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Forest Restoration Impacts on Wild Turkeys: Post-doctoral Position: Baton Rouge, Louisiana and west-central Louisiana

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Louisiana State University: School of Renewable Natural Resources
Baton Rouge, Louisiana and west-central Louisiana
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
$55,000 annually, plus full benefits package and retirement.
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Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Forest Restoration Impacts on Wild Turkeys Louisiana State University The School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University has an opening for a post-doctoral researcher to further our understanding of the impacts of forest restoration and management post-disturbance on wild turkey ecology in Louisiana. I am offering the post-doctoral position for up to 3 years pending satisfactory evaluation at the end of each year. The successful candidate's primary roll will focus on coordinating and overseeing research operations evaluating wild turkey response to forest restoration activities implemented by the U.S. Forest Service in response to Hurricane Laura. Evaluation of restoration activities will benefit from 7 years of pre-impact and a subsequent 6 years of post-impact/restoration data collection from GPS tagged male and female Eastern wild turkeys within the impact region, including non-impacted local control sites. However, the position will be flexible to both take advantage of the applicant's specific expertise and interests, and to capitalize on the existing spatial, movement, and demographic data available from over a decade of coordinated research across the southeastern United States. Potential opportunities are broad, but could include development and application of approaches for evaluating behavioral and movement ecology of wild turkeys, population demographic modeling, evaluation of habitat suitability and the impact of vegetation community structure changes on movement dynamics, development and implementation of new methods for abundance estimation for wild turkeys, among others. If interested, teaching and graduate student advisement opportunities would be encouraged. The post-doctoral position will also support and engage in ongoing research collaborations involving scientists at Louisiana State University, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the United States Forest Service. Additionally, the candidate will engage in a long-term collaboration between researchers and graduate students at Louisiana State University and the University of Georgia focused on identifying population-level behavioral drivers of demography, reproductive ecology, and resource selection in fragmented environments.
Required Qualifications: -Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology, Ecology, Biology, or closely related discipline. -Experience working with geospatial data -Evidence of quantitative skills and programming experience (R/S/Python/JAGS) -Proven ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team Preference will be given to candidates with a familiarity with analysis of mark-recapture and spatially-explicit data analysis, expertise in GIS, demonstrated proficiency in spatial modeling and quantitative programming, a keen interest in upland wildlife population dynamics, and interest in engagement with state wildlife agencies. Note the successful candidate will be housed in the School of Renewable Natural Resources (this position is not eligible for remote work) at Louisiana State University. For questions about the position, applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Bret Collier ( before applying. Review of applications will begin 1 August 2022 and continue until the position is filled. I would prefer the applicant start in October/November 2022 but can be flexible. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. All hires are subject to final budgetary approval.
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Bret Collier
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