Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities



NatureNet Science Fellows Program (Posted 11/25/20)
The Nature Conservancy
Applications are due by January 1, 2021 and must be submitted through the NatureNet application portal here.
For more information, go here.

2021 Postdoctoral Fellowship in California Conservation Science (Posted 11/23/20)
UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science 
December 20, 2020
For more information, go here.

Ph.D. graduate fellowship at Dartmouth College to study forest ecology of the Hubbard Brook ecosystem (Posted 11/31/20)

A Ph.D. graduate fellowship available to begin in summer 2021 in Dartmouth’s Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Environment and Society (EEES). The successful candidate will design and conduct original research on biota of the Hubbard Brook Forest as part of the NSF-sponsored Long Term Ecological Research project. Possible study organisms include insects, bats, birds, and other heterotrophs. Possible topic areas include phenology, population dynamics, species interactions, connections between green and brown food webs, connections between biogeochemistry and heterotrophs, and more. Requirements include ability to conceive and conduct original research within the umbrella of a larger project; enthusiasm for field biology and collaborative research; and an interest in linkages among ecology, evolution, ecosystems, and society. The EEES Graduate Program at Dartmouth College is top tier in terms of intellectual environment, support for graduate students, and success of alumni. To initiate an application, email a CV and statement of interest to Hannah ter Hofstede and Matt Ayres. Applications should be completed by 1 December 2020 using the online application portal. International applications are welcome. Please share this with anyone who might be interested.

Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for a McCulloch Fellowship with a stipend of $34,000 and a research budget of $5,000 in year one.

Hannah ter Hofstede
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences.

Matt Ayres
Professor of Biological Sciences

USDA-ARS Developing Remote Sensing Technology for Water Management Fellowship (Posted 10/21/20)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Stoneville, MS
Apply by December 16, 2020
For more information, go here.



U.S. Forest Service and BLM Internships (Posted 11/23/20)
Northwest Colorao
For a complete list, go here.


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Post-doc position in wetland ecology (Posted 11/3/20)

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama seeks a post-doctoral research associate to contribute to projects examining tidal marsh resilience to environmental changes and the recovery of ecosystem function in restored marshes of the Gulf Coast. The position requires a Ph.D. in Ecology, Marine Science, or similar field, and expertise in field-based techniques to assess primary production, organic matter decomposition, marsh surface elevation change, and/or ecosystem responses to disturbance. The successful applicant will contribute to ongoing projects on coastal restoration, ecosystem function in response to climate change, and elevation maintenance in marshes along the northern Gulf of Mexico, and will have the opportunity to co-develop new projects. Highly motivated candidates with a demonstrated record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals and strong data management and statistical analysis skills are encouraged to apply. The post-doc will work closely wi th, and under the direction of, Dr. Julia Cherry at the Tuscaloosa campus. This is a 12-month position, with the possibility of renewal for additional years. Applications should be submitted via email to Dr. Julia Cherry (julia.cherry@ua.edu) and should include a CV; a statement of research interests; a one-page summary of the Ph.D. dissertation; the names and contact information for at least three references; and a statement of immigration status for non-citizens.

Additional information about the Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Cherry's research program can be found here and here, respectively. Applications from women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups in Biology are especially encouraged. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.


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Ph.D. Student position in permafrost wetland plant/microbe/ecosystem ecology-Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB), University of Arizona (UA) (Posted 11/18/20)

Starting summer 2021; application deadline December 1, 2020

Seeking a creative graduate student with fieldwork experience in plant or ecosystem ecology to pursue Ph.D. research on vegetation dynamics and vegetation-microbe interactions, in thawing permafrost peatlands. The student will join the newly funded EMERGE Biological Integration Institute, and will investigate how plant functional and chemical composition and carbon cycle dynamics interact with microbial communities to scale to the ecosystem biogeochemistry of CH4 and CO2, and learn how these relations are affected by changing climate.

The successful student applicant would be enrolled in University ArizonaÂ’s EEB department starting in Fall 2021, with research in the experimental field site in Arctic Sweden (at the Abisko Research Station), and will be co-advised by collaborators in Sweden. We anticipate a paid opportunity for an initial season of fieldwork (in summer 2021) before matriculating in the fall.

This position provides exceptional opportunities to learn new techniques and make major contributions to problems of both scientific and societal interest, including the opportunity to participate in UAÂ’s new graduate training program in ecosystem genomics, Building Resources for Inter-Disciplinary training in Genomic and Ecosystem Sciences (BRIDGES).

A bachelorÂ’s degree in ecology, biology, plant science, or related discipline with field experience and strong analytical aptitude required, as is desire and ability to collaborate with others -- including remote sensing scientists, ecosystem modelers, and organic matter chemists -- to achieve common objectives. Experience and skills with computational software (e.g. R) for manipulation of datasets is a plus.

We support diversity in the pursuit of inclusive excellence. We strongly encourage applications from backgrounds under-represented in biology, and from international students (visa required for U.S. enrollment, and depending on nationality, for travel to Sweden).

Prospective students please contact Dr. Scott Saleska, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona (saleska@arizona.edu), or Dr. Malak Tfaily, Environmental Sciences (tfaily@arizona.edu).

Apply to the EEB PhD program here (indicating your interest in professor Scott Saleska as advisor).


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Research Associate position in artificial intelligence for agricultural water, carbon, and productivity (Posted 11/18/20)

The Agricultural Water Use Efficiency and Salinity Unit (US Salinity Laboratory) of the Agricultural Research Service in Riverside, CA is seeking a full-time postdoctoral researcher in hydrology. This is a full-time, temporary appointment Not-to-exceed 2 years, in the Excepted Service. The initial appointment may be extendable up to four years in total, depending upon the availability of funding. The researcher is primarily tasked with executing research in support of a NIFA-funded grant to develop regional crop water use estimation and assess crop productivity using large scale satellite data and artificial intelligence. Model development and validation will be done with eddy covariance and other biometric data sets. The researcher is responsible for helping plan and conduct personal research in conjunction with supervisor, interpreting results, preparing manuscripts, providing material for annual reports, and providing technical information and consultations on projects within ARS and with partners in universities and industry. This position will require a quantitative focus in regional hydrology, crop water use, environmental modeling, satellite remote sensing or related area is preferred. Experience with script-based scientific programming, high-performance computing, or artificial intelligence/machine learning is preferred. A strong record of scholarly/professional achievement commensurate with experience is required. Practical communication skills are preferred, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating research information to a range of audiences. Qualification Requirements: A Ph.D. in physical or natural science, or engineering. Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard’s requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.

Applicants must also meet U.S. citizenship or permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements may apply. Position is open until filled. For further details about this position and how to apply contact: Dr. Ray G. Anderson 951-369-4851 or ray.anderson@usda.gov

Aquatic Ecology of Floating Solar, Postdoctoral Scholar (Posted 11/3/20)
Wild Energy Initiative
John Muir Institue of the Enviroment
University of California, Davids
Open until filled.
For more informatoin, go here.

PhD/MS positions in quantitative microbial ecology & evolution (Posted 10/5/20)
Kremer Lab
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Los Angeles
Applications to UCLA are due December 1st
For more information, go here.


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PhD position in Freshwater Ecology (Posted 11/18/20)

Lindsey Reisinger's lab at the University of Florida is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to start in fall 2021. This is a fully funded position including tuition and a competitive stipend.

Research in the lab focuses on freshwater community ecology, crayfish and other benthic invertebrates, behavioral ecology, invasive species, and disease ecology. The research topic for this position is flexible and will be designed by the graduate student and Dr. Reisinger, but it will be relevant to the research focus of the lab.

Potential research topics include:
1. The effects of prescribed fire on wetland benthic invertebrate communities
2. Invasive crayfish behavioral traits and effects on stream ecosystems
3. Parasite effects on the behavior and success of aquatic invasive species

Candidates must have prior research experience and be comfortable working as part of a team and working in the field around aquatic environments.

If interested, please contact Dr. Lindsey Reisinger at lreisinger1@ufl.edu and provide a cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and professional goals and a CV that includes your GPA. Students from underrepresented backgrounds in ecology are especially encouraged to apply.

Lindsey Reisinger's lab is in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program within the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida.

PhD Position on Grassland Ecosystem Service and Climate Resilience, University of Florida (Poseted 11/18/20)

Position Synopsis: Understanding how to foster sustainable and long-term resilient agroecosystems in an altered climate remains challenging. Such knowledge is particularly crucial for grasslands that account for 70% of the global agricultural production area. This research aims to address how land management and grazing regime interact to affect grassland ecosystem services under future climate variabilities, and the extent to which manipulation of grazing could serve as adaptations to enhance climate resilience of grasslands. Knowledge gained from this project will provide vital information to be integrated into decision support tools to guide climate adaptations and inform innovative best management practices.

Qualifications: Ideal candidate is expected to have the following qualifications and experience:
• Interests and/or experience in ecosystem service, landscape ecology, and global change ecology, and interests in interdisciplinary research;
• MS degree in a related field (e.g., ecology, environmental science, etc.);
• Experience in conducting field studies and lab analyses with demonstrated quantitative skills (e.g., statistics, geospatial analyses, modeling, etc.);
• Strong motivation and independent research abilities with teamwork spirit;
• Good written and oral communication skills.

Anticipated start date: Fall semester, 2021
Deadline: Review of applications will start on 15 December, 2020.
Salary and benefits: It is a fully-funded position, and the selected candidate will be offered a competitive annual stipend plus the comprehensive health insurance and full tuition waiver.
How to apply? Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Jiangxiao Qiu (qiuj@ufl.edu) through sending a current resume/CV with GPA, GRE and TOEFL (or equivalent for non-native English speaker candidates only), a list of references, and a brief statement of research interests and experience as a single PDF. Research in the Qiu lab can be found here; Qiu Lab is in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and based at Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.

Postdoctoral Associate in Coastal Wetland Ecology (Posted 11/12/20)
Wetland Ecosystems Research Lab International University
Miami, FL
Job Opening Id: 522285
Open until filled
For more informatoin, go here.

PhD opportunity at the University of Florida: freshwater ecology (Posted 10/21/20)

Lindsey Reisinger's lab at the University of Florida is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to start in fall 2021. Research in the lab focuses on freshwater community ecology, crayfish and other benthic invertebrates, behavioral ecology, invasive species, and disease ecology. The research topic for this position is somewhat flexible and will be designed by the graduate student and Dr. Reisinger, but it will be relevant to the research focus of the lab here. This is a fully funded position including tuition and a competitive stipend.

Candidates must have prior research experience and be comfortable working as part of a team and working in the field around aquatic environments. Desired qualifications also include: an M.S. in ecology or a related field, an excellent academic record, competitive GRE scores, a good quantitative background, and strong writing skills.

If interested, please contact Dr. Lindsey Reisinger at lreisinger1@ufl.edu and provide a cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and professional goals and a CV that includes your GPA and GRE scores. Strong applicants will be contacted for an informal interview online.

Lindsey Reisinger's lab is in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program within the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida.


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Two postdoc positions urban stream biogeochemistry (Posted 11/5/20)
Idaho State University
Apply by December 7, 2020
For more information, go here.


PhD position in plant trait ecology of tundra ecosystems (Posted 11/3/20)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Apply by November 23, 2020
For more information, go here.


Postdoctoral Fellow (Posted 8/24/20)
O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University
Apply by August 31, 2020
For more information, go here.


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Graduate student positions: evolutionary ecology (Posted 9/22/20)
Department of Biology
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY
Applications for fall 2021 are due by Jan. 15, 2020 to be considered for financial support.
For more information, go here.


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PhD assistantship - climate change impacts on tree ecology or physiology (Posted 11/5/20)
Wason Lab of Forest Ecosystem Physiology
School of Forest Resources
University of Maine
Apply by July 4, 2021
For more information, go here.


PhD level graduate student position in Environmental Science and Policy (Posted 12/3/20)
Environmental Science and Policy Lab
Appalachian Laboratory
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Cambridge, MD
The review of applications will begin December 20, 2020 and continue until a qualified candidate is found.
For more information, go here.

Graduate Opportunity: Community Ecology (Posted 9/22/20)

The Swan Lab at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (biodiversity.umbc.edu) is currently recruiting a PhD student to start in Fall 2021. Research interests are generally open, but should align with the lab’s historically diverse interests in research on the application of theory on how local vs regional effects explain species coexistence in built (plants) and non-built (streams and rivers) environments. Survey, experimental and synthesis approaches are welcome. As the student will be expected to develop their own project, a Master’s degree is desirable in biology or ecology.

If interested, please send an email cover letter describing research interests, career goals, any related experience, a current CV; unofficial academic transcript; and, the name and full contact information for three references to Dr. Christopher M. Swan (chris.swan@umbc.edu). Review of applications will be rolling until the University’s official deadline to apply at the end of January 2021. 


Postdoc and PhD Student Positions in Remote Sensing of Lake Drawdowns and Cyanobacteria Blooms (Posted 10/29/20)
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Apply by November 30, 2020
For more information, go here.


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MS Position studying the ecosystem impacts of beaver mimicry (Posted 11/18/20)

Seeking an MS student to start May 2021 on a project examining the influence of beaver mimicry on the structure and function of headwater stream and riparian food webs in western Montana. The student will be part of the Systems Ecology program at the University of Montana and jointly advised by Drs. Ben Colman (Franke College of Forestry and Conservation) and Rachel Malison (Flathead Lake Biological Station).
The project is focused on understanding changes to aquatic insect communities due to the installation of Beaver Dam Analogs (BDAs), which are increasingly used as a method of stream restoration. Aquatic insects are an important component of streams and their surrounding riparian ecosystems. The MS student will also contribute to ongoing work that focuses on how BDAs influence fish communities and stream/riparian biogeochemistry.

Applicants from a range of backgrounds are encouraged to apply, especially those from historically excluded groups. Two years of funding is available through a combination of teaching and research assistant positions. Tuition, research funding, and support for conference travel are also provided. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with aquatic invertebrates, especially those with experience in aquatic insect taxonomy. The ideal candidate would also have prior research experience and possess both good organizational skills and an attention to detail.

Priority will be given to those who apply by January 10, 2021 by uploading the following information as a single pdf document to this link here: 1) a resume or CV; 2) a letter of interest describing past research experiences and future goals (1-page limit); 3) unofficial transcript(s) from undergraduate institution(s); 4) the names and contact information for three references. Please send an email to introduce yourself to us at ben.colman@umontana.edu and rachel.malison@flbs.umt.edu.


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Two PhD Graduate Student Opportunities - Ecosystem Ecology Posted 11/12/20)
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
University of New Hampshire
Open until filled
For more information, go here.


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MS opportunity @Cornell - stream ecosystem responses to fish migrations (Posted 11/18/20)

The McIntyre research group at Cornell University is seeking a new M.S. student to study the ecosystem consequences of restoring fish migrations into tributaries of the Great Lakes. The project, funded by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, will focus on nutrient and energy dynamics in Michigan's Boardman River, where an innovative approach to selective passage of migratory fish is being developed.

Fish migrations inject nutrients into Great Lakes tributaries, helping to fertilize river food webs. As dams and impassable culverts are removed to restore migration corridors, They often assume that the entire ecosystem will benefit, including boosting the growth of game fish. This study will test that assumption as native migratory species regain access to the middle and upper reaches of the Boardman River. Working with a team of academic and agency partners, They will assess nutrient and carbon processing using bioassays and chemical tracers. We are particularly interested in whether fish movements help to explain spatiotemporal variation stream ecosystem processes.

The ideal candidate will have experience in stream ecology or biogeochemical research, as well as general interests in fisheries, landscape ecology, and ecosystem restoration. They will especially favor candidates who are familiar with methods of quantifying aquatic ecosystem processes (GPP, ER, nutrient spiraling, energy flow through food webs, etc.). Considerable field work in Michigan will be required, and excellent communication (oral and written) skills are a necessity. The project will provide abundant experience in collaborative research that spans conceptual and methodological boundaries. We are looking for a team member who will thrive working closely with Cornell PIs, agency partners, and other academic researchers.

The desired start-date is Summer 2021, and paid field work may begin even earlier. However, the application deadline for the M.S. program in Natural Resources & Environment is 1 December 2020. A competitive stipend and benefits package will be provided, involving a mixture of teaching and research assistantships. Residence in Ithaca, NY is expected, but regular travel to Traverse City, Michigan will be necessary for field work (while fully adhering to COVID-related advisories and requirements). The top candidate will be welcomed into Cornell’s vibrant community of scholars addressing global change and sustainability science, which spans more than a dozen departments and the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability.

They welcome inquiries and questions about this opportunity. To initiate the application process, please submit a brief letter of interest, a resume/CV, and a writing sample as soon as possible. These materials should be sent to both Pete McIntyre (pbm3@cornell.edu) and Greg Jacobs (grjacobs@gmail.com), using the subject line GLFC MS position. Screening will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. We will encourage strong candidates to apply formally for admission to the graduate field of Natural Resources, adhering to the 1 December 2020 application deadline.

The McIntyre group, the Department of Natural Resources & Environment, and Cornell University welcome candidates of all backgrounds. They value, respect, and defend human diversity (gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality, language, identity), and They work collaboratively with partners from all sectors to conserve diversity in the natural world.

Funded PhD position in carbon cycling and ecophysiology across human-dominated landscapes (Posted 11/3/20)

The Reinmann Lab is seeking a Ph.D. student to join our team in the Environmental Sciences Initiative at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center beginning Summer or Fall 2021. The Advanced Science Research Center is a vibrant interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art research and instrumentation facility located in northern Manhattan. My lab studies the effects of environmental change on the terrestrial carbon cycle and across the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum in forest and urban ecosystems. Our research encompasses topics related to forest & soil ecology, dendroecology, tree ecophysiology, land use and land cover change, and climate change. They are looking for a student to work on multi-institution collaborative and interdisciplinary projects funded through NIST and NOAA studying biogenic carbon fluxes and tree ecophysiological processes along urban-to-rural gradients. Applicants should be independent and highly motivated with experience conducting aca demic and/or field and laboratory research. The ideal candidate will also have good quantitative skills and experience with programming, working with GIS and remote sensing datasets, and/or plant physiological measurements. Five years of support are guaranteed through a combination of university fellowships and research/teaching assistantships. Depending on the student's background and interests, the Ph.D. degree can be pursued in either the Department of Biology (Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior or Plant Sciences) or the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center.

If interested, please send an email describing your research interests, relevant experiences, and career goals, along with a CV (including relevant coursework and GPA) and contact information for 3 professional references to Andrew Reinmann (areinmann@gc.cuny.edu). Use the subject:Available Ph.D. Position in your email. To learn more about the lab, go here.


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MSc Opportunity in Biology – North Dakota (Posted 12/3/20)

The Lab UNDerwater at the University of North Dakota is seeking a new M.Sc. graduate student to characterize the behavior of water-level fluctuations in the Prairie Pothole Region. Novel remote sensing techniques will aid in quantifying spatial and temporal conditions that may influence the ecological and social components of these valuable aquatic systems. The successful candidate will be expected to develop research questions that interest them and will advance their career. This project will be especially suited for someone interested in working in teams and across disciplines (e.g., ecology, geology, geography) while maintaining a focus on biology. As part of the position, the student will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the Department of Biology by serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant..

The ideal candidate will have specific interests in developing techniques in remote sensing and GIS and their application to aquatic ecology, landscape ecology, and social-ecological systems. The desired start date is August 2021. To begin the application process, please submit 1) a letter of interest, 2) a writing sample, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) a list of three references and their contact information. Email the file in one document to Dr. Mark Kaemingk (mark.kaemingk@und.edu) using the subject line MSc position in Biology. Applications will be screened immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Graduate Student Positions in Aquatic/Fisheries Ecology (Posted 9/22/20)
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Application review will begin on Nov. 15, with applications accepted until suitable candidates are found.
For more information, go here.


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PhD Position in hydrology/earth science - 1-2 PhD assistantships (Posted 10/29/20)
Gardner Hydrology Lab
Department of Geology and Environmental Science
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Apply by November 25, 2020
For more information, go here.


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PhD student opening in tropical ecology, community ecology, macroecology & conservation - Rice University (Posted 11/18/20)

The Beaudrot Lab in the Department of BioSciences at Rice University is looking for a new PhD student to begin Fall 2021 in the Graduate Program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. The Rice EEB graduate program does not require GRE scores and there is no application fee for US based applicants.
We use observational data and quantitative approaches to investigate questions at the interface of ecological theory and conservation biology. Major aims of the lab are to identify the mechanisms that structure tropical vertebrate communities across spatial scales, to understand how tropical mammals and birds respond to global change, and to apply results to biodiversity conservation. More information about the lab is available here. We are particularly interested in individuals who have prior experience with or an interest in developing stills in machine learning and/or remote sensing.
Prospective students should contact Dr. Lydia Beaudrot (Beaudrot@umich.edu) with a description of your background, research interests and CV. The deadline for applications is December 31st and more information can be found here.

Postdoctoral position studying the critical zone in drylands (Posted 11/18/20)

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), in association with Boise State University, and the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service (ARS), is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work on a recently funded National Science Foundation 'Critical Zone Thematic Cluster' grant to study carbon fluxes, ecohydrology, and nutrient availability in the carbonate-dominated soils of dryland ecosystems. The project has sites in Texas, New Mexico, and Idaho. While funded through UTEP, this position is located in Boise, Idaho and focused on the scientific field operations at the Idaho sites, including the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed and the Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research site in Kimberly, Idaho. They are specifically looking for a candidate who has experience working with eddy covariance towers and the data that they generate. Other useful areas of interest include soil science, soil biogeochemistry, knowledge of dryland ecosystem structure and function, and ecosystem-atmosphere gas exchange techniques. They seek a colleague who is interested in collaborative engagement with scientists and students and also in education and outreach activities. Up to four years of funding is available. They will begin to review applications on Nov 15th but the position is open until filled. The target start date for the position is January 4, 2021. For more information, please email Anthony Darrouzet-Nardi (ajdarrouzetnardi@utep.edu), and copy Lixin Jin (ljin2@utep.edu), Jennifer Pierce (jenpierce@boisestate.edu), and Gerald Flerchinger (gerald.flerchinger@usda.gov). To submit an application, please visit this link and send one pdf file with a cover letter, CV, and contact information of at least three referees.


MSc or PhD available in Ecology of coastal wetlands and sub-arctic carbon cycling (Posted 10/21/20)

An NSF funded MSc or PhD in the Atwood lab at Utah State University is available starting in early 2021. The successful applicant will also work closely with the Beard Lab at Utah State University and the Waring Lab at Imperial College-London. The seek an enthusiastic and inquisitive person who is interested in understanding the role of herbivory, climate change, and wetland ecology in affecting carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide and methane) exchange in wetlands of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska. The project will focus on waterfowl impacts on vegetation and the implications of atmospheric exchange. This study does not focus on waterfowl themselves but instead on the ecosystem services and values of coastal wetlands in Alaska, knowledge of which is fundamental to conserving these and other coastal systems.

The student will undertake a field project that will investigate the effects of grazing on greenhouse gas dynamics, soil microbial communities, soil carbon accumulation and retention, or a combination of these subjects on subarctic wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska. This project will require extensive time in the field, with 4-5 months living in a remote field camp.

Required Qualifications: Background and interest in ecology, soil microbiology, biological sciences, biogeochemistry, or other closely related fields in environmental science. They also seek individuals that have knowledge and experience working with statistical programs such as R, are self-motivated, work great in team environments, and have field experience in ecology or wetlands. Individuals with experience using LiCORs or other greenhouse gas analyzers are especially encouraged to apply. Because the successful applicant will spend two summers in a remote research camp on coastal western Alaska, They seek applicants that are excited about living in a remote location for up to 5 months of the year and those that have experience or are willing to learn to drive boats and snowmobiles.

The appointment can begin as early as Jan 2021. The individual will need to be able to begin fieldwork in early April.

The review of applications will begin on Nov 13, 2020.

In your application, please include:
1. A cover letter that explains how your research and experience aligns with the skills and research activities listed above 2. A CV or resume 3. A list of three professional references and their contact information.

For any questions, contact Trisha Atwood: trisha.atwood@usu.edu


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M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship - Wetland Assessment of Woody Vegetation, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, West Virginia University (Posted 9/2/20)

STARTING DATE: January 2021

CLOSING DATE: Position is open until filled.

DESCRIPTION: Are you interested in: wetland mitigation, restoration ecology, the improvement of wetland assessment metrics, and contributing to science that will influence policy? If so, this Graduate Research Assistantship is for you.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is currently revising performance standards for wetland mitigation (restoration) projects. In support of this endeavor, West Virginia University is implementing an applied research project to evaluate woody vegetation growth, particularly stem area at groundline as a metric for ecological success capturing woody growth and function as a potential success metric for wetland mitigation in West Virginia. This project will use existing protocols and develop new methods that will be applied to targeted wetland restoration sites throughout West Virginia, assess whether the time sequence trends are indicative of a successful restoration trajectory and calibrate as necessary for West Virginia conditions, and determine any constraints on this method that would inhibit or limit its adoption as a performance standard tied to wetland credit release. Opportunities for additional research questions related to wildlife, invertebrates, or hydr ology are possible for exceptional candidates.

Student will be supported by a Research Assistantship with funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The student will be working toward an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University.

QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. in Wildlife, Wetlands, Forestry, Ecology, Environmental Science, or closely related field. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 300. A strong interest in wetland mitigation or restoration ecology is required. Previous experience with wetlands and trees/shrubs is highly desired.

STIPEND: $18,000/year plus health insurance and university tuition waiver.

CONTACT: Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, a 500-word statement of purpose (why do you want to work on this project, your research and career goals, etc.), copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references as a single PDF document to Dr. Jim Anderson at wetland@wvu.edu.

Dr. James T. Anderson
West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources Morgantown, WV 26506-6125 USA Telephone (304) 293-3825
E-mail: wetland@wvu.edu


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Post-doctoral Fellowship Program - University of Toronto (Posted 11/18/20)

The Faculty of Arts and Science offers a two-year Post-doctoral Fellowship Program. The application deadline is December 1st, 2020. In order to apply, you must be sponsored by a faculty member. Details regarding faculty members within the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto are available at here. Please contact faculty members directly where research interests may match.


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