Division of
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PhD Assistantship: Landscape Evaluation of Mule Deer Nutrition 

PhD Assistantship in Rangeland Ecology & Management OR Wildlife Science. A five-year fully funded Graduate Research Assistantship (PhD) examining: 1) mule deer forage availability and quality across complex montane landscapes and 2) the effects of habitat and forage resources on mule deer demographic performance. The project integrates geospatial data with field-collected information on forage availability and quality, vegetation structure and composition, disturbance events, GPS data of mule deer locations, and deer demography. This is a collaborative research project between the Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (ODFW) and Oregon State University to better understand the landscape factors affecting mule deer populations.  
 
Applicants should have earned a Master of Science degree in Ecology, Rangeland Sciences, Wildlife Science, or a related discipline. Depending on the background and research interests of the student, the student could either pursue a PhD in Wildlife Science or in Rangeland Ecology and Management.  
 
Applicants should have the following qualifications:  
Ability to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals 
Working knowledge of GIS 
Field experience in forest or rangeland ecosystems 
Familiar with vegetation sampling methods and techniques 
Motivated individual with ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment 
 
The research assistantship covers tuition expenses and provides a competitive stipend. Please send a cover letter indicating your interest in the position, stating how your background and qualifications match the position requirements, your curriculum vitae (CV) detailing your education, awards, publications, skills, and research experience, and contact information for at the least three references. Please send the requested documents electronically as a single PDF file to Bryan Endress. For more information or questions, please contact Bryan Endress (Bryan.endress@oregonstate.edu) or Casey Brown (casey.l.brown@odfw.oregon.gov). General admission requirements and an on-line application form can be found at: http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/admissions