or related environmental sciences (BS considered with equivalent demonstrated experience/expertise) and;

Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work and lead a research team.

Stipend/Salary:

Current annual stipend levels are $22,081 per year before taxes, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. A start date of approximately 1 September 2017 is envisioned.

Application Process:

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until a suitable candidate is chosen. Applications received before March 1, 2016 will be given full consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizens and international candidates.

Interested applicants will need to submit an online application.

The application will ask for demographic information, test scores, previous and current education, previous and current research experience, and contact information for three references. Candidates will also need to upload (each as a PDF): 1) a letter outlining research interests, goals, and academic and professional background; 2) a resume or CV and; 3) unofficial transcripts (all institutions combined into a single PDF).  Questions regarding application materials should be directed to our Student Services Coordinator, Sara Rodock (rodock@wisc.edu). Questions about the position (but not your application) should be directed to Dr. Pauli (jnpauli@wisc.edu).

University, Department, Labs:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States (www.wisc.edu). It ranks 2nd in research expenditures among all U.S. universities and first among public universities. Total student enrollment is 41,500, out of which 8,800 are graduate students. Employees include 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and wildlife biology. The Pauli Lab is a vertebrate and field ecology lab interested in population and community ecology, especially as it relates to conservation and management (see more at our website:

Community:

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 metropolitan population of approximately 500,000 that combines small town charm with a nice variety of leisure and cultural opportunities. For more information on campus and town see: http://www.wisc.edu/about/location.php.

Posted 1/11/17 -SR


Ph.D. Student Position / Ecological Remote Sensing - University of Wisconsin - Madison

A 4-year PhD assistantship is available to use remote sensing to study how foliar functional traits vary across biomes and time at NEON field sites.

Hyperspectral remote sensing and foliar function

A 4-year PhD research assistantship is available to study how foliar functional traits vary across biomes and time at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) sites (see http://www.neonscience.org/science-design/field-sites). The student will link hyperspectral and lidar imagery collected by NEON’s aerial observatory with field measurements of foliar biochemical and structural traits to generate maps of key vegetation properties such as leaf nutritional and water status, photosynthetic capacity and levels of chemical defenses. This assistantship will include summer fieldwork at the NEON sites, and will begin with the 2017 field season (late May/early June 2017) with coursework starting Fall, 2017.

We are seeking an outstanding student to pursue a PhD in remote sensing of foliar traits in terrestrial ecosystems using imaging spectroscopy. The student’s dissertation thesis will involve studying patterns spatial and temporal foliar traits using remote sensing methods and field spectral measurements. The student will be co-advised by Forest & Wildlife Ecology professors Phil Townsend (http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/townsend/) and Eric Kruger, in collaboration with faculty at the University of Florida, Purdue University and other institutions. Note that additional field or modeling components could be added depending on shared interests and funding opportunities. Funding for a 12-month research assistantship and tuition remission is available for four years, pending satisfactory progress. This position will be funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science Program.

Prospective students should have:

  • Solid working knowledge/experience in remote sensing, GIS and statistics; and
  • A master’s degree in ecology, geography, biology or related environmental sciences (BS considered with equivalent demonstrated experience/expertise).
  • Students with backgrounds in optics, computer science or modeling and an interest in biological applications are also encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work and lead a research team, are essential.

Stipend/Salary:
Current annual stipend levels are $22,081 per year before taxes, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. A start date of approximately May 30, 2017 is envisioned.

Application Process:
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until a suitable candidate is chosen. Applications received before December 1, 2016 will be given full consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizens and international candidates.

Interested applicants are asked to e-mail the documents listed below to our Student Services Coordinator, Sara Rodock (rodock@wisc.edu) (in ONE PDF file please).

  • Our departmental graduate application cover sheet (http://go.wisc.edu/oxbq0b)
  • Letter outlining research interests, academic and professional backgrounds
  • Resume or CV
  • Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this point)
  • GRE scores
  • Names and contact addresses of three references
  •  In the subject line of your email, please put “Townsend/Kruger PhD Student Application”

Questions about the position (but not your application) should be directed to Dr. Townsend (ptownsend@wisc.edu) or Dr. Kruger (elkruger@wisc.edu).

University, Department, Labs:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States (www.wisc.edu). It ranks 2nd in research expenditures among all U.S. universities and first among public universities. Total student enrollment is 41,500, out of which 8,800 are graduate students. Employees include 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and wildlife biology. The Townsend and Kruger Labs maintain state-of-the-art facilities for remote sensing research, including computation power, as well as a broad range of field spectrometers, calibration equipment, and ecosystem measurement instrumentation.

Community:
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 metropolitan population of approximately 500,000 that combines small town charm with a nice variety of leisure and cultural opportunities. For more information on campus and town see: http://www.wisc.edu/about/location.php.

 

 

Updated September 29, 2016 (GD)


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