Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Biology

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
$45,000- $47,000
03 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

Position Summary

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,
5) Radio-telemetry,
6) GIS skills,
and 7) Collaborative projects.
Additionally, past experience supervising a field crew, and working in challenging conditions is desirable.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

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

Application Details

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)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.