PhD Student in Animal Ecology

Dr. Emily Cohen of the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory is seeking a self-motivated PhD student interested in working on landbird migration biology through the Appalachian Mountains.  Research will make use of field, lab, and/or remotely sensed data integrated with rigorous quantitative tools to 1) address fundamental questions about migration biology in the context of the full annual cycle, 2) understand how and why migration is changing and migratory species are declining, and 3) develop tools for the inclusion of stopover and airspace habitats into conservation and management efforts for migratory species. Competitive applicants will have some field and quantitative experience and a strong interest in further developing their quantitative toolkit.
UMCES and the Appalachian Laboratory support and value diverse perspectives. If you are interested in researching landbird migration biology and think Dr. Cohen would be a good fit as your advisor, please follow the instructions below to apply for this position.
Start date: April or September 2020
Location: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland. Frostburg is a small college town in the mountains of western Maryland, with a low cost of living and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities.
Required qualifications: MS in Biology, Ecology or similar field
Description: This position comes with a highly competitive stipend and benefits on a twelve- month appointment for up to three years, with additional support available from teaching assistantships and fellowships.
Program: The student will matriculate through the Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences Program (MEES), an inter-institutional interdisciplinary graduate program of the University System of Maryland whose mission is to educate students to become the scientific leaders and problem-solvers of the future. UMCES is an affirmative action, EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Apply: Review of applications will begin on November 4, 2019 and will be open until filled. Please send the following materials as a single PDF file: 1) cover letter communicating the applicant’s interest and qualifications, 2) CV, 3) names, email, and phone number for three professional references. Direct inquiries and application materials to Emily Cohen via email ( with “PhD Position” in the subject line.
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