Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities



Postdoctoral Research Associate/Darwin Fellow (Posted 1/13/17)

The Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at University of Massachusetts Amherst announces a two-year postdoctoral FELLOWSHIP/lectureship.  OEB draws together more than 90 faculty from the Five Colleges (University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Amherst Colleges), offering unique training and research opportunities in the fields of ecology, organismic and evolutionary biology. Our research/lecture position provides recent PhD's an opportunity for independent research with an OEB faculty sponsor, as well as experience mentoring graduate students and teaching a one-semester undergraduate biology course. To be qualified, a candidate must have a recent PhD in a field relevant to ecology, organismic or evolutionary biology and proven teaching skills. Position subject to availability of funds. For more information, go here. Deadline to apply is January 20, 2017.

Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research (Posted 1/5/17)

Annually Harvard University awards a limited number of Bullard Fellowships to individuals in biological, social, physical and political sciences and the arts to promote advanced study or the integration of subjects pertaining to forested ecosystems.  The program seeks to allow mid career individuals to develop their own scientific and professional growth by utilizing the resources and interacting with personnel in any department within Harvard University.  In recent years Bullard Fellows have been associated with the Harvard Forest, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the J. F. Kennedy School of Government and have worked in areas of ecology, forest management, policy and conservation.  Stipends up to $60,000, are available for periods ranging from six months to one year and are not intended for travel, graduate students, or recent post doctoral candidates.  Applications from international scientists, women, and minorities are encouraged..  Additional information is available on the Harvard Forest website. Annual deadline for applications is February 1st.


Michigan State University postdoc opportunity in carbon cycle science (Posted 2/3/17)

The Michigan State University Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences and Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO) invite applications for a full-time postdoctoral research associate to begin on May 1, 2017, in Socioecological carbon production in managed agricultural-forest landscapes. Learn more here. Full consideration will begin on March 31, 2017.

2017 Great Lakes Summer Fellowships - Accepting Applications! (Posted 12/16/16)

The Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER), located at the University of Michigan, announces the 2017 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program. This program is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of disciplines and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a CILER or GLERL scientist. For more information, go here. Applications must be submitted by 26 February 2017 at 11:59 pm (EasternTime).  


Graduate student positions in species interactions and invasion ecology - Prior Lab at Binghamton Univ. (Posted 10/25/16)

The Prior lab at Binghamton University (SUNY) conducts research on community ecology, antagonistic and mutualistic interactions (especially with insects and plants), environmental change (primarily invasive species), and conservation. Seeking PhD students to join the lab. Students will be based at Binghamton University in NY, with opportunities to travel to field sites in the Pacific Northwest or Southern Ontario. BU also houses a 600-acre Nature Preserve that provides excellent opportunities to conduct research locally. I am looking for students to start in August 2017, but there is also potential to start earlier in the lab as a paid technician (Spring/summer 2017).

Qualified students with a BS or MS in Biology with background and interests in the ecology and evolution of species interactions, community ecology, and environmental change are encouraged to apply. I am seeking highly motivated students, who are excited about asking ecological questions and conducting research in the field. Research in my lab has a strong basis in experimental field ecology, but I am interested in students that want to integrate complementary approaches to address research questions. Students with substantial field experience that have worked as a part of a field team, are proficient in statistics, have proven scientific writing and communication skills, and are self-motived and independent will be the most competitive. Desirable qualifications also include experience with nutrient and chemical analysis, population genetics, modeling, identifying plants and insects, insect behavioral assays, or GIS/spatial statistics.   

Please see website for a description of ongoing research projects in the lab, and for the type of research that they conduct. I am especially interested in students who want to work on projects related to: 1) the role of tri-trophic interactions (host plant susceptibility and parasitoids) in facilitating the success of an invasive insect (field work in the Pacific Northwest); 2) parasitoid community assembly on novel/introduced insect hosts along invasion fronts (also in the PNW and other locations); 3) how traits of seed-dispersing ants (including an invasive ant) influence forest plant communities (fieldwork local and/or in southern Ontario at Koffler Scientific Reserve - http://ksr.utoronto.ca). There is also the potential to develop other project ideas related to species interactions and invasion ecology.

The student will initially be supported by a teaching assistantship (tuition waived) through the Department or Biological Sciences at Binghamton University (SUNY) and be a part of the EEB (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) group. BU is located in the beautiful Southern Tier and is one of the four University Centers in the SUNY system. BU is a nationally ranked, premier public university with approximately 13,500 undergraduates and 3,500 graduate students. The department has an active group of EEB faculty and graduate students.

Please send a cover letter stating why you would like the position and that highlights your qualifications and relevant skills. Also send a CV, GPA, GRE scores, and PDF reprints (if any) to Dr. Kirsten Prior (). Please put “Graduate Assistantship” in the subject line of the email. Please contact me by November 30th. Qualified applicants will be invited to send in a formal application by January 15th to the Graduate School.

Earth Institute - Columbia University - Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Sustainable Development -$61,800 (Posted 9/2/16)

The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development.

The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development such as food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies will find numerous, unique opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research.

Candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute to global, sustainable development. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding on existing Earth Institute programs or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the Earth Institute.

The deadline to submit an application is November 1, 2016 for fellowships starting in the fall of 2017. Fellowships are a 24-month appointment.

For more information about the program or to apply for a fellowship, please go here or email .

The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled and the degree awarded within 5 years before the start of the fellowship. Gaps in employment or studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


MS Graduate Fellowships at Villanova University (Posted 1/31/17)

The Department of Geography & the Environment at Villanova University is accepting Fall 2017 enrollments for our Master of Science in Environmental Science. Their faculty specialize in ecosystem studies that span the coastal and inland environments, with on-going research projects in the northeast and the around the world.  Their program uniquely offers the opportunity to develop geospatial technical skills that are highly marketable and sought-after by employers. They have thesis and non-thesis
options, that can be completed within two years or part-time by working professionals. For more information, please see their website and contact Dr. Lisa Rodrigues (), Graduate Program Director. On-Going Research Projects;
MSES Program

PLE Schwartz Early Career Fellowship - Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology -Summer 2017 (Posted 1/5/17)

The University of Pittsburgh's Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE) is pleased to offer the Frank J. Schwartz Early Career Research Fellowship of up to $10,000 plus up to three months of station fees and residency costs for the primary investigator (PI).  PLE is a vibrant research and education facility located on Lake Pymatuning in Northwest Pennsylvania. PLE's research facilities are spread across 350 acres and include access to a variety of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Its 10,000+ square feet of laboratory facilities include a field laboratory adjacent to an open field that can be used for large-scale replicated experiments, a modern molecular laboratory, and facilities for animal, plant and aquatic studies.

This opportunity is open to researchers holding PhD degrees in any science discipline that can benefit from PLE's resources.  The purpose of the fellowship is to permit researchers to explore new projects or collect preliminary data. Fellowship funds can be used at the PI's discretion to facilitate the research but not for compensation. Preference will be given to individuals and projects with the potential to develop into long-term research activities at PLE. We especially encourage applications from individuals in the postdoctoral or early faculty phases of their careers working on projects involving fish, but researchers holding PhD degrees at all stages of their careers and working on projects involving other taxa are also encouraged to apply.

For more information about the fellowship program or research opportunities at PLE, please contact the Director, Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki ().

Applicants should submit a single .pdf file including their CV, a 2-3 page proposal outlining the proposed research, a budget detailing how the fellowship funds will be spent, and planned dates of residence to , placing the words "PLE Schwartz Early Career Fellowship" in the subject line of the email. Review of proposals will begin February 10, 2017.


Clemson-USDA National Needs PhD Fellowship (Posted 2/13/17)

Clemson University is proud to invite applications for PhD fellowships in “Computationally Intensive Genomics Analysis and Application in Agriculture” For more information, go here.


Interpretation, Education and Public Outreach Intern - St. George, UT (Posted 2/101/17)

Working collaboratively with the Grand Canyon – Parashant National Monument, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one intern to assist with environmental stewardship and historical preservation by spending time working on projects such as invasives inventory, air quality monitoring and the production of a variety of public education materials. These projects will assist in the creation, promotion, facilitation and improvement of the public’s understanding of natural, historic and cultural resources significance, as well as recreational opportunities within the Monument. More information is available here.

Multiple PhD Fellowship Opportunities - Watershed Sciences - Utah State University (Posted 12/21/16)

Doctoral Fellows – Two four-year fellowships, including stipend, tuition, and fees, are available for PhD students in any discipline within Watershed Sciences.

Colorado River Scholarships – Two four-year scholarships, including stipend, tuition and fees, and research support, are available for PhD students whose focus is the application of science to the management of the Colorado River.

Climate Adaptation Science – For students admitted to the graduate program, one-year fellowships are available to support participation in the Climate Adaptation Science program, a traineeship that combines interdisciplinary research, work-place experience, instruction, and collaboration among scientists, land and resource managers, policy-makers, trainees, and citizen stakeholders. For information, go here.

Where to start: contact a faculty member with whom you would like to study. Graduate admissions in the Department of Watershed Sciences requires faculty sponsorship and funding.

Watershed Sciences is a multidisciplinary department in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.  Our faculty conduct research in geomorphology, hydrology, aquatic ecology, limnology, fish ecology, wetland ecology, water quality, biogeochemistry, and paleoecology. They find collaborative opportunities in addressing problems of management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems. Utah State University is Utah’s land-grant university with a student body of over 24,000 in 42 departments and 8 academic colleges. USU is well situated for research on streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands, and their catchments, which span desert to alpine environments. The main campus is located in Logan, a community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational opportunities.


Bullitt Foundation's Environmental Fellowship-$100K over two years (Posted 1/24/17)

Application process for the Bullitt Foundation's Environmental Fellowship opened on January 1st. Each year, one graduate student attending a university physically located in British Columbia, Washington State, or Oregon is selected for this prestigious award of $100,000, distributed over two years.

Eligible candidates will have a strong academic record, a demonstrated capacity for leadership, the promise of emerging as an environmental leader, and be nominated by a university faculty member. Students of color, those who come from a disadvantaged background, or who have overcome significant hardship are highly encouraged to apply for this award.

Apply by April 1, 2017. More information is available here.


Applications being accepted for the Garden Club of America’s Urban Forestry Fellowship (Posted 1/24/17)

Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

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 2017. 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.

The fellowship is highly competitive and applicants must present clearly in their applications how they will advance the GCA’s goal of increasing future capacity in urban forestry research.

Eligibility: The fellowship is open to both graduate students and advanced undergraduates pursuing degrees in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture, environmental studies or a closely related field at any 4-year college or university degree program in the United States. Recipients must be students in the U.S. who will be enrolled as juniors or seniors or graduate students during the fellowship period (2017-18).  The award is for $5,000 and recipients may apply for one additional year of funding.

Application Process: For more information, online application forms, and past recipients, go here or contact Dr. Jessica Sanders at or 202-349-1905.

For more information about The Garden Club of America, go here; Casey Trees, go here.

Apply by Feb. 22: Fellowships for early-career researchers & science policy professionals (Posted 12/6/16)

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for its 2017 early-career research fellowships and science policy fellowships. These fellowships offer early-career researchers and professionals in the social and behavioral sciences, health and medicine, engineering and physical sciences, earth and life sciences, and relevant interdisciplinary fields a unique opportunity to focus on leadership development while conducting research or work that is relevant to the mission and goals of the Gulf Research Program. Learn more and apply at www.nationalacademies.org/gulf/fellowships. Applications are due by 5pm ET on February 22, 2017. 

Lapham River Conservation Fellow, Washington DC (Posted 10/20/16)

The Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship at American Rivers provides an excellent professional development opportunity for talented post-graduates pursuing careers as leaders in the field of conservation advocacy. Recent graduate degree (MA/MS/PhD/JD/MBA) recipients will focus on an applied research project that will make a tangible contribution to American Rivers’ mission. Working with a team of professional staff, the Fellow will apply practical research and advocacy skills and develop a network of professional contacts in their field of expertise. The Fellow will be an integral part of a dynamic organization comprised of experienced conservationists and emerging leaders, and will participate in a range of river conservation activities. More information is available here. Applications due by January 31, 2017.


Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Course development/Teaching/Research) in Biological/Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (Posted 12/16/16)

Location: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Timing and duration: Available immediately, duration 2-3 years

Currently seeking a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Fellow to assist with development and delivery of new online graduate programming in biological/environmental monitoring and assessment, and secondarily to pursue research in the successful applicant’s area of expertise, including: wildlife conservation; environmental monitoring; population analysis; landscape genetics; or environmental policy analysis. Trent University is developing a new course-based graduate program in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, along with a companion thesis-based MSc program in Biological Monitoring and Assessment. They require a PDF to spearhead development of two or more of the following online graduate courses: Principles in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment; Current Topics in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment; Science Communication for Environmental Professionals; Applied Data Analysis; and Environmental Policy Assessment. There may be additional courses that are available for development depending on the PDFs expertise/interest. The PDF will develop courses during 2017 and teach courses during their initial run in 2018 (and possibly 2019). In addition, the PDF will have the opportunity to conduct funded research in a relevant area of their choice. Trent University is well-placed to host a wide range of biological/environmental research, for example, our recent PDFs have worked on: amphibian responses to environmental stressors; landscape genetics and spatial analysis of wildlife; species responses to climate change; conservation policy analysis; and analysis of long-term ecological datasets. A variety of other research avenues also are possible, and the successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop his/her own research interests within the scope of the broader program.

This position represents a unique opportunity for a PDF to participate in graduate program development while honing a well-rounded background and highly marketable skills including course development, online teaching, and research. The PDF also will have the opportunity to interact directly with graduate students in a collaborative and mentoring capacity.

Applicants must have a PhD in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or a related field. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to course development and teaching, preferably in an online context, as well as relevant research experience. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong work ethic and willingness to work in a large, dynamic, and collaborative environment. The funding package is competitive ($47,000/year (CAD) + benefits).

The position is available immediately and will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate is found. To apply, please submit: cover letter (including description of prior course development, teaching, and research experience, as well as teaching and research interests if offered the position), curriculum vitae, and names of three references
to: Dennis Murray, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA, (dennismurray@trentu,ca; www.dennismurray.ca).

Liber Ero Fellowship Program - call for post-doctoral applications (Posted 9/2/16)

Fifth call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post-doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources.

The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2016. Go here for more details.

Please go here to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects.
Contact information:

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

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

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

Further information on the application process will be available here.

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

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Undergrad Researchers: Samford REU Program in Biology and Chemistry (Posted 2/13/17)

Samford Research Experience for Undergraduates in Biology and Chemistry: Explore the world of research and develop your scientific skills. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the 2016 Samford University REU program will offer hands-on, field- and laboratory-based research experiences to US undergraduates. In this 9-week residential experience, students will work one-on-one with experienced researchers in biology and chemistry to design, conduct, and present research related to the chemistry, genetics, and ecology of organisms, populations, and communities of Oak Mountain State Park, a large and diverse suburban park located in the southern Appalachians. Potential research topics include plant and animal ecology, microbiology, fire ecology, water quality, biochemistry, plant and fungal natural products chemistry and bioactivity, plant taxonomy, and aquatic community ecology. Quick Facts Application Deadline: February 14, 2017 Program Timeline: May 29–July 29, 2017 • $525 per week stipend • Travel, room, board and research expenses covered • 12 students will be accepted into the program Reasons to Apply • Explore the worlds of field and laboratory research • Explore your career opportunities as a working scientist • Work closely with expert scientists to develop your own project • Develop your understanding of scientific ethics and social justice • Spend the summer at Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s largest state park Application Process All application materials should be submitted electronically to . Deadline: February 24, 2017 Students must be US citizens or Permanent Residents and have completed two years of undergraduate study by May, 2017, including one year of college-level biology. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at accredited institutions in the United States at the time the REU program is held. Please submit: • Application Form • Transcripts • Letters of Recommendation • Personal Statement. For more information, go to HERE or email . R. Malia Fincher, Ph.D. Associate Professor Samford University Department of Biological and Environmental Science 800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, Alabama35229 205-726-2928 Fax 205-726-2479 Office 133 Propst Hall 

MS assistantship - land use decision support in native prairie (Posted 12/9/16)

Dr. Paige Ferguson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, is seeking a MS student to begin in Summer or Fall 2017. Research will use structured decision making to evaluate management of private land use in the Black Belt Region of Alabama. The MS student will plan and run workshops with Black Belt prairie landowners and build and analyze a Bayesian decision network to identify optimal methods of private land management. Project outputs will include a better understanding of landowner objectives, identification of land management options that can help landowners meet their objectives, a decision network modeling prairie ecology and the expected outcomes of management options, and a ranking of management options by their expected ability to produce outcomes that satisfy land use objectives.
The Black Belt Region is of great interest ecologically and culturally. Land use change throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have left less than 1% of the native Black Belt prairie. There is evidence that the Black Belt Prairie was historically connected with the Great Plains and may have served as a refugium for Great Plains species during glacial episodes. Several invertebrate species have disjunct distributions, with the Black Belt prairie comprising the eastern boundary of their range. The Black Belt prairie provides important habitat for many species of grassland birds and invertebrates Sites in the Black Belt are also used for recreational hunting of white-tailed deer and quail. The human history of the Black Belt Region is as equally important as the natural history, and both have contributed to current patterns of land use and prairie habitat quality. From the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, the Black Belt Region was the site of extensive slave-based cotton farming. When cotton farming declined, land was often converted to pasture. In 2014, the poverty rate in the Black Belt Region of Alabama was 30.0%, well above state (19.2%) and national (15.5%) averages. How land is distributed and used may contribute to socio-economic patterns among landowners and to social, political, and economic dynamics in a region.
Applicants should have experience in many of the following: ecology, environmental science, working with landowners and management agencies, leading discussions, communicating with diverse people, project planning and organization, GIS, ecological modeling, statistics, computer programming, and field work. Applicants should be highly motivated and prepared to conduct independent research.

To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson () the following:
1. a cover letter describing your interest in the project and prior experiences that have prepared you for a MS in Dr. Ferguson’s lab
2. your undergraduate transcript (an unofficial copy is fine),
3. GRE scores,
4. a sample of your scientific writing (for example a manuscript or lab report), and
5. contact information for 3 references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.
The position comes with a full tuition waiver, a competitive stipend, and health insurance. Funding during the academic year is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Biological Sciences. Highly qualified applicants may be considered for Graduate School Fellowships, which offer a Research Assistantship during the student’s first year. 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.
Additional information is available from the following links:
Dr. Ferguson’s Research
Department of Biological Sciences
Graduate School
University of Alabama
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PhD/MS Assistantships (2) - Auburn University (AL) - aquatic ecology/limnology (Posted 9/2/16)

Two graduate research assistantships (Ph.D. or M.S.) in aquatic ecology/limnology are available in Alan Wilson’s lab at Auburn University.  Current lab research projects take advantage of our large field station that includes hundreds of ponds and nearby reservoirs where they answer basic and applied questions associated with understanding the ecological, evolutionary, and limnological mechanisms controlling the structure and function of freshwater plankton communities with an emphasis on harmful algal blooms.  My students are welcome to participate on existing projects but are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects in addition to applying for external grants and fellowships.

Ideal candidates will be hard-working, honest, motivated, team-oriented, and excited about studying freshwater communities using lab and field-based approaches.  Prior coursework in ecology and statistics, a strong interest in mentoring undergraduates and participating in outreach, and relevant research experiences (including analytical skills, such GC-MS, HPLC, ELISA) are desirable.

Interested students are encouraged to email Alan Wilson () describing why the lab is a good fit for you by 1 November 2016 for full consideration.  In addition, please include your resume, GRE scores, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references.


Avian Field Research Interns - Alaska (Posted 2/3/17)

Job Description:  Seeking four motivated individuals to work on an avian demographic study on the Seward Peninsula in northwestern Alaska from approximately May 17th through July 31st, 2017 (some flexibility with start date).  The Seward Peninsula is an incredibly diverse area attracting over 150 migratory birds from across the globe.  This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience assisting with long-term field research on migratory landbird and shorebird response to changing environmental conditions in the boreal- arctic transition zone. Primary field duties will include nest searching for ground- and shrub-nesting birds, nest monitoring, avian behavioral observations, habitat surveys, invertebrate sampling, data entry and management, and assisting with handling, banding, and collecting morphological measurements on nestling passerines.

Required qualifications:  Applicants must be in excellent physical condition and capable of hiking long distances (up to 20 km/day) across uneven tussock tundra carrying up to a 30 pound backpack, comfortable working in remote brown bear country, experienced with the use of GPS for navigating and marking waypoints, and willing to maintain a positive attitude in variable weather conditions with hordes of biting insects.  This position also requires the ability to collect accurate and legible field data, maintain and operate field equipment in a responsible manner, work long hours (>40 hours per week) with early mornings and minimal days off, effectively communicate with supervisors and crew members, and happily live in a rustic (but comfortable) communal tent camp without running water or electricity for two months with the same small group of people.  Must also possess a current and valid driver’s license.

Desired qualifications:  Experience with identifying birds by sight and sound, nest searching, behavioral observations, and handling and banding birds. Experience with backcountry camping and certification in CPR/Basic First Aid is also a plus.  Preference will be given to individuals with nest searching experience that have a Bachelor’s Degree in a science-related field; however, upper-level undergraduates working toward a degree with a strong interest in avian ecology and prior field experience are highly encouraged to apply.

Compensation:  This is a volunteer position.  Round-trip airfare to Alaska from within the United States, primitive housing, food while in the field, camping gear, field equipment, and a small stipend (~$650) will be provided.

Application Instructions:  Interested individuals should email in one Microsoft Word or PDF document:  (1) A cover letter addressing the qualifications listed above, why you are interested in this position, and your earliest date of availability; (2) A detailed resume; and (3) Contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for at least three professional references to Rachel Richardson at .  Please write “Avian Field Research Intern” in the subject line of the email.  Review of applications will begin immediately and positions are often filled before the closing date on April 15, 2017 so please submit your applications early for priority consideration.

Summer Field Technician position: carbon flux in response to arctic climate change (Posted 1/23/17)

Project description: Understand the effects of climate change on carbon cycling in tundra ecosystems. The field site borders Denali National Park in Healy, AK. 

Find more information about the research, go here.

Position duration: Mid-April until late November 2017.

Fieldwork will include maintenance of experimental plots, measurements of ecosystem-level carbon exchange and complementary environmental variables. The technician will work closely with a postdoctoral researcher, other technicians, graduate and undergraduate students to collect data and maintain field equipment. Other responsibilities will include data entry, preliminary data processing, and data quality control. The technician will work and live in a shared rustic cabin with an outhouse, on the outskirts of Healy, a small (~1000 people) town in interior Alaska.  Travel to and from the field site is via ATV or car. 

Applicants should be prepared to work long hours, sometimes in cold and adverse weather conditions.  Required qualifications: B.A/B.S in related field.  Must be eligible to work in the US (Canadian or Mexican with TN visa eligibility is OK too). Must have valid drivers license.

Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs, attention to detail, ability to work independently as well as part of a research team, desire to live and work in remote settings, ability to spend long hours outside, and willingness to learn to operate technical sensors and data loggers. Desired qualifications: Prior experience with scientific fieldwork, carbon flux or ecosystem function measurements is beneficial, but not necessary. Good computer skill and knowledge of Excel, R are a plus, but not a must. Being handy with tools and troubleshooting complex systems would also be a benefit.

To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your preparedness for the position, CV or resume, and list of three references to Meghan Taylor () by February 20th 2017. Applications will be reviewed after the closing date, and you will be contacted for an interview.

Summer 2017  –  Research Job Opportunity in Northern Alaska (Posted 1/23/17)

Seeking undergraduates or college graduates interested in research to understand ecosystem function in soils, streams, and lakes, and how arctic tundra will respond to climate change.  

Job Description:  Paid research assistants will collect and analyze field samples at sites located in the foothills of the Brooks Range in Northern Alaska. Job duties include sample collection, field measurements, and lab analyses at the Toolik Lake Field station.  

Fieldwork involves hiking in remote areas while carrying heavy packs of field equipment.  Additional responsibilities include chemical analyses and data processing.  This position offers an excellent opportunity to gain research experience in ecology and meet outstanding research scientists from around the world. Room and board are provided.  This position is associated with the National Science Foundation Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program.

To apply: Please send 1. your resume, 2. a 1-page description of your background (include relevant course work, field experience, academic and career goals), 3. the names and contact information of  3 references to: Dr. George Kling, .  Experience in ecology, chemistry, and microbiology is desirable.  Employment will be approximately June 10 - August 30, 2017.  

Additional information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project is available HERE and information about Toolik Field Station is available HERE. Review of applications will begin on 1 February 2017 and continue until all positions are filled.

Postdoc: Remote Sensing in Alaska (Posted 10/20/16)

The Alaska Center for Conservation Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral fellow to join faculty and researchers who are active in conducting research in a wide variety of disciplines pursued at ACCS. The postdoc will be mentored by Dr. Jamie Trammell (University of Alaska Anchorage) and will work actively and collaboratively with resource managers and scientists across agencies.

The goal of the project is to integrate Department of Interior terrestrial monitoring data and identify scalable remote sensing indicators linked to ground based measures across arctic and subarctic Alaska. This position is funded through a Bureau of Land Management grant and will focus on integrating monitoring data to benefit a number of DOI priorities including the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring program, Rapid Ecoregional Assessments, National Strategy for the Arctic Region, Integrated Arctic Management, and Integrated Cumulative Impacts Analyses.

Duties include statistically describing current resource conditions based on existing monitoring data, conducting an inventory of DOI data and protocols for vegetation monitoring, evaluation of remote sensing monitoring indicators that can be linked to ground-based monitoring data, and development of integrated products across efforts.

This individual will be expected to lead all aspects of the data integration project. He/She is expected to be familiar with landscape ecology science and analysis techniques. Demonstration of journal publication experience, grantsmanship experience, professional meeting presentations, and experience with resource management agencies are necessary for successful candidates.

If you have a PhD and would like to collaborate with faculty and researchers at the Alaska Center for Conservation Science, please consider this exciting opportunity. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

For more information about this position please contact E. Jamie Trammell (ejtrammell [at] alaska.edu) or Tina Boucher (tboucher [at] alaska.edu) at the Alaska Center for Conservation Science.. 


Summer internship opportunties at Arizona Game and Fish Department (Posted 2/13/17)

The Arizona Game and Fish Department offers paid summer internship opportunities in cooperation with participating college and universities. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in gaining hands on practical work experience while working with a diverse group of professionals in the fields of wildlife science, biological science, wildlife management, and many other professions within the Department. What is the Arizona Game and Fish Department? The Arizona Game & Fish Department is responsible for managing Arizona’s fish and wildlife resource as an enduring public trust. In addition, the department is charged with promoting safe and responsible use of watercraft and off-highway vehicles. Funding is provided from the sale of licenses and permits; watercraft registration fees; federal excise taxes on firearms, fishing equipment, boats, and other sporting goods; state lottery revenues; donations on state income tax forms; and various contracts and grants. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission, whose five members are appointed by the governor, set department policy.

Internship guidelines & overview: The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking students to work during the summer to perform duties in the area of wildlife management. Students will perform duties under close supervision.  Duties may include: collecting data, tracking, monitoring and counting animals, computer entry, developing educational materials, conducting creel surveys, fish sampling, habitat measurement, fish stocking, hiking, camping, swimming or working varied hours.  Fieldwork may involve long days outdoors in extreme temperatures. Student interns are hired on a temporary basis and paid an hourly rate of $11.00 (returning interns at $12.00). Interns are not benefit eligible and work at the discretion of the appointing authority. Interns may be employed until they no longer meet the program requirements or the department determines that the work is no longer required. Assignments are typically full-time (unless indicated by hiring supervisor) and generally last between 8 to 12 weeks.

Eligibility requirements

  • Currently enrolled in curriculum leading towards a Bachelor’s or higher level degree on a full time basis (usually 12 semester hours) and pursuing a major in Wildlife Biology or closely related field applicable to the internship opportunity (subject to verification)
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Ability to pass a post-offer physical exam (if applicable)
  • Valid driver's license (free of restrictions, if applicable)

Application & Selection Process

  • Eligible students interested in summer employment must apply through www.azstatejobs.gov .  Click “Search for Jobs” and select “Game and
    Fish Department” from the agency dropdown. 
  • Students must submit a cover letter and resume in one document when applying.  
  • Students must outline in their cover letter, by priority and by hiring supervisor name, the internships they choose to apply for.  Students may
    select up to five internships to apply for.  
  • Students must attach unofficial transcripts of college coursework.
  • Resumes must be submitted to the site no later than close date.    

The anticipated start date for the internships is May 22, 2017.   

For additional information on the internship program, contact Milani Barron, Staffing Manager at (623) 236-7319 , or Brisa Daniel, Staffing Analyst at (623) 236-7323 .

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Arizona State University - Tempe Campus (Posted 1/11/17)

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO) a center of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, invites applications for a postdoctoral scholars to begin in 2017. The scholars will work with Dr. John Sabo and become part of the Earth Genome project which aims to develop water scenario planning tools that assist private sector companies scope and strategize corporate stewardship projects in large basins across the world.  Applicants must be within four (4) years of receipt of the terminal degree at the time of application.  Scholars will be expected to work on developing land surface models to understand where green infrastructure (i.e., wetland restoration, riparian forest restoration, prairie strips) could impact short term hydrologic storage.  This work is funded by Levi-Strauss & Co and a collaboration with the 501c3 non-profit, The Earth Genome (earthgenome.org).  The project goal is to help Levi Strauss & Co develop science-based water sustainability targets relevant to their operations in Lahore and the River Ravi catchment (part of the larger Indus River system).  Though the project will initially start in the Indus system, the postdoc will contribute to an ASU-Earth Genome collaboration that aims to apply cutting edge hydrologic science to develop global data support systems for the private sector. For more information, go here. The deadline will be January 15, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern time.

Postdoctoral opportunities in macrosystems ecology at Arizona State University (Posted 1/11/17)

The Macrosystems Ecology Lab at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona (PI Benjamin Blonder) is recruiting two postdoctoral researchers for lab startup.

The lab's focus is on predictive community ecology and biogeography, paleoecological and anthropogenic effects on biodiversity dynamics, and global change plant ecophysiology. They use a combination of field, eco-informatics, and modeling approaches. Field sites are focused in forests and alpine environments in Latin America, southeast Asia, Scandinavia, and the United States. Learn more HERE.

Projects could focus on any topic of mutual interest, and use a combination of field, modeling, or informatics approaches. Joining the lab at this early stage is an opportunity to gain independence, close collaboration, and active mentoring. Candidates with an interest in building on our science education and community outreach initiatives are very welcome.

Funding is available for 2 years at competitive salaries, with additional support available for conference travel and fieldwork.

Start dates are around January 1st 2018 but can be flexible.

Information on benefits and leave policies is available HERE. The lab is strongly supportive of positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers.

Arizona State University is easily reached by light rail service from the Phoenix international airport. The Phoenix area hosts a vibrant multicultural community, and the region provides excellent recreation and research opportunities, with the Grand Canyon, Colorado Plateau, and Madrean Sky Islands all close by.

To apply, please send a cover letter, current CV, recent publication, and names of 2 professional references to Benjamin Blonder at . The application deadline is April 15th, 2017.

Please feel free to get in touch informally beforehand to discuss projects or ask questions.

Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Posted 10/20/16)

The School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Associate I to work in the The Ecoclimate Dynamics Laboratory. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to study the sensitivity of North American ecosystems to climate variability utilizing a combination of cutting-edge field-, modeling-, and remote sensing-based approaches. The postdoc’s primary mentor will be Assistant Professor, Bill Smith (click here for more information), and funding will be available for up to 3-years based on satisfactory performance. Funds will also be available to cover travel costs for select workshops and national meetings. More information is available here.


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

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

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

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


Postdoctoral Opportunity:  Nonlinear dynamics for ecosystem-based management and data-poor fisheries.  (Posted 2/13/17)

A postdoctoral fellowship is currently available in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, working primarily with Stephan B. Munch and collaborators Marc Mangel and Thanasis Kottas.  The Fellow will develop methods for, and novel applications of, nonlinear dynamics and nonparametric statistics.  The current project focuses on applications to data-limited fisheries and ecosystem-based management.  There will be ample opportunity to develop independent research and collaborations. The initial appointment is for twelve months and may be renewed for a second year.  The participant will receive a competitive stipend consistent with the UC pay scale plus fringe benefits.  Support is available for travel to present research at scientific conferences. The preferred start date is between March and June 2017.  Applicants must have received a doctoral degree prior to the start of the fellowship. As this project straddles ecology and applied math, candidates should hold a degree in ecology or environmental science and have a strong background in quantitative methods, or hold a degree in applied math or statistics and have a strong background in ecology.  Facility with R, Matlab, C++, or other programming language is essential as is a demonstrated enthusiasm for writing.  Experience with population dynamics, nonlinear forecasting, nonparametric statistics, and / or dynamic programming is desirable. To Apply: Send a letter of application including research interests and career goals, a current resume/CV, names and email addresses of two references to Stephan B. Munch () with subject: Postdoc Application, [your name]

Research Internships - Evolutionary Biology (Posted 1/23/17)

Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator, experimental study of the interactions between ecology and evolution in Trinidad. The research is led by Professor David Reznick at the University of California, Riverside in collaboration with Joseph Travis (Florida State), Tim Coulson (Oxford), Paul Bentzen (Dalhousie U.), Andres Lopez-Sepulcre (L’Ecole Normal Superieure, Paris) and Ron Bassar (Oxford).  They seek to integrate multiple biological fields for the study of these interactions in experimental populations of guppies in Trinidad. Duties include assisting in monthly censuses of guppy populations in montane streams. The monthly censuses include long hours in the field and laboratory.  There will also be 12 days off between each census when interns can pursue an independent project.

Qualifications: Seek interns who are entertaining the possibility of pursuing graduate studies in some area of ecology and evolution and who wish to gain some additional field research experience before doing so.  Research will take place in semi-remote areas of Trinidad sometimes under bad weather conditions. Applicants must be able to live and work well with others. Research will involve carrying heavy packs over slippery and steep terrain. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to meet the demands of field research under these conditions. Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle is desirable but not required. Applicants with first-aid/first responder training, skills in automobile maintenance, and construction skills are highly desirable. Please address these skills when applying.

Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3-months in Trinidad, with possibility of extension. Starting dates are as early as May 2017.They will cover all travel and living expenses and provide housing.  

Please see our website for more information on the project and access to reprints.  Their video menu includes a “guppy censuses” submenu that details the main tasks associated with the internship.

Applicants should send cover letter, CV and the names and e-mail addresses of three or more professional references to David Reznick (). At least two of the references should be academics.

MS Assistantship in Biology at East Carolina University (Posted 1/13/17)

A MS graduate student assistantship is available in the area of socioeconomic-ecological systems modeling. The student will work on an EPA-funded interdisciplinary project led by Dr. Jacob Hochard (Dept. of Economics & Institute for Coastal Science and Policy) in collaboration with Drs. Randall Etheridge (Dept. of Engineering & Center for Sustainability) and Ariane Peralta (Dept. of Biology) at East Carolina University. The MS student will work closely with economics, biology and engineering faculty at East Carolina University, as well as a PhD student in Coastal Resources Management. The qualified candidate will have strong undergraduate training in ecology, biogeochemistry, or environmental science.

Ideally, the student will have some knowledge of GIS, hydrology, and biogeochemical processes. Candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary research and a familiarity or willingness to learn social-ecological modeling approaches are encouraged to apply. The project will be focused on modeling relationships between biophysical factors and water and air quality on human health outcomes to understand how natural capital can contribute to nutrient pollution mitigation in coastal watersheds. Go here for more information.

To apply, please contact Drs. Ariane Peralta () and Randall Etheridge
() with your CV, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores, and a short statement describing prior research experience and interests. Review of full applications to the MS biology program will begin on February 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Departments of Biology, Economics, Engineering, Institute of Coastal Science and Policy, and the Center for Sustainability at East Carolina University take pride in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff and strive to increase that diversity. They encourage applications and inquiries from members of groups underrepresented in the natural sciences.

NCEAS Postdoctoral Researcher Position: Managing Soil Carbon (Posted 12/13/16)

NCEAS seeks candidates for a Postdoctoral Scholar position as part of a recently funded SNAPP working group project aimed at developing quantitative targets to manage soil organic matter for environmental and human outcomes. The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) to create a fundamentally different way to identify and tackle large-scale challenges that threaten the integrity of nature and human well being. For more information, go here. Review date January 31, 2017.

Internship - Ecological Restoration - Presidio Trust - Presidio of San Francisco (Posted 12/13/16)

This internship supports the Presidio Trust (NPS-Golden Gate National Recreation Area) Conservation, Stewardship and Research Department with an emphasis on vegetation management, monitoring, and leading volunteers in ecological restoration projects. For more information, go here.

Graduate student opportunities in Climate Change Ecology at the University of California, Davis (Posted 11/1/16)

The Post lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis seeks two graduate students prepared to conduct original research on climate change ecology, preferably at the doctoral level. The candidate(s) will join a collegial, interactive, and intellectually stimulating department and university environment.  Research in the Post lab focuses generally on ecological dynamics in relation to climate change, including life history variation, population dynamics, species interactions, and community dynamics.

The specific research project to be undertaken is open to the interests and goals of the applicant.  However, preference will be given to candidates interested in – and with prior experience related to – empirical investigations of 1) the consequences of climate change for phenological dynamics of plants, animals, or both, in time and space; or 2) implications of climate change for wildlife conservation.

Candidates will have the opportunity to continue work on spatio-temporal dynamics of plant phenology, population dynamics of large herbivores (caribou and muskoxen), and interactions between climate change and herbivory in plant community composition and dynamics currently underway in the Post lab. 

Ongoing research in the Post lab has resulted in a 16-year detailed set of observational and experimental field data from low-Arctic Greenland that the candidate may expand upon in developing an original dissertation project.  Further details about research in the lab can be found here.

The Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology at UC Davis is ranked #1 in the U.S. among wildlife and fisheries programs, and UC Davis is the top-ranked university in the U.S. for ecology and environmental science (http://wfcb.ucdavis.edu/news-events/news-archive/uc-davis-wildlife-and-fish-program-ranked-1-nation/).

Qualifications: M.S. in Ecology or a related field such as Wildlife Biology is preferred but not required. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with students,
postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. Interest in (or experience with) remote field work, field experimentation, meticulous data collection, and statistical analysis is strongly preferred.  More important than prior experience with
these are a desire to learn and self-motivation. Some proficiency with R and/or another statistical program such as SPSS. Technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

Support: Potential support includes two quarters annually.  UC Davis is on a quarter academic system, with the academic year comprising three quarters.  It is expected that field-based research will be conducted primarily during the summer months.

To Apply: For more information and to indicate interest in applying, please contact Professor Eric Post, .  You may send 1) a cover letter discussing your key interests, qualifications, and motivations for this position; and ! 2)! a CV, including publications or honors and awards, and names and contact information for three references.  Information about applying formally through the Graduate Group in Ecology at UC Davis can be found here.


Research Opportunity for Undergraduates - Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (Posted 1/31/17)

Applications for RMBL's 2017 undergraduate research program HERE. Follow the link for 'students'

Each year the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) matches approximately 40 students with mentors from around the world.  Students have opportunities to work on a wide array of ecological and evolutionary field projects.  Additionally, students have the opportunity to supplement their research project with additional training in field ecology or wildlife biology.  RMBL provides REU funding for approximately 10 students.  RMBL also makes available additional scholarships.  Consequently financial need should not preclude students from applying.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students thinking about a career in the sciences.  RMBL is located in Gothic, Colorado, a stunningly beautiful location in the Rockies.  Because they host approximately 100 graduate students and senior scientists, undergraduates have an opportunity to learn about graduate programs from around the world.  Many undergraduates end up as co-authors on scientific papers and start building professional networks that foster their career across a lifetime.  They have had many undergraduates turn their summer research into a senior thesis project, even though they have not necessarily had someone from their school present at RMBL during the summer.

Their program does fill so they encourage strongly motivated applicants, including applicants who need financial support, to submit their online application by Feb. 15 for REU applicants and by March 1 for RMBL Scholarships.  Students can apply for both sources of funds with one application.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ecology - Ft. Collins, Colorado (Posted 1/23/17)

The Nature Conservancy’s Global Land’s Program is recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with an interdisciplinary team to examine the ecological roles of wild birds on west-coast organic vegetable farms in California, Oregon, and Washington. Wild birds serve both as predators of herbivorous insects and as vectors of human/livestock pathogens and parasites. This USDA-funded project seeks to understand the trade-offs between avian conservation and farm production to inform practical, science-based recommendations and to tailor tools to farmers for wild-bird management. This research will integrate avian ecology, landscape ecology, molecular biology, host-parasite interactions, and disease modeling in agroecosystems. Project and partners include The Nature Conservancy, Washington State University, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and University of California-Riverside. Click here for more information. For more information, go here.

MS/PHD Opportunities at University of Northern Colorado (Posted 1/23/17)

Graduate positions (MS or PhD) in Plant Conservation Genetics in the lab of Dr. Mitchell McGlaughlin and Community Ecology in the lab of Dr. Scott Franklin, School of Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado.

Seeking MS or PhD students interested in plant conservation genetics, habitat restoration, and/or community ecology. Research in the McGlaughlin lab is focused on using population genetics to inform conservation plant conservation and management. Research in the Franklin lab focusses on disturbance ecology at the community level.They are currently recruiting two MS or PhD students to be involved in a Bureau of Land Management funded project examining the genetics of plant habitat restoration. Specifically, they are interested in how seeds sourced from different geographic areas impact the success of sage brush restoration. This project will leverage genetic and field data to determine how local a provenance is required for maximum restoration success. One student will be predominantly responsible for genetic questions, while the other student will be responsible for field-based analysis of germination, establishment, and community development of plots seeded with different plant accessions. The selected students will work closely with each other and the PI’s, and will gain experience with both field and lab techniques, including extensive fieldwork in northwestern Colorado. Funding is available to support graduate students through teaching and research assistantships during the academic year and summer research stipends. They are looking for students to start in Summer or Fall of 2017.

For more information please visit our lab websites here or the department website here.

The University of Northern Colorado is a public institution with about 10,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students, located in Greeley, Colorado. Greeley is situated 50 miles northeast of Denver and 20 miles east of the rockies, with easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park and other outdoor activities.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Mitchell McGlaughlin () or Dr. Scott Franklin (). To apply, students will need to submit a complete application to the UNC Graduate School. There is no fixed application deadline, but applications are reviewed when they are received. 

Master's Opportunity at University of Colorado Colorado Springs in plant-herbivore interactions research (Posted 1/11/17)

Master’s student position for a project examining climate impacts on plant-insect interactions at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS).

The project’s primary goal is to determine direct and indirect effects of host plant phenology on multi-trophic interactions. Applicants with interest in both field research as well as laboratory techniques are encouraged to apply. The student will be based at UCCS during the academic year, with summer fieldwork conducted primarily at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, CO. MS program will begin in Fall 2017 at UCCS, but data collection may begin in Summer 2017 at RMBL.

To express interest, please email (): (1) a statement of research interests/background and (2) the following supporting documents as a SINGLE PDF (a) CV, (b) a list of 3-4 professional references (names and contact information), (c) general GRE scores, and (d) unofficial transcripts.

Teaching or research assistantships are available for applicants (US citizens) during the academic year, and funding for all costs of field research is available for summer 2017 and beyond.  For full consideration (and after discussing interests with Dr. Mooney), interested students should apply to the UCCS graduate program in biology before February 1, 2017.  

Urban Water Innovation Network Undergraduate Research Program - Summer 2017 (Posted 12/16/16)

The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is pleased to offer its second Undergraduate
 Research Program (URP) for the summer of 2017. Students with different research interests in urban water sustainability - social sciences, natural sciences, engineering - will be placed with a team of mentors at institutions in urban areas across the nation. The program will start and end at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. For more information, go here.


Highstead Accepting Applications for Summer Conservation Intern (s) (Posted 2/3/17)

Highstead is a regional non-profit conservation organization located in Redding, Connecticut. Highstead's conservation program is engaged in building the capacity of partners to develop and achieve large landscape conservation strategies in New England in support of the Wildlands & Woodlands (W&W) Initiative.

Interns will work with Highstead’s Senior Conservationist for Conservation Finance to implement research, outreach, and policy projects that will inform our partners on where and how new conservation finance opportunities may emerge. Interns will advance conservation in New England by bringing energy and enthusiasm as well as writing, researching, and/or GIS skills to one or more of the following initiatives, depending on interests and skills:

  • Conduct Carbon Offset Feasibility Study
  • Survey Private Funding for Conservation
  • Investigate Watershed-scale Land Protection Opportunities
  • Conduct Policy Analysis: Review existing state and local conservation funding policies
  • Support Conservation Trends Research.

Seek a recent graduate of a Bachelors or Masters-level program with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for the development and implementation of real-world strategies for the following areas: conservation finance, landscape ecology, land conservation, and forest policy. Candidates must have good writing, research, and organizational skills. Priority will be given to candidates with strong GIS, survey design, database development, and quantitative skills. They must be comfortable working in a group setting and also taking individual initiative, as they will have considerable responsibility for advancing one or more projects. Candidates must have access to a car for travel within, and in some cases outside of, Connecticut.

Position Dates: Monday, May 29 – Friday, August 11, 2017.

Stipend: $5,000 and free furnished housing.

To apply, please submit résumé and 1-page letter of interest to , with “Conservation Internship” in the subject. Review of applications will begin February 15 and continue until position is filled.

PhD Position in Applied Forest Ecology at the University of Connecticut (Posted 1/11/17)

A PhD-level graduate student position in Applied Forest Ecology is available in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. The position has full Research Assistant funding and will be available to begin studies in the Fall 2017 semester. The Fahey Lab conducts primary and applied research focused on improving our understanding of forest ecosystems and developing strategies to promote resilience in forested landscapes - for more information visit the lab website HERE. The funded project is focused on assessing the effects of traditional and ecologically-focused silvicultural treatments on canopy structural complexity and designing and testing management strategies to promote canopy structural complexity and light use efficiency in forests. To be considered please contact Dr. Robert Fahey prior to applying, via email (), with the following information: Curriculum vitae or resume, GPA and GRE scores, and a brief statement of research experience, interests, and career goals. Information about the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment can be found HERE and details about applying to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut can be found HERE. The Department accepts applications on a rolling basis, but contact with Dr. Fahey should be made before February 1st, 2017 to warrant full consideration.

Highstead Accepting Applications for Summer Ecology Intern (Posted 1/11/17)

Highstead, a regional land conservation and ecological research center is accepting applications for one field ecology intern to participate in Highstead’s long-term research and monitoring program in the summer of 2017.  Major projects include resampling the herbaceous layers of (1) 8 deer exclosure and paired control plots in disturbed (blowdown + salvage log) and undisturbed forest in southwestern CT; (2) 8 deer exclosure and paired control plots at the Harvard Forest Hemlock Removal Experiment in central Massachusetts.  Additional projects will include (3) resampling wetland vegetation plots as part of a Phragmites removal project at Highstead and, time permitting, (4) a pilot study looking at the effects of beaver on riparian forest structure and composition.  The intern will gain extensive experience with forest vegetation sampling techniques and woody and herbaceous plant identification.  Positions will be predominantly field-based but will also include data entry, some herbarium work (mounting pressed specimens), limited data analysis, and preparing a 15-20 minute final presentation for Highstead staff.  The internship will be based in Redding, Connecticut, but will include travel and overnight stays to conduct field work at the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts.

Qualifications: Upper level undergraduate or recent graduate in botany, ecology, or related field.  Applicants should have previous experience with field work.  Successful applicants must (1) have a keen interest in the study and intensive identification of woody and herbaceous plants including grasses and sedges (2) be enthusiastic about conducting intensive fieldwork in hot, humid and sometimes rainy weather; in a landscape with deer ticks; and in forest understories with downed trees and thick, often spiny shrub layers (3) be very detail-oriented to collect careful and accurate data in challenging field conditions, collect and press unknown plant specimens, and enter data into a database; and (4) have the flexibility to adapt to several different research projects including some travel; and (5) have a positive can-do attitude.

Position Dates: Monday, May 29 - Friday, August 11, 2017

Stipend: $5,000.00 and free furnished housing.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience and contact information for three references) to ; reference Ecology Intern Application as the email subject.  Accepting applications immediately.  Review of applicants will begin in mid-February and continue until position is filled in March.

PhD Assistantship - The University of Connecticut (Posted 1/11/17)

The Helton Lab seeks a PhD student at The University of Connecticut, advised by Dr. Ashley Helton (). The student's project will focus on understanding headwater stream carbon dynamics and their response to rising temperatures at the stream reach and river network scales.  The student will work closely with PIs and students at collaborating universities and will have opportunities to travel to field sites in North Carolina.  Prior experience in GIS, simulation modeling (or a strong quantitative background), and stream or landscape ecology preferred. The position includes a competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance. To apply, e-mail Dr. Helton a 1 page description of your research interests. Please also send your CV (including GPA and GRE scores), a recent transcript (unofficial is OK), and names and contact information of three references.


Native Plant Curation - One-Year Internship - Mt. Cuba Center (Posted 1/26/17)

Immerse yourself in the study of native plants.  Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, DE invites budding groundbreakers in the field of living collections management to apply. The Native Plant Curation Intern will work closely alongside the Plant Recorder and Director of Collections and will be part of the Collections team. The intern will assist in plant documentation and reporting, and participate in collections assessments. Future collection development plans might include such valued native plants as Trillium, Orchids or Clematis. The intern will learn a variety of skills; inventorying, labeling and mapping for our computerized plant record management and mapping systems. Individuals will become proficient in botanical nomenclature verification, a crucial skill required by all professional gardens and arboreta. This hands-on internship training will shed light on the role of collections in a botanical garden, as well as prepare future curators. For more information, go here.

Public Engagement Internship - One-Year Internship - Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Learn how to successfully promote and raise the profile of a public garden through print and electronic marketing, outreach and communications. Work within Mt. Cuba Center’s Public Engagement department to design, implement and review strategies that promote our conservation mission and activities and extend our reach in the community. Develop a portfolio of professional copywriting, commercial photography and social media management and take native plant classes that enhance the understanding of ecology and conservation. For more information, go here.

Natural Lands Internship - One-Year Internship - Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Expand your land stewardship knowledge and experience while gaining the skills required for a position in the natural resources field. Work closely with the Natural Lands management team assisting with habitat restoration projects, exotic species suppression, and ecological monitoring programs throughout Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands. Explore opportunities to work alongside natural resource professionals, scientists, and students to conduct research throughout our wildlands.  Experience “A year in the life of a Natural Lands Steward” while also taking native plant courses to improve identification skills. For more information, go here.

Greenhouse Production One-Year Internship - Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Learn propagation techniques throughout the seasons, from seed to mature plant, in a greenhouse setting. Produce woody and herbaceous plants collected from the eastern United States and grown for use in our gardens and research programs.  Attain valuable experience with BG-BASE™, the computerized plant record management system used at Mt. Cuba Center, with specific focus on the Propagation Module. Learn how all plants and seed are received at Mt. Cuba Center, and coordinate this information with the Plant Records department. Work on a project to develop propagation protocols for the Native Plant Network, focusing on wild-collected species and those plants not in the nursery trade.  Assist with growing and collecting data on new Mt. Cuba Center introductions, and then share this research with conservation and nursery professionals.  Qualifications include strong organizational skills, attention to detail and self-motivation. For more information, go here.

Greenhouse & Research Summer Internship - Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Participate in propagation, maintenance, and production techniques of woody and herbaceous plants collected from the eastern United States and grown for use in our gardens and research programs. Become familiar with our Plant Evaluation and Introductions Program.  Assist in Mt. Cuba Center’s trial garden – assessing the use of native plants for the garden, examining the ecological value of these plants, and collecting data for future evaluations, publications, or possible introductions. For more information, go here.

Ecological Gardening Summer Internship - 2 Positions- Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Enjoy a rotation through Mt. Cuba Center’s naturalistic gardens. Train in the cultivation and maintenance of woodland, meadow, woodland edge, and pond gardens. Learn about native plants and the wildlife that depend on them. Understand sustainable management strategies used in mature naturalistic gardens.  Be exposed to pest/disease management practices, weed identification, and design concepts. For more information, go here.

Arboriculture Summer Internship - Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Learn first-hand how Mt. Cuba Center’s arborists manage our extensive collection of trees from planting to removal. Work in our gardens and natural lands areas on tasks including tree pruning, removals, groundwork, and risk assessment.  Develop skills in plant health care, mapping, and record keeping. Learn how to use arboricultural equipment including ropes, knots, pole saws, and pruners.  Optional training may include climbing (small trees) and the operation of a chainsaw and/or chipper.  For more information, go here.


M.S. Position to study the effects of plant diversity and landscape complexity on trophic interactions in residential landscapes (Posted 2/13/17)

Masters position:  The effects of plant diversity and landscape complexity on trophic interactions in residential landscapes.  This position will be in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) at the University of Florida starting fall 2017.
The lab of Dr. Basil Iannone is looking for a creative and driven student to work on a project investigating the role of plant diversity and landscape complexity on trophic interactions among arthropods within residential landscapes.  The student will also collaborate with the lab of Dr. Adam Dale (Entomology and Nematology Department) and be a member of an interdisciplinary team focusing on sustainable and resilient land use.  All members of this cohort aim to inform real-world land management.

Required qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in ecology or other relevant field; interests in applied, interdisciplinary research and spatial ecology; and good writing skills.  Experience with GIS and statistical analysis, and plant and/or arthropod identification is beneficial, but not required.

To apply: Please email: (1) Letter of interest stating your research/career interests and how they overlap with this position, how you would benefit from this opportunity, and how you meet the above qualifications; (2) C.V./Resume; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) copies of your GRE scores (if taken); and (5) a list of three references who are willing to write letters on your behalf as a single PDF file to .  Please place “trophic” in subject line.  

Review of applicants will begin immediately.  Official transcripts and GRE scores will be required for admittance into the SFRC. Please go here for information regarding the SFRC graduate program, including degree options, and application procedures.  

John Marshall Everglades Internship (Posted 1/31/17)

The Everglades Foundation is accepting applications for the John Marshall Everglades Internship. During this 8-week (May 18th – July 14th) undergraduate internship program, qualified students will learn about the Everglades ecosystem, history, water management issues, and policies related to Everglades restoration. Interns will go on site visits to: major restoration sites, water management structures, and effected natural areas. They will grow their professional networks while meeting with scientists, stakeholders, and policy makers who are participating in the most comprehensive restoration project in the world. Interns select from one of four categories for their capstone projects: policy & advocacy, science & engineering, education, and communications. For more information, go here. The application period for the 2017 John Marshall Everglades Internship Program is January 20, 2017 – March 31, 2017.

REU opportunity at Miami University: Accepting applications!

Undergraduate students accepted into the program will:

  • Conduct an independent research project with a faculty mentor at Miami University. Research opportunities are available in the lab or field in aquatic or terrestrial environments.
  • Discuss current literature related to their projects with faculty mentors and student peers in clusters related to their project.
  • Attend team-building field trips around the regional Midwest.
  • Take short courses on ethics and professions in ecology and environmental science, and interact with seminars by guest speakers.
  • Participate in field trips illustrating the natural history of Southwestern Ohio.

For more information about their program please visit gtheir website here. Click on the Application tab at the top of the page and follow the instructions to apply. Please contact Patrick Garrett at with any problems, questions, or concerns you may have about our program or the application process.

Ph.D. Assistantship in Experimental Landscape Ecology at the University of Florida (Posted 1/23/17)

Ph.D. Assistantship in Experimental Landscape Ecology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Apply by February 1, 2017.
More information is available here.

3-Year Postdoctoral Research Associate: Modeling social-ecohydrological systems (Posted 1/11/17)

The University of Florida Watershed Ecology Lab and UF Water Institute are seeking a highly motivated and creative Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a new $5 million interdisciplinary project researching tradeoffs among water quantity and quality, land use, climate, environmental policy, and the economy.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in the hydrological sciences or engineering, strong quantitative and modeling skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and an interest in working with a diverse group in the production of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated creative approaches to modeling complex systems (e.g., linking hydrological modeling to social-ecological system responses, applying statistical or analytical approaches to optimize hydrology and land use management within political or regulatory contexts, etc.) and who have worked productively on interdisciplinary research questions.

The position offers a competitive postdoctoral salary and excellent benefits, with up to three years of funding available, contingent on evaluation. Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is April 2017, but no later than August 2017.

To apply, send a cover letter describing your interest in this position and relevant experience, along with a CV, the names and contact information for 3 references, and up to three refereed publications to (please compile all materials into a single PDF file).

Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Dr. David Kaplan () or Dr. Wendy Graham ().

Restoration Ecology Internship, Archbold Biological Station, Florida -Beginning May 2017. Applications due March 6, 2017. (Posted 1/5/17)

A Restoration Ecology Internship is available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida, with shared responsibilities in the Restoration Ecology Program (supervised by Dr. Betsie Rothermel), the Plant Ecology Program (Dr. Eric Menges) and Land Management (Archbold Land Manager, Kevin Main). The intern will conduct an independent project with a field component in sandhill restoration, and also work as a research/land management assistant for 20 hours per week implementing sandhill restoration, including control of invasive plants. The intern will be an integral part of a team restoring sandhill at Archbold Biological Station using a combination of fire, mowing, and herbiciding/pulling of exotic plants, as well as experimental plantings of desired native species. The restoration area supports a population of gopher tortoises and many endangered plants. The intern will also have opportunities to assist with other long-term monitoring and research projects in plant ecology and herpetology. This internship is supported by a grant from the Ecological Society of America.

Archbold interns live on site in dorm-style housing and receive breakfasts and lunches on weekdays, a weekly meal allowance of $54, and a weekly stipend of $100. They work half-time (average of 20 hours per week) as research assistants and the rest of their time developing and implementing an independent project. This internship will run for approximately 7 months (May – November). Our internships provide an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of scientific research, from project development and data collection to oral and written presentations, providing ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology.

Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000-ha preserve, an outstanding regional library, and a GIS lab. They have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed field station atmosphere. Additional information can be found at the Archbold website.

To apply for a Restoration Ecology internship, please provide the following (preferably as a single document in PDF format):  a cover letter indicating relevant experience, research interests, and how this experience would further your professional goals; a resumé or CV; and a summary of grades, including GPA. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by March 6, 2017.  Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room and Board.

EMAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY! Send to Betsie Rothermel at .

Archbold is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups


Conservation and Landscape Change Analysis -- Postdoctoral Associate Position in southwestern Georgia (Posted 2/13/17)

The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position within the Center’s Conservation Program. The candidate should have a Ph.D., or have completed all necessary degree requirements prior to employment, in the subject area of: wildlife/wildlife ecology, forestry/ forest ecology, landscape ecology, or a related field.  Applicants should possess an understanding of forest and wildlife monitoring, and a functional knowledge of common land management practices utilized in southeastern forests. Familiarity with frequent fire ecosystems is desired. Review of applications will begin February 13, 2017 and continue until filled. For more information, go here.

PhD Position at the Warnell School, University of Georgia (Posted 2/13/17)

A fully funded four year position for an exceptional doctoral student is available at the Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Lab at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The incoming student is expected to develop an economic model for analyzing the potential impacts of water markets on land use changes in South Georgia and North Florida. More details of the position are available here. Interested candidates are encouraged to directly contact Dr. Puneet Dwivedi () with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and writing samples before applying formally. Applications will be reviewed on first come first serve basis.

Postdoc Positions - Fall 2017 - Georgia Tech (Posted 1/31/17)

The Spatial Ecology & Paleontology Lab at Georgia Tech would like to invite applicants for 1-2 postdoctoral positions beginning Fall 2017. Postdoctoral researchers will work closely with Dr. Jenny McGuire on all aspects of their projects.

One postdoctoral project will use the palynological record to identify landscapes that are resilient to climate change. This applicant will require proficiency in R and in spatial and statistical analyses. Candidates with a background in pollen analysis and/or a desire to interact directly with the conservation community are encouraged to apply. This position will last 2-3 years.

A second position could involve microfaunal analyses of fossil specimens from Natural Trap Cave. However, researchers with a broad interest in integrating a paleontological perspective with spatial ecology and/or conservation biology are welcome to apply.

Prior experience in paleontology is not required. This position will last up to 2 years.

Candidates interested in either position may apply by emailing Jenny McGuire () a CV, contact information for 3 references, and a 1- page statement of your research interests and goals. Please contact the same email address for any additional information.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires compliance with Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986.

PhD Position at Warnell School - University of Georgia (Posted 1/30/17)

A fully funded three year position for a motivated doctoral student is available at the Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Lab at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The incoming student is expected to analyze the economic impacts of rising conservation easements on timber markets in SE United States. For more details of the position, go HERE.

Interested candidates are encouraged to directly contact Dr. Puneet Dwivedi () with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and writing samples before applying formally. Applications will be reviewed on first come first serve basis.

M.S. position – plant traits and climate change  – Georgia Southern University (Posted 12/16/16)

The Sendall lab at Georgia Southern University invites applications for a Masters Degree in plant ecology and physiology to begin in Fall 2017. Students should be interested in answering questions such as the following:

  • How do plant functional traits respond to changes in temperature and precipitation?
  • Do distinct ecotypes from throughout species’ ranges differ in their ability to respond to altered climatic conditions with respect to morphological and physiological traits?

A degree in ecology, environmental science, etc. is encouraged for applicants, as is prior field experience measuring plant traits. Other desirable qualifications are the ability to work well independently and effectively as part of team, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a desire to conduct field-based research.

Prospective students should email Dr. Kerrie Sendall () a short summary of their research interests and a CV that includes GRE scores (if taken) prior to submitting an application. They offer multiple teaching assistantships each semester that are awarded on a competitive basis, and funding may also be available from research assistantships and fellowships.

For more information, visit the Sendall lab website and the Department of Biology’s website. More information about the biology graduate program can be found at the departmental webpage.

Additional questions about the GSU graduate program can be directed to Dr. Checo Colon-Gaud ().  The application deadline is March 1st, 2017 for full consideration.

Field Technician position, Coastal Wetlands in Georgia (Posted 12/6/16)

The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research program is looking for a research technician II. The position is based at our field site on Sapelo Island Georgia. The technician will provide field and laboratory support for research in coastal wetlands. The ideal candidate will have a BS in some area of environmental science, field experience, experience with small boats, and basic computer skills.  Salary approximately $23,500. For a more detailed description of the job and to apply go here. You can contact Steven Pennings (scpennin (at) central.uh.edu) with questions about the position.


Plant Ecology field/lab volunteer position with USGS, Hawaii (Posted 2/13/17)

This volunteer position starts March 1, 2017 and lasts 6 months with the possibility of extension; housing and per diem are provided. They are looking for a motivated and independent intern with field/lab experience to work on a project in mid-elevation mesic forest on Hawaii Island relating to invasive plants, native birds, and ecosystem restoration. In particular, the work focuses on how plant-soil interactions and bird dispersal of native seed affect native understory regeneration in Acacia koa reforestation projects, therefore previous experience with plant/soil sampling and labwork is desirable. Field responsibilities include: collecting plant survey data, maintaining and collecting seedrain traps, outplanting experimental plants, collecting plant foliar and litter samples, soil coring. Field sites are in Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge at 5000-7000 ft elevation and may be cold and wet OR hot and dry depending on time of year. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, hike over rough terrain long distances carrying field gear, navigate using GPS/compass, and drive a 4x4 automatic vehicle on unpaved roads. Lab responsibilities include: grinding plant material, soil sieving, soil extractions, data entry, processing seed rain samples, processing bird fecal samples for seed. Compensation is $1040/month per diem and housing is provided in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or at Hakalau depending on field schedule; transportation provided to and from work and to Hilo for supplies. Airfare is only provided from Oahu to Hilo.  To apply, please send AS A SINGLE DOCUMENT 1. brief cover letter highlighting relevant experience and why you are interested in the position, 2. resume, and 3. name, address, phone number, and email address of at least 3 references to Dr.
Stephanie Yelenik, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, . Applications will be considered as they are received to fill the position quickly, and priority given to those who can start in early March.


Funded Graduate Student Position in Human-Environment Systems at Boise State (Posted 2/3/17)

The Hillis lab in the Human-Environment Systems Center (HES) at Boise State University is recruiting graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) to conduct interdisciplinary research on the social dynamics and sustainability of human-environment systems. Students can work on any of a range of specific projects ongoing in the lab (see here for more details). Successful students will have a strong background in the computational / quantitative social sciences or ecology, or a desire to work hard to gain these skills. Based on their interest, students can apply to various degree programs including Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Anthropology, and Public Policy. Two years (pending adequate performance) of NSF-funded support are currently available and additional funding can be obtained through external grants or internal teaching and research assistantships. The position includes a competitive stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance.

Interested students should send a brief cover letter expressing their research interests and relevant experience and a CV to .

Multiple MS and PhD Assistantships - College of Natural Resources – University of Idaho (Posted 12/16/16)

The College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho has several MS and PhD assistantships open for Fall 2017. Current assistantships cover a diverse range of disciplines including: fire ecology, social sciences and policy analysis, natural resource economics, and water resources. Example topics include: adaptation to change in water resources, examining the ecological importance of wildfire refugia, understanding the impacts of drought, wildfire, and other disturbances on communities and the forest products sector, understanding recreational and visitor use of public lands, understanding the ways in which communities adapt and respond to wildfire risk, and understanding different natural resource policy systems and methods of analysis. Several teaching assistantships are also available in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences; Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences; Department of Natural Resources and Society; and in the cross-university Environmental Science Program that is administered by the college.

For more information, go here.

University of Idaho and College of Natural Resources: Established in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution, with a mission of delivering natural resources programs in Idaho. The main campus is located on the beautiful Palouse in the vibrant university community of Moscow, alive with social, cultural, and year-round outdoor activities. University branch campuses are located in Coeur d’Alene, Boise, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls.  The College also houses outstanding field stations at the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and McCall, ID, home of the award winning McCall Outdoor Science School, thousands of acres of experimental forest, and is known for its engaged field studies and outreach programs. In 2015, the College of Natural Resources was ranked in the top 10 of Natural Resource Schools by USA Today.

Ph.D. Assistantship- climate change and phenology of landbirds, Boise State University, Idaho (Posted 12/13/16)

Graduate Assistantship (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) - at Boise State University. A position is available for a motivated Ph.D. student to study the causes and consequences of breeding and migration phenology shifts in response to climate change using American kestrels as a model species.  This project will have both field and computational work, including widespread sampling of kestrels across their North American range and throughout the annual cycle, satellite-tracking of birds, using remote- sensing to measure growing seasons, and the development of an individual- based model to test hypotheses about carry-over, genetic, and environmental effects on breeding and migration phenology. The Ph.D. student will work as part of our collaborative team of faculty, NGO scientists, land managers, students, and technicians.  The student will have the opportunity to travel for field work or specialized training with collaborators.  In addition to research funding, this position includes support in the form of research and teaching (if interested) assistantships, tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance.

Seeking someone who 1) possess quantitative and programming skills (or a passion for developing these skills), 2) has field experience working with birds, 3) has an enthusiasm for studying ecology, and 4) enjoys working independently and as part of a team. A Master’s degree, a background in individual-based models, and experience in remote-sensing is preferred but not necessary. Please address your qualification for each of these points in your cover letter and note any Spanish language skills. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2017. The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD is a new and modern graduate program at Boise State University. To learn more, go here.

To Apply: send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to Julie Heath (EM: julieheath AT boisestate.edu). Please put “Kestrel PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until 20 December 2016. If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your application cannot be considered.

Post Doctoral Fellow - Human Environment Systems Center (Posted 12/9/16)

The Human-Environment Systems Center (HES) at Boise State University is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to conduct social-ecological research in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The specific study area is the High Divide, where private lands are critical for connectivity between the iconic protected areas of the region. Land use is changing rapidly on those private lands, and there is an urgent need to understand human decision-making driving these changes, and the subsequent impacts to biodiversity and ecosystem services. This position is thus an exciting opportunity to examine the trade-offs and synergies that exist in conserving world-renowned ecosystems while addressing human needs.Review of applications will begin December 19, 2016. For more information, go here.


Aquatic Internships (5 positions) (Posted 2/13/17)

The Illinois Natural History Survey’s Ridge Lake (Charleston, IL), Kaskaskia (Sullivan, IL) and Sam Parr Biological Station (Kinmundy, IL) have internship positions available over the summer, and year round. The three stations are state funded research laboratories working in the areas of aquatic ecology, fisheries management, and aquaculture. Current projects include lake studies dealing with growth, recruitment, population ecology, behavior, reproductive strategies, and management of largemouth bass, muskellunge, and bluegill and river studies examining Asian carp populations and sampling methods. Apply by May 15, 2017. For more information go here or here.

MS Graduate Fellowship Opportunity in Wetland Ecology at Loyola University, Chicago (Posted 1/31/17)

Dr. Nancy Tuchman is recruiting a student to start July 1st, 2017 on an MS project in Biology at Loyola University Chicago. The two-year funded position will involve self-directed research on the effects of the invasive hybrid cattail, Typha × glauca, on wetland structure and function in the Upper Great Lakes. The incumbent student is expected to conduct summer research at both the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston, MI, and the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge near Hennepin, IL.

The successful candidate for this fellowship will develop a research question and design experiments related to Typha × glauca management, effects of Typha × glauca on biodiversity (plant, bird, fish, amphibian, macroinvertebrate, etc.) wetland nutrient cycling, remote sensing of wetland vegetation, uptake of heavy metals and organic environmental pollutants, and/or use of harvested invasive biomass as an energy source or agricultural amendment.

Ideal applicants will have a BS in Biology, Ecology, Botany, Environmental Science, Agronomy, or related field. Previous field research experience is required, and experience in experimental design, statistical analysis, GIS, remote sensing, and/ or environmental toxicology is encouraged.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, (unofficial ok) GRE scores, and contact information of 3 references to Andrew Monks: . Applications will be accepted until February 10th, 2017.    

PhD position - plant traits and biogeochemical cycling - University of Illinois (Posted 12/16/16)

Dr. Jennifer Fraterrigo at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign is inviting applications for a PhD position that will begin in Fall 2017 for students interested in plant functional traits, biogeochemical cycling and climate change. Students should be interested in examining the following questions at local to regional scales:

• How do plant functional traits respond to changes in resource availability and climate?
• What is the relationship between above-ground and below-ground plant traits?
• How do edaphic conditions influence plant functional traits and their response to changes in climate?
• What is the relationship between plant functional traits and biogeochemical cycling?

A degree or background in plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, or environmental science is encouraged for applicants, as well as previous experience measuring plant traits and/or biogeochemical cycling.

Prospective graduate students will be expected to develop their own research goals, and should be highly motivated. Other desirable qualifications include excellent written and oral communication skills, basic knowledge of quantitative methods in ecological research, an interest in field based research. Prospective students should email a short summary of their research interests as well as a CV, unofficial transcript and GRE scores and percentiles to Dr. Fraterrigo () before applying to the program. Funding will be available from a variety of sources, including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Suitable candidates will be required to apply to the graduate program within the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science program). More information about the Fraterrigo lab group can be found here.

PhD in physiological ecology (Posted 11/9/16)

The Warne lab for animal physiological ecology in the Zoology Department at Southern Illinois University is seeking a PhD student. They explore how vertebrates (1) maintain homeostasis while coping with environmental variation; (2) how these interactions influence resource allocation to life history processes such as development, growth, and reproduction; (3) as well as disease dynamics. A major focus for this PhD project is aimed at exploring how the symbiotic gut microbiome influences host life history processes, physiological performance, and disease susceptibility. Potential projects will integrate stable isotope methods with microbiological approaches.  More information can be found here. A M.S. degree or comparable experience in biological research is highly preferred. For competitive students, university fellowships are available, including the Morris Doctoral Fellowships that provides a 12-month salary for 3-years, plus research funding. Further inquiries and applications including a cover letter and CV can be sent to Dr. Robin Warne ().


MOSAICS in Science internship (Posted 2/3/17)

Applications for the 2017 MOSAICS in Science internship are now being accepted through February 6, 2017.

The Great Lakes Research and Education Center will be hosting a Pollinator Steward intern at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this summer. The Pollinator Steward will gain hands on experience in both research and science outreach by 1) initiating a pilot native pollinator stewardship program and 2) collecting updated data on native bee diversity in the park.   

The direct link to the position description can be found here.

This position is offered through the National Park Service's Mosaics in Science Internship Program in partnership with Environment for the Americas and Greening Youth Foundation. The Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship provides college students and recent graduates 18-35 years old that are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career fields with on-the-ground, natural resource science-based, work experience in the National Park System.  Each internship is comprised of working eleven weeks in a park followed by a four day career workshop held in Washington, D.C.

To apply for this position and learn more about the Mosaics program, go here. Applications will be accepted now through February 6.

MS or PhD positions at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (Posted 1/13/17)

The Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry lab of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) seeks two motivated students interested in pursuing a MS or PhD (Applied Earth Sciences) degree in the Department of Earth Sciences. Two federal funded projects are available to support the students’ endeavors. One NSF funded project is on the effects of non-rainfall water input on plant-soil water interactions in drylands with fieldwork in Namibia. Another project investigates the drought effects on forest water use (USDA-funded) with fieldwork in Indiana. The positions are available from Fall 2017, and will be supported through research and teaching assistantships that provide a competitive stipend, tuition remission and health insurance. The student(s) will be advised by Dr. Lixin Wang. Applicants must hold a BS degree in earth sciences, hydrology, soil science, environmental sciences or related disciplines, and have strong oral and written communication skills. Stable isotope background is preferred for both positions.
IUPUI is Indiana’s premier urban public research university, currently enrolling more than 30,000 students. In 2011, IUPUI was ranked 3rd by U.S. News and World Report in “Up-and-Coming National Universities”. Indianapolis is a very livable city with a wealth of outdoor, cultural, and sporting activities. The department of Earth Sciences has a wide variety of analytical facilities including LGR and Picarro water isotope analyzers, IRMS facility for 13C, 15N and 34S measurements, CN analyzer, and wet chemistry laboratories equipped for soil, water and plant analysis.

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


Postdoc Position in Limnology (Posted 1/11/17)

A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Wilkinson Lab at Iowa State University. They are seeking an enthusiastic and creative Ph.D. with expertise in limnology with a degree in ecology, biology, environmental science or a related field.

The successful applicant will collaborate with graduate students, faculty, and technicians in the research group to address questions regarding nutrient loading, harmful algal blooms, and carbon cycling in lakes. The research agenda is flexible, but could include analysis of water quality trends in lakes and reservoirs, restored lake nutrient cycling and food web structure, or the prediction and ecological impacts of harmful algal blooms. The postdoc will also assist with the oversight and data analysis for an intensive water quality monitoring program for Iowa lakes in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Ideal candidates should have experience with limnological sampling, in situ sensors and database management. Strong communication, writing and programming skills are highly desirable.

Funding is available for one year, with up to two additional years contingent upon satisfactory research progress. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references as a single PDF via email to Dr. Grace Wilkinson (). Questions about the position should also be directed to Dr.
Wilkinson. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The desired start date is February 20th or soon thereafter.

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, email .


Ph.D. Position - University of Kansas (Posted 10/4/16)

The Billings lab at the University of Kansas is seeking a Ph.D. student interested in investigating biogeochemical puzzles in terrestrial ecosystem ecology.  They explore fundamental mechanisms governing elemental fluxes in boreal and temperate forests, and temperate grasslands.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work at multiple research platforms: 1) the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory, where they explore how historic land use and climate interact to drive above- and belowground ecosystem processes in intact forests and forests re-growing on former agricultural land; 2) the Newfoundland and Labrador Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect, where eastern Canadian boreal forests exposed to varying mean annual temperature grow in otherwise similar conditions (part of the Critical Zone Exploration Network); and 3) the KU Field Station, where land holdings represent successional forest stages, native prairie, and restored grasslands. They emphasize the importance of elucidating fundamental mechanisms driving patterns in terrestrial ecosystems as they regenerate following disturbance and respond to climate and land use change. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers, assist with the development of CZ science (http://criticalzone.org/), and become part of an energetic and driven group of researchers working to understand interactions between life and its abiotic surroundings.  For details, please contact Sharon Billings at , after visiting the lab’s web page and reading instructions for great ways to express interest.


Postdoctoral Opportunity: Modeling and visualizing cyanobacteria blooms (Posted 1/30/17)

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Modeling and visualizing cyanobacteria blooms using high-frequency water quality sensors. Hancock Biological Station, Murray State University. A postdoctoral position is currently available at Murray State University’s Hancock Biological Station on Kentucky Lake near Murray, Kentucky. This person will participate in research that focuses on the use of real-time and near real-time aquatic sensors to visualize and predict indicators of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in streams, rivers, and reservoirs. One of the primary goals is to construct novel models and visualization tools that will convey data to a variety of users.  The project builds on past and present research using long-term and real-time data sets to understand limnological patterns, particularly productivity and community structure, in a major reservoir.  The participant will gain firsthand experience using sensors and data streams to model limnological phenomena.  The postdoc will assist in maintaining, calibrating, and carrying out QA/QC procedures on remote aquatic sensors and data streams. There will be opportunities to develop independent research within the scope of the overall project.  

The postdoc position is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation and is a collaborative research effort among faculty and staff at Murray State University, the University of Kentucky, and Marshall University. Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in aquatic ecology, environmental science/engineering, computer science, or related field. Experience with Julia, R, Python, and/or C++ is highly desired as well as experience with data visualization tools.  The initial appointment is for twelve months and may be renewed for a second year. The participant will receive a $47,500 stipend plus fringe benefits.  Support will be available for publication costs and travel to present research at scientific conferences. The preferred start date is March 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

Murray State University endorses the intent of all federal and state laws created to prohibit discrimination. Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disability in employment, admissions, or the provision of services.

To Apply: Send a letter of application including career goals, a current resume/CV, names and email addresses of two references, and an official transcript issued by a Registrar’s Office (include recent course work and grades) to David S. White .

For questions, send an email to or call David S. White, Director, Hancock Biological Station, 561 Emma Drive, Murray, KY 42071, (270) 809-2272

Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S.)-Aquatic Ecology (Posted 1/30/17)

Graduate Research Assistant, Watershed Studies Institute, Murray State University.  One full-time position to begin late May 2017.  Qualifications: B.S. in biology, ecology, or related discipline.  Previous experience with field experiments, stream/riparian ecosystems, amphibians, fish, and/or stream invertebrate ecology highly desirable.  Responsibilities: To conduct research on trophic interactions in stream and riparian food webs while completing a M.S. degree in Watershed Science.  This project is fully funded, including travel to field sites in Colorado.  Salary: $16,500 per year.  Other benefits include housing at the Hancock Biological Station (Murray, KY) during the academic year and High Lonesome Ranch (De Beque, CO) during summers.  To Apply:  Email a letter of application, curriculum vitae including undergraduate GPA and GRE scores, and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Howard Whiteman ().  Deadline: February 15, 2017 or until the position is filled.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.


REU opportunities studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Louisiana salt marshes and coastal environments (Posted 1/31/17)

Two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions are available at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) for the summer of 2017. The REU students will design and conduct studies that contribute to the larger Coastal Waters Consortium collaborative effort studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Louisiana salt marshes and coastal environments. Over the past 5+ years CWC researchers have been studying the impacts of the spill at paired oiled- unoiled marshes across the southeastern Louisiana coast. The REU students will be expected to work with a team of researchers (under the supervision of Dr. Brian Roberts and/or Dr. Nancy Rabalais) to develop studies which address aspects of the larger effort. They are particularly interested in students interested in conducting projects on wetland biogeochemistry and ecology, plant ecology, microbial ecology, sediment microalgae and/or subtidal benthos. The REU students will be involved in both the field and laboratory components of their project as well as a variety of related projects and experiments being conducted by other LUMCON and CWC researchers.

Candidates must be available for a ten week period beginning in early June 2017.  They will provide a $500/week stipend, room and board at the Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA, and support for their research.

The ideal candidate should be interested in pursuing a career in ecology or biogeochemistry, creative, hard-working, detail orientated, dedicated, and comfortable working as part of research team. Experience with field or laboratory research in these areas in a plus but not necessary. Background or at least one course in ecology, chemistry, biogeochemistry, or environmental science is required. To be eligible you must be returning to an undergraduate degree program in the fall (e.g., if you will graduate in May or June, you are NOT eligible).  

Application deadline: March 15th 2017.

Applications should include: copy of unofficial transcripts, contact information for two academic references, CV/resume, and a one page statement that describes your interest in the REU position, academic goals, and any previous research experience.  

Applications should be sent to Dr. Brian Roberts at with “2017 REU application” in the subject line.   Please feel free to contact Dr. Roberts, if you have any questions.

Graduate Fellowships at Tulane University (Posted 11/1/16)

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University seeks applications from students who are pursuing a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The department has fellowships from the Louisiana Board of Regents. They strongly encourage applicants from groups who are under-represented in STEM. Areas of study in our department include tropical biology, evolutionary biology and river/coastal ecology. Applicants should be in contact with specific faculty members well before the application deadline. A complete list of faculty and their research interests can be found here. The program deadline is January 15, and application details can be found here.  For questions about the Ph.D. program, email our graduate student coordinator, Dr. Jordan Karubian, at .

Tulane University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with 'preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.' Tulane is located in the historic Gulf Coast city of New Orleans, which is known for its culture, food and music.


Internships - Marine & Environmental Research Institute (Posted 2/3/17)

Marine & Environmental Research Institute (MERI), Center for Environmental Studies located in Blue Hill, Maine has the following internship opportunities available:

  • Marine Research Intern
  • Marine Research Internship II
  • Marine Mammal Research
  • Media and Communications Internship

Lean more here.

PhD Assistantship – Migration Ecology of American Woodcock in the Eastern United States (Posted 1/23/17)

University of Maine (Orono, ME) with fieldwork throughout the Northeast

Seeking qualified applicants for a Ph.D. position that will focus on migration and population ecology of American woodcock.  As a component of their dissertation research, the student will participate in a research project that seeks to better understand woodcock migration throughout the eastern United States. The project will use GPS transmitters to collect data on woodcock migration during both fall and spring migratory periods and will involve collaboration with a diverse array of project partners including state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other universities.  As a member of this collaborative team, the successful applicant will be responsible for working with project partners to capture and tag woodcock prior to migration, retrieve location data and manage project databases, analyze data, present results at meetings and conferences, and publish research findings. More information is available here.


Research Assistantship in Urban Forest Ecology (Posted 2/13/17)

PhD / MS Research Assistantship in Urban Forest Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Support is available in the Johnson lab for a Doctoral (preferred) or Master of Science student in urban forest ecology. The successful applicant will join a project that supports urban forest management decision-making by testing both ecological theory and science-based management approaches in urban environments, synthesis of multiple long-term data sets describing biophysical and social variables, and increasing information connectivity networks. The successful applicant will assist in these efforts and develop a thesis that contributes to the project. Demonstrated skills in plant identification and/or analysis of large data sets are preferred, as is a Master’s degree for those seeking to earn a doctorate.

The University of Maryland faculty includes experts in a broad range of related fields, including urban forestry, landscape architecture, ecology, soil science, environmental science and policy, and many specialties in biology. The University is affiliated with the National Center for Socio-Environmental Synthesis. Additional information about UMD and the Plant Science Graduate Program of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture can be found here and here

Send a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a personal statement detailing research interests, motivation, and relevant experience via email. Review of applications will begin immediately. A summer 2017 start may be possible for a highly qualified applicant.
Contact: Lea R. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, 2134 Plant Sciences Building, College Park, MD 20742, (301) 405-1602 Office,

Summer Intern Announcement - Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (Posted 2/10/17)

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) is accepting applications for summer internships. Midshore RIVERKEEPER® Conservancy (MRC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the waterways that comprise the watersheds of the Choptank River, Miles River, Wye River, and Eastern Bay in the Midshore region of the Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Based in Easton, the organization serves as an advocate for the health of these tributaries and the living resources they support. MRC strives to provide education, outreach, and restoration programs. These programs promote environmental awareness of the essential role local rivers and streams play in the community, the issues that threaten their health and vitality, and solutions that must be implemented to preserve them. More information is available here. Apply by March 1, 2017.

Annapolis Maritime Museum Summer Camp Intern (Posted 2/3/17)

The Annapolis Maritime Museum annually serves more than 6,000 students. They aim to help construct a connection between people and the environment by leading hands-on activities that foster positive outdoor experiences and help stimulate critical thinking. These experiences can help establish a foundation for future sustainable environmental decision making.

The Education Center at the Annapolis Maritime Museum is seeking summer interns to assist with their summer camp, before and after are, and additional summer programming. The Summer Camp Intern position is ideal for individuals who are passionate about leading youth, possess a love for the outdoors, and have prior summer camp experience. Successful interns will be energetic, motivated, responsible, and ready to have fun!

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Assist with all aspects of AMM’s day camps (K-8th grade), including child supervision, daily set up and clean up, and program material management
  • Organize, teach, and co-teach a variety of group activities: crafts, outdoor exploration, games, kayaking, etc.
  • Aid in the development of hands-on environmental education lessons
  • Ensure the site is kept clean, organized, and free of litter
  • Communicate with Lead Staff regarding concerns, challenges, and camper experiences
  • Assist in maintaining accurate program records including health logs and daily attendance
  • Ensure children’s safety, manage behavior, and act as a role model and mentor

Skills and Qualifications:

  • One year of undergraduate study. Biology, Environmental Studies, Education, History or related field preferred
  • Demonstrated experience working with children
  • High energy and enthusiasm
  • Flexibility and the ability to problem solve
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift at least 25 pounds
  • CPR/First Aid Certification preferred
  • Employment contingent upon fingerprinting and background check

Commitment and Stipend

  • 8 week term: June 12th – August 4th
  • Stipend of $200 per week; 40 hour work week

Please send a letter of interest and resume to: Candice Hilliard – ; Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

Smithsonian Bicoastal Science Communications Internship - MD and CA (Posted 1/13/17)

Stipend: $500/week
Time: 18 weeks (April-August 2017)
Location: Edgewater, Md. and Tiburon, Calif.
Application Deadline: February 10, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PST

Gain hands-on experience with environmental communication on both sides of America! The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is seeking an intern to work for 18 weeks, from April through August, covering the work of SERC researchers in Maryland and California. The intern will start at SERC’s Chesapeake Bay headquarters in the spring, getting training in SERC science communications. In the summer, the intern will travel to San Francisco Bay to cover the work of SERC marine biologists in California for the remaining 10 weeks. Travel funds from Maryland to California are included.

Spring (Part I): Chesapeake Bay
The intern will spend the first eight weeks at SERC’s headquarters in Edgewater, Md. There, the intern will interview SERC scientists in the field and the lab and write about their work. This first part of the internship will introduce the intern to the main features of SERC science communications: writing articles for the SERC Shorelines blog, preparing posts for SERC’s social media and assisting in the production of SERC’s quarterly newsletter On The Edge, under the mentorship of SERC science writer Kristen Minogue.

Summer (Part II): San Francisco Bay
For the final 10 weeks, the intern will work in California, with the Tiburon section of SERC’s Marine Invasions Research Lab. SERC’s Tiburon branch is hosted at the Romberg Tiburon Center, a marine field station of San Francisco State University. SERC marine biologists in Tiburon work in San Francisco Bay and traverse the Pacific Coast studying invasive species, oyster restoration and other critical conservation issues. There, the intern will cover the work of SERC’s West Coast scientists while exploring and developing communication strategies within the Pacific market. During the California part of the internship, the intern will work under the onsite supervision of research ecologist Andrew Chang and correspond with Kristen Minogue via Skype.

Qualifications: Strong scientific background (natural sciences coursework; not required to be a science major) and skill writing about science for a nonscientific audience. Ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) required; familiarity with photo editing software, Wordpress and HTML a plus.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume with references (name, title and contact information) and unofficial transcript to by 11:59 PST February 10, 2017. One to three published or unpublished writing samples explaining science for general readers are also essential to include with the application to be considered. For more information, go here.

Butterfly House Internship (unpaid) (Posted 1/13/17)

Positions Available in Summer 2017 and/or Fall 2017 at Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD. Apply by March 6, 2017. More information is available here.

Teacher Naturalist Internship (unpaid) (Posted 1/13/17)

Positions Available in Spring, Summer or Fall 2017 at Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD. Apply by March 6, 2017. More information is available here.

Summer Internships in Environmental Sciences and Education (Posted 12/16/16)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center's professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound  issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental science.

Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of on-line registration, Student copy of transcripts, personal essay, CV or resume, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA) here.

Application deadline: Summer (May-August): Deadline is February 1st. For more information please go here or email: . The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Students from under-represented groups or institutions lacking research facilities or research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. However, all other interested students are encouraged to apply.

Oyster Hatchery Intern (Posted 11/30/16)

The oyster culture program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory (http://hatchery.hpl.umces.edu/) is accepting applications for summer internships. The oyster hatchery, the largest on the East Coast, produces oyster larvae and spat for restoration activities throughout the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay. The facility includes large larval tanks housed indoors, a greenhouse for algal production, over fifty outdoor setting tanks, and a demonstration oyster farm. For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Stream Restoration Studies (Posted 11/8/16)

(review begins 1 December 2016, open until filled)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research fellow to study the effects of stream restoration on removal of nutrients and suspended sediments from stream water.  Currently monitoring three restorations using Regenerative Stormwater Conveyances (RSCs).  The RSC approach involves filling deeply eroded stream channels with a mixture of sand and organic matter and placing rock weirs across the stream channel at intervals to create a series of pools.  They are particularly interested in the ability of RSCs to modulate stream flow and remove nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended sediments from stream water under a wide range of flow conditions.  They use a combination of in-stream sensors and automated sampling to measure flow of stream water, suspended sediments, nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic matter through the RSCs.  They are also monitoring groundwater chemistry and hydrology at one RSC on SERC property. They have data extending before the restorations at two sites and are monitoring control streams without RSCs for comparison. This presents an ideal opportunity to learn more about the benefits and design considerations of a restoration method that is widely accepted but not well studied.

The fellow will investigate the effects of the RSCs by assisting with the ongoing research and synthesizing data on nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes through the RSCs.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in environmental science or engineering, peer-reviewed publications, and professional presentations.  Applicants should also have knowledge of hydrology and the biogeochemistry of N and P.  Skills in data management, analysis and modeling, as well as analytical chemistry and the use of automated systems for in situ sensing and water sampling would also be desirable. The position is initially funded for 1 year with possibility of extension.  The stipend is $48,000/year plus health insurance allowance.  The Fellow will work closely with Dr. Thomas Jordan and will be based at the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, which has 100+ full-time employees and is set in a 1,072 hectare field site within commuting distance of Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC.

For best consideration, email a letter of application, full CV with publications list, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and contact information for three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) by November 30, 2016 to Dr. Thomas Jordan (), SERC, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028.  For more information on SERC, go here.  EOE.

Graduate Assistantships in Urban Ecosystems, Soil Quality, Ecosystem Services - University of Maryland (Posted 11/1/16)

PhD or MS student assistantships are available to work in Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman’s lab at the University of Maryland in urban ecosystem ecology.  2 projects are available:

(1) Using innovative practices to enhance soil quality for vacant lot afforestation This is a fellowship supported by the TREE Fund to conduct field trials comparing biochar, compost, and cover crops (forage radish) to improve soil quality and facilitate the establishment of trees in vacant lots in Baltimore.  Students will help conduct a literature review on urban soil amendments, implement the field study, and examine soil properties (physical, chemical, biological), plant performance, and ecosystem service indices.  Strong experience in soil science, soil ecology, or biogeochemistry is expected. This would ideally be for a PhD applicant, but MS students are welcome to apply as well – students would ideally start in Summer 2017 (or January 2017 for motivated and qualified applicants).

(2) Exploring the ecosystem services of green infrastructure and urban ecosystems. In this project students can explore a variety of green infrastructure types (rain gardens, bioretention cells, green roofs, etc.) and explore drivers of ecosystem service provision. Students would develop field and lab research projects focusing on abiotic and biotic drivers of ecosystem function in urban environments, with a particular emphasis on linking soil quality, urban hydrology, and ecosystem services. There is the potential to also address social-ecological questions related to management and decision-making for these systems as well. Students would start in Fall 2017 (potentially summer 2017).

Applicants should have a degree in ecology, environmental science, soil science, or closely related field (an MS degree is required for the PhD program). Lab and/or field experience in soils, biogeochemistry, and ecosystem ecology is required.  Experience with sensors and data loggers, ecosystem service assessment, GIS, statistical analysis, or remote sensing would be an advantage. Successful applicants will be self-motivated and able to work well in teams.

The students would be enrolled in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland. See program websites for more information on application and program details. Assistantships include a tuition waiver, stipend, and health benefits.

To apply, please contact Dr. Pavao-Zuckerman (), indicate which project you are interested in, and include your CV, unofficial transcript(s) & GRE scores, and a short statement (1-2 paragraphs) describing research interests and career goals.

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Stream Restoration Studies (Posted 11/1/16)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research fellow to study the effects of stream restoration on removal of nutrients and suspended sediments from stream water.  They are currently monitoring three restorations using Regenerative Stormwater Conveyances (RSCs).  The RSC approach involves filling deeply eroded stream channels with a mixture of sand and organic matter and placing rock weirs across the stream channel at intervals to create a series of pools.  They are particularly interested in the ability of RSCs to modulate stream flow and remove nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended sediments from stream water under a wide range of flow conditions.  They use a combination of in-stream sensors and automated sampling to measure flow of stream water, suspended sediments, nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic matter through the RSCs.  They are also monitoring groundwater chemistry and hydrology at one RSC on SERC property. They have data extending before the restorations at two sites and are monitoring control streams without RSCs for comparison.  This presents an ideal opportunity to learn more about the benefits and design considerations of a restoration method that is widely accepted but not well studied. The fellow will investigate the effects of the RSCs by assisting with the ongoing research and synthesizing data on nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes through the RSCs.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in environmental science or engineering, peer-reviewed publications, and professional presentations.  Applicants should also have knowledge of hydrology and the biogeochemistry of N and P.  Skills in data management, analysis and modeling, as well as analytical chemistry and the use of automated systems for in situ sensing and water sampling would also be desirable. The position is initially funded for 1 year with possibility of extension. The stipend is $48,000/year plus health insurance allowance.  The Fellow will work closely with Dr. Thomas Jordan and will be based at the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, which has 100+ full-time employees and is set in a 1,072 hectare field site within commuting distance of Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC. For best consideration, email a letter of application, full CV with publications list, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and contact information for three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) by November 30, 2016 to Dr. Thomas Jordan (), SERC, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028.  For more information on SERC go here.  EOE.


Research Assistant Positions (2) - Aboveground Carbon Dynamics - Woods Hole Research Center (Posted 2/3/17)

Seeking two Research Assistants, focused on the development of novel approaches to the direct measurement and mapping of aboveground carbon dynamics and restoration of land carbon reservoirs at local to global scales. The successful candidates will work closely with the lead scientists and their collaborators as part of new and ongoing research efforts supported by variety of sources, included NASA. This position requires advanced remote sensing, GIS, and statistics experience, including the ability to manipulate large data sets within a LINUX-based cloud-computing environment. More information is available here. Application Deadline: February 15, or until filled. Job # AGCD17

Postdoctoral Researcher Position - Arctic-Boreal Ecosystem Modeling - Woods Hole Research Center (Posted 2/3/17)

Seeking a post-doctoral researcher with a focus on land surface modeling in boreal and arctic ecosystems. The successful candidate will work closely with the lead scientist and collaborators to assess how changes in climate, vegetation, disturbances, permafrost, and other properties have been impacting high-latitude carbon cycling using the Community Land Model (CLM). This position requires advanced Earth system modeling experience, including the ability to develop model code, conduct experiments, and manipulate large data sets. More information is available here. Job # BRPD17. Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

PhD opportunities: carbon cycle, land-surface fluxes, phenology, ticks, small mammals - Boston Univ. (Posted 1/31/17)

The Dietze lab at Boston University is looking to recruit a number of grad students (PhD) for Fall 2017 working in a diverse range of systems. This is a ‘last call’ as application are due Tuesday Jan 31.

Advising 1-2 students looking at leveraging a wide range of data about the terrestrial carbon cycle (field observations and experiments, monitoring networks, remote sensing, etc) to validate and constrain global earth system models as part of the PEcAn project (pecanproject.org).

Advising a student looking at forecasting land surface fluxes (carbon, water, energy) and plant phenology

Co-advising a student with Shannon LaDeau (Cary Institute) looking at forecasting ticks, tick-borne disease, and small mammal population dynamics. Student’s affiliation would be Boston Univ. but there is an opportunity to work both in Boston and at Cary.

More information is available on the Dietze lab webpage here.

For information about how to apply, go here.

Doctoral Scholarships At Clark University in GIS and Earth System Science (Posted 12/16/16)

Clark University’s Graduate School of Geography offers full-scholarships with stipends to doctoral students to join our vibrant and focused community of professors, researchers and students who are examining cutting-edge questions related to Geographic Information Science and Earth System Science. Click here to see Clark’s video concerning GIS and click here to see Clark’s video concerning Earth System Science. For more information, go here.

The application deadline is 31 December 2016 for the program beginning in August 2017. Apply here.

Clark University has opportunities for doctoral students to be teaching assistants and research assistants. Teaching assistants are involved in courses such as Arctic System Science, Earth System Science, Forest Ecology, Geographic Information Science, Land Change Modeling, Quantitative Methods, Remote Sensing and Wildlife Conservation. Research assistants work on projects led by professors. Below are some examples of how doctoral students are engaged in research assistantships.

Professor Ron Eastman employs research assistants as computer programmers at Clark Labs, which creates the GIS software TerrSet. TerrSet has over 100,000
users worldwide. Go here.

Professor Karen Frey runs the Polar Science Research Lab, which includes Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral students with broad, interdisciplinary interests in the linkages between the land surface, ice cover, ocean, and atmosphere in polar environments. The research involves extensive fieldwork and labwork as well as remote sensing, spatial analysis and modeling. Go here.

Professor Dominik Kulakowski directs the Forest Ecology Research Lab, which examines the causes and consequences of environmental change in forest ecosystems.  Current and recent research focuses on how climate change, human land use and interacting disturbances, such as fires and insect outbreaks, affect mountain forests in North America and Europe.  Doctoral students use a combination of field data collection, dendroecology (the study of tree rings), GIS and/or spatial modelling to address questions that advance our understanding of forest ecology and associated policy and management strategies. Go here.

Professor Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr has six years of funding to hire a research assistant who will use remote sensing to measure land change in an estuarine marsh, where sea level rise is particularly important. The research concerns the Plum Island Ecosystems, which is part of the Long Term Ecological Research network, funded by the National Science Foundation. Go here.

Professor John Rogan invites doctoral students to work in the emerging field of Conflict Geography in the context of extractive industries. The research merges work in GIScience and Remote Sensing, with that on the Political Ecology of Natural Resource Extraction as a platform for collaboration among faculty, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral students. Go here.

Professor Christopher Williams seeks research assistants for his Biogeosciences Research Group, which focuses on: climate impacts of forest change, biosphere-atmosphere interactions & feedbacks to the climate system, drought & disturbance impacts on carbon sequestration and water resources. The group desires applicants with experience in terrestrial ecosystem ecology, ecohydrology, biosphere-atmosphere exchange, eddy covariance, EOS remote sensing, and/or ecosystem and hydrologic process modeling. Go here.

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship available in the Keiluweit Lab at UMASS Amherst (Posted 11/1/16)

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

Inviting applications for a fully funded PhD positions in the Soil and Microbial Biogeochemistry group at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst. Research: The successful candidate will conduct research into the biogeochemical cycling of organic matter within floodplains. The overarching goal of this research is to decipher the coevolution of organic matter and metal chemistry within the dynamic floodplains, and its resulting determinant of soil carbon storage and metal contaminant fate and transport. This research is focused on the East River watershed in Colorado, where a legacy of mining has left floodplain soils contaminated with uranium and other metals. The candidates will combine experiments in laboratories with field sampling and long-term monitoring to examine the key microbial processes responsible for the cycling of carbon and associated metals. Candidates will have the excellent opportunity to apply cutting-edge synchrotron-based spectroscopy/microscopy, mass spectrometry, and molecular biology techniques to study the microbial transformations of carbon and metals. This research will be conducted in collaboration with a supportive team of scientists at Stanford University, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the Environmental Molecular Science Lab. Qualifications: Applicants with B.S. and/or M.S. degrees in soil science or a related field (environmental science, geoscience, microbiology, or environmental chemistry) are encouraged to apply. They expect the student to have a general interest in fundamental biogeochemical mechanisms in soils, and to creatively integrate his or her own ideas within the broader framework of the project. Location: UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. Application: Interested candidates are asked to send their CV, copies of Bachelor and/or Master degrees (including academic transcripts), and a list of two potential references (including full contact addresses). These materials, and inquiries for further information, should be sent to Dr. Marco Keiluweit ().


Policy and Communications Intern – Summer 2017 (Posted 2/14/17)

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) seeks a Policy and Communications Intern to participate in a range of activities in support of its work to advance the environment and economy of the eight-state, two-province Great Lakes region. This individual will work alongside our policy director and communications manager to create awareness of our work with the media, Congress, the administration and other stakeholders. The position is ideal for applicants interested in gaining experience in nonprofit communications, policy and advocacy. For more information, go here. Apply by March 15, 2017.

MS Reseearch Assistantships at Michigan Technological University (Posted 2/13/17)

Seeking two MS students with interests in aquatic ecology, limnology and ecotoxicology to pursue research projects at Michigan Technological University. Research topics include 1) The importance of overwintering on yellow perch proximate composition, persistent organic pollutant bioaccumulation and stable isotope (d13C & d15N) ecology and 2) Mapping water quality metrics in a north temperate dimictic lake over an annual growing season. Each of these projects represent a combination of laboratory and field work with sampling efforts focused in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula region.

Preferred candidates will have strong backgrounds in aquatic ecology and limnology in addition to good lab techniques associated with working in a chemistry lab environment. Additional experience and background in ecotoxicology, field work, and familiarity with operating small watercraft are beneficial, however, these skills are not essential to apply. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Gord Paterson () for specific project details and application instructions. Both of these positions are supported by graduate teaching assistantships in the Biological Sciences Department at Michigan Technological University. We anticipate potential candidates to officially apply to enroll for the fall semester, starting August 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and review will continue until suitable individuals are selected.

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Quantitative Ecology  – Michigan State University (Posted 2/13/17)

Position Summary: They seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate to help bring new high-level quantitative tools to the challenges of wildlife conservation. This position is available in the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center (www.bcqwc.org) of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University.  The position will offer opportunities to build leadership skills as coordinator of a team of biologists from more than a dozen state agencies, teaching skills at the undergraduate and graduate level, and research capabilities in quantitative ecology.  Specific duties will include using statistical models to investigate population dynamics of wildlife on geographic scales from local to landscape levels toward a better understanding of the interaction of land-use, weather, and harvest as influences on sustainability of wildlife populations. Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD degree in wildlife, ecology, biometrics, or related field. Strongest candidates will have excellent quantitative and communication skills, leadership abilities, and experience working with government wildlife conservation agencies. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of excellence in publication commensurate with time since degree. Salary: $50,000 – $56,000 per year with benefits. The position is a two-year appointment with an additional year of support contingent on performance.

Closing Date: Open until filled.  Review of applications begins on March 15, 2017.

Desired Start Date:  July 15, 2017.

Applications: All applicants must apply HERE, Posting #4870. Please submit your CV, a letter of intent, reprint of a recent paper, and a list of three references.  Questions about the posting can be directed to the QWC Research Administrator, Dr. Rose Stewart ().  For more information about the position, contact Dr. William Porter ().

Michigan State University graduate student opportunities in carbon cycle science (Posted 1/11/17)

The Michigan State University Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences and Center for Global Change and Earth Observation (CGCEO) are pleased to announce at least two graduate student positions in Socioecological carbon production in managed agricultural-forest landscapes.

Successful candidates will possess and demonstrate relevant interest and skills in one or more of the following topics: (1) Bottom-up scaling of landscape C fluxes from eddy covariance measurements; (2) Top-down estimates of C fluxes from a land surface model (the Community Land Model); (3) land cover remote sensing across multiple sensors; (4) socioecological analysis of managed landscapes including life cycle analysis and structural equation modeling.
Successful applicants will play a significant role in research funded by the NASA Carbon Cycle Science program. This work focuses on understanding the quantitative contributions of land cover change, specific management practices, and climate changes to the social and physical C fluxes of managed ecosystems, with an initial focus on the Kalamazoo River watershed in Michigan. Strong candidates will have experience with collaborative interdisciplinary work.

If you have questions about these positions please contact Dr. Jiquan Chen
() and/or Dr. Kyla Dahlin (). For more information about our groups check out the LEES Lab and the ERSAM Lab webpages.

Students will be expected to produce compelling scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. These PhD in Geography positions are fully funded for three years. This includes an annual stipend plus tuition and fees and involves collaboration with researchers at MSU in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, the CGCEO, and the Kellogg Biological Station. The ideal candidates should be highly motivated individuals with strong interests in one or more of the above topics. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to present the results of their dissertation project at annual meetings and scientific conferences.
Preferred qualifications: MSc. degree in Geography, Ecology, or a related field. Application deadline is February 1, 2017 (or until position is filled). Starting date: Fall 2017 (Classes start on August 30, 2017).

Information about requirements and applying to the Geography program can be found here and in the most recent Graduate Handbook here.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer. The Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, the CGCEO, the LEES Lab and the ERSAM Lab are all committed to promoting diversity in research.

MS Positions- Freshwater Mussels- Central Michigan University (Posted 12/21/16)

Multiple MS Positions, Biology Department, Institute for Great Lakes Research, Central Michigan University: "Effects of Contaminants of Emerging Concern on Native Freshwater Mussels and their Host Fish”

Expectations: The successful applicants (at least 2 positions available) will conduct a two-year, grant supported research project on the effects of contaminants of emerging concern on native freshwater mussels and their host fish.  The successful applicants will work with Dr. Daelyn Woolnough and use field and laboratory research to answer questions about the conservation of mussel species and communities, ultimately leading to a comprehensive thesis. Stipend support in the form of Research Assistantships will be available in the summers and Research Assistantships (for top quality candidates) will be available through the school year. Graduate students in Biology receive tuition waivers.

Qualifications: The successful applicant should be highly motivated and have a B.S. (or completion by May 2017) in biology, zoology, ecology, aquaculture, fisheries or closely related field. Prior field experience, interests in conservation biology, aquatic contaminants, aquaculture, and working with fish, aquatic invertebrates and/or unionid mussels, are assets.

Minimum academic qualifications include 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 system; normally competitive students will have a GPA > 3.5) and GRE scores must be sent to CMU graduate school for approval. All of Dr. Woolnough’s MS students take the Conservation Concentration for their MS in Biology. Detail and application materials for the graduate program in Biology can be found here.

Salary: approx $18,000 + tuition waiver
The candidates will be expected to begin May 2016 (negotiable for top quality candidates).  Letters of interest and information described below should be emailed to Dr. Woolnough by February 15, 2017 or earlier.  Please do not apply to the CMU Graduate School/ Biology Department without first contacting Dr. Woolnough.

Send the following in one .pdf file by email with the subject 'CEC MUSSEL MS' to Dr. Woolnough () with the following information:
1) a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications
2) a resume (CV)
3) copies of transcripts (unofficial ok)
4) GRE grades (unofficial OK)
5) names and contact information for three academic references.  

Feel free to contact Dr. Woolnough with any questions.

Great Lakes REU - Central Michigan University (Posted 12/16/16)

Central Michigan University is seeking undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week research experience at its Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island. This program will provide funding for 5-7 undergraduates to work with CMU faculty on research projects related to the chemical and physical aspects of nearshore Lake Michigan and how these aspects affect algal, invertebrate, and fish communities.  Research will also emphasize how water currents alter the availability of nutrients, the abundance and diversity of organisms, and nearshore-offshore coupling.

Students will live and work on Beaver Island from May 21–July 29, 2017, receiving a $4,500 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to Beaver Island.

More information on the program and the online application are available here.


Postdoc Position at Univ. of MN - Nutrient Network (NutNet) Coordinator (Posted 2/13/17)

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER: NUTRIENT NETWORK COORDINATOR Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; University of Minnesota They seek to hire a conceptually driven post-doctoral researcher to work on a collaborative team conducting and publishing scholarly research within the broad purview of the Nutrient Network (NutNet; nutnet.org), a globally distributed experiment manipulating herbivores and nutrient supplies in grassland ecosystems at over 100 grassland sites in more the 20 countries. The successful applicant will conduct their own research and also foster collaborative research with a research team of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students who are conducting research at individual NutNet sites. They will also have the chance to collect and analyze new network-scale data from field sites or existing data sources to address novel questions.

They are particularly interested in applicants with strong data and analytical skills, as an important part of this position is to manage data to facilitate collaborative research within the network and to help NutNet scientists with decisions on experimental implementation, data collection, and data management. Demonstration of excellent writing and communication skills is an essential qualification for this position.

Review of applications will begin 1 March 2017 and the position will remain open until filled. Starting date is negotiable and may begin as soon as possible.

Questions about this position should be addressed to Drs. Elizabeth Borer (), or Eric Seabloom ().

Apply for this position (Job Opening ID: 315657) via the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website HERE. Apply HERE.

Shallow Lakes Intern - MNDNR (Posted 2/2/17)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – Shallow Lakes Program is hiring 4 student interns for the 2017 summer field season. Positions will be located at DNR offices in Glenwood (2) and Madelia (2), Minnesota. Work will occur statewide, so travel up to a week at a time is required. Students must be available to work from May 22 through mid-August. More information is available here. Job ID 11072. Apply by March 1, 2017.

Stream Habitat Fish Intern - MNDNR (Posted 2/2/17)

he Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking to fill up to four Stream Habitat Fish Interns from May-October 2017 in the St. Paul, MN area. The primary responsibility will be to work as a team to assist the crew leader in the collection of biological and physical data on streams, predominately warm water streams. This position requires swimming while wearing a lifejacket and pulling large nets. Duties include fish identification, collection of voucher specimens, stream habitat and cover quantification, use of wading rods with current meters, electrofishing equipment, purse seine, GPS, boats and outboard motors. Additional duties may include, but are not limited to organizing, equipment maintenance, data entry, topographic surveying, and geomorphologic monitoring. The Minnesota DNR Stream Habitat Program is heavily involved in long term monitoring of habitat conditions and biodiversity, development of habitat preference curves, and restoration of rivers. More information is available here. Apply by March 1, 2017. Job ID: 11060.

Interpretive Intern  - MNDNR (Posted 2/2/17)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking an Interpretive Intern at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, Onamia, MN. Work days vary. Hours of work are typically 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, but may include night shifts occasionally. The position will begin mid-May and will work for 12 weeks. More information is available here. Apply by March 1, 2017. Job ID: 11153.

Post-doc in crop ecology (Posted 12/13/16)

The Forever Green Initiative (FGI) at the University of Minnesota (UMN) has received funding from the Walton Family Foundation to support a post-doctoral research associate to work with the FGI team on the agronomy and ecology of cash-cover crops. These crops include the autumn-sown oilseeds, winter camelina and pennycress, which are planted in double-crop systems with summer crops like soybean and sunflower. Many opportunities exist for expanding and improving the double-crop systems The post-doc is expected to take an active role in conceptualizing and leading new experiments and serving as a team member in other projects. The position will be based at the USDA-ARS Soils Lab in Morris, MN, but administered through the UMN Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics in St Paul. Start date is early 2017. Recent PhD in agronomy, crop science, plant ecology, or related discipline is required. For a formal position announcement and/or additional information, send résumé and/or inquiry to any of the following team members:
Frank Forcella 320-589-3411 x127
Russ Gesch 320-589-3411 x132
Scott Wells 612-625-3747


MS Research Assistantship Available in Forest Ecophysiology (Posted 2/13/17)

A masters level research assistantship is available in the Forest Ecophysiology lab of Dr. Heidi Renninger in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University starting August, 2017.  Broadly, my lab seeks to understand how the physical environment affects plant physiological functioning in terms of productivity and water use and how environmental change will alter plant and ecosystem function in the future.  Specific research projects are open and could include (but are not limited to) any of the following topics:  physiological functioning of bottomland hardwood tree species in terms of the ecosystem services they provide, physiological comparison of water use in upland hardwood species in relation to mesophication and flammability of the ecosystem, physiology of poplar biofuel crops, or structure/function relationships in xylem and phloem across plant types.  This two year assistantship provides financial support including a stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance.  More information about the graduate school at Mississippi State University can be found here.  To learn more about the position, please contact Heidi Renninger at .  Interested students should submit a letter of interest that provides information on the student’s background, research interests and goals for graduate school as well as a resume/CV to Dr. Renninger. Review of applications will begin on Feb. 20th.

M.S. Assistantship in Forest Hydrology at Mississippi State University (Posted 1/13/17)

Seeking a highly motivated MS student to join the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS). The student will conduct research in the discipline of forest hydrology with specific attention to the interface between the atmospheric environment and the forest canopy in a simulated bark beetle mortality experiment. The student will participate in extensive field research at the nearby John W. Starr Memorial Forest in addition to laboratory work in the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab on campus. The prospective student should possess enthusiasm for field work, strong analytical and communication skills, and attention to detail.  The desired start date is June 2017, but August 2017 will also be considered. Financial support is available for two years, including a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.

If interested, please contact Dr. Courtney Siegert at and provide (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research and applicable background experience; (2) a CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts and/or GREs. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2017.

Further information about the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab can be found HERE.

Details on the full application process can be found HERE.

PhD Research Assistant - Microbial Ecology (Posted 1/11/17)

A funded Ph.D. Research Assistant position is available in the research laboratory of Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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

The University of Southern Mississippi, a Carnegie Research I institution with approximately 17,000 students, is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with additional campuses located nearby on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This position will be based in Hattiesburg. Hattiesburg is the medical, commercial, and cultural center of south Mississippi and is ranked among the top small metropolitan areas in the United States. The Department of Biological Sciences currently has 32 faculty with research strengths in ecology, evolution, molecular biology and microbiology. Further information about the department may be found HERE.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, short statement of research interests and future goals, CV, contact information for three references, and copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial is fine) to Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn (). Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions concerning this position should be directed to Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn. The University of Southern Mississippi is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer/Americans with disabilities act institution. The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Post-doc position in Coastal Change Dynamics (Posted 12/9/16)

Postdoctoral Research Position in Coastal Change Dynamics available January 2017 onwards at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, U.S.A.

A Postdoctoral Researcher Position for a project on understanding the trajectory of coastal salt marsh structure, function, and processes in the face of sea level rise funded through the National Academies of Science Data Synthesis Program for the Gulf of Mexico .

Seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher for an interdisciplinary field and GIS study of a synthesis of information from historical imagery, biophysical processes, and hierarchical modeling looking at coastal wetlands. Applicants for the current opportunity must have a PhD in an appropriate biological or environmental science (e.g., botany, environmental sciences, geography and/or geology), and strong spoken and written English language skills. As well, they must meet requirements for employment as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Southern Mississippi. Preference will be given to candidates with field and/or GIS experience in botany, including habitat change mapping, fragmentation analysis,and strong analytical and geospatial modeling skills. Experiences in Bayesian hierarchical modeling is a plus. The successful candidate will work with Drs. Patrick Biber and Wei Wu, have access to state of the art School of Ocean Science and Technology, Division of Coastal Sciences facilities as well as the Gulf Coast Geospatial Center. The successful candidate will be expected to present their work at regional and national conferences and publish results in appropriate journals. A competitive renumeration package will be provided for up to 18 months, with additional support from grants as they become available.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory of the University of Southern Mississippi is located in Ocean Springs, MS close to many coastal ecosystems, including the barrier islands of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and associated recreational opportunities. The Division of Coastal Sciences (COA) is a research and graduate education department offering programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. As a research-intensive unit, COA's research program offers excellent opportunities for postdocs to immerse themselves in applied as well as basic research. Active faculty research programs provide students and postdocs with opportunities to interact in multi- disciplinary research, travel to scientific meetings, and conduct original studies providing a competitive edge in the job market. Please refer to the COA webpage for details of research interests and information about the Mississippi Gulf Coast and surroundings.

For additional information regarding this position, please contact with ‘postdoc’ in the subject line. Interested applicants should e-mail a statement of research interests, a full resume, unofficial transcripts,and the contact information for 3 references to , with formal application through the University online employment system here and search under posting number 0004253.

The position will remain open until filled and is anticipated to begin January 2017 onwards.

MS or PhD Assistantship in Coastal Sciences (Posted 12/9/16)

Location: USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Salary: $19,200 (minimum) stipend plus tuition

End Date: Until Filled

Description: USM’s Division of Coastal Sciences is pleased to announce the availability of a MS or PhD research assistantship for a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funded research project examining food webs and nutrient cycling at artificial reef sites in Mississippi waters. The prospective student should have an interest in fisheries oceanography, the use of stable isotopes in ecological studies and have analytical laboratory experience. This research is part of a larger project to assess Red Snapper, Lutjanus campechanus (and other major reef fish) populations in Mississippi state waters. The project has many components including fish age/growth, reproduction/histology, trophic ecology, and assessing water quality parameters. The student will participate in research cruises, prepare and analyze fish and prey item samples for stable isotope analysis and assist in the analysis of water samples for nutrients and other parameters. The Division of Coastal Sciences (COA) is a research and graduate education division of the School of Ocean Science and Technology, offering programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. As a research-intensive unit, COA’s graduate program offers excellent opportunities for students to immerse themselves in applied as well as basic research. Graduates are equipped to help the nation better protect, manage, and enhance our marine resources. Investigator- and institutionally- initiated research programs support graduate and postdoctoral students in investigations related to aquaculture, aquatic toxicology, biodiversity, ecology, fisheries, and pathobiology. For more information, go here.


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Montana State University Ph.D. assistantships: hydro-ecology or hydro-biogeochemistry (Posted 1/31/17)

The Montana State Fluvial Landscape Lab is now accepting applications from exceptional students to compete for one of five graduate research assistantships ($30,000 annually to cover tuition/fees/stipend) offered by the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University.  GRA's will fund the first year of Ph.D. graduate education in Ecology and Environmental Sciences; after the first year, students will be supported over time through more broadly leveraged funds (graduate teaching assistantships, etc.) with the expectation that grant funds will also be pursued. For more information, go here. Applications will be accepted until February 28th.  

Field Technician and Aquatic Ecology Internship: Working in/near Glacier National Park with The University of Montana and the Flathead Lake Biological Station (Posted 1/24/17)

Start Date: approximately April 1st, 2017 (field season: April 1st – Oct 31st) *Will consider hiring for part of field season

Last date to apply: February 15th, 2017 (positions open until filled)

This position provides food and lodging at the Flathead Lake Biological Station and just outside Glacier National Park. Travel among field sites, and a monthly stipend starting after the first 4 months will also be paid.

Description:  As part of an NSF-funded project, The University of Montana is seeking two highly motivated interns to work on a field crew on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River near Glacier National Park, MT and also on the Methow River, WA.  River floodplains are among the most diverse yet endangered landscapes on the earth, however the invertebrate communities have not been extensively studied yet. These interns will assist in collecting data for a new study concerning the impact of climate change on the diversity among insects, crustaceans and other arthropods in river floodplains. Data collected during field activities will be analyzed using novel genomic tools and modeling frameworks to assess the genetics, populations, and functional trait diversity among floodplain arthropods. The field crew will at times, be working together with United States Geological Survey (U.S.G.S) and community members to conduct bioblitz sampling.  The interns will have free time to hike, fish, float the wild and scenic rivers. They will also be exposed to multiple agency researchers and mangers to help understand different career options in biology.

The field season will run from the beginning of April through the end of October with varying duties throughout the season.  Preference will be given to those applicants who can commit to all or most of the field season.  Field sites are located on floodplains of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and in Washington’s Methow drainage. Field sampling will be conducted from April-October both in the main river and in the hyporheic zone of river floodplains. They will sample macroinvetebrates in the main river and off-channel habitats using kick nets, and an extensive network of groundwater wells will be sampled to remove macroinvertebrates from the hyporheic zone of the river floodplains. At least once each season we will conduct extensive bioblitz sampling to collect macroinvertebrates from all habitat types and floodplains within a 24 hour period.   
Applicants will be trained in and participate in macroinvetebrate identification in the laboratory. Other work may include training in DNA extraction, respiration experiments, and/or other lab methodology. Interns will be responsible for keeping all sampling gear organized, and having the equipment ready on a daily basis.

Interns will also have opportunities to interact with students and faculty at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station is one of the oldest active biological field research stations in the United States. It was established near Bigfork in 1899 and moved to Flathead Lake’s Yellow Bay in 1908. The station conducts multiple college courses, graduate programs, workshops, and research on genes to landscapes focused on the Crown of the Continent ecosystem and other systems from Yellowstone to China and worldwide. This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable knowledge of river ecology, gain experience in aquatic ecology field techniques, and to make valuable connections with a diversity of professionals working in aquatic ecology, conservation biology, and genetics.  It is also a great opportunity to work, explore, and live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.

This work is part of an NSF-funded project to study river biodiversity led by PI Dr. Gordon Luikart, co-PI’s Dr. Jack Stanford and Dr. Brian Hand, and post-doctoral scholar, Dr. Rachel Malison.

Qualifications:  Applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, or a related field, or be currently enrolled in a bachelors program in one of these fields. Completion of at least 4 total semesters in biology, chemistry, environmental science, or equivalent is required. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated passion and proficiency in field-related activities in their major program. Familiarity and passion for working with aquatic macroinvertebrates is desirable. Applicant would ideally have his/her own vehicle, and be willing to drive to locations where help is needed throughout the season. Some travel can be reimbursed.

Applicants should be mature, hardworking individuals with good organizational skills and attention to detail.  They should work well as part of a team, and have a positive attitude, a desire to learn, and a good sense of humor.  A good applicant will be in good health, and be capable of hiking in rough terrain through thick vegetation and be able to lift up to 75 lbs.  Applicants should have experience wading in swift currents over slippery rocks. They should also be comfortable using their hands in cold water for extended periods of time.  Long hours are common during seasonal bioblitz sampling events, and fieldwork will be conducted regardless of the weather.  Applicants should be comfortable working in inclement weather.  Mosquitoes can be persistent through parts of the field season, and fieldwork will be conducted in bear country.  Applicants must be comfortable carrying bear spray and willing to follow bear safety protocol.  

Most of all, applicants should have a passion for aquatic ecology, interest in learning about biodiversity conservation, macroinvertebrates, and river floodplains, and be confident in their ability to fit the job description above.  

To Apply: If interested in this position please send the following to Dr. Rachel Malison, at wilkrach@gmail: An application should include a Cover Letter describing your interest and qualifications for this position, your resume, and at least one professional reference, all attached as a single PDF document.  Please include your DATES OF AVAILABILITY in this email.

Funded Graduate Student Opportunities at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus, University of Montana (Posted 12/9/16)

Applicants are sought to a new NSF-funded graduate traineeship at the University of Montana, UM BRIDGES: Bridging Divides across the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus. Fellowships are available for PhD and MS students in STEM disciplines, including in the Departments of Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences, Geosciences, Society & Conservation, Economics, Environmental Studies, and Forest Management. Fellows will receive stipend, tuition waiver, and research support (travel, supplies); take coursework on the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus and workshops to develop professional and research skills; participate in other NRT activities; and conduct disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in consultation with their graduate advisor. General research themes may include but are not limited to FEW issues and tradeoffs in river and rangeland systems; energy transitions and implications for agriculture and water; drought management in the face of climate change uncertainty; and tribal and indigenous issues at the FEW nexus. Students will be based in and apply to participating departments. Additional information, including contact information for participating faculty and application requirements, can be found here. The University of Montana is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Northern Great Plains Science/GIS Intern (Posted 11/4/16)

The World Wildlife Fund seeks a Northern Great Plains Science/GIS Intern located in Bozeman, MT or Washington, DC. The GIS internship position is an opportunity for a college or post-graduate student to work one-on-one with GIS specialist in World Wildlife Fund’s Northern Great Plains office along with other appropriate WWF staff. Though the internship will be mainly remote, the intern will be in regular contact with supervisors via phone, e-mail, and webinar mediums. In the position, the intern will assist or lead in spatial analysis and cartographic projects such as, but not limited to, digitizing data from electronic or paper images, developing and organizing spatial data and databases, creating cartographic products and images for reports, publications, and presentations, and contributing to report-writing for spatial analysis projects.

The internship will last approximately one college semester (Spring 2017) and requires the intern to earn college credit for their service. Position is remote, so intern can be located anywhere within the U.S. as long as intern has suitable access to GIS software. Proposed projects are best suited to a M.S. level student though undergraduates with strong research and GIS skills will be considered. For more information, go here. Posting Number: IN-17026.


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PhD Graduate Position in Climate, Land Use and Wildlife Research at the University of Nevada, Reno Geography Department (Posted 12/9/16)

The Interdisciplinary Climate Research Lab in the Department of Geography  at the University of Nevada, Reno, led by Dr. Douglas Boyle and Dr. Scott Bassett, is recruiting a Doctoral student interested in pursuing multi-disciplinary climate research with us and our collaborators at the University of Maine and Desert Research Institute.

The research will focus on the use of downscaled climate models and land use change scenarios to determine potential future impacts on native fauna in the Southern California region.  With the limited extent of natural communities near the Southern California coast, need has arisen to better understand the nexis of climate, land use, and species distribution in a non-stationary world.  The prospective student will be integrated with a collaborative group of researchers working on a host of climatic topics in arid and semiarid regions of the world.  Research will be conducted in close collaboration with Dr. Scott Bassett.  

Applicants with scientific backgrounds in climate, geography, planning or ecology and an interest in computer modeling and interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply.  Financial support is available through a likely combination of teaching and research assistantships.  Health insurance and partial tuition waivers are also provided.

If interested send a Curriculum Vitae, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores and a personal statement (1−2 pages) describing your previous research experience and future research interests to Dr. Scott Bassett ().  Applicants will also need to submit an application to the Geography Ph.D. program.  

Applications will be reviewed as material is received and potential candidates should have all material sent to Dr. Scott Bassett by January 15, 2017.  For full consideration for entrance into the University of Nevada, Reno’s Geography program the official application and all associated material must be completed/received by February 1, 2017.


MS in Environmental Science & Policy Graduate Assistantships (Posted 2/13/17)

Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, is inviting applications for its MS program in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP). Theye offer expertise in areas such as watershed ecosystems, hydrology, climate change, ecological economics, landscape ecology, and land use planning. Our curriculum emphasizes the relationships between science and policy, decision making for social and ecological sustainability and resilience, and science communication. Students in the program often collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and NGOs including Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountain National Forest, NH Department of Environmental Services, Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Squam Lakes Association. Students accepted to PSU’s MS in ESP may be eligible for either graduate research assistantships (GRA) or teaching assistantships (GTA). GRAs will work on specific faculty research projects as they become available. GTAs will assist with undergraduate courses in ESP - preparing and teaching labs,
organizing field expeditions, teaching a unit/module, and leading study groups. A valid US driver’s license is required.
Assistantships are available only to full-time students enrolled in the MS in ESP program. Submit applications to PSU’s Graduate Studies. For more information about the MS in ESP, please contact Program Coordinator, Shannon Rogers, .

Graduate Research Assistantships in the Environmental Sciences - Plymouth State University (Posted 1/11/17)

The Center for the Environment (CFE) at Plymouth State University (PSU) in NH is inviting applications for Graduate Research Assistantships in the environmental sciences. CFE supports research across departments in areas such as watershed ecosystems, socio-ecological systems, environmental biology, biogeochemistry, hydrometeorology, stream hydrology, climate change resilience, ecological economics, limnology, lake paleoecology, landscape ecology, and land use planning. Students often collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and non- governmental organizations including organizations such as Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountain National Forest, NH Department of Environmental Services, Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Squam Lakes Association. The participating degree programs include Departments of Environmental Science & Policy (ESP), Biological Sciences (BIO), and Atmospheric Science & Chemistry (ASC). Applications should be submitted to PSU’s Graduate Studies. The GRA stipend and tuition support are supported through CFE but the MS degree resides in and is managed by the respective department. For more information about the MS in Environmental Science & Policy, please contact Program Coordinator, Shannon Rogers, . For more information about the MS in Biology, please contact Program Coordinator, Heather Doherty, . For more information about the MS in Applied Meteorology, please contact Program Coordinator, Eric Hoffman,

Postdoctoral Research Associate in FLUXNET upscaling or Carbon Cycle Modeling (Posted 1/11/17)

The Earth Systems Research Center, University of New Hampshire has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the upscaling of FLUXNET (or AmeriFlux) flux observations or carbon cycle modeling. This project will upscale FLUXNET (or AmeriFlux) flux observations to the continental or global scale using data-driven approaches (e.g., regression tree) or process-based modeling approaches (e.g., CLM) and then examine land-atmosphere carbon exchange particularly the interannual variability and trends of carbon fluxes. A variety of satellite data streams (e.g., MODIS, OCO-2, and/or SMAP) will be used (or assimilated) in the upscaling or modeling. This position is funded by NASA, and may be renewed annually for up to three years, depending on satisfactory performance.

A Ph.D. in areas such as ecology, meteorology, biogeochemistry, atmospheric sciences, remote sensing, environmental science, or a related field is required. Applicants should be enthusiastic, creative, and highly motivated.

Ideal candidates should have at least some of the following experience: handling and processing of large data sets, data-driven approaches (e.g., regression tree), ecosystem or land surface modeling (e.g., CLM), satellite remote sensing, and synthesis of in-situ observations. Strong communication, writing, and programming skills and publication record are highly desirable.

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Jingfeng Xiao () via email with the subject line “Application for 2017 postdoctoral position”. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The position offers a competitive salary and full benefits. The successful candidate will join a research team at the Earth Systems Research Center (ESRC) at the University of New Hampshire. UNH is a Research-I, Land, Sea and Space Grant University that has been recognized both nationally and internationally for research excellence in ecology, environmental science, geoscience and forestry. Located in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, members of UNH enjoy the high quality of life and beautiful natural surroundings the region provides. The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society, Dartmouth College (Posted 11/8/16)

Seeking applicants for an independent postdoctoral fellowship in the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society (EEES) Graduate Program at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in the natural sciences by the time of the appointment and will work specifically in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology but have a capacity to engage with the broader EEES community. The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and develop independent research projects in ecology and evolutionary biology. In addition, the fellow will be responsible for enhancing undergraduate and graduate student education, and will lead a graduate seminar course or working group dedicated to developing a research product. The ideal candidate will be a strong contributing member of the vibrant EEES community at Dartmouth and will foster productive discourse both within and beyond the program. EEES is a diverse community of scholars who conduct innovative research in the natural sciences and interdisciplinary environmental studies, including ecology, evolution, anthropology, environmental economics, geography and earth sciences. Applicants should identify in their cover letter one or more faculty sponsors from the EEES program. Program website. Deadline: Review of applications will begin December 5, 2016. Starting date: Earliest July 1 (sometime summer 2017). To apply, go here.


New Jersey Audubon - George Myers Field Naturalist Intern (Posted 1/23/17)

GEORGE MYERS FIELD NATURALIST INTERN needed 23 March to 22 December 2017 Successful applicant develops a full spectrum of skills through hands-on participation in various educational, research and conservation projects at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) and Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM), Cape May, NJ.  Cape May is renowned as one of the world's greatest hotspots for animal migration, as well as being a popular summertime vacation destination and beach resort. The combination of the two offers great opportunities for wildlife research and education through public outreach.  New Jersey Audubon fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated.  Major responsibilities include educational programming/field trips/workshops for visitors, children’s programming at summer nature camp, assisting with center interpretive displays, develop brochures and materials for web/blog sites.  Familiarity with bird migration, birding, marine species and coastal ecology a plus.  Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred.  Motivated self-starter who is also a team player; excellent oral and written skills required. Strong computer skills, and ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion; willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult conditions and ability to walk over uneven terrain for long distances.  Must have own vehicle and a valid, clean driver’s license.  Salary $1500/month.  Housing provided.   Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including email address and phone number) as a single pdf document by email to .  Application deadline 15 February 2017.  NJ Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Soil Ecology PhD Position (Posted 12/6/16)

PhD student opportunities are available in the combined labs of Jennifer Krumins and Eric Forgoston at Montclair State University (MSU) in Montclair, New Jersey for students interested in empirical and theoretical studies of ecosystem function and the soil micro-food web. The specific research area may be somewhat flexible depending on the interest and qualifications of the student. Experience in one or more of the following areas is necessary: soil community ecology, microbial ecology, biogeochemistry and/or applied mathematics.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Jennifer Krumins () to discuss their interests before applying.  With correspondence, please plan to provide: 1) a brief description of your research interests, 2) a resume/CV highlighting any relevant coursework and experience, and 3) unofficial transcripts.

Potential Ph.D. students will be directed to apply to the MSU Doctoral Program in Environmental Management. The application deadline is February 15, 2017 to be fully considered for funding. Both the Krumins and Forgoston labs are grant supported, and graduate assistantships are available through the university.
MSU is a public research university in New Jersey within the New York Metropolitan region that supports an exceptionally diverse population of students and faculty.  The Doctoral Program in Environmental Management is characterized by interdisciplinary research with broad goals to address environmental issues that impact sustainability.  The program strives to prepare scientists who are fully primed to continue with creative, cutting-edge scientific discoveries that are grounded in basic science and mathematics.


REU Positions - Sevilleta Field Station - New Mexico (Posted 2/3/17)

The Sevilleta Field Station is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  Application deadline is February 24, 2017.  They are looking for 10 Biology REU students for the Summer of 2017. This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta Field Station in central New Mexico will train undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of UNM faculty in Biology, Ecology, Civil Engineering, and Earth and Planetary Sciences, along with scientists from Federal and State agencies. The summer program includes a seminar series, a weekly journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, toastmasters, ethics training, field trips, and opportunities to interact with a multitude of scientists conducting research in the area. Students will conduct independent research in and around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR) and present their projects at the annual symposium to be held in early August 2017. Working at the Sevilleta Field Station and SNWR site invites close interactions among students, faculty, federal scientists, and graduate students. Leann more here.


Summer Undergrad Internship in Ecology and Land Management in Westchester County, NY (Posted 2/3/17)

Mianus River Gorge, a conservation organization and 850-acre nature preserve in Westchester County, New York, offers four 8-week summer internships for college students interested in the conservation of natural areas in urbanizing landscapes. Learn more here. Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

Research Analyst - Sage Apprenticeship - Summer 2017 (Posted 1/24/17)

Newcomb Campus, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) seeks a Research Analyst - Sage Apprenticeship from May 22, 2017 - August 25, 2017. The primary purpose of the apprenticeship is to provide a meaningful professional field experience by placing an employee in the role of staff member at the Adirondack Ecological Center. The incumbent will gain experience with field ecology, laboratory skills, computer analysis, teamwork and leadership. The typical day might include supervising a group of students in collecting data on Huntington Wildlife Forest or other study site in the Adirondacks, performing data analysis, and preparing a report. For more information, go here.


Masters of Science in Environmental Studies program - UNC-Wilmington (Posted 2/13/17)

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is currently recruiting for the fall 2017 cohort in the Masters of Science in Environmental Studies program. The non-thesis program is an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on linking classroom experience with hands-on fieldwork, culminating in a semester-long internship/practicum with an environmentally-related organization. Our program is both challenging and rewarding, with a high degree of collegiality among students and faculty.

MS concentrations are available in:
-Coastal Management
-Environmental Conservation and Management -Marine and Coastal Education -Environmental Education and Interpretation

An Individualized Concentration is also available for those who wish to design their own curriculum in conjunction with faculty.

For more information, and a link to application materials, go here. Be sure to watch our short video about the program with student testimonials here.

For more information about UNCW, go here.
The deadline for fall 2017 priority application is March 15, and our regular deadline is April 15, 2017.

For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Dr. James A. Rotenberg, Graduate Program Coordinator, email:

Field Scientist / Engineering Summer Intern (Posted 2/3/17)

Wildlands Engineering is seeking individuals to fill two field scientist/engineering summer intern positions in our Raleigh and Charlotte, NC offices. Lean more here.

Postdoctoral Associate - Duke University Marine Lab (Posted 1/31/17)

The Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab, part of the Division of Marine Science and Conservation in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, invites applications for a 2-yr Post-Doctoral position, based at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina. The successful candidate will join an active group of faculty, graduate students and staff working on a variety of projects focused on the use of unoccupied aircraft systems (UAS, aka drones) in marine science and conservation. Experience employing UAS in science missions is desirable, but not mandatory, for this position. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in ongoing research projects, initiate new research projects, and engage with the ongoing STEM education and outreach programs active in the lab. For more information on the scope of projects underway at the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab, go here. Apply by February 15, 2017. More information is available here.

Two grad assistantships for NASA-supported research (Posted 1/30/17)

Dr. Josh Gray at North Carolina State University (ncsu.edu) invites highly qualified students to join an active and innovative group of researchers in the Spatial Ecosystem Analytics Lab within NCSU's Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, and Center for Geospatial Analytics. Assistance is sought with two NASA-supported research projects:

1) Remote sensing of phenology: How are climate dynamics driving phenological change?
How does phenological change affect ecosystems? Activities include mapping land surface phenology at regional- to global-scale, modeling climate-phenology relationships, and assessing LSP with ground observations.

2) Water, food, and climate: How do land use changes related to food production interact with climate dynamics to influence food and water availability? Core activities include quantifying and mapping agricultural intensification with large archives of remotely sensed imagery, satellite data fusion, and modeling of hydrology, climate, and food production.

Students are expected to develop research questions and a project tailored to their interests and career goals. Positions will begin Fall 2017 and are funded for at least two years at $25,000/year plus benefits and tuition support. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a personal statement explaining your interest in the position (please indicate which project), your qualifications, and research areas of interest; a CV that includes contact information for three references; transcripts (unofficial OK); and GRE scores. Applicants should hold a degree in Earth or environmental science, physical geography, or a closely related discipline; preference will be given to applicants with a master’s degree. Competitive candidates will be proficient in remote sensing, GIS, statistical analysis, computer coding (R and Python preferred), and will have demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills. For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Josh Gray ().

PhD Opportunity - NC State University (Posted 1/30/17)

The Watershed Ecology Lab at NC State University is seeking a highly qualified PhD student. The successful applicant will focus on applied questions centered around the effects of land use change, climate change, and forest management on water resources, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity using an ecosystem modelling approach. The position includes three years of tuition support, an annual stipend of $25,000, and benefits.

The candidate will join the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and have opportunities to collaborate with the NC State Center for Geospatial Analytics and the USGS Southeast Climate Science Center, among others. Candidates should have a background in ecology and ecosystem science or related disciplines and demonstrated strengths in scientific writing. To apply, please send CV, GRE scores, transcripts (unofficial) and a statement of interest and career goals to: Dr. Katie Martin, .

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and continue until the position is filled. Members of historically underrepresented groups in ecology and STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. NC State is a top-tier research university located in Raleigh, NC which is the anchor of the Research Triangle region, consistently recognized as one of the best places to live.

Graduate positions - East Carolina University (Posted 12/16/16)

The McCoy lab in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University invites applications from prospective PhD students for Fall 2017 to collaborate on an NSF-funded project on rock pool food webs.  Changes in predator diversity via extinction and invasion are increasingly widespread, often with dramatic ecological and socio-economic consequences. However,they still lack the ability to predict how changes in predator diversity cascade through foodwebs and affect ecosystem functions.  The funded project integrates natural history, ecological theory, field surveys, experiments, and development of new statistical tools to advance our understanding of the relationship between predator biodiversity, prey populations, and ecosystem function and services.  The research will be centered on river rock pools which serve as a tractable natural model system found throughout the Southeastern USA. The collaborative research team includes Mike McCoy, and Ben Bolker, James Vonesh, and  Jeremy Wojdak. Graduate students will develop independent research projects that fit within the larger framework of the grant.

The ECU Biology raduate program offers competitive stipends, tuition waivers, and there will be ample support for fieldwork available. Successful candidates will have prior research experience, a strong interest in developing quantitative skills, and be highly self-motivated. Prospective students should review Mike McCoy website for additional information and then contact me with a letter of interest, and CV.


Conservation Genetics Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistantship - North Dakota State University
(Posted 2/3/17)

Conservation Genetics Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistantship to conduct research on landscape genetics of northern leopard frogs.  The project will analyze an existing dataset to evaluate gene flow among potentially isolated wetlands, as means of assessing biotic connectedness.  Additional sampling and possible development of additional molecular markers will be pursued as warranted.  This well-funded project is a collaboration between Craig Stockwell (NDSU) and David Mushet (USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center).  Field work will take place in the upper Great Plains. This project will provide excellent networking opportunities with federal scientists from USGS and EPA. Position to start as soon as Summer 2017. Open until filled.

Requirements:  BS or MS in ecology, aquatic ecology, fisheries biology, conservation biology or related field; Experience analyzing population genetics data, quantitative skills, and ability to work independently and as part of a research team.

Preferred:  M.S., experience with landscape-genetic landscape-resistance models, field research experience, experience using “R”

Salary:  $24,000/year + full tuition waiver

Contact:  Craig Stockwell, Professor, Biological Sciences, 201 Stevens Hall, Box 6050, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108-6050;  e-mail: 

Please send application materials to and include the following:  1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae / resume, 3) all college-level transcripts and 4) names and contact information for three references.

Two Graduate Assistantships Available (Posted 1/24/17)

Two graduate research assistantships (MS or PhD) are available in the School of Natural Resource Sciences at North Dakota State University. Students will be part of an inter-disciplinary team looking at various aspects of managing soil salinity with cover crops in a corn-soybean rotation.  Soil salinity is a persistent problem in North Dakota and many agroecosystems, and they will evaluate cereal rye as a mitigation tool. Specifically, they will address how this management approach impacts the system’s plants, soil, and insects, and they want to add students with interest in one or more of these areas. For more information including how to apply, please go here.


Research Experiences for Undergraduates Opportunity at the University of Toledo (Posted 1/31/17)

The University of Toledo Lake Erie Center is looking for undergraduate applicants for our Summer 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates program. This is a 9 week (May 30-July 28) paid fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation. Participants will be housed in University of Toledo dormitories and will complete research projects on the UT main campus and/or at the Lake Erie Center. Participants receive a $5000 stipend, housing, and transportation while developing valuable research skills and connections. Juniors and Seniors are preferred, Sophomores will be considered. For more information or to apply, please go here.

Summer 2017 Internships at the Holden Arboretum (Posted 1/13/17)

This 12-week summer internship will provide you with an opportunity to work with scientists from The Holden Arboretum studying the effects of environmental change on plants and forests of Northeast Ohio. Internships typically run from late May thru early August but timing is flexible. Duties may include: assisting in soil and plant sampling, plant data collection, as well as extracting, amplifying, and analyzing DNA from soils and roots.

Interns will be compensated with a stipend of $440/week and on-site housing is available if needed for a nominal fee ($30 per week). Due to our rural location, interns are responsible for their own transportation. Persons with knowledge of or interest in ecology, microbiology, or plant biology are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, a resume that discusses your prior experience, and two references. Applicants should also indicate their primary research interest. Holden research staff and a description of their respective programs can be found HERE.

Questions concerning the internships can be addressed to Dr. David Burke ().

To apply: Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the positions are filled.  Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume online HERE.

Posting Date:  January 2017                                                                      
Closing Date:  Until Filled

The Holden Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. They seek skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individuals to join our staff and enhance our reputation as one of the country s foremost arboreta.

PhD Student Opportunity: Effects of Pollination Biology on the Evolution of Plant Mating Systems (Posted 1/1/17)

A PhD assistantship is available for Fall 2017, in Randy Mitchell’s laboratory at The University of Akron.  A portion of the student’s research must focus on empirical exploration of the effects of ecological context (pollinator sharing) on pollination biology and mating system of Mimulus ringens in Ohio and Wisconsin.  Beyond that requirement, there is substantial freedom to develop and explore many aspects of the general topics of pollination, and mating systems.  The student’s research will be part of a joint project coordinated with Jeff Karron at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Dorset Trapnell (University of Georgia), Emmanuelle Porcher (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle) and Celine Devaux (Université de Montpellier).  This collaborative research will use empirical and theoretical investigations to test the hypothesis that interactions with co-flowering species alter the evolutionary tradeoff between outcross siring and selfing.  This position includes TA support, and, pending funding, two years of RA support and summer stipend.  

The Integrated Biosciences PhD program at the University of Akron is a unique interdisciplinary PhD program where biology is at the interface of research that cuts across traditional departmental boundaries.  IB PhD students take a synthetic approach in their research and education, and gain skills and training in how to work across fields of study.  For this project, interdisciplinary connections to mathematics, geography, or statistics are promising possibilities.  Learn more about the Integrated Biosciences program HERE. And learn more about the Department of Biology HERE.

The University of Akron is a state university located in the heart of Akron, Ohio, near the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). The Biology Department emphasizes collaborative and integrative research, including the PhD program in Integrated Bioscience, and a MS program in Biology. Facilities include a 400+ acre field station, greenhouse, and live animal research center.  They have excellent relations with the CVNP and local metroparks, which provide access to over 40,000 acres of potential field sites within 40 miles.  Our graduate students have been successful in finding employment in their specialties, including work as professors, consultants, field technicians, government agents (e.g., EPA, Department of Natural Resources), park naturalists, and so forth. The Biology Department has a strong program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Areas of interest for graduate research include: life history evolution, mating systems, aquatic ecology, pollination biology, wetland ecology, physiological ecology, isotope ecology, behavioral evolution, spider biology, and evolutionary biomechanics.
For more information, contact Randy Mitchell (), and visit HERE

Graduate student opportunity in Forest Ecology (Posted 12/16/16)

Seeking MS- or PhD-level graduate students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University to conduct field-based research on the compositional and structural dynamics of temperate forest ecosystems. Funding is anticipated for a new research project with the overall goal of quantifying and modeling forest change in southeastern Ohio and the adjoining region. The project brings together two lab groups and for specific information about our research program please go here.

The position will be available starting June 1, 2017 (Summer Semester) and can be either a master’s or doctoral appointment depending on the abilities and experience of the candidate. Financial support during their graduate program may be a combination of teaching and research assistantships; fellowship support may be possible for outstanding applicants (see web site below for required qualifications). Applicants with expertise and backgrounds in forest ecology and plant identification are highly preferred. Information about the Environment & Natural Resources Graduate Program is available here.

If you are interested and qualified, please send your CV and message briefly explaining your educational background, field skills, and professional experiences that would be relevant to the academic areas of forest ecology, dendrology, and silviculture by Dec. 16, 2016 to Dr. Stephen Matthews at . To be considered for funding the deadline to complete the application process to the SENR graduate program is Jan. 1, 2017.

MS positions Ecosystem Restoration - Ohio State (Posted 12/16/16)

The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at The Ohio State University currently offers MS and PhD programs with a specialization in Ecological Restoration. Our faculty have expertise in terrestrial vegetation ecology, soil remediation and rehabilitation, forestry, wildland fire
management, wetland science and the environmental social sciences. Fully funded positions are advertised when available but SENR applicants are also able to apply for Graduate Teaching Associate positions and Fellowships.

Such awards provide a stipend and cover tuition and fee costs. A number of faculty are currently interested in receiving applications from potential graduate students with qualifications that match the requirements of the GTA and
Fellowship programs.

The following faculty welcome enquiries from students interested in Ecosystem Restoration: Nick Basta, G. Matt Davies, Charles Goebel, Brian Slater:

1. Holistic rehabilitation and restoration of contaminated, brownfield and urban sites (Basta)
2. Controls on reproductive effort in woodland pawpaw stands (Davies)
3. Management and restoration of sagebrush-steppe ecosystems (Davies)
4. Mineland reclamation (Davies)
5. The use of fire as a management and restoration tool (Davies, Goebel)
6. Function and restoration of wooded riparian areas in agricultural landscapes (Goebel)
7. Hydrology and ecology of headwater streams and riparian areas in forested landscapes (Goebel)
8. Soil resilience in agricultural systems (Slater)

They particularly welcome applications from U.S. citizen candidates who willbring diversity to our graduate community. Graduate Enrichment Fellowships  are available to support such students. Candidates should meet the following criteria:

• GPA - minimum 3.1 on a 4.0 scale
• GRE - 40% or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative and a score of 3 or greater on the Analytica

For the University Fellowships you should meet the following criteria (successful applicants are likely to have higher metrics and some research or professional experience):
• GPA - minimum 3.6 on a 4.0 scale
• GRE - 75% or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative and a score of 4 or greater on the Analytical

Application process Potential applicants should first consult the School’s directory and contact the faculty member relevant to their interests. When inquiring please include a brief (1-2 page) C.V. and state your GPA and GRE (if available) scores. Please indicate which fellowship scheme you are interested in being considered for. Deadline for application: January 7th 2017 (earlier preferred).

Research Assistant in Hood Lab at The Ohio State University (Posted 12/16/16)

One full-time position for a research assistant is available in the Aquatic Ecology Lab. The research assistant will work closely with Dr. Hood and assist with laboratory maintenance and set up, sample analysis, data analysis, conduct field surveys, and run laboratory experiments. From May to September, the position will likely require extensive field work involving measurements of stream and/or lake food webs, primary production, nutrient cycling. During other times of the year, duties will include analysis of samples for soluble and particulate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus, data entry and analysis, as well as assisting with and/or conducting experiments. Depending upon experience, the position will allow for involvement in manuscript preparation and undergraduate student mentorship. Go here to learn more about the Hood Lab and to learn more about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory.

33% Laboratory work: Analysis of soluble and particulate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus samples; maintenance and operation of laboratory equipment; laboratory set up and organization; ordering supplies.

33% Data analysis: Preparation and analysis of existing stream metabolism, nutrient cycling, and food web time series datasets. Depending on experience the position will allow for involvement in manuscript preparation.

33% Conducting field surveys and laboratory experiments: Position will involve measurements of aquatic metabolism, nutrient cycling as well as collection of water and biological samples. May require overnight stays at research sites on or near Lake Erie. Conduct laboratory experiments examining how temperature and nutrients influence autotrophs and/or herbivores.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field (ecology, natural resources, fisheries). Further education and/or experience is preferred. Candidate must be self-motivated, willing to work both independently and in a team setting. Preferred qualifications include: a) training and interest in aquatic ecology; b) experience with laboratory analysis of soluble (NH4, NO3, and SRP) and particulate nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) samples; c) experience with the R statistical computing environment and an introductory-level understanding of statistics; d) prior field and laboratory experience.

SALARY: $13.50 – $17.50, depending upon experience. This is a one-year position that may be extended depending upon performance and funding availability.

To apply, please send a statement of interest, CV, and contact information (email and phone numbers) for at least three professional references to Jim Hood at . I will begin reviewing applications immediately and finish when a suitable applicant is identified.

Diversity Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowship in Biology, John Carroll University (Posted 12/6/16)

The Department of Biology at John Carroll University in University Heights, OH seeks candidates for a Diversity Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow who share our commitment to diversity and inclusion, student-centered teaching and learning, and rigorous research scholarship.  They seek candidates who have demonstrated experience with, and commitment to, diversity in a variety of ways.  Additionally, they desire candidates who will embrace the department’s emphasis on evolution, the environment, and ethics in science.  

Candidates must have a Ph.D. by the anticipated start date of August 25, 2017.  Area of teaching and research interest is open; however, to best support the candidate’s interests and needs, they seek applicants who can identify a faculty research mentor(s) within the department.  This position offers attractive compensation including housing, benefits, conference travel funding, faculty development, and a stipend consistent with the national average for first-year postdocs.  

To apply, please submit by January 16, 2017 a portfolio of materials that emphasizes your commitment to broadening participation in science through teaching and research mentorship, including:  letter of interest; curriculum vitae; teaching philosophy; research statement; unofficial transcripts; and three reference letters (under separate cover) to Diversity Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Search Committee, Department of Biology, John Carroll University, 1 John Carroll Blvd., University Heights, OH 44118.  Application materials also may be sent electronically to Dr. Rebecca Drenovsky, Biology Department Chair (); however, reference letters must come from the letter writer.  

For more information, please go here. John Carroll University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  The University is committed to diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


PhD Assistantship in Behavioral Ecology (Posted 1/24/17)

A PhD project is available to study the consequences of multiple interacting stressors on the behavioral ecology of a model bird system.  This project involves a dynamic collaboration between investigators in the Department of Integrative Biology and the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University.  Funding will be available for 4 years of research assistantship and all required project costs.  Fieldwork will take place during the summers in Western Oklahoma.

To apply, send a cover letter describing your research experiences and qualifications, a copy of your CV with GPA and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to: Please send application materials as soon as possible and no later than February 15, 2017.


Graduate student opportunity (MS in Environmental Education) (Posted 11/4/16)

The Environmental Education program at Southern Oregon University is proud to offer a Master of Science program accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education.  This program is designed to create leaders in the field of Environmental Education.  Our 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.  

Our 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 (grades 2-12) located at a Field Station (Deer Creek Center) and on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.  

The graduate academic experience can be further enriched by adding a certificate in non-profit management, thesis, project, or teaching license.  Students may choose to incorporate a Master 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).

Four graduate assistantship positions are offered each year to Environmental Education graduate students through the Siskiyou Environmental Education Center and an additional assistantship is offered as an instructor for introductory biology labs.  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, and Fall in the Field coordinator.

Applications for graduate assistantships receive priority consideration and must be received by January 16, 2017. Applications for admission into the Environmental Education program are considered January 16, 2017 and April 17, 2017. For more information about application requirements, go here.

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

For more information about the program, please go here or contact Hope Braithwaite at .


2017 Summer Field Forestry/Biology/Ecology Internships (Posted 1/1/17)

8 Total Positions Available: 2 Crew Leads, 6 Technicians Summer 2017

Monday, May 15th* – Friday, August 11th
*Crew Leaders must be available the week of May 8th

Location: 4 positions in State College, PA and 4 positions in Coudersport, PA

Pay: Full time, 40hr/week appointment. Crew leaders – $12.50/hr; technicians – $11.50/hr. Housing is provided, along with access to a field vehicle.

Duties: Technicians--Must be able to find, monument, and inventory permanent forest vegetation plots using GPS and other tools in central or northern Pennsylvania. Daily duties include navigation to remote parts of Pennsylvania state forest lands, hiking up to 2 miles with equipment, and collection of quality vegetation monitoring data—the identification, size class, and abundance of more than 100 species of overstory and understory plants—with a field PC.

Crew Leaders--In addition to performing the duties described above, crew leaders must be able to successfully manage and lead a vegetation monitoring crew while they perform daily duties. This includes daily planning of plot visits, assessing access routes and equipment needs, and management/archiving of collected data.

Key qualifications: Technicians--At least two years toward a natural resources baccalaureate degree; demonstrated plant identification skills (as evidenced by a course in plant ID, such as dendrology, and/or field experience collecting vegetation data); ability to work independently and reliably without direct supervision in challenging field conditions; and possession of a valid driver’s license.

Crew Leaders--Possession of a baccalaureate degree in natural resources or a related field; demonstrated plant identification skills (as evidenced by at least one year experience as field technician monitoring vegetation data); ability to supervise and manage field crews under difficult field conditions; possession of a valid driver’s license.

Questions: Contact Danielle Begley-Miller at .

Application deadline: Applications reviewed as received.

To apply: Send a letter, résumé, transcripts, and contact information for three references (via email preferred) to Bobbi Joy Scovern. At least one reference should be able to comment on your plant identification skills. In your letter, please indicate if you would like to be considered for a crew leader position.

Email applications to: Bobbi Joy Scovern, Administrative Support Assistant Pennsylvania, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 419 Forest Resources Building, University Park, PA 16802, Email: , Phone: 814-865-4511


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

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


Ph.D. student assistantship available - Clemson University (Posted 2/13/17)

The O'Halloran lab in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University currently has an opening for a Ph.D. student starting in summer or fall of 2017.  They seek an enthusiastic and inquisitive student who is interested in understanding mechanisms of land-atmosphere interactions with particular focus on forests.  Potential broad research topics include: environmental controls on managed forest productivity, coastal carbon cycling, aerosol new particle formation, albedo radiative forcing, and coastal forest disturbance ecology. The student will have the opportunity to work at two AmeriFlux sites in Virginia (switchgrass and loblolly pine) where Dr. O'Halloran is co-PI, as well as take a leading role in developing new flux tower sites in coastal South Carolina, where potential host ecosystems include longleaf pine forest, baldcypress-tupelo wetland forest, and saltwater marsh.  A student with sufficient incoming transfer credits will spend one year completing coursework on main campus and then relocate to the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science to join the lab group and complete their fieldwork and writing.  A full research assistantship (including stipend and tuition waver) is available for three years, but students will also be encouraged to seek their own funding through national
fellowships (e.g. USDA, NASA, NSF).

The Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science is located just outside of historic Georgetown, SC.  Under a long-term agreement with the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, the Institute is located on the 16,000-acre Hobcaw Barony at the southern end of the Waccamaw Neck and is just 35 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 60 miles north of Charleston. Hobcaw Barony is located on the Atlantic Ocean, bordered by Winyah Bay and North Inlet Estuary. The Institute is housed in a new 12,000 sq. ft. LEED-certified office building with an adjoining 7,000 sq. ft. laboratory and support facility.  

Temporary housing is available on site for visiting scientists and students in a new 10-bed cottage.

Clemson University is a highly selective, public, land-grant university serving a uniquely driven and highly accomplished student body. Ranked as a top-25 national public university by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented university dedicated to teaching, research and service. Clemson recently achieved the status of Carnegie classification of Highest Research Activities ("R1"). The University is located in a college town setting on Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Clemson is a 2-hour drive from Atlanta, GA or Charlotte, NC. For more
information, please go here.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in forestry, ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science. Strong quantitative abilities, self-motivation and desire to do field work in coastal South Carolina, where the work is physically demanding in a hot, humid environment.

Preferred Qualifications: M.S. degree (highly preferred) in forestry, ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science.  Programming experience in MATLAB or R.  Fieldwork experience in ecology or forestry.

To apply, send a CV, unofficial GRE and TOEFL scores (if available) and a cover letter stating your previous experience, interest in this specific position, and future goals to Dr. O'Halloran.  Review of applicants begins immediately.  The official university deadline to apply for summer entry is March 15. Contact info and more details about the lab are available here.

Teaching - Scholar Visiting Faculty Fellowship (Posted 1/11/17)

The Citadel,  the Military College of South Carolina is now accepting applications for a Teacher-Scholar Visiting Faculty Fellowship candidate within the Biology department. The Citadel Teacher-Scholar Visiting Faculty Fellowship program seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented minority groups among its Biology department faculty. The Teacher-Scholar Visiting Faculty Fellowship is a competitive, teaching and research appointment for post-doctoral candidates interested in teaching at one of America's most distinctive liberal arts college and joining a vibrant campus community. Applicants qualified to teach an upper level Physiology course will be given special consideration. Applications are considered as received through February 15, 2017. For more information, go here.


Summer plant biotech positions for STUDENTS (current and recent graduates) available in South Dakota (Posted 2/13/17)

The U.S. Geological Survey Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is seeking applicants for a total of five biological science technician positions (emphasis on vegetation) in the northern Great Plains.  Three positions will work on a rangeland assessment at Badlands National Park, and two positions will participate in research on controlling invasive annual brome grasses in two or more parks in South Dakota and Nebraska. Only applicants who are 18 years or older and current students or recent graduates (graduated within 12 months of the position’s end date, Bachelor's or Master's level) are eligible for these positions. Children and spouses of current USGS employees are not eligible.

Pay ranges from $15.13-$20.96/hr, with duration of positions ranging from ~3 months (late May-mid August) to ~6 months (mid April - mid October), depending on position.  All positions are full time (40 hr/week).

For details and information on how to apply, go here or here.

Ph.D. Assistantship - Pheasant Ecology in Fragmented Agricultural Landscapes of the Northern Great Plains (Posted 12/13/16)

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

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

Financial support: Approximately $21,000 for a 12-month stipend plus a full tuition waiver.

Start Date: Expected start date is August 2017, with the possibility of participating in fieldwork starting in May 2017.

To Apply: To be considered for this opportunity, please forward a cover letter, CV, a copy of transcripts (unofficial), and a list of three references with contact information to Dr. Michael Wimberly at and Dr. Andy Gregory at . Incomplete applications will not be considered. For full consideration, please submit your application materials by January 31, 2017.


Post-Doc: Tidal Wetland Ecosystem Process Modeler (Posted 1/23/17)

Project: Coastal Wetland Carbon Sequestration in a Warmer Climate

Seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join our interdisciplinary team on an exciting new manipulative experiment that examines the interactions of warming, elevated CO2, and inundation frequency in coastal wetland marsh ecosystems. The position focuses on the development, application, and analysis of new computational models that couple energy, water, carbon, and nutrient dynamics in tidal wetland systems. This successful candidate will collaborate with an active modeling team and be expected to interact closely with other research groups working on field experiments and observations.

The project focuses on a unique manipulative experiment located at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, MD. The manipulative experiment is already underway, and both pre- and post- treatment results are now available for use by the modeling team. A broad array of measurements is being gathered routinely, including marsh elevation, water levels, meteorological conditions, vegetation community distribution and productivity, plant traits, soil biogeochemistry, and CO2 and CH4 fluxes. Thanks to a long history of research at the site, a wealth of observational and experimental data is available to inform model construction and to evaluate model performance. The primary objective of the study is to test the hypothesis that warming will increase both plant production and decomposition, but that the net effect will be an increase in soil carbon storage.

The candidate will work directly with the land model component of the new Department of Energy Earth System Model. The full model is known as ACME (Accelerated Climate Model for Energy), and the land component used as a starting point for this activity is the ACME Land Model (ALM) version 1.0. That model includes sophisticated carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus biogeochemistry and plant physiology, but has never been enabled for simulation in a tidal wetland system. New development led by the candidate will include introduction of redox and pH controls on soil biogeochemistry (some early work is available as a starting point), external forcing for water height to mimic tidal variation, and parameterization of high marsh and low marsh physical environment and vegetation community.

The new position will have excellent opportunity for creative freedom to explore alternative approaches and to design the most effective interactions with observational and experimental project elements.

A strong background in computational modeling is a requirement, with experience in land, wetland, or tidal system modeling desirable. A demonstrated record of scientific productivity that includes strong written and oral communication skills are also required for this position. Experience collaborating with observationalists and experimentalists is highly desirable. The ALM v1.0 model uses Fortran90, and so Fortran experience is desirable, but not necessary.

This is a two-year position funded by SERC, but the successful candidate will work at the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, located in the lush temperate forest biome near Knoxville, in eastern Tennessee. Abundant local recreational opportunities include hiking, biking, camping, and wildlife observation, in the Tennessee River valley, in the Smoky Mountains to the east, and on the Cumberland Plateau to west. Numerous rivers and lakes provide abundant opportunity for all sorts of boating and fishing. Regular visits to interact with project members and measurement activities at the experimental site in Maryland will be expected, with all travel expenses covered by the project.

To apply, please e-mail a short letter of interest that describes your experience and qualifications (1-2 pages), CV, and list of references to Dr. Pat Megonigal (). Review of applications and interviews will begin immediately upon receipt and the search will continue until a suitable applicant is found. The candidate is expected to start by 1 September 2017. Questions about this position can be directed to Peter Thornton () or Pat Megonigal.


PhD position in plant community ecology (Posted 1/23/17)

The Crawford Lab at the University of Houston is seeking graduate students interested in community ecology to begin in Fall 2017.  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

PhD students are expected to have prior research experience and to develop their own research questions within the realm of community ecology.

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, 2017.

PhD Assistantship available: Arctic Ecology - University of Texas (Posted 1/11/17)

The McLaren Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso is looking for graduate students interested in working at the intersection of ecosystem and community ecology. A PhD position is available on an NSF-funded project examining the role of small mammals on carbon cycling in arctic tundra. This project will use a combination of field experiments with manipulations of mammal densities, measurements of plant and soil responses, and modeling and is a collaboration with faculty at Columbia University, Towson University, University of New Hampshire and the Marine Biological Laboratory. The project will involve summer field work in Alaska at Toolik Field Station, Barrow and Nome. The PhD student will assist with data collection for the larger project while developing his/her own dissertation project in conjunction with our research questions. The student will be support through a combination of RAships and TAships.

Qualified candidates should have a B.S. or M.S. (preferred) in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science or related field, and show a strong interest in plant ecology, ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry. Ideal candidates will have some previous research experience in field ecology, a strong work ethic, be able to work independently and with a field crew, and availability to begin in June 2017.

More information about my lab at UT El Paso is available a HERE. More information about the Department of Biological Sciences and its graduate programs can be found HERE and HERE.

Applications for graduate school are due Feb 1 but students are encouraged to contact Jennie McLaren well in advance of that date.

Interested students should send a c.v. and short statement of research interests to Jennie McLaren at prior to applying.


Post-doctoral Researcher in Soil Microbial Ecology & Biogeochemistry (Posted 2/3/17)

A post-doctoral position is now available in the Ecology Center and the Department of Biology at Utah State University, Logan, UT.  The successful candidate will contribute to a project examining how soil microbial growth efficiencies are influenced by drought in agro-ecosystems.  Minimum qualifications include: a PhD in biogeochemistry, soil science, microbial ecology, or a related field; excellent written and oral communication skills; good quantitative skills; evidence of research productivity demonstrated by publications in quality peer-reviewed journals; and the ability to work closely with others and independently at field sites. Additional background in analytical chemistry and stable isotope techniques is preferred. Utah State University is located within the beautiful mountain ranges of the Cache Valley in Northeastern Utah. The area provides a wealth of recreational possibilities, a high quality of life, and an affordable cost of living.  The position is for a minimum of two years with the possibility of extension as funds allow. Salary range is $45,000 to $48,000 per year plus a generous benefits package. To apply go here. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. For more information contact John Stark ().


MS in Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation (Posted 12/21/16)

MS Research in Agriculture and Climate Change, starting Summer 2017 Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) University of Vermont (UVM)

Position: MS in agriculture and climate change  

As climate changes increasingly affect agriculture, farmers and policy makers are challenged by how to best address climate change mitigation and adaptation.  Central to this challenge is developing agroecosystems that improve soil health, increase soil carbon storage and mitigate agriculture’s contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, all while remaining economically viable. Agricultural soils are most often a source of CO2 and N2O (a powerful GHG). However, management practices have great potential to reduce these emissions and mitigate climate change. This project focuses on the capacity for different tillage practices, cover crops, and nutrient application methods to mitigate climate change by reducing GHG emissions and increasing soil carbon storage.

Seek a student to work with our team to quantify carbon storage and GHG emissions in conventional and alternative agricultural management systems (cropland). This work will address the potential for agricultural systems to be both productive (from the farmer’s perspective) and provide a valuable service by mitigating climate change.

The student will work with Dr. Adair (UVM RSENR) and Dr. Heather Darby (UVM Extension) to quantify soil carbon storage and greenhouse gas emissions from two experiments in N. Vermont. These experiments will focus on the impacts of tillage (conventional vs. no till), cover crop usage, and manure application method and timing on yield, crop quality, soil health and carbon storage, and GHG emissions.

Duties will include writing a study plan, implementing gas and soil sampling protocols, analyzing data, supervising technicians/undergraduate assistants, and preparing publications and presentations for scientific and lay audiences (e.g., to farmers and service providers). Applicants must be comfortable working independently and in inclement weather, operating field equipment and storing and processing soil samples after they are obtained.

The position is currently funded for two years; during the first academic year, the graduate student will serve as a teaching assistant (TA) in RSENR.

  • Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in biogeochemistry and agroecology.
  • The student should have a BS in ecology, plant and soil science, hydrology, environmental sciences (or related field) or have equivalent work experience.
  • While not required, priority will be given to applicants with experience greenhouse gas sampling, using and maintaining lab equipment, and/or ecosystem modeling.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, names and contact information of three references, GRE scores, and CV to Carol Adair.

Interested applicants may also contact the RSENR graduate program coordinator, Carolyn Goodwin Kueffner at .


Sea S.T.A.R Summer Internship for Rising High School Seniors (Posted 2/10/17)

The deadline has been extended to apply for the Sea S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching And Researching) internship program at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. They are looking for eight rising high school seniors (students who are currently juniors age 16 and older) with an interest in education, biology or science to participate in our 8 week long Sea S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching And Researching) internship program on the beautiful shore of Eastern Virginia. This internship allows students to gain experience in an Environmental Education program while researching a Marine Science Project that interests them. For more information, go here.

Smithsonian Internship-Conservation and Outreach (Posted 2/3/17)

Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park provides the opportunity for one intern to gain experience in community engagement and conservation of Virginia’s native species. Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) is a program of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) that focuses on biodiversity and landscape conservation through grassland and riparian research, education, and community engagement. Read more here. Apply by February 6, 2017.

Smithsonian Internship-Forest Ecology (Posted 2/3/17)

The National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is offering an internship opportunity within the Conservation Ecology Center. They are seeking a recent college graduate interested in field ecology activities focused on conducting field surveys, land restoration activities on our facility, and assisting with other ecological projects. This field intern should have a background in forestry and/or ecology. S/he will acquire skills in data management, plant and animal surveys, and botanical field work. SCBI has an active staff of conservation ecologists, veterinarians and reproductive specialists involved with conservation of plants and animals. Interns will participate in regular scheduled seminars and workshops related to conservation and ecology.

The internship period starts anywhere from April 1st -May 15th with opportunity for extension. The stipend is $600-$800 per month depending on the applicant’s level of experience, plus free housing on site. The internship location will be at SCBI in Front Royal, VA.

Interns should have graduated from a university within the last 12 months, and have undergraduate coursework in botany, forest ecology, conservation biology or a closely related field. Applicants must be able to work in hot and humid conditions, follow established survey and mapping protocols, and collect detailed and accurate data. Some knowledge and experience with ecology and conservation issues in mid- Atlantic region is helpful. Experience in GIS, statistics (R), or plant identification is preferred, but not required. Applicants should have plans for continued education or a career in ecology or conservation.

To apply, please e-mail electronic copies of: 1) a cover letter describing your interest, qualifications and career plans related to either internship; 2) a resume (including contact information for 2 references), and 3) college transcripts to by February 5th, 2017.

2017 Summer REU Program at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (Posted 1/23/17)

The REU Site program for Coastal Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) invites applicants to apply for a 10 week summer research experience that places 12 undergraduates with faculty mentors. Internships are available in many areas of marine science, including marine biology and ecology; biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanography; environmental science; fisheries; and resource management. Participants will receive a summer stipend and food allowance. Accommodations in the dorms at the College of William & Mary are provided, as well as transportation between the campuses.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science, located in Gloucester Point, Virginia, is one of the largest coastal and estuarine science institutions in the world, with more than 55 faculty and a graduate student body of more than 85. VIMS houses state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation and analytical facilities, a large fleet of coastal research vessels, a world-class marine science library, and is within close proximity to a variety of habitats ranging from freshwater tributaries to the coastal ocean.

During the summer students will meet every week for a seminar that features a guest speaker discussing topics such as: Scientific Reading, Writing and Peer Review; How to Apply to Graduate School: Tips from the Faculty Who Read the Files; Alternatives to Life in Academia: A Panel Discussion; How to Give an Effective Scientific Presentation; and Ethics in Science. Other group activities include 3 field trips. They traverse the coastal plain environment, from a freshwater system that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay, through the estuary proper and out to the Atlantic Ocean along the shoreface of the Delmarva Peninsula. When they travel to the VIMS Wachapreague Laboratory on Virginia's Eastern Shore, they spend a full day exploring nearly pristine coastal habitats, including an open coast beach on a barrier island, mud flat, salt marsh, and oyster reef. During a research cruise in the York River estuary aboard the VIMS research vessel Bay Eagle, there will be opportunities to try state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation, to pull in a trawl net full of fish and crabs, and to learn a bit about vessel navigation. When they kayak the tidal freshwater reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, expect to see an abundance of wildlife and learn how land-use practices in the watershed affect the local estuary and coastal ocean.

Application deadline is February 10, 2017.

Complete information about the program is available HERE.

Specific questions can be directed to Jennifer Dreyer at or

Graduate assistantship: Metacommunities in River Networks, Virginia Tech (Posted 1/13/17)

Seeking qualified applicants for a graduate assistantship at the Ph.D. level at Virginia Tech in the lab of Bryan L. Brown in the Department of Biological Sciences. Preferred starting date is Summer 2017, but Fall 2017 or even Spring 2018 could be negotiable.

In general, the Brown lab focuses on community ecology in aquatic systems. Operationally, the lab emphasizes the intersection between theory and empiricism, primarily by testing broad ecological concepts using observation, experiment and, to a lesser degree, modeling. Themes in the lab include metacommunity ecology, community assembly, and the ecology of symbiosis. The Brown lab is also a member of the longstanding Virginia Tech Stream Team, a group of 8 labs in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech that share common themes in community and ecosystem ecology, and a focus on aquatic systems.

Specifically, the graduate assistantship will be supported by a recently-funded NSF project on metacommunity stability in river networks. The new project builds on prior work from the Brown lab, primarily in collaboration with Chris Swan (UMBC), and brings in the skills and experience of new collaborators Kurt Anderson (UC-Riverside) and Eric Sokol (Unv. Colorado). The project will have several diverse empirical facets that include field observational studies, field experimentation and meta-analysis using existing datasets. They will also employ a novel modeling component that will combine network modeling with metacommunity simulation modeling to generate testable hypotheses regarding the effects of network structure on stability in metacommunities. The successful student will be expected to not only engage in research included in the funded project (especially the field component for which the Brown lab is specifically responsible), but also to develop their own research focus under the general thematic umbrella of the project. This focus can include or combine any number of the project’s elements: fieldwork, experimentation, modeling, meta-analysis.  

Ultimately applicants will need to apply to the graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. Contact Dr. Bryan L. Brown directly via email (), indicating your intention to apply. In that first message please include the following: 1) an brief introduction; 2) an academic CV;  3) GRE scores if they are currently available; 4) a description of your career goals and how you feel working on this project will further those ambitions. 1 and 4 can be included together in an email if you wish. As fair warning, he will give strong preference to students who have either completed a Masters degree, or who have very significant prior research experience that has resulted in publication. His goal is to bring the leading candidate to visit campus during our annual Research Day and Recruiting weekend February 4th, so if you are seriously interested, he would urge expediency. Of course, if you have questions, feel free to contact Dr. Bryan L. Brown directly at .


Graduate Assistantship in Urban Ecohydrology (Posted 2/13/17)

A graduate assistantship is available in URBAN ECOHYDROLOGY at Washington State University in Vancouver, for a student interested in a PhD (already with MS) or an MS-PhD dual degree. Exceptional candidates wishing MS only will also be considered. The intended research theme is, broadly, the cycling of water through urban vegetation, urban soil moisture, urban streams and riparian zones, surface-subsurface interactions, and the heterogeneous urban ecohydrological environment generally. The qualified candidate is expected to develop during the beginning of their graduate studies a specific thesis/dissertation research topic based on their own interests within in this general area, in cooperation with supervisor Dr. Kevan Moffett. Required qualifications include: strong physical science and mathematics or engineering background, familiarity with hydrology, strong writing and communication skills, research experienced. Desired (but not required) qualifications include: numerical modeling experience, programming experience, GIS skills, independent field research experience, some exposure to plant biology and/or aquatic biogeochemistry and/or soil physics and/or remote sensing analysis. The position will begin in August 2017 and be in Environmental Sciences (if MS) or Environmental Science and Natural resources (PhD) at Washington State University, with study fully on the Vancouver campus. Funding of graduate tuition, full-time stipend, plus benefits is guaranteed for sufficient time to complete the degree. Vancouver, WA is a fantastic city in southwestern Washington State, USA, between the coast and the Cascades Mountains and just across the Columbia River from vibrant Portland, Oregon. Inquire immediately with and attach CV; applications accepted on a rolling basis, but position closing soon.

NPS Seeks Applicants for 2017 Young Leaders in Climate Change Internships (Posted 11/11/17)

The NPS Climate Change Response Program and the University of Washington are pleased to invite graduate and upper-level undergraduate students and recent graduates to apply to the 2017 Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) Initiative! The YLCC is a paid summer internship to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. Applications are due January 19, 2017 by 12:01 PM PST. For more information, go here.


Position – Undergraduate Research Assistant: Forest Restoration and Fire Management (Posted 2/13/17)

An undergraduate research assistant position is available in the Quantitative Forest Management laboratory in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University. The undergraduate research assistant will assist a master’s student with completing field work for a forest restoration project. The field work will be conducted in the mixed conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California, with majority of time spent in the Eldorado National Forest. The main
objective of the project is to evaluate post fire restoration efforts made after the 2004 Power Fire. This project will help identify successful restoration techniques to reestablish open, old growth conditions in the Sierra Nevada. Field Work responsibilities will include collecting forest inventory data, soil samples, vegetation surveys, basic ecophysiological data, and micro-environmental variables. A variety of equipment will be used including, basic field work items (clinometer, d-tape, etc.) and potentially more advanced machines (ceptometer, gas exchange analyzer, etc.). Experience with more advanced equipment is appreciated, but not necessary. This position will be for about a 3-month period during the summer from May 2017 to August 2017. Work will average 40 hrs/week. The salary offered will depend on prior experience. Travel to California, along with housing and a small food stipend will be provided. Qualifications: All junior or senior students currently enrolled in an academic program related to forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or similarly related natural resource fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be highly self-motivated and possess a strong work ethic. A background or strong interest in conducting field-based research is desirable. A cumulative GPA greater than 3.0 in undergraduate coursework is preferable. Candidates must be willing and able to travel long distances, camp outdoors on occasion, do physically demanding work, and work in hot or otherwise uncomfortable conditions. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of two references. Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration please submit material by February 24, 2017. For additional information or to submit application material, please contact Iris Allen ().

PhD Opportunity in Microbial Ecology and Soil Carbon Cycling (Posted 2/13/17)

The Morrissey lab at West Virginia University is seeking a motivated Ph.D. student interested in researching microbial ecology and soil carbon cycling. Students with experience in molecular biology, stable isotope probing, bioinformatics, biogeochemistry, and/or soil ecology are particularly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Dr. Ember Morrissey and provide a brief description of your research interests and career goals as well as a resume/CV highlighting any relevant coursework and experience. Potential students will apply to one of the graduate
programs within the Davis School of Agriculture at WVU. Lab website

PhD Assistantship in Environmental Microbiology – West Virginia University (Posted 1/13/17)

The Freedman Lab of Environmental Microbiology at West Virginia University is now accepting applications for a PhD-level Graduate Assistant position. Our research generally focuses on how biological, chemical, and physical factors affect the composition of soil microbial communities and their ecosystem function. A wide range of research topics are possible, including but not limited to: Impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the microbiomes of Appalachian forests and watersheds; effects of mining and mine reclamation on soil microbial communities; effects of herbivory on plant-microbe interactions, among many other possible topics. Further information on the Freedman lab can be found

Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and will have a strong background in ecology, microbiology, soil science, or a closely related field. Experience with high-throughput DNA sequencing, metagenomics, biogeochemical measurements (for example, CO2 and trace gas production, enzyme activities, soil characteristics) and programming in R is ideal.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The assistantship includes full tuition coverage, benefits, and a yearly stipend of $22,132. Opportunities for Teaching Assistantships will also be available. The expected start date is August 23, 2017.

To Apply: Prospective students should send the following information with the subject line “PhD Position” to : 1) a one page cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and goals, 2) a current CV, 3) current GRE scores, 4) unofficial transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate education, and 5) contact information for three academic references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, applications received by February 15 will receive full consideration. The selected applicant will submit a formal application to the WVU Graduate School for admission to the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Graduate Program.

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

Postdoctoral Fellow – Forest Growth Modeling (Posted 12/9/16)

Postdoctoral Fellow – Forest Growth Modeling in the School of Natural Resources at West Virginia University. This position supports the general objective of the project which is to determine effective management practices to restore areas previously burned by past fires with resilient forest plantations. This position will monitor existing plantations within the footprint of past fires and will model juvenile tree growth. This monitoring will identify what has been successful to date and help to identify what plantation units will need additional work in the future and what planting arrangements may be successful in the future. The tool that will be developed will be able to predict individual tree or stand growth from which appropriate management can be applied. For more information, click here.

M.S./Ph.D. assistantship in forest biogeochemistry

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

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

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

A successful applicant should have: (1) a bachelor's or master's degree in a relevant field of study; (2) a strong interest in ecosystem ecology and environmental change; (3) a willingness to learn techniques used to analyze the chemical composition of soil, water, and plant samples; (4) strong writing skills, and (5) a commitment to the effective communication of science to technical and non-technical audiences.

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

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


PhD position, Conservation Social Science and Policy (Posted 2/3/17)

Dr. Rissman at University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking applications for a PhD student to examine the social and ecological outcomes of private land conservation.

Rissman’s interdisciplinary research investigates the relationships between society and the environment in ecosystem management, conservation, and sustainable use. Her research group examines natural resource policy design, implementation, and evaluation; 2) ecological outcomes of resource policy and conservation strategies; and 3) social and legal adaptation to environmental change. Mixed quantitative and qualitative methods include spatial analysis, surveys, and interviews.

Private land conservation: social and ecological outcomes

The public has invested heavily in private land conservation, including conservation easements, in the US and internationally, but their land use outcomes have not been well examined. This project will design and implement a longitudinal study of private land conservation to examine policy terms, social relations, and their impact on land use outcomes. The PhD student will work in collaboration with colleagues in economics and remote sensing, and conservationists in government and nonprofit land trusts. This project has the potential to make important contributions to conservation policy and the social dimensions of conservation. Geographic regions will include Wisconsin and other locations to be determined.

University, Department, Lab: The University of Wisconsin –Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States . It ranks 2nd in research expenditures among all U.S. universities and first among public universities. Total student enrollment is 41,500, out of which 8,800 are graduate students. Employees include 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and remote sensing science. This project will be housed with the Rissman group in the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology. Students would also have the option to engage with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Madison, WI: Madison, Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the best places in the United States to live, work, and study. It is Wisconsin's capital city, with a friendly, vibrant population of approximately 200,000 who enjoy Madison’s lakes, bike paths, music, art, and food. For more information on campus and town go here.

Qualifications: A BS degree in environmental studies, science studies, geography, political science, sociology, public policy and administration, natural resources, forestry, wildlife ecology, or other related disciplines is required. Experience with social science research and/or policy is preferred. Work experience in conservation agencies or nonprofit organizations also desired. Good English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team, are essential.

Application Process: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until candidates are chosen. Applications will be received before February 10, 2017 are guaranteed consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. They promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position to open to both US citizen and international candidates. If you have questions before applying, please email Adena Rissman ().

Interested applicants are asked to e-mail the documents listed below to Adena Rissman () (in ONE PDF file please).

Our departmental graduate application cover sheet
Letter outlining research interests, academic and professional backgrounds
Resume or CV
Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this point)
GRE scores if available
Reprints of publications if available
Names and contact addresses of three references

National Science Foundation LALES REU - University of Wisconsin-Stout (Posted 1/31/17)

Undergraduate students opportunity to participate in a summer research internship with the National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin.  This is the fourth year of the LAKES REU program.  They will select 10 new students each summer.  

The LAKES (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability) REU focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary manner over an 8 week program (June 11-August 5), with projects this year in geography, economics, biology, anthropology, and sociology.  Students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program.

This program prioritizes students under-represented in the scientific community, pairing them with mentors in individual projects.  These collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of our land and water, our political economy, our social networks, our culture, and our sense of place.  They will start reviewing applications for the 2017 summer program on March 1st.  Complete program information can be found here. Questions can be directed to:  

Postdoctoral Position in Plant Ecology (Posted 1/11/17)

A postdoctoral position is available to understand the assembly and limitations to recovery of longleaf pine understory plant communities. In collaboration with John Orrock (University of Wisconsin), Ellen Damschen (University of Wisconsin), and Lars Brudvig (Michigan State University), and with funding from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), the successful candidate will conduct field surveys to evaluate how ongoing community assembly experiments (e.g., seed sowing, competition reduction) have affected the establishment, persistence, and spread of understory plant populations within post-agricultural longleaf pine woodlands in the southeastern United States.  Field surveys will occur during the 2017 and 2018 growing seasons at three study areas in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia; when not conducting fieldwork, the postdoc will be located in the Orrock lab at UW-Madison.  In addition to facilitating the goals of the larger project (collecting and analyzing data, report and manuscript preparation), the postdoc will be encouraged to develop their own independent research within the context of the larger project.

Applicants must have relevant Ph.D. experience in ecology. Travel will be required for conducting field work during the growing seasons. Preference will be given to applicants with strong plant identification and leadership skills.  Funding for salary and benefits is available for 1 year, with a renewal possible for a second year.  There is some flexibility regarding the start date, although May 2017 is preferred. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of research interests, copies of 2-3 relevant publications, and contact information for three references.  Send materials (e-mail preferred) to: John Orrock, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, email:  . Additional information regarding the Orrock Lab can be found HERE.

Applications will be considered starting January 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


Ph.D. Position in Plant Ecology at the University of Wyoming (Posted 1/11/17)

A funded Ph.D. Graduate Assistant position starting in the fall 2017 semester is available in the research laboratory of Dr. Daniel Laughlin in the Botany Department at the University of Wyoming. This project will evaluate how plant traits moderate species responses to changing climate in western US ecosystems. The successful applicant will demonstrate experience and interests in plant population and community ecology, functional ecology, and quantitative modelling. Interested applicants should email a statement of interest, CV, contact information for three references, and copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial is okay) to .

PhD position - Landscape Genomics U Wyoming (deadline extended) (Posted 1/5/17)

PhD Under-Represented Domestic Minority (URDM) mentoring Graduate Assistantship available to work with Dr. Melanie Murphy in Department of Ecosystem Science and Management/Program in Ecology at University of Wyoming.  Graduate student research will address distribution and connectivity of amphibian species in the context of species rarity.  Q1 – Is niche breadth explained by rarity? Student will use environmental DNA (eDNA) and species distribution models to estimate niche breath. Q2 - What are the consequences of species’ rarity on connectivity? Student will use genotyping by sequencing (GBS) and a landscape genomics approach to test competing hypotheses of limits to effective dispersal for species by rarity form.  

Prospective students with a background in natural resources, ecology, and/or population genetics are encouraged to apply. Evidence of robust analytical skills, ability to work independently under harsh field conditions, strong work ethic, scientific writing, passion for scientific inquiry, and aptitude for collaborative research are expected.  Additional skills in population genetics laboratory skills, particularly using low quality/low quantity DNA, will be preferred but not required.  Work will require hiking, backpacking, camping, working in harsh field conditions at high elevation and driving a 4WD vehicle.  To apply, please send a statement of interest, complete CV, unofficial transcripts, unofficial GRE scores, and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file (LastName_URDM.pdf) to
. Application deadline is Jan 13, 2017, although review of applicants will begin immediately.  Position starts in August 2017.  

Candidate(s) may be invited to attend a recruiting event in mid to late February (financial support available for travel expenses).  In addition, applicants are encouraged to investigate the Program in Ecology, an integrated, interdepartmental PhD program in ecological science.

Area: University of Wyoming is ideally located in Laramie, Wyoming with easy access to varied field sites and outdoor recreation opportunities. In addition, the campus is only 1 hour from Fort Collins and ~2 hours from an international airport (Denver, CO).

The University of Wyoming Under-Represented Domestic Minority mentoring Graduate Assistantships (URDM) are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from under-represented/ under-served communities and to increase student diversity in our graduate degree programs on a competitive basis. The URDM awards are funded through a partnership of the Office of Academic Affairs and the faculty mentor(s) of the prospective student. The University of Wyoming is an 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. Please go here


Postdoc in tidal wetland ecology in Washington, DC (Posted 2/3/17)

The Gedan Lab at The George Washington University is recruiting a postdoctoral scientist in tidal wetland ecology to begin in Summer 2017.

The focus of the lab is on tidal marsh plant community ecology. They welcome conservation relevant research. The lab integrates field experiments, greenhouse work, spatial data, and environmental monitoring. Our current focus is on the ecological response of tidal marsh plant communities to sea level rise. They are interested in marsh migration and the conversion of natural and human-dominated uplands, as well as the novel ecosystems and interactions occurring in transitioning coastal areas. Established field sites are in the estuaries and coastal bays of the Mid-Atlantic.

Funding is available for 2 years with a competitive salary and benefits package. Conference travel and travel to field sites will also be supported. The Biological Sciences Department at GWU has a vibrant community and strength in ecology and evolutionary biology. The lab is located in a newly constructed interdisciplinary science building in downtown Washington, DC, across the street from the Foggy Bottom Metro station and blocks away from the Smithsonian National History Museum, as well as many other institutions and NGOs that provide opportunities for research collaboration and outreach.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and to apply, go here. In your application, please include a cover letter, CV, brief research statement, and a list of references.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecology and Evolution of Tree Communities (Posted 1/11/17)

Location: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA

The Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute seeks a postdoctoral fellow to join a collaborative research effort to generate and use DNA sequence data of tree communities in large forest census plots to address broad evolutionary, taxonomic and ecological questions. The successful candidate will work with Dr. David Kenfack to synthesize existing DNA sequence data and where necessary develop new DNA sequence data of tree species from across the CTFS-ForestGEO network of plots. The candidate will use these data to address questions on the ecology and evolution of tree communities. Projects might include: studies of trait evolution and coexistence of hyper-diverse genera, tests of species boundaries and cryptic species, community-level studies of functional and phylogenetic diversity, and exploration of the links between phylogenetic diversity and ecosystem function.

Candidates should hold a PhD in evolution, plant systematics, forest ecology or environmental science, have strong skills in DNA sequencing and data analysis, experience in forest ecology, strong writing skills, and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.

The fellowship will be based at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC and will be awarded the standard Smithsonian postdoctoral stipend. The appointment is for two years. The starting date is flexible; earlier start dates are preferred.

To apply, send a single PDF file containing a cover letter including a statement of research interest, CV, contact information for three references, and two relevant publications or manuscripts to Lauren Krizel, CTFS-ForestGEO Program Assistant, . Rolling review of applications will begin February 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.  For further information, contact David Kenfack ().

Freshwater Communications Intern (Posted 11/4/16)

World Wildlife Fund seeks a Freshwater Communications Intern located in Washington, DC. This internship is to support the freshwater team on a variety of communications activities including drafting content, developing strategies, and engaging internal audiences. For more information, go here. Posting Number: IN-17027


MSc/PhD positions at the University of Alberta: Soil carbon-greenhouse gas emissions (Posted 2/3/17)

Looking for outstanding students to fill 2-3 MSc/PhD positions for the following projects.

Project 1: Carbon cycling in agroforestry systems. They aim to understand the controls on carbon storage/sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions in agroforestry systems across different climatic regions in Alberta.

Project 2: Manure and compost management and effects on greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and crop productivity.

Extensive field work will be involved. The projects offer considerable flexibility in designing research programs that investigate areas of personal interest (to the student) within the overall framework of the projects. The projects are in collaboration with Drs. Edward Bork, Cam Carlyle and Xiying Hao within the University of Alberta and with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Lethbridge), a group of people with very strong research programs that the students will be interacting with.

Students with educational background/training/experience in biogeochemistry, ecology, soil science, global change biology, forestry or other related areas are encouraged to apply. Selection of students will be based on academic achievements, reference letters and if applicable previous research experience. Strong verbal, written, and analytical skills are essential. Having a valid driver’s license and a good driving record would be an asset.

Salary ranges between CAN$24,000 and $25,000/year (from a combination of sources) plus graduate student benefits for a period of 2 (MSc) to 4 (PhD) years. It is preferable that successful candidates start their program in summer 2017 or start their laboratory and fieldwork in summer 2017 while applying to the graduate program at the U of A for the fall of 2017 or January 2018.

Interested candidates should e-mail their transcripts (scanned/unofficial), curriculum vitae, a letter describing their research experience and interests (2-page limit), recent TOEFL (minimum of 100 with each section >22 points), or IELTS scores (minimum of 7.0 with each section > 6.0) (those are minimum requirements of the project/lab. group), if appropriate, and the names and contact information of three references to  Dr. Scott Chang, Professor, Forest Soils and Nutrient Dynamics, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E3; Tel: (780) 492-6375; Fax: (780) 492-1767; Email: . Website

Graduate student opportunities in aquatic biogeochemistry at University of Alberta, Edmonton (Posted 2/3/17)

The Catchment and Wetland Sciences group, led by Dr David Olefeldt, studies impacts of disturbances and land management practices on catchment and wetland functions. They have a strong focus on northern peatlands and peatland-rich catchments, with current research conducted on the Boreal and Taiga Plains of western Canada. Here they study topics related to greenhouse gas fluxes, water quality, soil biogeochemistry, terrestrial-aquatic linkages, hydrogeology, permafrost thaw, wildfire, thermokarst, and soil carbon storage.

They are currently looking for at least one new graduate student at either PhD or MSc level to join our group for the fall of 2017, to carry out research with focus on shallow lake biogeochemistry in northern Alberta and in the Northwest Territories. Proficiency with GIS software is an advantage, as well as general knowledge of biogeochemistry, ecology, or aquatic sciences. Specific research topics include impacts of climate change on methane emissions from ponds located in different ecozones of western Canada, or research on impacts of forest management and wildfire on pond water quality.

Interested students with suitable backgrounds and qualified GPA scores are encouraged to explore the information on graduate studies provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Department of Renewable Resources.

How to apply: Please send a letter of interest to .

Include resume/CV describing your skills end education, university transcripts and names of three referees. Positions will be open until suitable candidates have been hired.

Full funding for these graduate opportunities is available through Graduate Research Assistant Fellowships, but students are expected to supplement this funding. This may include NSERC funding or other external sources. The University and the Department of Renewable Resources also provide competitive recruitment awards between $5,000 and $10,000 for outstanding MSc applicants, and between $3,000 and $17,000 for outstanding PhD applicants. Graduates from a Canadian University with a GPA>3.7 on a 4.0 scale and international students with equivalent academic accomplishments usually receive a recruitment award.

Post-doctoral fellow for ecosystem modeling (Posted 1/13/17)

Post-doctoral Fellow: Process-based modelling of responses of small streams to reach-scale and catchment-scale disturbance University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Closing date for applications: 17th February 2017 Start date: 1st May 2017 or soon thereafter They are seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow for a collaborative project between University of British Columbia, Swedish Agricultural University (Umeå, Sweden) and University of Oulu (Finland), to develop process-based models for interactions between small streams and surrounding forests, as well as catchment effects from forestry. The processes of interest include hydrology, geomorphology, chemistry & biology, although they appreciate that most candidates will not be expert in all fields.

The ideal candidate will have excellent quantitative skills in process modelling, and expertise with flowing-water ecosystems, especially their hydrology, geomorphology or biology. Ability to program in a language such as R or Matlab would be highly desired, as would experience with ecosystem model platforms and spatial statistics with GIS. The most qualified applicants will have relevant experience, expertise in biological and physical processes in streams, and a strong interest in stream and riparian systems and disturbance.

Evidence of successful participation in team projects would be helpful.

Applicants must have completed and defended their Ph.D. by the start of the appointment. Previous peer-reviewed scientific publications are highly desirable. Interested applicants should submit the following:

1)    Cover letter, C.V., and the names and contact information for three references
2)    Unofficial transcripts
3)    Examples of your published work

Funding is available for one year, with a second year for reappointment pending satisfactory performance.  Only those called for interviews will be contacted.

The position will mostly involve modelling work at the University of British Columbia, but also require international travel to meetings with partners.

The position will involve limited field research in a number of locations in southern British Columbia. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be based at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of John Richardson.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada will be given priority. They especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

For more information or to apply, contact: Dr. John Richardson, University of British Columbia 

4 PhD positions at the University of Toronto – Fish and Aquatic Ecology (Posted 11/4/16)

Seeking highly capable and motivated individuals for 4 PhD positions as part of a collaborative research project involving the University of Toronto, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Successful applicants will start in May or September 2017 in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program at the University of Toronto (http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/).  Research projects relate to questions regarding how human activities, climate change, habitat quality, and fish community composition influence body size, population growth rates, and overall fish productivity in lakes and rivers.  Projects vary from studies involving considerable amounts of field-based sampling, stable isotope analyses, and population dynamics relationships to those emphasizing modeling body size-spectra relationships and the metabolic theory of ecology.  Students will join an outstanding ecology and evolutionary department and have direct collaborations with both faculty, government research scientists and additional external partners.

Interested individuals should submit their transcripts, resume, and a letter detailing their interest and relevant background to Professors Don Jackson () and Cindy Chu () and as soon as possible and no later than early January 2017.  Please include “Fisheries Doctoral Position” in the subject line of your email.