Assistant/Associate Professor for Upland Bird and Prairie Habitat Conservation
RESPONSIBILITIES: We seek an ecologist/wildlife biologist to develop a robust research program in the area of avian ecology with an emphasis on galliformes, to include northern bobwhite and eastern wild turkey ecology and management. Other important areas include grassland bird ecology; grassland restoration (and associated environmental services such as pollination); and wildlife conservation in working agricultural ecosystems. We encourage applicants with expertise in the management and monitoring of avian populations and their habitats and those who integrate their work into the broader prairie habitat ecosystem context. This position will operate with support of the Bryan Endowed Research program. Collaboration with scientists in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES), Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC), Extension Service, and USGS is expected. The successful candidate will be expected to transfer research outcomes to stakeholders to advance galliform and wildlife conservation in agricultural and forested landscapes, and support the land-grant mission of MSU, which includes teaching, research and service. Teach undergraduate/graduate-level courses in aspects of agricultural wildlife conservation and management and avian ecology. Develop a graduate course in area of expertise, as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. with expertise in wildlife management, avian ecology and/or related discipline. Excellence in teaching, communication and organizational skills, procurement of extramural funds to accomplish research, mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, publication of peer-reviewed publications, and a commitment to service are expected. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse science disciplines and stakeholder groups, and work closely with federal and state resource agencies to support long-term partnerships.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Substantive knowledge of and experience in galliform/northern bobwhite ecology; issues linked to agricultural land impacts, remediation/restoration in association with the maintenance of biotic integrity; agro-ecology and conservation; grassland or pine grassland ecology; habitat management, and federal farm bill conservation programs; Post-doctoral research or equivalent work-related experience and teaching proficiency. Preference will be given to candidates whose research naturally crosses disciplinary lines and may address questions of relevance to state and federal agencies.
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