Graduate opportunities: (1) Sandhill Crane research in Ontario and Quebec (2) Avian and mammalian research in sagebrush ecosystems

The Fedy Lab of Wildlife and Molecular Ecology at the University of Waterloo is recruiting two graduate students at either the Master’s or PhD level. We have two exciting on-going projects that are described briefly below.

(1) Sandhill Crane research in Ontario and Quebec.
We are seeking an excellent student for a research project addressing important wildlife conservation issues for Sandhill Cranes. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the Canadian Wildlife Service and contribute to on-going research investigating the ecology of Sandhill Cranes throughout Ontario and Quebec. The focus of the project will be determined in collaboration with the student but will include the analysis of GPS telemetry data and the potential to contribute to landowner surveys. The new student will work closely with a PhD student conducting movement and population analyses. There may be opportunities for field work throughout Ontario and Quebec.

(2) Avian and mammalian research in sagebrush ecosystems.
We are seeking an excellent student for a research project addressing important wildlife conservation issues for greater sage-grouse. The research will expand our on-going wildlife projects on sagebrush ecosystems in northeastern Wyoming. Spring and summer field work will be based out of Buffalo, Wyoming – at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains. The exact focus of the project will be determined in collaboration with the student, but could involve analysis of GPS telemetry data, camera trap data, or avian surveys. Students must have a strong work ethic, be able to thrive under physically challenging field situations, and must be comfortable supervising field crews in remote locations. The research will occur on public and private lands, experience interacting and working with landowners and producers is a plus.

The successful applicants will have a strong background in ecology and field-based research, excellent grades, and a passion for wildlife ecology and conservation. Students should have a background in statistics and/or a keen interest and willingness to learn sophisticated quantitative approaches to data analysis. Previous experience with statistical software such as R is preferred. The applicant should be competitive for scholarships such as NSERC and will be expected to apply for such opportunities. We, of course, welcome students who have secured external funding. Guaranteed funding is only available for domestic students.

Students will be supervised by Dr. Brad Fedy (fedylab.uwaterloo.ca) and will be integrated into our active and engaging research environment.

If interested, please email bfedy@uwaterloo.ca with subject line “Graduate Opportunities” no later than February 18, 2022. Please provide: (1) a cover letter detailing background and research interests; (2) CV including the names of 3 referees; and (3) unofficial transcripts from your previous degrees.

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