Fellowships, Graduate Opportunities/Internships and Awards


Climate Communication Fellowship Opportunity for Graduate Students in Natural or Social Science (Posted 2/10/16)

The Doctoral Residency in Science Communication is a 12-month doctoral fellowship sponsored by the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) and the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources' McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). For more information, go here. Apply by February 15, 2016

Crater Lake National Park Science & Learning Center Student Fellowships (Posted 2/10/16)

The Crater Lake Science and Learning Center will offer up to four fellowships to support undergraduate or graduate student investigations. Each fellowship may be funded up to $4,000. For more information, go here or directly here. Apply by March 31, 2016.

The Rita Barron Fellowship (Posted 2/9/16)

The Rita Barron Fellowship is named in honor of the Charles River Watershed Association’s (CRWA) second Executive Director, who worked for fifteen years as a pioneering leader in river and watershed protection. The Fellowship provides an opportunity for a qualified candidate to work in an exciting and dynamic organization under the direction of some of the country’s leading water resources scientists. The Fellow will work closely with the science and advocacy staff of CRWA on a variety of ongoing projects and programs. Tasks are likely to include some or all of the following: working with and training volunteers; supervising and mentoring interns; conducting field work; maintaining field equipment; managing and analyzing data; performing desktop geographic analyses, producing maps and graphic presentation materials; researching, writing and editing scientific reports and grants; advocacy work; and public presentations to various audiences. For more information, go here. Apply by February 26, 2016.

Freshwater Research Fellowship at UMich Biostation (Posted 1/28/16)

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) is pleased to offer the Project CLEAR Fund Fellowship for summer 2016. For more information, go here. Apply by Friday, February 15, 2016.

Botany in Action Fellowship - Proposals due by January 15, 2016 (Posted 1/13/16)

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, PA) is currently accepting proposals for its 2016 Botany in Action Fellowship program, which fosters the development of the next generation of plant-based scientists who are committed, first, to excellent research, and second, to educational outreach. For more information, go here.

Ph.D. Fellowship in Modeling Biodiversity over Space & Time - Utah State Univ. (Posted 1/13/16)

Seeking highly qualified applicants for the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. The selected individual will develop their own research questions centered around the impacts of concurrent change in climate and anthropogenic land use on the dynamics of avian biodiversity over space and time using large, extant datasets. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of population models, community models, and RS/GIS data layers to derive spatio-temporal changes in biodiversity across landscapes. The fellowship includes tuition, health insurance, and a yearly stipend of $20k for up to four years. Desired start date is Fall Semester 2016. Competitive applicants must have experience organizing and analyzing data, presenting and publishing ecological research, working collaboratively, and have strong backgrounds in quantitative methods, computer programming, and GIS. Co-advisors Dr. David Koons and Dr. Thomas Edwards Jr. will vet one individual from those interested in the topic described above. The vetted individual will then apply and compete for one fellowship alongside individuals interested in working with other professors in our department. For the initial vetting stage, please email the following materials as a single PDF file with the subject line “Quinney PhD Fellowship” to and : (a) one paragraph cover letter describing relevant experience and professional goals, (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) GRE scores, (d) (unofficial) transcripts from undergraduate and graduate education, and (e) contact information for three professional references. Consideration of interested applicants will begin immediately and continue until February 7, 2016. Utah State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

PhD Fellowship in Avian Ecology and Conservation - Oklahoma State University

A PhD fellowship in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Oklahoma State University is available as part of the Dr. Fritz L. Knopf Doctoral Fellowship Program in Avian Conservation. The start date for this position is August 2016.

The fellowship will focus on large-scale conservation issues for bird populations and/or communities in the Great Plains region. The fellow will have the flexibility to pursue independent research interests within a broad collaborative group including Drs. Scott Loss, Craig Davis, Dwayne Elmore, Sam Fuhlendorf, and Tim O’Connell. Appropriate research topics would fall under the broad objective of bringing together diverse existing data sets to answer conservation-relevant questions related to factors that operate at landscape, regional, and/or national scales (e.g., land use practices, climate change, energy development, disturbance regimes). There will also be an opportunity to conduct collaborative side-projects and interact with other Knopf Fellows (at Iowa State University, University of Colorado Denver, and Utah State University) and to participate in, contribute to, and use data from existing field projects at OSU (examples of existing projects for the above faculty members can be seen on the NREM webpage here. The fellow will be expected to participate in grant applications, peer-reviewed and popular publications as first author and co-author, presentations at regional and national meetings, and professional organizations.

The Knopf Fellowship provides funding to support advanced training of doctoral candidates in pursuit of an illustrious career in avian ecology and conservation. The intent of this funding is to provide the candidate with the opportunity to develop the professional network and prolific record of technical and popular presentations and publications needed to develop a highly competitive young professional. The funding provides a stipend for 4 years (~$21,000 per year), tuition and fees, health insurance, and a professional development allowance to present at  conferences and for short-term research residencies in labs where other Knopf fellows are based.

QUALIFICATIONS: Fellowship selection will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by: (1) Academic and professional strengths articulated in letters of nomination, (2) Clarity of direction and commitment to avian ecology research articulated in student’s letter of interest, (3) GPA, (4) Demonstration of effective oral and written communication as demonstrated by professional presentations and/or relevant research published in refereed scientific journals; and (5) Demonstrated leadership. Applicants with extensive experience in spatial analyses (e.g., GIS) and quantitative approaches will be especially competitive. A master's degree is strongly preferred but may not be required for students with extensive independent research experience.

TO APPLY: send (to by February 26th) an application consisting of a single ZIP file that includes: (1) a statement of interest (2-page max) outlining general interests in avian ecology and specific potential research topics under this fellowship, (2) CV, (3) unofficial academic transcripts, (4) GRE Scores, and (5) contact information for 3 references that are able to write letters of nomination upon request.

2016 Timothy F. Wawrzyniec Fellowship for Geologic Research at RMBL

RMBL will be awarding $5,000 in support of geologically-oriented research conducted through RMBL in 2016 for one or more scientists working at the postdoctoral level or higher.  Scientists with an RMBL-approved research plan are eligible to apply for direct support of research.  Additionally, scientists considering working at RMBL, but who do not have an approved research plan, can request travel funds for an exploratory visit to RMBL.

Fellowship Applicants who have approved research plans, or will be submitting a new research plan, should use the general fellowship application (which will be current by Friday, Jan. 8th) found at rmbl.org/scientists.  The deadline for applying for RMBL Fellowships is Feb. 15.

For new scientists, the deadline for new research plans is Feb. 1.  You can find more information about working at RMBL here, or by contacting RMBL Science Director, Jennifer Reithel ().  

If you do not have an approved research plan but are interested in a travel grant to explore working at RMBL, by Feb. 15th please send me a copy of your resume along with a cover letter that provides a bit of information about where you are in your career,  your research interests, how RMBL could potentially fit into your research/education goals, any logistical considerations involved in working at RMBL that you would like to explore, and a budget.  You can find more information about RMBL through their website, here.  

2017 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Ohio Sea Grant is now accepting applications for 2017 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships, a federal program sponsored by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program. The program offers a unique fellowship experience to graduate students interested in marine, ocean and Great Lakes resources and the national policy decisions affecting them. For more information, go here. Ohio Sea Grant asks that all applications are submitted by February 5, 2016.

Summer fellowships for research at UVA field station

Blandy Experimental Farm has some wonderful fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs during summer 2016. For more information, go here.

2016 Gulf Research Program Fellowships Opportunity

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for its 2016 Early- Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships.

The two-year Early-Career Research Fellowships recognize tenure track faculty (or equivalent) for exceptional leadership, past performance, and potential for future contributions to improving oil system safety, human health and well-being, or environmental protection. Fellows’ areas of research may include the social and behavioral sciences, health and medicine, engineering, earth and life sciences, and relevant interdisciplinary fields.

The one-year Science Policy Fellowships place doctoral students and professionals who have received their graduate degrees in the past five years with a state environmental, natural resources, oil and gas, or public health agency, or in the regional office of a relevant federal agency in the Gulf of Mexico region. Fellows’ areas of study may include the social and behavioral sciences, health and medicine, engineering, earth and life sciences, and relevant interdisciplinary fields.

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, or to access the online application system, please go here.  Applications for both fellowships are due on February 17, 2016 at 11:59pm ET.

Graduate Fellowships and Graduate Teaching Assistant Position – Colorado State University

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

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

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

Postdoc Fellow - Community Ecology - Univ. of Arkansas

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

Postdoc Fellow - Evolutionary Ecology - Univ. of Arkansas

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

2016-17 Great Lakes Commission - Sea Grant Fellowship

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

USDA Climate Hubs Fellows Program (CFHP) Opportunity

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

Doctoral Fellowships, Environmental and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. Program, University of Louisiana Lafayette

The Department of Biology will be awarding University of Louisiana Fellowships and Louisiana Board of Regents Fellowships to Ph.D. students entering Fall 2016.  UL Fellows are funded for 3-4 years and have limited teaching responsibilities, while BoR Fellows are funded for 4 years and have no formal teaching duties.  Stipends are up to $30,000 per year (with tuition waiver). Eligibility requirements include US citizenship (or permanent residency) or degree from a US institution.  We will also have teaching and research assistantships available for incoming Ph.D. students. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors. Their contact information and research interests can be found at the departmental website and its link to our graduate programs. The Department of Biology has approximately 80 graduate students and 25 graduate faculty members conducting research on a wide variety of topics.

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

Graduate Opportunities/Internships

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Internship - Northern Arizona University (Posted 2/10/16)

Environmental Education Outreach Program  (EEOP) Student Summer Internships (SSI) Program. The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) has offered student summer internships for Native American and other college students with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). This program provides the opportunity for students to gain hands-on skills with EPA or other governmental and tribal environmental offices. For more information, go here.Application Deadline: February 29, 2016.

Summer 2016 Research & Restoration Intern - 3 positions - AK (Posted 2/10/16)

The Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF) in Soldotna, AK seeks up to three interns to work on a variety of field-based environmental projects for the summer of 2016. Work may include conducting physical and chemical water quality monitoring, eradicating invasive weeds, surveying culverts, locating new salmon streams, collecting stream temperature data, and measuring water flow. Positions are expected to consist of approximately 70% fieldwork and 30% office time. For more information, go here. Application Deadline: February 28, 2016.

NSF REU in Plant Ecology and Genomics - Portland State University (Posted 2/10/16)

The Cruzan Lab at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon is looking for two enthusiastic students interested in enhancing their research skills and experience in plant ecology, genomics, and bioinformatics. For more information, go here. Application deadline is 29 February 2016. 

Earth Lab Postdocs (7) - University of Colorado-Boulder (Posted 2/10/16)

Earth Lab at the University of Colorado-Boulder seeks 7 Post-Doctoral Research Scholars in the areas of Fire, Forest Health, Decision and Risk Analysis, Erosion, Permafrost in a Warming Climate, Data Harmonization, and Extremes and Threshold Behaviors in Coupled Natural and Social Systems. For more information, go here. Deadline extended to 2/18/16.

Research Staff Openings (Darrin Fresh Water Institute) - NY (Posted 2/10/16)

The Darrin Fresh Water Institute is seeking research staff at various levels in Lake George, NY. For more information, go here.

2016 Summer Internship - Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (Posted 2/9/16)

Interns will work closely with Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP) staff and
volunteers. Learning opportunities abound, and vary from day to day. All interns are
encouraged to participate in, and later assist with, VLMP volunteer training
workshops. Workshops cover a variety of topics including water quality monitoring,
screening waterbodies for invasive aquatic plants, volunteer leadership, and more. For more information, go here. Apply by April 1,2 016

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stream Microbial Ecology - Loyola Univ. Chicago (Posted 2/9/16)

Loyola University Chicago (LUC), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral associate, with expertise in the area of stream microbial ecology. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. For more information, go here.

Summer 2016 REU in Climate Change Impacts in Semi-Arid Regions at UT-Austin (Posted 2/9/16)

The University of Texas Environmental Science Institute 2016 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Climate Change Impacts in Semi-Arid Regions. For more information, go here. Apply by February 17, 2016.

Forest Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling Assistantship - Univ. of Idaho (Posted 2/9/16)

Dr. Tara Hudiburg is seeking a PhD student to join her Ecosystem Modeling lab at the University of Idaho in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences. The student will assist in ecosystem modeling and field research focused on how disturbance and climate affect carbon, water, and nutrient balance in Northern Rocky Mountain forests.  The student will be expected to oversee and help install field plots with automated equipment for measurement of sap flow, soil respiration, net primary production, and solar power systems. Field experience with ecosystem measurements is required.

Previous ecosystem modeling experience is not required, however applicants should have spatial analysis skills, quantitative skills, be willing to learn at least one programming language (such as R), and have interest in modeling forest ecosystem processes. Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively are essential. Completed MS degree with a publication history is strongly preferred.

Graduate research assistant funding is available for 4 years starting in May 2016 (preferred) or August 2016 (stipend ~$21,000 per annum w/ paid tuition and health insurance). The university is an AA/EEO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

For more information, contact Tara Hudiburg (). To apply please email Tara Hudiburg () a cover letter describing your research interests, goals and relevant experience, a complete CV, college transcripts, GRE scores and contact information of three references.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. After the selection, the successful candidate will apply to be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies of the University of Idaho; detailed information about the application procedure for national and foreign students is available online.

Research Biologist and Instructor - IL (Posted 2/9/16)

The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois is seeking candidates for a full time research and teaching position focusing on freshwater ecology in the Great Lakes region. For more information, go here. ID: 1027. Review begins February 19, 2016.

Researcher 5: Landscape Ecologist - Univ. of Minnesoat Duluth (Posted 2/9/16)

Candidates are invited to apply for a postdoctoral position in Landscape Ecology at the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) affiliated with the University of Minnesota Duluth. For more information, go here. Search Job ID: 306660

"The Value of Snow": Summer Research Experiences in Drought Resiliency and Natural Resources Issues in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin Region
(Posted 2/8/16)

The Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Research, facilitating student involvement in environmental research and education at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Great Basin Institute, an environmental research, education and conservation organization, invite applications for the summer 2016 REU program. Students will explore the intersections of socioeconomic and natural sciences in relation to drought resiliency in the Tahoe, Sierra Nevada and Great Basin Regions, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. For more information, go here. Apply by March 18, 2016.

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Stream Ecology (Posted 2/8/16)

Candidates are invited to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in stream ecology at North Carolina State University (NCSU).  The postdoctoral scholar will have the opportunity to work on a project studying the causes and consequences of Didymosphenia geminata blooms in rivers with Dr. Brad Taylor.  The position will require conducting fieldwork in the mountains of western North Carolina and/or at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in western Colorado.  Experience in one or more of the following areas is desired: nutrient cycling, organic matter dynamics, food webs, disease ecology, ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, algal-nutrient interactions, or modeling.  The postdoctoral scholar will have opportunities to interact with a vibrant group of ecologists at NCSU, other institutions in the Research Triangle, and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.  

The position is for one year with the possibility for up to two more years.  Review of applications will begin on 1 March 2016 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The target start date is flexible but preferably 1 May 2016.

Applicants: Apply here. Under keywords enter “PG150323PD”. A complete CV, contact information for 3-4 references, and a two-page statement of research and career interests.  Position will remain open until filled; applicant review will begin 1 March 2016.

Call for applications: 2016 Research Grants and Undergraduate Internships at the Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station (Posted 2/8/16)

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station in Rensselaerville, NY (approximately 30 miles southwest of Albany, NY) is pleased to announce several research opportunities for summer 2016.

Open to researchers at all stages of their careers, are our Huyck Research Grants. Huyck Research Grants support work in basic and applied ecology, conservation biology, taxonomy, animal behavior, evolution, geology, land use history, and other areas of natural science. Typical grant awards are for $2000, but can be as much as $3500 for projects that involve extended residencies. Applications for the 2016 Huyck Research Grant program are
due Friday, March 11. For more information on Huyck Research Grants and how to apply, please visit their website, here.

Undergraduate students interested in the natural sciences are encouraged to apply to our Odum Internship in Field Ecology. This 8-week internship pairs students with the Preserve’s Summer Research Fellow, Dr. Jerad Mellard, for original field-based research. Students typically engage in a small independent projects and are expected to collect and analyze data and to present their results at the Preserve’s Annual Science Symposium. This is an unpaid internship though housing is provided. Applications for the 2016 Odum Internship are due Friday, March 11. More information about the internship and application instructions can be found on the Huyck Preserve website, here.

Information on our Summer Research Fellow, Dr. Mellard, on his website, here. Please address inquiries about research opportunities at the Huyck Preserve to the Executive Director, Dawn O’Neal ().

PhD position in tourism analytics (climate change impacts; Big Data analytics) at the University of Florida (Posted 2/8/16)

Looking for a motivated, quantitatively proficient student to work on analysis of (1) climate change impacts and (2) user-generated content (blogs, photographs, mass media) in relation to tourism. Strong preference will be given to students with quantitative skills such as computer programming, web analytics, Big Data analytics, statistics, and/or GIS. Finding includes a nine-month Research Assistantship with tuition waver. Interested students please send Dr. Andrei Kirilenko the following: (1) statement of research interests (2) CV, and (3) contact information for three potential references. Suitable candidates then will be asked to submit an online application for graduate studies. For details, go here.

Ph.D. Position (U. Maryland): Food and the Environment (Posted 2/8/16)

The Zhang Lab at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking a motived Ph.D. student interested in investigating the interactions between food production and global environmental change with data-driven approaches. The student would have the opportunity to design his/her own topic of investigation related to food security, agricultural production, climate change, and/or global nitrogen and carbon cycles. In addition, the student will be able to work closely with modeling development groups at Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton and Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) in France. For more information, go here.

MSc or PhD opportunity: Climate effects on tree growth across a moisture-limited forest landscape (Posted 2/8/16)

Seeking a motivated individual with interests in forest dynamics and forest-climate interactions for an MSc or PhD project at the University of Regina investigating tree growth across a semi-arid "island" forest landscape in the Canadian prairies. Tree growth has a strong bearing on the structure, biomass, and carbon balance of forests. Relationships between growth and water availability are critical to understanding how increasing aridity may threaten the long-term persistence of forest cover near the prairie-forest ecotone in western Canada, potentially leading to the loss of ecosystem services provided by forests in this region. The successful candidate will use dendrochronological techniques to reconstruct recent growth history across Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, and use the resulting data to derive predictive relationships between growth and water availability for several tree species. The position will be hosted at the Department of Biology and the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative at the University of Regina, working under the supervision of Dr. Mark Vanderwel  and Dr. Dave Sauchyn.

Applicants should have a minimum of a BSc and strong academic record in biology or a related field, with a keen interest in forest ecology and climate change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems. Experience with field work and good quantitative skills would be major assets. Preferred start date is May 2016. To apply, please send a cover letter describing research interests, a CV, unofficial academic transcripts, and contact information for 2 references by e-mail to and . Review of applications will begin on February 29 and will continue until the position is filled.

Research Internships in Wetland Plant Ecology (Posted 2/8/16)

Beginning March 2016 - Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School

Includes independent research project. Provides Weekly stipend, Room, and Food stipend.

Interns will work in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth (Betsey) Boughton, which emphasizes applied ecology, community ecology, and disturbance ecology (grazing, fire, flooding). They work in plant communities in wetlands, wet prairies, and grasslands embedded in low and high intensity ranchland in the context of the Northern Everglades. 

Long-term studies on wetland restoration, fire management, and wetland management manipulating grazing and fire provide outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies. Additional information can be found at their website here.

Interns receive room, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. The intern will work 20 hours per week as a research assistant and the remainder on an independent research project. Internships generally run for 6-12 months but are flexible in their starting dates and durations. Internships offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations.

Interns must be able to tolerate living on a remote cattle ranch and provide their own transportation for personal activities. MAERC is a division of Archbold Biological Station with eight permanent staff, located 11 miles away from the main field station. MAERC is operated as a commercial cattle ranch which serves as a research platform to investigate ecological and environmental challenges on working landscapes.

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 biological station atmosphere.

To apply for an internship in the agro-ecology lab, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a description of previous research experience, a resume or CV, and two references by 22 Feb 2016.  Please EMAIL applications to: Elizabeth (Betsey) Boughton, , Phone: 863-699-0242 ext 2.

Postdoctoral Associate: Quantitative Ecologist/Applied Statistician (Posted 2/8/16)

The Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Associate, Quantitative Ecologist/Applied Statistician. Review of applicants will begin February 29, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, click here.

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

An Environmental Science MS opportunity is available with the Felix Research Group in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.  The group’s research focuses on using stable isotope techniques to investigate the sources, transport, and fate of reactive nitrogen and volatile organic compounds in the environment.  The group’s research across various earth systems provides a unique research experience that balances fieldwork with sample processing, sample analysis and development of novel stable
isotope analysis techniques.

The potential MS student’s research will use stable isotope techniques to investigate ammonia (NH3) emission sources in a South Texas coastal urban air shed, Corpus Christi, TX, U.S.A. NH4+ has been documented in the Corpus Christi air shed as a significant contributor to PM2.5 and although the area is currently within the 3-year PM2.5 attainment rule, there is a reported increasing PM2.5 trend in this region.  PM2.5 attainment strategies for urban areas will rely on knowledge of NH3 sources and NH3 atmospheric chemistry and data provided by this study will provide urban stakeholders with potential avenues of NH3 emission mitigation.

Potential students should be highly self-motivated and have a strong background in chemistry with extensive laboratory experience.  The project relies heavily on stable isotope techniques so experience with these techniques is desired but not necessary. MS students would matriculate through the Environmental Science MS program. Interested candidates should contact Dr. J. David Felix () and provide a short statement of interest and CV.  More information about the Felix Research Group and potential research can be found here.

Information about the TAMU-CC isotope core facility can be found here.

Postdoctoral Position in Plant Oomycete Pathogen interactions at Oregon State University (Posted 2/3/16)

A postdoctoral scholar position to apply genomic approaches to understanding the ecology and evolution of oomycete pathogens and their plant hosts is open in the laboratory of Drs. Andy Jones, Nik Grunwald, and Brett Tyler at Oregon State University. For more information, go here. Review of applications will begin February 21 and will continue until the position is filled.

MS Assistantship in Darter Ecology and Conservation (Posted 2/3/16)

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA has a MS Assistantship in Darter Ecology and Conservation. Work with advisor to design and conduct studies on habitat occupancy and suitability, demographic trends, life history, and population genetics of Candy Darter (Etheostoma osburni: Percidae) in Virginia. Assist advisor and other graduate students in ongoing field studies of stream-fish ecology and conservation. Conduct laboratory work, analyze data, write reports, and prepare scientific manuscripts related to the studies mentioned above. Complete relevant coursework and other requirements pursuant to an MS degree. Form ore information, go here.

PhD student position at Virginia Tech in Fisheries Population Dynamics and Conservation (Posted 2/3/16)

The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA has one PhD Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship available as soon as a suitable candidate is found in fisheries population dynamics and conservation. Graduate research will focus on analyzing large databases to detect spatial issues and incorporating spatial dynamics into population dynamics and stock assessment. The most qualified applicant will have a strong quantitative background, strong interest in fisheries population dynamics and simulation modeling. Duties will include proposal writing, managing and analyzing large datasets, mentoring undergraduate students, coordinating with other investigators, and preparing reports and presentations for scientific audiences. Applicants must have an MS in Fisheries, Biology, or similar area for entrance into the program. For more information, go here.

Graduate student position in stream fish ecology: University of Wyoming (Posted 2/3/16)

Opening for a graduate student interested in stream fish ecology. Potential topics include the role of temperature versus other factors in limiting the upstream distribution of warmwater fishes in Rocky Mountain streams; potential responses of stream fishes to climate change including increased nighttime warming; and the effects of thermal microhabitats on larval fish ecology. Student will have flexibility to develop their own project ideas within this framework.For more information, go here.

MS and PhD opportunities in ecology at Wright State (Posted 2/3/16)

Seeking one MS student and one PhD student to join Dr. Katie Hossler laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State University. The general research focus of my lab is anthropogenic impacts on biogeochemical cycling at the aquatic-terrestrial interface,particularly within wetland ecosystems. Potential research areas include production/export of dissolved organic matter in created and natural wetlands and impacts of artificial lighting at night on carbon and nutrient cycling across aquatic-terrestrial boundaries; however, the focus of the dissertation research is negotiable.

Funding is available through a combination of graduate research and teaching assistantships, and the student may start as early as Fall semester 2016. For the MS, the student will be enrolled in Wright State's Masters of Science Program in Biological Sciences. For the PhD, the student will be enrolled in Wright State’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences PhD program.

Qualifications include: Bachelors degree in Biology, Ecology, or related discipline; GRE scores within the last 5 y; minimum GPA of 3.0; minimum IBT TOEFL score of 100 and ability to pass a verbal English test (foreign students only). Preferred qualifications include: Masters degree or equivalent experience (for the PhD student); interest and/or experience in field and laboratory research; strong written and oral
communication skills; strong quantitative skills.

If interested, please send (1) a letter of intent describing your research interests and relevant work/educational experience, (2) curriculum vitae or resume, (3) university transcripts, and (4) GRE scores (unofficial copies ok for transcripts and GRE scores) to Dr. Katie Hossler at .

Undergraduate Student Positions - Summer Field Season - University of Colorado (Posted 1/28/16)

The Johnson Laboratory at the University of Colorado is actively seeking applications for undergraduate student positions for this summer field season. We are looking for independent, self-motivated undergraduate students who are passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology and conservation. Currently we are exploring the following project:

1. Global change and aquatic ecosystems: In collaboration with the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, this project is focused on lakes and reservoirs along the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Broadly, we are working to understand the short and long-term effects of climate change, nitrogen deposition and invasive species on biological interactions within these systems.

Check out the following websites:
To apply for undergraduate research experience send an application package that should include (i) a cover letter that states the project you are most interested in, previous professional experiences, and why you would like to work for the Johnson Laboratory (ii) a current CV (iii) and (iiii) and potential start date.  Please send compile the application package into a PDF (one document) and email to with the undergraduate summer research in the subject line.

MS Position: linking long-term lake geochemistry with climate change - University of Maine, Orono, ME (Posted 1/28/16)

The University of Maine’s program in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (EES) invites applications for a full-time M.S. student beginning in August 2016. The position will be funded as a half time research assistantship plus half time teaching assistantship, with a 12-month stipend that is eligible for annual renewal based on satisfactory progress. A tuition waiver and portion of health insurance are included.

Teaching involves working with EES faculty in introductory-level courses in our undergraduate major. Research will focus on sets of lakes that have been monitored long-term (many since the early 1980s) as part of US EPA’s LTM Network (http://www.epa.gov/airmarkets/monitoring-surface-water-chemistry) that is evaluating response of surface waters to changes in atmospheric deposition, and more recently, climate and other anthropogenic change. The successful applicant will work with the existing long-term data, coordinate with climate information, and be responsible for ongoing field sampling for Maine LTM lakes, with opportunities to expand data collection based on student interests.

Qualifications: To be eligible for consideration, students must be accepted to Ecology and Environmental Sciences program at the University of Maine as a full-time student, with approval of the UMaine PI, Dr. Sarah Nelson. Students should have an excellent academic record including ecology, limnology and/or geochemistry, strong statistical training, and interest in and ability to perform fieldwork, often at remote sites.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should review the application procedure described on the EES webpage here. Contact Dr. Nelson, the faculty advisor for this position, to discuss your academic and professional background and research interests at

Closing Date: Until Filled.

PhD Global change ecology in grasslands (Posted 1/28/16)

The MacDougall lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph is currently recruiting Ph.D. students to join the lab in Fall 2016- spring/summer 2017.

Lab details can be found here.

Lab tests impacts of anthropogenic environmental change on the diversity and function of temperate grasslands. We work at several trophic levels (plant, insect, vertebrate) and spatial resolutions (local to global), integrating experimental and statistical approaches that test fundamental theory and its application to management.

The exact research topics for potential students are flexible.

Applicants should apply to , sending your CV, marks, and a brief description of research interests. Admission guidelines can be found here.

Grad student positions in Plant Ecology - Mississippi State Univ. (Posted 1/28/16)

Seeking graduate students with an interest in plant ecology to begin work in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017.  Specific areas of interest for these positions include: influence of land cover and land cover change on plant species distributions; abiotic factors influencing distributions of plant species; multi-scale factors influencing plant species assemblage composition. More information about my lab and research interests can be found here..

Preference will be given to students with experience or training in GIS, statistics, and/or plant ecology (including taxonomy of the US flora). Previous research experience and demonstrated writing skills are strongly preferred.

Funding for the position will take the form of a nine-month Teaching Assistantship, which includes a monthly stipend and waiver of all out-of-state and 71% of in-state tuition and fees.  The Department of Biological Sciences also has a limited number of competitive stipend enhancements, in addition to travel awards to assist with pre-admission campus visits.

Interested students should send the following to Dr. Gary Ervin: (1) statement of research interests and compatibility with the above areas of research, (2) CV (including GRE percentile scores), and (3) contact
information for three potential references.  Suitable candidates then will be asked to provide at least one research-based writing sample and to submit an online application for graduate studies.

Cary Institute REU Program in Translational Ecology - Summer 2016 (Posted 1/28/16)

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York has an REU Program in Translational Ecology for Undergraduates. For more information, go here. Application deadline is February 5, 2016.

Opportunity for MS Degree focusing on forest science and information management with the Andrews LTER (Posted 1/28/16)

The HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and  Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site has funding for a student to pursue a Master’s Degree focusing on Information Management in the Forest Ecosystems and Society Department, starting by Fall 2016.  The ideal student would have a mix of interests in ecology, natural resources and computer science and be interested in using tools such as MatLab, Python, R, SQL Server and other SQL solutions.

The thesis project would involve analysis, modelling, or visualization of long-term data to address an ecological question of interest to the student and the LTER. This would be an ideal opportunity for someone wanting to learn how to evaluate and manage extensive long-term, short-term, and streaming data and to work with information managers and scientists from a variety of disciplines.  While there will be some opportunities to gain field experience during the course of the Master’s program, the thesis will not involve collecting new field data as a major component.  Those interested in this opportunity are strongly encouraged to visit the Andrews Forest webpage to become familiar with the program and the types of long-term datasets available, and the Forest Ecosystems and Society webpage
for information on the graduate program.
To be considered, please submit your CV and a letter detailing your pertinent experience and interests (the letter should reflect basic understanding of the Andrews LTER and the scope of this particular graduate opportunity) to Mark Schulze  () by February 19th. Serious candidates must be prepared to complete an application for admission to the Forest Ecosystems and Society graduate program by March 4th, if requested.  For more information, please contact Mark Schulze, Andrews Forest Director or Sherri Johnson, USFS Team Lead, Andrews Experimental Forest ().

Post-doctoral Researcher in Soil Microbial Ecology & Biogeochemistry (Posted 1/28/16)

post-doctoral position is now available in the Ecology Center and the Department of Biology at Utah State University, Logan, UT. The successful candidate will contribute to a project examining how soil microbial growth efficiencies are influenced by drought in agroecosystems. Minimum qualifications include: a PhD in biogeochemistry, soil science, microbial ecology, or a related field; good quantitative skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; evidence of research productivity, demonstrated by publications in quality peer-reviewed journals; and the ability to work closely with others and independently at field sites. Additional background in analytical chemistry and stable isotope techniques is preferred. For more information and to apply, send a CV and list of three references to John Stark ().

Graduate assistantships in Soil Microbial Ecology & Biogeochemistry - Utah State Univ. (Posted 1/28/16)

Two PhD and one MS graduate student assistantships are available in the Ecology Center and the Department of Biology at Utah State University, Logan, UT, beginning summer or fall 2016, as part of a USDA-AFRI project examining how soil microbial growth efficiencies (MGE) are influenced by drought in rangeland and agro-ecosystems. Soil microbial growth efficiency (aka carbon-use efficiency) is a key variable regulating greenhouse gas emissions from soil, as well as rates of carbon and nutrient sequestration and release. Biogeochemical models are extremely sensitive to variation in MGE, yet we have a poor understanding of ho environmental variables influence MGE. This project will utilize stable isotope techniques to examine how variation in soil moisture regulates MGE in sagebrush steppe, irrigated pasture, and conventional and organic cropland ecosystems.

The ideal applicant will have: background in soil science, microbial or plant ecology, biogeochemistry, or a related area; good chemistry and quantitative skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; and the ability to work closely with others and independently at field sites. Interested individuals should send a CV to John Stark (), Department of Biology, Utah State University, Logan, UT.

PhD position at Michigan Tech - Nitrogen Fixation and Denitrification in Streams (Posted 1/13/16)

A PhD position is available with Dr. Amy Marcarelli at Michigan Technological University to join a 5-year, NSF-funded study of the balance between nitrogen fixation and denitrification in streams and rivers across the United States. For more information, go here.

MSc opportunity - EAB effects on soil in black ash wetlands - Univ. of Minnesota (Posted 1/13/16)

The University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources is seeking a M.Sc. graduate student to participate in a research project examining the effects of simulated emerald ash borer (EAB) mortality and mitigation strategies on soil carbon and nutrient cycling in black ash wetlands in the upper Midwest.  EAB is a nonnative insect that has caused extensive mortality of ash species since its introduction to North America.  The effect of EAB mortality in black ash wetlands is expected to cause dramatic changes in ecosystem functions because ash is a dominant component of the forest structure.

The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Minnesota, the USDA Forest Service-Northern Research Station, the University of Vermont, and Michigan Tech who are evaluating the ecological impacts of EAB and alternative silvicultural treatments for mitigation. Within the larger project, the student will provide an assessment of carbon and nutrient cycling changes that will occur following EAB mortality and mitigation practices.  Research will involve summer field work at project sites in northern Minnesota and northern Michigan, and will utilize a mix of field and lab experimental approaches.  The student will be responsible for conducting field and lab work in support of project goals, analyzing data, and preparing peer-reviewed publications.

The start date is somewhat flexible, but preferably the student will begin field work in Summer 2016 with classes beginning the following fall at UMN Twin Cities.  There are two guaranteed years of funding for this position to cover stipend (~ $21,000 annually), tuition waiver, and health insurance with additional support likely from teaching and research assistantships.
Qualifications: B.Sc. in forest/wetland soils, forest/wetland management, forest/wetland ecology, or a closely related field.  
Applicants must be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers working on the larger project. Knowledge of soil sampling and processing, analytical techniques, and laboratory methods is desired. Applicants should have a strong work and leadership ethic, and demonstrated writing / quantitative capabilities.

Interested candidates should submit their CV, undergraduate transcripts and GRE scores, and a cover letter. Deadline for receiving applications is February 15, 2016.

For more information please contact either: Dr. Rob Slesak (, 651-603-6756) or, Dr. Randy Kolka (, 218-301-6564)

REU opportunities studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Louisiana salt marshes and coastal environments (Posted 1/13/16)

Two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions are available at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) for the summer of 2016. The REU students will design and conduct studies that contribute to the larger Coastal Waters Consortium collaborative effort studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Louisiana salt marshes and coastal environments. For more information, go here.

Postdoc opening in grassland community assembly and restoration- Michigan State University (Posted 1/13/16)

A postdoctoral position is available with Lars Brudvig’s research group at Michigan State University to help lead an NSF-funded project investigating the assembly and restoration of prairie grassland plant communities.  Central goals of this project are to: 1) Understand how spatially- and temporally- variable environmental conditions related to soils and drought affect grassland community assembly and 2) Apply these findings and related community assembly theory to interpret variation in grassland restoration outcomes. For more information, go here. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until 31 January 2016, or when a suitable candidate is selected.

Summer Research Program for Undergraduates- Harvard Forest (Posted 1/13/16)

Harvard Forest seeks a diverse group of students from a variety of undergraduate programs across the country. Summer Projects focus on:

- Wildlife Dynamics & Invasive Species
- Computer Science Solutions for Big Data -Atmosphere-Biosphere Exchanges -Paleoecology -Conservation Management -Forest Ecosystem Response to Global Change -Biodiversity

Students are paid a stipend of $5,775 for the 11-week session (May 23 to August 6). Excellent on-site housing and a full meal plan are included as part of the program. Assistance with travel costs to and from Harvard Forest is also provided. For more information, go here.

Deadline for Applications is February 5, 2016.

Summer REU Internships at SERC (Posted 1/13/16)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate 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 sciences. For more information, go here. Summer (May-August) Deadline is February 1, 2016.

Graduate assistantship in river ecology (Posted 1/13/16)

A graduate research assistantship is available to work with Dr. Lisa Kunza at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD. The selected student will work on modeling ecosystem metabolism of the Kootenai River in Montana, Idaho, and Canada.  Prior kayak and/or rafting experience would be advantageous.  The project will have a laboratory component in Rapid City, SD and field component in Libby, MT, which is near Glacier National Park.  Both the Kootenai River, MT and Rapid Creek, SD contain nuisance mats of Didymosphenia geminata, and a PhD student would be able to design experiments in both of the ecosystems to build upon the work of current graduate students. Interested students should e-mail an interest statement, C.V., and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Lisa Kunza, . An application will need to follow to the M.S. or Ph.D. program in Atmospheric and Environmental Science at SDSMT for fall 2016. For more information about graduate school at SDSMT and links for applying,  please examine the graduate school’s webpage, here.

Applications will be reviewed starting January 31, 2016 and will continue until position is filled.

Master's Program in Biology at Western Washington Univ (Posted 1/13/16)

The Biology Department at Western Washington University has openings for graduate students starting Fall 2016.  Faculty members in the department offer a wide range of expertise, from molecular biology to ecology. Graduate students are eligible for teaching assistantships, which fund the majority of tuition and provide a stipend of $12,116 per year. WWU is located in Bellingham, WA, a coastal city north of Seattle at the base of Mt. Baker in the northwestern part of the state. More information can be found at here or by contacting Dr. Ben Miner, Graduate Program Advisor, at  benjamin.miner at wwu.edu

Summer REU Internship - Chicago Botanic Garden (Posted 1/13/16)

This summer the Chicago Botanic Garden and affiliated institutions will host 10 REU interns (Research Experience for Undergraduates) with the theme of plant biology and conservation, spanning genomics to ecosystem levels of inquiry. Projects range from restorations, seed biology, genomics, phylogenetics, soil fungal communities, plant reproduction and community ecology. Students will gain both laboratory and field experience in addition to professional development opportunities. They'd like your help spreading the word to exceptional undergraduates who are excited about scientific inquiry and research.

Their program website has information on program background, application process, and contact information. Participants should be U.S. citizens who will be enrolled as undergraduates in fall 2016. They will receive a stipend of $5,000  in addition to assistance travelling to Chicago. Room and board is provided at University Center downtown. The application deadline is February 1st , 2016 and the 10- week program starts June 13th, 2016. We encourage applications from students at non-PhD granting universities and minorities that are under- represented in biological fields.

Students can find more information and apply here, and questions can be directed to .

Graduate student opportunity in modeling forest disturbances at the University of Idaho (Posted 1/13/16)

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 mechanistic 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 to Dr. Jeffrey Hicke ().  Inquiries via email or phone (208-885-6240) are welcome.

Graduate Research Assistantship (PhD) in Remote Sensing Ecosystem Science (Posted 1/12/16)

The Department of Geosciences at Boise State University currently has an open graduate research assistantship (GRA) starting summer or fall 2016 to study the response of northern peatland ecosystems to increased temperature and elevated atmospheric CO2 with remote sensing. For more information, go here.

MS and PhD Research Assistantships in Environment and Society at Utah State University (Posted 1/12/16)

The Department of Environment and Society and the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University have two exciting research assistantships available beginning summer 2016. 

The first assistantship is open to students interested in pursuing a MS in Environment and Society, Geography or Recreation Resource Management. For more information, go here.

The second assistantship is open to students interested in pursuing a PhD in Environment and Society and serving as the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism’s Communication Lead. For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecosystem Modeling, Boise State University (Posted 1/12/16)

Professors Alejandro (Lejo) Flores and Nancy Glenn in the Geosciences Department at Boise State University, are seeking a qualified and enthusiastic scientist-colleague for a postdoctoral position in dynamic ecosystem modeling of sagebrush-steppe ecosystems. For more information, go here. Applications are now being accepted and the position will close when filled.

Postdoc opening: Grassland Ecologist (Posted 1/12/16)

The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to study the community ecology of South Texas grasslands that have been disrupted by woody plant removal and introduction of exotic grasses (e.g. buffel grass and guinea grass).  While the position is based at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, and appointed in the Department of Integrative Biology, UT Austin, the job will involve substantial field work most weeks at several remote study sites in South Texas in a ranching and wildlife management environment and culture. For more information, go here.  Application reviews will begin late January, 2016 and the successful candidate is expected to begin by March 2016.

Post-doc Position in Aquatic Ecology and Hydrology - Univ. of Alberta

The University of Alberta, Department of Biological Sciences seeks a motivated post-doctoral fellow to join a multi-disciplinary effort exploring the effects of recent, large scale fires on aquatic ecosystems in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The position will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Suzanne Tank in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more information, go here.

MS in Environmental Science & Policy and Graduate Research Assistantships - Plymouth State Univ.

Plymouth State University (PSU), Plymouth, NH, is inviting applications for its MS program in Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P). They offer expertise in areas of watershed ecosystems, hydrology, climate change, ecological economics, landscape ecology, and land use planning. Our curriculum emphasizes the relationships between science and policy, decision making for social and ecological sustainability and resilience, and science communication. Students in the program often collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and 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.

Students accepted to PSU’s MS in ESP may be eligible for graduate assistantships (GA) with PSU’s Center for the Environment. For academic year 2016-17, we anticipate GAs in the following areas:
1)  Limnology and paleolimnology research projects on several lakes in Northern New Hampshire and Maine.  
2)  Phenology research on alpine and woodland flowering plants in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
3)  Analysis of long-term environmental data sets.
4)  Water chemistry dynamics and laboratory analysis.
Assistantships are available only to full-time students enrolled in the MS program in Environmental Science and Policy and typically provide a stipend of $8,000 and 15 credits of tuition per year. Applications to the MS in ES&P are submitted to PSU’s Graduate Studies. For more information, please go here and here or contact Associate Director of the Center for the Environment and MS ES&P Program Coordinator June Hammond Rowan ().

Coastal Change PhD position

A PhD graduate assistantship is available in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Sciences in association with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA), beginning fall of 2016, to conduct research on coastal change.  The Academy of Natural Sciences is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research.  Drexel University is a private urban university, with strengths in experiential education, global issues, and technology. The BEES department has strengths in systematics, ecology, evolution, and environmental biogeochemistry, and is currently hiring several new geoscience faculty members.  The university is located in Philadelphia, in the freshwater tidal portion of the Delaware River, and maintains shared field stations in Barnegat Bay, NJ, and at Lake Lacawac in the Poconos.  The BEES department maintains a fleet of boats, field research equipment (e.g., RTK-enabled GPS units and other surveying equipment, equipment for measuring water level and flow) and comprehensive laboratory instrumentation.
The candidate’s research interests should include global environmental change impacts on coastal wetlands, seagrass beds, mangrove forests, coral reefs, or coastal adaptation to climate change.  Candidates who are motivated to learn and apply techniques from biogeoinformatics or GIScience are especially encouraged, as are applicants with some experience or interest in sedimentary analysis, biogeochemistry, paleoecology, or geomorphology.
To be eligible for the Ph.D. program, students must meet Drexel graduate admission requirements.  The deadline for graduate applications is rolling but early submission (before 1 February) is highly encouraged.  Interested applicants should contact Dr. Elizabeth Watson at , visit the department website here and review requirements for admission, here.

Graduate Student Research Assistantships - Aquatic Ecology

The Resetarits Lab at The University of Mississippi currently has openings for highly qualified PhD. students as Doherty Research Assistants in Freshwater Biology. For more information, go here.

Graduate Research Assistantships Coastal and Estuarine Wetlands

Seeking individuals with experience in tidal wetlands, coastal habitats, wetland ecology, or soil-environmental science to study salt marshes and shallow subtidal estuarine ecosystems of the glaciated northeast. Their focus is on mapping intertidal and subtidal ecosystems, investigating the change in distribution of these systems as a result of global change, understanding effects of sea level rise on ecosystem and soil dynamics, developing ecological site descriptions, and assessing soil-landscape based management strategies to combat salt marsh loss from sea-level rise. Applicants should be available to start by June 1, 2016 and have an excellent academic record, work ethic, quantitative skills, as well as be physically fit and capable of field work wetlands. Please send CV, college transcripts, and statement of interest to: Dr. Mark Stolt, Department of Natural Resources Science, One Greenhouse Road, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 02881, phone 401-874-2915, fax 401-874-4561, URIs Department of Natural Resources Science conducts research in wetland and watershed science, GIS, wildlife and environmental management, soil ecology, and soil-environmental science.

MS and PhD Research Assistantships - National Wetlands Condition Assessment - Univ. of Florida

Two 4-year PhD and one 2-year MS graduate student assistantships are available as part of an EPA-funded project to asses the status of wetlands across the United States. Beginning in 2016, the H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands at the University of Florida will be implementing Florida's participation in the National Wetlands Condition Assessment (NWCA), a collaborative survey of our nation's wetlands. The NWCA examines the chemical, physical and biological integrity of wetlands through a set of commonly used and widely accepted indicators.

Graduate assistants hired through this program will participate in intensive field monitoring to assess the ecological integrity of 63 wetlands across the state of Florida. Students will receive training in field data collection and analysis techniques from the EPA and from UF faculty and project staff. Fieldwork will begin in May 2016 will include multi-day travel, long field days, and challenging conditions (heat, insects, strenuous physical conditions). Applicants must be available for the full first field season beginning May 1, 2016, and attendance at EPA-led training on March 29-April 1, 2016 is strongly encouraged.

Ideal applicants will have a strong background in wetland ecology, hydrology, soil science, and/or biology (bachelor's or master's degree), excellent written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated potential to conduct intensive, field-based research both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Experience in science communication is a plus.

Students will be encouraged to use the field data collected, as well as a large database of previously collected NWCA data, to motivate their own research, but will also have the flexibility to pursue relevant and complementary topics with guidance from their major advisor.

Assistantships include stipend, tuition, and benefits. Interested applicants should email one of the three PIs listed below with a copy of their CV and a brief statement (<500 words) outlining their interests, suitability, and availability for the assistantship.

Contact information:
David Kaplan (Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences; H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands/Watershed Ecology Lab);

Matthew Cohen (School of Forest Resources and Conservation);

Todd Osborne (Soil and Water Sciences Department, Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience);

Graduate opportunities in ecosystem ecology - Washington State University

Graduate opportunities are available in the area of ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and stable isotope ecology. The project examines emission sources and impacts on alpine and subalpine ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest.  This is a collaborative project with scientists from the National Park Service and the possibility exists for field work in Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier National Parks.  The successful applicants must be capable of field work for extended periods.  Support is initially provided by internal assistantships and graduate endowments in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University. Successful applicants will join a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary group with the opportunity to focus on carbon and nitrogen dynamics as well as the integration of biophysical sciences with policy.  The WSU Stable Isotope Core Facility is also a state-of-the-art research facility with five mass spectrometers and supporting equipment.   Washington State University is a land grant, comprehensive research institution with an enrollment of about 30,000 students with state-of-the-art facilities in ecology.  The University is one of the largest residential universities in the West and is in close proximity to both the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Range.  Pullman and nearby Moscow provide a friendly, small-town living environment. Collaborations also exist with ecologists at the University of Idaho, which is a land grant research university located eight miles away.  For further information please contact Prof. R. Dave Evans () in the School of Biological Sciences

Graduate opportunities in urban ecology and ecosystem services - Univ. of Maryland

Seeking two graduate students to start Fall 2016 to work on questions in urban ecosystem ecology, green infrastructure, and urban ecosystem service assessment at the University of Maryland. For more information, go here.

MS position in Plant Ecology

The Department of Biology at John Carroll University is accepting applications for funded teaching assistantships in various areas of Biology at the master's level. The Drenovsky research lab anticipates one opening beginning in fall of 2016.  Funding includes a full tuition waiver and competitive stipend.  Members of the Drenovsky lab ask questions at the plant-soil interface, as related to the mineral nutrition and ecology of plants growing on unique soil types (e.g., serpentine and gypsum soils), whole plant nutrient resorption and storage, and plant functional traits related to plant invasiveness. Recent publications from the Drenovsky lab can be found on Dr. Drenovsky’s professional website.

How to Apply: If you are interested in applying, please contact Rebecca Drenovsky () directly by 1 February 2016; applications must be received by 15 February 2016. Please include your interests and relevant experience in your email and attach a copy of your most recent resume/CV. More information can be found on the JCU Department of Biology webpage.

Deadline to apply is 02/15/2016.

PhD opportunity in plant community ecology - University of South Dakota

The Jarchow Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of South Dakota is seeking a PhD student interested in plant community ecology to begin in the summer or fall of 2016.  Research in the lab is focused on how the diversity and management of tallgrass prairies affects their functioning. More information about the Jarchow Lab is available here.

Looking for a PhD student to work on the COmparing Managed Prairie Systems (COMPS) experiment, which is a field experiment that began in 2014. The overarching research objective of this experiment is to determine how two factors, the timing of disturbance and plant functional group identity, interact to affect biomass production, plant community composition, and exotic species invasion in managed tallgrass prairie systems.  Research on the COMPS experiment will include aboveground and belowground plant dynamics.

Funding for the position will be through a combination of graduate assistantships and teaching assistantships.  More information about USD’s Graduate School and admissions guidelines are available here. More information about USD’s Biology Department is available here

Interested applicants should e-mail Meghann Jarchow () with any questions and the following information:

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

Applications to the Graduate School are due by 15 February 2016.

Graduate Student in Environmental Microbiology Fall 2016

A position is available for a master’s student in the lab of Dr. Stephen Techtmann in the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Tech University.  Dr. Techtmann’s research is focused on understanding environmental microbial communities and their applications in environmental monitoring and remediation of contaminants. For more information, go here. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; the position will remain open until filled.

EPA ORISE  Internship/Research Participation: Coastal Water Quality-EPA

A research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water in Washington, DC. This appointment will be served with the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (OWOW) in the Oceans and Coastal Protection Division (OCPD). OCPD is responsible for protection and management of Ocean and Coastal environments. The intern will be trained in OCPD’s Coastal Management Branch (CMB), specifically learning how to conduct nationwide statistical surveys of coastal water condition. For more information, click here.

MS Assistantship in Environment and Natural Resources University of Alabama

The Forest Dynamics Lab at the University of Alabama is seeking an MS student to investigate forest disturbance and development. The primary mission of our lab is to conduct research that directly improves the management of forest resources. The MS student will work on a project in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service in applied forest ecology, with an emphasis on forest stand dynamics and forest disturbance ecology, the results of which will be used to refine silvicultural prescriptions and develop new silvicultural systems patterned after natural disturbance processes. We seek a student with a background in forestry, geography, ecology, environmental science or a related field that preferably has research experience in field and lab settings.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their undergraduate record, GRE scores, recommendation letters, and prior experiences. Funding during the academic year is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Geography and during the summer as a Research Assistant with funds from the USDA Forest Service. The position carries a full tuition waiver, a stipend, and health insurance. Additional funding for conference presentations will also be provided. Fellowships through the University of Alabama Graduate School are available for exceptional applicants.

Prospective students should contact Justin Hart (hart013(at)ua.edu). Additional information is available from the following links: Forest Dynamics Lab; Department of Geography; Graduate School; University of Alabama.

M.S./Ph.D Graduate Assistantships – Cover crop effects on water and nitrogen dynamics

Seeking motivated graduate students for a multi-disciplinary degree in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland.

Students would be co-advised by Dr. Steven Mirsky (USDA-ARS) and Dr. Kate Tully (UMD). Research will investigate the effects of cover crops on water and nitrogen dynamics in agronomic cropping systems.

Ph.D and M.S. applicants should have a solid foundation in soil science, agronomy, ecology, statistics and/or modeling. Ph.D. applicants should have earned a degree at the master’s level or above in the study of soil science, agronomy, or agroecology. However, applicants with significant field, lab, or work experience will also be considered. The candidate must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team. Preference will be given to those with field and laboratory experience – don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Integrity, enthusiasm, and creativity are required.

For more information about the project/research opportunities, please contact Dr. Steven Mirsky () and Kate Tully (). Check out agroecologylab.com for more information on Kate’s work.

For more information on the graduate program and links to apply, please go here.

M.S. graduate assistant for EPA project on understanding values of water quality improvements in small streams

Plymouth State University’s (PSU) Center for the Environment (CFE) and the Masters of Science Program in Environmental Science & Policy seeks applicants for a unique and exciting graduate research assistant (GRA) position focused on understanding non-use values of water quality improvements in small streams for an anticipated EPA project.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with collaborators from Dartmouth College and regional and State partners to better understand how non-use values can be assessed and integrated into decision making in the Great Bay Watershed of New Hampshire and Maine. Great Bay is one of only 28 estuaries of National Significance and is facing impairment challenges in both the Estuary and its watershed.

Students with environmental science & policy, economics, and social science research backgrounds and interests are encouraged to apply. Previous experience interacting with stakeholders through interviews and/or focus groups is highly valuable as well as coursework and/or a strong interest in ecological/environmental economics. Priority will be given to applications completed and received by Jan. 30, 2016. All GRAs are for students accepted into the MS program in Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) and provide an excellent opportunity to work with a broader cohort of students and their mentors. Application requirements for the MS in ES&P are available on the ES&P Department website.

PSU is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender or religious preference. In addition, the project leaders have a strong commitment to enhancing research opportunities for under-served groups and we encourage individuals belonging to any perceived minority group to apply.

CFE facilitates interdisciplinary environmental research, education, and public engagement in the northern New England region. CFE engages in research and education in support of graduate student research and in meeting the needs of regional partners, such as the White Mountain National Forest, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Squam Lakes Association, NH Department of Environmental Services, and other environmental organizations. The PSU campus and the surrounding Lakes and White Mountains regions provide excellent facilities and an outstanding natural research laboratory.

Please contact Dr. Shannon Rogers for more information about the position and the application process:

Graduate Assistantships at Washington State University Vancouver

Graduate student positions are currently available for the MS and PhD programs in Botany, Zoology, Environmental Science, and Mathematics at Washington State University's Vancouver campus. Positions are funded with teaching and/or research assistantships that include tuition waivers. For more information, click here.

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

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

Graduate student opportunity at Marquette Univ.

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

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

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

NSF supported Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Conservation

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

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

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

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

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

Ph.D. Position in Nevada Mountain Ecohydrology Lab

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

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

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

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

Graduate Assistantships in Biogeochemistry- Univ. Central Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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

PhD position - Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa

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

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

PhD and MS positions in community ecology and global change

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

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

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

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

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

Graduate Assistantship in Entomology at Iowa State University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MS Graduate Research Assistantship in Ecophysiology of Fishes

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

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

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

Graduate assistantship in phytoplankton ecology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Seeks Applicants(Posted 2/3/16)

A huge opportunity for conservation is to better harness the passion, creativity and values of an increasingly diverse society. To address the challenge of the diversity gap in conservation and to serve up-and-coming leaders in the field, 2001 Smith Fellow Erika Zavaleta and Dr. Justin Cummings have initiated the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). The Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, will provide two paid summers of training and internship to early-career undergraduates with potential to diversify the field, from any U.S. four-year institution. Current freshmen and sophomores can apply to the program until February 15, 2016 here.