Duke University

The Poulsen Lab at Duke University ( seeks a quantitative ecologist for a
post-doctoral research position on the responses of plant and animal communities to human
disturbance of tropical forests. The candidate will work closely with Poulsen and his lab to estimate,
monitor and model the effects of hunting and other land uses on animal populations, their movement
and ecological processes, including seed dispersal and seedling recruitment. Key research questions
will include: 1) How does land use affect the species composition and relative densities of tropical
animals? 2) To what extent does defaunation modify tropical forest structure and composition
through alteration of ecological processes?

The position will primarily consist of analyzing and modeling existing datasets, including both
experimental and observational field data, and contributing to the writing of scientific papers. There
may be opportunities for writing research proposals and traveling to Central Africa to set up research,
but the initial emphasis will be on data analysis. As such, we are looking for applicants with strong
quantitative skills in advanced statistical modeling, spatial statistics and scientific programming. The
ability to handle large amounts of data in a GIS environment is also an important qualification.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and proven capacity to publish in peer-reviewed
journals are requirements.

Initial appointment will be for one year, with anticipated funding for two years, conditional upon
performance. Duke University offers competitive salary and benefits packages.  Screening of
applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated
start in early 2015 (Jan – Feb.). To apply, please combine into a single PDF file your CV, a one-page
statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three references. Please
send the pdf along with two representative publications to Poulsen at