The first component will integrate long-term data on bird populations from the Alaska Bird Observatory and other sources with documented changes in habitat. This will include using remote sensing and GIS to document changes in the boreal forest ecosystem and to predict future ecosystem shifts, focusing on bird distribution and abundance. Second, the student will design a long-term monitoring program to document and predict effects of climate change on the boreal forest ecosystem,
including hydrology, permafrost geophysics, entomology, and other habitat assessments.

Applicants to this research assistantship must hold a Master's degree in ecology, wildlife, or a related field. Experience in the fields of remote sensing and GIS, or a willingness to learn and work with these technologies is required. Candidates must also demonstrate an ability to work independently with interdisciplinary collaborators.

The position is slated to begin fall semester 2009. In-state tuition, fees, and one year of research assistantship and logistical support will be provided.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and names and telephone numbers of three references to Abby Powell ( and Anupma Prakash ( This position will remain open until filled.