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Fellowships

ARIZONA

Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science - Apply by Sept. 16 (Posted 8/25/16)

Wilburforce Foundation, in partnership with COMPASS, is now accepting applications for the 2017 Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science. The Fellowship is a year-long program providing leadership and science communication training, along with coaching and support, to conservation scientists from a wide range of affiliations, career stages, and disciplines. The fellowship is open to 20 scientists from universities, NGOs, agencies, and other institutions, who work in a relevant field of conservation biology, ecology, economics, other social sciences, or traditional ecological knowledge in Wilburforce's Priority Regions. The aim is to bring together a diverse network of researchers - young to senior scientists, from a range of backgrounds - to form a continuing community of mutual support and inspiration. For more information, go here. Apply by September 16, 2016,

LOUISIANA

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

Seeking a NSF Graduate Research Fellow (GRF)From Subject Received Size
Olson, Travis R - DOA [GLIN==>] Wisconsin Coastal Management Program Grants Available Mon 8/15 210 KB 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.

NEW YORK

Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: Annual Competition (Posted 7/24/16)

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for their Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships. For more information, go here. Applications for the positions available in 2017 will be accepted until September 8, 2016.

TEXAS

Huxley fellowship in Ecology and Evolution - Rice University (Posted 8/1/16)

BioSciences at Rice University seeks to fill two positions in the prestigious Huxley Fellow Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology starting in January 2017. For more information, go here. Application review will begin August 22, 2016. 

WASHINGTON, DC

Internship - Outreach Assistant One Year Paid Internship (Posted 8/2/16)

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) seeks an Outreach Assistant for a full-time one-year internship within the outreach team of UCS’s Climate and Energy program, assisting staff with planning and implementing outreach campaigns that harness the power of the “clean energy transition” taking place across the country. For more information, go here. Deadline: September 6, 2016 or until filled.

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.

CANADA

Banting (NSERC) postdoctoral positions in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Toronto, starting between April 2017 and October 2017.

EEB is now accepting brief 'pre-applications' for the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships in the areas of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, broadly defined. Canadians and non-Canadians are eligible for these fellowships that provide 2 years of support at $70,000 per year. For full information on the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, including eligibility and evaluation criteria, please see this website here.

For applicants wishing to do a postdoc at the University of Toronto, the applicants should first contact and obtain the agreement of a faculty advisor (or co-advisors) who is a member of EEB's graduate faculty. Please see this list for eligible faculty members here.

Further information on the application process will be available here.

The University of Toronto is a leading academic institution in Canada with over 60 faculty members specializing in ecology and evolution. Strong links exist between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Royal Ontario Museum, the Centre for Global Change, the School of the Environment, and the Faculty of Forestry. The University owns a nearby field station dedicated to ecological and evolutionary research (the Koffler Scientific Reserve, www.ksr.utoronto.ca). The department also has a partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources that helps provide access to infrastructure, including lab facilities in Algonquin Provincial Park, funding, and long-term data sets. Genomic analyses are supported by the Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function and as well as other facilities.


Graduate - Internship Opportunities

ALABAMA

Ph.D. Graduate Assistantships in Community and Spatial Ecology, University of Alabama (Posted 8/22/16)

The Howeth Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama invites applications for two Ph.D. students in community and spatial ecology beginning January, May, or August 2017. Highly motivated and qualified students with a B.S. or M.S. in Biology/Ecology are sought to:

(1) conduct studies to understand the role of succession in metacommunity and food web structure using replicate successional pond mosaics. Projects will focus on fish, macroinvertebrate, and/or zooplankton community composition and ecosystem properties among beaver-formed ponds in different stages of succession. This work will utilize field-based approaches in the streams and beaver ponds of the Talladega National Forest in Alabama, including the NEON Domain 8 core site. The project will also involve dendrochronology, GIS, stable isotope analyses, eDNA, and experiments at the University of Alabama Tanglewood Biological Station. This is a NSF- funded research project.

(2) conduct studies addressing the influence of metacommunity and spatial dynamics on community invasibility, species diversity, and ecosystem function across scales using zooplankton as a model system. This research can leverage observational studies of regional reservoirs/ponds and microcosm/mesocosm experiments at the University of Alabama Tanglewood Biological Station. The student will be encouraged to develop independent projects, testing and extending contemporary ecological theory.

Applicants with a strong background in related research topics and venues are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be dedicated students who are highly motivated to conduct research in the field (in sometimes harsh conditions) and in a laboratory environment.

Students will be funded on teaching and research assistantships, which include a competitive stipend, health insurance, and a tuition waiver.

Highly qualified applicants will be considered for departmental Aquatic Biology Fellowships, which offer a research assistantship during the student’s first year.

Interested students should send an e-mail to Dr. Jennifer Howeth () with "Graduate Assistantship" in the title, and include a (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) statement of research interests and experience, (4) scientific writing sample (e.g., laboratory report, thesis, manuscript), (5) GRE scores (if available), (6) unofficial copies of transcripts, and (7) contact information for two references in biology/ecology.

Qualified applicants will be invited to apply to the Department of Biological Sciences by the December 5, 2016 departmental deadline for Summer or Fall 2017 admission. Those interested in a January 2017 start date will be invited to apply by mid-fall 2016.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a vibrant university community with numerous cultural and recreational opportunities available. The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, located on the banks of the Black Warrior River and just minutes from the UA campus, brings a variety of shows and musicians to the city. Recreational activities such as canoeing and hiking are quite popular in the nearby Black Warrior and Sipsey River natural protected areas, and the Talladega National Forest.

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.

ALASKA

Research Scientist Positions – University of Alaska Anchorage (Posted 8/9/16)

The Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI) at the University of Alaska Anchorage is recruiting new grant-funded research scientists.  They are most interested in applicants with established research programs in arctic, boreal and/or Pacific Northwest temperate rainforest ecosystems of Alaska.  ENRI offers a 3:1 funding regime.  For instance, if a researcher can cover 3 months of their salary with their research grants, ENRI will provide 1 month of salary.  If a researcher can cover 9 months of their salary with their research grants, ENRI will provide 3 months of salary.  Excellent benefits are available to those with combined funding of 50% time or greater.  They can also offer high quality office and laboratory space, excellent administrative support, collaborative opportunities and access to pristine ecosystems of global significance. Further information about their personnel and analytical facilities can be found on the ENRI webpage here. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Patrick Sullivan (). 

ARIZONA

Postdoc in microbial ecosystem modeling - Northern Arizona University (Posted 7/7/16)

Norther Arizona Universtiy seeks a Postdoc in microbial ecosystem modeling. The postdoctoral research associate will conduct research at the interface between quantitative ecology and microbial genomics in the Center for Ecosystem Science & Society at Northern Arizona University. The postdoc will use tools in ecological modeling, molecular microbial ecology, bioinformatics, and statistics, to develop new quantitative models describing the influence of temperature on growth and carbon-use efficiency of microorganisms in soil. The work will involve computer modeling, with a minor component of laboratory work, as needed. The postdoc will collaborate with and help supervise two PhD students working on the same project. The postdoc will also collaborate with the multiple PIs involved in the project (Hungate, Schwartz, Dijkstra, Koch, and Mack) as well as with external collaborators from the DOE National Labs (LLNL, Pett-Ridge, and PNNL, Hofmockel). The postdoc will be expected to participate in Ecoss activities, including regularly scheduled seminars and social events. The position is for two years contingent on performance review.  For more information, go here. Job ID: 602649. Open until filled.

ARKANSAS

Ph.D. position - University of Arkansas (Posted 7/24/16)

One fully funded Ph.D. position is available in the Environmental Dynamics Program at the University of Arkansas starting Fall 2016/Spring 2017. The successful candidates will develop a Ph.D. project using GIS and landscape modeling to analyze and measure the availability of Monarch butterfly habitat on agricultural lands under current and proposed agriculture conservation policies in the central US. The selected student will closely work with Drs. Jack Cothren, Marty Matlock, and Kusum Naithani. The main duties of this position will include compiling, organizing, and analyzing data from literature and remote sensing imageries. The expected deliverables include at least three peer-reviewed publications and an acceptable dissertation, as well as the successful completion of the requirements of the degree. For more information, go here.

PhD position is available for Spring/Fall 2017 - University of Arkansas (Posted 7/24/16)

One fully funded Ph.D. position is available in the Naithani Lab at the University of Arkansas starting Fall 2016/Spring 2017. The successful candidates will develop a Ph.D. project using field work and landscape modeling to upscale carbon fluxes of agricultural land in Arkansas. The main duties of this position will include data collection from greenhouse and field, and implement previously developed algorithm to upscale carbon fluxes from sites to landscape. The expected deliverables include at least three peer-reviewed publications and an acceptable dissertation, as well as the successful completion of the requirements of the degree. For more information, go here.

CALIFORNIA

Postdoctoral Fellows in Marine Protected Areas - 3 Openings (Posted 8/22/16)

The University of California, Davis (UCD) Coastal Marine Sciences Institute, in collaboration with California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), seeks to fill three postdoc positions in the science of adaptive management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). For more information, go here. Materials must be received by September 12, 2016.

Postdoctoral Research Associate plant and fire ecology (Posted 8/22/16)

Post-fire vegetation responses: 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.

The successful applicant will perform field research in northern California, supervise a field crew, conduct data analyses, prepare reports and manuscripts for publication, and maintain lab and equipment organization.

The work will focus on characterizing the differences between once and twice burned coniferous forests, specifically using the Sims and Saddle Fires that burned on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. The objectives of the work are to understand how fire, and repeated fire, influence plant communities – including tree, shrub, and herbaceous components. The work being conducted is a collaboration with the US Forest Service (USFS), and is a joint project run by Dr. Erik Jules (HSU) and Dr. Ramona Butz (USFS).

Additional field-based projects may be pursued depending on the interest of the candidate and include work on knobcone pine expansion in northern California. In addition, this position could include a teaching component, if the candidate is interested in increasing their experience in the classroom (not required). The candidate should have (1) a PhD in biology, forestry, or a related field; (2) strong field-based skills in plant and/or forest ecology; (3) strong quantitative skills; (4) strong GIS, database, and modeling skills; and (5) an interest in fire ecology. Experience with and/or interest in working with LiDAR data is a plus. Salary is $40k with benefits. Start date is flexible but ideally the candidate can begin work in or around January of 2017. Applications should be submitted no later than September 1, 2016 as a single pdf to Erik Jules () and include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement describing past research experience and interests, and (4) the names and contact information for three references.

Conservation Genomics Postdoc - University of California - Merced (Posted 8/8/16)

Under the University of California, President’s Office Catalyst program, a three-year award has been made for 1.75 million dollars to establish a conservation genomics network among 6 campuses. The goal of the program is to support research, develop new analytical tools, educate graduate and post-graduate students via workshops, and interface with conservation managers and planners as well as the general public.

They have support for a two-year post-doc beginning January 2017 (start date is flexible for the right candidate) at the University of California, Merced to work on (1) adaptation to seastar wasting disease and (2) conservation and adaptation to vernal pools in invertebrates and plants.  They are looking for a researcher with keen interest in conservation genetics and with experience in relevant wetlab protocols and strengths in bioinformatics.
The postdoc also will liaise with other conservation genetics network members and assist in project workshops and the educational mission of the program.

Interested researchers should have a recent PhD and contact & . Please send a one-page project plan, CV, and cover letter with brief discussion of qualifications and goals.

Deadline for applications: 18 September 2016.

More information is available here and here.

PIs for the projects are: Mike Dawson, Jay Sexton

Waterbird Internship - San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory - CA (Posted 8/5/16)

The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is seeking an intern to assist with waterbird field studies.  The internship will begin in September 2016 with a 6-month commitment.  The time commitment will be 25-40 hours per week.  The internship will be based in Milpitas, CA. For more information, go here.  The deadline for applications is August 15th.

Climate Interaction Postdoctoral Fellow (Climate & Ecosystems) - Univ. of California (Posted 7/7/16)

University of California, Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Climate Interaction Postdoctoral Fellow. This position is for a scientist with expertise in analyzing terrestrial biogeochemical and hydrological processes and their climate interactions, with a focus on Earth System Models (ESMs). The position offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team. For more information, go here. Open until filled.

Ecology-Energy Nexus Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Davis (Posted 6/2/16)

University of California, Davis in the Land, Air, and Water (LAWR) Resources Department seeks a Ecology-Energy Nexus Postdoctoral Scholar. For more information, go here. Application review will begin on July 15, 2016 and applicants should submit materials no later than July 30 for primary consideration.

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

Ecological Flows Post-doc: USGS Mendenhall program - Fort Collins, CO (Posted 8/11/16)

The prestigious United States Geological Survey Mendenhall program is recruiting a post-doctoral scientist in Ecological Flow research area. Research under this Opportunity is expected to address the question of how to quantify the ecologically relevant spatial and geomorphic features of the coupled natural and human river systems. More description about the opportunity can be found here.

PhD positions (2) in community ecology - CO and CA (Posted 7/24/16)

The Spasojevic Ecology lab is currently seeking two Ph.D. students to start in the Fall of 2017. Applicants should have a background in ecology with an interest in community assembly, biogeography, or global change. Looking for students interested in one of the two following research areas:

1. Alpine Community Ecology – Niwot Ridge (Colorado, USA). Seeking a graduate student to conduct their Ph.D. research in alpine plant community ecology. This site is part of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network and provides many opportunities for developing collaborations with other LTER scientists.

This opportunity is particularly well suited for students with an interest in species coexistence, plant functional traits, plant-soil interactions, or global change biology.

2. Southern California Forest Dynamics – Riverside County (California, USA). Seeking a graduate student to conduct their Ph.D. research within a soon to be established forest dynamics plot which will be part of the Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) network and will provide many opportunities for developing collaborations with other Forest GEO scientists. This opportunity is particularly well suited for students with an interest in species coexistence, plant functional traits, beta-diversity, or biogeographic comparisons with other ForestGEO sites.

The department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at UCR offers a competitive package for graduate students. Applications are due December 1, 2016. If you are interested in either of these opportunities please send email () detailing your research ideas and background, well in advance of the December deadline for applications. Prospective students from traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

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 ().

CONNECTICUT

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

PhD Positions: Plant Evolutionary Ecophysiology - Univ. of Central Florida (Posted 8/25/16)

The Mason Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Central Florida is currently recruiting motivated, curious, and enthusiastic PhD students to join the lab in Fall 2017. As a plant evolutionary ecophysiology lab, our research naturally centers on the intersection of plant ecology, evolution, physiology, and genetics. We are especially interested in the physiological and genetic mechanisms underlying plant adaptation to diverse environmental pressures, including abiotic factors like climate and soil fertility, and biotic factors like herbivory and disease. All plants face physiological trade-offs between growth, defense, and reproduction, and we seek to understand the coordinated evolution of the traits that govern these three core functions.

Their research addresses a variety of questions across multiple scales, from macroevolution to population differentiation to within-individual variation, as well as in multiple systems, from crops to wild herbs and woody plants.

Project topics for prospective students are highly flexible, and interested students should contact Chase Mason () to discuss research interests before applying to the Department of Biology Graduate program, which has a deadline of January 15th. The Department of Biology provides teaching and research assistantships, tuition waivers, and health insurance, and a variety of competitive university fellowships are also available. The University of Central Florida is the largest university in the United States, with an enrollment of 63,000 students. Over the past two decades, UCF has undergone a dramatic expansion and development into a modern R1 university. UCF is currently making major investments in research, including hiring more than 200 new tenure-track faculty and increasing graduate program enrollment by 25% over the next five years. UCF is an equal opportunity, equal access, and affirmative action employer.

Two post docs open soon: Climate change effects on invasions - fire - tick-borne disease risk - University of Illinois and University of Florida (Posted 8/8/16)

Two postdoctoral research associate positions will soon be available, one each in the labs of Dr. Brian Allan at the University of Illinois, and Dr. Luke Flory at the University of Florida, through a SERDP/DoD funded project, to explore the potential effects of climate change on plant invasions, fire dynamics, and tick-borne disease risk on military installations in the southeastern United States. The project specifically seeks to address the feedbacks between plant invasions and fire, how climate change may alter these dynamics, and the consequences for human risk of exposure to tick-borne diseases. The two postdoctoral research associates will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the proposed research, including the study design, collection and analysis of data, preparation of manuscripts and reports, and participating in PI meetings and outreach.

Both positions are expected to begin in Fall 2017 and are renewable annually for up to three years of postdoctoral support. Salary minimum is $47,476.

Candidates are expected to have completed their PhD prior to beginning employment.

If interested, please contact Brian Allan () and Luke Flory () to discuss skills and expertise relevant to the project. Both Brian and Luke will be attending the Ecological Society of America meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, August 7-12, and are available to meet with interested candidates. Brian will also be attending the International Congress of Entomology meeting in Orlando, FL, September 25-30, and again will be available to meet with interested candidates. Watch Ecolog and Twitter (@lflory) for information on how to apply later this fall.

Ph.D. graduate assistantship - University of Florida (Posted 8/1/16)

Currently searching a Ph.D. graduate student to begin in Spring 2017 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He or she will investigate the role of alternative golf course habitats in the ecology and management of insects in urban environments.
For more information, go here or contact Adam Dale () if interested.

Graduate Research Opportunities in Wetland Fire & Ecosystem Ecology - Florida Atlantic University (Posted 8/1/16)

The Plant Ecology Lab at Florida Atlantic University is looking for potential graduate students (or possibly post-docs) interested in fire ecology or ecosystem ecology (particularly carbon cycling) in wetland watersheds. Current research is focused on the Florida Everglades watershed, from the terrestrial ecosystems of the headwaters to the peatlands of the central and coastal Everglades; however comparative or synergistic studies with other ecoregions are possible. For more information on the lab, here and contact Brian Benscoter (). Please include a brief statement of your research interests and background and a resume/CV.

Funded MS and PhD Positions in Coastal Biogeochemistry - Univ. of Central Florida (Posted 6/30/16)

The Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab at the University of Central Florida is currently recruiting motivated, energetic graduate students with a strong background in ecology and/or environmental chemistry to fill multiple positions at the M.S. and Ph.D. level. Students who are offered one of these competitive positions will be supported on NSF-funded Graduate Research Assistantships (includes full tuition and stipend) and will work as part of an interdisciplinary team to assess the ecological impacts of coastal and wetland restoration efforts on biogeochemical processes. Positions are available now and students will need to begin no later than Fall 2017. Interested student should visit here and email Dr. Lisa Chambers () for more information.

Outreach Intern - Univ. of Florida (Posted 6/23/16)

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is seeking an enthusiastic individual to assist with outreach projects related to nonnative herpetofauna in southern Florida including Argentine Black & White Tegus and Nile Monitors. Position may be part-time or full-time and lasts for three months but may be extended depending on performance and funding. Intern will be expected to work some weekend days. For more information, go here.

Biological Internship - Univ. of Florida (Posted 6/23/16)

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is seeking an enthusiastic individual to assist with projects related to research and monitoring of native and invasive reptiles in South Florida. Intern will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including some nights, for a period of three months. For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Wetland Microbial Processes University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Posted 6/2/16)

A short-term postdoctoral position in aquatic and wetland biogeochemistry is available in the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Inglett.  The postdoc will manage a project assessing environmental controls (e.g., temperature, dissolved oxygen, flow rate) on enzyme expression and microbial activities in a constructed wetland designed for phosphorus removal.  The ideal candidate will have familiarity with fluorescent enzyme approaches, microbial biomass and respiration measurements, basic isotopic measurements (13C) and sediment core or bottle-type studies. Candidates should have field experience including boats and sampling in wetland environments.  The strongest candidates will also have excellent English communication skills and a demonstrated ability to publish. 

Duration: 1 year, with an additional year pending performance and funding.
Salary: $35,000-45,000 depending on qualifications Start Date: August- October, 2016.

Application:  Interested candidates should send a detailed CV, a brief narrative describing their interests and fit for the position, and a list of three references to (include BGCHEM POSTDOC in the subject field). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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.

GEORGIA

Postdoctoral: Applying Quantitative Analytical Skills to Evaluate Ability of EPA Environmental Models- USEPA (Posted 7/24/16)

A postdoctoral research training opportunities 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 Computational Exposure Division (CED) in Athens, Georgia. For more information, go here.

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

Post Doctoral Research Assistant Boise State Univ. (Posted 8/17/16)

Boise State University in Boise, Idaho is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity in modeling land use change and urbanization. In support of a statewide National Science Foundation grant (IIA-1301792) and expanding research capacity in Human-Environment Systems, the researcher will conduct regional-scale spatial modeling of land use. Datasets and scenarios developed by the researcher will primarily support hydrologic modeling of managed systems and constraining the spatial distribution of domestic, commercial, municipal, and industrial water use. Primary activities of the researcher are to: (1) develop and apply spatial population, urbanization, and land use models in a region experiencing significant exogenous pressures on land use systems, (2) analyze extant demographic, socioeconomic, infrastructure, water rights and land use data to inform and develop plausible alternative scenarios of land use change, and (3) work collaboratively with a team of cross-disciplinary biophysical and social scientists. More information is available here.

Graduate Research Assistantship - Western Larch Regeneration - Univ. of Idaho (Posted 8/1/16)

The University of Idaho Silviculture Lab (housed within the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences) is seeking a highly motivated candidate for graduate research, preferably at the M.S. level, with an interest in silviculture, forest regeneration, or tree improvement. The student will work on a National Science Foundation, Center for Advanced Forestry Systems (CAFS) funded project examining the performance of genetically superior western larch (Larix occidentalis) families in the nursery and in a field experiment testing the interacting effects of pure versus mixed-family plantings, site quality, and competing vegetation intensity. The student is expected to begin January 2017.

The project is a collaboration between the Inland Empire Tree Improvement Cooperative and the Intermountain Forestry Cooperative at the University of Idaho. Members of these cooperatives included numerous private, state, and federal organizations that the student will interact with through attendance and presentations at annual meetings. Seedlings will be grown at the University of Idaho Franklin H. Pitkin Forest Nursery , which grows more than 400,000 seedlings per year. The Nursery is conveniently located near the University of Idaho main campus in Moscow, Idaho. Outplanting field sites will be located across the Inland Empire (northeastern Washington to the crest of the Bitterroot Mountains).

This assistantship includes a stipend for up to 2 years, a waiver of out-of-state tuition for non-Idaho residents, a waiver of in-state tuition and fees, and health insurance. Assistantships require 20 hours per week of work related to research, outreach, and teaching. The student will attend the CAFS annual meeting to present project updates.

Required qualifications include at least one degree in Forestry, Ecology, or a related discipline, and an interest in improving regeneration success and forest productivity. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to work both independently and as a team member, and be comfortable traveling and working in the field and greenhouse. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license or ability to obtain one soon after their initial appointment. Additional qualifications include previous research experience and an interest in working with forest landowners and agencies to improve forest management.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter detailing their interest in the position, their resume or curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional or academic references, unofficial transcripts, and scores on the Graduate Record Exam in a single pdf file to Dr. Andrew Nelson ().

University of Idaho-Graduate Research Assistantships (MS and PhD) in Hydrology/Water Quality (Posted 6/30/16)

USDA-NIFA Grant: *Phosphorus management in forested ecosystems*

Two graduate research assistantships are available at University of Idaho in Moscow for students interested in water resources and water quality management. The students will be part of a team working to improve our current understanding of phosphorus generation and transport in forested ecosystems. The focus of the project is in the Lake Tahoe basin and the two prospective students are expected to be involved with field data collection campaigns, laboratory analysis, spatial data management and interpretation, and will be presenting results at international meetings and publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Qualifications: Applicants for the PhD position will have an undergraduate or graduate degree in hydrology, water resources, soils, environmental chemistry, agricultural engineering, environmental engineering, or a related field. The successful candidate will be familiar with GIS/remote sensing, Python/R programming, and basic spatial modeling and statistics. Applicants for the MS position will have an undergraduate degree in soil science, geology, chemistry, water quality, environmental engineering, or a related field. The successful candidates will be familiar with: basic chemistry knowledge, laboratory analyses, basic data analyses and statistics. Both students are expected to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and to participate in approximately three weeks of field campaign annually.  We highly encourage motivated students eager to gain a deeper understanding of the management of forested ecosystems and are willing to work interactively in team research to apply for these assistantships.  
 
Financial support: Each successful candidate will receive tuition support and stipend, and financial support to participate to a relevant conference each year.  
 
To apply: Please send the following materials to Mariana Dobre at : Personal statement, Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial transcripts, contact information of three references.

Timeline: Review of applicants will start immediately and continue until both positions are filled.

ILLINOIS

Two Year Post-doctoral Position - Landscape Ecology (Posted 8/25/16)

Seeking applicants for a two year post-doctoral position (second year renewal contingent on performance) in landscape ecology to work with a highly collaborative team of ecologists at ERDC-CERL, an Army research laboratory located in Champaign, IL. The successful candidate will work on several projects related to spatial metapopulation modeling of threatened and endangered species and developing a framework for prioritizing species conservation on military installations. Ideal applicants will have knowledge and experience applying landscape ecology theory and spatial statistics (both coursework and project based experience), programming in either R or Python, and processing remote sensing data. Projected salary is ~$45K per year.

To apply, please send cv, contact information for three references, unofficial college transcripts and a brief statement of interest to Wade Wall (). The position will begin as soon as 1 December 2016, but the start date can be delayed for the right candidate.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Postdoc - Dynamic mutual information networks: interactions among invasive and native species and the maintenance of ecosystem function -  Champaign-Urbana, IL or Laramie, WY (Posted 8/8/16)

Seeking a highly qualified and enthusiastic individual with a background in ecological networks in general or dynamic seed dispersal networks for a full-time postdoctoral position. The goal of the project is to use recent advances in information theory as well as empirical data to (1) quantify mutual information networks of vertebrate-dispersed plants and avian dispersers and (2) to use these networks to examine what influences the probability of dispersal of native and invasive plants in the novel ecosystem of Hawaii. The successful candidate will oversee data collection of plant and environmental variables in Oahu, participate in lab work on quantification of fruit traits and animal visual modeling, develop and conduct cutting-edge network analyses, and contribute to writing manuscripts. This position is part of a larger project (Hawaii VINE Project) focused on the role of invasive birds and small mammals in seed dispersal of native and invasive plants in Oahu, which includes 6 PIs, 1 crew leader, 4 graduate students, and a large field crew (https://www.facebook.com/hawaii.vine.project/). We seek a candidate with an outstanding academic background who is passionate about network analyses, species interactions, and aiding in conservation efforts. The ideal candidate will have at least intermediate practical knowledge with the R statistical programming language and have an interest in developing and distributing creative R-based solutions to problems in network ecology for use by field ecologists and other project stakeholders.

The successful candidate will collaborate with scientists from the University of Wyoming, University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire, University of Hawaii, and Conservation Science Partners, and will help mentor interns and graduate students working on other elements of the project. The postdoc will work primarily under the supervision of Drs. Corey Tarwater, Patrick Kelley, and Jinelle Sperry, but will be expected to collaborate closely with other members of the team.

The postdoc position is for at least two years, with the possibility of longer based on progress. Salary will be determined based on experience level and will include health benefits. Primary location of the candidate can be in Champaign-Urbana, IL or Laramie, WY. Position may involve infrequent travel to Oahu to oversee field work.

Application: Please send a single PDF containing (1) a CV (maximum 2 pages),
(2) a statement of research interests (maximum 2 pages), (3) one representative manuscript demonstrating knowledge of network analyses, and
(4) contact information for three references. Application materials should be sent to Dr. Patrick Kelley at with the exact subject line “hawaii_network_postdoc_2016” (all lowercase and underscores necessary, as this will be used for email filtering). Review of applications will begin August 15th and continue until September 30thth. The start date of the position is flexible, but ideally the candidate would begin January 2017.

Two post docs open soon: Climate change effects on invasions - fire - tick-borne disease risk - University of Illinois and University of Florida (Posted 8/8/16)

Two postdoctoral research associate positions will soon be available, one each in the labs of Dr. Brian Allan at the University of Illinois, and Dr. Luke Flory at the University of Florida, through a SERDP/DoD funded project, to explore the potential effects of climate change on plant invasions, fire dynamics, and tick-borne disease risk on military installations in the southeastern United States. The project specifically seeks to address the feedbacks between plant invasions and fire, how climate change may alter these dynamics, and the consequences for human risk of exposure to tick-borne diseases. The two postdoctoral research associates will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the proposed research, including the study design, collection and analysis of data, preparation of manuscripts and reports, and participating in PI meetings and outreach.

Both positions are expected to begin in Fall 2017 and are renewable annually for up to three years of postdoctoral support. Salary minimum is $47,476.

Candidates are expected to have completed their PhD prior to beginning employment.

If interested, please contact Brian Allan () and Luke Flory () to discuss skills and expertise relevant to the project. Both Brian and Luke will be attending the Ecological Society of America meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, August 7-12, and are available to meet with interested candidates. Brian will also be attending the International Congress of Entomology meeting in Orlando, FL, September 25-30, and again will be available to meet with interested candidates. Watch Ecolog and Twitter (@lflory) for information on how to apply later this fall.

PhD Assistantship in Ecosystem Restoration & Functional/Community Ecology - Northern Illinois Univ. (Posted 8/5/16)

A Ph.D. assistantship beginning January 2017 is available in the lab of Nick Barber at Northern Illinois University as part of the NSF-funded Restoring Function in Grassland Ecosystems (ReFuGE) project in collaboration with Holly Jones.  This project seeks to understand how ecosystem restoration and management shapes consumer communities and how this influences ecosystem function.  

The seek a Ph.D. student to investigate the effects of tallgrass prairie restoration and management (prescribed fire, bison grazing, and predator exclusion) on insect community assembly and plant-insect interactions.  Experience with arthropod identification, quantification of functional traits, or stable isotope analysis are desirable.  Applicants should have a B.S. in ecology, environmental science, wildlife science, entomology, natural resource conservation, or closely related discipline, with at least one peer-reviewed publication or an M.S. degree; a M.S. is preferred.  Preference will be given to candidates who have past experience leading their own research project, with strong basic ecology backgrounds, and those that have experience working in inclement conditions.  The assistantship includes two years of support (tuition, stipend, and research funds) after which the student will be supported by a departmental teaching assistantship.  

Northern Illinois University is a 20,000-student research university located in DeKalb, IL, a diverse community with a low cost of living west of the Chicago suburbs.  The Department of Biological Sciences at NIU is a highly collaborative department with a supportive graduate program and ideal opportunities for students to develop research, teaching, and science outreach skills.  Field work for the ReFuGE project takes place at The Nature Conservancy’s Nachusa Grasslands, a landscape-scale tallgrass prairie restoration project 40 minutes from NIU’s campus.  

Qualified candidates should submit the following to Nick Barber () by September 9, 2016:
1) Cover letter explaining your research interests and qualifications
2) CV including GRE scores
3) Names and contact information of three references

MS Research Assistantship – Marsh Bird Ecology - Illinois Natural History Survey & Western Illinois University (Posted  8/1/16)

Project Title: Marsh Bird Use of Wetlands Managed for Waterfowl in Illinois
Project Description: Successful applicants will be awarded a research assistantship through Western Illinois University and simultaneously serve as academic hourly employee of the Illinois Natural History Survey through the Forbes Biological Station in Havana, IL. Graduate work will entail conducting marsh bird call-back surveys across Illinois during spring and summer. The project will focus on marsh bird use of wetlands managed for waterfowl (e.g., moist soil, seasonal emergent) and include an evaluation of survey methodology. Concurrent with graduate research and coursework, job duties will include working on a diverse array of waterfowl and wetland projects, possibly including aerial and ground waterbird surveys, precision feeding trials, experimental collection of waterfowl and diet analysis, collection and processing of core and vegetation samples from wetlands, radio telemetry, wetland vegetation mapping, trapping and banding of waterfowl (e.g., swim-in traps, rocket netting, hand nets), and other duties as assigned. The student will work closely with other graduate students, full time technicians, and full-time INHS staff and be based in Havana, IL. For more information, go here. Review of applications begins immediately until August 15, 2016.

MS Research Assistantship – Waterfowl and Wetlands - Illinois Natural History Survey & Western Illinois University (Posted  8/1/16)

Project Title: True Metabolizable Energy of Aquatic Vegetation for Ducks
Project Description: Successful applicants will be awarded a research assistantship through Western Illinois University and simultaneously serve as academic hourly employee of the Illinois Natural History Survey through the Forbes Biological Station in Havana, IL (http://www.bellrose.org/). Graduate work will entail estimating true metabolizable energy of submersed aquatic vegetation and other aquatic vegetation for mallards, gadwall, and possibly other species. Graduate work will include collecting vegetation, conducting feeding trials and bomb calorimetry, and compiling reports and publications. Concurrent with graduate research and coursework, job duties will include working on a diverse array of waterfowl and wetland projects, possibly including aerial and ground waterbird surveys, marsh bird call-back surveys, experimental collection of waterfowl and diet analysis, collection and processing of core and vegetation samples from wetlands, radio telemetry, wetland vegetation mapping, trapping and banding of waterfowl (e.g., swim-in traps, rocket netting, hand nets), and other duties as assigned. The student will work closely with other graduate students, full time technicians, and full-time INHS staff. For more information, go here. Review of applications begins immediately until August 15, 2016.

M.S. Project - Pollinators, Water Quality, and Cover Crops - Southern Illinois University  - Carbondale (Posted  7/7/16)

M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship: Improving Pollinator Conservation and Water Quality on a Landscape Scale through Interagency Collaboration

Pollinating insects have become a national priority and have created an opportunity for multiple agencies to come together for pollinator inventories and habitat documentation and usage. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) have partnered to develop strategies to improve pollinator conservation and water quality on a landscape scale.  For this interdisciplinary project many facets of pollinators, habitats, and impacts on the environment will be investigated.

SIUC invites applications for a graduate research assistantship (GRA) to conduct research focusing on the soil and water quality aspect of various pollinator habitat-types.  Pollinator habitat (or cover crops) will be planted in row-crop agriculture fields on a one-year rotation.  The crops will be assessed based on nitrogen and phosphorus leaching as well as nutrient savings through N-fixation.  Primary duties will include field equipment installation, soil and water sample collection and analyses, and data processing and analyses.  The student will be required to work both collaboratively and individually, work in various weather conditions, and possess a valid US driver’s license.  Further, the successful applicant is expected to publish at least one journal article from their thesis.  The GRA position is open for the fall semester of 2016 and will remain open until filled.

If interested in applying please email resumes to Dr. Jon Schoonover ().  A completed application to the Department of Forestry will be required before full consideration.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Arctic Ecology and Climate Change - Univ. of Illinois (Posted 7/7/16)

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research associate for newly funded research on shrub functional traits and belowground carbon cycling in the Alaskan tundra. The successful candidate will work with Drs. Jennifer Fraterrigo and Feng Sheng Hu at the University of Illinois as part of a collaborative effort with research partners Drs. Ken Tape and Eugenie Euskirchen at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Responsibilities will include field data collection to characterize plant traits and belowground carbon cycling, sample and data analysis, and writing scientific publications for submission to peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will be encouraged to pursue new research directions, and will help manage the lab and interact with graduate and undergraduate students. The initial term of appointment is one year, renewable for one additional year contingent upon satisfactory progress. Salary is competitive and commensurate with previous experience.

The expected start date is January 1, 2017.

Required: PhD in ecology, environmental science or a closely related field within the past 5 years; field research experience measuring plant traits (preferably for arctic vegetation) and soil carbon cycling; experience with statistical analysis using the R programming language; strong publication record.

Desired: Experience with hierarchical modeling in a Bayesian framework; strong communication skills that allow for working effectively as a member of a spatially distributed collaborative research team.

Candidates should email (in a single PDF file) a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests and accomplishments, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) for three references to Dr. Jennifer Fraterrigo (). Please indicate 'Arctic Postdoc' in the subject line. Inquires should also be directed to Dr. Fraterrigo. Review of applications will begin July 18th, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

INDIANA

Purdue Postdoctoral Scholar in Natural Resources – Fire Ecology (Posted 8/22/16)

Seeking a postdoctoral student to both develop new and oversee existing studies on the influence of prescribed fire on ecosystem services in Central Hardwoods Forest. This position would be funded partially through Purdue and through several external sources (including Indiana DNR-Division of Forestry, Joint Sciences Program, USDA Forest Service and US Department of Navy). The Purdue Postdoctoral Scholar in Natural Resources is a 2-year appointment at an annual salary of $47,480 per year plus benefits, and includes a discretionary fund of $5,000 per year for travel, equipment, and other expenses. Start date for the position is negotiable, but should be no later than March 31, 2017.

Specifically, the incumbent will work with Dr. Saunders to design a research project on the fire ecology of oak-dominated forests. This project can be either developed “from scratch” or use several large datasets that have already been collected on temperatures within and effects from several replicates of fall and spring prescribed fires in Indiana. Projects could include development of refined fuel-models for Central Hardwood Forests, impacts on nutrient dynamics, effects on oak regeneration dynamics, and indirect effects on wildlife-mediated ecosystem services (e.g., seed dispersal or pollination). The Scholar would also work with members of the Saunders lab to produce high-impact publications from several existing studies and develop several extension-related products.

The position requires a Ph.D. in forestry or related fields; security restrictions at some field sites limits the position to only U.S. citizens. Preference will be given to candidates with field research experience, strong statistical and database skills, a demonstrated record of publishing – particularly in fire ecology, and experience in grantmanship. Mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students will be expected; undergraduate teaching may also be possible while in the position.

If interested, please send your CV and names of two references to Dr. Mike Saunders by September 10, 2016. I will serve as primary
mentor for this position, and depending on candidate’s interest, other faculty members may be invited serve as co-mentors. Final application deadline to the Postdoctoral Scholar program is in mid-October. At that time, candidates will need to submit, with their mentor, a 5-6 page proposal outlining their planned research, teaching and extension activities while at Purdue.

Although a bit outdated, more information on the Postdoctoral Scholar program can be found here.

Contact:  Mike R. Saunders, Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
(FNR), Purdue University;  Email: ; Phone:  765-430-1440.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer.

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.

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.

KENTUCKY

Graduate Position in Quantitative Evolution & Ecology at University of Kentucky (Posted 8/25/16)

The Van Cleve Research Group in the Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky is currently recruiting Ph.D. students to join the lab in Fall 2017. The lab in generally interested in quantitative and mathematical approaches to evolutionary biology and ecology. Past and current research areas include social evolution and other topics in evolutionary ecology, the evolution of phenotypic plasticity and bet- hedging, and epigenetic processes including genomic imprinting (see here for publications).

Additionally, the lab aims to be broadly interdisciplinary across complex biological systems from the molecular to metapopulation scales and welcomes applicants interested in quantitative approaches and with diverse backgrounds including (but not limited to) mathematics, physics, computer science, and economics.

The exact research project topics for potential students are flexible, though interested individuals should contact Jeremy Van Cleve () with a CV and short statement of interests before applying.

Applicants should apply to the Department of Biology Graduate program, and admission guidelines can be found here. Stipend, tuition, and medical insurance, are covered as part of a teaching assistantship and research assistantships and fellowships are competitively available.

Questions about the Biology Graduate program can be sent to the Director of Graduate studies, David F. Westneat ().

Please note that applications should be received by *January 1st 2016* for full consideration.

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.

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.

MARYLAND

Graduate student assistantship (U. Maryland): Micromet Measurements of Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in an Agroecosystem (Posted 8/25/16)

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking a highly motivated doctoral or master’s student interested in interdisciplinary research in agro-ecosystems. This new project focuses on water management and greenhouse gas fluxes at a farm on the Delmarva Peninsula. Their team of researchers (http://research.al.umces.edu/~davidson/ and http://www.hpl.umces.edu/gis_group/) will be studying the impact of water table management through drainage on greenhouse gas fluxes (methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide), on nitrate and phosphate leaching, and on socio-economic returns for farmers and society. We seek a student who will focus mostly on micrometeorological measurements of nitrous oxide and methane fluxes and who will contribute to the integrated team effort of this project. The ideal candidate must have experience with eddy covariance or gradient flux measurements. Knowledge and experience in micrometeorology, soil biogeochemistry, hydrology, and programming using ‘R’ are highly desirable. A master’s or bachelor’s degree in a related field of the natural sciences (e.g. Environmental Science, Agronomy, Meteorology, Geography) is preferred. For more information, go here.

Ph.D. student assistantship (U. Maryland): Ecological genomics of trees (Posted 8/22/16)

The Gugger Lab at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking a motived Ph.D. student to develop a dissertation project on ecological genomics of trees. The lab uses next-generation sequencing approaches to understand how populations of long-lived trees respond evolutionarily to environmental change, the molecular basis of local adaptation, the factors influencing population divergence, the role of hybridization in adaptation and speciation, and implications for conservation under global change. For more information, go here.

Public Relations/Communications Internship (Posted 8/19/16)

Annapolis Maritime Museum needs an intelligent, strategic, and resourceful intern to help the organization expand its public relations and marketing efforts.  The PR Intern will work under the direction of the Development Manager in four main areas: media relations, social media, donor relations, and grant writing research.   This is an exciting opportunity for a young professional to contribute to the growth of an environmental educations program with a Chesapeake Bay organization, while gaining hands on experience in nonprofit management.

Earn college credit and/or stipend while advancing your career in public relations and engaging with the Chesapeake Bay environment!

Location: Annapolis, MD

Responsibilities include:

    Create, develop, and implement social media strategies aimed at increasing awareness about AMM.
    Assist with brainstorming, creating, and distributing marketing materials.
    Draft basic public relations materials including, news releases, media alerts, fact sheets, appeal letters, and other materials as directed.
    Track AMM’s news coverage and seek follow-up opportunities with reporters.
    Research environmental grants and drafts grant submissions.
    Assist in the creation and distribution of donor communications.
    Complete communications projects as assigned.
    Assist the Executive Director, Development Manager and other staff, as needed with project and social media postings.

Position Hours 10-15 hours a week depending on college credit needed

On site work hours, morning time frame, with occasional afternoon evening time

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Postdoctoral Position in Forest Ecology - Smithsonian Environmental Research Center - MD (Posted 8/5/16)

The lab of Sean McMahon at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in forest ecology.  This position is funded by an NSF grant to Sean McMahon, Nate Swenson at the University of Maryland, and Stuart Davies, at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.  The project investigates genetic variation in tree growth with an interest in linking climate, demography, functional traits, transcriptomes and ecosystem processes in two temperate forests. The position will be located at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater Maryland in the new Mathias Research Laboratory.  The position will collaborate closely with the Swenson lab and the CTFS-ForestGEO research network.  Further information about the McMahon lab can be found here. For more information, go here. Review of applications will begin on September 15th, 2016, and continue until the position is 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 .

MASSACHUSETTS

Postdoc position UMass Amherst, plant species distribution and climate change (Posted 8/11/16)

The Stinson lab at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Harvar Forest/Rocky Mountain Biological Lab seeks a postdoctoral researcher to work on population-based models of current and future plant species’ distributions, with an emphasis on future land cover and climate scenarios for invasive and allergenic species.  This position offers a unique opportunity to draw upon existing spatial and demographic datasets, and to develop new research directions focused on ecologically important species of forest and alpine ecosystems.  The postdoc will collaborate closely with the PI on analysis of existing datasets, followed by development of new projects based in eastern forests and western alpine ecosystems. We are an interactive research group working together on diverse aspects of plant ecology and global change.  The position offers broad training in plant population biology, academic writing, and grant development.  The postdoc will interact frequently with scientists in Environmental Conservation at University of Massachusetts, as well as two premier field stations: the Harvard Forest LTER and Rocky Mountain Biological Lab.  Candidates should have a strong ecology background with a focus on GIS and analysis of spatial data, as well as an excellent publication record and willingness to work in high altitude field conditions during summer.  Ideal start date is September. Initial position is one year, with high potential for continued funding. Contct with CV, letter of interest and names of 3 academic references.

Postdoctoral Position: Freshwater Mussel Conservation (Posted 8/1/16)

Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Massachusetts Amherst ahs a Postdoctoral position in Freshwater Mussel Conservation. For more information, go here or here. The deadline for applications has been extended to 25 August 2016.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (Posted 7/7/16)

The Temporal Ecology Lab (Wolkovich Lab) is looking for a bright, motivated and collaborative postdoctoral researcher to join the lab for one year. The lab investigates a broad range of topics (e.g., plant phenology, local adaptation versus plasticity in plant functional traits, community assembly and coexistence, climate change impacts) using a variety of methods (field, growth chamber and greenhouse studies of plant phenology, meta-analyses, statistical and process-based phenological models, coexistence modeling and climate simulation. For more information, go here.

Postdoc & Graduate Student Positions: Freshwater Mussel Conservation Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit University of Massachusetts Amherst (Posted 6/23/16)

Several positions are available to conduct research on freshwater mussels, particularly the Brook Floater (Alasmidonta varicosa) and Yellow Lampmussel (Lampsilis cariosa), which are listed as endangered under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. There is growing recognition of the need to restore freshwater mussels through population augmentation and re-introduction. We are just beginning to develop culture methods for mussel propagation at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Richard Cronin Aquatic Resource Center in Sunderland, Massachusetts. The positions here include opportunities to use experimental methods to test approaches for culturing multiple mussel species, and to explore mussel habitat use and quality in the field.

Project Leaders: Dr. Peter Hazelton (), Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Dr. Dave Perkins (), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Dr. Allison Roy (), U.S. Geological Survey, Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Postdoctoral Position: The postdoctoral researcher will work directly with multiple states along the east coast to assess the population status of Brook Floater and develop cooperative conservation efforts.
Specifically, the postdoc will work with states and project leaders to develop and implement standard methods for rapid assessment and long- term monitoring surveys.  New and historical data will be used to identify habitat correlates of population occupancy and demographic parameters that will influence viability of Brook Floater and help to determine feasibility of reintroduction and augmentation strategies. The postdoc will also coordinate interactions among the state agencies, and help to facilitate conservation efforts.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates will have a background in freshwater ecology, experience working on collaborative research projects, and strong quantitative skills in modeling, estimation, and optimization. Experience in mussel ecology, group facilitation methods, and decision analysis tools are desired, but not required. Applicants are expected to have earned a PhD in a relevant discipline prior to the start date.

Salary/Benefits: The position will begin on or around January 1, 2017 and is for up to 2.5 years, depending on productivity and success in the first year. Salary is $56,000 in the first year, with increases and benefits according to the University of Massachusetts Postdoctoral Contract. Funding is also available for travel to support site visits and attend professional conferences.

Graduate Student Positions: Two graduate positions are available at either the MS or PhD level in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The graduate students will be primarily conducting research related to mussel propagation. There is some flexibility in project design, but projects will likely include field surveys, host fish collection, and experimental lab studies related to culturing mussels.  Graduate students are expected to write a research proposal, conduct research and analyze data, supervise undergraduate technicians, write up results in 2 or more manuscripts (for MS level), and present findings at professional conferences.  A description of the graduate program, course requirements, and thesis requirements, are available here.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates will have a background and interests in freshwater ecology and research experience in the field and/or laboratory. Experience conducting independent research or culturing mussels is particularly desirable, but not necessary.

Undergraduate GPA and coursework, GRE scores, writing and speaking ability, and ability to work independently and in teams will all be considered.  Applicants for a PhD position must have a MS degree in a related field.

Salary/Benefits: The position can begin in September 2016, January 2017, or May 2017, and will be for 2 years (MS) or 3 or more years (PhD). The student will either be supported on a research assistantship (20
hours/week) with occasional teaching assistantships through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, or through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Pathways program. Both options include a stipend of ~$26,000 per year, benefits through the employer and a tuition waiver. Funding for travel to professional conferences is also provided.

To apply for any of the positions, send 1) a cover letter describing your background and experiences as they relate to the position you are applying for, 2) a CV with names and contact information for 3 references, and 3) unofficial transcripts to Allison Roy (). Review of applications will begin on July 18, 2016.

PhD position in Floodplain Biogeochemistry - University of Massachusetts—Amherst (Posted 6/23/16)

Project: Organic Matter Mineralization and Metal Cycling During Flood Plain Evolution

Applications for a fully funded PhD positions in the Soil and Microbial Biogeochemistry group at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst.

Research: The successful candidate will conduct research into the metabolic constraints on the biogeochemical cycling of organic matter within floodplains. The overarching goal of this research is to decipher the coevolution of organic carbon and metal chemistry within floodplains, and its resulting determinant of carbon oxidation rates and metal contaminant fate and transport. This research is focused on the Colorado and associated River basins where a legacy of mining has left floodplain aquifers contaminated with uranium and other metals. The candidates will combine experiments in laboratories with field sampling and long-term monitoring to examine the key microbial processes responsible for the cycling of carbon and associated metals. Candidates will have the excellent opportunity to apply cutting-edge synchrotron-based spectroscopy/microscopy, mass spectrometry, and molecular biology techniques to study the microbial transformations of carbon and metals. This research will be conducted in collaboration with a supportive team of scientists at UMass-Amherst, Stanford University, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  

Qualifications: Applicants with Bachelor degree in soil science or a related field (environmental science, geoscience, microbiology, or environmental chemistry) are encouraged to apply. We expect the student to have a general interest in fundamental biogeochemical mechanisms in soils, and to creatively integrate his or her own ideas within the broader framework of the project.

Location: UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.  

Application: Interested candidates are asked to send their CV, copies of Bachelor and/or Master degrees (including academic transcripts), and a list of two potential references (including full contact addresses). These materials, and inquiries for further information, should be sent to Dr. Marco Keiluweit, Assistant Professor, Soil and Microbial Biogeochemistry () by July 15, 2016, or until the position is filled.  The start date is negotiable, but ideally Sept 2016 or Jan 2017. 

MICHIGAN

Postdoc in community ecology of gut microbiomes (Posted 8/25/16)

Seeking a postdoctoral associate to analyze functional patterns in community assembly of gut microbiomes applying community ecology principles, including trait-based approaches and network analyses, to existing data. Strong quantitative skills and experience with bioinformatic and statistical analyses of microbial communities is expected and a familiarity with ecological and evolutionary theories is desired. The successful candidate should have a PhD in microbial ecology, microbiology, community ecology or bioinformatics, publication record and desire to work in interdisciplinary setting.

The position is for one year with a possibility of renewal for another 1-2 years. The postdoc will be co-supervised by Elena Litchman (Department of Plant Biology and Kellogg Biological Station) and Ashley Shade (Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics) at Michigan State University and will have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of researchers in ecology, microbiology, evolution and computational sciences.

Please send the statement of interest, CV and contact information for three references to Elena Litchman ().  Review of applications will begin September 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Michigan State is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Post-doc position in legume microbial ecology (Posted 8/22/16)

Postdoc in legume microbiome ecology Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the top institutions for plant science and microbial
ecology research. One position for a postdoctoral research associate is available in the laboratory of Ashley Shade in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

They seek an excellent post-doctoral associate to conduct microbiome research to understand the drivers and consequences of phytobiome (plant-associated) communities, with a particular focus on legume crops of global importance for food and economic security. Strong quantitative skills and experience with bioinformatic and statistical analyses of microbial communities is expected, and a familiarity with ecological and evolutionary theories is desired. The successful applicant will be independent and motivated, and will hold a PhD in a field related to plant, soil, or microbial sciences, ecology, or bioinformatics/genomics.  S/he will have proven skills in microbiology and
molecular laboratory techniques, as well as strong writing and communication skills. Experience in conducting field work and/or with plant- or soil- associated microbiomes will be considered favorably.  This position will involve global travel.  The position is for one year with a possibility of renewal for another 1-2 years. The postdoc will be part of the new Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State. The Plant Resilience Institute Legume Project is being conducted by an interdisciplinary team of plant biologists, plant genomicists, and breeders, with a research focus on the challenges in legume production given changing climates and management practices. The successful applicant will conduct microbiome research as part of this interdisciplinary legume effort, and will have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of researchers in ecology, evolution, microbiology, evolution, and plant and soil sciences.

Please send the statement describing relevant skills, research accomplishments, and research interests, a current CV, and contact information for three references to Ashley Shade (). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
 
MSU is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer

Postdoc position announcement: Soil response to prescribed fire (MSU, USDA FS) - Michigan State University (Posted 8/1/16)

The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, is seeking a highly motivated postdoc for a project investigating the effects of prescribed fire and resulting soil heating on soil carbon, nutrients, seedbanks and hardwood regeneration in the context of ecosystem restoration. For more information, go here. Search posting no. 3748. Review of applications begins on 9/6/16.

Conservation Intern - MI (Posted 8/1/16)

Ducks Unlimited, Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office seeks a Conservation Intern located in Ann Arbor, MI. For more information, go here. Applications will be accepted through August 12, 2016 or until a qualified applicant is identified.

2 funded MS Positions - Freshwater mussel ecology - Central Michigan Univ. (Posted 7/7/16)

Funded MS Positions (2), Biology Department, Institute for Great Lakes Research, Central Michigan University: Spatial Ecology and Reproductive Ecology of Native Freshwater Mussels
 
The Woolnough Lab will be accepting applications for 2 new MS students to begin Fall 2016.  The two positions will both focus on the conservation of rare freshwater mussels.
 
Responsibilities: The successful applicants will conduct a two-year, grant and TA supported research project on rare unionids in the Great Lakes Region. The MS students will combine field and laboratory techniques to assist in understanding the ecology of rare freshwater mussels.  The successful applicants will work with Dr. Daelyn Woolnough at Central Michigan University to answer questions about the conservation of mussel species and communities, ultimately leading to a comprehensive thesis. Stipend support in the form of Research Assistantship and Teaching Assistantships (for top quality candidates) will be available through the school year. Graduate students in Biology receive full tuition waivers.

MS Position #1: Will focus on fragmentation and relocation effects on endangered freshwater mussels.
MS Position #2: Will focus on the reproduction ecology of rare freshwater mussels

Qualifications: The successful applicant should be highly motivated and have a B.S. in biology, zoology, ecology, aquaculture, fisheries or closely related field. Prior field experience (e.g., boats, snorkeling, SCUBA), interests in conservation biology, and working with aquatic invertebrates and/or unionid mussels, are assets.  For MS Position #2 a background in microscopy with SEM experience is a requirement.

Minimum academic qualifications for a position in the Woolnough Lab include 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 system) and completion of GRE.

Salary: approx $18,000 + tuition waiver

Closing Date: July 22nd, 2016 or earlier if competitive candidates apply.

The candidate will be expected to begin August 29,2016 for the Fall 2016 semester.  Letters of interest and information described below should be emailed to Dr. Woolnough by July 22, 2016 or earlier.  Please do not apply to the CMU Graduate School/ Biology Department without first contacting Dr. Woolnough.

Send the following by email with the subject ‘FRESHWATER MUSSEL MS’ to Dr. Woolnough () with all of the following information:

1) a cover letter explaining your interest, qualifications, and position interested in (#1, #2 or both)
2) a resume (CV)
3) copies of transcripts (unofficial ok) and GRE grades (unofficial OK- report grades in cover letter).
4) names and contact information for three academic references.

Feel free to contact Dr. Woolnough by email () with any questions.

Postdoctoral position in ecosystem modeling - Univ. of Michigan (Posted 6/9/16)

Seeking a post-doctoral fellow interested in applying empirical and process-based modeling approaches to tackle policy-relevant environmental issues in aquatic systems to join our team in the Scavia Lab at the University of Michigan. For more information, go here. Open until filled.

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.

MINNESOTA

Post-Doctoral Associate- Univ. of Minnesota (Posted 6/3/16)

University of Minnesota is seeking a post-doctoral researcher at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory to develop reduced-complexity models of the intensively managed Minnesota River Basin for understanding water, nutrient, and sediment transport and associated trade-offs of spatially locating wetlands and/or water retention structures aimed at improving water quality; collaborate with ecologists, geologists, and economists; assist principle investigator reporting project progress to funding agency; and publish research results in scientific journals. For more information, go here. Job ID: 310293.

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.

MISSISSIPPI

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MISSOURI

Postdoctoral position - watershed modeling, climate and land use change - Saint Louis Univ. (Posted 7/24/16)

Applications are being accepted for a postdoctoral position in watershed hydrologic modeling in the lab of Dr. Jason Knouft in the Center for Sustainability and Department of Biology at Saint Louis University.  

This position focuses on developing watershed hydrologic models that produce estimates of streamflow, nutrients, and water temperature in the Meramec watershed in Missouri based on climate and land use change scenarios. These estimates will be used to assess the impacts of various management practices on water quantity and quality as well as biodiversity throughout the watershed. The successful candidate will be expected to develop GIS-based Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) and MIKE-SHE/MIKE-11 hydrologic models. The postdoc will also be encouraged to develop independent lines of research and will have the opportunity to collaborate with biologists, hydrologists, and remote sensing specialists at Saint Louis University and the University of Illinois.

Additional information on the lab is available here.  A PhD in a related research field is required by the starting date of employment and experience with either the SWAT or MIKE models is preferred, but not required. The position is available for two years contingent upon satisfactory annual reviews. The earliest start date is August 1, 2016; however, a later start date is possible.

All applications must include a cover letter with a statement of research experience and interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Please send these files to Dr. Jason Knouft at . Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE), and encourages nominations of and applications from women and minorities.

MONTANA

MS Assistantship, Human Dimensions of Private Lands Conservation - Univ. of Montana (Posted 6/2/16)

The UM College of Forestry and Conservation in Missoula, MT is seeking applicants for a one-year, MS Research Assistantship to work on novel approaches to private land use assessment and landowner outreach. For more information, go here.

MS or PhD Research Assistantship – Human Dimensions of Fire  (2 years) (Posted 6/2/16)

The University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation in Missoula, MT, is seeking applicants for a two-year MS or PhD Research Assistantship focused on understanding social and ecological resilience to wildfires in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. For more information, go here.

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 and Dr. Karrie Weber 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

Graduate Research Position: Mountain Hydrology and Remote Sensing (Posted 6/2/16)

Seeking applications for a Ph.D. student to fill a research assistantship in the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI).

The successful applicant will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes experts in snow physics, remote sensing, near-surface processes, and hydrologic modelling. He/she will take the lead in analysis and interpretation of multiple existing sets of hyperspectral and LiDAR dataset for the highly instrumented Sagehen Creek watershed in the Sierra Nevada.  Ground-based measurements include soil moisture, water chemistry, snow properties, sap flow, and stream discharge, as well as information on the land-surface energy balance.  The student will use this data to answer pressing questions in mountain hydrology developed with his/her faculty advisors.

Financial support includes a monthly stipend, travel to scientific meetings, field and laboratory analyses, partial tuition and health insurance. Applicants should have an undergraduate or graduate degree in hydrologic science, ecohydrology, remote sensing, environmental engineering, or a related field. The ideal candidate should have a strong quantitative background and interest in hydrologic modelling and interpretation of remote sensing data. Experience using Python or R for analysis of large data sets is particularly welcomed.

For questions and details on the position, please contact Adrian Harpold () or Rina Schumer ().

NEW HAMPSHIRE

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NEW JERSEY

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NEW MEXICO

Postdoctoral Position at the University of New Mexico (Posted 8/25/16)

Seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join a collaborative team from UNM, conducting research on ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of carbon, water and energy in semi-arid ecosystems.  Their group operates a network of nine eddy covariance flux towers sites distributed across a 1500 m elevation gradient in New Mexico that monitor ecosystem-atmosphere fluxes and associated plant physiological and microbial processes.   

They encourage individuals with a record of experience and research productivity in one or more of the following areas to apply: (i) EC flux tower or other land-surface flux datasets; (ii) physiological, ecosystem, ecohydrology and/or landscape ecology with an emphasis on analyzing large datasets; (iii) ecosystem modeling with emphasis on land surface models such as the Community Land Model.  This position is available for one year initially, with potential to renew annually for 3 years based on performance.  This position requires an interest in exploring how fluxes in these rapidly changing biomes are responding to disturbance and climate change, a Ph.D in plant physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology, biometeorology, biogeochemistry, or related field, demonstrated programming expertise in Matlab and/or R, successful publication record and excellent written and oral communication skills.  

The University of New Mexico is an equal-opportunity employer and we encourage underrepresented applicants.  The salary is highly competitive and health care benefits are excellent. Please send a cover letter with qualifications and research interests, CV, and contact information of three references by email to Dr. Marcy Litvak (). Position is available beginning September 15, 2016 and is open until filled.   

Post-doctoral Research Associate: Role of Hybridization in Adaptive Evolution in Plants - University of New Mexico (Posted 7/24/16)

An NSF-funded postdoc in the area of experimental evolution is available to start in fall 2016 or spring 2017.  The postdoctoral associate will collaborate closely with the Whitney Lab (University of New Mexico) and the Rieseberg Lab (University of British Columbia) and will be based at UNM, with fieldwork in Texas.  Initial funding will be one year, with renewal for a second year following satisfactory performance.

The associate will have a unique opportunity to capitalize on a long-term field experiment examining whether hybridization increases rates of adaptation, and the degree to which evolution in hybrids is repeatable.  The focus is on a set of control and hybrid field populations of wild sunflowers established in 2003.  Responsibilities will center on planting and supervising data collection on a large set of field common gardens during the summers of 2017 and 2018; the aim is to assess fitness and trait evolution across 15 generations of the hybrid versus control lineages.  The associate will also contribute to tests of microevolutionary hypotheses focusing on changes in quantitative trait locus (QTL) allele frequencies in the hybrid lineages across the generations.  There will be opportunity for the associate to develop independent projects related to the main questions.

The ideal candidate will have Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, evolutionary ecology or a related field; will have excellent writing and communication skills; and will have experience in several of the following areas:
-Field work with plants and their associated herbivores, pathogens, and pollinators -Measurements of natural selection -Statistical genetics, bioinformatics -Basic molecular biology techniques (e.g. DNA extraction)

To indicate interest: please send a short letter of interest (including ideal start date), PDFs of 1-2 relevant manuscripts, and a CV to Ken Whitney (). 

NEW YORK

Postdoctoral Associate - State Univ. of NY College of ESF (Posted 8/5/16)

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Department of Environmental and Forest Biology seeks a Postdoctoral Associate located at the Roosevelt Wild Life Station, SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY. For more information, go here. Accepting applications until the position is filled, interested candidates should submit their materials by September 3, 2016 to ensure optimal consideration.

Post-Doc: Aquatic Food-Web Modeling (Posted 6/30/16)

The Jefferson Project—an unprecedented endeavor to examine freshwater ecosystems with advanced “smart-sensor technology”—will be hiring a post-doc to develop food web models that incorporate high-frequency monitoring, modeling, and experimental data. This exciting research endeavor brings together Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), IBM, and The FUND for Lake George. The project is intended to serve as a blueprint for studying lakes around the world and to better understand how humans are affecting lake ecosystems. The research is based on the RPI campus, at the field station on Lake George (located in upstate NY), and in IBM research labs around the world.

The Jefferson Project was built upon 36 years of lake chemistry monitoring and is currently deploying real-time sensors for high-frequency monitoring of the physical, chemical, and biological conditions of Lake George (a lake that is 32 miles long and 200’ deep). These monitoring data are being integrated with data from experiments investigating the impacts of excess nutrients, invasive species, and other contaminants on freshwater food webs.
We have already produced second- and third-generation weather, hydrology, and lake circulation models; these models are being validated using high-resolution data from the “Smart Sensor Network.” Our goal is to link these physical models and integrate them with food web models, allowing us to better understand how humans have altered, and will continue to alter, lake ecosystems. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of food web modeling and an associated publication record. Programing expertise (e.g., C++, Python, R, Matlab) would also be quite valuable.

Rensselaer has a growing group of aquatic ecologists, first-rate facilities for aquatic research, and a beautiful field station on Lake George. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with experimental ecologists, limnologists, modelers, computer scientists, and engineers from both RPI and IBM. The post-doc will also have access to state-of-the-art supercomputers, including the powerful IBM Blue Gene/Q.

For additional information:
     http://relyealab.wix.com/relyea-lab
     http://faculty.rpi.edu/node/35931
     http://faculty.rpi.edu/node/35932
     http://eichll.wix.com/lawrence-eichler
     http://www.rpi.edu/dept/DFWI/
     http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/47219.wss

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, research statement, and a list of 3 references to Dr. Rick Relyea () in PDF format.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive. The desired start date is late summer or early fall.

Postdoctoral Associate- Cary Institute (Posted 6/9/16)

The Cary Institute Recruiting in Millbrook, NY seeks a Postdoctoral Associate to work with an exciting new, multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research project—the Urban Resilience Sustainability Research Network—focused on resilience of cities in the face of extreme events. Postdoctoral Associates will be based at the Cary Institute with a focus on Baltimore, but will work with a large network of researchers from 8 other cities - Hermosillo (Sonora, Mexico), Miami FL, New York NY, Phoenix AZ, Portland OR, San Juan PR, Syracuse NY, and Valdivia (Chile). For more information, go here. Job Code: Y15028-I.

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 .

NORTH CAROLINA

Please check back.

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 Position - OSU Entomology, Urban Soil Ecology (Posted 8/22/16)

A post-doctoral opportunity is available to research the legacy of urbanization on soil capacity to provide ecosystem services in former industrial cities. The postdoc will provide leadership on the project and participate in field and laboratory research to measure biological, chemical, and physical facets of soil quality. The project will compare soils from urban vacant lots, urban farms, parks, and rural organic farms for microbial community structure, invertebrates, metabolites, mineral and heavy metal levels, as well as predation activity and promotion of plant health and resistance. Qualifications include PhD in soil microbial ecology, ecosystem science, soil science, chemical ecology, or related fields. Candidates must have significant experience in field and laboratory research, analysis of multivariate datasets, and a strong record of peer- reviewed publications. Preferred experiences include molecular microbial community analysis and/or chemical characterization by GC-MS and LC-MS. Funding is available for two years through a contract with the USDA-AFRI Agroecosystem Management program. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing research interests and goals, current CV, and contact information for three references to the PI’s listed below.

Project PI’s: P. Larry Phelan () and Mary M. Gardiner (). Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University

Please submit an application by October 3, 2016 for full consideration.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Graduate Assistantship:  Conservation Genetics of Freshwater Mollusks - Miami Univ - OH (Posted 6/2/2016)

A Graduate Assistantship to conduct research on the conservation genetics of freshwater mollusks is available at Miami University, Oxford, OH.  Funding from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and state agencies will support research utilizing molecular techniques to provide guidance to agencies charged with protection of endangered and threatened species, while also addressing important questions in evolution and biogeography.  The student will be supported on a combination of research and teaching assistantships beginning in Fall 2016.  Preference will be given to applicants wishing to pursue a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, although strong candidates seeking an MS in Biology will be considered. Assistantship includes 12-month stipend and full tuition waiver. Further information can be otained by contacting Dr. David J. Berg ().  Applicants should submit, via email to the same address, a CV and a cover letter detailing their research interests and experiences, along with gpa, GRE scores, and list of references.  Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

OREGON

Postdoctoral Research Ecologist/Forester - OR (Posted 8/5/16)

USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station, Resource Monitoring & Assessment Program – Corvallis or Portland, Oregon will be hiring a full‐time, fixed term Postdoctoral position to improve models of fire effects and tree mortality from sampling of recent wildfires on the West Coast. This position will start in September or October of 2016. For more information, go here. Apply by August 15, 2016.

Postdoc - Mapping watershed integrity - USEPA, Corvallis, OR (Posted 6/2/16)

A research opportunity for National Watershed Integrity Mapping is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL). This appointment will be served with the Western Ecology Division (WED) in Corvallis, OR. For more information, go here.

PENNSYLVANIA

Graduate assistantship: ecological pest management (Posted 8/116)

MS or PhD Graduate Assistantship available in The Department of Entomology at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) to study sustainable, ecologically based crop production and its influence on invertebrate pest and natural enemy populations. In a new collaborative, USDA-funded, research project, we are testing hypotheses to help explain, and then minimize, pest outbreaks in diversified vegetable production systems. We are seeking a bright, motivated graduate student ideally to begin in January 2017. Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a single file containing a resume/CV (including GPA and GRE scores), college transcripts (unofficial ok), and the names and contact information for 2-3 references to John Tooker (). Details on our lab group can be found here.

Postdoc in floral microbial ecology--University of Pittsburgh (Posted 7/24/16)

A Postdoctoral fellow position characterizing the floral microbiome in diverse flowering plant communities is available in the laboratory of Tia-Lynn Ashman, Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Field work will be conducted in various natural and urban settings including Pennsylvania, California, Hawaii, and Germany.

The work will seek to understand the dominant ecological and evolutionary drivers of floral microbiome diversity by linking plant floral traits, biotic community characteristics (plant- pollinator interactions), abiotic habitat, geographic origin and phylogenetic history.

Responsibilities include characterizing plant-pollinator interactions; chemical analyses of flower tissues; culture-independent characterization microbial diversity and function (e.g., amplicon sequencing; metagenomics); phylogenetically-controlled and community-level statistical analyses; and preparation of manuscripts for publication.  There is also the ample opportunity to design and implement additional projects of mutual interest.

The postdoc position is for two years. Start date is negotiable, but September 2016 is preferred.  

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in biology, ecology, evolution, microbiology or related disciplines conferred by the time of appointment. Record of publication in the peer-reviewed literature; skills and experience in statistics, bioinformatics, microbial ecology, molecular biology and/or pollination biology; demonstrated verbal and written communication skills; self-motivation, critical thinking and problem solving skills; innovative ideas and vision for collaborative research.

TO APPLY: Please send a CV and a description of your experience and interests as relevant to the position to , along with the names and contact information for three referees. In a covering letter clearly highlight skills and experience related to key responsibilities. Informal inquiries are also welcome!

Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

RHODE ISLAND

PhD positions in phytoplankton ecology and evolution - Univ. of Rhode Island (Posted 8/2/16)

There are two open positions for PhD students at the Graduate School of Oceanography in the lab of Professor Rynearson to study ecology and evolution in marine phytoplankton. For more information, go here.

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 .

SOUTH DAKOTA

Ph.D. Assistantship - Pheasant Ecology in Fragmented Agricultural Landscapes of the Northern Great Plains (Posted 7/24/16)

The Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications for a Ph.D. Assistantship to evaluate the effects of landscape composition and habitat configuration on ring-necked pheasant ecology. The graduate research assistant will have the opportunity to actively collaborate with SDSU faculty and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks biologists and other scientists to study the effects of landscape-scale habitat characteristics and other environmental factors on nest site selection, nest survival, adult survival, and predator influences. This study is part of a broader, long-term research effort to understand the effect of ongoing land use and land cover changes on ring-necked pheasant populations in the region. The Ph.D. student will also have the flexibility to pursue independent research interests related to this topic.

Qualifications: Academic requirements include a Master’s degree in a closely related field (except in exceptional circumstances), strong GRE scores, and GPA above 3.0. Candidates must have strong spatial analysis, and writing skills. The preferred candidate should have previous experience with radio telemetry and GPS tracking of wildlife, avian capture, working with a diverse team of collaborators, geographic information systems, and statistical modeling in R and MARK. Additionally, candidates must have a strong work ethic, with the ability to work independently and as part of a larger team, and must be willing and able to conduct field work in extreme weather conditions. The preferred candidate will have a demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Financial support: Approximately $21,329 for a 12-month stipend plus a full tuition waiver.

Start Date: Expected start date is January 2017 or as soon as an appropriate candidate has been identified. The position will remain open until filled and applications will be reviewed as they are received.

To Apply: To be considered for this opportunity, please forward a cover letter, CV, a copy of transcripts (unofficial), GRE scores, two writing samples, and a list of three references with contact information to Dr. Michael Wimberly at and Dr. Andy Gregory at . Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For additional information contact: Dr. Michael C. Wimberly, Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence, Department of Natural Resource Management, South Dakota State University, Phone: 605-688-5350; Email:

Dr. Andrew J. Gregory, School of Earth, Environment and Society, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403-0001, Phone: 1-419-372-9369; Email:

TENNESSEE

MS and PhD positions in Climate-Soil Interactions - Tennessee State Univ. (Posted 8/11/6)

The Lab of Climate and Soil Biogeochemistry seeks motivated graduate students (one MS and one PhD) starting in Spring/Fall 2017 to study human accelerated environmental changes on biogeochemical cycles of soil carbon and nutrients at molecular to global scales. The group’s interdisciplinary research integrates field and laboratory observations as well as modeling approaches to address questions that intersect external disturbances and global biogeochemical cycles. Research opportunities may include soil’s microbial and genetic level responses to global climate change and soil carbon cycle modeling.  Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree or Master degree (for Ph.D. position) in soil science, microbiology, environmental science or a closely related field. Laboratory and/or field research experience is mandatory, but evidence of passion for scientific inquiry and aptitude for collaborative research are expected. To apply, please send a statement of interest, complete CV, and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file to . Transcripts and GRE scores are required though unofficial copies are accepted for review purpose. Review of applicants will begin immediately and remain open until filled. Prospective applicants are welcome to contact PI () with questions regarding the application submission. Principle Investigator (PI): Dr. Jianwei Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville TN 37209.  Website

TEXAS

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

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 position will be funded through research and teaching assistantships and has a tentative start date of January 2017. 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. For more information, go here.

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:

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.

UTAH

Graduate Student Assistantship: Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation - Brigham Young University (Posted 8/25/16)

Opening for a Ph.D. or MS student at Brigham Young University (BYU) with Dr. Matthew Madsen in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences. The student’s research will seek to improve seeding success of native plants after large-scale catastrophic wildfires in Wyoming big sagebrush plant communities of the Great Basin. Research will focus on 1) understanding how seed dormancy influences seed germination timing, with specific investigation into the role of abscisic acid (ABA), 2) using historic seedbed microclimate data to identify periods (windows) of the year that are typically more favorable for plant establishment and 3) developing novel seed enhancement technologies that use ABA to control seed germination timing so that it occurs within periods that are optimal for plant growth. Seed germination modeling will be used to assist in engineering and evaluating enhancement technologies. Treatments that are shown to provide the desired germination events will be evaluated in replicated field trials. The proposed research has the potential to dramatically improve the effectiveness of seeding treatments that are intended to protect or restore the diversity and productivity of sagebrush ecosystems.

The graduate student will work on a funded project that provides a competitive RA stipend, undergraduate student support, and funding for supplies and travel. Additional information about a degree in Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation at BYU can be found here.

Qualifications: Seeking an individual with a background in the natural sciences or engineering, with an interest in restoration ecology. The successful candidate should be self-motivated and have the capacity to work effectively in a team environment and across multiple disciplines. Minimum requirements can be found here. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and CV (include GRE scores and GPA) to .

M.S. Assistantship in Tree Physiology at Utah State University (Posted 6/2/16)

The Department of Plants, Soils and Climate at Utah State University is seeking a master’s-level student to start a research assistantship for the Fall semester of 2016. The prospective student will undertake research to understand how drought stress affects water-use, plant functional traits and stable isotopes (13C and 18O) of foliage and tree-rings of pinyon pine (Pinus edulis/monophylla) and Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma). Pinyon and juniper are two of the most common tree species in Utah and are known to differ in their water-use strategies. Research responsibilities will include employing a precision lysimeter system that directly tracks water use and automatically adjusts irrigation schedules to maintain the well-watered or drought-induced status of individual trees. The student will be expected to work with other scientists within the broader research community at USU that includes the Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (http://www.cwel.usu.edu/), the Wasatch Dendrochronology Research Group and the Ecology Center.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate would have a B.S. degree in biology, ecology, forestry, environmental science or a related field. Applicants should be able to work independently and also work cooperatively with other researchers. The applicant should also have demonstrated strong written and quantitative skills as well as a strong work ethic. If interested, please attach a resume (include scores from GRE exam, if possible) to a message that briefly outlines your background and research interests to Dr. Steve Voelker ().

Location: 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 nearby access to outdoor recreation, stunning mountain views and relatively low cost of living make Logan a very desirable location to live.

VERMONT

Several PhD and postdoc positions available with Vermont EPSCoR (Posted 8/2/16)

Vermont EPSCoR is recruiting several postdoctoral associates and PhD level graduate students to join our cutting-edge NSF funded research on Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE).  

PhD Student positions:
Soil-Watershed PhD Student, Position ID: GRA#001
Lake PhD Student, Position ID: GRA#002
Hydroclimatology and hydrometeorology PhD student, Position ID: GRA#004
Computational Social Science, Economic and Policy Modeling PhD Student, Position ID: GRA#005
Computational Science, Engineering, Complex Systems, or Applied Mathematics PhD Student, Position ID: GRA#007
Climate Statistics PhD Student, Position ID: GRA#008

Postdocs:
Nutrient Biogeochemistry, Catchment Hydrology, and Limnology Postdoc
Policy and Social Modeling Postdoc Computational Modeling of Social
Ecological Systems and Coupled Natural and Human Systems Postdocs (2 positions)

All of these positions are based at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. For more information, go here.

Four Postdoctoral Associates Posiations - Vermont EPSCoR (Posted 6/30/16)

Vermont EPSCoR is recruiting several postdoctoral associates to join their cutting-edge NSF funded research on Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE).  They are initiating a five-year award of large-scale interdisciplinary studies which will determine how the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake conditions respond to extreme weather events and will test policy scenarios for enhancing resilience using our comprehensive Integrated Assessment Model (IAM). As a member of the BREE team, you will participate in unique learning and professional development experiences including learning to communicate your science through our program with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.  

  • Nutrient Biogeochemistry, Catchment Hydrology, and Limnology Postdoc - Position ID: PDA#001
  • Policy and Social Modeling Postdoc - Position ID: PDA#002
  • Computational Modeling of Social Ecological Systems and Coupled Natural and Human Systems Postdocs - Position ID: PDA#034

For more information, go here.

PhD Assistantship in Limnology - Impacts of Storms on Phytoplankton Communities (Posted 6/2/16)

Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, University of Vermont has a  PhD Assistantship in Limnology - Impacts of Storms on Phytoplankton Communities opportunity. For more information, go here. Closing date: until filled.

VIRGINIA

M.S. and Ph.D. Assistantships in Stream Ecology & Biogeochemistry - Virginia Tech (Posted 8/25/16)

Location: Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

Starting Date: January or August 2017

Description: Students will join and expand research in the Hotchkiss Lab exploring how land-water interactions, hydrology, and aquatic ecosystem processes (carbon metabolism, nutrient cycling, food web dynamics) shape the transport, transformations, and fates of carbon and nutrients in streams, rivers, and fluvial networks. Successful applicants will have: a keen interest in stream/river ecology, ecosystem ecology, and/or biogeochemistry; previous research and scientific writing experience; and the ability to work well independently and in groups. Candidates with strong quantitative skills are especially encouraged to apply. Students will be supported by research/teaching assistantships that include summer stipends and tuition. For more information about these opportunities, due dates, and how to apply, go here.

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.

WASHINGTON

Postdoc in Molecular Ecology and Global Change, University of Washington (Posted 7/7/16)

Seeking an enterprising and talented person to join the Kelly Lab for a full-time position as a postdoctoral fellow (Research Associate; job class code 0148) at the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs, University of Washington. For more information, go here. Apply by September 1, 2016.

Population Genetics of Marine Fish Species to Inform Assessment and Management EffortsSeattle, WA (Posted 6/2/16)

The Fisheries Resource, Assessment, and Monitoring (FRAM) and Conservation Biology (CB) Divisions at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center seeks a shared postdoctoral fellow in marine genetics and genomics. For more information, go here. The online application period begins 1 June, with applications due 1 August 2016, for a start date as early as fall or winter 2016-2017.

WEST VIRGINIA

M.S./Ph.D. assistantship in forest biogeochemistry - West Virginia University (Posted 8/25/16)

A graduate student position is available for investigating how acid deposition affects the nutrient dynamics and productivity of deciduous forests in central Appalachia.

The student will conduct their research at the Fernow Experimental Forest and would receive training in the use of analytical instrumentation, experimental design, data analysis, computer modeling, communication skills, and teaching.  More about their research at the Fernow can be found here.

Summer support is available for four years and this would supplement support received during the academic year for being a teaching assistant in the Department of Biology at West Virginia University. Information about the graduate program in biology, and how to apply, is available here.

A successful applicant should have: (1) a bachelor's or master's degree in a relevant field of study; (2) a strong interest in ecosystem ecology and environmental change; (3) a willingness to learn techniques used to analyze the chemical composition of soil, water, and plant samples; (5) strong writing skills, and (6) a commitment to the effective communication of science to technical and non-technical audiences.

A student able to begin in the Summer 2017 and who has experience, or a strong interest, in using computer models to synthesize long-term ecological data is desirable.

To learn more, please contact: Dr. William Peterjohn, Department of Biology, West Virginia University, , 304-293-1300.

PhD Research Assistantship – Multi-species dynamics of Appalachian bird communities (Posted 8/17/16)

The School of Natural Resources at West Virginia University is seeking a PhD student to study multi-species dynamics of Appalachian bird communities.  The student’s dissertation will evaluate the role of interspecific interactions, climate, and environmental conditions in shaping the distribution and temporal dynamics of Appalachian breeding birds.  The project will have a strong quantitative component, and the student should have an interest and aptitude in developing advanced quantitative skills.

Qualifications: M.S. in wildlife science, ecology, zoology, or closely related field.  Candidates should have experience identifying breeding birds (preferably within the eastern US) by sound and sight.  Preference will be given to candidates experienced with generalized linear mixed models, particularly within a Bayesian context, though a demonstrated interest and aptitude in developing quantitative skills will go a long way.  Candidates must have a minimum 3.25 GPA at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  Preference will be given to candidates who scored above the 50th percentile in both the quantitative and verbal components of the GRE.

Stipend: $19,848, plus health insurance and university tuition waiver.

To Apply: Interested individuals should send a CV, cover letter, a 500- word statement of purpose (why do you want to work on this project, your research interests, and long-term career goals), unofficial copy of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references as a single PDF file to Dr. Christopher Rota at .  Review of applications will begin the week of September 5, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Wildlife & Fisheries Biology - West Virginia Univ. (Posted 7/24/16)

The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow – Wildlife & Fisheries Biology for the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. For more information, click here. Requisition Number: 16-0087. 

M.S. Graduate Research Assistant - West Virginia University (Posted 6/30/16)

M.S. Graduate Research Assistant: Improving Quantitative Understanding of Water Resource Regimes and Water Quality in the Appalachian Region

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, invite applications for a graduate research assistant (GRA) to conduct research investigating hydrology and water quality. 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 position remains open until filled. Primary duties include water flow and water quality monitoring. Other duties include (but are not limited to) various field work, stream cross sections, instrument maintenance, aquatic physical habitat assessment, data collection, processing, and analyses, coursework and publication. The production of an exemplary thesis is expected.

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree completed 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 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 (incomplete applications will not be reviewed): transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL/IELTS 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, Divisions of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Forestry and Natural Resources, 1098 Agricultural Sciences Building, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA; Tel No. (304) 293-2472; Fax: (304) 293-2960; Email: . Lab Website.

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

Recruiting 3 postdocs and a PhD student for PyOM, microbes, and soils project (Posted 8/22/16)

Recruiting: Three postdoctoral researchers and one Ph.D. student

Project: Systems biology enabled research on the roles of microbial communities in carbon cycle processes – Determination of the roles of pyrophilous microbes in the breakdown and stabilization of pyrolyzed forms of soil organic matter Institutions: University of Wisconsin-Madison (Dr. Thea Whitman), University of California-Berkeley (Dr. Matthew Traxler and Dr. Tom Bruns), and Joint Genome Institute (Dr. Igor Grigoriev)

They are recruiting one Ph.D. student (UW-Madison) and three postdoctoral researchers (UW-Madison, UC-Berkeley, and the JGI) to work on a DOE-funded multi-institutional project investigating the role of microbes in post-fire soil organic matter (SOM) dynamics. Post-fire soil systems have fundamental direct and indirect effects on global C storage. For example, fires result in the transformation of a large pool of C, which persists as dead and partially pyrolyzed material with long residence times and constitutes a significant C pool in fire-prone
ecosystems. In addition, fire-induced hydrophobic soil layers, caused by condensation of pyrolyzed waxes and lipids, may increase post-fire erosion and lead to long-term productivity losses. Soil microbes are likely responsible for the cycling of all of these compounds, yet little is currently known about the organisms or metabolic processes involved.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic team of researchers to use a systems biology approach, coupling small experimental “pyrocosms”, highly controlled production of 13C-labeled pyrolyzed substrates, fungal isolates, genomics, transcriptomics, stable isotope probing of nucleic acids, gas flux analyses, and mass spectrometry to dissect the effects of microbes on post-fire SOM dynamics.

For one postdoctoral researcher position and the Ph.D. student (Whitman lab, UW-Madison), the ideal candidates will have expertise and interest in the following areas: microbiology and soil science, stable isotope probing of DNA, culturing, bioinformatics, microbial community ecology, soil carbon cycling or pyrogenic organic matter cycling, soil incubation studies, and gas flux tracing using stable isotopes.

For the second postdoctoral researcher position (Traxler lab, UC-Berkeley), the ideal candidate will have expertise and interest in metabolomics, high-resolution mass spectrometry, and HPLC. Applicants with experience analyzing soil or other high-complexity sample types will be given extra consideration.

For the third postdoctoral researcher position (Grigoriev lab, JGI), the ideal candidate will have interest in fungal genomics and experience with bioinformatics algorithms, data mining, and genomics data analysis, programming experience and familiarity with database systems.

Positions could start as soon as September, 2016. If you are interested in this project, please contact us at ,, or , sending a statement of interest and your cv. We will be happy to meet with potential candidates at ISME in Montreal or MSA in Berkeley this August, or will invite applicants for in-person interviews.

Postdoc, University of Wisconsin, hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation (Posted 6/2/16)

The Townsend Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a post-doc interested in using full-range (400-2500 nm) imaging spectroscopy data (i.e., hyperspectral imagery) to understand patterns of vegetation function in natural and managed ecosystems. For more information, go here. Apply by September 1, 2016.

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).

CANADA

Post-doc/Ph.D./M.Sc. opportunities in plant ecology with Mark Vellend (Posted 8/1/16)

Looking for motivated post- docs and/or to join lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Sherbrooke, Quibec, to work on one of the following topics (I am flexible in terms of details or different ideas):

- Using time-lapse cameras and field observations/experiments to study the response of plant phenology to environmental change over space and time.
- Meta-analysis and synthesis of plant community responses to experimental and natural environmental variation (e.g., climate, disturbance, nutrients).
- Climatic and non-climatic determinants of plant species range edges.\

Start date would be January 2017 (or possible a bit sooner). Please send an e-mail to for more information.

Funded MSc/PhD positions in field ecology and landscape genomics -  University of Manitoba (Posted 7/24/16)

Recruiting graduate students with interests in population and landscape genomics, field ecology, or a combination of these disciplines to join my new research group in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba. For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity - The impacts of oil sands development on the deposition of inorganic contaminants in northern Alberta, Canada (Posted 6/30/16)

The project: Looking for a postdoctoral fellow to examine the impacts of oil sands development on the atmospheric deposition of mercury, methylmercury, and elements including priority pollutant elements and crustal elements to the Alberta oil sands region in Northern Canada. Potential project objectives include 1) quantifying spatial and temporal trends in inorganic contaminant deposition to the region and 2) identifying source signatures for a variety of different potential oil sands related sources, such as bitumen upgrading, landscape disturbance for activities such as open pit mining and road building, and vehicle emissions. Potential candidates must possess a keen interest in environmental science, biogeochemistry, and contaminants research. As part of a broad network of collaborators across federal and provincial government agencies and universities, a wealth of high quality precipitation, snowpack, and sediment core data has already been collected under the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring program (http://jointoilsandsmonitoring.ca/) between 2012-2016. The postdoctoral fellow could therefore publish quickly and would have an opportunity to contribute to 2017-18 program design and field sampling in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Their group utilizes emerging analytical techniques, ecosystem-scale field studies, and controlled experiments to understand how environmental stressors, such as contaminants and climate change, impact aquatic ecosystems, particularly in the Canadian boreal and Arctic ecoregion.

The postdoctoral fellowship would be based out of the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, ON working under the supervision of Dr. Jane Kirk. If interested, please contact Dr. Kirk at: .

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.

NEW ZEALAND

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecosystem Services - Victoria University of Wellington - New Zealand (Posted 6/30/16)

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand seeks a qualified and highly motivated individual who will play a pivotal role in generating a ground breaking case study. Wetlands are among the most valuable ecosystems in the world. Hotspots for endemic biodiversity, water purification and carbon sequestration as well as places of significant cultural and recreational value, wetlands provide up to 40% of global renewable ecosystem services. Sadly, they are in peril globally. The Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology seeks a qualified and highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow who will play a pivotal role in generating a ground-breaking case study to identify synergies and opportunities to enhance biodiversity, water quality, carbon sequestration and cultural and recreational benefits within a multi-use wetland ecosystem. The multi-disciplinary project will serve as a model for future ecological restoration projects within New Zealand and worldwide. For more information, go here. Application closes October 1, 2016.

UNITED KINGDOM

PhD studentship: Ecological Statistics, Loughborough University UK (Posted 6/23/16)

A fully funded PhD studentship in Advances in biodiversity modelling: integrating statistical and ecological frameworks for quantifying biodiversity change is available at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Centre for Data Sciences, Loughborough University, UK. Applications are now invited until July 31, 2016. For more information, go here.