Positions Available

Spatial ecology and wildlife conservation

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine has a Dirigo Conservation Science Fellowship opportunity for a Ph.D. student with strong quantitative skills to undertake research at the interface of spatial ecology and wildlife conservation.  One topic would involve examining how tree distribution and seed productivity influence space use and population dynamics of small mammals using a unique 35-year dataset focused on small mammals, trees, and seed abundance collected in the Holt forest (https://holtforest.org/). A further potential opportunity could include the influence of land-use change (intensive silvicultural practices) on the distribution of mammals in Maine forests. The ideal candidate would have strong quantitative skills and experience with working with R software. Experience with GIS software would be an advantage.  The competition is restricted to candidates from developing countries (see a list at https://www.isi-web.org/index.php/resources/developing-countries). Dirigo Fellowship support would include a stipend ($22,000/ yr), tuition and insurance, and core research expenses ($2,000-5,000/yr) for  3.5 years.

The Ph.D. student will be co-supervised by Dr. Alessio Mortelliti (http://alessiomortelliti.weebly.com) and Dr. Malcolm Hunter (https://umaine.edu/wle/faculty-staff-directory/malcolm-l-hunter-jr/).  Expected start of work: January 2020 (but an earlier or later start may also be possible). If you are interested, please send: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) a personal statement describing research and career goals, 3) an unofficial transcript (undergraduate and/or MS), and 4) GRE (if available) and TOEFL scores, to Dr. Mortelliti (alessio.mortelliti@maine.edu). Application materials should be combined in one unique pdf file.  Applications will be reviewed beginning June 1st.


Updated 4/24/2019