Current Positions

Forestry Research Assistant – Wisconsin

FIELD ASSISTANT needed to conduct cone crop surveys in the Upper Midwest as a part of an on-going PhD project based out of University of Wisconsin in Madison. The field season runs from approximately July 5th – August 18th, with the possibility of extension for one week in August to aid in wrapping up field work. Field surveys will be conducted in northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan’s U.P, and these data will help elucidate connections between cone crop levels and seed-eating birds by combining field measurements with remote sensing techniques. The successful applicant will be able to measure and identify trees species, count cones on trees using binoculars, assess stand characteristics, accurately record and enter data, and possibly aid in the identification of birds present during cone surveys. While previous experience with any of these tasks is not required, the ability to accurately see and count small objects using binoculars is imperative. Therefore, any experience birding, or other positions held that may contribute to the development of this particular skill set, should be highlighted. See more details and how to apply here.


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