July 2011
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[Met-jobs] 2 Postdoc and 1 Ph.D. positions at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:54:00 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

2 Postdoc and 1 PHD position available to study the effects of extreme
climate events on avian demographics: the role of habitat refugia in
mitigating climate change

Climate change poses severe threats to biodiversity, and
conservationists have to adapt their management decisions to a changing
climate. The challenge is that the biological response to future climate
change is uncertain. Climate change will entail a general warming, but
even more importantly may increase the frequency of extreme climate
events (such as multiyear droughts) and extreme weather events (such as
shorter droughts, heatwaves, and cold snaps).

Our NASA funded study has two major goals. The first is a basic science
question: we seek to predict the effects of extreme climate and weather
events, including droughts, heat waves, and cold snaps during the
breeding season, on bird demographics, focusing especially on waterfowl
and forest birds. As part of this question we will test four alternative
hypotheses to explain observed abundance declines: (1) the lower
recruitment hypothesis, (2) the adult mortality hypothesis, (3) the
long-distance dispersal hypothesis, and (4) the refugia hypothesis.

Our second goal is an applied research question: we seek to quantify the
role of National Wildlife Refuges and National Forests as refugia for
waterfowl and forest birds respectively during extreme events, and to
identify management actions to enhance this function.

Three positions (one PhD and 2 Post-doc positions) will be based in the
Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.  We are offering each as a
fully funded 3-year position, with the potential for a fourth year
depending on performance and project objectives. Start date for all
positions is flexible, funding is in hand, and an early start date is
preferred.  The positions are open to both U.S. citizen, and non-residents.

Candidates should send a cover letter summarizing their research
interests, a CV that spells out skills, and the contact information for
three references.  Please indicate in your cover letter explicitly which
topical area you are interested in, and at which level (PhD or postdoc)
you are applying.

Review of applicants will begin immediately; position will remain open
until suitable candidates are found.  All applications received on or
before August 1st 2011 are guaranteed consideration.  Application
packages (e-mailed as a single PDF file) should be sent to Dr. Anna
Pidgeon <> and Dr. Volker Radeloff <>.

More information on these positions can be found at

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