PhD position studying behavioral endocrinology in mountain bluebirds (Sialia currucoides)
I am looking to take on a PhD student in the Organismal Biology, Ecology and Evolution Program to continue work on a population of mountain bluebirds breeding just 90 minutes north of Missoula. There are 40 nest boxes with close to 100% occupancy, with two broods per box each season. My current graduate student has collected three seasons of behavior/nest success/paternity data, and I would like to see work on the population continue. However, I'm open to the general question asked with the population.
Organismal Biology, Ecology and Evolution provides 5 years of guaranteed TA support at $20,000/year, and there are in house grants available for travel to conferences or collaborations. The University of Montana is home to a strong collection of faculty researching wildlife biology, ecology, and evolution. Missoula is a great college town in the heart of the Northern Rocky Mountains.
Please contact me if you are interested, including a CV and research interests in the email. firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications to OBEE are due December 1st.