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This position is for a PhD student in ecology within an NSF-funded project studying the ecological legacy effects of elephant carcasses in African savanna ecosystems. Fieldwork will be in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The student will be advised by Dr. Johan du Toit at USU and will work in a team of collaborators from UC Santa Barbara, Marquette University, and various South African institutions. This position will focus on the effects across space (landscape scale) and time (decadal scale) of elephant carcasses on ecosystem processes that influence communities of plants and large mammals. Fieldwork will offer an exciting and unparalleled opportunity to work in pristine savanna ecosystems across gradients of rainfall and soil nutrients. It will also require a special combination of personal attributes including self-reliance under the challenging conditions presented by the study system. The student will be required to advance the broader impacts of the research by working with a videography team, local students at South African institutions, and undergraduate interns at USU to (a) facilitate the production of a documentary video for an international audience and (b) collaboratively produce several educational pieces for K-12 and college audiences (e.g., lectures and educational videos). A link to the full advert is under “doctoral students” at https://qcnr.usu.edu/directory/dutoit_johan. Review of applications will begin on 1st February 2022.


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