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Fellowships

ARIZONA

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

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

LOUISIANA

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MARYLAND

SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellowships and Collaborating Mentors: Call for Applications (Posted 9/6/16)

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications from early career scholars (≤ 4 years post PhD) for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2017. Each fellow works with a Collaborating Mentor (scholar) of their choosing that extends the fellow’s current network of collaborators; the mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution. Fellows are in residence at SESYNC full time but are provided travel funds to interact with their mentor and attend conferences. For more information, go here. Pre-screening application deadline is October 24, 2016, 5 p.m. ET.

NEW MEXICO

 Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute (Posted 9/6/16)

The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is unique among postdoctoral appointments. It offers early-career scholars the opportunity to join a collaborative research community that nurtures creative, transdisciplinary thought in pursuit of key insights about the complex systems that underlie science and society. More information is available here. Applications accepted online through October 30, 2016.

NEW YORK

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.

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

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

TEXAS

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

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

WASHINGTON, DC

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

CANADA

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.


Graduate - Internship Opportunities

ALABAMA

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 we 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALASKA

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

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

ARIZONA

Postdoctoral Research Associate I - University Arizona (Posted 9/2/16)

Looking for a creative post-doctoral scientist with a strong background in instrumentation, isotope biogeochemistry, and/or modeling to join an interdisciplinary “ecosystem genomics” team seeking to discover how microbial community composition and metabolism scale to the ecosystem biogeochemistry of carbon, focusing on a carbon-rich biome critical for understanding feedbacks to climate change. The position will focus on methane cycling across land use types in the Amazon of Brazil. More information can be found here. Posting No. P20239.

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

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

ARKANSAS

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

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

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

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

CALIFORNIA

Two M.S. assistantships - Humboldt State University (Posted 9/9/16)

The USGS California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research unit is seeking two highly motivated students to join our lab in the Fisheries Biology department at Humboldt State University. Candidates with interests in marine ecology, community ecology, fisheries management, and ecological modeling are especially encouraged to apply.

One project will use acoustic methods to quantify the density of potential salmonid predators in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This study is part of a larger project that seeks to assess juvenile chinook salmon mortality due to predation during their outmigration. Primary duties will include fieldwork to measure predator densities with hydroacoustics and electroshocking, processing of the acoustic data, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation.

The other student will study the impacts of aquaculture on the benthic and epibenthic invertebrate community in Humboldt Bay. This research will be used to inform ecosystem models under development to inform management decisions regarding aquaculture practices. Primary duties will include fieldwork to collect invertebrate samples, laboratory sorting and identification of invertebrates, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation.

Both positions require a B.S. in biology, ecology, marine science, or related field and have an anticipated start date of January 2017. The salary for both assistantships is $18,000 per year for 2 years and include some tuition assistance.

To apply, please submit a brief description of interests, CV, and transcripts to Dr. Mark Henderson (). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. 

Two Ph.D. Positions: Community Ecology, University of California-Riverside (Posted 9/2/16)

Two Ph.D. positions are available in the lab of Dr. Nicole Rafferty in the Department of Biology at the University of California-Riverside for fall 2017. Research in the lab spans the fields of community ecology, population biology, and global change, with a focus on plants and pollinators. Current research centers on understanding how climate change-induced shifts in phenology and spatial distribution affect species interactions.

Students will participate in the Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) Graduate Program with opportunities to conduct fieldwork in the University of California Natural Reserves and the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab. Students can benefit from the strong and growing network of community and pollination ecologists across departments (including the Department of Entomology and the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences).

Preference will be given to applicants with prior ecological research experience and a B.S. or M.S. in biology or a related discipline. Applicants from under-represented groups are encouraged. UCR is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity.

To apply, please contact Dr. Rafferty () by November 17 with your CV, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores, and a short statement describing prior research experiences and interests. Full applications are due to the EEOB Program by December 1.

Postdoctoral Researcher Position: State of Alaska's Salmon and People Synthesis at NCEAS (Posted 8/30/16)

The University of California, Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) invites applicants for a 100% time Postdoctoral scholar position to support synthesis research and working group collaboration for a new project – State of Alaska’s Salmon and People (SASAP). The position will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA with the regular travel to Alaska anticipated. The SASAP project is jointly led by Dr. Frank Davis, NCEAS and Dr. Ian Dutton, Nautilus Impact Investing. For more information, go here. Apply by September 9, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for applications: 18 September 2016.

More information is available here and here.

PIs for the projects are: Mike Dawson, Jay Sexton

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

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

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

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

COLORADO

Communications and Special Projects Intern, EcoAgriculture (Posted 9/7/16)

EcoAgriculture Partners is seeking an intern to work with their Head of Communications in Boulder, Colorado, from their headquarters in Washington, DC, or remotely (for a candidate with demonstrated remote work experience). The Fall Communications Intern will have the unique task of helping to renew and reinvigorate a key service of EcoAgriculture Partners, the Landscape Measures Resource Center (LMRC). For more information, go here. Apply by September 9, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONNECTICUT

PhD Opportunity in Applied Forest Ecology - starting Jan 2017 (Posted 9/22/16)

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 Spring 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. 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 (Robert[dot]fahey[at]uconn[dot]edu), with the following information: Curriculum vitae or resume, GPA and GRE scores, brief statement of research experience, interests and career goals, and contact information for 2-3 references. For more information on my research program, please visit the lab website here. 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 November 1st, 2016 to warrant full consideration. 

MS Opportunity in Wetland Ecology at UConn (beginning Jan 2017) (Posted 9/22/16)

A MS level graduate student position is available in the Lawrence Lab in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. The Lawrence Lab conducts primary and applied research focused on improving our understanding of wetland community composition and ecosystem function. The funded project is focused on assessing the impacts of road salt pollution on plant communities and carbon cycling in forested wetlands of southern New England. Research assistant funding is available for a master’s student to begin studies during the spring 2017 semester (January 2017).

The ideal candidate for this project will have a BS in a related field, plant identification skills, previous field and laboratory research experience, the ability to work independently, and enthusiasm for the scientific process. To be considered, please contact Dr. Beth Lawrence prior to applying via email () with the following information: Curriculum vitae or resume, GPA and GRE scores, brief statement of research experience, interests and career goals, and contact information for 2-3 references. For more information on my research program, please visit her lab website here. 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. Lawrence should be made before November 1, 2016 to warrant full consideration. 

Ph. D. and M. S. positions available in Community Ecology (Posted 9/15/16)

The Bagchi lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut invites applications from motivated and independent Ph. D. and M. S. students to start in the Fall of 2017. Our group combines experimental and quantitative approaches to investigate processes that regulate diversity in ecological communities, especially in the context of natural and anthropogenic gradients. Our work involves both tropical forests and temperate systems. For more information, go here.

Ph.D. and M.Sc. opportunities ­ plant-arthropod interactions and global change (Posted 9/14/16)

The laboratory of Interactions and Global Change – University of Connecticut is accepting applications from prospective M.Sc. and Ph.D students interested in the study of ecological and evolutionary processes in plant-arthropod interactions and climate change.

E-mail the PI – Carlos Garcia-Robledo (), sending a one-page letter of intent describing your research interests, qualifications and a brief description of the type of research that you would like to pursue in grad school. Please also include your CV, unofficial transcripts, and if already available, GRE (all students) – TOEFL (only international students) scores.

More information about the lab can be found here.

FLORIDA

Ph.D. position in geospatial analysis of sustainable and resilient land development Ph.D. (Posted 9/14/16)

The lab of Dr. Basil Iannone in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) at the University of Florida is looking to hire a highly-motivated and imaginative individual to fill a Ph.D. positions starting in fall 2017.  The student’s Ph.D. program will contribute to the efforts of an interdisciplinary cohort comprised of faculty from the SFRC, the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, the Department of Soil and Water Science, the Program for Resource Efficient Communities, and the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology focusing on sustainable and resilient land use.  This cohort encompasses interests and expertise in community ecology, geospatial analysis, hydrology, soil science, and analysis of “big data”.  The students will also have the opportunity to work with many other faculty from across the campus, as well as with various stakeholders, on developing interdisciplinary research projects. This is an exciting opportunity, as the selected candidate will have the chance to contribute to an emerging program focusing on applying and developing geospatial analytical techniques to address questions pertaining to sustainable and resilient land use, the impacts of current and future land development on remnant natural and semi-natural areas, and the incorporation of principles of ecosystem services and ecological functioning into future land development.  This position will likely require field, lab, and computational work.  

Required: The candidate must have a master’s degree in ecology or in another related and relevant field, and strong interests in spatial ecology and analysis, interdisciplinary research, applying research findings to real-world conservation efforts, and outreach and extension.  

Desirable qualifications: A strong background in statistical analysis, GIS, and in writing research proposals and publications. 

For consideration:  Please email: (1) a Letter of Interests stating your qualifications and interests in this position, (2) your C.V., (3) unofficial transcripts for all completed coursework, (4) copies of your GRE scores, (5) a list of three professional references who are be willing to write letters of support on your behalf, and (6) no more than two representative publications or writing samples to Basil Iannone at .

Please place “Interested in Ph.D. Position” in subject line.  Review of applicants will begin immediately.  Please note that 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, how to apply, and application deadlines.

Post-doc opportunity Estuarine Water quality - NOAA - Miami, FL (Posted 9/6/16)

Mississippi State University in coordination with NOAA is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research associate position in water quality dynamics and statistical analyses starting immediately. The position will be advised from Mississippi State University through the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering but stationed (i.e. located) at the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Florida.

NOAA recently designated Biscayne Bay, Florida as one of ten national habitat focus, based in large part on warning signs of eutrophication. This designation states that NOAA will try to make significant habitat improvements in Biscayne Bay within 3‐5 years. The first goal in the implementation plan is to “by 2020, understand major sources of nutrients that contribute significantly to phytoplankton and algal blooms in Biscayne Bay and work with resource managers to enhance policies and management approaches for improving water quality.” In response to this goal, this project will focus on data analysis and the eventual development of a finite element water quality model for Biscayne Bay.

The minimum qualification for this position is a PhD in environmental science, engineering, or related field. Preferred qualifications include experience with nutrient and phytoplankton dynamics, water quality modeling, computer coding, time series analysis, statistical software, and data quality assurance and quality control. We are looking for an independent and productive candidate with a proven track record in research and publications. The position is dependent upon annual funding.

Interested candidates should send 1) cover letter, 2) CV, and 3) list of three references to Anna Linhoss .

Graduate positions in ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral genetics and genomics (Posted 9/2/16)

The Hughes lab at Florida State University is recruiting new graduate students in Fall 2017. The lab is broadly interested in evolutionary, ecological and behavioral genetics and genomics. Our goal is to understand how natural selection, mediated by the physical, biological, and social environment, interacts with other evolutionary processes to maintain genetic diversity in ecologically important traits. We want to know how much of the ubiquitous genetic diversity in natural populations is adaptive and how much is non-adaptive, and we are interested in the consequences of both kinds of variation for individuals, populations, and species. We work mainly with natural populations of poeciliid fish and fruit flies, but are open to students who wish to study other organisms. We use techniques that include field studies, lab and field experiments, and genetic, genomic and behavioral analysis. Students are encouraged to develop their own projects within this broad framework. Current student projects include investigating the interaction of inheritance and social environment in determining alternative male life histories in mollies, the genetic and genomic consequences of sexual selection and mate preference in guppies; genetic, social, and physiological modifiers of aggression and dominance in mosquitofish, and the genetics and evolution of immunity and aging in fruit flies.

The Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program at FSU has a long history of excellence in student training and research, and includes many faculty with overlapping interests at the interface of ecology, evolution, and genetics. Graduate students are provided with teaching or research assistantships which supply a stipend, and with tuition waivers and health insurance. FSU also offers competitive graduate Fellowships, which have an early deadline for application. The Tallahassee area is a hotspot for biodiversity and offers access to diverse habitats including terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Interested students should contact Kim Hughes () prior to applying to the graduate program and to discuss application procedures.  FSU is an equal opportunity employer.

Internships in the Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station (Posted 8/30/16)

Research Interns (3-4) needed for approximately 6-8 months in the Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station, directed by Dr. Reed Bowman.
Their research focuses primarily on the demography, ecology, and behavior of the Federally Threatened Florida Scrub-Jay. Interns contribute to several aspects of this research, but their duties primarily focus on searching for and monitoring nests, conducting periodic censuses of color-banded birds, and habituating young-of-the-year birds for subsequent trapping. In addition, interns may assist in surveys of jay populations at other sites, trapping and banding jays, mapping territories, measuring and bleeding adult and nestling birds, processing blood samples, and counting acorns and arthropods.
Interns are expected to devote a minimum of 50% of their time to our long-term projects and to devote the rest of their time to an independent project on some aspect of the ecology of scrub-jays, although some interns have worked on other species. Internships offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations. These internships are excellent preparation for students intending to pursue graduate school (see "The Postbac: One or two years that make careers," in Science Careers, from the 10 Aug. 2007 issue of Science).

Applicants should be interested in birds, ecology and evolution, and natural history. Applicants must also possess a strong desire to engage in independent research, the ability to work under hot, humid field conditions, and enjoy working as part of a team. Successful applicants have completed their undergraduate degree, obtained relevant field experience, and are seeking to prepare themselves for graduate school.

As ecologists, we understand the importance of diversity and encourage applications from individuals belonging to groups under-represented in ecology.

Internships include room and board and a $100 weekly stipend and expenses associated with their independent project.

Opportunities for graduate research also exist. All positions begin in mid-late January but duration is flexible, from 6-months (through July) to 8-months (through September) and some flexibility exists in both start and end dates. To apply, please send: (1) a cover letter outlining relevant educational and work experience, research interests, and how you believe an internship in our lab will help you achieve your goals, (2) a resume or CV, (3) unofficial transcripts, and (4) the names and contact information of three references by 14 October 2017, to Dr. Angela Tringali, Avian Ecology Lab, Archbold Biological Station, 123 Main Dr. Venus, FL 33960; (PH: 863-465-2571, FX: 863-699-1927, EM: atringali AT archbold-station.org). E-mail applications encouraged. Please note that we are unable to host international interns with the necessary work visa, and therefore cannot extend offers to international applicants.

Additional information on internships at Archbold Biological Station and the Avian Ecology Program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GEORGIA

Postdoctoral Research Associate -- Adaptive Selection of Great Lakes Restoration Project Investments (Posted 9/15/16)

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is a large US Federal program aimed at protecting and restoring the largest system of surface freshwater in the world.  Participating federal agencies are committed to implement a science-based “adaptive management framework” to prioritize ecosystem problems to be targeted, select projects to address the problems, and assess the effectiveness of projects that are carried out.  The framework describes an iterative process of planning, project implementation, monitoring of restoration effectiveness and ecosystem health, and prioritization of ecosystem threats.  The framework further outlines a general process by which learning feedbacks should be incorporated into future iterations of project selection.

Seek a postdoctoral research associate to lead development of an adaptive approach to the selection of restoration project portfolios.  The research will draw heavily on principles of decision analysis, in which the valuation of decision outcomes and the building of models to predict those outcomes are co-equal endeavors.  The incumbent will work with decision stakeholders from the participating agencies to frame the decision making context, identify restoration priorities, characterize uncertainties in predicting project outcomes, and design systems of monitoring to assess satisfaction of project goals.  The incumbent’s work will focus on the western basin of Lake Erie, the pilot geography for this effort.  This project will result in protocols and technical tools for the selection of projects, monitoring designs to focus learning feedbacks into decision making, and publications to synthesize the work.  The incumbent will work under the direction of Dr. Clint Moore (USGS, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit) and will work closely with other members of the research team, Dr. Peter Esselman (USGS – Great Lakes Science Center) and Dr. Seth Guikema (University of Michigan).

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in ecology, natural resource management, biometrics, natural resource economics, applied mathematics, statistics, operations research, or related field.  Candidates should be able to demonstrate through study, work experience, or publications the application of decision analysis to problems in natural resources management.  Competitive candidates will have one or more of the following qualifications: a background in structured decision making and/or adaptive management, knowledge of ecosystem restoration, skills and experience with stakeholder workshops and facilitation, and facility in modeling, estimation, and optimization.  The candidate must have excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills, and he/she must demonstrate commitment to timely completion of deliverables, commitment to publication of results in peer-reviewed outlets, and strong potential to work collaboratively with multiple agencies on a highly visible research topic.

Occasional travel to stakeholder meetings and scientific conferences is required. The candidate will be employed by the Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Georgia and based in Athens GA during part of the year (up to 2 months) or periodically throughout the year (depending on work load). The need for a high degree of contact and face-to-face collaboration with USGS and other partner agencies requires that the candidate work from the USGS – Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, MI for the remaining 9-10 months of the year. The candidate selected for the position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.

This is a full-time, fixed-term, non-tenure-track appointment for up to 18 months.  Extension of the appointment beyond 12 months is possible depending on funding availability and satisfactory performance of the candidate.  Annual salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.  Benefits include health insurance options and paid leave; a full list of benefits offered by the University of Georgia may be found here.

To Apply:  Interested candidates should provide in a **single PDF document (1) a cover letter that addresses qualifications and skills in the areas of expertise listed above, (2) a current vita, (3) a transcript of PhD work indicating degree award date, and (4) the names and contact information of three references who can attest to the candidate’s qualifications.  Send applications and inquiries by email to Dr. Clint Moore, Assistant Unit Leader, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, .  Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

Graduate Research Assistant (PhD) - Conservation & Adaptive Management - Univ. of Georgia (Posted 9/6/16)

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Description: Research will focus on improving an adaptive management framework for the conservation of Robust Redhorse.

Responsibilities: Use structured decision making and scenario forecasting in collaboration with several stakeholders to evaluate alternative conservation strategies; interact with scientists at the Georgia Cooperative Research Unit and our partners; and perform other duties as required.

Qualifications: MS in Fisheries, Ecology, Statistics, or related field.  The most competitive applicants will likely have a strong quantitative background.  Prior to applying, qualified applicants should send a single email containing: 1) cover letter describing professional interests, 2) CV, 3) GPAs, and 4) GRE scores. Recommended minimum scores for Warnell School – GPA: 3.0, GRE: 1200 (or equivalent).

Salary: Approximately $25,000/yr plus tuition waiver and benefits for 3 yrs, with potential for additional support.  Student will be responsible for student fees (approx. $3,500/yr).

Closing Date: Currently considering applications (through 15-Oct-16). Open until filled.  Anticipated enrollment January 2017.

Contact: Dr. Brian Irwin, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, e:

Weblinks: University of Georgia; Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; Integrative Conservation PhD Program; Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units

Ph.D. student opportunity, physiological ecology of trees and forest ecosystem processes - Univ. of Georgia (Posted 9/6/16)

The University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is seeking a Ph.D. student to conduct research focused on the physiological ecology of trees and forest ecosystem processes in the Aubrey Lab beginning fall of 2017. Ideal candidates would already possess extensive field and laboratory experience, proven problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a solid statistical background, an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team, and motivation to develop, conduct, and publish basic and applied research in the field of forest ecophysiology. Candidates should possess a M.S. degree in ecology, plant biology, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will receive a four year graduate assistantship that consists of an annual stipend of approximately $21k and tuition waiver. The graduate assistantship will have both teaching and research responsibilities—the student will be on a teaching assistantship while completing coursework at Warnell and on a research assistantship while completing research at SREL. Student fees of approximately $1k per semester, which include the matriculation fee and activity, athletic, health, student facilities, technology, and transportation fees will be assessed. If you are interested in this opportunity, please familiarize yourself with Warnell’s admission requirements and deadlines and send a single pdf containing: (1) a 1-2 page statement of your research interests and a summary of your professional career goals that explains why you think working in the Aubrey Lab will help you realize these goals; (2) a current CV; (3) unofficial transcripts showing all previous coursework, degrees, and GPA; (4) GRE scores; and (5) contact information of three references to Dr. Doug Aubrey (). If selected to compete for this assistantship, you will be encouraged to submit an application to the UGA Graduate School prior to December 31st 2016. Aubrey Lab; Savannah River Ecology Laboratory; Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; Warnell’s admission requirementsA pdf with hyperlinks can also be found here.

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

A postdoctoral research training opportunities is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). This appointment will be served with the Computational Exposure Division (CED) in Athens, Georgia. For more information, go here.

HAWAII

Postdoctoral Researcher – Mangrove Biogeochemistry - Univ. of Hawaii (Posted 9/6/16)

The Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher to examine aquatic carbon cycling in the coastal Florida Everglades, situated in the largest contiguous mangrove forest in North America. This multi-disciplinary project, with investigators from University of Hawaii, NASA, NOAA and the National Park Service, aims to quantify the seasonal variability in sources and sinks of aquatic carbon in order to determine the fate of CO2 sequestered by mangroves of the coastal Florida Everglades.

The project will use a combination of 3He/SF6 tracer release experiments, underway and discrete measurements of carbon concentrations and isotopes during process studies in the Florida coastal Everglades.

The successful applicant will join a research group focused on studying transport and mixing in natural waters, and carbon cycling in coastal environments, and will be responsible for planning and leading field experiments, data reduction and analysis, as well as presentation at national/international meetings, and preparation of manuscript for publication. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal based on performance. The position will be based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and will require travel to Florida for extended periods.

The appointee should possess the following qualifications, skills, abilities and experience:

1. PhD in biogeochemistry, environmental chemistry or relevant field.
2. Demonstrated relevant publication record in refereed journals.
3. Demonstrated experience in carbon cycle research in estuaries.
4. Experience in one or more of the following: measurements of trace gases with gas chromatography, measurements of pCO2, pH, alkalinity, DIC, and δ13C
5. Experienced in multidisciplinary, team-based research activities with the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.
6. Highly developed organizational and time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
7. A capacity for adaptability and
flexibility in a rapidly changing, and occasionally harsh environmental conditions.
8. Experience in applying workplace health and safety procedures for field work, laboratories and laboratory equipment.

For questions about the position, or to apply for the position, please email Prof. David Ho at . Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, a personal statement describing research experience and interests, addressing each of the selection criteria, relevant peer-reviewed publications, and names and contact information of three referees. Evaluation will begin immediately with an anticipated start date of November 1, 2016.

IDAHO

Graduate Assistantship in forest regeneration at University of Idaho (Posted 9/9/16)

The University of Idaho Silviculture Lab (housed within the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences) is seeking a highly motivated candidate for graduate research, preferably at the M.S. level, with an interest in silviculture, forest regeneration, or tree improvement. The student will work on a National Science Foundation, Center for Advanced Forestry Systems (CAFS) funded project examining the performance of genetically superior western larch (Larix occidentalis) families in the nursery and in a field experiment testing the interacting effects of pure versus mixed-
family plantings, site quality, and competing vegetation intensity. The student is expected to begin January 2017. The project is a collaboration between the Inland Empire Tree Improvement Cooperative and the Intermountain Forestry
Cooperative at the University of Idaho. Members of these cooperatives included numerous private, state, and federal
organizations that the student will interact with through attendance and presentations at annual meetings. Seedlings will be grown at the University of Idaho Franklin H. Pitkin Forest Nursery, which grows more than 400,000 seedlings per year. The Nursery is conveniently located near the University of Idaho main campus in Moscow, Idaho. Outplanting field sites will be located across the Inland Empire (northeastern Washington to the crest of the Bitterroot Mountains).

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

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

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

Graduate student opportunity in modeling forest disturbances at the University of Idaho (Posted 8/30/16)

Three years of funding is available for a PhD student to study forest responses and vulnerability to climate change and natural disturbances (wildfires and bark beetles) as part of an interdisciplinary NSF-funded project in the Pacific Northwest. The overarching goal of this integrated ecological and socioeconomic project is to support policy and other decision-making processes at the local, regional, and national scales to reduce the risk of wildfire becoming a disaster and increase community and ecological adaptive capacities.  Specific objectives include incorporating a model of bark beetle outbreaks into ecohydrology models, determining responses to climate change and management actions, assessing interactions with wildfires, and quantifying impacts to water, carbon, and other ecosystem processes and services.  Desirable qualifications include quantitative skills, familiarity with ecosystem modeling and computer programming, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a research-based MS thesis.  Students have the opportunity to receive a degree in either Geography or Environmental Science.  Outstanding applicants for an MS degree will be considered.  Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, GPA, GRE scores, and a statement of interest (all materials) to Dr. Jeffrey Hicke ().  Inquiries via email or phone (208-885-6240) are welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ILLINOIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INDIANA

Purdue Post-doctoral Scholars in Natural Resources - Purdue Univ. (Posted 9/13/16)

Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources seeks candidates for 1-2 post-doctoral positions for its annual recurring competition for post-doctoral scholars in natural resources science or management. The department has a broad environmental scope with nationally ranked doctoral programs, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches across a spectrum of research areas including ecology, genetics, forest biology, forest measurement and assessment/GIS, wood products, wildlife, fisheries and aquatic sciences, and natural resources social science. Departmental faculty members actively participate in interdisciplinary initiatives including the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Center for the Environment, Purdue Water Community, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustainability, Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Center for Global Soundscapes, Center for Regional Development, Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and the Natural Resources Development Institute.

Requirements for the position(s) include a Ph.D. in natural resources or related discipline, evidence of initiative, independence, and productivity, and a commitment to conservation of natural resources. The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.

Positions will be 2-year appointments at a salary of $47,480, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of $5,000/year in addition to any research funds that are provided by mentors.

Application Process: Before applying, interested individuals should contact prospective postdoctoral mentors in the department to discuss project ideas. A list of faculty mentors is available here.  Mentoring may be sought from individual faculty or by faculty teams, whichever is more appropriate to successfully conduct the proposed work.

To apply to the Natural Resources Scholars program candidates must submit a) names of one or more faculty who have agreed to serve as mentors for the proposed project, b) a curriculum vitae, c) a proposal describing the work to be undertaken, d) two letters of reference, and
e) a 1-page statement of support from the proposed mentor(s). Materials should be submitted as PDF files via email to with the subject line “Application: Postdoc Scholars in Natural Resources”.  Letter writers should submit their recommendations directly using the email address above.  The deadline for receiving completed applications is 15 October 2016.

Applicants may propose projects that complement, extend, or synthesize existing efforts and interests of the faculty. The proposal should identify the issue to be addressed, summarize the current level of knowledge as it relates to the issue, describe the objective(s) of the proposed work, provide the study design and methods used to meet the objective(s), explain expected results and deliverables, and highlight their scientific and broader significance.  The proposal is limited to a 300-word summary page and three (3) single-spaced pages, not including references, using one-inch margins and a minimum 11-point standard font.

Applications will be judged on overall quality including prior performance, support letters, and the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the proposal.  For additional information, please contact Douglass Jacobs, Fred M. van Eck Professor and Associate Department Head of Research ().

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Postdoctoral Researcher on Ecophysiology Modeling - Univ. of Notre Dame (Posted 9/6/16)

Relating Plant Hydraulics to Ecosystem Carbon Accumulation

The Medvigy lab, in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, is seeking an ecophysiologist or wood anatomist with interest in plant hydraulics and numerical modeling. The fellow will work both independently and as part of a collaborative team to study how changes in climate, and especially precipitation, impact plant hydraulics, plant biomass production, and ultimately ecosystem carbon balances. This is primarily a modeling position, but a measurement component may be possible depending on the candidate.

A range of available projects includes: (1) Modeling and analysis of coupled water-carbon dynamics in plant stems; (2) Modeling and analysis of the phenology of wood formation; and (3) Developing and testing models of carbon allocation to better understand how ecosystem carbon storage will respond to changing climate regimes.

To align with these projects, the candidate should have a strong working knowledge of mechanisms related to tree stem growth and/or plant hydraulics, and how these mechanisms depend on the physical environment. Expertise in the numerical modeling of ecosystems and/or organisms is preferred, but outstanding candidates with an experimental background will also be considered.  

The position is designed to ensure a strong training trajectory for a biologist aspiring to an independent research career. This includes a rich opportunity to interface with other quantitative/computational/environmental biologists in the department and across campus, including the Environmental Change Initiative, along with collaborators at other institutions. Salary will be at standard levels per NIH and institutional guidelines.

Submit a current C.V. and names of 3 references to Dr. David Medvigy, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, IN  46556-0369, .

The University of Notre Dame is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purdue University is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer.

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

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

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

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

IOWA

PhD opportunity in soil carbon cycling at Iowa State University (Posted 9/9/16)

Steven Hall's lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University is seeking a PhD student with broad interests in soil organic matter dynamics in natural and agricultural ecosystems. We are seeking a student with interests in applying high-frequency stable isotope measurements in the lab and field to tackle cutting-edge questions in soil carbon cycling. There is a unique funding opportunity for a well-qualified student who would begin study in January 2017. We are seeking a creative and hard-working student with significant prior research experience. Prospective students should have a background in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, and/or soil science. Interested students should send a cover letter describing their interests, along with a CV, to . Students from backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education are highly encouraged to apply.

KANSAS

Ph.D. or M.S. in aquatic microbial biogeochemistry at the University of Kansas (Posted 9/13/16)

The Burgin Lab at the University of Kansas is seeking applicants for M.S. and Ph.D. students (to start in Fall 2017) focused on exploring the intersection between aquatic biogeochemistry and microbial ecology. More details on current lab projects can be found at the lab website.  Successful applicants will describe previous research experience in aquatic or ecosystem ecology, field work or lab chemistry analyses. Applicants should also demonstrate previous writing and data analysis experience. Experience with managing undergraduate researchers, large datasets (e.g., generated by sensors) or working as part of a collaborative team are a plus.


Students will apply through KU’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Students will be funded on a combination of grants and teaching support; EEB provides 10 semesters (Ph.D.) or 4 semesters (M.S.) of support on admission to the department. Tuition and travel support are also generally available to admitted EEB students. Answers to frequently asked questions about financial support, requirements and life in Lawrence can be found here.  Lawrence consistently ranks as a top college town due to the combination of great arts and entertainment options, eclectic small-town shopping and excellent dining.

Prior to applying, please contact Amy Burgin () with your C.V. and a brief note on your interests in getting a graduate degree (more details here).  Details on how to apply to the department are here. The completed application includes: the university form, C.V., Graduate Interest Statement, 3 Letters of Recommendation, GRE scores and proof of English proficiency (for non-native speakers). The deadline for applications is 1 December 2016.

KENTUCKY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOUISIANA

Research Assistant Position in Wetland Biogeochemistry at LUMCON (Posted 9/2/16)

The Roberts Lab of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking a research assistant in Wetland Biogeochemistry to participate in a series of field/laboratory and manipulative experiments studying the effects of the Macondo Oil Spill on coastal marsh ecosystems. The assistant will join a large, multi- institution team of researchers in the Coastal Waters Consortium, a BP GoMRI-funded project studying the impacts of the oil spill and future spills on marshes and coastal environments. More information is available here. Open until filled.

MAINE

Please check back.

MARYLAND

Graduate Assistantships in Urban Ecosystems - University of Maryland

PhD or MS student assistantships are available to work in Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman’s lab at the University of Maryland (http://pavaozuckerman.wordpress.com) to 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. The lab investigates biogeochemical and ecohydrologic responses of green infrastructure, urban soils, and urban forests, and collaborates with hydrologists, engineers, landscape
architects, geographers, and planners.

Applicants should have a degree in ecology, environmental science, soil science, geography, 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 here and here.  Assistantships include a tuition waiver, stipend, and health benefits - the students would start in Fall 2017.

To apply, please contact Dr. Pavao-Zuckerman () with your CV, unofficial transcript(s) & GRE scores, and a short statement describing research interests and career goals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location: Annapolis, MD

Responsibilities include:

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

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

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

Send resume to

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

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

MASSACHUSETTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

MICHIGAN

Two postdoctoral positions in Forest Ecosystem and Earth Systems Science, MSU (Posted 8/30/16)

The Michigan State Department of Forestry is pleased to announce two Research Associate positions in Forest Ecosystem and Earth Systems Science investigating how changing forest structure and function influence atmospheric circulation and ultimately impact Ecoclimate Teleconnections. For more information, go here. Posting No. 3738. Review of applications begins on September 15, 2016.

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

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

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

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

Michigan State is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MINNESOTA

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

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

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

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

MISSISSIPPI

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MISSOURI

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

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

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

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

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

MONTANA

Two postdoctoral positions - rangeland ecology and conservation - University of Montana (Posted 9/9/16)

Two postdoctoral research scientist positions are available within the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. The shared objectives of these positions are to 1) study the broad scale dynamics of rangeland ecosystems in North America; and 2) advance rangeland conservation. Research avenues span a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to): model development to improve estimation of gross/net primary
productivity on rangelands; quantifying rangeland conifer encroachment and restoration (e.g., conifer removal); identifying and mapping rangeland resilience to disturbance; exploring trends in broad scale rangeland vegetation abundance and characteristics; quantifying land use and land cover change; estimating the biological values and ecosystem services generated by wetland resources throughout western North America; developing new conservation targeting platforms and tools.

The individuals will be key members of the Sage Grouse Initiative science team, working directly with other team members at the University of Montana and in collaboration with science partners across the western United States. The Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) is one of the largest conservation projects in North America. Launched by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2010, SGI has worked to voluntarily reduce threats facing sage-grouse and rangelands. Over the past five years, SGI has matured into a primary catalyst for rangeland and wildlife conservation across the North American west, focusing on the shared vision of conservation through sustainable working landscapes and ecosystem conservation. SGI and its partners have invested $760 million for conservation implementation. The SGI science team is responsible for advancing the science of rangeland and sage-grouse conservation, outcome monitoring, and continental assessment.

Seek those who are enthusiastic and motivated, and are willing to provide guidance, leadership, and new perspectives to help push the boundaries of rangeland ecology and conservation. Individuals must be able to work in a cooperative and dynamic team environment. Responsibilities will include project development and implementation, peer reviewed manuscripts, and engagement with partners and stakeholders. Knowledge of rangeland ecology and conservation paradigms is preferred, but not required.

Preferred analytic qualifications and skills include: experience with large geospatial datasets; knowledge of earth system models and algorithms; knowledge of remote sensing techniques and analyses; geospatial programming; experience with Google Earth Engine APIs; Linux/Unix computing environments; cloud computing environments (e.g., Google Cloud Platform). An individual does not need to necessarily possess this full suite of qualifications, but
these skills and tools are used across a variety of projects.

Salary will be $60-80k/year, commensurate with ability and performance. A full benefit package with the University of Montana is provided. The duration of the two positions is three and two years, respectively. Preferred start date is fall 2016 or winter 2017. Preferred location is Missoula, MT.

To inquire and apply, please provide a complete CV, including references, and a short statement of current and future research interests to Brady Allred ().

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

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

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

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

NEBRASKA

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NEVADA

Postdoc position at nexus of plant restoration, soil biogeochemistry, and ecosystem resilience in arid ecosystems - Univ. of Nevada, Reno (Posted 9/2/16)

The laboratories of Drs. Benjamin Sullivan and Elizabeth Leger invite applications for a post-doctoral level research associate. The postdoc will lead research investigations into plant-soil interactions in native arid land and restored arid fields and the resilience of ecosystem functions in these ecosystems. The project will build on existing and ongoing research into restoration of old fields in arid ecosystems. The questions motivating this research are both applied and fundamental in scope, and the work will consist of a balance between field and laboratory research.

The ideal candidate will have both a strong publication record, mentoring experience, and excellent communication skills. Preferred qualifications include soil biogeochemical laboratory skills, molecular sequencing and data analysis, and experience with field research. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in soil ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, or a related field prior to appointment. Previous field experience in arid ecosystems is encouraged, but not a pre-requisite. Funding for this position is available for one year beginning in December 2016.

To apply: prospective candidates should email (in a single PDF file) a cover letter, CV, one page-statement of experience and interest, and the names and contact information of three references to Ben Sullivan (). Applications will be reviewed beginning September 15, 2016. The position will be open until filled.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunities and Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation. Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Reno is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe and was recently rated one of the best small cities in the US for outdoor recreation and overall quality of life.

Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.) and Post-DoctoralResearcher in Riparian Landscape Restoration and Ecological Resilience Science - 2 positions (Posted 8/30/16)

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada Reno has available a graduate research assistantship position to study spatiotemporal patterns of regeneration failure for the invasive annual grass, Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass). At least two years of funding are available. For more information, go here. Applications received by October 1, 2016 will receive full consideration. 

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

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

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

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

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

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Ph.D. Fellowship in Ecosystem Services - Dartmouth College (Posted 9/2/16)

Dartmouth's doctoral program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society seeks applicants for a graduate fellowship focusing on the ecology, economics, and governance of ecosystem services to begin in the Fall of 2017. Potential research topics might include the science and policy of carbon storage in temperate forests, the use of deliberative multicriteria analysis in managing forests and watersheds, and the bioeconomics of forest insect pests. The ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary background that includes aspects of environmental science and economics plus demonstrated capability in research. The EEES graduate program offers a cross-cutting intellectual environment, ample resources for graduate students, and a committed faculty.

To initiate an application, please e-mail a CV and statement of interest to Richard Howarth (). Applications should be completed by 1 December 2016 using the Dartmouth online application.

NEW JERSEY

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NEW MEXICO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW YORK

Graduate student positions in species interactions and invasion ecology (Posted 8/30/16)

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 graduate students (PhD or MS) 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. Looking for students to start in August 2017, but there is also potential to start as a graduate student in January 2017 or 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. 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 interested in students who want to integrate complementary approaches to address research questions. Students with substantial field experience who 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 research interests. 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). There is also the potential to develop other project ideas related to species interactions and invasion ecology.

Students will be supported by teaching assistantships (including waived tuition) 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 major 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 highlighting your qualifications and relevant skills, and stating why you would like the position. 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. Review of applicants will begin immediately and be reviewed until positions are filled.

Qualified applicants will be invited to send in a formal application to the Graduate School.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NORTH CAROLINA

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NORTH DAKOTA

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

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

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

OHIO

Post-Doctoral Scientist Position in Fisheries Ecology - The Ohio State University – Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (Posted 9/15/16)

Drs. Stuart A. Ludsin and Elizabeth A. Marschall have two years of support for a Post-doctoral Scientist to contribute to ongoing research centered on the ecology of Lake Erie’s fish communities. A major emphasis will be placed on understanding how human-driven environmental change has and will continue to impact Lake Erie and its food webs and fisheries. The successful applicant also will assist in redesigning and analyzing an Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Wildlife lower food web (phytoplankton and zooplankton) and nutrient monitoring database for Lake Erie, which will be integrated with long-term fish assessment databases. The successful applicant will lead and co-author manuscripts, present scientific papers, and help mentor students who are conducting related field, laboratory, and modeling research. Opportunities, if interested, would exist to participate in field and lab work, gain university teaching experience, attend training workshops, and write research grants.

Location: The incumbent would join a dynamic, interactive group of faculty, post-docs, and students at the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL; www.ael.osu.edu/), in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (www.eeob.osu.edu/). Office space and necessary computer equipment will be provided in the AEL, located on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Support to attend scientific meetings also will be provided annually.

Qualifications: A successful applicant will be creative, motivated, and capable of working both independently and cooperatively within an interdisciplinary group, including academics and agency biologists. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in biology, fisheries science, biostatistics, or a related field. Strong quantitative and communication skills are required. Ideal candidates will have a strong knowledge of statistics and computer programming experience (ideally in R, SAS, or Matlab). Additional experience in database design and management is desired, but not required.

Salary: $47,484/year plus comprehensive benefits package

How to apply: Electronically submit a single PDF with cover letter, CV, and names/contact information of three references to Dr. Stuart A. Ludsin at . Put “Lake Erie Post-doc” in subject line. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. An ideal start date would be fall 2016.  Feel free to direct questions to Dr. Ludsin at the email above.

Research Assistant in Aquatic Ecology - Ohio State University (Posted 9/6/16)

Position: Full time Research Technician (Lake Erie walleye population)

Location: Aquatic Ecology Lab, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Responsibilities. One full-time position for a research assistant is available for a field- and laboratory-based research project on the Lake Erie walleye population. The project will assess current zooplankton quality and the effects of differing food quality on larval and juvenile walleye.

Duties will include extensive field sampling for larval fish, eggs, zooplankton, and phytoplankton during February through May. During other times of the year, duties will include sample processing (e.g., larval fish identification and diets, zooplankton identification), data entry and analysis, and assisting with experiments.  Additionally, depending on experience, the position will allow for involvement in data analysis, manuscript writing, and undergraduate student mentorship.

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a field related to biology, ecology, environmental science, or similar, and further education and/or experience is preferred.  Candidates must be self-motivated and able to work with a variety of people. Successful candidates must be able to conduct field sampling from a boat in rough conditions, be flexible enough to spend extended periods (multiple days) at research sites on Lake Erie, be willing to use a microscope for extended periods, and be willing and capable of performing standard laboratory procedures. Prior field and laboratory experience is preferred, but not mandatory.

Salary: $12.00 - $15.00/hr, depending on experience, including a comprehensive benefits package

Closing: Application review will begin immediately and will continue until suitable applicant is found. The position will last 1 year with possible extension, with a start date as soon as possible.

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, (unofficial) college transcripts, and names/contacts for three references via email. Address applications and further inquiries to Zoe Almeida (; Phone: (614) 292-1613).

To learn more about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, click here.

Research Assistant in Aquatic Ecology #2 - Ohio State University (Posted 9/6/16)

Position: Full time Research Technician (Zooplankton)

Location: Aquatic Ecology Lab, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Responsibilities. One full-time position for at least 1 year (with preference for extension beyond 1 year) is available to assist with sample processing for various research projects conducted on Lake Erie and Ohio reservoirs. The main duties will be 1) zooplankton identification and enumeration, 2) larval fish identification and diets, and 3) standard laboratory work. The incumbent will assist with other field/lab work as needed.

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a field related to biology, ecology, environmental science, or similar, and further education and/or experience is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience using microscopes and/or identifying/enumerating zooplankton.

Salary: $12.00 - $15.00/hr, depending on experience, including a comprehensive benefits package

Closing: Application review will begin immediately and will continue until suitable applicant is found. The position will last 1 year with possible extension, with a start date as soon as possible.

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, (unofficial) college transcripts, and names/contacts for three references via email. Address applications and further inquiries to Zoe Almeida (; Phone: (614)292-1613).

To learn more about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OKLAHOMA

Postdoctoral position: conservation of natural flow regimes - University of Oklahoma (Posted 9/2/16)

Seeking a post-doctoral researcher to develop conservation science, tools and strategies for restoring natural flow regimes in the Red River. The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary team developing landscape-scale models for identifying the most cost-effective water conservation projects. We aim to provide guidance to agency and NGO partners throughout the basin, but also to advance conservation science in freshwater ecosystems.

The post-doc will 1) lead the development of key spatial data sets of stream flows, water usage and rights in the Red River, 2) create a water balance model tied to the water use geodatabase in Riverware, and 3) collaborate on the development of optimization algorithms to identify the most cost-effective water conservation projects. The project will leverage existing sophisticated climate and hydrologic models for the Red River basin developed by colleagues at the South Central Climate Science Center.

The project is funded by the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative and will involve building partnerships with agencies and NGOs throughout the Red River basin. Applicants must have a genuine interest in stakeholder outreach and in the development of conservation science that will support the needs of GPLCC partners and water managers. Candidates with experience in relational database design, computer programming, water rights, and with the Riverware software suite are especially encouraged to apply, though all these are not necessary qualifications. We welcome applications from candidates with backgrounds in sustainability science, geography, biology, conservation, water resources, hydrology, hydro-informatics or computer science.

The post-doc will be based in the Dept. of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma and will be jointly advised by Drs. Tom Neeson and Hernan Moreno. The position will begin during fall 2016, preferably by Nov. 1st.  Funding is available for 24 months, depending upon satisfactory performance.  A competitive post-doc salary will be provided, including health benefits.  

To apply, please submit a single PDF containing a letter of application, CV, three reprints, and contact information for three references to Tom Neeson () and Hernan Moreno ( ). Review of applications will begin on Sept 15. 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.  

Postdoctoral and PhD positions available in Stream Ecology at University of Oklahoma (Posted 9/2/16)

The Allen Lab at the University of Oklahoma is recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow and a PhD student to work on research projects related to the geographical ecology of stream and river systems. Successful applicants will develop research projects in collaboration with Allen Lab members that focus on questions about how the structure and function of stream ecosystems influences and/or is influenced by processes occurring at landscape, regional, continental, or global spatial scales. 2 years of funding is available for the postdoc, start dates are flexible but would begin sometime during the Spring 2017 semester. Funding is available for the PhD position through a combination of research and teaching assistantships, and would begin in Summer or Fall 2017.  For more details and information on how to apply, go here. Daniel Allen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma, .

Modeling and Simulation of the Oklahoma City Coupled Human Natural System Postdoctoral Researcher Position (Posted 9/2/16)

Geography and Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma

The Koch Lab is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers on the integrated modeling of the Oklahoma City coupled human and natural system. The position is part of the Oklahoma EPSCoR project and will focus on the development, implementation, and application of a spatio-temporal simulation model. The simulation model will make use of the Envision modeling framework in order to integrate models representing the socio-economic and biophysical components of the system. The resulting integrated model will support the analysis of the relationship between human perception of climate, vegetation, and water demand for irrigation.

Required Qualifications
• Ph.D. in Geography, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, or a related field
• Programming skills (preferably C++) and experience in integrated modeling
• Solid statistical and GIS skills
• A strong computational background
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Willingness to participate in interdisciplinary research is a prerequisite.

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with publication list, and the names and contact information for three references as one combined .pdf document to Dr. Jennifer Koch (). Screening will begin September 15th, 2016 (open until filled).

Salary: Competitive salary including benefits; Starting Date: November 2016 or as negotiated

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

OREGON

Graduate Research in Forest Disturbance and Recovery - Oregon State Univ. (Posted 8/30/16)

The Landscape Ecology, Modeling, Mapping & Analysis (LEMMA) team at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry (lemma.forestry.oregonstate.edu) is seeking a top-performing and motivated Ph.D. student to examine forest disturbance and recovery dynamics across California, Oregon, and Washington beginning in Fall 2017. Depending on research interests and skills, the student will focus on one of two research areas: (1) quantifying biotic and abiotic factors contributing to forest disturbance and recovery patterns and (2) understanding the limitations of and improving upon predictive satellite-based vegetation maps. Applicants should take care to identify which of the two areas is of primary interest in their application materials. The student will work closely with both the department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University and US Forest Service scientists specializing in landscape ecology, remote sensing, and statistical modeling. While the student will work extensively with remotely sensed data, the student will collect field data in support of their research. Additionally, the student will be expected to produce at least three first-author publications as part of their research.

A competitive candidate will hold a completed a master’s degrees in ecology, environmental science, remote sensing, or related fields, and provide evidence of excellence in academic pursuits and research, a strong background in quantitative methods and GIS, programming skills and evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.

Please contact Dr. Lisa Ganio () or Dr. David Bell () for additional information or to submit review materials (a statement of interest, CV, description of research interests and experience, GRE scores, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three professional references). Application review will begin November 1, 2016.

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

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

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

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

PENNSYLVANIA

Internship Opportunity - Lacawac Sanctuary (Posted 8/30/16)

The Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit nature preserve, biological field station, and environmental education center located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. They have an opening for a self-motivated Master’s level intern with a focus on creation of a database for information on biological, physical and chemical parameters for lakes, rivers and streams. This project is part of a grant received from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wild Resource Conservation Program. The intern will work closely with the Lacawac Sanctuary’s Director of Research and Education to compile data sources for freshwaters across the state of Pennsylvania. The database will be used for future projects aimed at understanding how climate change is shaping freshwater ecosystems and will be important for state agencies tasked with understanding how climate change is impacting freshwaters. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research and educational projects.

Responsibilities include (1) Communication with potential sources of data including federal, state and county agencies, academic researchers, and non-profit institutions working within the state of Pennsylvania. (2) Collection and organization of long-term metadata. (3) Dissemination of findings to the scientific community.

Job Requirements: (1) A Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, ecology or related field. Master’s degree preferred. (2) Previous experience in data compilation efforts and proficiency in information technology/computing. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required. (3) Ability to work independently. (4) Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. (5) Broad training in ecology with a thorough understanding of freshwater ecosystems. (6) Preference will be given to candidates with experience in biological/environmental research projects.
Starting Date is as soon as possible.  Intern is expected to commit 24 weeks of work for 32 hours/week. Competitive hourly wages will be provided. Free lodging is available at the Lacawac Sanctuary for a proportion of the commitment time. Work can be completed remotely with weekly meetings with Director of Research and Education.

To apply: Submit a CV, letter of interest, unofficial copies of transcripts and at least one letter of reference to Dr. Sarah Princiotta, Director of Research and Education () with “FW Intern Application” in the subject line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RHODE ISLAND

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

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

SOUTH CAROLINA

NSF supported Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Conservation

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

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

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

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

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

SOUTH DAKOTA

MS Positions - Arctic Systems Ecology - South Dakota State University -Department of Natural Resource Management (Posted 8/30/16)

Two MS research assistant positions are available (Jan. 2017) in the Leffler Lab of the Department of Natural Resource Management for students interested climate change, plant ecology, plant-animal interactions, or range ecology of the far north.  Students will participate in a NSF-funded multidisciplinary project examining the future of caribou forage in northern Alaska.  All research will be based at Toolik Lake LTER in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range. Students will examine how a long-term climate change experiment has altered the quantity and quality of forage for arctic caribou and how vegetation quantity and quality varies on the North Slope of Alaska.  This is an opportunity to get involved with a large-scale project that include ecologists, remote-sensing specialists, snow hydrologists, ecosystem modelers, and others interested in human/caribou relationships.  I seek students with strong backgrounds in ecology, quantitative skills, and a willingness to work in remote Alaska. Experience with plant identification, vegetation sampling techniques, dataloggers, and data manipulation/analysis using R is desired.  Students must commit to three field seasons (ca. late-May to mid-August) in Alaska.  The MS assistantships include a stipend of ca. $17k/year, tuition waiver, and room and board at Toolik during summer.

The Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University combines Range, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology within the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. SDSU is the Land Grant University for the state and has approximately 13,000 students. SDSU is located in Brookings, SD ca. one hour north of Sioux Falls and four hours east of the Twin Cities, and offers a low cost-of-living in a small college-town atmosphere.

Toolik Lake LTER (68˚ 38’ N, 149˚ 36’ W) is located in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range, just west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  The station is the premier arctic research site in the USA.  It is home to caribou, ptarmigan, snow geese, and up to 150 researchers at peak season.  It features laboratories, comfortable accommodations, great home cooking, quality internet, and the best 4th of July parade you’ll ever experience.

To apply, send a single PDF with CV; unofficial transcripts; a letter describing your experience, research interests, and career goals; and contact information for three professional references to Josh Leffler ().

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENNESSEE

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

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

TEXAS

Funded PhD Opportunity in Wetland Ecology - Texas Tech University (Posted 9/13/16)

The Griffis-Kyle lab invites applications for a funded PhD position in Wetland Ecology at Texas Tech University with a start date negotiable for 2017.  We welcome inquiries from motivated students interested in wildlife use of wetlands and how climate change will influence these interactions. Preference will be given to students interested in wetland amphibians or invertebrates although other interests will certainly be considered. Students will conduct at least part of their work based in Waco Texas.

The graduate position is funded at a TA at $18K/year with a tuition waiver and opportunities for additional fellowships. Support is guaranteed for 4 years, with additional years of support possible. The Griffis-Kyle lab encourages applications from everyone, including gender and other minorities. Texas Tech University is one of four major state supported universities in Texas and is designated as an emerging research university by the State of Texas.  The University is a member of the South-Central Climate Science Consortium.  

Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated and creative student with good communication skills (oral and written). Students should be interested in collaborating with a community college and mentoring undergraduates in research. A M.S. degree is required for consideration. Preference will be given to students with previous experience working with amphibians or freshwater invertebrates, competitive GRE scores, undergrad GPA (>3.0), and grad GPA (>3.5).

Applications are currently being considered.  

Interested applicants should email Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle () and have “PhD opportunity” in the subject line. Please include in the email: 1.  How this position will help you fulfill your career goals and desired start date 2.  Why I should hire you 3.  Resume or CV including pertinent work experience and address, phone, and email 4.  Unofficial transcripts 5.  GRE scores 6.  Contact information for three references

Texas Tech University requires a background check of all new employees.

For additional information on the Department, go here.

For additional information on Texas Tech’s Graduate Program, go here.

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

An Environmental Science MS opportunity is available with the Felix Research Group in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.  The position will be funded through research and teaching assistantships and has a tentative start date of January 2017. The group’s research focuses on using stable isotope techniques to investigate the sources, transport, and fate of reactive nitrogen and volatile organic compounds in the environment. For more information, go here.

UTAH

Post-doctoral research position in soil ecology and biogeochemistry at Utah State University (Posted 9/22/16)

The Waring lab is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to participate in a project at Utah State University examining microbial mechanisms of soil carbon stabilization across large environmental gradients in Utah. The ideal applicant will have ample experience with soil biogeochemistry and/or soil metagenomics, excellent writing and communication skills, and a solid publication record. Previous experience working with stable isotopes is preferred but not required. The position offers competitive salary and benefits and is based in Logan, UT, in the beautiful Cache Valley. For more information, please contact with a cover letter and CV.

Two funded PhD student positions - Utah State University (Posted 9/13/16)

Currently seeking two PhD students to start in The Pearse Lab at Utah State University in the 2017 academic year: one with experience in ecological and/or evolutionary modelling, and another with experience in plant ecology and fieldwork. These positions are fully funded, and include money to travel to conferences and working groups. More details and application instructions are available online here. The deadline for applications is the November 15, 2016.

Post Doctoral Researcher - Fluvial Geomorphologist - Utah State Univ. (Posted 8/6/16)

The Fluvial Habitats Center in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University seeks an experienced fluvial geomorphologist to become a leading expert on geomorphic units and structural elements as the building blocks of riverscapes and physical habitat for fish. The successful candidate will work throughout the American West, but will be focused on the Columbia River Basin. For more information, go here.

Ph.D. student position in Global Change Ecology, Department of Biology, University of Utah (Posted 9/6/16)

Seeking Ph.D. students interested in global change ecology to join the Anderegg Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. They have ongoing projects on an array of topics, including drought-induced tree mortality, recovery after climate extremes, disturbance and carbon dynamics, and ecosystem modeling.

Candidates with research interests in ecosystem ecology, disturbance, ecological modeling, ecophysiology, or plant ecology would be strong fits.

Interested applicants should send a current CV including GPA and GRE scores and a brief statement describing your research interests and background to William Anderegg (). The Department of Biology at UU offers a competitive package for graduate students. Applications are due January 4, 2017.

The University of Utah is a comprehensive and diverse Research I public institution located in the Wasatch Front urban corridor with easy access to research and recreational opportunities in the Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau. Salt Lake City is a dynamic, high-tech and bike-friendly metropolitan area with high-quality cultural and entertainment amenities, an extensive public transit system, a sunny, dry four-season climate and "the Greatest Snow on Earth." With an enrollment of 31,000 students, it is the flagship university for the state of Utah. The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Underrepresented groups, women, veterans, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location: Utah State University is a Carnegie Doctoral / Research University of more than 20,000 students, nestled in a mountain valley 90 miles north of Salt Lake City. Opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities are plentiful due to USU’s central location with respect to numerous National Parks, Forests, Monuments and Conservation areas as well as local ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains. The nearby access to outdoor recreation, stunning mountain views and relatively low cost of living make Logan a very desirable location to live.

VERMONT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, go here.

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

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

VIRGINIA

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lake and Catchment Modeling at Virginia Tech (Posted 9/9/16)

A new position for a postdoctoral associate is available in the Carey Lab at Virginia Tech. As part of a vibrant research team working in freshwater ecology, this position will collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of scientists to model catchment-scale limnological dynamics at Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) sites. This position is part of an U.S. National Science Foundation project funded to examine how human decision-making alters water quality in lakes by combining modeling and data-intensive analytical approaches from ecology, social science, and computer science.
Review of applications will begin on 10/1/2016. Posting No. SR0160133. For more information go here.

Remote Sensing/Spatial Ecology Internship starting October - Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (Posted 9/6/16)

The Conservation GIS Lab at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking interns, to start October 1st.  They focus on conservation applications of GIS and satellite remote sensing for research and management of endangered species. Most of our projects focus on charismatic endangered species that are managed at our facilities and for which we have field ecological and conservation programs in the wild.  Examples are Asian elephants, Przewalski’s horse, Asian wild dog, and giant panda.

The role:  
•  Analyze dense time-series remotely sensed vegetation data in global grassland ecosystem.
•  Streamline the computation process through high performance servers and automate data processing and analysis.
•  Construct statistical model to associate climate and anthropogenic drivers to long term changes of grassland ecosystems.
•  Analyzing spatial data derived from satellite imagery, remotely sensed data, and GPS-tracked animal movement data.
•  Integration and analysis of data in GIS;Statistical analysis of species and habitat data and the development of automated data processing and analysis tools.

Interns will be involved in a few research projects and be advised directly by spatial ecologists at the Conservation GIS Lab. Interns are also expected to assist with everyday lab management and help with short GIS training courses.

Required Skills & Experience:
•  Strong background in programming (R/Matlab/Python/JavaScript/IDL etc.).  
•  Experience in processing dense time series remote sensing data using programming tools
•  A good knowledge ecology and statistics.
•  Basic knowledge of GIS (preferably ArcGIS or QGIS), remote sensing.
 
The internship includes a modest stipend ($ 600) and free dormitory-style housing. Please send letter of interest and resume to . Resume should include contact information for 3 references. Include potential start date and the time period you are available for the internship in your letter.
 
Positions are open until filled, and are minimum 4 month. Priority will be given to candidates who can commit for longer periods.
 
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA.

SCBI’s mission is to advance conservation of biological diversity. In meeting the Smithsonian Institution's mandate, SCBI increases knowledge through investigations of threatened species, habitats, and communities, and disseminates knowledge through advanced studies, professional training, and public outreach.

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

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

Starting Date: January or August 2017

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

WASHINGTON

Graduate student opportunities in forest/disturbance/landscape ecology at the University of Washington (Posted 9/9/16)

The lab of Dr. Brian Harvey in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington is seeking
qualified, motivated, and enthusiastic applicants for graduate research (PhD, MS) in disturbance ecology and landscape ecology of forest ecosystems. Their research focuses on conifer forests in western North America (Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest), and centers on advancing ecological theory and connecting scientific understanding to effective forest management. Projects are primarily field based, and they link field data with remote sensing, GIS, and spatial analyses to gain insights across scales. They are particularly interested in how forest disturbances (e.g., wildfires, insect outbreaks) and climate change affect forest resilience and the maintenance/provisioning of forest ecosystem services. Exact research topics for students are flexible within these broader themes.
 
Students interested in applying to start in Fall 2017 (possibly beginning fieldwork in Summer 2017) are encouraged to contact Brian Harvey (). Please send a brief introductory email (with a pdf of your CV/resume) to start the discussion of potential research directions and other considerations. They should speak by phone before formally applying to the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (Dec. 1, 2016 application deadline). Accepted students can expect to be funded (stipend, tuition, and benefits) on a combination of research assistantships (RA), teaching assistantships (TA), and competitive fellowships/grants to be written in collaboration with Dr. Harvey.

For more information on our lab, please visit here and here. The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington offers access to a wide range of field sites in the Pacific Northwest and provides an excellent foundation to launch a successful career in forest ecology. Students also have opportunities to collaborate with a broad network of researchers in other departments across campus, the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Visit here for more information.

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

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

WEST VIRGINIA

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Interdisciplinary Hydrology Laboratory of West Virginia University and the Divisions of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Forestry and Natural Resources in Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, invite applications for a graduate research assistant (GRA) to conduct research investigating hydrology and water quality. West Virginia University is the state’s flagship research-one institution, and is among the top universities in the nation, with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

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

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

If interested in applying, please forward by email the following documents (incomplete applications will not be reviewed): transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL/IELTS scores (international students), cover letter (including academic, research and professional goals and interests), and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Jason Hubbart, Divisions of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Forestry and Natural Resources, 1098 Agricultural Sciences Building, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA; Tel No. (304) 293-2472; Fax: (304) 293-2960; Email: . Lab Website.

WISCONSIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WYOMING

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

Wetland and Stream Regulatory Program Support - USEPA, ORISE Research Participation Program (Posted 9/7/16)

A postgraduate research training opportunity is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW). This appointment will be served with the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Wetlands Division, in Washington, DC. The intern will be mentored by Wetlands Regulatory Program staff that provides technical support for several priority areas, such as the update of the program’s Avoidance & Minimization Project (AMP) website which helps to organize and facilitate rapid access by EPA Regions to our best regulatory program practices and resources. This project will also provide training for technical support to ongoing branch priorities through GIS analysis, our national tracking system for coordination on Clean Water Act section 404 projects, and collecting and evaluating program information to identify priorities for further research, technical resource and training development. For more information, go here. Open until filled.

CANADA

Two MSc positions: Biological responses to environmental stressors in lakes - University in Waterloo, Ontario (Posted 9/13/16)

Two MSc positions are available for enthusiastic students interested in ecology and limnology. These students will join the laboratory of Dr. Derek Gray in the Department of Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Both students will conduct research on the response of biological communities in lakes to long-term environmental stressors. Canadian lakes are changing in response to a warming climate, invasive species, and pollution. Understanding and predicting the impact of these changes on organisms in lakes is important for the development of management and adaptation efforts in regions of Canada expected to be affected by environmental change. Students are needed for two projects:
 
1) Examining the response of zooplankton communities to long-term salinity changes in lakes on the Great Plains of North America. This student will use paleolimnology and resurrection ecology approaches to examine how zooplankton have coped with climate-driven salinity changes on the Great Plains over the last two centuries. This research will allow us to better understand the potential impacts of predicted salinity increases in Great Plains lakes as a result of climate change.  
2) Examining the recovery of zooplankton communities in acid-damaged Canadian Shield lakes. This student will examine the challenges of reestablishment for small populations of zooplankton recolonizing lakes damaged by acidification. The student will work with population growth models and examine zooplankton behavior in an effort to better understand the barriers to recolonization when populations occur at low densities.
Both students will have the opportunity to gain extensive field and laboratory experience as part of their research projects. Students will be enrolled in the MSc in Integrative Biology Program at Wilfrid Laurier and will be guaranteed a minimum stipend of $21,500 per year for two years supported by a combination of grant funding, scholarships, and teaching assistantships. Information on the MSc program is available here.
 
Interested students should have a background in environmental science, ecology, or another related field. Please send a letter of interest describing your background and research interests to .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW ZEALAND

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

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