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Job: Multiple Post-Docs in Freshwater Ecology, RPI, NY
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

The research group of Dr. Rick Relyea is moving to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and will be hiring multiple post-docs in the area of freshwater ecology. The research interests of the lab are broad, including disease ecology, ecotoxicology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, animal behavior, phenotypic plasticity, and predator-prey communication.  Systems of interest include wetlands, lakes, and streams. Experimental venues range from lab studies to mesocosms to in situ experiments. For more info, click here and here. Dr. Rick Relyea will also be serving as Rensselaer’s director of “The Jefferson Project,” an exciting and ambitious project to study a large lake (Lake George, NY) with “smart technology.”  This is a new collaboration of Rensselaer, IBM, and the Fund for Lake George with substantial resources. Of particular interest in this project is expertise with lake ecosystem function, experimental work in lake-based mesocosms, and food web modeling.  For more info, click hereRensselaer has a growing group of aquatic ecologists, superb facilities for aquatic research, and a beautiful field station on Lake George in eastern NY. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, research statement (including potential research projects), and a list of 3 references to Dr. Rick Relyea, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) in pdf format. The application deadline is September 1. The starting date is flexible. Interested applicants who are attending ESA are welcome to contact me and arrange a time to talk about the opportunities.

Job: PhD Fellowships in Ecosystem Ecology, Dartmouth, NH
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Dartmouth College is recruiting PhD students to join the Matthes EcoLab (matthesecolab.com) in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) program with positions starting in Fall 2015 (and potentially earlier, if desired). Research in the Matthes Lab focuses on landscape- to regional-scale interactions between climate change, land-use change, and ecosystem processes using a wide variety of tools and methods. Two particular ongoing research themes in the lab that PhD students can join include: 1) Coupled carbon biogeochemistry of ecosystems at the terrestrial-aquatic interface; 2) Understanding forest and wetland ecosystem responses to hydrological (drought and flooding) and biological (insect and pathogen) disturbances. However, the development of other projects in areas related to the broad themes in the lab is also supported. The application deadline for the EEB program is December 1, 2014. Please send an email to Jaclyn Hatala Matthes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it describing your research interests along with your CV well in advance of the deadline to notify her of your interest in joining the lab. You can learn more about the Dartmouth EEB program herePlease don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions regarding my lab, the program, and/or the application process.

Job: PhD opportunity in peatland biogeochemistry, Alaska
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Four Years of Graduate Research Assistant Support (PhD) for a qualified individual to study response of peatland ecosystems to climate change at Michigan Technological University, in collaboration with The University of Alaska (Fairbanks) and Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research site. Four years of NSF support are anticipated for research, tuition and stipend, to work in the Alaska Peatland Experiment.  In this experiment they are manipulating the presence of sedges and Ericaceae as well as water table to understand their interactive effects on peatland carbon cycling. 

Job: Staff Scientist, NC
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

W.K. Dickson & Co., Inc., a Civil Engineering Consulting firm, is seeking an energetic Staff Scientist. To be considered, candidates must possess a BS or BA with a natural resources and/or GIS related focus, and 0 to 3 years of professional experience.  Responsibilities will include a wide variety of natural and physical resource studies, including wetland delineation, stream assessment, protected species survey, and restoration site evaluation, design and monitoring.  GIS competency is required, as is overnight travel and field work throughout the Southeast.  Strong writing and analytical skills are preferred. The company offers a very competitive salary and other excellent benefits in a progressive, career development environment. Interested candidates may respond in confidence with resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Leaping out of the lakes: Invasive mussels spread across America
Monday, 04 August 2014 13:34

By Dan Egan – Journal Sentinel 

The last line of defense today against the next zebra mussel invasion of the Great Lakes is a rule that requires overseas freighters to flush their ballast tanks with mid-ocean saltwater before the ships nose into the first navigation lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway. To compel captains to follow this rule, Canadian or U.S. officials board every vessel entering the Seaway and sample each ship's ballast tanks. If a boat fails its salinity test, the skipper basically has a couple of options. For full article, click here.

Wetlands essential for migrating mallards, MU researchers find
Monday, 04 August 2014 13:31

By Eleanor Hasenbeck – The Maneater – July 29, 2014

A recent study involving MU researchers found that wetland sanctuaries, including many Missouri wetlands, are seeing plenty of use from migratory waterfowl. Researchers captured 20 female mallards in their breeding grounds in Saskatchewan, Canada, and 20 more in their wintering grounds in northern Arkansas. They attached satellite harnesses to the ducks and let them fly, tracking their flight patterns for about two years. Data was collected from 2010 to 2012 and band analysis was completed earlier this year. The study is the first of its kind, in that satellite technology allowed researchers to track birds across their entire North American migration route. The satellite technology showed how the waterfowl used wetland sanctuaries with unprecedented accuracy. Researchers were able to see the ducks’ exact position, within 18 meters, on a computer screen as they made their way north and south. For full story, click here.

LA: Wetlands growth in Wax Lake shows what diversions could achieve
Monday, 04 August 2014 13:26

By Mark Schleifstein – NOLA.com - The Times-Picayune – July 29, 2014

The stems of wetland plants formed a stubble across a wide swath of newly-created mud flat at the southern end of the Wax Lake Outlet near Morgan City, part of a new delta fed by the Atchafalaya and Red rivers along the center of Louisiana's coast. An alligator floated just offshore Tuesday morning, as a group of state scientists and members of environmental groups explained how this growing delta represents the only significant addition of new land to the state's coastline in close to a century. They said the new land, more than 18 square miles formed since the early 1970s, is providing hope that man-made sediment diversions along the Mississippi River could produce similar results by 2035, as predicted by the state's coastal Master Plan. It's also helping scientists design diversions to try to rebuild land elsewhere in the state. For full story, click here.

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