Fellowships, Graduate Opportunities/Internships and Awards

Fellowships

ARIZONA

NatureNet Fellow at Arizona State University - climate change, biodiversity, and business (Posted 5/27/16)

The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at Arizona State University are pleased to solicit applications for the NatureNet Science Fellows program, a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship program aimed at bridging academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change. For more information, go here or directly here. Applications due by July 1, 2016.

CALIFORNIA

Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program - CA (Posted 4/22/16)

U.S. Geological Survey Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program: Remote Sensing of Rangelands to Support Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Location: Menlo Park, CA. Work Schedule is Temporary - Full Time NTE 2 Years. For more information go here or here. Job Announcement Number: PAC-2016-0238. Apply by May 2, 2016.

COLORADO

Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity - CO (Posted 4/22/16)

U.S. Geological Survey Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program: Investigating geologic archives of past climate, hydrology, and carbon dynamics in Alaska for evidence of forcing, feedbacks and sensitivity on multi-decadal to millennial time-scales. Location: Denver, CO . Work Schedule is Temporary - Full Time NTE 2 Years. For more information, go here or here. Job Announcement Number: PAC-2016-0247. Apply by May 2, 2016.

FLORIDA

Fully funded PhD position in Tropical Sustainable Development, focusing on ecotourism and reforestation - University of Florida (Posted 5/27/16)

The Spatial Ecology and Conservation (SPEC) Lab at the University of Florida is seeking applicants for a fully funded 3-year PhD position in tropical sustainable development, focusing on ecotourism, with a geospatial focus, starting Fall, 2016 (although later start dates may be possible if needed). The stipend will be 13,000$ per year (9-month position), with all tuition covered and health insurance provided. F or more information, go here. Applications submitted prior to June 1st, 2016, will receive full consideration, but will continue reviewing applications after that point until the position is filled. 

Fully funded PhD position in Tropical Forest Ecology and Conservation - University of Florida (Posted 5/27/16)

The Spatial Ecology and Conservation (SPEC) Lab at the University of Florida is seeking applicants for a fully funded 4-year PhD position in tropical forest ecology and conservation, with a strong geospatial focus, starting Fall, 2016 (although later start dates may be possible if needed). The stipend will be 22,000$ per year (12-month position), with all tuition covered. Applications submitted prior to June 1st, 2016, will receive full consideration, but will continue reviewing applications after that point until the position is filled. F or more information, go here.

IDAHO

Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecosystem Modeling, Boise State University (Posted 2/18/16)

The Department of Geosciences at Boise State University is seeking a qualified and enthusiastic scientist-colleague for a postdoctoral position in dynamic ecosystem modeling of sagebrush-steppe ecosystems. The position is funded through grants from the NASA Terrestrial Ecology and EPSCoR programs and the Joint Fire Science Program. For more information, go here.

LOUISIANA

Internship Opportunity for NSF Graduate Research Fellows (Posted 5/4/16)

Seeking a NSF Graduate Research Fellow (GRF) interested in mapping, modeling or empirical approaches to better understand the environmental factors leading to relict cypress forests across geographical drought and salinity gradients. The study will be supported by long-term data on regeneration and production from a research network across the southeastern United States (northern Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast, Mississippi River Alluvial Valley). The NSF research fellow may choose to use Lidar data, Landsat images or other available data to determine if water dynamics affect regeneration failure in cypress swamps, or if the problem is more directly related to climate and/or landuse change.

NSF’s Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) provides $5000 in travel funds to facilitate interactions between GRFs and U.S. Geological Survey researchers for up to 12 months. GRIP opportunities are made possible by a NSF – USGS partnership to support GRF professional development and network expansion at federal facilities.

GRFs must submit a GRIP proposal via NSF Fastlane by May 6th, 2016. Interested GRFs should read the descriptions of our internship opportunity (see links below) discuss the opportunity with their advisors, and then schedule a time with us to discuss the internship.

Best,Dr. Beth Middleton, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center; ; 337-266-8618.

A description of internship opportunity can be found here. NSF’s GRIP site. USGS’s GRIP site.

Doctoral Fellowships, Environmental and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. Program, University of Louisiana Lafayette

The Department of Biology will be awarding University of Louisiana Fellowships and Louisiana Board of Regents Fellowships to Ph.D. students entering Fall 2016. UL Fellows are funded for 3-4 years and have limited teaching responsibilities, while BoR Fellows are funded for 4 years and have no formal teaching duties. Stipends are up to $30,000 per year (with tuition waiver). Eligibility requirements include US citizenship (or permanent residency) or degree from a US institution. They will also have teaching and research assistantships available for incoming Ph.D. students. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors. Their contact information and research interests can be found at the departmental website and its link to our graduate programs. The Department of Biology has approximately 80 graduate students and 25 graduate faculty members conducting research on a wide variety of topics.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Mendenhall Postdoc Opportunity - Temporary (Posted 4/22/16)

U.S. Geological Survey Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity: Mapping and Understanding Ecosystem Changes in Southwestern U.S. using 30+ Years of Landsat Imagery: Hot Spots, Cold Spots, and Everything in Between. Location: Sioux Falls, SD. Work Schedule is Temporary - Full Time NTE 2 Years. For more information, go here or here. Job Announcement Number: PAC-2016-0246. Apply by May 2, 2016.

WASHINGTON, DC

Openings for Fellows in Postdoctoral Program in Natural Resources and the Environment Resources for the Future

Resources for the Future (RFF) located in Washington, DC currently has the following openings for several postdoctoral researchers.

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Energy Efficiency
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Uncertainty Quantification for the Carbon Cycle and Policy Implications
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Resilience in Coastal Communities to Repeated Hurricanes
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Forest Carbon Tracking
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Ecosystem Service Valuation and Conservation
  • Energy Sector Quantitative Modeling and Policy Analysis Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Energy and water modeling of Arizona and the Southwest

For more information, click here.


Graduate Opportunities/Internships


UNITED KINGDOM

Internship with WLI Programme team, UK (Posted 5/26/16)

Wetland Link International is seeking an Intern to support the development of the programme, based at WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, UK. The 9-month internship is fully-funded, covering travel tot he UK, accommodation while here and all living costs. For more information, go here. The deadline is the 17th June, with interviews by Skype or phone on the 22nd June.

ALABAMA

MS assistantships and intern positions in Forest Ecology and Management (Posted 5/24/16)

Several MS assistantships and intern positions available immediately. The work will be in forest ecology and/or forest management.

The positions are at Alabama A&M University's Forestry, Ecology and Wildlife Program in Huntsville, Alabama. The projects are focused on various aspects of the ecology and management of mixed forests. The assistantships are for 2 years, while the internships are for 2-3 months, with some possibility for
further support. The compensation is $20,000 per year.

The Forestry, Ecology, and Wildlife Program at Alabama A&M University is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. It trains undergraduate, MS, and PhD students. North Alabama is heavily forested and beautiful with abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.

Desired qualifications: for the inters - good work ethic, ability to work outdoors, and ability or desire to learn how to identify tree and other plant species, and carry out measurements of environmental and vegetation
variables.

For the graduate students: a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Strong academic record and GRE scores. Enthusiasm for and interest in some aspect of forest ecology or forest management. We are committed to diversity, so women, minorities, and applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply: Interns - send your resume and contact information for three professional references.
For graduate students - send a brief letter of interest/cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and email and phone number of three
professional reference to: Dr. Luben Dimov at or . For additional information, email or call
256-372-4545.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Aquatic Biogeochemistry (Posted 3/31/16)

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama has an opening for a full-time postdoctoral associate. The position requires a PhD in Oceanography, Marine Science, or Aquatic Chemistry, or similar field, and expertise in Nitrogen Cycling and familiarity with membrane inlet mass spectrometry and or molecular techniques.

The successful applicant will join a newly funded study of nitrogen cycling in the Gulf. Thye will be combining molecular techniques and N cycling rate measurements that will ultimately provide information relevant to oil impact on coastal ecosystems. Highly motivated candidates with (i) demonstrated record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and (ii) with strong analytical techniques are encouraged to apply and to incorporate their interests into the project. The post-doc will work closely and under the direction of Dr. Behzad Mortazavi at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The position is initially for 12 months, beginning as soon as it can be filled with the possibility of renewal for additional years.

Applications should be submitted by email as a single pdf to Dr. Behzad Mortazavi () and include: CV, statement of research interests, one-page summary of Ph.D. thesis, minimum of three letters of recommendation and statement of immigration status of non-citizens. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

REU Coordinator - Samford University (Posted 3/30/16)

Samford University seeks a Coordinator of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Birmingham, AL. For more information, click here. Job Number: GRNTMT.

Internship: forestry program - Alabama A & M University (Posted 3/1/16)

An internship for a full time field technician is available at the Forestry Program in Alabama A & M University (Huntsville, AL). Knowledge on forest trees and mensuration is required. Salary is $20k per year. Please contact Dr. Chen for details or application ().

ALASKA

Internships at Wilderness Education & Sustainable Living Center in Remote SE Alaska (Posted 5/6/16)

The Wrangell Mountains Center (WMC) in Anchorage, Alaska is seeking summer interns for their upcoming 2016 summer season. For more information, go here.

Graduate Research Assistantship - Vegetation change in northern Alaska (Posted 3/1/16)

A graduate research assistantship at the Masters level is available with Dr. Robert Hollister in the Department of Biology, Grand Valley State University (GVSU). The project is working to document and understand vegetation change in northern Alaska associated with climate change.For more information, go here. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

ARIZONA

Postdoctoral Research Microbial Biology - Arizona State Univ. (Posted 5/24/16)

Postdoctoral Researcher on "Microbial biology and geochemical processes of contrasting ecosystems: from desert to tropics" at the School of Life Sciences (SOLS) and the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. For more information, go here. JOB #11580. Review of applications begins on June 15, 2016.

New PhD program in ecological and environmental informatics - Northern Arizona University (Posted 3/29/16)

New PhD program in Informatics and Computing Program (ICP) at Northern Arizona University. The Ogle Lab at Northern Arizona University (NAU) has openings for one or more PhD positions in the general area of “ecological synthesis,” with specific research foci related to: (1) synthesizing long-term data from field experiments in the context of process-based models of soil CO2 production and transport to quantify factors governing soil carbon dynamics in semi-arid ecosystems, especially as related to depth- and time-varying contributions of plants and microbes (this work is in collaboration with Elise Pendall at Western Sydney University), (2) integrating individual-based models of tree growth with large literature, forest inventory, and tree-ring databases to quantify variation in tree functional traits across 300+ tree species, and to evaluate the importance of within and among species variation in functional traits for tree growth and mortality (in collaboration with Jarrett Barber in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at NAU), (3) synthesizing diverse data sources on plant and soil water dynamics to understand the antecedent environmental and ecological factors controlling plant-soil-water relations in arid and semi-arid ecosystems, and to identify the time-scales over which antecedent conditions influence such processes, or (4) synthesizing nitrogen and carbon isotope tracer data to determine rates of nitrogen transformations in hot springs, taxon-specific microbial element transformations using quantitative stable isotope probing, and activities of the central metabolic network in soil communities, including new approaches to determining microbial carbon use efficiency (in collaboration with Bruce Hungate and Paul Dijkstra in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at NAU). For more information, go here.

ARKANSAS

M.S. Assistantship: Mapping Arkansas’s ash resource and determination of mortality and regeneration trends (Posted 2/18/16)

The School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is seeking applicants for a M.S. Assistantship available beginning August 16, 2016. The assistantship is half time and carries an annual stipend of $15,000 plus tuition. For more information, go here. Position #: 2016-006

CALIFORNIA

8 Ecology Internship Opportunities in Los Angeles with the Arroyo Seco Foundation (Posted 5/24/16)

The Arroyo Seco Foundation (ASF), is a Los Angeles based environmental non-profit that is dedicated to preserving the Los Angeles River Watershed. ASF recently established the Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery in 2014 to collect and propagate native plants from seed and cuttings. The nursery serves as a central location for education and nursery stock for habitat restoration. ASF has also received a grant from Patagonia's World Trout Initiative to author a restoration plan to restore Rainbow Trout in the Arroyo Seco, a crucial tributary of the Los Angeles River system.

Currently seeking applications for interns from various backgrounds:

Ecology Interns (3): Will assist in the Patagonia Project. Skills that are needed for the project require hiking ability into mountainous terrain to survey for aquatic species. A qualified candidate will also have experience using GPS and GIS technology to record habitat information. Basic plant ID will also be a valuable skill. Equipment for the internship will be provided by ASF and its project partners.

Environmental History Intern (1): This internship position will require less field work. The intern will look through primary sources for flood history of the Los Angeles River and Arroyo Seco. The intern will assist ASF staff in developing a history of flood structures that will be used in the habitat assessment in the Patagonia Project.

Environmental Engineering Intern (1): This intern position will work with local engineers to assess dams in the Arroyo Seco and create a plan to improve structures. This will also be used in the Patagonia Project.

Nursery Intern (3): This internship program will assist nursery operations. Background in California flora is required. The program will also involve hiking through rough terrain. A candidate will assist in propagating vegetation and assisting ASF in carrying out restoration projects.

The internship period will be three months, with the possibility of extending the program. Part time and full time commitments are acceptable. Recent graduates are preferred, however, current graduate or undergraduate students will be considered. Please contact David C. Banuelas ((323) 405-7326 or
) directly for more details. To apply please email a resume and a brief statement of interest, and state which position you are interested in and if seeking full time or part time. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by June 5th to be considered.

Postdoctoral Research Associate -- plant and fire ecology
(Posted 5/24/16)

The Department of Biological Sciences at Humboldt State University (HSU; Arcata, CA, USA) is seeking a full-time, 12 month Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of plant and fire ecology. For more information, go here.

Full Time Ecology Lab Technician Position (Posted 5/4/16)

Hiring a full time research technician based at the University of California Riverside for a one year appointment starting in June 2016. Responsibilities include a combination of field and laboratory activities in support of ongoing projects by postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates in the lab. The position also features some interactions with citizen scientists and outreach to stakeholders. The successful candidate should be highly responsible and organized, self-motivated, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Experience with some ecological research in field and lab setting is beneficial.  This could be an excellent position for someone looking for more experience before pursuing a graduate degree. To apply (or for inquiries) send Darrel Jenerette () a cover letter describing your interests and background and a current CV/resume as a single pdf.

Postdoc: Dr. Van Savage, UCLA, McDonnell Foundation grant (Posted 5/4/16)

A two-year post-doctoral position is available (start date flexible, can start as early as July, 2016) in the group of Dr. Van Savage in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. This position will be supported by a recently awarded McDonnell Foundation. Savage combines mathematical models with analysis of large datasets to uncover insights into biological systems. The overall goal is to better understand, both empirically and theoretically, higher-order interactions in biological systems that range from drug combinations that may slow antibiotic resistance to consumer-resource interactions in food webs. In this context, higher-order interactions means beyond pairwise interactions that involve three or more objects. The project has the potential to involve theory development, numerical simulations, and data analysis. Savage will mentor the postdoc in designing and conducting research projects, writing papers, giving talks, and applying for jobs. For more information, go here.

COLORADO

PhD student opportunity in Remote Sensing of Alluvial Sandbar Dynamics in Grand Canyon (Posted 5/4/16)

Funding is available for a PhD student to study alluvial sandbar dynamics on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. The research objective is to better understand the highly localized nature of eddy sandbar responses to hydrologic regime, at the event scale (such as during floods) as well as longer-term morphodynamics. The project will make use of an extensive data set from 40 autonomously operating digital camera systems ('remote cameras') which have been providing oblique high-resolution color imagery, up to 12 times per day, for several years (at some sites, going back to 2008). This wealth of data can be used to explore sandbar responses to flows at a range of timescales (from hours to years) as well as other important aspects of the river corridor such as vegetation encroachment and erosional processes. Additional data sets include (annual or sub-annual) ground-based topographic surveys, and other remote sensing data sets derived from aerial imagery (collected in 2005, 2009, and 2013). The PhD funding will include full tuition, stipend, and health insurance. The student will be based at the Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics Lab, advised by Dr. Sankey, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, and Informatics and Computing Program, Northern Arizona University. The student will also work closely with USGS GCMRC (Grand Canyon Monitoring Research Center) research scientists – specifically Dr Daniel Buscombe, Dr. Paul Grams and Dr. Erich Mueller - and a large group of academic and government researchers working in Grand Canyon and throughout the Colorado River Basin. The project will involve georectification of oblique imagery into planform imagery using a network of surveyed ground control points at each site. The student will contribute to the development of automated or semi-automated algorithms for the segmentation of sandbars from georectified images, and the continuing development of a novel approach developed at GCMRC to extract 3D topographic data from imagery, thus potentially providing a means to estimate sandbar volumes. The ideal candidate should have, or is keen to develop, skills in a high-level programming language such as Matlab/Python/R/IDL; an interest in image processing/photogrammetry and/or remote sensing; a background in geomorphology, geology,hydrology, engineering, computer science or related discipline. Although this is designed as a PhD position, qualified applicants seeking a M.S degree may be considered. Candidates interested in the position should contact Dr. Sankey at .

PhD Opportunity at Colorado State Univ. (Posted 5/2/16)

Opportunity for a PhD student interested in investigating the mechanisms of drought tolerance and water-use in grasses. The supply of water through the plant hydraulic system is fundamental to understanding the growth and survival of plants under a range of conditions, but little is known about grass hydraulic responses to variability in soil moisture.  Seeking a PhD-level student to help us investigate how this important growth-form responds to- and recovers from- drought. The research involved in this project will initially focus on investigating mechanistic explanations for the decline in plant hydraulic conductance on a model species (maize), and then will expand these results to investigate how these mechanisms vary among a wider range of grass species from natural plant communities.  We are seeking applicants with an MS degree in plant ecophysiology (or related field), but all applicants with experience in plant physiology or ecophysiology and a strong quantitative background will be considered. Ideally, the successful applicant will begin school in Fall 2016, but start dates in January 2017 will also be considered. This position will be funded in part through a full-time seasonal appointment through the USDA in combination with a teaching assistantship (1 semester per year) in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University. If you are interested in this position please send your current CV and a cover letter summarizing your experience and interest in plant ecophysiology/plant hydraulics to both Troy Ocheltree (,
webpage:troyocheltree.wordpress.com) and Sean Gleason (). 

Postdoc: USGS, ecosystem services modeling (Posted 3/1/16)

The USGS Fort Collins Science Center is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in ecosystem services modeling. The researcher will collaborate with a large and diverse scientific team within and beyond USGS in modeling ecosystem services in the U.S. at national and subnational scales. The postdoc will work as part of the USGS Sustaining Environmental Capital (SEC) Initiative team. The goal of the SEC Initiative is to better enable managers to account for the benefits people receive from ecosystem services and provide guidance for using ecosystem service information in management decisions by developing, integrating, and enhancing decision tools and information. The envisioned SEC Initiative will have a physical presence (policy coordination and science efforts) and virtual (on-line) presence referred to as the SEC Dashboard. Research responsibilities will be associated with: applying ecosystem services mapping, modeling, and valuation approaches and tools at the local and regional scales; 2) use of natural capital accounting in natural resource management; and 3) integrating ecosystem services data and tools into the SEC Dashboard for use in public land management decision-making.

Work will primarily be conducted at the Fort Collins Science Center, Colorado. Qualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen within 5 years of receiving a PhD. Experience in GIS and biophysical modeling is required. Experience using ecosystem services tools such as ARIES, SolVES, and InVEST is desired and programming experience using R, Python, or Java is a plus. Compensation is approximately $76,000/year and funding is for up to two years. They seek a candidate able to relocate to Ft. Collins, Colorado and begin work as soon as possible.

Please contact Rudy Schuster, or Ken Bagstad, for more information.

Undergraduate Student Positions - Summer Field Season - University of Colorado (Posted 1/28/16)

The Johnson Laboratory at the University of Colorado is actively seeking applications for undergraduate student positions for this summer field season. They are looking for independent, self-motivated undergraduate students who are passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology and conservation. Currently they are exploring the following project:

1. Global change and aquatic ecosystems: In collaboration with the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, this project is focused on lakes and reservoirs along the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Broadly, they are working to understand the short and long-term effects of climate change, nitrogen deposition and invasive species on biological interactions within these systems.

Check out the following websites:
http://www.colorado.edu/mrs/home
http://www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/pieter/index.htm

To apply for undergraduate research experience send an application package that should include (i) a cover letter that states the project you are most interested in, previous professional experiences, and why you would like to work for the Johnson Laboratory (ii) a current CV (iii) and (iiii) and potential start date. Please send compile the application package into a PDF (one document) and email to with the undergraduate summer research in the subject line.

CONNECTICUT

Postdoc in evolutionary ecology - University of Connecticut (Posted 5/27/16)

A postdoctoral research position in evolutionary ecology is available in Dr. Mark Urban’s laboratory at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The postdoc will join an NSF-funded project to explore how immigration and rapid evolution determine the resilience of natural communities and ecosystems to the climate-fueled increase in a top predator in temporary ponds using a combination of whole-pond manipulations, experimental evolution in the field, and genomics.

As winters have warmed, the marbled salamander has increased its abundance and distribution in ponds in New England. Previous research demonstrates wholesale changes in communities and ecosystems when this top predator colonizes a new pond. We will explore if immigration of new community members or rapid evolution can mediate these changes. The postdoc will participate in all aspects of the project, including whole-pond manipulations, common garden experiments, field-based observations, genomic studies, and analysis. Additional responsibilities include written and oral communication of research results and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The successful applicant will have completed a PhD degree in ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, or a related field prior to the start date. An excellent publication record, strong organizational and communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to work independently are required. Preference will be given to scientists with experience in one or more of the following areas: evolutionary ecology, common garden experiments, genomics, and fieldwork with pond amphibian and invertebrate communities. The position can start September 2016 – February 2017 with a strong preference for the earlier dates. The position is for 2 years conditional on exemplary performance. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. To apply, email Mark Urban () via email 1) a cover letter that explains your fit to the research position, what novel insights or skills you would add, and your potential start date; 2) a complete CV with publications and grants; and 3) the names of two references. Review of applications will begin June 7th and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, contact Mark Urban ()

Highstead Accepting Applications for Conservation Internship (Posted 5/24/16)

Highstead in Reddig, CT is seeking Conservation Interns for Fall 2016. Interns will work with ther Senior Conservationists to implement research, outreach, and policy projects that advance priority conservation initiatives. The paid internship will run 12 weeks, from September 26, 2016 to December 16, 2016. Ideal candidates will be recent graduates of a Bachelor’s or Master’s-level program with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for landscape ecology, conservation finance, land conservation, and forest policy. For more information about the internship and how to apply, click here.

FLORIDA

Project Managers or Postdoctoral Researcher (Posted 5/24/16)

Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida seeks applications for a project manager for an ecology of infectious disease project on agricultural development and human schistosomiasis.  The project involves rigorous development and deployment of social surveys, environmental sampling and a field trial to explore the top-down and bottom- up effects of agricultural practices on schistosome (trematode) infections in aquatic snails and humans, as well as the effects of these practices on crop production.  The candidate must speak French and be willing to spend substantial portions of the year in Senegal, Africa.  Although we prefer candidates with PhDs, we are willing to consider candidates without PhDs who have prior experience. Ideal candidates will have skills/experience in several of the following areas: ecology/biology of infectious disease; epidemiological study design; human subjects research; field biology; hydrology or digital elevation modeling; GIS; social survey development; project management, ideally international in scope; environmental and ecological field methods, such as aquatic biodiversity sampling, water quality measurement or crop productivity assessment; conducting research in developing countries; statistical analysis; manuscript writing and communication of scientific results. The candidate must be highly organized, resourceful, creative, independent, hardworking, capable of working with and supervising a team, comfortable with fieldwork, and a strong English writer.  

This candidate will be a member of the laboratory of Dr. Jason Rohr in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) but he/she will be part of a broader interdisciplinary team of empiricists and mathematical modelers from UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Monash University, and Senegal. We are ultimately looking for the most promising and productive candidate whose skills most complement our present research team.  The start date is flexible, but earlier start dates are preferred.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, brief statement of research interests (<2 pages), and list of references as a single pdf to Dr. Jason Rohr () with the subject line of the email reading “Postdoc Application (insert last name)”.  For example: Postdoc Application Smith.

The position will remain open until filled.

Research Technician/Lab Manager position: Florida State University
(Posted 5/4/16)

Department of Biological Sciences, Florida State University seeks a Research Technician/Lab Manager. The research technician/lab manager will help support an exciting portfolio of research projects focused on the topics of coral reef resilience, ecological state change, marine protected area design and evaluation, marine spatial planning, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Research in the lab is interdisciplinary, and focuses both on addressing fundamental questions in marine ecology and on applying ecological insights to conservation, management and policy. The job will include diverse responsibilities, so the ideal candidate is excited to participate in a range of practical aspects of ecology. The research technician/lab manager will be expected to assist with setting up and managing a new lab, including purchasing supplies and equipment, organizing the lab, recruiting and coordinating undergraduate research assistants, and developing and maintaining a lab website; assist with data acquisition, management, processing and analysis; help with parameterizing and running simulation models; participate in local marine fieldwork in coastal, intertidal and possibly subtidal habitats; and conduct literature reviews and assist with preparing scientific manuscripts and presentations, with the potential to be involved as a co-author on papers. The position will be based in the Department of Biological Sciences at FSU, supervised by Dr. Andrew Rassweiler, but will also work closely with Dr. Sarah Lester in FSU's Department of Geography.

Qualifications: Required: Bachelors or Masters degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, or a related field;  strong quantitative skills and/or interest in developing those skills; some experience with programming or scripted analysis; demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently; strong initiative and problem-solving skills.

Preferred (but not required):- AAUS certification- experience operating small boats- proficiency with GIS

Terms: Ideally the position would start in August 2016, but start date is flexible. Anticipated appointment would be for one year, with potential for continued employment contingent on performance and availability of funding. Salary commensurate with experience.

How to apply: Apply by submitting a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF to .

Contact information: Contact Dr. Rassweiler () with any questions.

Open until filled: This position will remain open until filled.  

Application review will begin on June 1, 2016, although all applications received before June 15 will receive full
consideration.

Two PhD Assistantships in Agroecology - University of Florida (Posted 4/27/16)

University of Florida PhD Assistantships in Agroecology: Two PhD graduate research assistantships available Summer, 2016 through a joint collaboration of the Agronomy and Soil and Water Science Departments. Agroecology is a diverse, interdisciplinary program with a core curriculum of crop, soil and water science courses that emphasize sustainability, resource management, valuation of ecosystem services, system productivity, and profitability. This project will focus on water scarcity management in diverse agroecosystems. The two available positions will cover water use in forage systems, plant-soil-water interactions, and crop physiological responses under water stress. Applicants should have a MS degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Water Science, or related field. Students are required to develop a study abroad program for six months, also funded by the project. Experience with agronomic research, field and laboratory equipment, and publishing in a refereed journal are preferred, but not required. Expected outcomes include publication of the research in peer-reviewed journals, presentation of research at local and national meetings, development of educational materials, and participation in extension and educational programs. These graduate research assistantships are supported by the USDA/NIFA – NNF program. Candidates must be US citizens from under-represented groups, including Hispanic-Latino American and African-American. Inquiries regarding this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Jose
Dubeux, ; phone 850-526-1618.

Post Doctoral Scientist Position for Everglades Trace Gas Fluxes - Florida International Univ. (Posted 3/1/16)

A multidisciplinary team of researchers studying the carbon balance of Everglade wetlands is seeking a highly motivated Post Doctoral Research Associate with interests and expertise in micrometeorological measurements of trace gas fluxes. The candidate would be working on a recently-funded collaborative project between the labs of Drs. Steven F. Oberbauer (Florida International University) and Gregory Starr and Christina Staudhammer (University of Alabama) in association with the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER that expands on a long-term study of carbon dynamics within Everglades National Park. The postdoctoral scientist will be based at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The ideal candidate should have experience in eddy covariance techniques, including tower operations. The candidate should also have experience with QA/QC of large data sets, R or SAS programing skills and familiarity with Campbell Scientific data loggers and their programing. Research will be conducted in Everglades National Park in collaboration with the University of Alabama and. The candidate should also have the ability to work outdoors in tropical conditions. Specific responsibilities will include managing eddy covariance measurements, participating in ecosystem modeling, helping with chamber-level measurements of carbon exchange, and taking the lead in key project publications. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in biophysics, plant physiological ecology, micrometeorology or related fields. A driver’s license is required, and boating experience highly desirable. Applicants interested in applying should sent the following materials to Steven Oberbauer () with subject line Everglades Postdoc Application: CV, research statement, pdfs of three publications and a list of three references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin March 11, 2016. The position will remain open until filled. For more details regarding the position please contact Steven F. Oberbauer () or Gregory Starr ().

PhD position in tourism analytics (climate change impacts; Big Data analytics) at the University of Florida (Posted 2/8/16)

Looking for a motivated, quantitatively proficient student to work on analysis of (1) climate change impacts and (2) user-generated content (blogs, photographs, mass media) in relation to tourism. Strong preference will be given to students with quantitative skills such as computer programming, web analytics, Big Data analytics, statistics, and/or GIS. Finding includes a nine-month Research Assistantship with tuition waver. Interested students please send Dr. Andrei Kirilenko the following: (1) statement of research interests (2) CV, and (3) contact information for three potential references. Suitable candidates then will be asked to submit an online application for graduate studies. For details, go here.

Graduate Assistantships in Biogeochemistry- Univ. Central Florida

The Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab at the University of Central Florida is recruiting motivated students interested in pursuing a masters or doctorate degree in Biology with a research focus on wetland or coastal biogeochemistry. For more information, go here.

GEORGIA

M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development (at least 2 positions) (Posted 5/2/16)

Seeking MS students (at least 2 positions) to join the vibrant team of freshwater ecologists at the University of Georgia in the fall of 2017.

The selected candidates will pursue studies in urban freshwater ecology in Georgia. The work will broadly focus on understanding interactions between water infrastructure and community and ecosystem ecology in the Oconee River Watershed. The selected candidates will work actively with local stakeholders to prioritize research activities and to  select research sites.  Applicants must meet the entrance requirements for the Odum School.

Additional required qualifications: AB, BA, or BS in biology, environmental science or related field Evidence of experience completing successful independent research projects Desire to work within interdisciplinary teams.

Desired qualifications: Experience conducting research in freshwater systems, especially with water chemistry and/or aquatic organisms Experience working with non-governmental organizations to address environmental problems.

Review the Capps, Rosemond, and Wenger websites to learn more about the on-going research in our labs. Please contact Dr. Krista Capps () with questions. If you are interested the positions, please send Krista (1) a two paragraph description of your research interests and relevant work/educational experience, (2) curriculum vitae or resume, (3) university transcripts, and (4) GRE (and TOEFL if applicable) scores (unofficial copies are acceptable).

Drs. Capps, Rosemond, and Wenger will be in Sacramento for the annual Society for Freshwater Science meeting and are happy to discuss research opportunities in freshwater ecology at UGA.

IDAHO

Botany Internships (Posted 5/4/16)

Chicago Botanic Garden has Botany Internships with the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming. For more information, go here. Closing Date: Monday May 16, 2016.

Doctoral Assistantship in Modeling Food, Energy, and Water Systems (FEWS) (Posted 3/1/16)

The Department of Geosciences and Human-Environment Systems Initiative at Boise State University seeks applicants for a funded PhD assistantship in modeling of coupled Food, Energy, Water Systems (FEWS) to begin in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017. For more information, go here.

Forest Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling Assistantship - Univ. of Idaho (Posted 2/9/16)

Dr. Tara Hudiburg is seeking a PhD student to join her Ecosystem Modeling lab at the University of Idaho in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences. The student will assist in ecosystem modeling and field research focused on how disturbance and climate affect carbon, water, and nutrient balance in Northern Rocky Mountain forests. The student will be expected to oversee and help install field plots with automated equipment for measurement of sap flow, soil respiration, net primary production, and solar power systems. Field experience with ecosystem measurements is required.

Previous ecosystem modeling experience is not required, however applicants should have spatial analysis skills, quantitative skills, be willing to learn at least one programming language (such as R), and have interest in modeling forest ecosystem processes. Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively are essential. Completed MS degree with a publication history is strongly preferred.

Graduate research assistant funding is available for 4 years starting in May 2016 (preferred) or August 2016 (stipend ~$21,000 per annum w/ paid tuition and health insurance). The university is an AA/EEO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

For more information, contact Tara Hudiburg (). To apply please email Tara Hudiburg () a cover letter describing your research interests, goals and relevant experience, a complete CV, college transcripts, GRE scores and contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. After the selection, the successful candidate will apply to be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies of the University of Idaho; detailed information about the application procedure for national and foreign students is available online.

Graduate Research Assistantship (PhD) in Remote Sensing Ecosystem Science (Posted 1/12/16)

The Department of Geosciences at Boise State University currently has an open graduate research assistantship (GRA) starting summer or fall 2016 to study the response of northern peatland ecosystems to increased temperature and elevated atmospheric CO2 with remote sensing. For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecosystem Modeling, Boise State University (Posted 1/12/16)

Professors Alejandro (Lejo) Flores and Nancy Glenn in the Geosciences Department at Boise State University, are seeking a qualified and enthusiastic scientist-colleague for a postdoctoral position in dynamic ecosystem modeling of sagebrush-steppe ecosystems. For more information, go here. Applications are now being accepted and the position will close when filled.

ILLINOIS

Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Institute of Environmental Sustainability (Posted 5/27/16)

Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Environmental Sustainability seeks a Research Associate (MS prepared) or Post-Doctoral Fellow for a 6-month research position (with the possibility to renew depending upon performance and availability of funds) to co-manage two large-scale experimental Great Lakes coastal wetland restoration projects. The successful candidate will work with the research team to implement mechanical biomass-harvest restoration of 200+ acres of invasive-species dominated coastal wetlands in northern Michigan, assess ecological responses, and will work toward complete utilization of harvested invasive plant biomass for energy production or agricultural composting. The candidate will help manage the research laboratory in the IES, mentoring IES undergraduate and graduate students in the project. This is a 6-month full time Research Associate/Post-doctoral fellowship position supported in part by an EPA GLRI research grant and a Michigan DNR Invasive Species Grant. The Research Associate/ Post-doc will report to the Institute of Environmental Sustainability Director, and will begin on July 1, 2016 and end December 31, 2016. For more information, go here.

Graduate Research Assistantship in Riparian Buffer Management - Southern Illinois University (Posted 4/27/16)

The Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) announces the availability of an M.S. research assistantship beginning August 16, 2016. The assistantship includes an annual stipend of $17,856 and a tuition waiver. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers, graduate students, and a laboratory coordinator led by Karl W.J. Williard and Jon E. Schoonover, who are investigating water and soil quality responses to various management practices in agricultural watersheds. The project will focus on identifying and assessing functional indicators of restoration success of riparian buffers in southern Illinois. Research will include significant field and laboratory components.

Qualified applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, forestry, soil science, biology, chemistry, or a related discipline. Please email a letter of interest and resume to Dr. Karl Williard, by May 18, 2016 for full consideration. Please contact Dr. Williard with any questions at 618-453-7478.

Two M.S. Research Assistanship positions in Fisheries Biology and Eastern Illinois University (Posted 2/18/16)

Two Graduate Research Assistantships at Eastern Illinois University:

Project 1: Assessment of the Demographics of Sauger in the Wabash River
Project 2: Shovelnose Sturgeon Reproductive Biology in the Wabash River

Description: Two graduate student positions are available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University starting July 2016 (early start date negotiable). These positions come with a full tuition waiver and $1280/month stipend. Boat operation experience and general knowledge of fisheries field/lab techniques is preferred and a minimum GRE score of 309 and GPA of 3.3 is required. Please send a letter of interest, your CV, undergraduate transcripts, and your GRE scores to: Dr. Robert E Colombo | Associate Professor, Office: 2027 - Life Science, Phone: 217-581-3011, Email: , Website. Co-advisors for project: Dr. Eric K Bollinger, Professor, Dr. Scott J. Meiners | Professor

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stream Microbial Ecology - Loyola Univ. Chicago (Posted 2/9/16)

Loyola University Chicago (LUC), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral associate, with expertise in the area of stream microbial ecology. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. For more information, go here.

INDIANA

PhD Position -Applied Earth Sciences - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (Posted 4/27/16)

The Department of Earth Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) seeks a motivated student
interested in pursuing a PhD in Applied Earth Sciences. The student will work on a USDA-funded project investigating the buffering effect of no-till agriculture on crop yield, nutrient use efficiency, and leaching potential through field simulation, greenhouse experiments, and data synthesis. The position is available from August 2016, and will be supported through research and teaching assistantships that provide a competitive stipend, tuition remission and health insurance. The student will be co-advised by Lixin Wang and Pierre-André Jacinthe, and will work in close collaboration with the Remote Sensing group led by Lin Li. Applicants must hold a Master degree in earth sciences, hydrology, environmental sciences or related disciplines, and have strong oral and written communication skills.

IUPUI is Indiana's premier urban public research university, currently enrolling more than 30,000 students. In 2011, IUPUI was ranked 3rd by U.S. News and World Report in “Up-and-Coming National Universities”. Indianapolis is a very livable city with a wealth of outdoor, cultural, and sporting activities. The department of Earth Sciences has a wide variety of analytical facilities including LGR and Picarro water isotope analyzers, IRMS facility, and wet chemistry laboratories equipped for soil, water and plant analysis.

To apply, please send a copy of your application materials (statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts, GRE score, TOEFL score if applicable, and contact information of three referees) to Dr. Lixin Wang () or Dr. Pierre-André Jacinthe (). Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Seasonal Ecological Field Technician (Posted 2/19/16)

Hiring 4-5 undergraduate students or recent graduates and one experienced crew leader to assist with a long-term forest management project at NWSA Crane in southern Indiana.

This is a great paid opportunity, with free housing provided, for young scientists to gain research experience in a large scale applied ecology project—please forward to motivated undergraduates in your lab or program.

Duties will include: installing research plots; vegetation monitoring and identification; invasive species monitoring; sample processing; implementing midstory removal treatments; and entering data. Additionally, technicians may assist with fire research activities on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE); help with Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC) projects near Purdue; and assist with possible work at Hoosier National Forest.

Information about the Saunders lab and project can be found here.

Qualifications:

  • Major in biology, forestry, wildlife, or other natural resource based field
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Ability to work in extreme conditions of southern Indiana, including traversing rough terrain while carrying field equipment in high temperatures and inclement weather
  • Preference will be given to applicants with problem solving skills, ability to work without direct supervision, and evidence of high quality work
  • Preference will be given to applicants with strong plant identification experience, knowledge of forestry principles, and familiarity with ecological research methods

Approximate Hours per Week: 40 (four 10-hour days)

Duration: May through August 2016, potential extension to Fall 2016

Compensation: $10-13/hr, housing is provided

Number of Positions: 4-5 technicians, 1 experienced crew leader

To apply: Send résumé, cover letter, and contact information for at least two references by April 1, 2016 to: Skye Greenler, (), and Kalli Dunn ()

IOWA

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in the Ecology of the C Cycle - Iowa State Univ. (Posted 5/27/16)

A postdoctoral position is available to work on how plant species invasion and altered precipitation will impact C cycling in southern U.S. grassland
systems.  The objectives of the project are to assess how productivity above and belowground, microbial composition and functioning, nutrient
mineralization, decomposition, mycorrhizal colonization, and soil C are impacted by conversion of native to exotic-dominated grasslands and altered
precipitation.  The responsibilities of the fellow will be to oversee the collection of data with team members, statistically analyze metagenomic data
sets, and to write and submit  manuscripts and reports.  The fellow will work jointly in the labs of Brian Wilsey and Kirsten Hofmockel at Iowa State
University in Ames, IA.  Ames has been voted as one of the nicest small cities in which to live in the U.S.  Required qualifications are a Ph.D. in
ecology or a related field, and interest in the objectives of the project and the ability/desire to learn new techniques.  Preferred qualifications
include a background in soil microbial metagenomics, molecular techniques, and/or statistics.  To apply, please submit a CV, a cover letter expressing
interest, and a pdf of at least one published manuscript to Brian Wilsey () by August 1, 2016. The position is for one year with a
possibility of renewal.  ISU is an EO/AA employer.

Funded MS/PhD position in ecosystem ecology--seeking immediate applicants (Posted 3/29/16)

Seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working MS or PhD student for a funded position in ecosystem ecology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. The student will work on a highly collaborative interdisciplinary project investigating the controls on greenhouse gas emissions and nitrate leaching from agricultural and restored grassland landscapes in Iowa, with a focus on ephemeral wetland environments. Background in soil or plant ecology or biogeochemistry is desirable, and previous research experience is essential.

Interested candidates should contact Steven Hall (stevenjh [at] iastate.edu) /as soon as possible/ for admission in the fall semester of 2016. Field work could potentially begin summer 2016. More information about our laboratory can be found here.

Graduate Assistantship in Entomology at Iowa State University

A graduate assistantship for a Ph.D. candidate is available in the research group of Aaron Gassmann in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University. Current research within this group focuses on insect resistance management, integrated pest management, agroecology, and interactions between agricultural pest insects and crops producing insecticidal toxins derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Possible research topics addressed through this assistantship could include: dispersal behavior of insect pests, life-history trade-offs that accompany the evolution of insecticide resistance, computer modeling of resistance evolution, and geographic variation in resistance to insecticides by agricultural pest insects. Interested individuals should send a cover letter describing their research interests and career goals, the names and contact information of three references, and a curriculum vitae to Aaron Gassmann (). Iowa State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

KANSAS

Assistant Researcher - Univ. of Kansas (Posted 4/27/16)

A full time assistant researcher position is available to explore soil microbial ecology with the Sikes Lab at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS). For more information, go here. Position Number 00066808. Application review begins May 15, 2016. The deadline to apply is May 14, 2016.

KENTUCKY

MS Assistantship in xerohydric flatwoods (Posted 5/4/16)

Graduate research assistantship available toward a MS in Watershed Science through the Watershed Studies Institute (WSI) at Murray State University with Paul Gagnon. The position examines ecological and edaphic controls of species composition in post oak flatwoods of xerohydric wetlands. Stipend is $12,000 per year with opportunity to apply for additional funding in second year; complementary room can be arranged for the student at Hancock Biological Station on Kentucky Lake. Includes the opportunity to work closely with USFWS and NRCS professionals. Position begins August 15, 2016, by which time applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in biology or a related field and have demonstrated interest in field-based and/or quantitative ecological research. To apply, *combine the following into a single PDF file* and send as an email attachment to by May 27, 2016 with the subject titled “Graduate Research Position”: 1) a combined letter of introduction and essay not to exceed 2-pages summarizing your relevant background, experience, career goals, and interest in this position, 2) resume/CV, 3) unofficial transcript, 4) 3 academic references, 5) test scores from the GRE.

LOUISIANA

Graduate opportunity: Water quality, Louisiana State University (Posted 3/29/16)

Seeking a motivated student to pursue an MS graduate degree in Watershed Sciences. The student will conduct intensive water quality sampling in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya Rivers. The goal of the research is to assess transfer and environmental fate of riverine carbon and nutrients. Minimal qualifications include a background in water quality or a similar discipline (e.g. hydrology, soil science, environmental chemistry, environmental toxicology, etc.). A strong work ethic and the ability to work both as part of a team and independently are critical. The student must possess a valid U.S. driver's license.

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 2-3 references to . Missing any of the above documents will not be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start date is expected to be in the summer semester of 2016.

Multiple M.S. Assistantships in Wetland Ecology - Nicholls State University, Louisiana (Posted 2/29/16)

The Wetland Plant Biology Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Nicholls State University is seeking to fill multiple M.S. positions beginning in the summer/fall of 2016. Students will earn a M.S. degree in Marine and Environmental Biology.d For more information, go here.

MAINE

PhD Research Assistant Dam Decision-Making - Univ. of Maine (Posted 5/24/16)

University of Maine, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solution is seeking a highly qualified and motivated student interested in sustainability science research. The student will work with Dr. Sharon Klein and an interdisciplinary team of researchers on a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to examine the economic, technological, ecological, social, and political trade-offs associated with different kinds of dam decisions in New England. Research will include techno-economic analysis of different hydropower systems and stakeholder-engaged multi-criteria decision analysis, including interviews, focus groups, and surveys with dam decision-makers, as well as computer modeling. For more information, go here.

PhD Graduate Assistantship – Ecological Genetics of Maine Fishes (Posted 5/24/16)

Kinnison Lab, University of Maine, School of Biology and Ecology has a position for a PhD Graduate Assistantship – Ecological Genetics of Maine Fishes. For more information, go here. Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is hired

Undergraduate Summer RA positions in Marine Ecology and Oceanography (Posted 2/18/16)

The Downeast Institute Undergraduate Research Assistants Summer, 2016 is pleased to offer two undergraduate research assistantships for the summer of 2016. Assistants will participate in an interdisciplinary NSF- funded project examining how larval dispersal interconnects blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) populations along the Gulf of Maine coast. Students will work as part of a team with faculty and graduate students from the University of Maine,the University of Massachusetts, and Northeastern University. Specific tasks will include shore -based intertidal and boat - based water column sampling, laboratory analysis of field samples, and computer analysis of ecological and physical oceanographic data. Students are encouraged to specialize on a subset of these tasks and develop independent projects on related topics. Participants will be based at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in South Bristol, ME, though the project will require periodic multi-day field trips to the Acadian region of Maine. For more information, go here.

MARYLAND

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Movement Ecology of Estuarine and Marine Fishes (Posted 5/24/16)
 
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research fellow who will use animal telemetry and environmental data to evaluate movement behavior and habitat use of estuarine and marine fishes.  The fellow will assist with acoustic and likely satellite tagging of sharks and rays in Chesapeake Bay and the US Mid-Atlantic region. The fellow will analyze resulting data as well as existing acoustic telemetry data for Cownose Rays, Blue Catfish and Common Carp. Analyses will focus on identifying spatial and temporal patterns in habitat use across the coastal/estuarine interface. Analyses will include the development of statistical models relating distribution patterns to environmental conditions and forcing factors including seasonal and long- term changes in temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and other factors depending on data availability. The resulting models will be used to identify spatial correlates of predator distributions, predict seasonal shifts in habitat use and potential changes in habitat use related to climate change, and help guide conservation and management decisions.  

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in biology, ecology or fisheries, peer- reviewed publications, professional presentations, and demonstrated interest in public outreach.  Applicants also need strong skills with statistical and geographic information system (GIS) analyses.  Skills using acoustic and satellite telemetry technology, data visualization tools or advanced statistical analyses (such as habitat use metrics, movement patterns, mixed-effects models or Bayesian analysis) are preferred.  The position is funded for 2 years.  The stipend is $48,000/year plus health insurance.  For best consideration, send letter of application, CV, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (scanned copies are fine), and names of three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) by June 3, 2016 to Dr. Matthew Ogburn (), SERC, P.O. Box 28, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028.  For more information on SERC, go here.  EOE. Review begins June 3, 2016, open until filled.

Land Stewardship Intern -  Eastern Shore Land Conservancy - MD (Posted 5/11/16)

Purpose: In efforts to preserve the prime farmland, wildlife habitats, and unique natural assets of the Eastern Shore, ESLC assists landowners in exploring and implementing various conservation options for their properties, such as conservation easements. To ensure the ongoing preservation of these special places, ESLC visits landowners and inspects preserved properties on an annual basis. The Stewardship Intern will play an instrumental role by helping ESLC carry out these responsibilities. For more information about the Conservancy, please refer to our website at www.eslc.org.

Job Duties: The Stewardship Intern will assist in monitoring their conservation eased properties by making site visits, observing and documenting changes to the properties, and completing and filing monitoring reports for each visit. The Stewardship Intern will also assist the Stewardship Manager with various administrative tasks as needed.

Training/Benefits: In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to the preservation of the unique farmland on the Eastern Shore, the Land Steward Intern will receive experience in easement monitoring, stewardship management, and land conservation. $1,500 paid stipend, plus mileage.

Qualifications & Skills Required: The ideal candidate will be pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, or a related field. The candidate should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, enjoy working with people, interest in the land conservation field, and the ability to spend long days in the field hiking and collecting land-based property information. Strong technological skills necessary. Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle required.

Location: The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is located at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center located at 114 South Washington Street, Easton, Maryland.

Time Commitment: Full time: 40 hours/week for time agreed upon.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Megan D’Arcy, Stewardship Manager at Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, 114 South Washington Street, Easton MD 21601 or by email at .

Communications Intern - MD (Posted 5/11/16)

Potomac Conservancy seeks an energetic and creative team player to join our Communications Team. The Intern will work closely with the Communications Manager, assisting her with online content management to raise awareness and inspire action for local clean water initiatives. As a member of our team, you will be instrumental in helping the Conservancy inspire and build a growing movement for clean water! This is a great opportunity to support the inner workings of a dynamic nonprofit and expand multiple professional competencies. For more information, go here. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2016.

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Summer Camp Counselor Internship (Posted 2/22/16)

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is a private, non-profit located on the Eastern Shore in Grasonville, Maryland dedicated to creating the next generation of Bay stewards by providing “hands-on, feet-wet” environmental education. Their summer camps allow students to explore life around the Bay through science, environmental studies, arts, and recreation. Their summer internship program offers great experience for college students interested in any of these fields of study: education, environmental studies, recreation, or biology. These are unpaid internship positions; however we work with interns to secure college credit from their schools and a living stipend may be available. For more information, go here.

MDE Volunteer Corps – Intern (Posted 2/22/16)

The Maryland Department of the Environment has an ongoing opportunity to work with the Wastewater Permits program on various projects that protect the State’s water resources. The intern/volunteer be taught about permit registration and implementation requirements for industry. The intern/volunteer would also see first hand how pollution prevention is protecting our local waters. The intern/volunteer would also be involved in modernizing our filing system to improve efficiency. Those interested should contact: Nadine Hailey at .

Graduate opportunities in urban ecology and ecosystem services - Univ. of Maryland

Seeking two graduate students to start Fall 2016 to work on questions in urban ecosystem ecology, green infrastructure, and urban ecosystem service assessment at the University of Maryland. For more information, go here.

MICHIGAN

Coastal Wetland Monitoring Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Central Michigan Univ. (Posted 5/27/16)

College of Science and Engineering, Central Michigan University seeks a Coastal Wetland Monitoring Post Doctoral Research Fellow for a full-time 12 month appointment. For more information, go here.

Research Associate - Adjunct Post-Doc–Great Lakes Estuary Hydrodynamic Modeling - Grand Valley State University (Posted 5/27/16)

The post-doctoral associate will work with a diverse research team from the Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University (AWRI-GVSU) and NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (NOAA/GLERL) to develop a 3D hydrodynamic model of the Muskegon Lake estuary and assess ecosystem changes and impacts to eutrophication, HABs, and hypoxia resulting from stressors such as anthropogenic pollution and climate change. For more information, go here. Closes June 1, 2016.

Postdoctoral Position in Sustainable Agriculture, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan (Posted 4/27/16)

Mission: The School of Natural Resources and Environment’s overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society.  Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.   

Position Description: A postdoctoral position is available starting September of 2016 at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. I am looking for a highly motivated postdoc who is interested in questions related to sustainable agriculture and food security. My research group uses a variety of quantitative methods, including remote sensing, GIS, econometrics, and structured household interviews to assess how farmers perceive, respond, and adapt to environmental change. Ideally the interested candidate will be well versed in remote sensing, working with large datasets, and/or leading large-scale household surveys.

Position Details: Competitive salary will be provided based on qualifications. The position is initially for one year, with potential to extend to two years based on performance, funding and need. 

Qualifications and Application Instructions: Preference will be given to applicants with publication experience, programming experience in R, Python and/or Google Earth Engine, remote sensing and GIS experience, and/or experience conducting large scale household surveys. Applicants can come from a wide range of Ph.D. backgrounds, including geography, sustainability science, agricultural sciences, economics, and environmental sciences. If interested, the following application materials should be emailed to , with the email subject of “Postdoc Position Application”: (1) Cover letter describing general research interests, (2) CV, (3) One representative manuscript (preferably first authored and published), and (4) List of 2 references with contact information (email).

Postdoc - Biogeochemistry and Stable Isotope Ecology(Posted 3/29/16)

A postdoctoral research associate position is available at Michigan State University to work on a U.S. Department of Energy funded project in the lab of Dr. Lisa Tiemann, collaborating with Drs. Sarah Evans, Maren Friesen and James Cole (project website). The labs involved in this project work across several departments including Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Integrative Biology and Plant Biology. The recently funded project is focused on understanding linkages between the rhizosphere microbiome and the plant transcriptome that control plant C allocation in support of N acquisition. We envision this research associate will focus on soil biogeochemical assays and stable isotope analyses (including 15N pool dilution and 13CO2 pulse-chase coupled with stable isotope probing), but may also include microbial genomics and transcriptomics.

The position will include some combination of the following activities: Assisting with field work in research sites across Michigan and Wisconsin; conducting and/or coordinating biogeochemical analyses, including stable isotope pulse-chase experiments and stable isotope probing; molecular work including DNA and RNA extraction, high-throughput quantitative-PCR, and sample preparation for sequencing; data analysis and manuscript preparation; presentation of results at national and international scientific meetings. In addition, the research associate will assist with lab organization and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and engage in a stimulating research environment created by multiple researchers working on coordinated aspects of the project. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. with a research focus in soil ecology, soil microbiology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or a closely related field with preference given to those with experience in isotopic methods. Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes: A strong publication record from their Ph.D. (papers published, in press, or submitted); creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things; excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

The position is renewable annually for up to 4 years, contingent upon funding and/or job performance. A start date of September 1, 2016 is preferred, but alternative timelines will be considered and should be noted in the cover letter. All questions about the position and application materials should be submitted via email to: .

Applications should include: 1) a brief cover letter (no more than 2-pages) that highlights past research accomplishments, how your previous experience will benefit this project and your future research goals; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) names and contact information for three references.

MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications (Posted 3/1/16)

The U.S. Department of Energy is pleased to announce the Office of Science is now accepting applications for the new Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program for the 2016. The SCGSR program will support supplemental awards to graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months. The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. For more information, go here. Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday May 11, 2016.

Seasonal Research Technicians in Ashland, WI (field-based) or Rhinelander, WI (greenhouse-based) (Posted 2/18/16)

Position description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, is seeking three highly motivated seasonal research technicians for Summer 2016 to assist with a project investigating soil heating processes and the effects of soil heating on soil carbon, nutrients, seedbanks and hardwood regeneration in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Two technicians will be key assistants in vegetation, soil and fuels field measurements and sampling near Ashland, WI, and the third technician will be responsible for maintaining a seed germination study near Rhinelander, WI. However, all technicians will participate in field and greenhouse responsibilities during periods of high activity. The research technicians will be supervised by (and will work closely with) the Project Manager (Dr. Paulo Pereira) and will be responsible for performing all measurements and sampling related to the project. Opportunity will exist for highly motivated personnel to pursue mentored independent research related to the overall project goals. The abstract for the project is available here.

PhD position at Michigan Tech - Nitrogen Fixation and Denitrification in Streams (Posted 1/13/16)

A PhD position is available with Dr. Amy Marcarelli at Michigan Technological University to join a 5-year, NSF-funded study of the balance between nitrogen fixation and denitrification in streams and rivers across the United States. For more information, go here.

Graduate Student in Environmental Microbiology Fall 2016

A position is available for a master’s student in the lab of Dr. Stephen Techtmann in the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Tech University. Dr. Techtmann’s research is focused on understanding environmental microbial communities and their applications in environmental monitoring and remediation of contaminants. For more information, go here. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; the position will remain open until filled.

MINNESOTA

Post-Doctoral Associate - Univ. of Minnesota (Posted 4/27/16)

A post-doctoral researcher is needed to join a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota and The Land Institute  to continue development a new perennial grain crop from intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium (Host) Barkworth & D.R. Dewey). The incumbent will analyze data, write peer-reviewed papers, contribute to the design and development of new projects, and assume leadership in the collection and management of data from existing experiments related to the agronomy and agroecology of intermediate wheatgrass grain production systems. For more information, go here. Search Job ID: 309259.

Postdoc position - invasive species U of Minnesota (Posted 2/18/16)

Researcher sought with both basic and applied ecological interests and expertise; to develop successful strategies for invasive species (buckthorn) removal and subsequent management, to simultaneously constrain buckthorn recovery and recolonization, and enhance native diversity, composition, and abundance. ASAP or no later than May 1, 2016 through April 2018, with the possibility of an additional year. The position is located in St. Paul, MN. For more information, go here.

MISSISSIPPI

PH.D. Graduate Research Assistantship: Disturbance Ecology - Mississippi State Univ. (Posted 5/24/16)

A Ph.D. assistantship is available for a highly motivated student interested in disturbance ecology and wildlife conservation to join the lab of Dr. Marcus Lashley in the Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Department at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. For more information, go here. Apply by June 15, 2016.

PhD Assistantship in Coastal Sciences- Univ. of Southern Mississippi (Posted 5/6/16)

Graduate Assistantship in Coastal Sciences offered by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Coastal Sciences at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

Location: USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Salary: $19,200 stipend plus tuition. End Date: Until Filled

Description: The Department of Coastal Sciences at USM’s Gulf Coast Research Lab is pleased to announce the availability of a PhD research assistantship for a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funded research project examining food webs of reef fish in Mississippi waters using stable isotopes. The prospective student should have an interest in fisheries oceanography, experience in using stable isotopes in ecological studies and have a strong analytical background. The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is a marine/ coastal research and education enterprise sited in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and is a unit of The University of Southern Mississippi‘s College of Science and Technology.  GCRL has a workforce of 200 faculty, researchers, graduate students and support staff. Research at GCRL is multidisciplinary and applications-oriented with a focus on sustainable coastal and marine resources, development of new marine technologies, and the education of future scientists and citizens. Education opportunities span graduate degree programs in the Department of Coastal Sciences, undergraduate field courses in marine biology and hands-on discovery programs for
precollege students and teachers.

Academic requirements: Minimum GPA of 3.5, GRE verbal and quantitative percentiles of a minimum of 50%, and a 4.5 analytical writing score. Foreign students: minimum TOEFL percentile of 50%. To apply: If you are interested in applying for the Graduate Assistantship in Coastal Sciences offered by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Coastal Sciences:

Compile: 1.Cover letter; 2.CV –include your GRE scores (unofficial are fine); 3. Unofficial transcripts.

Please send requested information or any inquiries about the PhD assistantship to Dr. Kevin Dillon ()

PH.D. Graduate Research Assistantship: Disturbance Ecology (Posted 5/6/16)

Project Title: Understanding the role of resource pulses in ecosystem processes

A Ph.D. assistantship is available for a highly motivated student interested in disturbance ecology and wildlife conservation to join the lab of Dr. Marcus Lashley in the Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Department at Mississippi State University. The student will investigate how experimental and natural resource pulses affect wildlife and plant community dynamics indirectly by altering feral swine and white-tailed deer behavior. This research will span multiple systems across Mississippi with various types of resource pulses and primary and secondary consumer assemblages. Ongoing projects will give the candidate the opportunity to develop a dissertation related to experimentally-induced pulses of carrion, vegetation biomass, and vegetation quality, and natural resource pulses from plant mass seeding events. The student
will gain a wide variety of skill sets related to plant and animal community sampling techniques and statistical approaches, and the student will have the opportunity to serve in a mentoring capacity to several M.S. students working on related experiments.

Project duties include aiding in data collection and experimental design of ongoing projects and forming unique hypotheses and experiments for their own dissertation. Data collection in remote areas with harsh conditions will be required. The student will be expected to not only fulfill the requirements of degree completion but also to publish results in peer-reviewed journals.

Competitive candidates will have the following qualifications: 1) completed a M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology, Plant Biology, Ecology, or a closely related discipline, 2) evidence of successful collaboration, and 3) related research experiences. Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of strong oral and written communication
skills, strong quantitative skills, and a demonstrated publication record.

To apply, please submit via email a cover letter outlining your interest in the project and highlighting relevant experiences, a C.V., and contact information for 3 references. Applying before the deadline is encouraged because a candidate may be selected before the due date. The last date to apply is June 15, 2016. Projected start date is August 16, 2016.

Contact: Marcus Lashley,

Graduate research assistantships available - Forest Ecophysiology (Posted 3/1/16)

Graduate student research assistantships are available in the Forest Ecophysiology lab of Dr. Heidi Renninger in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University starting in the Fall, 2016. For more information, go here.

PH.D Research Assistant Position in Microbial Ecology (Posted 3/1/16)

A Ph.D student position is available in the research laboratory of Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn at the University of Southern Mississippi. This position is part of a 3 year funded NSF project that seeks to understand the relative importance of algal photosynthetic priming vs. photolysis in facilitating microbial-mediated (bacterial and fungal) organic matter decomposition in freshwater wetland ecosystems. The successful applicant is expected to have excellent communication skills, and will be creative, motivated and capable of working both independently and in a collaborative group setting. Applicants having experience in aquatic or microbial ecology would be considered a plus. A Master’s degree in biology, ecology, or closely related field is preferred; however, exceptional students with a B.S. degree will also be considered. Responsibilities of the Ph.D. student will include completing graduate coursework, research pursuant to the grant objectives, publishing their research findings, working with project collaborators, and participating in outreach related activities. The stipend for this graduate research assistantship is $20k/year and includes a full tuition waiver and health care benefits. The anticipated start date is negotiable. For more information, go here. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Graduate Student Research Assistantships - Aquatic Ecology

The Resetarits Lab at The University of Mississippi currently has openings for highly qualified PhD. students as Doherty Research Assistants in Freshwater Biology. For more information, go here.

MISSOURI

Graduate Research Assistantship - Department of Forestry - University of Missouri (Posted 2/29/16)

A graduate research assistantship at the PhD level is available with Dr. Benjamin Knapp in the Department of Forestry at the University of Missouri. This research project is designed to evaluate the ecological factors limiting oak regeneration in bottomland hardwood forests, determine effects of past silvicultural treatments on bottomland hardwood successional dynamics, and develop silvicultural protocols for regenerating desirable species in this forest type. This research project is a collaborative effort between MU Department of Forestry and the Missouri Department of Conservation, offering the successful candidate the opportunity to develop professional experience across organizations. For more information, go here. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

MONTANA

3-yr funded postdoc in species adaptive capacity and vulnerability to contemporary climate change (Bozeman, MT) (Posted 5/4/16)

*Pre-announcement for a 3-year postdoctoral research position*

An exciting research opportunity is opening at the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center on the Montana State University campus for a passionate postdoctoral researcher interested in patterns of species vulnerability and resilience to contemporary climate change, as they relate to adaptive capacity.  Adaptive capacity (AC) has been described as one of three main elements that influence vulnerability to climate change, in
addition to exposure and sensitivity.  Primary components of AC include dispersal and colonization abilities, evolutionary capacity, and phenotypic
plasticity. Because AC is poorly understood, it has often been excluded from climate change vulnerability assessments, and natural resource managers are hindered in their ability to consider AC in various analyses and conservation planning activities and decisions.  The successful applicant will draw from diverse literatures (e.g., genetics, ecophysiology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology), and from interactions with state and federal resource managers, other conservation practitioners, university and agency researchers, and NGO scientists to identify knowledge, management needs, and scientific gaps with regards to adaptive capacity.  Well-developed interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and a desire to collaborate with agency  scientists, resource managers, and university researchers from across the nation and world are required for success in this exceptional opportunity.  The researcher will lead the organization, progress, and completion of several peer-reviewed publications, and be centrally involved in organizing two
workshops and using input from numerous resource managers and researchers to develop a framework that will help natural resource managers and other conservation practitioners assess the likely AC of species within a local or regional biota in response to ongoing and projected climate change.
The successful candidate will be hired as a GS-11 Biologist after a nation-wide announcement on USAJOBS, and will be eligible for a benefits
package.  More information on benefits for USGS employees can be found here.

Highly qualified and interested individuals should contact Dr. Erik A. Beever (; +1-406-994-7670) and provide
your CV and a ~1-page statement of interest that outlines pertinent experience, general qualifications, and your graduate degrees and topics.  Do not
include your social security # or phone # in these documents.  Previous experience with ecological or species’ responses to contemporary climate
change, disturbance ecology, and species endangerment, as well as evidence of initiative, innovation, leadership, and sustained productivity in publications are important skillsets for this opportunity. General information on the project is available here (on the “Science” tab), and information on the researcher in whose lab the position will be physically located here.  His publication list is here. Information about the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center can be found at here and about its research staff here.

NEBRASKA

Postdoctoral Researchers – Two Positions in Plant-Microbe Interactions (Posted 5/24/16)

Two postdoctoral research positions are available in plant and microbial biology in the laboratories of Dr. Sabrina Russo (http://russolab.unl.edu/ ) and Dr. Karrie Weber (https://sites.google.com/site/ microbialbiogeochemistry/) at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  These positions are part of a multi-PI NSF-funded project investigating plant-microbe rhizosphere interactions in natural and agricultural systems. For more information, go here.

NEVADA

Botany Internships (Posted 5/4/16)

Chicago Botanic Garden has Botany Internships with the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming. For more information, go here. Closing Date: Monday May 16, 2016.

Ph.D. Position in Nevada Mountain Ecohydrology Lab

The Nevada Mountain Ecohydrology Lab in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science Department at the University of Nevada, Reno is expecting to hire a qualified Ph.D. student to start in Fall of 2016. Research in the lab group focuses on improving process-based understanding of snow- dominated watershed hydrology to advance resource management and model predictions. Projects typically integrate field and remote sensing observations with ecohydrological models. The specific research project has flexibility, but will investigate snow hydrology and water partitioning in the Great Basin and the larger Western U.S.

Students capable of working independently with a quantitative background are encouraged to apply.

Training in physical hydrology, engineering, remote sensing, or environmental science is appropriate.

Computer programming (e.g. Matlab, R, Python, etc.) and/or remote sensing and GIS experience is preferred. Students are also expected to be strong written and oral communicators. Ability to install and maintain field equipment (e.g. programming dataloggers, installing sensors, etc.) is a benefit. Many projects require the ability to work in remote areas and travel long distances over snow. For more information, click here. Please contact Dr. Adrian Harpold () with questions or send a CV and short letter of interest.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Postdoctoral Position in Biology Education Research (Posted 4/22/16)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position in biology education under the direction of Dr. Melissa Aikens in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. For more information, go here. Review of applications will begin April 25, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Graduate Student Assistantship - Environmental Studies - Antioch University New England - NH (Posted 4/22/16)

Seeking an outstanding student to pursue a Master’s of Science or PhD in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation Biology, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, or Environmental Education. The student would be based in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH.

The student’s assistantship would place them at the intersection of scholarship and practice as they coordinate research and educational
activities on Antioch University New England forest properties. Antioch’s two forested properties of 74 and 46 acres are within ½ hour drive of the main campus. These properties are ideal outdoor classrooms for student learning. The student manger will coordinate and lead outdoor educational walks, promote use, and coordinate all research activities following the goals and objectives of the management plans.

The successful applicant will receive a grant of $5,000/yr renewable for 2 yrs if an MS student, renewal for 3 yrs if a PhD student.

Applicant Eligibility: The successful applicant will coordinate the management, research and educational activities on Antioch’s forested properties under the supervision of AUNE Forest Director, Peter Palmiotto.

The ideal candidate should be interested in land conservation, management and education and be interested in conducting applied projects that inform land management, conservation, or educational strategies for University and surrounding properties.

The ideal candidate is interested in studying any of the following topics: wildlife ecology, human ecology, watershed or forest management, ecosystem processes, educational applications, landscape connectivity, or a related field.

Application Process: Students interested in any aspect of applied ecology and conservation are encouraged to apply as part of their application for admission to the ES MS or PhD degree programs. We ask candidates to describe how this position will enhance their academic goals at AUNE as a supplement to their ES admissions application. We encourage prospective students to contact us if they have any questions about the assistantship or the degree programs.

The selected student is expected to enroll at Antioch University New England in the Fall Semester of 2016. More details on the graduate programs can be found here and here.

Application materials will be accepted until June 1, 2016 or until a suitable candidate is found. For admission info, contact, Laura Andrews, Director of Admissions, For Assistantship info contact, Peter A. Palmiotto, Director of AntiochForests,

MS in Environmental Science & Policy and Graduate Research Assistantships - Plymouth State Univ.

Plymouth State University (PSU), Plymouth, NH, is inviting applications for its MS program in Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P). They offer expertise in areas of watershed ecosystems, hydrology, climate change, ecological economics, landscape ecology, and land use planning. Our curriculum emphasizes the relationships between science and policy, decision making for social and ecological sustainability and resilience, and science communication. Students in the program often collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations including organizations such as Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountain National Forest, NH Department of Environmental Services, Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Squam Lakes Association.

Students accepted to PSU’s MS in ESP may be eligible for graduate assistantships (GA) with PSU’s Center for the Environment. For academic year 2016-17, they anticipate GAs in the following areas:
1) Limnology and paleolimnology research projects on several lakes in Northern New Hampshire and Maine.
2) Phenology research on alpine and woodland flowering plants in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
3) Analysis of long-term environmental data sets.
4) Water chemistry dynamics and laboratory analysis.

Assistantships are available only to full-time students enrolled in the MS program in Environmental Science and Policy and typically provide a stipend of $8,000 and 15 credits of tuition per year. Applications to the MS in ES&P are submitted to PSU’s Graduate Studies. For more information, please go here and here or contact Associate Director of the Center for the Environment and MS ES&P Program Coordinator June Hammond Rowan ().

M.S. graduate assistant for EPA project on understanding values of water quality improvements in small streams

Plymouth State University’s (PSU) Center for the Environment (CFE) and the Masters of Science Program in Environmental Science & Policy seeks applicants for a unique and exciting graduate research assistant (GRA) position focused on understanding non-use values of water quality improvements in small streams for an anticipated EPA project.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with collaborators from Dartmouth College and regional and State partners to better understand how non-use values can be assessed and integrated into decision making in the Great Bay Watershed of New Hampshire and Maine. Great Bay is one of only 28 estuaries of National Significance and is facing impairment challenges in both the Estuary and its watershed.

Students with environmental science & policy, economics, and social science research backgrounds and interests are encouraged to apply. Previous experience interacting with stakeholders through interviews and/or focus groups is highly valuable as well as coursework and/or a strong interest in ecological/environmental economics. Priority will be given to applications completed and received by Jan. 30, 2016. All GRAs are for students accepted into the MS program in Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) and provide an excellent opportunity to work with a broader cohort of students and their mentors. Application requirements for the MS in ES&P are available on the ES&P Department website.

PSU is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender or religious preference. In addition, the project leaders have a strong commitment to enhancing research opportunities for under-served groups and they encourage individuals belonging to any perceived minority group to apply.

CFE facilitates interdisciplinary environmental research, education, and public engagement in the northern New England region. CFE engages in research and education in support of graduate student research and in meeting the needs of regional partners, such as the White Mountain National Forest, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Squam Lakes Association, NH Department of Environmental Services, and other environmental organizations. The PSU campus and the surrounding Lakes and White Mountains regions provide excellent facilities and an outstanding natural research laboratory.

Please contact Dr. Shannon Rogers for more information about the position and the application process:

NEW JERSEY

PhD Research Assistantship in Environmental Engineering (Posted 3/29/16)

A research assistantship is available in the Center for Environmental Systems (CES) at Stevens Institute of Technology to conduct transdisciplinary research on (a) soil/water/wastewater treatment of emerging contaminants using novel phytoremediation techniques, and (b) utilizing spent biomass for biofuels production.

Responsibilities: Fulfill the degree requirements of the Environmental Engineering PhD Program at Stevens, and conduct research related to the project.

Requirements: MS (completed or ongoing) in environmental, chemical, or biosystems engineering; minimum GPA of 3.3 (BS), 3.5 (MS), excellent GRE and TOEFL (for international applicants) scores; research experience in plant systems strongly preferred.

Location: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey

Start Date: Summer or Fall 2016

To Apply: Please email a resume and a brief cover letter stating interest for the position, and research experience in plant systems (if any) to Dr. Dibyendu (Dibs) Sarkar, and cc Dr. Christos Christodoulatos, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030; email: (Sarkar), (Christodoulatos). Website

NEW YORK

Post Doctorate Research Associate - Cuny-Advanced Science Research Center (Posted 5/24/16)

The City University of New York's newest facility, the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) is accepting applications for a post-doctoral research associate to work with Dr. Peter Groffman on Denitrification in agricultural and forest soils. For more information, go here. PVN ID: RC-1605-001172. Apply by July 12, 2016.

Post Doctorate Research Associate - Cuny-Advanced Science Research Center (Posted 5/24/16)

The City University of New York's newest facility, the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) is accepting applications for a post-doctoral research associate to work with Dr. Peter Groffman on Multi-scale coupled natural human system dynamics of nitrogen in residential landscapes.  For more information, go here. PVN ID: RC-1605-001173. Apply by July 12, 2016 (Or Until Filled).

Post Doctorate Research Associate - Cuny-Advanced Science Research Center (Posted 5/24/16)

The City University of New York's newest facility, the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) is accepting applications for a post-doctoral research associate to work with Dr. Peter Groffman on Urban ecosystem ecology in New York City. For more information, go here. PVN ID: RC-1605-001174. Apply by July 12, 2016.

PhD position in Great Lakes limnology and sensor technologies (Posted 5/6/16)

The Department of Biology/Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York has a graduate Teaching Assistantship beginning in August 2016 available to a full-time student interested in pursuing a PhD in either Interdisciplinary Bioscience & Biotechnology (IB&B) or Environmental Science & Engineering (ESE). The Teaching Assistantship includes a generous 12-month stipend that is eligible for annual renewal based on satisfactory performance as a teaching assistant in the Department of Biology and a tuition waiver.

The successful applicant’s dissertation is expected to focus on the REASON project, a high resolution water quality sensor network being constructed on the St. Lawrence River, which will form the basis of their thesis dissertation. The student will gain valuable training and experience in Great Lakes limnology and the use of emerging technologies used for assessing the impact of a changing environment on water quality.

To be eligible for consideration, students must be accepted to either the Interdisciplinary Bioscience & Biotechnology degree program in the Department of Biology or the Environmental Science & Engineering program in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University as a full-time student, with approval of the REASON project supervisor, Professor Michael Twiss.

The candidate must select one of two degree programs (IB&B or ESE) that can be found at the following website locations for information on the application process and degree requirements:

Interdisciplinary Bioscience & Biotechnology

Environmental Science & Engineering

Interested candidates are highly encouraged to contact Professor Michael Twiss for additional information on the project and degree requirements. Dr. Michael Twiss, Department of Biology, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5805, Phone: 315-268-2359, Fax: 315-268-7118, Email:

Closing Date: Until Filled

Graduate Assistantship in Forest Nutrient Cycling (Posted 5/6/16)

Ruth Yanai is seeking new graduate students (MS or PhD) to participate in a large collaborative project investigating above and belowground carbon allocation, nutrient cycling, and tradeoffs involved in multiple resource allocation. The Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) project has field sites located at Hubbard Brook, Jeffers Brook, and Bartlett Experimental Forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Since 2011, thirteen stands have been receiving N, P, N&P, and control treatments in 0.25-ha plots, with six stands receiving Ca treatments. Research in the MELNHE project includes soil respiration, soil mineralization, beech bark disease, leaf production by species,  foliar nutrient resorption, water use, mycorrhizae, forest productivity (among species and stand age classes), and snail and arthropod diversity.  More information on the project can be found at here.

They also offer opportunities to contribute to uncertainty analyses. QUEST (Quantifying Uncertainty in Ecosystem Studies) is a Research Coordination Network led by Yanai and others. Learn more here.

They welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in forest ecology, nutrient cycling, and uncertainty analysis. Applicants should be self-motivated, excited to work as part of a multi-investigator project, have laboratory and field experience, and be comfortable living and working in a group setting. A field crew blog from previous years is available here.

Ideally, students will be able to start in June 2016, to become familiar with the field sites and our research activities before starting classes in late August.

Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching assistantships. A stipend, full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a summer position with the field crew in New Hampshire will be provided. Prospective students may apply to the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management or the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, both at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.

They appreciate communicating with students as part of the application process. Students are encouraged to review MELNHE related data and publications and supply their own ideas for research in relation to the project. Prospective students should begin that conversation by requesting the password for Ruth's project materials from Mary Hagemann at .

M.S. Assistantships, Ecological Calendars for Climate Change Adaptation in the Pamirs, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (Posted 3/30/16)

The Kassam Research Group at Cornell University seeks applicants for M.S. assistantships focused in ecological calendars in the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia. For more information, go here or go here.

Post-Doc in Food Web Modeling - RPI, NY (Posted 3/1/16)

The Jefferson Project—an exciting collaborative research endeavor between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), IBM, and The FUND for Lake George—will be hiring a post-doc to develop food web models of freshwater ecosystems. For more information, go here. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive. The desired start date is April or May 2016.

Research Staff Openings (Darrin Fresh Water Institute) - NY (Posted 2/10/16)

The Darrin Fresh Water Institute is seeking research staff at various levels in Lake George, NY. For more information, go here.

NORTH CAROLINA

Research Assistants, Duke University (Posted 3/1/16)

The Bernhardt lab at Duke University is an interdisciplinary team conducting aquatic and terrestrial biogeochemistry research. This summer they are seeking enthusiastic and detail-oriented research assistants to join several ongoing research projects exploring,

• how development configuration and connectivity influences the delivery of stormwaters and contaminants in urban streams, • the effects of increased salt-water intrusion on North Carolina’s coastal ecosystem and communities, • environmental implications of nanomaterials on ecosystem processes, and • how the rates and patterns of stream metabolism vary within and across streams.

Successful candidates will gain hands on experience with a variety of biogeochemistry field sampling methods (e.g. water, soil, vegetation) in a variety of systems throughout North Carolina as well as experience with numerous analytical methods. Research assistants will be working with a large group of graduate students and research technicians affiliated with the Duke River Center.

Applicants must be comfortable spending long days outside in uncomfortable field conditions. Course work in environmental science, and previous field and lab work experience is preferred but not required.

Openings are full-time term positions available from late April/early May through the end of August with potential for extension into the fall. Please specify your availability in your application.

Please send one PDF file that includes 1) a brief cover letter (200 word maximum), 2) a single page resume, and 3) contact information for two references to Steve Anderson (). For more information on our research visit their website here, and here
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Research Opportunity: Refinement of Landsat/Sentinel-2 Water Quality Products/Integration of Landscape Change - EPA (Posted 2/19/16)

A research participation training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). This appointment will be served with the Exposure Methods and Measurements Division (EMMD) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information, go here.

Funded MS position at East Carolina University in biology and science education

A MS research position is available in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University, focused on biology and science education, starting summer 2016. Research projects are flexible, but center around technology use in K-12 or undergraduate biology classes. Ongoing research includes investigating the effective use of video games for young students to learn science process skills, comparing effective undergraduate scientific discourse in online versus face-to-face settings, and the use of simulations in Problem Based Learning undergraduate classes. Background in biology or science education required. North Carolina residency a plus, but not essential. MS program has potential to lead into a PhD program. Come join a newly formed cross-disciplinary collaborative unit of scientists and science educators (STEM CoRE) at ECU. For more information, contact Kristine Callis-Duehl ().

NORTH DAKOTA

Graduate (PhD/MS) opportunity in biology education (Posted 4/22/16)

The Momsen lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University is now accepting highly motivated PhD or MS graduate student to begin Fall 2016 or January 2017. Students can pursue a PhD in Biological Sciences and/or STEM Education or an MS in Biological Sciences.

Interested applicants should contact Jenni Momsen (). Fellowship support is available (including tuition waiver) and is renewable (pending progress) for up to four years. Teaching assistantships are also available. Additional details about the department and graduate program can be found on the NDSU Biological Sciences website and the STEM Edu PhD program website.

OHIO

Post-Doc Opportunities: Watershed Modeling (Wetlands & Green Infrastructure) (Posted 3/29/16)

Two post-doctoral opportunities in watershed modeling are available via Oak Ridge Institute of Science & Education (ORISE) and located at the US EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. All opportunities are for one year with potential to extend to at least two years based on available funding and EPA scientist recommendation. Please contact Dr. Heather Golden () and/or Dr. Charles Lane () with any questions about the opportunities.

Quantifying Wetland to Watershed Connectivity Research Project

Watershed-Scale Effects of Green Infrastructure

Graduate Research Positions in Invasion Ecology (Posted 2/29/16)

Two graduate positions are available for Summer/Fall semesters of 2016 in The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo. The two projects aim to enhance the monitoring and early detection efforts of agencies within the Great Lakes Basin. The first project will focus on enhancing a model of invasive species spread via Great Lakes shipping. The goal of the second project is to assess the feasibility of light-traps for efficient early detection of invasive species in their larval stages. The students will work with UT faculty and agency partners. These projects have budgets for student RA support for two semesters and two summers. It is expected that the students will qualify for TA support for the remaining two semesters of a two year program.

Successful applicants will have a background in ecology, fisheries, quantitative biology, GIS or statistics. In particularly, the modeling project will require good quantitative skills, experience with GIS, and a desire to learn ecological modeling techniques. If you have questions or are interested please contact Dr. Jonathan Bossenbroek (). For consideration, please provide a cover letter outlining your interests and background relevant to the project, GPA, GRE scores, and research experience to Dr. Bossenbroek

The application process can be initiated here. The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator and is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus.

Contact: Jonathan Bossenbroek, Ph.D., Associate Professor - Department of Environmental Sciences University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio 43606, Phone: 419-530-4595, .

MS and PhD opportunities in ecology at Wright State (Posted 2/3/16)

Seeking one MS student and one PhD student to join Dr. Katie Hossler laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State University. The general research focus of my lab is anthropogenic impacts on biogeochemical cycling at the aquatic-terrestrial interface,particularly within wetland ecosystems. Potential research areas include production/export of dissolved organic matter in created and natural wetlands and impacts of artificial lighting at night on carbon and nutrient cycling across aquatic-terrestrial boundaries; however, the focus of the dissertation research is negotiable.

Funding is available through a combination of graduate research and teaching assistantships, and the student may start as early as Fall semester 2016. For the MS, the student will be enrolled in Wright State's Masters of Science Program in Biological Sciences. For the PhD, the student will be enrolled in Wright State’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences PhD program.

Qualifications include: Bachelors degree in Biology, Ecology, or related discipline; GRE scores within the last 5 y; minimum GPA of 3.0; minimum IBT TOEFL score of 100 and ability to pass a verbal English test (foreign students only). Preferred qualifications include: Masters degree or equivalent experience (for the PhD student); interest and/or experience in field and laboratory research; strong written and oral communication skills; strong quantitative skills.

If interested, please send (1) a letter of intent describing your research interests and relevant work/educational experience, (2) curriculum vitae or resume, (3) university transcripts, and (4) GRE scores (unofficial copies ok for transcripts and GRE scores) to Dr. Katie Hossler at .

OKLAHOMA

Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Department of Biological Science (Posted 3/1/16)

A Post-Doctoral position is available in the Department of Biological Science at the University of Tulsa. This position is part of the highly integrative NSF EPSCoR project on the ecological and socio-economic impacts of climate variability in Oklahoma. This project includes Biologists, Ecologists, Climatologists, Hydrologists, Sociologists, and Economists from the University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and the Nobel Foundation. The Department of Biological Science at the University of Tulsa is serving as the biodiversity contingent of the project.For more information, go here. Open until filled.

OREGON

NSF-Sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates in Aquatic Ecology, Portland State University (Posted 5/6/16)

The Strecker Aquatic Ecology Lab at Portland State University in Portland, OR invites applications for an REU position on an NSF-funded project on the effects of hydrologic alterations and climate change on freshwater ecosystem connectivity and ecology on the Columbia Plateau. The candidate will have numerous opportunities to enhance their career by working with ecologists and other scientists, including members of the PI’s lab. The REU project will focus on a unique feature of some aquatic invertebrates, which can produce resting eggs that undergo prolonged dormancy in the sediment of waterbodies and hatch under favorable conditions. The project will examine a research question related to hatching success of zooplankton resting eggs in different environmental conditions and at different historical time periods.

A stipend of $5000 is available, in addition to $600 for help with travel costs to and from Portland.  On-campus housing will be provided for out of town students.

Application:
Applicants must provide online application form (http://goo.gl/forms/S4w5R0DbKE), including personal information, educational background, volunteer/work experience; contact information for two professors familiar with their academic performance; a ~500 word personal statement describing their experience, motivation, qualifications, research interests, and career aspirations

Selection Criteria: A background in ecology, biology, environmental science, or a related field, with a strong interest in aquatic ecosystems is required.  Previous research experience is not required.  Students from underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Additional selection criteria include:
Motivation and enthusiasm to develop research skills and techniques; Successful completion of college-level courses relevant to research; An academic record with consistent progress; Ability to participate in the entire 10 week program – start date is negotiable;.

Applications are due by May 17th, with a decision expected by May 31st.

Eligibility: Students graduating in the year of the program are not eligible. Students must also be United States citizens or permanent residents. Students must be enrolled in a community college, college or university and have good academic standing.  If accepted into the REU program, applicants will be required to provide an unofficial transcript before arriving.

Please contact Dr. Angela Strecker for more information ().

SOUTH CAROLINA

NSF supported Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Conservation

Seeking a Ph.D. student interested in the interdisciplinary aspects of conservation willing to undertake a far-reaching project with field work throughout the United States. The project as a whole involves assessing the coupled social and ecological processes underlying establishment and function of conservation easements. This student will be responsible for investigating the ecological condition of easements and coming up with metrics to characterize conservation function at multiple scales and for different land-use categories. The student will be in the Ph.D. program in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology under the direction of Dr. Rob Baldwin, yet will interact greatly with social and natural scientists throughout the university and at Conservation Science Partners. They are looking for a student with exceptional ability to work independently off campus, interact positively with landowners and county officials, be productive in a range of field and travel environments, and participate in analyzing and interpreting results from a large, interdisciplinary dataset. Competitive stipend.

Specific skills and interests: Spatial Ecology, Conservation Biology, Fine-scale Remote Assessment Land Use, Rapid Assessment of Ecological Condition in the Field.

Clemson University is a land grant university located in the Upper-Piedmont-Blue Ridge region of South Carolina. They are surrounded by lakes and southern Appalachia, and a half-day's drive from marshes and beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. At 22,000 students Clemson is a research university with an emphasis on quality of life and instruction, at all levels.

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

Please send a CV and email letter of interest to Rob Baldwin .

TEXAS

M.S. Assistantship - Department of Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences at Tarleton State University (Posted 5/27/16)

The Department of Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX is seeking a Master of Science student to research the restoration of native Texas grasslands. The studies focus on developing best management practices for converting bermudagrass pastures to native warm-season grasslands. The student may teach or assist with one or more sections of various wildlife science laboratories or classes, depending upon his or her qualifications. Out-of-state tuition waiver is possible.

To apply, submit a cover letter stating your interest in the position, a resume/curriculum vitae, a copy (unofficial) of your transcript, and a writing sample to the contact below.

Qualifications: Position requires a B.S. in ecology, agronomy, natural resource management, ecosystem sciences, rangeland ecology, biology, wildlife or other closely related field. The successful applicant will have strong quantitative skills. Experience using GIS is highly desirable, but not required. Preferred academic qualifications include a GRE score of at least 150 on both the quantitative and verbal sections (630 and 450, respectively, under the pre-2011 scoring system), and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

Salary: $1,200 per month; Start Date: 08/08/2016 or 01/01/2017; Last date to apply: until filled.

Expectations: The successful candidate is expected to complete a M.S. at Tarleton State University within 24 months. They will also produce and successfully defend a thesis and publish results in a refereed journal.

Contact Person: Dr. Jim Muir, Contact Phone: 254-968-4144 x207, Contact email:

MS Research Assistantship in Plant Ecology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Posted 5/6/16)

The Gabler Lab at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) seeks an outstanding M.S. student for a 2-year Graduate Research Assistantship in plant ecology or a related discipline. Research in our lab emphasizes climate change, restoration ecology, invasive species, and the intersections of these disciplines. We work mostly in coastal and freshwater wetlands, prairies, and forests of the US Gulf Coast, but opportunities exist in other systems and other parts of the world. The student will conduct research under the direction of Dr. Christopher Gabler at the UTRGV Brownsville campus within the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences and/or the Department of Biology (depending on the student’s specific interests).

UTRGV is a new university resulting from the merger of the University of Texas-Brownsville and UT-Pan American. The UTRGV campus in Brownsville, Texas is 45 minutes from South Padre Island National Seashore; 30 minutes from seagrass meadows, salt marshes, mangrove forests and algal flats of the Lower Laguna Madre estuary; and <20 minutes from coastal prairies, forests (hardwood, palm, and thornscrub), and numerous resacas and other freshwater wetlands. The Lower Rio Grande Valley’s subtropical climate and location on major migratory pathways make it a global hotspot for bird and butterfly diversity. Brownsville also boasts ample outdoor recreational opportunities, a low cost of living, and all the amenities of a large city.

A Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores of verbal 153 and quantitative 144 are required. The student must be able to communicate effectively both in writing and orally, and must be willing and able to work in difficult conditions (e.g., inclement weather, extreme heat, knee-deep mud). Prior laboratory or field research experience is preferred but not required.

This position includes a stipend of $1250 per month plus benefits and includes summer salary; however, if the student obtains independent summer support, the stipend will be $1600 per month. The preferred start date is July 1, 2016, but must be no later than August 29, 2016.

Interested applicants should email their CV or resume, unofficial copies of their GPA and GRE scores, a statement of graduate research interests (1-2 pages), and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Christopher Gabler (). Letters of recommendation can be sent separately by their writers.

All application materials must be received by May 27, 2016. The UTRGV application deadline for Fall 2016 admission is July 1, 2016.

For more information about the Gabler Lab, visit sites.google.com/site/cagabler. For more information about the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, visit www.utrgv.edu. For information about applying to graduate programs at UTRGV, visit www.utrgv.edu/graduate/index.htm.

Graduate Positions in Plant Ecology, Restoration Ecology, or Rangeland Ecology at Texas Tech University (Posted 5/6/16)

Outstanding and enthusiastic students are invited to apply for an MS or PhD to study plant ecology, rangeland ecology, or restoration ecology at Texas Tech University. Position will start by Fall 2016. This project offers the qualified student excellent opportunities to select her or his research topic. Students interested in plant ecology, range management, vegetation management, invasive species, restoration ecology, or plant distribution are encouraged to apply.

For inquiries or to apply, please send CV, transcripts (unofficial are fine to start), GRE scores, and names and contact info for three references to: Robert D. Cox, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources Management, MS 42125, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, phone: 806-742-2841, email:

Review of applications is ongoing, and will continue until a suitable student is selected.

Post Doctoral Associate in Climate Adaptation and Sustainability - Univ. of Texas at Austin (Posted 4/22/16)

The University of Texas Section of Integrative Biology has an opening for a full-time post doctoral research associate located at the USDA-ARS laboratory at Temple, TX under the direction of Dr. Philip Fay.  The post doc will conduct collaborative and individual research linking morphology and physiology with gene expression in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), to identify traits underlying climatic adaptation and sustainability in bioenergy feedstock production.  Research will prioritize examining linkages between above- and belowground traits in switchgrass genotypes from broad climatic origins in a long-term precipitation legacy experiment, and relate traits to ecosystem-scale processes and to gene expression studies conducted by collaborators. Research will also contribute to phenotype studies in switchgrass mapping populations.

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, biology, agronomy, forestry, or related field with specialization in plant ecology. Research experience on topics related to local adaptation, genotype x environment interactions, and linking traits to higher-order processes is strongly preferred.  The successful applicant will have technical skill in plant ecophysiology, soil moisture, soil temperature, and other micrometeorological parameters, a strong publication record commensurate with experience, strong organizational and communications skills, and an ability to work in an interdisciplinary collaborative setting.  The position is initially for one year, and renewable for two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Apply HERE. Position # 160321010712. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 9, 2016. Review will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Starting date: Negotiable.

MS Environmental Science Opportunity Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (Posted 2/8/16)

An Environmental Science MS opportunity is available with the Felix Research Group in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. The group’s research focuses on using stable isotope techniques to investigate the sources, transport, and fate of reactive nitrogen and volatile organic compounds in the environment. The group’s research across various earth systems provides a unique research experience that balances fieldwork with sample processing, sample analysis and development of novel stable
isotope analysis techniques.

The potential MS student’s research will use stable isotope techniques to investigate ammonia (NH3) emission sources in a South Texas coastal urban air shed, Corpus Christi, TX, U.S.A. NH4+ has been documented in the Corpus Christi air shed as a significant contributor to PM2.5 and although the area is currently within the 3-year PM2.5 attainment rule, there is a reported increasing PM2.5 trend in this region. PM2.5 attainment strategies for urban areas will rely on knowledge of NH3 sources and NH3 atmospheric chemistry and data provided by this study will provide urban stakeholders with potential avenues of NH3 emission mitigation.

Potential students should be highly self-motivated and have a strong background in chemistry with extensive laboratory experience. The project relies heavily on stable isotope techniques so experience with these techniques is desired but not necessary. MS students would matriculate through the Environmental Science MS program. Interested candidates should contact Dr. J. David Felix () and provide a short statement of interest and CV. More information about the Felix Research Group and potential research can be found here.

Information about the TAMU-CC isotope core facility can be found here.

PhD and MS Positions in Aquatic Community Ecology available for Fall 2016 - Texas A&M Univ.

Graduate positions (PhD and MS) positions in the field of aquatic community ecology are available in the lab of Dr. Christopher Patrick in the Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC). For more information, click here.

UTAH

Postdoc position - Global Change Ecology - University of Utah (Posted 3/29/16)

The Anderegg Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah is seeking a creative and innovative postdoctoral researcher who can lead research projects that contribute to a better understanding of the impacts of climate extremes on forest ecosystems. For more information, go here.

PhD Position in Dendroclimatology at Utah State University (Posted 2/29/16)

The dendrochronology laboratory at Utah State University is seeking a highly qualified and motivated PhD student to start a research assistantship in dendroclimatology for the Fall semester of 2016. The research to be undertaken will broadly aim to better understand past climatic variability in the western United States, with emphases on 1) better determining past drought severity in the Intermountain West and 2) the potential for diagnosing climate drivers that could lead to the prediction of extreme droughts in the future. S/he will be based in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, and work with other scientists within the Wasatch Dendroclimatology Research Group, the Ecology Center and the broader research community at USU. The ideal candidate would have a M.S. degree in climate science, ecology, environmental science or a related field. S/he would be characterized by intellectual curiosity and self-motivation as well as strong quantitative experience and a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research. If interested, please attach a resume or CV to a message that briefly outlines your background and research interests to Dr. Steve Voelker (). Utah State University is a Carnegie Doctoral / Research University of more than 20,000 students, nestled in a mountain valley 90 miles north of Salt Lake City. Opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities are plentiful due to USU’s central location with respect to numerous National Parks, Forests, Monuments and Conservation areas as well as local ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains. The amazing access to natural resources combined with the relatively low cost of living should make Logan a very desirable location for students who are outdoor enthusiasts.

VIRGINIA

Ph.D. Assistantship in Fish and Fisheries Ecology and Conservation in the Amazon (Posted 5/27/16)

A highly qualified and motivated candidate is sought to develop a PhD study on the broad topic of Fish and Fisheries Ecology and Conservation in the Brazilian Amazon. The position is based at the Tropical Fisheries Conservation Lab, which addresses fish and fisheries conservation problems by adopting an interdisciplinary approach. Potential PhD studies can involve varied aspects related to the biology, ecology, and management of fish populations. See other parts of this website for more information on the type of research conducted in this lab. For more information, go here. Anticipated start is August 2016 (preferred) or January 2017. Applications will be considered in the order they are received. Only pre-selected applicants will be contacted.

Ph.D. student opportunity - University of Virginia (Posted 4/27/16)

Seeking a Ph.D. student for a recently funded NSF project that examines how changes in acid deposition have affected forest water use efficiency in the eastern United States. Watersheds in Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine will serve as field sites for this project. Ph.D. student activities will include tree coring, carbon isotopic analysis, catchment biogeochemical modeling, and analysis of stream discharge time series.

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia  will serve as the home institution for the Ph.D. student, to be co-advised by Profs. Todd Scanlon and Howard Epstein. This collaborative research project includes scientists at the University of New Hampshire, Rider University, and IUPUI. The Ph.D. student will work with, and receive training from, all members of the project team. Financial aid from the University of Virginia will cover tuition and healthcare, and the Ph.D. student will receive a competitive stipend.

The start date for this position is either August 2016 or January 2017.

Please contact Todd Scanlon (tms2v@virginia) if you are interested in this position and would like additional information.

WASHINGTON

Post-graduate research opportunity – dry forest ecology and management -  (Posted 5/6/16)

The Disturbance and Restoration Ecology team of the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, is offering a post-graduate research fellow opportunity through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to work with team scientists conducting research related to disturbances in dry forest ecosystems, including dry forest restoration, wildlife habitat ecology and management, fire ecology, and climate change impacts. The research fellow will assist scientists with data management, development and implementation of spatial and statistical analyses, and preparation of reports and publications. For more information, go here. Apply by May 22, 2016.

Graduate opportunities in ecosystem ecology - Washington State University

Graduate opportunities are available in the area of ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and stable isotope ecology. The project examines emission sources and impacts on alpine and subalpine ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. This is a collaborative project with scientists from the National Park Service and the possibility exists for field work in Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier National Parks. The successful applicants must be capable of field work for extended periods. Support is initially provided by internal assistantships and graduate endowments in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University. Successful applicants will join a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary group with the opportunity to focus on carbon and nitrogen dynamics as well as the integration of biophysical sciences with policy. The WSU Stable Isotope Core Facility is also a state-of-the-art research facility with five mass spectrometers and supporting equipment. Washington State University is a land grant, comprehensive research institution with an enrollment of about 30,000 students with state-of-the-art facilities in ecology. The University is one of the largest residential universities in the West and is in close proximity to both the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Range. Pullman and nearby Moscow provide a friendly, small-town living environment. Collaborations also exist with ecologists at the University of Idaho, which is a land grant research university located eight miles away. For further information please contact Prof. R. Dave Evans () in the School of Biological Sciences.

WEST VIRGINIA

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant: Measuring and Modeling Hydrology and Water Quality in a Contemporary Multiple-Land-Use Watershed (Posted 5/6/16)
 
The Interdisciplinary Hydrology Laboratory of West Virginia University and the Divisions of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Forestry and Natural Resources in Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, are pleased to announce availability of a graduate research assistant (GRA) to conduct independent research investigating hydrology and water quality in a dynamic, multi-land-use, urbanizing watershed of the eastern U.S. West Virginia University is the state’s flagship research-one institution, and is among the top universities in the nation, with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

This four year position (annually renewable) begins in the summer or fall of 2016. Primary duties include water sampling and water quality measurements at each of at least five permanent hydroclimate monitoring sites (paired-nested-scale experimental watershed study design). Other duties include (but are not limited to) a variety of field work, stream cross sections, maintenance, physical habitat assessment, data collection, processing, and analyses, publications, and undergraduate technician supervision. Analysis and synthesis of a range of hydroclimate data resulting in the production of an exemplary dissertation is expected.

Applicants must possess a master’s degree and have completed at least one degree in natural resources, ecology, environmental sciences, physical hydrology, water quality, or a closely related field. Experience in stream measurements, data processing, analysis and modeling, water quality monitoring and analysis, soil physics, GIS, and computer programming are a plus. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are mandatory. Successful applicants will be required to work collaboratively and independently, conduct field work under variable weather conditions, and aid in installation and maintenance of instruments and monitoring sites. Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license and be able to lift and carry equipment and tools.

If interested in applying, please forward by email the following documents: transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL scores (international students), cover letter (including academic, research and professional goals and interests), and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Jason Hubbart, Institute of Water Security and Science, Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, 1098 Agricultural Sciences Building, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA; Tel No. (304) 293-2472; Fax: (304) 293-2960; Email: . Lab Website.

Graduate Research Assistant Position - Agricultural Soil Health and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Posted 4/22/16)

A graduate assistant position at the M.S. level is available within the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences at West Virginia University. The graduate student will investigate the effects of grazing intensity on soil health (for example, microbial community function and organic matter development), forage quality, as well as the potential for greenhouse gas emissions. The selected applicant will be responsible for performing a broad range of molecular and soil science lab work. This will include but is not limited to, determinations of microbial community activity, root turnover, as well as soil organic matter and plant tissue chemistry. The project will employ simulated grazing experiments at two WVU Farm locations.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The successful applicant will be awarded a tuition waiver and an annual stipend for the duration of the two-year project, to begin Fall 2016.

Desired Qualifications:  A B.S. in biology, soil science, or other natural resource-related field, demonstrated field research experience through undergraduate education or employment, strong data management and analytical skills for laboratory and statistical analyses, strong written and oral communication skills, and a GPA of at least 3.2 during the last two years of school.

To Apply:  In a single pdf document, please send: 1) a current CV; 2) a 1-page statement of your research interests; 3) a short statement of your career goals; 4) unofficial transcripts of all previous education; and 5) current GRE scores to Dr. Charley Kelly (). If GRE scores are pending, please state when you plan to take the test. The successful applicant will be co-advised by Drs. Zac Freedman () and Charley Kelly.

WVU is located in Morgantown, WV (pop. 31,073), which is routinely recognized as one of the best small college towns in the country (www.wvu.edu). The Division’s faculty and graduate student population conduct research in a wide range of natural resource disciplines, and have ready access to West Virginia’s forests and working lands for natural laboratories and recreational activities. WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

WISCONSIN

Research Intern - temporary - WI (Posted 5/4/16)

Marek Landscaping, LLC is currently seeking a Research Intern to assist in a grant-funded monitoring project on their floating islands. For more information on the floating islands, please see visit their website. The internship will be full- time and last for 10 weeks with an ideal start date of June 1st. For more information, go here.

WYOMING

Graduate Position: Vegetation Dynamics and Geomorphic Reclamation - University of Wyoming (Posted 5/27/16)

Seeking a motivated student with interests in restoration ecology and plant community dynamics for a graduate assistantship (MS level) at the University of Wyoming.

Geomorphic reclamation is an alternative to traditional land reclamation to rebuild post-mine topography and improve landscape stability. The student will conduct vegetation monitoring and soil sampling in a comparative study of geomorphic and traditional reclamation sites in sage-steppe systems. The primary focus of the project is the study of plant species diversity and vegetation patterns at local and regional scales, including field monitoring and remote sensing imagery. The student will also characterize soil parameters for comparisons of community diversity and soil heterogeneity among reclamation sites. Vegetation monitoring will follow established protocols for characterization of wildlife habitat, with an emphasis on habitat requirements for greater sage grouse.

The student will be enrolled in the Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management degree program in the department of Ecosystem Science and Management.  Funding includes an annual stipend, tuition and fees, and health insurance.  Candidates should send an email describing their interests and background to Dr. Kristina Hufford (<mailto:>), including a current resume, GRE scores, and contact information for 2-3 references.  Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver's license and a sense of adventure.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The anticipated start is late August with some flexibility for arrival in fall.

The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West.  Laramie has more than 200 days of sunshine a year and near year-round outdoor activities that include skiing, hiking, camping, bicycling, fishing and climbing.  Laramie is close to Cheyenne, Wyoming and many of Colorado's major cities and university communities (Fort Collins: 1 hour; Boulder: 1.5 hours; Denver: 2 hours).

Botany Internships (Posted 5/4/16)

Chicago Botanic Garden has Botany Internships with the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming. For more information, go here. Closing Date: Monday May 16, 2016.

Graduate student position in stream fish ecology: University of Wyoming (Posted 2/3/16)

Opening for a graduate student interested in stream fish ecology. Potential topics include the role of temperature versus other factors in limiting the upstream distribution of warmwater fishes in Rocky Mountain streams; potential responses of stream fishes to climate change including increased nighttime warming; and the effects of thermal microhabitats on larval fish ecology. Student will have flexibility to develop their own project ideas within this framework.For more information, go here.

CANADA

Post-PhD or Post-MSc Research Associate in Evidence-Based Conservation Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario (Posted 5/27/16)

The Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada is currently seeking applications for the position of “Research Associate” with a start date during fall of 2016. The position will be based on campus and involve a variety of evidence assimilation and evidence synthesis activities related to natural resource management and conservation biology (e.g., habitat management, restoration ecology).  The successful applicant will have experience in database development, meta-analysis, and literature review (ideally systematic review) and synthesis.  They will also be capable of
interacting with a variety of partners (in Canada and beyond), be highly organized, and have experience generating peer-reviewed publications. Evidence of exceptional problem solving skills, critical thinking, attention to detail, and ability to work both individually and as part of a team will be regarded highly in the evaluation process.  There is also opportunity to take a leadership role in helping to shape the development of the newly-formed Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation.  The research associate will be co-mentored by Dr. Steven Cooke and Dr. Joe Bennett.  Applicants are asked to forward a letter outlining their interest and qualifications for the position, a list of two references with contact information, and an up-to-date CV to Drs Cooke and Bennett via email (; ).  Applications are due June 15th although the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  The position is initially for a 1 year period renewable upon performance review and availability of funding.  Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those
who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

1-year postdoctoral research position in invasion ecology (Posted 5/27/16)

Applications for an NSERC Visiting Fellowship are invited for a postdoctoral researcher interested in marine invasive species. The successful candidate will be based in either Sidney or Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. This 1-year fellowship is available to start in the fall of 2016 and is renewable for up to two more years, subject to progress and availability of funds.

The postdoctoral fellow will undertake research in collaboration with Dr. Anya Dunham (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and Dr. Ian Davidson (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center) aimed at evaluating novel pathways for marine invasive species spread and integrating invasive species management into marine spatial planning.

The successful applicant will have completed a PhD in marine ecology or a related discipline within the past 5 years and be eligible to hold an NSERC Visiting Fellowship in a Canadian Government Laboratory. Details about this fellowship program and eligibility requirements can be found here. Previous experience in experimental ecology, spatial analyses, well-developed interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and evidence of initiative, innovation, and sustained productivity in publications are important skillsets for this opportunity.

Interested applicants should email a CV and a 1-page statement of interest to Dr. Anya Dunham at . Applications will be reviewed starting June 15, 2016 and will be accepted until the position is filled.