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PhD Opportunity

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
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The Flockhart Lab at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking an inspired Ph.D. student to study the ecology of free-roaming cats and birds in urban areas. The position involves conducting field surveys for birds and cats, vegetation/habitat surveys, interacting with residents and town administrators, and possibly mark-recapture of birds.


The ideal candidate would have skills in organizing volunteers, wildlife identification (must be proficient in eastern USA birds by sight and sound) and experience with the statistical software R. Individuals with bird banding experience would by extremely valuable to the project. Will require communicating with partners, leading field staff and collaboration with diverse stakeholders. Interactions with researchers from a variety of institutions is expected.


The position will ideally start January 1, 2018 and is based at the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland. Frostburg is a small university town in western Maryland with an abundance of nearby outdoor recreational opportunities. Two years of support is available but the student will be expected to apply for both internal and external fellowships and funding opportunities for their research.

How to Apply:

To inquire about the opportunity please email with questions. To be considered for the position, please first email Tyler Flockhart ( a single PDF containing (1) a statement of interest (2) a CV with relevant experience, unofficial transcripts & GRE (and if appropriate TOFEL) scores, and (3) contact information for three references. Please indicate “Wildlife Ecology PhD position” in your subject line. Your statement of interest should include why you suit the position and how the position will aid in achieving your career goals.