PhD Opportunity in Wildlife Ecology at University of Alaska Fairbanks
Posted: November 8, 2018

The Institute of Arctic Biology and the Department of Biology & Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is recruiting a PhD student to assess the effects of anthropogenic and environmental (weather, habitat) factors on caribou behavior and distribution in Northern Alaska and Yukon Territory. Camera trap and soundscape ecology methods will be used for 3+ consecutive years to estimate and monitor caribou occupancy and movement in disturbed and undisturbed environments important to the Central Arctic and Porcupine Caribou Herds.

Four years of stipend (~$31,000), tuition waivers, and health insurance are provided through an award from the National Science Foundation. Preferred start date is summer 2019 (spring 2019 field work is possible). This research will be carried out in collaboration with investigators from Columbia University, Brooklyn College, and Colorado State University. The successful candidate also will work closely with state, federal, and provincial agencies, along with Alaska Native and Canadian First Nation organizations.

• MS degree in natural sciences. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in a wildlife-related field and knowledge of ungulate population dynamics.
• First author on a minimum of two peer-reviewed publications in reputable journals. One article may be in review, accepted, or in press.
• Demonstration of quantitative (e.g., Program R or similar, occupancy/habitat selection models, machine learning algorithms) and GIS analytical skills. Preference will be given to applicants with experience working with large datasets related to animal movement, acoustic, camera trap, climate, or remote sensing data.
• Previous research experience along with willingness and ability to conduct field work in harsh weather conditions in remote areas for 3-4 consecutive weeks at a time. Valid driver’s license, ability to operate a snowmobile, and comfort flying in a helicopter is required.
• Exceptional organizational, time management, and communication skills.
• Minimum undergraduate GPA>3.0, graduate GPA>3.5, GRE scores >50 percentile

To Apply:
Please email a single PDF file that includes 1) 1-2 page cover letter outlining experience, interests, and specific qualifications related to this opportunity, 2) CV, 3) and contact information for three references to Dr. Todd J. Brinkman at Please write “CARIBOU PHD” in the subject line. Review of applicants will begin in mid-November 2018 and continue until position is filled. Official start date is summer 2019, but successful applicant may have the opportunity to join field work during spring 2019. For more details on position, email Dr. Brinkman.