Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Biology
Description of Work Unit
The Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Department expands the frontiers of knowledge through our broad-based expertise in applied ecology, quantitative methods, and human dimensions in the conservation and management of fish and wildlife.
We teach students to think critically about environmental issues, and become ecologically literate citizens with the training to be successful in graduate school and in careers with natural resources agencies, firms, and non-government organizations.
Our outreach efforts contribute significantly to life-long learning by assisting individuals and agencies to solve complex environmental problems and to be good stewards of our nation’s natural resources.
The overall responsibilities of this postdoctoral position, based largely on Guam, are to investigate the diet of Micronesian Starlings and their movement patterns to understand which tree species benefit and predict the area over which an individual bird could provide seed dispersal services. The candidate will also compare diet and movement of Micronesian Starlings between Saipan, where data has already been collected, and Guam. Additionally, the candidate will obtain data on roosting locations and post-fledging survival. The successful candidate will direct data collection by the field crew and have primary responsibility for analysis, presentation, and publication of the research.
Required Job Qualifications
1) Ph.D. by the appointment start date in a discipline related to the research described below.
2) Practical experience in the design, conduct, and statistical analysis of ecological field studies.
3) Demonstrated ability to prepare and submit professional manuscripts in refereed journals.
4) Excellent written and oral communication skills.
5)The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States by proposed start date. FWCB will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Preferred Job Qualifications
Experience in 1) Analysis of avian habitat use and movement patterns,
2) Mist-netting and banding birds,
3) Post-fledging survival,
4) Avian seed dispersal,
6) GIS skills,
and 7) Collaborative projects.
Additionally, past experience supervising a field crew, and working in challenging conditions is desirable.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility
Investigate the diet (by mistnetting and taking fecal samples) and determine movement patterns (using radio telemetry) of Micronesian Starlings to understand which tree species benefit and predict the area over which an individual bird could provide seed dispersal services. Using telemetry, determine the post-fledging survival of birds to see if they are surviving snake predation and also study where birds are roosting to see what structures they are using. Using a statistical approach, compare diet and movement of Micronesian Starlings between Saipan, where data has already been collected, and Guam, so we can gain valuable information on the functions they are performing on Guam and how their diet and capacity to disperse seeds may have changed due to the lack of competitors and/or high snake predation pressure. The candidate will analyze data collected, and write this up for publication in collaboration with the PI.
Percentage Of Time 80 Job Duty Category Project Management Duty/Responsibility
Interact with the Department of Defense and local agencies on Guam to obtain necessary approvals and to translate our findings. Present our findings at appropriate meetings such as the brown treesnake technical meeting. Produce quarterly and a final report for the Department of Defense. Work with the crew leader on basic logistic details.
Percentage Of Time 20
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Desired start date is February 1; however, this can be flexible.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Julie.Savidge@colostate.edu
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