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Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity # S29. Developing principles and practices for species assessments to inform endangered species determinations, particularly for multiple species assessments
Endangered species determinations require reliable scientific analyses to assess species risk of extinction (Carroll et al. 1996, Doremus and Tarlock 2005, Waples et al. 2015, Murphy and Weiland 2016). Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has adopted the species status assessment (SSA) process that results in a scientific analysis to be used in endangered species decisions (McGowan et al. 2017, Smith et al. 2018). The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is collaborating with USFWS to improve scientific input to SSAs to work towards more accurate decisions about species status and more effective conservation efforts.
The SSA process includes three sequential tasks: description of species ecology, estimation of current condition, and forecast of future condition. The SSA incorporates predictive modeling, species distribution modeling, population genetics, scenario analysis, formal expert elicitation, and decision analysis. Often the bottleneck in an SSA is the science required for estimation and forecasting.
Improving efficiency of the SSA process, while maintaining accuracy, is needed given the high number of petitioned species and recovery plans to be updated. The research is expected to result in widely-distributed guidance and publications on achieving accurate and efficient species assessments.
Proposed Duty Station: Kearneysville, West Virginia
Areas of Ph.D.: Conservation biology, population ecology, community ecology, biology, quantitative ecology (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).
Qualifications: Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Research Biologist, Research Ecologist, Research Wildlife Biologist, Research Fish Biologist, Research Statistician (Biology)
(This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources Specialist.)
Physical/Environmental Demands: Work is usually performed in an office setting. The work area normally involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms.
Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 1 to 5 nights per month may be required.
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