The Merkle Research Group is currently seeking highly motivated, extremely hard-working, creative, and quantitative-minded Ph.D. students to study the ecology and evolution of movement and habitat selection strategies in bison, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep in Yellowstone. More information here.

Students within the Merkle Research Group are expected to develop and apply theoretical concepts in ecology while also contributing to wildlife conservation and management. Students are also expected to participate in a team environment, present results at professional conferences and agency meetings, publish results in a timely manner in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and assist with preparation of grant proposals.

Prospective students with experience conducting and publishing research, working in GIS, and managing and analyzing large datasets in program R are especially encouraged to inquire. Please email Dr. Jerod Merkle for more information.

*Read the Merkle Research Group’s Vision, Philosophy, Policies, and Expectations here.

*Each student in the Merkle Research Group develops a mentoring plan and updates it biannually. The mentoring plan rubric is here.