Two Postdoctoral Fellow Job Openings in Mammal Ecology & Evolution

NC Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University, Raleigh, NC, USA (onsite work required)

Start date negotiable, 3 year term, NSF Funding

Research Team: Roland Kays, Mike Cove, Liz Kierepka, Krishna Pacifici, Bill McShea

Project: This project will be creating species distribution models for 100 North American mammals by integrating data from museums, iNaturalist, and camera trapping data (including the Snapshot USA annual survey). These models will be built to emphasize local specialization, recognizing that broadly distributed species might have different ecologies across their range.  This will allow us to test the hypothesis that ecological similarity within a species should parallel phylogenetic similarity based on genetic distance.  Additionally, the results of these models will allow us to compare the relative contribution of local adaptations to natural (climate and vegetation) vs. anthropogenic factors. Fellows will be able to develop their own topics within these broad themes.

Position 1: Mammal Evolutionary Ecology and Distribution Modeling

This position will lead a synthesis of North American mammal phylogeographic history and assist with the development and interpretation of species distribution models. The candidate should have a good background in North American mammal biology.  The candidate should have experience with basic phylogenetic methods and species distribution models or be willing to learn.  The candidate should have experience with basic phylogenetic methods and species distribution models or be willing to learn. Contact Dr Roland Kays (rwkays@ncsu.edu) with questions.

Position 2: Range-wide integrated species distribution modeling.

This position will emphasize the development of integrated range-wide species distribution modeling while accounting for local adaptation. The candidate should have a strong background in Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling and Species Distribution Modeling with a preference for candidates that have experience (published manuscripts) in fitting Integrated Species Distribution Models (ISDMs) or Integrated Population Models (IPMs). The candidate will report directly to Dr. Krishna Pacifici and work as a part of the Quantitative Ecology Lab at NCSU. Please feel free to contact Dr. Krishna Pacifici (jkpacifi@ncsu.edu) with questions. 

Research Team: Roland Kays, Mike Cove, Liz Kierepka, Krishna Pacifici, Bill McShea

Apply at this link. Position will be open until filled.

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