We are part of the Wildlife and Fisheries Science program in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State University. Our focus is on the application of population and community ecology principles in managed systems. Our research is diverse. We work on birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. We work on issues related to endangered species, conservation of diversity, and sustainable harvest of natural resources. Our systems range from vernal pool amphibian and stream-side bird communities in the northeast to desert herps in the southwest. What brings this work together is a focus on the application of robust quantitative approaches to better understand patterns and drivers of diversity across ecological and spatial scales.
How to join our team...
I am very interested in involving motivated undergraduate students in the research in our lab. Opportunities for technicians and independent study are available. If you think you may be interested, send me a resume and a short email describing your interest and we can discuss whether there is a good fit. I am especially interested in students that are looking to work in the field with amphibians and students who enjoy math and want to learn how to combine it with their passion for wildlife.
As positions become available I will post them here. I also welcome general inquiries and may be able to find alternative funding sources for exceptional candidates. Take a close look at our research directions and what other people in the lab are doing to make sure what we do is consistent with your interests. If you think you may be a good fit, email me a short letter describing your experiences and research interests, along with your CV.
At the post-doctoral level, I am especially interested in supervising people with strong quantitative interests. I expect to hire another post-doc in the next year to work on a number of quantitative applications to examine questions related to population and quantitative ecology. If you think the lab is a good fit, send me an email describing your interests along with a CV and we can find a time to chat.
dxm84 (at) psu.edu Penn State University Department of Ecosystem Science and Management 411 Forest Resources Building University Park, PA 16802