Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities

Fellowships

ARIZONA

NatureNet Fellow at Arizona State University - climate change, biodiversity, and business (Posted 5/27/16)

The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at Arizona State University are pleased to solicit applications for the NatureNet Science Fellows program, a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship program aimed at bridging academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change. For more information, go here or directly here. Applications due by July 1, 2016.

LOUISIANA

Internship Opportunity for NSF Graduate Research Fellows (Posted 5/4/16)

Seeking a NSF Graduate Research Fellow (GRF) interested in mapping, modeling or empirical approaches to better understand the environmental factors leading to relict cypress forests across geographical drought and salinity gradients. The study will be supported by long-term data on regeneration and production from a research network across the southeastern United States (northern Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast, Mississippi River Alluvial Valley). The NSF research fellow may choose to use Lidar data, Landsat images or other available data to determine if water dynamics affect regeneration failure in cypress swamps, or if the problem is more directly related to climate and/or landuse change.

NSF’s Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) provides $5000 in travel funds to facilitate interactions between GRFs and U.S. Geological Survey researchers for up to 12 months. GRIP opportunities are made possible by a NSF – USGS partnership to support GRF professional development and network expansion at federal facilities.

GRFs must submit a GRIP proposal via NSF Fastlane by May 6th, 2016. Interested GRFs should read the descriptions of our internship opportunity (see links below) discuss the opportunity with their advisors, and then schedule a time with us to discuss the internship.

Best,Dr. Beth Middleton, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center; ; 337-266-8618.

A description of internship opportunity can be found here. NSF’s GRIP site. USGS’s GRIP site.

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.

New York

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

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

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.

CANADA

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

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

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

Further information on the application process will be available here.

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


Graduate - Internship Opportunities

ALABAMA

MS assistantships and intern positions in Forest Ecology and Management (Posted 5/24/16)

Several MS assistantships and intern positions available immediately. The work will be in forest ecology and/or forest management.

The positions are at Alabama A&M University's Forestry, Ecology and Wildlife Program in Huntsville, Alabama. The projects are focused on various aspects of the ecology and management of mixed forests. The assistantships are for 2 years, while the internships are for 2-3 months, with some possibility for further support. The compensation is $20,000 per year.

The Forestry, Ecology, and Wildlife Program at Alabama A&M University is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. It trains undergraduate, MS, and PhD students. North Alabama is heavily forested and beautiful with abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.

Desired qualifications: for the inters - good work ethic, ability to work outdoors, and ability or desire to learn how to identify tree and other plant species, and carry out measurements of environmental and vegetation variables.

For the graduate students: a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Strong academic record and GRE scores. Enthusiasm for and interest in some aspect of forest ecology or forest management. We are committed to diversity, so women, minorities, and applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply: Interns - send your resume and contact information for three professional references.
For graduate students - send a brief letter of interest/cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and email and phone number of three
professional reference to: Dr. Luben Dimov at or . For additional information, email or call
256-372-4545.

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

Internships at Wilderness Education & Sustainable Living Center in Remote SE Alaska (Posted 5/6/16)

The Wrangell Mountains Center (WMC) in Anchorage, Alaska is seeking summer interns for their upcoming 2016 summer season. For more information, go here.

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

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

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

ARKANSAS

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

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

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

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

CALIFORNIA

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

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

Plant Conservation Genetics Post-Doctoral Associate - San Diego Zoo Global (Posted 6/23/16)

San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) is seeking an innovative and engaging scientist to join their team as Plant Conservation Genetics Post-Doctoral Associate. For more information, go here. Application deadline is Sunday, July 17, 2016 by 9:30pm Pacific Standard Time.

Ecology-Energy Nexus Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Davis (Posted 6/2/16)

University of California, Davis in the Land, Air, and Water (LAWR) Resources Department seeks a Ecology-Energy Nexus Postdoctoral Scholar. For more information, go here. Application review will begin on July 15, 2016 and applicants should submit materials no later than July 30 for primary consideration.

8 Ecology Internship Opportunities in Los Angeles with the Arroyo Seco Foundation (Posted 5/24/16)

The Arroyo Seco Foundation (ASF), is a Los Angeles based environmental non-profit that is dedicated to preserving the Los Angeles River Watershed. ASF recently established the Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery in 2014 to collect and propagate native plants from seed and cuttings. The nursery serves as a central location for education and nursery stock for habitat restoration. ASF has also received a grant from Patagonia's World Trout Initiative to author a restoration plan to restore Rainbow Trout in the Arroyo Seco, a crucial tributary of the Los Angeles River system.

Currently seeking applications for interns from various backgrounds:

Ecology Interns (3): Will assist in the Patagonia Project. Skills that are needed for the project require hiking ability into mountainous terrain to survey for aquatic species. A qualified candidate will also have experience using GPS and GIS technology to record habitat information. Basic plant ID will also be a valuable skill. Equipment for the internship will be provided by ASF and its project partners.

Environmental History Intern (1): This internship position will require less field work. The intern will look through primary sources for flood history of the Los Angeles River and Arroyo Seco. The intern will assist ASF staff in developing a history of flood structures that will be used in the habitat assessment in the Patagonia Project.

Environmental Engineering Intern (1): This intern position will work with local engineers to assess dams in the Arroyo Seco and create a plan to improve structures. This will also be used in the Patagonia Project.

Nursery Intern (3): This internship program will assist nursery operations. Background in California flora is required. The program will also involve hiking through rough terrain. A candidate will assist in propagating vegetation and assisting ASF in carrying out restoration projects.

The internship period will be three months, with the possibility of extending the program. Part time and full time commitments are acceptable. Recent graduates are preferred, however, current graduate or undergraduate students will be considered. Please contact David C. Banuelas ((323) 405-7326 or ) directly for more details. To apply please email a resume and a brief statement of interest, and state which position you are interested in and if seeking full time or part time. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by June 5th to be considered.

Postdoctoral Research Associate -- plant and fire ecology (Posted 5/24/16)

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

Full Time Ecology Lab Technician Position (Posted 5/4/16)

Hiring a full time research technician based at the University of California Riverside for a one year appointment starting in June 2016. Responsibilities include a combination of field and laboratory activities in support of ongoing projects by postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates in the lab. The position also features some interactions with citizen scientists and outreach to stakeholders. The successful candidate should be highly responsible and organized, self-motivated, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Experience with some ecological research in field and lab setting is beneficial.  This could be an excellent position for someone looking for more experience before pursuing a graduate degree. To apply (or for inquiries) send Darrel Jenerette () a cover letter describing your interests and background and a current CV/resume as a single pdf.

Postdoc: Dr. Van Savage, UCLA, McDonnell Foundation grant (Posted 5/4/16)

A two-year post-doctoral position is available (start date flexible, can start as early as July, 2016) in the group of Dr. Van Savage in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. This position will be supported by a recently awarded McDonnell Foundation. Savage combines mathematical models with analysis of large datasets to uncover insights into biological systems. The overall goal is to better understand, both empirically and theoretically, higher-order interactions in biological systems that range from drug combinations that may slow antibiotic resistance to consumer-resource interactions in food webs. In this context, higher-order interactions means beyond pairwise interactions that involve three or more objects. The project has the potential to involve theory development, numerical simulations, and data analysis. Savage will mentor the postdoc in designing and conducting research projects, writing papers, giving talks, and applying for jobs. For more information, go here.

COLORADO

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

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

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

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

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

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

PhD student opportunity in Remote Sensing of Alluvial Sandbar Dynamics in Grand Canyon (Posted 5/4/16)

Funding is available for a PhD student to study alluvial sandbar dynamics on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. The research objective is to better understand the highly localized nature of eddy sandbar responses to hydrologic regime, at the event scale (such as during floods) as well as longer-term morphodynamics. The project will make use of an extensive data set from 40 autonomously operating digital camera systems ('remote cameras') which have been providing oblique high-resolution color imagery, up to 12 times per day, for several years (at some sites, going back to 2008). This wealth of data can be used to explore sandbar responses to flows at a range of timescales (from hours to years) as well as other important aspects of the river corridor such as vegetation encroachment and erosional processes. Additional data sets include (annual or sub-annual) ground-based topographic surveys, and other remote sensing data sets derived from aerial imagery (collected in 2005, 2009, and 2013). The PhD funding will include full tuition, stipend, and health insurance. The student will be based at the Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics Lab, advised by Dr. Sankey, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, and Informatics and Computing Program, Northern Arizona University. The student will also work closely with USGS GCMRC (Grand Canyon Monitoring Research Center) research scientists – specifically Dr Daniel Buscombe, Dr. Paul Grams and Dr. Erich Mueller - and a large group of academic and government researchers working in Grand Canyon and throughout the Colorado River Basin. The project will involve georectification of oblique imagery into planform imagery using a network of surveyed ground control points at each site. The student will contribute to the development of automated or semi-automated algorithms for the segmentation of sandbars from georectified images, and the continuing development of a novel approach developed at GCMRC to extract 3D topographic data from imagery, thus potentially providing a means to estimate sandbar volumes. The ideal candidate should have, or is keen to develop, skills in a high-level programming language such as Matlab/Python/R/IDL; an interest in image processing/photogrammetry and/or remote sensing; a background in geomorphology, geology,hydrology, engineering, computer science or related discipline. Although this is designed as a PhD position, qualified applicants seeking a M.S degree may be considered. Candidates interested in the position should contact Dr. Sankey at .

PhD Opportunity at Colorado State Univ. (Posted 5/2/16)

Opportunity for a PhD student interested in investigating the mechanisms of drought tolerance and water-use in grasses. The supply of water through the plant hydraulic system is fundamental to understanding the growth and survival of plants under a range of conditions, but little is known about grass hydraulic responses to variability in soil moisture.  Seeking a PhD-level student to help us investigate how this important growth-form responds to- and recovers from- drought. The research involved in this project will initially focus on investigating mechanistic explanations for the decline in plant hydraulic conductance on a model species (maize), and then will expand these results to investigate how these mechanisms vary among a wider range of grass species from natural plant communities.  We are seeking applicants with an MS degree in plant ecophysiology (or related field), but all applicants with experience in plant physiology or ecophysiology and a strong quantitative background will be considered. Ideally, the successful applicant will begin school in Fall 2016, but start dates in January 2017 will also be considered. This position will be funded in part through a full-time seasonal appointment through the USDA in combination with a teaching assistantship (1 semester per year) in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University. If you are interested in this position please send your current CV and a cover letter summarizing your experience and interest in plant ecophysiology/plant hydraulics to both Troy Ocheltree (, webpage:troyocheltree.wordpress.com) and Sean Gleason (). 

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.

CONNECTICUT

Postdoc in evolutionary ecology - University of Connecticut (Posted 5/27/16)

A postdoctoral research position in evolutionary ecology is available in Dr. Mark Urban’s laboratory at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The postdoc will join an NSF-funded project to explore how immigration and rapid evolution determine the resilience of natural communities and ecosystems to the climate-fueled increase in a top predator in temporary ponds using a combination of whole-pond manipulations, experimental evolution in the field, and genomics.

As winters have warmed, the marbled salamander has increased its abundance and distribution in ponds in New England. Previous research demonstrates wholesale changes in communities and ecosystems when this top predator colonizes a new pond. We will explore if immigration of new community members or rapid evolution can mediate these changes. The postdoc will participate in all aspects of the project, including whole-pond manipulations, common garden experiments, field-based observations, genomic studies, and analysis. Additional responsibilities include written and oral communication of research results and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The successful applicant will have completed a PhD degree in ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, or a related field prior to the start date. An excellent publication record, strong organizational and communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to work independently are required. Preference will be given to scientists with experience in one or more of the following areas: evolutionary ecology, common garden experiments, genomics, and fieldwork with pond amphibian and invertebrate communities. The position can start September 2016 – February 2017 with a strong preference for the earlier dates. The position is for 2 years conditional on exemplary performance. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. To apply, email Mark Urban () via email 1) a cover letter that explains your fit to the research position, what novel insights or skills you would add, and your potential start date; 2) a complete CV with publications and grants; and 3) the names of two references. Review of applications will begin June 7th and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, contact Mark Urban ()

Highstead Accepting Applications for Conservation Internship (Posted 5/24/16)

Highstead in Reddig, CT is seeking Conservation Interns for Fall 2016. Interns will work with ther Senior Conservationists to implement research, outreach, and policy projects that advance priority conservation initiatives. The paid internship will run 12 weeks, from September 26, 2016 to December 16, 2016. Ideal candidates will be recent graduates of a Bachelor’s or Master’s-level program with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for landscape ecology, conservation finance, land conservation, and forest policy. For more information about the internship and how to apply, click here.

FLORIDA

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

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

Two Postdoc Position at USEPA Gulf Ecology Division - EPA - FL (Posted 6/23/16)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf Ecology Division in Gulf Breeze, FL has a Post-doc position available -
Effects of ocean and coastal acidification on stressor responses in estuarine organisms and reef-building corals. Research focuses on determining how changes in coastal water chemistry from ocean acidification and nutrient enrichment influence stressor responses in estuarine organisms and reef-building corals under controlled laboratory conditions. The project will investigate the interactive effects of projected high levels of pC02 and selected land- based stressors on genomic, biochemical, cellular and organismal level responses in selected species. The post-doc will develop and utilize exposure and testing systems and various biological response endpoints to determine sensitive species and life stages of estuarine invertebrates, fish and corals. The post doc will investigate how changes in carbonate chemistry, dissolved oxygen, and other water quality parameters affect calcification and other genomic and cellular responses to allow a mechanistic interpretation of species sensitivity and to facilitate predictive model development. For position description go here. For position details and to apply go here. Project No. GED-06-16-2016-02. Applications are due by July 29, 2016.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf Ecology Division in Gulf Breeze, FL has a Post-doc position available - 
Aquatic toxicology applications linking molecular response to exposure effects through computational toxicology and biochemical modeling. Research focuses on identifying characteristic protein and gene expression responses to chemical stressors and developing quantitative methods for evaluating differences in response between aquatic species. The project will implement modeling strategies to incorporate linkages between chronic pesticide exposure and aquatic species development to predict chemical effects. The post-doc will develop methods to evaluate representative early life stage responses to stressors and incorporate molecular-level data from experimental studies and literature in modeling tools to link molecular changes to biological networks, pathways, and systems. The application of developed models will improve predictive toxicology approaches and estimate effects on demographic parameters for population-level assessment of stressor impacts. A candidate with an extensive ecotoxicology background related to computational toxicology, molecular techniques and quantitative approaches will work within a laboratory team with ecological modeling expertise. For position description go here. For position details and to apply go here. Project No. GED-06-16-2016-01. Applications are due by July 29, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project Managers or Postdoctoral Researcher (Posted 5/24/16)

Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida seeks applications for a project manager for an ecology of infectious disease project on agricultural development and human schistosomiasis.  The project involves rigorous development and deployment of social surveys, environmental sampling and a field trial to explore the top-down and bottom- up effects of agricultural practices on schistosome (trematode) infections in aquatic snails and humans, as well as the effects of these practices on crop production.  The candidate must speak French and be willing to spend substantial portions of the year in Senegal, Africa.  Although we prefer candidates with PhDs, we are willing to consider candidates without PhDs who have prior experience. Ideal candidates will have skills/experience in several of the following areas: ecology/biology of infectious disease; epidemiological study design; human subjects research; field biology; hydrology or digital elevation modeling; GIS; social survey development; project management, ideally international in scope; environmental and ecological field methods, such as aquatic biodiversity sampling, water quality measurement or crop productivity assessment; conducting research in developing countries; statistical analysis; manuscript writing and communication of scientific results. The candidate must be highly organized, resourceful, creative, independent, hardworking, capable of working with and supervising a team, comfortable with fieldwork, and a strong English writer.  

This candidate will be a member of the laboratory of Dr. Jason Rohr in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) but he/she will be part of a broader interdisciplinary team of empiricists and mathematical modelers from UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Monash University, and Senegal. We are ultimately looking for the most promising and productive candidate whose skills most complement our present research team.  The start date is flexible, but earlier start dates are preferred.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, brief statement of research interests (<2 pages), and list of references as a single pdf to Dr. Jason Rohr () with the subject line of the email reading “Postdoc Application (insert last name)”.  For example: Postdoc Application Smith.

The position will remain open until filled.

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 ().

GEORGIA

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

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

M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development (at least 2 positions) (Posted 5/2/16)

Seeking MS students (at least 2 positions) to join the vibrant team of freshwater ecologists at the University of Georgia in the fall of 2017.

The selected candidates will pursue studies in urban freshwater ecology in Georgia. The work will broadly focus on understanding interactions between water infrastructure and community and ecosystem ecology in the Oconee River Watershed. The selected candidates will work actively with local stakeholders to prioritize research activities and to  select research sites.  Applicants must meet the entrance requirements for the Odum School.

Additional required qualifications: AB, BA, or BS in biology, environmental science or related field Evidence of experience completing successful independent research projects Desire to work within interdisciplinary teams.

Desired qualifications: Experience conducting research in freshwater systems, especially with water chemistry and/or aquatic organisms Experience working with non-governmental organizations to address environmental problems.

Review the Capps, Rosemond, and Wenger websites to learn more about the on-going research in our labs. Please contact Dr. Krista Capps () with questions. If you are interested the positions, please send Krista (1) a two paragraph description of your research interests and relevant work/educational experience, (2) curriculum vitae or resume, (3) university transcripts, and (4) GRE (and TOEFL if applicable) scores (unofficial copies are acceptable).

Drs. Capps, Rosemond, and Wenger will be in Sacramento for the annual Society for Freshwater Science meeting and are happy to discuss research opportunities in freshwater ecology at UGA.

IDAHO

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

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

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

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

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

Postdoc in soil quality of bioenergy crop production - Univ. of Idaho (Posted 6/23/16)

University of Idaho in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow located in Moscow, ID.
The postdoctoral fellow will conduct field and laboratory-based research to determine relative nutrient and greenhouse gas fluxes and soil microbial activity in energy crops compared to managed forest and agricultural systems as part of the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels-NW project. On these topics, the postdoctoral fellow will perform quantitative data analysis and prepare synthesis papers for publication. For more information, go here. Position is open until filled. However, first consideration will be given to those who apply by July 13, 2016. Posting No. SP000987P.

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.

ILLINOIS

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

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

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

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

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Arctic Ecology and Climate Change - Univ. of Illinois (Posted 7/7/16)

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research associate for newly funded research on shrub functional traits and belowground carbon cycling in the Alaskan tundra. The successful candidate will work with Drs. Jennifer Fraterrigo and Feng Sheng Hu at the University of Illinois as part of a collaborative effort with research partners Drs. Ken Tape and Eugenie Euskirchen at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Responsibilities will include field data collection to characterize plant traits and belowground carbon cycling, sample and data analysis, and writing scientific publications for submission to peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will be encouraged to pursue new research directions, and will help manage the lab and interact with graduate and undergraduate students. The initial term of appointment is one year, renewable for one additional year contingent upon satisfactory progress. Salary is competitive and commensurate with previous experience.

The expected start date is January 1, 2017.

Required: PhD in ecology, environmental science or a closely related field within the past 5 years; field research experience measuring plant traits (preferably for arctic vegetation) and soil carbon cycling; experience with statistical analysis using the R programming language; strong publication record.

Desired: Experience with hierarchical modeling in a Bayesian framework; strong communication skills that allow for working effectively as a member of a spatially distributed collaborative research team.

Candidates should email (in a single PDF file) a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests and accomplishments, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) for three references to Dr. Jennifer Fraterrigo (). Please indicate 'Arctic Postdoc' in the subject line. Inquires should also be directed to Dr. Fraterrigo. Review of applications will begin July 18th, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoc Aquatic ecology - impacts of hydro/ecoseparation on the Mississippi River Basin from the Great Lakes (Posted 6/23/16)

Illinois Natural History Survey, a Division of the Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Location: Illinois River Biological in Station in Havana IL

Duration: available immediately, annually renewable depending on performance until Sep 2018

Description: Looking for a scientist who can help their team analyze and synthesize existing but loosely organized data on aquatic natural resources potentially affected by disconnecting Lake Michigan from the Illinois River Valley. Quantitative analysis and peer-reviewed publication are expectations your application should be sure address those needs. This Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funded project will also be an important resource for future decisions because a permanent separation could have the unintended consequence of undermining decades of investment and recovery success. Natural resource management agencies and stakeholders need to be well informed about any potential ramifications of a dramatic intervention like hydrologic or ecological separation.

Responsibilities:  Summarize aquatic resources to be potentially impacted by hydro-ecoseparation into positively, neutrally, or negatively affected. Interpret in the form of a Technical Report with bibliography. This info includes peer-reviewed literature and existing long-term (multi-decadal) commercial, recreational and conservation fishdata sets (electronic, Agency Technical Reports) from a variety of sources (DNR, federal agencies, state surveys, universities). For some background on the issue please go here or here.

Qualifications:  Applicants must clearly demonstrate ability with a quantitative/statistical tools. Must have obtained Ph.D. by the date of hire and within the last five years.  

Salary: 42,000/yr + benefits, some conference support

Closing Date: June 30, 2016 and continue until a suitable candidate has been identified.

Contact/Email:  For technical questions contact Dr. Andrew F. Casper ().

Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Institute of Environmental Sustainability (Posted 5/27/16)

Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Environmental Sustainability seeks a Research Associate (MS prepared) or Post-Doctoral Fellow for a 6-month research position (with the possibility to renew depending upon performance and availability of funds) to co-manage two large-scale experimental Great Lakes coastal wetland restoration projects. The successful candidate will work with the research team to implement mechanical biomass-harvest restoration of 200+ acres of invasive-species dominated coastal wetlands in northern Michigan, assess ecological responses, and will work toward complete utilization of harvested invasive plant biomass for energy production or agricultural composting. The candidate will help manage the research laboratory in the IES, mentoring IES undergraduate and graduate students in the project. This is a 6-month full time Research Associate/Post-doctoral fellowship position supported in part by an EPA GLRI research grant and a Michigan DNR Invasive Species Grant. The Research Associate/ Post-doc will report to the Institute of Environmental Sustainability Director, and will begin on July 1, 2016 and end December 31, 2016. 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.

IOWA

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in the Ecology of the C Cycle - Iowa State Univ. (Posted 5/27/16)

A postdoctoral position is available to work on how plant species invasion and altered precipitation will impact C cycling in southern U.S. grassland systems.  The objectives of the project are to assess how productivity above and belowground, microbial composition and functioning, nutrient mineralization, decomposition, mycorrhizal colonization, and soil C are impacted by conversion of native to exotic-dominated grasslands and altered precipitation.  The responsibilities of the fellow will be to oversee the collection of data with team members, statistically analyze metagenomic data sets, and to write and submit  manuscripts and reports.  The fellow will work jointly in the labs of Brian Wilsey and Kirsten Hofmockel at Iowa State
University in Ames, IA.  Ames has been voted as one of the nicest small cities in which to live in the U.S.  Required qualifications are a Ph.D. in ecology or a related field, and interest in the objectives of the project and the ability/desire to learn new techniques.  Preferred qualifications include a background in soil microbial metagenomics, molecular techniques, and/or statistics.  To apply, please submit a CV, a cover letter expressing interest, and a pdf of at least one published manuscript to Brian Wilsey () by August 1, 2016. The position is for one year with a possibility of renewal.  ISU is an EO/AA employer.

KENTUCKY

MS Assistantship in xerohydric flatwoods (Posted 5/4/16)

Graduate research assistantship available toward a MS in Watershed Science through the Watershed Studies Institute (WSI) at Murray State University with Paul Gagnon. The position examines ecological and edaphic controls of species composition in post oak flatwoods of xerohydric wetlands. Stipend is $12,000 per year with opportunity to apply for additional funding in second year; complementary room can be arranged for the student at Hancock Biological Station on Kentucky Lake. Includes the opportunity to work closely with USFWS and NRCS professionals. Position begins August 15, 2016, by which time applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in biology or a related field and have demonstrated interest in field-based and/or quantitative ecological research. To apply, *combine the following into a single PDF file* and send as an email attachment to by May 27, 2016 with the subject titled “Graduate Research Position”: 1) a combined letter of introduction and essay not to exceed 2-pages summarizing your relevant background, experience, career goals, and interest in this position, 2) resume/CV, 3) unofficial transcript, 4) 3 academic references, 5) test scores from the GRE.

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.

MAINE

PhD Research Assistant Dam Decision-Making - Univ. of Maine (Posted 5/24/16)

University of Maine, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solution is seeking a highly qualified and motivated student interested in sustainability science research. The student will work with Dr. Sharon Klein and an interdisciplinary team of researchers on a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to examine the economic, technological, ecological, social, and political trade-offs associated with different kinds of dam decisions in New England. Research will include techno-economic analysis of different hydropower systems and stakeholder-engaged multi-criteria decision analysis, including interviews, focus groups, and surveys with dam decision-makers, as well as computer modeling. For more information, go here.

PhD Graduate Assistantship – Ecological Genetics of Maine Fishes (Posted 5/24/16)

Kinnison Lab, University of Maine, School of Biology and Ecology has a position for a PhD Graduate Assistantship – Ecological Genetics of Maine Fishes. For more information, go here. Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is hired.

MARYLAND

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Movement Ecology of Estuarine and Marine Fishes (Posted 5/24/16)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research fellow who will use animal telemetry and environmental data to evaluate movement behavior and habitat use of estuarine and marine fishes.  The fellow will assist with acoustic and likely satellite tagging of sharks and rays in Chesapeake Bay and the US Mid-Atlantic region. The fellow will analyze resulting data as well as existing acoustic telemetry data for Cownose Rays, Blue Catfish and Common Carp. Analyses will focus on identifying spatial and temporal patterns in habitat use across the coastal/estuarine interface. Analyses will include the development of statistical models relating distribution patterns to environmental conditions and forcing factors including seasonal and long- term changes in temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and other factors depending on data availability. The resulting models will be used to identify spatial correlates of predator distributions, predict seasonal shifts in habitat use and potential changes in habitat use related to climate change, and help guide conservation and management decisions.  

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in biology, ecology or fisheries, peer- reviewed publications, professional presentations, and demonstrated interest in public outreach.  Applicants also need strong skills with statistical and geographic information system (GIS) analyses.  Skills using acoustic and satellite telemetry technology, data visualization tools or advanced statistical analyses (such as habitat use metrics, movement patterns, mixed-effects models or Bayesian analysis) are preferred.  The position is funded for 2 years.  The stipend is $48,000/year plus health insurance.  For best consideration, send letter of application, CV, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (scanned copies are fine), and names of three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) by June 3, 2016 to Dr. Matthew Ogburn (), SERC, P.O. Box 28, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028.  For more information on SERC, go here.  EOE. Review begins June 3, 2016, open until filled.

Land Stewardship Intern -  Eastern Shore Land Conservancy - MD (Posted 5/11/16)

Purpose: In efforts to preserve the prime farmland, wildlife habitats, and unique natural assets of the Eastern Shore, ESLC assists landowners in exploring and implementing various conservation options for their properties, such as conservation easements. To ensure the ongoing preservation of these special places, ESLC visits landowners and inspects preserved properties on an annual basis. The Stewardship Intern will play an instrumental role by helping ESLC carry out these responsibilities. For more information about the Conservancy, please refer to our website at www.eslc.org.

Job Duties: The Stewardship Intern will assist in monitoring their conservation eased properties by making site visits, observing and documenting changes to the properties, and completing and filing monitoring reports for each visit. The Stewardship Intern will also assist the Stewardship Manager with various administrative tasks as needed.

Training/Benefits: In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to the preservation of the unique farmland on the Eastern Shore, the Land Steward Intern will receive experience in easement monitoring, stewardship management, and land conservation. $1,500 paid stipend, plus mileage.

Qualifications & Skills Required: The ideal candidate will be pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, or a related field. The candidate should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, enjoy working with people, interest in the land conservation field, and the ability to spend long days in the field hiking and collecting land-based property information. Strong technological skills necessary. Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle required.

Location: The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is located at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center located at 114 South Washington Street, Easton, Maryland.

Time Commitment: Full time: 40 hours/week for time agreed upon.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Megan D’Arcy, Stewardship Manager at Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, 114 South Washington Street, Easton MD 21601 or by email at .

MASSACHUSETTS

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

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

Postdoc & Graduate Student Positions: Freshwater Mussel Conservation Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit University of Massachusetts Amherst (Posted 6/23/16)

Several positions are available to conduct research on freshwater mussels, particularly the Brook Floater (Alasmidonta varicosa) and Yellow Lampmussel (Lampsilis cariosa), which are listed as endangered under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. There is growing recognition of the need to restore freshwater mussels through population augmentation and re-introduction. We are just beginning to develop culture methods for mussel propagation at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Richard Cronin Aquatic Resource Center in Sunderland, Massachusetts. The positions here include opportunities to use experimental methods to test approaches for culturing multiple mussel species, and to explore mussel habitat use and quality in the field.

Project Leaders: Dr. Peter Hazelton (), Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Dr. Dave Perkins (), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Dr. Allison Roy (), U.S. Geological Survey, Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Postdoctoral Position: The postdoctoral researcher will work directly with multiple states along the east coast to assess the population status of Brook Floater and develop cooperative conservation efforts.
Specifically, the postdoc will work with states and project leaders to develop and implement standard methods for rapid assessment and long- term monitoring surveys.  New and historical data will be used to identify habitat correlates of population occupancy and demographic parameters that will influence viability of Brook Floater and help to determine feasibility of reintroduction and augmentation strategies. The postdoc will also coordinate interactions among the state agencies, and help to facilitate conservation efforts.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates will have a background in freshwater ecology, experience working on collaborative research projects, and strong quantitative skills in modeling, estimation, and optimization. Experience in mussel ecology, group facilitation methods, and decision analysis tools are desired, but not required. Applicants are expected to have earned a PhD in a relevant discipline prior to the start date.

Salary/Benefits: The position will begin on or around January 1, 2017 and is for up to 2.5 years, depending on productivity and success in the first year. Salary is $56,000 in the first year, with increases and benefits according to the University of Massachusetts Postdoctoral Contract. Funding is also available for travel to support site visits and attend professional conferences.

Graduate Student Positions: Two graduate positions are available at either the MS or PhD level in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The graduate students will be primarily conducting research related to mussel propagation. There is some flexibility in project design, but projects will likely include field surveys, host fish collection, and experimental lab studies related to culturing mussels.  Graduate students are expected to write a research proposal, conduct research and analyze data, supervise undergraduate technicians, write up results in 2 or more manuscripts (for MS level), and present findings at professional conferences.  A description of the graduate program, course requirements, and thesis requirements, are available here.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates will have a background and interests in freshwater ecology and research experience in the field and/or laboratory. Experience conducting independent research or culturing mussels is particularly desirable, but not necessary.

Undergraduate GPA and coursework, GRE scores, writing and speaking ability, and ability to work independently and in teams will all be considered.  Applicants for a PhD position must have a MS degree in a related field.

Salary/Benefits: The position can begin in September 2016, January 2017, or May 2017, and will be for 2 years (MS) or 3 or more years (PhD). The student will either be supported on a research assistantship (20
hours/week) with occasional teaching assistantships through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, or through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Pathways program. Both options include a stipend of ~$26,000 per year, benefits through the employer and a tuition waiver. Funding for travel to professional conferences is also provided.

To apply for any of the positions, send 1) a cover letter describing your background and experiences as they relate to the position you are applying for, 2) a CV with names and contact information for 3 references, and 3) unofficial transcripts to Allison Roy (). Review of applications will begin on July 18, 2016.

PhD position in Floodplain Biogeochemistry - University of Massachusetts—Amherst (Posted 6/23/16)

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

Applications for a fully funded PhD positions in the Soil and Microbial Biogeochemistry group at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst.

Research: The successful candidate will conduct research into the metabolic constraints on the biogeochemical cycling of organic matter within floodplains. The overarching goal of this research is to decipher the coevolution of organic carbon and metal chemistry within floodplains, and its resulting determinant of carbon oxidation rates and metal contaminant fate and transport. This research is focused on the Colorado and associated River basins where a legacy of mining has left floodplain aquifers contaminated with uranium and other metals. The candidates will combine experiments in laboratories with field sampling and long-term monitoring to examine the key microbial processes responsible for the cycling of carbon and associated metals. Candidates will have the excellent opportunity to apply cutting-edge synchrotron-based spectroscopy/microscopy, mass spectrometry, and molecular biology techniques to study the microbial transformations of carbon and metals. This research will be conducted in collaboration with a supportive team of scientists at UMass-Amherst, Stanford University, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  

Qualifications: Applicants with Bachelor degree in soil science or a related field (environmental science, geoscience, microbiology, or environmental chemistry) are encouraged to apply. We expect the student to have a general interest in fundamental biogeochemical mechanisms in soils, and to creatively integrate his or her own ideas within the broader framework of the project.

Location: UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.  

Application: Interested candidates are asked to send their CV, copies of Bachelor and/or Master degrees (including academic transcripts), and a list of two potential references (including full contact addresses). These materials, and inquiries for further information, should be sent to Dr. Marco Keiluweit, Assistant Professor, Soil and Microbial Biogeochemistry () by July 15, 2016, or until the position is filled.  The start date is negotiable, but ideally Sept 2016 or Jan 2017. 

MICHIGAN

2 funded MS Positions - Freshwater mussel ecology - Central Michigan Univ. (Posted 7/7/16)

Funded MS Positions (2), Biology Department, Institute for Great Lakes Research, Central Michigan University: Spatial Ecology and Reproductive Ecology of Native Freshwater Mussels
 
The Woolnough Lab will be accepting applications for 2 new MS students to begin Fall 2016.  The two positions will both focus on the conservation of rare freshwater mussels.
 
Responsibilities: The successful applicants will conduct a two-year, grant and TA supported research project on rare unionids in the Great Lakes Region. The MS students will combine field and laboratory techniques to assist in understanding the ecology of rare freshwater mussels.  The successful applicants will work with Dr. Daelyn Woolnough at Central Michigan University to answer questions about the conservation of mussel species and communities, ultimately leading to a comprehensive thesis. Stipend support in the form of Research Assistantship and Teaching Assistantships (for top quality candidates) will be available through the school year. Graduate students in Biology receive full tuition waivers.

MS Position #1: Will focus on fragmentation and relocation effects on endangered freshwater mussels.
MS Position #2: Will focus on the reproduction ecology of rare freshwater mussels

Qualifications: The successful applicant should be highly motivated and have a B.S. in biology, zoology, ecology, aquaculture, fisheries or closely related field. Prior field experience (e.g., boats, snorkeling, SCUBA), interests in conservation biology, and working with aquatic invertebrates and/or unionid mussels, are assets.  For MS Position #2 a background in microscopy with SEM experience is a requirement.

Minimum academic qualifications for a position in the Woolnough Lab include 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 system) and completion of GRE.

Salary: approx $18,000 + tuition waiver

Closing Date: July 22nd, 2016 or earlier if competitive candidates apply.

The candidate will be expected to begin August 29,2016 for the Fall 2016 semester.  Letters of interest and information described below should be emailed to Dr. Woolnough by July 22, 2016 or earlier.  Please do not apply to the CMU Graduate School/ Biology Department without first contacting Dr. Woolnough.

Send the following by email with the subject ‘FRESHWATER MUSSEL MS’ to Dr. Woolnough () with all of the following information:

1) a cover letter explaining your interest, qualifications, and position interested in (#1, #2 or both)
2) a resume (CV)
3) copies of transcripts (unofficial ok) and GRE grades (unofficial OK- report grades in cover letter).
4) names and contact information for three academic references.

Feel free to contact Dr. Woolnough by email () with any questions.

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

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

Coastal Wetland Monitoring Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Central Michigan Univ. (Posted 5/27/16)

College of Science and Engineering, Central Michigan University seeks a Coastal Wetland Monitoring Post Doctoral Research Fellow for a full-time 12 month appointment. For more information, go here.

MINNESOTA

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

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

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

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

MISSISSIPPI

PH.D. Graduate Research Assistantship: Disturbance Ecology - Mississippi State Univ. (Posted 5/24/16)

A Ph.D. assistantship is available for a highly motivated student interested in disturbance ecology and wildlife conservation to join the lab of Dr. Marcus Lashley in the Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Department at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. For more information, go here. Apply by June 15, 2016.

PhD Assistantship in Coastal Sciences- Univ. of Southern Mississippi (Posted 5/6/16)

Graduate Assistantship in Coastal Sciences offered by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Coastal Sciences at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

Location: USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Salary: $19,200 stipend plus tuition. End Date: Until Filled

Description: The Department of Coastal Sciences at USM’s Gulf Coast Research Lab is pleased to announce the availability of a PhD research assistantship for a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funded research project examining food webs of reef fish in Mississippi waters using stable isotopes. The prospective student should have an interest in fisheries oceanography, experience in using stable isotopes in ecological studies and have a strong analytical background. The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is a marine/ coastal research and education enterprise sited in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and is a unit of The University of Southern Mississippi‘s College of Science and Technology.  GCRL has a workforce of 200 faculty, researchers, graduate students and support staff. Research at GCRL is multidisciplinary and applications-oriented with a focus on sustainable coastal and marine resources, development of new marine technologies, and the education of future scientists and citizens. Education opportunities span graduate degree programs in the Department of Coastal Sciences, undergraduate field courses in marine biology and hands-on discovery programs for precollege students and teachers.

Academic requirements: Minimum GPA of 3.5, GRE verbal and quantitative percentiles of a minimum of 50%, and a 4.5 analytical writing score. Foreign students: minimum TOEFL percentile of 50%. To apply: If you are interested in applying for the Graduate Assistantship in Coastal Sciences offered by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Coastal Sciences:

Compile: 1.Cover letter; 2.CV –include your GRE scores (unofficial are fine); 3. Unofficial transcripts.

Please send requested information or any inquiries about the PhD assistantship to Dr. Kevin Dillon ()

PH.D. Graduate Research Assistantship: Disturbance Ecology (Posted 5/6/16)

Project Title: Understanding the role of resource pulses in ecosystem processes

A Ph.D. assistantship is available for a highly motivated student interested in disturbance ecology and wildlife conservation to join the lab of Dr. Marcus Lashley in the Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Department at Mississippi State University. The student will investigate how experimental and natural resource pulses affect wildlife and plant community dynamics indirectly by altering feral swine and white-tailed deer behavior. This research will span multiple systems across Mississippi with various types of resource pulses and primary and secondary consumer assemblages. Ongoing projects will give the candidate the opportunity to develop a dissertation related to experimentally-induced pulses of carrion, vegetation biomass, and vegetation quality, and natural resource pulses from plant mass seeding events. The student will gain a wide variety of skill sets related to plant and animal community sampling techniques and statistical approaches, and the student will have the opportunity to serve in a mentoring capacity to several M.S. students working on related experiments.

Project duties include aiding in data collection and experimental design of ongoing projects and forming unique hypotheses and experiments for their own dissertation. Data collection in remote areas with harsh conditions will be required. The student will be expected to not only fulfill the requirements of degree completion but also to publish results in peer-reviewed journals.

Competitive candidates will have the following qualifications: 1) completed a M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology, Plant Biology, Ecology, or a closely related discipline, 2) evidence of successful collaboration, and 3) related research experiences. Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of strong oral and written communication skills, strong quantitative skills, and a demonstrated publication record.

To apply, please submit via email a cover letter outlining your interest in the project and highlighting relevant experiences, a C.V., and contact information for 3 references. Applying before the deadline is encouraged because a candidate may be selected before the due date. The last date to apply is June 15, 2016. Projected start date is August 16, 2016.

Contact: Marcus Lashley,

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.

MISSOURI

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

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

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

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

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

MONTANA

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

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

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

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

3-yr funded postdoc in species adaptive capacity and vulnerability to contemporary climate change (Bozeman, MT) (Posted 5/4/16)

*Pre-announcement for a 3-year postdoctoral research position*

An exciting research opportunity is opening at the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center on the Montana State University campus for a passionate postdoctoral researcher interested in patterns of species vulnerability and resilience to contemporary climate change, as they relate to adaptive capacity.  Adaptive capacity (AC) has been described as one of three main elements that influence vulnerability to climate change, in addition to exposure and sensitivity.  Primary components of AC include dispersal and colonization abilities, evolutionary capacity, and phenotypic plasticity. Because AC is poorly understood, it has often been excluded from climate change vulnerability assessments, and natural resource managers are hindered in their ability to consider AC in various analyses and conservation planning activities and decisions.  The successful applicant will draw from diverse literatures (e.g., genetics, ecophysiology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology), and from interactions with state and federal resource managers, other conservation practitioners, university and agency researchers, and NGO scientists to identify knowledge, management needs, and scientific gaps with regards to adaptive capacity.  Well-developed interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and a desire to collaborate with agency  scientists, resource managers, and university researchers from across the nation and world are required for success in this exceptional opportunity.  The researcher will lead the organization, progress, and completion of several peer-reviewed publications, and be centrally involved in organizing two workshops and using input from numerous resource managers and researchers to develop a framework that will help natural resource managers and other conservation practitioners assess the likely AC of species within a local or regional biota in response to ongoing and projected climate change. The successful candidate will be hired as a GS-11 Biologist after a nation-wide announcement on USAJOBS, and will be eligible for a benefits package.  More information on benefits for USGS employees can be found here.

Highly qualified and interested individuals should contact Dr. Erik A. Beever (; +1-406-994-7670) and provide your CV and a ~1-page statement of interest that outlines pertinent experience, general qualifications, and your graduate degrees and topics.  Do not include your social security # or phone # in these documents.  Previous experience with ecological or species’ responses to contemporary climate change, disturbance ecology, and species endangerment, as well as evidence of initiative, innovation, leadership, and sustained productivity in publications are important skillsets for this opportunity. General information on the project is available here (on the “Science” tab), and information on the researcher in whose lab the position will be physically located here.  His publication list is here. Information about the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center can be found at here and about its research staff here.

NEBRASKA

Ph.D. position in Restoration and Landscape Ecology - Univ. of Nebraska (Posted 6/2/16)

A Ph.D. position in Restoration and Landscape Ecology is available at the University of Nebraska. The Ph.D. student will have the opportunity to build on existing research efforts in the labs of Dirac Twidwell (Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources) and Craig R Allen (Nebraska Cooperative Fishand Wildlife Research Unit) and advance our understanding of species invasions, their social-ecological impacts, and how to prioritize restoration actions.

The focus of the project is to develop local to sub-continental assessments for understanding the vulnerability of grasslands to woody invasions and to establish relative measures of restoration potential following transition to woodland dominance. Landscape-level restoration actions have been implemented for years in various priority landscapes within Nebraska, but the success of those restoration investments have not been assessed. These locations provide the foundation for determining the temporal and spatial efficacy of interventions across the state. Efficacy will be measured using remote sensing technology to assess whether interventions are having a lasting and desired impact, or if juniper woodlands are rapidly recovering following intervention. A student with a strong background in geospatial analysis is therefore highly preferred. Data output will allow comparisons across priority landscapes and across scales, in order to elucidate interventions that may be suitable for control at localized scales but inadequate at a larger scale (and vice versa).

Additional information:
In 2014, the Nebraska Conservation Roundtable, a panel consisting of state, federal and private conservation groups, identified Juniperus virginiana invasion as the biggest threat to conservation values in Nebraska. Those groups are anticipating the findings from this research project will shape future conservation actions and provide innovative solutions that reprioritize existing programs. The successful candidate will therefore be expected to build relationships with a diverse group of agency personnel and communicate results in a manner that enhances learning and adaptive management in this landscape.

Successful candidates will be joining a collaborative group of graduate students conducting unique experiments studying fire-invasion dynamics throughout the Great Plains. Students are given opportunities for cross-project collaborations and to pursue independent research interests.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate will be highly motivated, passionate about scientific inquiry, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and publish research in refereed scientific journals. The student will be expected to lead a team of undergraduate technicians to conduct field sampling in remote areas in stressful environments. Excellent GIS skills are desired. Familiarity with spatial modeling and other quantitative statistical or mathematical techniques are also preferred.

Contact and application information:
Students interested in this position should send a statement of interest with research qualifications and career goals, GPA and GRE scores, your most recent transcript (unofficial is fine) and a CV that includes contact information for three references (email preferred). Please send applications to Dirac Twidwell (). Funding is available to start immediately. Full funding is available for 4 years. The stipend rate for 2016 is $25,200. Full tuition waiver and graduate student health benefits are provided at a reduced rate. Review of applications will begin June 8, 2016, and continue until a qualified candidate is identified.

Postdoctoral Researchers – Two Positions in Plant-Microbe Interactions (Posted 5/24/16)

Two postdoctoral research positions are available in plant and microbial biology in the laboratories of Dr. Sabrina Russo and Dr. Karrie Weber at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  These positions are part of a multi-PI NSF-funded project investigating plant-microbe rhizosphere interactions in natural and agricultural systems. For more information, go here.

NEVADA

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

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

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

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

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

Botany Internships (Posted 5/4/16)

Chicago Botanic Garden has Botany Internships with the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming. For more information, go here. Closing Date: Monday May 16, 2016.

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.

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 MEXICO

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

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

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

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

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

Internship: Environmental Educator in New Mexico (Posted 6/23/16)

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is an Environmental Education Center owned by Albuquerque Public Schools and run by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Each year the SMNHC teaches about 17,000 students, teachers and parents about the inter- connectedness of nature through a series of fun, exciting and educational programs.

Duties: Lead 3-5 hour environmental education programs/hikes for 20-30 5th grade students at a time, at the SMNHC and occasionally across New Mexico (travel expenses provided); assist full time staff with field research; trail maintenance and other projects as assigned.

Qualifications Required: Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies, Education, Biology, Ecology or other applicable area.

Conditions of Employment: Must live on site. Desire to work with youth in the outdoors, ability to do physical labor and hikes at elevations of 7,000+ feet, Authorization of a Albuquerque Public Schools criminal background check and satisfactory result.

Length of Internship/Hours per Week: 13 paid weeks between August 22th and November 18th. 35 hours per week.

Compensation & Benefits: $330 a week ($9.43 per hour); Free housing (fully furnished cottage) bordering the Cibola National Forest & Sandia Mountain Wilderness (great trail access). Utilities provided. Rural, remote setting in Cedar Crest, New Mexico. 20 minutes from Albuquerque. 35 hour work week; Gain great teaching experience, including NMMNHS training and continuing education; Beautiful work environment;
Free admission to NMMNHS & programs.

Application Procedure:  Deadline July 4th, 2016.  

Please send a one-page cover letter, resume, and names & phone numbers and/or email addresses of three references to Paul Mauermann, , Phone: 505-281-5259; New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. 

NEW YORK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post Doctorate Research Associate - Cuny-Advanced Science Research Center (Posted 5/24/16)

The City University of New York's newest facility, the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) is accepting applications for a post-doctoral research associate to work with Dr. Peter Groffman on Denitrification in agricultural and forest soils. For more information, go here. PVN ID: RC-1605-001172. Apply by July 12, 2016.

Post Doctorate Research Associate - Cuny-Advanced Science Research Center (Posted 5/24/16)

The City University of New York's newest facility, the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) is accepting applications for a post-doctoral research associate to work with Dr. Peter Groffman on Multi-scale coupled natural human system dynamics of nitrogen in residential landscapes.  For more information, go here. PVN ID: RC-1605-001173. Apply by July 12, 2016 (Or Until Filled).

Post Doctorate Research Associate - Cuny-Advanced Science Research Center (Posted 5/24/16)

The City University of New York's newest facility, the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) is accepting applications for a post-doctoral research associate to work with Dr. Peter Groffman on Urban ecosystem ecology in New York City. For more information, go here. PVN ID: RC-1605-001174. Apply by July 12, 2016.

PhD position in Great Lakes limnology and sensor technologies (Posted 5/6/16)

The Department of Biology/Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York has a graduate Teaching Assistantship beginning in August 2016 available to a full-time student interested in pursuing a PhD in either Interdisciplinary Bioscience & Biotechnology (IB&B) or Environmental Science & Engineering (ESE). The Teaching Assistantship includes a generous 12-month stipend that is eligible for annual renewal based on satisfactory performance as a teaching assistant in the Department of Biology and a tuition waiver.

The successful applicant’s dissertation is expected to focus on the REASON project, a high resolution water quality sensor network being constructed on the St. Lawrence River, which will form the basis of their thesis dissertation. The student will gain valuable training and experience in Great Lakes limnology and the use of emerging technologies used for assessing the impact of a changing environment on water quality.

To be eligible for consideration, students must be accepted to either the Interdisciplinary Bioscience & Biotechnology degree program in the Department of Biology or the Environmental Science & Engineering program in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University as a full-time student, with approval of the REASON project supervisor, Professor Michael Twiss.

The candidate must select one of two degree programs (IB&B or ESE) that can be found at the following website locations for information on the application process and degree requirements:

Interdisciplinary Bioscience & Biotechnology

Environmental Science & Engineering

Interested candidates are highly encouraged to contact Professor Michael Twiss for additional information on the project and degree requirements. Dr. Michael Twiss, Department of Biology, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5805, Phone: 315-268-2359, Fax: 315-268-7118, Email:

Closing Date: Until Filled

Graduate Assistantship in Forest Nutrient Cycling (Posted 5/6/16)

Ruth Yanai is seeking new graduate students (MS or PhD) to participate in a large collaborative project investigating above and belowground carbon allocation, nutrient cycling, and tradeoffs involved in multiple resource allocation. The Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) project has field sites located at Hubbard Brook, Jeffers Brook, and Bartlett Experimental Forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Since 2011, thirteen stands have been receiving N, P, N&P, and control treatments in 0.25-ha plots, with six stands receiving Ca treatments. Research in the MELNHE project includes soil respiration, soil mineralization, beech bark disease, leaf production by species,  foliar nutrient resorption, water use, mycorrhizae, forest productivity (among species and stand age classes), and snail and arthropod diversity.  More information on the project can be found at here.

They also offer opportunities to contribute to uncertainty analyses. QUEST (Quantifying Uncertainty in Ecosystem Studies) is a Research Coordination Network led by Yanai and others. Learn more here.

They welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in forest ecology, nutrient cycling, and uncertainty analysis. Applicants should be self-motivated, excited to work as part of a multi-investigator project, have laboratory and field experience, and be comfortable living and working in a group setting. A field crew blog from previous years is available here.

Ideally, students will be able to start in June 2016, to become familiar with the field sites and our research activities before starting classes in late August.

Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching assistantships. A stipend, full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a summer position with the field crew in New Hampshire will be provided. Prospective students may apply to the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management or the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, both at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.

They appreciate communicating with students as part of the application process. Students are encouraged to review MELNHE related data and publications and supply their own ideas for research in relation to the project. Prospective students should begin that conversation by requesting the password for Ruth's project materials from Mary Hagemann at .

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.

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

Graduate Assistantship:  Conservation Genetics of Freshwater Mollusks - Miami Univ - OH (Posted 6/2/316)

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

Postdoctoral Fellow in Landscape Ecology - Miami Univ. - OH (Posted 6/2/16)

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the Department of Biology, Miami University, Oxford, OH, to conduct research on insect biodiversity, species interactions, and ecosystem services in multiple habitats within agricultural and exurban landscapes of SW Ohio. For more information, go here. Screening of applications will begin June 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

OREGON

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

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

PENNSYLVANIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOUTH CAROLINA

NSF supported Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Conservation

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

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

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

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

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

SOUTH DAKOTA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TEXAS

M.S. Assistantship - Department of Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences at Tarleton State University (Posted 5/27/16)

The Department of Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX is seeking a Master of Science student to research the restoration of native Texas grasslands. The studies focus on developing best management practices for converting bermudagrass pastures to native warm-season grasslands. The student may teach or assist with one or more sections of various wildlife science laboratories or classes, depending upon his or her qualifications. Out-of-state tuition waiver is possible.

To apply, submit a cover letter stating your interest in the position, a resume/curriculum vitae, a copy (unofficial) of your transcript, and a writing sample to the contact below.

Qualifications: Position requires a B.S. in ecology, agronomy, natural resource management, ecosystem sciences, rangeland ecology, biology, wildlife or other closely related field. The successful applicant will have strong quantitative skills. Experience using GIS is highly desirable, but not required. Preferred academic qualifications include a GRE score of at least 150 on both the quantitative and verbal sections (630 and 450, respectively, under the pre-2011 scoring system), and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

Salary: $1,200 per month; Start Date: 08/08/2016 or 01/01/2017; Last date to apply: until filled.

Expectations: The successful candidate is expected to complete a M.S. at Tarleton State University within 24 months. They will also produce and successfully defend a thesis and publish results in a refereed journal.

Contact Person: Dr. Jim Muir, Contact Phone: 254-968-4144 x207, Contact email:

MS Research Assistantship in Plant Ecology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Posted 5/6/16)

The Gabler Lab at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) seeks an outstanding M.S. student for a 2-year Graduate Research Assistantship in plant ecology or a related discipline. Research in our lab emphasizes climate change, restoration ecology, invasive species, and the intersections of these disciplines. We work mostly in coastal and freshwater wetlands, prairies, and forests of the US Gulf Coast, but opportunities exist in other systems and other parts of the world. The student will conduct research under the direction of Dr. Christopher Gabler at the UTRGV Brownsville campus within the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences and/or the Department of Biology (depending on the student’s specific interests).

UTRGV is a new university resulting from the merger of the University of Texas-Brownsville and UT-Pan American. The UTRGV campus in Brownsville, Texas is 45 minutes from South Padre Island National Seashore; 30 minutes from seagrass meadows, salt marshes, mangrove forests and algal flats of the Lower Laguna Madre estuary; and <20 minutes from coastal prairies, forests (hardwood, palm, and thornscrub), and numerous resacas and other freshwater wetlands. The Lower Rio Grande Valley’s subtropical climate and location on major migratory pathways make it a global hotspot for bird and butterfly diversity. Brownsville also boasts ample outdoor recreational opportunities, a low cost of living, and all the amenities of a large city.

A Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores of verbal 153 and quantitative 144 are required. The student must be able to communicate effectively both in writing and orally, and must be willing and able to work in difficult conditions (e.g., inclement weather, extreme heat, knee-deep mud). Prior laboratory or field research experience is preferred but not required.

This position includes a stipend of $1250 per month plus benefits and includes summer salary; however, if the student obtains independent summer support, the stipend will be $1600 per month. The preferred start date is July 1, 2016, but must be no later than August 29, 2016.

Interested applicants should email their CV or resume, unofficial copies of their GPA and GRE scores, a statement of graduate research interests (1-2 pages), and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Christopher Gabler (). Letters of recommendation can be sent separately by their writers.

All application materials must be received by May 27, 2016. The UTRGV application deadline for Fall 2016 admission is July 1, 2016.

For more information about the Gabler Lab, visit sites.google.com/site/cagabler. For more information about the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, visit www.utrgv.edu. For information about applying to graduate programs at UTRGV, visit www.utrgv.edu/graduate/index.htm.

Graduate Positions in Plant Ecology, Restoration Ecology, or Rangeland Ecology at Texas Tech University (Posted 5/6/16)

Outstanding and enthusiastic students are invited to apply for an MS or PhD to study plant ecology, rangeland ecology, or restoration ecology at Texas Tech University. Position will start by Fall 2016. This project offers the qualified student excellent opportunities to select her or his research topic. Students interested in plant ecology, range management, vegetation management, invasive species, restoration ecology, or plant distribution are encouraged to apply.

For inquiries or to apply, please send CV, transcripts (unofficial are fine to start), GRE scores, and names and contact info for three references to: Robert D. Cox, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources Management, MS 42125, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, phone: 806-742-2841, email:

Review of applications is ongoing, and will continue until a suitable student is selected.

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.

UTAH

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

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

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

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

VERMONT

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

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

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

For more information, go here.

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

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

VIRGINIA

Postdoctoral Position in Population Ecology (Posted 6/2/16)

The Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA seek a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to work on an NSF-funded project that integrates population ecology and gene flow analyses to understand the patterns and underlying processes of range expansion in an infamous invasive species. The postdoctoral researcher will use a combination of large data sets and simulation modeling to test the multi-scale patterns and underlying processes of spread by the European gypsy moth across the natural and human landscape in the eastern United States. For more information, go here. Review of applications will begin June 15 and continue until the position is filled.

Ph.D. Assistantship in Fish and Fisheries Ecology and Conservation in the Amazon (Posted 5/27/16)

A highly qualified and motivated candidate is sought to develop a PhD study on the broad topic of Fish and Fisheries Ecology and Conservation in the Brazilian Amazon. The position is based at the Tropical Fisheries Conservation Lab, which addresses fish and fisheries conservation problems by adopting an interdisciplinary approach. Potential PhD studies can involve varied aspects related to the biology, ecology, and management of fish populations. See other parts of this website for more information on the type of research conducted in this lab. For more information, go here. Anticipated start is August 2016 (preferred) or January 2017. Applications will be considered in the order they are received. Only pre-selected applicants will be contacted.

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.

WASHINGTON

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

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

Population Genetics of Marine Fish Species to Inform Assessment and Management EffortsSeattle, WA (Posted 6/2/16)

The Fisheries Resource, Assessment, and Monitoring (FRAM) and Conservation Biology (CB) Divisions at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center seeks a shared postdoctoral fellow in marine genetics and genomics. For more information, go here. The online application period begins 1 June, with applications due 1 August 2016, for a start date as early as fall or winter 2016-2017

Post-graduate research opportunity – dry forest ecology and management (Posted 5/6/16)

The Disturbance and Restoration Ecology team of the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, is offering a post-graduate research fellow opportunity through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to work with team scientists conducting research related to disturbances in dry forest ecosystems, including dry forest restoration, wildlife habitat ecology and management, fire ecology, and climate change impacts. The research fellow will assist scientists with data management, development and implementation of spatial and statistical analyses, and preparation of reports and publications. For more information, go here. Apply by May 22, 2016.

WEST VIRGINIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant: Measuring and Modeling Hydrology and Water Quality in a Contemporary Multiple-Land-Use Watershed (Posted 5/6/16)

The Interdisciplinary Hydrology Laboratory of West Virginia University and the Divisions of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Forestry and Natural Resources in Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, are pleased to announce availability of a graduate research assistant (GRA) to conduct independent research investigating hydrology and water quality in a dynamic, multi-land-use, urbanizing watershed of the eastern U.S. West Virginia University is the state’s flagship research-one institution, and is among the top universities in the nation, with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

This four year position (annually renewable) begins in the summer or fall of 2016. Primary duties include water sampling and water quality measurements at each of at least five permanent hydroclimate monitoring sites (paired-nested-scale experimental watershed study design). Other duties include (but are not limited to) a variety of field work, stream cross sections, maintenance, physical habitat assessment, data collection, processing, and analyses, publications, and undergraduate technician supervision. Analysis and synthesis of a range of hydroclimate data resulting in the production of an exemplary dissertation is expected.

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

If interested in applying, please forward by email the following documents: transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL scores (international students), cover letter (including academic, research and professional goals and interests), and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Jason Hubbart, Institute of Water Security and Science, Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, 1098 Agricultural Sciences Building, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA; Tel No. (304) 293-2472; Fax: (304) 293-2960; Email: . Lab Website.

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.

WISCONSIN

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

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

Research Intern - temporary - WI (Posted 5/4/16)

Marek Landscaping, LLC is currently seeking a Research Intern to assist in a grant-funded monitoring project on their floating islands. For more information on the floating islands, please see visit their website. The internship will be full- time and last for 10 weeks with an ideal start date of June 1st. For more information, go here.

WYOMING

Graduate Position: Vegetation Dynamics and Geomorphic Reclamation - University of Wyoming (Posted 5/27/16)

Seeking a motivated student with interests in restoration ecology and plant community dynamics for a graduate assistantship (MS level) at the University of Wyoming.

Geomorphic reclamation is an alternative to traditional land reclamation to rebuild post-mine topography and improve landscape stability. The student will conduct vegetation monitoring and soil sampling in a comparative study of geomorphic and traditional reclamation sites in sage-steppe systems. The primary focus of the project is the study of plant species diversity and vegetation patterns at local and regional scales, including field monitoring and remote sensing imagery. The student will also characterize soil parameters for comparisons of community diversity and soil heterogeneity among reclamation sites. Vegetation monitoring will follow established protocols for characterization of wildlife habitat, with an emphasis on habitat requirements for greater sage grouse.

The student will be enrolled in the Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management degree program in the department of Ecosystem Science and Management.  Funding includes an annual stipend, tuition and fees, and health insurance.  Candidates should send an email describing their interests and background to Dr. Kristina Hufford (<mailto:>), including a current resume, GRE scores, and contact information for 2-3 references.  Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver's license and a sense of adventure.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The anticipated start is late August with some flexibility for arrival in fall.

The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West.  Laramie has more than 200 days of sunshine a year and near year-round outdoor activities that include skiing, hiking, camping, bicycling, fishing and climbing.  Laramie is close to Cheyenne, Wyoming and many of Colorado's major cities and university communities (Fort Collins: 1 hour; Boulder: 1.5 hours; Denver: 2 hours).

Botany Internships (Posted 5/4/16)

Chicago Botanic Garden has Botany Internships with the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming. For more information, go here. Closing Date: Monday May 16, 2016.

CANADA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post Doctoral Position in Conservation Science- Univ. of Victoria (Posted 6/2/16)

Seeking a highly motivated and dynamic Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Dr. Julia Baum and Dr. Tara Martin on a new project “Prioritizing Threat Management Strategies to Ensure Long-term Resilience of the Fraser River Estuary”. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be based at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and will also be associated with CEED (Centre of Excellence forEnvironmental Decisions). For more information, go here. Apply by by June 15th 2016.

Post-doctoral research opportunity in occupancy and habitat suitability modelling of freshwater species at risk (Posted 6/2/16)

Seeking enthusiastic, team oriented, and self-motivated candidates for a NSERC Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Government Laboratories Program to develop occupancy, niche, and habitat suitability models for species at risk. Research will involve ecological modeling in collaboration with university and government scientists.

Candidates should have strong modeling and quantitative skills, a good understanding of occupancy and niche model theory, and experience in stream ecology and sampling. Salary is $50.5k per year, preferred start date would be between Aug. to Oct. 2016. Research will be based out of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Freshwater Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba with regular visits to collaborators at the Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. For more information and to send applications, candidates can contact the project leads, Dr. Eva Enders (), Dr. Mark Poesch () or Doug Watkinson (). The application should include a cover letter identifying research interests, CV, a writing sample, and a list of three references.

Please note review of applications will commence on July 4, 2016 and the competition will remain open until the position is filled.

Post-PhD or Post-MSc Research Associate in Evidence-Based Conservation Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario (Posted 5/27/16)

The Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada is currently seeking applications for the position of “Research Associate” with a start date during fall of 2016. The position will be based on campus and involve a variety of evidence assimilation and evidence synthesis activities related to natural resource management and conservation biology (e.g., habitat management, restoration ecology).  The successful applicant will have experience in database development, meta-analysis, and literature review (ideally systematic review) and synthesis.  They will also be capable of interacting with a variety of partners (in Canada and beyond), be highly organized, and have experience generating peer-reviewed publications. Evidence of exceptional problem solving skills, critical thinking, attention to detail, and ability to work both individually and as part of a team will be regarded highly in the evaluation process.  There is also opportunity to take a leadership role in helping to shape the development of the newly-formed Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation.  The research associate will be co-mentored by Dr. Steven Cooke and Dr. Joe Bennett.  Applicants are asked to forward a letter outlining their interest and qualifications for the position, a list of two references with contact information, and an up-to-date CV to Drs Cooke and Bennett via email (; ).  Applications are due June 15th although the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  The position is initially for a 1 year period renewable upon performance review and availability of funding.  Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

1-year postdoctoral research position in invasion ecology (Posted 5/27/16)

Applications for an NSERC Visiting Fellowship are invited for a postdoctoral researcher interested in marine invasive species. The successful candidate will be based in either Sidney or Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. This 1-year fellowship is available to start in the fall of 2016 and is renewable for up to two more years, subject to progress and availability of funds.

The postdoctoral fellow will undertake research in collaboration with Dr. Anya Dunham (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and Dr. Ian Davidson (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center) aimed at evaluating novel pathways for marine invasive species spread and integrating invasive species management into marine spatial planning.

The successful applicant will have completed a PhD in marine ecology or a related discipline within the past 5 years and be eligible to hold an NSERC Visiting Fellowship in a Canadian Government Laboratory. Details about this fellowship program and eligibility requirements can be found here. Previous experience in experimental ecology, spatial analyses, well-developed interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and evidence of initiative, innovation, and sustained productivity in publications are important skillsets for this opportunity.

Interested applicants should email a CV and a 1-page statement of interest to Dr. Anya Dunham at . Applications will be reviewed starting June 15, 2016 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

NEW ZEALAND

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

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

UNITED KINGDOM

PhD studentship: Ecological Statistics, Loughborough University UK (Posted 6/23/16)

A fully funded PhD studentship in Advances in biodiversity modelling: integrating statistical and ecological frameworks for quantifying biodiversity change is available at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Centre for Data Sciences, Loughborough University, UK. Applications are now invited until July 31, 2016. For more information, go here.

Internship with WLI Programme team, UK (Posted 5/26/16)

Wetland Link International is seeking an Intern to support the development of the programme, based at WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, UK. The 9-month internship is fully-funded, covering travel tot he UK, accommodation while here and all living costs. For more information, go here. The deadline is the 17th June, with interviews by Skype or phone on the 22nd June.