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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Fisheries And Wildlife 10002344
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University seeks a research associate for a quantitative project using and developing novel state-space models to examine the influence of an invasive predator (Bythotrephes), global climate change and other factors on zooplankton prey in the Great Lakes.  One focus is to use this method to identify and quantify non-consumptive effects (NCEs – i.e., due to adaptive anti-predator behavior) of the predator on the natural abundance and dynamics of animals in the field. This is important and novel, as whereas there is much experimental evidence that NCEs influence communities, there is little direct evidence from field data. The incumbent will apply novel state-space model approaches (e.g. iterated filtering) to time series data and compare their utility to other approaches.  Resulting parameters may be used together with individually based models to examine potential indirect effects and interactive effects of invasive species to fish recruitment.   The postdoc will interact across academic and federal institutions, and work as part of a team, as the project involves collaboration between statisticians (Ed Ionides of the Univ. of Michigan, James Bence of Michigan State Univ.), ecologists (Scott Peacor of MSU and John Marino of Bradley Univ.) and Great Lakes food web scientists (David Bunnell of the USGS and Hank Vanderploeg of the NOAA). The postdoc will be housed at MSU's Quantitative Fisheries Center (QFC), and have opportunity to interact with QFC staff working on a range of quantitative ecological and natural resource issues.  The incumbent may choose to participate in other QFC activities, including delivery/development of on-line and short-courses and consulting projects with QFC supporting partners. The postdoc will also have opportunity to interact with ecologists in other departments and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior program. 

Required Degree

Doctorate -Statistics, ecology, fisheries science o

Minimum Requirements

  • Doctorate Statistics, ecology, fisheries science or related field.
  • Strong record of research productivity in quantitative methods is required. 

Desired Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with strong programming skills, and strong mathematical background.   

Required Application Materials

Please submit your CV, letter of interest, and transcripts (unofficial). 

Special Instructions

Inquiries about the posting can be directed to Dr. Scott Peacor (  Please include CV with inquiries.

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