PhD position linking sub-lethal stressors to vital rates and population abundance

The Breuner lab at the University of Montana in Missoula is looking to recruit a Ph.D. student in a collaborative project with Dr. Blake Hossack at USGS.

Dr. Breuner and Dr. Hossack have funding to support a PhD project examining the effects of brine contamination in wetlands from energy development in the northern Great Plains. The student’s research will complement existing USGS research projects on the effects of brine contamination on amphibian communities, but the student will have latitude to design their own questions focused around amphibian stress physiology and toxicology, habitat use, and survival or reproductive success. Applicants with experience in physiological ecology and/or population modeling techniques are encouraged to apply.

The PhD position is set up as half-time RA and half-time TA, and has funding for summer support and lab expenses.

The University of Montana is home to a strong collection of faculty researching wildlife biology, ecology and evolution. The Wildlife Biology program is an independent graduate program comprised of faculty from Biology, Forestry, and the Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. We have recently been ranked the top Wildlife Biology Program in the country. Missoula is a great college town in the heart of the Northern Rocky Mountains.

For more information on the Breuner lab please visit: For information on Blake Hossack’s research, visit

Interested students are encouraged to email Dr. Breuner ( and Dr. Hossack ( Please include a brief description of your research interests and a CV in your email. Note that applications for Fall 2017 admission to the Wildlife Biology program must be submitted by January 15th at the latest.