Postdoctoral Fellowship studying the annual cycle for waterfowl to prioritize conservation investments, and examining global dynamics of Arctic-nesting geese, University of Saskatchewan

The Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking a 12-month postdoctoral fellow to lead two projects focused on movement ecology of migratory birds. The first project comprises development of novel movement models, streamlining GPS-acceleration (ACC) tracking device duty cycles, and data summarization to connect the full annual cycle and prioritize conservation investments for waterfowl. The second project harnesses the full annual approach to study greater white-fronted geese representing five populations distributed in Asia, Europe and North America. The postdoctoral fellow will use an existing (and building) data set from GPS-ACC tracking devices deployed on greater white-fronted geese to quantify and compare migration strategies, movements and behavior to guide next steps in global conservation planning of this species. There also are opportunities to explore population-specific research questions, consistent with the expertise of the selected candidate. In addition, there will be opportunities to collaborate on several projects in movement and population ecology in the Weegman lab.

This project is an international partnership among researchers at Aarhus University (Denmark), Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Canadian Wildlife Service, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Institute for Waterbird and Wetlands Research (Germany), Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Leiden University (Netherlands), Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (Germany), National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland), Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, University of Saskatchewan, US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Geological Survey.

Minimum qualifications:

Ph.D. in statistics, wildlife ecology or closely related field

Skills in Program R

Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication

Ability to work independently and as part of a research team

Preferred qualifications: 

Skills in JAGS

Experience forming and running animal movement models

Knowledge and experience in avian ecology

Salary and benefits:  Approximately $60,000 Canadian per year plus benefits

Start date: January 2023

Last date to apply: 7 Oct 2022

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement and contact information for three references to Dr. Mitch Weegman (mitch.weegman@usask.ca).

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