Fellowships, Graduate Opportunities/Internships and Awards

Fellowships

CALIFORNIA

Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program - CA (Posted 4/22/16)

U.S. Geological Survey Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program: Remote Sensing of Rangelands to Support Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Location: Menlo Park, CA. Work Schedule is Temporary - Full Time NTE 2 Years. For more information go here or here. Job Announcement Number: PAC-2016-0238. Apply by May 2, 2016.

COLORADO

Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity - CO (Posted 4/22/16)

U.S. Geological Survey Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program: Investigating geologic archives of past climate, hydrology, and carbon dynamics in Alaska for evidence of forcing, feedbacks and sensitivity on multi-decadal to millennial time-scales. Location: Denver, CO . Work Schedule is Temporary - Full Time NTE 2 Years. For more information, go here or here. Job Announcement Number: PAC-2016-0247. Apply by May 2, 2016.

IDAHO

Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecosystem Modeling, Boise State University (Posted 2/18/16)

The Department of Geosciences at Boise State University is seeking a qualified and enthusiastic scientist-colleague for a postdoctoral position in dynamic ecosystem modeling of sagebrush-steppe ecosystems. The position is funded through grants from the NASA Terrestrial Ecology and EPSCoR programs and the Joint Fire Science Program. For more information, go here.

LOUISIANA

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. They 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.

OKLAHOMA

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.

PENNSYLVANIA

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.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Mendenhall Postdoc Opportunity - Temporary (Posted 4/22/16)

U.S. Geological Survey Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity: Mapping and Understanding Ecosystem Changes in Southwestern U.S. using 30+ Years of Landsat Imagery: Hot Spots, Cold Spots, and Everything in Between. Location: Sioux Falls, SD. Work Schedule is Temporary - Full Time NTE 2 Years. For more information, go here or here. Job Announcement Number: PAC-2016-0246. Apply by May 2, 2016.

WASHINGTON, DC

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.


Graduate Opportunities/Internships

ALABAMA

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Aquatic Biogeochemistry (Posted 3/31/16)

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama has an opening for a full-time postdoctoral associate. The position requires a PhD in Oceanography, Marine Science, or Aquatic Chemistry, or similar field, and expertise in Nitrogen Cycling and familiarity with membrane inlet mass spectrometry and or molecular techniques.

The successful applicant will join a newly funded study of nitrogen cycling in the Gulf. Thye will be combining molecular techniques and N cycling rate measurements that will ultimately provide information relevant to oil impact on coastal ecosystems. Highly motivated candidates with (i) demonstrated record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and (ii) with strong analytical techniques are encouraged to apply and to incorporate their interests into the project. The post-doc will work closely and under the direction of Dr. Behzad Mortazavi at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The position is initially for 12 months, beginning as soon as it can be filled with the possibility of renewal for additional years.

Applications should be submitted by email as a single pdf to Dr. Behzad Mortazavi () and include: CV, statement of research interests, one-page summary of Ph.D. thesis, minimum of three letters of recommendation and statement of immigration status of non-citizens. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

REU Coordinator - Samford University (Posted 3/30/16)

Samford University seeks a Coordinator of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Birmingham, AL. For more information, click here. Job Number: GRNTMT.

Internship: forestry program - Alabama A & M University (Posted 3/1/16)

An internship for a full time field technician is available at the Forestry Program in Alabama A & M University (Huntsville, AL). Knowledge on forest trees and mensuration is required. Salary is $20k per year. Please contact Dr. Chen for details or application ().

ALASKA

Graduate Research Assistantship - Vegetation change in northern Alaska (Posted 3/1/16)

A graduate research assistantship at the Masters level is available with Dr. Robert Hollister in the Department of Biology, Grand Valley State University (GVSU). The project is working to document and understand vegetation change in northern Alaska associated with climate change.For more information, go here. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

ARIZONA

New PhD program in ecological and environmental informatics - Northern Arizona University (Posted 3/29/16)

New PhD program in Informatics and Computing Program (ICP) at Northern Arizona University. The Ogle Lab at Northern Arizona University (NAU) has openings for one or more PhD positions in the general area of “ecological synthesis,” with specific research foci related to: (1) synthesizing long-term data from field experiments in the context of process-based models of soil CO2 production and transport to quantify factors governing soil carbon dynamics in semi-arid ecosystems, especially as related to depth- and time-varying contributions of plants and microbes (this work is in collaboration with Elise Pendall at Western Sydney University), (2) integrating individual-based models of tree growth with large literature, forest inventory, and tree-ring databases to quantify variation in tree functional traits across 300+ tree species, and to evaluate the importance of within and among species variation in functional traits for tree growth and mortality (in collaboration with Jarrett Barber in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at NAU), (3) synthesizing diverse data sources on plant and soil water dynamics to understand the antecedent environmental and ecological factors controlling plant-soil-water relations in arid and semi-arid ecosystems, and to identify the time-scales over which antecedent conditions influence such processes, or (4) synthesizing nitrogen and carbon isotope tracer data to determine rates of nitrogen transformations in hot springs, taxon-specific microbial element transformations using quantitative stable isotope probing, and activities of the central metabolic network in soil communities, including new approaches to determining microbial carbon use efficiency (in collaboration with Bruce Hungate and Paul Dijkstra in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at NAU). For more information, go here.

ARKANSAS

M.S. Assistantship: Mapping Arkansas’s ash resource and determination of mortality and regeneration trends (Posted 2/18/16)

The School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is seeking applicants for a M.S. Assistantship available beginning August 16, 2016. The assistantship is half time and carries an annual stipend of $15,000 plus tuition. For more information, go here. Position #: 2016-006

CALIFORNIA

Postdoctoral Position - Urban Plant Biodiversity- Univ. of California (Posted 3/29/16)

The Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California at Riverside is seeking a highly motivated and well prepared Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct research investigating causes and consequences of variation in urban plant biodiversity. The research will be directed at both at the scale of an individual city with research of/in Los Angeles, CA, one of the world’s most biologically diverse cities, and at a continental scale with research across a network six regions in the United States. Research activities will use a combination of multiple approaches including collection of new data through team-based field and lab sampling and analyses of existing data from field surveys of species and leaf traits, remote imagery, and in-situ sensor data. Research activities include engagement with citizen science approaches through a recently launched partnership with Earthwatch Institute. Outcomes of the research will inform theories of urban plant biodiversity assembly and will have applications for assessing urban vegetation strategies that maximize ecosystem services while reducing resource, particularly water, requirements.

The successful candidate will need excellent preparation in community, ecosystem, physiological, landscape ecology or related field. Candidates with experience in urban ecology, remote sensing, citizen science or programming are particularly encouraged to apply. Interest or experience in coupling biodiversity data to process models is welcome. Excellent written and oral skills are required for communication with diverse scientific, manager, and public audiences.

The position is based at University of California at Riverside, CA. Salary and benefits are competitive and based on experience. The position is for 1 year, renewable for a second year. Inquiries and applications should be sent as a single PDF containing a cover letter with qualifications and research interests, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Darrel Jenerette (). Initial review of candidates will begin April 18, 2016 and is open immediately.

NSF REU in milkweed community ecology at the Yang Lab (UC Davis) (Posted 3/29/16)

Looking for two capable and motivated undergraduates interested in conducting research in community ecology at the Yang Lab at the University of California, Davis. These positions are supported by the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. This student will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project with guidance from faculty, post-docs and graduate students. The dates are flexible - this position will be 12 to 14 weeks taking place sometime between April 15, 2016 and October 31, 2016, depending on the constraints of the chosen project and participant availability. Research will be based the University of California, Davis and nearby field sites. Their project investigates the seasonal timing (phenology) of species interactions between milkweeds and their associated community of invertebrates, including monarch butterflies. Potential research projects could include, but are not limited to, investigations of (1) how a plant fungal pathogen affects milkweed-monarch interactions, (2) how an invasive aphid affects milkweed-monarch interactions, and (3) how the diets of milkweed-associated predators, such as spiders, shift seasonally and over development, through the use of next-generation metagenomic sequencing techniques.

The successful applicant should be prepared for long hours of field work under sometimes harsh conditions. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work independently and in teams. Previous experience with field research, experimental design, community ecology is preferred, but not required. We are looking for applicants with enthusiasm, integrity, a strong work ethic and a sense of humor.

Applicants should submit the following materials as a single PDF to Louie Yang () by April 8, 2016: 1) a one-page cover letter that explains their interest in the position and includes dates of availability, 2) a CV describing previous research experience, 3) the names and contact information of two references, and 4) a copy of the student's transcript (unofficial transcripts are fine). Please use "REU application" as the subject heading for your email. The selected participants will receive a stipend of approximately $500 per week, in addition to research expenses.

This position is funded by the National Science Foundation through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Applicants for this position must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and its possessions and must be currently enrolled as undergraduates. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral Scholar Position UCLA Geography and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (Posted 3/29/16)

The UCLA Department of Geography/Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is recruiting a post-doctoral scholar to work on a project entitled “Impacts and Implications of the 2012-2015 Drought for Los Angeles County Habitats and Energy Infrastructure” funded by the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Research Grants Program 2015-16 Competition. For further information on the Grand Challenge program, go here.

Application Period is April 1, 2016-May 15, 2015 . 12 month position commencing summer 2016. UCLA is an AA/EOE.

The one-year position (potentially renewable for an additional 6 mos. term dependent upon funding and positive review) is for a highly motivated researcher who has fully completed doctoral studies and holds a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate. The successful candidate will have proven capacity for analysis of MODIS and LANDSAT imagery, particularly for vegetation, pedological and hydrological applications, use of IDL or another programming language, and the collation and analysis of satellite products with multiple environmental geospatial data sets using GIS.

The successful candidate will be expected to actively participate in the research program including regular meetings with research team faculty from the departments of Geography, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Health Sciences and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. The successful candidate will also be involved in development of online products, preparation of peer-reviewed publications and producing a final report for the funder.

The UCLA postdoctoral salaries are competitive and include health insurance. Specific salary levels are determined based upon the candidate’s experience and qualifications. UCLA strives to offer an enriching experience for postdoctoral scholars with mentoring and career development help. Candidates should contact Glen MacDonald ( ) directly with questions about the specific position and research.

To apply, submit electronically in PDF format: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research interests statement, sample publication, and the names and emails addresses of two references to (please indicate ‘*Grand Challenge Drought Impact Postdoc*’ in the subject line). The letter of application should include an explanation of the candidate’s research experience and interest in the topic, methodological orientation and specific analytic skills and research experience relevant to the position.

COLORADO

Postdoc: USGS, ecosystem services modeling (Posted 3/1/16)

The USGS Fort Collins Science Center is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in ecosystem services modeling. The researcher will collaborate with a large and diverse scientific team within and beyond USGS in modeling ecosystem services in the U.S. at national and subnational scales. The postdoc will work as part of the USGS Sustaining Environmental Capital (SEC) Initiative team. The goal of the SEC Initiative is to better enable managers to account for the benefits people receive from ecosystem services and provide guidance for using ecosystem service information in management decisions by developing, integrating, and enhancing decision tools and information. The envisioned SEC Initiative will have a physical presence (policy coordination and science efforts) and virtual (on-line) presence referred to as the SEC Dashboard. Research responsibilities will be associated with: applying ecosystem services mapping, modeling, and valuation approaches and tools at the local and regional scales; 2) use of natural capital accounting in natural resource management; and 3) integrating ecosystem services data and tools into the SEC Dashboard for use in public land management decision-making.

Work will primarily be conducted at the Fort Collins Science Center, Colorado. Qualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen within 5 years of receiving a PhD. Experience in GIS and biophysical modeling is required. Experience using ecosystem services tools such as ARIES, SolVES, and InVEST is desired and programming experience using R, Python, or Java is a plus. Compensation is approximately $76,000/year and funding is for up to two years. They seek a candidate able to relocate to Ft. Collins, Colorado and begin work as soon as possible.

Please contact Rudy Schuster, or Ken Bagstad, for more information.

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. They are looking for independent, self-motivated undergraduate students who are passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology and conservation. Currently they 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, they 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:
http://www.colorado.edu/mrs/home
http://www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/pieter/index.htm

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.

FLORIDA

Two PhD Assistantships in Agroecology - University of Florida (Posted 4/27/16)

University of Florida PhD Assistantships in Agroecology: Two PhD graduate research assistantships available Summer, 2016 through a joint collaboration of the Agronomy and Soil and Water Science Departments. Agroecology is a diverse, interdisciplinary program with a core curriculum of crop, soil and water science courses that emphasize sustainability, resource management, valuation of
ecosystem services, system productivity, and profitability. This project will focus on water scarcity management in diverse agroecosystems. The two available positions will cover water use in forage systems, plant-soil-water interactions, and crop
physiological responses under water stress. Applicants should have a MS degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Water Science, or related field. Students are required to develop a study abroad program for six months, also funded by the project. Experience with
agronomic research, field and laboratory equipment, and publishing in a refereed journal are preferred, but not required. Expected outcomes include publication of the research in peer-reviewed journals, presentation of research at local and national meetings, development of educational materials, and participation in extension and educational programs. These graduate research assistantships are supported by the USDA/NIFA – NNF program. Candidates must be US citizens from under-represented groups, including Hispanic-Latino American and African-American. Inquiries regarding this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Jose
Dubeux, ; phone 850-526-1618.

Post Doctoral Scientist Position for Everglades Trace Gas Fluxes - Florida International Univ. (Posted 3/1/16)

A multidisciplinary team of researchers studying the carbon balance of Everglade wetlands is seeking a highly motivated Post Doctoral Research Associate with interests and expertise in micrometeorological measurements of trace gas fluxes. The candidate would be working on a recently-funded collaborative project between the labs of Drs. Steven F. Oberbauer (Florida International University) and Gregory Starr and Christina Staudhammer (University of Alabama) in association with the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER that expands on a long-term study of carbon dynamics within Everglades National Park. The postdoctoral scientist will be based at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The ideal candidate should have experience in eddy covariance techniques, including tower operations. The candidate should also have experience with QA/QC of large data sets, R or SAS programing skills and familiarity with Campbell Scientific data loggers and their programing. Research will be conducted in Everglades National Park in collaboration with the University of Alabama and. The candidate should also have the ability to work outdoors in tropical conditions. Specific responsibilities will include managing eddy covariance measurements, participating in ecosystem modeling, helping with chamber-level measurements of carbon exchange, and taking the lead in key project publications. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in biophysics, plant physiological ecology, micrometeorology or related fields. A driver’s license is required, and boating experience highly desirable. Applicants interested in applying should sent the following materials to Steven Oberbauer () with subject line Everglades Postdoc Application: CV, research statement, pdfs of three publications and a list of three references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin March 11, 2016. The position will remain open until filled. For more details regarding the position please contact Steven F. Oberbauer () or Gregory Starr ().

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.

Graduate Assistantships in Biogeochemistry- Univ. Central Florida

The Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab at the University of Central Florida 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.

IDAHO

Doctoral Assistantship in Modeling Food, Energy, and Water Systems (FEWS) (Posted 3/1/16)

The Department of Geosciences and Human-Environment Systems Initiative at Boise State University seeks applicants for a funded PhD assistantship in modeling of coupled Food, Energy, Water Systems (FEWS) to begin in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017. For more information, go here.

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.

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.

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.

ILLINOIS

Graduate Research Assistantship in Riparian Buffer Management - Southern Illinois University (Posted 4/27/16)

The Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) announces the availability of an M.S. research assistantship beginning August 16, 2016. The assistantship includes an annual stipend of $17,856 and a tuition waiver. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers, graduate students, and a laboratory coordinator led by Karl W.J. Williard
and Jon E. Schoonover, who are investigating water and soil quality responses to various management practices in agricultural
watersheds. The project will focus on identifying and assessing functional indicators of restoration success of riparian buffers in southern Illinois. Research will include significant field and laboratory components.

Qualified applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, forestry, soil science, biology, chemistry, or a
related discipline. Please email a letter of interest and resume to Dr. Karl Williard, by May 18, 2016 for full
consideration. Please contact Dr. Williard with any questions at 618-453-7478.

Two M.S. Research Assistanship positions in Fisheries Biology and Eastern Illinois University (Posted 2/18/16)

Two Graduate Research Assistantships at Eastern Illinois University:

Project 1: Assessment of the Demographics of Sauger in the Wabash River
Project 2: Shovelnose Sturgeon Reproductive Biology in the Wabash River

Description: Two graduate student positions are available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University starting July 2016 (early start date negotiable). These positions come with a full tuition waiver and $1280/month stipend. Boat operation experience and general knowledge of fisheries field/lab techniques is preferred and a minimum GRE score of 309 and GPA of 3.3 is required. Please send a letter of interest, your CV, undergraduate transcripts, and your GRE scores to: Dr. Robert E Colombo | Associate Professor, Office: 2027 - Life Science, Phone: 217-581-3011, Email: , Website. Co-advisors for project: Dr. Eric K Bollinger, Professor, Dr. Scott J. Meiners | Professor

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.

INDIANA

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

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

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

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

Seasonal Ecological Field Technician (Posted 2/19/16)

Hiring 4-5 undergraduate students or recent graduates and one experienced crew leader to assist with a long-term forest management project at NWSA Crane in southern Indiana.

This is a great paid opportunity, with free housing provided, for young scientists to gain research experience in a large scale applied ecology project—please forward to motivated undergraduates in your lab or program.

Duties will include: installing research plots; vegetation monitoring and identification; invasive species monitoring; sample processing; implementing midstory removal treatments; and entering data. Additionally, technicians may assist with fire research activities on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE); help with Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC) projects near Purdue; and assist with possible work at Hoosier National Forest.

Information about the Saunders lab and project can be found here.

Qualifications:

  • Major in biology, forestry, wildlife, or other natural resource based field
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Ability to work in extreme conditions of southern Indiana, including traversing rough terrain while carrying field equipment in high temperatures and inclement weather
  • Preference will be given to applicants with problem solving skills, ability to work without direct supervision, and evidence of high quality work
  • Preference will be given to applicants with strong plant identification experience, knowledge of forestry principles, and familiarity with ecological research methods

Approximate Hours per Week: 40 (four 10-hour days)

Duration: May through August 2016, potential extension to Fall 2016

Compensation: $10-13/hr, housing is provided

Number of Positions: 4-5 technicians, 1 experienced crew leader

To apply: Send résumé, cover letter, and contact information for at least two references by April 1, 2016 to: Skye Greenler, (), and Kalli Dunn ()

IOWA

Funded MS/PhD position in ecosystem ecology--seeking immediate applicants (Posted 3/29/16)

Seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working MS or PhD student for a funded position in ecosystem ecology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. The student will work on a highly collaborative interdisciplinary project investigating the controls on greenhouse gas emissions and nitrate leaching from agricultural and restored grassland landscapes in Iowa, with a focus on ephemeral wetland environments. Background in soil or plant ecology or biogeochemistry is desirable, and previous research experience is essential.

Interested candidates should contact Steven Hall (stevenjh [at] iastate.edu) /as soon as possible/ for admission in the fall semester of 2016. Field work could potentially begin summer 2016. More information about our laboratory can be found here.

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.

KANSAS

Assistant Researcher - Univ. of Kansas (Posted 4/27/16)

A full time assistant researcher position is available to explore soil microbial ecology with the Sikes Lab at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS). For more information, go here. Position Number 00066808. Application review begins May 15, 2016. The deadline to apply is May 14, 2016.

LOUISIANA

Graduate opportunity: Water quality, Louisiana State University (Posted 3/29/16)

Seeking a motivated student to pursue an MS graduate degree in Watershed Sciences. The student will conduct intensive water quality sampling in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya Rivers. The goal of the research is to assess transfer and environmental fate of riverine carbon and nutrients. Minimal qualifications include a background in water quality or a similar discipline (e.g. hydrology, soil science, environmental chemistry, environmental toxicology, etc.). A strong work ethic and the ability to work both as part of a team and independently are critical. The student must possess a valid U.S. driver's license.

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 2-3 references to . Missing any of the above documents will not be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start date is expected to be in the summer semester of 2016.

Multiple M.S. Assistantships in Wetland Ecology - Nicholls State University, Louisiana (Posted 2/29/16)

The Wetland Plant Biology Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Nicholls State University is seeking to fill multiple M.S. positions beginning in the summer/fall of 2016. Students will earn a M.S. degree in Marine and Environmental Biology.d For more information, go here.

MAINE

Undergraduate Summer RA positions in Marine Ecology and Oceanography (Posted 2/18/16)

The Downeast Institute Undergraduate Research Assistants Summer, 2016 is pleased to offer two undergraduate research assistantships for the summer of 2016. Assistants will participate in an interdisciplinary NSF- funded project examining how larval dispersal interconnects blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) populations along the Gulf of Maine coast. Students will work as part of a team with faculty and graduate students from the University of Maine,the University of Massachusetts, and Northeastern University. Specific tasks will include shore -based intertidal and boat - based water column sampling, laboratory analysis of field samples, and computer analysis of ecological and physical oceanographic data. Students are encouraged to specialize on a subset of these tasks and develop independent projects on related topics. Participants will be based at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in South Bristol, ME, though the project will require periodic multi-day field trips to the Acadian region of Maine. For more information, go here.

MARYLAND

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Summer Camp Counselor Internship (Posted 2/22/16)

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is a private, non-profit located on the Eastern Shore in Grasonville, Maryland dedicated to creating the next generation of Bay stewards by providing “hands-on, feet-wet” environmental education. Their summer camps allow students to explore life around the Bay through science, environmental studies, arts, and recreation. Their summer internship program offers great experience for college students interested in any of these fields of study: education, environmental studies, recreation, or biology. These are unpaid internship positions; however we work with interns to secure college credit from their schools and a living stipend may be available. For more information, go here.

MDE Volunteer Corps – Intern (Posted 2/22/16)

The Maryland Department of the Environment has an ongoing opportunity to work with the Wastewater Permits program on various projects that protect the State’s water resources. The intern/volunteer be taught about permit registration and implementation requirements for industry. The intern/volunteer would also see first hand how pollution prevention is protecting our local waters. The intern/volunteer would also be involved in modernizing our filing system to improve efficiency. Those interested should contact: Nadine Hailey at .

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.

MICHIGAN

Postdoctoral Position in Sustainable Agriculture, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan (Posted 4/27/16)

Mission: The School of Natural Resources and Environment’s overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society.  Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.   

Position Description: A postdoctoral position is available starting September of 2016 at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. I am looking for a highly motivated postdoc who is interested in questions related to sustainable agriculture and food security. My research group uses a variety of quantitative methods, including remote sensing, GIS, econometrics, and structured household interviews to assess how farmers perceive, respond, and adapt to
environmental change. Ideally the interested candidate will be well versed in remote sensing, working with large datasets, and/or leading large-scale household surveys.

Position Details: Competitive salary will be provided based on qualifications. The position is initially for one year, with potential to extend to two years based on performance, funding and need. 

Qualifications and Application Instructions: Preference will be given to applicants with publication experience, programming experience in R, Python and/or Google Earth Engine, remote sensing and GIS experience, and/or experience conducting large scale household surveys. Applicants can come from a wide range of Ph.D. backgrounds, including geography, sustainability science, agricultural sciences, economics, and environmental sciences. If interested, the following application materials should be emailed to , with the email subject of “Postdoc Position Application”: (1) Cover letter describing general research interests, (2) CV, (3) One representative manuscript (preferably first authored and published), and (4) List of 2 references with contact information (email).

Postdoc - Biogeochemistry and Stable Isotope Ecology(Posted 3/29/16)

A postdoctoral research associate position is available at Michigan State University to work on a U.S. Department of Energy funded project in the lab of Dr. Lisa Tiemann, collaborating with Drs. Sarah Evans, Maren Friesen and James Cole (project website). The labs involved in this project work across several departments including Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Integrative Biology and Plant Biology. The recently funded project is focused on understanding linkages between the rhizosphere microbiome and the plant transcriptome that control plant C allocation in support of N acquisition. We envision this research associate will focus on soil biogeochemical assays and stable isotope analyses (including 15N pool dilution and 13CO2 pulse-chase coupled with stable isotope probing), but may also include microbial genomics and transcriptomics.

The position will include some combination of the following activities: Assisting with field work in research sites across Michigan and Wisconsin; conducting and/or coordinating biogeochemical analyses, including stable isotope pulse-chase experiments and stable isotope probing; molecular work including DNA and RNA extraction, high-throughput quantitative-PCR, and sample preparation for sequencing; data analysis and manuscript preparation; presentation of results at national and international scientific meetings. In addition, the research associate will assist with lab organization and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and engage in a stimulating research environment created by multiple researchers working on coordinated aspects of the project. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. with a research focus in soil ecology, soil microbiology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or a closely related field with preference given to those with experience in isotopic methods. Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes: A strong publication record from their Ph.D. (papers published, in press, or submitted); creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things; excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

The position is renewable annually for up to 4 years, contingent upon funding and/or job performance. A start date of September 1, 2016 is preferred, but alternative timelines will be considered and should be noted in the cover letter. All questions about the position and application materials should be submitted via email to: .

Applications should include: 1) a brief cover letter (no more than 2-pages) that highlights past research accomplishments, how your previous experience will benefit this project and your future research goals; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) names and contact information for three references.

MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications (Posted 3/1/16)

The U.S. Department of Energy is pleased to announce the Office of Science is now accepting applications for the new Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program for the 2016. The SCGSR program will support supplemental awards to graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months. The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. For more information, go here. Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday May 11, 2016.

Seasonal Research Technicians in Ashland, WI (field-based) or Rhinelander, WI (greenhouse-based) (Posted 2/18/16)

Position description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, is seeking three highly motivated seasonal research technicians for Summer 2016 to assist with a project investigating soil heating processes and the effects of soil heating on soil carbon, nutrients, seedbanks and hardwood regeneration in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Two technicians will be key assistants in vegetation, soil and fuels field measurements and sampling near Ashland, WI, and the third technician will be responsible for maintaining a seed germination study near Rhinelander, WI. However, all technicians will participate in field and greenhouse responsibilities during periods of high activity. The research technicians will be supervised by (and will work closely with) the Project Manager (Dr. Paulo Pereira) and will be responsible for performing all measurements and sampling related to the project. Opportunity will exist for highly motivated personnel to pursue mentored independent research related to the overall project goals. The abstract for the project is available here.

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.

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.

MINNESOTA

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

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

Postdoc position - invasive species U of Minnesota (Posted 2/18/16)

Researcher sought with both basic and applied ecological interests and expertise; to develop successful strategies for invasive species (buckthorn) removal and subsequent management, to simultaneously constrain buckthorn recovery and recolonization, and enhance native diversity, composition, and abundance. ASAP or no later than May 1, 2016 through April 2018, with the possibility of an additional year. The position is located in St. Paul, MN. For more information, go here.

MISSISSIPPI

Graduate research assistantships available - Forest Ecophysiology (Posted 3/1/16)

Graduate student research assistantships are available in the Forest Ecophysiology lab of Dr. Heidi Renninger in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University starting in the Fall, 2016. For more information, go here.

PH.D Research Assistant Position in Microbial Ecology (Posted 3/1/16)

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

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.

MISSOURI

Graduate Research Assistantship - Department of Forestry - University of Missouri (Posted 2/29/16)

A graduate research assistantship at the PhD level is available with Dr. Benjamin Knapp in the Department of Forestry at the University of Missouri. This research project is designed to evaluate the ecological factors limiting oak regeneration in bottomland hardwood forests, determine effects of past silvicultural treatments on bottomland hardwood successional dynamics, and develop silvicultural protocols for regenerating desirable species in this forest type. This research project is a collaborative effort between MU Department of Forestry and the Missouri Department of Conservation, offering the successful candidate the opportunity to develop professional experience across organizations. For more information, go here. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

NEVADA

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.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Postdoctoral Position in Biology Education Research (Posted 4/22/16)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position in biology education under the direction of Dr. Melissa Aikens in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. For more information, go here. Review of applications will begin April 25, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Graduate Student Assistantship - Environmental Studies - Antioch University New England - NH (Posted 4/22/16)

Seeking an outstanding student to pursue a Master’s of Science or PhD in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation Biology, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, or Environmental Education. The student would be based in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH.

The student’s assistantship would place them at the intersection of scholarship and practice as they coordinate research and educational
activities on Antioch University New England forest properties. Antioch’s two forested properties of 74 and 46 acres are within ½ hour drive of the main campus. These properties are ideal outdoor classrooms for student learning. The student manger will coordinate and lead outdoor educational walks, promote use, and coordinate all research activities following the goals and objectives of the management plans.

The successful applicant will receive a grant of $5,000/yr renewable for 2 yrs if an MS student, renewal for 3 yrs if a PhD student.

Applicant Eligibility: The successful applicant will coordinate the management, research and educational activities on Antioch’s forested properties under the supervision of AUNE Forest Director, Peter Palmiotto.

The ideal candidate should be interested in land conservation, management and education and be interested in conducting applied projects that inform land management, conservation, or educational strategies for University and surrounding properties.

The ideal candidate is interested in studying any of the following topics: wildlife ecology, human ecology, watershed or forest management, ecosystem processes, educational applications, landscape connectivity, or a related field.

Application Process: Students interested in any aspect of applied ecology and conservation are encouraged to apply as part of their application for admission to the ES MS or PhD degree programs. We ask candidates to describe how this position will enhance their academic goals at AUNE as a supplement to their ES admissions application. We encourage prospective students to contact us if they have any questions about the assistantship or the degree programs.

The selected student is expected to enroll at Antioch University New England in the Fall Semester of 2016. More details on the graduate programs can be found here and here.

Application materials will be accepted until June 1, 2016 or until a suitable candidate is found. For admission info, contact, Laura Andrews, Director of Admissions, For Assistantship info contact, Peter A. Palmiotto, Director of AntiochForests,

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, they 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 ().

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 they 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:

NEW JERSEY

PhD Research Assistantship in Environmental Engineering (Posted 3/29/16)

A research assistantship is available in the Center for Environmental Systems (CES) at Stevens Institute of Technology to conduct transdisciplinary research on (a) soil/water/wastewater treatment of emerging contaminants using novel phytoremediation techniques, and (b) utilizing spent biomass for biofuels production.

Responsibilities: Fulfill the degree requirements of the Environmental Engineering PhD Program at Stevens, and conduct research related to the project.

Requirements: MS (completed or ongoing) in environmental, chemical, or biosystems engineering; minimum GPA of 3.3 (BS), 3.5 (MS), excellent GRE and TOEFL (for international applicants) scores; research experience in plant systems strongly preferred.

Location: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey

Start Date: Summer or Fall 2016

To Apply: Please email a resume and a brief cover letter stating interest for the position, and research experience in plant systems (if any) to Dr. Dibyendu (Dibs) Sarkar, and cc Dr. Christos Christodoulatos, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030; email: (Sarkar), (Christodoulatos). Website

NEW YORK

M.S. Assistantships, Ecological Calendars for Climate Change Adaptation in the Pamirs, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (Posted 3/30/16)

The Kassam Research Group at Cornell University seeks applicants for M.S. assistantships focused in ecological calendars in the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia. For more information, go here or go here.

Post-Doc in Food Web Modeling - RPI, NY (Posted 3/1/16)

The Jefferson Project—an exciting collaborative research endeavor between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), IBM, and The FUND for Lake George—will be hiring a post-doc to develop food web models of freshwater ecosystems. For more information, go here. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive. The desired start date is April or May 2016.

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.

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.

NORTH CAROLINA

Research Assistants, Duke University (Posted 3/1/16)

The Bernhardt lab at Duke University is an interdisciplinary team conducting aquatic and terrestrial biogeochemistry research. This summer they are seeking enthusiastic and detail-oriented research assistants to join several ongoing research projects exploring,

• how development configuration and connectivity influences the delivery of stormwaters and contaminants in urban streams, • the effects of increased salt-water intrusion on North Carolina’s coastal ecosystem and communities, • environmental implications of nanomaterials on ecosystem processes, and • how the rates and patterns of stream metabolism vary within and across streams.

Successful candidates will gain hands on experience with a variety of biogeochemistry field sampling methods (e.g. water, soil, vegetation) in a variety of systems throughout North Carolina as well as experience with numerous analytical methods. Research assistants will be working with a large group of graduate students and research technicians affiliated with the Duke River Center.

Applicants must be comfortable spending long days outside in uncomfortable field conditions. Course work in environmental science, and previous field and lab work experience is preferred but not required.

Openings are full-time term positions available from late April/early May through the end of August with potential for extension into the fall. Please specify your availability in your application.

Please send one PDF file that includes 1) a brief cover letter (200 word maximum), 2) a single page resume, and 3) contact information for two references to Steve Anderson (). For more information on our research visit their website here, and here
.

Research Opportunity: Refinement of Landsat/Sentinel-2 Water Quality Products/Integration of Landscape Change - EPA (Posted 2/19/16)

A research participation training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). This appointment will be served with the Exposure Methods and Measurements Division (EMMD) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information, go here.

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

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

NORTH DAKOTA

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

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

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

OHIO

Post-Doc Opportunities: Watershed Modeling (Wetlands & Green Infrastructure) (Posted 3/29/16)

Two post-doctoral opportunities in watershed modeling are available via Oak Ridge Institute of Science & Education (ORISE) and located at the US EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. All opportunities are for one year with potential to extend to at least two years based on available funding and EPA scientist recommendation. Please contact Dr. Heather Golden () and/or Dr. Charles Lane () with any questions about the opportunities.

Quantifying Wetland to Watershed Connectivity Research Project

Watershed-Scale Effects of Green Infrastructure

Internship Watershed Program Intern (Posted 3/1/16)

The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation Districtin Valley View, OH seeks an Internship Watershed Program Intern. The successful candidate for this internship will assist the staff with implementation of the Euclid Creek and Rocky River Watershed Programs. The intern will be responsible for assisting the Watershed Coordinators in organizing watershed planning efforts, education and involvement of stakeholders to protect water resources, water quality monitoring, and watershed restoration project planning. This individual will learn how to work collaboratively in a small office and will develop skills useful in securing employment in the environmental field. The intern will have professional feedback from senior staff, who will work as mentors with the candidate. Please submit resume and cover letter to Claire Posius at by 5:00 PM on March 16, 2016. For more information, go here.

Internship Natural Resources Program Intern (Posted 3/1/16)

The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District in Valley View, OH seeks an Internship Natural Resources Program Intern. Please submit resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Hiser at by 5:00 PM on March 16, 2016. For more information, go here.

Graduate Research Positions in Invasion Ecology (Posted 2/29/16)

Two graduate positions are available for Summer/Fall semesters of 2016 in The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo. The two projects aim to enhance the monitoring and early detection efforts of agencies within the Great Lakes Basin. The first project will focus on enhancing a model of invasive species spread via Great Lakes shipping. The goal of the second project is to assess the feasibility of light-traps for efficient early detection of invasive species in their larval stages. The students will work with UT faculty and agency partners. These projects have budgets for student RA support for two semesters and two summers. It is expected that the students will qualify for TA support for the remaining two semesters of a two year program.

Successful applicants will have a background in ecology, fisheries, quantitative biology, GIS or statistics. In particularly, the modeling project will require good quantitative skills, experience with GIS, and a desire to learn ecological modeling techniques. If you have questions or are interested please contact Dr. Jonathan Bossenbroek (). For consideration, please provide a cover letter outlining your interests and background relevant to the project, GPA, GRE scores, and research experience to Dr. Bossenbroek

The application process can be initiated here. The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator and is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus.

Contact: Jonathan Bossenbroek, Ph.D., Associate Professor - Department of Environmental Sciences University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio 43606, Phone: 419-530-4595, .

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 .

OKLAHOMA

Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Department of Biological Science (Posted 3/1/16)

A Post-Doctoral position is available in the Department of Biological Science at the University of Tulsa. This position is part of the highly integrative NSF EPSCoR project on the ecological and socio-economic impacts of climate variability in Oklahoma. This project includes Biologists, Ecologists, Climatologists, Hydrologists, Sociologists, and Economists from the University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and the Nobel Foundation. The Department of Biological Science at the University of Tulsa is serving as the biodiversity contingent of the project.For more information, go here. Open until filled.

SOUTH CAROLINA

NSF supported Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Conservation

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

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

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

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

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

TEXAS

Post Doctoral Associate in Climate Adaptation and Sustainability - Univ. of Texas at Austin (Posted 4/22/16)

The University of Texas Section of Integrative Biology has an opening for a full-time post doctoral research associate located at the USDA-ARS laboratory at Temple, TX under the direction of Dr. Philip Fay.  The post doc will conduct collaborative and individual research linking morphology and physiology with gene expression in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), to identify traits underlying climatic adaptation and sustainability in bioenergy feedstock production.  Research will prioritize examining linkages between above- and belowground traits in switchgrass genotypes from broad climatic origins in a long-term precipitation legacy experiment, and relate traits to ecosystem-scale processes and to gene expression studies conducted by collaborators. Research will also contribute to phenotype studies in switchgrass mapping populations.

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, biology, agronomy, forestry, or related field with specialization in plant ecology. Research experience on topics related to local adaptation, genotype x environment interactions, and linking traits to higher-order processes is strongly preferred.  The successful applicant will have technical skill in plant ecophysiology, soil moisture, soil temperature, and other micrometeorological parameters, a strong publication record commensurate with experience, strong organizational and communications skills, and an ability to work in an interdisciplinary collaborative setting.  The position is initially for one year, and renewable for two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Apply HERE. Position # 160321010712. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 9, 2016. Review will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Starting date: Negotiable.

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.

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.

UTAH

Postdoc position - Global Change Ecology - University of Utah (Posted 3/29/16)

The Anderegg Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah is seeking a creative and innovative postdoctoral researcher who can lead research projects that contribute to a better understanding of the impacts of climate extremes on forest ecosystems. For more information, go here.

PhD Position in Dendroclimatology at Utah State University (Posted 2/29/16)

The dendrochronology laboratory at Utah State University is seeking a highly qualified and motivated PhD student to start a research assistantship in dendroclimatology for the Fall semester of 2016. The research to be undertaken will broadly aim to better understand past climatic variability in the western United States, with emphases on 1) better determining past drought severity in the Intermountain West and 2) the potential for diagnosing climate drivers that could lead to the prediction of extreme droughts in the future. S/he will be based in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, and work with other scientists within the Wasatch Dendroclimatology Research Group, the Ecology Center and the broader research community at USU. The ideal candidate would have a M.S. degree in climate science, ecology, environmental science or a related field. S/he would be characterized by intellectual curiosity and self-motivation as well as strong quantitative experience and a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research. If interested, please attach a resume or CV to a message that briefly outlines your background and research interests to Dr. Steve Voelker (). Utah State University is a Carnegie Doctoral / Research University of more than 20,000 students, nestled in a mountain valley 90 miles north of Salt Lake City. Opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities are plentiful due to USU’s central location with respect to numerous National Parks, Forests, Monuments and Conservation areas as well as local ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains. The amazing access to natural resources combined with the relatively low cost of living should make Logan a very desirable location for students who are outdoor enthusiasts.

VIRGINIA

Ph.D. student opportunity - University of Virginia (Posted 4/27/16)

Seeking a Ph.D. student for a recently funded NSF project that examines how changes in acid deposition have affected forest water use efficiency in the eastern United States. Watersheds in Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine will serve as field sites for this project. Ph.D. student activities will include tree coring, carbon isotopic analysis, catchment biogeochemical modeling, and analysis of stream discharge time series.

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia  will serve as the home institution for the Ph.D. student, to be co-advised by Profs. Todd Scanlon and Howard Epstein. This collaborative research project includes scientists at the University of New Hampshire, Rider University, and IUPUI. The Ph.D. student will work with, and receive training from, all members of the project team. Financial aid from the University of Virginia will cover tuition and healthcare, and the Ph.D. student will receive a competitive stipend.

The start date for this position is either August 2016 or January 2017.

Please contact Todd Scanlon (tms2v@virginia) if you are interested in this position and would like additional information.

Posdoc: glucocorticoids in mediating responses to environmental challenges and life history tradeoffs in birds (Posted 2/3/16)

Immediately seeking a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral associate for work on an NSF-funded study on the role of glucocorticoids in mediating responses to environmental challenges and life history tradeoffs in birds. The successful candidate will become a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and will work closely with Ignacio Moore, Fran Bonier (Queen's University), and Mark Haussmann (Bucknell University), with opportunities for visits to each of the PI's labs. The postdoc will be based in the Bonier lab at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

The project will require that the postdoc spend ~3 months in the field at the Queen's University Biological Station in Ontario, Canada from May until late July, working with a team comprised of undergraduate field assistants and graduate students. The postdoc will coordinate activities at the field sites and supervise the field team. The project will involve large-scale field experiments (manipulations of glucocorticoids, parasites, and/or reproductive effort) and measurement of effects on reproductive investment, parental behavior, immune function, and markers of oxidative stress.

The postdoc will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the project, and thus will receive broad training in field and laboratory methods.

Required Qualifications: Must have completed a PhD degree in Biology or related fields prior to the start date. Strong publication record, communication skills, organizational skills, teamwork, and leadership ability required.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous relevant field and lab research experience and some postdoctoral experience preferred.

This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal for an additional year. Start date May 1, 2016.

To apply, please send cover letter, CV, and contact information for 2 professional references to Fran Bonier: .

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.

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.

WASHINGTON

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

WEST VIRGINIA

Graduate Research Assistant Position - Agricultural Soil Health and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Posted 4/22/16)

A graduate assistant position at the M.S. level is available within the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences at West Virginia University. The graduate student will investigate the effects of grazing intensity on soil health (for example, microbial community function and organic matter development), forage quality, as well as the potential for greenhouse gas emissions. The selected applicant will be responsible for performing a broad range of molecular and soil science lab work. This will include but is not limited to, determinations of microbial community activity, root turnover, as well as soil organic matter and plant tissue chemistry. The project will employ simulated grazing experiments at two WVU Farm locations.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The successful applicant will be awarded a tuition waiver and an annual stipend for the duration of the two-year project, to begin Fall 2016.

Desired Qualifications:  A B.S. in biology, soil science, or other natural resource-related field, demonstrated field research experience through undergraduate education or employment, strong data management and analytical skills for laboratory and statistical analyses, strong written and oral communication skills, and a GPA of at least 3.2 during the last two years of school.

To Apply:  In a single pdf document, please send: 1) a current CV; 2) a 1-page statement of your research interests; 3) a short statement of your career goals; 4) unofficial transcripts of all previous education; and 5) current GRE scores to Dr. Charley Kelly (). If GRE scores are pending, please state when you plan to take the test. The successful applicant will be co-advised by Drs. Zac Freedman () and Charley Kelly.

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

WYOMING

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.

Awards

Please check back. Thank you.