[MARMAM] Post-doc - sea otter population dynamics and monitoring

Beatty, William william_beatty at fws.gov
Tue Oct 8 09:45:23 PDT 2019

Post-Doc Announcement
Title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Topic: Sea Otter Population Dynamics and Monitoring
Location: Reno, Nevada (Potential to work remotely if necessary)
Salary: $54,000 (plus benefits)
Start date: Fall or Winter 2019-2020
Full-time, one-year initial term with possible extension.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher to 1) examine population dynamics of sea
otters in southeast Alaska and 2) to develop a monitoring framework that
helps address important questions for sea otter management.

We are interested in learning about sea otter distribution, abundance, and
population trends to understand the ecological processes that govern
population change. Important information required for the southeast Alaska
sea otter population are: precise and reliable estimates of distribution,
abundance, and trends. Additionally, understanding the underlying processes
driving population change will help to forecast future population change,
which will permit us to assess population-level effects from sea otter
harvest, mitigate for and manage potential impacts of sea otters on human
subsistence users, and predict colonization rates and patterns of sea
otters to inform fisheries management.

Additionally, this position will assist in developing a monitoring
framework for the southeast Alaska sea otter population that will help
resolve information gaps required for effective management. We aim to
develop and implement a monitoring framework that will: be responsive to
management and conservation needs; be flexible enough to accommodate
advancements in methodology and technology; and integrate with similar
monitoring efforts in Glacier Bay, which is part of a national park and is
a major component of the southeast Alaska sea otter population.

This work will be done through the Department of Natural Resources and
Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno under supervision
of Dr. Perry Williams (www.perrywilliams.us), and in collaboration with
federal biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The researcher
will be based in Reno with occasional travel to Alaska to discuss the
project with federal biologists. The candidate may be able to work remotely
during the project.

1) Ph.D. in ecology, wildlife ecology, statistics, or related field
2) Demonstrated publication record and desire to publish research findings
3) Proficiency with R Statistical Software
4) Fundamental understanding in probability and statistics
5) Ability to work independently
6) Ability to travel to Juneau for two workshops

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter (including
earliest possible start date and summary of quantitative and programming
experience), CV, and names and contact information for three references to:
perryw at unr.edu. Application open until filled with review of applications
beginning October 15th.

William Beatty, Ph.D.
Wildlife Biologist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Marine Mammals Management
Anchorage, Alaska
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