Postdoctoral Research Associate/Darwin Fellow (Posted 1/13/17)
The Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at University of Massachusetts Amherst announces a two-year postdoctoral FELLOWSHIP/lectureship. OEB draws together more than 90 faculty from the Five Colleges (University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Amherst Colleges), offering unique training and research opportunities in the fields of ecology, organismic and evolutionary biology. Our research/lecture position provides recent PhD's an opportunity for independent research with an OEB faculty sponsor, as well as experience mentoring graduate students and teaching a one-semester undergraduate biology course. To be qualified, a candidate must have a recent PhD in a field relevant to ecology, organismic or evolutionary biology and proven teaching skills. Position subject to availability of funds. For more information, go here. Deadline to apply is January 20, 2017.
Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research (Posted 1/5/17)
Annually Harvard University awards a limited number of Bullard Fellowships to individuals in biological, social, physical and political sciences and the arts to promote advanced study or the integration of subjects pertaining to forested ecosystems. The program seeks to allow mid career individuals to develop their own scientific and professional growth by utilizing the resources and interacting with personnel in any department within Harvard University. In recent years Bullard Fellows have been associated with the Harvard Forest, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the J. F. Kennedy School of Government and have worked in areas of ecology, forest management, policy and conservation. Stipends up to $60,000, are available for periods ranging from six months to one year and are not intended for travel, graduate students, or recent post doctoral candidates. Applications from international scientists, women, and minorities are encouraged.. Additional information is available on the Harvard Forest website. Annual deadline for applications is February 1st.
2017 Great Lakes Summer Fellowships - Accepting Applications! (Posted 12/16/16)
The Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER), located at the University of Michigan, announces the 2017 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program. This program is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of disciplines and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a CILER or GLERL scientist. For more information, go here. Applications must be submitted by 26 February 2017 at 11:59 pm (EasternTime).
Graduate student positions in species interactions and invasion ecology - Prior Lab at Binghamton Univ. (Posted 10/25/16)
The Prior lab at Binghamton University (SUNY) conducts research on community ecology, antagonistic and mutualistic interactions (especially with insects and plants), environmental change (primarily invasive species), and conservation. Seeking PhD students to join the lab. Students will be based at Binghamton University in NY, with opportunities to travel to field sites in the Pacific Northwest or Southern Ontario. BU also houses a 600-acre Nature Preserve that provides excellent opportunities to conduct research locally. I am looking for students to start in August 2017, but there is also potential to start earlier in the lab as a paid technician (Spring/summer 2017).
Qualified students with a BS or MS in Biology with background and interests in the ecology and evolution of species interactions, community ecology, and environmental change are encouraged to apply. I am seeking highly motivated students, who are excited about asking ecological questions and conducting research in the field. Research in my lab has a strong basis in experimental field ecology, but I am interested in students that want to integrate complementary approaches to address research questions. Students with substantial field experience that have worked as a part of a field team, are proficient in statistics, have proven scientific writing and communication skills, and are self-motived and independent will be the most competitive. Desirable qualifications also include experience with nutrient and chemical analysis, population genetics, modeling, identifying plants and insects, insect behavioral assays, or GIS/spatial statistics.
Please see website for a description of ongoing research projects in the lab, and for the type of research that they conduct. I am especially interested in students who want to work on projects related to: 1) the role of tri-trophic interactions (host plant susceptibility and parasitoids) in facilitating the success of an invasive insect (field work in the Pacific Northwest); 2) parasitoid community assembly on novel/introduced insect hosts along invasion fronts (also in the PNW and other locations); 3) how traits of seed-dispersing ants (including an invasive ant) influence forest plant communities (fieldwork local and/or in southern Ontario at Koffler Scientific Reserve - http://ksr.utoronto.ca). There is also the potential to develop other project ideas related to species interactions and invasion ecology.
The student will initially be supported by a teaching assistantship (tuition waived) through the Department or Biological Sciences at Binghamton University (SUNY) and be a part of the EEB (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) group. BU is located in the beautiful Southern Tier and is one of the four University Centers in the SUNY system. BU is a nationally ranked, premier public university with approximately 13,500 undergraduates and 3,500 graduate students. The department has an active group of EEB faculty and graduate students.
Please send a cover letter stating why you would like the position and that highlights your qualifications and relevant skills. Also send a CV, GPA, GRE scores, and PDF reprints (if any) to Dr. Kirsten Prior (). Please put “Graduate Assistantship” in the subject line of the email. Please contact me by November 30th. Qualified applicants will be invited to send in a formal application by January 15th to the Graduate School.
Earth Institute - Columbia University - Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Sustainable Development -$61,800 (Posted 9/2/16)
The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development.
The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development such as food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies will find numerous, unique opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research.
Candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute to global, sustainable development. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding on existing Earth Institute programs or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the Earth Institute.
The deadline to submit an application is November 1, 2016 for fellowships starting in the fall of 2017. Fellowships are a 24-month appointment.
For more information about the program or to apply for a fellowship, please go here or email .
The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled and the degree awarded within 5 years before the start of the fellowship. Gaps in employment or studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
PLE Schwartz Early Career Fellowship - Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology -Summer 2017 (Posted 1/5/17)
The University of Pittsburgh's Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE) is pleased to offer the Frank J. Schwartz Early Career Research Fellowship of up to $10,000 plus up to three months of station fees and residency costs for the primary investigator (PI). PLE is a vibrant research and education facility located on Lake Pymatuning in Northwest Pennsylvania. PLE's research facilities are spread across 350 acres and include access to a variety of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Its 10,000+ square feet of laboratory facilities include a field laboratory adjacent to an open field that can be used for large-scale replicated experiments, a modern molecular laboratory, and facilities for animal, plant and aquatic studies.
This opportunity is open to researchers holding PhD degrees in any science discipline that can benefit from PLE's resources. The purpose of the fellowship is to permit researchers to explore new projects or collect preliminary data. Fellowship funds can be used at the PI's discretion to facilitate the research but not for compensation. Preference will be given to individuals and projects with the potential to develop into long-term research activities at PLE. We especially encourage applications from individuals in the postdoctoral or early faculty phases of their careers working on projects involving fish, but researchers holding PhD degrees at all stages of their careers and working on projects involving other taxa are also encouraged to apply.
For more information about the fellowship program or research opportunities at PLE, please contact the Director, Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki ().
Applicants should submit a single .pdf file including their CV, a 2-3 page proposal outlining the proposed research, a budget detailing how the fellowship funds will be spent, and planned dates of residence to , placing the words "PLE Schwartz Early Career Fellowship" in the subject line of the email. Review of proposals will begin February 10, 2017.
Multiple PhD Fellowship Opportunities - Watershed Sciences - Utah State University (Posted 12/21/16)
Doctoral Fellows – Two four-year fellowships, including stipend, tuition, and fees, are available for PhD students in any discipline within Watershed Sciences.
Colorado River Scholarships – Two four-year scholarships, including stipend, tuition and fees, and research support, are available for PhD students whose focus is the application of science to the management of the Colorado River.
Climate Adaptation Science – For students admitted to the graduate program, one-year fellowships are available to support participation in the Climate Adaptation Science program, a traineeship that combines interdisciplinary research, work-place experience, instruction, and collaboration among scientists, land and resource managers, policy-makers, trainees, and citizen stakeholders. For information, go here.
Where to start: contact a faculty member with whom you would like to study. Graduate admissions in the Department of Watershed Sciences requires faculty sponsorship and funding.
Watershed Sciences is a multidisciplinary department in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. Our faculty conduct research in geomorphology, hydrology, aquatic ecology, limnology, fish ecology, wetland ecology, water quality, biogeochemistry, and paleoecology. We find collaborative opportunities in addressing problems of management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems. Utah State University is Utah’s land-grant university with a student body of over 24,000 in 42 departments and 8 academic colleges. USU is well situated for research on streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands, and their catchments, which span desert to alpine environments. The main campus is located in Logan, a community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational opportunities.
2017 Garden Club of America Coastal Wetlands Studies Scholarship (Posted 12/6/16)
Applications are invited for the 2017 Garden Club of America Coastal Wetland Studies scholarship. The award is a one-year scholarship for graduate studies in coastal wetlands and carries a stipend of $5,000 to support field-based research. For the purposes of this scholarship, coastal wetlands are defined as those tidal or non-tidal wetlands found within U.S. coastal states, including the Great Lakes. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program (M.S. or Ph.D.) at a university within the United States. For application requirements, go here. Applications are due January 15, 2017. Email should be directed to .
Apply by Feb. 22: Fellowships for early-career researchers & science policy professionals (Posted 12/6/16)
The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for its 2017 early-career research fellowships and science policy fellowships. These fellowships offer early-career researchers and professionals in the social and behavioral sciences, health and medicine, engineering and physical sciences, earth and life sciences, and relevant interdisciplinary fields a unique opportunity to focus on leadership development while conducting research or work that is relevant to the mission and goals of the Gulf Research Program. Learn more and apply at www.nationalacademies.org/gulf/fellowships. Applications are due by 5pm ET on February 22, 2017.
Lapham River Conservation Fellow, Washington DC (Posted 10/20/16)
The Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship at American Rivers provides an excellent professional development opportunity for talented post-graduates pursuing careers as leaders in the field of conservation advocacy. Recent graduate degree (MA/MS/PhD/JD/MBA) recipients will focus on an applied research project that will make a tangible contribution to American Rivers’ mission. Working with a team of professional staff, the Fellow will apply practical research and advocacy skills and develop a network of professional contacts in their field of expertise. The Fellow will be an integral part of a dynamic organization comprised of experienced conservationists and emerging leaders, and will participate in a range of river conservation activities. More information is available here. Applications due by January 31, 2017.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Course development/Teaching/Research) in Biological/Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (Posted 12/16/16)
Location: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Timing and duration: Available immediately, duration 2-3 years
Currently seeking a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Fellow to assist with development and delivery of new online graduate programming in biological/environmental monitoring and assessment, and secondarily to pursue research in the successful applicant’s area of expertise, including: wildlife conservation; environmental monitoring; population analysis; landscape genetics; or environmental policy analysis. Trent University is developing a new course-based graduate program in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, along with a companion thesis-based MSc program in Biological Monitoring and Assessment. They require a PDF to spearhead development of two or more of the following online graduate courses: Principles in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment; Current Topics in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment; Science Communication for Environmental Professionals; Applied Data Analysis; and Environmental Policy Assessment. There may be additional courses that are available for development depending on the PDFs expertise/interest. The PDF will develop courses during 2017 and teach courses during their initial run in 2018 (and possibly 2019). In addition, the PDF will have the opportunity to conduct funded research in a relevant area of their choice. Trent University is well-placed to host a wide range of biological/environmental research, for example, our recent PDFs have worked on: amphibian responses to environmental stressors; landscape genetics and spatial analysis of wildlife; species responses to climate change; conservation policy analysis; and analysis of long-term ecological datasets. A variety of other research avenues
also are possible, and the successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop his/her own research interests within the scope of the broader program.
This position represents a unique opportunity for a PDF to participate in graduate program development while honing a well-rounded background and highly marketable skills including course development, online teaching, and research. The PDF also will have the opportunity to interact directly with graduate students in a collaborative and mentoring capacity.
Applicants must have a PhD in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or a related field. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to course development and teaching, preferably in an online context, as well as relevant research experience. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong work ethic and willingness to work in a large, dynamic, and collaborative environment. The funding package is competitive ($47,000/year (CAD) + benefits).
The position is available immediately and will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate is found. To apply, please submit: cover letter (including description of prior course development, teaching, and research experience, as well as teaching and research interests if offered the position), curriculum vitae, and names of three references
to: Dennis Murray, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA, (dennismurray@trentu,ca; www.dennismurray.ca).
Liber Ero Fellowship Program - call for post-doctoral applications (Posted 9/2/16)
Fifth call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post-doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources.
The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2016. Go here for more details.
Please go here to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects.
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.
MS assistantship - land use decision support in native prairie (Posted 12/9/16)
Dr. Paige Ferguson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, is seeking a MS student to begin in Summer or Fall 2017. Research will use structured decision making to evaluate management of private land use in the Black Belt Region of Alabama. The MS student will plan and run workshops with Black Belt prairie landowners and build and analyze a Bayesian decision network to identify optimal methods of private land management. Project outputs will include a better understanding of landowner objectives, identification of land management options that can help landowners meet their objectives, a decision network modeling prairie ecology and the expected outcomes of management options, and a ranking of management options by their expected ability to produce outcomes that satisfy land use objectives.
The Black Belt Region is of great interest ecologically and culturally. Land use change throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have left less than 1% of the native Black Belt prairie. There is evidence that the Black Belt Prairie was historically connected with the Great Plains and may have served as a refugium for Great Plains species during glacial episodes. Several invertebrate species have disjunct distributions, with the Black Belt prairie comprising the eastern boundary of their range. The Black Belt prairie provides important habitat for many species of grassland birds and invertebrates Sites in the Black Belt are also used for recreational hunting of white-tailed deer and quail. The human history of the Black Belt Region is as equally important as the natural history, and both have contributed to current patterns of land use and prairie habitat quality. From the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, the Black Belt Region was the site of extensive slave-based cotton farming. When cotton farming declined, land was often converted to pasture. In 2014, the poverty rate in the Black Belt Region of Alabama was 30.0%, well above state (19.2%) and national (15.5%) averages. How land is distributed and used may contribute to socio-economic patterns among landowners and to social, political, and economic dynamics in a region.
Applicants should have experience in many of the following: ecology, environmental science, working with landowners and management agencies, leading discussions, communicating with diverse people, project planning and organization, GIS, ecological modeling, statistics, computer programming, and field work. Applicants should be highly motivated and prepared to conduct independent research.
To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson () the following:
1. a cover letter describing your interest in the project and prior experiences that have prepared you for a MS in Dr. Ferguson’s lab
2. your undergraduate transcript (an unofficial copy is fine),
3. GRE scores,
4. a sample of your scientific writing (for example a manuscript or lab report), and
5. contact information for 3 references.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.
The position comes with a full tuition waiver, a competitive stipend, and health insurance. Funding during the academic year is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Biological Sciences. Highly qualified applicants may be considered for Graduate School Fellowships, which offer a Research Assistantship during the student’s first year. A summer stipend and funding for summer field work expenses are available, and additional funds, as needed, will be acquired through internal and external funding sources in close collaboration with Dr. Ferguson. For example, funding for conference presentations is available competitively through the University of Alabama.
Additional information is available from the following links:
Dr. Ferguson’s Research
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alabama
Outdoor opportunities in 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.
Postdoc: Remote Sensing in Alaska (Posted 10/20/16)
The Alaska Center for Conservation Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral fellow to join faculty and researchers who are active in conducting research in a wide variety of disciplines pursued at ACCS. The postdoc will be mentored by Dr. Jamie Trammell (University of Alaska Anchorage) and will work actively and collaboratively with resource managers and scientists across agencies.
The goal of the project is to integrate Department of Interior terrestrial monitoring data and identify scalable remote sensing indicators linked to ground based measures across arctic and subarctic Alaska. This position is funded through a Bureau of Land Management grant and will focus on integrating monitoring data to benefit a number of DOI priorities including the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring program, Rapid Ecoregional Assessments, National Strategy for the Arctic Region, Integrated Arctic Management, and Integrated Cumulative Impacts Analyses.
Duties include statistically describing current resource conditions based on existing monitoring data, conducting an inventory of DOI data and protocols for vegetation monitoring, evaluation of remote sensing monitoring indicators that can be linked to ground-based monitoring data, and development of integrated products across efforts.
This individual will be expected to lead all aspects of the data integration project. He/She is expected to be familiar with landscape ecology science and analysis techniques. Demonstration of journal publication experience, grantsmanship experience, professional meeting presentations, and experience with resource management agencies are necessary for successful candidates.
If you have a PhD and would like to collaborate with faculty and researchers at the Alaska Center for Conservation Science, please consider this exciting opportunity. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.
For more information about this position please contact E. Jamie Trammell (ejtrammell [at] alaska.edu) or Tina Boucher (tboucher [at] alaska.edu) at the Alaska Center for Conservation Science..
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Arizona State University - Tempe Campus (Posted 1/11/17)
The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO) a center of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, invites applications for a postdoctoral scholars to begin in 2017. The scholars will work with Dr. John Sabo and become part of the Earth Genome project which aims to develop water scenario planning tools that assist private sector companies scope and strategize corporate stewardship projects in large basins across the world. Applicants must be within four (4) years of receipt of the terminal degree at the time of application. Scholars will be expected to work on developing land surface models to understand where green infrastructure (i.e., wetland restoration, riparian forest restoration, prairie strips) could impact short term hydrologic storage. This work is funded by Levi-Strauss & Co and a collaboration with the 501c3 non-profit, The Earth Genome (earthgenome.org). The project goal is to help Levi Strauss & Co develop science-based water sustainability targets relevant to their operations in Lahore and the River Ravi catchment (part of the larger Indus River system). Though the project will initially start in the Indus system, the postdoc will contribute to an ASU-Earth Genome collaboration that aims to apply cutting edge hydrologic science to develop global data support systems for the private sector. For more information, go here. The deadline will be January 15, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern time.
Postdoctoral opportunities in macrosystems ecology at Arizona State University (Posted 1/11/17)
The Macrosystems Ecology Lab at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona (PI Benjamin Blonder) is recruiting two postdoctoral researchers for lab startup.
The lab's focus is on predictive community ecology and biogeography, paleoecological and anthropogenic effects on biodiversity dynamics, and global change plant ecophysiology. They use a combination of field, eco-informatics, and modeling approaches. Field sites are focused in forests and alpine environments in Latin America, southeast Asia, Scandinavia, and the United States. Learn more HERE.
Projects could focus on any topic of mutual interest, and use a combination of field, modeling, or informatics approaches. Joining the lab at this early stage is an opportunity to gain independence, close collaboration, and active mentoring. Candidates with an interest in building on our science education and community outreach initiatives are very welcome.
Funding is available for 2 years at competitive salaries, with additional support available for conference travel and fieldwork.
Start dates are around January 1st 2018 but can be flexible.
Information on benefits and leave policies is available HERE. The lab is strongly supportive of positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers.
Arizona State University is easily reached by light rail service from the Phoenix international airport. The Phoenix area hosts a vibrant multicultural community, and the region provides excellent recreation and research opportunities, with the Grand Canyon, Colorado Plateau, and Madrean Sky Islands all close by.
To apply, please send a cover letter, current CV, recent publication, and names of 2 professional references to Benjamin Blonder at . The application deadline is April 15th, 2017.
Please feel free to get in touch informally beforehand to discuss projects or ask questions.
Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Posted 10/20/16)
The School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Associate I to work in the The Ecoclimate Dynamics Laboratory. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to study the sensitivity of North American ecosystems to climate variability utilizing a combination of cutting-edge field-, modeling-, and remote sensing-based approaches. The postdoc’s primary mentor will be Assistant Professor, Bill Smith (click here for more information), and funding will be available for up to 3-years based on satisfactory performance. Funds will also be available to cover travel costs for select workshops and national meetings. More information is available here.
Ph.D. position - University of Arkansas (Posted 7/24/16)
One fully funded Ph.D. position is available in the Environmental Dynamics Program at the University of Arkansas starting Fall 2016/Spring 2017. The successful candidates will develop a Ph.D. project using GIS and landscape modeling to analyze and measure the availability of Monarch butterfly habitat on agricultural lands under current and proposed agriculture conservation policies in the central US. The selected student will closely work with Drs. Jack Cothren, Marty Matlock, and Kusum Naithani. The main duties of this position will include compiling, organizing, and analyzing data from literature and remote sensing imageries. The expected deliverables include at least three peer-reviewed publications and an acceptable dissertation, as well as the successful completion of the requirements of the degree. For more information, go here.
PhD position is available for Spring/Fall 2017 - University of Arkansas (Posted 7/24/16)
One fully funded Ph.D. position is available in the Naithani Lab at the University of Arkansas starting Fall 2016/Spring 2017. The successful candidates will develop a Ph.D. project using field work and landscape modeling to upscale carbon fluxes of agricultural land in Arkansas. The main duties of this position will include data collection from greenhouse and field, and implement previously developed algorithm to upscale carbon fluxes from sites to landscape. The expected deliverables include at least three peer-reviewed publications and an acceptable dissertation, as well as the successful completion of the requirements of the degree. For more information, go here.
MS Assistantship in Biology at East Carolina University (Posted 1/13/17)
A MS graduate student assistantship is available in the area of socioeconomic-ecological systems modeling. The student will work on an EPA-funded interdisciplinary project led by Dr. Jacob Hochard (Dept. of Economics & Institute for Coastal Science and Policy) in collaboration with Drs. Randall Etheridge (Dept. of Engineering & Center for Sustainability) and Ariane Peralta (Dept. of Biology) at East Carolina University. The MS student will work closely with economics, biology and engineering faculty at East Carolina University, as well as a PhD student in Coastal Resources Management. The qualified candidate will have strong undergraduate training in ecology, biogeochemistry, or environmental science.
Ideally, the student will have some knowledge of GIS, hydrology, and biogeochemical processes. Candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary research and a familiarity or willingness to learn social-ecological modeling approaches are encouraged to apply. The project will be focused on modeling relationships between biophysical factors and water and air quality on human health outcomes to understand how natural capital can contribute to nutrient pollution mitigation in coastal watersheds. Go here for more information.
To apply, please contact Drs. Ariane Peralta () and Randall Etheridge
() with your CV, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores, and a short statement describing prior research experience and interests. Review of full applications to the MS biology program will begin on February 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
The Departments of Biology, Economics, Engineering, Institute of Coastal Science and Policy, and the Center for Sustainability at East Carolina University take pride in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff and strive to increase that diversity. We encourage applications and inquiries from members of groups underrepresented in the natural sciences.
NCEAS Postdoctoral Researcher Position: Managing Soil Carbon (Posted 12/13/16)
NCEAS seeks candidates for a Postdoctoral Scholar position as part of a recently funded SNAPP working group project aimed at developing quantitative targets to manage soil organic matter for environmental and human outcomes. The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) to create a fundamentally different way to identify and tackle large-scale challenges that threaten the integrity of nature and human wellbeing. For more information, go here. Review date January 31, 2017.
Internship - Ecological Restoration - Presidio Trust - Presidio of San Francisco (Posted 12/13/16)
This internship supports the Presidio Trust (NPS-Golden Gate National Recreation Area) Conservation, Stewardship and Research Department with an emphasis on vegetation management, monitoring, and leading volunteers in ecological restoration projects. For more information, go here.
Graduate student opportunities in Climate Change Ecology at the University of California, Davis (Posted 11/1/16)
The Post lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis seeks two graduate students prepared to conduct original research on climate change ecology, preferably at the doctoral level. The candidate(s) will join a collegial, interactive, and intellectually stimulating department and university environment. Research in the Post lab focuses generally on ecological dynamics in relation to climate change, including life history variation, population dynamics, species interactions, and community dynamics.
The specific research project to be undertaken is open to the interests and goals of the applicant. However, preference will be given to candidates interested in – and with prior experience related to – empirical investigations of 1) the consequences of climate change for phenological dynamics of plants, animals, or both, in time and space; or 2) implications of climate change for wildlife conservation.
Candidates will have the opportunity to continue work on spatio-temporal dynamics of plant phenology, population dynamics of large herbivores (caribou and muskoxen), and interactions between climate change and herbivory in plant community composition and dynamics currently underway in the Post lab.
Ongoing research in the Post lab has resulted in a 16-year detailed set of observational and experimental field data from low-Arctic Greenland that the candidate may expand upon in developing an original dissertation project. Further details about research in the lab can be found here.
The Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology at UC Davis is ranked #1 in the U.S. among wildlife and fisheries programs, and UC Davis is the top-ranked university in the U.S. for ecology and environmental science (http://wfcb.ucdavis.edu/news-events/news-archive/uc-davis-wildlife-and-fish-program-ranked-1-nation/).
Qualifications: M.S. in Ecology or a related field such as Wildlife Biology is preferred but not required. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with students,
postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. Interest in (or experience with) remote field work, field experimentation, meticulous data collection, and statistical analysis is strongly preferred. More important than prior experience with
these are a desire to learn and self-motivation. Some proficiency with R and/or another statistical program such as SPSS. Technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
Support: Potential support includes two quarters annually. UC Davis is on a quarter academic system, with the academic year comprising three quarters. It is expected that field-based research will be conducted primarily during the summer months.
To Apply: For more information and to indicate interest in applying, please contact Professor Eric Post, . You may send 1) a cover letter discussing your key interests, qualifications, and motivations for this position; and ! 2)! a CV, including publications or honors and awards, and names and contact information for three references. Information about applying formally through the Graduate Group in Ecology at UC Davis can be found here.
Multiple postdoc and graduate student positions open at UC Irvine:Microbes in a Changing Environment (Posted 10/25/16)
Up to 3 full-time postdoctoral and 3 full-time graduate student positions are available at UC Irvine. Successful candidates will integrate –omics approaches with models and experiments to analyze microbial traits, communities, and carbon cycling under drought conditions. These positions are supported by a DOE Genomic Science grant to co-investigators Steven Allison, Michael Goulden, Adam Martiny, Jennifer Martiny, and Kathleen Treseder at UC Irvine as well as Eoin Brodie at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Postdocs and students will work under the supervision of one or more investigators to address specific project components, including:
- Culturing, experimental manipulation, and multi-omics analysis of bacteria and fungi
- Manipulation and community analysis of bacteria and fungi in grassland and shrubland ecosystems
- Synthesis and analysis of microbial trait data from genetic databases
- Trait-based modeling of microbial communities and functioning under drought conditions
Interested candidates should email a CV and cover letter indicating an area of research interest to at least one of the co-investigators who could serve as a potential supervisor. Competitive postdoctoral candidates will be encouraged to submit a formal application through UC Irvine’s recruitment website; competitive prospective graduate students will be invited to apply to relevant graduate programs in biological sciences, physical sciences, or gateway programs. Note that graduate application deadlines are often December 1. Postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to apply by November 1, 2016, but positions will remain open until filled. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply to all positions..
Postdoctoral Position in Phenology and Climate Change (Posted 10/4/16)
The Post lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis seeks a postdoctoral researcher with prior experience and interest in conducting original research on phenology related to climate change. The position will be for one year with the possibility for extension to a second year depending on performance.
The candidate will join a collegial, interactive, and intellectually stimulating department and university environment. Research in the Post lab focuses generally on ecological dynamics in relation to climate change, including life history variation, population dynamics, species interactions, and community dynamics. This position will focus on spatio-temporal dynamics of plant and large herbivore (caribou and muskox) phenology, capitalizing on a detailed set of observational and experimental field data deriving from a 16-year and ongoing suite of projects based in low-Arctic Greenland. Further details about research in the Post lab can be found here.
The Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology at UC Davis is ranked #1 in the U.S. among wildlife and fisheries programs, and UC Davis is the top-ranked university in the U.S. for impact in the fields of ecology and environmental science.
Located in north-central California, the city of Davis is in a beautiful setting within easy striking distance of stunning natural attractions in all directions.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in Ecology or a related field such as Wildlife Biology. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with students, other postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. Experience with time series analysis, spatial statistics, analysis of remote sensing data, and remote field work are strongly preferred. A record of publication in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals and a strong interest in publishing. Strong statistical including proficiency with R and/or another statistical software program. Technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Appreciation for attention to detail and a meticulous work ethic.
Salary: Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and applicant experience.
To Apply: Please apply by sending 1) a CV, including a list of publications, honors, awards, or grants, and details of prior academic and field experience; and 2) a cover letter discussing your key interests, qualifications, and motivations for this position to Professor Eric Post at . Review of applications will be on a rolling basis, and start date is negotiable. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2016.
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 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.
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.
Master's Opportunity at University of Colorado Colorado Springs in plant-herbivore interactions research (Posted 1/11/17)
Master’s student position for a project examining climate impacts on plant-insect interactions at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS).
The project’s primary goal is to determine direct and indirect effects of host plant phenology on multi-trophic interactions. Applicants with interest in both field research as well as laboratory techniques are encouraged to apply. The student will be based at UCCS during the academic year, with summer fieldwork conducted primarily at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, CO. MS program will begin in Fall 2017 at UCCS, but data collection may begin in Summer 2017 at RMBL.
To express interest, please email (): (1) a statement of research interests/background and (2) the following supporting documents as a SINGLE PDF (a) CV, (b) a list of 3-4 professional references (names and contact information), (c) general GRE scores, and (d) unofficial transcripts.
Teaching or research assistantships are available for applicants (US citizens) during the academic year, and funding for all costs of field research is available for summer 2017 and beyond. For full consideration (and after discussing interests with Dr. Mooney), interested students should apply to the UCCS graduate program in biology before February 1, 2017.
Urban Water Innovation Network Undergraduate Research Program - Summer 2017 (Posted 12/16/16)
The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is pleased to offer its second Undergraduate
Research Program (URP) for the summer of 2017. Students with different research interests in urban water sustainability - social sciences, natural sciences, engineering - will be placed with a team of mentors at institutions in urban areas across the nation. The program will start and end at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. For more information, go here.
PhD Tenure Track - Water Quality Faculty Position at Colorado State University (Posted 12/13/16)
The Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for a tenure track professor in Water Quality at the rank of assistant professor beginning in the Fall 2017 semester. They seek applications from candidates who have expertise in water quality laboratory analyses, field sampling techniques, water quality regulations, and the effects of land use and land management on water quality. Teaching expectations include lecture and lab-based undergraduate courses in land use and water quality and contributions to other undergraduate and graduate courses in Watershed Science.
Required: 1) A Ph.D. in a related field (completed by start date), and 2) Experience with field and laboratory-based water quality measurements.
Desirable: 1) Experience in applied land use and water quality research; 2) Expertise in water chemistry; 3) Strong publication record; 4) Demonstrated ability or potential for generating external funding; 5) Commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring; 6) Ability to communicate scientific knowledge to practitioners, managers, and policy makers; and 7) Experience and interest in working on interdisciplinary teams.
To apply and view a full position announcement, please go here by January 9, 2017.
For questions contact: Stephanie Kampf, search committee chair,
CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.
Interdisciplinary Post Doc at Colorado State University - Pueblo (Posted 12/13/16)
The Biology Department at Colorado State University - Pueblo is hiring an Post-Doctoral Researcher. This position is funded by a grant to promote retention of under-represented groups in STEM fields by encouraging undergraduate research. The successful candidate will work with a group of faculty and undergraduates on a range of research projects and will also teach courses as needed by the department. The position is open to candidate with a wide range of research interests, but interdisciplinary interests are preferred. This is a 2 year position starting in January 2017. Salary is $47,500 per year. For full consideration, please submit your application by Jan 3rd. More information and application details, go here.
MS graduate research position available - Colorado State University (Posted 10/4/16)
Seek a graduate student to join a collaborative research project with Colorado State University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the City of Fort Collins. This project integrates citizen science with ecology and social science to understand the value of urban natural areas for people and wildlife.
This study will take place in partnership with the City of Fort Collins’ innovative Nature in the City initiative, which envisions “a connected open space network accessible to the entire community that provides a variety of experiences for people and functional habitats for plants and wildlife.” In collaboration with faculty and research scientists at Colorado State University (CSU), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and environmental planners at the City of Fort Collins, this study will combine citizen science with social and ecological research to examine the value of urban natural areas for biodiversity and human well-being. This project is designed to support rapidly growing communities in making evidence-based conservation and development decisions.
The graduate student will be responsible for coordinating an ongoing citizen science project and conducting complementary social and ecological studies. To date, the project has focused on birds and butterflies; however, including additional taxonomic groups will also be possible. The graduate student will be co-advised by Dr. Liba Pejchar (CSU) and Dr. Sarah Reed (WCS). S/he will work collaboratively with the PIs on study design and implementation, will take the lead on data analysis and writing, and will also have access to social and ecological data collected in prior years of the study. Funding is pending, and it will include salary (~$1,800/month) and tuition for the 2-year duration of the student’s degree program, with 1-2 semesters as a graduate teaching assistant.
Qualifications: We invite applications from prospective graduate students, with an anticipated start date of January 2017. Highly-qualified applicants will have an undergraduate degree with an excellent GPA (>3.3) in Ecology, Conservation Biology, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, or a closely- related field. Competitive applicants should have demonstrated interest and experience in urban ecosystems and interdisciplinary approaches to conservation problem-solving. Excellent communication skills are required, including the ability to converse with a diversity of citizens, manage volunteers, and coordinate with land managers and private landowners.
Experience conducting point counts, butterfly surveys, vegetation measurements, and social surveys is also desirable, but not required. All applicants must have a strong work ethic, be organized, have the ability to work independently and with others, and be able to meet the physical requirements of the position (rising early, carrying equipment, hiking across uneven terrain). A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required. Please see the admission requirements of CSU’s Graduate Degree Program in Ecology for more details.
To Apply: Please send the following as a single, merged pdf document: 1) 1-2 page cover letter describing your qualifications, relevant experience, and career goals; 2) 2-3 page résumé or CV; and 3) a list of three professional references and their contact information. The name of the file should contain the first and last name of the applicant. Please send applications via email to: . Review of applications will begin on October 14th and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
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.
PhD Position in Applied Forest Ecology at the University of Connecticut (Posted 1/11/17)
A PhD-level graduate student position in Applied Forest Ecology is available in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. The position has full Research Assistant funding and will be available to begin studies in the Fall 2017 semester. The Fahey Lab conducts primary and applied research focused on improving our understanding of forest ecosystems and developing strategies to promote resilience in forested landscapes - for more information visit the lab website HERE. The funded project is focused on assessing the effects of traditional and ecologically-focused silvicultural treatments on canopy structural complexity and designing and testing management strategies to promote canopy structural complexity and light use efficiency in forests. To be considered please contact Dr. Robert Fahey prior to applying, via email (), with the following information: Curriculum vitae or resume, GPA and GRE scores, and a brief statement of research experience, interests, and career goals. Information about the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment can be found HERE and details about applying to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut can be found HERE. The Department accepts applications on a rolling basis, but contact with Dr. Fahey should be made before February 1st, 2017 to warrant full consideration.
Highstead Accepting Applications for Summer Ecology Intern (Posted 1/11/17)
Highstead, a regional land conservation and ecological research center is accepting applications for one field ecology intern to participate in Highstead’s long-term research and monitoring program in the summer of 2017. Major projects include resampling the herbaceous layers of (1) 8 deer exclosure and paired control plots in disturbed (blowdown + salvage log) and undisturbed forest in southwestern CT; (2) 8 deer exclosure and paired control plots at the Harvard Forest Hemlock Removal Experiment in central Massachusetts. Additional projects will include (3) resampling wetland vegetation plots as part of a Phragmites removal project at Highstead and, time permitting, (4) a pilot study looking at the effects of beaver on riparian forest structure and composition. The intern will gain extensive experience with forest vegetation sampling techniques and woody and herbaceous plant identification. Positions will be predominantly field-based but will also include data entry, some herbarium work (mounting pressed specimens), limited data analysis, and preparing a 15-20 minute final presentation for Highstead staff. The internship will be based in Redding, Connecticut, but will include travel and overnight stays to conduct field work at the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts.
Qualifications: Upper level undergraduate or recent graduate in botany, ecology, or related field. Applicants should have previous experience with field work. Successful applicants must (1) have a keen interest in the study and intensive identification of woody and herbaceous plants including grasses and sedges (2) be enthusiastic about conducting intensive fieldwork in hot, humid and sometimes rainy weather; in a landscape with deer ticks; and in forest understories with downed trees and thick, often spiny shrub layers (3) be very detail-oriented to collect careful and accurate data in challenging field conditions, collect and press unknown plant specimens, and enter data into a database; and (4) have the flexibility to adapt to several different research projects including some travel; and (5) have a positive can-do attitude.
Position Dates: Monday, May 29 - Friday, August 11, 2017
Stipend: $5,000.00 and free furnished housing.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience and contact information for three references) to ; reference Ecology Intern Application as the email subject. Accepting applications immediately. Review of applicants will begin in mid-February and continue until position is filled in March.
PhD Assistantship - The University of Connecticut (Posted 1/11/17)
The Helton Lab seeks a PhD student at The University of Connecticut, advised by Dr. Ashley Helton (). The student's project will focus on understanding headwater stream carbon dynamics and their response to rising temperatures at the stream reach and river network scales. The student will work closely with PIs and students at collaborating universities and will have opportunities to travel to field sites in North Carolina. Prior experience in GIS, simulation modeling (or a strong quantitative background), and stream or landscape ecology preferred. The position includes a competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance. To apply, e-mail Dr. Helton a 1 page description of your research interests. Please also send your CV (including GPA and GRE scores), a recent transcript (unofficial is OK), and names and contact information of three references.
Graduate student position in ecology or evolution (Posted 10/24/16)
Mark Urban’s lab in the ecology and evolutionary biology department at the University of Connecticut is looking for Ph.D. candidates to begin Fall 2017 application period. They address questions at the interface of ecology and evolution with a focus on understanding the creation and maintenance of biodiversity and resilience of natural systems to disturbances such as climate change. Current projects include whole-pond manipulations of amphibian communities, understanding the effects of climate change on Arctic fish, eco-evolutionary dynamics in aquatic microcosms, the genomics of adaptation, and improving predicted extinction risks from climate change. They are looking for independent thinkers who will complement our research team. See their website for more information.
Come join a highly collaborative lab group situated in a top EEB program. The UConn EEB Department offers a highly collaborative environment at a leading public research university that is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. More information about the Department can be found here. The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut.
Candidates should have an excellent GPA (>3.5), above average GRE scores, and applicable research experience. Preference is given to students with proven research records, published scientific articles, external funding, Master’s degree, or substantial research experience (e.g., as a research technician). Applications from groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields are encouraged to apply. A number of University scholarships are available to top candidates. To apply, first send Mark Urban () a cover letter detailing your research interests and experience as well as a resume or curriculum vita. Include current GPA and GRE scores. After reviewing applicants, he will select a shortlist of candidates to apply more formally to our graduate program.
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.
3-Year Postdoctoral Research Associate: Modeling social-ecohydrological systems (Posted 1/11/17)
The University of Florida Watershed Ecology Lab and UF Water Institute are seeking a highly motivated and creative Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a new $5 million interdisciplinary project researching tradeoffs among water quantity and quality, land use, climate, environmental policy, and the economy.
The successful candidate should have a PhD in the hydrological sciences or engineering, strong quantitative and modeling skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and an interest in working with a diverse group in the production of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated creative approaches to modeling complex systems (e.g., linking hydrological modeling to social-ecological system responses, applying statistical or analytical approaches to optimize hydrology and land use management within political or regulatory contexts, etc.) and who have worked productively on interdisciplinary research questions.
The position offers a competitive postdoctoral salary and excellent benefits, with up to three years of funding available, contingent on evaluation. Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is April 2017, but no later than August 2017.
To apply, send a cover letter describing your interest in this position and relevant experience, along with a CV, the names and contact information for 3 references, and up to three refereed publications to (please compile all materials into a single PDF file).
Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Dr. David Kaplan () or Dr. Wendy Graham ().
Restoration Ecology Internship, Archbold Biological Station, Florida -Beginning May 2017. Applications due March 6, 2017. (Posted 1/5/17)
A Restoration Ecology Internship is available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida, with shared responsibilities in the Restoration Ecology Program (supervised by Dr. Betsie Rothermel), the Plant Ecology Program (Dr. Eric Menges) and Land Management (Archbold Land Manager, Kevin Main). The intern will conduct an independent project with a field component in sandhill restoration, and also work as a research/land management assistant for 20 hours per week implementing sandhill restoration, including control of invasive plants. The intern will be an integral part of a team restoring sandhill at Archbold Biological Station using a combination of fire, mowing, and herbiciding/pulling of exotic plants, as well as experimental plantings of desired native species. The restoration area supports a population of gopher tortoises and many endangered plants. The intern will also have opportunities to assist with other long-term monitoring and research projects in plant ecology and herpetology. This internship is supported by a grant from the Ecological Society of America.
Archbold interns live on site in dorm-style housing and receive breakfasts and lunches on weekdays, a weekly meal allowance of $54, and a weekly stipend of $100. They work half-time (average of 20 hours per week) as research assistants and the rest of their time developing and implementing an independent project. This internship will run for approximately 7 months (May – November). Our internships provide an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of scientific research, from project development and data collection to oral and written presentations, providing ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology.
Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000-ha preserve, an outstanding regional library, and a GIS lab. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed field station atmosphere. Additional information can be found at the Archbold website.
To apply for a Restoration Ecology internship, please provide the following (preferably as a single document in PDF format): a cover letter indicating relevant experience, research interests, and how this experience would further your professional goals; a resumé or CV; and a summary of grades, including GPA. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by March 6, 2017. Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room and Board.
Archbold is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups
Graduate student opportunity in wildlife spatial ecology and conservation at the University of Florida (Posted 10/20/16)
Seeking a highly motivated M.S. student for the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (WEC) at the University of Florida, starting Spring 2017 or Fall 2017. This student will work as part of a landscape-scale research project on the spatial ecology, population biology, and conservation of Southeastern American Kestrels (Falco sparverius paulus). In Florida, kestrels are listed as Threatened, but the current trend and status are largely unknown. The subspecies is closely tied to upland habitats (e.g., scrub, sand pine, sandhill, prairie, pasture), which have been declining in recent decades. The project offers a unique opportunity to work alongside state biologists and University faculty to conduct research that will directly inform development of habitat management guidelines (HMG) for a Species of Greatest Conservation Need.
The project has three primary objectives. However, students with strong initiative and desire to carve out their own research questions within this theme are highly encouraged to apply.
Objective 1. Provide a current baseline population estimate and subsequent monitoring protocol for Ocala National Forest, one of the three largest breeding populations of southeastern American kestrels in Florida.
Objective 2. Develop HMG for southeastern American kestrels in scrub based on occupancy and productivity in different habitat conditions.Objective 3. Identify common habitat needs as well as potential conflicts associated with managing Florida scrub-jays and other imperiled species in southeastern American kestrel habitat.
The student will be co-advised by Robert Fletcher (University of Florida) and Karl Miller (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission). Preferred applicants will be highly motivated, have field experience conducting avian point counts, have strong quantitative skills, and competitive GPA/GRE scores. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree on this project, please send Dr. Fletcher a CV, GRE scores and GPA, contact information for three references, and a brief statement of your research interests, career goals, and why you would like to pursue a graduate degree prior to November 18, 2016 (email to: ). Please see the WEC Graduate Program website for more details on application procedures. Also consult the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at UF for other opportunities regarding graduate admission. For more information, go here.
Situated in the rolling countryside of north central Florida, Gainesville is much more than a stereotypical college town. Home of the University of Florida, seat of Alachua County's government and the region's commercial hub, it is progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse. The presence of many students and faculty from abroad among its 99,000-plus population adds a strong cross-cultural flavor to its historic small-town Southern roots. Its natural environment, temperate climate and civic amenities make Gainesville a beautiful, pleasant and interesting place in which to learn and to live. Gainesville has been ranked as one of the best
cities to live in the United States.
MS Fellowships in Coastal Resilience (Posted 10/20/16)
The Integrated Environmental Science MS program at Bethune-Cookman University is offering graduate fellowship awards to selected applicants. The funding is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and successful M.S. students will be affiliated to the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME). Successful candidates will receive competitive financial supports for 4 semesters and are expected to conduct MS research in the fields of Coastal Resilience, Coastal Intelligence, and/or Place-base Conservation.
• US Citizen
• B.S. in a NOAA-related discipline
• Bachelor's GPA of 3.3 or higher
• Must be admitted to the MS IES program
• Interested in coastal science
• Committed to complete thesis research within 4 semesters
• Successfully passed GIS and remote sensing courses with a grade of B or higher
• Undergraduate research experiences
NOAA fellows will receive the following benefits while they are registered full-time in the MSIES program and maintain a GPA of 3.2 or above:
• Tuition scholarships for 4 semesters
• Stipends of $1500/mo for 24 months
• Center-wide competency course (mandatory)
• Networking with NOAA laboratories and scientists
• Networking with CCME faculty and students
Interested applicant can contact:
Hyun Jung ("J.") Cho, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Integrated Environmental Science, Bethune-Cookman University, 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, Ph: 386 481 2793, Email: , Fax: 386 481 2659
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.
M.S. position – plant traits and climate change – Georgia Southern University (Posted 12/16/16)
The Sendall lab at Georgia Southern University invites applications for a Masters Degree in plant ecology and physiology to begin in Fall 2017. Students should be interested in answering questions such as the following:
- How do plant functional traits respond to changes in temperature and precipitation?
- Do distinct ecotypes from throughout species’ ranges differ in their ability to respond to altered climatic conditions with respect to morphological and physiological traits?
A degree in ecology, environmental science, etc. is encouraged for applicants, as is prior field experience measuring plant traits. Other desirable qualifications are the ability to work well independently and effectively as part of team, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a desire to conduct field-based research.
Prospective students should email Dr. Kerrie Sendall () a short summary of their research interests and a CV that includes GRE scores (if taken) prior to submitting an application. They offer multiple teaching assistantships each semester that are awarded on a competitive basis, and funding may also be available from research assistantships and fellowships.
Additional questions about the GSU graduate program can be directed to Dr. Checo Colon-Gaud (). The application deadline is March 1st, 2017 for full consideration.
Field Technician position, Coastal Wetlands in Georgia (Posted 12/6/16)
The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research program is looking for a research technician II. The position is based at our field site on Sapelo Island Georgia. The technician will provide field and laboratory support for research in coastal wetlands. The ideal candidate will have a BS in some area of environmental science, field experience, experience with small boats, and basic computer skills. Salary approximately $23,500. For a more detailed description of the job and to apply go here. You can contact Steven Pennings (scpennin (at) central.uh.edu) with questions about the position.
Postdoc: modeling trophic interactions - Odum School of Ecology (Posted 10/25/16)
A postdoctoral position is available in the Ballantyne Lab at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia to develop models of trophic interactions and element fluxes for stream ecosystems in the Luquillo LTER in Puerto Rico. The goal of the project is to develop and parameterize a model using data from stream flow manipulations that can be used to predict the consequences of changing climate and hydrology for stream communities and coupled terrestrial-aquatic element fluxes. The postdoc will have the opportunity to work with a team of stream ecologists, biogeochemists, and climate modelers. Funds are available for some travel to field sites.
Experience with theory and modeling are required for the position. Experience with parameter estimation for dynamic models is desired, but not required.
Please submit a cover letter, a current CV, a two page statement describing research interests and accomplishments, and the names and contact information for at least three references to . Review of applications will begin December 1 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, submit all materials by the deadline.
The term of appointment will be 18 months with a salary between $38,000 and $42,000, depending on experience. The ideal starting date is early spring, but some flexibility in the dates of the appointment exists. Pending availability of funds, an additional appointment of 6 months may be possible.
The University of Georgia is an EEO/AAA institution committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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.
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 requirements. A pdf with hyperlinks can also be found here.
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.
Multiple MS and PhD Assistantships - College of Natural Resources – University of Idaho (Posted 12/16/16)
The College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho has several MS and PhD assistantships open for Fall 2017. Current assistantships cover a diverse range of disciplines including: fire ecology, social sciences and policy analysis, natural resource economics, and water resources. Example topics include: adaptation to change in water resources, examining the ecological importance of wildfire refugia, understanding the impacts of drought, wildfire, and other disturbances on communities and the forest products sector, understanding recreational and visitor use of public lands, understanding the ways in which communities adapt and respond to wildfire risk, and understanding different natural resource policy systems and methods of analysis. Several teaching assistantships are also available in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences; Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences; Department of Natural Resources and Society; and in the cross-university Environmental Science Program that is administered by the college.
For more information, go here.
University of Idaho and College of Natural Resources: Established in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution, with a mission of delivering natural resources programs in Idaho. The main campus is located on the beautiful Palouse in the vibrant university community of Moscow, alive with social, cultural, and year-round outdoor activities. University branch campuses are located in Coeur d’Alene, Boise, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls. The College also houses outstanding field stations at the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and McCall, ID, home of the award winning McCall Outdoor Science School, thousands of acres of experimental forest, and is known for its engaged field studies and outreach programs. In 2015, the College of Natural Resources was ranked in the top 10 of Natural Resource Schools by USA Today.
Ph.D. Assistantship- climate change and phenology of landbirds, Boise State University, Idaho (Posted 12/13/16)
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) - at Boise State University. A position is available for a motivated Ph.D. student to study the causes and consequences of breeding and migration phenology shifts in response to climate change using American kestrels as a model species. This project will have both field and computational work, including widespread sampling of kestrels across their North American range and throughout the annual cycle, satellite-tracking of birds, using remote- sensing to measure growing seasons, and the development of an individual- based model to test hypotheses about carry-over, genetic, and environmental effects on breeding and migration phenology. The Ph.D. student will work as part of our collaborative team of faculty, NGO scientists, land managers, students, and technicians. The student will have the opportunity to travel for field work or specialized training with collaborators. In addition to research funding, this position includes support in the form of research and teaching (if interested) assistantships, tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance.
Seeking someone who 1) possess quantitative and programming skills (or a passion for developing these skills), 2) has field experience working with birds, 3) has an enthusiasm for studying ecology, and 4) enjoys working independently and as part of a team. A Master’s degree, a background in individual-based models, and experience in remote-sensing is preferred but not necessary. Please address your qualification for each of these points in your cover letter and note any Spanish language skills. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2017. The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD is a new and modern graduate program at Boise State University. To learn more, go here.
To Apply: send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to Julie Heath (EM: julieheath AT boisestate.edu). Please put “Kestrel PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until 20 December 2016. If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your application cannot be considered.
Post Doctoral Fellow - Human Environment Systems Center (Posted 12/9/16)
The Human-Environment Systems Center (HES) at Boise State University is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to conduct social-ecological research in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The specific study area is the High Divide, where private lands are critical for connectivity between the iconic protected areas of the region. Land use is changing rapidly on those private lands, and there is an urgent need to understand human decision-making driving these changes, and the subsequent impacts to biodiversity and ecosystem services. This position is thus an exciting opportunity to examine the trade-offs and synergies that exist in conserving world-renowned ecosystems while addressing human needs.Review of applications will begin December 19, 2016. For more information, go here.
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sensory and Community Ecology - Boise State Univ. (Posted 10/4/16)
The Barber Sensory Ecology Lab at Boise State University seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead efforts on an NSF-funded project to examine the role of natural soundscapes in structuring animal communities. The postdoc will collaborate with and help mentor a PhD student, MS students and several undergraduate researchers with an aim to parse out the occurrence of, and mechanism behind, community structuring by the acoustical environment. We will employ observational and manipulative approaches (playback of river noise on the landscape scale) to determine the relative strength of direct and indirect mechanisms in structuring bat and bird communities. Field sites have already been identified in the Pioneer Mountains near Sun Valley, ID and a full season of preliminary data collection has been conducted. Soundscape manipulation will begin this upcoming summer.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be expected to participate in fieldwork and to lead analytical efforts. We seek a scholar with strong quantitative modeling skills and, ideally, previous experience with large data sets in community ecology although all interested researchers will be considered. The position offers a competitive salary (for potentially 2+ years) and benefits and is based in Boise, Idaho, home to outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities. Demonstrated independent research ability via first author publications is required as is either a PhD in hand or verification from your major advisor that the PhD will be completed by the start date. Start date is flexible, but ideally no later than May 2017. To inquire about this position email with a cover letter and CV. Formal applications will be routed through the BSU HR system.
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 ().
PhD position - plant traits and biogeochemical cycling - University of Illinois (Posted 12/16/16)
Dr. Jennifer Fraterrigo at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign is inviting applications for a PhD position that will begin in Fall 2017 for students interested in plant functional traits, biogeochemical cycling and climate change. Students should be interested in examining the following questions at local to regional scales:
• How do plant functional traits respond to changes in resource availability and climate?
• What is the relationship between above-ground and below-ground plant traits?
• How do edaphic conditions influence plant functional traits and their response to changes in climate?
• What is the relationship between plant functional traits and biogeochemical cycling?
A degree or background in plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, or environmental science is encouraged for applicants, as well as previous experience measuring plant traits and/or biogeochemical cycling.
Prospective graduate students will be expected to develop their own research goals, and should be highly motivated. Other desirable qualifications include excellent written and oral communication skills, basic knowledge of quantitative methods in ecological research, an interest in field based research. Prospective students should email a short summary of their research interests as well as a CV, unofficial transcript and GRE scores and percentiles to Dr. Fraterrigo () before applying to the program. Funding will be available from a variety of sources, including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Suitable candidates will be required to apply to the graduate program within the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science program). More information about the Fraterrigo lab group can be found here.
PhD in physiological ecology (Posted 11/9/16)
The Warne lab for animal physiological ecology in the Zoology Department at Southern Illinois University is seeking a PhD student. They explore how vertebrates (1) maintain homeostasis while coping with environmental variation; (2) how these interactions influence resource allocation to life history processes such as development, growth, and reproduction; (3) as well as disease dynamics. A major focus for this PhD project is aimed at exploring how the symbiotic gut microbiome influences host life history processes, physiological performance, and disease susceptibility. Potential projects will integrate stable isotope methods with microbiological approaches. More information can be found here. A M.S. degree or comparable experience in biological research is highly preferred. For competitive students, university fellowships are available, including the Morris Doctoral Fellowships that provides a 12-month salary for 3-years, plus research funding. Further inquiries and applications including a cover letter and CV can be sent to Dr. Robin Warne ().
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 – Waterfowl and Wetlands - Illinois Natural History Survey & 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.
MS or PhD positions at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (Posted 1/13/17)
The Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry lab of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) seeks two motivated students interested in pursuing a MS or PhD (Applied Earth Sciences) degree in the Department of Earth Sciences. Two federal funded projects are available to support the students’ endeavors. One NSF funded project is on the effects of non-rainfall water input on plant-soil water interactions in drylands with fieldwork in Namibia. Another project investigates the drought effects on forest water use (USDA-funded) with fieldwork in Indiana. The positions are available from Fall 2017, and will be supported through research and teaching assistantships that provide a competitive stipend, tuition remission and health insurance. The student(s) will be advised by Dr. Lixin Wang. Applicants must hold a BS degree in earth sciences, hydrology, soil science, environmental sciences or related disciplines, and have strong oral and written communication skills. Stable isotope background is preferred for both positions.
IUPUI is Indiana’s premier urban public research university, currently enrolling more than 30,000 students. In 2011, IUPUI was ranked 3rd by U.S. News and World Report in “Up-and-Coming National Universities”. Indianapolis is a very livable city with a wealth of outdoor, cultural, and sporting activities. The department of Earth Sciences has a wide variety of analytical facilities including LGR and Picarro water isotope analyzers, IRMS facility for 13C, 15N and 34S measurements, CN analyzer, and wet chemistry laboratories equipped for soil, water and plant analysis.
To apply, please send a copy of your application materials (statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts, GRE score, TOEFL score if applicable, and contact information of three referees) to Dr. Lixin Wang (). Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
Recruiting 2 PhD students for forest ecology and remote sensing research, Purdue University (Posted 10/25/16)
The Hardiman Lab in the Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources is recruiting 1-2 Ph.D. students, to begin in Fall 2017, to develop dissertation projects focusing on forest canopy structure and carbon cycling interactions. Research in the Hardiman Lab combines field measurements and large-scale ecosystem experiments with remote sensing and ecosystem modeling to investigate relationships between ecosystem structure and function across a gradient of natural to highly-engineered environments within a global change context. To meet both Purdue University and FNR department requirements, candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.2; GRE scores must be above the 50th percentile on verbal and quantitative sections and above 4.0 on the analytical writing section. In addition, applicants should have a strong interest and prior degree in biology/ecology/forestry/similar and have strong quantitative and writing skills. Previous research experience is highly desired. Experience working with GIS and remote sensing data (Landsat/MODIS/lidar) preferred. Please send an email to bhardima[at]purdue[dot]edu, with information on your research and career interests, classes taken, grades, and GRE scores before December 1st, 2016 to warrant full consideration.
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.
Postdoc Position in Limnology (Posted 1/11/17)
A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Wilkinson Lab at Iowa State University. We are seeking an enthusiastic and creative Ph.D. with expertise in limnology with a degree in ecology, biology, environmental science or a related field.
The successful applicant will collaborate with graduate students, faculty, and technicians in the research group to address questions regarding nutrient loading, harmful algal blooms, and carbon cycling in lakes. The research agenda is flexible, but could include analysis of water quality trends in lakes and reservoirs, restored lake nutrient cycling and food web structure, or the prediction and ecological impacts of harmful algal blooms. The postdoc will also assist with the oversight and data analysis for an intensive water quality monitoring program for Iowa lakes in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Ideal candidates should have experience with limnological sampling, in situ sensors and database management. Strong communication, writing and programming skills are highly desirable.
Funding is available for one year, with up to two additional years contingent upon satisfactory research progress. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references as a single PDF via email to Dr. Grace Wilkinson (). Questions about the position should also be directed to Dr.
Wilkinson. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The desired start date is February 20th or soon thereafter.
Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, email .
Ph.D assistantship in Agroecology, Entomology, and/or Wildlife Ecology (Posted 10/4/16)
This assistantship is associated with the STRIPS Project. The successful candidate will conduct research on bird and pollinator use of prairie reconstructions on commercial farms in Iowa and Missouri.
Required qualifications: A strong academic background in a life science (e.g., biology, entomology, wildlife ecology), previous field research experience, ability to accurately identify Midwestern birds by sight and sound, demonstrated communication skills, interest in learning to identify pollinators with a focus on native bees, and ability to work in a collaborative environment.
Preferred qualifications: An M.S. degree, ability to identify insects to the ordinary level, experience working in an agricultural setting, and demonstrated quantitative, scientific writing, and leadership skills.
Start date: Negotiable between January and May 2017.
Application deadline: To receive full consideration, submit applications by October 20, 2016. Email the following materials to Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore, : (1) letter of interest stating professional goals, research interests, and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies acceptable at this point), and (4) the names, affiliations, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references.
Iowa State University is a large, public institution located in Ames, Iowa, with many, diverse, and vibrant graduate programs. A beginning Graduate Assistantship at Iowa State University includes a stipend of $24,000 per year, plus tuition and benefits. Funding for this position has been secured through the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Iowa State University.
For further information on the project or application contact:
Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore, ISU Natural Resource Ecology & Management; 339 Science II, Ames, IA 50011; Phone: 515-294-7339; Email: ; Web; Dr. Matt O’Neal, ISU Entomology; 339 Science II, Ames, IA 50011; Phone: 515-294-8622; Email: ; Web
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.
Ph.D. Position - University of Kansas (Posted 10/4/16)
The Billings lab at the University of Kansas is seeking a Ph.D. student interested in investigating biogeochemical puzzles in terrestrial ecosystem ecology. They explore fundamental mechanisms governing elemental fluxes in boreal and temperate forests, and temperate grasslands. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work at multiple research platforms: 1) the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory, where they explore how historic land use and climate interact to drive above- and belowground ecosystem processes in intact forests and forests re-growing on former agricultural land; 2) the Newfoundland and Labrador Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect, where eastern Canadian boreal forests exposed to varying mean annual temperature grow in otherwise similar conditions (part of the Critical Zone Exploration Network); and 3) the KU Field Station, where land holdings represent successional forest stages, native prairie, and restored grasslands. They emphasize the importance of elucidating fundamental mechanisms driving patterns in terrestrial ecosystems as they regenerate following disturbance and respond to climate and land use change. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers, assist with the development of CZ science (http://criticalzone.org/), and become part of an energetic and driven group of researchers working to understand interactions between life and its abiotic surroundings. For details, please contact Sharon Billings at , after visiting the lab’s web page and reading instructions for great ways to express interest.
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.
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.
Graduate Fellowships at Tulane University (Posted 11/1/16)
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University seeks applications from students who are pursuing a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The department has fellowships from the Louisiana Board of Regents. They strongly encourage applicants from groups who are under-represented in STEM. Areas of study in our department include tropical biology, evolutionary biology and river/coastal ecology. Applicants should be in contact with specific faculty members well before the application deadline. A complete list of faculty and their research interests can be found here. The program deadline is January 15, and application details can be found here. For questions about the Ph.D. program, email our graduate student coordinator, Dr. Jordan Karubian, at .
Tulane University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with 'preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.' Tulane is located in the historic Gulf Coast city of New Orleans, which is known for its culture, food and music.
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.
Please check back.
Summer Internships in Environmental Sciences and Education (Posted 12/16/16)
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center's professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.
SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental science.
Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of on-line registration, Student copy of transcripts, personal essay, CV or resume, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA) here.
Application deadline: Summer (May-August): Deadline is February 1st. For more information please go here or email: . The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Students from under-represented groups or institutions lacking research facilities or research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. However, all other interested students are encouraged to apply.
Oyster Hatchery Intern (Posted 11/30/16)
The oyster culture program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory (http://hatchery.hpl.umces.edu/) is accepting applications for summer internships. The oyster hatchery, the largest on the East Coast, produces oyster larvae and spat for restoration activities throughout the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay. The facility includes large larval tanks housed indoors, a greenhouse for algal production, over fifty outdoor setting tanks, and a demonstration oyster farm. For more information, go here.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Stream Restoration Studies (Posted 11/8/16)
(review begins 1 December 2016, open until filled)
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research fellow to study the effects of stream restoration on removal of nutrients and suspended sediments from stream water. Currently monitoring three restorations using Regenerative Stormwater Conveyances (RSCs). The RSC approach involves filling deeply eroded stream channels with a mixture of sand and organic matter and placing rock weirs across the stream channel at intervals to create a series of pools. They are particularly interested in the ability of RSCs to modulate stream flow and remove nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended sediments from stream water under a wide range of flow conditions. They use a combination of in-stream sensors and automated sampling to measure flow of stream water, suspended sediments, nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic matter through the RSCs. They are also monitoring groundwater chemistry and hydrology at one RSC on SERC property. They have data extending before the restorations at two sites and are monitoring control streams without RSCs for comparison. This presents an ideal opportunity to learn more about the benefits and design considerations of a restoration method that is widely accepted but not well studied.
The fellow will investigate the effects of the RSCs by assisting with the ongoing research and synthesizing data on nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes through the RSCs. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in environmental science or engineering, peer-reviewed publications, and professional presentations. Applicants should also have knowledge of hydrology and the biogeochemistry of N and P. Skills in data management, analysis and modeling, as well as analytical chemistry and the use of automated systems for in situ sensing and water sampling would also be desirable. The position is initially funded for 1 year with possibility of extension. The stipend is $48,000/year plus health insurance allowance. The Fellow will work closely with Dr. Thomas Jordan and will be based at the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, which has 100+ full-time employees and is set in a 1,072 hectare field site within commuting distance of Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC.
For best consideration, email a letter of application, full CV with publications list, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and contact information for three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) by November 30, 2016 to Dr. Thomas Jordan (), SERC, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028. For more information on SERC, go here. EOE.
Graduate Assistantships in Urban Ecosystems, Soil Quality, Ecosystem Services - University of Maryland (Posted 11/1/16)
PhD or MS student assistantships are available to work in Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman’s lab at the University of Maryland in urban ecosystem ecology. 2 projects are available:
(1) Using innovative practices to enhance soil quality for vacant lot afforestation This is a fellowship supported by the TREE Fund to conduct field trials comparing biochar, compost, and cover crops (forage radish) to improve soil quality and facilitate the establishment of trees in vacant lots in Baltimore. Students will help conduct a literature review on urban soil amendments, implement the field study, and examine soil properties (physical, chemical, biological), plant performance, and ecosystem service indices. Strong experience in soil science, soil ecology, or biogeochemistry is expected. This would ideally be for a PhD applicant, but MS students are welcome to apply as well – students would ideally start in Summer 2017 (or January 2017 for motivated and qualified applicants).
(2) Exploring the ecosystem services of green infrastructure and urban ecosystems. In this project students can explore a variety of green infrastructure types (rain gardens, bioretention cells, green roofs, etc.) and explore drivers of ecosystem service provision. Students would develop field and lab research projects focusing on abiotic and biotic drivers of ecosystem function in urban environments, with a particular emphasis on linking soil quality, urban hydrology, and ecosystem services. There is the potential to also address social-ecological questions related to management and decision-making for these systems as well. Students would start in Fall 2017 (potentially summer 2017).
Applicants should have a degree in ecology, environmental science, soil science, or closely related field (an MS degree is required for the PhD program). Lab and/or field experience in soils, biogeochemistry, and ecosystem ecology is required. Experience with sensors and data loggers, ecosystem service assessment, GIS, statistical analysis, or remote sensing would be an advantage. Successful applicants will be self-motivated and able to work well in teams.
The students would be enrolled in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland. See program websites for more information on application and program details. Assistantships include a tuition waiver, stipend, and health benefits.
To apply, please contact Dr. Pavao-Zuckerman (), indicate which project you are interested in, and include your CV, unofficial transcript(s) & GRE scores, and a short statement (1-2 paragraphs) describing research interests and career goals.
Postdoctoral Opportunity in Stream Restoration Studies (Posted 11/1/16)
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research fellow to study the effects of stream restoration on removal of nutrients and suspended sediments from stream water. They are currently monitoring three restorations using Regenerative Stormwater Conveyances (RSCs). The RSC approach involves filling deeply eroded stream channels with a mixture of sand and organic matter and placing rock weirs across the stream channel at intervals to create a series of pools. They are particularly interested in the ability of RSCs to modulate stream flow and remove nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended
sediments from stream water under a wide range of flow conditions. We use a combination of in-stream sensors and automated sampling to measure flow of stream water, suspended sediments, nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic matter through the RSCs. They are also monitoring groundwater chemistry and hydrology at one RSC on SERC property. They have data extending before the restorations at two sites and are monitoring control streams without RSCs for comparison. This presents an ideal opportunity to learn more about the benefits and design considerations of a restoration method that is widely accepted but not well studied. The fellow will investigate the effects of the RSCs by assisting with the ongoing research and synthesizing data on nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes through the RSCs. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in environmental science or engineering, peer-reviewed publications, and professional presentations. Applicants should also have knowledge of hydrology and the biogeochemistry of N and P. Skills in data management, analysis and modeling, as well as analytical chemistry and the use of automated systems for in situ sensing and water sampling would also be desirable. The position is initially funded for 1 year with possibility of extension. The stipend is $48,000/year plus health insurance allowance. The Fellow will work closely with Dr. Thomas Jordan and will be based at the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, which has 100+ full-time employees and is set in a 1,072 hectare field site within commuting distance of Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC. For best consideration, email a letter of application, full CV with publications list, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and contact information for three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) by November 30, 2016 to Dr. Thomas Jordan (), SERC, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028. For more information on SERC go here. EOE.
Doctoral Scholarships At Clark University in GIS and Earth System Science (Posted 12/16/16)
Clark University’s Graduate School of Geography offers full-scholarships with stipends to doctoral students to join our vibrant and focused community of professors, researchers and students who are examining cutting-edge questions related to Geographic Information Science and Earth System Science. Click here to see Clark’s video concerning GIS and click here to see Clark’s video concerning Earth System Science. For more information, go here.
The application deadline is 31 December 2016 for the program beginning in August 2017. Apply here.
Clark University has opportunities for doctoral students to be teaching assistants and research assistants. Teaching assistants are involved in courses such as Arctic System Science, Earth System Science, Forest Ecology, Geographic Information Science, Land Change Modeling, Quantitative Methods, Remote Sensing and Wildlife Conservation. Research assistants work on projects led by professors. Below are some examples of how doctoral students are engaged in research assistantships.
Professor Ron Eastman employs research assistants as computer programmers at Clark Labs, which creates the GIS software TerrSet. TerrSet has over 100,000
users worldwide. Go here.
Professor Karen Frey runs the Polar Science Research Lab, which includes Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral students with broad, interdisciplinary interests in the linkages between the land surface, ice cover, ocean, and atmosphere in polar environments. The research involves extensive fieldwork and labwork as well as remote sensing, spatial analysis and modeling. Go here.
Professor Dominik Kulakowski directs the Forest Ecology Research Lab, which examines the causes and consequences of environmental change in forest ecosystems. Current and recent research focuses on how climate change, human land use and interacting disturbances, such as fires and insect outbreaks, affect mountain forests in North America and Europe. Doctoral students use a combination of field data collection, dendroecology (the study of tree rings), GIS and/or spatial modelling to address questions that advance our understanding of forest ecology and associated policy and management strategies. Go here.
Professor Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr has six years of funding to hire a research assistant who will use remote sensing to measure land change in an estuarine marsh, where sea level rise is particularly important. The research concerns the Plum Island Ecosystems, which is part of the Long Term Ecological Research network, funded by the National Science Foundation. Go here.
Professor John Rogan invites doctoral students to work in the emerging field of Conflict Geography in the context of extractive industries. The research merges work in GIScience and Remote Sensing, with that on the Political Ecology of Natural Resource Extraction as a platform for collaboration among faculty, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral students. Go here.
Professor Christopher Williams seeks research assistants for his Biogeosciences Research Group, which focuses on: climate impacts of forest change, biosphere-atmosphere interactions & feedbacks to the climate system, drought & disturbance impacts on carbon sequestration and water resources. The group desires applicants with experience in terrestrial ecosystem ecology, ecohydrology, biosphere-atmosphere exchange, eddy covariance, EOS remote sensing, and/or ecosystem and hydrologic process modeling. Go here.
Ph.D. Opportunity in Ecosystem Ecology & Biogeochemistry at Boston University (Posted 11/116)
Inviting applications for doctoral work in Pamela Templer lab beginning fall 2017 in the areas of biogeochemistry, forest ecology, global change biology and related fields. Applicants should be independent and highly motivated with academic research and/or field experience in plant ecology, soil ecology or nutrient cycling. Funding is available to work on a project at Hubbard Brook examining the effects of climate change on forest productivity and nutrient dynamics in northern hardwood forests. This NSF-funded project aims to better understand how climate change affects biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen, carbon and water.
Research in our lab covers a broad range of topics including human impacts on the global nitrogen cycle, the effects of urbanization on nitrogen and carbon cycling, nutrient inputs from fog to coastal forest ecosystems, and the role of disturbances in nutrient uptake by trees.
Students in our lab participate in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Biogeoscience at Boston University, which spans many departments including Biology, Earth & Environment, and Archaeology. The Graduate School at Boston University guarantees five years of salary for Ph.D. students.
Encourage prospective students to contact me () to discuss potential projects. Please use “Prospective Graduate Student” in the subject line. Formal review of applications will begin in our department December 7, 2016, but interested applicants should contact me any time.
Interested applicants can look at the following web-sites for useful information: http://people.bu.edu/ptempler/; www.bu.edu/biology; www.bu.edu/bio-geo; www.bu.edu/cas/prospective-students/graduate-admissions/
PhD Graduate Research Assistantship available in the Keiluweit Lab at UMASS Amherst (Posted 11/1/16)
Research Project: Organic Matter Mineralization and Metal Cycling During Flood Plain Evolution
Inviting applications for a fully funded PhD positions in the Soil and Microbial Biogeochemistry group at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst. Research: The successful candidate will conduct research into the biogeochemical cycling of organic matter within floodplains. The overarching goal of this research is to decipher the coevolution of organic matter and metal chemistry within the dynamic floodplains, and its resulting determinant of soil carbon storage and metal contaminant fate and transport. This research is focused on the East River watershed in Colorado, where a legacy of mining has left floodplain soils contaminated with uranium and other metals. The candidates will combine experiments in laboratories with field sampling and long-term monitoring to examine the key microbial processes responsible for the cycling of carbon and associated metals. Candidates will have the excellent opportunity to apply
cutting-edge synchrotron-based spectroscopy/microscopy, mass spectrometry, and molecular biology techniques to study the microbial transformations of carbon and metals. This research will be conducted in collaboration with a supportive team of scientists at Stanford University, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the Environmental Molecular Science Lab. Qualifications: Applicants with B.S. and/or M.S. degrees in soil science or a related field (environmental science, geoscience, microbiology, or environmental chemistry) are encouraged to apply. We expect the student to have a general interest in fundamental biogeochemical mechanisms in soils, and to creatively integrate his or her own ideas within the broader framework of the project. Location: UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. Application: Interested candidates are asked to send their CV, copies of Bachelor and/or Master degrees (including academic transcripts), and a list of two potential references (including full contact addresses). These materials, and inquiries for further information, should be sent to Dr. Marco Keiluweit ().
Ph.D. Research Opportunity -- Impacts of Past & Future Global Change on Marine Calcifiers (Posted 10/20/16)
The Ries Lab in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center (MSC) seeks a graduate student interested in conducting federally funded research on the impact of past and future ocean acidification and warming on the process of calcareous biomineralization, to begin summer/fall 2017. Research will include employing a multi-disciplinary approach (scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, isotope geochemistry, microelectrode analysis, metatranscriptomics, proteomics, biomechanical analysis) to investigate the impact of past and future ocean acidification and warming on shell production, mineralogy, elemental chemistry, structure, function, and calcifying fluid chemistry. This opportunity affords access to newly acquired state-of-the-art analytical equipment at the MSC, including a laser ablation inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer for trace element analysis, a powder x-ray diffractometer for mineralogical characterization, an environmental scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectrometry and electron backscatter diffraction for micro-imaging and elemental/mineralogical mapping of skeletal ultrastructure, and a 72-tank array for conducting ocean acidification/warming experiments. The selected graduate student will receive interdisciplinary training in global change research, carbonate biogeochemistry, invertebrate biomineralization, isotope geochemistry, and deployment of pH microelectrodes and pH-sensitive dyes for quantifying calcifying fluid chemistry. The graduate student will be based at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center, located on the shores of Massachusetts Bay on the Nahant tombolo (13 miles north of downtown Boston). The renovated MSC features a state-of-the-art flow through seawater facility, direct access to classic New England rocky shore intertidal study sites, an in-house SCUBA program, and small-craft research vessels. Highly motivated and creative individuals with strong writing and analytical skills are encouraged to apply. Interested individuals should apply to Northeastern’s Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences’ Ph.D. program in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at this website. Although applications will be accepted through December 15, 2016, earlier submission is strongly encouraged. Please direct specific inquiries to Prof. Justin Ries ().
Michigan State University graduate student opportunities in carbon cycle science (Posted 1/11/17)
The Michigan State University Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences and Center for Global Change and Earth Observation (CGCEO) are pleased to announce at least two graduate student positions in Socioecological carbon production in managed agricultural-forest landscapes.
Successful candidates will possess and demonstrate relevant interest and skills in one or more of the following topics: (1) Bottom-up scaling of landscape C fluxes from eddy covariance measurements; (2) Top-down estimates of C fluxes from a land surface model (the Community Land Model); (3) land cover remote sensing across multiple sensors; (4) socioecological analysis of managed landscapes including life cycle analysis and structural equation modeling.
Successful applicants will play a significant role in research funded by the NASA Carbon Cycle Science program. This work focuses on understanding the quantitative contributions of land cover change, specific management practices, and climate changes to the social and physical C fluxes of managed ecosystems, with an initial focus on the Kalamazoo River watershed in Michigan. Strong candidates will have experience with collaborative interdisciplinary work.
Students will be expected to produce compelling scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. These PhD in Geography positions are fully funded for three years. This includes an annual stipend plus tuition and fees and involves collaboration with researchers at MSU in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, the CGCEO, and the Kellogg Biological Station. The ideal candidates should be highly motivated individuals with strong interests in one or more of the above topics. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to present the results of their dissertation project at annual meetings and scientific conferences.
Preferred qualifications: MSc. degree in Geography, Ecology, or a related field. Application deadline is February 1, 2017 (or until position is filled). Starting date: Fall 2017 (Classes start on August 30, 2017).
MSU is an equal opportunity employer. The Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, the CGCEO, the LEES Lab and the ERSAM Lab are all committed to promoting diversity in research.
MS Positions- Freshwater Mussels- Central Michigan University (Posted 12/21/16)
Multiple MS Positions, Biology Department, Institute for Great Lakes Research, Central Michigan University: "Effects of Contaminants of Emerging Concern on Native Freshwater Mussels and their Host Fish”
Expectations: The successful applicants (at least 2 positions available) will conduct a two-year, grant supported research project on the effects of contaminants of emerging concern on native freshwater mussels and their host fish. The successful applicants will work with Dr. Daelyn Woolnough and use field and laboratory research to answer questions about the conservation of mussel species and communities, ultimately leading to a comprehensive thesis. Stipend support in the form of Research Assistantships will be available in the summers and Research Assistantships (for top quality candidates) will be available through the school year. Graduate students in Biology receive tuition waivers.
Qualifications: The successful applicant should be highly motivated and have a B.S. (or completion by May 2017) in biology, zoology, ecology, aquaculture, fisheries or closely related field. Prior field experience, interests in conservation biology, aquatic contaminants, aquaculture, and working with fish, aquatic invertebrates and/or unionid mussels, are assets.
Minimum academic qualifications include 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 system; normally competitive students will have a GPA > 3.5) and GRE scores must be sent to CMU graduate school for approval. All of Dr. Woolnough’s MS students take the Conservation Concentration for their MS in Biology. Detail and application materials for the graduate program in Biology can be found here.
Salary: approx $18,000 + tuition waiver
The candidates will be expected to begin May 2016 (negotiable for top quality candidates). Letters of interest and information described below should be emailed to Dr. Woolnough by February 15, 2017 or earlier. Please do not apply to the CMU Graduate School/ Biology Department without first contacting Dr. Woolnough.
Send the following in one .pdf file by email with the subject 'CEC MUSSEL MS' to Dr. Woolnough () with the following information:
1) a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications
2) a resume (CV)
3) copies of transcripts (unofficial ok)
4) GRE grades (unofficial OK)
5) names and contact information for three academic references.
Feel free to contact Dr. Woolnough with any questions.
Great Lakes REU - Central Michigan University (Posted 12/16/16)
Central Michigan University is seeking undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week research experience at its Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island. This program will provide funding for 5-7 undergraduates to work with CMU faculty on research projects related to the chemical and physical aspects of nearshore Lake Michigan and how these aspects affect algal, invertebrate, and fish communities. Research will also emphasize how water currents alter the availability of nutrients, the
abundance and diversity of organisms, and nearshore-offshore coupling.
Students will live and work on Beaver Island from May 21–July 29, 2017, receiving a $4,500 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to Beaver Island.
More information on the program and the online application are available here.
Recruiting up to 2 PhD students for fire ecology research, Michigan State University (Posted 10/25/16)
Up to two PhD student positions are available for research addressing the role of fire on ecosystem processes in fire-prone temperate conifer forests and/or barrens ecosystems, to begin in Fall 2017 (data collection may begin in Summer 2017). The student(s) will be responsible investigating soil and vegetation response to wildfire and/or prescribed fire, and will be expected to develop independent research questions related to the overall project objectives.
Seeking applicants with a high level of enthusiasm for research that includes field measurements as well as laboratory procedures that together contribute to understanding ecosystem processes and responses to natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Strong written, verbal and computation skills are essential. Prior experience participating in or leading field research or monitoring projects is strongly desired. Successful applicants will be expected to work independently as well as collaboratively as an active member of a research group, conduct field work in variable weather conditions, and perform detailed laboratory analyses with a high level of precision.
The student will be advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel at MSU and will have opportunity for close communication with (and potential co-advisorship by) Forest Service researchers. The student will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI during the academic year, with extended summer travel to perform fieldwork in the northern Lake States region and/or California.
To express interest, please email as a SINGLE PDF: (1) a statement of research interests/background and professional goals, (2) a CV, (3) a list of 3-4 professional references (names and contact information), (4) GRE scores, and (5) unofficial transcripts to Dr. Jessica Miesel at .
Funding is available for outstanding applicants (US cititzens). For full consideration (and after discussing interests with Dr. Miesel), interested students should apply to the MSU Graduate School before December 1, 2016. Successful applicants will be housed in the Department of Forestry, with opportunity to participate in MSU’s interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior program (ranked among the top Ecology & Evolutionary Biology PhD programs by the National Research Council) and/or the Environmental Science & Policy Program.
For more information about the Department of Forestry, go here.
Post-doc in crop ecology (Posted 12/13/16)
The Forever Green Initiative (FGI) at the University of Minnesota (UMN) has received funding from the Walton Family Foundation to support a post-doctoral research associate to work with the FGI team on the agronomy and ecology of cash-cover crops. These crops include the autumn-sown oilseeds, winter camelina and pennycress, which are planted in double-crop systems with summer crops like soybean and sunflower. Many opportunities exist for expanding and improving the double-crop systems The post-doc is expected to take an active role in conceptualizing and leading new experiments and serving as a team member in other projects. The position will be based at the USDA-ARS Soils Lab in Morris, MN, but administered through the UMN Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics in St Paul. Start date is early 2017. Recent PhD in agronomy, crop science, plant ecology, or related discipline is required. For a formal position announcement and/or additional information, send résumé and/or inquiry to any of the following team members:
Frank Forcella 320-589-3411 x127
Russ Gesch 320-589-3411 x132
Scott Wells 612-625-3747
M.S. Assistantship in Forest Hydrology at Mississippi State University (Posted 1/13/17)
Seeking a highly motivated MS student to join the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS). The student will conduct research in the discipline of forest hydrology with specific attention to the interface between the atmospheric environment and the forest canopy in a simulated bark beetle mortality experiment. The student will participate in extensive field research at the nearby John W. Starr Memorial Forest in addition to laboratory work in the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab on campus. The prospective student should possess enthusiasm for field work, strong analytical and communication skills, and attention to detail. The desired start date is June 2017, but August 2017 will also be considered. Financial support is available for two years, including a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.
If interested, please contact Dr. Courtney Siegert at and provide (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research and applicable background experience; (2) a CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts and/or GREs. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2017.
Further information about the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab can be found HERE.
Details on the full application process can be found HERE.
PhD Research Assistant - Microbial Ecology (Posted 1/11/17)
A funded Ph.D. Research Assistant position is available in the research laboratory of Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn at the University of Southern Mississippi.
This position is part of a 3 year funded NSF project that seeks to understand the relative importance of algal photosynthetic priming vs. photolysis in facilitating microbial-mediated (bacterial and fungal) organic matter decomposition in freshwater wetland ecosystems. The successful applicant is expected to have excellent communication skills, and will be creative, motivated and capable of working both independently and in a collaborative group setting. Applicants having experience in aquatic or microbial ecology would be considered a plus. A Master’s degree in biology, ecology, or closely related field is preferred; however, exceptional students with a B.S. degree will also be considered. Responsibilities of the Ph.D. student will include completing graduate coursework, research pursuant to the grant objectives, publishing their research findings, working with project collaborators, and participating in outreach related activities. The stipend for this graduate research assistantship is $20k/year and includes a full tuition waiver and health care benefits. The anticipated start date is negotiable.
The University of Southern Mississippi, a Carnegie Research I institution with approximately 17,000 students, is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with additional campuses located nearby on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This position will be based in Hattiesburg. Hattiesburg is the medical, commercial, and cultural center of south Mississippi and is ranked among the top small metropolitan areas in the United States. The Department of Biological Sciences currently has 32 faculty with research strengths in ecology, evolution, molecular biology and microbiology. Further information about the department may be found HERE.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, short statement of research interests and future goals, CV, contact information for three references, and copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial is fine) to Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn (). Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions concerning this position should be directed to Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn. The University of Southern Mississippi is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer/Americans with disabilities act institution. The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.
Post-doc position in Coastal Change Dynamics (Posted 12/9/16)
Postdoctoral Research Position in Coastal Change Dynamics available January 2017 onwards at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, U.S.A.
A Postdoctoral Researcher Position for a project on understanding the trajectory of coastal salt marsh structure, function, and processes in the face of sea level rise funded through the National Academies of Science Data Synthesis Program for the Gulf of Mexico .
Seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher for an interdisciplinary field and GIS study of a synthesis of information from historical imagery, biophysical processes, and hierarchical modeling looking at coastal wetlands. Applicants for the current opportunity must have a PhD in an appropriate biological or environmental science (e.g., botany, environmental sciences, geography and/or geology), and strong spoken and written English language skills. As well, they must meet requirements for employment as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Southern Mississippi. Preference will be given to candidates with field and/or GIS experience in botany, including habitat change mapping, fragmentation analysis,and strong analytical and geospatial modeling skills. Experiences in Bayesian hierarchical modeling is a plus. The successful candidate will work with Drs. Patrick Biber and Wei Wu, have access to state of the art School of Ocean Science and Technology, Division of Coastal Sciences facilities as well as the Gulf Coast Geospatial Center. The successful candidate will be expected to present their work at regional and national conferences and publish results in appropriate journals. A competitive renumeration package will be provided for up to 18 months, with additional support from grants as they become available.
The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory of the University of Southern Mississippi is located in Ocean Springs, MS close to many coastal ecosystems, including the barrier islands of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and associated recreational opportunities. The Division of Coastal Sciences (COA) is a research and graduate education department offering programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. As a research-intensive unit, COA's research program offers excellent opportunities for postdocs to immerse themselves in applied as well as basic research. Active faculty research programs provide students and postdocs with opportunities to interact in multi- disciplinary research, travel to scientific meetings, and conduct original studies providing a competitive edge in the job market. Please refer to the COA webpage for details of research interests and information about the Mississippi Gulf Coast and surroundings.
For additional information regarding this position, please contact with ‘postdoc’ in the subject line. Interested applicants should e-mail a statement of research interests, a full resume, unofficial transcripts,and the contact information for 3 references to , with formal application through the University online employment system here and search under posting number 0004253.
The position will remain open until filled and is anticipated to begin January 2017 onwards.
MS or PhD Assistantship in Coastal Sciences (Posted 12/9/16)
Location: USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Salary: $19,200 (minimum) stipend plus tuition
End Date: Until Filled
Description: USM’s Division of Coastal Sciences is pleased to announce the availability of a MS or PhD research assistantship for a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funded research project examining food webs and nutrient cycling at artificial reef sites in Mississippi waters. The prospective student should have an interest in fisheries oceanography, the use of stable isotopes in ecological studies and have analytical laboratory experience. This research is part of a larger project to assess Red Snapper, Lutjanus campechanus (and other major reef fish) populations in Mississippi state waters. The project has many components including fish age/growth, reproduction/histology, trophic ecology, and assessing water quality parameters. The student will participate in research cruises, prepare and analyze fish and prey item samples for stable isotope analysis and assist in the analysis of water samples for nutrients and other parameters. The Division of Coastal Sciences (COA) is a research and graduate education division of the School of Ocean Science and Technology, offering programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. As a research-intensive unit, COA’s graduate program offers excellent opportunities for students to immerse themselves in applied as well as basic research. Graduates are equipped to help the nation better protect, manage, and enhance our marine resources. Investigator- and institutionally- initiated research programs support graduate and postdoctoral students in investigations related to aquaculture, aquatic toxicology, biodiversity, ecology, fisheries, and pathobiology. For more information, go here.
Master’s and PhD positions in wetlands and wildlife ecology in the Caribbean (Posted 10/25/16)
Currently seeking 3 graduate students at the M.S. (2) and PhD level for a funded research project on coastal wetlands in Puerto Rico. Students interested in avian population and community ecology, movement ecology and species-habitat modeling are encouraged to apply. This project will address ecological and management questions on conservation and restoration of coastal wetland ecosystems in tropical oceanic islands at the local, island and regional scales.
Master’s students will address hypotheses related to community and nesting ecology of wetland birds. Results will highlight wetland restoration needs and habitat conditions for wetlands birds. Doctoral student will address movements, resource selection and survival of the West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arborea) using GPS telemetry. Results will highlight the functional role of this species as indicator of coastal wetlands at multiple spatial scales.
The Master's program in Wildlife Ecology at Mississippi State University will provide 3-years of graduate research assistantship funding, including tuition and insurance. PhD program will provide up to 4 years of support in the form of graduate research assistantship with full tuition and insurance covered.
Stipend amounts and fringe benefits are competitive on a national level. For more information on the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University, go here.
Candidates interested in applying for either MS or PhD positions are encouraged to email Dr. Francisco J. Vilella (, ) with the following information: 1) an unofficial transcript (undergraduate and/or MS, as appropriate), 2) curriculum vitae including contact information for 3 professional references, and 3) a brief personal statement describing research and career goals, and how this degree would help the student achieve these goals.
MS position at the University of Southern Mississippi (Posted 10/4/16)
A MS position, funded by NAS Gulf Research Program, is available in the Division of Coastal Sciences, School of Ocean Science and Technology, The University of Southern Mississippi. The campus is located in Ocean Springs on Mississippi Gulf Coast, 1.5 hours away from New Orleans. The new graduate student is expected to start in spring semester of 2017, and will conduct research on developing multi- scale models for carbon dynamics in coastal wetlands and the impact of sea level rise on landscape of coastal wetlands in the northern Gulf of Mexico region. Applicants should have a BS in ecology, statistics, or a closely related field. Experiences in carbon research, Bayesian statistics, modeling, or GIS/Remote Sensing are desirable but not required.
Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Wei Wu , Associate Professor, School of Ocean Science and Technology, The University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
M.S. Assistantship: Movement ecology of white-fronted geese in Europe and North America -University of Missouri (Posted 10/4/16)
Description: A Master of Science graduate research assistantship is available with Dr. Mitch Weegman in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. This project will utilize data collected from hybrid Global Positioning System (GPS) and acceleration (ACC) tracking devices fitted to greater white-fronted geese in Europe and North America to answer fundamental questions in movement ecology related to life history differences underlying white- fronted goose subspecies, and linked with their demographic rates and population trends. This work is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Missouri, Texas A & M University-Kingsville, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (UK), University of Exeter (UK) and Aarhus University (Denmark).
Prerequisites: Ideal candidates will have an undergraduate degree in statistics, wildlife ecology or a closely related field, and interpersonal skills to lead discussions among collaborators. Preference will be given to those with a strong quantitative background (e.g., experience with Program R, machine learning algorithms, Bayesian methods), knowledge of waterfowl ecology and management, and field experience (e.g., handling birds). Competitive applicants will have an undergraduate GPA > 3.4, quantitative GRE scores that average in the 70th percentile or higher, and a GRE analytical writing score > 4.0. Students must have a valid driver’s license. The successful applicant will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present papers at scientific meetings.
Salary and benefits: Approximately $18,300 per year, with an expected annual increase, health insurance and course waiver (i.e., the student will not pay tuition).
Start date: January 2017
Last date to apply: October 7, 2016
To be considered for this position, please send the following (preferably as a single PDF) to Dr. Mitch Weegman
1. Letter of interest summarizing your experience
2. Curriculum vitae or resume
3. College transcripts (unofficial are fine)
4. GRE scores (unofficial are fine)
5. Contact information for three references
Funded Graduate Student Opportunities at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus, University of Montana (Posted 12/9/16)
Applicants are sought to a new NSF-funded graduate traineeship at the University of Montana, UM BRIDGES: Bridging Divides across the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus. Fellowships are available for PhD and MS students in STEM disciplines, including in the Departments of Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences, Geosciences, Society & Conservation, Economics, Environmental Studies, and Forest Management. Fellows will receive stipend, tuition waiver, and research support (travel, supplies); take coursework on the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus and workshops to develop professional and research skills; participate in other NRT activities; and conduct disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in consultation with their graduate advisor. General research themes may include but are not limited to FEW issues and tradeoffs in river and rangeland systems; energy transitions and implications for agriculture and water; drought management in the face of climate change uncertainty; and tribal and indigenous issues at the FEW nexus. Students will be based in and apply to participating departments. Additional information, including contact information for participating faculty and application requirements, can be found here. The University of Montana is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Northern Great Plains Science/GIS Intern (Posted 11/4/16)
The World Wildlife Fund seeks a Northern Great Plains Science/GIS Intern located in Bozeman, MT or Washington, DC. The GIS internship position is an opportunity for a college or post-graduate student to work one-on-one with GIS specialist in World Wildlife Fund’s Northern Great Plains office along with other appropriate WWF staff. Though the internship will be mainly remote, the intern will be in regular contact with supervisors via phone, e-mail, and webinar mediums. In the position, the intern will assist or lead in spatial analysis and cartographic projects such as, but not limited to, digitizing data from electronic or paper images, developing and organizing spatial data and databases, creating cartographic products and images for reports, publications, and presentations, and contributing to report-writing for spatial analysis projects.
The internship will last approximately one college semester (Spring 2017) and requires the intern to earn college credit for their service. Position is remote, so intern can be located anywhere within the U.S. as long as intern has suitable access to GIS software. Proposed projects are best suited to a M.S. level student though undergraduates with strong research and GIS skills will be considered. For more information, go here. Posting Number: IN-17026.
PhD Position: Population Biology - Univ. of Montana (Posted 10/25/16)
The Lowe lab at the University of Montana in Missoula is looking to recruit a Ph.D. student to work on the population biology of stream salamanders at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire.
Ideally, this project will take advantage of the long-term and high-resolution environmental data at Hubbard Brook to explore ecological and evolutionary aspects of stream salamander population biology. PhD students need to build projects around their own interests, so there is a lot of flexibility in the specific research questions, methods, etc. The student will spend the field season (May – August) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the academic year in Missoula, Montana. Applicants with experience and/or interest in the ecology and evolution of dispersal, population modeling techniques, and fieldwork in headwater streams are encouraged to apply.
Interested students are encouraged to email . In your email please include a brief explanation of your interest in the position, why you think you would be a good fit for the lab, and a CV (with GPA and GRE scores, if available). Applications for Fall 2017 admission to the Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (OBEE) program at UM must be submitted by December 1st.
PhD student opportunities in Ecology & Conservation at the University of Montana (Posted 10/4/16)
The lab of Dr. Jedediah Brodie is looking for enthusiastic and talented students for two PhD positions to start in September 2017. Applicants need to be strongly self-motivated but also able to work as a team, and must have substantial experience in ecology or conservation work. Experience with GIS, other spatial analysis, or computer modeling is desirable. The projects are flexible, but will be roughly along these lines:
1) Landscape connectivity for wildlife movement and conservation in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Connectivity between habitat patches has long been known to be important, but an explosion of recent conceptual development is greatly enhancing our ability to understand this critical topic. The general idea of the project is to assess how dispersal across large landscapes can best be maintained for multiple species, and how such dispersal affects species persistence and community structure. The details will be worked out as the student begins the program and takes ownership of the project. We will seek to combine many existing large datasets (e.g. from camera traps, GPS collars, habitat data, citizen science information, etc.) from researchers, NGOs, and government agencies, potentially using and even developing new modeling tools to understand multi-species connectivity. There may be a field work component, dependent on funding and need.
2) Climate change in Alaska. High latitude regions are changing rapidly, and not always in predictable ways. This project will build on work that Dr. Brodie and collaborators have started in Denali, to look at drivers and consequences of large-scale habitat changes such as treeline advance. The project could include some or all of the following factors: (i) experiments to assess the impacts of animal herbivores on tree- and shrub-line change, (ii) drone-based surveys of plant and animal community changes, (iii) modelling of large mammal responses to climate and habitat changes using existing data from federal collaborators, and (iv) other aspects developed by the student. Substantial field work and camping experience is required for this position, ideally from remote, difficult, and dangerous settings. Experience in Alaska, specifically, is highly desirable.
These positions could be based in either Biological Sciences or the Wildlife Biology Program, depending on funding sources and the student’s background and career goals. Funding for these projects will come from a combination of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and grants led by the student (but with help on the application from Dr. Brodie).
How to apply: Send an email to , with “PhD position application” (no quotes) in the subject line, by 1 November 2016. Include as attachments: (1) A 1-2 page cover letter stating which project you’re interested in, explaining why you’re interested in and prepared for that position, and listing your undergrad and/or MSc institution and GPA, your GRE scores, names & contact info for 3 references, and your TOEFL score if applicable. Do not send transcripts, reference letters, or other materials at this time. (2) Your CV. If we receive many applications, we might not be able to acknowledge receipt of them all, but we thank you in advance for your interest!
About the program: The University of Montana (UM) is a top research university set amidst the wilderness and wildlife of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Both the Organismal Biology & Ecology Program (within the Division of Biological Sciences) and the Wildlife Biology Program have been recognized as Programs of National Distinction. The Wildlife Biology Program was recently ranked the Number 1 wildlife program in North America by Academic Analytics. When normalized for faculty size, UM was ranked Number 1 in the field of Ecology out of 300 North American research universities this year, and was ranked Number 1 in the field of Conservation Biology in a paper published in 2007. Students at UM are also exposed to collaborations with numerous federal and state resource agencies, NGOs, and other researchers across the region and around the world.
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 ().
Please check back.
PhD Graduate Position in Climate, Land Use and Wildlife Research at the University of Nevada, Reno Geography Department (Posted 12/9/16)
The Interdisciplinary Climate Research Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno, led by Dr. Douglas Boyle and Dr. Scott Bassett, is recruiting a Doctoral student interested in pursuing multi-disciplinary climate research with us and our collaborators at the University of Maine and Desert Research Institute.
The research will focus on the use of downscaled climate models and land use change scenarios to determine potential future impacts on native fauna in the Southern California region. With the limited extent of natural communities near the Southern California coast, need has arisen to better understand the nexis of climate, land use, and species distribution in a non-stationary world. The prospective student will be integrated with a collaborative group of researchers working on a host of climatic topics in arid and semiarid regions of the world. Research will be conducted in close collaboration with Dr. Scott Bassett.
Applicants with scientific backgrounds in climate, geography, planning or ecology and an interest in computer modeling and interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Financial support is available through a likely combination of teaching and research assistantships. Health insurance and partial tuition waivers are also provided.
If interested send a Curriculum Vitae, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores and a personal statement (1−2 pages) describing your previous research experience and future research interests to Dr. Scott Bassett (). Applicants will also need to submit an application to the Geography Ph.D. program.
Applications will be reviewed as material is received and potential candidates should have all material sent to Dr. Scott Bassett by January 15, 2017. For full consideration for entrance into the University of Nevada, Reno’s Geography program the official application and all associated material must be completed/received by February 1, 2017.
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 Assistantships in the Environmental Sciences - Plymouth State University (Posted 1/11/17)
The Center for the Environment (CFE) at Plymouth State University (PSU) in NH is inviting applications for Graduate Research Assistantships in the environmental sciences. CFE supports research across departments in areas such as watershed ecosystems, socio-ecological systems, environmental biology, biogeochemistry, hydrometeorology, stream hydrology, climate change resilience, ecological economics, limnology, lake paleoecology, landscape ecology, and land use planning. Students often collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and non- governmental organizations including organizations such as Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountain National Forest, NH Department of Environmental Services, Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Squam Lakes Association. The participating degree programs include Departments of Environmental Science & Policy (ESP), Biological Sciences (BIO), and Atmospheric Science & Chemistry (ASC). Applications should be submitted to PSU’s Graduate Studies. The GRA stipend and tuition support are supported through CFE but the MS degree resides in and is managed by the respective department. For more information about the MS in Environmental Science & Policy, please contact Program Coordinator, Shannon Rogers, . For more information about the MS in Biology, please contact Program Coordinator, Heather Doherty, . For more information about the MS in Applied Meteorology, please contact Program Coordinator, Eric Hoffman, .
Postdoctoral Research Associate in FLUXNET upscaling or Carbon Cycle Modeling (Posted 1/11/17)
The Earth Systems Research Center, University of New Hampshire has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the upscaling of FLUXNET (or AmeriFlux) flux observations or carbon cycle modeling. This project will upscale FLUXNET (or AmeriFlux) flux observations to the continental or global scale using data-driven approaches (e.g., regression tree) or process-based modeling approaches (e.g., CLM) and then examine land-atmosphere carbon exchange particularly the interannual variability and trends of carbon fluxes. A variety of satellite data streams (e.g., MODIS, OCO-2, and/or SMAP) will be used (or assimilated) in the upscaling or modeling. This position is funded by NASA, and may be renewed annually for up to three years, depending on satisfactory performance.
A Ph.D. in areas such as ecology, meteorology, biogeochemistry, atmospheric sciences, remote sensing, environmental science, or a related field is required. Applicants should be enthusiastic, creative, and highly motivated.
Ideal candidates should have at least some of the following experience: handling and processing of large data sets, data-driven approaches (e.g., regression tree), ecosystem or land surface modeling (e.g., CLM), satellite remote sensing, and synthesis of in-situ observations. Strong communication, writing, and programming skills and publication record are highly desirable.
Please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Jingfeng Xiao () via email with the subject line “Application for 2017 postdoctoral position”. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The position offers a competitive salary and full benefits. The successful candidate will join a research team at the Earth Systems Research Center (ESRC) at the University of New Hampshire. UNH is a Research-I, Land, Sea and Space Grant University that has been recognized both nationally and internationally for research excellence in ecology, environmental science, geoscience and forestry. Located in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, members of UNH enjoy the high quality of life and beautiful natural surroundings the region provides. The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.
Postdoctoral Fellow - Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society, Dartmouth College (Posted 11/8/16)
Seeking applicants for an independent postdoctoral fellowship in the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society (EEES) Graduate Program at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in the natural sciences by the time of the appointment and will work specifically in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology but have a capacity to engage with the broader EEES community. The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and develop independent research projects in ecology and evolutionary biology. In addition, the fellow will be responsible for enhancing undergraduate and graduate student education, and will lead a graduate seminar course or working group dedicated to developing a research product. The ideal candidate will be a strong contributing member of the vibrant EEES community at Dartmouth and will foster productive discourse both within and beyond the program. EEES is a diverse community of scholars who conduct innovative research in the natural sciences and interdisciplinary environmental studies, including ecology, evolution, anthropology, environmental economics, geography and earth sciences. Applicants should identify in their cover letter one or more faculty sponsors from the EEES program. Program website. Deadline: Review of applications will begin December 5, 2016. Starting date: Earliest July 1 (sometime summer 2017). To apply, go here.
MSc or PhD position – Emerald ash borer parasitoid ecology, University of New Hampshire (Posted 10/25/16)
The Garnas lab seeks a highly motivated graduate student (MSc or PhD – MSc preferred) for a USDA-APHIS funded project on the ecological factors influencing parasitism rates and long-term efficacy of one of the key biocontrol agents of the Emerald ash borer (Tetrastichus planipennisi). The position will be housed in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire and begins at the start of the Spring semester (January 2017).
The University of New Hampshire and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment are home to a vibrant community of productive researchers with a strong commitment to student success. Located in the town of Durham, UNH is a beautiful campus surrounded by forest and natural landscapes. Only 30 minutes from the sea and less than 2 hours from the White Mountains, outdoor and other recreational activities abound, including right on campus.
Interested applicants, please send:
- a CV
- a brief summary of research interests and any relevant experience
- contact information for three references as a single pdf file to . Position will be open until filled.
Soil Ecology PhD Position (Posted 12/6/16)
PhD student opportunities are available in the combined labs of Jennifer Krumins and Eric Forgoston at Montclair State University (MSU) in Montclair, New Jersey for students interested in empirical and theoretical studies of ecosystem function and the soil micro-food web. The specific research area may be somewhat flexible depending on the interest and qualifications of the student. Experience in one or more of the following areas is necessary: soil community ecology, microbial ecology, biogeochemistry and/or applied mathematics.
Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Jennifer Krumins () to discuss their interests before applying. With correspondence, please plan to provide: 1) a brief description of your research interests, 2) a resume/CV highlighting any relevant coursework and experience, and 3) unofficial transcripts.
Potential Ph.D. students will be directed to apply to the MSU Doctoral Program in Environmental Management. The application deadline is February 15, 2017 to be fully considered for funding. Both the Krumins and Forgoston labs are grant supported, and graduate assistantships are available through the university.
MSU is a public research university in New Jersey within the New York Metropolitan region that supports an exceptionally diverse population of students and faculty. The Doctoral Program in Environmental Management is characterized by interdisciplinary research with broad goals to address environmental issues that impact sustainability. The program strives to prepare scientists who are fully primed to continue with creative, cutting-edge scientific discoveries that are grounded in basic science and mathematics.
Environmental Education Intern, Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (Posted 10/24/16)
Supervisor and Title: Paul Mauermann, SMNHC Manager
Summary: The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is an Environmental Education Center owned by Albuquerque Public Schools and run by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Each year the SMNHC teaches about 17,000 students, teachers and parents about the interconnectedness of nature through a series of fun, exciting and educational programs. For more information on the SMNHC and its programs please visit our website at nmnaturalhistory.org/smnhc or find us on Facebook.
Duties: Lead 3-4 hour environmental education programs/hikes for 20-30 5th grade students at a time, at the SMNHC and occasionally across New Mexico (travel expenses provided); assist full time staff with field research, trail maintenance and other projects as assigned.
Qualifications Required: Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies, Education, Biology, Ecology or other applicable area.
Conditions of Employment: Must live on site. Desire to work with youth in the outdoors, ability to do physical labor and hikes at elevations of 7,000+ feet, Authorization of a Albuquerque Public Schools criminal background check and satisfactory result.
Start Date/Hours per Week/Length of Internship: 14 paid weeks between February 13th and May 19th. 35 hours per week.
Compensation & Benefits: $330 a week ($9.43 per hour); Free housing (fully furnished cottage) bordering the Cibola National Forest & Sandia Mountain Wilderness (great trail access); Utilities provided. Rural, remote setting in Cedar Crest, New Mexico. 20 minutes from Albuquerque. 35 hour work week. Gain great teaching experience, including NMMNHS training and continuing education Beautiful work environment Free admission to NMMNHS & programs
Application Procedure: Apply by November 11th. Please send a one-page cover letter, resume, and names and phone numbers and/or email addresses of three references to: Paul Mauermann, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104; ; Phone: 505.281-5259
Funded Ph.D. Position – New Mexico State University (Posted 10/4/16)
Seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to work on a multidisciplinary desert/rangeland ecology project that spans the fields of plant invasion ecology and soil microbial ecology. Research will be conducted in the Northern Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico at the Jornada Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site. The project will explore the abiotic and biotic drivers of Lehmann lovegrass (Eragrostis lehmanniana) invasion, as well as assess the impacts of invasion on extant plant and microbial communities. As such, the project will ask questions including: “Does altered climate affect competitive relationships between lovegrass and native species?” “How do microbial communities change under altered climate, and how do these changes impact the plant community?” “Do plant-soil feedbacks facilitate the invasion of lovegrass and the demise of native grasses?” Additional research questions by the student will be encouraged.
The student would join the labs of Drs. Lehnhoff and Pietrasiak in Entomology, Plant Pathology & Weed Science and Plant & Environmental Sciences, respectively, and would also have the opportunity to interact with a dynamic group of ecologists at the Jornada LTER.
Basic qualifications Candidates should have: a minimum of a BS degree (3.3 GPA minimum) in plant ecology or soil ecology (or a closely related field) with strong quantitative and statistical skills; independent field ecology and laboratory research experience; the ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally; and a willingness to work long days in inclement weather including extreme heat.
Preferred qualifications Ideal candidates will have: a MS degree in plant ecology or soil ecology (or a closely related field); a demonstrated capacity to lead field research including experimental design, data collection, and crew management; and ability to independently perform laboratory analyses.
The position will start in June 2017 (start date may be flexible), and interested candidates should apply as soon as possible, but no later than November 20, 2016. To apply, send a cover letter describing experience and interests, CV, transcripts, and GRE scores, and provide contact information only for three professional references to both: and .
New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.
M.S. Grad Assistantship, Landscape Beaver Habitat Modeling at SUNY-ESF (Posted 1/11/17)
Soliciting applications for Masters graduate research position that links landscape analysis, geospatial modeling, and riparian forest ecology (starting Summer 2017). John Stella, Associate Professor; Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY) ; Research page. For more information, go here. Apply by January 15, 2017.
PhD Grad Assistantship, Riparian Ecology and Tree-Ring Research at SUNY-ESF (Posted 1/11/17)
Soliciting applications for PhD graduate research position funded by an NSF project that links riparian forest ecology, tree ecophysiology, groundwater hydrology and remote sensing (starting Summer 2017). John Stella, Associate Professor; Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY) ; Research page. For more information, go here. Apply by January 15, 2017.
PhD positions in ecological speciation and phenological adaptation to climate change (Posted 11/9/16)
Graduate positions in ecological speciation and the evolution of life history timing in the Powell lab at Binghamton University
Currently seeking one or two PhD students to join Tom Powell's lab in the fall semester of 2017. Their work is broadly focused on understanding how ecological processes, physiological systems, genetic variation, and genome structure interact during the origin of species and adaptation to novel niches and changes environments. They are particularly interested in understanding the origin and maintenance of diversity in specialist insect communities. Graduate students in his lab will have opportunities to address these questions from a range of approaches, from field work and physiological assays to transcriptomics and population genomics, and he is specifically looking for students that are interested in engaging in integrative work for their dissertations.
Current work in the lab is centered on two classic study systems in evolutionary ecology: Rhagoletis fruit flies and goldenrod gall flies. Students will have opportunities to develop independent dissertation projects that contribute to the long term research goals of the lab, including contributions to a recently funded NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity project on the coevolution of life history timing among Rhagoletis flies and their parasitoid wasps and the use of this system as a model for evolutionary responses of communities to altered phenology under climate change.
Students will be supported on teaching assistantship lines through the Department of Biological Sciences, and be enrolled (tuition waived) in the EEB (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) track of our doctoral program. The EEB group at Binghamton is comprised of several active research groups with considerable overlap in fundamental research interests with our lab. This includes labs focused on coevolution, quantitative genetics and complex traits, ecological speciation in plants, genomic variation in natural populations, insect-plant interactions, and evolutionary responses to anthropogenic change. The department is also home to a unique interdisciplinary Evolutionary Studies Program, headed by David Sloan Wilson. All of this makes our department a particularly rich intellectual environment for students working at the intersection of ecology, evolution, and genetics.
Binghamton University is the top-ranked institution in the SUNY system and is consistently rated as one of the premier public universities in the Northeast. Our campus is located in the Southern Tier of New York, between the Catskills and Finger Lakes, about a 3 hour drive from NYC. The region features abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and an extremely reasonable cost of living. Our setting on the Allegheny Plateau isn't just aesthetically pleasant, it also happens to be an excellent geographic location for our study systems. Many of our insects’ host plants are locally abundant in the upland deciduous forests and old fields in the region, and populations of the most of the members of the Rhagoletis pomonella species complex as well as both host races of gall flies can be found right on campus in BU’s Nature Preserve.
Formal applications will have to be made to the Graduate School, but strongly encourage interested students to contact Tom Powell first. Please send him an email at , including a letter outlining your qualifications, your specific interest in this position, your broader biological interests, and your reasons for wanting to pursue a PhD as well as a CV including your educational background, GPA, GRE scores, publications (if any), and any relevant experience. The official deadline for application to the Graduate School (including letters of recommendation) is January 15. However, interested students will have to begin the conversation with me well in advance of the application deadline. Please email me before Friday December 2 for consideration.
Graduate position in grazing ecology - SUNY (Posted 10/4/16)
Seeking a PhD or MS student interested in studying the functional dynamics of grazed grassland. The objective of this funded study is to understand the direct and indirect effects of grazing ungulates on grassland plant and soil processes. Students with interests or experience in plant-soil relations, grassland functional ecology, or biogeochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will join a diverse plant ecology and evolution group at Syracuse University and a larger ecological community that includes SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Prospective students should contact Doug Frank () and include a CV and statement of interest.
Applications to the SU Biology Graduate Program are due by December 31.
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.
Graduate positions - East Carolina University (Posted 12/16/16)
The McCoy lab in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University invites applications from prospective PhD students for Fall 2017 to collaborate on an NSF-funded project on rock pool food webs. Changes in predator diversity via extinction and invasion are increasingly widespread, often with dramatic ecological and socio-economic consequences. However,they still lack the ability to predict how changes in predator diversity cascade through foodwebs and affect ecosystem functions. The funded project integrates natural history, ecological theory, field surveys, experiments, and development of new statistical tools to advance our understanding of the relationship between predator biodiversity, prey populations, and ecosystem function and services. The research will be centered on river rock pools which serve as a tractable natural model system found throughout the Southeastern USA. The collaborative research team includes Mike McCoy, and Ben Bolker, James Vonesh, and Jeremy Wojdak. Graduate students will develop independent research projects that fit within the larger framework of the grant.
The ECU Biology raduate program offers competitive stipends, tuition waivers, and there will be ample support for fieldwork available. Successful candidates will have prior research experience, a strong interest in developing quantitative skills, and be highly self-motivated. Prospective students should review Mike McCoy website for additional information and then contact me with a letter of interest, and CV.
Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D) -- Dept of Applied Ecology, NC State Univ Microbial ecology of caviar and fish eggs (Posted 10/25/16)
A research assistantship is available to support an exceptional, highly-motivated student who has an inquiring mind and is in pursuit of a M.S. degree or Ph.D. in Zoology, Functional Genomics, or any other relevant graduate research degree program. The successful candidate will work in a molecular biology research laboratory and may conduct field studies on fish reproduction and spawning. The project is an exciting one that bridges food science, basic ecology, and fisheries science. The research focus goal is, in part, to understand the microbial communities that live in preserved sturgeon roes (caviars) and also, more generally, to understand the microbes that live on fishes and how they might be transferred to the eggs once they are laid. The successful candidate will spearhead laboratory research experiments including metagenomics, microbial culture, and fish rearing in recirculating aquaculture systems and work among a large group of scientists interested in topics as diverse as beer ecology, deep learning algorithms, ant nest microbiomes, and the biodiversity of belly buttons.
The position could start as soon as January or August 2017. This is a two-year position for M.S. students with a possible one-year extension depending on funding and performance. The time frame will be longer for Ph.D. students and will allow for adequate time to complete the degree requirements.
Questions should be directed to Dr. Benjamin Reading ()
More information and how to apply is available here.
M.S. Conservation Biology Project/North Carolina State University (Posted 10/24/16)
Highly competitive, field-oriented students wishing to commence master's level study in conservation biology in Fall 2017 may be interested in the following opportunity at North Carolina State University. Looking for a student to work on US Fish & Wildlife Service-funded at-risk species surveys of Nuphar sagittifolia (Nymphaeaceae) and Ludwigia ravenii (Onagraceae). The project entails mapping known and potential localities using GIS, conducting weekly monitoring and exploratory surveys during the growing season, as well as undertaking basic studies on the species, such as pollination biology or population genetics (this latter component to be determined based on the student’s major interest). Kayaking/canoeing experience is desirable, as is a background in GIS. Support is available for a graduate student stipend to support field work, as well as a technician, and mileage. In addition, students must be able to successfully compete for a department-wide teaching assistantship (this provides a stipend, health care, and tuition remission for two years). Ideally, a student would begin work on the project in May/June 2017, prior to entry into the graduate program in August 2017. Applications to the graduate program are due January 15, 2017.
If interested, please email Dr. Alexander Krings () in advance of the deadline with the following information: (1) a brief personal statement describing your professional goals and how you see the proposed project fitting into these plans, (2) an unofficial transcript, and (3) a cv.
Brief background: The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology has become a major graduate training center of agency and consultancy botanist in North Carolina, successfully placing students in such varied organizations as private environmental consulting firms, the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, the Nature Conservancy, the NC Natural Heritage Program, the NC Plant Conservation Program, the NC Botanical Garden, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
More information on the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology can be found here.
More information on the Graduate School can be found here.
MS in Environmental Studies program - UNCW (Posted 10/4/16)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington is currently recruiting for the spring 2017 cohort in the MS in Environmental Studies program. The MS EVS is an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum focusing upon linking classroom experience with hands-on fieldwork, culminating in a semester-long internship with an environmentally-related organization. Believe that you’ll find our program to be challenging and rewarding, with a high degree of collegiality among both students and faculty.
MS concentrations are available in Coastal Management, Environmental Conservation and Management, Marine and Coastal Education, and Environmental Education and Interpretation. An Individualized Concentration is also available for those who wish to design their own curriculum in conjunction with faculty.
The deadline for spring 2017 application is October 15, but priority consideration will be given to those applications received by September 15. For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Dr. James A. Rotenberg, Graduate Program Coordinator, email: .
Please check back.
Summer 2017 Internships at the Holden Arboretum (Posted 1/13/17)
This 12-week summer internship will provide you with an opportunity to work with scientists from The Holden Arboretum studying the effects of environmental change on plants and forests of Northeast Ohio. Internships typically run from late May thru early August but timing is flexible. Duties may include: assisting in soil and plant sampling, plant data collection, as well as extracting, amplifying, and analyzing DNA from soils and roots.
Interns will be compensated with a stipend of $440/week and on-site housing is available if needed for a nominal fee ($30 per week). Due to our rural location, interns are responsible for their own transportation. Persons with knowledge of or interest in ecology, microbiology, or plant biology are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should send a letter of interest, a resume that discusses your prior experience, and two references. Applicants should also indicate their primary research interest. Holden research staff and a description of their respective programs can be found HERE.
Questions concerning the internships can be addressed to Dr. David Burke ().
To apply: Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the positions are filled. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume online HERE.
Posting Date: January 2017
Closing Date: Until Filled
The Holden Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. We seek skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individuals to join our staff and enhance our reputation as one of the country s foremost arboreta.
PhD Student Opportunity: Effects of Pollination Biology on the Evolution of Plant Mating Systems (Posted 1/1/17)
A PhD assistantship is available for Fall 2017, in Randy Mitchell’s laboratory at The University of Akron. A portion of the student’s research must focus on empirical exploration of the effects of ecological context (pollinator sharing) on pollination biology and mating system of Mimulus ringens in Ohio and Wisconsin. Beyond that requirement, there is substantial freedom to develop and explore many aspects of the general topics of pollination, and mating systems. The student’s research will be part of a joint project coordinated with Jeff Karron at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Dorset Trapnell (University of Georgia), Emmanuelle Porcher (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle) and Celine Devaux (Université de Montpellier). This collaborative research will use empirical and theoretical investigations to test the hypothesis that interactions with co-flowering species alter the evolutionary tradeoff between outcross siring and selfing. This position includes TA support, and, pending funding, two years of RA support and summer stipend.
The Integrated Biosciences PhD program at the University of Akron is a unique interdisciplinary PhD program where biology is at the interface of research that cuts across traditional departmental boundaries. IB PhD students take a synthetic approach in their research and education, and gain skills and training in how to work across fields of study. For this project, interdisciplinary connections to mathematics, geography, or statistics are promising possibilities. Learn more about the Integrated Biosciences program HERE. And learn more about the Department of Biology HERE.
The University of Akron is a state university located in the heart of Akron, Ohio, near the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). The Biology Department emphasizes collaborative and integrative research, including the PhD program in Integrated Bioscience, and a MS program in Biology. Facilities include a 400+ acre field station, greenhouse, and live animal research center. We have excellent relations with the CVNP and local metroparks, which provide access to over 40,000 acres of potential field sites within 40 miles. Our graduate students have been successful in finding employment in their specialties, including work as professors, consultants, field technicians, government agents (e.g., EPA, Department of Natural Resources), park naturalists, and so forth.
The Biology Department has a strong program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Areas of interest for graduate research include: life history evolution, mating systems, aquatic ecology, pollination biology, wetland ecology, physiological ecology, isotope ecology, behavioral evolution, spider biology, and evolutionary biomechanics.
For more information, contact Randy Mitchell (), and visit HERE.
Graduate student opportunity in Forest Ecology (Posted 12/16/16)
Seeking MS- or PhD-level graduate students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University to conduct field-based research on the compositional and structural dynamics of temperate forest ecosystems. Funding is anticipated for a new research project with the overall goal of quantifying and modeling forest change in southeastern Ohio and the adjoining region. The project brings together two lab groups and for specific information about our research program please go here.
The position will be available starting June 1, 2017 (Summer Semester) and can be either a master’s or doctoral appointment depending on the abilities and experience of the candidate. Financial support during their graduate program may be a combination of teaching and research assistantships; fellowship support may be possible for outstanding applicants (see web site below for required qualifications). Applicants with expertise and backgrounds in forest ecology and plant identification are highly preferred. Information about the Environment & Natural Resources Graduate Program is available here.
If you are interested and qualified, please send your CV and message briefly explaining your educational background, field skills, and professional experiences that would be relevant to the academic areas of forest ecology, dendrology, and silviculture by Dec. 16, 2016 to Dr. Stephen Matthews at . To be considered for funding the deadline to complete the application process to the SENR graduate program is Jan. 1, 2017.
MS positions Ecosystem Restoration - Ohio State (Posted 12/16/16)
The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at The Ohio State University currently offers MS and PhD programs with a specialization in Ecological Restoration. Our faculty have expertise in terrestrial vegetation ecology, soil remediation and rehabilitation, forestry, wildland fire
management, wetland science and the environmental social sciences. Fully funded positions are advertised when available but SENR applicants are also able to apply for Graduate Teaching Associate positions and Fellowships.
Such awards provide a stipend and cover tuition and fee costs. A number of faculty are currently interested in receiving applications from potential graduate students with qualifications that match the requirements of the GTA and
The following faculty welcome enquiries from students interested in Ecosystem Restoration: Nick Basta, G. Matt Davies, Charles Goebel, Brian Slater:
1. Holistic rehabilitation and restoration of contaminated, brownfield and urban sites (Basta)
2. Controls on reproductive effort in woodland pawpaw stands (Davies)
3. Management and restoration of sagebrush-steppe ecosystems (Davies)
4. Mineland reclamation (Davies)
5. The use of fire as a management and restoration tool (Davies, Goebel)
6. Function and restoration of wooded riparian areas in agricultural landscapes (Goebel)
7. Hydrology and ecology of headwater streams and riparian areas in forested landscapes (Goebel)
8. Soil resilience in agricultural systems (Slater)
They particularly welcome applications from U.S. citizen candidates who willbring diversity to our graduate community. Graduate Enrichment Fellowships are available to support such students. Candidates should meet the following criteria:
• GPA - minimum 3.1 on a 4.0 scale
• GRE - 40% or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative and a score of 3 or greater on the Analytica
For the University Fellowships you should meet the following criteria (successful applicants are likely to have higher metrics and some research or professional experience):
• GPA - minimum 3.6 on a 4.0 scale
• GRE - 75% or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative and a score of 4 or greater on the Analytical
Application process Potential applicants should first consult the School’s directory and contact the faculty member relevant to their interests. When inquiring please include a brief (1-2 page) C.V. and state your GPA and GRE (if available) scores. Please indicate which fellowship scheme you are interested in being considered for. Deadline for application: January 7th 2017 (earlier preferred).
Research Assistant in Hood Lab at The Ohio State University (Posted 12/16/16)
One full-time position for a research assistant is available in the Aquatic Ecology Lab. The research assistant will work closely with Dr. Hood and assist with laboratory maintenance and set up, sample analysis, data analysis, conduct field surveys, and run laboratory experiments. From May to September, the position will likely require extensive field work involving measurements of stream and/or lake food webs, primary production, nutrient cycling. During other times of the year, duties will include analysis of samples for soluble and particulate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus, data entry and analysis, as well as assisting with and/or conducting experiments. Depending upon experience, the position will allow for involvement in manuscript preparation and undergraduate student mentorship. Go here to learn more about the Hood Lab and to learn more about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory.
33% Laboratory work: Analysis of soluble and particulate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus samples; maintenance and operation of laboratory equipment; laboratory set up and organization; ordering supplies.
33% Data analysis: Preparation and analysis of existing stream metabolism, nutrient cycling, and food web time series datasets. Depending on experience the position will allow for involvement in manuscript preparation.
33% Conducting field surveys and laboratory experiments: Position will involve measurements of aquatic metabolism, nutrient cycling as well as collection of water and biological samples. May require overnight stays at research sites on or near Lake Erie. Conduct laboratory experiments examining how temperature and nutrients influence autotrophs and/or herbivores.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field (ecology, natural resources, fisheries). Further education and/or experience is preferred. Candidate must be self-motivated, willing to work both independently and in a team setting. Preferred qualifications include: a) training and interest in aquatic ecology; b) experience with laboratory analysis of soluble (NH4, NO3, and SRP) and particulate nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) samples; c) experience with the R statistical computing environment and an introductory-level understanding of statistics; d) prior field and laboratory experience.
SALARY: $13.50 – $17.50, depending upon experience. This is a one-year position that may be extended depending upon performance and funding availability.
To apply, please send a statement of interest, CV, and contact information (email and phone numbers) for at least three professional references to Jim Hood at . I will begin reviewing applications immediately and finish when a suitable applicant is identified.
Diversity Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowship in Biology, John Carroll University (Posted 12/6/16)
The Department of Biology at John Carroll University in University Heights, OH seeks candidates for a Diversity Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow who share our commitment to diversity and inclusion, student-centered teaching and learning, and rigorous research scholarship. They seek candidates who have demonstrated experience with, and commitment to, diversity in a variety of ways. Additionally, we desire candidates who will embrace the department’s emphasis on evolution, the environment, and ethics in science.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. by the anticipated start date of August 25, 2017. Area of teaching and research interest is open; however, to best support the candidate’s interests and needs, they seek applicants who can identify a faculty research mentor(s) within the department. This position offers attractive compensation including housing, benefits, conference travel funding, faculty development, and a stipend consistent with the national average for first-year postdocs.
To apply, please submit by January 16, 2017 a portfolio of materials that emphasizes your commitment to broadening participation in science through teaching and research mentorship, including: letter of interest; curriculum vitae; teaching philosophy; research statement; unofficial transcripts; and three reference letters (under separate cover) to Diversity Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Search Committee, Department of Biology, John Carroll University, 1 John Carroll Blvd., University Heights, OH 44118. Application materials also may be sent electronically to Dr. Rebecca Drenovsky, Biology Department Chair (); however, reference letters must come from the letter writer.
For more information, please go here. John Carroll University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Ohio State MS Student recruitment - Ecosystem Restoration (Posted 12/6/16)
The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at The Ohio State University currently offers MS and PhD programs with a specialization in Ecological Restoration. Our faculty have expertise in terrestrial vegetation ecology, soil remediation and rehabilitation, forestry, wildland fire management, wetland science and the environmental social sciences. Fully funded positions are advertised when available but SENR applicants are also able to apply for Graduate Teaching Associate positions and Fellowships. Such awards provide a stipend, generous health benefits and cover tuition and fee costs.
The following faculty welcome inquiries from students interested in Ecosystem Restoration: Nick Basta, G. Matt Davies, Charles Goebel, Brian Slater:
1. Holistic rehabilitation and restoration of contaminated, brownfield and urban sites (Basta) 2. Controls on reproductive effort in woodland pawpaw stands (Davies) 3. The ecological structure, function and restoration of agricultural field margins (Davies) 4. The use of fire as a management and restoration tool (Davies, Goebel) 5. Function and restoration of wooded riparian areas in agricultural landscapes (Goebel) 6. Hydrology and ecology of headwater streams and riparian areas in forested landscapes (Goebel) 7. Soil resilience in agricultural systems (Slater)
They particularly welcome applications from U.S. citizen candidates who will bring diversity to our graduate community. Graduate Enrichment Fellowships are available to support such students. Candidates should meet the following criteria:
GPA - minimum 3.1 on a 4.0 scale; GRE - 40% or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative and a score of 3 or greater on the Analytical
For the University Fellowships you should meet the following criteria (successful applicants are likely to have higher metrics and some research or professional experience):
GPA - minimum 3.6 on a 4.0 scale; GRE - 75% or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative and a score of 4 or greater on the Analytical
Potential applicants should first consult the School’s directory and contact the faculty member relevant to their interests. When enquiring please include a brief (1-2 page) C.V. and state your GPA and GRE (if available) scores.
Please indicate which fellowship scheme you are interested in being considered for.
Deadline for application: January 7th 2017 (earlier preferred)
Graduate student opportunity in Aquatic Physiological Ecology at The Ohio State University (Posted 11/9/16)
The Gray Aquatic Physiological Ecology Lab at The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), is interested in recruiting a MS or PhD student to begin Summer or Autumn 2017. Potential research projects will fall under the general theme of research in the lab: understanding how fish respond to human-induced environmental change, with a focus on behavioral and physiological responses to globally significant aquatic stressors such as turbidity, low dissolved oxygen, and increasing temperature. We work on both local and international projects, ranging from the visual ecology of forage and game fish in Lake Erie to adaptive divergence in African cichlid fish. We use a combination of field and laboratory experiments. Interested students can find out more about our current projects by visiting the lab website. Applicants should be highly motivated to pursue an advanced degree in this field and have experience working in aquatic ecosystems. Skills such as collecting fish using a variety of techniques in diverse aquatic environments, rearing and/or maintaining live fish in aquaria, statistical analyses of complex data sets, and scientific writing are preferred. Competitive applicants will also have excellent GPA (>3.6) and GRE (>75th percentile) scores to be eligible for university fellowships. Several lines of potential funding are available through OSU fellowships, SENR graduate research and teaching assistantships, and through external sources. Please send inquiries and application materials to Dr. Suzanne Gray (). Your email should include, as a single PDF: (1) a one page cover letter describing your academic experience and why you are pursuing a graduate degree; (2) Curriculum Vitae; (3) names and email addresses for 3 academic references; and, (4) unofficial transcripts and GRE scores. Preference will be given to those applications received before Nov. 25, 2016. After reviewing all applications she will select several candidates to discuss more formally applying to our graduate program.
Graduate Student Opportunities in Aquatic Biogeochemistry at Ohio State University (Posted 11/8/16)
Graduate Assistantships in Watershed, River, Estuarine and Coastal Ocean Biogeochemistry. Research support is available starting in Fall 2017 for graduate study in carbon and organic matter biogeochemistry in the Aquatic Biogeochemistry Laboratory, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology (EEOB) at Ohio State University. Support is competitive and includes full stipend and tuition for up to 5 years for Ph.D. students and 3 years for M.S. students. Seek motivated, creative individuals to take part in new research initiatives on 1) carbon and organic matter cycling and the controls on carbon ages, reactivity, and transport between land, atmosphere, rivers and the coastal ocean and 2) the sources and ages of carbon and organic matter supporting aquatic consumers and food webs. For additional information, please visit their website or contact Dr. James Bauer ().
The deadline for applications for admission and support is December 1, 2016. Application instructions and additional information are available from the EEOB Graduate Program website.
PhD Position in stream or lake ecology at The Ohio State University (Posted 11/8/16)
Hood Lab, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University is recruiting a Ph.D. student with an interest in developing a dissertation focused on how global change influences aquatic organisms and ecosystems. On going research in the laboratory focuses on how temperature and nutrients, two major drivers of global change, interact to influence the structure and function of stream ecosystems. Particularly interested in recruiting a student who is interested in advancing that line of research towards developing a better understanding how global change will influence aquatic ecosystems in the region (e.g., OH streams and reservoirs, Lake Erie, etc.).
Applicants should have a strong background in ecology and freshwater science and an interest in ecosystem ecology. A Master’s degree is preferred, but not required. Financial support is available through a combination of research assistantships and competitive fellowships and teaching assistantships.
If interested, please email Jim Hood () a single PDF containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for your three references. The application deadline for the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology is 1 December 2016. Reviewing candidate applications and invite selected applicants to officially apply to the department around 20 November 16. Learn more about the Hood lab here.
PhD and MSc opportunity - plant ecology and climate change impacts (Posted 10/20/16)
The Snell lab in the department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University is currently recruiting highly qualified and motivated graduate students (MSc or PhD) to start in the 2017 academic year. Our group studies the processes and interactions that shape plant communities, from the stand, to landscape and regional scale. These processes are integrated into dynamic vegetation models, to improve our understanding of how plants will respond to future climate change and to quantify climate change impacts. Graduate students are encouraged to develop independent research projects related to the broader objectives of the lab. Ongoing research includes, 1) The influence of climate on plant demographic processes and resulting range shifts, 2) The provisioning of ecosystem services under current and future climate, 3) The importance of spatial and temporal variability for determining plant responses to climate change.
Applicants should have a background in ecology, plant biology, environmental science, forestry or a related discipline, previous research experience, and evidence of strong communication and quantitative skills. Experience with R and/or other computer programming languages is preferred.
The deadline to apply to Ohio University’s Graduate College is January 15 2017. However, I strongly encourage interested students to contact Dr. Snell () well before this date, to allow enough time for discussing potential research projects.
Please email Dr. Snell () your CV, GRE scores, unofficial transcripts, and a letter of interest, outlining your previous research experience and the research topics that you are interested in pursuing during your graduate degree (i.e., why do you want to join my lab?). International students should also include their TOEFL scores, if appropriate. Qualified individuals will be invited to apply to Ohio University’s Graduate College.
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.
Postdoc position: Freshwater conservation science (Posted 10/20/16)
Seeking a post-doctoral researcher to develop conservation science for freshwater ecosystems. The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary team working within an ecosystem services framework to identify the most cost-effective conservation projects in the Red River basin in Oklahoma and Texas. We aim to provide guidance to agency and NGO partners throughout the basin, but also to advance the science of conservation planning.
The post-doc will collaborate on the development of conservation models and tools to support decision-making by water managers, stakeholders and conservation partners. 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. Applicants should 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.
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 January 2017, and funding is available for 24 months (pending 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, and contact information for three references to Tom Neeson () and Hernan Moreno ( ). Review of applications will begin on November 7 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
Postdoc: Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Oklahoma (Posted 10/4/16)
A post-doctoral research position is available at the Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Oklahoma.
The research assignment requires knowledge of: rangeland ecology, soil-plant-animal interactions, ecosystem services in plant-soil-plant-hydrologic-atmospheric systems, skill in management of large distributed relational data bases associated with agroecosystems.
The post-doctoral researcher will work across two teams to conduct cross-site evaluation of critical provisioning supporting, and regulating ecosystem services and elucidate controlling environmental and management factors that contribute to ecosystem function. A major goal is to analyze ecosystem services and greenhouse gas fluxes and budgets and elucidate controlling factors and processes across humid, subtropical and sub-humid continental beef-grazing systems.
For more information, go here.
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.
• 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.
Graduate student opportunity (MS in Environmental Education) (Posted 11/4/16)
The Environmental Education program at Southern Oregon University is proud to offer a Master of Science program accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education. This program is designed to create leaders in the field of Environmental Education. Our program offers interdisciplinary training in the natural sciences, ecology, and education, all in the diverse and spectacular Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southwestern Oregon and northern California.
Our science-based program offers several unique elements including our culminating project. The graduate students collaborate to design and present both a day and residential program aimed at diverse audiences (grades 2-12) located at a Field Station (Deer Creek Center) and on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
The graduate academic experience can be further enriched by adding a certificate in non-profit management, thesis, project, or teaching license. Students may choose to incorporate a Master of Arts in Teaching and earn teacher licensure at the secondary level with a science endorsement (options for licensure at the elementary and middle level are also possible).
Four graduate assistantship positions are offered each year to Environmental Education graduate students through the Siskiyou Environmental Education Center and an additional assistantship is offered as an instructor for introductory biology labs. Going into effect during the first fall quarter and lasting throughout the first year of study, graduate assistants receive an 80% in-state tuition remission and a monthly stipend. The assistantship requires 12 hours of work per week. Positions include Siskiyou Environmental Education Center (SEEC) Office Manager, SEEC Office Assistant, Education Outreach Coordinator, and Fall in the Field coordinator.
Applications for graduate assistantships receive priority consideration and must be received by January 16, 2017. Applications for admission into the Environmental Education program are considered January 16, 2017 and April 17, 2017. For more information about application requirements, go here.
Financial aid may be available to students. Some students may qualify for in-state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program.
For more information about the program, please go here or contact Hope Braithwaite at .
PhD opportunity, College of Forestry, Oregon State University (OSU) (Posted 10/25/16)
Research areas: Plant ecophysiology /Forest ecology/ Global change biology
The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society will be filling one Ph.D. position to work on a project entitled, "Collaborative research: Blending ecology and evolution using emerging technologies to determine species distributions with a non-native pathogen in a rapidly changing climate." The position will start in either June or September 2017. This NSF-funded project is a multi-university collaboration examining the interacting evolutionary and ecological responses of southwestern white pine (Pinus strobiformis) to climate change and an invasive pathogen from local to regional scales. The position will focus on leaf- and tree-scale ecophysiology measurements (gas exchange, along with thermal and chlorophyll fluorescence imaging) in conjunction with thermal, hyperspectral, and LiDAR measurements collected by UAVs. Preference will be given to applicants with prior ecophysiology and/or remote sensing experience.
Three years of research assistantship funding (stipend + health insurance) are available for this position; additional funding may be available through fellowships or teaching assistantships. Outstanding candidates may be nominated for OSU and College of Forestry Fellowships and Awards. Start date for the position is June 15, 2017 or September 15, 2017.
The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society brings together students, staff and faculty with interest and expertise in forest biology and social science to tackle some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing us today. Our faculty are world leaders in wide range of disciplines, including restoration ecology, forest social science, tree physiology, climate change and carbon dynamics, natural resource economics and policy, wilderness resource management, silviculture, wildlife ecology, and remote sensing. We also have living laboratories used for classes and research that include the 11,500 acre McDonald-Dunn Forest, just 20 minutes from campus, the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Cascade Mountains (a NSF Long-term Ecological Research site), and a wide variety of cooperating public and private forest lands. For more information about the Forest Ecosystems and Society graduate program, please go here.
Interested candidates should send an application (a curriculum vitae, a description of research interests and experience, and contact information for 3 references) to Christopher Still () by December 15, 2016.
PhD Opportunities at Oregon State University (Posted 10/24/16)
OPPORTUNITY 1: The EcoHydro Engineering Group at Oregon State University directed by Dr. Stephen Good is currently recruiting PhD Students for a funded research examining plant hydraulic traits and soil moisture dynamics. Support is available for highly motivated PhD students with strong backgrounds that span engineering, geosciences, ecology, computer science, mathematics, and similar fields. Candidates with an M.S. degree and strong skills in programing or large data set analysis are sought. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Good and apply for Fall 2017 admission through the interdisciplinary Water Resources Graduate Program or the Biological and Ecological Engineering Department at Oregon State University.
OPPORTUNITY 2: Dr. Gerrad Jones will be starting a research group at Oregon State University in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering and is looking for a creative and highly motivated Ph.D. or M.S. student to start in the Fall of 2017. The project will combine laboratory analyses, field work, and advanced data analytics in order to identify the unknown compounds driving estrogenicity in surface bodies of water. This is a highly interdisciplinary project, and the primary responsibility of the student will be to analyze the mass spectra of water samples collected throughout Oregon using machine learning tools. The candidate should be able to program in R (or some other programming language) and have a strong working knowledge of multivariate statistics.
Preferably, the candidate would have experience with one or more of the following areas: mass spec analysis, ecotoxicology, ArcGIS, and be willing and capable of doing field work. Candidates should have an M.S. degree in an environmentally related field; however, all students with a background in math, statistics, science, or engineering who are creative, enthusiastic, and hardworking are highly encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Dr. Jones directly (), and for more information on his research interests, please read his profile at his current research group at Eawag.
Graduate Position Ecology and Evolution - Univ. of Oregon (Posted 10/4/16)
Applications are now being accepted for integrative graduate education in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon (UO).
The Department of Biology and the Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IE2) at the University of Oregon seek outstanding applicants for the PhD program. We are looking for highly motivated students who wish to develop high-caliber research programs in any area of ecology and evolutionary biology.
IE2 consists of a dynamic, energetic, and highly interactive group of faculty members, graduate students, and postdocs whose research interests are world-renowned and span traditional disciplines. Particular strengths of the group include evolutionary genetics and genomics, evolution of development, and microbial, population, community, and ecosystems ecology. IE2 consists of faculty from multiple departments on campus, including Biology, Anthropology, Math, and Geography. In addition, IE2 maintains close ties with other research institutes and departments on campus, including the Institutes of Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, and the Departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, and Landscape Architecture. Our integrative approach to research and graduate education is supported by numerous grants, training grants, and fellowships from both federal and privately-funded sources.
The University of Oregon is located in the heart of Eugene, a progressive and very livable city of approximately 200,000 people. Eugene provides many opportunities for intellectual and cultural stimulation, and its location is ideal for the naturalist at heart being within an easy 1-2 hour drive of both the Cascade Mountains and the Oregon Coast. It is consistently voted one of the top ten greenest cities in the U.S.
For more information about IE2 and individual faculty research interests, please see the IE2 website as well as individual lab websites. For information about graduate studies in the Department of Biology, or to submit an online application, here. The deadline for online applications is December 1, 2016. For specific inquiries about IE2, contact Matt Streisfeld (). For inquiries about the graduate application process, please contact the Biology Department Graduate Program Manager, Jessica Wilson ().
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.
2017 Summer Field Forestry/Biology/Ecology Internships (Posted 1/1/17)
8 Total Positions Available: 2 Crew Leads, 6 Technicians Summer 2017
Monday, May 15th* – Friday, August 11th
*Crew Leaders must be available the week of May 8th
Location: 4 positions in State College, PA and 4 positions in Coudersport, PA
Pay: Full time, 40hr/week appointment. Crew leaders – $12.50/hr; technicians – $11.50/hr. Housing is provided, along with access to a field vehicle.
Duties: Technicians--Must be able to find, monument, and inventory permanent forest vegetation plots using GPS and other tools in central or northern Pennsylvania. Daily duties include navigation to remote parts of Pennsylvania state forest lands, hiking up to 2 miles with equipment, and collection of quality vegetation monitoring data—the identification, size class, and abundance of more than 100 species of overstory and understory plants—with a field PC.
Crew Leaders--In addition to performing the duties described above, crew leaders must be able to successfully manage and lead a vegetation monitoring crew while they perform daily duties. This includes daily planning of plot visits, assessing access routes and equipment needs, and management/archiving of collected data.
Key qualifications: Technicians--At least two years toward a natural resources baccalaureate degree; demonstrated plant identification skills (as evidenced by a course in plant ID, such as dendrology, and/or field experience collecting vegetation data); ability to work independently and reliably without direct supervision in challenging field conditions; and possession of a valid driver’s license.
Crew Leaders--Possession of a baccalaureate degree in natural resources or a related field; demonstrated plant identification skills (as evidenced by at least one year experience as field technician monitoring vegetation data); ability to supervise and manage field crews under difficult field conditions; possession of a valid driver’s license.
Questions: Contact Danielle Begley-Miller at .
Application deadline: Applications reviewed as received.
To apply: Send a letter, résumé, transcripts, and contact information for three references (via email preferred) to Bobbi Joy Scovern. At least one reference should be able to comment on your plant identification skills. In your letter, please indicate if you would like to be considered for a crew leader position.
Email applications to: Bobbi Joy Scovern, Administrative Support Assistant Pennsylvania, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 419 Forest Resources Building, University Park, PA 16802, Email: , Phone: 814-865-4511
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 8/1/16)
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.
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.
Teaching - Scholar Visiting Faculty Fellowship (Posted 1/11/17)
The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina is now accepting applications for a Teacher-Scholar Visiting Faculty Fellowship candidate within the Biology department. The Citadel Teacher-Scholar Visiting Faculty Fellowship program seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented minority groups among its Biology department faculty. The Teacher-Scholar Visiting Faculty Fellowship is a competitive, teaching and research appointment for post-doctoral candidates interested in teaching at one of America's most distinctive liberal arts college and joining a vibrant campus community. Applicants qualified to teach an upper level Physiology course will be given special consideration. Applications are considered as received through February 15, 2017. For more information, go here.
PhD student opportunities in Ecology at Clemson University (Posted 10/4/16)
The Barrett Lab at Clemson University is accepting applications for two PhD positions to start August 2017. Applicants should be self-motivated and also capable of working as part of a team. The ideal applicant will have substantial experience in ecology or conservation biology, as well as competencies in statistical analysis, technical writing, and GIS.
Applicants with M.S. degrees (or degrees that will be completed by the start date) are preferred. The projects associated with these positions are flexible, but will likely focus on the vulnerability of amphibians and reptiles to large-scale stressors such as land use change, climate change, or invasive species.
These positions could be based in either Biological Sciences or Forestry and Environmental Conservation, depending upon funding availability and the student’s background. The students will be supported predominately by a Teaching Assistantship, so prior teaching experience is desired.
To apply please submit (1) a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your qualifications, and any specific research areas you hope to pursue at Clemson, and (2) a CV. Please be sure to include your GPA (undergrad and graduate), GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references somewhere within your CV. Documents should be submitted via email to as a single PDF file with the subject heading “PhD application”. Applications must be received by October 30, 2016 to receive full consideration.
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 .
Ph.D. Assistantship - Pheasant Ecology in Fragmented Agricultural Landscapes of the Northern Great Plains (Posted 12/13/16)
The Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications for a Ph.D. Assistantship to evaluate the effects of landscape composition and habitat configuration on ring-necked pheasant ecology. The graduate research assistant will have the opportunity to collaborate with SDSU and BGSU faculty and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks biologists to study the effects of landscape-scale habitat characteristics and other environmental factors pheasant population viability and space use patterns. This study is part of a broader, long-term research effort to understand the effect of ongoing land use and land cover changes on ring-necked pheasant populations in the region. The Ph.D. student will also have the flexibility to pursue independent research interests related to this topic.
Qualifications: Academic requirements include a Master’s degree in a closely related field (except in exceptional circumstances), strong GRE scores, and GPA above 3.0. Candidates must have strong spatial analysis, and writing skills. The preferred candidate should have previous experience with radio telemetry and GPS tracking of wildlife, avian capture, working with a diverse team of collaborators, geographic information systems, and statistical modeling in R and MARK. Additionally, candidates must have a strong work ethic, with the ability to work independently and as part of a larger team, and must be willing and able to conduct field work in extreme weather conditions.
Financial support: Approximately $21,000 for a 12-month stipend plus a full tuition waiver.
Start Date: Expected start date is August 2017, with the possibility of participating in fieldwork starting in May 2017.
To Apply: To be considered for this opportunity, please forward a cover letter, CV, a copy of transcripts (unofficial), and a list of three references with contact information to Dr. Michael Wimberly at and Dr. Andy Gregory at . Incomplete applications will not be considered. For full consideration, please submit your application materials by January 31, 2017.
Graduate Assistantships - Univ. of South Dakota (Posted 10/24/16)
Looking for two graduate students to begin in the Fall of 2017 to work on two recently funded projects in my laboratory at the University of South Dakota.
The first is based on survey work on turtles in the Missouri River, specifically Lake Oahe from Pierre to the North Dakota border. This field work will serve as a basis likely for a PhD, but could also support a high level MS student.
The second project is part of a larger funded EPSCoR proposal examining amphibians along the Missouri River in the 59 mile stretch of the National Park Service, Missouri National Recreation River. This project will focus on water quality questions, but also examine disease dynamics in amphibian populations along this stretch. This funding is for four years of support and is suitable for a PhD student investigating the impacts of contaminants on amphibian disease.
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:
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
PhD Assistantship available: Arctic Ecology - University of Texas (Posted 1/11/17)
The McLaren Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso is looking for graduate students interested in working at the intersection of ecosystem and community ecology. A PhD position is available on an NSF-funded project examining the role of small mammals on carbon cycling in arctic tundra. This project will use a combination of field experiments with manipulations of mammal densities, measurements of plant and soil responses, and modeling and is a collaboration with faculty at Columbia University, Towson University, University of New Hampshire and the Marine Biological Laboratory. The project will involve summer field work in Alaska at Toolik Field Station, Barrow and Nome. The PhD student will assist with data collection for the larger project while developing his/her own dissertation project in conjunction with our research questions. The student will be support through a combination of RAships and TAships.
Qualified candidates should have a B.S. or M.S. (preferred) in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science or related field, and show a strong interest in plant ecology, ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry. Ideal candidates will have some previous research experience in field ecology, a strong work ethic, be able to work independently and with a field crew, and availability to begin in June 2017.
Applications for graduate school are due Feb 1 but students are encouraged to contact Jennie McLaren well in advance of that date.
PhD opportunity in wetland avian ecophysiology (Posted 10/25/16)
The Grace lab at Texas A&M is seeking applications from motivated and independent students who wish to pursue a degree related to avian ecophysiology. Our lab utilizes behavioral, physiological, and ecological tools to investigate how animals respond to environmental changes within their lifetime, at the proximate and ultimate levels. We focus on avian species and applicants interested in working with wetland birds will be given priority. The successful applicant will develop her or his own research project within the general umbrella of the lab, and interested students should consult Dr. Grace’s website for more information on recent research.
Successful applicants will be expected to generate and design research projects in collaboration with other researchers, conduct field work in variable weather conditions, work as an active and enthusiastic member of a research group, and be able to take initiative and work independently. Competitive applicants will have strong quantitative and writing skills, and prior experience with field research, preferably with birds.
Established in 1876, Texas A&M was the first institute of public higher education in the state of Texas. The University is a land, sea, and space grant institution and consistently ranks among the top 20 public universities and research institutes in the United States. As the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University system, the campus at College Station is on of the largest in the United States, spanning 5,200 acres with over 64000 students, including nearly 5000 doctoral students. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and offers a strong graduate training program. Students may also consider enrolling in the interdisciplinary Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program.
Interested applicants should send an email to Dr. Jacquelyn Grace (jkgrace at tamu.edu) including a CV, unofficial transcript, GRE scores (if available) and a written statement describing your background, research interests in relation to our lab, previous research experience, and long-term goals.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Please contact Jacquelyn as soon as possible to ensure that you receive full consideration for fellowships.
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.
PhD Research Assistantships - Physiological Ecology of Western US Mountain Forests University of Utah, Dept. of Biology, Salt Lake City, Utah (Posted 10/25/16)
Seeking PhD students to work with an interdisciplinary team studying forest physiology and forest carbon and water cycling in mountains of the western U.S. Current projects are focused on biological and physical factors influencing photosynthesis and transpiration of mountain forests in the context of climate change and drought. The students will have the opportunity to learn and use a wide variety of techniques, including measurement of leaf traits and gas exchange, plant water transport, forest environmental and flux measurement methods, and isotope ratio mass spectrometry, and to work collaboratively with scientists using satellite-based remote sensing observations and Earth system models. The students will be trained in analytical field and laboratory instrumentation and research techniques, experimental design, data analysis, computer programming, ecological modeling and scientific writing. These positions include up to 5 years of financial support in the form of research and teaching assistantships, and will involve field work in Utah, Colorado, and other western states.
Requirements: 1) a bachelor’s or master’s degree and research experience in a field of Earth system science (ecology, geology, physics, chemistry, geography, etc.), 2) innate curiosity about the natural world and how it works, 3) interest in learning and applying cutting-edge analytical techniques to study ecology, and 4) strong motivation and ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Experience with plant physiological ecology or environmental instrumentation are highly desired. The students will be based in the research groups of Dr. Bill Anderegg and/or Dr. Dave Bowling at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
The University of Utah is ranked among the top research institutions in the nation and is home to more than 30,000 students and 18,000 employees. Salt Lake City is a sunny Western city with outstanding cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities, including “the greatest snow on earth!”
Deadline to apply is January 3, 2017. Opportunities to work on other projects are also available. If you’re interested, please contact either Dr. Bill Anderegg, ; Dr. Dave Bowling, Dept. of Biology University of Utah.
MSc in Watershed Sciences (Posted 10/20/16)
The Environmental Biogeochemistry and Paleoecology lab at Utah State University is recruiting MSc students to join an interdisciplinary research program broadly focused on aquatic ecosystems and water resources in the Canadian Columbia River Basin and the American West. The student(s) will work on one of several potential projects which seek to 1) understand the effects of climate warming and glacier recession on high mountain lakes and streams, or 2) quantify atmospheric phosphorus deposition effects in lake ecosystems.
Specific research projects are flexible and students are strongly encouraged to develop their own research focus within the lab’s overall framework. Students in the lab will generally have the opportunity to gain field, laboratory, and microscopy skills.
The student(s) must have completed a BSc by the start data and have a strong interest in water quality, limnology, biogeochemistry, or paleoecology. The student must have excellent writing and quantitative skills. Laboratory and field experience is preferred. Preference will be given to students with a strong work ethic and capacity to work independently.
Please send 1) letter describing your background, interest in the project, and educational and career goals, 2) a CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three references to
Anticipated start date is no later than August 2017, but students may begin as early as March 2017.
Utah State University is located in the city of Logan, Utah, a town with approximately 50,000 residents. Situated in a valley between the Wellsville and Bear River mountain ranges, Logan offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities including local ski resorts, biking and hiking trails, and is just a short drive to many National Parks, Monuments, and Conservation areas. The low cost of living makes this area attractive place to live, play, and work.
Graduate research position in plant-soil interactions at Utah State University (Posted 10/4/16)
The Waring lab at Utah State University is recruiting graduate students to work on projects related to plant-soil interactions and soil biogeochemistry. Applicants should have a strong research interest in plant-soil feedbacks, mycorrhizal ecology, and/or soil carbon cycling.
Research in the Waring lab takes place in a diverse array of ecosystems, from semiarid grasslands to tropical forests, and is highly interdisciplinary, spanning plant, microbial, and ecosystem ecology. Candidates with lab or field experience in any of these areas are strongly encouraged to apply. The Waring lab is located at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, a beautiful town with easy access to many amazing parks and Salt Lake City. For inquiries about the position, please contact with a cover letter and CV.
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 .
MS in Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation (Posted 12/21/16)
MS Research in Agriculture and Climate Change, starting Summer 2017 Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) University of Vermont (UVM)
Position: MS in agriculture and climate change
As climate changes increasingly affect agriculture, farmers and policy makers are challenged by how to best address climate change mitigation and adaptation. Central to this challenge is developing agroecosystems that improve soil health, increase soil carbon storage and mitigate agriculture’s contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, all while remaining economically viable. Agricultural soils are most often a source of CO2 and N2O (a powerful GHG). However, management practices have great potential to reduce these emissions and mitigate climate change. This project focuses on the capacity for different tillage practices, cover crops, and nutrient application methods to mitigate climate change by reducing GHG emissions and increasing soil carbon storage.
Seek a student to work with our team to quantify carbon storage and GHG emissions in conventional and alternative agricultural management systems (cropland). This work will address the potential for agricultural systems to be both productive (from the farmer’s perspective) and provide a valuable service by mitigating climate change.
The student will work with Dr. Adair (UVM RSENR) and Dr. Heather Darby (UVM Extension) to quantify soil carbon storage and greenhouse gas emissions from two experiments in N. Vermont. These experiments will focus on the impacts of tillage (conventional vs. no till), cover crop usage, and manure application method and timing on yield, crop quality, soil health and carbon storage, and GHG emissions.
Duties will include writing a study plan, implementing gas and soil sampling protocols, analyzing data, supervising technicians/undergraduate assistants, and preparing publications and presentations for scientific and lay audiences (e.g., to farmers and service providers). Applicants must be comfortable working independently and in inclement weather, operating field equipment and storing and processing soil samples after they are obtained.
The position is currently funded for two years; during the first academic year, the graduate student will serve as a teaching assistant (TA) in RSENR.
- Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in biogeochemistry and agroecology.
- The student should have a BS in ecology, plant and soil science, hydrology, environmental sciences (or related field) or have equivalent work experience.
- While not required, priority will be given to applicants with experience greenhouse gas sampling, using and maintaining lab equipment, and/or ecosystem modeling.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, names and contact information of three references, GRE scores, and CV to Carol Adair.
Interested applicants may also contact the RSENR graduate program coordinator, Carolyn Goodwin Kueffner at .
Gund Institute Research Assistantships available at University of Vermont (Posted 10/25/16)
The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) is recruiting exceptional PhD students for Fall 2017 as part of a competitive Graduate Research Assistantship program. Students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work, but it should focus broadly within our research themes: Ecological Economics, Nature’s Benefits, Healthy Landscapes and Seascapes, and Climate Change. Students will be advised or co-advised by one of our Gund Institute Fellows.
The Gund Institute is an interdisciplinary research center, where more than 50 faculty, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand the interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we seek students interested in both advancing research frontiers and addressing concrete environmental issues.
Students will receive three years of funding to be spent over four years. These funds cover an annual stipend of $27,000, tuition, and UVM’s student health insurance. Students will work with home departments to augment this support with Teaching Assistantships or additional grants.
Student must be starting year 1 of a PhD program; Competitive GPA and GRE scores. If applicable, minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.0. Preference given to applicants who have not previously studied at UVM, and who already have a Master’s degree, but all qualified candidates will be considered.
Interested candidates should: Contact potential advisors directly to discuss your interests.
Apply to the appropriate UVM college or school by its deadline (deadlines vary among schools). Indicate in your statement of purpose that you are applying for a Gund Institute Research Assistantship.
Complete the separate Gund Institute Research Assistantship Application by February 1, 2017.
Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.
The only comprehensive university in the state and Vermont's land-grant institution, UVM enrolls 13,000 students, including more than 10,000 undergraduates and close to 1,500 graduate students, and combines faculty-student relationships typically found in a liberal arts college with the scholarship and resources of a major research institution. It is home to seven undergraduate schools and colleges, an honors college, graduate college, medical school, and divisions of extension and continuing education. The campus spans Burlington's highest ridgeline overlooking Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green mountains, and is surrounded by the small, historical city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America's best places to live.
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
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.
Graduate assistantship: Metacommunities in River Networks, Virginia Tech (Posted 1/13/17)
Seeking qualified applicants for a graduate assistantship at the Ph.D. level at Virginia Tech in the lab of Bryan L. Brown in the Department of Biological Sciences. Preferred starting date is Summer 2017, but Fall 2017 or even Spring 2018 could be negotiable.
In general, the Brown lab focuses on community ecology in aquatic systems. Operationally, the lab emphasizes the intersection between theory and empiricism, primarily by testing broad ecological concepts using observation, experiment and, to a lesser degree, modeling. Themes in the lab include metacommunity ecology, community assembly, and the ecology of symbiosis. The Brown lab is also a member of the longstanding Virginia Tech Stream Team, a group of 8 labs in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech that share common themes in community and ecosystem ecology, and a focus on aquatic systems.
Specifically, the graduate assistantship will be supported by a recently-funded NSF project on metacommunity stability in river networks. The new project builds on prior work from the Brown lab, primarily in collaboration with Chris Swan (UMBC), and brings in the skills and experience of new collaborators Kurt Anderson (UC-Riverside) and Eric Sokol (Unv. Colorado). The project will have several diverse empirical facets that include field observational studies, field experimentation and meta-analysis using existing datasets. We will also employ a novel modeling component that will combine network modeling with metacommunity simulation modeling to generate testable hypotheses regarding the effects of network structure on stability in metacommunities. The successful student will be expected to not only engage in research included in the funded project (especially the field component for which the Brown lab is specifically responsible), but also to develop their own research focus under the general thematic umbrella of the project. This focus can include or combine any number of the project’s elements: fieldwork, experimentation, modeling, meta-analysis.
Ultimately applicants will need to apply to the graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. Contact Dr. Bryan L. Brown directly via email (), indicating your intention to apply. In that first message please include the following: 1) an brief introduction; 2) an academic CV; 3) GRE scores if they are currently available; 4) a description of your career goals and how you feel working on this project will further those ambitions. 1 and 4 can be included together in an email if you wish. As fair warning, he will give strong preference to students who have either completed a Masters degree, or who have very significant prior research experience that has resulted in publication. His goal is to bring the leading candidate to visit campus during our annual Research Day and Recruiting weekend February 4th, so if you are seriously interested, he would urge expediency. Of course, if you have questions, feel free to contact Dr. Bryan L. Brown directly at .
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship – Invasive Plant Ecology (Posted 10/25/16)
The Invasive Plant Ecology Lab at Virginia Tech seeks to fill a Ph.D. position focused on broad aspects of invasive plant ecology. The student’s research will utilize the weedy invader Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense)—one of the world’s worst weeds and invader of natural areas—but the scope of possible projects is broad and open to the interests of the student. The research will build on a growing body of work from our interdisciplinary team of scientists from several universities.
The successful candidate will be fully funded (tuition and stipend) for up to 48 months (Ph.D.) on a graduate research assistantship. Field and laboratory research expenses are covered for the next 4 years through external federal grants and support from the University.
Virginia Tech is in Blacksburg, VA, a college town in an idyllic mountain setting and is the #1 ranked college/university in the U.S. for quality of life (Princeton Review, 8/2016).
Qualifications: Applicants should have a strong interest and a prior degree in biology, ecology, modeling or related discipline, an MS in a related field is desired but not required. Applicants should have extensive past research experience, an outstanding academic record and GRE scores, and evidence of strong writing and quantitative skills. Ph.D. applicants will also be encouraged to apply to be a Fellow in the Interfaces of Global Change Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, which provides additional training on the role of science in society, science-policy, and science communication.
Start date for the assistantship is negotiable, ranging from May to August 10th, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
To apply, please email a single PDF file to Dr. Jacob Barney () containing (1) a cover letter outlining your research interests, career goals, relevant experience, and preferred start date; (2) your CV; (3) undergraduate/graduate transcripts and GRE scores; and (4) full contact information for at least 3 professional references. The subject line of the email should read: Invasive Plant Ecology Graduate Position.
MS and PhD positions in plant evolutionary ecology at Virginia Tech (Posted 10/20/16)
The Whitehead Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech is looking for motivated and independent graduate students to join the lab in Fall 2017. We study the ecology and evolution of plant interactions using a combination of field observational studies, experiments, lab work, and quantitative synthesis. General themes in the lab include:
1) Plant evolutionary responses to multispecies interactions
2) Chemical ecology of seed dispersal and fruit defense
3) Phytochemical diversity and multispecies interactions
4) Crop domestication impacts on plant defense and plant-insect interactions
5) Agricultural applications of chemical ecology
Work closely with students to develop their own projects that are related to these themes. Students may work in systems that are the current focus of research in the lab (e.g. tropical Piper plants and frugivorous bats; wild and domesticated apples and their insect herbivores) or develop their own systems that are most suited to their research questions.
Please see the lab website for more information about our current research.
The Whitehead Lab is part of the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior group in the Department of Biological Sciences. Students may also participate in interdepartmental programs such as the Interfaces of Global Change program and the Translational Plant Sciences program.
Successful applicants should have: 1) a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (biology, ecology, botany, entomology, etc.); 2) strong written and oral communication skills; 3) some form of past research experience (could include undergraduate research, work experience, or MS research for PhD applicants); and 4) a genuine fascination with the natural world. International students and students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Other general qualifications are set by the Department of Biological Sciences and details are available in the Graduate Program section on the department webpage.
Students will be supported with a combination of research and teaching assistantships in the Department of Biological Sciences. All positions will include a stipend and a tuition waiver. Students are also encouraged to apply for external fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship or the USDA Pre-doctoral Fellowships .
Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, VA, a town of about 43,000 nestled between the scenic Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Its proximity to woodlands, lakes, streams, and other diverse habitats make it an ideal location for field studies and outdoor recreational activities.
First, please take the time to read through the information available on their website and a few of our publications. If you find you are genuinely interested in the type of research that we do, send me an email at that briefly describes your background and interests and why you think you are a good fit for the lab and include a CV.
Review of these materials will begin immediately and priority will be given to students that contact me with this information by Dec. 1. This will give us time to discuss research interests prior to the application deadline for the Department of Biological Sciences on Dec 31. Please see the department website for more details on the application process.
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.
• 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:
• 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.
NPS Seeks Applicants for 2017 Young Leaders in Climate Change Internships (Posted 11/11/17)
The NPS Climate Change Response Program and the University of Washington are pleased to invite graduate and upper-level undergraduate students and recent graduates to apply to the 2017 Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) Initiative! The YLCC is a paid summer internship to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. Applications are due January 19, 2017 by 12:01 PM PST. For more information, go here.
MS, Environmental Sciences Graduate Student - Western Washington University (Posted 10/20/16)
Funding for a graduate student to work on a master's thesis examining the relationship between benthic community structure and sediment geochemistry in Puget Sound, Washington State. In partnership with the Washington Department of Ecology, students in David H. Shull laboratory will measure rates of sedimentary organic carbon mineralization, nutrient cycling, and other biogeochemical processes and compare these measurements to biomass and community structure of benthic macrofaunal communities throughout Puget Sound. The graduate student will learn how to measure rates of dissolved oxygen, inorganic carbon and nutrient fluxes, pH, and concentration profiles of nutrients and radionuclides. Depending on the direction of the student's thesis, the work may also include biogeochemical modeling and multivariate analysis of sediment geochemistry and benthic community structure. Students interested in studying the interface between community ecology and geochemistry are encouraged to contact, David Shull (), about this position. More information is available here.
Graduate Research Assistantship in Sustainability Modeling at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus at Washington State University (Posted 10/20/16)
Seeking a PhD student interested in environmental sustainability and coupled human-natural systems modeling to pursue their graduate education in the School of the Environment at Washington State University. The successful candidate will join a large, interdisciplinary team on a recently funded project researching the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus of the Columbia River Basin (CRB). Information on the project is available here. The student will conduct research on conceptual modelling of transactions, trade-offs and possible conflict across FEW sector boundaries, supplement the research of sector-specific team members, and help develop generic models of FEW system sustainability that are portable beyond the CRB.
Given the interdisciplinary nature of the project and the subject matter, the successful candidate must be (1) highly motivated, (2) able to work within and across several disciplinary boundaries, and (3) be able to work rigorously with theoretical or abstract concepts that cut across multiple disciplines. Additionally, the candidate should have (4) a background in mathematical or formal modeling and (5) skills in collaborative research and communications. Strong consideration will be given to those who also have demonstrated background or experience in environmental or agricultural sustainability, resource policy and/or management, and quantitative analysis of complex system dynamics. A Masters degree in applied mathematics, philosophy of science/formal epistemology, or related fields is preferred, but accomplished and exceptionally motivated individuals in relevant fields will also receive full consideration.
They will accept inquiries immediately and will consider candidates until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, official or unofficial transcripts, CV, and contact information for 2 references to both Dr. Steve Katz () and Dr. Michael Goldsby (). Information on Graduate Studies in the School of the Environment at Washington State University is available here.
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.
PhD Assistantship in Environmental Microbiology – West Virginia University (Posted 1/13/17)
The Freedman Lab of Environmental Microbiology at West Virginia University is now accepting applications for a PhD-level Graduate Assistant position. Our research generally focuses on how biological, chemical, and physical factors affect the composition of soil microbial communities and their ecosystem function. A wide range of research topics are possible, including but not limited to: Impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the microbiomes of Appalachian forests and watersheds; effects of mining and mine reclamation on soil microbial communities; effects of herbivory on plant-microbe interactions, among many other possible topics. Further information on the Freedman lab can be found
Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and will have a strong background in ecology, microbiology, soil science, or a closely related field. Experience with high-throughput DNA sequencing, metagenomics, biogeochemical measurements (for example, CO2 and trace gas production, enzyme activities, soil characteristics) and programming in R is ideal.
Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The assistantship includes full tuition coverage, benefits, and a yearly stipend of $22,132. Opportunities for Teaching Assistantships will also be available. The expected start date is August 23, 2017.
To Apply: Prospective students should send the following information with the subject line “PhD Position” to : 1) a one page cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and goals, 2) a current CV, 3) current GRE scores, 4) unofficial transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate education, and 5) contact information for three academic references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, applications received by February 15 will receive full consideration. The selected applicant will submit a formal application to the WVU Graduate School for admission to the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Graduate Program.
University and Community: WVU is located in Morgantown, WV (pop. 31,073), which is routinely recognized as one of the best small college towns in the country. The Division’s faculty and graduate student population conduct research in a wide range of natural resource disciplines, and have ready access to West Virginia’s forests and working lands for natural laboratories and recreational activities. WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.
Postdoctoral Fellow – Forest Growth Modeling (Posted 12/9/16)
Postdoctoral Fellow – Forest Growth Modeling in the School of Natural Resources at West Virginia University. This position supports the general objective of the project which is to determine effective management practices to restore areas previously burned by past fires with resilient forest plantations. This position will monitor existing plantations within the footprint of past fires and will model juvenile tree growth. This monitoring will identify what has been successful to date and help to identify what plantation units will need additional work in the future and what planting arrangements may be successful in the future. The tool that will be developed will be able to predict individual tree or stand growth from which appropriate management can be applied. For more information, click here.
M.S./Ph.D. assistantship in forest biogeochemistry
A graduate student position is available for investigating how acid deposition affects the nutrient dynamics and productivity of deciduous forests in central Appalachia.
The student will conduct their research at the Fernow Experimental Forest and would receive training in the use of analytical instrumentation, experimental design, data analysis, computer modeling, communication skills, and teaching. More about our research at the Fernow can be found here.
Summer support is available for four years and this would supplement support received during the academic year for being a teaching assistant in the Department of Biology at West Virginia University. Information about the graduate program in biology, and how to apply, is available here.
A successful applicant should have: (1) a bachelor's or master's degree in a relevant field of study; (2) a strong interest in ecosystem ecology and environmental change; (3) a willingness to learn techniques used to analyze the chemical composition of soil, water, and plant samples; (4) strong writing skills, and (5) a commitment to the effective communication of science to technical and non-technical audiences.
A student able to begin in the Summer 2017 and who has experience, or a strong interest, in using computer models to synthesize long-term ecological data is desirable.
Postdoctoral Position in Plant Ecology (Posetd 1/11/17)
A postdoctoral position is available to understand the assembly and limitations to recovery of longleaf pine understory plant communities. In collaboration with John Orrock (University of Wisconsin), Ellen Damschen (University of Wisconsin), and Lars Brudvig (Michigan State University), and with funding from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), the successful candidate will conduct field surveys to evaluate how ongoing community assembly experiments (e.g., seed sowing, competition reduction) have affected the establishment, persistence, and spread of understory plant populations within post-agricultural longleaf pine woodlands in the southeastern United States. Field surveys will occur during the 2017 and 2018 growing seasons at three study areas in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia; when not conducting fieldwork, the postdoc will be located in the Orrock lab at UW-Madison. In addition to facilitating the goals of the larger project (collecting and analyzing data, report and manuscript preparation), the postdoc will be encouraged to develop their own independent research within the context of the larger project.
Applicants must have relevant Ph.D. experience in ecology. Travel will be required for conducting field work during the growing seasons. Preference will be given to applicants with strong plant identification and leadership skills. Funding for salary and benefits is available for 1 year, with a renewal possible for a second year. There is some flexibility regarding the start date, although May 2017 is preferred. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of research interests, copies of 2-3 relevant publications, and contact information for three references. Send materials (e-mail preferred) to: John Orrock, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, email: . Additional information regarding the Orrock Lab can be found HERE.
Applications will be considered starting January 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Ph.D. Position in Plant Ecology at the University of Wyoming (Posted 1/11/17)
A funded Ph.D. Graduate Assistant position starting in the fall 2017 semester is available in the research laboratory of Dr. Daniel Laughlin in the Botany Department at the University of Wyoming. This project will evaluate how plant traits moderate species responses to changing climate in western US ecosystems. The successful applicant will demonstrate experience and interests in plant population and community ecology, functional ecology, and quantitative modelling. Interested applicants should email a statement of interest, CV, contact information for three references, and copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial is okay) to .
PhD position - Landscape Genomics U Wyoming (deadline extended) (Posted 1/5/17)
PhD Under-Represented Domestic Minority (URDM) mentoring Graduate Assistantship available to work with Dr. Melanie Murphy in Department of Ecosystem Science and Management/Program in Ecology at University of Wyoming. Graduate student research will address distribution and connectivity of amphibian species in the context of species rarity. Q1 – Is niche breadth explained by rarity? Student will use environmental DNA (eDNA) and species distribution models to estimate niche breath. Q2 - What are the consequences of species’ rarity on connectivity? Student will use genotyping by sequencing (GBS) and a landscape genomics approach to test competing hypotheses of limits to effective dispersal for species by rarity form.
Prospective students with a background in natural resources, ecology, and/or population genetics are encouraged to apply. Evidence of robust analytical skills, ability to work independently under harsh field conditions, strong work ethic, scientific writing, passion for scientific inquiry, and aptitude for collaborative research are expected. Additional skills in population genetics laboratory skills, particularly using low quality/low quantity DNA, will be preferred but not required. Work will require hiking, backpacking, camping, working in harsh field conditions at high elevation and driving a 4WD vehicle. To apply, please send a statement of interest, complete CV, unofficial transcripts, unofficial GRE scores, and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file (LastName_URDM.pdf) to
. Application deadline is Jan 13, 2017, although review of applicants will begin immediately. Position starts in August 2017.
Candidate(s) may be invited to attend a recruiting event in mid to late February (financial support available for travel expenses). In addition, applicants are encouraged to investigate the Program in Ecology, an integrated, interdepartmental PhD program in ecological science.
Area: University of Wyoming is ideally located in Laramie, Wyoming with easy access to varied field sites and outdoor recreation opportunities. In addition, the campus is only 1 hour from Fort Collins and ~2 hours from an international airport (Denver, CO).
The University of Wyoming Under-Represented Domestic Minority mentoring Graduate Assistantships (URDM) are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from under-represented/ under-served communities and to increase student diversity in our graduate degree programs on a competitive basis. The URDM awards are funded through a partnership of the Office of Academic Affairs and the faculty mentor(s) of the prospective student. The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please go here.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecology and Evolution of Tree Communities (Posted 1/11/17)
Location: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA
The Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute seeks a postdoctoral fellow to join a collaborative research effort to generate and use DNA sequence data of tree communities in large forest census plots to address broad evolutionary, taxonomic and ecological questions. The successful candidate will work with Dr. David Kenfack to synthesize existing DNA sequence data and where necessary develop new DNA sequence data of tree species from across the CTFS-ForestGEO network of plots. The candidate will use these data to address questions on the ecology and evolution of tree communities. Projects might include: studies of trait evolution and coexistence of hyper-diverse genera, tests of species boundaries and cryptic species, community-level studies of functional and phylogenetic diversity, and exploration of the links between phylogenetic diversity and ecosystem function.
Candidates should hold a PhD in evolution, plant systematics, forest ecology or environmental science, have strong skills in DNA sequencing and data analysis, experience in forest ecology, strong writing skills, and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
The fellowship will be based at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC and will be awarded the standard Smithsonian postdoctoral stipend. The appointment is for two years. The starting date is flexible; earlier start dates are preferred.
To apply, send a single PDF file containing a cover letter including a statement of research interest, CV, contact information for three references, and two relevant publications or manuscripts to Lauren Krizel, CTFS-ForestGEO Program Assistant, . Rolling review of applications will begin February 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, contact David Kenfack ().
Freshwater Communications Intern (Posted 11/4/16)
World Wildlife Fund seeks a Freshwater Communications Intern located in Washington, DC. This internship is to support the freshwater team on a variety of communications activities including drafting content, developing strategies, and engaging internal audiences. For more information, go here. Posting Number: IN-17027
A postgraduate research training opportunity is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA), Office of Water in Washington, DC. The internship will be served with the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW) focusing on the Coastal Wetlands Initiative. For the details and application process for this opportunity, please go here.
Post-doctoral fellow for ecosystem modeling (Posted 1/13/17)
Post-doctoral Fellow: Process-based modelling of responses of small streams to reach-scale and catchment-scale disturbance University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Closing date for applications: 17th February 2017 Start date: 1st May 2017 or soon thereafter They are seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow for a collaborative project between University of British Columbia, Swedish Agricultural University (Umeå, Sweden) and University of Oulu (Finland), to develop process-based models for interactions between small streams and surrounding forests, as well as catchment effects from forestry. The processes of interest include hydrology, geomorphology, chemistry & biology, although we appreciate that most candidates will not be expert in all fields.
The ideal candidate will have excellent quantitative skills in process modelling, and expertise with flowing-water ecosystems, especially their hydrology, geomorphology or biology. Ability to program in a language such as R or Matlab would be highly desired, as would experience with ecosystem model platforms and spatial statistics with GIS. The most qualified applicants will have relevant experience, expertise in biological and physical processes in streams, and a strong interest in stream and riparian systems and disturbance.
Evidence of successful participation in team projects would be helpful.
Applicants must have completed and defended their Ph.D. by the start of the appointment. Previous peer-reviewed scientific publications are highly desirable. Interested applicants should submit the following:
1) Cover letter, C.V., and the names and contact information for three references
2) Unofficial transcripts
3) Examples of your published work
Funding is available for one year, with a second year for reappointment pending satisfactory performance. Only those called for interviews will be contacted.
The position will mostly involve modelling work at the University of British Columbia, but also require international travel to meetings with partners.
The position will involve limited field research in a number of locations in southern British Columbia. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be based at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of John Richardson.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada will be given priority. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.
For more information or to apply, contact: Dr. John Richardson, University of British Columbia
4 PhD positions at the University of Toronto – Fish and Aquatic Ecology (Posted 11/4/16)
Seeking highly capable and motivated individuals for 4 PhD positions as part of a collaborative research project involving the University of Toronto, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Successful applicants will start in May or September 2017 in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program at the University of Toronto (http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/). Research projects relate to questions regarding how human activities, climate change, habitat quality, and fish community composition influence body size, population growth rates, and overall fish productivity in lakes and rivers. Projects vary from studies involving considerable amounts of field-based sampling, stable isotope analyses, and population dynamics relationships to those emphasizing modeling body size-spectra relationships and the metabolic theory of ecology. Students will join an outstanding ecology and evolutionary department and have direct collaborations with both faculty, government research scientists and additional external partners.
Interested individuals should submit their transcripts, resume, and a letter detailing their interest and relevant background to Professors Don Jackson () and Cindy Chu () and as soon as possible and no later than early January 2017. Please include “Fisheries Doctoral Position” in the subject line of your email.
PhD position in plant population and community ecology (Posted 10/20/16)
The Angert Lab at UBC is recruiting at least one PhD student to begin Fall 2017. Research in our lab group focuses on the ecology and evolution of geographic ranges and community assembly. Recent and ongoing projects include a) limits to adaptation at range edges, b) dissecting recent climate-driven range shifts, c) the role of species interactions in range limits and range shifts, d) evolutionary rescue in response to extreme climatic events, and e) the evolution of species interactions and niches during community assembly. We take a variety of approaches, including a) conducting experiments in the field and greenhouse, b) monitoring and modeling the dynamics of natural populations, and c) building (and testing in the real world) ecological niche models. We also work in a variety of systems, including annual grasslands, forest communities of the Pacific Northwest, and monkeyflowers (Mimulus spp.) throughout diverse habitats in western North America. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop his or her own research projects under the general umbrella of these topics and systems.
Competitive applicants will have a successful track record conducting independent research in ecology and evolution, ideally with evidence of success in the form of a scientific publication; have at least some field biology experience, ideally in plant systems; be motivated to develop or expand his or her quantitative skills in evolutionary, population, and community ecology; and be eager to work independently while joining and contributing to an interactive, collaborative, and integrative lab group.
Students in the Angert Lab interact with a diverse group of researchers in the Biodiversity Research Centre as well as across campus; participate in a variety of stimulating seminars and discussion groups; and have access to excellent research facilities, including new greenhouses and growth chambers and a well-supported computing cluster.
Interested students should email Amy () a brief statement describing your research interests and background, along with a CV and unofficial transcript. Please contact Amy well ahead of the official application deadline (which is in January) to ensure that you receive full consideration for fellowships. Please see the lab website for more information.
M.Sc. opportunity in forest ecology and carbon dynamics (Posted 10/20/16)
University of Northern British Columbia is seeking a M.Sc. student to investigate above ground carbon dynamics in sub-boreal forests in British Columbia’s interior plateau. Using a combination of remotes sensing data (aerial LiDAR) and field based surveys the student will evaluate carbon sequestration and carbon stock changes at the UNBC Aleza Lake Research Forest over the past decade. Detailed plot-based carbon stock measurements and LiDAR data were initially acquired in the mid 2000’s, and acquired again in 2015. We would like to understand the stock changes over this interval, and how environmental factors influence carbon accumulation in trees at different stages of development. For more information, go here.
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.