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PhD Assistantship: Socio-ecological evaluation of disease risk in moose

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)

A PhD position is available in the Kamath and De Urioste-Stone Labs at the University of Maine, through a new interdisciplinary NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program in One Health, starting in the Fall. The student will examine the drivers and impacts of parasite infections in Maine moose, and use social science tools to facilitate communication and participatory planning. Integrating biological, social, and environmental data, the student will identify risk factors for parasite infections in moose, use genomic approaches to examine the genetic basis for infection phenotypes, and evaluate perceptions of risk, potential disease management strategies and communication tools. This study will provide key information to evaluate potential management approaches that will be supported by diverse stakeholders in order to ensure the long-term viability of moose in Maine.

The student will be co-advised by Drs. Pauline Kamath and Sandra De Urioste-Stone, through the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program. The student will also participate in an NSF-NRT One Health program that involves training in the integration of ecological, molecular, and social science approaches, professional development, and a management/policy internship. Traineeships include an annual stipend, free tuition and fees, and subsidized health insurance. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required. Competitive applicants will have a MS degree; previous research experience in ecology, evolution, or related field; experience in genomics and bioinformatics; a strong background in statistical modeling; and a demonstrated ability to work in diverse teams. .

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Maine (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Genetics & Genomics
Natural Resources

Ecological Risk Analysis
Environmental Genomics
Evolutionary Ecology
Genetic Epidemiology
Infectious Disease
Molecular Ecology
Statistical Modelling
Wildlife Biology
Wildlife Management

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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