The post holder will analyse a large database photographs of elephants in order to assess tusk size and potentially develop a classification of tusk size. They will be expected to write a thorough report on the findings and make recommendations for the further collection of data on tusk size. The post holder will also analyse demographic (mortality, fertility, population structure) data and social data obtained from field observations of elephants as data are made available from the field. All analyses will be conducted in R. Data cleaning, preparation and manipulation will be required. The post is primarily desk-based in Cambridge, although a short visit to the field site in South Africa may be possible.
The project is part of a collaboration between Dr. Hannah Mumby, a Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology and the South Africa-based non-profit organisation Elephants Alive. The successful candidate will be a graduate with a good understanding of behavioural ecology, life history and demography.
Skills in photogrammetric techniques, data management and formatting in R and demographic analysis required as well as the ability to work on aspects of the project from planning fieldwork to synthesising and summarising information for grant applications, reports and publications.
Interviews: March/April 2017, to be confirmed after the closing date
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months, with the possibility to extend for a further 6 months conditional on the allocation of funding.