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Graduate Fellowships and Graduate Teaching Assistant Position – Colorado State University

Colorado State University’s (CSU) Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting (MGMA) degree program is now accepting applications for enrollment in Fall Semester 2016. Two graduate fellowships and a teaching assistantship are available to support incoming students!  

The interdisciplinary MGMA degree provides students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds—such as environmental studies, agriculture, forestry, business, engineering, and natural resources—the opportunity to develop the skills needed for emerging sustainability professions focused on greenhouse gas management and accounting.  Students explore a range of topics including sustainability, greenhouse gas policies, climate change science, and foundations of greenhouse gas management. They engage in real-world data collection and estimation of greenhouse gas footprints.

The MGMA degree showcases CSU’s world-class leadership in greenhouse gas and climate change science. The program is led by Dr. Stephen Ogle and Dr. Rich Conant, who have more than two decades of combined experience compiling greenhouse gas emission data for the U.S. government and other governmental and nongovernmental entities. Drs. Ogle and Conant have served as lead authors on reports prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), advise organizations of all kinds on greenhouse gas mitigation, and conduct leading-edge research evaluating drivers of greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation options.  
For full consideration, applications to the MGMA degree program are due by February 2, 2016. Applicants interested in graduate fellowships or the teaching assistantship should contact the MGMA Program Coordinator for more information. For program information and application guidelines, go here. Email the Program Coordinator your questions at .

Nebraska Post-doc in Population Biology

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in the Population Biology Program of Excellence. For more information, go here. Applications should be received by January 22, 2016. 

Garden Club of America - Urban Forestry Fellowship

The Garden Club of America (GCA) with the support of Casey Trees of Washington, DC, is soliciting applications for its national urban forestry fellowship. GCA has a history of interest in the health of the urban forest and would like to support young scientists in their undergraduate and graduate studies in this field.  The study areas of interest are far reaching, including urban forest management and planning as well as topics in biology, ecology, or human health that will specifically move urban forest science forward. The GCA Fellowship in Urban Forestry will be awarded in early 2016. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee at Casey Trees composed of practicing urban forestry scientists and professionals in related fields. Final selection is made by The Garden Club of America. For more information, click here. Application deadline is January 31, 2016.

NOAA: Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for master's and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and all other science, engineering, social science and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas, particularly by women and members of minority groups. For more information, click here. Deadline for applications is December 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm ET.

UCLA La Kretz Center 2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship

The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science invites applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship in California Conservation Science. For more information, go here. Apply by December 15, 2015.

NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowships

The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP) conducts the annual recruitment for the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (C&GC). The fellowship program has an outstanding reputation for attracting the best and the brightest PhDs in the sciences relevant to the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program. VSP manages this NOAA-sponsored program, in which each appointed fellow is hosted by a mentoring scientist at a U.S. university or research institution to work in an area of mutual interest. For more information, click here. Applications for the 2016 NOAA Climate & Global Change Fellowships are due 8 January.

Hampton Roads Sea- Level Rise Fellow

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Hampton Roads Sea- Level Rise Fellow to be based at Brock Environmental Center located in Virginia Beach, VA. This is a two- year fellowship position. For more information, click here. Apply by November 8, 2015.

Postdoc Fellow - Community Ecology - Univ. of Arkansas

A full-time NSF funded Post Doctoral Fellow position in Community Ecology is available in the Siepielski Laboratory housed in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas. For more information, click here. Posting No. NC204P.

Postdoc Fellow - Evolutionary Ecology - Univ. of Arkansas

A full-time Post Doctoral Fellow position in Evolutionary Ecology is available in the Siepielski Laboratory housed in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas. For more information, click here. Posting No. NC171P.

2016-17 Great Lakes Commission - Sea Grant Fellowship

The Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellow will work with members of the Great Lakes’ science, policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable development goals of the Great Lakes states. Application deadline: February 15, 2016, 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. C.T For more information, click here.

One-year Faculty Fellow in Environmental Studies (Applied Ecology and Environmental Science)
Colby College - Waterville, ME

The Environmental Studies Program at Colby College invites applications for a one-year position in Applied Ecology and Environmental Science to begin September 1, 2016. The successful candidate will have a specialization in the application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems.  We welcome applications from broadly trained ecologists with interdisciplinary backgrounds and expertise in: population, community, or ecosystem ecology; conservation biology; restoration ecology; landscape ecology; or closely related fields. Candidates should have a Ph.D. and a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Familiarity with liberal arts colleges and teaching experience is desirable. Teaching responsibilities will include three courses, two with laboratory components (Introduction to Ecology and either Advanced and Applied Ecology or an intermediate-level elective course in the candidateís area of specialty), and co-teaching the gateway course for majors and minors, Environment and Society.  The Environmental Studies Program is one of the largest and fastest growing programs at Colby. For more information about the Environmental Studies Program, click here.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, graduate transcript, three letters of recommendation, and a sample of current scholarship (e.g., a recent publication or manuscript) as PDFs to: . Electronic submission of applications is required and receipt will be confirmed. Application review will begin January 8, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may also be directed to .

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteranís status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institutionís education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colbyís Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please go here.

Graduate Fellowships at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) offers the following fellowships to support research in residence at its facility in Edgewater, MD.  This program is administrated through the Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships and Internships in Washington, DC.  

Post-doctoral Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for less than seven years.  Senior Fellowships are offered to scholars who held the degree or equivalent for seven years or more.  Applicants must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting research in-residence at the Institution.  The term is 3 to 12 months.  Both fellowships offer a stipend of $48,000 per year plus allowances. 

Pre-doctoral Fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations.  The applicant must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting research in-residence at the Institution.  Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution.  The term is 3 to 12 months.  The stipend is $32,500 per year plus allowances. 

Graduate Student Fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, who have completed at least one semester, and not yet have been advanced to candidacy if in a PhD program.  Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline which is pursued at the Smithsonian Institution.  The term is 10 weeks with a stipend of $7,000. 

Application Deadline: December 1st (PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE) 

To ensure that proposed fellowship projects are appropriate for SERC, applicants are encouraged to coordinate with proposed SERC sponsors early on in preparing fellowship proposals.   

For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Biology - UC Davis

The Center for Population Biology at UC Davis invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Population Biology, broadly defined to include ecology, phylogenetics, comparative biology, population genetics, and evolution. We particularly encourage applications from candidates that have recently completed, or will soon complete, their PhD. For more information, click here. Applications must be received by December 1, 2015.

Ducks Unlimited - Five Graduate Fellowships Available

Ducks Unlimited is excited to support development of talented young professionals in the waterfowl and wetlands field through their fellowship program.  This year they have five awards available. Interested students can find application information here. All application materials are due by 4:30 PM Central on November 13, 2015.

USDA Climate Hubs Fellows Program (CFHP) Opportunity

The Climate Hubs Fellows Program (CHFP) has been announced. The deadline for applications is November 20th. The CHFP program will hire fellows as temporary federal employees to work with the regional Hubs and Sub-Hubs to accomplish their mission. Fellows from this program will obtain experience developing on-the-ground solutions for vulnerabilities faced by operational land managers and learn to work with established research and outreach communities. Applications to the program (see announcement for details), should be sent to . Fellows should identify their climate hub regional preference, or if they are willing to be placed where there is the greatest need. Regions can be found on the hubs website. Applications will be screened by a panel at the national level and the top 20 to 30 candidates will be put forward to the Regional Hub Directors for consideration.

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex, offers several Postdoctoral Fellowships annually to outstanding early career scientists.  The Smithsonian's distinctive combination of field research facilities, museum archives, and expertise in ecology, biological conservation, systematics, and paleobiology provides opportunities for synthetic, big-picture insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. For more information, click here. Applications are due December 1st, 2015.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at SESYNC, MD

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships. SESYNC is currently accepting proposals under three calls:

  • Socio-Environmental Immersion Postdocs (pre-screening applications due October 26, 2015)
  • SESYNC–LTER Postdocs (pre-screening applications due October 26, 2015) and
  • Natural Resource, Environmental & Ecological Economics Postdocs (applications are due December 1, 2015).

 For more information, click here.

Residential Research Fellowship at Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station is pleased to offer a summer research fellowship of $10,000 plus residency (beginning in May and ending in September) and station fees for Ph.D. level researchers in any science discipline that can benefit from research station experience. The Fellow will conduct on-site independent research, act as the primary mentor for undergraduate students participating in the Preserve's Odum Internship in Field Ecology (mid-June through mid-August), and lead the Preserve’s Thursday Lecture Series. Fellows are also encouraged to participate in one of the Preserve’s many public outreach programs to share their research with the greater community. Preference will be given to individuals and projects with the potential to develop into long-term research activities at the Preserve. Ph.D. level researchers at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. For more information, click here. Apply by November 2, 2015.

EPA - Supported NRC Post-doc Opportunity - Floodplain Restoration, Expansion, and Infrastructure Effects on Ground and Surface Water Quality

A Postdoctoral Opportunity (22.03.05.B8222) is available for research on the effects of restoration and infrastructure on the biogeochemistry of floodplain surface and ground water systems. The Associate will work with Principle Investigator Dr. Ken Forshay of US EPA, Office of Research and Development, at the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada, OK. For more information go here or here. Application deadline - November 1, 2015.

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.  We 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.

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.

Postdoc Fellow: NatureNet Science Fellows

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to solicit applications for the NatureNet Science Fellows program, a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship program aimed at bridging academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change. For more information, click here. Applications due by October 31, 2015.

Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the Santa Fe Institute's Omidyar Fellowship. This highly selective interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship offers talented early-career scientists an extraordinary level of freedom and autonomy, a competitive salary, discretionary research and travel funds, professional development, and an opportunity to collaborate with some of the leading minds in science. For more information, click here. Accepting Applications from August 10-November 1, 2015.

Clean Water Fellow, Izaak Walton League of America, Inc.

Izaak Walton League of America, Inc. seeks a Clean Water Fellowship for a temporary position of up to two years and is designed to provide applied experience in environmental education to a candidate with an undergraduate degree who is planning to pursue graduate studies in environmental education, natural resources conservation or a similar field. For more information, click here.

Graduate Opportunities


Graduate student opportunities in community ecology

The Crawford Lab at the University of Houston is seeking graduate students interested in community ecology to begin in Fall 2016.  Research in the lab is focused on the causes and consequences of plant diversity and covers a range of topics, including:
- How genetic diversity influences community structure and ecosystem function
- How interactions between plants and soil microbes influence plant community structure
- The role of soil microbes in ecosystem succession
- How genetic diversity and soil microbes influence plant invasions

Applications for either the MS or PhD are encouraged.  PhD students are expected to have prior research experience and to develop their own research questions within the realm of community ecology.  Funding is available for an MS student to work on a project testing how plant diversity and soil microbes influence restoration outcomes in Gulf Coast sand dunes.

Interested applicants should email Dr. Kerri Crawford () with any questions and the following information:

- a CV or resume with GPA and GRE scores
- a brief statement of research experience, research interests, and career goals

For more information on the Crawford lab, please go here. Information on the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston and the graduate program in Ecology and Evolution can be found here. Applications are due February 1, 2016.

MS Graduate Assistantship - Global change biology and coastal ecology at UMD

MS Graduate Assistantship - Global change biology and coastal ecology at the University of Maryland Seeking one motivated MS student to start June 2016 in the area of tidal wetland ecology in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park. The candidate will research the effects of sea level rise and barrier island migration on wetland plant distributions and blue carbon storage in back-barrier intertidal salt marshes of the Mid-Atlantic coast. This research is part of a regional and interdisciplinary investigation of the response of coupled barrier-backbarrier systems to sea level rise. This larger effort will examine the effects of barrier island management activities, such as beach nourishment and shoreline stabilization, on coastal ecosystem services. The research team includes two coastal geomorphologists, a natural resource economist, and partners in coastal management organizations. There will be opportunities to receive interdisciplinary training in short-term study exchanges at other institutions and for the candidate to develop additional research questions and field experiments of their own initiative. Creativity and imagination will be encouraged. Required skills: Interested students should have a foundation in ecology or environmental science. The research will require travel and field work during the summer. Field work will be physically demanding and in salt marsh ecosystems, where summer heat, mud, and insects are ubiquitous. Field work experience is a plus. GIS experience is required. Advanced GIS courses are available at UMD. Should be able to work independently and collaboratively. For more information on the project and research goals, please contact Dr. Keryn Gedan, . For more information on the graduate program and how to apply, please go here.

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

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

MS/PhD in Molecular Microbial Ecology at Kansas State University

A graduate research position at the MS or PhD level is available in the Molecular Microbial Ecology Lab at Kansas State University, to begin in Summer or Fall 2016. Projects are available in the following research areas:

(1) Impact of aboveground disturbance and drought on microbial growth, community turnover and carbon cycling in soils with contrasting precipitation and management history. (2) Understanding feedbacks between nitrogen availability and soil microbial structure and function in native tallgrass prairie soils. Project specifics will be defined in collaboration with the selected student to incorporate individual interests and goals: opportunities include addressing these research areas in the context of grassland management, including grazing, fire, restoration and cultivation. For more information, go here.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology, environmental or soil science. Experience conducting independent research in ecology or molecular biology is preferred, and enthusiasm and productivity is essential! To apply, first send a short statement of research interests and a CV to Dr. Lydia Zeglin (); we will discuss the full
Graduate School application, which is due on December 15, 2015. Highly ranked applicants will be invited by the Division of Biology to visit the university in February 2016, and an offer with financial support will be made to the successful candidate later that spring. For more information on the full application, go here.

Graduate student opportunity at Marquette Univ.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University is expanding its strength in the area of Ecology, Evolution, & Environmental Biology and is seeking committed and highly motivated graduate students.  Current faculty research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is centered on determining the evolutionary and ecological processes that generate and maintain species diversity.  Marquette faculty are currently studying plant, animal, and microbial diversity in tropical and temperate ecosystems, and we are currently hiring additional ecology faculty.

They are seeking graduate students who are interested in pursuing large-scale conceptual questions in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Marquette University offers competitive graduate stipends and benefits. Marquette is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values excellence in scholarship and teaching, as well as a diverse academic community. We encourage underrepresented groups to apply. For more information, go here.

Postdoc Position: Watershed Biogeochemistry at Michigan State University

Postdoctoral associate sought to lead data analysis and modelling efforts for ongoing watershed biogeochemistry and hydrology projects in the Watershed Science & Hydroecology Lab at Michigan State University. The postdoc will lead efforts to model and predict solute flux patterns across watersheds using large extant data sets and novel high-frequency stream sensor systems. The postdoc will ultimately apply their models to evaluate regional and global change impacts on water resources.  The lab represents a rapidly growing multidisciplinary team examining the influence of changes in climate and land use on water resources and watershed nutrient and pathogen transport. Michigan State University represents a large and vibrant community for water research.

The position requires a Ph.D. by the start date of employment in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, environmental engineering, ecoinformatics, or related field. Preferred research skills and interests include demonstrated knowledge of mechanistic modeling, geospatial analysis, machine learning, statistical modeling, and time series analysis. Strong computer programming skills (especially MATLAB, Python, R and/or FORTRAN) are required. A record of publications and knowledge of biogeochemistry and catchment science is desired. We will begin reviewing applications on 1 December 2015, and the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Start date is flexible in 2016. For more information on these research groups, please click here.

To apply, please send letter of application detailing research interest and experiences, curriculum vitae, and names of 3 references (with telephone numbers and email addresses) to:

Please direct applications and questions about the positions to Dr. Jay Zarnetske ( ).

Michigan State University is and Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy.

PhD student position: Biogeochemistry at the Stream-groundwater Interface - Michigan State

Currently recruiting for a PhD student to work on a 3 year NSF-funded project to investigate the biogeochemical function of stream sediments. This student will be based at Michigan State University with Dr. Jay Zarnetske, and will work closely with another student starting soon at the University of Connecticut with Drs. Martin Briggs and Fred Day-Lewis; both students will have the opportunity to work with Drs. Kamini Singha (Colorado School of Mines) and Jud Harvey (USGS). The MSU student will focus on reactive nitrogen experimentation and modeling in stream sediments, while the UConn student will focus on geophysical evaluations and models of stream sediments. There will be much overlap and combined lab/field efforts between research groups. Start date is flexible in 2016.

Interested students should contact Dr. Jay Zarnetske () to discuss the details of the project and graduate school application procedures. Contact should be made as soon as possible and preferably before November 25, 2015. MSU application deadline is December 1, 2015.

Additional information on this project and the research group is available here and here.

Graduate student opportunity (MS in Environmental Education) - Oregon Univ.

The Environmental Education program at Southern Oregon University is proud to offer a Masters of Science program designed to create leaders in the field of Environmental Education.  Their program offers interdisciplinary training in the natural sciences, ecology and education, all in the diverse and spectacular Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southwestern Oregon and northern California.

Their science-based program offers several unique elements including our culminating project. The graduate students collaborate to design and present both a day and residential program aimed at diverse audiences located at the Field Station (Deer Creek Center) and on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Students may also choose to incorporate a Masters of Arts in Teaching and earn teacher licensure at the secondary level with a science endorsement(options for licensure at the elementary and middle level are also possible) or a certificate in non-profit management as an integrated part of the program.

Four to six graduate assistantship positions are offered each year to Environmental Education graduate students.  Going into effect during the first fall quarter and lasting throughout the first year of study, graduate assistants receive an 80% in-state tuition remission and a monthly stipend.  The assistantship requires 12 hours of work per week.  Positions
include Siskiyou Environmental Education Center (SEEC) Office Manager, SEEC Office Assistant, Education Outreach Coordinator, Fall in the Field coordinator, and instructors for introductory biology labs.

Financial aid may be available to students.  Some students may qualify for in-state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program.

For details on how to apply, please go here or contact Colleen MacGilvray at .  The priority deadline for admittance into the program is January 15, 2016.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary: 2016 Undergraduate/Graduate Research Internship

Application Deadline: February 26th, 2016.
Term of Internship: Approximately 12 weeks: May – August, 2015. Exact start and end time of internship will vary depending on research project and intern’s availability. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview by March 18th, 2016. For more information, go here.

MS assistantship, evolutionary response to climate change

Seeking a Master’s student to conduct research on evolutionary responses to climate change. The student will be co-advised by Peter Adler and Zach Gompert at Utah State University. Together they will investigate changes in the genetic diversity of two perennial grass species in a long-term precipitation manipulation experiment in an eastern Idaho sagebrush steppe. They will compare the experimental responses with patterns across an elevation and precipitation gradient. Field sampling will begin in May, 2016. Stipend support will consist of both research and teaching assistantships. To apply, please email a 1) cover letter, 2) CV, 3) description of research experience, and 4) contact information for three references to Peter Adler () by December 1, 2015.

PhD position in Wildlife and Urban Ecology

Motivated student sought to join the team of ecosystem and wildlife ecologists at Arizona State Univ. Using the Central Arizona Phoenix LTER study site, they are broadly interested in wildlife community structure, habitat connectivity, riparian systems, and the effects of human-altered landscapes on biodiversity. The PhD candidate will be expected to design and develop research questions associated with these topics and work collaboratively in the labs of Dr. Bateman (ASU Polytechnic campus) and Dr. Hall (ASU Tempe campus).

Qualifications: They are looking for an enthusiastic student with background in environmental and natural science, quantitative biology, ecology, or related natural resource fields. They prefer applicants with a MSc degree and direct experience with field studies. Essential skills of the successful candidate include: excellent writing and verbal communication, a strong work ethic, quantitative skills, and the ability to work both independently and in a team.
Funding: The successful applicant will be supported for two years on a research staff position and for three years on a teaching assistantship in the School of Life Sciences. The research staff position begins May 2016 and duties will include: managing a field crew; installing pitfall trap arrays; handling reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods; and vegetation sampling along the Gila and San Pedro Rivers in central Arizona.

Application Process: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV/Resume with list of references, and GRE scores (preferably as one pdf
document) to Dr. Heather Bateman in the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University (). If you are selected as a finalist for the position, you will be asked to formally apply to the ASU School of Life Sciences in the PhD degree of Environmental Life Sciences due Dec 1, 2016.

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. We 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. We 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 .  

Graduate Positions in Quantitative Ecology & Resource Management Program at UW Seattle

The Quantitative Ecology & Resource Management (QERM) program at University of Washington in Seattle, WA is accepting applications for Autumn 2016.

QERM is a unique interdisciplinary graduate program (MS/PhD) designed for students interested in applying quantitative tools to ecological and resource management issues. QERM has an interdisciplinary faculty, drawn from academic programs across the university—statistics, applied mathematics, environmental and forest sciences, biology, aquatic and fishery sciences, oceanography, marine and environmental affairs, anthropology, and sociology.

Competitive applicants have a strong quantitative background and desire to further develop and apply their skills in statistics and mathematical modeling to problems in ecology or natural resource management. Applicants should have completed coursework in college-level probability and mathematical statistics, linear algebra, and differential equations.

The application deadline is December 15, 2015. For more information, please go here.

Postdoctoral Scholar- Plant Ecophysiology / Landscape Ecohydrology - Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Post-doctoral scholar in plant ecophysiology / landscape ecohydrology available in the department of Integrative Biology (IB), University of California Berkeley. The position will be based in the Ackerly lab, in collaboration with the Dawson and Thompson labs (Civil and Environmental Engineering). For more information, click here. Next review date: October 30th, 2015.

PhD positions at the Univ. Montana in physiological ecology and climate change

The Woods lab at the University of Montana in Missoula is looking to recruit Ph.D. students interested in physiological ecology and climate change.

Current research projects in the lab seek to understand the physiological ecology of plant-insect interactions, to link broad-scale climate data to the microclimates relevant to small ectotherms, and to predict how ectotherms (primarily insects) will perform in those microclimates both now and in the future. These topics are addressed using a combination of field and lab experiments. We're also starting to do more analyses of large gridded data sets on climate, so students with strong computational and programming skills (e.g., R, python) are encouraged to apply.
The University of Montana is home to a strong collection of faculty researching ecology and evolution. The Division of Biological Sciences hosts an excellent graduate program in Organismal Biology and Ecology (OBE) with an emphasis on interdisciplinary training in evolution, genetics, ecology, organismal biology, and behavior. Missoula is a great college town in the heart of the Northern Rocky Mountains.
For more information on the Woods lab please go here.
Interested students are encouraged to email Dr. Woods (). Please include a brief description of your research interests and a CV in your email. Note that applications for Fall 2016 admission to the OBE program must be submitted by December 1st.

MS position in global change and stream ecosystem ecology

Hood Lab, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University  is seeking a Masters student to participate in a large, collaborative project investigating the influence of climate warming and nutrient enrichment on stream ecosystems. Their multi-institution team has been studying the effects of warming and nutrient enrichment in southwestern Iceland using a series of geothermally-heated streams and stream-side channel experiments. The student’s research will focus on using the stream-side channels to understand how warming and nutrient enrichment interact to shape communities and ecosystem processes.
Applicants should have a strong background in ecology and freshwater science, an interest in ecosystem ecology, and an ability/willingness to work with a large collaborative team of national and international scientists. The student should also have demonstrated field and laboratory experience. Fieldwork may involve long hours and moderately strenuous sampling in wet and cold conditions.
Ideally, the student would start in June 2016 and participate in the 2016 field season to gain experience with the stream-side channel experiments. The student will be supported by both teaching and research assistantships.
Interested students should contact Dr. Jim Hood () with a brief letter of interest, a CV, GPA, and GRE scores if available. Review of applications will begin on 1 November and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. For more information please go here, the departmental website, and our Iceland team blog.

Ph.D. Position in Nevada Mountain Ecohydrology Lab

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

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

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

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

Graduate Positions Available in Forest Biogeochemistry - West Virginia University

Graduate student positions are available in the lab of Dr. Edward Brzostek in the Department of Biology at West Virginia University starting in the fall of 2016.  Broadly, the lab studies how interactions between plants and soil microbes influence carbon and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, and how these interactions will impact ecosystem responses to global change.  To do this, they couple empirical measurements with process and ecosystem model development to scale up mechanisms that operate at the level of individual roots and their associated mycorrhizae to larger scales. Incoming students are encouraged to develop their own research projects in these areas.  Importantly, we strive to promote a fun, enthusiastic lab environment that encourages an atmosphere of collaboration and shared intellectual development. The Department of Biology at WVU has a core of faculty members that study a variety of topics in forest ecology and also is in close proximity to world-class research sites including the WVU Research Forest and the Fernow Experimental Forest. Financial support is available via research and teaching fellowships and there are additional opportunities for research and travel funds. More detailed information about the WVU Biology graduate student program is available here.  The deadline for applications is January 1st, 2016 (although late applications will be accepted if slots are still available).  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Edward Brzostek () prior to submitting an application to WVU.

Graduate Assistantships in Biogeochemistry- Univ. Central Florida

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

M.S. opportunities in biogeography, large-scale ecology, or conservation planning

Rob Channell's research group is seeking grauate stuents that are interested in biogeography, large-scale ecology, or conservation planning at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. For more information, go here.

PhD Graduate Assistantships in Ecosystem Ecology and Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling

PhD graduate student assistantships in Ecosystem Ecology and Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling are available in the department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. Dr. Chaoqun Lu, Assistant Professor invites highly motivated graduate students with interest in investigating cutting-edge ecological questions in a coupled human and natural system. His research integrates ground/satellite observations into process-based ecosystem modeling framework to examine biogeochemical and hydrological cycles, land-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4 and N2O), and land-coastal linkage at multiple scales from watershed, regional, continental to global in the context of multifactor global change (e.g., climate change, air pollution, land use and management, etc.). The student will work on one or two of these research areas by developing large-scale dataset, improving and calibrating terrestrial ecosystem/Land surface models, and implementing simulation experiments. He expects that these new graduate students will join the lab in Fall 2016. The applicants should possess a degree in ecology/biology, hydrology, meteorology, geography, earth system science, forestry, agronomy, or soil science.

Quantitative skills and experience in terrestrial ecosystem/land surface modeling, remote sensing, geospatial and/or statistical analysis are preferable. He will recruit students through the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program and the Environmental Science Graduate Program at Iowa State University (Application due January 15, 2016). Interested applicants should send a cover letter (outlining their qualifications and research interest), resume, and copies of transcripts, TOFEL, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Chaoqun Lu at Email:

Team-based Student and Postdoc Assistantships in Arctic Ecology and Remote Sensing

An interdisciplinary team at Columbia University (Natalie Boelman and Kevin Griffin) and the University of Idaho (Jan Eitel and Lee Vierling) recently received funding for several exciting positions to study Arctic-Boreal Ecology using Remote Sensing.  They seek sincere, motivated, creative individuals to apply for one postdoctoral researcher position and three Ph.D. assistantships to work in the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic/Boreal ecosystems. Their team will make use of cutting-edge remote sensing tools and datasets to assess the vulnerability and resilience of Arctic/Boreal ecosystems to environmental change. Their specific objectives are to: (1) Integrate laser altimetry (LiDAR), passive spectral, and tree ecophysiological data to link the biophysical structure of one of the world’s largest ecological transition zones – the Forest Tundra Ecotone (FTE) - to its ecological function, and (2) Understand how highly mobile animals migrate and select habitat in the rapidly changing North American Boreal forest and Arctic tundra.
Within a highly collaborative team environment, the accepted candidates will collectively learn cutting edge remote sensing tools and approaches in ecological remote sensing, including LiDAR and spectral image analysis. Financial support is available via a newly funded NASA Terrestrial Ecology project as part of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign (http://above.nasa.gov). Preferred start date is May 2016, with 2 Ph.D. students headquartered at the U. of Idaho and 1 Ph.D. student and 1 postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University.

For more information, please send your CV, electronic transcripts, and brief statement of interest to Drs. Natalie Boelman () and Jan Eitel ().

PhD position - Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa

A PhD position is available starting in Fall 2016 to join the Barton Lab in the Department of Botany, University of Hawaii at Manoa. The student will be supported on a graduate assistantship to contribute to a study examining the role of plant functional traits in the invasion dynamics of Hawaiian wet and dry forests. Research will be conducted in both the greenhouse and field, and students will gain expertise in a range of plant ecophysiological tools as well as experience in tropical plant ecology. Students will be expected to develop their own research project directly related to the funded research, or in other areas of plant ecology. Please see the lab website for further information about current research foci.

Interested students should send an email to Kasey Barton () describing their educational and research experience and a statement of graduate research interests. Kasey E. Barton, Assistant Professor, Botany Department, University of Hawai i at Manoa, 3190 Maile Way, Room 101, Honolulu, HI 96822.

PhD and MS positions in community ecology and global change

Graduate assistantships are available for two MS or Ph.D. positions in the research group of Haldre Rogers in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University . Their lab focuses on community ecology, evolution, and conservation in altered ecosystems. They tend to address questions that can both advance basic ecological or evolutionary knowledge and contribute to conservation goals. Their current research projects focus on seed dispersal, bird-arthropod food web dynamics, novel ecosystems, impacts of species extinctions, and invasive species. Go here for more information.

He is looking for one student interested in developing their own project, and one student interested in working on a grant-funded project assessing whether non-native species can confer resilience to disrupted ecosystems through mutualistic interactions (see below). While much of the lab’s work takes place in the Mariana Islands through the Ecology of Bird Loss project, he expects students to develop their own research questions, and find the most appropriate place to test their questions- this may be in the Mariana Islands, but it could be anywhere else in the world. He will be accepting students through the inter-departmental Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) graduate program.

Grant-funded position for Fall 2016 start: He is looking for one MS or PhD student interested in studying the role of non-native seed dispersers in the Mariana Islands. These species, including feral pigs and rats, are typically thought of as highly detrimental invasives in island ecosystems, but in the bird-less forests of Guam, they may be performing a unique role as seed dispersers. This student would develop a project assessing the contribution of non-native pigs and rats to seed dispersal of native tree species. The student will be funded through a research assistantship for four semesters, and will be expected to TA for the remainder of their degree.

Applicants must have prior independent research experience in ecology and/or evolutionary biology, and some exposure to statistics. Prior computer programming (e.g. R) experience is beneficial.

Interested students should check out his website for more information. If you’re still interested, please contact him via email (). In your email, briefly describe your research interests, career goals, why my lab would be a good fit for you, and the names of three references. Indicate whether you are interested in a MS or PhD, and which of the two positions you are most interested. Please include an updated CV.

Graduate Assistantship in Entomology at Iowa State University

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

Graduate Study in Urban Forest Ecology - Ohio Univ.

Looking for a capable student to join our Urban Forest research team at the Masters or PhD level beginning in Summer or Fall 2016.  Research is broadly focused on the contributions of trees and woodlands to urban ecosystems including effects on microclimate and infrastructure, modification of the sonic environment, and human perception.  They are also studying the population dynamics of the urban forest, using remote sensing to characterize change in urban tree communities through time across gradients of urban development and land ownership.  The incoming student will work in one of these research areas. In addition to research commitments, the student will take courses and serve as teaching assistant in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. The position is fully funded including tuition waivers.

Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.2 and an average GRE score above the 60th percentile.  A strong work ethic, quantitative skills, and the ability work independently are essential.  Applicants should be physically fit and capable of field work under less-than-ideal conditions.  Previous field experience is desirable.

The Department  of Environmental and Plant Biology is a community of mutually supportive faculty and students at Ohio University.  The University is situated in the small city of Athens, nestled in the forested hills of the Allegheny Plateau.  Applications must be received by January 15.  Application procedures are described here.  If you are interested please contact Glenn Matlack at

Graduate positions available in social-ecological systems research are available in Rebecca Hale’s lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University

Seeking one to two graduate students (MS or PhD) to start Summer or Fall 2016. Funding is available as a mix of research and teaching assistantships. They use ecosystems ecology and social-ecological systems approaches to understand the effects of human activities on ecological processes and how coupled social-ecological systems change over space and time. Current research ranges from local studies of urban stormwater and streams to regional research on water quality to continental-scale comparisons of urban water management.

Potential graduate student projects include: 1) study of the effects of development and stream flow permanence on watershed exports of water, sediment, and nutrients, 2) study of human-stream interactions along land use gradients, and 3) study of flood management impacts on urban ecosystem services, risk, and human-environment interactions. There is also the potential for students to develop their own research projects within these research themes.

The student will also have the opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary and cross-campus group of researchers through MILES, an Idaho-wide research program to understand changes in social-ecological systems and ecosystem services.

If interested, please send a letter with your research interests, experiences, and career goals, and a CV to Dr. Rebecca Hale at . Visit the lab website for more information about current lab research.

Graduate student positions in conservation biology

The Bennett Lab at Carleton University seeks graduate students (PhD, MSc) for projects studying threatened species conservation. Projects will examine the utility of distribution and metapopulation models for prioritizing conservation efforts for threatened species, and compare various approaches to long-term management to prevent extinctions. Research will entail a combination of fieldwork (likely in southern Ontario or southwest British Columbia) and modeling. There will be opportunities for collaboration with leading researchers in conservation biology in Canada and Australia, and there is considerable scope for students to determine the direction of their projects (e.g. emphasizing ecological, numerical or conservation management aspects).

Applicants should have some experience in fieldwork and ecological modeling. Computer programming experience (e.g. R, MATLAB) is desired, but training will be provided.

Canadian applicants are encouraged to apply; however, exceptional applicants from other countries will be considered.

Applicants should provide 1) curriculum vitae; 2) contact information for two references; 3) unofficial university transcripts; and 4) a short (<1 page) statement of research interests. Inquiries and application materials can be directed to Joseph Bennett: .  

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution committed to developing solutions to real world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff, and researchers provide more than 27,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities. Conservation biology is a particular strength at Carleton University, with world-leading research groups including the Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Laboratory (GLEL), Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory (FECPL), and Environment Canada’s National Wildlife Research Centre.   

Minutes from downtown, Carleton University is located on a beautiful campus, bordered by the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal. With over 12 national museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park close by, there are many excellent recreational opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy. The City of Ottawa, with a population of almost one million, is Canada’s capital city and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital provides many opportunities for research with groups and institutions that reflect the diversity of the country.

Graduate Assistantships in Ecosystem Ecology - Northern Arizona Univ.

Northern Arizona University: PhD and MS positions in Ecosystem Ecology are available in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) at Northern Arizona University. For more information, click here.

MS students in natural resource management or ecological modeling - Univ. of Alabama

Dr. Paige Ferguson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, is seeking MS students to conduct research on fish and wildlife ecology and/or decision making in natural resource management starting in Fall 2016.  Applicants should have a background in some or many of the following: ecology, environmental science, GIS, ecological modeling, statistics, computer programming, or stakeholder outreach.  Experience in field settings is desired.
Applicants are invited to describe their ideas for ecological modeling and/or natural resource management research, but existing topics for MS thesis research include:
1) Social-ecological research in the Black Belt region of Alabama.  The student would identify a natural resource that is important to the ecology and community in the Black Belt.  Research would focus on management of the natural resource, integrating stakeholder values, to address natural resource sustainability and community resiliency.
2) Management of longleaf pine in the Oakmulgee District of the Talladega National Forest for Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RWC) conservation.  The student would use models and stakeholder input to evaluate different longleaf pine management options for their expected ability to meet RCW conservation goals.  Addressing this research question could also involve research into RCW population dynamics and habitat.
3) Modeling the occupancy of southeastern grassland birds.  Data are already available from southwest North Carolina.  The student would collect data at additional sites and model species-specific occupancy probabilities as a function of anthropogenic and environmental covariates.  Model results could assist with grassland management decision making.
To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson () the following:
1. a cover letter describing prior experiences that have prepared you for a MS in Dr. Ferguson’s lab, career goals, and the thesis research topic you would like to pursue (if you are interested in multiple topics, please indicate that),
2. your undergraduate transcript (an unofficial copy is fine),
3. GRE scores,
4. a sample of your scientific writing (for example a lab report), and
5. contact information for 3 references.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.
Available positions come with a full tuition waiver, a good stipend, and health insurance. Funding during the academic year is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Biological Sciences. A summer stipend and funding for summer field work expenses are available, and additional funds, as needed, will be acquired through internal and external funding sources in close collaboration with Dr. Ferguson.  For example, funding for conference presentations is available competitively through the University of Alabama.  Fellowships are available for exceptional applicants through the University of Alabama Graduate School.
Additional information is available from the following links:
Dr. Ferguson’s Research
Department of Biological Sciences
Graduate School
University of Alabama

Graduate student positions in community ecology at Georgia Tech

Two Ph.D. students sought to join the lab of Lin Jiang in the School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology in fall 2016. Research in his lab focuses on community ecology, with current work involving biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, community assembly, phylogenetic community ecology, and experimental evolution. Students who are interested in any aspects of community ecology will be considered. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work in the lab (e.g., laboratory microcosm based research) and/or in the field (e.g., studying plant and insect biodiversity on the Thousand-Island-Lake islands in China), and will have the freedom to develop their own research projects. Ph.D. students in their department are provided with competitive stipends, in the forms of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Please feel free to contact Lin Jiang () if you have any questions. Their graduate application website is here. Application deadline is December 18, 2015.

Graduate positions in coastal plant ecology - Virginia Commonwealth University

The Virginia Commonwealth University Coastal Plant Ecology Lab (Dr. Zinnert and Dr. Young coPIs) has two openings, PhD and MS, beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. Research focuses on relationships between plants and the environment on barrier islands at multiple scales.

Two current projects include 1) identifying non-linear feedbacks between vegetation, microclimate, water table dynamics, and associated biotic factors in barrier island state change from grassland to shrubland, and 2) understanding relationships between dune topography, swale vegetation, and effects on overall barrier island function and resilience to sea-level rise. We conduct our research at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research site. We approach research questions at a variety of scales, from minutes to decades and from leaf to region, by combining laboratory studies, field work, and airborne/satellite remote sensing. Interested students can visit the lab webpage for more information (www.cpel.vcu.edu).

The Coastal Plant Ecology Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. VCU is the largest public university in Virginia. We are located in Richmond, VA on the James River, within easy reach of the Virginia coastal plain, Blue Ridge Mountains, Chesapeake Bay, and Virginia barrier islands.

Applicants to the PhD program apply to the VCU Integrative Life Sciences graduate program (http://lifesciences.vcu.edu), which provides competitive stipends for Ph.D. students. The application deadline is February 1, 2016.
Applicants to the MS program apply to the VCU MS Program in Biology. The application deadline is January 15, 2016
Interested students should contact to discuss the position before applying. 

PhD opportunities in biodiversity, restoration and community ecology at Northern Arizona University

PhD positions are available in the Butterfield Lab at Northern Arizona University. Areas of research include, but are not limited to:

- Community Ecology
- Plant Functional Ecology
- Restoration Ecology
- Biodiversity – Ecosystem Functioning

Expected qualifications include a master’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree with extensive research experience. A number of funding opportunities, including university fellowships and USGS scholarships, are available depending upon qualifications and time since graduation.

Applications to the graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences at NAU must be submitted electronically by January 15, 2016.

Prior to applying, please include the following in an email to :

- (Anticipated) degree date
- CV
- Contacts for up to 3 references
- Any publications/posters/research documents

Questions regarding the graduate program application process should be directed to the NAU Graduate College at (928) 523-4348 or .

Graduate Positions - Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology - Bowling Green State University

The Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) invites applications for admission to our PhD and MS programs for Fall 2016. A core group of collaborative faculty within the departments of Biological Sciences and Environmental Science has research strengths in:

*  Population and Community Ecology (climate change, plant-animal interactions, food web dynamics, evolutionary ecology)
*  Conservation Biology (invasion biology, habitat assessment and modeling, landscape ecology and restoration, molecular ecology and conservation
*  Aquatic Ecology (behavior, ecotoxicology, evolution, microbial ecology, limnology, and fisheries, wetland research)
*  Geospatial Analyses (remote sensing, GIS, in experimental contexts for
landscape, community and population studies)    

The Departmental Graduate Program comprises approximately 100 students supported by research and teaching assistantships. Bowling Green State University (18,000 students) is at the western end of Lake Erie, and in close proximity to remnant oak-savanna, prairies and fragmented forest- agroecosytem complexes.  Bowling Green also features a low cost of living and is within easy driving distance of Columbus, Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Cleveland.

Interested students should identify and communicate with potential faculty research advisors by viewing the list here.  Application deadline for Fall 2016 is Feb 1, 2016. For more information, click here.

Graduate positions in climate change effects on food webs

Dr. Brandon Barton (barton (at) biology (dot) msstate (dot) edu) is seeking graduate students (MS and PhD) to join his lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University. The lab's main focus is on the effects of global change on ecological communities. Most of the work will involve manipulating the abiotic environment (e.g., temperature, precipitation, CO2, wind, light, etc) and measuring the direct and indirect effects on predators, herbivores, and plants. However, interested students with other exciting ideas are welcomed to apply.

Qualifications: B.S. degree in biology, ecology, or related field. GRE scores are required, but there is no minimum. International students should score at least 550 on the TOEFL or a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS exam.
Stipend and Other Information: Students will be guaranteed support via Teaching Assistantships. Nine-month stipends for MS students are $13,755, and for PhD students are $16,800. These come with 71% tuition waivers. There is a 100% waiver of all additional out-of-state and international fees and tuition while on TA. Additional summer support may be available.

To apply, please email the following documents: a brief cover letter describing research interests and career goals, a CV, list of relevant courses completed, GPA and GRE scores (if available) and contact information of at least two references (preferably 3).

Review of applicants will begin IMMEDIATELY and continue until suitable applicants are found. If interested, please do not hesitate to email me, even if your application materials are not ready.

Graduate Stipends Available - University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School

Live, learn, and teach in the mountains! Looking for a rewarding MS program combining ecology, science communication, and field-based teaching?  The University of Idaho’s award-winning McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) is currently recruiting for next year’s graduate student class. Gain hands-on, outdoor teaching experience, study ecology in a field setting, and develop leadership skills while living in the spectacular natural environment of McCall, Idaho.  As a University of Idaho MOSS graduate student, you will change lives by providing field-based environmental education programs for 5th and 6th grade students and teachers, and use those experiences as the foundation of your M.S. degree.  Because MOSS is a program of the UI College of Natural Resources, students can earn a Master of Science in Natural Resources in as little as three semesters.  To learn more about MOSS, go here. For more information or to apply online, please go here. For further questions, please contact Dr. Karla Eitel at (888) 634-3918; . Priority Deadline: January 15, 2016; applications will be processed on a rolling basis after January 15 until all positions are filled.

Graduate Assistantships – Ecological statistics at the University of Alabama Department of Biological Sciences

The University of Alabama has several opportunities available for students to pursue a PhD in the Staudhammer Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences. A highly motivated graduate student is required to work in one of several active research areas:  

1) The role of landuse history on longleaf pine regeneration success
2) A synthesis of urban forestry data from the southeastern US

The student will be co-advised by Dr. Gregory Starr and also interact with the Plant Physiological Ecology / Global Change Lab. These projects also offer the opportunity to interact with researchers from the USDA forest service and NGO’s. The student's research interests should include ecological modeling, forest biometrics, forest ecology, or urban ecosystems. A solid background in statistics is required, and a knowledge of SAS and/or R programming languages.

Interested students would apply for the Ph.D. program within the Department of Biological Sciences. To be eligible, students must meet the graduate admission requirements of the University of Alabama and have competitive GPA and GRE scores.  Applicants with previous research experiences would be favored for the position. Support is by teaching assistantship with summer funding opportunities (depending on the area of research interest).

Interested students should send a copy of their CV, statement of research interest, and unofficial copy of transcripts to Dr. Christina Staudhammer or contact Dr. Staudhammer for more details ( or 205-348-1538).

Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Community Ecology at the University of Alabama

The Howeth Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama invites applications for a Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in community ecology beginning Fall 2016. A highly motivated student is sought to study either:

(1) the influence of metacommunity dynamics on the establishment, spread, and impact of non-native species, using freshwater plankton communities and either Daphnia lumholtzi or zebra mussels a model system. This work will leverage observational studies of reservoirs in Texas, and mesocosm experiments at the University of Alabama Tanglewood Biological Station.

Research on zebra mussels will additionally involve development and testing of risk assessment models.

(2) metacommunity dynamics of aquatic taxa (crayfish, fish, zooplankton) among beaver-formed ponds in different stages of succession. This work will utilize observational and experimental approaches in the streams and ponds of the Talladega National Forest in Alabama.

Interested students should send an e-mail to Dr. Jennifer Howeth () with "Graduate Assistantship" in the title, and include their CV, statement of research interests and experience, writing sample, GRE scores, unofficial copies of undergraduate transcripts, and contact information for two references no later than November 25, 2015. Qualified applicants will be invited to apply to the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama by the December 15, 2015 departmental deadline. The Department of Biological Sciences offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships and competitive fellowships to support admitted students. Departmental Aquatic Biology Fellowships students may be available to highly qualified applicants.

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.

Ph.D. & M.S. opportunities in landscape ecology

Seeking graduate students to join the lab of Nancy McIntyre, Ph.D. who are interested in landscape ecology pertaining to potential climate and land-use change impacts on wetlands and associated fauna (particularly odonates [dragonflies and damselflies]).  For more information, go here.

Preference will be given to students with previous experience in GIS or remote sensing, and to Ph.D. students who already have a Master’s degree.

Prospective students will be funded (upon qualification) by a 9-month/year departmental Teaching Assistantship and possibly by applicable graduate school fellowships (awards ranging from $2500 for 1 year to $30,000/yr for 3 years).

To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae, which should include all of the following items:

  • a statement about your research interests and how they are compatible with the kinds of research that I do
  • a statement about your career goals
  • GRE scores
  • a brief list of your academic and professional accomplishments (degrees, GPA, awards, fellowships, publications, grants, presentations at professional meetings, jobs, etc.)
  • the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references
  • students from outside the U.S. must also include TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language), if appropriate

For more information for international students, click here and for more information for U.S. citizens, click here.

Funds are available to bring prospective students in for a campus visit. Application deadline: 1 December 2015.

MS Graduate Research Assistantship in Ecophysiology of Fishes

Seeking a highly motivated student to fill a MS assistantship in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA starting August 2016. The successful applicant will investigate the effects of climate change (warming stream water temperatures) and nonnative species on brook trout physiology and behavior. Brook trout are a coldwater fish species and a species of conservation priority throughout their native range in the eastern US. As such, brook trout serve as an ideal model organism for understanding the response of to a changing climate and how climate change may mediate interactions between native and nonnative species.

Qualifications include a BS degree in Ecology, Biology, Fisheries, Wildlife or a related field, a GPA of 3.0 or greater and competitive GRE scores. Additional information can be found here. Applicants must be highly motivated, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and capable of working independently. The most qualified applicants will have experience performing laboratory research. To apply, email a cover letter describing research experience and interests, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information of three references to Dr. Michael Sheriff () or Dr. Tyler Wagner ().

Salary: Competitive stipend  plus tuition coverage and benefits. Closing Date: Open until filled

Graduate assistantship in phytoplankton ecology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The Stauffer Lab in the Department of Biology at UL Lafayette is seeking highly motivated applicants for a Ph.D. graduate assistantship to begin
in Spring (preferred), Summer, or Fall 2016. The student will primarily develop a project focusing on abiotic and biotic controls of phytoplankton communities in the coastal bays of southern Louisiana using a combination of field- and lab-based approaches. The assistantship comes with two years of stipend support, tuition waiver, small research budget, and some travel support. Following years will be supported through research and/or teaching assistantships. For more information, click here.

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

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

Two Ph.D. assistantships in freshwater ecology at Virginia Tech

The Carey Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech has funding for two Ph.D. graduate student positions to start in Summer 2016. They are looking for enthusiastic and highly self-motivated students at the Ph.D. level interested in studying freshwater lakes and reservoirs. For more information, click here.

EPA ORISE  Internship/Research Participation - Technology Transfer - State & Tribal Wetland Program Development Research Participation Program

A postgraduate internship project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water in Washington, DC. The internship will be served with the Wetlands Division in the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds. The intern will be gain knowledge from the Enhancing State and Tribal Wetland Program (ESTP) team on technology transfer; communication; public outreach; and website/social media development. For more information, click here. Project No. EPA Water 2015-365.

Graduate Position in Coastal Ecosystem Ecology at Florida International University

One PhD graduate assistantship is available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) to conduct research in the Florida Everglades, beginning fall 2016. These positions are affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program and will include integrative field and experimental research approaches, and public outreach.  

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades.  The Department of Biological Sciences has strengths in Ecology, Marine Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Evolution, and Cellular/Molecular Biology.  The FCE LTER student organization, based at FIU, is a very active community of over 70 students from multiple departments and institutions who conduct integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term research.  

To be eligible for positions, students must meet FIU graduate admission requirements and successfully compete for a teaching assistantship to match existing research assistantship support. Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for fully funded Presidential Fellowships.  The deadline for graduate applications is January 05, 2016, but early submission (December 2015) is highly encouraged.  

Sea-Level Rise and Saltwater Intrusion in Coastal Ecosystems:  The candidate’s research interests should include global environmental change, wetlands, coastal ecology, and ecosystem ecology, especially biogeochemistry and organic matter processing. The student will be expected to develop research related to understanding how sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion affect net carbon storage in freshwater and brackish wetlands through altered nutrient subsidies and salinity stresses to soil microbial and wetland plant communities.  Interested applicants should contact Dr. John Kominoski () and visit his lab website before applying.  

The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate students, FIU faculty, as well as scientists from the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, and the Everglades Foundation, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting peat collapse and carbon loss in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion.

Ph. D. and M. S. positions available in Community Ecology, University of Connecticut, Fall 2016

The Bagchi lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut invites applications from motivated and independent Ph. D. and M. S. students to start in the Fall of 2016. For more information, click here.

Graduate Student Opportunity in soil microbial modeling

A M.S. or Ph.D. Fellowship is available starting in Spring or Fall of 2016 at the Lab of Climate Change and Soil Biogeochemistry. Research topics may include soil decay modeling, abiotic and microbial interactions and feedbacks, integration of long-term datasets with soil models and data assimilation. Applicants need to be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident for this Fellowship. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree or M.S. degree (for PhD position) in ecology, soil science, environmental science or a closely related field. Strong desire to work with large datasets and quantitative modeling are expected. The GRA is expected to build strong collaborations with research scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. To apply, please send a statement of interest, complete CV, and contact information for two 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 the earliest start date is in January 2016. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Jianwei Li (), Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee 37209.

Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university. TSU has rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. The city of Nashville is a so called “capital for the music”, and along with one of the most vibrant music scenes in America, Nashville is home to a busy arts scene.

Ecosystem Effects of Forest Invaders, Syracuse University

The Plant and Ecosystem Ecology Group is seeking a PhD or MS student to participate in a project investigating the ecosystem effects of forest invaders. The objective of the project is to understand forest carbon and nutrient cycling in the context of invasive plant physiology and behavior, with considerable scope for independent research. Students with interests or experience in plant-soil relations, plant functional ecology, or biogeochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will join a diverse plant ecology and evolution group at Syracuse University and a larger ecological community that includes SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Prospective students should contact Doug Frank () or Jason Fridley () and include a CV and statement of interest. More information about the Frank and Fridley Labs is at franklab.syr.edu and plantecology.syr.edu/fridley. Applications to the SU Biology program are due by Dec 31.

Master’s Student Opportunity – Microbial Ecology

The Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo, Michigan seeks one Master’s student to conduct research exploring microbial communities in the atmosphere. The main goals of this research are to examine how urban/rural land use, ecosystem type and atmospheric altitude influence airborne microbial communities. Research will involve inter-disciplinary collaborations with faculty and students in WMU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Funding for this project provides full summer support in 2016 and 2017 and teaching/research assistant support during academic years. Extensive travel and field work in various locations throughout the United States will be required in summer 2016 and spring 2017.

Qualifications: The candidate must have a B.S. degree in biology, environmental science, ecology, microbiology, or a closely related field, and previous research experience prior to start of the position.  The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent organizational and writing skills. The research project will require coordination with land managers at various research sites throughout the country and will require the student to work independently and with inter-disciplinary team members.  A valid driver’s license and passport are required.

Desired Experience: The project will require expertise in DNA extraction, use of bioinformatics pipelines to analyze microbial sequence data and use of multivariate statistics.  While not required, experience in these research areas is beneficial. Previous teaching or tutoring experience is also desirable.

Start Date: Preferably May 1, 2016.

To Apply: Send a letter of interest, including statement of goals and research interests, a resume or curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to the email below.  Electronic versions of all materials are required. Please attach all materials as a single PDF file. Review of potential applicants will begin immediately and a short- list of candidates will be encouraged to apply to WMU’s graduate program for the February 2016 deadline.

For more information concerning this position, please contact Dr. Kathryn Docherty ()

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The U.S. Department of Energy is pleased to announce the Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is now accepting applications for the new Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program for 2015. For more information, click here. Apply here by December 15, 2015.

Watershed and Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology – University of New Hampshire

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Ocean and Space at the University of New Hampshire seek a highly motivated graduate student (Masters or PhD level) to conduct research on how various human activities impact water quality and how aquatic ecosystems help maintain water quality. They seek individuals interested in understanding: 1) how watersheds influence coastal estuaries, 2) the variability of water quality in streams and rivers over space and time, 3) controls of water quality during storm fluxes using novel in situ aquatic nutrient sensors, 4) biogeochemical dynamics influencing water quality. Must be self-motivated, curious, quantitatively oriented, and a good writer.

Qualifications: The candidate must have at least a B.S. (M.S. if entering the PhD program) in environmental science, ecology, aquatic science, hydrology, geography or closely related field.  The preferred candidate will have experience with GIS and a strong quantitative background.

Start Date:  Preferably January 2016, but start date is negotiable.

To Apply:  Send a letter of interest including statement of goals and research interests; a resume or curriculum vitae; and contact information for three references (electronic versions of all materials are required) to the e-mail below.  Please attach all materials as word documents or PDFs with the candidates name included in the file name. Review of potential applicants will begin immediately and prospective candidates encouraged to apply to the appropriate UNH graduate programs (for a Masters of Science); for a PhD.

For more information concerning this position, please contact Dr. Wilfred Wollheim; ; Subject: Water_GradOpportunity.  The Wollheim lab is part of the Water Systems Analysis Group, and includes a dynamic group of students, post docs, and research scientists. 

The University of New Hampshire, located in Durham, New Hampshire, thrives in a diverse, dynamic, and beautiful part of New England. Durham, only an hour from Boston, is also conveniently close to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains and pristine Lakes Region.

M.S. Position in Coastal Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi

A graduate position at the MS level are available in the Department of Coastal Sciences, The University of Southern Mississippi, supported by the NAS Gulf Research Program. The new graduate student is expected to start in spring semester of 2016, and will conduct research on evaluating ecosystem services under conflicting decisions in ecosystem restoration and economic development in the northern Gulf of Mexico region. Applicants should have a BS in ecology, statistics, or a closely related field. Experiences in Bayesian statistics, modeling, GIS/Remote Sensing are desirable. 

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experiences and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Wei Wu (), Associate Professor, Department of Coastal Sciences, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.



Funding Opportunity Announcement (DOE): Environmental System Science

The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its interest in receiving research applications for environmental system science. For more information go here or here. Pre-Application due November 13, 2015.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (DOE): Environmental System Science

The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its interest in receiving research applications for environmental system science. For more information, go here and scroll down to the bottom of page or go directly here. Pre-Application Due Date: 11/13/2015 at 5 PM Eastern Time (A Pre-Application is required).

SWS Multicultural Mentoring Program - Accepting applications

The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) announces the availability of undergraduate student awards for travel to attend our SWS annual meeting in Corpus Christi, TX May 31 – June 4, 2016. For more information, click here. Application deadline is November 13, 2015.

Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Rachael Carson Award Nominations Now Accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 SETAC Rachael Carson Award. This prestigious award is only given every four years. The application deadline has been extended to August 28 and the award will be presented during the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in 2016.  For more information, click here.