### PhD Research Assistantship ###
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of Georgia, Athens

Our research team seeks a candidate at the PhD level to investigate the use
of expert-based qualitative knowledge in the construction and validation of
predictive models for natural resource management.  The research setting
involves a large-scale, long-term experimental manipulation of coarse woody
debris (CWD) in forest plots at the Savannah River Site (DOE), South
Carolina.  A key question is how to reconcile qualitative predictions of
species and community response provided by knowledgeable experts prior to
the experiment.  The candidate will conduct research into and compare among
suitable techniques for building predictive models from disparate and
qualitative information.  This research will likely take the candidate into
areas beyond ecological sciences, including social, cognitive, and
statistical sciences, where such methods have had greater development and
application.  The proximate goal of the research is to assess the biological
predictions in conjunction with the CWD experiment, but the broader goal
will be to provide tools and theory that can be applied by natural resource
scientists faced with building predictive models for decision support where
little or no empirical data exist.  This stipend, funded by the U.S. Forest
Service, provides a salary of $19,539 per year at 40% FTE (16 hours/week),
plus health insurance benefits.  Graduate students on stipend at the
University of Georgia receive a substantial tuition waiver (all but $25);
however, the student is responsible for paying required fees (approximately
$1,100/semester).

Qualifications:  Candidates should be proficient in quantitative principles
and methods and will possess a solid foundation in an area of natural
resources science.   Applicants should have earned a degree at the master’s
level or above, with an area of study in statistics, ecology, wildlife
management, or another relevant field.  The student will conduct informal
and occasional site visits to SRS but should have no expectation of
performing field work as part of this project.

To be considered, please assemble in a single pdf document the following,
and email to the address below:  (1) a cover letter describing your
qualifications and career goals, (2) a CV or resume detailing your
experience, skills, and accomplishments, (3) unofficial transcripts of
undergraduate and graduate coursework, (4) a copy of your most recent GRE
scores, and (5) the contact information of at least 3 references who can
attest to your qualifications and fitness for graduate study.  The position
will remain open until a suitable candidate is found (expected start January
2015).

Clint Moore, PhD
Assistant Unit Leader and Adjunct Assistant Professor
U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of Georgia
Athens, GA
ctmoore@uga.edu

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