M.Sc. - Research Assistantship in Avian Ecology ~ Bioblogia.net

9 de febrero de 2005

M.Sc. - Research Assistantship in Avian Ecology

Department of Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island
Project title: Effects of forest management on ruffed grouse and associated avian wildlife in southern New England forests.
A research assistantship is available at the M.Sc. level to study the distribution and abundance of wild birds associated with early successional forests in southern New England and to develop a forest management plan for enhancing such wildlife. Selected species of songbird and gamebird that prefer early successional habitats will be censused to determine how forest management type and history influences their occurrence. An ongoing radiotelemetry study will be used to estimate home range and daily activity patterns of ruffed grouse, an important gamebird associated with these forests. Significant habitat assessment and mapping will also be involved. Most field work will be conducted in Rhode Island on public and private forested land.
Qualifications: Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in animal/ wildlife biology or ecology, earned at least a 3.0 GPA, must have taken the GRE, and must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Field experience with bird capture and handling, and interest in avian ecology are required. Experience with field techniques for censusing wild birds, radiotelemetry and ruffed grouse, and GIS is highly desirable although not essential. However, experience with quantitative analysis skills and field research is required. Ability to work collaboratively and to supervise research assistants and undergraduates working in the field is also required. Stipends are approx. $15,000/yr and tuition is paid. Starting date is September 2005.
To apply submit the following: a letter stating your qualifications and research interests, a resume, college transcripts, GRE scores, and 3 letters of reference by no later than 18 March 2005 (early application is encouraged) to:
Dr. Scott R. McWilliams
Dept. Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881 401-874-7531; srmcwilliams@uri.edu
Selected candidates will be asked to apply to the Graduate School of University of Rhode Island.

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