We seek an outstanding early-career scientist to model the population dynamics and effects of disease mitigation strategies on wildlife species. The postdoc will work with two different systems: sylvatic plague in prairie dog colonies and white-nose syndrome in bats, developing decision models that can inform management decisions. The primary objectives for this post-doctoral position are, for both plague in prairie dog colonies and white-nose syndrome in bat colonies: 1) to refine existing models of population dynamics and disease transmission, including pertinent sources of uncertainty; 2) to simulate the consequences of different mitigation actions or portfolios of actions to identify optimal mitigation strategies; 3) to develop a visualization tool to assist managers with decision making; and 4) to recommend a monitoring approach to evaluate the effectiveness of implemented mitigation actions, reduce uncertainty, and inform future mitigation decisions.
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