Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities


Environmental Fellowships (Posted 10/5/17)
Smithsonian Institution
Apply by December 1, 2017
More information is available here.

Postdoc: UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 18-19AY Call for Applications - Deadline 11/1/17

The University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. To learn more about the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program go here

The application deadline is November 1, 2017. To apply online, go here.

2018 Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship - Santa Fe Institute (Posted 8/22/17)
Applications due by October 29, 2017
More information is available here.


Graduate - Internship Opportunities

Various Location(s)

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity (Posted 9/27/17)
The Nature Conservancy
Applications will be accepted from September 8, 2017 through November 6, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
For more information, go here.


Paid benthic ecology internship – Fall 2017
Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL

One paid intern position is available to work with Dr. Kelly Dorgan at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

The intern will be working on two projects investigating the role of bioturbating benthic invertebrates in 1) acoustic sound propagation through marine sediment, and 2) oil-contaminated habitat. Work will primarily be in the lab sorting and identifying macrofaunal samples and helping to quantify physical aspects of marine sediment (shell hash, porosity, carbon and nitrogen content). The position will likely include some field work as well. Applicants should have or be pursuing a BS degree in biology, marine science, or a similar field and have previous research experience. This position will be 40 hrs/week for 3 months. Start date is negotiable but should be between mid-October and Jan. 8. Review of applications will begin October 9 and continue until the position is filled.

Please apply here.

In addition, please send a CV to Erin Kiskaddon: ekiskaddon(at)disl.org

Graduate opportunity in urban forestry (Posted 9/27/17)

Dr. Christina Staudhammer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama is now inviting applications for a PhD position starting in fall 2018, to work on a project in urban forestry.

The benefits of urban forests to city-dwelling people include recreation, pollution, mitigation, energy savings, and water purification. However, fundamental questions still remain about the resistance and resilience of urban ecosystems to anthropogenic change, especially associated with projected alterations in global climate. A graduate student is sought to undertake dissertation work modeling ecosystem services provided by the urban forests of the southeastern US. The goal is to enhance our scientific understanding of the role of urban forests at local to regional scales, and how they contrast with those of natural forests.

It is expected that prospective graduate students will develop their own research plans and goals, and therefore should be self-motivated and independent. Students should be interested in combining field data collection with statistical modeling. Students should have a strong background in statistics and forest ecology, geography, or environmental science. A solid working knowledge of SAS and/or R is required, and those with strong quantitative skills will be given preference.

This position is primarily a Teaching Assistantship, supplemented by grant funding. However students are expected to apply for additional funding.

Interested students will earn a graduate degree from the Department of Biological Sciences. The project will also offer the opportunity to interact with researchers from the USDA forest service, as well as researchers across universities across the US.

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a college town of ~100,000, surrounded by extensive and varied forests. These forests, and the greater region, provide a wide range of recreational amenities including rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking and mountain biking.

To be eligible, students must meet the graduate admission requirements of the University of Alabama: an undergraduate GPA > 3.0 overall, 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program or 3.0 for a completed graduate degree program, and a 300 on the GRE. If interested, email a short summary of your research interests, an unofficial transcript from undergraduate (and post-graduate, if applicable) work, as well as a CV to Dr. Christina Staudhammer ().

Ph.D. Opportunity in Everglades Biogeochemical Cycles (Posted 8/31/17)

The Global Change Ecology Lab at the University of Alabama is seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to work on a long-term project within Everglades National Park, studying alterations in freshwater inputs and salt water intrusion. The student will have the opportunity to work with a multi-institutional group, including scientists from Florida International University, the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-term Ecological Research site, Pennsylvania Stata University, and the U.S. Park Service. The student will develop their own research foci within the scope of this long-term project, such as individual plant responses to anthropogenic pressures, regional biogeochemical modeling, or other areas related to the applicant’s interest.

The applicant should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (but a master’s degree is preferred) in ecology, atmospheric sciences, atmospheric chemistry or related field. A strong quantitative background is also required, with preference given to those with programming experience in R and/or SAS. The project is fully funded and includes: competitive stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance, with a projected start date of August 2018.

Interested candidates should contact Gregory Starr () and send a CV, letter of interest, research statement, and if possible a writing sample.

Ph.D. and M.S. Research Assistantships: Aquatic Ecology/Limnology (Posted 8/22/17)

Description: Two graduate research assistantships (Ph.D. or M.S.) in aquatic ecology/limnology are available in Alan Wilson’s lab at Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn, Alabama. Current lab research projects take advantage of our large field station that includes hundreds of aquaculture ponds and nearby recreational and drinking water reservoirs where we pursue basic and applied questions associated with understanding the ecological, evolutionary, and limnological mechanisms controlling the structure and function of freshwater plankton communities. Harmful algal blooms are the foci for many of our projects. My students are welcome to participate on existing projects, which include large-scale field experiments and monitoring, lab-based analytical analyses, and modeling, but are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects in addition to applying for external grants and fellowships.

He is motivated to maintain a productive, diverse lab and want to encourage students from under-represented groups to consider joining us. Moreover, lab members have numerous opportunities to engage students from institutions with limited research opportunities, students with disabilities, and students in financial need in their research and outreach projects through current NSF projects (REU, INCLUDES, S-STEM).

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be hard-working, honest, highly motivated, team-oriented, and excited about studying freshwater communities using lab and field-based approaches. Prior coursework in ecology and statistics, a strong interest in mentoring undergraduates and participating in outreach, and relevant research experiences (including analytical skills, such GC-MS, GC-FID, HPLC, ELISA) are desirable. Minimum qualifications include a B.S./B.A. (for M.S. position) or M.S. (for Ph.D. position) in Biology, Ecology, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater; and above average GRE scores (at least 50th percentile for quantitative and verbal; at least 4.0 for analytical writing).

Support: Graduate research assistantships include 12-month stipend and full tuition coverage.

Start date: Flexible but early 2018 would be ideal considering current projects

How to apply: Interested students are encouraged to email Alan Wilson () describing why the lab is a good fit for you by 1 November 2017 for full consideration. In addition, please include your CV, GRE scores, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references. 


Two graduate opportunities- PhD in fire ecology, MS in landslide ecology; both carbon and community ecology focused (Posted 8/22/17)
Buma Lab
University of Alaska
Fairbanks and Southeast
For more information, go here.


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M.S. Assistantship: Assessing forest health status of reforested bottomland hardwood (Posted 8/22/17)

The School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is seeking applicants for a M.S. Assistantship available beginning January 2, 2018. The assistantship is half time and carries an annual stipend of $15,000. Position #: 2018-003

Project: Wetlands provide many ecosystem services and functions including flood attenuation, erosion control, and wildlife habitat. As part of a multi-disciplinary research project, the student will evaluate current on-the-ground conditions of reforested wetland reserve easement stands established by the Natural Resource Conservation Service to restore these important ecosystems. The student will use existing or develop a variety of rapid assessment techniques including tree- and stand-health indices to determine how well those ecosystems meet desired ecological conditions and functions. Student’s thesis may focus on compositional diversity and effect of invasive species within these stands, compare structural heterogeneity and complexity among various watersheds, or focus on development of a silvicultural decision-support system for managing these stands. This is an opportunity to work closely with representatives from multiple conservation agencies to develop and refine management recommendations and assessment tools (including development of field guides) for our restored bottomland hardwood forests.

Requirements: Applicants must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses and satisfactory GRE scores. A B.S. degree in a natural resources-related field is also required. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license or obtain the same within 60 days of starting employment. Overnight travel is required as well as the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Location and Facilities: The School of Forestry & Natural Resources is located in Monticello, Arkansas in the southeastern portion of the state. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is also headquartered here, and is administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is the research and extension arm for forest-based programs within the State. Additionally, the USFS Arkansas Forestry Sciences Lab is located at the School. The School and Center maintain several state-of-the-art laboratories (hydrology, soil, quantitative analysis, silviculture, wildlife ecology & management) available for graduate research and education.

Application & Additional Information: Graduate program and application information can be found HERE. Applicants must be admitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and apply to the School of Forestry & Natural Resources before they can be considered for an assistantship. Applicants must submit all GRE scores, official transcripts, a statement of interests, and three letters of recommendation. Please indicate the position number above on all application materials and inquiries. For additional information, please contact: Mohammad Bataineh, Phone: (870) 460-1449, Email:


Ph.D. opportunities in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz (Posted 10/3/17)

Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1-2 Ph.D. students starting in Fall 2018 in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Zhu Lab works on a broad range of questions in global ecology and quantitative environmental sciences, at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes. Current research projects include large-scale responses to climate change in forests, long-term global change impacts on grasslands, land surface phenology from remote sensing, and soil fungi and trees in changing environments. More information is available here.

Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an important part of their development as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Zhu expects students to have previous research experience and some math/statistics and programming skills. However, in the Zhu Lab students will learn new methods and tools by working on projects, so the most important quality is the willingness to learn new skills.

The Ph.D. program in Environmental Studies is explicitly interdisciplinary, with expectations to engage in both natural and social sciences coursework and research. The department guarantees five years of stipend and fee support for graduate students. UC Santa Cruz ranks third worldwide for research influence and is located on the Monterey Bay, a national marine sanctuary, with numerous year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation (sailing, surfing, mountain bike riding, hiking, etc.). For information about program requirements, funding, and admissions, please consult the graduate program coordinator Lisa Birney (831-459-4136 or lmbirney at ucsc dot edu), the department websiteand the Graduate School website.

Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) before the admission deadline on December 15, 2017 with the following information: (1) research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) motivations to pursue a Ph.D. and ultimate career goals; (3) interests in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC; and (4) current CV, academic transcript, GRE score, and TOEFL score (if English is not the first language).

Postdoctoral Position in Evolutionary Responses to Environmental Change (Posted 9/27/17)
Campbell lab
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of California at Irvine
Job #JPF04298
Review of applications begins after October 26, 2017
More information is available here

Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Biology - Center for Population Biology (Posted 9/27/17)
Center for Population Biology
UC Davis
Job #JPF01868
Next review date: October 30th, 2017
More information is available here.  

Postdoctoral Scholar - ecosystem service benefits and liabilities of pollinator plantings (Posted 9/27/17)
Williams lab at UC Davis
Job #JPF01828
Next review date: September 30th, 2017
More information is available here

Ph.D. student - Agroecology and/or Conservation Science - UC Davis (Posted 9/27/17)

Seeking Ph.D. students interested in agro-ecology and/or conservation biology to join the Karp Lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. The Karp lab has a diversity of ongoing projects focused on (1) understanding patterns of bird biodiversity across climate and land-use gradients, (2) quantifying impacts of alternative agricultural practices on biodiversity-driven ecosystem services and disservices, and (3) identifying tradeoffs among biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform development of multi- functional landscapes.

Candidates with interest and/or experience in conservation science, ecosystem services, agro-ecology, community ecology, and/or countryside biogeography are encouraged to apply. If interested, please send a current CV with GPA and GRE scores and a brief (<1 page) statement describing your research interests to Daniel Karp (). Interested applicants would apply to UC Davis’s Graduate Group in Ecology, which is consistently ranked as one of the top ecology graduate programs in the United States. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2017.

Underrepresented groups, women, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of California, Davis is a Research I public university located in the Central Valley of California. Local ecological research activities are possible in the diverse farmland, forests, wetlands, and grasslands that typify the area. Easy access to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Trinity Alps, and the coast provide for a suite of recreational activities. Davis is also adjacent to Sacramento, a burgeoning metropolitan area, and close to San Francisco and Berkeley.

Postdoc in Soil Viral and Microbial Ecology (Posted 9/26/17)
Emerson Lab
University of California, Davis
Job #JPF01871
Next review date: October 19th, 2017
More information is available here

Postdoctoral Associate in hydrologic modeling & ecosystem services (Posted 7/24/17)
Natural Capital Project at Stanford
Duration: 12 months, with possibility of extension
Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and we expect to make a decision by Aug 31, 2017
More information is available here.

REU student for summer project at UCSB (Posted 6/7/17)

Looking for an NSF-REU student to work on several laboratory projects at UC Santa Barbara for two months (July/August; exact dates negotiable) of 2017. A stipend will be provided for housing, food, and amenities. These projects will be focused on soil and litter samples imported from the Mpala Research Centre’s Kenya Long-term Exclosure Experiment (KLEE), a 20-year herbivore experimental exclosure in Laikipia, Kenya; the projects themselves will enrich existing data sets being collected by several researchers both in the lab and in the field at the KLEE. 

Project details: the student will work directly with a PhD candidate in the Young lab in the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology department, on several projects.

-First: the student will learn to conduct and subsequently carry out microbial biomass

extractions on soil samples from the KLEE; these soils came from a variety of soil ‘types’

within four experimental herbivore exclosures, each of which excludes a different combination of large-bodied native and domestic herbivores. The data from this project (extractable soil carbon, soil organic matter, and extractable soil microbial biomass) will join a dataset detailing the soils’ potential microbial respiration rates, providing a rich combined dataset that will contribute to understanding why differences in soil microbial respiration occur in response to herbivore presence/absence on the landscape.

-Second: the student will work with dried grass litter from the KLEE, which had been

deployed in the field as a year-long litter decomposition experiment to explore the rate of carbon turnover in the field in response to herbivore presence/absence. These dried samples were deployed for between 1 and 12 months in 2015/2016, and have been stored in air-tight plastic bags at Mpala since. The student will grind, process and analyze the imported samples to determine their ratios of carbon to nitrogen, in order to illuminate the relative weight loss of each in response to herbivore treatment. 

The undergraduate student who receives this job must be interested in community ecology, ecosystems ecology (e.g. nutrient cycling), and learning new laboratory techniques. This student must be amenable to spending a lot of time in the lab, but there is also opportunity for several days of field work in the lower Sierras! This would take place with several Young lab graduate students in a local herbivore presence/absence experiment; this opportunity will give the REU student the chance to experience field work in an herbivore experiment first-hand and couple it with their experience working on samples from the KLEE; having the ability to experience both will round out the student’s overall experience researching the impacts of experimental herbivore ‘loss’ and land-use change on ecosystem carbon dynamics. 

If interested, please send an updated resume and a 2-paragraph explanation of your interest in ecology and the project at hand, plus any relevant experience you may have had, to . Provide your contact information and your availability for the months requested. The REU student would be expected to find housing in Santa Barbara (with logistical aid from the graduate student advisor) and be able to commit to a period of 2 months of work on the project. The available time window for this project is July through August, with limited flexibility on dates for either end. 


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Funded M.S. opportunity in human dimensions of forested landscapes (Posted 8/31/17)

Seeking an individual interested in pursuing a Masters of Science degree in partnership with an interdisciplinary project focused on tree and forest management. The graduate student thesis will focus on the human dimensions, community outreach, and decision support components of the project within a landscape ecology context. The assistantship is available through the Department of Natural Resources & the Environment at University of Connecticut. Start date is January 2018.

Applicants should have: 1) a background in natural resources, forest management, human dimensions of natural resources, and/or landscape ecology, 2) interest in applied research focused on the integration of human dimensions of natural resources, GIS, and spatial analysis, and 3) the ability to work both independently and as part of a research team. The student will be expected to present research results at professional conferences, publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and pursue extramural funding to supplement their assistantship, as appropriate. A working knowledge of GIS is preferred.

Interested students are encouraged to send: 1) a cover letter describing their professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking a Masters degree, 2) names and contact information for three references, 3) a current curriculum vitae, and 4) copies of transcripts and GRE scores directly to me (Anita Morzillo; ) as a single *.pdf document.

Unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores are sufficient for initial contact. GRE scores must be less than five years old, and are required for acceptance into the program. Potential students must have received a GPA equivalent to a 3.0/4.0 in the last 90 term (or 60 semester) hours of their Bachelors program. Do not submit materials to the UConn Graduate School at this time.

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, but materials must be received before 30 September 2017.

Interested individuals may learn more about the research program here.

Further information about the UConn Department of Natural Resources and the Environment may be found here.

Postdoc Positions in Global Biodiversity Science, Yale (Posted 7/24/17)

Several positions starting fall/winter 2017/18 are available associated with the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, Map of Life and the Jetz Lab. To apply please send, in one pdf, a short cover letter, CV and contact info for three referees to .

For questions or associated PhD opportunities contact . The final selection process will begin on 18 Aug 2017, but applications before this date are welcome and will be reviewed as received.

# Postdoc: Integrated models of biodiversity distributions and change. We are seeking a postdoc (2-3y) addressing questions and research opportunities surrounding uncertainty-assessed models of species (co-)occurrences over time. Project work would benefit from range of carefully curated biodiversity data sources and novel remotely sensed layers from associated NASA projects. Contingent on funding, the position may address specific GEO BON use cases in support of Species Populations Essential Biodiversity Variables. We are open to a candidate’s preferred taxa, regions, and questions and animal/plant and terrestrial/marine/freshwater expertise – qualifications and vision are more important than a specific system. We seek someone with as strong quantitative background and ability to traverse community- and single- species perspectives and spatial scales.

# Postdoc: Mountain biodiversity change. A postdoc position (1-2y) is available to address questions surrounding spatial patterns and temporal changes in global mountain biodiversity. This position will build on the data and infrastructure collaboration of the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment and Map of Life. Targeted work aims to document the evidence base and causes behind geographical mountain biodiversity patterns and to integrate information about change and protection in support of Target 4 of Sustainable Development Goal 15. The successful candidate will have excellent spatial biodiversity modelling skills and statistical background, first-hand experience with observational field data collection, knowledge of global change scenarios and models, and a passion for mountain biodiversity.

# Postdoc: Global macroevolution and macroecology. We are seeking a postdoc (2-3y) to work on questions of species and trait diversification and the evolution of niche-relevant traits in geographic space and across spatial scales. Focal taxa include vertebrates, but we are open to work on invertebrate or plant taxa. The candidate should have a strong background in phylogenetic comparative methods and rate-based diversification analyses and ideally prior experience in the assembly of phylogenies, geospatial analyses, and a solid natural history background. Familiarity with R, python, and bash is desirable, as are strong writing and verbal communication skills, a successful track-record of publications, and strong team-working skills.

Postdoctoral Research Scientist: Dryland Plant Community Traits in a Changing World (Posted 7/6/17)

The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES) at Yale University is seeking a postdoctoral research scientist to contribute to investigations into how plant traits of species from North American drylands have changed historically as a means to develop insights into how those species will respond to future climate change. Some potential questions we are interested in answering are:

1. How have leaf and root traits changed over time in response to increased drought and elevated CO2 associated with changing climate?
2. Are stress-tolerant species more resilient to climate change (e.g. has there been less change in leaf traits and root morphology in these species)?
3. Are trait responses to drought and CO2 contingent on growth form and geographic location?

The project is being conducted collaboratively between F&ES and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and funded by the Cullman Joint Doctoral Program. The postdoctoral scientist will have primary responsibility for collecting and analyzing the trait data and in collaboration with F&ES and NYBG faculty writing manuscripts for submission to journals.

The ideal applicant will have a Ph.D and background and strong interests in plant and community ecology and a record of high-quality research productivity. Previous research experience in trait-based community ecology is highly desirable, but not required. The successful applicant will have demonstrated the ability to work both as an independent investigator and as a team member.

Please send a cover letter, full CV, pdf(s) of relevant publications, and the names of 3 references (with phone numbers and email addresses) to William Lauenroth. One of your references must be your doctoral advisor. Please send all materials via email to: William K. Lauenroth, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University . Yale University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. 


Postdoc Quantitative Ecologist - UCF (Posted 9/7/17)

Seeking a postdoctoral researcher to predict changes in suitable habitat for sea turtle species nesting in the southeastern US, using a biophysical niche modeling approach. The researcher will integrate existing future SLR and storm surge models, urban growth models, and landscape change with predicted coastal nesting species distributions under climate change to assess future sea turtle nesting habitat vulnerability across southeastern coastal National Parks. Experience with correlative niche models, biophysical niche models, GIS, and statistical modeling desired. A PhD is required as well as mathematical and programming skills. The candidate should be able to work both independently and collaboratively with the principal investigators and NPS stakeholders. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at the University of Central Florida, as a part of the UCF Preeminent Postdoctoral Program (P3), and will work under the direction of Drs. Betsy von Holle and John Weishampel. The researcher will be expected to prepare results for peer reviewed journals as well as reports. There is the potential for novel, related project ideas to be developed, using the existing datasets and models. Appointment: Two years, contingent upon performance. Salary is $50K a year, plus benefits. As part of the P3 award, the postdoc will receive an additional $5K for professional development or to supplement research activities. To apply: Please send letter of interest including related skills, CV, contact information for three references in a single pdf to Betsy von Holle () Please include “Quantitative ecologist” in the email subject heading. Review of applications will begin 10/1/2017 and continue until the position is filled. 

University of Florida PhD Assistantship – Effects of Dams on Riverine Ecohydrology and Ecosystem Services in the Amazon (Posted 9/7/17)

The Watershed Ecology Lab at the University of Florida is seeking applicants for a 4-year PhD assistantship focused on the effects of hydropower development on riverine ecohydrology and ecosystem services (ES) provisioning in tropical river systems, with a focus on the Amazon basin. The selected student will apply observational and modeling approaches to develop and apply new methods to quantify hydrologic alteration and connect altered ecohydrology to ES by linking watershed and ES models/data. Expected scientific outcomes include new and improved tools for hydrologic impacts assessment, an improved understanding of the impacts of hydropower on ES in a globally important watershed, and a strong network of international research collaborators.

Applicants should have a master’s degree and quantitative expertise in watershed hydrology and modeling, ecosystem ecology, ecohydrology, environmental engineering, soil science, or a related field. Ideal applicants will have strong quantitative and modeling skills, excellent written and oral communication skills (as evidenced by publications and national/international conference presentations), and demonstrated success in pursuing research both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Experience in science communication is a plus, as is proficiency in written and spoken Portuguese and/or Spanish.

Assistantships include stipend, tuition, and benefits. Interested applicants should email Dr. David Kaplan by November 15th, 2017 with a copy of their CV and a brief statement (<500 words) outlining their interests, suitability, and availability for the assistantship. Note: support is contingent upon University and external funding cycles and will be confirmed by January 2018.

Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Dr. David Kaplan ().

Research Internships in Wetland Plant Ecology (Posted 8/22/17)

Research Internships in Wetland Plant Ecology Beginning September/October 2017 Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School

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

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

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

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

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

Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000 ha preserve, an outstanding regional library and a GIS lab. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological station atmosphere.

To apply for an internship in the agro-ecology lab, please provide the following: 1) a cover letter stating research interests, a description of previous research experience, and why you are interested in agro-ecology, 2) a resume or CV, and 3) two references by 29 Aug 2017. Please EMAIL applications to: Elizabeth (Betsey) Boughton, , Phone: 863-699-0242 ext 2

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 8/21/17)
Soil Microbiology Lab
University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
Immokalee, FL
Apply by September 1, 2017, but application review begins immediately
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 7/10/17)

University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, FL

A postdoctoral position is available with the Soil Microbiology Lab at the University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, FL, to examine the impact of agricultural management practices on the soil microbiology of citrus groves. The SWFREC is located in the in the heart of citrus and vegetable production in Florida and provides a unique opportunity to combine scientific research with the needs of the industry.

The project, which includes greenhouse and field studies, will evaluate the efficacy of soil microbial amendments on the improvement of tree root growth and nutrient uptake. The project will focus on integration of microbial community composition, soil chemistry, root metabolism, and plant growth data. Expertise in environmental microbial ecology, molecular methods, and bioinformatics is required. Experience in high-throughput amplicon sequencing, qPCR, and shotgun metagenomics is preferred.

The incumbent will develop hypotheses based on current literature, design and conduct experiments, perform work in the laboratory, greenhouse, and field, analyze data, and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral associate will work independently with minimal supervision. This is a one-year position, but may be extended up to three years, dependent on funding.

Experimental design
Sample collection and processing
Data analysis and interpretation
Review of relevant literature
Preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
Minimum qualifications:
PhD in bioinformatics, environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, or biogeochemistry
Expertise in bioinformatics for environmental microbiology
Experience with unix/command line
Evidence of effective scientific writing and publication in English

Preferred qualifications: Experience in soil microbiology, experience with R, proficiency in programming (perl or python), experience with grant writing

Advertised salary: $50,000 plus benefits
Open date: September 1, 2017, but application review begins immediately
Special instructions to applicants: Interested persons should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references, including contact information, to Dr. Sarah Strauss (). 


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MS/PhD Fellowship on fire and ecosystem services in Hawaii (Posted 9/27/17)
Oleson and Trauernicht labs
University of Hawaii Manoa
For more information, go here.

Plant Ecology field/lab volunteer position with USGS, Hawaii (Posted 9/7/17)

This volunteer position starts October 1, 2017 and lasts 6 months; housing and per diem are provided. We are looking for a motivated intern with field/lab experience to work on a project in mid-elevation mesic forest on Hawaii Island relating to invasive plants, native birds, and ecosystem restoration. In particular, the work focuses on how plant-soil interactions and bird dispersal of native seed affect native understory regeneration in Acacia koa reforestation projects, therefore previous experience with plant/soil sampling and labwork is desirable. Field responsibilities include: collecting plant survey data, maintaining and collecting seedrain traps, outplanting experimental plants, collecting plant foliar and litter samples, weedwacking grass, soil coring. Field sites are in Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge at 5000-7000 ft elevation and may be cold and wet OR hot and dry depending on time of year. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, hike over rough terrain long distances carrying field gear, navigate using GPS/compass, and drive a 4x4 automatic vehicle on unpaved roads. Lab responsibilities include: grinding plant material, soil sieving, soil extractions, data entry, processing seed rain samples, processing bird fecal samples for seed. Compensation is $1040/month per diem and housing is provided in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or at Hakalau depending on field schedule; transportation provided to and from work and to Hilo for supplies. Airfare is only provided from Oahu to Hilo. There is no WIFI at the field site. To apply, please send AS A SINGLE DOCUMENT 1. brief cover letter highlighting relevant experience and why you are interested in the position, 2. resume, and 3. name, address, phone number, and email address of at least 3 references to Dr. Stephanie Yelenik, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, . Applications will be considered as they are received to fill the position quickly, and priority given to those who can start in October.

Postdoc in fungal ecology (Posted 7/11/17)
Amend Lab
Department of Botany
University of Hawaii at Manoa
More information can be found here.


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Purdue Post-doctoral Scholars in Natural Resources (1-2 positions) (Posted 9/27/17)
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Job #JPF04298
The deadline for receiving completed applications is October 16, 2017.
More information is available here

Fellow: Research Scientist, Invasive Species Ecology (Posted 8/31/17)
Environmental Resilience Institute
Indiana University
Apply by October 15, 2017
More information is available here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Watershed Hydrologic Modeling (Posted 8/29/17)
Department of Geography
Indiana University - Bloomington
October 15, 2017
More information is available here.

M.S. assistantship, aquatic ecology, Ball State University (Posted 8/22/17)

The Wyatt Lab in the Department of Biology at Ball State University has an opening for a NSF funded MS Graduate Research Assistantship to study aquatic ecology in Alaskan wetlands. Ideally, the successful applicant will have a background in aquatic ecology and a willingness to work in both field and laboratory settings. The multidisciplinary nature of this project provides research opportunities for students with a broad range of interests (algal ecology, microbial ecology, food webs, and biogeochemistry). The field portion of the research will be conducted in partnership with the Long-term Ecological Research Program at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the position will require travel to Alaska for summer research. Please see the lab website for more details here.

If you are interested in this position please send your CV and a short statement summarizing your qualifications and research interests to Dr. Kevin Wyatt at . Application requirements can be found here. Preferred start date is January (spring semester) or May (summer semester) 2018.

PhD and MS Assistantships: Aquatic Ecology - Purdue University (Posted 7/14/17)

Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Lafayette, IN, USA seeks Graduate student (PhD or MS) assistantships available to participate in research projects exploring dynamics of fish and invertebrates. These projects involve an integration of field studies, laboratory analyses, controlled experiments and quantitative modeling analyses.

Specific research topics include: 1) Linking land-use and river characteristics to distributions of freshwater mussels (in collaboration with Indiana DNR).
2) Factors influencing intra-specific variation of life history and trophic traits of fishes.

Selected individuals will enroll in Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in West Lafayette, IN.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a BS (for MS position) or MS (for PhD position) in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries Science, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater; and above average GRE scores (at least 50th percentile for quantitative and verbal; at least 4.0 for analytical writing).

Salary: Assistantships include 12-month stipend, full tuition coverage, and insurance.

Start date: January 2018.

How to Apply: The positions will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please respond by 1-September-2017 and submit cover letter, CV, GRE scores (unofficial), transcript (unofficial), and names and contact numbers of three references to Tomas Höök (; 765-496-6799; http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~thook).


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Postdoctoral Researcher (Posted 10/3/17)
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
Auto req ID: 10096BR
Application review begins November 1, 2017. To ensure consideration, apply prior to the review date.
For more information, go here

Post-Doctoral Researcher - Multi-trophic Responses in Restored Grasslands (Posted 9/7/17)
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS
Applications review will begin 09/22/2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here.


Postdoctoral and Masters graduate student positions in phytoplankton and sensors (Posted 7/7/17)

“SENSE” is a research program funded by NSF that builds on previous cyberinfrastructure to address water quality issues shared between Kentucky and West Virginia. The overarching goal is to utilize advanced aquatic sensor systems and apply resulting data to emerging environmental problems. We are working toward a greater understanding and optimizing the food-energy-water nexus (INFEWs) with specific emphasis on nutrient loads and warm water interacting to influence algal communities, including harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs). New infrastructure focuses on the latest generation of sensors to measure real-time or near real-time water quality parameters including phosphorus, nitrogen, and algal metrics. Our emphasis is on Kentucky Lake where we have a long-term (28 years) monitoring program that includes all the major nutrients, zooplankton, and algae. . Real- monitoring (15 min interval) has occurred since 2005. The positions are located at Murray State University’s Hancock Biological Station (HBS) on Kentucky Lake, about 15 miles from the main campus. HBS has a fulltime staff of 6 including a database manager, water chemist, field tech and other support staff. More about HBS is on their website here.

The project is funded for 4 years. Positions are now immediately available for both a Postdoctoral Research Associate and a Masters graduate student. There will be opportunities for both the Postdoc and MS student to develop their own research within the scope of the grant. Funds are available to present at national meetings and cover publication costs. The Postdoctoral position includes a wide range of fringe benefits. The MS position includes a stipend and tuition and most fees. The MS candidate will have the option of residing at HBS.

The Postdoc should have a background in phycology, particularly phytoplankton. Experience with water quality sensors is a plus and well as is experience with large data sets. The MS candidate should have an undergraduate degree with emphasis in environmental biology or computer science.

For more information, contact David S. White, Professor, Biological Sciences, Director, Hancock Biological Station, www.murraystate.edu/hbs, Commonwealth Endowed Chair, Phone: 270-809-2272 


Seeking grad student in coastal plant ecology (Posted 8/21/17)
Department of Biology
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Apply by September 1, 2017
For more information, go here.


PhD Position in Avian Evolutionary Ecology (Posted 8/31/17)

The Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP) is looking for a Ph.D. student in evolutionary ecology to start January 2018. The successful candidate will supervise field crews across the Northeast US (Maine to Virginia) and assess variation in the demographic rates of tidal marsh sparrows with respect to marsh restoration and various environmental gradients. The position will be in the Olsen lab at the University of Maine, with close collaboration with Dr. Adrienne Kovach at the University of New Hampshire  and an opportunity for molecular training and co-advisement. The student will also work closely with SHARP, a collaborative group of researchers studying tidal marsh bird ecology and conservation across the Northeast. The student will be based primarily in Orono, Maine during the academic year, an hour to the ocean and an hour and a half to Maine’s highest peak.

The successful applicant will have extensive mist-netting experience (previous time as a federal banding subpermittee strongly preferred) and the demonstrated ability to supervise technicians in the field. Strong organizational skills, intellectual curiosity, and an undying love (or at least tolerance) of mud, bugs, and the soul-cleansing fires of fieldwork are a must. The ability to work well with a large variety of biological professionals at wildlife refuges, state and federal agencies, and universities is also necessary. An M.S. in a related field is preferred, but qualified candidates with extensive experiences will be considered regardless. Previous training in molecular methods, or an interest in learning about ecological genomics and applying it to field-relevant questions is also encouraged.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for at least three references to with “Evolutionary Ecology Student Search” as the subject line.


Student Intern or Independent Contractor to Develop Property Management Plans (Posted 8/29/17)
NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, Inc.
Towson, MD
More information is available here.


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Forest Landscape Ecology (Posted 9/29/17)
Jonathan Thompson’s Landscape Ecology Lab
Harvard Forest
Petersham, MA
Harvard University
More information is available here

Postdoc: A Prototype Data Assimilation System for the Terrestrial Carbon Cycle (Posted 9/27/17)
Ecological Forecasting lab
Boston University
More information is available here

Postdocs: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Posted 8/31/17)

Eighteen-month Postdoctoral Scholar awards are offered annually to recipients of new or recent doctorates in the fields of chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and biology as well as oceanography. The competitive awards are designed to further the education and training of the applicant with primary emphasis placed on the individual’s research promise.

PROGRAM: These awards carry special recognition at the Institution. Each recipient is encouraged to pursue his or her own research interests in association with a member of the resident staff. Each awardee is provided with office and laboratory space in close proximity to an appropriate member of the resident staff who acts as sponsor and general advisor throughout the award period.

ELIGIBILITY: New or recent recipients of a doctoral degree with interests in the oceanographic sciences or engineering are eligible. Usually, scientists with more than three to four years of postdoctoral experience are not considered eligible for these awards.

STIPEND: Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $58,500 per year for an 18-month appointment, plus a relocation allowance. All appointees are eligible for group health and dental insurance. In addition, limited support is available for travel expenses, equipment, supplies and special services.

APPLICATION: Completed applications will be accepted up to September 20, 2017 for consideration for Postdoctoral Scholar Awards for 2018-2019. In addition to the application form, the following are
required: a current CV or resume; a minimum of three non-WHOI recommendations; a concise statement describing research interests, in particular those that the applicant would like to pursue at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as more general career plans; and a brief synopsis of their doctoral dissertation. Announcement of awards will be made by December 1st.

TENURE: Recipients of awards can initiate their study and research period at the Institution any time after January 1, 2018 and before December 1, 2018.

Further information and application forms may be obtained through the Academic Programs section of the WHOI webpages here, or by contacting: the WHOI postdoctoral coordinator via telephone [(508) 289-2950] or e-mail ().

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Organization

2 postdocs at UMass Amherst; plant-pollinator-pathogen interactions (Posted 8/22/17)

Plan to hire two postdoctoral researcher positions to begin in Jan-March 2017. One of these positions is funded by the USDA to evaluate and develop sunflower pollen as a treatment for pathogens in bumble and honey bees. Interested applicants should have experience working with honey and/or bumble bees in field or lab settings; experience working with bee pathogens and communicating with beekeepers and/or growers is also desirable. The other is funded by NIH from the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) panel to test models predicting disease transmission via manipulations of bee traits, floral traits, and plant-pollinator network characteristics. Interested applicants should have experience working in plant-pollinator or pollinator-pathogen interactions, and ideally experience conducting experiments with multiple bee species. For both positions, desirable additional qualifications include a strong record of publishing research in quality journals, expertise in R and statistical analysis, and an interest in mentoring undergraduate research.

UMass Amherst has a vibrant intellectual community and strong graduate program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB). These are benefited, full-time positions. Salary would be determined by previous experience, but no less than $47,476 annually.

This is not an official job advertisement, but she is posting because she will be at ESA in Portland next week and would be happy to meet with interested applicants there. The official ads will come out in early September. If you are interested, please contact me at

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Forest Landscape Ecology (Posted 6/2/17)
Jonathan Thompson’s Landscape Ecology Lab
Harvard Forest
Petersham, MA
More information can be found here.


Postdoc in spatial ecology, at KBS LTER (Posted 9/27/17)

A postdoctoral position is available in the Haddad Lab at the Kellogg Biological Station of Michigan State University. A general feature of our lab is research at the interface of basic and applied ecology. They recently moved to KBS to advance research within our LTER. They are seeking a population or community ecologist to work on experimental and observational studies associated with the LTER and set within agricultural landscapes. The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will include 1) analysis of community, ecosystem, and environmental data collected at the 28 year old LTER at Kellogg Biological Station and 2) design and implementation of experiments in spatial/landscape ecology either within or connected with the LTER. Requirement: experience in the design and implementation of field experiments. Other qualifications: experience within large-scale experiments and knowledge of population and community ecology (of insects or other taxa).

The Kellogg Biological Station is located in Hickory Corners, MI ~65 miles from the main campus. KBS is home to 14 resident faculty, graduate students, postdocs, research staff, visiting research scientists, and many summer undergraduates. Research covers a broad spectrum of ecology, evolution, and conservation.

Salary: $47,000 - $51,000 plus benefits

The position is for one year initially, with renewal dependent on performance. Start date is January 1, 2018. Interested applicants should email a CV, a brief statement of research interests and accomplishments, and the names and contact information of two references to Nick Haddad (). Review of applications will begin October 20, 2017 and continue until filled. Anticipated start date is January 8, 2018.

Michigan State University, Kellogg Biological Station, and the Haddad Lab work to develop a climate that supports equality and diversity. MSU is an Affirmative-Action, Equal-Opportunity Employer

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities (2) - Modeling Harmful Algal Blooms (University of Michigan, CIGLR) (Posted 7/24/17)

Two Postdoctoral Fellowships: Modeling of Harmful Algal Blooms Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research School for Environment and Sustainability University of Michigan Two postdoctoral fellowships are available for highly qualified individuals to join the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) to develop models that help forecast HAB development, transport, and impacts on human health in the Great Lakes. The two postdoctoral fellows will focus on complementary aspects of HAB modeling: A) The Biophysical Modeler will improve model elements related to algal vertical migration, growth, and toxicity within the FVCOM 3-D forecasting model that drives the Lake Erie HAB-Tracker tool. This position requires a Ph.D. in physical science, biological science, or engineering and a minimum of two years of experience in physical computer modeling, including simulation and analysis of hydrodynamic processes (e.g., FORTRAN-based simulation of currents, water temperature, waves, etc.) and familiarity with a linux/unix parallel modeling environment. Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated ability to perform complex data analysis in a scripting environment using software such as R, Python, IDL, or Matlab, and to quantify uncertainty. B) The Statistical Modeler will develop new probabilistic models that help predict relationships between nutrient inputs and HAB growth and toxicity, and incorporate approaches for model skill assessment and uncertainty analysis. This position requires a Ph.D. in physical science, biological science, or engineering and experience and experience with data analysis and visualization in a scripting environment using R, Python, or similar software. Preference will be given to candidates that have experience with contemporary statistical modeling approaches (Bayesian networks, causal analysis, hierarchical models, random forests, model averaging), including experience with water quality modeling and nutrient load estimation. In addition to model development, postdoctoral fellows will assist with field planning, experimental design, and the development and transition of research products to real-time application. Postdocs will be expected to maintain strong records of scholarly publication, as records of presentation at scientific conferences and public meetings. CIGLR is one of 16 Cooperative Institutes in the United States that represent partnerships between NOAA and academic institutions. Since 1989, CIGLR has been hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where it is collocated with its sponsor, NOAA GLERL. CIGLR’s mission is to help government researchers at NOAA GLERL accomplish their research in the Great Lakes by enhancing collaborations with academic scientists at U of M, as well as other institutions throughout the Great Lakes. The postdoctoral fellowships offer a highly competitive salary with benefits, and the positions will be physically located at NOAA 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. To apply, applicants should prepare the following materials: • Cover letter specifying the position to which you are applying (Biophysical or Statistical Modeler), qualifications related to that position, and research accomplishments. • Curriculum vitae • Contact information for three professional references • Two representative publications The deadline for applications is September 1, 2017. Email your application to: Mary Ogdahl Program Manager, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research School for Environment and Sustainability University of Michigan The University of Michigan is a Non‐Discriminatory/ Affirmative Action Employer. Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. 


Post-Doctoral Associate - Symbiosis and Plant Response to Climate Change (Posted 9/7/17)
University of Minnesota
Job ID: 319039
For more information, go here.

Post Doctoral Research Associate - Urban Agriculture (Posted 8/21/17)
Biology Department
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN
Position Number: 330183
Review of applications will begin on September 1 and continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here.

Post-Doctoral Associate - Ecology - 2 positions (Posted 6/27/17)
University of Minnesota
Job ID: 317491
More information is available here.


Postdoctoral Associate - At-Risk Species Distribution Modeling (Posted 8/22/17)
Quantitative Ecology & Spatial Technologies Laboratory
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture
Mississippi State University
Job No. 496078
More information is available here.


MS Assistantship -- Aquatic ecology (Posted 9/29/17)

Description: A MS position is available in the Davenport lab to study the effects of predator phenology on experimental food webs. The focal aspects of the research will pertain to responses of lower trophic levels and ecosystem function within pond ecosystems. The field component of the research will be conducted in the Missouri Ozarks and the experimental work will be completed on campus at Southeast Missouri State University.

Coursework will be carried out at Southeast Missouri State University and the field season will be from early September-late June. The student will also have additional research and outreach opportunities such as participating in long-term monitoring of wetland vertebrate populations and additional food web research. The position begins in the January 2018. This position will be supported by a grant funded RA position that includes an annual stipend and full tuition waiver.

Qualifications: Prospective students should have prior experience in field biology, familiarity with zooplankton sampling and identification, a working knowledge of statistics, demonstrate good communication skills and be willing to work with others in humid environments. Prior experience in surveys of pond-breeding amphibians and invertebrates is preferred but not required. Prospective students should also possess a valid U.S. passport and driver’s license. A B.S. in biology, ecology or wildlife biology is required with a GPA >3.0. Applicant must meet admittance criteria set by the Southeast Missouri State University Graduate School and Biology graduate program.

Application materials: Interested applicants should email the following items to Dr. Jon Davenport () by November 1: 1) cover letter detailing past research experience and professional goals, 2) CV or resume, 3) 2 references, and 4) unofficial transcripts.


Internship: Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program (seasonal) (Posted 9/29/17)
Ecology Project International (EPI)
Missoula, MT
Applications will be accepted through October 4, 2017
For more information, go here.


M.S. Assistantship in Social-Ecological Systems (Posted 9/26/17)

Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit within the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team that aims to understand spatial and temporal patterns and dynamics in a social- ecological system. The Valentine National Wildlife Refuge (VNWR), located in north-central Nebraska, represents an important social- ecological system that is managed for multiple purposes and visitors. However, it is unclear how visitors may differ in their spatial and temporal use of the VNWR. The successful candidate will 1) quantify visitor use within this tractable system, 2) identify the types of visitors and how they use the VNWR, and 3) explore spatial and temporal interactions among visitors across the VNWR landscape. Data will be collected using a suite of on- and off-site methods. Individuals interested in social-ecological systems, landscape ecology, behavioral ecology, environmental sciences, and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Collaboration with agency, academic, and general public entities will be required. Applicants must hold a valid driver’s license and pass a university drivers background check. Please email a single document including a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Mark Kaemingk () and Dr. Kevin Pope ().
Applications will be reviewed when received and the position will remain open until filled. Expected start date of January 2018.

Graduate Research Opportunities in the Russo Lab (Posted 8/31/17)

The Russo Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking masters or PhD students interested in conducting research in the following areas.

Plant-Soil Feedbacks – This project investigates interactions between grasses and agricultural crops with the soil microbial community. A variety of approaches (field, greenhouse, genomic, and experimental) are being used to address questions ranging from identifying patterns of soil and rhizosphere microbial diversity, to investigations of mechanisms involved in plant-soil feedbacks, especially under stress.

Nebraska Forest Dynamics and Management – This project involves establishing permanent forest monitoring plots in Nebraskan forests as part of the Smithsonian ForestGEO plot network in order to build models that integrate vital rates and environmental drivers to describe and forecast changes in forest composition and function and that aid in developing adaptive management plans for forest conservation.

Functional Traits of Bornean Tree Species – This project involves quantification of leaf, stem, and root functional traits of tree species in Borneo at the Lambir ForestGEO plot to predict tree growth and survival using tree physiological models and to scale up to forest dynamics.

These projects involve multi-disciplinary collaborative teams and offer the opportunity to gain skills in areas such as microbial ecology, bioinformatics, genomics, geographic information systems, and modeling, in addition to ecology. Potential applicants should email Sabrina Russo () with a description of their research interests and experience, and a resume summarizing previous coursework and listing any publications. See here and here for information on how to apply.


PhD & Post-doctoral Positions in Forest Community & Ecosystem Ecology (Posted 9/29/17)

The Bisbing Forest Ecosystem Science lab at the University of Nevada – Reno (UNR, seeks highly motivated, independent candidates for PhD and post-doctoral work on Great Basin forest stand dynamics and ecosystem response to climate change. Research will investigate woody plant functional trait variation across mountain environmental gradients to identify thresholds of tolerance to climate, disturbance, and extended drought. We will evaluate relationships between species and functional diversity at within- and among-community scales to allow for identification of mechanisms of species’ establishment and success for predicting forest ecosystem dynamics and response to climate change. Long-term permanent plot sampling will be paired with common garden trials, manipulative greenhouse experiments, and predictive modeling to address these research objectives.

Sampling will occur along elevational gradients in four Great Basin Mountain Ranges (Spring, Sheep, Snake, and Ruby Mountains). Research will require extensive time in the field at high elevation, across rugged terrain, and in extreme arid environments. The successful candidates must have field experience and be comfortable spending extended periods of time traveling to and from remote field sites and working in the backcountry. Ideal candidates will have experience with dendrochronology, greenhouse work, and/or biogeochemical research. Applicants should have an excellent academic record, a strong interest in forest and landscape ecology, and a desire to improve quantitative and writing skills.

PhD Position: The primary responsibilities of the PhD candidate will be establishing field sites, collecting annual ecological data, and maintaining common garden and greenhouse experiments. The successful candidate must apply to the PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology. Preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s degree, evidence of success in establishing a scientific study, and strong quantitative skills. Applicants should have a BS and/or MS in ecology, biology, environmental science, or related field. This position is funded through a combination of research & teaching assistantships.

Post-Doctoral Position: The post-doctoral scholar will assist in study establishment, training of graduate student researchers, and grant and manuscript writing. Ample opportunities exist for pursuit of independent research questions within the project framework.

Anticipated start date of January 2018 but with flexibility up to June 2018.

To apply, please send (1) a letter of interest, including: research interests, career goals, and relevant past experiences; (2) a CV; (3) GRE scores (PhD only); (4) unofficial academic transcripts; and (5) contact telephone numbers and email addresses for three references. Submit application materials as a single pdf file to Dr. Sarah Bisbing at . Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

PhD in restoration genetics, University of Nevada, Reno (Posted 6/27/17)

The Parchman lab at the University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting a PhD student to conduct population genetic and genomic analyses on a suite of native plants in the Great Basin Desert. The student would be advised by Dr. Thomas Parchman (Department of Biology) and co-advised by Dr. Elizabeth Leger (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences).

This work, funded by a USDA NIFA grant, aims to determine the phenotypes and evolutionary histories that enhance seedling establishment and to analyze the genetic structure and diversity of native plant populations to inform restoration practices. Ideal applicants would have strong interest in plant evolutionary genetics and some or all of the following qualifications (or a strong desire to learn these skills): 1) Molecular genetic laboratory experience, 2) Programming experience in R, Unix, and/or Perl (or Python), 3) interest in the ecology and evolutionary biology of Great Basin native plants 4) Past experience or strong interest in restoration ecology and restoration genetics.

UNR has a strong interdisciplinary PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (http://environment.unr.edu/eecb/). Graduate students accepted into the EECB program are guaranteed financial support through Teaching Assistantships (TAs), which includes health insurance and an out-of-state tuition waiver. For this position, funds are additionally available for a number of semesters will be available through Research Assistantships (RAs). The successful applicant could begin the PhD program as soon as Fall 2017, with the possibility of joining the lab sooner as a technician.

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is a Tier I research university located in a spectacular environment at the confluence of the Great Basin and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The faculty and graduate students at UNR are highly interactive and include an internationally known group of evolutionary biologists and ecologists. The Parchman lab has recently been renovated, and is equipped with ample (and new) molecular and computational resources for modern genome sequence analysis. They are also located in an ideal setting for field-based projects in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada regions, allowing enviable access to spectacular montane and desert ecosystems. Reno is only 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe, offers a high quality of living, an excellent climate, and is a large enough city to offer diverse activities and amenities. World class rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking opportunities are in extremely close proximity.

Interested applicants should send a CV, copies of transcripts, and a statement of research experience and interests to Tom Parchman () and Elizabeth Leger (). Consideration will begin immediately and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


Two graduate students wanted to study soil carbon (Posted 9/27/17)
Hicks Pries Lab
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
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Ph.D. position in invasion ecology & species interactions - Prior lab (Posted 8/22/17)

Interested in Invasion Ecology? The Prior lab at Binghamton University (SUNY) is seeking a Ph.D. student to work on projects related the role of tri-trophic interactions (host plants and parasitoids) in facilitating the success of an invasive insect. We ask questions about invasion success in an excellent, tractable study system in which we can make comparisons of species interactions between the invader’s native and introduced ranges. We work out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest (PNW), spending time on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and in Washington State.

Seeking a highly-motivated Ph.D. student who is interested in global change ecology, species interactions, plant-insect interactions, experimental ecology, and importantly who is excited about asking ecological questions and conducting research in the field. Students with field experience, who are proficient in statistics, have proven writing and communication skills, and who are self-motivated and independent will be the most competitive. Also, particularly interested in students who can start in the field this up-coming field season (summer 2018).

The student will be based at Binghamton University (State University of New York), in Vestal, NY and will travel to the PNW for fieldwork. The student will be in the Biological Sciences Department and be a part of the EEB (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) group.

BU is located in the Southern Tier of NY and is one of the four major University Centers in the SUNY system.

*Will be at ESA in Portland, email me if you would like to meet to chat about the opportunity (). Otherwise, please email me a cover letter stating your interests, your CV, and GPA and GRE scores. Please put “Graduate Assistantship” in the subject line of the email.


Grad Assistantship- NC State (Posted 9/29/17)

This is a re-posting, expanded to recruit PhD applicants. A graduate assistantship (PhD or MS) is available in the Watershed Ecology Lab in the Dept. of Forestry and Env. Resources at NC State. Candidates should be interested in the intersection of the natural, agricultural, and built environments, particularly with respect to water resources and forests. Students should have a background in ecology, environmental science, or a related discipline, and good quantitative skills. Spatial analysis, including GIS are preferred. If interested, please contact and include a brief biosketch, (degree, GPA, GRE, and TOEFL scores), and an overview of your motivation for this position, including project ideas. Members of historically underrepresented identities are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed from Sept. 30 until a selection is made. 

PhD Assistantship - Social science approaches to understanding long-term hurricane recovery  (Posted 9/29/17)

Now recruiting MS or PhD student for community engagement research focused on long-term recovery from Hurricane Matthew - North Carolina State University

Start date: Spring 2018 or Fall 2018

Research Area: Building Resilience and Innovation through Diverse Group Engagement

This project aims to understand how concern for justice fits into natural disaster resilience. The selected student will use participatory mapping and video methods to understand whether communities are able to define and create solutions to long-standing structural inequities as part of disaster recovery plans. The strongest candidates will bring their own ideas to an emerging research project focused on long-term recovery from Hurricane Matthew in NC. The selected student will show promise as a researcher able to communicate in academic channels and to work and live in a multiracial community. Dr. Cutts will consider MS candidates with work or volunteer experience that indicates promise as a scholar and would be contribute to project goals. PhD-level applicants should have a MS in geography, sociology, community development, public health, Native American studies, parks, recreation and tourism management or a related field. An emerging record of publication and promise as an interdisciplinary scholar are highly desired.

To learn more: Please email with a (a) resume or CV, (b) contact information for three professional references, and (c) a letter that outlines your interest and previous experience as it relates to any of the following: knowledge of rural North Carolina (ii) flood and hurricane damage, and (iii) ideas of resilience, vulnerability, environmental justice, and natural disasters. Please also highlight any experience making and editing video, or working with geographic information systems (GIS). Use the subject line “Student opportunity addressing Long-term Recovery from Hurricane Matthew.” Competitive candidates will be contacted for additional information.

MS Student Position- NC State (Posted 9/26/17)

Candidates for an MS position will be considered to begin in the Spring or Fall of 2018 in the Watershed Ecology Lab in the Dept. of Forestry and Env. Resources at NC State . Candidates should be interested in the intersection of the natural, agricultural, and built environments, particularly with respect to water resources and forests. Students should have a background in ecology, environmental science, or a related discipline, and good quantitative skills. Spatial analysis, including basic GIS are preferred. If interested, please contact and include a brief biosketch, (degree, GPA, GRE, and TOEFL scores), and an overview of your motivation for this position, including project ideas. Members of historically underrepresented identities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Graduate student recruitment, Tucker lab at UNC-Chapel Hill (Posted 8/31/17)

Currently recruiting 1-2 students for PhD positions in my lab (carolinemtucker.com) in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The Tucker lab works on a broad range of questions under the umbrella of community ecology, especially functional and phylogenetic approaches to ecology, mechanisms for multispecies coexistence, and the interaction of species traits, the environment, and coexistence. Students should be interested in developing projects using aquatic microcosms of zooplankton communities. There is flexibility in terms of projects and students are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects and research directions within the lab’s general area of work.

It is desirable for students to have previous research experience, some coding experience (R, etc.), and some undergraduate level math and/or statistics training.

Chapel Hill offers world-class research opportunities with a good (and relatively inexpensive) quality of life. Chapel Hill, along with Durham and Raleigh, forms the Research Triangle region of NC, which attracts a diverse group of people and cultures.

Chapel Hill has a warm climate with mild winters, is within hours of both mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to a great diversity of flora and fauna.

Interested students should contact me first to discuss research interests and qualifications. Please email and tell her a little about your past research experience and interests, as well as your GPA & GRE scores, CV, and any other relevant information.

Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research: Integrating Social and Environmental Sciences (Posted 8/22/17)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Reference Code: EPA-ORD-IOAA-SHC-2017-01
Triangle Park, NC
The desired start date is October 2, 2017.
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Associate- Quantitative Biodiversity Ecologist (Posted 8/21/17)
Nicholas School of the Environment - Durham
Duke University
Durham, NC
Apply by January 19, 2018
For more information, go here.


PhD or MS Graduate Assistantship – Restoration of Highly Degraded Landscapes (Posted 6/7/17)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ryan Limb, Assistant Professor – Range Science

Location: Range Program, School of Natural Resource Sciences, North Dakota State University

Description: Seeking multiple PhD or MS students to be part of an inter-disciplinary team investigating reclamation strategies for severely degraded landscapes in Northern Great Plains ecosystems. Energy exploration and development is a consistent disturbance on private and public grasslands throughout the Great Plains. However, within the Northern Great Plains invasive species and altered disturbance regimes that historically shaped and maintained these grasslands have been altered or completely removed. This student will have the opportunity to investigate soil and vegetation properties on reference and degraded landscapes to better understand mechanisms both facilitating and limiting successful reclamation.

Research findings will be used to formulate best management practices and policy recommendations for private companies and government agencies on how to better restore their lands to promote diversity and ecosystem services.

Qualifications include a desire to conduct ecological research and a strong academic background. The student will be expected to work well independently and with an interdisciplinary team. This student will interact with other graduate students on the project and will be required to supervise a minimum of one technician annually. Evidence of excellent written and analytical skills are strongly desired. Experience in vegetation sampling is necessary and the most competitive applicants will have experience working with plants and soils. Familiarity and experience with programs PC-ord, and R is preferred.

The assistantship will commence in either Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. The successful candidate will be provided will be paid a competitive stipend and full tuition waiver.

In order to be considered for this position, the following application materials must be submitted to Dr. Limb (): 1. A letter of interest (1 page maximum) 2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts 3. GRE scores 4. A curriculum vitae 5. An example of your writing 6. Names of 3 individuals who will provide you with references.

Applications will be considered as they are received.


Two PhD Positions in Aquatic Ecology (Posted 9/27/17)

Hood Lab, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University

Recruiting two Ph.D. students interested in developing dissertations focused broadly on how global change drivers (e.g., land use, nutrient loading, climate warming, etc.) influence organisms and the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. There is considerable flexibility in developing dissertation topics; however, I am particularly interested in recruiting students interested in several new research questions focused on: (a) nutrient cycling and metabolism in rivers, (b) the influence of nutrient loading and climate change on Lake Erie plankton communities, (c) the interactive effects of temperature and nutrients on autotrophic metabolism. Interested candidates should review their website and contact Jim Hood for more information.

The ideal candidates will be highly motivated and honest with a strong background in ecology and freshwater science and an interest in ecosystem ecology. He seeks to maintain a productive, diverse, and team-orientated lab group and especially encourage students from under-represented groups to consider joining the lab. A Master’s degree is preferred, but not required. Financial support is available through a combination of research assistantships, competitive fellowships, and teaching assistantships.

If interested, please email Jim Hood () a single PDF containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for your three references. On 1 November 2017, I will begin reviewing candidate applications and invite selected applicants to apply to the department. The department's application deadline is 1 December 2017.

Wetland Graduate Research Assistantships, University of Toledo (Posted 9/26/17)

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo is offering two graduate research assistantships in environmental science and ecology to begin in January 2018. The positions are partially supported by research grants funded by NOAA and Ohio Department of Natural Resources to develop ecological indicators for measuring wetland ecosystem responses to climatic variability and management practices. The incumbent will use the funded project to develop his/her MS/PhD thesis in wetland ecology and management. The candidate should have an undergraduate degree in environmental science, biology, or related fields by the end of 2017. Depending on the interest of the incumbent, thesis/dissertation topic can vary, but will be related to quantitative (statistical) modeling of wetland services (e.g., nutrient retention, habitat) and the changes of such service in response to short-term weather fluctuation and long-term climate change. The project will also involve the use of GIS and remote sensing data. For more information please contact Drs. Song Qian () and Kristi Arend () with a current CV and names of three references. 

NRC Postdoc Opportunity at US EPA (Posted 7/10/17)

The National Research Council of the National Academies is accepting applications for a postdoctoral research award tenable at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH. Duration of award is one year, possibly renewable for up to three years maximum. The postdoctoral research associate will conduct research related to ecological and environmental resilience along with other researchers in the Water Systems Division (WSD) and across ORD. WSD uses a multidisciplinary approach, which employs ecologists, economists, engineers, environmental scientists, geographers, and physical and social scientists, to address resilience in both watershed management and regional environmental management. This research opportunity is part of the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources program and focuses on land use in urban systems with an emphasis on green infrastructure (GI) and stormwater management. It will require collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing data in order to assess management decisions of communities as they manage stormwater using various GI options. The overall objective is to identify, test, and demonstrate ecological benefits and services provided by GI and urban greenspace as they relate to resilience of communities in urban areas. Ideally, the researcher will be an ecologist with a focus on urban ecology and the spatial/temporal aspects relevant to urban greenspace. Prospective applicants should visit the NRC Web site HERE. The opportunity is titled “Estimating Ecological Benefits from Green Infrastructure in Urban Systems.” Inquires about the opportunity should be directed to Dr. Matt Hopton at 513-569-7718 or . Interested applicants should begin a dialog with Dr. Hopton as early as possible, before their anticipated application deadline. Applications must be submitted online directly to the NRC. CVs will not be accepted in lieu of online applications. Check web site for availability of online applications and note the application deadlines. Questions about the application process can be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 or

Wildlife Ecology or Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship (Posted 6/14/17)
The Wilds
Cumberland, OH
Six month positions available starting September 5, 2017 and February 26th, 2018.
More information is available here.


MS Forest Ecology and Ecohydrology (Posted 9/11/17)

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University is seeking qualified individuals to work on a research project looking at the effects of Juniperus virginiana encroachment on the ecology and ecohydrology of prairie and oak forest ecosystems of Oklahoma. The position will be filled at the M.S. level.

RESEARCH AREA: The Cross Timbers ecoregion is the transition between the eastern forest and grasslands. The Cross Timbers is a fire-adapted ecosystem consisting of a mosaic of Quercus stellata/Quercus marilandica forest and tallgrass prairie. Recent fire exclusion has allowed Juniperus virginiana to invade prairies and forest which profoundly alters the ecology and hydrology. The successful candidate will work to determine how the encroachment is affecting net primary production, water yield, and water use efficiency. Study sites will be in central Oklahoma.

STIPEND: A graduate research assistantship of $15,500 for M.S. annually for a half-time appointment. Benefits include resident and non-resident tuition waiver and student health insurance (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee).


DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. in plant biology, ecology, hydrology, or related degree. If applicable, a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (A = 4.00) and acceptable GRE scores are required.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested individuals should contact: Dr. Rodney Will, 008C Agricultural Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078, 

Dr. Chris Zou, 008C Agricultural Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078, 405-744-9637, 

LOCATION AND FACILITIES: The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. The University is a land grant institution with an enrollment of about 25,000 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the fishery, forest, rangeland, and wildlife resources of Oklahoma and beyond. This department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.

Postdoc in Freshwater Conservation (Posted 8/29/17)

Seeking a Postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary team of ecologists, hydrologists and engineers on a two-year project funded by the Great Plains LCC and the South Central Climate Science Center. We aim to identify conservation strategies for navigating trade-offs between societal water usage and ecosystem outcomes in the Red River. Research activities will include: forecasting stream fish distributions under future climate and water availability scenarios; collaborating with hydrologists and computer scientists to delineate trade-offs between societal needs for water and instream flows; and working with conservation practitioners to identify cost-effective conservation strategies that balance societal water needs and ecosystem outcomes. Applicants should have a genuine interest in agency/NGO outreach, as well as a desire to make contributions to conservation science that are transferable to other ecosystems. Applicants should be fluent in R and have experience with manipulation of large geospatial datasets.

The postdoc will be based in the Dept. of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma and supervised by Drs. Thomas Neeson and Hernan Moreno, and will collaborate with the Systems Realization Laboratory and South Central Climate Science Center at OU. To apply, please email a CV, statement of interest and contact info for three references to . Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017.


Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 7/7/17)

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Associate (Post doc) appointment to be held at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University. Primary research focus is developing quantitative decision making tools for evaluating and prioritizing U.S. Bureau of Reclamation management actions and investments in California Central Valley and SF Bay Delta focused on the conservation and recovery of various fish species and their habitats. Applicants must have completed all the requirements for their doctoral program (PhD or equivalent), with demonstrated research accomplishments, and publications in the primary research literature. Applicants should have the necessary skills and experience with sample design and the estimation of animal population parameters and should have interest and capabilities in the development of integrated approaches to estimating and modeling population dynamics and applying the results to decision making. The position will primarily involve data analysis and modeling with some potential for field research. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of James Peterson and will be part of an interagency and interdisciplinary team of stakeholders and researchers. The successful candidate must be able to work successfully in a team environment. Periodic travel to meet with collaborators or conduct field work with overnight stays will be required. Excellent command of the English language, quantitative analytical skills, and written and verbal communication skills are absolutely required. Special consideration will be given to candidates possessing one or more of the following knowledge and skills: spatial statistics, sampling design and estimation, and Bayesian modeling techniques.

Appointment: Appointments will be intended for a term of one (1) year, with the possibility for renewal of an additional year, based upon a satisfactory performance review. Salary ($55,000 year) and full benefits will be commensurate with qualifications of the successful applicants. Start date is negotiable but no later than December 2017.

Applications: Applications must include a complete personal resume with details of academic qualifications, electronic copies of two (2) representative scientific publications, and the names and contact information of three (3) individuals who have agreed to provide a personal and professional recommendation if requested.

Application Submission: Complete applications must be submitted electronically to James Peterson ()

Deadline for applications: Applications will be accepted starting 07/10/2017 and will close on 09/01/2017 or until the position has been filled.

Interviews: All applications will be acknowledged electronically; only those selected for consideration on a short list will be contacted and asked to provide letters of recommendation.

2 Postdoc Positions in Complex Social-ecological Systems (Posted 6/27/17)

The Complex Social-Ecological Systems group at Oregon State University is looking to hire two postdoctoral research associates in the fall 2017, for two years each.

They are seeking candidates to study cross-scale dynamics in three complex systems: (1) the role of supply chain topology in determining marine social-ecological system resilience; (2) the role of information in directing mass human migration as a response to extreme climate/weather events and (3) the impact of high-frequency algorithmic trading on financial market stability. Each position will focus on one complex system, but both scholars will work towards a comparative analysis of complex systems. In particular, they are looking to find general feature of micro-macro dynamics in complex systems, for example in terms of cross-scale early warning signals of critical transitions. These post-doctoral scholars will be based with Assistant Prof. James Watson in the Complex Social-Ecological Systems group at Oregon State, but with the expectation that they will spend time at Princeton University with Profs. Simon Levin and Yannis Kevrekidis. These positions are part of a new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award, and these scholars will join an active DARPA cohort researching similar problems.

Qualifications: The ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. in theoretical ecology, economics, physics, applied math, computer science, or related field. A strong background in mathematical and computational analysis is necessary, with experience in agent-based modeling and dynamical systems desired. These positions will focus on the application of Equation Free Modeling, a relatively new tool for exploring cross-scale and multilevel dynamics in complex systems, and experience with this approach is desired, but not required. In addition, they are looking for scholars with excellent written and oral communication abilities, a promising record of publication, and evidence of creativity and enthusiasm. Experience in interdisciplinary research, and a desire to translate theory to real-world applications is a strength for candidates interested in these positions.

Application process: The positions are open until filled. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter describing their research interests and qualifications, along with a CV, two representative publications, and the names of at least three professional references. Please email these materials to James Watson (). The positions are expected to begin in September 2017.

Oregon State University: OSU is located in Corvallis, a community of 53,000 people situated in the Willamette Valley between Portland and Eugene. Ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, the rugged Cascade and Coast Ranges and the urban amenities of the Portland metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive of Corvallis. Approximately 15,700 undergraduate and 3,400 graduate students are enrolled at OSU, including 2,600 U.S. students of color and 950 international students.

OSU is one of only two American universities to hold the Land-, Sea-, Sun- and Space-Grant designations and is the only Oregon institution recognized for its “very high research activity” (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university is comprised of 11 academic colleges with strengths in natural resources, Earth dynamics and sustainability, life sciences, entrepreneurship and the arts and sciences. OSU has facilities and/or programs in every county in the state, including 12 regional experiment stations, 41 county extension offices, a branch campus in Bend, a major marine science center in Newport and a range of programs and facilities in Portland. It is Oregon’s largest public research university, conducting more than 60 percent of the research funded throughout the state’s university system.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is internationally recognized as a leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. It operates numerous state-of-the art laboratories and two oceanographic research vessels, the 177-foot ocean-going Oceanus and the Elakha, a 54-foot coastal research vessel. The College has an annual budget of more than $50 million, with much of the research support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies. It has approximately 104 faculty, 220 graduate students and 613 undergraduate students. Graduate programs include Master's and PhD degrees in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; and Geography and a Master's degree in Marine Resource Management. The college has undergraduate programs in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences, with minors in Environmental Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, and Oceanography. 


PhD Fellowship Opportunity in Terrestrail C Biogeochemistry - UPenn (Posted 10/3/17)

The Terrestrial Biogeochemistry Laboratory in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science of the University of Pennsylvania invites applicants for competitive Ph.D. fellowships in one of two research areas: Soil carbon biogeochemistry: Projects seek to quantify and characterize the recalcitrant pools of pyrogenic and geogenic carbon in soils. We’ll examine chemical transformations and dissolution as mechanisms controlling their fate in the critical zone. Urban biogeochemistry: New and evolving research projects to study the biogeochemical functioning of urban ecosystems with emphasis on cycling and storage of carbon and nutrients. Positions are ideal for candidates who have completed an MSc in soil science, geosciences, environmental chemistry, ecosystem science or related fields, but outstanding BSc graduates in such programs will be considered. For further information, please contact Dr. Alain Plante by email () or consult the department website. Applications can be submitted directly online before December 15.

Teaching Post–Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Studies at Villanova University (Posted 10/3/17)

The Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University invites applications for a Teaching Post–Doctoral Fellow to begin in fall 2018. They seek an individual with exceptional potential as a scholar and teacher who can contribute to our undergraduate programs. The Department of Geography and the Environment is a multidisciplinary academic unit housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a growing undergraduate program and a new graduate program; representing Villanova’s strong investments in research and infrastructure, and a longstanding commitment to excellence in teaching.

To contribute broaden our teaching and research programs, we seek a Teaching Post–Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Studies. We seek a highly qualified candidate who will broaden the scope of expertise among the faculty in the area of environmental studies. The successful candidate will develop and teach courses in the area of environmental studies or associated fields for undergraduate students within their area of expertise. A Ph.D. in a field related to environmental studies is required.

Teaching responsibilities will include lecture and seminar-style courses at the undergraduate level. The teaching obligation is twelve credit hours divided into a 2/2 teaching load. This is a three–year appointment. Requirements: the successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. (or completed by August 2018) and have the training and background to teach courses such as environmental studies, environmental policy, and courses related to sustainability. The position entails a 50% teaching and 50% research workload. The position will require the development and teaching of course material and the supervision of undergraduate student research. Preference will be given to candidates with promising research programs and the potential for publication in prominent outlets. We are especially interested in candidates whose teaching will contribute to the Department's commitment to diversity and academic excellence.

The Department of Geography and the Environment is a multidisciplinary department with three undergraduate majors (Geography (BA), Environmental Studies (BA), and Environmental Science (BS)) along with two interdisciplinary minor programs. The Department currently has 10 full–time faculty and approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate students. The Department also hosts a new Environmental Science (MS) master’s program. The University’s commitment to and investment in the Department includes the construction of new teaching and research laboratories to complement its existing GIS, teaching, and research facilities.

Applicants must apply on-line here. Review of application materials is underway, and will continue until the position is filled. The online application should include a brief letter of application indicating your interest and suitability, a statement of teaching philosophy to include brief descriptions of two or three relevant courses the candidate is able to offer, a statement of research experience and plans, curriculum vitae, and official graduate and undergraduate transcripts. The names and contact information for three referees are required and must be included. Referees will be contacted directly by the search committee and asked to submit confidential letters of recommendation online to complete the application process.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect, and can contribute to the University’s mission and values. Villanova is located in the ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse Philadelphia metro region. The Department values dynamic and diverse faculty members who are committed to teaching, scholarship, and service. For a more detailed description of the Department, please go here, or contact Dr. Francis A. Galgano, Department Chair ().

Heinz Postdoctoral Water Scholar, University of Pittsburgh (Posted 9/27/17)

The Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education and Outreach in the Department of Geology & Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) seeks candidates for a distinguished postdoctoral position in fields of study relevant to water sustainability. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be housed within the newly created Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, whose aim is to catalyze creative solutions to Western Pennsylvania s water challenges by facilitating collaborations between University of Pittsburgh researchers, water practitioners, and communities. Postdoctoral Scholars will devote their appointment to research activities, but are also expected to lead outreach efforts, mentor graduate students, and help coordinate multiple research projects among affiliated faculty under the direction of Dr. Emily Elliott, Director of the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory. Potential research areas of interest include, but are not limited to nutrient pollution, harmful algal blooms, stable isotope biogeochemistry, green infrastructure effects on water quality, nutrient watershed modeling, or greenhouse and trace gas emissions from aquatic systems. The Postdoctoral Scholar will interact with Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory faculty (affiliated Collaboratory faculty include Drs. Daniel Bain, Brian Thomas, and Eitan Shelef) with expertise in a wide variety of water-related disciplines including green infrastructure, trace metals, soil moisture, remote sensing, statistical hydrology, topographic analyses, and drainage network formation.

Pittsburgh was recently named American s Most Livable City by the Places Rated Almanac, boasts a low cost of living, a stunning cityscape, and is home to a number of world-class museums , a thriving arts and food scene. The city is also located within a short drive of the rolling hills and forests of the Great Lakes, Laurel Highlands and Allegheny Mountains.

Appointments will have a term of one year starting in January 2018 or soon thereafter and are renewable contingent upon funding. The Scholar will receive a salary of $50,000, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of $7,000/year for relocation, travel, and research expenditures.

Requirements for the positions include a Ph.D. in a field of study relevant to water and water sustainability, experience and/or interest in science outreach and community-embedded research, ability to take initiative and work independently, a high level organizational skill, and experience and interest in contributing to a dialog across disciplinary boundaries.

To apply, please submit the following items to Cindy Niznik () by October 31, 2017 as a single pdf document: 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position and how the position relates to your career goals, 2) a recent C.V., 3) a research statement (1500 words maximum) describing past and future research interests and goals, and 4) contact information for three references.

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Emily Elliott, Director of the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, . The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. Women, members of minority groups under-represented in academia, veterans, and disabled are especially encouraged to apply.

Post-Doctoral Fellow (Geography and the Environment) (Posted 8/31/17)
Villanova University
Villanova , PA

Posting No. 2017406F
Review of applications begins upon receipt and continues until the position is filled.
More information is available here.

PhD Postdoctoral Evolutionary Ecology (Posted 8/22/17)

The Turcotte Lab at the University of Pittsburgh is looking for PhD students and a postdoc to experimentally test the dynamic interplay between rapid evolution and community ecology in the field. The goal is to disentangle and quantify how ecological and evolutionary processes reciprocally impact each other and understand their importance in nature using robust experiments.

The University of Pittsburgh is a leading research university and the Department of Biological Sciences is a dynamic and growing team of enthusiastic researchers and educators. The department also runs the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology, which is equipped with lab space and housing to facilitate field-based research in northwestern Pennsylvania. The City of Pittsburgh is a vibrant and beautiful place to live (info). It is often voted the ‘Most Livable city in the U.S.’ (info).

If you are interested and you are attending ESA please contact Martin Turcottee, Ph.D. at

More details about the lab and applying here.

PhD position: biodiversity and ecosystem services (Posted 8/21/17)
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
Apply by December 15, 2017
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Scholar (Posted 6/2/17)
Pennsylvania State University
University Park Campus
Job No. 71722
Open until filled
More information can be found here. 


Please check back.  


Ph.D. Positions in Soil Ecology (Posted 9/7/17)

Seeking applicants for two Ph.D. positions in the Soil Ecology lab in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University, SC, USA. The primary emphasis of one of the USDA-NIFA supported projects is to evaluate the changes in soil carbon cycling, plant-soil feedbacks and the potential legacy effect of invasive plants at regional scales. The emphasis of the second project is on plant and microbe mediated rhizosphere interactions, and soil carbon dynamics in conventional and low input agroecosystems. The students would work as part of a multi- institutional team of research scientists and postdocs. 

The candidates who have an excellent background in biogeochemistry/ invasion 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 January 2018. Interested applicants should email () 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.


PhD and MS assistantship opportunities in aquatic ecology at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Posted 9/29/17)

PhD and MS assistantship opportunities in aquatic ecology at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Currently searching for graduate students that would like to join the aquatic ecology lab at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to work with Dr. Lisa Kunza. Applications are being considered for Spring 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019. Our projects are interdisciplinary in nature, with ongoing projects in our lab focusing on biogeochemistry, metabolism, food web dynamics, fisheries, algal ecology, biogeochemistry, and bacterial pathogenicity. Field work is commonly occurring in Northwestern Montana, Grand Teton National Park, Rapid City and on the Missouri River. Students with boating and kayaking experience preferred. See lab website for more information.

Please submit CV, letter of interest, and contact information for 3 references to . In addition, to be considered for assistantship opportunities file an official application submission to the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences program via the graduate school here.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is located in Rapid City, SD, which is the state's second largest city (with an urban population of 73,569 and metropolitan population of 197,628) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about Rapid City, go here.

Graduate (MS or PhD) prairie ecology position at the University of South Dakota (Posted 9/29/17)

Looking for a MS or PhD student interested in plant community ecology to begin in January 2018. The University of South Dakota is beginning a graduate (MS and PhD) program in sustainability that is expected to be fully approved this semester. The student could either major in sustainability or biology.

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

Funding for the position will be through a combination of graduate assistantships and teaching assistantships.

Interested applicants should e-mail me () with any questions and the following information:
• a CV or resume with GPA and GRE scores and
• a brief statement of research experience, research interests, and career goals.


Ph.D. or Masters Students in Conservation Science (Posted 9/29/17)

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is forming a new research unit focused on Conservation Science. We seek applications from outstanding prospective graduate students in this topic, who wish to pursue a PhD or research-based Masters. We have funding to admit a strong cohort of students. While we encourage students to pursue independent funding opportunities, EEB’s policy is to admit students only when we are confident we can provide funding for the full duration of their studies. We provide funding to both Masters and PhD students, regardless of their citizenship. Our goal is to recruit a diverse pool of students on a range of metrics, including background, career stage, and research interests.

Their ecology program is among the top 10% for research impact in North America (Keville et al., 2017). Our recent Conservation Science graduates have an excellent record of placement, with students accepting post-doctoral positions in internationally renowned research groups and leadership positions within conservation NGOs and public agencies. Our students' dissertation projects are published in top-tier journals and deliver research products that our practitioner partners use and value. Our students study globally important conservation questions, commonly working in overseas field systems alongside in-country practitioners.

They anticipate having a "cohort-model" where students interact with each other and multiple faculty members. However, students typically have one lead faculty advisor. Ensuring a good match between this advisor and the student is a central feature of our recruitment process. Interested students should reach out to potential advisors by email (view advisor email list and full ad here) to explore possibilities.


Graduate Assistantships in Microbial Ecology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Posted 9/29/17)

The Reese Geomicrobiology Lab at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is seeking M.S. or Ph.D. students in molecular microbial ecology and biogeochemistry to study 1) interactions between methanogenesis and methanotrophy in a coastal mangrove wetland along the Texas coast; and 2) microbial succession within the sediment and water column as a result of Hurricane Harvey. These recently funded projects will combine field observations, laboratory manipulations, and molecular analysis. The results will be placed in the context of the biota including benthic ecology and faunal distribution. This is a unique opportunity to study the effects of mangrove expansion on carbon cycling in a protected area.

- Potential students should be self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative research team.
- B.S. or M.S. in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental science, or related fields
- Experience in fieldwork and sample collection is preferred, but not necessary

Funding: The positions will be supported by recently funded grants, but teaching assistantships are available. The student will have the option to matriculate through the Marine Biology program or the Coastal & Marine System Science program.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Brandi Kiel Reese () and provide 1) a brief cover letter describing their professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking an M.S. degree, 2) a current curriculum vitae/resume, 3) names and contact information for three references, 4) an unofficial copy of transcripts, and 5) GRE scores. Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, but application deadline for the program is December 1, 2017. More information about the Reese Geomicrobiology Lab can be found at reeselab.tamucc.edu.

Graduate opportunities - Terrestrial Ecosystems and Climate Change - Texas Tech University (Posted 9/29/17)

Funded PhD and Masters Opportunities

Terrestrial Ecosystem Responses and Feedbacks to Climate Change Texas Tech University, Department of Biological Sciences, Lubbock, TX

Looking for motivated PhD or Masters students interested in exploring terrestrial ecosystem responses and feedbacks to climate change. In my lab, we use a combination of empirical, theoretical, and simulation studies to examine feedbacks between terrestrial plants and soils and the Earth s climate system. You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of topics at a number of different scales, from the leaf to the globe. Topics currently being studied in the lab include:

- Photosynthetic acclimation to climate change
- Physiological mechanisms underlying plant biomass responses to nutrient addition
- Mechanistic models of plant respiration
- Land use decision - climate feedbacks
- Agricultural responses to climate
- Development of next generation land surface models

More information about the lab can be found here.

The lab has financial support for multiple students through a combination of research and teaching assistantships.

Requirements: (1) Bachelor s degree in a relevant field, including, but not limited to Ecology, Botany, Environmental Science, Microbiology, Atmospheric Science, Geoscience, Physics, Computer Science, or Statistics; (2) interest in gaining empirical and modeling skills; (3) curiosity about how the natural world works; (4) ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Interested students are encouraged to first contact Nick at .
Application details can be found herePositions are available starting as early as Summer 2018.

Seeking MS or PhD student for Antarctic Research (Posted 9/27/17)
van Gestel lab
Texas Tech University Climate Science Center
To ensure consideration, submit application materials to Natasja van Gestel (see Contact) by October 20, 2017.
More information can be found here.

MS Assistantship - Texas State University, San Marcos (Posted 9/26/17)

Graduate Student Research Opportunity in Restoration Ecology

The Schwinning Lab is recruiting a graduate student (M.S.) to start in January 2018. The position is in partly funded through a grant from the USGS and partly through a teaching assistantship in the Biology Department at Texas State University, San Marcos.

The study is located Utah conducted in collaboration with Dr. Lesley DeFalco (USGS Field Office, Henderson, NV). The goal is to develop guidelines for the restoration or rehabilitation of abandoned oil/gas exploration sites within the Colorado Plateau bioregion. The student's responsibility will be to conduct restoration experiments to identify the main barriers to native shrub establishment and develop remedies for overcoming such barriers. The student will complete an M.S. degree in Population and Conservation Biology in the Biology Department at Texas State University, San Marcos.

Minority students are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must have a strong background in any field of plant science and the willingness and ability to do field work under challenging physical conditions. If you are interested and want to learn more, contact Dr. Susan Schwinning at . To apply for the position, send (1) a cover letter expressing your research interests, relevant experience and present career goals; (2) a resume or CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts to Dr. Schwinning. Applications to The Graduate College for the Spring Semester of 2018 are due in early December.

MS Assistantship - Texas State University, San Marcos (Posted 9/26/17)

Graduate Student Research Opportunity in Plant Ecology/Global Change The Schwinning Lab is recruiting a graduate student (M.S.) to start in January 2018. The position is in partly funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation and partly through a teaching assistantship in the Biology Department at Texas State University, San Marcos.

The study is located in the pinyon-juniper woodlands of New Mexico and conducted in collaboration with Dr. Marcy Litvak and Dr. Will Pockman (University of New Mexico). The overall goal is to examine consequences of selective tree mortality on ecosystem processes and vegetation change. The student-led study will focus on the recruitment dynamics of pinyon pine and juniper on experimental plots where juniper or pinyon pine trees were killed by girdling. The student's responsibility will be to conduct tree recruitment experiments and map natural recruitment at sites where natural, drought-related mortality has occurred. The student will complete an M.S.
degree in Population and Conservation Biology in the Biology Department at Texas State University, San Marcos.

Minority students are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must have a strong background in any field of plant science and the willingness and ability to do field work under challenging physical conditions. If you are interested and want to learn more, contact Dr. Susan Schwinning at . To apply for the position, send (1) a cover letter expressing your research interests, relevant experience and present career goals; (2) a resume or CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts to Dr. Schwinning. Applications to The Graduate College for the Spring Semester of 2018 are due in early December. 

Grad student opportunity - Texas A&M (Posted 7/24/17)

Seeking a graduate student to pursue a MS or PhD in Wildlife Science at Texas A&M University in cooperation with the East Foundation. The project will focus on one or more of the Foundation’s properties in south Texas, with an emphasis on investigating the interactions between land management practices (e.g., livestock grazing, prescribed fire) and productivity of animal species (likely emphasis on birds). The graduate student will, however, have wide latitude in how the study is designed and implemented. Duties will also include participating in several on-going research and monitoring programs on wildlife including quail. Baseline data has been collected since 2013. The student will be part of a research team including other graduate students from several universities, along with the Foundation’s research staff. Desired start date is spring semester (January 2018) but is negotiable.

Qualifications: Competitive applicants will have already received their BS degree in wildlife and related fields, and have additional (outside the classroom) field experience; or have received their MS degree (thesis option). Experience gathering and organizing data, and working collaboratively desired.

Must have a valid U.S. Driver's License.

Applicants should email the following materials as a single PDF file to Dr. Michael L. Morrison (): (a) one page cover letter describing relevant experience and professional goals, (b) a resume or curriculum vitae, (c) GRE scores, (d) (unofficial) transcripts from undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate education, and (e) contact information for three professional references (include current email and phone number).

Consideration of interested applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity Employer


PhD fellowship in Community/Population Ecology (Posted 9/27/17)

Looking for highly motivated graduate students in community/population ecology starting September 2018 in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Will consider applicants who wish to pursue fundamental research on any aspect of population/community.

Their research examines the ecological factors that generate and determine the structure, dynamics and functioning of natural communities. Current projects focus on the consequences of climate change and phenological shifts on natural communities, ecology and evolution of multi-parasite communities, the role of intra-specific variation in natural ecosystems, temporal and spatial biodiversity patterns, and the ecology and evolution of cannibalism. While most of our work has been carried out in aquatic (freshwater) systems using organisms that range from stream salamanders to dragonfly larvae to zooplankton I am amenable to students developing projects in other study systems. For further information in his research, click here. Please see their departmental website for more information about the Graduate Program of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University, our research and graduate programs, and the recent addition of several outstanding new faculty complementing our strengths in a variety of research areas ranging from the ecology and evolution of interspecific interactions, tropical & conservation biology, invasive species, and forest community dynamics to genomics, speciation, and the evolution of sociality.

Formal application materials for graduate school can be submitted using the above website. Interested students should send me an email and attach a copy of their CV. Volker Rudolf Assistant Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Rice University Houston, TX, 77005 Email:

PhD position in community ecology / evolutionary biology at Utah State University (Posted 9/27/17)

Looking for a PhD student with experience in plant community ecology or evolutionary biology to start in the lab at Utah State University. The PhD will combine fieldwork and modelling, is fully-funded, and includes money to travel to conferences and working groups.

More details and application instructions are available online. Will review applications as they come in on a first-come-first-served basis. He will answer any questions over email ().

PhD Opportunities (Posted 9/27/17)

Physiological Ecology of Western US Mountain Forests University of Utah, Dept. of Biology, Salt Lake City, Utah

Looking for PhD students interested in studying forest physiology and forest carbon and water cycling in mountains of the western U.S. Current projects are focused on biological and physical factors influencing photosynthesis and transpiration of mountain forests in the context of climate change. You will have the opportunity to learn and use a wide variety of techniques, including leaf gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, plant water transport, forest environmental and flux measurement methods, and isotope ratio mass spectrometry, and to work collaboratively with scientists using tower and satellite-based remote sensing observations and Earth system models. We'll train you in analytical field and laboratory instrumentation and research techniques, experimental design, data analysis, computer programming, ecological modeling and scientific writing. There is plenty of room to develop your own project in the context of the overall scientific focus of our group. They offer up to 5 years of financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships.

Requirements: 1) a bachelor’s or master’s degree and research experience in a field of Earth system science (ecology, geology, physics, chemistry, geography, etc.), 2) innate curiosity about the natural world and how it works, 3) interest in learning and applying cutting-edge analytical techniques to study ecology, and 4) strong motivation and ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Experience with plant physiological ecology or environmental instrumentation is highly desired. More information about our Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology is available here, and about our research group here. The University of Utah is ranked among the top research institutions in the nation and is home to more than 30,000 students and 18,000 employees. Salt Lake City is a sunny Western city with outstanding cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities, including “the greatest snow on Earth!”

Deadline to apply is January 3, 2018. If you’re interested, please contact Dr. Dave Bowling, Professor of Biology University of Utah

Graduate Student Positions (Posted 8/31/17)

The Blaine Griffen lab (formerly at the University of South Carolina) is in the process of moving to Brigham Young University and is seeking motivated graduate students at either the PhD or MS level to begin Fall 2018. Interested applicants should contact me directly at to discuss potential research projects and to determine whether my lab is a good fit for them.

The lab studies the response of organisms to environmental changes brought about by humans (climate change, invasive species, habitat destruction, etc.). We generally take a bottom up mechanistic approach, determining how morphology, behavior, and physiology facilitate or constrain the responses of individual animals to environmental change, and how these individual level responses then scale up to establish patterns and processes at the population and community levels. We do this by employing a wide range of ecological tools, including field and laboratory experiments, physiological measurements, and simulation and mathematical modeling. Our work has been implemented across a wide range of systems, including coastal marine invertebrates (primarily crabs and burrowing shrimp), freshwater zooplankton, and polar bears.

The Biology Department at Brigham Young University Housed in a new, state of the art building, the biology department comprises a large and dynamic faculty spanning a diverse array of collaborative research areas including Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Molecular Systematics, Bioinformatics, Conservation Biology, and Biological Science Education. The focus both within my lab and within the department as a whole is on integrating modeling, theory, and experimentation.

Exceptional facilities and resources for carrying out research are available through the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Lytle Ranch Preserve, the DNA Sequencing Center, the Research Instrumentation Core Facility, the Microscopy Lab and the Fulton Supercomputing Lab. In addition to these facilities, students in the lab group may choose to take advantage of our ongoing collaborations in order to conduct research at field lab facilities in New England, in the southeast (South Carolina, Florida), or in the Pacific northwest.

BYU is located in Provo, Utah, where opportunities for world-class skiing, fly-fishing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and many other outdoor recreational activities are less than 20 minutes from the lab. Salt Lake City is only 45 minutes travel by car or commuter rail.

The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is January 15, 2018.

Blaine Griffen, Email:

Dryland Hydrology, Erosion, and Restoration Post Doc (Posted 8/22/17)

The post-doctoral research associate is responsible for overseeing erosion field measurements (wind tunnel, rain fall simulator, silt fences, passive dust traps, and others) at biological soil crust restoration experiments (Jornada Experimental Range and Hill Air Force Range) and grazing experiments (Grand Junction, CO).
The position will be located in the USGS offices in Moab, UT. Moab is a small town offering a variety of outdoor adventures, and more information about Moab can be found here.

This position requires expertise in field methods, lab methods, and modelling approaches to understanding erosion processes in dryland ecosystems. The incumbent will work closely with project scientists and USGS staff in project planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting results. The incumbent will have four general classes of major duties: 1) lead field and lab data collection, 2) implement existing soil erosion models, 3) data preparation and analysis, and 4) preparation of reports & scientific papers. Field work involves heavy exertion; withstanding both extreme heat and potential hypothermia conditions; climbing; walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; long hours; driving a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads.

This is a 40-hour a week appointment with flexibility to allow for extensive field work periods.

Salary and start date: Salary is $49,000/year. A start date of fall/early winter 2017 is preferred. Application: If you are interested, please send a CV to Nichole Barger () and Mike Duniway ().

PhD Position - Utah State: Plant populations, ecosystem functions, and global change (Posted 8/22/17)

Graduate positions are available in the Beckman Lab in the Department of Biology and Ecology Center at Utah State University. The Beckman Lab investigates interactions between plants and their environment occurring over multiple scales and examines the role of these interactions in limiting plant populations and maintaining biodiversity. Many of these interactions are disrupted by global change, and we examine the consequences of these disruptions for plant communities and ecosystem functions. The research group uses a combination of empirical and quantitative approaches to address our research questions. Examples of ongoing projects include: 1) synthesizing data with mathematical models to predict extinction risk of plant species to climate change, 2) understanding the importance of seed dispersal under global change, and 3) examining the influence of dispersal and plant consumers on plant spatial patterns. Before applying, interested candidates should contact Dr. Beckman (noelle.beckman AT usu.edu) with a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for two references. More details about the research group and applying can be found here

PhD Position - Utah State: Macroevolutionary patterns of plant traits in Panama using metabolomics (Posted 8/22/17)

A PhD position is available in the Beckman Lab in the Biology Department & Ecology Center to investigate macroevolutionary patterns of trait variation in leaves, fruit, and seeds of trees and shrubs in Panama using a metabolomics approach. Plants experience simultaneous and often conflicting selective pressures from a diversity of antagonists and mutualists that feed on different plant parts at different stages of development. Yet, the large body of theory developed to understand plant defense has focused almost exclusively on leaves and leaf herbivores, with little integration of the important interactions in other parts, such as fruits. This project aims to extend leaf defense theory to better understand patterns of trait variation and interactions that occur across leaves, fruits, and seeds. An ideal candidate would have prior experience working with tropical plants or conducting chemical analyses; experience working with UPLC is a plus.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Beckman (noelle.beckman AT usu.edu) with a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for two references. In your letter, include a description of your research interests and why you are interested in joining the research group as well as a summary of your prior research experience and your academic background (e.g., relevant coursework). More details about the research group and applying can be found here 


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Ph.D. in Ecology and Science Communication (Posted 9/11/17)

Currently looking for a Ph.D. student for Spring 2018 to help with a project that focuses on reducing informational feedback delays between applied ecological research and adoption of management practices in the Northern Great Plains (USA). The successful candidate will use existing data from national research networks and research stations to engage local stakeholders to design and test the usability of real-time data products.

The student will work collaboratively with ecologists, social scientists, and local landowners to create products that influence management practices and enhance ecosystem services on working lands.


-B.S. in one of the following areas: environmental science, biology, agricultural ecosystems, natural resources management, or rangeland ecology

-Demonstrated ability to work with stakeholders

-Strong communication skills

-Strong quantitative skills

-Some programming experience and interest in using visualization techniques preferred. 


The student will enroll in the Ph.D. program in Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation and will be affiliated with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, one of the world’s leading independent, environmental research organizations. Full graduate research assistantship (with stipend) and tuition waiver will be provided for 3 years and additional opportunities for funding are available. Students are strongly encouraged to apply to be a fellow in Virginia Tech’s Interfaces of Global Change graduate program, an interdisciplinary program designed to address the multidimensional aspects of global change. 


Interested students are encouraged to email the following as a single pdf document: 1) a brief cover letter describing their professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking a Ph.D., 2) a current curriculum vitae/resume, 3) names and contact information for three references, and 4) an unofficial copy of transcripts and GRE scores. Please send directly to me at . Do not submit materials to the Virginia Tech Graduate School at this time.

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, but materials must be received before 15 October 2017. The target start date is January 2018.

Contact Information

Michael Sorice (Primary contact for position), Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech, Phone: (540) 231-8303, Email: Kathleen Weathers, Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Phone: (845) 677-7600, Email:  

Graduate Research Assistantships in Critical Zone Science (Posted 8/31/17)

Seeking applicants for graduate research assistantships (one M.S. and two Ph.D.) in the study of mineral weathering and the fate of weathering products in forest ecosystems. Applicants are sought for a project supported by the NSF at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. The study focuses on mineral weathering gradients at the hillslope and watershed scale and is aimed at improved prediction of soil and water quality in headwater catchments.

Components of the project will include element fluxes, aqueous and solid phase geochemistry and mineralogy, modeling, and hydrologic characterization. The project will have a demanding field component that will require extensive travel and summer residence in New Hampshire. Students will work with faculty at Virginia Tech, the University of Vermont and scientists from the USDA Forest Service. A strong background in hydrology, forest soils, geochemistry, geology, and/or geospatial analyses is required. Competitive students should demonstrate excellent written and oral communication and analytical skills.

The M.S. and one Ph.D. position will be affiliated with the Departments of Geosciences and Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. The students may also participate in interdisciplinary programs at Virginia Tech in cross-boundary biogeosciences and global change. The other Ph.D. position will be affiliated with the Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. The research will be collaborative; however, the Virginia Tech students will have a greater focus on solute fluxes, while the University of Vermont student will focus predominately on solid phase characterization.

At either university, graduate research assistantships provide a competitive annual stipend, full tuition waiver, and health insurance benefits. Additionally, graduate assistants are actively involved in the departmental teaching programs.

Points of contact at each institution are:

Dr. Kevin McGuire, Virginia Tech, Virginia Water Resources Research Center and Dept. of Forest Resources and Envr. Conservation, 540-231-6017, 

Dr. Don Ross, University of Vermont, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, 802-656-0138, 

Additional collaborators and points of contact include:

Dr. Brian Strahm, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Forest Resources & Envr. Conservation, 540-231-8627,

Dr. Madeline Schreiber, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Geosciences, 540-231-3377,

Dr. Scott Bailey, USDA Forest Service, 603-726-8902,

Postdoctoral Associate in Lake Water Quality Forecasting (Posted 8/22/17)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
Posting No: SR0170320
Review begins October 1, 2017
For more information, go here.

Wood Turtle Ecology Internship (Posted 8/22/17)
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Apply by September 1, 2017
Front Royal, VA
For more information, go here.

Postdoc Position on hydrology, climate, and amphibian reptile populations EGLIN  (Posted 7/14/17)

Applicants are invited for a postdoctoral position to work on imperiled amphibians and reptiles in the Florida panhandle with Professor Carola Haas in Fish & Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Part of the work will involve collaborating with partners at USGS, USFWS, and other universities on a flatwoods salamander breeding phenology project funded by SERDP. Other work will focus on monitoring and managing reticulated flatwoods salamanders, Florida bog frog, and gopher tortoise populations and habitat on Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. We are seeking candidates with expertise in two or more of the following areas and a willingness and ability to learn all of them: hydrological monitoring using pressure-transducer loggers, installing and using automated PIT tag systems, population modeling, database management using Access and R, geo-spatial modeling (GIS), studying animal movement, and using forecasted climate data and interacting with climate modelers. Incumbent would be expected to publish and would have broad opportunities based on the multiple long-term (5-20 year) datasets that are part of this project. In addition, incumbent would have opportunities to participate in grant-writing, staff supervision, and project management. Position could be based either in Blacksburg, VA or in Niceville, Florida, but extended travel between the two locations several times per year will be required. Start date in September 2017 preferred, but starting in January 2018 is also possible. Ideally, the incumbent would continue on these projects for 2-4 years, although shorter and longer terms are possible. For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Carola Haas (, 540-231-9269). If you are interested in receiving the info for filing an official application for the position, please send your c.v. and a brief letter of interest to Ms. Tara Craig (), using EGLIN POSTDOC in the subject line. 

Postdoctoral Position in Mathematical Biology Education (Posted 7/10/17)

A postdoctoral position is available with the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project, with investigators at Radford University, the University of Pittsburgh, the College of William and Mary, Unity College, and the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. For more information, go here.

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Postdoc Positions in Plant-Diazotroph Interactions - Washington State University (Posted 7/11/17)

The Friesen lab is moving to Washington State University Fall 2017 to continue to pursue research at the intersection of genomics, evolution, and ecology using plant-diazotroph interactions as a model system.

Postdoctoral positions are available with the possibility of contributing to ongoing projects in legume-rhizobia and grass-associative nitrogen fixer interactions, with the expectation that applicants will simultaneously:

• engage in interdisciplinary research
• develop independent lines of inquiry
• apply for independent funding
• contribute to collaborative proposal preparation
• contribute to a collaborative and inspiring lab environment

Solid training in (at least one of) evolution, ecology, plant biology, microbiology, modeling and/or genomics is desired, with demonstrated facility in quantitative methods and written communication. The lab has access to excellent facilities at WSU for plant growth, phenomics, and genomics, and there are nifty opportunities for outreach, including but not limited to evolutionary video game development.

Please contact Maren L. Friesen () with (i) CV and (ii) brief statement of interest; I will be at ESA 2017 if you'd like to meet up to chat about opportunities in person. 


Master’s position (Posted 9/29/17)

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 recently 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 January 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 October 9, 2017.


Postdoc Opportunity in Plant-herbivore Interactions and Induced Defenses (Posted 9/11/17)

Funding is available for a postdoctoral position in the Orrock Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. The successful candidate will contribute to a project to evaluate how plant induced defenses alter cannibalism among herbivores.
Candidates with skills in plant-herbivore interactions, plant defensive chemistry, and/or trophic ecology (e.g., stable isotopes) will be particularly competitive. In addition to this work, the successful candidate will have considerable flexibility to develop a collaborative research project within areas typically studied by the lab. Additional topics explored in the lab include: behavioral ecology of plants and animals, predator-prey interactions and non-consumptive effects, and disease ecology. For additional information regarding research foci, please consult recent publications from the Orrock Lab.

Applicants must have relevant Ph.D. experience in ecology. Funding for salary and research expenses is available for 1 year, with a renewal possible for up to 12 additional months, and with a flexible start date (although preferably before December 2017). Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of research interests and a description of projects that could be conducted while working in the Orrock Lab, 2-3 relevant publications, and contact information for three references. Send materials (e-mail preferred) to: John Orrock, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, email:

Application review will be considered starting September 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Watershed Engagement Intern (Posted 8/31/17)
Clean Lakes Alliance
Madison, WI
September 15, 2017
For more information, go here.


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Marine Pollution Prevention (Posted 8/31/17)
ORISE Internship/Research Participation Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Washington, DC
Reference Code: EPA Water 2017-414
For more information, go here.

Coastal Wetlands Research (Posted 8/22/17)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Reference Code: EPA Water 2017-416
Washington, DC
The desired start date is September 1, 2017.
For more information, go here.


PhD position: remote sensing and forest ecology (Posted 10/5/17)

A fully-funded Ph.D. position is available at the University of Toronto, either in the Geography Department or in the Faculty of Forestry. The Ph.D. candidate will develop new techniques for monitoring trees using the latest remote sensing technology. In particular, the candidate will use optical imagery and/or LIDAR to delineate tree crowns, then assess tree health, branch fall, and tree mortality. Some of the data will be collected using unmanned aerial vehicles or helicopters carrying hyperspectral sensors, multispectral sensors, as well as LIDAR. Thus, the candidate will have the opportunity to work at the Koffler Scientific Reserve and Haliburton Forest.

Qualifications: 1) sincere interest in remote sensing and forest ecology; 2) strong quantitative skills; 3) remote sensing skills, or the ability to learn them quickly; and 4) excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Applicants should send a letter of enquiry and curriculum vitae to Prof. Yuhong He () and Prof. John Caspersen (). Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15th, but the positions will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.

PhD project on the design and analysis of long-term ecological monitoring studies

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Supervisor: Dennis Murray

Seeking a PhD student to assess the statistical limitations and biological inference of contemporary long-term ecological monitoring study designs and datasets, to help reveal the extent that existing approaches may be limited in guiding wildlife conservation programs or documenting broader patterns of environmental change. Currently, few robust long-term datasets of wildlife abundance exist, and there is the need to evaluate both the optimal design of long-term monitoring studies and the reliability of surrogate datasets (e.g., harvest statistics, habitat loss timeseries) in population analysis. Indeed, our previous work on carnivores and waterfowl (e.g., Murray et al. 2010, Ecology 91: 571-581; Murray et al. 2008 J. Wildl. Manage. 72: 1463-1472) revealed shortcomings that call into question the broader utility of existing approaches in population analysis and management. Through timeseries analysis, statistical power analysis, and simulation modeling, the project will address questions such as: 1) population timeseries attributes that are needed to reliably detect a numerical decline or increase; 2) the most robust statistical methods for assessing cyclicity and attenuation in fluctuating animal populations; 3) optimal design of wildlife surveys in heterogenous and changing landscapes; and 4) forecasting population viability using limited or biased data. The student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project, and our lab-based model system (i.e., Chlamydomonas, see Borlestean et al. 2015 Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00037) is available to test specific model predictions in an empirical context.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) as well as coverage of all research/travel expenses. The successful candidate will have an MSc degree in Ecology, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field, evidence of peer-reviewed publications, and very strong quantitative skills. The successful candidate will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University.

To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray (). The successful candidate will begin enrollment by January or May 2018, and we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, so apply early.

MSc or PhD project on the design optimization for private protected areas (Posted 9/27/17)

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada 

Supervisor: Dennis Murray 

Seeking an MSc student to develop a robust and universal strategy for selecting private land parcels for conservation. Using a variety of GIS tools, we will develop models for quantifying the conservation value of individual land parcels based on natural characteristics, anthropogenic effects, zoning, and connectivity, and assess their application using the highly fragmented southern Ontario landscape as test case. The models will be further tested across a range of restrictions to ultimately provide a set of general guidelines to assist NGOs in optimizing their choice of land parcels for protection. Ultimately, we aim to optimize procedures for designing protected areas networks across southern Ontario and beyond. If the position is filled by a PhD candidate, there will be additional opportunity to tailor 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 as coverage of all research/travel expenses. The successful candidate will have a BSc or MSc degree in Biology, Ecology, Geography, or related field, with GIS experience and an understanding of basic principles in design of protected areas. PhD candidates must demonstrate evidence of peer-reviewed publication. The successful candidate must be competitive for scholarship funding and will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University.

To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray (). The successful candidate will begin enrollment by January or May 2018, and we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, so apply early.

PhD project on boreal forest responses to climate change (Posted 9/27/17)

PhD project on boreal forest responses to climate change Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada  Supervisor: Dennis Murray. They are initiating 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, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray (). The successful candidate will begin enrolment at Trent University by January or May 2018, and we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, so apply early.

Postdoc position in macro ecology and conservation at the University of Northern British Columbia (Posted 9/11/17)

The Integrated Forest Decisions Lab seeks a postdoctoral fellow for a NASA funded project mapping change in global forest integrity over time, and linking this change to biodiversity trends.

The project team involves investigators from University of Northern British Columbia (Oscar Venter), NASA (Cindy Schmidt), the United Nations Development Program (Jamison Ervin), Wildlife Conservation Society (James Watson), Montana State University (Andrew Hansen), University of Maryland (Matthew Hansen) and Arizona State University (Scott Goetz and Patrick Jantz). The results of this project will inform the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans in 6 partner countries (Columbia, Indonesia, Brazil, DRC, Vietnam, Ecuador).

The postdoc will join the IFD lab for two years, contributing to the project by updating the global human footprint map with the latest datasets, as well as investigate empirical links between biodiversity trends and measures of the Human Footprint and forest integrity. Opportunities will be available for independent projects on related topics, as well as supervising graduate students with overlapping interests.

Ideal candidates will have a passion for biodiversity conservation and a desire to contribute to real world conservation outcomes, as well as enjoy working as part of a team in a collaborative setting. In addition to a background in the ecological sciences, the successful candidate will have some combination of skills in: programming, statistics and R, working with big data, high level GIS.

Position details: Salary is $55K CND/year, term is 2 years, based in Prince George BC, Canada.

To Apply, email a cover letter, CV, and contact details for three references in a single pdf file to Dr. Oscar Venter at oscar dot venter at unbc dot ca. For questions, contact Dr Venter.

Review of applications will begin 30 September 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

MSc positions in Conservation Science at University of Northern British Columbia (Posted 9/11/17)

The Integrated Forest Decisions Lab at the University of Northern British Columbia is now seeking two MSc students to undertake theses in the areas of:

1) Conservation planning. Research in this theme seeks to test existing approaches and develop novel methods for systematic conservation planning in temperate and northern ecosystems.

2) Cumulative impacts. Research in this theme seeks to elucidate the ecological responses of species and ecosystems to cumulative environmental impacts.

These are general themes, and students will have the latitude to refine their projects based on their interests.

Ideal students will have a strong quantitative background, a passion for biodiversity conservation and ecological sustainability, and a desire to work as part of a team in a collaborative setting. In addition to a background in the ecological sciences, valuable skills for this work are: programming, statistics and R, working with big data, high level GIS experience. Students will receive a living and tuition stipend and access to departmental scholarships.

Expressions of interest should be made by September 30th for a January 2018 start and by October 30th for a May or September 2018 start.

Contact Oscar Venter at oscar.venter at unbc dot ca to discuss further.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Jackson Lab - Integrated Analysis of Aquatic Ecosystems (Posted 8/22/17)
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but no later than September 25, 2017.
More information can be found here.

PhD opportunity in fish ecology (Posted 8/22/17)
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Canada
Apply by September 5, 2017
More information can be found here.

Graduate Student Opportunities in Bloom Ecology and Biogeochemistry (Posted 6/28/17)

As part of the Global Water Futures project FORMBLOOM: Forecasting Tools and Mitigation Options for Diverse Bloom-Affected Lakes: Seeking 2–4 graduate students (MSc and/or PhD) interested in research on the drivers of freshwater cyanobacterial blooms, and options for bloom prediction mitigation. This program links researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, Wilfrid Laurier University, IISD–Experimental Lakes Area, the University of Waterloo, York University and other university networks with industry, government and community partners.

The successful graduate students will work across multiple ecosystems ranging from southern Ontario reservoirs, to a prairie drinking water supply and a long-term experimental lake. Students will perform applied lab and field research, and require good lab skills, quantitative abilities, and a hearty appetite for boat-based field work. Students with experience with sensor-based instrumentation are particularly welcomed.

Project Summary: Harmful algal blooms (HABs) in lakes and reservoirs constitute a major threat to human health and, by extension, to the Canadian economy. HABs, especially those associated with cyanobacteria (cyano-HABs), have direct impacts on the safety of drinking water supplies by producing a variety of liver and nerve toxins in addition to causing taste and odour problems. Cyano-HABs have been increasing in recent years across Canada from Newfoundland to British Columbia. There is an urgent need to improve the science and to develop risk management tools for cyano-HABs.

Opportunities: Field campaigns in Buffalo Pound, Saskatchewan, Lake 227, Ontario, and Conestogo Lake, Ontario combined with laboratory experiments and modelling exercises will evaluate the contributions of nutrients, metals, and lake structure to the timing and severity of cyano-HABs. Carefully selected samples and datasets from other lakes and reservoirs across Canada (including the 47-year dataset from IISD–ELA) will be incorporated into cyano-HAB forecasting and mitigation efforts.

Graduate student research projects will (1) examine nutrient and trace metal dynamics through bloom progression; (2) assess links between physical conditions, sediment-surface redox and cyano-HAB development; and (3) perform long-term data analysis with a focus on winter conditions and bloom severity.

Graduate students will benefit from working with a multi-university and multidisciplinary research team and will interact with partner organisations and ecosystem managers. Students will have opportunities to participate in enhanced training opportunities associated with the NSERC CREATE in Water Security, and the Global Water Futures program.

Interested Applicants: Applicants should indicate their areas of research interest to the professors below:

Prof. Helen Baulch, School of Environment and Sustainability and Global Institute for Water Security University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK helen.baulch at usask

Prof. Jason Venkiteswaran, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5 jvenkiteswaran at wlu.ca

Prof. Sherry Schiff, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 sschiff at uwaterloo.ca