Master (MS) position in Movement Ecology at the University of Florida

We are seeking a motivated MS student to join our team in Florida, aiming at understanding how seabirds navigate and the role of infrasound in their movement. The MS thesis will follow one of two possible paths, requiring students with two distinct profiles: one in applied statistics/mathematics; and one in quantitative ecology. Applications are encouraged for both profiles, but only one student will be selected.

The Master’s program will consist of three semesters mainly dedicated to classwork during the first year and a second year exclusively dedicated to the Master’s thesis. This position will be completely supported for the two years (stipend + tuition) and the program is expected to start in fall 2018.

Classwork during the first two semesters will take place on the main UF campus in Gainesville. Research will be performed at Dr. Mathieu Basille’s lab, under the supervision of Dr. Basille and Dr. Rocio Joo. Dr. Basille’s lab is located at the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (FLREC), in Davie, Florida. Davie is a town within the large Miami metropolitan area in South Florida, just miles away from the Florida Everglades.

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Please apply by sending an email including a cover letter describing your interest, experience and career goals, a CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Rocio Joo (rocio.joo@ufl.edu). Write “master application” as the email subject. Applications will be processed in the order they are received until April 15th or before if a suitable applicant is found.

Official start – Stellenbosch meeting

Since all team members are on board, a first ‘real-life’ meeting was needed. The second week of 2018 the whole team visited the Stellenbosch University in South-Africa, and thus this week can be seen as the official start of the Seabird Sound project! Goal of the week, introduction on previous work, future plan for the project and to get to know each other.

During the week everybody showed their skills and discussed what and why it contributes to the project. A good start with many new thoughts. Besides hard work and discussing, there was also time to relax. With some good wine, magnificant views, wild life, table mountain, seabirds, infrasound and really good company this was not very hard.

After 8 days of hard work and discussing, all went home with new ideas and a lot of motivation. Next meeting, May 2018 – Liverpool!

 

… and we’re off!

img_7128.jpgAfter a few months of interviewing candidates, Skyping, setting up forms and agreements and more Skyping we have now finally started with the project! The team is now complete – so with a group of 8 enthousiast researchers in total we’re now off to unravel the mysteries of seabird navigation, potentially linking the fields of geophysics and biology!

Take off!

A new project to study if seabirds navigate using infrasound

ALBATROSS_seabird_bird_birds_1920x1200Our team has just been awarded a HFSP grant to work on infrasound and seabird navigation. We are looking for 4 enthusiastic postdocs to work on this interdisciplinary project over the next 3 years, in the fields of seabird ecology, physiology, spatial ecology and low-frequency acoustics! If you are interested, please contact us.

Find out more about the the project and the involved researchers!