Jobs - Full-time

Banding a San Clemente sage sparrow chick

Post Doctoral Position in Conservation Biology (Posted 3/4/2015)

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate in a multi-investigator study to determine what ecological and environmental factors make a species more or less likely to become conservation reliant due to environmental change.  The study involves researchers from the Institute for Wildlife Studies (B. Hudgens), Duke University (W. Morris), North Carolina State University (N. Haddad), Virginia Tech University (J. Walters) and Point Blue Conservation Science (L. Stenzel).  The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for establishing and managing demographic studies on amphibians and butterflies at multiple locations along the West Coast, and for working with all collaborating investigators to meet project reporting requirements.  The project is funded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) of the Department of Defense.

The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative, field, and especially communication skills along with an interest in working with a broad range of taxa, especially frogs and butterflies.  Experience working with ranid frogs and fritillary butterflies is desirable.  Additional desirable skills are: familiarity with population and movement models, R, GIS software, climate models, and climate downscaling techniques.  The position will be hosted by the Institute for Wildlife Studies in Arcata, California, but will require extensive travel, primarily in southern and central coastal California. 

Interested candidates should send a current CV, a brief (~2 pages) statement of past research accomplishments as well as a statement of how those experiences quality the candidate for this position, and the names and addresses (including email) of three references to Brian Hudgens via email (  Anticipated start date is May 1, 2015, or as soon thereafter as a suitable candidate is identified.