University of Wisconsin–Madison
Spatial Analysis For Conservation and Sustainability

PhD at University of Wisconsin-Madison in Forest Birds, Bugs, and Phenology

The core of this project is to test hypotheses about the role of phenological variability in determining breeding bird habitat quality, and thus in shaping bird density and communities.

Candidates must have a B.S. and preferably a M.S. degree in Ecology, Biology, Wildlife, Forestry, Environmental Science, or related field. The well-qualified applicant will have excellent communication skills in English, and will have some or all of the following experience: Experience working in program R to conduct statistical analysis, use of GIS for analysis and display, handling of remotely sensed satellite imagery, experience navigating and conducting fieldwork away from trails, identifying birds by sight and vocalization, and identifying insects to higher taxonomic levels. Successful applicants will be expected to present results at professional conferences and to publish results in a timely manner in peer-reviewed journals.

There is some flexibility in the direction the research will take, which will be determined jointly by the graduate student and advisor, and guided by the interests of the student. A competitive graduate assistantship will be provided, which includes annual stipend, tuition, and health care benefit. The student will be part of a collegial lab where diversity is valued, and collaboration is encouraged (, within the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.

To apply, please email a SINGLE PDF file that includes 1) a cover letter outlining quantitative experience and interest 2) a CV, 3) contact information for three references and 4) transcripts (unofficial copies are fine) to Professor Anna Pidgeon ( Start date is either September 2020 or January 2021. Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until suitable candidate is found.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.