PhD fellowship advert

2DCR378 Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) in autumn forest. Wildlife scene from nature

Attached below is an announcement for a rare, wonderful opportunity for someone looking to do a bear conservation-related PhD project at a prestigious university with outstanding mentors. The Smithsonian Institution and Sapienza University (Rome, Italy), in collaboration with the BSG, are offering a PhD fellowship to create updated range maps for bears in Asia. The BSG will collect the data, and the PhD student will put it all together. The aim is to create maps based on data that can be archived and updated in a repeatable fashion. Another aim is to identify important corridors and small populations that deserve conservation attention.

This will be a perfect project for someone good at GIS and spatial modeling, with a genuine interest in conservation. We are not aiming to create a model showing where bears might be (i.e., adequate habitat), but rather where bears really are.

The student does not have to be a bear expert (or even possess any specific knowledge of bears). Several BSG members will be collaborating on the project, providing expertise on bear ecology. The student does, though, need to have a good background in GIS and have modeling skills. Also, the student must have an MS degree. Preference will be given to students who are likely to continue working in Asia.

Please circulate this advertisement widely, via email and social media, especially to potential students in Asia.

Deadline for application is June 10.