PhD Fellowship in Avian Conservation & Ecology,Utah State

….sometimes, I wish I could do another PhD…

FW by Andy Wilson

Ph.D. Fellowship

The S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University is seeking highly qualified applicants for the Fritz Knopf Doctoral Fellowship in Avian Ecology and Conservation. The selected applicant will develop their own research questions centered around the impacts of concurrent change in climate and anthropogenic land use on avian population and community dynamics. Possible areas of emphasis might include: a) the integration of abundance and vital rate data to examine cross-seasonal drivers of grassland songbird population dynamics through a collaboration with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (formerly RMBO;, b) comparison of prediction and forecasting abilities between scalar state-space population models and structured integrated population models applied to the abovementioned theme, and c) other topics that can be addressed at landscape scale extents in honor of Fritz Knopf’s accomplishments in avian conservation (additional details about the fellowship program are provided at

The fellowship includes tuition and fees provided by the University, health insurance, funds for travel, and a yearly salary of ~$20k for up to four years. Desired start date is January 6, 2016 (start of the spring semester), but a different start date is negotiable.
Competitive applicants will have experience organizing and analyzing data, presenting and publishing ecological research, working collaboratively, and strong backgrounds in quantitative methods, computer programming, and GIS. Applicants should email the following materials as a single PDF file with the subject line “Knopf PhD Fellowship” to (a) one page cover letter describing relevant experience and professional goals, (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) GRE scores, (d)
(unofficial) transcripts from undergraduate and graduate education, and (e) contact information for three professional references. Consideration of interested applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For additional information contact Dr. David Koons who will advise the PhD student. Utah State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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