Potential Positions in the Fletcher Lab

 

Postdoc opening: Spatial Conservation Modeling

The Fletcher Lab at the University of Florida is looking for an exceptional scientist interested in working at the interface of spatial modeling and conservation. The applicant will work with Dr. Robert Fletcher (http://plaza.ufl.edu/robert.fletcher/) at the University of Florida to on a USDA-NIFA funded project. The project focuses on biodiversity and ecosystem service spatial modeling for the southeastern United States. The southeastern United States is a primary contributor to both current and expected future bioenergy production, and this project aims to interpret how land-use change from bioenergy may impact biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as how these impacts may influence landowner decisions (see Fletcher et al. 2011, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment; Gottlieb et al. 2017, Global Change Biology Bioenergy). In addition, there is potential to extend these questions to global level, given that EU policy is linked to bioenergy production in the southeastern U.S. This project includes several collaborators, including Dr. Jason Evans (Stetson University) who will collaborate on this aspect of the project. The scope of the position provides strong opportunities for the applicant to make rapid career progress on high-impact problems of both fundamental and applied relevance. There are also opportunities to work on other projects in the lab and to spend time on new research and general career development.

Minimum qualifications are a PhD in biological or ecological sciences or a Ph.D. in mathematical or statistical modeling.  Preferred qualifications include statistical  (e.g., Bayesian hierarchical modeling) and/or simulation modeling experience (e.g., agent-based modeling), GIS skills, strong publication record for the professional stage of the applicant, and honed writing skills. This grant-funded position will open in spring 2019, and is funded for two years minimum. Salary is approximately $47,450, with insurance and benefits package. Applicants should send cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references Dr. Rob Fletcher (robert.fletcher@ufl.edu) by December 15 2018. 

Graduate student openings:

We are not currently looking for new graduate students in the lab.

General thoughts on graduate students

In general, I expect that students in my lab will hold common interests in ecology and conservation, with strong appreciation for integrating other fields, such as evolutionary biology and statistics, into their research and development as biologist. I will consider advising students on a wide range of topics, including research on landscape ecology, animal behavior, population dynamics, quantitative modeling, avian ecology, and conservation.

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree with me as your advisor, I would highly recommend pursuing the publications from my lab to determine if and how our work interests you. Please send me a CV, GRE scores and GPA, and a brief statement of your research interests, career goals, and why you would like to pursue a graduate degree in my lab.  For admission to the department, general minimal requirements for GPA are 3.2 for upper division undergraduate coursework, 3.2 for any graduate coursework, and preferred GRE scores of at least 1200 (Q + V; for new scores, >50% percentile in V and Q). If English is not your native language, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based; 213 computer based) is necessary.  Yet I emphasize that these are minimum requirments.

Please see the WEC Graduate Program for more details on WEC admissions requirements and application procedures for the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Note that applicants for the PhD program should have a Master’s degree in ecology or related field and have worked with ecological data as part of that degree or in another professional capacity. Applicants for the MS program should have a related undergraduate degree with substantial research experience. Also consult the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at UF for other opportunities reagarding graduate admission. Although we have a rolling application deadline, most UF funding is allocated by February for the following fall semester. Other avenues for fellowships include the National Science Foundation and the EPA Star Fellowships Program.

 

Undergraduate research positions (general):

I occassionally have openings for motivated undergraduate students that want to gain valuable research experience, including both field experience and computer experience (e.g., GIS skills). But, I expect undergraduates to be very committed to their work in my lab. If you are interested in gaining research experience relevant to the work in our lab, please send me a resume, 2-3 names of references, your current GPA, and a brief statement of why you would like to work in my lab.