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National Coral Reef Management Fellowship applications - Closes Friday, August 9th (Posted 8/7/19)

The Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Conservation Program, U.S. Department of Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee and Nova Southeastern University's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography to provide funding for two-year positions that strive to address both current capacity gaps, as well as to build longer-term capacity in the jurisdictions by placing highly qualified individuals whose education and work experience meet each jurisdiction's specific coral reef management needs.

The partnership is recruiting for six Coral Reef Management Fellowship positions: U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, for two-year positions beginning January 2020.

Each position has its own distinct work plan to address coral reef management capacity and provides training and professional development opportunities. Fellows work will focus on issues spanning climate change, land-based sources of pollution, fishing, and restoration, as well as address local needs such as social marketing and public perception studies, community engagement through outreach and education, and water quality monitoring.

Qualified candidates meeting stated educational requirements with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants need to have completed posted educational requirements by December 2019 and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Deadline for application is 23:00 EDT on Friday, August 9, 2019.

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Graduate student RA and Postdoctoral positions at Arizona State (Posted 6/4/19)

Seeking a graduate student and a postdoctoral fellow to fill the following positions at the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at Arizona State University.

1. Seeking a graduate student to work with us on an externally funded project to identify strategies for estimating the costs of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance actions within the electric power industry. We are working with environmental scientists and planners at the Electric Power Research Institute and selected power companies to collect data on completed species protection projects. These data will be used to test and refine a framework for estimating compliance costs and to explore questions such as which costs need to be reported for conservation decisions?, what resolution of cost data is necessary for improved conservation return on investment decision making?, and/or how do project costs vary with environmental and species context?

Graduate student RA support is available for 2-3 semesters and we are amenable to the student taking this work on for thesis work and/or collaboration on publications emerging from the work.

2. The Postdoctoral opportunity is to conduct research on university knowledge partnerships with industry and government organizations. Many university scientists engage in policy-relevant research and aspire to produce results, knowledge and insights that are useful to decision-makers. However, the practical value of university research is often limited by the mechanisms of knowledge transfer. The primary work for this position will relate to conducting case studies of existing knowledge partnerships of universities with industry or government organizations, first as they relate to the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and then, second, as they relate to Arizona State University more generally. The work will involve collecting data through interviews, coding and managing interview-based data sets, and writing research reports, papers (for publication in academic journals) and grants.

This fellowship is part of a collaborative effort with a research team including faculty and students. The fellow will be required to reside in the Phoenix area, AZ. This is a one-year position with potential for renewal.

If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Dr. Leah Gerber () for more information.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Biological Sciences (Posted 8/6/19)
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR
Position No.: 15780
Apply by October 1, 2019
For more information, go here


Post Doctoral - Ecological Modeling (Posted 8/6/19)
Marine Science Institute
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Job No.: JPF01548
Review date: August 23, 2019
For more information, go here


Postdoctoral Analyst – Landscape Ecology, Policy, Planning, and Management (Aldridge Lab) (Posted 8/20/19)
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Posting No.: 201900633AP
Apply by August 30, 2019
For more information, go here.  


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Master/PhD position in aquatic ecology/biogeochemistry (Posted 7/181/9)

Master/PhD position available (depending on candidate) to work on the effects of milldams on stream nitrogen processes.
The Watershed Sciences Research Group at the University of Delaware (UDEL) and the Ecosystems Group at the Stroud Water Research Center (SWRC) are seeking a master or PhD student to evaluate how existing milldams influence the fate and transformation of dissolved forms of nitrogen in Pennsylvania streams. The student will join a diverse team working on the influence of milldams on different ecosystem processes (metabolism, water exchange, denitrification), funded by a recent award from the National Science Foundation (NSF-HS 1929750) to researchers from UDEL, SWRC, and the University of Rhode Island. The student will be primarily supervised by Dr. Shreeram Inamdar at UDEL and Dr. Marc Peipoch at SWRC and will be based in Newark, Delaware (UDEL) but spending substantial amount of time at the SWRC (15min drive)

Competitive applicants must have an educational background, and preferentially some experience, in biogeochemistry, aquatic ecology, and/or hydrology. Proficiency with written communications and the ability to work both independently and as a productive team member are essential. Experience taking hydrological and water quality samples with piezometers, ISCO samplers, as well as experience with benchtop analytical chemistry, are not essential but preferred. Applicants must have a BS degree upon the start date and must be admitted to the Water Science and Policy graduate program at UDEL.

To apply for this position, please send: 1. Cover letter (no more than 1 page) that summarizes your research interests and experience, 2. CV/resume, 3. Undergraduate transcripts, and 4. GRE scores to Dr. Shreeram Inamdar () and Dr. Marc Peipoch () as a single pdf document.

Applications will be reviewed immediately in anticipation of starting the position on or about the upcoming 2019 fall semester.

MS opportunity: coastal ecosystem services project (Posted 7/9/19)

One graduate research assistantship is available on a project to synthesize the ecosystem services (or benefits that humans receive) from wetlands and coastal waters. Recreational use, food provisioning, and other goods and services from nature together are an important justification for maintaining healthy coastal ecosystems. Models based on detailed maps of these services can help us plan conservation actions and communicate their value to society. The broader study will quantify services provided by coastal ecosystems in Delaware and model how their diversity differs across locations. The student involved will collect data, such as crowd-sourced activity for birdwatching and beach use, to map and measure some of these services in geographic information systems (GIS). This information will be used to analyze overlaps and tradeoffs between services at multiple scales using statistics.

The M.S. program in Natural Resources in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Delaware State University (Dover, DE) is designed to prepare students for careers in natural resources management, field ecology, environmental science, and related fields. Information about the program can be found here.

The position is funded for two years, covering salary ($20,000/year without benefits) and tuition and fees. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biology, geography, natural resources, environmental science, or related fields is required. A minimum average GPA of 2.5 overall and 3.0 within the major is needed for admission into the program. Students with experience using geographic information systems (GIS) and strong computer and writing skills are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research interests and fit for the position, resume/CV, unofficial copies of GRE scores and transcript(s), and contact information for 3 professional references to Dr. Sigrid Smith () with "coastal ecosystem services MS student" in subject line). Feel free to send any questions to this email as well. Review of applications will continue until filled. Student will ideally start in January (spring 2020 term) or this September (fall 2019 term).


Postdoc Position in Wetland Fire Modeling (Posted 8/12/19)

A Postdoctoral position is available to pursue research in fire science and ecology of the Everglades in the Plant Ecology Lab at Florida Atlantic University. Research will focus on modeling of fire behavior across varied wetland fuel complexes. This research is being done in cooperation with Everglades National Park, A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and other regional agency and university collaborators. This is a one year (12 mo.) fully-funded position (salary and benefits) with potential for extension based on performance and availability of funds, and a preferred start date no later than January 2020 (negotiable). The selected candidate will be responsible for applying empirical field data (and participating in its collection) to predictive fire behavior models to assess impacts of vegetation transitions and inform land management decisions, and will lead or contribute to product development (reports, publications, presentations) and be provided with opportunities for professional development through workshop/technical meeting/conference attendance and the pursuit of additional research questions when possible. The position is located on the FAU campus in Davie, Florida.


  • Doctoral degree (completed prior to start date) in a related field (e.g., forestry, biology, environmental science, etc.).
  • Experience with fire behavior modeling (e.g., BehavePlus). Non-doctoral candidates with extensive fire modeling experience will be considered.
  • Valid US drivers license and willingness to operate full-size pickup trucks
  • Ability and willingness to work in difficult field conditions (high heat and humidity, stinging insects, dense and abrasive vegetation, wildlife) accessed by airboat or helicopter
  •  Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Must pass a background check

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants must contact Dr. Brian Benscoter () to discuss their candidacy by emailing a letter discussing your interest and qualifications, resume/CV, unofficial transcript(s), and contact information for professional references (min. 2 references).

Postdoctoral / Research Scientist  (Posted 5/21/19)
Spatial Ecology and Conservation (SPEC) Lab and the Forest Ecosystem Science Lab
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Tropical Plant Restoration & Conservation) (Posted 8/12/19)
University of Hawai‘i
Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Lyon Arboretum
Apply by August 13, 2019
For more information, go here

Two-year postdoctoral position: A critical assessment of past population forecasts (Posted 7/22/19)

The successful candidate will spend 50% of their time on the project described below assessing our ability to predict complex ecological systems with limited data, and 50% on a project to be developed by the candidate within the broad theme of quantitative population and community ecology. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to develop the candidates own research interests and contribute to a new project. Candidates with an interest in contributing to inclusivity and diversity in quantitative ecology are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will develop an initial database of past population viability predictions that can be compared to current observations. Viability predictions of plants and animal populations have been made for decades for both management and conservation purposes; however, these predictions are rarely revisited to assess their accuracy. We will use the database to provide a critical assessment of the suitability of the models and datasets used to make predictions. Possible research questions include determining whether recent advances in statistical techniques have improved predictions and making recommendations for future practice. The candidate will have the option of being a co-PI on proposals developed from this initial work.

REQUIREMENTS: Minimum requirements include: 1) a Ph.D. in ecology or related field; 2) demonstrated the desire and proficiency to publish in scientific journals; 3) knowledge of principles and methods of quantitative population ecology or enthusiasum to develop this knowledge. Preferred skills also include excellent writing and organizational skills and database management. The appointment is 24 months, and start date is negotiable. Salary is 70K/year, and benefits are NOT included. The position will be based out of the Department of Biology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa,

APPLICATION/CONTACT INFORMATION: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and any applications received before August 1st will be given full consideration. Candidates should send a note outlining their research interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Jake Ferguson ().

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Tropical Plant Restoration & Conservation (Posted 7/9/19)
University of Hawaii Lyon Arboretum
Honolulu, HI
Job ID: 10323
Apply by August 13, 2019
For more information, go here.


MS Assistantship in Native Plant Propagation (Posted 6/19/19)

The Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research (CFNSR) within the College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho is seeking a highly motivated MS student with an interest in native plant biology and propagation . The CFNSR researches ways to improve the propagation of native plants through a combination of fundamental understanding of seedling physiology and morphology and apply this understanding to enhance the production of high-quality seedlings. Most of our research focuses on plants native to the Inland Northwest, but we study native tropical hardwood seedlings in West Africa. In Idaho, we manage an operational containerized greenhouse that is used for seedling research. We have a lab equipped to test seedling quality and examine seedling physiology and morphology. The student will have access to the greenhouses and laboratory and will be provided the opportunity to work alongside experienced greenhouse staff.

The student is expected to develop a research proposal that addresses scientific questions to advance the field of native plant regeneration, with a focus on plants native to the Inland Northwest. Examples include native conifer trees, shrubs, and first foods important to regional Native American tribes. The student will have the opportunity to engage with regional stakeholders at meetings and nursery tours. Publication of research results are expected.

The student will be advised by Dr. Andrew Nelson, Director of the CFNSR. Funding is available for two years beginning January 2019. The assistantship includes a competitive stipend, an out-of-state tuition waiver, full coverage of in-state tuition, and student health insurance. Additional funds are available for research supplies and travel.

Required qualifications include a Bachelor degree in Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Restoration Ecology, a related discipline, or demonstrated experience working with native plants. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to work both independently and as a team member and be comfortable traveling and working in the greenhouse and lab. Applicants must have a valid U.S. drivers license. The student must be able to pass a criminal background check and become qualified to drive University of Idaho vehicles.

The student will be based at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter detailing their interest in the position, a resume or curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional or academic references, unofficial transcripts, and scores on the Graduate Record Exam to Dr. Andrew Nelson (). Applications will be accepted until 1 October 2019.


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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Agroecosystem Ecology (Posted 8/6/19)

The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Kentucky is seeking a postdoc research fellow in the area of climate change effects (especially climate extremes, such as droughts and heavy rains) on agroecosystems. The candidate will mainly work with existing observational data to assess climate change/variability effects on local crops, with an emphasis on carbon and nutrient cycling as well as management in soil-crop systems, associated agronomic, ecological, environmental and economic implications. Successful candidates are expected to be highly self-motivated and have the ability to work independently. Strong quantitative skills are required to use statistical tools and/or process-based agroecosystem models to predict biogeochemical cycles in row crop systems of Kentucky. Programming ability in scientific computing languages (such as Python, R, Matlab, C++, and FORTRAN) to deal with satellite remote sensing, ground observations, and gridded data products is highly preferred.

This is a one-year position to start as soon as possible, with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory performance and continuing availability of funds. Interested individuals should email their application materials, including the following, to Dr. Wei Ren ():

(1) A cover letter outlining research interests, the required skills and experience, and motivation for applying to this position;
(2) Curriculum vitae and list of publications;
(3) 2-3 academic references.

To discuss the position and answer specific questions, contact information is available here. The position is open until a suitable candidate is found.



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Post-doctoral Research in Adaptive Management for Eastern Black Rails (Posted 8/6/19)

Project Title: Adaptive Management for Eastern Black Rails
Position Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate
Salary: GS-12 salary (approximately $80K annually) and benefits
Location: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD
Performance Period: 36 months (anticipate start date October 2019)
Application Deadline:
Position Summary:

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is seeking two post-doctoral research associates with interest in adaptive management and population modeling. Specific duties will be to develop and evaluate an adaptive management framework to increase population viability of Black Rails and other wetland birds. The Eastern Black Rail (L. j. jamaicensis) is listed as endangered in five states along the Atlantic Coast and has been proposed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. One position will focus on the Atlantic coast, where Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is working with the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture and other partners to test alternative methods of manipulating coastal marsh habitat to make enhance suitability for Black Rails.

The second position will focus on the Gulf coast and will include management decision making for Black Rails, Yellow Rails, and Mottled Ducks. These projects will develop adaptive management frameworks that allow wetland managers to reduce uncertainty about management practices for Black Rails and other wetland birds, and give managers tools and information that will help them determine the best management actions create and enhance habitat for Black Rails.

These projects will combine data about wetland management (e.g., timing and depth of water levels, burning, etc.) with Black Rail occupancy or abundance and vegetation response across many different project sites from NJ to FL and FL to TX. The data will be used to build and update statistical models that predict BLRA responses to management actions. Over time, these models will be used to test assumptions and improve predictions about what management techniques result in high quality habitat for BLRA across their range. The models and decision guidance will provide general predictions of how well a given management action is likely to perform. These positions are 3-year appointments located in Laurel, MD.

Minimum Requirements:

1. Ph.D. in biology (wildlife), ecology, or related field, with a focus on quantitative methods
in population ecology.
2. Applicant must be within 5 years of receiving PhD.
3. Applicant must be a US citizen.
4. Demonstrated familiarity with concepts of decision analysis.
5. Demonstrated proficiency with computing platforms such as R or MATLAB.
6. Demonstrated desire and ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature.

Desired Abilities: Competitive candidates will have a strong background in decision analysis and population modeling. Strong programming skills are required, including proficiency with R for data manipulation and statistical modeling, Bayesian networks for conceptual modeling, and MATLAB or similar platforms for population modeling. The successful candidate will have excellent written and personal communication skills and demonstrated success in working closely with management agencies on applied questions in wildlife conservation.

Application: Applicants should email: (1) a letter describing your background and interests – the letter should address specifically how the applicant meets both the minimum requirements and the desired abilities, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Jim Lyons (). Please include “Black Rail postdoc” in the subject line.

For further information, contact: Jim Lyons (, 301-497-5567), USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708

Post-doctoral Research Associate  (Posted 8/6/19)

Salary: GS-12 salary (approximately $80K annually) and benefits
Location: Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD
Performance Period: 13 months (anticipate start date August 2019)
Position Summary: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center anticipates hiring a post-doctoral research associate to develop and evaluate novel approaches for management decision making for dynamic systems. Decision making for natural resource management often relies on the assumption of a relatively stable system in which the effects of both stressors and management strategies are not changing over time and can be predicted. Human and natural systems are governed by dynamic processes, however, and there is increasing evidence that these processes are no longer stationary. One implication of this realization is that the best available science and empirical observations of the past may represent conditions that no longer exist and have little relevance to future conditions. Therefore, we need new frameworks for management decision making that do not rely on the assumption of stationary dynamics of, for example, climate and land-use change. Migratory bird management in the context of climate change is an excellent context in which to examine questions related to system dynamics: migratory birds are important resources of management concern; migratory bird populations and their habitats are sensitive to climate change in ways that may negatively impact management outcomes; there are a variety of different decision making contexts, including land acquisition, harvest management, and regulatory permitting; and, finally, data and models are available to inform the development of novel management strategies.

Minimum Requirements:
1. Ph.D. in biology (wildlife), ecology, or related field, with a focus on quantitative methods
in population ecology.
2. Applicant must be within 5 years of receiving PhD.
3. Applicant must be a US citizen.
4. Demonstrated familiarity with concepts of decision analysis.
5. Demonstrated proficiency with computing platforms such as R and MATLAB.
6. Demonstrated desire and ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature.

Desired Abilities: Competitive candidates will have a strong background in decision analysis and population modeling. Strong programming skills are required, including proficiency with R or similar platforms for data manipulation and conceptual modeling, proficiency with MATLAB or similar platforms for dynamic optimization. The successful candidate will have excellent written and personal communication skills and demonstrated success in working closely with management agencies on applied questions in wildlife conservation.

Application: Applicants should email: (1) a letter describing your background and interests – the letter should address specifically how the applicant meets both the minimum requirements and the desired abilities, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Jim Lyons (). Please include “System change postdoc” in the subject line.

For further information, contact: Jim Lyons (, 301-497-5567) or Mike Runge (, 301-497-5748), USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708.

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant (Posted 7/9/19)
Hood College, Department of Biology
Frederick MD
Review of applications begins July 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 
For more information, go here.

Linking Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Funded M.S. or PhD student position (Posted 6/3/19)
University of Maryland, College Park
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Linking Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Funded M.S. or PhD student position (Posted 6/3/19)
University of Maryland, College Park
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Funded grad positions - aquatic biogeochemistry & hydroolgy (Posted 5/21/19)

Drs. Margaret Palmer (Univ of Maryland) and Nate Jones (Univ Alabama) seek a student to join a dynamic team focused on understand the relationship between hydrology of wetland landscapes with carbon dynamics. New funding is available for M.S. and PhD students. Others on the research team are currently focused on methane fluxes, dynamics of DOM, soil-wetland dynamics and C storage, and catchment scale hydrology (field based and modeling). Student matriculate through the University of Maryland, College Park. Interested individuals should send their C.V., transcript, and GRE scores to and put "graduate positions" in the subject title along with your last name.


Postdoctoral Scientist - Modeling Agricultural Biogeochemical Cycles (Posted 7/18/19)
Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
Woods Hole, MA
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity - Decision Science and Climate Change Adaptation (Posted 7/18/19)
Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA
Start Date: Late Fall 2019 or early Spring 2020
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Developing a National Perspective for Climate Change Refugia Conservation (Posted 6/14/19)

Agency: Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, a partnership between the US Geological Survey and the University of Massachusetts

Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Job Category: Postdoctoral Fellowship

Salary: $55,000/year plus fringe benefits; this is a 2-year position

Start Date: Fall 2019

Description: This is an exciting opportunity to couple cutting-edge approaches of translational ecology and knowledge coproduction with the strengths of decision science to investigate a national strategy for Department of Interior operationalization of climate change refugia conservation. Additionally, a national view of refugia mapping, based on National Park Service and US Fish Wildlife Service priorities, will be developed. This process will then be tested on the ground in the western U.S. Products will include scientific journal articles, publicly-accessible research syntheses, and management guidelines for refugia conservation. Ultimately, this project will inform natural resource management decisions related to land protection, invasive species treatment, recreation management, and a host of other conservation challenges.

The postdoctoral fellow will 1) lead national workshops so that refugia research can be incorporated to reduce uncertainty and improve management; 2) lead regional workshops focused that function as case studies; and 2) write a synthetic paper for peer-reviewed publication taking a national view of how climate change refugia can be identified and managed. A critical need is for a postdoctoral fellow who can incorporate decision science including value of information analysis and expert elicitation.

The postdoctoral fellow will be located on the campus of University of Massachusetts in Amherst, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. This is a fantastic location, with a remarkable mix of college atmosphere (Smith, Mt Holyoke, and Amherst Colleges are also here), culture, and work-life balance. The fellow will be part of a vibrant Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) community (necsc.umass.edu) and co-located with USGS scientists. The NE CASC mission is to work with natural and cultural resource managers in the Northeast and Midwest regions to use climate science to inform decisions and co-produce information and tools for climate change adaptation.

Qualifications: Applicant should have experience in decision analysis (e.g., structured decision making) and must have completed a Ph.D. by September 2019, preferably related to ecology, environmental science, or resource management. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with U.S. Department of Interior (e.g., National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Other important qualifications are a strong work ethic, problem-solving and time management skills, creativity, an ability to work independently, and a track record of publications. The fellow will also be responsible for mentoring graduate students.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter outlining your interests, research background, and relevant experience; a curriculum vitae; and contact information for 3 professional references (name, email, phone, address) combined in a single PDF file with the file name formatted as lastname_firstname to tmorelli AT usgs DOT gov. Review of applications begins June 30. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact person: Toni Lyn Morelli

Contact phone: 413-545-2515

Contact email:


Two (2) Ph.D. positions available, beginning Fall/Winter 2019/2020 Closing Date: September 15, 2019 (Posted 8/12/19)

The Mahon laboratory in the Department of Biology at Central Michigan University has openings for two doctoral students to begin in January, 2020. These positions are available for full-time students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree focusing on Southern Ocean/Antarctic marine molecular ecology and benthic invertebrates.

Accepted applicants will work with Dr. Andrew Mahon and collaborators on projects involving population genomics, evolution, systematics, and/or phylogeography of benthic invertebrates in Antarctica. Work will incorporate modern molecular methods and bioinformatics in combination with significant field research to address important scientific questions on local, regional, and global scales. Student funding is available for both of these openings and guaranteed (with acceptable performance) for four years (12 months per year, ~$26,000/year plus full tuition waiver).

Interested parties should contact Dr. Mahon directly before applying to the program (contact information below) with a statement of interest and current CV. Additional information on ongoing research projects can be found at the Mahon Laboratory website (see below). Information and application materials for the Ph.D. program in Earth and Ecosystem Sciences (EES) is available at the CMU programs website here.

Successful applicants will have a Masters degree (preferred) or a Bachelors of Science degree in a biological or related field.

Expertise needed: Applicants should have experience with biological research such as ecology, invertebrate zoology, molecular biology, and/or bioinformatics. Skills or interest in population genetics/genomics and/or bioinformatics are favored.


Field Ecology Research Interns (Posted 7/18/19)
Department of Forest Research
University of Minnesota
Cloquet Forestry Center, Cloquet, MN
Hubachek Wilderness Research Center, Ely, MN
For more information, go here.


Living Shoreline Master's Assistantship at USM with K. Dillon and M. Andres (Posted 8/12/19)

Seeking a motivated student to fill a graduate assistantship (M.S. level) in the Division of Coastal Sciences in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). The position is available beginning January 2020. The student will be funded on an EPA funded project aimed at evaluating the ecological effects of alternative bulkhead designs (living shorelines) in Mississippi waters.

The student will develop a thesis project from one or more of the research objectives within this effort, and will be expected to work with a team of faculty, technicians, and graduate students in both the field and laboratory settings as well as collaborators at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The student is expected to present results of their project at professional meetings and their thesis work should culminate in at least one manuscript for peer review. All work will be conducted at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS.

Interested students should hold a B.S. degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in ecology, marine science, fisheries, biology, or a related field and possess strong quantitative, writing, and presentation skills. Applicants with experience in coastal ecology, statistical analyses, nekton identification, laboratory methods for stable isotope and water quality analyses, and trailering and launching small boats are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be provided a full-time Research Assistantship, health insurance, and a tuition waiver.

To be considered for the position, please email Drs Kevin Dillon () and Michael Andres () and include a letter of interest, current C.V., unofficial transcripts, and GRE/TOEFL scores. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and interested students should contact us about this position ASAP. The deadline for students to apply to USM for the spring semester is September 1st. Information on graduate admission requirements can be found here.

MS student position in Ecospatial Lab at the University of Southern Mississipp (Posted 7/29/19)

One M.S. position, funded by EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, is available in the Division of Coastal Sciences, School of Ocean Science and Engineering, The University of Southern Mississippi. The campus is located in Ocean Springs on Mississippi Gulf Coast, 1.5 hours away from the main campus in Hattiesburg. The new graduate student is expected to start in Spring semester of 2020, and will conduct research on modeling the impact of sea-level rise on landscape of coastal wetlands in the northern Gulf of Mexico region. The position should be attractive to potential students with research interests in the field of coupled natural and human systems as the student will have opportunities to work with both ecologists and social scientists. Applicants should be highly motivated to learn new research skills, have a BS with quantitative background in ecology, statistics, mathematics, geography, or a closely related field. Experiences in quantitative modeling, Bayesian statistics, or GIS/Remote Sensing are desirable but not required. Assistantship with competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance will be provided.

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experiences and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Wei Wu , Associate Professor, Division of Coastal Sciences, The University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


PhD opportunity - Regeneration ecology of shortleaf pine (Posted 6/24/19)

Seeking a candidate for a PhD position at University of Missouri studying regeneration ecology of shortleaf pine. Shortleaf pine forests provide important ecological services and conservation value throughout the central, eastern, and southern US. Currently, there are several large restoration projects and initiatives for increasing the abundance of shortleaf pine and mixed shortleaf pine-hardwood ecosystems, yet shortleaf pine regeneration has remained challenging in many areas. There are several factors possibly limiting shortleaf pine regeneration success, such as variable seed crops, poor seedbed and germination, and abundant competition from established hardwood stems. Prescribed fire is often used to favor shortleaf pine regeneration yet success is marginal in the Missouri Ozark region. Thus, other release treatments may be more efficient for reaching regeneration targets. This project will study the regeneration ecology of shortleaf pine in relation to common competing hardwood trees to better understand the factors affecting regeneration success and inform silvicultural practice. Evidence suggests that managers could alter prescriptions to target specific forest composition goals, including pure shortleaf pine stands or various mixtures of shortleaf pine-hardwood stands.

This project will support a Doctoral Graduate Research Assistantship with Dr. Benjamin Knapp in the School of Natural Resources at University of Missouri, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and Missouri Department of Conservation. This graduate assistantship will include four years of funding support ($24,000/year stipend, health insurance, tuition). The duties of this position will include completion of required coursework, field sampling throughout the Missouri Ozarks, data organization, and data analyses related to study objectives. The candidate is expected to complete a dissertation and at least three peer-reviewed publications, one of which should be published prior to graduating. Competitive candidates for this position will have a M.S. degree in forestry, natural resources, biological science, ecology or a closely related discipline, proficiency in written and oral communication, strong GRE scores, and evidence of scholastic success. The position can begin in August 2019.

To apply, please submit the following to Dr. Benjamin Knapp ():
1) personal statement of career goals
2) resume or curriculum vitae
3) transcripts (can be unofficial)
4) GRE scores
5) contact information for three references
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.


Winter cit sci internship at Glacier National Park (Posted 6/20/19)

Glacier National Park’s (USA, Montana) Citizen Science Program is seeking an innovative and dedicated Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Guest Scientist to bring their work up to date with current technology for citizen science and crowdsourcing and to pioneer new technologies to assist them with managing the enormous volume of data generated by the program. This position will last from Oct 2019 through March 2020. Application deadline is July 12, 2019. For further information: , 406-888-7986


Assistant or Associate Professor (Evolutionary Biology) (Posted 8/6/19)
Department of Biology
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Posting Number: F20190029P
Review Begins August 30, 2019
For more information, go here.

Ph.D. Research Assitantship in Ecology and Spatial Science (Posted 7/25/19)
University of Nebraska Lincoln
Applications screened as they are received
For more information, go here.


Graduate student opportunities: evolutionary ecology (Posted 8/12/19)

Seeking potential graduate students (masters and PhD) to join the lab at the University of Nevada, Reno, starting in the fall semester of 2020. We are an evolutionary ecology lab that studies a broad range of topics, including:

1. Contemporary (rapid) evolution and eco-evolutionary dynamics
2. Adaptation to climate change
3. Behavior and sexual signal evolution
4. Evolution of microbiomes
5. Genomics and quantitative genetics of adaptation to rapid environmental change
6. Biophysical ecology
7. Tropical ecology and evolution

Looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated students who are interested in exploring these or similar topics. I am particularly interested in students who would like to work in one of our experimental island systems in Panama and/or The Bahamas. In these locations, we have transplanted thousands of lizards to small islands that vary in key environmental variables, and we track local adaptation in real time from the level of the genome to the level of the population. Ample research funding is currently available in the lab for students to conduct fieldwork in these locations. In Panama, students will have the opportunity to live and work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Potential PhD students will apply to the interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EECB) program, whereas potential masters students will apply to the Department of Biology, but both will be based in the Logan Lab. The institutional application deadline for potential PhD students is December 1st, 2019, whereas the application deadline for masters students is February 1st, 2020 (both for a Fall 2020 start date). Thus, PhD students must contact me by November 1st, 2019, and potential masters students must contact me by December 15th, 2019, so that we have time to communicate and establish compatibility prior to the respective application deadlines.

UNR is Nevada’s flagship, land-grant institution. It is an R1 university with world-class facilities. The Biology Department at UNR has a number of cutting-edge research laboratories working at the interface of ecology and evolution, across a diversity of vertebrate and invertebrate systems. Reno itself is a wonderful place to live. It is sandwiched between the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west and the Great Basin Desert to the east, providing ample opportunity for hiking, camping, biking, skiing, and mountain climbing. Reno is only a 30-minute drive from Lake Tahoe, and only a few hours’ drive from San Francisco.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send me an email at . Please write a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in joining the lab, whether you would like to earn a PhD or masters degree, and attach a CV with contact information for at least two references. If you are a potential fit for the lab, I will set up a Skype interview.


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Vegetation Modeling Postdoc (Posted 7/18/19)
Earth and Environmental Sciences Division
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM
Vacancy Name: IRC73345
For more information, go here.

Graduate Research Assistantship - New Mexico State University (Posted 7/16/19)

A PhD or MS level Graduate Research Assistantship is available to conduct research on precision weed control for improved management of woody invasive plants on rangelands. The research will focus on the use of real-time, onsite weather stations to optimize herbicide control and restoration outcomes. The goal of the project is to develop practical recommendations that improve brush management conservation practices by eliminating ineffective herbicide applications. The project will involve field studies at the Jornada Experimental Range and NRCS sites across New Mexico. The research assistant will work under the guidance of Dr. Amy Ganguli, Dr. David Thompson and Dr. Brian Schutte.

Qualifications sought: B.S. or M.S. in a plant science or ecological discipline (3.2 GPA minimum), a desire to both learn statistical techniques and work with large data sets, experience in field research settings, and a willingness to work in inclement weather.

Description of region

Closing date of competition: August 15, 2019

Date position available: January 2, 2020

To apply, submit (1) a cover letter describing experience and interests, (2) CV, (3) transcripts, (4) GRE and TOEFL (if required) scores, and (5) contact information for three professional references. Submit to: Dr. Brian Schutte at

For more information, contact Dr. Brian Schutte at

Description of Employer: New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, which are an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.


Graduate Student Position Announcement: Dendroclimatology at SUNY ESF (Posted 8/12/19)

The Voelker lab invites applications for a PhD position studying Dendroclimatology and Dendroecology in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY ESF, located in Syracuse, New York. This position has three years of funding from the National Science Foundation Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change program and will be available starting in Spring or Summer 2020. This opportunity will include training in cutting edge analytical techniques as well as funding for the student to travel for data collection and attend at least one national and one international conference. The student selected for this opportunity will be part of a collaborative team with the lab of Dr. Dan Griffin at the University of Minnesota  and with Dr. Simon Wang at Utah State University .

Research will be aimed at building a deeper understanding of controls over winter atmospheric circulation variability over North America by developing annually resolved winter climate records for the Lake Superior region using tree-ring carbon and oxygen isotopes from white pines and in California using tree-ring widths of blue oaks. Tree-ring stable isotope data collection will require boating/canoeing and swimming/snorkeling, as submerged wood will be used to extend tree-ring records back to AD 1500, about 300 years prior to when the oldest extant trees can be sampled using traditional dendrochronology techniques. Locations for data collection will include lakes within the Huron Mt. Club, Isle Royale National Park and other locations on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan.

Applicants should have a degree in biology, hydrology, meteorology, climate science, ecology or a related field. Preference will be given to applicants who have strong quantitative and writing abilities as well as experience leading intensive field data collection.

Those interested in this opportunity can contact Steve Voelker at for further questions about the project, to learn how to apply, or to organize a meeting at the upcoming ESA meeting in Louisville, KY.

Postdoctoral Associate - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Posted 7/25/19)
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Review of applications begins September 15, 2019
For more information, go here


Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 7/9/19)
Tucker Lab
The University of Noth Caroline of Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Vacancy ID: PDS002459
Apply by August 1, 2019
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral positions in invasive species and landscape forecasting at NC State University (Posted 7/9/19)

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University invites applicants for two postdoctoral research scholars talented in both spatial data science and modeling the spread of invasive species. These new positions will join the Pest and Pathogen group of the Landscape Dynamics Lab led by Drs. Ross Meentemeyer and Chris Jones.

The Landscape Dynamics Lab specializes in forecasting landscape and environmental change with emphasis on collaborating with stakeholders to explore what may happen in the future under different scenarios. We turn complex models and simulations into user-friendly discovery tools by developing sophisticated back-end algorithms and interactive front-end dashboards that visualize location data clearly and quickly. Our pests and pathogens team is coupling landscape forecasts of invasion dynamics with interactive decision analytics to help practitioners compare strategies to control spread. We cultivate an open source community of users and developers who advance our methods and models and find new applications.

Multiple current projects involve partnering with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to build tools to quantify at-risk areas and inform their decisions regarding invasive pest and pathogen management. These and other research collaborations adopt a participatory modeling approach, wherein we work closely with individuals who both affect and are affected by invasive species to co-create data, forecasts, and visualizations that support real-world action.

They seek talented and motivated spatial data scientists to join these funded projects. Ideal candidates will demonstrate:
- experience in spatial data analysis and computing, big data management, and programming (Python, R, and database management skills);
- aptitude for modeling biological invasions with a focus on understanding spread dynamics;
- skills to optimize processing of large datasets such as outputs from satellite data and raster-based model with cloud computing;
- evidence of developing or using dynamic spatial-temporal models;
- experience and/or interest in open science with aptitude for learning git and GitHub;
- excellent written and oral communication skills to share results with individuals and groups both within and outside of their scientific discipline.

Primary tasks will include 1) analysis and visualization of forecasts, including parameterization, calibration, and validation, 2) automation of data collection and processing for near real-time applications, 3) analysis of uncertainty related to initial conditions, observational data, parameter estimates, and input data (e.g., weather conditions and host distributions), 4) adding functionality to forecasts through development of new modules, 5) coding optimization algorithms to compare management solutions, and 6) playing a leadership and contributing role in writing articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals. There will also be opportunities to seek grant funding to develop related, independent research.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State University is an internationally recognized hub for interdisciplinary data scientists advancing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and applying new knowledge to grand challenges. NC State is an R1 (Very High Research Activity) university with a strong commitment to the land-grant mission. Along with Duke and UNC Chapel Hill, NC State forms one of the corners of the Research Triangle, a dynamic area home to many start-ups and high-tech companies, particularly in the biotech sector. The area features a high standard of living and cultural and recreational opportunities at a relatively low cost.

Each postdoctoral scholar position will be funded for one to three years with the possibility for extension, an annual salary of $55,000, and healthcare benefits.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. The expected start date is late August 2019. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to both Dr. Chris Jones () and Dr. Ross Meentemeyer ().

Ph.D. position in Plant Evolutionary Ecology Department of Plant and Microbial Biology North Carolina State University (Posted 6/20/19)

The Sheth evolutionary ecology lab invites applications for a Ph.D. position beginning in Fall 2020. They study the ecological and evolutionary processes underlying species climatic niches and geographic ranges, with the aim of understanding evolutionary and plastic responses to climatic changes. Primarily using monkeyflowers as a model system, we combine field, greenhouse, and growth chamber experiments, quantitative genetics, and comparative analyses to examine constraints to adaptation in plant populations, species, and clades.

NC State Department of Plant and Microbial Biology offers a highly-rated research environment and is situated in a collaborative and scientifically stimulating atmosphere in the Research Triangle, with both UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University nearby. There is a vibrant and growing community of ecologists and evolutionary biologists spread across multiple departments on campus, including Applied Ecology, Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Forestry and Environmental Resources, Soil and Crop Sciences, and Biochemistry, among others. Raleigh is a lively yet affordable city with a high standard of living, and its surroundings offer numerous recreational activities.

Looking for a highly motivated student with a keen interest in plant evolutionary ecology. Thesis projects can be tied into ongoing research in the lab or developed according to mutual interests. Interested students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their research and publications, go here.

TO APPLY: Graduate students have the option of applying to the Plant Biology Graduate Program or the Biology Graduate Program with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution, and are typically funded through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. Before submitting a formal application (due January 15), please send the following information to Dr. Sheth at no later than November 1: 1) CV; and 2) a statement of your academic background and previous research experience, current research interests, and why you want to join the lab.


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Internships - Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship – Ohio (Posted 8/20/19)
The Wilds
Cumberland, OH
Six month positions run from December 2nd, 2019 to June 2020.
Apply by October 1, 2019
For more information, go here.  

Ph.D. Student Positions Available in Arctic Biogeochemistry and Soil Ecology (Posted 8/12/19)
Ecosystem and Soil Ecology Laboratory
The University of Toledo
Application deadline for spring term (starting January 2020): 15 October 2019, or until filled
For more information, go here

NSF-funded Postdoc Position in Macroecology and Global Change Biology (Posted 8/6/19)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position in the Jarzyna lab in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. The successful candidate will work on an NSF-funded project and conduct research in the area of macroecology and large scale biodiversity change. Specifically, the candidate will focus on spatial and temporal scaling of biodiversity and their change, with particular emphasis on multidimensionality (taxonomic, functional, phylogenetic) of biodiversity.

Required qualifications are a Ph.D. in ecology, evolutionary biology, statistics, mathematics, or closely related fields. A solid working knowledge of hierarchical modeling, species distribution modeling, and GIS or remote sensing are required for this position. Candidates with experience in point process models are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience with big data and citizen science datasets such as eBird, Breeding Bird Survey, and Christmas Bird Count, or similar, is a plus. Candidates must have excellent English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as an established record of high productivity. The position is available starting January 1, 2020 (start date is negotiable) for the duration of one year, with possibility of extension to a second year depending on satisfactory performance.

To apply please send, in one pdf, a cover letter addressing how the candidates expertise meets the position requirements listed above, CV, and contact info (phone and email) for three referees to . In the subject of the email, please include your name and the position the candidate is applying for (Application for Biodiversity Change Postdoc: LASTNAME). The final selection process will begin on August 20, 2019 and will continue until position is filled. Please send all inquiries to Dr. Jarzyna at . Dr. Jarzyna passionately believes that a diverse team will enable a broader perspective and enhance creativity, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and otherwise underrepresented candidates.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment. We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Identification of Streamflow Duration Indicators (Posted 7/18/19)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Cincinnati, OH
Reference Code: EPA-ORD-NERL-SED-2019-08
Apply by September 11, 2019
For more information, go here


Ph.D. Research Assistantship - Wetland Ecology (Posted 8/20/19)

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Oklahoma State University

Project Description: Native and restored wet meadows are unique ephemeral wetlands that significantly contribute to the biodiversity along the Platte River in central Nebraska. Given their biological importance, it is critical that we are able assess the condition of these wetlands, determine the degree to which restored wet meadows parallel the structure and function of native wet meadows, and evaluate the role land-use practices and restoration techniques play in influencing the condition of wet meadows. This assistantship will contribute to our knowledge about restored and native wet meadows by developing methods for assessing wet meadow condition using invertebrate and plant metrics, assessing the effects of restoration techniques and land-use practices on the condition of wet meadows, and providing recommendations for future conservation and restoration efforts of wet meadows. This project provides a great opportunity to work with a variety of NGO's as well as state and federal agencies involved with conservation efforts on the Platte River. Anticipated start date is 1 January 2020.

Stipend: $22,000 per year, non-resident and resident tuition waiver, and OSU insurance provided. During field season, field housing, research vehicle, technician support will be provided.

Qualifications: B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, or related disciplines. Experience with ecological modeling preferred.

Project Leader: Dr. Craig Davis. Contact Information: Dr. Craig Davis (405) 744-6859 or Applications should include a cover letter, resume, GRE scores, and list of 3 references. All applications should be emailed to Dr. Craig Davis at the above email address.


Postdoctoral Researcher for Recreation Ecology and Habitat Fragmentation Project (Posted 8/20/19)
Dr. Ashley D’Antonio’s Recreation Ecology & Spatial Analysis Lab
Oregon State University
Apply by August 26th, 2019. Position will remain opened until filled.
For more information, go here.


PhD Position in Quantitative Invasion Biology (Posted 8/12/19)
Temple University’s Center for Biodiversity
Philadelphia, PA
Full applications are due to Temple’s Graduate School on December 15, 2019
For more information, go here

Postdoc - Quantitative Ecology and Invasie Species (Posted 8/6/19)
Integrative Ecology Lab
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
Review of applications will begin August 23 and continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here.


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Research Assistantship for MS student at Clemson University, through the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science (BICEFS), Georgetown, SC (Posted 6/10/19)

Seeking a Master of Science student to conduct research related to forest ecology within the upper Savannah River estuary. Forest structure will be compared along a gradient of salt-impacted, fresh tidal, seasonally tidal, and non-tidal forested wetlands. A similar tidal forest complex exists near Georgetown, SC; this system will also be measured and included in the comparison. There will be also a tree physiology component to the program, using thermal dissipation probes to measure differences in within-tree rates of sap flow as related to azimuth of aspect. Likely target species would include baldcypress, tupelos, ash, and elm.

The student will be expected to develop a thesis proposal, collect field data, analyze data and interpret results, and defend their thesis to a committee. Coursework taken on the main Clemson campus is also inherent to the degree program, but the student will likely be stationed more at BICEFS in Georgetown, SC. Most operations are based out of Georgetown, and the Institute is located on Hobcaw Barony, which provides multiple natural wetlands to answer some questions, without long-term field excursions. Reasonably priced housing is available in the Georgetown area, and will be paid for by the student. As previously mentioned, time will be spent on campus to fulfill course requirements; here, again, housing will need to be arranged by the student. To fulfill the Research Assistantship obligations, the student will help as needed for lab mates and BICEFS technicians. Proficiency in the use of common computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel is expected, and a valid U.S. driver's license is required. Because field duties will require extensive use of small (16 foot) outboard motorboats, the ability to swim is also required. Applicants should have a BS degree in natural resources or a related field from an accredited university and have completed the GRE by December 2018.

Fieldwork associated with the Research Assistantship is a very energy intensive endeavor, requiring a high level of physical fitness; this should not be underestimated or taken lightly. Conditions in the field are very hot and humid in summer months when the 2 œbig samples of marsh vegetation are collected, part of the required monitoring effort of our lab. Vegetation sampling involves traversing floatant and solid ground marshes on foot for extensive distances while carrying several 13 gallon garbage bags of marsh plants. Proper training will be provided for safe motorboat operation, marsh plant identification, and use of appropriate tools (e.g., handheld GPS, statistical techniques), but appropriate physical fitness will be expected at the time of hire.

The Graduate Research Assistantship stipend will be based on $20,000 annual. Two years of tuition and project travel will also be covered, though the student will be required to secure their housing in Clemson while taking courses, and near BICEFS (Georgetown, SC) area while not collecting field data or taking courses. The student should also anticipate the need to pay Clemson University fees imposed each semester and summer, and university parking fees while they are on the main campus.

Interested applicants should send a single pfd file containing a cover letter, CV with 3 professional references listed, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Jamie Duberstein at .


Postdoctoral Position in Social Values Modeling (Posted 7/29/19)

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Departments of Sustainability & Environment and Biology at the University of South Dakota. This is an NSF-funded position that is part of a larger project examining the impacts of land use-land cover (LULC) and climate change under different carbon balance scenarios on ecosystem services provided by the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB). The focus of this position is to: (1) evaluate and model previously collected data on the social values of residents of the UMRB toward their landscapes and (2) assist with landscape biodiversity modeling.

A Ph.D. in sustainability, environmental science, ecology, environmental modeling, or related field is required. Demonstrated experience with social values and biodiversity survey data, spatial modeling, and strong written communication skills are required. The candidate will work with faculty at the University of South Dakota and collaborators from other institutions.

They will begin reviewing applications on 5 August 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Positions may begin as early as 2 September 2019, but the start date is flexible. Interested applicants should apply online hereComplete applications will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references. For questions concerning the position please contact Meghann Jarchow ().


MS and PhD assistantship: soil microbial response to temperature change (Posted 5/28/19)

The Lab of Climate and Soil Biogeochemistry seeks motivated graduate students (one MS and two PhD) starting in Spring or Fall 2020 to study soil microbial response to temperature change through a NSF funded project awarded to the PI at Tennessee State University. The group's interdisciplinary research integrates field and laboratory observations as well as modeling approaches to address questions that intersect external disturbances and global biogeochemical cycles. The labs current research projects include: 1) thermal variation, precipitation regime and nitrogen fertilization on soil organic matter decomposition and the underlying soil microbial processes, and 2) assimilating large experimental dataset with mechanistic models to improve soil simulation. Research opportunities may include soils elemental, isotopic, microbial and genetic level responses to climate warming and soil carbon cycle modeling. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in soil science, biogeochemistry, microbiology, environmental science or a closely related field. Laboratory and/or field research experience is preferred, but evidence of passion for scientific inquiry and aptitude for collaborative research are expected. The master degree applicant in aforementioned area will be given priority for filling the PhD positions. The duration is 3 years for PhD position and 2 years for MS position. The stipend of $30,000/yr for PhD position with $3,000 travel allowance per year. The stipend for MS position will match with the master student assistantship in the College of Agriculture at TSU. To apply, please send a statement of interest, complete CV, and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file to . Transcripts and GRE scores are required though unofficial copies are accepted for review purpose. Review of applicants will begin immediately and remain open until filled. The application deadline for PhD position is March 15 but prospective applicants for both MS and PhD positions are encouraged to contact the PI () as soon as possible. For more information, please go here and here Principle Investigator (PI): Dr. Jianwei Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville TN 37209. Minority and women applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.


Position for a Masters Student to conduct research on stream metabolism in coastal Texas streams (Posted 7/18/19)

The Stream and River Biogeochemistry Lab within the Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is seeking a masters student to conduct research on ecosystem metabolism in coastal Texas streams. The selected candidate will join a multidisciplinary team working on linking stream ecosystem metabolism to higher trophic levels in streams that span the precipitation gradient along the Texas coast. This project, TERRG: Thresholds in ecosystem responses to rainfall gradients, is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF-DEB 1927639) and is composed of a dynamic team of researchers from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Sam Houston State University and the University of Florida. The student will be primarily supervised by Dr. Amber Ulseth and will be based in Huntsville, Texas at SHSU.

Applicants must have a background or experience working in ecology, specifically aquatic ecology, ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry. Applicants should have prior experience conducting research or working in the field and laboratory settings. Working in a collegial and professional manner within the field and lab is an absolute must. Applicants must have a Bachelors degree upon the start date and must be admitted to the graduate program at SHSU (go here for more information on the requirements of admission to the graduate program at SHSU). Preference will be given to applicants who have any experience working with sensors. The ability to use the statistical program R is beneficial, and if not, at minimum, an enthusiasm and willingness to learn R.

To apply for this position, please send: 1. a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) that outlines your research and career interests, relevant research/work experience, why this masters project is of interest to you, and the names and contact information for 3 references. 2. Also include your curriculum vitae and 3. undergraduate transcripts (unofficial are fine) to Dr. Amber Ulseth () as a single pdf document.

The Stream and River Biogeochemistry Lab at SHSU is an inclusive lab, and welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds. The deadline is September 15th 2019, with a start date in January 2020 for the spring semester.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Marine Ecology (Posted 7/9/19)

Seeking a postdoctoral fellow to further my team’s research into the transfer of fatty acids through marine food webs. The research centers on egg boons (described in recent publications: doi:10.1890/14-0571.1, doi:10.1002/ecm.1324) produced by fish spawning aggregations. The successful candidate will conduct laboratory experiments and field sampling and apply fatty acid data to trophic tracer models (e.g., quantitative fatty acid analysis, QFASA). He/she will have access to a variety of analytical tools (gas chromatography, HPLC, qPCR, RNA-Seq) for which training is available.

Responsibilities of the position include: review of relevant literature; experimental design; method development; data analysis and interpretation; preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals; and presentation at professional conferences. The successful applicant will have opportunities to prepare research proposals, learn analytical methods, and participate in undergraduate and/or graduate classroom instruction.

The position is located at the Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute on the Gulf of Mexico in Port Aransas, Texas.

Minimum qualifications: PhD in ecology, fisheries, or another relevant field conferred after September 2015.

Preferred qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience related to fatty acid ecology and/or physiology, especially (1) QFASA or related methods, (2) conducting laboratory experiments and collecting field samples for fatty acid research, or (3) quantitative analysis (including experimental design and statistical analysis) of field and laboratory data. Successful grantsmanship and professional demeanor.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application: Interested candidates should submit:
a) a cover letter,
b) curriculum vitae, and
c) names and contact information of at least two references familiar with your work.
Please submit materials to Lee Fuiman (), with "Postdoctoral position in marine ecology" as the subject. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, and the position will remain open until filled. The preferred start date is September 1, 2019, but an earlier start is possible.

The University of Texas and Team Fuiman value cultural diversity. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Graduate position - MS or PhD in Agricultural Citizen Science (Posted 6/19/19)
van Gestel Lab
Texas Tech University
Apply by July 10, 2019
For more information, go here.


Graduate Research Assitantship - Utah State University (Posted 7/18/19)

Utah State University (USU) is inviting applications for a PhD graduate research assistantship (GRA) in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate. The GRA position is for a highly motivated student who wants to work on a multi-disciplinary team that includes researchers in the fields of entomology, agronomy, ecology, and biology. The main focus of the research associated with the position is identifying ecological relationships that underlie management practices in production systems of arid regions. The role of plant-insect interactions with both anthropogenic and abiotic conditions (e.g., climate) will be elucidated using a variety of field and greenhouse-based studies. The position will provide opportunities to develop new and innovative approaches to studying production systems that will lead to improved management.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Steve Young, steve(.)young@usu(.)edu, for more information.

Qualifications: Applicants should have an M.S. in ecology, plant science, botany, agronomy, horticulture, or another related field of study. The student should possess strong skills in field-based research and data analysis, including statistics, as well as excellent writing and communication skills. The successful candidate will be organized, creative, and excited about working in a collaborative group environment. Interested candidates should send a single pdf file containing the following to Dr. Steve Young (steve(.)young@usu(.)edu): (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, and (iii) list of three references including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers. Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Anticipated start for the position is Fall/Winter 2019.


Postdoctoral Position - University of Vermont (Nutrient Biogeochemistry, Catchment Hydrology, and Limnology (Posted 6/6/19)

Vermont EPSCoR is recruiting a postdoctoral associate to join our cutting-edge NSF funded research on Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE). Theye are continuing a five-year interdisciplinary research project, which studies Lake Champlain Basin landscape, watershed and lake condition responses to extreme weather events. Policy scenarios for enhancing resilience are tested using our comprehensive Integrated Assessment Model (IAM). As a member of the BREE team, the successful candidate will participate in unique learning and professional development experiences including science communication through our program with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, grant writing through workshops, and undergraduate mentorship through our summer internship program.

Nutrient Biogeochemistry, Catchment Hydrology, and Limnology Postdoc Position ID: PDA#001

They seek a field-oriented postdoctoral researcher with expertise in nutrient biogeochemistry (C, N, P, Fe), catchment hydrology, and/or limnology interested in studying how extreme events cascade through the soil-stream-lake continuum. Research will leverage a heavily instrumented suite of watersheds and lakes in Vermont. The candidate should possess expertise and/or interests related to the processing and transport of nutrients or pollutants across riparian soil corridor, river and in receiving water networks. Elements of interest include carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and iron in both particulate and dissolved forms.

Experience working with in-situ sensors as well as advanced statistical analyses requisite for interpretation of large environmental datasets are desirable. The successful candidate will be responsible for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students associated with this large cross disciplinary project, and will be expected to collaborate actively with a large group of natural and social scientists seeking to develop an integrated assessment model of the Lake Champlain Basin. This position is funded through May 31, 2021, with possibility of extension with exceptional performance.

Please contact Andrew Schroth () or Carol Adair () for more information.

A major goal of Vermont EPSCoR is workforce development, which means that the graduate students and postdocs will be mentored for success. The required start date is September 1, 2019. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

To apply: please send CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to and reference Position ID PDA#001.

Please go here for more information.


PhD Opportunity: Urban Wildlife Ecology - George Mason University (Posted 7/18/19)

The Conservation in Urban Ecosystems Lab (CUE Lab) at George Mason University is recruiting a PhD student in urban wildlife ecology to begin January 2020. The student will pursue a PhD in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy under the guidance of Dr. Travis Gallo (travisgallo.com). This position is currently supported by a two-year graduate research assistantship and two semesters of a graduate teaching assistantship (details below).

Research in our lab focuses on applied ecology in urban ecosystems. We use science to develop effective strategies for integrating nature into urban planning and urban design. The graduate student will focus on the initial development of a long-term wildlife-monitoring project throughout the DC metro. The student will use remotely triggered wildlife cameras (camera traps) to study the distribution, behaviors, and habitat use of urban wildlife species. However, the student will have the flexibility to use additional field methods to study a variety of taxa if they wish. The student will have considerable independence in developing their own research questions, but would be expected to consider how their research might inform urban planning, contribute to biodiversity conservation in urban ecosystems, and improve the lives of urban residents.

The Ph.D. assistantship includes a yearly stipend of $20,000, a tuition waiver (6 credit hours of in-state tuition per semester), and health insurance for two years. Additionally, 2 additional semesters of graduate teaching assistantships will likely be available. Teaching assistantships have similar stipend, tuition wavier, and health insurance as above. Required qualifications include a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate or graduate (if entering with a M.S.) coursework and GRE scores exceeding the 50th percentile (the GRE general exam is required for applicants that do not hold an advanced degree - e.g. MA, MS, veterinary, or law or higher - from a regionally accredited institution in the USA). Prior research experience with fieldwork, wildlife-sampling techniques, and knowledge of statistical techniques for analyzing wildlife data is preferred. Priority will be given to applicants with an M.S. degree, but exceptional applicants at the B.S. level will also be considered.

The Department in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) is an interdisciplinary and collaborative department spanning the natural and social sciences. Research programs within ESP are focused on understanding and implementing the science and policy of biodiversity conservation, sustainability, and the application of the one health approach to ecological and social interactions. Additional information on the graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy can be found here.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Travis Gallo () BEFORE applying to GMU. In your email, please include in a single PDF a 1-2 page cover letter with a description of research interests, a copy of your CV (including GRE scores), unofficial undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts, and contact information for three professional references. For full consideration, submit all materials prior to August 31, 2019.

Postdoctoral in Quantitative Biology Education (Posted 7/16/19)
Radford University
Radford, VA
Apply by July 23, 2019
For more information, go here

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 7/2/19)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
Review begins July 12, 2019
For more information, go here

Research Associate in Environmental Science (Posted 6/10/19)
Universtiy of Virginia's pan-University Environmental Resilience Institute
Charlottesville, VA
Review of applications will begin on June 15, but the position will remain open until filled.
For more information, go here.


Postdoctoral Position - Fisheries Research (Posted 6/6/19)
NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Seattle, WA
Apply by August 1, 2019
For more information, go here.

MS Teaching Assistantship (Posted 5/30/19)

The Department of Biological Sciences at Walla Walla University has openings for M.S. students starting in Fall or Winter 2019. Areas of ongoing faculty research include: animal physiology, bioinformatics, cancer biology, immunology, and marine ecology. Students have access to a fully equipped marine/field research station and are supported by a 9-month teaching assistantship stipend of $8,461 and tuition wavier. Walla Walla University and Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory provide research support.

Interested applicants should contact potential research mentors and submit the required documents online, including three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, official GRE scores, and a personal statement outlining areas of interest for research. Review of applicants is ongoing and will continue until teaching assistantships are filled.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a B.S. or B.A. in Biology or a closely related field. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, official GRE scores, good written and oral communication ability, and evidence of a strong commitment to excellence.

Contact Person: Dr. Joan Redd, Biology Graduate Program Director;

Planning Department Intern  (Posted 5/21/19)
City of Camas
Camas, WA
For more information, go here.  


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Postdoctoral position in microbial ecology at the University of Wisconsin (Posted 8/12/19)

The Lankau research group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a post-doctoral scholar to join our project in translational microbial ecology of agricultural soils. The project is a collaboration with Linda Kinkel of the University of Minnesota and Noah Rosenzweig of Michigan State University, and seeks to develop predictive models of potato yield and disease outcomes for potato growers based on soil physical, chemical, and biological properties (including microbial community composition and function). Beyond the applied goals, this position offers numerous opportunities to address fundamental questions about linkages between microbial community composition, diversity, and ecosystem functions. We anticipate the post-doctoral scholar to take a lead role in the bioinformatic analysis, data management, and development and validation of predictive models based on data sets generated by our and our collaborator’s research groups. We are seeking applicants with interests and experience in cutting-edge data science approaches as well as traditional statistical modeling, and a passion for linking fundamental biological questions with practical outcomes for sustainable agriculture.

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, microbiology, soil science, agronomy, or related fields, excellent written and oral communication skills, quantitative and analytical skills, and a track record of first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Experience with some combination of the following skills is preferred but not required:
- Molecular characterization of microbial communities
- Machine learning and predictive modeling
- Statistical analyses of multivariate data
- Field and greenhouse experimentation with plants
Funding is available for two years with extension for a second year depending on satisfactory performance. Salary is set at $47,500/year and includes health and other benefits.

For questions, please contact Richard Lankau at . He will be attending the ESA meeting in Louisville, KY next week and would be happy to meet in person with anyone interested in the position.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your interest in the position and a CV to

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, but with a preference for candidates who can start in fall 2019.

For information about our research group, go here.

Post-doc on Calochortus Evolution (Posted 8/7/19)
Givnish Lab
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Open September 15, 2019-January 31, 2020
For more information, go here.


PhD position - Univ Wyoming :: Plant Ecology (Posted 7/18/19)

The Laughlin Lab at the University of Wyoming is recruiting a PhD student to study the relationship between functional traits and demographic fitness of perennial plants. The field work for this NSF-funded project will occur in the ponderosa pine forests around Flagstaff, Arizona. Start date is no later than Fall 2020, and earlier is preferred. Interested candidates should email questions to Daniel Laughlin (). For information on how to apply, go here.


ORISE Research Fellow - National Wetland Condition Assessment (Posted 6/17/19)
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Washington, DC
Reference Code: EPA-Water-2019-0033
Apply by July 1, 2019
For more information, go here.


2019 PhD Scholarship – Innovative new methods for soil organic carbon assessment and monitoring (Posted 6/20/19)
School of Molecular and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Curtin University
For more information, go here.


Fully funded PhD position on forest-permafrost interaction  (Posted 7/29/19)

There is a fully-funded PhD position available through Wilfrid Laurier University’s Forest Ecology Research Group as part of an ongoing partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories (www.nwtwlu.com). Multi-year funding is available for a project aimed at quantifying the potential for permafrost thaw to alter boreal tree growth responses to climate warming across a latitudinal and permafrost gradient in northwestern Canada.

Funding includes a stipend for the graduate student and funds for field assistants, travel expenses, and field supplies. The ideal candidate will be well versed in plant ecophysiology and/or dendroecology. Further, the candidate should have strong writing and organizational skills. The ability to lead and implement field-sampling logistics is important. Fieldwork will involve extended periods in remote field locations in the Northwest Territories.

The candidate will enroll in the graduate program of the Department of Biology at the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON in Dr. Jennifer Baltzes research group.

Interested students should contact me directly () with a CV, transcript (unofficial is fine) and, a piece of your own written work.

Jennifer Baltzer
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Forests and Global Change Department of Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Ave., Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5, Canada
Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext 4188


Research Internship to study the effect of climate warming on tropical forest soil carbon dynamics (Posted 7/2/19)

Seeking a motivated research intern to work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama from approximately Sept-Oct 2019 for a period of 9 months, with the possibility for further extension. The intern will perform data collection and carry out experiments on a tropical forest soil warming experiment within the Barro Colorado Nature Monument in Panama. The work will include taking regular measurements on gas flux exchange, seedling and root dynamics, soil chemistry and soil microbiology. The assistant will also help with sample collection, sample processing and data entry. The position will be mostly field-based but will also involve processing samples in the lab and carrying out soil analyses. Training in the appropriate methods will be provided.

The intern will join a vibrant community of scientists studying tropical forest ecology and soil biogeochemistry. The intern will be based in Gamboa (central Panama) and commute to the project site, based in tropical forest on Barro Colorado Island. Occasionally the intern will carry out laboratory analyses at the Tupper facility (Panama City).

Applicants must have a background in environmental science, ecology, chemistry or biology, be reliable and motivated to do field research and be able to work long hours in the field, carrying equipment and samples. Applicants must be able to work independently. Motivated students who wish to develop their own research program and pursue further post-graduate study in this field are encouraged. A knowledge of Spanish, R and the ability to drive would be useful but not essential.

A stipend of US$1080/month will be provided to cover accommodation and living costs in Panama.

Please send applications to Dr Andrew Nottingham (), with a short letter of motivation, a CV and the names and contact details of two referees, before 25th July 2019. Please use the subject header: STRI RESEARCH INTERNSHIP.


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