Community Science Surveys of Urban Bird Diversity in Developing Nations

We seek a talented, motivated, and enthusiastic postdoctoral associate to take a leading role in this new project. The position is funded for two years.

The central aim of this project is to develop a community science method to survey bird diversity in cities in developing nations. The postdoc will oversee the project, coordinating with collaborators in Dakar, Nairobi, and Curitiba, and leading a project in Toronto. The only field work will be in Toronto - our collaborators will handle local logistics in the other cities, but the postdoc will have access to all of the data gathered across all 4 cities. The postdoc will have leeway to develop other projects that fit within the broad umbrella of our ongoing urban bird research, and will have access to a variety of existing datasets that we have already compiled. For the right person, this position offers a great opportunity to address important questions and make strong contributions in the field of urban ecology, while supporting experts in developing nations and empowering local communities in cities that are often overlooked in urban ecology research.


Required Qualifications:

• PhD in Biology or a related field

• Evidence of research excellence and potential

• Strong communication skills

• Strong quantitative skills

• Experience with studies of birds


Desired Qualifications:

• Experience working in Senegal, Kenya &/or Brazil

• Excellent bird ID skills (by sight and sound)

• Experience with community science projects

To Apply:

Email a current cv, contact information for 2 references, and 1 example publication to Dr. Fran Bonier ( by April 1st.


Position start date by June 1, 2022. Starting salary: $45K per year, plus benefits. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals.



Dr. Fran Bonier, Associate Professor

Queen's University Biology Department

Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 Canada

phone: +01.613.533.6000 x 77024

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photo credits

Derek Zaraza: Urban peregrine