Funded PhD Assistantship, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary

A PhD Assistantship is available to study the conservation biology of mountain caribou and wolf-caribou dynamics in west-central Alberta and east-central British Columbia. The candidate will satellite-collar and monitor approximately 50 wolves and 50 caribou.

The candidate will also collect primary prey population data through aerial and ground surveys, assemble remotely sensed habitat data, and work closely with provincial, federal, industry and academic stakeholders to contribute to caribou population recovery in a region experiencing rapid industrial development.

PhD Assistantship and project funding is provided by the University of Calgary, University of  Montana, and a consortium of industry partners including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Weyerhaeuser Ltd., Parks Canada, and Shell Canada. PhD stipend provided at $24,000/year + benefits.

Qualifications: B.Sc. in wildlife biology, ecology, conservation biology, or related field; outstanding work ethic; exceptional quantitative skills; and interpersonal skills. Other assets might be field experience with predators and/or ungulates, experience with GIS analyses, remote sensing, GPS and VHF collar data, and scientific writing.

For details contact: Marco Musiani, PhD, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary (403) 220-2604, Lab 220-2475, Email mmusiani@ucalgary.ca, Web http://www.ucalgary.ca/~mmusiani

PhD Position will start Fall 2007 with field work commencing as soon as May 2007. Candidates will be contacted by Dec 31, 2006, and directed to apply for admission to the UofC graduate school.

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