Current Positions

PhD Position Available in Wildlife Distribution Modeling

We are seeking an outstanding student to pursue the use of an extensive network of camera traps for modeling the dynamic distributions of wildlife throughout Wisconsin. The student’s dissertation will focus on the novel integration of camera trap data, remote sensing, and weather data to develop species distribution and abundance models that will be used by state agencies to estimate population sizes and inform management decisions. The project will leverage data from a broad-scale citizen science project, Snapshot Wisconsin. Additional field or modeling components could be added depending on shared interests and funding opportunities. This is a collaborative project between UW-Madison and WDNR. The student’s primary affiliation will be with the Zuckerberg Lab in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology (http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/zuckerberg). The 4-year PhD assistantship is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018.

Applicants must have a MS degree in geography, forestry, wildlife, ecology or other related discipline. Applicants with a BS degree will only be considered if substantial relevant experience can be shown. A solid working knowledge of population modeling, GIS or remote sensing, and statistics are required. Although not a requirement, the preferred candidate will have strong experience in hierarchical modeling, species distribution modeling, and previous experience analyzing camera trap data. Applicants with strong quantitative and modeling skills will be given preference. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, but applications received before April 6th will be given full consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates. The project includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. A start date of September 2018 is envisioned.

Interested applicants are asked fill out our online form (https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3sfjBog04F0znXT) which will require basic background demographic information and allow applicants to upload PDFs with personal statement, resume/CV, and transcripts.

Questions should be directed to Drs. Benjamin Zuckerberg (bzuckerberg@wisc.edu) or Jennifer Stenglein (Jennifer.Stenglein@wisconsin.gov).


Prospective Graduate Students

The Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology has very few teaching assistantships available, and as a result, graduate positions are entirely contingent on availability of extramural funding.  Most students are supported exclusively on research assistantships, and their research direction is largely dictated by the conditions of the research grant.

More information on applying for graduate studies in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology can be found at the following website.  For general questions regarding admission requirements and procedures, I would suggest you contact Sara Rodock, our Student Services Coordinator (her contact information can be found on this web page):


Thank you again for your interest and I look forward to reviewing your application in the near future.

Forest and Wildlife Ecology; University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate Application Cover Sheet


Undergraduate Opportunities

My lab intermittently has opportunities for undergraduates to gain research and/or field experience. These opportunities may include (but are not limited to): work with GIS, compiling literature/data for vulnerability assessments, or providing assistance with field data collection/entry. Interested students should first review my recent publications and the lab research pages before contacting me. In your email please include:

  1. a small paragraph detailing your research interests and background
  2. a resume
  3. unofficial transcripts