PhD position: Dynamics and viability of trailing-edge populations

I’m recruiting a PhD student to study the dynamics and viability of trailing-edge populations of birds near their southern breeding range limits in the Appalachian Mountains. The research will involve collecting demographic data on bird populations, and developing novel statistical models to forecast spatio-temporal population dynamics in response to environmental change in the region. Five years of data have already been collected. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in population ecology and statistical modeling. Field experience with songbirds is desirable but not required. Four years of funding is available through a NSF CAREER grant. The start date is negotiable, but is anticipated to be August 1, 2019. Applicants should send a single PDF including a coverletter, CV, and contact information for three references to Richard Chandler ([email protected]). Applications will be accepted until Dec 1, 2018.

Spatial Capture-Recapture Workshop in Banff

Angela Fuller, Andy Royle, and I will be offering a 3-day SCR workshop in Banff in March. A brief description is below. Follow the link at the bottom for registration information and details.

 Andy Royle (USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center)
 Richard Chandler (University of Georgia)
 Angela Fuller (USGS and Cornell University)

Date: 12-14 March 2018 (3 days)

Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada

 USD$600 (normal rate) or USD$450 (student rate). Cost includes
 breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks.

 This course introduces key models used in the analysis of
 spatially-explicit capture-recapture data using Bayesian and classical
 (likelihood) methods. It will closely follow material from the book
 "Spatial Capture-Recapture" (Elsevier, 2014). The workshop will cover
 basic model and data analysis concepts in R and the BUGS language
 (using WinBUGS or JAGS), analysis of classical capture-recapture
 models (models M0, Mb, Mh, etc...), concepts and methods of spatial
 capture-recapture models and their analysis using the R package "oSCR"
 and also using the BUGS language. Advanced topics will include open
 population models and integrated population models.

 Registration information and additional information about the workshop
 can be found here:

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