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Fellowships

Fellowship available for Ph.D. student at LSU (Posted 2/20/18)

The School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University seeks an outstanding student for a Board of Regents PhD fellowship to begin in Fall 2018. The fellowship pays 30K/year for four years and includes a tuition waiver. Active research programs in the School include a diverse array of topics, such as avian ecology, conservation genetics, wetlands ecology, fisheries, and forestry. Interested students should visit the School’s website to identify and contact a professor with similar research interests. If the professor agrees to act as their PhD advisor, prospective students may submit their application to the selection committee chair, Dr. Sabrina Taylor (staylor at lsu.edu). Application materials must identify the prospective PhD advisor and include a CV, transcripts, three letters of reference, GRE scores, and a written statement describing the student’s motivation for graduate study. Applicants must be US citizens/residents. All qualified U.S. citizens and residents who apply before Mar 31, 2018 will be considered for the 2018/2019 academic year. Prospective students who apply after Mar 31 will be considered only if a sufficient number of qualified students have not yet applied. Fellowship offers will be made by April 15, 2018 and students who accept will then be asked to apply to the LSU Graduate School. LSU is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Doctoral graduate fellowships at Auburn University (Posted 2/7/18)

Auburn University has initiated a new Presidential Research Graduate Fellowship program to attract talented and highly qualified new students to pursue doctoral degrees in established and emerging areas of excellence.

This is a university wide fellowship program that will be offering a minimum of 33 fellowships per year. The fellowships covers tuition and fees and provides students a stipend of $30,000 per year for three years.

In recognition of this new fellowship we are seeking strong doctoral level candidates interested in pursuing research in a variety of disciplines that are housed in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Interested students should review faculty research profiles and contact the appropriate faculty sponsor directly.

Selection of candidates for consideration by the university will be made by the School in February, thus interested students should reach out to potential faculty sponsors as soon as possible.

Postdoc: California Conservation Science, UCLA (Posted 2/7/18)

The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science invites applications for its annual Postdoctoral Fellowship in California Conservation Science. Consistent with our mission, we seek one or two postdoctoral scholars who simultaneously conduct innovative research and interface with the conservation and management agencies that direct and lead California conservation. For our 2018 competition, we are specifically seeking one, or possibly two postdoctoral candidates who will lead a broad, conservation genomics analysis of multiple co-distributed species across Los Angeles and Southern California. Our goal for this targeted call is to determine such issues as the contribution of protected lands to the conservation of genetic diversity, the ability of species to traverse the urban landscape of Los Angeles and surrounding regions, and genetic resilience to future climate change. Work on any taxa can be appropriate. We are particularly interested in fellows who develop a taxonomically broad, multi-species approach to comparative landscape genomics. The fellows will be co-funded by the La Kretz Center and the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, working together to conduct molecular lab work and GIS-intensive analyses. They will consider candidates who have recently completed their PhD, or will have completed it by summer, 2018.

For more information, download the full PostDoc Announcement.

Postdoc Fellowship Competition - Tropical forest phenology and productivity (Posted 2/7/18)

Florida State University’s Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) to enhance diversity in academia.

Apply to work with Dr. Stephanie Pau (FSU Geography) on the phenology and productivity of tropical forests using thermal imaging (project description below) through FSU’s Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) competition.

Fellowships will provide two years of salary support (including health insurance and fringe benefits) plus a small grants award (up to $20,000) for training related expenses. Fellows will be selected based on their track record and potential synergy with their research mentor. Review of applications will start March 1, 2018 and will continue until all positions are filled.

Interested applicants for the project below should contact Stephanie Pau () before applying. This is a collaborative project with researchers from Oregon State University, Princeton University, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and there are opportunities to network with a diverse group of scholars.

Project description: The vulnerability of tropical forests to climate change is globally significant because these habitats are hyper-diverse, and store and cycle large amounts of carbon. Forest canopy temperatures depart considerably from air temperatures, sometimes by as much as air temperatures are projected to increase by the end of this century; yet canopy temperatures are rarely considered in climate change analyses. Preliminary results from near-continuous thermal imaging and eddy covariance estimates from a tropical forest in Panama show that canopy temperatures reached a maximum of ~34 °C, and exceeded maximum air temperatures by as much as 7 °C. Gross primary productivity (GPP) – which represents the gross rate of carbon fixed by the forest during photosynthesis – was highest at a canopy temperature of ~31 °C, above which declines in GPP occurred.
Although future warming is projected to be greater in high latitude regions, these results show that tropical forest productivity is highly sensitive to small changes in temperature.

This postdoctoral researcher would continue work on understanding the thermal environment of the tropical forest canopy in Panama. New directions for future work could address: 1) how water stress affects canopy temperatures and resulting GPP, 2) the different sensitivities of diverse species in the canopy and how leaf-level processes scale up to the whole canopy, 3) how phenological patterns and seasonal changes in leaf development and demography constrain GPP, and/or 4) integration and scaling with satellite remote sensing data.

2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program (Posted 1/30/18)

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) announces the 2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of disciplines and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a CIGLR or GLERL scientist. Apply by February 18, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. More information is available here.

Schwartz Early Career Fellowship - Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology Summer 2018 (Posted 1/30/18)

The University of Pittsburgh's Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE) is pleased to offer the Frank J. Schwartz Early Career Research Fellowship of up to $10,000 plus up to three months of station fees and residency costs for the primary investigator (PI). PLE is a vibrant research and education facility located on Lake Pymatuning in Northwest Pennsylvania. PLE's research facilities are spread across 350 acres and include access to a variety of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Its 10,000+ square feet of laboratory facilities include a field laboratory adjacent to an open field that can be used for large-scale replicated experiments, a modern molecular laboratory, and facilities for animal, plant and aquatic studies.

This opportunity is open to researchers holding PhD degrees in any science discipline that can benefit from PLE's resources. The purpose of the fellowship is to permit researchers to explore new projects or collect preliminary data. Fellowship funds can be used at the PI's discretion to facilitate the research but not for compensation. Preference will be given to individuals and projects with the potential to develop into long-term research activities at PLE. They especially encourage applications from individuals in the postdoctoral or early faculty phases of their careers working on projects involving fish, but researchers holding PhD degrees at all stages of their careers and working on projects involving other taxa are also encouraged to apply.

For more information about the fellowship program or research opportunities at PLE, please contact the Director, Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki ().

Applicants should submit a single .pdf file including their CV, a 2-3 page proposal outlining the proposed research, a budget detailing how the fellowship funds will be spent, and planned dates of residence to , placing the words "PLE Schwartz Early Career Fellowship" in the subject line of the email. Review of proposals will begin February 19, 2018.

U.S. PIRG FELLOWSHIP- Two-year program (Posted 1/24/18)
Washington, D.C., Boston, Denver, New York City and Portland, Maine
Applications on a rolling basis
For more information, go here.  

University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Population Biology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Posted 1/4/18)

Population Biology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in the Population Biology Program of Excellence.

The goal of the Population Biology-POE Postdoctoral Fellowship is to stimulate synergistic interactions between faculty and postdoctoral scholars interested in the broad area of Population Biology. They are seeking applications from recent PhDs who show promise of conducting cutting edge research related to, and expanding upon, faculty research areas in the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) section in the School of Biological Sciences. The POE also seeks to identify potential postdoctoral fellows who will enhance graduate education, serve as a model for graduate students in career development, and promote interactions among faculty at UNL. Qualified candidates are required to submit a 2-3 page research proposal detailing the two-year program of research to be completed under the guidance of a faculty member in the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) section in the School of Biological Sciences. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to potential faculty mentors before developing a proposal for additional guidelines and suggestions. The position does not include research funds so the extent of contributions from the faculty sponsor should be addressed in the proposal.

While in residence, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to lead a seminar, symposium or outreach project that will appeal to Population Biologists across campus. Applications must include a CV, a 1-page description of previous or current research and the description of proposed research. In addition, the applicant must arrange for two recommendation letters from non-UNL faculty, and one from the UNL faculty sponsor (a total of 3 letters) to be emailed to the address below. The expected salary will be $45,000 per year with a start date of August 19, 2018. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed their degree and are new to UNL.

Research descriptions for past and current POE postdoctoral fellows can be viewed here.

Application materials should be emailed to: Dr. Johannes Knops at: . The subject line should read “Population Biology Post-doc application”. Applications should be received by March 1, 2018. They anticipate notifying the successful applicant by April 1, 2018, with a starting date of August 19 or later in 2018. They strongly encourage applications from women and members of minority groups. The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. They assure responsible accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Data Science Fellowship program at NCEAS (Posted 1/4/18)

Second round of the Data Science Fellowship Program at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), located in downtown Santa Barbara, California. NCEAS, a global leader in ecological research, is seeking recent graduates from masters and doctoral programs to join their Data Team as paid Fellows. Their next six-month session starts in early July 2018. Data Science Fellows will be in residence at NCEAS and will work closely with data and informatics teams to solve data management, curation, analysis, and software issues relating to the NSF Arctic Data Center (ADC) and the State of Alaska's Salmon and People (SASAP) projects.

Applications are due February 1, 2018 for full consideration and by March 1, 2018 at the latest. This is an exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of data and data skills while working with a group of peers passionate about environmental and data science.

More information can be found here.
 

Three Graduate Fellowships Available at Colorado State University (Posted 11/27/17)

Colorado State University’s (CSU) Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting (MGMA) degree program is now accepting applications for enrollment in Fall Semester 2018. Three graduate fellowships are available to support incoming students! Each fellowship provides funding over two years.

The interdisciplinary MGMA degree provides students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds—such as ecology, biology, environmental studies, agriculture, forestry, business, engineering, and natural resources—the opportunity to develop the skills needed for emerging sustainability professions. Students explore a range of topics including environmental sustainability, greenhouse gas policies, climate change science, and life cycle analyses. Students also learn data analytic methods using a variety of techniques from empirical modeling to process-based simulation methods in order to derive information for informing climate change projects and sustainability programs.
For full consideration, applications to the MGMA degree program are due by February 1, 2018. Applicants interested in the fellowships may also contact the MGMA Program Coordinator for more information. Visit here for program information and application guidelines. Email the Program Coordinator your questions at .

The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship (Posted 11/27/17)

Application deadline is February 1, 2018
More information is available here.
 

NCEAS Data Science Fellowship (Posted 11/7/17)
University of California
Apply by February 1, 2018
For more information, go here.
 

 

Graduate - Internship Opportunities


Various Location(s)

REACCH Summer Undergraduate Internship Program 2018 (Posted 2/7/18)
Internships will go from 11June – 10 August for the University of Idaho and Washington State University and 18 June – 17 August for Oregon State University
Applications due by February 23, 2018):
For more information, go here.


ALABAMA

PhD assistantship- Stormwater and tidal marsh habitat (Posted 2/7/18)

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) at Auburn University
(AU) is seeking candidates for a graduate research assistantship (Ph.D.) involving stormwater and tidal creek habitats. The assistantship is supported by a recent grant to examine the influence of urban stormwater runoff on the condition and habitat suitability of resident salt marsh fish along the Gulf of Mexico. Candidates will work with an interdisciplinary team from SFWS and the Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences. In addition to contributing to project goals, it is expected that the student will develop their own research focus related to
the project. The position can be filled starting summer or fall semester
2018. Additional information about graduate school at AU can be found here and the SFWS.

The assistantship will include a $19,180 salary and a full tuition waiver. Further, highly qualified candidates will be considered for an AU Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, which lasts for 3 years and includes an annual stipend of $30,000. Applicants should possess an M.S. degree in ecology, natural resources, environmental science or other applicable degree. Research experience working in coastal ecosystems and familiarity with salt marshes, fish sampling, and handling small boats is highly desirable.

For further information, email Christopher Anderson at . To be considered for the position, candidates should email a cover letter outlining their qualifications, a CV, unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, unofficial GRE scores, and contact information for at least 3 references.

Fisheries Ecology Lab Internship (Posted 2/2/18)
University of South Alabama
Dauphin Island, AL
Apply by February 5, 2018
For more information, go here


ALASKA

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ARIZONA

Postdoctoral Scholar - quantitative ecology and microbial genomics (Posted 2/21/18)
Center for Ecosystem Science & Society
Northern Arizona University
Job ID: 603559
For more information, go here. 

Postdoctoral Scholar (Posted 2/7/18)

The Richardson Lab at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, AZ, is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to join the PhenoCam project team as an ecological data scientist and programmer. The PhenoCam (http://phenocam.sr.unh.edu/) network uses imagery from digital cameras mounted at research sites across North America, and around the world, to track seasonal variation in canopy structure and physiological activity. More information can be found here. Job ID: 603576.  Apply by February 12, 2018.

Postdoctoral Scholar (Posted 2/7/18)

The Richardson Lab at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, AZ, is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to join the PhenoCam project team as an ecological data scientist and programmer. The PhenoCam (http://phenocam.sr.unh.edu/) network uses imagery from digital cameras mounted at research sites across North America, and around the world, to track seasonal variation in canopy structure and physiological activity. More information can be found here. Job ID: 603575.  Apply by February 12, 2018.

PhD Assistantship available in School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University (Posted 2/1/18)

A Ph.D. graduate assistantship is available in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University (NAU), in Flagstaff AZ. The position will provide 4 years of support in the project “Regionally Scaled Adaptive Forest Management for Production of Climate-Resilient Ecosystem Services” pending final federal funding confirmation. Critical ecosystem services provided by forests in the western US are at risk of decline under future climate change and altered disturbance regimes. This project will use forest landscape simulation modeling to (1) project the potential impacts of climate change on forest vegetation and disturbance regimes and (2) design and test innovative management approaches aimed at maximizing production of forest ecosystem services. The project will involve computational modeling and collaboration with Forest Service and Tribal managers in the central Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. This research is a collaboration between Dr. William Flatley (Department of Geography, University of Central Arkansas) and Dr. Peter Fulé (School of Forestry, NAU). The student will be co-advised by Dr. Fulé and Dr. Flatley, while pursuing a Ph.D. in forestry at NAU.

Funding will include a $26,000 stipend, tuition waiver, and health benefits. The successful candidate will gain expertise in the fields of forest and fire ecology, management, climate change, and ecosystem services. Candidates should also have an interest in developing skills in landscape modeling, geospatial analysis, and quantitative methods.

Minimum Qualifications: An M.S. in forestry, geography, environmental science or a related field and an interest in modeling ecosystem services, vegetation, fire, and climate change effects.

Preferred Qualifications:
•Knowledge of ecosystem services, forest ecology, fire ecology and climate change effects •Experience with modeling of vegetation and/or fire •Experience with Geographical Information Systems and/or Remote Sensing •Experience using R, Python, C#, or other programming language •Experience publishing quantitative research •Availability to start by July 1, 2018

For more information, contact Dr. Flatley at or Dr. Fulé at .

If you are interested, please send the following by February 16, 2018:

  • A one-page letter describing career goals, qualifications and experience
  • C.V
  • Unofficial transcripts and unofficial GRE scores, as well as unofficial TOEFL score if relevant. 
  • Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references

If invited to apply, the application deadline for the graduate program in the School of Forestry at NAU is somewhat flexible but March 15, 2018 is preferred. For the application, official transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL score (if needed) will be required. 


ARKANSAS

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CALIFORNIA

Smithsonian Bicoastal Science Communications Internship (Posted 2/13/18)

Stipend: $550/week
Duration: 18 weeks (May/June to September/October 2018)
Start Date: Flexible, between May 14 and June 11
Location: Edgewater, Md. and Tiburon, Calif.

Description: Gain hands-on experience with environmental communication on both sides of the United States! The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is the Smithsonian’s headquarters for coastal research, with scientists who study climate change, invasive species, conservation and other environmental issues shaping the 21st century. SERC is seeking a communications intern to work for 18 weeks, from summer through mid-autumn, covering the work of SERC scientists in Maryland and California. The intern will start at SERC’s Chesapeake Bay headquarters in Maryland, receiving training in SERC science communications. After six weeks, the intern will travel to San Francisco Bay to cover the work of SERC marine biologists in California for the remaining 12 weeks. Travel funds from Maryland to California are included. This internship is open to undergraduate students, master's students, and recent graduates up to one year after graduation.

Part I: Chesapeake Bay
The intern will spend the first six weeks at SERC’s headquarters in Edgewater, Md. Here, the intern will interview SERC scientists in the field and the lab and write about their work. This first part of the internship will introduce the intern to the main features of SERC science communications: writing articles for the SERC Shorelines blog, preparing posts for SERC’s social media and assisting with the production of SERC’s quarterly newsletter On The Edge, under the mentorship of SERC science writer Kristen Minogue.

Part II: San Francisco Bay (SERC-West)
For the final 12 weeks, the intern will work in California, with the Tiburon section of SERC’s Marine Invasions Research Lab. SERC’s Tiburon branch (a.k.a. “SERC-West”) is hosted at the Estuary & Ocean Science Center, a marine field station at San Francisco State University's Romberg Tiburon Campus. The marine biologists of SERC-West work in San Francisco Bay and traverse the Pacific Coast studying invasive species, oyster restoration and other critical conservation issues. While in California, the intern will cover the work of SERC’s West Coast scientists while exploring and developing communication strategies within the Pacific market. During the California part of the internship, the intern will work under the onsite supervision of research ecologist Andrew Chang and correspond regularly with Kristen Minogue via video conferencing.

Desired Qualifications: Strong scientific background (natural sciences coursework; not required to be a science major) and skill writing about science for a nonscientific audience. Ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) required; familiarity with photo and video editing software, Wordpress and HTML a plus.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume with references (name, title and contact information) and unofficial transcript(s) to by 11:59 PST Monday, February 19, 2018. One to three published or unpublished writing samples explaining science for general readers are also essential to include for the application to be considered. For more information, go here. Questions? Send an email to SERC Science Writer Kristen Minogue at .

Paid Internship - Marine Invasions Lab Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Posted 2/7/18)

The research encompasses a wide range of projects, exploring the ecology and management of coastal marine ecosystems. We focus primarily on invasion dynamics but also examine species interactions of both native and non-native species. Overall, we study the patterns of marine invasions across space, time, and taxonomic groups and evaluate non- native management strategies. We seek to understand what drives those patterns, how to predict the future spread and impacts of non-native species, and how they affect species interactions, including predator- prey and host-parasite relationships.

INTERNSHIP PROJECT
For the Fouling Survey project, we conduct standardized surveys of the fouling community to document both native and introduced species in bays and estuaries. We study the diversity of fouling communities,how it changes over time, and how new species change community structure, composition and abundance. An internship with the Fouling Project will require travel to many different cities (usually in the Continental US or Panama). Interns will have the opportunity to study the latitudinal trends in non-native species diversity, the methods non- native species use to disperse themselves globally, and what makes them successful locally. We anticipate that the intern will spend 25% of their time working on an independent project that is part of the larger fouling community study, 25% assisting with miscellaneous lab projects,and 50% aiding in all aspects of field surveys.

DETAILS
This internship will be located at our San Francisco, California laboratory with the possibility to transfer to our Edgewater, Maryland location after field season. The internship dates span mid-May/early June through mid-October for a total of 16 weeks with some flexibility.
Both current students and recent graduates will be considered.

HOUSING
California: There is limited on-site guest house space available at varying costs.
Maryland: There is limited on-site dormitory space available for $105.00 per week.

COMPENSATION
The intern will receive a stipend of $550 dollars per week.

TO APPLY
Registration at the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA) is required. Select the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship program from the drop down list of programs and submit an essay, CV or resume, academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and two letters of recommendation. The Marine Invasions Lab is one of many labs at SERC, and the Fouling Project is one of a few projects in the Marine Invasions Lab. If you would like to report interest in this lab and project, please do so in your essay.

Undergraduate Summer REU - Bay Area of California (Posted 2/1/18)

The Johnson Laboratory is accepting a qualified undergraduate NSF REU applicant for their field crew in the Bay Area of California beginning in May 13-14 and concluding near the end of July to early August 2018.

Project details:
This investigation will rely on the use of non-lethal swabbing methods (skin and buccal swabs) to obtain samples from two threatened amphibian species (California Red Legged frog, Rana draytonii, and the California Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma californiense) across the Bay Area of California that can be tested to assess population genetic structure and the presence of pathogens (e.g., Ranavirus and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). Such lines of inquiry will provide insights directly relevant to the conservation of these threatened species, particularly with respect to the degree of genetic mixing among populations, quantify degree of isolation across populations and the effects of population connectivity on infection patterns. The selected student will gain valuable experience in field sampling, swab collection, genetic techniques, and data analysis.

The primary responsibilities of the student will be to collect non- lethal swabs from amphibian species while being a member of a larger team performing in-depth field sampling protocols. Field sampling will focus on amphibians, fish and invertebrates within California pond ecosystems. This will include performing additional field sampling techniques including but not limited to: dipnets, seines, visual surveys, snail parasite identification, and pathogen swabbing. In addition, this individual will be expected to assist with daily record keeping and equipment maintenance while staying at a University of California Reserve System field station located in the South Bay, Blue Oak Ranch Reserve. ONLY undergraduates that will be continuing their education in fall 2018 can apply.

To apply for their Undergraduate REU position send an application package that should include (1) a brief (<1 page) statement of interest detailing how this opportunity would advance your educational goals; (2) a description of previous research and course-related experiences; (3) transcript; (4) current CV. Please compile the application package into a single PDF and email to with the position title (REU application) in the subject line by February 12th, 2018.

Post-Doc - Urban Ecology (Posted 12/7/17)
The Urban Nature Research Center (UNRC)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA)
For more information, go here. 
 


COLORADO

PhD opportunity in plant ecophysiology (Posted 2/20/18)

Seeking a PhD candidate to be part of a research team at Colorado State University investigating post-fire regeneration in sagebrush steppe and mixed-grass prairie ecosystems. Despite the important role of fire in grassland and shrubland ecosystems, little is known about the physiological effects of fire on belowground tissues of plants. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with a large team of researchers from USFS-RMRS, USDA-ARS, USGS, and U of WY on a recently funded Joint Fire Science Program Grant. A major goal of the project is to quantify the physiological impact of heat from fires on resprouting tissues of plants and evaluate the demographic consequences of these disturbances. This work will involve field and lab work (including work with the USFS Fire Lab) and will utilize a range of physiological techniques, bud dissection and/or anatomy, and the development of new methods to measure and characterize bud physiology. The position will include work in South Dakota, Colorado, and Wyoming.

Preference will be given to candidates with a M.S. degree in plant ecology and/or plant ecophysiology and those with strong quantitative skills. We would like to find a student that can begin this spring or early summer.

The PhD candidate will be co-advised by Troy Ocheltree (CSU) and Jacqueline Ott (USFS-RMRS). Please send a resume and statement of interest to Troy Ocheltree () if you are interested in this opportunity.

Graduate Student Opportunities in Restoration, Soil Carbon, and Fire Ecology (Posted 2/20/18)

Two graduate positions available in the Master of Environmental Management Program (MEM) at Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, CO. Both positions are contingent on the candidates? acceptance to the MEM program for the 2018-2020 term. Applications to the MEM program are due by March 15, 2018. Please contact Dr. Jennie DeMarco () for more information. Gunnison, Colorado is surrounding by 80% public lands with many opportunities for both summer and winter outdoor activities.

Master Student Opportunity in Restoration Ecology and Soil Carbon in Colorado

Seeking graduate student to design and implement a research project aimed at assessing the impact of wet meadows restoration on soil carbon in the Gunnison Basin of Colorado. These meadows provide critical habitat for the Gunnison Sage-Grouse, increase the resilience of the ecosystem to climate change, and have the potential to sequester carbon through an increase in plant productivity. This project will be in collaboration with the Upper Gunnison River Watershed Water Conservancy District, The Nature Conservancy, the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service, the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, and the Masters of Environmental Management Program (MEM) at Western State Colorado University. The student will work closely with scientists from these agencies throughout the project. Specific responsibilities include collecting, processing, and analyzing soil data to assess the impact of restoration on soil carbon storage as well as synthesizing findings in a report to be submitted for peer-review publication. We seek candidates who are self-directed, motivated, and possess strong skills and experience in field work, project management, and oral and written communication.
Funding is available for a graduate fellowship through the MEM program as well as paid employment for summer field work in 2018 and 2019. Hiring of candidate is contingent on the candidate?s acceptance to the MEM program for the 2018-2020 term. Applications to the MEM program are due by March 15, 2018. The preferred start date for the graduate position is June 1, 2018. Please contact Dr. Jennie DeMarco () for more information. Gunnison, Colorado is surrounding by 80% public lands with many opportunities for both summer and winter outdoor activities.

Master Student Opportunity in Larch Recruitment Following Fire in Siberia

Seeking a master?s level graduate student to investigate the causes of varying post-fire recruitment within larch forests of Eastern Siberia using a combination of field-based measurements. Climate change has increased the frequency, intensity, and severity of fires in many boreal regions. Altered fire regimes can also influence forest regrowth by altering tree recruitment during post-fire succession which can ultimately lead to changes in the tree species composition or loss of forests altogether resulting in a decrease in carbon sequestration potential. This NSF funded project is in collaboration with Dr. Heather Alexander (Mississippi State Univ.), Dr. Rebecca Hewitt (Northern Arizona Univ.), Dr. Jeremy Lichstein (Univ. of Florida), Dr. Michael Loranty (Colgate Univ.), Dr. Michelle Mack (Northern Arizona Univ.), and Dr. Ryan McEwan (Univ. of Datyon). We seek candidates who are self-directed, motivated, and possess strong skills and experience in field work, project management, and oral and written communication. Funding is available for the student for travel to Siberia and for paid employment for summer field work in 2019. Hiring of candidate is contingent on the candidate?s acceptance to the MEM program for the 2018-
2020 term. Applications to the MEM program are due by March 15, 2018.  Please contact Dr. Jennie DeMarco () for more information. Gunnison, Colorado is surrounding by 80% public lands with many opportunities for both summer and winter outdoor activities.

Internship - Vegetation Monitoring Crew Member - 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Meeker, CO
May 2018-Early or mid October. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - Aquatic Monitoring Crew Member - 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Meeker, CO
May 2018-Early or mid October. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - Archeology Field Crew - 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Meeker, CO
Mid May 2018-Late September or Early Octoerr. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - Vegetation Monitoring Crew Member - 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Craig, CO
May 2018-Early or mid October. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - Vegetation Monitoring Crew Member - 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Kremmling, CO
May 2018-Early or mid October. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - River Ranger Intern - 1 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Kremmling, CO
May 2018-August 2018, upon completion of 450 hours. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - Hydrology Technician - 1- 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Kremmling, CO
June 2018-August 2018, upon completion of determined hours. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

BLM Aquatic Monitoring Internships in Colorado (Posted 2/2/18)

Self-motivated and detail-oriented individuals needed for important aquatic vegetation monitoring internships.  These internships are in partnership with the Bureau of land management (BLM) and are part of AmeriCorps. Successful applicants who qualify will receive an AmeriCorps education award.  The BLM AIM (Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring) program is vital for tracking the use and health of public lands.  More details and other positions available please go here. Please contact with any questions or to apply please send a letter of interest and resume.  

Graduate Assistantships in Climate Change and Forest Dynamics ‒ University of Denver (Posted 1/30/18)

The Martin lab invites applications to DU’s Biology, Ecology and Evolution graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences. They welcome inquiries from motivated students interested in how regional and global environmental and climatic change is influencing tree species demography and dynamics across spatial and temporal scales. Rigorous field and lab studies will be used to build quantitative relationships, and to explore scenarios of forest dynamics – such as range expansion/contraction, competitive interactions, and disturbance-climate dynamics – under changing conditions. This research will focus on linking field studies and modeling, and the use of data analysis based on likelihood methods and information theory. Opportunities exist for projects in the Rocky Mountains or in tropical montane forests. The project will start June 1st, 2018.

They seek candidates with proficiency/experience in at least some of the following areas:
* Field work experience; love of mountains, hiking, camping, etc.
* Spatial, GIS, and/or Remote Sensing experience
* Interest or experience using quantitative models of forest dynamics (e.g. SORTIE).
* Statistical, quantitative, and programming skills (R, S-plus, etc.).
* Knowledge of the flora and ecology of the Rocky Mountain region
* Excellent writing and communication skills.

Interested applicants should email Dr. Martin as soon as possible:

In your email, include “grad research opportunity” in the subject line, and provide a brief statement of your current and future research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information for 3 references.

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (Posted 1/4/18)

The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory is now accepting applications for the 2018 undergraduate research program. Go here and follow the link for 'students'.

Each year the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) matches approximately 40 students with mentors from around the world. Students have opportunities to work on a wide array of ecological and evolutionary field projects. Additionally, students have the opportunity to supplement their research project with additional training in field ecology or wildlife biology. RMBL provides REU funding for approximately 10 students. RMBL also makes available additional scholarships. Consequently financial need should not preclude students from applying.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students thinking about a career in the sciences. RMBL is located in Gothic, Colorado, a stunningly beautiful location in the Rockies. Because they host more than 100 graduate students and senior scientists, undergraduates have an opportunity to learn about graduate programs from around the world. Many undergraduates end up as co-authors on scientific papers and start building professional networks that foster their career across a lifetime. They have had many undergraduates turn their summer research into a senior thesis project, even though they have not necessarily had someone from their school present at RMBL during the summer.

Their program does fill. They encourage strongly motivated applicants, including applicants who need financial support, to submit their online application by Feb. 15 for REU applicants and by March 1 for RMBL Scholarships. Students can apply for both sources of funds with one application.


CONNECTICUT

PhD opportunity in Wetland Ecology at UConn (Posted 2/20/18)

A PhD level graduate student position in wetland ecology is available in the Lawrence Lab in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. We conduct primary and applied research focused on improving our understanding of wetland plant community composition and ecosystem function. The applicant will develop and examine questions related to sea level rise-driven shifts in coastal marsh vegetation, wetland restoration, and feedbacks to carbon cycling.

The ideal candidate will have an MS in a related discipline with relevant field and laboratory research experience. Funding is available to assist with an ongoing coastal wetland project this summer, with Research Assistant funding beginning in the Fall semester (late August 2018).

To be considered, please contact Dr. Beth Lawrence via email () with the following information: CV or resume, GPA and GRE scores, brief statement of research experience, interests and career goals. See the following links for more information on her research program: http://lawrencelabuconn.weebly.com/, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment: http://www.nrme.uconn.edu/ and details about applying to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut: . The Department accepts applications on a rolling basis, but contact with Dr. Lawrence should be made before March 1, 2018 to warrant full consideration.

Highstead Accepting Applications for Summer Ecology/Land Stewardship Intern (Posted 2/7/18)
Accepting applications immediately.
Review of applicants will begin in mid-February and continue until the position is filled in March.
Redding, CT
More information is available here


DELAWARE

Summer Internships: Horticulture, Plant Science, Ecology (Posted 12/21/17)
Ecological Gardening – Naturalistic Gardens Intern
Ecological Gardening – Formal Gardens Intern
Greenhouse Intern
Mt. Cuba Center
Apply by March 1, 2018
More information is available here.


FLORIDA

Ph.D. opportunity: USDA National Needs Fellow at the University of Florida Coffee agroecology under climate change (Posted 2/7/18)

The Rowland Lab and the Flory Lab at the University of Florida (UF) are collaboratively seeking a highly qualified candidate to pursue a Ph.D. focused on the ecophysiology of coffee under climate change conditions. The graduate student will focus on improving understanding of the physiological basis of variation among coffee cultivars in response to experimental drought treatments in Santa Maria, Costa Rica, with an emphasis on whole plant physiological processes related to water use and efficiency. In addition, the student will develop complementary greenhouse or growth chamber-based experiments on the UF campus in Gainesville, FL.

A M.Sc. in ecology, environmental science, agronomy, or a closely related field is strongly preferred but a highly qualified candidate holding only a B.Sc. may be considered. Ideal candidates will have broad ecophysiology research experience and preferably peer-reviewed publications, and will be familiar with field experiments and ecophysiology methods, but we encourage all interested candidates to apply. The successful candidate will have excellent demonstrated writing, presentation, and statistical analysis skills.

The graduate student will be integrally involved in the design and implementation of experiments, data analysis, and manuscript preparation, and will be expected to present at national conferences. Additional collaborations with other projects in the Rowland and Flory labs are possible.

This Ph.D. position is available as soon as May or June, 2018 (and is preferred) but a start date of fall 2018 also is possible. Funding is provided by a USDA National Needs Fellowship to the UF Agronomy Department, and as such, the candidate must be a US citizen or national. The Fellow will also be associated with the UF Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture (CSRA).

Information on the UF Graduate school application process can be found here.

For full consideration please submit application materials as soon as possible, preferably by March 1. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Prior to applying, please send a brief statement of interest and CV to: Diane Rowland () and S. Luke Flory ()

Seeking M.S. for plant macrofossil work (Posted 2/7/18)

Seeking, on fairly short notice, one student who is interested in plant macrofossils and aquatic-plant studies for a Master of Science thesis-based program in Conservation Biology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Our paleolimnological work has ecological focus, and it takes place in a warm-termperate to subtropical district with 8000 lakes, affording many research possibilities. A prospective student should have background coursework in botany or plant taxonomy (NOT agriculture or management), and some research experience or training in freshwater ecosystems would be valuable. Students who have had some experience with paleolimnological investigations are preferred. Financial support for our students occurs by a combination of grant support, teaching assistantships, and tuition waivers.

Interested students should contact: Dr. Thomas J. Whitmore () and/or Dr. Melanie Riedinger-Whitmore () as soon as possible, and definitely prior to applying to the program. The deadline to initiate the application process is Friday February 9, so interested students will need to be proactive in contacting us. We can facilitate the application process if well-qualified students respond.  

Summer Internship in Marine Ecology - Smithsonian Marine Station - Florida (Posted 2/7/18)

The Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) program is currently seeking an undergraduate or recent graduate for a summer internship at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce, Florida. MarineGEO (marinegeo.si.edu) is a network of global observation and research sites that focuses on biodiversity, how is it changing, and how that affects the structure and function of coastal marine ecosystems. Research includes long-term, rigorous monitoring of important habitats as well as standardized, coordinated experiments with network partners. The Smithsonian Marine Station is located adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), a biodiverse estuary on the east coast of central Florida.

Responsibilities of the successful applicant include data collection in a variety of habitats including seagrasses, oyster reefs, mangroves, soft-sediments, and artificial structures as well as support in a large-scale experiment examining the effects of predators on native and non-natives species. Learning objectives include exposure to a diverse suite of marine invertebrate species as well as becoming familiar with research conducted in multiple habitat-types in a biodiverse estuarine environment. Additional experiments can be developed with staff based on the applicant’s personal research interests.

Please send a cover letter expressing research interests and future goals as well as a CV and current undergraduate transcripts to Dean Janiak at . The internship has a flexible timeframe for start and end dates but a desired start date would be prior to June 1. The weekly stipend in $400, not including housing.

Herpetology/Wetland Ecology Internship - Archbold Biological Station, FL (Posted 2/5/18)

The Restoration Ecology and Herpetology program at Archbold Biological Station (ABS) is seeking an intern to assist with wetland ecology and herpetology research and monitoring throughout our 8,840-acre preserve in south Florida. The length of appointment will be for approximately 7 months, with a desired start date of May 14, 2018.

The ABS internship program provides an opportunity to gain experience in every aspect of scientific research, from experimental design and data collection to oral and written presentations. The Restoration Ecology/Herpetology intern can expect to work an average of 20 hours per week assisting with a variety of ongoing field projects, with the remaining time devoted to designing and implementing an independent research project that fits within the broad research themes of our program (i.e., wetland restoration, effects of invasive aquatic species, community ecology of seasonal ponds, ecology and behavior of amphibians and gopher tortoises).

Varied duties will include (but may not be limited to) identifying and sampling wetland vegetation, aquatic vertebrates and macroinvertebrates; monitoring water levels and feral pig disturbance in seasonal ponds; assisting with radiotracking and demographic monitoring of gopher tortoises; entering data; and occasionally assisting with restoration and land management activities. The Station’s mosaic of scrub, wetland, and agricultural habitats is maintained through an active prescribed fire program that helps to conserve many rare and imperiled species associated with the Lake Wales Ridge ecosystem; visit their website for more information.

Research Interns receive a weekly stipend of $100 plus room and board at the Station (shared housing, no pets).

Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife science, or a related field
- Significant (> 3 months) previous field experience in one or more of the areas mentioned above
- Highly motivated and enthusiastic about living and working in a rural field-station setting
- Demonstrated attention to detail with respect to following sampling protocols and managing data
- Able to safely operate 4WD vehicles in difficult off-road conditions
- High tolerance for working in hot, humid weather

The successful candidate also must be able to verify that s/he is authorized to work in the U.S.

To apply, email the following (preferably as one attachment in PDF format) to Dr. Betsie Rothermel ():
(1) Cover letter describing your qualifications and indicating your availability
(2) Current resumé or CV, including GPA and a list of relevant coursework
(3) Contact information for three references

Please include ‘Intern position’ in the subject line of your email.
Application deadline for full consideration is February 10th.

Post-doctoral researcher opportunity: Analyst of community-based natural resource management data (Posted 2/2/18)

The Tropical Fish Ecology Lab (PI Alastair Harborne) at Florida International University (FIU) is looking to hire a post-doctoral researcher to work on an exciting new project examining community-based natural resource management in Indonesia. The project is in collaboration with Conservation International, Rare, Wildlife Conservation Society, and World Wildlife Fund (the Alliance for Conservation Evidence). The work at FIU will synthesize existing marine protected area (MPA) monitoring data from across institutions and geographies to examine how and why MPA status, trends, and impacts vary across Indonesia. In so doing, the project will accelerate national-level marine spatial planning, strategic prioritization, and MPA implementation.

The position is for 20 months at a competitive salary, and the successful candidate must be able to start by late March 2018 and attend a US-based initial project meeting in April. The position will include multiple visits to Indonesia to attend project workshops and work with project partners.

Required skills:
• Experience with ArcGIS, statistical analyses, and management of large and diverse data sets
• Experience of social science research, particularly relating to marine conservation
• Ability to work and live in south Florida and travel repeatedly to Indonesia
• Track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals
• Excellent written and oral communication skills

Desirable skills:
• Experience of marine community-based natural resource management, particularly in tropical areas
• Experience of working in south-east Asia
• Experience of disseminating research results to a range of stakeholders

To apply: Please contact Dr Alastair Harborne at (subject ‘ACES position’), and attach a covering letter addressing each of the required and desirable skills, plus a full CV including the names of at least two references. The deadline is Feb 2nd 2018, with interviews soon afterwards.

About our lab: We are a growing team of researchers interested in all aspects of coral-reef fishes and the impacts of environmental change in the Caribbean and Pacific.

About our university: FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body that offers more than 180 study programs. Our multiple campuses serve over 56,000 students, placing FIU among the 5 largest universities in the nation. FIU holds a Carnegie Research 1 designation (highest research activity), and is the largest majority minority RI institution in the US


GEORGIA

Two Ph.D. Assistantships Available in Forest Entomology and Ecology - University of Georgia, Athens (Posted 2/7/18)

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Athens invites applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic students for two Ph.D. Assistantships starting in Summer/Fall 2018. The first project will focus on multiple interactions between longleaf pine, bark beetles, and their symbionts (fungi and mites) under disturbance regimes (fire). This project will be collaborative between Dr. Kamal Gandhi (Warnell School of Forestry) and Dr. Kier Klepzig (Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center). The second multidisciplinary project with Dr. Gandhi will focus on the community, population, and/or chemical ecology of bark beetles under forest management practices in southeastern pine stands. The ideal candidates would possess both field and laboratory experience related to entomology, ecology, and/or mycology, a strong statistical background, and an independent spirit to develop, conduct, and publish research. A M.S. Degree in a related field, especially in forest entomology, pathology, or ecology is a prerequisite for the position. As a part of the graduate program, extensive fieldwork in southeastern U.S. will be required. 

The Forest Entomology Laboratory at the University of Georgia is a dynamic group that works on a broad range of ecological issues, forest insect species, and ecosystems across the country. The mission of the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center is to provide excellence in natural resource management and conservation of southeastern coastal plain ecosystems. Full training in forest ecology, entomology, and pathology will be provided. Two competitive Ph.D. assistantships for 3-4 years along with full tuition waiver are available. Interested students should submit a statement of interest, current CV along with contact information for three references, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Gandhi (; 706-542-4614). 

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is the oldest forestry school in the South, has >70 faculty working in diverse fields, and provides exemplary training of students in the fields of forestry, ecology, and conservation biology. The School is housed in a four-building complex on campus, and has >23,000 acres in the state for research, teaching, and service activities. The University of Georgia is a “land-grant and sea-grant university, and is also the state's oldest, most comprehensive and most diversified institution of higher education”. Its motto is: "to teach, to serve and to inquire into the nature of things”. The University of Georgia is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

PhD Position Available in Forest Pathology/Chemical Ecology (Posted 12/7/17)

A fully funded three-year position for an exceptional doctoral student starting Fall 2018 is available at the Villari Forest Pathology Lab, in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia.

The incoming doctoral student will pursue research on bark beetle- associated blue-stain fungi and their interaction with Southern pines, with particular emphasis on host defense responses and resistance mechanisms mediated by secondary metabolites. Both molecular and metabolomics approaches will be used during the course of the project.
Research work will involve statewide travel (often independently), as well as campus-based research. It will include field, greenhouse, and lab experiments, data and sample collection, data analysis and scientific writing. A valid driving license is required.

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated and independent person who has good communication skills. A Master’s degree is required for admission to the PhD program. Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in plant pathology, entomology, ecology, biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, forestry or botany are particularly encouraged to apply.

The research assistantship includes a competitive stipend in accordance with the UGA Warnell School pay scale and a tuition waiver.

To be considered for this position, interested candidates are encouraged to directly contact Dr. Caterina Villari () with a single PDF contain (1) statement of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts and GRE scores (and TOFEL if appropriate), (4) up to three examples of publications (optional) and (5) contact information for 3 references. In the subject line of the email please follow this example “[your name] – PhD Assistantship”. Applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis. Obtaining of the position is contingent upon acceptance into the graduate program of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Admission requirements include minimum 3.5 Graduate GPA and 1200 (V+Q) GRE score.


HAWAII

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IDAHO 

Ph.D. Assistantship- Boise State University –Ecological modeling and remote sensing of wetlands (Posted 2/13/18)

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) at Boise State University. A position is available for a Ph.D. student to integrate remote sensing, ecological modeling, and field data to map and predict the spread of an invasive plant, European Frogbit, in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. The student will:

1. Collect and use UAV imagery to map the introduction and spread of the target species; 2. Integrate remote sensing, ecological modeling, field data, and data collected from local experts to predict the spread of the target species; 3. Use satellite data, drone imagery, and Lidar to map wetland plant composition and quality, and to monitor restoration outcomes. 4. Apply quantitative models to forecast range expansion of the target species.

The project is a collaboration among spatial scientists, wetland ecologists, wildlife biologists, and tribal natural resource managers. The ideal student will start in August 2018. There is an opportunity for fieldwork, including wetland restoration, and the collection of ground truth data and drone imagery. During the field season the student would be based at the University of Michigan Biological Station.

Qualifications
A strong background in GIS, remote sensing, ecology, species distribution modeling, wetland restoration, and/or statistics will be an asset. Competitive students will have a Master’s degree and research or job experience related to the topics above.

Stipend and tuition and fees
This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantships (renewable, 12-month at $24,000), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance.

About the program and Boise
The PhD student will join the Human Environment Systems group at Boise State University, a group of faculty and students committed to transdiciplinary, team-based, actionable research that addresses real- world environmental challenges. The student will be advised by Dr. Jodi Brandt and Dr.
Trevor Caughlin.

The student will earn a degree in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD, a new and modern graduate program at Boise State University. This program brings together faculty from across multiple academic departments including biological sciences, geosciences, anthropology, and the human-environment systems group to offer relevant courses and provide unique mentorship and training opportunities. Further, we have created a network of valuable connections in academia, local relationships with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, as well as partnerships with international organizations all dedicated to providing students with transformative research and educational experiences for diverse career opportunities. To learn more, please go here.

Students in this program enjoy living in the beautiful city of Boise, which strikes a perfect balance with close-by outdoor recreational activities as well as a vibrant downtown life. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the capital of the State of Idaho, Boise is frequently featured as a top-ranked metropolis. The city has ample opportunities for world-class outdoor activities year round and a thriving arts and entertainment culture. In 2017, US News and World report ranked Boise the 12th best city to live in the United States. To learn more, please view “Visit Boise” link.

To Apply
Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to . Please put “PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until March 1, 2017. If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your application cannot be considered. Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to Boise State’s EEB program. All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.

Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty, student body, and staff. Accordingly, applicants who would add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community are encouraged to apply.


ILLINOIS

 REU position in pollination ecology (Posted 2/20/18)

The Harmon-Threatt lab at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is seeking undergraduate students for a NSF funded REU studying bee diversity and movement in the Missouri glades. The glades have a high amount of natural fragmentation, which make it a unique area to study how the landscape surrounding fragmented bee habitat influences resource availability and bee movement. This project aims to understand what resources the landscape surrounding the glades provide and how these resources influence bee movement and community structure.

Throughout the 10-week program, the student will assist with lab and field work, while also developing an independent research project. Due to the unique landscape and high level of endemism of the Missouri glades, there are numerous independent questions which can address that will produce publishable results. Most work for this project will take place at UIUC but will include one, potentially two funded trips out to the glades to conduct field work. The position will begin the end of May and includes a stipend along with additional funding for housing.
Qualifications:
- United States citizens or permanent residents
- Have a valid drivers license
- Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program for fall of 2018. Students who have received their bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are not eligible to participate.
- A strong interest in bee, pollination, or plant ecology
- Not have an allergy or serious aversion to bee stings
- Some experience in entomology or field ecology is preferred but not required

Applications are due by March 9th and should be a single PDF file consisting of:
-Cover letter detailing any relevant experience, interest in the position, and future professional goals -CV/resume -Transcript (unofficial is ok) -Contact information for 3 references

Applications and any questions regarding the position should be sent to For more information about the lab, please visit their website here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate at UIUC: Modeling nitrogen and hydrological dynamics using the Ecosys model for U.S. (Posted 2/7/18)
agroecosystems
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Ideal starting time is March 1, 2018, but negotiable. The position is open till filled.
More information can be found here.

Postdoctoral researcher in nitrogen cycling and plant-microbe interactions (Posted 2/7/18)

Postdoc: Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions in Nitrogen Cycling A microbial ecology postdoctoral position is available in the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as part of the Sustainability Theme in the new U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center (BRC), the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI). The goal of the CABBI Sustainability Theme is to develop the predictive capability to determine which feedstock combinations, regions and land types, market conditions, and biofuels and bioproducts have the potential to support the ecologically and economically sustainable displacement of fossil fuels. A postdoctoral researcher is sought to support research on plant-soil-microbe interactions in bioenergy cropping systems (sorghum, energycane, and Miscanthus) with a focus on nitrogen biogeochemistry and microbial functional groups responsible for mineralization, nitrification, denitrification, nitrogen fixation, etc. Job duties include: designing and conducting field and laboratory experiments to evaluate ecological drivers of nitrogen-cycling microbes, high-throughput DNA sequencing and qPCR, bioinformatics and data analysis. The postdoctoral researcher will coordinate research activities with a large team of collaborators, supervise technicians and undergraduates, engage in data management, and write manuscripts. The postdoc will work with Dr. Angela Kent and will collaborate with plant breeders, ecosystem ecologists, ecosystem modelers, ecophysiologists, ecohydrologists, and others in the CABBI Sustainability Theme. Collaboration with researchers in the CABBI Feedstocks and Conversion themes and the other BRCs is encouraged. The postdoc will be housed in the Institute for Genomic Biology with the other UIUC-based CABBI researchers to facilitate these collaborative interactions and help build a strong community of postdocs and graduate students. Required Qualifications: · A Ph.D. or the equivalent in microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science, or related field · Experience with laboratory and field work · Strong English writing and oral communication skills · Strong organizational skills · Ability to work in a collaborative environment · Ability to travel to research sites in Florida, Iowa, and other locations in the eastern U.S. for short sampling campaigns · A valid driver’s license Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes: A strong publication record from their Ph.D. (papers published, in press, or submitted) Experience with next-generation DNA sequencing and bioinformatics workflows Strong multivariate data analysis skills Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things The position is available for four years; however, annual renewal is dependent on funding and progress made by the individual. This position includes a competitive salary and full benefits. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but ideally in March 2018. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Please put “CABBI microbial ecology postdoc application” in the subject line of your email to Ank Michielsen, the CABBI Program Manager, . For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Angela Kent at . Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Other CABBI postdoc adverts are posted here.

MS Openings - Fall 2018 - DePaul University - Department of Biological Sciences (Posted 2/2/18)

The Department of Biological Sciences at DePaul University (in Chicago, IL) has openings for graduate students who are interested in pursuing thesis-based Master of Science (MS) degrees. Applications for starting in Fall 2018 are currently being accepted. The expertise of our Faculty span the full range of levels of biological organization, and the core areas of study for a MS degree include:

- Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology
- Genetics, Cell, and Molecular Biology
- Physiology and Neurobiology

The MS program is two years in duration. Most graduate students who are accepted into the program and who maintain satisfactory standing will receive a Graduate Assistantship for both years. Assistantships include a $11,955 stipend during the school year, and tuition waivers for graduate courses required for the degree. Graduate assistant duties usually require about 20 hours of work per week during the regular academic term. Students not requiring an assistantship or tuition waivers are also welcome to apply.

Information about the research interests of our faculty is available from the faculty pages. Students considering applying to the program are encouraged to identify potential advisors they would be interested in working with for their thesis research prior to submitting their application.

The Biological Sciences department is primary housed in the William G. McGowan Biological Sciences Center (and the adjacent Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building), which provides modern research infrastructure, including tissue culture equipment, environmental chambers, a DNA sequencing facility, a confocal microscope, several communal equipment rooms, an animal care facility, and a greenhouse.

A departmental vehicle is also available for field-based research projects.
DePaul’s location in Chicago offers opportunities for collaborative research and use of facilities at a number of neighboring institutions. The Department of Biological Sciences is located on the Lincoln Park Campus that is about 4 miles (6.5 km) north of downtown Chicago, and is host to about 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students; it is a 25-minute walk to the Lincoln Park Zoo, and 30-minute walk to Lake Michigan.

For international students: DePaul's Biological Sciences degree is a Department of Homeland Security STEM designated program. STEM designation is granted to programs that produce graduates educated in science, technology, engineering and/or math who help support U.S. economic competitiveness and growth. International students who earn degrees from STEM designated programs can qualify to extend their post-graduation stay in the United States for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT provides an opportunity for international students to develop their careers while also helping meet the demand for STEM-educated professionals in the U.S. workforce. To find out more about STEM designated programs, contact the College of Science and Health at or (773) 325-7315.

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning 12 February 2018. Admissions criteria are available here.

For more information about the MS program offered by the Department of Biological Sciences or admission requirements, please contact the Graduate Committee Chair, Dr. Tim Sparkes (); or visit the department’s website here. 

Graduate Student Funding at University of Illinois Springfield (Posted 1/30/18)

The Department of Environmental Studies (ENS) at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is recruiting students for their MS (thesis required) in Environmental Science and MA (non-thesis option) in Environmental Studies (the latter with concentrations in Environmental Planning & Management and Sustainable Development & Policy). A variety of funding opportunities exist for students who will begin in August 2018.

- Graduate Assistant: work with department staff primarily in the areas of programmatic initiatives (1 position in ENS; multiple positions with other units at UIS)
- Graduate Research Assistant: work in their GIS Laboratory primarily in the areas of geospatial research and technical/support services (1 position in ENS)
- Graduate Public Service Internships: work in state agencies, usually the IL Environmental Protection Agency or IL Department of Natural Resources (~10 positions for ENS graduate students)
- other support packages, scholarships, and loans are also available

All positions are 21 months and include monthly stipend, tuition waivers, and partial fee waivers, but the details of the benefits differ.

Potential students need to apply for funding separately from the application for admission to the Department. There is a firm deadline of 9 March 2018 for students beginning in August 2018.

For more information on the GA/GRA positions, go here.
For more information on the GPSI positions, go here
For more information on the Department of Environmental Studies, go here.

Their MS and MA degrees are also available fully online, but, except for scholarships and loans, the above-described funding is not available to those students.

If you have any questions, contact Dennis ()  


INDIANA

PhD Position in Wildlife Endocrinology - Indiana State University (Posted 2/20/18)

Dr Diana Hews, in collaboration with the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State University, seeks qualified candidates for a Ph.D. graduate position to begin in August 2018. The student’s research will focus on the effects of silviculture on the health of Myotis bats, and in particular the federally-endangered Indiana Bat, Myotis sodalis. Both population density estimates and hormone analyses will be used to assess bat responses to timber harvest in a multi-year study. The student will be enrolled in the Department of Biology at Indiana State University and supported by a research assistantship. The assistantship will include 4 years (48 months) of full support as a graduate research assistant, a full tuition waiver, and research funds (housing and field vehicle are also provided). For one year, the student will be supported on a 1-year graduate teaching assistantship (with stipend & tuition waiver) to fulfill a two semester (9-month) teaching requirement for PhD students. The student will be encouraged to apply for additional funding to support aspects of their field and laboratory research.

The doctoral student will be co-mentored by Dr. Joy M. O’Keefe, Director of ISU’s Bat Center and co-PI on the grant funding this research. Additional information about the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation can be found here. Minimum qualifications include a M.S. degree (or several years of post- baccalaureate field experience) in a biological discipline and an existing publication record. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in wildlife biology, endocrinology or other laboratory experience, and radio telemetry.In addition to applying to both the Department of Biology and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, applicants should send their CV (including GPA and GRE scores), contact information for at least three references, and a one-page letter describing their research interests as they relate to this position directly to Dr. Diana K. Hews at diana.hews [at] indstate.edu. Go here to apply and for more information about our graduate programs in biology.

Indiana State University is a public coeducational university in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a total enrollment of nearly 14,000 students. The university has been named a Green College by the Princeton Review; progressive initiatives include a community garden, car-share and bike- share programs, local food options on campus, and a Climate Action Plan. Terre Haute, which sits just east of the Wabash River, is a major regional center for health care, education, industry, and the arts. Applications will be considered as they are received, but are due no later than March 15, 2018. Summer employment and training opportunities on the grant begin in mid-May 2018.

PhD Opportunity: Vegetation Community Response to Deer Herbivory and Landscape Context (Posted 2/13/18)

Seeking a motivated PhD student to examine how vegetation communities respond to state-wide differences in deer population estimates and landscape context. The student will be part of team of faculty, staff, and state agency personnel working to integrate biological, ecological, and sociological aspects of deer management in Indiana. The successful applicant’s dissertation research will examine multiple measures of community condition and habitat quality to determine which measures are most strongly linked to variations in deer abundance and landscape composition and configuration. In addition, this research will identify measures that best combine sensitivity to varying conditions with utility and efficiency of use in continued monitoring.

The position is budgeted for four years beginning no later than mid- August 2018, with an initial annual stipend of $23,310, a tuition waiver, and health insurance. Excellent support for infrastructure, logistics and professional development is available including necessary equipment, travel to meetings, field and logistical assistance from a full-time project coordinator, an academic-year field coordinator, and undergraduate student technicians, as well as academic and career mentoring from faculty investigators, the state deer biologist and extension specialists.

Required qualifications include a GPA of 3.2 and strong GRE scores. Strongly preferred qualifications include a M.S. degree in ecology, botany, forestry, wildlife, or a related field, experience conducting vegetation surveys, familiarity with Midwest flora, strong quantitative and writing skills, and experience with data analysis, preferably in R. To apply: Prospective applicants should send via email a brief letter of interest and CV (including GPA, GRE scores, and contact information for
references) to Mike Jenkins (). Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. About Purdue: Purdue is a land-grant university of over 40,000 students and ranked the 5th best public university in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue is an easy drive from Indianapolis and Chicago. The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) is housed administratively in the College of Agriculture (#8 world ranking), emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches across a broad spectrum of natural resource sciences, and offers vibrant, nationally ranked graduate programs in ecology, forestry, and wildlife. The West Lafayette-Lafayette area is home to a diverse community of 174,000, with good schools, safe neighborhoods, over 40 parks and extensive trail systems, active farmers markets, and year-long community festivals and art events.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Multi-disciplinary research in climate adaptation, University of Notre dame (Posted 2/5/18)

The Global Adaptation Initiative at Notre Dame (ND-GAIN) is looking to hire two postdocs. Ideal candidates would be trained in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or Environmental Engineering while having a strong foot in the political or other human sciences. At ND- GAIN, we think that there is great opportunity to couple the human with the physical/environmental in the realm of climate adaptation. The specific intellectual focus is flexible and could range from adaptation efforts to confront climate driven infectious disease, how social adaptation influences climate driven hydrological processes, how adapting to food, energy and water stress/collapse can influence observed social/armed conflict, or any number of other topics at the intersection of human and physical adaptation questions. ND-GAIN would provide an interesting and interactive environment, embedded within the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). This postdoctoral opportunity also provides the possibility of joint mentoring by a faculty member from your primary discipline along with a political scientist. The initial position would be for one year with the possibility of a 2nd year renewal. For more information on ND-GAIN and ND-ECI, visit gain.nd.edu and environmentalchange.nd.edu. 

Applicants should send a single pdf document, including a cover letter explaining how their research experience and trajectory could contribute to the project, along with a CV and names of three references via email to . Please include “Application: ND-GAIN PDF” in the subject line. Application review will begin on February 15, 2018.

The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional and academic commitment to diversity.

Post-Doctoral Position: Bobcat Spatial and Population Ecology at Purdue University (Posted 2/2/18)

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue seeks an energetic and motivated post-doctoral scholar for a project to understand more fully the dynamics of bobcat population recovery in Indiana. The successful applicant will provide insights into bobcat spatial and population ecology via application of advanced modeling approaches to previously collected telemetry data from bobcats in south-central Indiana and supplementary data from road-kills, archer surveys, and camera trapping. The post-doctoral scholar will: (A) derive estimates of survival rates for bobcats in an expanding population in south-central Indiana, (B) estimate home-range size and habitat selection in this population, (C) model habitat suitability and derive estimates of potential capacity of habitat to support bobcats, and (D) develop connectivity maps with resistance surfaces to allow comparison with habitat suitability maps as a tool for planning and management. The successful applicant will begin in May 2018 and work closely with project PIs and collaborators from the Indiana DNR. This position is offered as a one-year contract with renewal contingent on funding availability and satisfactory performance. The initial annual salary for this position is $47,500 and provides benefits such as health insurance.

Required qualifications include completion of a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology, ecological modeling or related field prior to May of 2018 with proficiency in the use of R statistical software and ArcGIS mapping tools. Applicants should have experience managing a research project and a solid record of publication in scientific journals. Preferred qualifications include experience with: (1) common approaches to survival analysis, (2) probabilistic modeling of home range and habitat selection including a range of presence-only based tools, (3) maximum-clique analysis to estimate carrying capacity and (4) development of movement resistance surfaces from habitat suitability maps for use in least cost path analysis, circuit theory algorithms and/or individual-based models to estimate connectivity across landscapes.

To apply: Prospective applicants should send via email a brief letter of interest and CV with “Bobcat Post-Doctoral Scholar” in the subject line to the project PIs Rob Swihart () and Pat Zollner (). Review of materials will begin on 16 February.

Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Purdue University is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

About Purdue: Purdue is a land-grant university of over 40,000 students and ranked the 5th best public university in the U.S. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue is an easy drive from Indianapolis and Chicago. The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) is housed administratively in the College of Agriculture (#8 world ranking), emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches across a broad spectrum of natural resource sciences, and offers vibrant, nationally ranked graduate programs in wildlife and ecology. The West Lafayette-Lafayette area is home to a diverse community of 174,000, with good schools, safe neighborhoods, over 40 parks and extensive trail systems, active Farmers Markets, and year-long community festivals and art events.


IOWA

M.S. Graduate Assistantship, Monarch Butterfly Behavioral Ecology at Iowa State University (Posted 2/2/18)

Description

Monarch butterfly populations have experienced dramatic declines in North America over the past two decades. This project is part of a broad collaboration that seeks to identify and mitigate factors associated with these declines.

Specifically, one M.S. assistantship is available to work with behavioral ecologists, entomologists, and theoretical modelers to understand how the distances at which monarchs perceive resources (flowering plants and milkweed) could influence reproductive success at a landscape scale. This position will start as early as spring of 2018 in the Adelman and Sappington labs at Iowa State University, as part of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Interdepartmental Graduate Program and/or the Departments of Entomology and Natural Resource Ecology and Management.

Qualifications
Official qualifications can be found on the EEB website hereHowever, in evaluation of candidates, highest weights will be given to letters of recommendation and prior research experience. Desired qualifications include excellent writing abilities, strong quantitative skills, and experience in animal behavior.

Stipend and Other Information
Stipend is approximately $24,000 per year. The student will receive health insurance and a waiver of 50% of graduate tuition. Graduate admissions to the NREM department are processed on a rolling basis, so review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found.

To apply, please email me the following documents: a cover letter describing professional interests and career goals, a curriculum vita, copies of all college transcripts and GRE scores, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references.

Contact
Dr. James S. Adelman, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University, .

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in Coupled Biogeochemistry and Hydrology Modeling (Posted 11/7/17)

The MacroSystems Ecology Lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, &amp; Organismal Biology at Iowa State University is seeking applications for one postdoc position in Ecological Modeling. Seeking an individual to work on modeling representation and quantification of the coupled biogeochemical and hydrological cycles.

The successful candidate will participate in an interdisciplinary research team to investigate the natural and anthropogenic impacts on land-air exchange of greenhouse gases and land-to-ocean nutrient movement, by using integrated modeling and computational approaches. The individual is expected to independently develop and implement the spatially explicit process-based land ecosystem model for assessment at regional and global scales. The specific duties include large-scale data development, model improvement, simulation, model evaluation, uncertainty analysis, manuscript preparation etc. This individual will be encouraged to pursue new research direction (e.g., participate in development of research proposals), and will help manage the lab and interact with graduate and undergraduate students.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• A Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution in Ecosystem
Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Ecohydrology, Atmospheric Science, Agriculture, Forestry, or related fields with experience of terrestrial ecosystem modeling is required.
• Preference will be given to candidates with experience and
background on biogeochemistry/ecosystem modeling, remote sensing and GIS, geospatial analysis, and computer programming (prefer C or C++).
• Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, record
of research publications in refereed journals of high quality, and a demonstrated ability to function well within multidisciplinary teams are required.
• The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet
eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the date appointment is scheduled to begin and must be able to communicate in English.

Offer: Salary ($44-48k) commensurate with training and research experience plus health benefit, mentoring by and collaboration with senior research personnel from a multidisciplinary team, office space and computer facilities, and coverage of research and related travel expenses.

The postdoctoral research fellow position is expected to begin as early as possible (exact date negotiable). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Applications should include a cover letter explaining your research interests and accomplishments, and your qualifications for the position; a curriculum vita; and names and contact information (including email
addresses) for three professional references.

For more information: Please contact Dr. Chaoqun Lu, e-mail:


KANSAS

Postdoc Fellow - University of Kansas River Ecology Lab (Posted 2/7/18)

Riverine Macrosystem Ecology: Conceptual Analysis and/or Food Web Ecology

Seeking a postdoc to collaborate with faculty and students in the laboratory of Prof. James H. Thorp as part of an NSF project to study riverine macrosystems in temperate steppe biomes of the USA and Mongolia. Our project is a collaborative effort of professors, post-docs, graduate students, undergraduates, and technicians from 9 universities, 5 countries, and 3 continents working in areas of macrosystem theory, food webs, fish and invertebrate traits, system metabolism, and hydrology/geomorphology.

The ideal candidate will have experience in one or perhaps both of two areas: (a) broad scale concepts in the functioning of ecosystems or macrosystems; and (b) food web ecology of lotic or lentic ecosystems using modern isotopic techniques. A strong knowledge of statistics and general ecology and a proven publication record are vital.

Knowledge of GIS and modeling experience would be beneficial but not absolutely required. Participation of the post-doc in one to three, month-long field expeditions in the USA and Mongolia is expected.

This 24-month position should start May to July 2018 but will be open until filled. The salary will conform to NSF rates for postdocs. Additional funding will be provided for attendance at workshops and science conferences.

Send credentials and/or inquiries by email () to Prof. James H. Thorp, Kansas Biological Survey and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Higuchi Hall, 2101 Constant Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66047-3759, USA. Reference letters will be requested later for some candidates.

REU Program, U. Kansas (Posted 2/5/18)

The Models in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at The University of Kansas is now accepting applications. The NSF-funded program will occur over ten weeks this summer (May 20-July 26, 2018) in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In the program, students will participate in mentored, independent research. Students will receive a stipend, room and board, and course credit.

Projects available include, but are not limited to, theoretical disease ecology, biogeography of social spiders, butterfly genomics, lizard speciation, soil ecology, prairie communities, systematics of tapeworms, and insect behavior.

Applications are encouraged from biology majors and mathematics (or computer science) majors with an interest in biology. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled at a community college, college or university. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Students must be United States citizens or permanent residents. More information, including available projects, and an online application form are available here and inquiries should be directed to . The application deadline is February 15, 2018, but late applications will be considered.


KENTUCKY

Please check back. 


LOUISIANA

Gilbert Foundation Research Assistantships -School of Renewable Natural Resources -Louisiana State University (Posted 12/7/17)

The School of Renewable Natural Resources is seeking M.S. and Ph.D. applicants for Gilbert Foundation Graduate Research Assistantships. These assistantships are available to students concentrating in the study of forestry and closely related Ares. Research areas could include forest management and economics, wood science and technology, forest biometrics, silviculture, forest hydrology, wetland forests, hardwood regeneration, ecophysiology, forest genetics, and forestry-related wildlife and fisheries management and conservation.

Annual stipends are generous and include a full tuition waiver and student fees. Master’s degree applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.25 for last two years. Ph.D. applicants must a have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.6. Verbal and quantitative scores of the GRE should be at least 310 with at least 153 and 144 on the verbal and quantitative sections, respectively. The writing score must be at least a 4.0. Performance on the GRE will be evaluated in combination with GPA, letters of reference, and other evidence of the applicant’s potential success in pursuing a graduate degree and representation of the Gilbert Foundation ideals.

Louisiana State University is a comprehensive Research I institution enrolling more than 28,000 students. The campus is located in south Louisiana, 60 minutes from New Orleans, close to Louisiana’s Cajun country, and in the heart of the state’s abundant forestry, wildlife, and fisheries resources.

The School of Renewable Natural Resources has a teaching, research, and extension faculty of 30, which includes adjunct professors of the US Geological Survey’s Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. The faculty in the School is committed to innovative teaching, state-of-the-art research, and quality extension programs designed to train well-rounded natural resource professionals. Graduates of the School are employed in private industry, and state and federal natural resource agencies, but many choose to continue their graduate education.

For more information about graduate studies in the School of Renewable Natural Resources you are encouraged to visit the School’s webpage and the Graduate School webpage. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest summarizing your credential that includes a statement of possible research interest commensurate with level of graduate study. Also include names and email address for at least two references and copies of academic transcripts. The committee will meet February 15, 2018 to evaluate applicants. Awardees will then apply for admission for the Fall 2018 semester with a separate application to the Graduate School.

Send application materials via email or United States Postal Service to

Dr. Thomas Dean
Professor and Gilbert Committee Chair
227 Renewable Natural Resources Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803

(225) 578-4216 


MAINE

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 1/11/18)
School of Biology & Ecology
University of Maine
Ornon, ME
Reviewing of applications begins on January 31, 2018
For more information, go here 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Forest Modeling and Quantitative Silviculture (Posted 12/7/17)

The University of Maine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests Career Opportunity

This is a full-time, 12-month, soft-money, post-doctoral research position with 100% research responsibility under the NSF Center for Advanced Forestry Systems (CAFS) to better predict forest stand development in the Acadian Region, evaluate long-term trends across the region, and conduct large landscape-scale simulations under alternative future scenarios. The basic functions of this position are to: (1) model forest stand development and conduct landscape-scale simulations using data and product from existing and new research; (2) publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals; (3) collaborate with researchers from the University of Maine and across the nation; and (4) conduct and participate in information transfer and outreach activities of NSF CAFS.

For more information, go here. 


MARYLAND

SESYNC Invites Proposals for Graduate Student Research (Posted 2/7/18)

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland invites proposals from highly qualified PhD students interested in conducting collaborative, socio-environmental synthesis research (i.e. “Graduate Pursuits”).

Graduate Pursuits are supported for a period of 18 months. Support centers around travel, meals, and lodging for 3–4 in-person meetings at SESYNC, but also includes a suite of services ranging from team facilitation and leadership training, to computational and cyber infrastructure resources, to science communication and outreach.

SESYNC is particularly interested in Graduate Pursuit proposals that bring together diverse backgrounds and disciplines as well as diverse sources of data in novel, integrative ways to solve pressing environmental issues. Graduate Pursuit proposals that are designed to be applicable or generalizable across multiple locations and scales in addition to those with potential to contribute to decision-making and non-academic communities are also of special interest.

The full Request for Proposals can be found here. Proposals are due May 15, 2018.

Environmental Educator Internship (unpaid) (Posted 2/2/18)
Ladew Topiary Gardens
Monkton, MD
Positions Available in Spring, Summer or Fall 2018
Apply by March 5, 2018
More information can be found here.  

Butterfly House Internship (Posted 2/2/18)
Ladew Topiary Gardens
Monkton, MD
Positions Available in Summer 2018 and /or Fall 2018
Apply by March 5, 2018
More information can be found here.  

Watershed Restoration Internship (Posted 2/2/18)
South River Federation
Edgewater, MD
Apply by 5PM on Friday, March 9, 2018
More information can be found here.   

Climate Change REU Internship Program (Posted 1/30/18)
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Edgewater, MD
More information can be found here.    

Smithsonian Bicoastal Science Communications Internship (Posted 1/30/18)

Stipend: $550/week
Duration: 18 weeks (May/June to September/October 2018)
Start Date: Flexible, between May 14 and June 11
Location: Edgewater, Md. and Tiburon, Calif.

Description: Gain hands-on experience with environmental communication on both sides of the United States! The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is the Smithsonian’s headquarters for coastal research, with scientists who study climate change, invasive species, conservation and other environmental issues shaping the 21st century. SERC is seeking a communications intern to work for 18 weeks, from summer through mid-autumn, covering the work of SERC scientists in Maryland and California. The intern will start at SERC’s Chesapeake Bay headquarters in Maryland, receiving training in SERC science communications. After six weeks, the intern will travel to San Francisco Bay to cover the work of SERC marine biologists in California for the remaining 12 weeks. Travel funds from Maryland to California are included. This internship is open to undergraduate students, master's students, and recent graduates up to one year after graduation.

Part I: Chesapeake Bay
The intern will spend the first six weeks at SERC’s headquarters in Edgewater, Md. Here, the intern will interview SERC scientists in the field and the lab and write about their work. This first part of the internship will introduce the intern to the main features of SERC science communications: writing articles for the SERC Shorelines blog, preparing posts for SERC’s social media and assisting with the production of SERC’s quarterly newsletter On The Edge, under the mentorship of SERC science writer Kristen Minogue.

Part II: San Francisco Bay (SERC-West)
For the final 12 weeks, the intern will work in California, with the Tiburon section of SERC’s Marine Invasions Research Lab. SERC’s Tiburon branch (a.k.a. “SERC-West”) is hosted at the Estuary & Ocean Science Center, a marine field station at San Francisco State University's Romberg Tiburon Campus. The marine biologists of SERC-West work in San Francisco Bay and traverse the Pacific Coast studying invasive species, oyster restoration and other critical conservation issues. While in California, the intern will cover the work of SERC’s West Coast scientists while exploring and developing communication strategies within the Pacific market. During the California part of the internship, the intern will work under the onsite supervision of research ecologist Andrew Chang and correspond regularly with Kristen Minogue via video conferencing.

Desired Qualifications:
Strong scientific background (natural sciences coursework; not required to be a science major) and skill writing about science for a nonscientific audience. Ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) required; familiarity with photo and video editing software, Wordpress and HTML a plus.

To apply:
Send a cover letter, resume with references (name, title and contact information) and unofficial transcript(s) to by 11:59 PST Monday, February 19, 2018. One to three published or unpublished writing samples explaining science for general readers are also essential to include for the application to be considered. For more information, go here. Questions? Send an email to SERC Science Writer Kristen Minogue at .

Chesapeake BaySavers Fundraising / Event Management Internship (Posted 1/19/18)
Chesapeake BaySavers Foundation, Inc.
Annapolis, MD
Apply by February 2, 2018
More information can be found here.   

Aquaculture Internship Opportunity (Posted 12/13/17)
University of Maryland
Center for Environmental Science
Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery
Cambridge, MD
Apply by February 15, 2017
More information can be found here

Oyster Hatchery Internships (Posted 12/13/17)
University of Maryland
Center for Environmental Science
Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery
Cambridge, MD
Apply by February 15, 2017
More information can be found here.  


MASSACHUSETTS

Graduate Research Assistant position: Cape Cod National Seashore salt marsh invertebrate ecology (Posted 1/4/18)

Position: Graduate Research Assistant in salt marsh invertebrate ecology (full-time summers 2018-19, funded)

Location: Cape Cod National Seashore, US National Park Service, MA, USA

Dates: Late April through August 2018, with possibility of renewal in 2019 if performance is strong

Project manager / supervisor: Dr. Rachel Thiet, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of Conservation Biology, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH, USA

Project description: This project is funded through a US National Park Service grant to Dr. Rachel Thiet, and will provide full funding (salary and housing) to the Research Assistant (RA) for the summer 2018 field season. Funding is also secure for 2019; thus, the position may be renewed a second year if RA performance is strong. The RA will work with Dr. Thiet and her colleagues at Cape Cod National Seashore to characterize the benthic and epibenthic invertebrate food web (especially shellfish and crabs) and conduct benthic habitat assessments of East Harbor, a partially restored, back-barrier salt marsh lagoon in N. Truro, MA on Cape Cod National Seashore. This project is part of an on-going assessment of long-term restoration outcomes at the site, and results from the project will inform science-based shellfishery management.

The RA will be expected to conduct full-time field and laboratory work between late April and August 2018, and will be expected to move to Cape Cod National Seashore to live in visiting researcher housing for the duration of the field season. Ideally, the RA will conduct this work to fulfill thesis or dissertation requirements in the Antioch University New England Environmental Studies Department.

This is an excellent opportunity for a graduate student to gain experience in salt marsh ecology and restoration, and to live and work with a team of experienced, passionate ecologists and managers. For more information about the project, visit the East Harbor Tidal Restoration webpage, or read Dr. Thiet’s publications about her on-going research at the site.

Qualifications: Qualified individuals will have:

1. Strong interest in salt marsh ecology and restoration (experience in salt marshes is ideal but not required)
2. Excellent attention to detail
3. Excellent data management skills
4. Excellent written and oral communication skills
5. Willingness and ability to conduct strenuous daily fieldwork in water and under various weather conditions
6. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
7. Willingness and ability to move to Cape Cod National Seashore researcher housing April-August 2018
8. Desire to work in an active, stimulating community of scientists

To apply, submit a resume/CV, statement of interest and experience in salt marsh ecology and restoration, professional writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Rachel Thiet at . Deadline for applications is February 12, 2018.
 


MICHIGAN

Research Associate-Fixed Term (Posted 2/21/18)
Quantitative Fisheries Center
Michigan State Univesity
East Lansing
Job no: 491497
For more information, go here

Postdoctoral Position: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Food Systems. School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan (Posted 2/20/18)

The University of Michigan announces one post-doctoral research opportunity, beginning August 2018 and focusing on urban GIS broadly-conceived. The successful applicant will work on Food Systems. This includes two projects: 1) The food-energy-water nexus of urban agriculture across multiple scales; and 2) urban meat production-consumption patterns and dynamics. Collaborating with a team of faculty, postdocs, and students, research will be conducted in cities in Europe (France, Germany, the U.K, and Poland) and the U.S. (New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit). The postdoctoral researcher will be work in the Urban Sustainability Research Group, mentored by Joshua Newell (Associate Professor).

Qualifications: A PhD is required at the time of appointment. Candidates must have a PhD in one or more disciplines broadly associated with Land System Science (e.g., geography, natural resource economics, sociology, political ecology, remote sensing, landscape architecture). Proficiency with the management and analysis of geospatial data in geographical information systems (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.) and experience with acquiring, managing, and harmonizing heterogeneous data types are required. Preference will be given to applicants with publication experience and programming experience in R, Python and/or Google Earth Engine. Experience processing, analyzing and displaying ‘big data’ is a plus. The ability to apply this expertise and tools in an urban context is highly desirable.

Position Details: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits are excellent and include employee health and dental insurance. The position is initially for one year, with the potential to extend to two years based on performance.

Background: The University of Michigan is one of the world's premiere research universities, offers rigorous academic programs, outstanding faculty, and diverse cultural and social opportunities in a stimulating intellectual environment. The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS)’s overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis. SEAS is a diverse collection of natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, and designers working collectively in an integrative setting.

Application Instructions: Applicants should send: 1) a CV; 2) a 2-page cover letter that a) details their interest in the position, and b) outlines their relevant skills and experience; 3) one recent publication or dissertation chapter, and 4) names and contact details (email addresses and telephone numbers) for three references, to Dr. Alec Foster (). Please bundle all materials as one pdf file. Contact Dr. Foster should you have questions. The application deadline is March 12, 2018.

PhD Position at Michigan State University (Posted 2/13/18)

A research assistantship for a PhD student is available at the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University beginning in May or June 2018. Research will focus on testing the roles of demography and genetics in the establishment and impact of biological control agents in the field. The project will involve lab rearing of a moth classical biological control agent, and experimental releases and monitoring of agent and target populations in the field in southern Michigan over multiple years.

Candidates should possess an M.S. in entomology, ecology, evolution or related field and have valid driver’s license. The ideal candidates have experience working with insects and/or weeds and interest in understanding ecological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying demography and genetics of populations.

Applicants should send a CV, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, contact information for three references and a sample of scientific writing (e.g. thesis, published or in preparation manuscripts) to Dr. Marianna Szucs (). The position comes with a generous stipend, tuition waiver and health benefits. Applicants will have the opportunity to graduate with a dual degree of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior and Entomology. Screening of applications will begin immediately and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is identified.

Postdoc position in quantitative ecology at Michigan State University (Posted 2/7/18)

The Zipkin Quantitative Ecology Lab seeks a postdoctoral scholar to work with a team of researchers on an NSF funded project to develop integrated, hierarchical statistical models to estimate and predict monarch butterfly demography across eastern North America. Project goals include tracking dynamics at each life history stage of this unique and iconic migratory species to 1) determine which stage(s) and environmental variables may be driving observed declines, and 2) predict impacts of climate and resource change on future population abundance.

Data come from several continental-scale, volunteer-based monitoring programs. Our team (led by Elise Zipkin and Leslie Ries) has gathered and formatted the monitoring data and a processing platform has been built to extract relevant climate and environmental variables from appropriate databases. The postdoctoral scholar will work collaboratively to develop models, carry out analyses, and write manuscripts. The richness of the datasets allows for ample ability to explore many avenues of research and we seek a researcher with enthusiasm to pursue related projects that interests them.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a PhD in ecology, biology, statistics, or a related field by the start of the position. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in mathematical and/or statistical modeling, ecology, and experience publishing scientific research. Knowledge of program R is required. Candidates with experience in Bayesian hierarchical analysis, integrated models, the BUGS language, and collaborative research are especially encouraged to apply.

The position is based at Michigan State University (MSU) with opportunities to travel to meet with collaborators, attend workshops and conferences, and become involved in other lab projects. The position comes with a competitive salary and excellent health benefits. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position, with reappointment conditional on satisfactory performance. To apply, email as a single PDF: 1) a cover letter (2-pg max) with your research interests and qualifications for this position, 2) CV, 3) list of three references with contact information, and 4) one recent first-authored publication, to Dr. Elise Zipkin, Department of Integrative Biology, MSU (). Please use the subject heading “PostDoc Application”.

The position will remain open until filled.

Paid Summer Research (REU) at UMich Biological Station (Posted 1/4/18)

The University of Michigan Biological Station is now accepting applications for its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, "Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region."

Their REU summer program runs for nine weeks (June 19 - August 18, 2018) at the UM Biological Station on Douglas Lake in beautiful northern Michigan. Each REU participant will:

-- Work closely with a research mentor on a project of mutual interest.
-- Design, conduct, analyze, and report on their research project, with guidance from the mentor and the two program co-directors.
-- Participate in workshops and group discussions designed to provide the background knowledge and technical tools needed to carry out interdisciplinary scientific research.
-- Contribute to the body of knowledge that can help address many of Earth's most important environmental challenges.

COMPENSATION: Participants receive a stipend of $5,000 plus free room and board at the Station.

DEADLINE: The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Application and details, go here.

The University of Michigan Biological Station is located on Douglas Lake near Pellston, Michigan at the tip of the lower peninsula. Its campus is situated amid 10,000 undeveloped acres owned by the Station. Students have quick access to many unique habitats in the region including dune, alvar, bog, and old-growth forest. The Station also has 2 atmospheric gas sensing towers for monitoring forest and atmospheric gas. More information about the Station is available here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Spatial Modeling of Biodiversity and Geodiversity (Posted 1/4/18)
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Application deadline: Review of applications will begin January 31, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled.
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Application of Linked Ocean and Ecosystem Models to Lake Erie (Posted 12/11/17)

Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
School for Environment and Sustainability
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan

A postdoctoral fellowship is available for a highly qualified individual to join the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) in the area of biophysical modeling. The position is funded for an initial period of 18 months, with opportunity for extension on the basis of satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team working on development of models and scientific products to improve understanding and management of the Laurentian Great Lakes. The recently updated Lake Erie Operational Forecasting System (LEOFS) provides a high-resolution nowcast and forecast of temperature and currents in Lake Erie. Physical fields from the FVCOM-based LEOFS are used to provide ecological forecasts, including the Lake Erie HAB-Tracker and an experimental hypoxia forecast. The successful candidate will build upon these efforts by developing a biophysical model linked to LEOFS that simulates the processes of biogeochemistry and plankton dynamics that lead to HABs and hypoxia in Lake Erie.

In addition to model development, the postdoctoral fellow will take part in a professional development and mentorship plan that will include maintaining a strong record of scholarly publication, and presentation at scientific conferences and public meetings. The postdoc will also contribute to meeting project objectives, which may include field planning, experimental design, and the development and transition of research products to real-time application.

This position requires a Ph.D. in physical science, biological science, or engineering, a strong publication record, and excellent communication skills. Additional relevant experience includes use of numerical geophysical fluid dynamic models and ecological models, familiarity with Fortran, a Linux/unix parallel computing environment, and data analysis and visualization in a scripting environment (e.g., R, Python, IDL, or Matlab).

CIGLR is one of multiple centers affiliated with the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan, and one of 16 Cooperative Institutes in the United States that represent partnerships between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and academic institutions. CIGLR’s mission is to lead new research, train the next generation of scientists, and turn research into action for safe and healthy Great Lakes communities. SEAS’ overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and achieve a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, SEAS is devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

The postdoctoral fellowship offers a highly competitive salary with benefits, and the position will be physically located at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, MI, which is routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. due to its affordability, natural beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown landscape.

Apply
To apply, applicants should prepare the following materials:
• Cover letter describing your qualifications related to the position and research accomplishments
• Curriculum vitae
• Contact information for three professional references
• Two representative publications

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Email your application to:
Mary Ogdahl
Program Manager, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
School for Environment and Sustainability
University of Michigan
  


MINNESOTA

Field Ecology Research Internships (Posted 2/5/18)

B4WARMED (Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger) is a manipulative experiment that warms simultaneously plants and soil and implements summer rainfall reduction in the field. Main goals of the project is to examine broadly defined ecological processes in a scope of warming and rainfall reduction. In particular, our work focuses on: soil processes, tree seedlings physiology, phenology, growth, and survival and other. For more information, go here.

Position overview: They seek independent and mature field assistants with a background in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, or a related field for a paid field research internship ($10/hr). First round of open positions will start in late March/April; second round will start in midsummer and go until end of November. Start dates are flexible and up for negotiation. In general, an internship lasts about 4 months. Typical workdays are eight hours Monday through Friday; however, tasks may require early morning, evening, or weekend work. A valid driver’s license is required. The intern will work and travel mostly independently and occasionally in a pair or small group. Maturity to work autonomously and for long hours is required.

Responsibilities:

• Work independently to collect biotic and abiotic data in field and
lab settings in accordance with established protocols
• Measure seedling growth, germination, physiology, and phenology
• Measure soil characteristics and microbe activity
• Routine maintenance of field sites and research equipment.
• Data entry using Excel and Google Drive
• Travel frequently between sites
• Employ experimental rainfall reduction treatment
• Aiding principle investigators and graduate students as needed.

Desired qualifications: 1) Eagerness to work hard in an outdoor setting. 2) Capacity to collect data following established protocols. 3) Familiarity with plant and tree species of northern Minnesota. 4) Willingness to work well and live alone and/or with others in a remote area. 5) Demonstrated ability to work under changing weather conditions and with large swarms of insects. 6) Ability to adapt to a frequently changing schedule with frequent travel.

Research sites: Field work will be split between research sites at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN and the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center near Ely, MN. Both research sites are in beautiful forested settings and provide access to the natural areas of northern Minnesota including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. An individual’s home base will be at either of these locations, though travel between sites will be required depending on project needs. University vehicles are used for such travel.

On-site housing with furnishing and a kitchen will be available.

Contact: Please send cover letter (including available working dates), one-page resume, and contact information for two references electronically to: Artur Stefanski, , University of Minnesota, 1530 Cleveland Ave N. | St Paul, MN 55108 USA

Highest priority will be given to applicants possible start date before April 1.


MISSISSIPPI 

MS Position Available to Study Fire Ecology of Upland Oak Forests (Posted 2/21/18)

A MS position is available with Dr. Heather Alexander and the Forest and Fire Ecology Lab in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS). Research in our lab focuses on understanding forest response to changing disturbance regimes in a variety of forest ecosystems, including Mississippi, Kentucky, Texas, and Siberia. The student will conduct extensive field research investigating the influence of fire on upland oak forest regeneration and consequences of forest compositional shifts on resource availability and forest flammability at a variety of sites, including Spirit Hill Farm in northern Mississippi and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in western Kentucky. The student will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) but will act as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course in Dendrology and/or Ecology during two semesters. The student also will be expected to assist other researchers in the lab with their projects and contribute to departmental, college, and university service. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in forestry, ecology, biology, or a related field. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for research, strong analytical and communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently. Prior experience in fieldwork related to forest and ecosystem ecology is highly desired. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition and capable of working long hours outdoors exposed to harsh weather, biting insects, and thorny vegetation. The student must have data analysis and scientific writing experience and a strong desire to pursue these non-field related activities. Must also possess a current and valid driver's license. If interested, please email to Dr. Heather Alexander () (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research, qualifications, and applicable background experience; (2) a resume/CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Details on the full application process to the MSU Graduate School can be found here. Financial support is available for two years, starting in fall 2018, and includes a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Review of applications will begin on February 26, 2018.

Mississippi State University Marine Fisheries Ecology Internship (Posted 2/20/18)

The Mississippi State University Marine Fisheries Ecology Lab is seeking an intern to work under the direction of Dr. Marcus Drymon and extension program associates at the Coastal Research and Extension Center (CREC) in Biloxi, MS. Paid internship is available for a six-month period starting April 1st and ending September 30th.

Qualified applicant will assist with various field projects, primarily aiding chief scientists with bottom longline surveys throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico. Applicant will be responsible for helping to prepare and deploy gear, assisting with field dissections, sample collection, data collection and entry, as well as other various laboratory processing tasks.

To apply, submit an application, resume/CV, and names of three references through online google form. Application deadline is March 15, 2018. Position may be filled before deadline. For any questions, please email

Click here to apply.

MS Assistantship in Ecophysiology at Mississippi State University (Posted 2/20/18)

An MS research assistantship is available in the Ecophysiology lab of Dr. Heidi Renninger in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University starting in the Fall, 2018. Broadly, their lab seeks to understand how the physical environment affects plant physiological functioning in terms of productivity and water use and how environmental change will alter plant and ecosystem function in the future. They are currently working with short rotation woody biofuel crops to determine environmental vs. genetic controls on productivity, water use and nutrient uptake. The assistantship includes a stipend, full tuition waiver and health insurance. More information about the graduate school at Mississippi State University can be found here. To learn more about the position, please contact Heidi Renninger (). Interested students should submit 1) a letter stating their goals for graduate school 2) academic transcripts and 3) a resume/CV to Dr. Renninger prior to submitting an online application to the graduate school. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found.

Post-Doc Available to Study Climate-Wildfire-Forest Dynamics in Siberian Arctic (Posted 2/7/18)

A post-doctoral research associate position is available with Dr. Heather Alexander and the Forest and Fire Ecology Lab in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University. The successful candidate will coordinate and conduct observational and experimental field studies, analyze scientific data, and write and publish scientific papers and proposals as part of a collaborative NSF grant aimed at investigating the implications of a changing fire regime on forest recovery and climate feedbacks in the Siberian Arctic. The post-doc will interact with scientists from collaborating institutions, including Colgate University, Western State Colorado University, University of Dayton, University of Florida, Northern Arizona University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Melnikov Permafrost Institute. The primary responsibilities will include: 1) coordinating and conducting summer fieldwork focused on larch forest recovery post-fire in the Russian Far East at field sites near the Northeast Science Station in Cherskiy, Russia and near the Spasskaya Pad Scientific Forest Station near Yakutsk, Russia for durations of 1-2 months, 2) leading a field crew consisting of scientists and students from the U.S. and Russia, 3) processing field samples, 4) analyzing data, 5) writing scientific manuscripts and proposals, and 6) presenting research findings at meetings and conferences. The successful candidate must have: 1) a PhD Degree in Biology, Forestry, Wildlife, Natural Resources, Ecology, or related discipline by the time of hire, 2) excellent writing and oral presentation skills, 3) excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, 4) demonstrated field work experience and field crew leadership in ecology, 5) demonstrated experience working independently and with a team, 6) a valid US passport and ability to travel abroad, and 7) strong work ethic and professionalism. Preference will be given to candidates with: 1) experience or demonstrated interest in working in forested ecosystems, 2) conducting field work in remote locations in sometimes challenging conditions (bugs, heat/cold, jet-lag), 3) conducting forest inventories, soil sampling, and seeding experiments, and 4) ability to find solutions to sometimes difficult logistical issues. This a full-time, 12-mo position, renewable for up to 24-mo with satisfactory performance, and may be extended if future funding permits. Salary is $45k plus benefits. The ideal start date is June 1, 2018 but could be later if necessary. Temporary housing is provided at field stations during the field season. Travel cost to and from field sites is provided. Applications must include a cover letter describing interest in the position, CV, unofficial transcripts showing completion of PhD (or progress towards for ABD candidates), and contact information for three professional references and should be sent electronically to Dr. Heather Alexander (). 

M.S. Assistantship- Forest Hydrology & Biogeochemistry (Posted 2/7/18)

Seeking a highly motivated MS student to join the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS). The student will conduct research in the discipline of forest hydrology to answer questions regarding the cycling of water and nutrients in southeastern forests, how this status is affected by climatological variability, and how anthropogenic and natural disturbances (insects, fire, etc.) affect forest health across spatial and temporal scales. The student will participate in extensive field research in addition to laboratory work in the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab on campus. The prospective student should possess enthusiasm for field work, strong analytical and communication skills, and attention to detail. The anticipated start date is August 2018. Financial support is available for two years, including a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. If interested, please contact Dr. Courtney Siegert at and provide (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research and applicable background experience; (2) a CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts and/or GREs. Review of applications will begin February 20, 2017. Further information about the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab can be found at www.siegert-hydrolab.com. Details on the full application process can be found here

PhD Opportunity in Avian Community Ecology: Mississippi State University

Funding is available for 3.5 years for a Ph.D. assistantship in wildlife ecology in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University. Research will focus on evaluating numerical (abundance and diversity) and functional responses (conservation status and ecological services provided by) bird and plant communities in managed pine states from stand initiation to canopy closure, including a hardwood release treatment at 6 years post-stand initiation. This project will involve field work and analysis of historic datasets. Candidates should possess an M.S. in ecology or related field and be able to illustrate experience and interest working with avian communities of the southeastern United States. For more information, please contact Dr. Scott Rush ().

Applicants should attach CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. Competitive stipend and tuition. Candidates will be required to formally apply to and be accepted by the Mississippi State University Graduate School.

Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Aquaculture, Box 9690, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762; 
Phone: (662) 325-0762; Fax: (662) 325-8726; Email:

Agricultural Ecology Lab

Ph.D. Assistantship in Ecohydrology at Mississippi State University (Posted 2/1/18)

A Ph.D. research assistantship is available in the Ecophysiology and Hydrology labs of Dr. Heidi Renninger and Dr. Courtney Siegert in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University. This student will work on a four year, extramurally funded project comparing physiological functioning and potential nitrogen mitigation of short rotation woody crops planted in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The ideal candidate should have an M.S. degree and both field and laboratory-based research experience in the field of ecology and/or natural resources. A valid drivers license is required. The ideal start date is early summer (May - June, 2018) with some flexibility. The assistantship includes a stipend, full tuition waiver and health insurance. More information about the graduate school at Mississippi State University can be found here. To learn more about the position, please contact Heidi Renninger () or Courtney Siegert (). Interested applicants should send 1) a cover letter stating their interest and goals for this PhD position 2) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, 3) a resume/CV, and 4) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Renninger () prior to submitting an online application to Mississippi State University. The application deadline to Dr. Renninger is March 2nd, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found. 


MISSOURI

Two Postdoc for developing "next-gen" species distribution models at the Missouri Botanical Garden (Posted 2/20/18)

Two postdoc positions are available in the Global Change Conservation Lab at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Both positions focus on developing “next-generation” species distribution models that can use the vast amount of data that is typically discarded before analysis due to poor georeferencing, taxonomic uncertainty, and/or vague dating.

One position is for a statistical ecologist (already advertised) who would extend an existing Bayesian framework to handle “messy” data. A background in Bayesian techniques and programming experience in Stan, JAGS, and/or BUGS is necessary. The other position is for a spatial ecologist who would test and apply the technique to issues in biogeographical conservation. For this position experience in species distribution modeling and/or population modeling plus programming is necessary.

Both positions are based at the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis, Missouri and available for two years. Ideal start date is summer of 2018, though consideration can be made for applicants who would graduate at the end of the summer. If you are interested in applying for both positions, just submit an application to either position and indicate in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for both. The deadline for applications is February 28th, 2018 with interviews expected in late March/early April.

Statistical EcologistSpatial EcologistGlobal Change Conservation Lab at the Missouri Botanical Garden


MONTANA

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Community and Spatial Ecology Impacts of Management on a Grassland Ecosystem (Posted 2/21/18)

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking two Postdoctoral Fellows to advance the Smithsonian’s ongoing research into wildlife distributions in grassland ecosystems, as part of a new collaborative initiative with the American Prairie Reserve (APR) in Montana; Conservation Science for Restoring America’s Wild Prairie. The projects will advance APR’s mission of creating the largest wildlife reserve in the contiguous US. APR is restoring native biodiversity to the reserve including conducting a large bison restoration project. As such, the research will be both basic and applied leading to conservation and restoration recommendations. This is a full-time, 3-year appointment, and the fellow(s) will be based at APR with regular trips to SCBI in Front Royal, VA.

The objectives of this fellowship are to: (1) Assess the bird and mammal communities across ranges that differ in conservation and management practices including in cattle and bison stocking rates and (2) Focus on prairie dog towns, their extent and mammal community, in preparation for black-footed ferret restoration. Both projects involve extensive GIS and spatial ecology experience, as well as being well versed in wildlife survey techniques. Experience in surveying short-grass prairie bird communities is essential for one of the fellowships.

The successful candidate will pursue innovative and applied research questions in the field of grassland wildlife communities and their response to management. The postdoctoral fellow will work with Drs. William McShea, Jared Stabach and Melissa Songer at SCBI and Kyran Kunkel at APR.

Responsibilities
● Work with Principle Investigators and APR staff to select study sites and sampling regimes at APR and Charles M. Russel Wildlife Refuge.
● Work with field teams to effectively survey bird communities through point counts and mammal communities through camera traps.
● Use remote sensing and other landuse data sources to determine factors structuring mammal and bird communities in the study area.
● Create scientific manuscripts based on research that are applicable to wildlife conservation and management journals.
● To develop and present (written and oral) products suitable for general audience explaining purpose and results of project.
● Work with Smithsonian researchers and their partners to develop wildlife image repositories (eMammal and Wildlife Insights) into effective research, education and outreach vehicles for wildlife conservation.
● Participate in scientific meetings and engage with colleagues and collaborators pursuing related research questions.
● Provide guidance and assistance to technicians, students, fellow postdocs, and others carrying out related work.

Preferred qualifications
● A Ph.D. in Wildlife Management or Conservation, Community Ecology, or a related academic field (PhD required for full stipend).
● Expertise and experience in estimating wildlife populations in grassland systems, especially multi-temporal analysis of land use and management.
● Significant analysis skills in R; additional programming experience advantageous (e.g. Java and/or Python). Extensive experience in spatial analysis using ARC GIS or similar software.
● Experience designing, organizing, and managing ecology projects involving camera traps.
● Enthusiasm for collaborating across institutions to jointly pursue wildlife topics relevant to both academic and applied audiences.
● Savvy interpersonal skills to build and maintain collaborative and productive relationships with ranchers, conservationists, and agencies.
● Enthusiasm for living in a remote and challenging field location

Preferred start date is early Summer 2018 or sooner. The stipend package is set at $60,000 per year plus housing at APR. Interested applicants should submit a single pdf composed of cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for 3 references to by March 1, 2018. Please include “SI/APR Post-Doctoral Fellowship” in subject header. The cover letter should include (i) the applicant’s earliest possible start date; (ii) and a summary of the applicant’s research and analysis experience in wildlife community estimation and grassland ecology.

Summer Yellowstone field positions (Posted 2/13/18)
Ecology Project International (EPI)
Missoula, MT
For more information, go here

PhD student position (Posted 12/7/17)

Seeking an innovative colleague to join the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory at the University of Montana working with Dr. Lisa Eby. PhD Applicants are sought to participate in the recently NSF-funded National Research Traineeship (NRT) program: UM BRIDGES: Bridging Divides across the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus. The successful fellow will be engaged with an intellectual community and cohort of other graduate students with research interests at the FEW nexus. Fellows will receive a generous living stipend ($34K/year), and tuition and research support, while gaining valuable teaching and mentoring experience. The student's research will be driven by student interests and available funding. University of Montana is located in Missoula, a small city in western Montana surrounded by extensive wilderness with unlimited recreational opportunities.

Interested applicants please send a brief description of research experience and interests, as well as a CV and unofficial transcripts to

Students from a diversity of backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 


NEBRASKA

Please check back. 


NEVADA

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecology at University of Nevada, Reno  (Posted 11/2/17)

A postdoctoral position is available in Hall Cushman’s lab in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. The lab has recently moved from California to Nevada, and will be continuing an existing project in the Bay Area and establishing new ones in the greater Reno area. Research in the lab focuses on population, community and ecosystem ecology, with emphasis on the dynamics of plant invasions, plant-herbivore interactions and woody plants as ecosystem engineers and community facilitators. This work typically has an applied emphasis, is strongly field-oriented, and relies heavily on the use of experiments stratified across environmental gradients.

The postdoctoral fellow will contribute to the lab’s research efforts in two main ways:

They will develop research projects that use a 20-year-old exclosure experiment in California to explore the cascading effects of reintroducing once extirpated large mammals on coastal ecosystems (see Ender et al. 2017, Ecology and Evolution 7:1561–1571).
They will help develop new research projects in Great Basin and/or Sierra Nevada ecosystems and collaborate on writing grant proposals to support them.

The ideal postdoctoral fellow will be an individual who can collaborate effectively on projects with other lab members and can also develop their own projects within the lab’s study systems.

The postdoctoral fellow must be an excellent writer and field ecologist, have well-developed abilities to analyze large data sets and have a strong record as a highly productive scientist.

This position will be filled initially for one year, but there is an option for two additional years, based on performance and funding.

If you are interested in this position, please send a detailed letter of interest, CV and the names and contact information of at least three referees to Hall Cushman at . 


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Dartmouth College: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecology and Society (Posted 2/21/18)

Dartmouth College: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecology and Society We seek applicants for an independent postdoctoral fellowship affiliated with the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES) Graduate Program at Dartmouth College. EEES is a diverse community of scholars who conduct innovative research in the natural sciences and interdisciplinary environmental studies, including ecology, evolution, anthropology, economics, governance and geography. We aim to recruit an environmental social scientist whose work is synergistic with our program's strong emphasis on ecology and ecosystem science. High quality candidates will have a strong background in interdisciplinary research, advanced analytical skills and an interest in undergraduate and graduate level education. More specifically, superior candidates will have research interests that complement the program's existing strengths in ecological economics, political ecology and the investigation of social-ecological systems. In addition to developing innovative research projects, postdoctoral fellows are expected to enhance graduate student education and professional development through a seminar series or working group dedicated to developing a collaborative research product. The ideal candidate will be a strong contributing member of the vibrant EEES community at Dartmouth and foster productive discourse both within and beyond the program. Applicants should identify one or more potential faculty mentors from the EEES program. Program website. Deadline: Review of applications will begin March 16, 2018 Starting date: Negotiable Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package Research stipend: $2000 annually Term: Up to 2 years pending satisfactory annual performance Qualifications: The successful applicant will have completed (or be near completion of) a PhD in a relevant field in the environmental social sciences. Application Instructions -- Please submit the following application materials through Interfolio: 1. Cover Letter (1-2 pages) describing your research interests and future directions. Also identify one or more potential faculty mentors. 2. Curriculum vitae (with list of publications). 3. PDF copies of up to 3 representative publications. 4. Three confidential letters of recommendation. 5. A statement of purpose which describes your research interests and aspirations. 6. A one-page prospectus for an interdisciplinary graduate seminar or working group. This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. 

MS in Environmental Science & Policy and Graduate Assistantships (Posted on 1/4/18)

Plymouth State University (PSU) in Plymouth, NH invites applications for the MS in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP). The program focuses in areas related to watershed systems - hydrology, lake/stream biogeochemistry, conservation ecology, land use planning, climatology, etc. Their curriculum emphasizes the relationships between science and policy, ecosystem resilience, and science communication. Students in the program collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and NGOs including Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountain National Forest, NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Department of Fish and Game, Appalachian Mountain Club, and numerous lake associations.

Students accepted to PSU s MS in ESP may be eligible for either graduate research assistantships (GRA) or teaching assistantships (GTA). RAs work on specific faculty research projects as they become available. TAs assist with undergraduate courses in ESP - preparing and teaching labs, organizing field expeditions, teaching a unit/module, and assisting with course management. A valid driver s license is required for some positions.

Assistantships are available only to full-time students enrolled in the MS in ESP program. Submit applications to PSU s Graduate Admissions. For more information about the MS in ESP, please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. June Hammond Rowan, .

Graduate position in the Ernakovich Lab (University of New Hampshire) (Posted 11/27/17)

The Ernakovich lab in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire is seeking a graduate student at the M.S. level to research relationships between microbial communities and soil health in agricultural and natural systems in New England. The student will use genomics and functional analysis (such as nitrogen mineralization and substrate use efficiency), and possibly stable isotope probing depending on the interests of the student. The student will test the power of various ecological frameworks (e.g. biodiversity-ecosystem function, keystone species) in predicting the role of microbial communities in soil health.

This work is inherently interdisciplinary. The ideal candidate will be passionately curious and have a degree and research experience in ecology, microbiology, chemistry, soil science or related field.

The student will earn an education at a highly respected research institution equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The student will matriculate through the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (https://colsa.unh.edu/nren), which has multiple tracks to tailor student needs. The student will live in beautiful Durham, New Hampshire for the duration of the degree. Two years of support is currently available through a research assistantship.

The preferred starting date is Spring semester 2018, and no later than Fall semester 2018.

To discuss the opportunity, please email Jessica Ernakovich with a single pdf containing a statement of interest and your CV. Please include “soil health microbiome” in the subject line. 


NEW JERSEY

George Myers Master Naturalist Intern (Posted 1/4/18)

Needed 23 March to 22 December 2018 Successful applicant develops a full spectrum of skills through hands-on participation in various educational, research and conservation projects at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) and Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM), Cape May, NJ.  Cape May is renowned as one of the world's greatest hotspots for animal migration, as well as being a popular summertime vacation destination and beach resort. The combination of the two offers great opportunities for wildlife research and education through public outreach.  New Jersey Audubon fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated.  Major responsibilities include educational programming/field trips/workshops for visitors, children’s programming at summer nature camp, assisting with center interpretive displays, develop brochures and materials for web/blog sites.  Familiarity with bird migration, birding, marine species and coastal ecology a plus.  Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred.  Motivated self-starter who is also a team player; excellent oral and written skills required. Strong computer skills, and ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion; willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult conditions and ability to walk over uneven terrain for long distances.  Must have own vehicle and a valid, clean driver’s license.  Salary $1500/month.  Housing provided.   Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including email address and phone number) as a single pdf document by email to .  Application deadline 31 January 2018.  NJ Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


NEW MEXICO 

Graduate Student Assistantship (M.Sc.): Ecology of Kit Foxes on White Sands National Monument, NM (Posted 2/21/18)

Location: New Mexico State University and White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Salary: $22,619/year; Support will be for ~3 years (6 academic semesters and 2 summer semesters) and will include research assistant and teaching assistant support.

Description: The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University is offering a graduate student assistantship to begin fall semester 2018 to explore the ecology of kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis) in the Chihuahuan Desert at White Sands National Monument. The project involves capturing, radio-collaring, and using remote cameras to estimate abundance, resource use, and to apply emerging statistical methods to non-invasive data. During the field season, housing is provided on site in the form of 28 ft. trailer. The successful applicant will be co-advised by Drs. Gary Roemer and Fitsum Abadi Gebreselassie.

Qualifications: Prior experience working in remote locations, driving a 4x4 vehicle, and experience with radio telemetry are highly desired. Fieldwork will be very physically demanding; applicants will often be required to hike 5+ miles/day over rough terrain in a hot, arid environment and must be willing to work at night. Common sense, good orientation and quantitative skills, and experience with the Bayesian Statistical paradigm, GIS applications, and the program R, would be considered strengths.

To apply, please email a single PDF file that contains a cover letter, CV or resumé, GRE scores, a copy of undergraduate transcripts, and the name and contact information of 3 references to Dr. Gary Roemer at .

Start date: August 15, 2018

Last date to apply: June 30, 2018

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Summer 2018 REU Program in Aridland Ecology (Posted 2/5/18)
10 Biology and 2 Art Ecology REU students for the Summer of 2018
UNM Sevilleta Field Station
Socorro, NM
Application deadline is February 23, 2018.
More information can be found here.

Postdoctoral position, vegetation/soil/landscape ecology (Posted 2/5/18)

Term position to work with the Jornada Experimental Range and New Mexico State University to develop and apply novel approaches for analysis of large vegetation monitoring datasets using spatial databases of soil properties, climate, and other ecosystem characteristics and using techniques such as spatial autoregressive models, data mining approaches, machine learning, and time series analysis. Goal is to explain differences in ecosystem change trajectories as function of spatiotemporal variation in key drivers to inform land management, especially in rangelands. More information can be found here.

Post-doc Position: Global Change Ecology, New Mexico State Univ. (Posted 2/1/18)

The Global Change Ecology Lab (GCEL, led by Dr. Scott Ferrenberg) within the Department of Biology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, is seeking a post-doctoral scientist with strong quantitative skills and an interest in dryland and/or forest ecology. The GCEL has a broad goal of understanding how populations and communities of plants, microbes, and animals interact with global change pressures, and what these interactions mean for ecosystem functioning. Work within the GCEL ranges from tests of ecological theory to research aimed at improving resource management. The incoming post-doc will have the flexibility to identify novel research aims while also joining a federally funded project investigating the vulnerability of dryland plants and ecosystem functioning to climate change and disturbance interactions across multiple desert ecosystems of western North America. The Post-doc will also take part in a large-group synthesis effort, funded in part by the New Phytologist Trust, regarding the importance of resource pulses for biotic activity and ecosystem functioning in arid ecosystems.

The ideal candidate will have (1) a Ph.D. in ecology, biology, biogeography, or a related field (applications from individuals planning to complete their Ph.D. by the fall of 2018 will also be considered), (2) a strong record of leading and publishing science, (3) strong quantitative skills and knowledge of R or another computer language suitable for data management and analyses, and (3) the ability to travel to partner universities and government offices, and to occasionally join field crews working in remote locations and adverse weather conditions (i.e., desert and high elevation environments across western North America).

The position is available starting in March 2018 (start negotiable). Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is hired. Initial support is for one year with continued support possible based on available funding. THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL JOB AD; an official ad, application deadline, and weblink for applying are forthcoming from NMSU HR. To express interest in the position and to be informed when the official advertisement is released contact Dr. Scott Ferrenberg ().

Official applications will include a CV, a cover letter describing research interests and background, graduate transcripts, and the names and emails of 3 references.

New Mexico State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

MS Position Available - New Mexico State University (Posted 12/8/17)

MS Position in Agroecology: Cover Crops in the Southwest: Obtaining Ecosystem Services While Minimizing Water Use

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Project Summary: The agroecosystem services provided by cover crops, including enhanced soil health, erosion prevention, carbon sequestration, nutrient provision and pest management, are widely recognized. Nonetheless, in arid environments the benefits received from cover crops must be balanced with their water consumption. Growers in the Southwest USA desire the benefits of cover crops, but are concerned about the impacts of irrigation requirements on economic returns. Thus, they will conduct a study focusing on minimizing irrigation needs while still obtaining cover crop agroecosystem services. Using three cover crop species plus a three-way mixture under five irrigation regimes, they will assess impacts to a suite of characteristics including soil organic matter, aggregate stability, nutrient availability, and the rhizosphere microbiota including nematode, bacterial and fungal communities. Further, we will assess fungal disease and weed pressure and impacts to productivity and profits.

They are seeking an outstanding MS student to conduct this research under the direction of Dr. Erik Lehnhoff within the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology & Weed Science. The successful candidate will associate with a diverse team of faculty within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to gain broad experience in soil science, plant pathology, soil microbiology and weed science, and will have the opportunity to acquire more in-depth experience in an area of their choice.

Basic qualifications: Candidates should have: a BS degree (3.2 GPA minimum) in plant ecology, weed ecology, agroecology or agronomy (or a closely related field); the ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally; laboratory or field research experience; and a willingness to work in inclement weather including extreme heat.

Preferred qualifications: Ideal candidates will have: strong quantitative and statistical skills; and a demonstrated ability to perform independent field research.

The position will start in late summer 2018 (start date negotiable), and interested candidates should apply no later than February 2, 2018. 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 to: . Salary: $22,620.

For more information, interested candidates should call Dr. Erik Lehnhoff (575.646.2328). 


NEW YORK

College Internship in Suburban Ecology Mianus River Gorge (Posted 2/21/18)

Program Description: Mianus River Gorge, a conservation organization and 900-acre nature preserve in southern New York, offers 8 week summer internships for college students interested in the conservation of natural areas in urbanizing landscapes.

-- Each intern will work alongside Gorge staff and graduate students on a variety of projects including wildlife monitoring, non-native species management, and GIS applications.

-- Interns will work with and supervise high school students in our authentic research program (Wildlife Technician Program).

-- They work with our interns to provide a learning experience that fits their interests and long-term educational goals.

-- Stipend: $25/day or combination of school credit and stipend (depending on university requirements).

-- Internships last for a period of 8 weeks. 10-week internships may be available in 2018. Internships typically run from June to July, but some flexibility is possible.

-- They usually need to give preference to local students or those that can commute daily to Bedford, NY, as summer housing is not always guaranteed.

Projects for 2018 include:

o Monitoring coyotes, black bear, and other wildlife in Westchester, NYC, and Fairfield
o Vegetation sampling, monitoring, and restoration
o Initiating design and construction of a new educational trail
o Invasive species control and other land management work
o Data management, GIS work, and analysis on several long-term projects

Applicant Eligibility

· All undergraduate students are eligible to apply. They do not require applicants to major in a particular discipline; however, exposure to the fields of ecology, environmental science, or geography is encouraged. They do accept interns that have graduated the academic year just prior to the internship.

· Interns must be self-motivated and work well in group settings.

· Applicants should be prepared for strenuous work outdoors (e.g., field research and land management projects) as well as performing indoor work (e.g., data entry and GIS projects).

· This year the internship will run from June 4 to July 27 -- applicants need to be available during this period.

More info and application forms can be found here and here.

PhD Assistantship: Vital Rates of Northern Fisher Populations – Adirondack Park/Tug Hill, NY (Posted 2/20/18)

The SUNY ESF Roosevelt Wild Life Station is recruiting an outstanding individual for a PhD Assistantship studying vital rates of fisher populations, a species demonstrating long-term declines across much of their northern range in the eastern US. The student’s research will quantify reproduction and survival rates of fishers in the Adirondack and Tug Hill regions of northern NY State, using a combination of GPS- collars and intensive camera trapping. This research will contribute critical data to a larger collaboration with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation and NY Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit involving population models to explore management options for northern fisher populations. The graduate student would ideally begin during the fall 2018 semester.

Requirements
--BS and MS degrees in Wildlife Ecology/Management or closely related field, with a strong academic record and GRE scores.
--Strong quantitative skills. At least one year of statistical training at the graduate level, and working knowledge of R statistical software and ArcGIS strongly desired. Experience with survival analysis helpful.
--Strong field acumen, with an ability to maintain a positive attitude when working long days under inhospitable field conditions. Proficiency with radio-telemetry and GPS technology, experience with camera traps, and training and experience in the safe capture and handling of animals desired.
--Excellent written and oral communication skills.
--Valid driver’s license and excellent driving record.

Compensation
Salary $20K/year through a combination of research and teaching assistantships + excellent fringe benefits package and tuition waiver.

To apply
Interested students should prepare an electronic application that includes: 1) a cover letter concisely articulating your background, experience, research and education interests, and career goals, 2) C.V., 3) unofficial copies of college transcripts and GRE scores (taken within last 5 years), and 4) name, position, affiliation and contact information for three professional references. The application should be submitted, preferably as a single PDF document, by email to Dr. Jacqueline Frair () and Dr. Paul Jensen (). For optimal consideration, application materials should be received by 20 April 2018 although the position will remain open until filled.

Recruiting Interns, Hubbard Brook and Bartlett Experimental Forests (Posted 2/7/18)

About the Project: Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) is an NSF-funded project that seeks to examine the limits to forest productivity in the context of resource optimization theory. Experimental tests of N and P limitation in temperate forest systems are few, and those few have been short-term with very high rates of fertilization. In 2011 we began long-term low-level additions of N, P, and
N+P in 13 forest stands distributed across three sites in the White N+Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. At Bartlett Experimental Forest, which is underlain by granite, we have three young, three mid aged, and three mature stands. At both Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, on granodiorite, and Jeffers Brook on amphibolite (metamorphosed basalt), we have one mature and one mid-aged forest stand. Each stand has four plots treated annually with N (30 kg N/ha/yr as NH4NO3), P (10 kg P/ha/yr as NaH2PO4), both N and P, and control. These treatments allow us to test for NP co-limitation and to challenge balanced forest nutrition and thereby induce mechanisms that maintain co-limitation. More information on the project is available here, including a blog from previous field crews.

Internship Description: Interns will be guided in the design of their research projects and will interact closely with graduate students and senior research scientists. Research projects could include the effects of nutrient addition on fine and woody litter production, seed rain, tree water use (sap flow), soil respiration, and canopy spectral properties, which involves ground truthing remotely sensed tree crown locations. Interns will gain a wide variety of skills by assisting in all ongoing projects. Interns have the opportunity to present their results at the annual Hubbard Brook Cooperators Meeting in July.

Interns are provided with shared housing at Bartlett Experimental Forest; tenting is optional. Work days typically begin at 8:00 and end at 4:30, but may be shorter or longer depending upon the day’s activities. Food is prepared communally by the interns and graduate student researchers, and costs generally run between $5-6 per day. A stipend of $200 per week is provided for living expenses.

Desired Qualifications: Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in forest biology, ecology, or biogeochemistry. Undergraduate students and recent graduates will be considered. A positive attitude is important and a sense of humor is a plus. Willingness to work and live in a communal setting is critical. Candidates should be able to perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail in a field setting under adverse conditions.

Applicants should be flexible in their expectations, but an estimated breakdown of the summer is: 60% fieldwork, 15% lab work, 10% data management, and 15% research proposals and reports of independent projects.

To Apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Alex Young, . Interested students should apply by Friday, March 9th, but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. The field season will begin on June 4 (arrive June 3) and end on August 10 (depart on August 11).

Post-doctoral Researcher, Ecosystem Indicators of the New York Bight and Northwest Atlantic (Posted 2/7/18)

Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher (PR) are invited to work with an interdisciplinary team of biological and physical oceanographers at Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. The PR will work on a project funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to develop indicators to monitor the health of the New York Bight ecosystem. The PR will be working with large datasets on oceanographic and atmospheric conditions, nutrient dynamics, carbonate chemistry and living marine resources on the Northeast U.S. Shelf (NES) and with new data collected in the New York Bight.

The objectives of this project are to develop an interdisciplinary, multi-trophic level ocean monitoring program in the New York Bight in order to provide information on the status of New York pelagic resources to managers; and to inform the development of a system of indicators of ecosystem health using existing data and observations collected in the offshore monitoring program in order to better inform decision making regionally and locally. This work in New York will provide a template for monitoring to be conducted more broadly in the Mid-Atlantic region, and this project will aim to be as consistent as possible with Mid-Atlantic monitoring efforts. The postdoc will be an integral part in evaluating and recommending a suite of indicators to monitor in the New York Bight in the future.

Qualifications

· PhD degree in a relevant discipline, such as Ecology, Fisheries Science, Statistics, oceanography, or other related field.

· Experience with statistical modeling and statistical analyses is required. Experience with R, Matlab and ArcGIS is preferred.

· Strong written and oral communication skills, as evidenced preferably through publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and presentations to a variety of audiences

· Strong interpersonal skills and experience in field work, especially on oceanographic vessels is preferred.

The postdoc will be employed by New York state with an annual salary of $50-60K depending on qualifications. This position is full-time for one year, with annual renewal of appointment conditional on the PR making satisfactory progress during the prior year(s) and continuation of funding. Start date is flexible, and the successful candidate could begin as soon as possible.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and writing samples (e.g. copies of relevant publications), and contact information for at least three professional references. Please contact Janet Nye () or Lesley Thorne () for further information. To apply please go here and follow the postdoctoral link. Please note requisitions 1703239 and 1703263 are for one vacancy. The title/rank (Postdoctoral/Senior Researcher) will be contingent upon the selected candidate's skills and experience in their area of expertise. Review of applications will begin immediately, but the closing date is April 2, 2018

Post-Docs in Freshwater Ecology for The Jefferson Project (Posted 2/7/18)

“The Jefferson Project” at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is hiring two post-docs in multiple areas of freshwater ecology.

The Jefferson Project is an exciting and ambitious research endeavor devised to study lake ecosystems by using “smart sensor” technology, leading-edge experiments, and coupled computer models of the weather, runoff, lake circulation, and food webs. This is an unprecedented collaboration between Rensselaer, IBM, and the FUND for Lake George that is intended to serve as a global example for understanding and protecting freshwater ecosystems. The post-docs will collaborate with researchers from the entire RPI campus (including experts in Biological/Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Big Data, Computer Science, Cognitive Science (AI), and the Arts) and collaborate with researchers from the FUND for Lake George and IBM (including experts in Meteorology, Hydrology, Cyber- infrastructure, Limnology, and Data Visualization).

For more information:
http://jeffersonproject.rpi.edu/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=53&v=M0OU9hfyZqU
http://www.pnas.org/content/115/5/828
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/59378x/take-a-dip-into-the-internet-of-lakes
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/road-salt-can-disrupt-ecosystems-and-endanger-humans-180963393/

Post-doc #1 will be a mathematical modeler focused on food-web modeling, while contributing to the analysis of high-frequency weather, stream, and lake data.

Post-doc #2 will be an experimental ecologist addressing basic and applied questions related to lake ecosystems, while also contributing to the analysis of high-frequency weather, stream, and lake data.

Rensselaer has a growing group of excellent aquatic biologists, superb experimental facilities for aquatic research, and a beautiful field station on Lake George in eastern NY.

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

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive.

The desired start date is April or May 2018.

Summer REU: Urban Ecology and the Environment (CUNY Brooklyn College) (Posted 2/5/18)

Brooklyn College and the City University of New York invite applications for a new Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in Urban Ecology and the Environment that will run this summer between June 5 and August 17. BUEE offers an integrative summer research program aimed at developing early-career undergraduate students into mature and thoughtful environmental scientists. Authentic research experiences on human-coupled natural systems are complemented by an academic program aimed at developing practical experience in research design, scientific communication and community outreach. BUEE leverages the unique academic and research resources at Brooklyn, including a state-of-the-art Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center and the recently-established Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, focused on urban sustainability and resilience. Students are provided with a competitive stipend, housing and food allowances, and relocation credit for travel from outside the region. Applications from STEM-underrepresented students are especially encouraged.

More information on the program, including potential projects, can be found at buee.brooklyn.cuny.edu, or by contacting the program PI at . Applications should be submitted online before April 1.

Post Doc – Remote Sensing and Data Assimilation (Posted 11/6/17)
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Long Island, NY
Job ID: 1142
For more information, go here. 


NORTH CAROLINA 

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the Rocky Mountains Summer 2018 (Posted 2/21/18)

Undergraduate research opportunity to work as part of a team exploring the consequences of climate-induced species range shifts on ecosystem functioning (e.g., nutrient cycling) in subalpine ponds in the Colorado Rockies. The position provides a weekly stipend, housing, meals, travel to the site, and participation in a REU Training and Responsible Conduct of Research Program beginning as early as mid May and ending in mid August.

This research is motivated by the fact that species distributions around the world are shifting in response to a changing climate but we known little about how these shifts in elevation, latitude, or among local habitats will affect ecosystem processes such as nutrient cycling. More than 25 years of continuous study of the distribution and abundance of aquatic animals in high-elevation ponds in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado has revealed that species common at low elevations are moving towards higher elevations, and within elevations, animals are moving into different habitat types (i.e., temporary to semi-permanent pond) as drying regimes become more extreme. The main research project focuses on a guild of case-making caddisflies (see left photo) that vary considerably in their contribution to ecosystem processes and their response to climate- induced changes in pond hydrology.

We are seeking an undergraduate student interested in exploring the contribution of additional animal species to nutrient cycling. Specifically, the REU will take a lead role in measuring nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates of animals and nitrogen and phosphorus uptake by water column and benthic plants and microbes in subalpine ponds that differ in hydroperiod and animal community composition to explore the following questions: 1) How does nutrient supply via excretion by species in the biomass-dominant caddisfly guild compare to excretion by other pond species, such as midge larvae, zooplankton, and salamanders? 2) What proportion of nutrient demand by algae and other microbes is supplied by the focal guild of detritivorous caddisflies versus other pond animals?

The REU will work with a diverse group of undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and PIs from North Carolina State University, other universities, and will be immersed in a vibrant research and education community at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. The position requires spending 8-10 weeks (mid-May to mid August) at this rustic and remote but premier high-elevation (3000 m) field station near Crested Butte, Colorado. The ideal applicant should demonstrate interest and experience in field ecology as well as experience or willingness to master meticulous analytical chemical analyses. Applicants should also be comfortable working in remote field settings that can have rapidly changing weather conditions, and that includes hiking 1-2 h to 3400 m elevation study sites. Preference will also be given to applicants who present a plan to work on writing and analyses as part of an independent study or senior thesis for eventual publication beyond the summer. The REU will have some flexibility to develop additional questions and hypotheses for which they will receive mentoring assistance with methods, data and chemical analyses, and writing.

Send a resume, 1-page statement of current and future scientific interests and experiences, and names and contact information for 3 references included in one PDF file to Brad Taylor: by 10 March 2018. A commitment by 25 March 2018 is required.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

MS in Environmental Studies program - UNCW (Posted 2/7/18)

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is currently recruiting for the fall 2018 cohort in the MS in Environmental Studies program. The MS EVS is an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on linking classroom experience with hands-on fieldwork, and culminating in a semester-long internship with an environmentally related organization (no thesis required). Our program is both challenging and rewarding, with a high degree of collegiality among students and faculty. MS concentrations are available in Coastal Management, Environmental Conservation and Management, Marine and Coastal Education, and Environmental Education and Interpretation. An Individualized Concentration is also available for those who wish to design their own curriculum in conjunction with faculty.
For more information, as well as a link to application materials, go here.

For more information about UNCW please go here.The priority application deadline for fall 2018 is March 15, 2018 and the regular deadline is April 15, 2018. For other questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Dr. James A. Rotenberg;

MS Assistantship: The effect of urban sprawl on bird diversity (Posted 1/30/18)

One two-year MS assistantship is available starting in August 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Sara Gagné in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

A highly-motivated student is sought to pursue research that investigates the effect of urban sprawl on bird diversity. The student will make use of publicly-available datasets and published sprawl indices to investigate how avian community structure and composition respond to variation in urban form among landscapes at multiple spatial scales. The student's research may also include the investigation of the effect of sprawl on the diversity of other taxa, depending on the availability and suitability of data. 

Strong candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated research experience and coursework in ecology, environmental science, or biogeography. Candidates with demonstrated written and oral communication skills and strong academic credentials will be preferred. Successful candidates will also have GIS and remote sensing skills, a strong quantitative background, and a passion for biodiversity conservation in human-dominated landscapes. 

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences offers a Master in Earth Sciences program that includes courses in biogeography, spatial statistics and modeling, GIS and remote sensing, and urban planning. The successful candidate will be supported by a competitive teaching assistantship. Tuition remission is available for highly-qualified candidates. Charlotte is a diverse rapidly growing metropolitan area that boasts an extensive greenway system and lies within a half day’s drive of the spectacular Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains and stunning North Carolina and South Carolina saltmarshes and beaches. 

Interested candidates should send, via email to Dr. Sara Gagné, : (1) a cover letter outlining prior experience and research interests, (2) a CV, (3) GRE scores and GPAs from current and previous programs, and (4) the names and contact information of three referees. 

More information about Dr. Sara Gagné's research, the MS Earth Sciences program, and the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences can be found here. 


NORTH DAKOTA

PhD Position: Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology (Posted 2/1/18)

The Dochtermann Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University is seeking to fill a PhD assistantship as part of a project examining how evolutionary factors and habitat change shape behavioral syndromes (trait correlations). The student will develop and pursue their own research topics while also working within a broader NSF funded project.

In their lab they focus on evolutionary questions regarding the maintenance of variation within and among populations and the evolutionary implications of how traits are correlated.

The position will start Fall Semester 2018. The student will be housed and working in the Department of Biological Sciences with their degree awarded through the NDSU Environmental Sciences and Conservation Program.

Requirements: Bachelors or Masters in ecology, evolution, animal behavior, or related field; experience collecting and analyzing data; ability to work independently and as part of a larger collaborative group.

Preferred: MSc preferred; experience conducting quantitative genetic experiments; field research experience

If interested please contact me at and provide a brief synopsis of your research interests.


OHIO

A Joint Restoration Ecology and One Health Apprenticeship 2018 (Posted 2/20/18)

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, offering diverse training programs for early career professionals. The Wilds has nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mineland and remnant forest patches, which present opportunities for ecological restoration and cutting-edge research to help address emerging public health concerns such as harmful algal blooms and water quality, with College of Public Health, The Ohio State University and professional public health practitioner with the US Public Health Service (usphs.gov). This six-month position starting May 2018 is aimed at recent graduates from related fields.

Typical tasks: Half-time at The Wilds, the apprentice will be implementing habitat improvements and monitoring ecosystem recovery through invasive plant management, vegetation and wildlife surveys, environmental monitoring, and photo point collection.
The other half-time, the apprentice will be coordinating community engagement activities in wildlife and water conservation, including collecting water samples to analyzing results from various water bodies; wetlands, lakes, experimental wetlands, and crops.
• Training: field methods such as plant identification, survey
protocols, research methodology, microcystin field testing, GPS & GIS applications/map making, biological monitoring and application of land management and restoration techniques.
• Apprentice will conduct a scientific research project related to
water quality and beavers with a final presentation to Wilds employees and researchers at The Ohio State University at the end of their term.
• Position requires hiking and some physically demanding tasks,
including outdoor work throughout the seasons. This may include hot, buggy, cold or otherwise challenging conditions. Participants should be prepared with appropriate field gear / foot wear.
• Should be interested in emerging public health concerns and how
ecosystems services and public health are interconnected, eager for learning opportunities and willing to practice new skills independently.
• Apprentices must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and
able to work effectively with limited supervision, as well as in a team setting.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least
45 lbs.
• Must have basic knowledge in biostatistics and environmental
health science.
• Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.

Schedule is typically M-F, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. While no monetary compensation is offered, on site housing will be covered as well as gas mileage when traveling for projects. In addition, the position is ideal for acquiring practical experience in conservation, wildlife (beavers) monitoring, natural resource management, ecological and public health, land stewardship or ecological studies. It is particularly well suited to prepare participants for graduate school or work in a conservation or public health fields.

To apply, please send your resume with three references and a cover letter to the contact below. Outline your objectives to gain from the position and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate. Our training programs are competitive and we value placing individuals in programs that suit their career goals.

Please send application materials by March 15th, 2018 to:
Dr. Rebecca Swab Director of Restoration Ecology, The Wilds 14000 International Road, Cumberland, OH 43732 740.638.5030 ext. 2084

PhD Position in Remote Sensing-GIS-Environment Science@Ohio State University (Posted 2/7/18)

Applications are invited for MS/PhD graduate assistantships in environmental remote sensing, GIS, and ecosystem modeling (priority given to applicants for PhD), beginning Fall 2018, with Dr. Kaiguang Zhao in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), the Ohio State University. Dr. Zhao’s lab focuses on mapping, monitoring, modeling, and managing terrestrial environments across spatial scales via a combination of observation and modeling toolsets. Self-motivated individuals are sought, especially those with quantitative and computational skills who would like to address interdisciplinary environmental issues related to natural or human-dominated landscapes.

Successful applicants will have the flexibility to develop their own research topics in the general areas of remote sensing and environmental sciences, but the preference will be given to those interested in examining impacts of climate change and human activities in agriculture-dominated landscapes. The students are particularly encouraged to pursue research ideas through our newly funded projects. One project, funded by the Ohio Water Resources Center, is on the water-energy nexus issue in Ohio, seeking to answer how shale gas development affects landscape integrity and hydrological regime. A second project, funded by EPA, is to build a multi- scale hierarchical predictive tool for linking climate and land-use with river physicochemical gradients and ecological condition to predict and prevent harmful algal blooms in the upper Ohio River basin. Another project, funded by USDA, is to identify adaptive strategies and policies that can mitigate the risks posed by climate extremes in the Eastern Corn Belt Region and help to achieve sustainable and resilient agroecosystem management, through an integrated modeling approach aiming to balance agricultural production with protection of critical ecosystem services.
Through projects like these, there exist numerous opportunities to collaborate with physical scientists, ecologists, sociologists, and economists.

Qualified backgrounds include hydrology, geography, ecology, forestry, environmental sciences, meteorology, agriculture sciences or related fields. Degrees in statistics, physics, and computer sciences are also acceptable, if with demonstrated good understandings of biophysical ecology and environmental sciences. Skills and experiences in math, programming (e.g., Fortran, C, & Matlab), and GIS&remote sensing are highly desirable. The successful applicants must also have a strong work ethic.

Financial support will be a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Prior to submitting your full application package, applicants should contact Dr. Kaiguang Zhao () using “Graduate Assistantship” as the email subject. Please include a brief statement of your qualification, a CV, GRE a/o TOFEL scores, and unofficial transcripts if readily available. Review of applicants will begin immediately. See here for more information about our graduate programs and admission requirements – SENR and ESGP.

Restoration Ecology Internship (Posted 2/2/18)

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, offering diverse training programs for early career professionals. The Wilds has nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mineland and remnant forest patches which present opportunities for ecological restoration and research. Six month positions available starting February 2018.

Apprentices gain hands-on experience, participate vegetation and wildlife studies and receive field training on a variety of ecological studies in wetland, forest, stream & grassland habitats. Apprentices will have the opportunity to develop their own independent research project involving field, lab, and/or computer modeling components.

For more information and to apply, please go here.

Please include in your cover letter what you would hope to gain from the position, why you want to learn about restoration ecology, and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate.

Seeking Graduate Student for Project on River Eutrophication (Posted 1/30/18)

Seeking a highly motivated graduate student to join my Water Resources Lab at Miami University (OH) to examine: Relative Impacts of Point and Non-Point Source Pollutants on Nutrient and Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations within Headwater Streams of the Lower Great Miami River.

-This interdisciplinary project will be completed with close collaboration with the Miami Conservancy District and the Biology Department at Miami University.

- Students will work within the newly renovated Water Resources Lab (overseen by Dr. Grudzinski) and Center for Aquatic and Watershed Science at Miami University. The Water Resources Lab has interdisciplinarily collaboration established with various departments at Miami University including ~30 faculty and staff affiliated with the Center for Aquatic and Watershed Science

-The Geography Department at Miami University (OH) provides competitive prospective graduate students with two years of funding in the form of teaching assistantships and summer scholarships. Student travel funding is provided to present research at local, regional, and national conferences.

Degree: Master of Arts in Geography
Application Deadline: February 1st 2018

For additional information or to schedule a visit to the department please contact Dr. Bartosz Grudzinski at . Dr. Grudzinski’s lab page can be found at here

Quantifying Wetland to Watershed Connectivity (Posted 1/30/18)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Cincinnati, OH
RO#: 22.01.08.B8413
For more information, go here.

Research Scientist (PhD level) in Water Quality (Posted 1/4/18)

The National Center for Water Quality Research (NCWQR) of Heidelberg University in Ohio seeks a highly motivated scientist with experience relating watershed export studies to human land use, including nutrient dynamics in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The new staff member will be an integral member of the NCWQR and will collaborate with other personnel on multiple ongoing NCWQR projects. An initial focus will be to assist in the data analysis and project management of a 4R nutrient stewardship grant examining how 4R practices may reduce nutrient export and influence stream metabolism. The staff member will also help manage a new paired watershed study examining the effectiveness of agricultural BMPs on nutrient runoff.

Approximately 70% of the research scientist’s time initially will be devoted to these two grants. The remainder of the individual’s time, and 100% of their time after completion of the above grants, will be devoted to other programs and projects of the NCWQR that are funded through a variety of sources.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience and qualifications, including:
a. Completion of a PhD in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, or a related field. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred.
b. Experience in writing and publishing scientific articles.
c. Experience writing proposals seeking external funding, preferably with multidisciplinary collaborators.
d. Presentation experience to both scientific and lay audiences.
e. Experience in statistical approaches to examining long-term and high frequency data sets is preferred.

For consideration, or to obtain additional information, go here. In addition to a cover letter and current CV, candidates should upload a research statement, up to three recent peer-reviewed publications on which the candidate is the senior author, and the contact information for three references. Review of candidates will begin February 1, 2018 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Graduate Student Advertisement Fall 2018 (Posted 12/7/17)

The Biology Department at John Carroll University seeks graduate student applications for Fall 2018. The department has faculty expertise in ecology and evolution, molecular systematics, and cellular biology. The faculty is committed to providing a supportive, mentoring environment for master’s level graduate students and has a high rate of degree completion in its two-year program. For students interested in studying organismal biology, the department has strengths in Behavioral, Chemical and Landscape Ecology, Conservation Biology, Developmental Biology, and Systematics as well as Plant Ecology, Plant Physiology, and Phycology. Facilities in the department are located in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, which houses well equipped research labs, animal care facilities, and a full greenhouse.

The department is composed of 11 full-time faculty members, 15 graduate students, and approximately 240 undergraduate majors. Graduate student support packages are competitive and include full tuition and fee remission for qualified applicants, and most students receive stipends for their work as graduate teaching assistants in departmental laboratory courses. Please visit their website to learn more about the department and contact possible faculty advisors, and direct any questions about the program to Dr. Ralph Saporito, Graduate Program Director ().

 


OKLAHOMA

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity - The Ecosystem Effects of River Floodplain Restoration and Infrastructure (Posted 1/30/18)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ada, OK
RO# 22.03.05.B8222
Apply by February 1, 2018
For more information, go here.
 


OREGON

MS or PhD Student Position in Ecology - Colorado State University (Posted 2/7/18)

One position is available for a highly motivated M.S. or PhD graduate student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. This research is focused on the question of whether restoring the vegetation of a high mountain meadow in California’s Sierra Nevada will affect greenhouse gas sequestration processes. This funded project seeks to clarify the ecological effect of reducing small mammal herbivory and planting a native sedge in a degraded wet meadow on carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide fluxes. The study site is Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. The student would be responsible for collecting and analyzing gas flux data and developing a model of methane and nitrous oxide exchange for the whole growing season. The student will also assist in a comprehensive synthesis paper of all work done on the project. This will be years 3 and 4 of a 4-year project. Keen interest in greenhouse gas modeling, hydrology, vegetation dynamics, restoration ecology, and vegetation ecology is essential and experience is preferred. The student must be able to work independently, direct field crews, and show initiative on the project. Extensive field work is required for this project.

Application details: Interested students should send their CV and a cover letter that documents their interest and relevant experience to Dr. David J. Cooper, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University. Please send all materials via email:

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Plant Ecology and Genomics (Posted 2/1/18)

Anticipate having funding for one or two enthusiastic students interested in enhancing their research skills and experience in plant ecology, genomics, and bioinformatics in the Cruzan lab at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Successful applicants will become part of a research team working on dispersal and gene flow in upland prairie plants in Oregon and Washington under pressure from climate change. Dispersal is critical for colonization, gene flow, and range expansion – it is one of the most important but least understood aspects of the ecology of plants. Their research utilizes genomic techniques to detect the effects of dispersal over different spatial scales. This is an integrative research program that includes field work, wet lab preparation of genomic DNA for next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics processing of sequence data, and analysis of patterns of gene flow using GIS and landscape genetic methods. Students will be exposed to a wide range of methods and are expected to develop an independent research project within the scope of the larger research program. More information on our research is posted on their lab web site.

Students will be fully supported for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer of 2018. Funding is provided from an REU supplement to their National Science Foundation Macrosystems Biology grant. Housing will be provided on campus along with a daily allowance for food and a $500 weekly stipend. The start of the REU is negotiable with optimal start dates between May 1 and June 17.

To apply please email us an updated copy of your CV (including GPA) and a short (one page) statement of your research interests and experience, as well as goals for your education and career. Applicants should arrange to have one or two faculty members provide a letter of recommendation (email is fine). Students with experience in computer programming and/or bioinformatics are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is 29 February 2016. Feel free to email us with questions.

Pam Thompson, Postdoctoral Research Associate:
Mitch Cruzan, Principle Investigator:


PENNSYLVANIA

REU in Coastal Ecosystems Ecology - Villanova University (Posted 2/20/18)

The laboratory of Dr. Nathaniel Weston in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student during summer 2018. REU internships are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support active research participation of undergraduate students. The REU student will develop an independent research project focused on coastal ecosystems ecology, and will participate in field trips to tidal marsh research sites in Plum Island Sound, MA and Delaware River, NJ.

Eligibility and Requirements: REU applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., completed one or more years of college but not received a Bachelor’s degree, have completed some coursework relevant to related to the REU program, and have plans to pursue a career in environmental research. Applicants must confirm that they are able to participate in the entire program (June 4 – August 10). The summer intern should expect to participate in physically strenuous field research in sometimes uncomfortable conditions (muddy, buggy, hot).

Program: The REU intern will receive a stipend of $5000 for the summer. Housing on Villanova’s campus and a meal plan will be provided. The program runs from June 4 – August 10 (10 weeks). The intern will participate in the on-campus professional development activities administered by the Villanova Center for Research and Fellowships that includes social events and workshops on topics including the responsible conduct of research, fellowships in the STEM fields, networking, science writing, and delivering effective presentations. The REU intern will also receive safety and field sampling training at the start of their internship. The REU intern will join a group of undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory of Dr. Nathaniel Weston, and will work to design and implement an independent research project. This REU internship provides the selected undergraduate student with an outstanding opportunity to develop and design an independent research project and to gain substantial hands-on field and laboratory experience in a dynamic research program.

Application: Applicants for the 2018 summer REU internship complete the online application and have a letter of recommendation submitted by March 16. The online application includes several document uploads that should be prepared prior to completing the online portion of the application:
- A cover letter that describes your interest in coastal
ecosystems ecology, your professional career goals, and what you hope to obtain from a summer REU internship (limited to 1 page).
- A resume (limited to 2 pages).
- A copy of your academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable).
Applicants should also request a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. The letter can be submitted by email directly to Dr. Weston ().

See here for more information and to apply.

MS Ggraduate Fellowships at Villanova University (Posted 2/7/18)

The Department of Geography & the Environment at Villanova University is accepting Fall 2018 enrollments for our Master of Science in Environmental Science program. Our faculty specialize in ecosystem studies that span the coastal and inland environments, with on-going research projects throughout the United States, in particular the northeast region, and around the world. Our program uniquely offers the opportunity to develop geospatial technical skills that are highly marketable and sought-after by employers. We have thesis and non-thesis options, that can be completed within two years or part-time by working professionals. For more information, please see our website and contact Ms. Kathleen Cooper (), Program Coordinator for more information.

On-Going Research Projects

MSES ProgramTo be considered for competitive graduate fellowships (including tuition + a 9-month stipend for two years), please submit all application materials by March 1, 2018.

Postdoc: Spatial organization of the microbiome (University of Pittsburgh) (Posted 12/7/17)

The Wright Lab is seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral associate to lead a multi-disciplinary project aimed at understanding the spatial structuring of microorganisms within the microbiome. The successful candidate will develop and apply methods for dissecting the 3D organization of environmental and clinical microbiome samples. The project will involve combining multiple technologies, including robotics and high-throughput sequencing, to map microbial consortia at the sub-millimeter scale. This research provides the opportunity to test theories about how spatial structuring shapes the ecology and evolution of microbial communities.

The Wright Lab is a rapidly growing experimental evolution and comparative genomics hybrid wet/dry lab at the University of Pittsburgh. They are affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and collaborate closely with other experimental evolution and microbiology labs on campus. Their lab offers opportunities to gain experience giving presentations, lecturing, mentoring students, & writing proposals and papers. They are part of a broader effort to make the University of Pittsburgh a leader in applying evolution to the improvement of medicine. The university consistently ranks in the top 10 nationally for biomedical research funding. Pittsburgh, PA is often voted the most livable city in the US featuring eclectic neighborhoods, diverse culinary and entertainment opportunities, as well as easy access to natural areas .

Qualifications for this position include a PhD in microbiology, ecology, evolutionary biology, or a related field. Ideal candidates would have experience in metagenomics or amplicon sequencing, be excited to learn new bioinformatics skills, and be willing to engineer new experimental devices. The candidate should 1) be fluent in written and spoken English, 2) be able to work independently and as a member of a team, 3) be hard-working, motivated, and eager to learn, & 4) have an interest in the microbiome.

Please email applications (including cover letter, curriculum vitae, & names and email addresses for 3 professional references) to Dr. Erik Wright (). The position is available starting as early as February 2018 for 1 year, renewable up to 3 years contingent upon satisfactory performance. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 


RHODE ISLAND

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SOUTH CAROLINA

MS Announcement - Silviculture and Invasive Species (Posted 2/13/18)

One MS student is sought to continue a long-term research project evaluating forest community response to multiple silvicultural treatments for the control of Chinese tallow, a highly invasive tree species of the southeastern coastal plain. The objectives of this project include: 1) determining changes to the plant community, including evaluating affects to forest structure, composition, and regeneration from mastication and repeated prescribed fire; 2) establishing a relationship between morphological characteristics and survival of Chinese tallow to prescribed fire; and 3) develop management guidelines to underplant longleaf pine in slash pine stands while seeking to control Chinese tallow. This project will build on previous work conducted in the Silviculture and Ecology Lab at Clemson University. The project will be conducted at Parris Island Marine Corps Base in Beaufort, South Carolina and will work directly with the Natural Resource Staff. Ideal candidates will be able to lead the project, work collaboratively, and tolerate harsh field conditions. We are seeking an outstanding candidate with a degree in Forestry, Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Sciences. Candidates must be able to pass federal background checks. The student will be offered a full graduate research assistantship ($15,000/year) plus a tuition waiver. The assistantship is for 2 years, which is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance. Competitive university and/or college scholarships are also available for outstanding candidates, and students working in our lab have had a great track record to obtain these scholarships. The assistantship will start in May 2018.

In your initial contact, please send the following information: resume, statement of your research interest, GPAs, GRE score, and TOFEL score (for foreign students).

If you are interested, contact: Dr. Geoff WangPhone: 864-656-4864, Email: , Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 261 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0317 and Dr. Lauren S. Pile, Phone: 845-304-8348, Email: , USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Columbia, MO 65205

Ph.D. Assistantships in Biogeochemistry & Root-rhizosphere (Posted 2/13/18)

Seeking applicants for two Ph.D. positions in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University, SC, USA. The project focuses on changes in soil carbon cycling, plant-soil feedbacks, root-rhizosphere interactions in managed and unmanaged ecosystems. Successful candidates would work as part of a multi-institutional team of research scientists and postdocs.

The candidates who have an excellent background in biogeochemistry/ ecology/ root biology/ microbial ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply. An MS degree in related field is preferred. The candidates should have a strong aptitude to learn analytical and molecular techniques as required by the projects.

The positions are available starting summer or fall 2018. Interested applicants should email (Vidya Suseela () or Nishanth Tharayil () a cover letter describing your research interests and prior experiences, an updated C.V (with GRE scores), unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.


SOUTH DAKOTA

Sustainable RIVER REU at the University of South Dakota (Posted 2/7/18)

The Sustainability Program at the University of South Dakota is offering a NSF REU program this summer titled “Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience).” Sustainable RIVER is a full-time, paid, undergraduate research opportunity. In the Sustainable RIVER project, the students will investigate different invasive elements and cultural and natural stressors affecting the Missouri River. The students will conduct an independent research project (see below), participate in six field trips on and along the Missouri River, and produce a team project.

Research projects for the summer of 2018 are:
· Effects of invasive trees on native floodplain forest vegetation and breeding birds
· Effects of modified sediment loads on Missouri River and tributary hydrology
· Effects of invasive fish on Missouri River food webs
· Construction of a Missouri River participatory geographic information system database
· Terrestrial land-use changes along the Missouri National Recreational River
· Understanding competing value claims of the Missouri River
· Effects of contaminants and pathogens on amphibians along the Missouri River
· Ethnohistorical relationships among American Indian tribes and the Missouri River
· Reincorporating prairies into Missouri River landscapes

The Sustainable RIVER project will run from 29 May 2018 to 3 August 2018. Students participating in the project will receive a $5,500 stipend plus additional funding for food, housing, and travel. This project is open to any undergraduate student, but students from community or tribal colleges and students studying sustainability are especially encouraged to apply. Applications for the project can be submitted now through 19 February 2018.

Please forward this e-mail onto students who may be interested in this opportunity.

If you would like more information about the Sustainable RIVER project, please go here.

Summer REU - Sustainable RIVER at the University of South Dakota (Posted 11/3/17)

The Sustainability Program at the University of South Dakota is offering a NSF REU program this summer titled “Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience).” Sustainable RIVER is a full-time, paid, undergraduate research opportunity. In the Sustainable RIVER project, the students will investigate different invasive elements and cultural and natural stressors affecting the Missouri River. The students will conduct an independent research project (see below), participate in field trips on and along the Missouri River, and produce a team project.

Research projects for the summer of 2018 are:
• Effects of invasive trees on native floodplain forest vegetation and breeding birds
• Effects of modified sediment loads on Missouri River and tributary hydrology
• Effects of invasive fish on Missouri River food webs
• Construction of a Missouri River participatory geographic information system database
• Terrestrial land-use changes along the Missouri National Recreational River
• Understanding competing value claims of the Missouri River
• Effects of contaminants and pathogens on amphibians along the Missouri River
• Ethnohistorical relationships among American Indian tribes and the Missouri River
• Reincorporating prairies into Missouri River landscapes

The Sustainable RIVER project will run from 29 May 2018 to 3 August 2018. Students participating in the project will receive a $5,500 stipend plus additional funding for food, housing, and travel. This project is open to any undergraduate student, but students from community or tribal colleges and students studying sustainability are especially encouraged to apply. Applications for the project can be submitted now through 19 February 2018.

If you would like more information about the Sustainable RIVER project, please go here.

Meghann Jarchow, PhD
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Churchill-Haines Labs 171E
Sustainability Program Facebook Page; Sustainability Program University Page
 


TENNESSEE

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TEXAS

PhD position in Fish Ecology available (Posted 2/7/18)

A PhD position in the field of fish ecology is available in the lab of Dr. Benjamin Walther at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC). The position will start in Fall 2018. Research topics are flexible, but would generally fall within current lab interests, including: fish migration, habitat use and trophic dynamics; hypoxia effects on fishes; otolith chemistry and stable isotopes; and carbonate chemistry. The PhD position will be supported through the Marine Biology degree program at TAMU-CC. Information about this program is online here.

Interested students should send: (1) a CV, (2) copies of unofficial transcripts and (3) a cover letter describing experience, potential research interests, and general career goals to Dr. Benjamin Walther at by MARCH 1st 2018

They conduct research on a variety of topics related to fish ecology, migration, habitat use and population connectivity. This work generally focuses on using the ?natural tag? properties of carbonate hard parts such as otoliths in marine and diadromous fishes to examine patterns of migration, dispersal, and life history dynamics of species with mobile phases. This field has grown exponentially in the past couple of decades, yet significant unknowns remain about highly migratory or dispersive species, particularly in the marine environment.

Otolith chemistry has the potential to reveal key information about identity and movement patterns that is essential for the effective management of exploited species and ecosystems.

We are located at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in the Department of Life Sciences. We collaborate with the Texas Parks and Wildlife CCA Marine Development Center in Corpus Christi, TX. We also work closely with members of the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences, which houses an array of analytical instruments including laser ablation ICP-MS (multiple and single collectors), TIMS, and isotope ratio mass spectrometers.

Further information about the Walther Lab can be found online here.

M.S. Assistantship - Phytoplankton Ecology (Posted 2/8/18)

Seeking a motivated student to fill a graduate assistantship in the Marine Biology M.S. program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The position is available beginning in May or August 2018 and includes 2 years of research assistantship support. The focus of this assistantship will be on the effects of freshwater inflow variability on estuarine phytoplankton bloom dynamics. Ample resources are available for field sampling, experimental (mesocosm & laboratory) approaches, and or synthesis/modeling of existing data. The student will benefit from samples and field data already collected as part of ongoing (funded) water quality and plankton ecology studies in the systems of interest.  Interested students should preferably hold a B.S. degree in ecology, marine science/oceanography, microbiology or a related field.

To be considered for the position, please email me, Dr. Mike Wetz at . Along with a letter of interest, please send your C.V., unofficial transcripts and GRE scores. For more information on the laboratory and research interests, please go here. Screening of applications will begin immediately and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is identified.

M.S. Opportunity in Plant Ecology - Texas State University (Posted 1/4/18)

The research is located in the pine-juniper woodlands of New Mexico and will focus on the ecological consequences of the widespread pine mortality that has occurred in these ecosystems for over a decade. The student's responsibility will be to investigate tree recruitment in plots where adult tree mortality has been experimentally manipulated. This involves following the survivorship and growth of mapped tree seedlings. The student is also encouraged to lead or participate in a stable-isotope labelling experiment to examine the effects of vegetation manipulation on hydraulic redistribution.

The student will be enrolled in the Population and Conservation Biology master's program at Texas State University.

The successful candidate must have a background in plant science, be willing and able to do field work under physically challenging conditions and work well in teams. Prior experience in data collection, analysis and scientific writing are desirable. Minority students are especially encouraged to apply. If interested, please contact Dr. Susan Schwinning at and provide (1) a cover letter discussing research interests and relevant experience; (2) a resume or CV with three references and (3) unofficial transcripts. 


UTAH

Summer field technician: Drought and restoration in southwest drylands (Posted 2/20/18)

The USGS Canyonlands Research Station is seeking a full-time temporary technician to assist with a desert ecology and restoration research project. The project evaluates vegetation responses to multi-year severe drought in dryland ecosystems and the resilience of restored biological soil crusts to simulated wind and water erosion. The field sites border Canyonlands National Park near Moab, UT.

Position duration: May 10 – June 19, 2018, with potential for up to two weeks extension contingent on project needs and availability.

Job description: The incumbent will work closely with a postdoctoral researcher, a biologist, and other technicians to assess the influence of extreme drought on individual-, community-, and ecosystem-level vegetation dynamics and implement simulated erosion events using wind and rainfall simulators. Fieldwork will include assisting in the operation of field erosion simulators, vegetation monitoring, plant growth measurements, and surface-stability and biological soil crust cover estimates. Other responsibilities may include organizing and processing field-collected samples in the lab. The technician will live in a shared residence in Canyonlands National Park.

Qualifications: Applicants should be interested in working in desert ecosystems on climate and restoration research. Additionally, the successful applicant will possess the following:
*Ability to work up to 10-hour days outside in variable and sometimes adverse weather conditions, including temperatures >100°F *Ability to learn quickly, follow guidance, and collect data accurately and with attention to detail *Willingness to live and work in isolated, remote locations for extended periods *Ability to stay motivated and focused while performing repetitive tasks *Ability to bend over and kneel for extended periods of time, carrying up to 25 pounds *Ability to work both independently and in small groups

Compensation: $15.38/hour. Housing in Canyonlands National Park will also be provided.

To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your preparedness for the position, resume, and list of three professional references (including email address and phone number) as a single PDF document to Alix Pfennigwerth () by February 28, 2018.

PhD in Community ecology (Posted 2/2/18)

The Spatial Community Ecology Laboratory at Utah State University is seeking PhD applicants to undertake research in the field of freshwater community ecology. Current areas of interest include – 1) The evolutionary responses of mosquitoes to pesticide contamination. 2) Understanding the relationships between habitat condition, aquatic community health, and ecosystem function. 3) How do changes in water conditions affect interactions between predators, prey, and competitors? 4) Can distributions of aquatic insects inform conservation decisions? Candidates with other specific research interests are encouraged to suggest projects in their application.

The successful candidate will have access to a well-equipped laboratory, and Utah State University’s nearby outdoor Aquatic Research Facility that houses 90 mesocosms and experimental ponds. In addition the research group has strong ties to research stations in Costa Rica, Brazil, Canada and Australia that will be available for field projects.

A knowledge of the statistical programming package R, and/or ArcGIS, and conversational ability in either Spanish or Portuguese will be looked upon favorably. Candidates should be reasonably physically fit, and be able to carry a 40lb backpack 1 mile. Utah State University is a Research I (Extensive Doctoral) land-grant institution with a student body of over 24,000, 42 departments, 8 academic colleges, a school of Graduate Studies, and diverse research programs. The main campus is located in Logan, a community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational opportunities. The area has a low cost of living and provides a high quality of life. For more information on Logan go here.

Initial funding for tuition and salary will be through a Quinney PhD Scholarship, which covers the first two years, subsequent years will be covered through other awards. Candidates contact myself initially and then we apply together for the fellowship. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships through the NSF and other sources. Candidates will be provided extensive support with the application process. Starting salaries are $18,700 for a PhD. In addition, successful candidates will have the opportunity to work as teaching assistants to supplement their starting salaries.

Please contact Edd Hammill (, 435 265 5964) for more information or to submit application materials (CV, cover letter, any publications, details of their research interests). Initial review of applications will begin Jan 30th 2018.

Edd Hammill’s google scholar page

 


VERMONT

Ph.D. opportunity: Cyanobacteria bloom dynamics at University of Vermont (Posted 2/7/18)

The Morales-Williams Lab at University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is currently seeking a Ph.D. student to work on cyanobacteria bloom dynamics and algal- microbial interactions starting fall 2018. Our research integrates microbial ecology and carbon biogeochemistry to investigate anthropogenic impacts on aquatic ecosystems at local, regional, and global scales. Applicants should have interests in phytoplankton or microbial ecology and physiology. Previous research experience in phytoplankton isolation and culture is preferred but not required.

Our lab is housed in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory on Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. They are equipped with recently updated state-of-the-art microscopy, FlowCam, and flow cytometry facilities as well as shared wet lab and chemistry labs for limnological and toxin analyses. More information about the Morales-Williams lab can be found here.

Applicants should contact Dr. Morales-Williams () with your C.V. and a brief statement of interest prior to submitting your full application package to the graduate program.

Applications to the UVM Rubenstein School are due Feb. 1, 2018. More information about the graduate program and how to apply can be found here. Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture are priorities at UVM and in the Rubenstein School. Applications from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Postdoc position at University of Vermont (Nutrient biogeochemistry, catchment hydrology, and limnology) (Posted 11/2/17)

Vermont EPSCoR is recruiting a postdoctoral associate to join their cutting-edge NSF-funded research on Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE). They 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 their comprehensive Integrated Assessment Model (IAM). As a member of the BREE team, the successful candidate will benefit from unique learning and professional development experiences including science communication through their program with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, grant writing through workshops, and undergraduate mentorship through their summer internship program.

Nutrient Biogeochemistry, Catchment Hydrology, and Limnology Postdoc Position ID: PDA#006

They seek a field-oriented postdoctoral researcher with expertise in nutrient biogeochemistry (C, N, P, Fe), catchment hydrology and 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 is a 2-year position 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 anticipated start date is June 1, 2018. 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#006.

For more information, click here. 


VIRGINIA

Natural Resources Intern (two positions available) (Posted 2/13/18)

Fairfax County Park Authority, Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch in Fairfax County, VA has two positionf for a Natural Resources Intern.

Hours and compensation: $12.50/hour, approximately 40 hours per week from June 4th-August 10th. Holidays and leave are unpaid. A vehicle will be provided for field work from the base office in Fairfax. Housing is available upon request.

Application deadline: March 2nd, 2018

Organization overview: The Fairfax County Park Authority maintains approximately 24,000 acres of public land including natural areas, cultural resources, and recreational facilities. The Natural Resource Management and Protection (NRMP) Branch falls under the Resource Management Division of the Park Authority, and is responsible for land stewardship and implementation of the agency’s Natural Resource Management Plan. For more information please visit:
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/resources/resources-nrp.htm

Position Description: This internship is primarily field-based with only occasional office work. Interns will work together as a pair to perform non-native invasive plant assessments on parkland across the county using a standard field protocol. Interns will be trained in the survey method, conduct field surveys, and input their results into a GIS database.
Interns will have the opportunity to participate in other field and educational activities conducted by the Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch as events arise. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the field of natural resources and develop field inventory skills. Each intern will also have the opportunity to plan and implement a special 40-hour project in their area of interest.

Qualifications and Skills: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a strong interest in natural resource management and stewardship of public land. Applicants should expect to be outdoors up to four days per week and should be willing to work outdoors in a hot, humid environment with abundant insects, ticks and chiggers. Applicants must be able to travel on foot in rough terrain, including over steep slopes, fallen trees and other obstacles, up to eight hours per day. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. Our interns will be working together as a team and must be able to cooperate and share responsibility. Experience in GIS and GPS use, basic plant identification, and ecology are a plus.

How to apply: Please email a letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to Erin Stockschlaeder at by March 2nd, 2018

Ph.D. assistantship in water quality forecasting at Virginia Tech (Posted 2/1/18)

The Ecosystem Dynamics and Forecasting Lab led by Dr. Quinn Thomas in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech has funding for a new graduate student position to start Fall 2018. We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly self-motivated student at the Ph.D. level to develop and apply innovative new techniques to combine lake ecosystem modeling with a large array of sensors to forecast water quality in drinking water reservoirs. The Ph.D. student will help develop the forecasts to best inform drinking water management decisions.

This position is part of a recently-funded NSF project that will develop a water quality forecasting system for a drinking water supply reservoir and Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) site. This highly interdisciplinary Ph.D. project will combine high- frequency sensor monitoring, modeling, ecosystem forecasting, and data-intensive analytical approaches from ecology, computer science, and social science. There will be opportunities for both computational and field-based research.

They seek a conscientious and energetic student with strong quantitative and computing skills who can work independently in a collaborative environment. To learn more about what they do, please visit their lab website. The student will work closely with the Carey Lab at Virginia Tech on the project. Students are also encouraged to apply to be a fellow in Virginia Tech’s Interfaces of Global Change graduate program and interact with other students in the Virginia Water Research Center that is housed within their department. Virginia Tech, as Virginia’s leading research and land grant institution, has a strong interdisciplinary focus on the environment and natural sciences and is located in scenic southwestern Virginia.

The student position will be funded on a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which include a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance benefits. Interested students should send an email letter of inquiry containing an overview of your research interests, your C.V., an unofficial transcript(s), a list of past research experiences and mentors, and GRE scores to . Please feel free to contact me with questions about the application process, graduate school at Virginia Tech, or potential research ideas.

2018 Summer REU Program at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (Posted 1/30/18)

The REU Site program for Coastal Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) invites applicants to apply for a 10 week summer research experience that places 12 undergraduates with faculty mentors. Internships are available in many areas of marine science, including marine biology and ecology; biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanography; environmental science; fisheries; and resource management. Participants will receive a summer stipend and food allowance. Accommodations in the dorms at the College of William & Mary are provided, as well as transportation between the campuses. Students from traditionally under-represented groups in the marine sciences are highly encouraged to apply.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science, located in Gloucester Point, Virginia, is one of the largest coastal and estuarine science institutions in the world, with more than 55 faculty and a graduate student body of more than 85. VIMS houses state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation and analytical facilities, a large fleet of coastal research vessels, a world-class marine science library, and is within close proximity to a variety of habitats ranging from freshwater tributaries to the coastal ocean.

During the summer students will meet every week for a seminar that features a guest speaker discussing topics such as: Scientific Reading, Writing and Peer Review; How to Apply to Graduate School: Tips from the Faculty Who Read the Files; Alternatives to Life in Academia: A Panel Discussion; How to Give an Effective Scientific Presentation; and Ethics in Science. Other group activities include 3 field trips. They traverse the coastal plain environment, from a freshwater system that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay, through the estuary proper and out to the Atlantic Ocean along the shoreface of the Delmarva Peninsula. When we travel to the VIMS Wachapreague Laboratory on Virginia's Eastern Shore, they spend a full day exploring nearly pristine coastal habitats, including an open coast beach on a barrier island, mud flat, salt marsh, and oyster reef. During a research cruise in the York River estuary aboard the VIMS research vessel Bay Eagle, there will be opportunities to try state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation, to pull in a trawl net full of fish and crabs, and to learn a bit about vessel navigation. When we kayak the tidal freshwater reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, expect to see an abundance of wildlife and learn how land-use practices in the watershed affect the local estuary and coastal ocean.

Application deadline is February 10, 2018.

Complete information about the program is available here.

Specific questions can be directed to Jennifer Dreyer at or  


WASHINGTON

M.S. opportunity at Eastern Washington University (Posted 1/4/18)

Recruiting M.S. students for aquatic ecology research at Eastern Washington University, beginning summer 2018. Washington State residents are especially encouraged, but out-of-state students are eligible.

Specifically seeking one student to participate in a funded project focusing on the role of an important tributary in delivering harmful sediments to the Spokane River, WA. Sediment delivery and effects will be monitored through a variety of methods including drone flights, and the work will be in collaboration with local high school students and community groups.

Current funding for the project includes summer pay for 2018 and 2019.
Interested applicants should also apply for a Graduate Service Appointment which would provide a tuition waiver plus stipend of approximately $8,750.

Students potentially interested in other projects related to fisheries management and conservation, aquatic invertebrate ecology, or nutrient dynamics in streams are also encouraged to contact us regarding potential for graduate studies.

Eastern Washington University is located ~15 minutes from Spokane, WA in the beautiful Inland Northwest, with a diversity of nearby natural habitats and outdoor recreational opportunities, including the Selkirk Range of the Rocky Mountains. EWU's Biology M.S. students have a broad range of interests, but many focus on ecology or natural resource management. Many of theirr graduates work in natural resource management or continue to Ph.D. programs.

More information about the Biology M.S. program, including faculty, current students, curriculum, and application procedures can be found here.

More information about EWU Biology faculty, including research interests, can be found here.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Paul Spruell () or Dr. Camille McNeely ( or 509 359-7049). To apply, please send a resume, contact information for 3 references, and an explanation of your interest in the project to Paul Spruell at the above email address.

For full consideration, complete applications to the Eastern Washington University Biology M.S. program, including GRE scores and letters of recommendation, must be received by February 20, 2018.

Masters assistantship in plant/soil interactions (Posted 12/7/17)

Seeking a Master of Science student for the Department of Environmental Sciences at Western Washington University. Research will focus on the plant response to soil biota in natural, disturbed and restored systems. Funding is available via TA-ship and tuition waiver.

Information about their lab can be found here.

There are several possible avenues for research projects. The two areas I am focusing in right now are (1) the function of mycorrhizal fungi and common mycorrhizal networks in ecological restoration and (2) the effects of mycorrhizae on host plants across stress gradients (e.g. pH, temperature, drought, invasion, etc.).

The duties of this position may include field sampling of plant roots and soil, growing plants in a greenhouse, processing plant and soil samples, microscope work, and analyzing different types of data. Requirements for admission and other information about the program can be found here.

Competitive candidates for this position will have a degree in environmental science or a related discipline, excellent written and oral communication, strong GRE scores, and evidence of previous research success.

Interested students should email a brief statement of their research interests, a resume, GRE scores, and (unofficial) transcripts to: Rebecca Bunn, Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Huxley College, Western Washington University, email: rebecca.bunn ‘at’ wwu.edu

Deadline to apply to graduate school is February 1, 2018. I am in the field for the rest of the fall and will reply to queries after the first of the year. 


WEST VIRGINIA

Master’s Graduate Assistantship in Forest Restoration & Modelling (Posted 1/4/18)

A Master’s position is available in the Quantitative Forest Management lab of Dr. Steve Chhin in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University (WVU).

The graduate student will primarily conduct field and laboratory work for a project funded by the USDA Forest Service. The general objective of the project is to develop new site index curves for Central Appalachian red spruce by correcting for historical growth suppression. Models will also be developed which relate red spruce site index to the site index of commonly associated species such as American beech, black cherry, red maple, and yellow birch. This will aid in restoration and resiliency efforts for red spruce by providing site quality information in areas where red spruce is absent or where new red spruce habitat is expected due to climate change. Dendroclimatic models will be developed to examine sensitivity of red spruce to past and future climate change.

Qualifications:

A completed Bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a similarly related natural resource field is acceptable. Preference will be given to applicants that are highly self-motivated, possess a strong work ethic, and have strong oral and written communication skills. Experience with statistical software packages (e.g., R) and proficiency with GIS would be assets. A background or strong interest in conducting field based research and working in a laboratory environment is desirable. Applicants must enjoy working (e.g., rigorous field work) and living outdoors (e.g., camping) and possess a valid driver’s license. A cumulative GPA greater than 3.25 in undergraduate coursework is preferred. The start date for this position is May 2018. This position includes a tuition waiver and health benefits, and a competitive stipend.

Application materials:

Please submit: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) GRE scores, 5) contact information of two references, and 6) TOEFL scores (for international applicants). Please describe your career goals in the cover letter. Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please e-mail your application material to Dr. Steve Chhin () by February 9, 2018.


WISCONSIN

UW-Madison, SILVIS Lab: Postdoc position on remote sensing and biodiversity (Posted 2/21/18)

Overview: We are offering one postdoc position focused on remote sensing and biodiversity, as part of a new USGS-funded project.

The project is a collaboration between UW-Madison (V. Radeloff, A. Pidgeon), and the Humboldt University in Berlin (P. Hostert). The goals of the project are to a) derive a suite of new remote sensing indices relevant for biodiversity questions from Landsat satellite data, b) test these indices as predictors of bird biodiversity, as represented in the North American Breeding Bird Survey, and c) make predictive maps of bird biodiversity for the conterminous U.S.

Positions: We are offering the postdoctoral position for two years, with an option for a third year. The appointment will be as a research associate. Salary is competitive and will commensurate with experience. The position is available immediately, and we seek to fill it by September 1st 2018 at the latest.

The position will be based in the SILVIS lab and co-supervised by V. Radeloff and A. Pidgeon. The SILVIS lab is part of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing, and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research!

The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please go here.

Qualifications: They seek candidates who work well in a collaborative setting and have excellent communication skills in English.

They welcome applications from candidates with a background in ecology, environmental science, forestry, geography, or other related disciplines. Demonstrated skills in the processing and handling of satellite imagery, large datasets, statistical modeling, and GIS are expected, as is prior experience analyzing wildlife or other biodiversity data.

Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. at the time of appointment, and should have published first-authored papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

To apply: Please submit your application here.

Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey, and takes approximately 15 minutes. It also requires contact information for three references, and to upload (in PDF format):
- a 2-page cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences
- a Curriculum Vitae
- unofficial transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate, compiled into one file) After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters and official transcripts for shortlisted candidates.

The position is open to both U.S. citizens, and international candidates. UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary once offers are made.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Applications received by March 10th 2018 are guaranteed consideration.

Postdoc/PHD positions in remote sensing at UW-Madison (Posted 2/7/18)

UW-Madison, SILVIS Lab: Several remote sensing Postdoc and PhD positions available to study land use change, agricultural abandonment, and the Caucasus

Overview: Several postdoc and PhD positions are available for two NASA funded projects. Both projects focus on land use change, and will makes extensive use of satellite data.

One project will focus on land use change, especially long-term degradation of forests and grasslands in the Caucasus Mountains, analyze large amounts of satellite data, and link the observed changes to socioeconomic factors.

The second project will focus on the development of methods to map agricultural abandonment, fallow fields and grasslands based on both Landsat and Sentinel-2 data. Test sites will be in Eastern Europe and across the globe.

They are seeking to hire several postdocs and PhD students to contribute to these two projects. The projects are a collaboration between UW-Madison (V. Radeloff), and partners from other universities in the U.S., Europe, and the Caucasus region.

Positions: They are offering the postdoctoral positions for two years. The appointments will be as a research associate. Salary is competitive and will commensurate with experience. The positions are available immediately, and we seek to fill it by September 1st 2018 at the latest.

They are offering the PhD graduate assistantships for three years. The appointments will be as a research assistant with a stipend of $22,427 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission. We anticipate the PhD student to start September 1st 2018, but an earlier start date is negotiable.

The University has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing and geography. All positions will be based in the SILVIS lab and supervised by V. Radeloff. The SILVIS lab is part of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. PhD students will be enrolled in the Forestry Program, the no.-1 ranked forestry PhD graduate program in the U.S.!

UW-Madison ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research!

The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please go here.

Qualifications: For all positions, we seek candidates who work well in a collaborative setting and have excellent communication skills in English.

Additional language skills are a plus.

They welcome applications from candidates with a background in geography, ecology, environmental science, forestry, computer science, or other related disciplines. Demonstrated skills in the processing and handling of satellite imagery, large datasets, statistical modeling, and GIS are essential and expected. Knowledge of land use science, landscape ecology, and Eastern Europe/the Caucasus region is a plus, but is not required.

Applicants for the post-doc positions must have completed their Ph.D. at the time of appointment and should have published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Applicants for the PhD student positions must have a completed a BS by the time of appointment, and a completed MS degree is desirable, but candidates with equivalent experience will be considered.

Prior publications are not required for PhD student applicants, but desirable.

To apply: Please submit your application herePlease note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey, and takes approximately 15 minutes. It also requires contact information for three references and to upload (in PDF format):
- a 2-page cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences
- a Curriculum Vitae
- unofficial transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate, compiled into one file) After reviewing all applicants, they will ask for reference letters and official transcripts for shortlisted candidates.

The positions are open to both U.S. citizens, and international candidates. UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary once offers are made.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. They promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Applications received by February 28th 2018 are guaranteed consideration.

Graduate position- UW Madison (Posted 1/4/18)

University of Wisconsin-Madison MS and PhD positions on molecular adaptation of invasive insects

Position Description:
MS and/or PhD research assistantships are available in the Molecular Ecology Lab at UW Madison to assess how invasive insects adapt to novel environments. Insect pests can be viewed as model systems in which to explore fundamental concepts in ecology and evolutionary biology. They are especially promising candidates to study mechanisms of rapid evolution at the genetic level, as many insect pests have shown a remarkable ability to cope with pesticides, novel climatic space, and novel host plants. While there are significant challenges in determining adaptation at the genetic level and in finding ways to forecast future changes, there are strong incentives (ecological, economic and social) to do this research. Students will combine population genomics approaches with field ecology and manipulative experiments to understand the evolutionary mechanisms of adaptation. Training will focus on the use of population genomics and physiological approaches to relate spatial and temporal variation in the environment to adaptive genetic variation.

Information on University, Department, Lab, and City:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States. This project will be supported in the Department of Entomology and under the supervision of Dr. Sean Schoville.
Madison consistently ranks as one of the best places in the United States to live, work, and study. It is Wisconsin's capital city, with a vibrant population of approximately 230,000 that combines small town charm with a variety of leisure and cultural opportunities.

Stipend/Salary:
Current annual stipend levels are $22,081 per year before taxes, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. Financial support is available for two years. The start date for the project is September 2018.

Qualifications:
A BS or BA degree in entomology, biology or a related discipline is required.

They are looking for motivated students interested in pursuing a MS or PhD degree at UW-Madison. Students with an MS degree will be given preference in admissions to the PhD program. The preferred candidate will have prior research experience and have some knowledge of population genetics.
Candidates should have interests in entomology, evolutionary ecology, and working in both the field and laboratory. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are expected, as well as the ability to work collaboratively.

Application Process:
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until candidates are chosen. The application deadline is Jan 9, 2018. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. They promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Interested applicants are asked to e-mail the following documents listed below to theirour Student Services Coordinator Sara Rodock () (in ONE PDF file please). Please specify in your letter when you would be available to start.

Required Documents:
-The “Entomology; University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate Application Cover Sheet” which can be found here.
- A well-crafted cover letter outlining research interests, academic and professional backgrounds
- Resume/CV
- Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this point)
- GRE scores if available
- Names and contact addresses of three references 

Graduate Position MS Population Genomics and eDNA in the Larson Lab (Posted 11/7/17)
USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Research Unit
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Apply by March 1, 2018
For more information, go here


WYOMING

PhD position available to study sagebrush restoration (Posted 1/11/18)
Laughlin Lab
University of Wyoming
For more information, go here.  

MS Graduate Opportunity in Ecological Restoration UWyoming (Posted 1/4/18)

A funded MS graduate assistantship is available in the lab of Dr. Kristina Hufford at the University of Wyoming. The project will characterize plant community outcomes of native species seeded along roadsides in southern Wyoming. Specifically, we’ll look at the effectiveness of revegetation for limiting invasive species along road right-of-way strips and also in adjacent wildlands. The graduate research assistant will study the site conditions and species combinations that lead to successful establishment of native plants. In addition the student will work with Wyoming Department of Transportation personnel to review wildlife palatability and associated risk of targeted plant species.

Applicants must possess a valid US driver’s license, and should be capable of working in sometimes challenging (but beautiful) field conditions both independently and as part of a team. There will be opportunities to develop independent lines of inquiry and they welcome applications from enthusiastic and highly motivated candidates with interests in field ecology, plant community diversity, and data analysis.

Please send a letter of interest and resume, undergraduate transcripts (informal copies are acceptable), GRE scores and contact information for 3 references to: Kristina Hufford (). This position is available immediately and they hope to fill it by summer 2018. Funding includes graduate stipend, tuition and fees.

For more information about the Ecosystem Science and Management Department and the Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management graduate degree, go here.

Learn more about Laramie, Wyoming here.

Please contact Kristina Hufford () with questions. Lab website.


WASHINGTON, D.C.

Master's Assistantship in Urban Agriculture (Posted 2/20/18)

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is the land-grant university of the Nation’s Capital. The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) embodies the land- grant tradition of UDC and offers academic programs in urban agriculture, urban sustainability, water resources management, nutrition and dietetics, urban architecture and community planning.

CAUSES seeks a Graduate Assistant to join its Professional Science Master’s Program in Urban Agriculture who will test methods for extended season farming in urban production systems. The Graduate Assistant will compare yield of winter-grown vegetables using various ground covers or mulches, which can act to provide optimal environmental conditions for growth, improved soil nutrition, and prevention of weed and insect pests. Research sites include UDC’s agricultural experiment station, UDC’s food hubs, and partner locations in the metro area.

The Graduate Assistant will partner with other universities, government agencies, and NGOs and will contribute to community outreach. The Graduate Assistant will be expected to conduct research 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters and 30 hours per week during summer, which carries a stipend of approximately $18,300 for 12-months and potentially a partial or full tuition waiver.

Primary qualifications
• Undergraduate degree in agriculture, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, biological sciences, ecology, or closely related field or demonstrated work experience in these fields • Good organizational skills, attention to detail, and a self-driven curiosity are essential • Proven ability to conduct independent research and/or maintain agricultural systems • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a scientific team and with the general public • Strong quantitative skills and a basic understanding of biostatistics are preferred • Physical ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions • A valid driver’s license is required and transportation is highly desirable.

Application
Applicants apply for the Graduate Assistantship through the PI and then the selected student will apply for the PSM Program through UDC.
Applicants should email the PI: 1) a letter of interest detailing their qualifications for the position (two-page maximum); 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) unofficial transcripts; and 4) three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number).

Application deadline: Open until filled

Starting date: Fall semester 2018

Duration: One year, renewable for a second year depending on project outcomes

Contact: To apply for the Graduate Assistantship or for questions, please contact Dr. Matthew Richardson: ; Ph 202-274-5947.

Paid Internship with Society for Ecological Restoration (Posted 2/13/18)

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is seeking a Program and Outreach Intern to support SER’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program and Restoration Resource Center (RRC). The intern will also assist with general outreach and communications to the Society’s members and followers, including via social media. This internship provides an opportunity to build your knowledge about ecological restoration practices and trends, strengthen your project management skills, and gain experience developing social media messages targeted to an international community of science practitioners.

Intern may work at SER's Washington DC office or telecommute. Minimum 25 hours/week, with opportunity for more. Start date June 4th (negotiable), and a stipend of $1,200 will be provided.

Find out more and apply here.

Wetland and Stream Regulatory Program Opportunity (Posted 1/19/8)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
Washington, DC.
Apply by Febryary 28, 2018
For more information, go here

 


CANADA

Lake Metabolism MSc or PhD student opportunities (Posted 2/20/18)

The Associate Director of the Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) at the University of Regina, Canada is inviting applications for two fully-funded MSc or PhD projects to study seasonal patterns of lake metabolism in Canadian hardwater lakes. Lakes across the northern Great Plains are unique in their unparalleled biological, chemical, physical and climate diversity, and represent ideal model systems to study the impacts of land-use and climate change on lake metabolism. Combining standard limnological techniques and stable isotope analyses, our Long-term-Ecological-Research program (since 2002) has been evaluating food-web structure, controls of gamefish populations, carbon dynamics and hydrology of 21 prairie lakes in southern Saskatchewan.

The long-term goal of this research program is to develop a mechanistic framework for food-web-controls and biogeochemical cycling in hardwater lakes. Specifically, the objectives are to characterize the impacts of winter dynamics on summer food-web structure and carbon/nitrogen dynamics, and predict individual and interactive effects of climate change on summer vs. winter conditions. Ultimately, my group will synthesize similarities and differences between boreal and hardwater lakes to assist global estimates for climate change impacts on inland lakes.

Specifically, the student projects will characterize oxygen and carbon dynamics in hardwater lakes during the fall-winter-spring transition and quantify the relative importance of metabolic, hydrologic, physical and chemical processes to carbon pools and fluxes. In addition, we will assess summer vs. winter zooplankton biomass, composition and food sources to evaluate the importance of grazing during the spring peak in algal biomass for carbon routing in hardwater lakes.

The preferable start date is May 2018, but no later than September 2018. In addition to laboratory analyses, these projects have large field components, including under-ice winter sampling. Previous experience with lake surveys, stable isotope techniques and strong quantitative skills are critical assets. Please send your cover letter, CV and names of two references to by March 23rd 2018.

For further information regarding these opportunities, please contact Dr. Bjoern Wissel ().

PhD position available to study pollinator ecology in Canada (Posted 2/7/18)

This is a renewed search for a position advertised last fall. We are seeking a graduate student to begin work on a PhD in September 2018, to join the labs of Paul Galpern and Ralph Cartar at the University of Calgary, in a biology department with considerable expertise in pollination and pollinator ecology, and in beneficial insects.

This federally funded research program brings together researchers in applied mathematics, optimization, computer science, and ecology. The project will involve landscape-scale study of wild-nesting bumble bee pollinators at field locations in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia. The research will involve consideration of landscape context, off-crop foraging alternatives, distance-based foraging, foraging competitors, and reproductive success of bumble bee colonies in the context of wild bumble bees providing ecosystem pollination services to blueberries. It integrates landscape ecology, behavioural ecology, and chemical ecology, and spans basic and applied ecology.

Calgary is Canada's fourth largest city situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, go here.

Applications are welcome immediately, with the search closing on 01 April 2018.

To apply, please email a statement of interest, a CV: Paul Galpern <> or Ralph Cartar <>. Candidates selected for interview will be asked to provide the names of two referees who can speak to their academic and/or research accomplishments.

Msc position in forest ecology (Posted 2/7/18)

A MSc position is available in the intensive silviculture lab at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Quebec, beginning May 2018.

Working within the Forest Research Institute, the student will use an experimental design in the field to study the influence of soil temperature on growth and root development of white spruce (Picea glauca) and black spruce (Picea mariana). The latter is known for better tolerating cold and wet soils. A scholarship over two years is available. I seek students who are curious, passionate about trees, forest ecology and tree biology, have good academic records and can understand at least a bit of French. Preference will be given to students with prior research experience and good writing skills. 

Interested candidates should apply by email () and send: 1) a motivation letter describing their educational background and research experience, research interests, and educational and career goals, 2) a CV/resume, and 3) the names of three references by March 1st, 2018.

Ph.D. Opportunity - Forest Tree Biodiversity (Posted 2/7/18)

Seeking to recruit a Ph.D. student to take part in the newly funded Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory, a multi-institution effort that aims to integrate field surveys of vegetation, measurement of functional traits and spectral signatures of leaves, and spectral images from aerial vehicles, to quantify plant biodiversity from the scale of leaves to the scale of Canada. For this specific project, the student will lead field efforts at one focal site, Parc national du Mont Mégantic (near Sherbrooke, Québec), testing the influence of logging history and climate gradients on tree biodiversity, and calibrating methods to quantify plant diversity and functional traits from aerial images. The student will be supervised by Mark Vellend (Université de Sherbrooke), with possible co-supervision by Étienne Laliberté (Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, Université de Montréal). We seek candidates with expertise in tree identification, experience doing field work in rugged terrain, quantitative skills, and strong communication abilities. Please send inquiries to Mark Vellend:  

PhD project on boreal forest responses to climate change (Posted 2/2/18)

The Integrative Wildlife Conservation (Murray) lab at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, is offering a PhD project to assess responses to climate change among native species in Canada’s boreal forest. The boreal forest comprises Canada’s largest biome but its state is rapidly deteriorating, including due to climate change. Our recent findings (Row et al. 2012 Glob. Chan. Biol doi:10.1111/gcb.12526; Murray et al. 2017 PLoS (ONE) 12(5) e0176706) forecast dire consequences to the boreal forest especially in the boundary region between Ontario-Quebec where disjunct east-west populations of native plants, birds, and mammals, and extensive loss of native biodiversity, likely will arise. Through field sampling, species distribution modeling, population viability analysis, and/or landscape genetics and adaptive genomics, the PhD student will determine: 1) the current and potential future extent of change in boreal species in the Ontario-Quebec region relative to less-impacted areas; 2) how boreal breakdown may affect population processes and viability of native species in the region; 3) whether invasives are colonizing the region disproportionately quickly compared to other regions; and 4) if native or invasive species in the region demonstrate genome-level evidence of stress or adaptation to environmental change. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) as well coverage of all research expenses. Successful candidates will have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong quantitative, genetics, and/or field skills, and an interest in working collaboratively as part of a larger group. The PhD student will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University and be part of an interdisciplinary team addressing innovative solutions to environmental change.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray (). Application deadline is Feb 16th, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Grad student position: Amphibian ecology (Posted 1/30/18)

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada; Supervisor: Dennis Murray (Lab website)

The Integrative Wildlife Conservation (Murray) lab has a project available for a graduate student (PhD or MSc) to assess responses of amphibians to environmental stressors (e.g., pathogens, contaminants, food limitation, predation risk), exploring the heritability and plasticity of traits within and across generations and life stages. Their recent investigations in this area highlight the opportunity to test fundamental questions in stress ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology via experimental, field and molecular techniques. The student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) as well coverage of all research expenses. Successful PhD candidates will have an MSc in Biology, Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, and demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications. All applicants must have strong quantitative, laboratory and/or field skills, and an interest in working collaboratively as part of a larger group. The student will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University and be part of an interdisciplinary team addressing innovative solutions to environmental change.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray () Application deadline is Feb 16th, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. 

PhD Opportunity in Canada: causes and consequences of nutrient loadings to Lake Erie (Posted 12/7/17)

Exciting opportunity for a Ph.D. student to join the Lake Futures: Enhancing Adaptive Capacity and Resilience of Lakes and their Watersheds project, funded under the Global Water Futures.

The successful applicant will work in the laboratory of Rebecca Rooney (University of Waterloo) co-advised by Jan Ciborowski (University of
Windsor) and will enroll in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology- Water graduate program under the Collaborative Water Program, supported by the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo.

Starting date: April 1, 2018
Stipend: 4 years at $25,000 CDN/yr

Their ability to effectively manage aquatic ecosystems is limited by their ability to monitor system inputs or to predict the complex environmental responses. Both conceptual and mechanistic models are important tools in helping to understand ecological relationships in aquatic ecosystems and to create hypotheses about causal pathways that can improve natural resource management. Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs) offer an approach that summarizes qualitative and semi-quantitative information.

The student will have the opportunity to evaluate, refine and develop FCM models to improve their understanding of the associations between land-based drivers of eutrophication (agriculture, rural and urban development) and biological manifestations of concern in Lake Erie (harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, Cladophora fouling, botulism).

The model pathways showing the strongest associations between drivers and biological response variables will identify candidate indicator variables whose association with drivers will be subsequently calibrated using machine learning algorithms. Identification of appropriate indicators is a major knowledge gap constraining management of eutrophication-related issues in Lake Erie. This project offers a substantial opportunity for the student to work collaboratively the Lake Erie Management community to plan and undertake co-operative monitoring in Lake Erie and its watersheds.

To be eligible, applicants must have successfully defended and submitted their MSc thesis prior to the proposed start date. Applicants should have strong interests in quantitative ecology and a background in food webs or nutrient dynamics of aquatic ecosystems. They should be highly motivated, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills.

Applications must include a cover letter, C.V., unofficial transcripts, and the contact information of three references. All documentation submitted must be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to: Dr. Rebecca Rooney, c/o Tatjana Milojevic at with PhD- LFWP3-YourName in the subject line.

PhD Opportunity in Canada: Ecohydrologic function in mountain wetlands (Posted 12/7/17)

PhD Opportunity: Ecohydrologic function in mountain wetlands – biodiversity and water budgets in wetlands of the Upper Bow Basin.

Exciting opportunity for a Ph.D. student to join the Mountain West Futures project, funded under the Global Water Futures program

The successful applicant will work in the laboratory of Rebecca Rooney (University of Waterloo) and will enroll in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology-Water graduate program under the Collaborative Water Program, supported by the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo.

Starting date: May 1, 2018
Stipend: 4 years at $25,000 CDN/yr

Climate change and altered land use are increasing the risks of both flooding and drought in Canada. To protect downstream property and agricultural productivity they must consider the role of natural assets, like wetlands, as a flexible and low cost alternative to built infrastructure like levees or bypasses. Natural wetlands have great potential to mitigate the downstream effects of extreme precipitation events through water retention, reduced flow velocity, and other normal hydrologic functions. Wetlands also provide additional value-added ecosystem services including acting as biodiversity hotspots and deep carbon stores, not to mention opportunities for recreation and tourism.

To understand the contribution of wetlands to ecosystem services there is no better laboratory than the upper Bow River. Concerns about flood risk skyrocketed after the 2013 flood in the upper Bow, which caused $6 billion in damages. Yet drought risk may be of even greater concern - the Bow supplies water for 46% of the irrigated acres in Alberta as well as nearly 1.2 million residents of Calgary.

The student will have the opportunity to explore how logging activity in the Foothills Region threatens the coupled vegetation diversity and hydrologic function of these wetland systems. Characterizing the vascular plant and bryophyte communities and their relationship to water table stability across a gradient in logging exposure, the student will work closely with hydrologists, landscape ecologists, and remote sensing specialists in a collaborative environment.

To be eligible, applicants must have successfully defended and submitted their MSc thesis prior to the proposed start date. Applicants should have strong interests in ecohydrology and peatland ecology and a background in plants and mosses. They should be highly motivated, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills.

Applications must include a cover letter, C.V., unofficial transcripts, and the contact information of three references. All documentation submitted must be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to: Dr. Rebecca Rooney, , with PhD-MWF-YourName in the subject line.  


PANAMA

Internship opportunity: Evolutionary responses of tropical lizards to climate change (Posted 2/20/18)

Recent studies have argued that tropical organisms are particularly vulnerable to climate change because they are adapted to the thermally stable tropics. In other words, they are “thermal specialists” incapable of dealing with even small changes in temperature. For animals like lizards that have limited dispersal ability, evolutionary adaptation may be their primary means to avoid extinction. But can lizards evolve fast enough to keep pace with global warming? Is there sufficient phenotypic variation in tropical lizard populations for selection to act upon? If so, what is the genomic basis of this variation?

They are conducting a large-scale transplant experiment aimed at measuring evolutionary change in real time, testing hypotheses about thermal adaptation and the evolutionary capacity of tropical animals in the face of rapid, catastrophic warming. We are looking for one or more interns to join us at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) as we sample lizards from a series of experimental islands in the Panama Canal. The internship will run from September through November, 2018, and is open to undergraduate or graduate students (or recent grads looking for additional field experience). Prior experience with hand-catching lizards is preferred, but not necessary, as is prior experience in the tropics (preferred but not necessary). We particularly encourage members of underrepresented groups (women, minorities, first-generation college students, etc.) to apply.

The intern will be integrated into an international team of evolutionary biologists and ecologists working on this project. The intern will be trained in a number of field and laboratory techniques. These include (but are not limited to) field capture and processing of live Anolis lizards, measuring morphological traits, respirometry, estimation of thermal tolerance and field body temperatures, habitat monitoring using a drone, tissue sampling and DNA preservation, and visual elastomer marking techniques for mark-recapture studies. In general, the intern will be exposed to a vibrant scientific atmosphere of dedicated, passionate researchers working in one of the most complex and pristine tropical environments on the planet.

The intern will apply through the STRIs internship program hereThe deadline for applications is March 15th. The internship stipend is $1000/month which comfortably covers room and board in Panama. There is no allowance specifically for travel. This program is competitive, with applications being evaluated by a committee of Smithsonian staff scientists. As such, there is no guarantee that any individual application will be approved. However, project PI Mike Logan (Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellow at STRI) will work with individual applicants to improve their essay and increase their chances at getting accepted. Please email Mike () for more information and to see if your interests match the goals of the project. Please attach your CV to the first email.

Three internship opportunities in the Muller-Landau lab in Panama (Posted 1/30/18)
Muller-Landau lab at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Review of applications will commence on February 15, 2018, and continue until the positions are filled.
For more information, go here.