British Columbia faces an important wildlife management challenge  following recent survey results that indicate certain areas of the province are experiencing a decline in moose populations.  The B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) has initiated a study, led by Chris Procter, Regional Wildlife Biologist (Kamloops), to examine potential impacts to moose in the Thompson region of B.C. Nine female moose were instrumented with GPS radio-collars in March 2012 with plans to radio-collar an additional 30 moose in December 2012.


The Laboratory for Landscape and Wildlife Ecology at UVic (http://geog.uvic.ca/Jelinski/Site/Home.html) is collaborating with the ministry on this project. We seek a highly motivated MSc. graduate student with a strong work ethic, ability to work independently, but also as part of a team of natural resource professionals. Interests in large mammal ecology and quantitative techniques, including GIS are required. The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Dennis Jelinski and Dr. Gerry Kuzyk, Provincial Ungulate Biologist (FLNRO) & Adjunct Professor (UVic), and will work closely with Chris Procter.   An annual stipend of $18,000 is available for two years.


Please send a letter of interest, CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr Dennis Jelinski (jelinski@office.geog.uvic.ca)


Start date: September 2013.


Graduate Research Opportunity

Moose habitat use and risk of mortality

 

Industrial forestry and habitat fragmentation                                Photo - G. Kuzyk

Radio-collared moose                                                Photo - C. Procter