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Fellowships 

Garden Club of America - Urban Forestry Fellowship (Posted 1/13/20)
Washington, DC
Apply by January 31, 2020
For more information, go here.

PhD Fellowships at SUNY ESF: Pathways to a Net Zero Carbon Future (Posted 1/6/20)

Seeking exceptional doctoral students to join a new transdisciplinary initiative at SUNY ESF to address ‘wicked problems’ at the intersection of land use practices, energy systems, and climate change. The Pathways to a Net Zero Carbon Future project brings together three foundational areas of expertise at ESF – sustainable energy management, ecosystem stewardship, and climate-resilient design – at a time when practical solutions are urgently needed to decarbonize landscapes, build local resilience, and ensure just transitions. They are recruiting up to five highly capable, motivated, and creative PhD scholars that share a commitment to these goals and demonstrate potential as transdisciplinary researchers, practitioners, and team members. Successful applicants will receive two years of fellowship support and will then receive graduate assistantships to complete their degree programs. For more information on the Net Zero Carbon initiative, including how to apply, go here. Applications received by February 1, 2020 will receive optimal consideration.

Graduate Fellowships in Forest Sustainability (Posted 12/20/19)

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara is currently accepting applications for Fellowships in Forest Sustainability. The application deadline is January 5, 2020.

The Forest Sustainability Fellowship (FSF), generously supported by the Michael J. Connell Memorial Fund, focuses on scientific understanding and policy tools required to manage forests for long-term biological, physical, and social sustainability. Through training, research, and communication, the FSF program prepares a new generation of high-impact leaders in forest science and management.

Forest Sustainability Fellows enroll in the Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) program at UCSB’s Bren School, and may specialize in a variety of areas including Conservation Planning, Economics and Politics of the Environment, Water Resources Management, Pollution Prevention and Remediation, Energy and Climate or Corporate Environmental Management. In addition to standard coursework, Forest Sustainability Fellows take two courses on issues related to forest sustainability, participate in field trips, and lead a seminar speaker series.

Fellowships provide coverage of fees, tuition, and health insurance for students at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management as well as specialized curriculum and a network of forest professionals. Applicants must be applying to the MESM program at the Bren School.

The Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) program is a two-year professional degree program designed for individuals who plan to enter or re-enter the workforce upon graduation. The program focuses on application and problem-solving and has three parts: the first-year core curriculum, the second-year work in one of seven Specializations, and the Group Project or Eco-Entrepreneurship Project.

For more information, please go here.

Bruce Kendall
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA, USA 

Announcing three graduate fellowships at Oregon State University for Fall, 2020 (Posted 11/8/19)

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES) in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon has three funded positions available for new graduate student Fellows, beginning August 2020. The Fellowships will support one PhD student and two Masters students interested in conducting research on collaborative governance and fire ecology in wildfire management in Oregon. Fellows will work as a team to develop skills in making science useful to collaborative organizations, communities, and policy makers working to reduce fire risk and improve forest health in the landscapes of eastern Oregon including the wildland-urban interface.
• One Masters student will work with Dr. Meg Krawchuk on fire ecology and conservation
• One Masters student will work with Dr. Troy Hall on science communication
• One PhD student will work with Dr. Reem Hajjar on collaborative governance
For more details about the program and how to apply, go here.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecology and Environmental Science in the Tropics and Subtropics (Posted 11/4/19)
International Center at the University of Florida
Call for Applications - Due: January 6, 2020
For more information, go here

 

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REMOTE

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ALABAMA

PhD and MS Students in Environment and Natural Resources University of Alabama (Posted 9/20/19)

The Forest Dynamics Lab in the Department of Geography and Program in Environmental Science at the University of Alabama is seeking a PhD or MS student to investigate forest disturbance and development in mixed oak-pine stands. The primary mission of their lab is to provide science-based solutions to pressing forest management issues. Their research projects in applied forest ecology are wide ranging and include work on trees, herbs, forest fuels, soils, deadwood, and macrofungi. They place special emphasis on forest stand dynamics and forest disturbance ecology. The PhD or MS student will work on a project conducted jointly with the Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service to investigate disturbance and regeneration patterns, the results of which will be used to refine silvicultural prescriptions to promote mixed species stands and ecosystem resiliency. They seek a student with a background in forestry, environmental science, geography, ecology, or a related field that preferably has research experience in field and lab settings.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their undergraduate record, GRE scores, recommendation letters, and prior experiences. Funding during the academic year will be provided from a Graduate Teaching Assistantship through the Department of Geography and during the summer from a Research Assistantship with funds from the USDA Forest Service. The position carries a full tuition waiver, a stipend, and health insurance. Additional funding for conference presentations and workshops will also be provided. Fellowships through the University of Alabama Graduate School are available for exceptional applicants.

Interested students should contact Justin Hart (hart013(at)ua.edu) and should provide a statement of interest, unofficial transcripts, and test scores. Additional information is available from the following links:
Forest Dynamics Lab
Department of GeographyGraduate SchoolUniversity of Alabama


ALASKA

MS student: MS Assistantship in Biogeochemistry (Ocean Acidification) at UAF (Posted 10/25/19)
Marine Biology Department
University of Alaska Fairbanks
For more information, go here


ARIZONA

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Ecological Carbon Modeling (Posted 12/30/19) 
Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science
Arizona State University
Apply by January 17, 2020
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Remote Sensing (Posted 12/20/19) 
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
Apply by January 2, 2020
For more information, go here.

Postdoc in remote sensing and biodiversity modelling (Posted 12/18/19) 
Doughty Lab
Northern Arizona University
Job ID: 604706
For more information, go here.


ARKANSAS

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CALIFORNIA

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 12/30/19) 
Department of Earth System Science
University of California, Irvine
Job #JPF05860
Review date: January 24, 2020
For more information, go here.

Graduate student opportunity in coastal hydro-biogeochemistry at UC Santa Cruz (Posted 11/8/19) 

Coastal estuaries are the interface between uplands and the ocean; intercepting, transforming, and transporting pollutants on their course to the marine environment. Terrestrially-derived, nonpoint source nutrient pollution from rivers into coastal systems has been extensively characterized, but the contribution and fate of pollutants from groundwater is less understood.They are seeking a MS or PhD student to join a SeaGrant-funded multidisciplinary research team to quantify the fate and transport of groundwater-derived nitrogen to the coast, to start summer or fall 2020. The focus field site for this project is the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Monterey Bay, CA. Research topics can include, but are not limited to, characterization of nitrogen speciation in groundwater and surface waters, groundwater flux calculations, and reactive transport modelling.

While the selected student will be enrolled at the University of California, Santa Cruz in Margaret Zimmer’s Watershed Hydrology Lab, the student will be a part of a female-led research team with a diverse range of research interests that includes co-PIs Drs. Anna Braswell (CU Boulder), Erin Seybold (Kansas Geological Survey; University of Kansas), and Corianne Tatariw (University of Alabama). The Zimmer lab is motivated to maintain a productive, diverse, and inclusive lab environment and they encourage students from under-represented groups to consider this program. In addition, UC Santa Cruz has several initiatives to help foster a welcoming environment for all (e.g. FirstGen Initiative, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion).

The UC Santa Cruz Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is regularly ranked in the top 15-20 Earth Sciences departments in the country and UC Santa Cruz is currently ranked 3rd worldwide for research influence. The campus is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking Monterey Bay, a national marine sanctuary. For more information about program requirements, please visit the department website. The departmental application deadline is January 3, 2019.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Zimmer at margaret.zimmer 'at' ucsc.edu before the application deadline with information on research experiences and interests, motivations to pursue a graduate degree, and career aspirations. Please include a current CV and unofficial academic transcripts. More information about the Zimmer lab can be found on the Zimmer lab website.

Post Doctoral Researcher (Posted 11/4/19)
Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division
Berkeley, CA
Open until the position is filled
For more information, go here.


COLORADO

Climate Change Education Research Postdoc Position (Posted 12/20/19)
School of Biological Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO
Posting No.: E00780
Requested Start Date: Negotiable, but February 1, 2020 preferred
For more information, go here.

Post-Doctoral Position in Ecosystem Modeling (Posted 12/9/19)

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory of Colorado State University is seeking an environmental statistician for a post-doctoral position. The new hire will work as part of a team with other statisticians and subject-matter scientists from CSU and US Department of Agriculture to develop and evaluate imputation products combining data from existing USDA surveys and other datasets to represent historical land use and management in the United States. The statistician will also work with the team to support assessments of greenhouse gas emissions using the imputed product and other supporting information. The statistician will produce peer-reviewed manuscripts and reports of the methodology and results. The annual salary will be between $65,070 and $70,100, and the application deadline is January 5, 2020 for full consideration. The job description can be found at here.


CONNECTICUT

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DELAWARE

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FLORIDA

Restoration Ecology Intern (Posted 1/6/20)
Archbold Biological Station
Venus, FL
Deadline to apply is January 25, 2020
For more information, go here.

PhD position available - Computational Biogeochemistry (Posted 12/20/19)

The Todd-Brown Lab at the University of Florida is looking for two PhD students beginning in Spring or Fall of 2020. Graduate students will have a large degree of freedom to choose their research topic within the topic of soil biogeochemical modeling, students with targeted research interests are particularly encouraged to apply. Research in this lab is computational and mathematically driven. However there are opportunities to collaborate with field and bench scientists, and students should expect to interact regularly with non-computational researchers.

The ideal applicate should either have a background in biogeochemistry with a strong interest in modeling and informatics OR a background in mathematics/computer science with a strong interest in soils. Applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Applicants from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Assistantships include stipend, tuition, and benefits. Interested applicants should email Dr Todd-Brown (kathe.toddbrown [[at]] essie [[dot]] ufl [[dot]] edu) a copy of their CV and a brief cover letter outlining their interests and suitability for the assistantship.

Regretfully non-US applications are not eligible for this specific assistantship but are encouraged to inquire regardless and other lines of funding can be investigated.


GEORGIA

Forest Ecohydrology & Ecophysiology (PhD) (Posted 10/17/19)

The University of Georgias Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources are seeking a Ph.D. student to conduct research on forest ecohydrology and ecophysiology in the Aubrey Lab beginning fall of 2020. Research will focus on understanding how the major components of the forest hydrologic cycle change through stand development and how we can manipulate those dynamics through silvicultural approaches to influence water use efficiency. The ideal candidate would already possess extensive field and laboratory experience, proven problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a solid statistical background, an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team. The candidate should also exhibit strong motivation to develop, conduct, and publish basic and applied research in the fields of forest ecology, ecohydrology, and ecophysiology. Candidates should possess a M.S. degree in ecology, forestry, plant biology, hydrology, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will receive an assistantship that consists of an annual stipend of approximately $23k and tuition waiver. Student fees of approximately $1k per semester, which include the matriculation fee and activity, athletic, health, student facilities, technology, and transportation fees will be assessed. If you are interested in this opportunity, please familiarize yourself with Warnell's admission requirements and deadlines and send a single pdf containing: (1) a 1-2 page statement of your research interests and a summary of your professional career goals that explains why you think working in the Aubrey Lab will help you realize these goals; (2) a current CV; (3) unofficial transcripts showing all previous coursework, degrees, and GPA; (4) GRE scores; and (5) contact information of three references to Dr. Doug Aubrey (). If selected to compete for one of these assistantships, you will be encouraged to submit an application to the UGA Graduate School prior to December 31, 2019.

Forest Nitrogen Cycling & Soil Health (PhD) (Posted 10/17/19)

The University of Georgias Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources are seeking a Ph.D. student to conduct research on forest nitrogen cycling and soil health in the Aubrey Lab beginning fall of 2020. Research will focus on understanding the implications of integrating nitrogen-fixing winter cover crops and crop rotation on the productivity and sustainability of short-rotation forestry. The ideal candidate would already possess extensive field and laboratory experience, proven problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a solid statistical background, an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team. The candidate should also exhibit strong motivation to develop, conduct, and publish basic and applied research in the fields of forest ecology, soils, and ecophysiology. Candidates should possess a M.S. degree in ecology, forestry, soils, plant biology, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will receive an assistantship that consists of an annual stipend of approximately $23k and tuition waiver. Student fees of approximately $1k per semester, which include the matriculation fee and activity, athletic, health, student facilities, technology, and transportation fees will be assessed. If you are interested in this opportunity, please familiarize yourself with Warnells admission requirements and deadlines and send a single pdf containing: (1) a 1-2 page statement of your research interests and a summary of your professional career goals that explains why you think working in the Aubrey Lab will help you realize these goals; (2) a current CV; (3) unofficial transcripts showing all previous coursework, degrees, and GPA; (4) GRE scores; and (5) contact information of three references to Dr. Doug Aubrey (). If selected to compete for one of these assistantships, you will be encouraged to submit an application to the UGA Graduate School prior to December 31, 2019.

Forest Carbon Cycling & Ecophysiology (PhD) (Posted 10/16/19)

The University of Georgias Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources are seeking a Ph.D. student to conduct research on forest carbon cycling and ecophysiology in the Aubrey Lab beginning fall of 2020. Research will focus on understanding how carbon inputs influence soil carbon accrual and storage dynamics through stand development and across multiple harvest rotations to determine if silvicultural approaches can influence the magnitude and timing of soil carbon equilibrium. The ideal candidate would already possess extensive field and laboratory experience, proven problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a solid statistical background, an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team. The candidate should also exhibit strong motivation to develop, conduct, and publish basic and applied research in the fields of forest ecology, soils, and ecophysiology. Candidates should possess a M.S. degree in ecology, forestry, soils, plant biology, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will receive an assistantship that consists of an annual stipend of approximately $23k and tuition waiver. Student fees of approximately $1k per semester, which include the matriculation fee and activity, athletic, health, student facilities, technology, and transportation fees will be assessed. If you are interested in this opportunity, please familiarize yourself with Warnells admission requirements and deadlines and send a single pdf containing: (1) a 1-2 page statement of your research interests and a summary of your professional career goals that explains why you think working in the Aubrey Lab will help you realize these goals; (2) a current CV; (3) unofficial transcripts showing all previous coursework, degrees, and GPA; (4) GRE scores; and (5) contact information of three references to Dr. Doug Aubrey (). If selected to compete for one of these assistantships, you will be encouraged to submit an application to the UGA Graduate School prior to December 31, 2019.


HAWAII

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IDAHO 

MS position at the University of Idaho (Posted 12/18/19)

Opening for a student to study soil biogeochemistry in an alternative cropping system. The study is of pulses intercropped with barley under full and reduced irrigation conditions. There are opportunities to investigate soil organic matter build up, nitrogen dynamics, and microorganisms using stable isotope labeling. The student will be mentored by Dr. Kayler and join the Landscape Biogeochemistry group where we study biotic and abiotic responses to the multiple demands placed upon our natural resources. Moscow, Idaho is located in the Palouse region of the inland Pacific Northwest that has a university town atmosphere with access to fishing, hiking, and camping in your backyard. Send me an email with your questions and interests along with a possible start-date:

Grad student positions in spatial modeling of social-ecological systems (Posted 11/4/19)

The ideal student will be interested in partnering with conservation NGOs, government agencies, and philanthropic organizations to address key questions that improve the ability of conservation practitioners to develop strategies that better align with the socio-political context of the landscapes they seek to conserve. Students will apply methods from a variety of disciplines to develop novel approaches for integrating social, economic, political, and ecological datasets into products that help practitioners align the socio-politically possible with the ecologically necessary. For example, they are currently working to integrate social media sentiment data, telephone surveys, and a variety of spatial datasets to identify locations for wildlife connectivity conservation. Given our interest in developing a more diverse and general understanding of the drivers of conservation action, they encourage students from diverse professional and academic backgrounds.

Students will be advised by Dr. Matt Williamson and will be active members of the Human Environment Systems (HES) group at Boise State University. HES is a group of faculty and students committed to transdisciplinary, team-based, actionable research that addresses real- world environmental challenges. Depending on their interests, students they may choose from among a range of PhD programs at Boise State University, including Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Public Policy and Administration, or Computing.

This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantship (renewable, 12-month stipend), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance. Further, one of these positions may be funded through the NSF Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship, which supports students from domestic underrepresented minority backgrounds to pursue graduate studies in STEM programs at Boise State, learn more here. Please see additional details at: Williamson_2020_Student_Recruitment


ILLINOIS 

Summer 2020 Wetland Internship (Posted 1/10/20)
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Libertyville, IL
Tracking Code: SMC.42019
Apply by March 13, 2020
For more information, go here.


INDIANA 

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IOWA

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KANSAS

Two M.S. Assistantships in Mined-land Ecology (Herps, Birds, Plants) - Kansas (Posted 12/30/19)

The Department of Biology at Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas) is recruiting two M.S. students to study reclaimed mined-land ecology in southeast Kansas. The students will work with Drs. Christine Brodsky and Andrew George to develop a project focused on either wetland or upland ecosystems, with emphasis on conservation of state-listed (SINC) species, including herpetofauna, birds, and vegetation communities. The students will be supported by graduate research assistantships with a full tuition waiver, monthly stipend, and student health insurance. Field work may begin as soon as May 2020.

Applicants should have completed a bachelors degree in a related field by May 2020, and have a GPA and GRE scores that are competitive. Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated field experience in standard sampling techniques and expertise in identification of at least one of the following: herpetofauna, birds, or plants. Previous experience with GIS and an aptitude for quantitative approaches is also desirable (i.e., data analysis, modeling, programming in R). Applicants should be able to work collaboratively and independently under adverse weather and in remote locations, and should have strong communication skills. A valid U.S. drivers license is required.

Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter describing your interest in graduate studies and previous research experience, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) copies of transcripts, 4) GRE scores, and 5) contact information for 3 references. Send materials as an email attachment to Dr. Christine Brodsky (cbrodsky(at)pittstate.edu). Unofficial transcripts and GRE scores are acceptable at this time but official documents will be required for formal admission to the university.

Review of applications will begin on January 31 and continue until the position is filled. 


KENTUCKY

Postdoctoral Position: Wetland Restoration in western Kentucky - Murray State University (Posted 12/20/19)

Seeking a postdoctoral associate to help coordinate the synthesis of wetland restoration and monitoring of Natural Resources Conservation Service - Wetland Restoration Program projects starting in early 2020. The candidate will join an interdisciplinary team examining nutrient dynamics, macroinvertebrates, fish, herps, birds, bats, and wetland vegetation responses to restoration.

The position is for one year with the opportunity and funding to renew until July of 2022.

Minimum education requirements include Ph.D. and experience and skills in biology, ecology, biogeochemistry or related fields. The candidate should be able to perform research/lab work and temporary strenuous field work under inclement weather conditions (hot, rainy, cold, biting insects, etc.).

For more information, please contact Michael Flinn, Professor and Director of Hancock Biological Station, Murray State University, Murray KY.

To apply: go here.

The application deadline is January 12, 2020 and requires a letter of application and a curriculum vitae.

Murray State University endorses the intent of all federal and state laws created to prohibit discrimination. Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status or disability in employment or application for employment, admissions or the provision of services and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal access to participate in all programs and activities.

NSF-funded Postdoc Position in agroecosystem data-model fusion - Univ. of Kentucky (Posted 11/8/19)

Seeking a postdoc scientist to synthesize crop production risk-related data (e.g., in situ observations/measurements, inventory, satellite-based observations, and model-simulated results), identify Critical Risk Indexes, and conduct multi-scale analysis in the agricultural domain. The successful candidate will work on a collaborative NSF-funded project comprising of researches from 9 institutions with diverse research backgrounds (e.g., big data, remote sensing, ecohydrology, and agroecosystem modeling).

Competitive candidates are expected to be highly self-motivated and can work independently. Strong quantitative skills are required to use statistical tools and/or process-based models to quantify changes in the structure and function of the agroecosystem ecosystem in the context of climate change. Experiences in the application of big data modeling and data-model fusion, and programming ability in scientific computing languages (e.g., Python, R, Matlab, C++, and FORTRAN) to deal with satellite remote sensing, ground observations, and gridded datasets are highly preferred. The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated success in working closely with a multidisciplinary research team.

The position is available from January 1, 2020, but the start date is negotiable. This is a two-year position with the possibility of extension contingent upon satisfactory performance and continuing availability of funds. Interested individuals should email their application materials (CV, statement of interest, and contact information of 2-3 academic references) to Dr. Wei Ren (). Applications from women, minorities, and otherwise underrepresented are particularly encouraged.

Contact information is available here. The position is open until a suitable candidate is found.

PhD Positions in U. of Louisville Biology Program (EEB/MCD) (Posted 10/28/19)

The Department of Biology at the University of Louisville (UofL) is seeking applicants to the Ph.D. graduate program starting fall 2020. UofL Biology faculty research interests broadly include conservation, ecology, evolution, animal behavior, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, and biology education. Please see their website for more information about specific faculty interests and graduate programs here. The faculty listed below actively participate in the graduate program. Most anticipate accepting graduate students for Fall 2020.

James Alexander - population, behavioral, and physiological ecology of aquatic invertebrates Natalie Christian - plant-endophyte interactions, microbial ecology Cynthia Corbitt - behavioral neuroendocrinology, environmental signaling Lee Dugatkin - behavioral ecology, evolution, history of science Perri Eason - behavioral ecology and conservation biology of terrestrial vertebrates and insects.
Sarah Emery - plant population and community ecology, soil ecology, restoration ecology Paul Ewald - evolutionary ecology of parasitism, evolutionary medicine Linda Fuselier - postsecondary biology education, bryophyte ecology Paul Himes - microbiology, molecular genetics, microbial ecology, interspecies communication Dae-Sung Hwangbo - molecular genetics of circadian rhythms, aging, and cell death Andrew Mehring - ecosystem ecology, urban ecology, and greenhouse gas fluxes Michael Menze - molecular physiology; mitochondrial bioenergetics; cryobiology Michael Perlin - molecular genetics; disease evolution; fungal phytopathogens Rachel Pigg - wildlife and disease vector ecology, postsecondary biology education Mark Running - plant genetics and development; drought tolerance; biofuels David Schultz - molecular genetics, biotechnology, and biochemistry Joe Steffen - cellular and molecular physiology; environmental physiology Micah Worley - microbiology of intracellular pathogens and pathogen manipulation of host cells Steve Yanoviak - behavior and ecology of tropical arthropods, ecological effects of lightning Debbie Yoder-Himes - microbiology and molecular genetics

The application deadline for Fall admission is January 15, 2020 for students seeking financial support. Teaching assistantships and fellowships are available for competitive applicants. Admission requirements, graduate program application materials, and other information is available here. Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact individual Biology faculty before applying.

The University of Louisville is a metropolitan campus of ca. 23,000 students located a few minutes from downtown. Louisville (pop. 600,000) is a progressive, compassionate, cosmopolitan city that welcomes diversity. The Louisville metropolitan area offers exceptional dining, cultural, and entertainment opportunities, and relatively low cost-of-living. Louisville's location provides easy access to research and outdoor recreational opportunities on the Ohio River and surrounding forests, and to local government agencies, NGOs, and medical centers. Several Biology faculty maintain collaborations, committee appointments and adjunct positions at other universities and at the UofL Health Sciences Center campus downtown. The University of Louisville is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Employer. They are a vibrant and inclusive community, and they actively seek students who are interested in contributing to diversity and equal opportunity within higher education.


LOUISIANA

Research Assistant needed for project studying coastal wetland carbon exchanges (Posted 12/2/19)

The Roberts Lab at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) (robertsresearchlab.weebly.com) is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and organized individual to coordinate vegetation and methane and carbon dioxide flux sampling at marsh sites in coastal Louisiana as well as at NERR sites along the Gulf Coast. The individual will join an interdisciplinary research team of scientists from LUMCON, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), Silvestrum Climate Associates, Notre Dame, Cal State University-Hayward, and USGS as part of a NASA Climate Monitoring System project aimed at monitoring and forecasting coastal wetland carbon exchanges at regional to national scales. The candidate will be responsible for coordinating the Roberts lab activities in the project which focus on monthly sampling of CO2 and CH4 fluxes, vegetation dynamics, and site characteristics at three LUMCON area marsh sites studied since 2013 and coordinating less frequent sampling at NERR sites along the US Gulf Coast.

The position is available immediately.

Additional information about the project can be found below.

Interested candidates should email a C.V. and brief statement of interest with the subject "Wetland Carbon Exchanges Project Research Assistant" to .

Gilbert Foundation Graduate Research Assistantships (Posted 11/21/19)

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

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

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

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

For more information about graduate studies in the School of Renewable Natural Resources you are encouraged to visit the Schools web page and the Graduate School web page. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest summarizing your credential that includes a statement of possible research interest commensurate with level of graduate study. Also include names and email address for at least two references and copies of academic transcripts. The committee will meet February 15, 2020 to evaluate applicants. Awardees will then apply for admission for the Fall 2020 semester with a separate application to the Graduate School.

Send application materials via email our U.S. Postal Service to: Dr. Thomas Dean, Professor and Gilbert Committee Chair, 227 Renewable Natural Resources Building, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, ,


MAINE

Paid Undergraduate Summer Research Program in One Health and the Environment (Posted 1/13/20)

The University of Maine Initiative for One Health and the Environment is excited to announce an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for summer 2020. Our fully paid summer program will focus on Accelerating New Environmental Workskills (REU ANEW). From June 1 to August 8, 2020, we will invite 10 motivated undergraduate students to join our faculty and graduate students to conduct cutting-edge research at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health. REU ANEW students will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty research mentors, as well as Broader Impacts mentors who are working in the field to apply One Health research to real world problems. Through our program, students will develop critical research and thinking skills that are directly relevant to future career success, and build lasting professional relationships with their undergraduate peers, graduate students, and faculty and broader impacts mentors. All REU participants will receive a generous stipend and living expenses, including partial travel expenses and housing at the University of Maine in Orono. For more information and to apply, go here. Students should apply by January 31 for full consideration. Direct any questions you have about the program or the application process to .

Visiting Sawyer Post-Doctoral Fellowship or Assistant Professorship of Coastal and Marine Environmental Science (Posted 12/9/19)

The Corning School of Ocean Studies at Maine Maritime Academy seeks an interdisciplinary and collaborative visiting Sawyer Post-doctoral Fellow or Assistant Professor to assist the Ocean Studies department with the establishment of a new baccalaureate degree program in Coastal and Marine Environmental Science (CMES). It is anticipated that the visiting Sawyer position will be a one-year position, with the potential to be renewed one year at a time for up to three years. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence, an enthusiasm for team teaching, and the potential to develop new upper division courses in their area of expertise. This full-time, stipend-based visiting position carries a maximum of 24 units teaching load per academic year. The visiting Sawyer position will work with Ocean Studies faculty to develop, incorporate, and co-teach coastal and marine environmental content into the first-year introductory course Introduction to Marine and Environmental Science, as well as develop upper level courses Global Change and Land-Margin Ecosystems. Go here for more information - then Faculty Position 

Graduate Assistantship in Forest Ecology, University of Maine (Posted 11/25/19)

Graduate Assistantship in Forest Ecology, University of Maine (pending funding): The School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, is seeking highly motivated graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) to participate in research addressing one or more of the following: (1) Forest stand dynamics and stand-level productivity, using long-term permanent plots and dendrochronology methods; (2) Controls over woody debris decay, moisture content, and nutrient dynamics, using field experiments.

The assistantship would provide funding at approximately $20,000/year, 50% of health insurance paid, and a tuition waiver for 19 credits/year. Operating support may also be available.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate would have solid quantitative skills, strong field and laboratory skills, and a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research. High levels of intellectual curiosity and self-motivation are essential. Position is dependent on funding availability and is open until filled. If interested, please send a CV attached to a message briefly explaining your background and research interests to .
Contact: Dr. Shawn Fraver
School of Forest Resources, University of Maine
Web: www.forest.umaine.edu
E-mail:

Graduate Assistantship in Silviculture and Ecophysiology Available Starting Summer 2020 (Posted 11/21/19)

The University of Maines School of Forest Resources is seeking a highly motivated Masters student to join a research project on the silviculture and ecophysiology of northern white-cedar.

Though northern white-cedar is abundant in Maine there are many gaps in our understanding of the management and biology of this important tree species. This project will investigate silvicultural outcomes, as well as the ecophysiological mechanisms for those outcomes.

The research will address: (1) impacts of harvesting on lowland northern white-cedar stand structure and composition; and (2) ecophysiology of northern white-cedar trees in harvested and unharvested stands. This project includes field work in central and eastern Maine, and will require travel to remote field sites and some camping. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Laura Kenefic (U.S. Forest Service) and Dr. Jay Wason (University of Maine).

Research assistantship: This position provides a two-year stipend of approximately $21,000 USD /year, 50% of health insurance paid, and a tuition waver. Operating (including a field assistant) and some travel funds are also available.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have field and lab skills, familiarity with forests of the northeastern U.S., a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, and strong written and verbal communication skills. Start date is June 2020.

About the University of Maine School of Forest Resources: (SFR): With almost 90% of the state covered by forest, forest resources are central to Maines quality of life and economy. The SFR provides essential forestry education and research and is a signature area of the University of Maine. Approximately 60 graduate students are currently enrolled in M.F., M.S., and Ph.D. programs within the SFR. The University has over 11,000 students and is the states flagship research institution.

To Apply: The position will remain open until filled. If interested, send a CV, GRE scores, and statement of your research interests to and

For more information, go here.


MARYLAND

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MASSACHUSETTS

Masters Student for Salt Marsh Ecology Project at UMass Boston (Posted 12/20/19)

The Byrnes Lab at UMass Boston is seeking a masters student to start in Fall 2020 with the possibility of an additional opportunity for fieldwork in Summer 2020. The selected candidate will join a lab focused on community ecology and global change as part a project examining the biological consequences of sea level rise for salt marshes at the Plum Island Ecosystem Long-Term Ecological Research Site. This will involve participating and ultimately acting as coordinator for a long-term monitoring program of salt marsh community structure, ecosystem function, and change in marsh inundation. The position comes with full tuition coverage, a 12-month stipend from summer and fall support research assistant and spring semester support as a teaching assistant in relevant undergraduate courses, and insurance. The student will be supervised by Dr. Byrnes as part of the UMB Masters in Biology program. See here for more information and admissions requirements. Applicants are expected to have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, Environmental Science, or related field. The ability to use the statistical program R is beneficial and if not, at minimum, an enthusiasm and willingness to learn R. Just being honest here.

Students can submit applications here and will need to supply 1) A transcript, 2) three letters of recommendation, and 3) a statement of purpose. See here for more information. Applications are due January 2, 2020, but contact if a later application submission is needed.

For more information about the Byrnes laband here or contact .

Ph.D./M.S. positions in Evolutionary Ecology at UMass-Dartmouth (Posted 10/23/19)

Graduate student positions (Ph.D. and/or M.S.) available in Dr. Genevieve Kozak's lab at UMass-Dartmouth. The Kozak lab studies speciation and sexual selection in changing environments. The lab's research combines behavioral experiments with field collection and genomics, primarily in insects.

Current projects in the lab include how reproductive isolation changes in stressful environments and genetic/epigenetic basis underlying mate preference divergence.

Prospective students should email a short description of their research interests along with a CV to .

Applications for the Integrative Biology graduate program are due January 15th. For more information, go here and here.


MICHIGAN

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Statistical Modeling of Harmful Algal Blooms (Posted 1/13/20)
University of Michigan, CIGLR
For more information, go here.


MINNESOTA

Student Worker Para Prof Biological Monitoring (Posted 12/30/19)
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Brainerd, MN
Job ID: 36689
Apply by January 13, 2020
For more information, go here.


MISSISSIPPI 

Research Technician I - Gulf Sturgeon (Posted 12/3019)
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
Apply by January 24, 2020
For more information, go here.


MISSOURI

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MONTANA

MS or PhD opportunity: long-term forest dynamics (Montana) (Posted 1/13/20)

A graduate research assistantship (MS or PhD) in forestry is available within the Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. They seek a motivated and independent individual to design and conduct research on the long-term response of montane coniferous forests to early-stand density control, including characterization of forest growth responses and associated impacts on insect and disease dynamics. The research will capitalize on a large network of field experiments replicated across National Forest system lands in Montana and Idaho, and will contribute to an improved understanding of how to sustainably manage forests for fire hazard mitigation, wood products, and forest carbon sequestration. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr David Affleck and USDA Forest Service staff, as well as with a network of researchers and technical staff affiliated with the Inland Northwest Growth & Yield Cooperative.

Term: Seeking an applicant to begin summer (preferred) or fall 2020. The successful candidate will receive tuition waivers and stipends for 2 (for MS) or 4 (for PhD) years through a combination of research and teaching assistantships.

Qualifications: Bachelors degree in forestry, ecology, or a related field. Background in field work or field research is required; interest in biometrics or quantitative silviculture preferred.

Application: Please email the following materials in a single PDF file to Dr. David Affleck (): 1. letter addressing interest in the project and highlighting relevant experience; 2. a CV/resume; 3. contact information for three references; and 4. unofficial transcripts.

Closing Date: Evaluation of applications will begin 20 January 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Contact: Please address any questions to Dr. David Affleck (david.affleck@umontana.edu).


NEBRASKA

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NEVADA

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

Summer REU at Hubbard Brook, NH (Posted 12/30/19)

Two REU positions open for the 2020 field season: one in forest ecology and the other in soils and hydrology.

Hubbard Brook is a long-term ecological research site supported by the NSF and administered by the USDA Forest Service.

Application review will begin Feb 1st 2020. Get your application in for a great undergraduate research experience in the northern hardwoods of NewHampshire's White Mountain National Forest!

Please use the link to visit our REU announcement for the 2020 season.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Fellowship at Dartmouth (Posted 12/20/19)

Exciting, interdisciplinary Ph.D. fellowship opportunity for an independent and self-motivated student to conduct research on the environmental consequences of alternative methods of rice cultivation in the Dominican Republic. This may include assessing the implications for ecosystem services, carbon emissions, biodiversity, and downstream effects on mangrove forest, coral reefs and inshore fisheries.

The successful applicant will join the Social-Ecological Synthesis Lab at Dartmouth and be jointly advised by Drs. Doug Bolger (Population and Community Ecology), Michael Cox (Environmental Governance) and Theresa Ong (Agroecology). They will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team including faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the environmental sciences and environmental social sciences.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated ability to work independently. Must be highly self-motivated and detail oriented. Required is a bachelors degree in ecology/ecosystem science (or a related discipline) with demonstrable interest and engagement with the human dimensions of environmental issues. Also required is Spanish language ability or a strong commitment to learn. Desirable, but not required are, quantitative analytical skills, field experience in a developing country, a proven ability to produce publication quality academic writing, an M.S. degree.

The successful applicant will join the interdisciplinary EEES graduate program at Dartmouth and receive generous fellowship support, health insurance, and a yearly discretionary fund for research and travel that are guaranteed for 5 years. Program description, and access to online applications, are available here.

Interested applicants should send the following directly to Professors Bolger, Cox and Ong as soon as possible (; ; ). Please send a statement of interest, c.v., examples of academic writing, and the names and addresses of three references.

Applicants will be considered beginning January 1, 2020. Promising applicants will be contacted shortly thereafter and invited to formally apply to the program and hosted for interviews in February 21-22, 2020.

For background on the study system, go here.

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women and members of minority groups.

Ph.D. Student Opportunity in Biology Education at UNH (Posted 11/25/19)

The Biology Education Research group in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, led by Dr. Melissa Aikens and Dr. Carrie Hall, is seeking a PhD student to begin an NSF-funded project to study the efficacy and psychosocial effects of learning communities, mentorship, and study abroad experiences for Community College life science transfer students, and how these experiences inform career choice decisions.

The graduate student will be housed in the Integrative and Organismal Biology (IOB) program within the Department of Biological Sciences, which has a strong focus on ecology and evolutionary biology. Graduate students are expected to take both biology and education-related courses. The entirety of the dissertation can be in biology education research; alternatively, there are opportunities for co-mentorship in which part of the dissertation is comprised of biology education research and part of the dissertation is comprised of basic or applied science research. Preferred applicants will have completed a Master's degree in biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, or a related field.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Melissa Aikens () or Dr. Carrie Hall () about this opportunity before applying. Applicants will be funded on a teaching assistantship during the academic year and a research assistantship during the summer months. Applications are due to the UNH Graduate School by January 15th, 2020. More information about the Department of Biological Sciences, including the graduate program, can be found here.

Graduate Student Position: Watershed Biogeochemistry using Big Data and Ecosystem Modeling– University of New Hampshire (Posted 11/8/19)

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of New Hampshire seeks a graduate student (preferably PhD level) to conduct research on watershed processes that influence coupled carbon and nitrogen retention in watersheds around the U.S. They seek to understand linkages between carbon and nitrogen cycles at watershed scales across eco-region and climate regimes. Research will use existing high frequency data sets currently being collected on land and in water by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) to parameterize an existing model of watershed carbon and nitrogen dynamics (PnET). The position will require the demonstrated ability and strong interest in working with big data sets and ecosystem models. Familiarity with NEON infrastructure and data streams is preferred but not required.

The graduate student will be supported by a research assistantship on a new project recently funded by the National Science Foundation’s Macrosystems Biology program. This is a collaboration among Dr. Wilfred Wollheim (UNH), Dr. Scott Ollinger (UNH) and Dr. Mark Green (Case Western Reserve University). For more information concerning this position, please contact Dr. Wilfred Wollheim (). UNH is located in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire approximately an hour and a half from Boston, MA and an hour from Portland, ME.

Qualifications: The candidate must have a B.S. (M.S. if entering the PhD program) in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, data science, environmental modeling or closely related field. Strong quantitative skills are required.

Start Date: Position available starting Fall Semester 2020.

To Apply: Send a letter of application, statement of research interests, resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references (electronic versions of all materials are required) to , Subject: MSB_GRAD. Please attach all application materials as word documents or PDFs with the candidates name included in the file name. Review of Applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable applicant is found for the position.


NEW JERSEY

George Myers Master Naturalist Intern (Posted 1/13/20)
Cape May Bird Observatory and Nature Center
Cape May, NJ
Apply by January 15, 2020
For more information, go here.

Postdoc in population genomics and global change at Rutgers University (Posted 12/20/19)

Review will start 16 December 2019

A three-year postdoctoral position is available in the Global Change Ecology & Evolution Lab at Rutgers University. The postdoc will join a NSF PIRE-funded project to study micro-evolutionary responses to a century of habitat degradation and intensive exploitation in Southeast Asia. The project is using DNA sequencing from a unique historical collection of coastal marine fishes in the Philippines from the R/V Albatross expedition (1907-1909), complemented with modern re-collections of the same species and locations. The postdoc will join a team of researchers that includes Kent Carpenter and Dan Barshis (Old Dominion University), Chris Bird (Texas A&M), Beth Polidoro (Arizona State), Robin Waples (NOAA), Jeff Williams (Smithsonian), Angel Alcala (Silliman U.), and others.

The postdoc will lead analyses of multiple population genomic datasets through time, including changes in diversity and signatures of selection, compare impacts and changes across species, and conduct trait-based analyses to understand characteristics of populations more or less prone to genetic bottlenecks. The postdoc will also contribute to summer population genomic workshops in the Philippines. Extensive opportunities for collaboration across the multi-institutional team, across Rutgers, and in the region are available, including within the Rutgers Genome Cooperative, the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and the Genetics Department. The postdoc will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

The position is ideally suited to quantitative researchers with a strong background in population genomics, bioinformatics, data science, and global change. No experience in marine biology required, though experience with population genomic modeling, Approximate Bayesian Computation, database management, and/or hierarchical modeling is a plus. Applicants with evidence of creativity, productivity, strong oral and written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged to apply, particularly those that bring a new perspective, new ideas, or a new skillset to the team. A promising record of publication is valued. The successful applicant will be an independent, motivated problem solver who communicates well and enjoys working in a collaborative setting.

**Position details**
The postdoc start dates are flexible, with preferred dates between May and October 2020. Salary starts at $50,000 per year and includes health insurance, retirement, tax savings plans, and other benefits. Funding for conferences and a computer are available. This is a one-year appointment with the expectation that it will be renewed twice (three years total), contingent upon satisfactory performance. Applicants must have a PhD at the time of employment.

**Application process**
Review of applications will begin on December 16, 2019 and will continue on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should email to : 1) a one¬page cover letter that describes their interest in the position and their relevant background, 2) a CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three scientists familiar with their work.

**Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey**
Rutgers is situated in New Jersey at a crossroads of American innovation, commerce, and culture and with a history entwined with that of the nation. Chartered in 1766, the university is the only one in the United States that is, at once, a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a state university. Located within an easy drive of New York City, there are nonetheless an exceptionally wide array of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems nearby, from the continental shelf and estuaries to barrier islands, coastal plains, the piedmont, Precambrian highlands, and ridge and valley geological provinces. Ecology & evolution at Rutgers consists of approximately 60 faculty and 50 graduate students pursuing research and training in conservation biology, ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, microbial ecology, population and community ecology, population genetics, and restoration ecology.


NEW MEXICO 

PhD Position in Dryland (Rangeland) Insect-Weed Ecology and Dryland Restoration (Posted 12/18/19)

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Project Summary: Drylands and deserts can be high in their biological diversity and are economically important ecosystems. Through a suite of anthropogenic pressures the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico has seen extensive degradation leading to loss of desirable grasses and forbs and an expansion of shrubs. This project presents an exciting opportunity to investigate complex ecological interactions between mesquite chemical treatments, native biocontrol insects focused on reducing mesquite, native plants, and their cascading effects on soil health and restoration success. We are seeking an outstanding PhD student to join this interdisciplinary project coordinated by Dr. David Thompson (Rangeland Entomologist, Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science [EPPWS]), Dr. Erik Lehnhoff (Invasive Plant Ecologist, EPPWS) and Dr. Akasha Faist (Rangeland Ecologist, Department of Animal and Range Sciences). Selection of a major Professor will depend on the background and interests of the candidate. The student will interact with a diverse team of faculty to gain broad experience in entomology, restoration ecology, chemical ecology, and weed ecology, and will have the opportunity to focus additional research efforts in an area of their choice.

Basic qualifications: Candidates should have: a MS degree (3.2 GPA minimum) in entomology, range science, plant ecology or weed ecology (or a closely related field); the ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally; laboratory and field research experience; and a willingness to work in inclement weather including extreme heat. Highly qualified candidates with only a BS may be considered.

Preferred qualifications: Ideal candidates will have: strong quantitative and statistical skills; experience using GC-MS, demonstrated ability to perform independent laboratory and field research and record of publication from their MS research.

Salary: Based on experience with a beginning level of $23,286.

The position will start in early summer 2020 (start date negotiable). Interested candidates should apply no later than February 7, 2020. To apply, submit (1) a cover letter describing experience and interests, (2) CV, (3) transcripts, (4) GRE and TOEFL (if required) scores, and (5) contact information for three professional references to: .

For more information, interested candidates should email or call Dr. Erik Lehnhoff (, 575.646.2328), Dr. David Thompson, (, 575.646.1367) or Dr. Akasha Faist, (, 575.646.1805). Additional departmental information can be found at here and here


NEW YORK

Undergraduate Internship in Field Ecology Research (Posted 1/13/20)

The Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station in Rensselaerville, NY is now accepting applications for its 2020 OdumInternship in Field Ecology. This eight-week program pairs students with the Preserve's Senior Research Fellow for original research in field ecology. Interns will also have the opportunity to share their knowledge with students in the Preserve's summer education program while gaining valuable education experience. This is an unpaid internship, though housing is provided. Those wishing to earn college credit for the internship must make arrangements with their college or university.

The Huyck Preserve is a non-profit organization dedicated to preservation, education, research, and recreation. As one of the oldest biological research stations in the United States, the Preserve has supported research continuously since 1938. Further information on the E.N. Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station can be found here.

To learn more about the internship and to apply please go here.

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 21, 2020. Please address inquiries about the internship to Anne Rhoads, Ph.D., Executive Director, at a.

PhD Position at SUNY ESF in Forest Entomology (Posted 1/13/20)

Forest Entomology faculty at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY seeks an outstanding highly motivated PhD student who can think independently with excellent written and oral communication skills beginning Fall 2020.

Students will be provided with opportunities to develop their own dissertation research in the lab of one of the following faculty:
Dr. Melissa K. Fierke,
Dr. Dylan Parry,
Dr. Stephen A. Teale,

This position will be supported in the first year on our prestigious John and Henrietta Simeone Endowed Fellowship in Forest Entomology followed by funding either via a Departmental Teaching Assistantship or a Research Assistantship, depending on the project.

For more information, please email the faculty member in whose lab you are interested in joining.
To apply: Submit a single pdf to one of the faculty listed above that includes a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position, a CV, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, GRE percentile scores, and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed in order received; those submitted by 7-Feb 2020 will receive priority. Once accepted by your lab of interest, you will apply to the SUNY ESF Graduate Program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS degree
  • Publications indicating a record of academic and research excellence
  • Experience with R and basic statistics 

Anticipated start date is mid-Aug 2020.

SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Botany & Forest Health Monitoring Internships on Long Island, Summer 2020 (Posted 12/20/19)

10-week (June to mid-August) internships are available for undergraduate students and recent graduates to study forest health and plant community ecology of the unique pine barrens ecosystem of Long Island in New York State. Interns will be based at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, NY, and they will interact with researchers from BNL and the Dovciak Lab at State University of New York (SUNY-ESF) as members of research teams resurveying long-term Forest Health Monitoring plots established in 2005/2006 across Long Island. Interns will learn plant identification and field methods in monitoring forest vegetation and they will develop their own research projects on various aspects of forest change (e.g., tree regeneration or mortality, understory plant communities) that will include data collection, data analysis, and reporting results. A weekly stipend ($500 per week) and appropriate guidance and training will be provided. Free dormitory housing is available for students who live > 50 miles from BNL. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2020. Additional information about the project, eligibility, and the application process is here or here.

Graduate position (M.S. or Ph.D.) in watershed biogeochemistry (Posted 12/3/19)

The Marinos Watershed Biogeochemistry lab at the University at Buffalo is seeking to recruit one to two graduate students (Ph.D. or M.S.) to join us in fall 2020.

Work in the lab focuses on understanding the ecological, geochemical and hydrologic controls on carbon and nutrient cycling in soils and the streams that drain them. Since all ecosystems bear the imprint of human activities, our work explicitly examines how these activities (e.g. land use change, acid deposition, climate change, artificial drainage) impact these elemental cycles. We currently focus on temperate forests, agroecosystems, and other human-impacted landscapes, but we will follow interesting questions wherever they lead us! The lab is part of the Water and the Environment research group within the Earth Science (formerly Geology) department at UB. This research group is an exciting, close-knit team of geochemists, physical hydrologists and biogeochemists who study all environmental topics connected to water quantity and quality.

The student(s) will have the opportunity to have substantial leeway in developing their research program, if desired. Bring me your research ideas if you know what you'd like to study! Possible research topics include:
(1) Hydrologic controls on soil carbon-mineral interactions and carbon stabilization, with an emphasis on the impacts of climate change
(2) Near-stream geomorphic and biotic regulation of nutrient fluxes (N, P, S and more) from terrestrial ecosystems to headwater streams
(3) Nutrient and contaminant biogeochemistry of de-industrialization in Buffalo
(4) Soil carbon and nutrient responses to decreased acid precipitation across forests grown on contrasting geological materials.
(5) Plant-microbe-mineral soil interactions and consequences for C stabilization

The ideal candidate for the position has previous research experience (lab, field or modelling), is highly self-motivated, and has a broad interest in understanding environmental systems and the many roles of humans in these systems. Our work is interdisciplinary by nature, and the position will be well-suited for people with backgrounds across the natural sciences (e.g. geology, biology, environmental science, environmental engineering, applied mathematics). I am committed to increasing representation of women and minorities in the geosciences, and such candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidates of all physical abilities are also encouraged to apply; physically-demanding fieldwork need not be a component of a successful research program.

The student will matriculate into the Geology department at UB. Students without a masters' degree may pursue a M.S. or M.S./Ph.D. degree, and students with a M.S. will pursue a Ph.D. The position will be fully funded (2y for M.S., 5y for Ph.D.) through a combination of research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Additional fellowships to supplement student incomes are available for exceptionally well-qualified students and students from diverse backgrounds (considered broadly).

How to apply:

If interested, please contact Dr. Richard Marinos () as soon as possible and no later than January 1. (Fellowship deadlines are approaching soon.) Please include the following: (1) A short cover letter describing your interest in environmental science broadly and what appeals to you specifically about the work in our lab (2) your resume/CV, including contact information for at least two professional references, and (3) unofficial transcripts OR a writing sample OR anything else (short please) that you believe demonstrates your potential as a researcher. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are interested in pursuing a M.S., Ph.D. or either, and why.

Applications to the University at Buffalo are accepted on a rolling basis.

Further Information: http://www.richardmarinos.com; http://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/geology.html 

Botany & Forest Health Monitoring Internships on Long Island, Summer 2020 (Posted 12/2/19)

10-week (June to mid-August) internships are available for undergraduate students and recent graduates to study forest health and plant community ecology of the unique pine barrens ecosystem of Long Island in New York State. Interns will be based at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, NY, and they will interact with researchers from BNL and the Dovciak Lab at State University of New York (SUNY-ESF) as members of research teams resurveying long-term Forest Health Monitoring plots established in 2005/2006 across Long Island. Interns will learn plant identification and field methods in monitoring forest vegetation and they will develop their own research projects on various aspects of forest change (e.g., tree regeneration or mortality, understory plant communities) that will include data collection, data analysis, and reporting results. A weekly stipend ($500 per week) and appropriate guidance and training will be provided. Free dormitory housing is available for students who live > 50 miles from BNL. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2020, but submitting the applications by December 16, 2019, is strongly encouraged. Additional information about the project, eligibility, and the application process is here.


NORTH CAROLINA 

Ph.D. Assistantship in Modeling the Spread of Invasive Species (Posted 11/25/19)

The Biological Invasions Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with an interest in spatial data sciences to join a team modeling the spread of invasive species. The position will begin Fall 2020 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by the Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State (geospatial.ncsu.edu).

The selected applicant will join a research group focused on interactive near-term forecasting of landscape and environmental change, with emphasis on collaborating with stakeholders to explore what may happen in the future under different scenarios. The student will be actively involved in projects sponsored by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to build tools to quantify at-risk areas and inform decisions regarding invasive pest and pathogen management. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized hub for interdisciplinary data scientists pushing the boundaries of spatial data science to advance discovery and inform real-world decision-making. Students in the Ph.D. program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over thirty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from over a dozen departments across NC State. Students also engage in experiential learning through an off-campus professional internship.

To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply by February 1, 2020. Applicants should hold a degree in data science, plant science, ecology or a related discipline. Experience with programming in R and Python is desired.

For more information about the position, contact Ross Meentemeyer () and include a copy of your CV. Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator ( or 919-515-2800), with questions about the program or to explore additional opportunities.


NORTH DAKOTA

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OHIO

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OKLAHOMA

Three Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Positions in 2020 (Posted 1/6/20)

Seek three highly motivated graduate students to join the research team at the Earth Observation and Modeling Facility (EOMF), University of Oklahoma. The candidates could start in spring, summer or fall semesters, 2020.

GRA Position #1 (Land Cover and Land Use Change, Agriculture). The candidate will study land cover and land use changes in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Louisiana, USA, with a focus on grasslands and croplands.

GRA Position #2 (Land Cover and Land Use Change, Disease Ecology): The candidate will study land cover and land use changes in China, with a focus on water-related land cover types, e.g., open surface water body (rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, ponds), natural wetlands (inland and coastal), and agricultural wetlands (rice paddy).

GRA Position #3 (Terrestrial Carbon Cycle, Data and Model Assimilation): The candidate will study terrestrial carbon cycle across various spatial scales, using multiple data sources (in-situ eddy flux tower sites, SIF, satellite images, atmospheric CO2 and CH4, climate) and both data- driven and process-based biogeochemical models.

Graduate Program: Candidates may apply for Ph.D. graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA. Go here and  here for more information on the graduate study program.

Qualification: Candidates may have a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in biology, ecology, geography, natural resources, forestry, agriculture, environmental science, Earth System science, statistics, mathematics, and computer science. Candidates may have good working experience in one or more areas: in-situ data collection, remote sensing, GIS, biogeochemical models, computer programming language (e.g., Python, JavaScript, IDL, C++, C), and statistic software (e.g., R, Matlab). Good communication and writing skills are needed.

Financial Support: The successful candidates will be supported with a 12-month GRA stipend and annual tuition. The financial support is renewable annually dependent upon the project progress, candidates performance and fund availability, up to four years. These positions are currently supported by research grants from NSF, NASA and USDA over the period of 2020- 2024. We anticipate that the candidates with M.Sc. will graduate with Ph.D. in four years.

Contact Person: Prof. Xiangming Xiao () at the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 73019, USA.


OREGON

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PENNSYLVANIA

Postdoc position in the Barott lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia USA, starting winter 2020 (Posted 12/30/19)

Influence of environmental pH exposure and thermal sensitivity on coral physiology.

The goal of this project is to explore how exposure of corals to different seawater pH dynamics on the reef interacts with coral bleaching susceptibility to affect coral resilience to climate change stress from the organismal to the cellular scale. The postdoc will be involved in all aspects of this research, which will include a combination of field work in Hawaii, mesocosm experiments, organismal physiology and confocal microscopy. The successful candidate will be expected to disseminate project results through public outreach, presentation at scientific conferences, and journal publications. This postdoctoral position is for one year starting in winter 2020, with possibility for renewal.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Biology, Physiology, or a related field prior to the start date and have a record of peer-reviewed publications. Experience with coral or invertebrate physiology, marine fieldwork, cell biology, and ocean acidification are highly desired. Interested candidates should send a single .pdf document including the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae (CV), 3) one-page statement of research interests, 4) copy of PhD transcript, and 5) the names and contact information of 3 references (one must be PhD advisor) to: .

Additional information on research in the Barott lab can be found here and the Biology Department at UPenn.

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow (Posted 12/9/19)
Department of Geography and the Environment
Villanova University
Villanova, PA
Posting No.: 2016329F
For more information, go here

Open Research Assistant Position: Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University (Posted 12/2/19)

Research funding is available to support an M.S. or Ph.D. graduate student starting Fall 2020 (applications due Jan. 1) in Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lehigh University. Seeking student interested in modeling terrestrial ecosystems to explore effects of insect disturbance on carbon dynamics, in concert with data from the NJ Pinelands. Project can be expanded to include other natural disturbances like fire, or wherever the student's interests may lead. Please contact Benjamin Felzer at or find more information here.


RHODE ISLAND

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SOUTH CAROLINA

Ph.D. student assistantship - Greenhouse gas fluxes and ecology of coastal wetlands (Posted 12/18/19)
O’Halloran lab
Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation
Clemson University
Clemson, SC
Apply by January 31, 2020
For more information, go here


SOUTH DAKOTA

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TENNESSEE

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TEXAS

PhD Assistantship - Genomics of aquatic invertebrates (Posted 12/20/19)

A Ph.D. assistantship is available in the Hogan Lab at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). The student will join an NSF Macrosystems-funded project to study population genomics of vernal pool invertebrates. The project is using reduced representation genome sequencing (RADseq) to assess patterns of genetic diversity and gene flow among populations across the central United States by wind driven processes and animal vectors (birds) as well as determining genome-by-environment correlations. The Ph.D. student will join a team of researchers that includes Dr. Jim Thorp (University of Kansas), Dr. Kevin McCluney (Bowling Green State University), and Dr. Chris Patrick (Virginia Institute of Marine Science), and others.

The student will develop population genomic datasets from spatial and temporal samples from five study populations, including patterns of diversity and signatures of selection, and genetic drift. The student will also lead field work in Texas to sample vernal pool ecosystems for invertebrates, as well as contribute to the maintenance of mesocosm experiments at TAMUCC. Extensive opportunities for collaboration across the multi-institutional team, including within the HoBi Lab and Marine Genomics Lab at TAMUCC.

The position is ideally suited to researchers with a background in population genomics, bioinformatics, population and community ecology. No experience in vernal pool ecology is required, though experience with RAD library preparation, RADseq analysis pipelines, analysis of population genetics data, and database management are highly sought after. Applicants with evidence of productivity, strong oral and written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be an independent, motivated person who communicates well and enjoys working in a collaborative team.

**Assistantship details**
The Ph.D. assistantship in TAMUCC’s Marine Biology (MARB) program will begin in Fall 2020. RA funds and tuition support are available. Competitive assistantships are also available through the MARB program. Assistantship includes health insurance and other benefits. Funding for conference travel are available. Applicants ideally will have an MS degree prior to starting in Fall 2020.

**Application process**
Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should email Dr. J. Derek Hogan (). In your email please include: 1) a one¬-page cover letter describing your interest in the position and your relevant skills you possess; 2) a CV including education history, publications, conference presentations and grant/scholarship funding; and 3) the names and contact information for two scientists familiar with your research work.

**Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi**
TAMUCC is located in Texas’ coastal bend on the Gulf of Mexico. TAMUCC has recently been ranked as a tier 2 research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The Marine Biology program is the largest Ph.D. program on campus and consists of approximately 30 research faculty and 50 graduate students engaged in research in marine, estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial research in the fields of ecosystem, community, and population ecology, evolutionary biology, biogeography, microbial ecology, developmental genetics, restoration ecology, and biomedical research. Corpus Christi is known for an active outdoor life-style including salt-water fishing, wind surfing, sailing, and sea kayaking. The city is 2.5 hours from San Antonio, and 4 hours from cultural centers including Houston and Austin Texas.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 12/20/19)
Marine Genomics Laboratory
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Apply by January 16 2020
For more information, go here.


UTAH 

Ph.D. position in avian conservation ecology at the University of Utah (Posted 12/18/19)

A Ph.D. position in avian conservation ecology is available in the Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology lab at the University of Utah School of Biological Sciences for highly-motivated biologists experienced in working independently. The application deadline is January 3, 2020 and there is no application fee. Prospective applicants should visit our lab website here and read our papers on here before emailing .

The Ph.D. student will be expected to undertake population biology and conservation ecology analyses on our long-term bird banding datasets from Ethiopia, Turkey, and Utah, and to lead bird banding at some of these locations. Having extensive field experience and a bird banding license will be a plus, but not required. There will also be opportunities for conducting avian macroecology, conservation, biogeography, life history, and evolutionary meta-analyses based on our global bird database, covering all the world's bird species and updated continuously.

The University of Utah Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology program provides five years of Ph.D. funding and has strengths in various fields. Our Global Change & Ecosystem Center provides opportunities for broad interdisciplinary research, education and outreach.

http://www.biology.utah.edu/graduate/index.php
http://environment.utah.edu/

Students are encouraged to seek external Ph.D. funding opportunities such as NSF Graduate Fellowships or EPA-STAR Fellowships, and will have much better chances of acceptance with one. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

www.sekercioglu.org

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cagan_Sekercioglu

MS/PhD position - plant physiology and drought (Posted 11/7/19)

The Invasive Plant Science Lab in the Department of Plants, Soils & Climate at Utah State University has an immediate opening for an MS or PhD student. The research will further existing knowledge of the spread and distribution of invasive plant species impacted by extreme weather events.

The ability of invasive plant species to establish in an ecosystem can be classified into one or more of several theories including propagule pressure, enemy release, empty niche, invasion meltdown, evolution of increased competitive ability, novel weapons, and diversity-invasibility. In particular, water and light resource capture, two mechanisms of EICA theory, have allowed for the establishment of non-native common reed in riparian areas of the Southwest, Central, and Great Lakes regions of the US. Research on global climate change has predicted that extreme weather events will increase in the continental USA within the next 100 years. Whereas the effects of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration on invasive species distribution and fitness have been the focus of much research, empirical studies on the impacts of extreme weather events on invasive species are lacking. This research will elucidate plant stress conditions using phenotypic characterization and genetic markers associated with plant growth and reproduction.

Students with a background and interest in plant physiology and genetics relating to invasive plants are particularly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should email Dr. Steve Young (steve.young(@)usu.edu) a single pdf that includes: 1) letter of application describing educational background, research experience, career goals, and professional interests, 2) resume or CV, 3) contact information for at least three references, and 4) GRE and TOEFL scores (if required). Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

Utah State University is located in picturesque Logan, UT, a community of 100,000 people situated 85 miles north of Salt Lake City. Logan has a low cost of living and is located in a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, wetlands, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing unparalleled recreational opportunities.


VERMONT

Funded PhD Assistantship in Stream Ecosystem Function at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (Posted 12/20/19)

Seeking a motivated PhD student to join a collaborative, interdisciplinary project investigating stream ecosystem function at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest starting in fall 2020. Research will address how complex riparian forest structure influences in-stream processes, including primary productivity, microbial community structure, and carbon and nutrient cycling. The goal of this project is to address how characteristics of late successional development of riparian forests impact stream productivity and flood resistance. The successful candidate will be co-advised by Drs. Mindy Morales (algal and microbial community ecology), Clayton Williams (carbon and organic matter biogeochemistry), and Breck Bowden (nutrient cycling and biogeochemistry) in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at University of Vermont. The student will actively collaborate with a second PhD student on the project and a team of researchers from UVM, Hubbard Brook, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Previous MS research in stream ecosystem ecology is preferred but not required. This position is fully funded for four years through a combination of research and teaching assistantships in UVM RSENR.

To express interest, please send your C.V. and a brief statement of interest to the contacts below by January 6, 2020. Full applications are due to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (PhD in Natural Resources) Feb. 1, 2020.

Dr. Mindy Morales ()
Dr. Clayton Williams () Dr. Breck Bowden ()

PhD Assistantship in Forest Ecological Informatics and Modeling at the University of Vermont (Posted 10/25/19)

Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a PhD-level graduate student to participate in research applying multi-temporal and spatially extensive data sources to examine forest dynamics and ecosystem processes across multiple spatial scales in northern New England. The student will join a large team of collaborators from the Universities of Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, and U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station in applying time series data from remote sensing, long-term forest inventories, and sensor networks to quantify forest dynamics at broad spatial scales and under different future scenarios. The position is available for Summer/Fall 2020 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

Qualifications: M.S. (or equivalent experience) in ecology, forestry, statistics, bioinformatics, environmental engineering, or a closely related field. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers and managers on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, ability to problem solve, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership. Although training will be provided, experience with large environmental datasets (e.g., in R or MATLAB) is desirable.

Application: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (PhD in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2020 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose."

Contact: Dr. Anthony D’Amato (; 802-656-8030)

The University of Vermont is situated near Montreal and Boston and is located in Burlington – consistently voted one of the best small cities in the US. Burlington has an increasingly ethnically and culturally diverse population and is situated on Lake Champlain in close proximity to the Green, White, and Adirondack Mountains.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. They encourage a diversity of applicants to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.


VIRGINIA

Research Associate In Quantitative Ecology Of Kelp Forest Ecosystems (Posted 1/6/20)
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Announcement No: R0011498
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
For more information, go here.

PhD/MSc student (Posted 12/30/19)

The Lab of Dr. Francesco Ferretti in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech seeks motivated candidates for a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. position willing to make a difference in Ocean Conservation and Fisheries Science. They are looking for energetic, entrepreneurial, and creative students who would like to conduct research in fisheries science, marine conservation and ecology and use an interdisciplinary and quantitative approach. The students will have the opportunity to join a growing lab addressing issues of ocean sustainability, marine biodiversity conservation, fisheries management, and conservation.

The candidate is expected to develop innovative research projects involving data science, computational and research synthesis approaches, as well as fieldwork components, to advance the field of ecology and conservation of sharks and their relatives, ecosystem consequences of fishing exploitation, characterizing ecosystem and population baselines, conservation and management role of large marine protected areas, patterns of global fishing fleets, and developing innovative ways to combat illegal fishing. 

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have a college degree or Master preferentially in biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries science, statistics, mathematics, computer science or engineering in the field of software development, aerospace, remote sensing as well as mechanical and electrical engineering. Preferred students would have high computer literacy, programming skills and experience with data analysis, or a strong motivation to develop these skills. In particular, assets are:

  • fluency in either R, Python or similar programming languages and capability to interact with relational databases, servers and cluster computing facilities;
  • familiarity with Spatio-temporal analytical approaches and software, habitat modeling, fisheries stock assessment models, statistical modeling in frequentist and Bayesian frameworks applied to ecological data;
  • experience with Data Science and visualization approaches and tools, machine learning and computer vision.
  • experience with marine fisheries science, management and conservation issues

The expected starting date is May 2020 and review of application will begin on January 20th, 2020. The position includes funding for stipend and research activities. Priority will be given to students competitive for external funding. Selected applicant(s) is/are expected to apply for external funding, participate in regular lab meetings, attend departmental seminars, publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present their research in national and international meetings.

Applicants should email Dr. Francesco Ferretti () and include: (i) a cover letter describing research interests, career goals, relevant past experiences, and fit for the position 

Graduate Position - Endangered Freshwater Mussel Conservation Research (Posted 12/18/19)

Graduate Position - Endangered Freshwater Mussel Conservation Research The Environmental Studies Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in collaboration with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) invites applications from prospective graduate students for Fall 2020 to collaborate on our USFWS funded project on in vitro propagation of imperiled freshwater mussels.

Freshwater mussels are one the most imperiled groups of animals in the country, 72% of them are extinct, endangered, threatened, or state/federally listed. Over 900 species exist in the world and 300 reside in North America; many of them in Virginia, the 6th most diverse state in the country. Since the mid-90's some wildlife resource agencies have been using propagation and culture of mussels to release juveniles back into the wild to augment and recover declining populations. Freshwater mussels require the use of a host fish to complete their life-cycle to reproduce successfully; however, for some mussel species the host is unknown, not abundant, or it does not produce enough juveniles to adequately augment or restore wild populations. In these cases, in vitro propagation is being used to produce juveniles without the host fish.

This research focuses on improving our current techniques for in vitro mussel propagation and performs fundamental experiments to begin our understanding of any life history or population-level effects that in vitro mussels could have on wild populations. Work will mainly occur at the VCU Rice Rivers Center in the USFWS in vitro lab, as well as occasional fieldwork to collect brooding female mussels. Working with some of the most endangered animals in the world as well as working with VCU and the USFWS represents an excellent opportunity for interested students. There is also a great opportunity to work on the project over the summer to gain additional experience and income (e.g., spring/summer technician employment).

Prospective students with a Bachelors degree are encouraged to apply through the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Environmental Studies Masters in Science program. Competitive stipends, tuition waivers, and support for field work are available. Successful candidates will likey have had a BS in environmental science, biology, natural resources (or related field), GPA >3.25 prior research experience, a strong interest in developing quantitative skills, and a high level of self-motivation.
Interested persons should initially email a letter that summarizes their background, educational goals, and research interests, along with resume/ CV with contact information for three references to Dr. James Vonesh ().

Note the application deadline for Fall 2020 is fast approaching January 10, 2020. So individuals interested in applying will need to act quickly!

Virginia Commonwealth University, located in Richmond, VA, is a large public R1 university and has an active and diverse ecology and conservation faculty that are engaged in research around the world. We have a strong group in freshwater ecology and also offer with the River Management society the River Studies and Leadership Certificate. Richmond is an exciting place to live and work, voted Outside Magazines Best River Town in America, the third most tattooed city in America, according to the Today Show, and perhaps simply the Best City in America.


WASHINGTON

Postdoctoral Research Scientist 2 (Posted 1/6/20)
Puget Sound Institute
University of Washington Tacoma
Req. # 65198
Open Until Filled
For more information, go here.

PhD positions in mycorrhizal ecology at Washington State University (Posted 12/9/19)

The Cheeke Lab (www.tanyacheeke.com) at Washington State University is recruiting 1-2 PhD students to join our Soil Microbial Ecology lab in the School of Biological Sciences on the WSU Tri-Cities campus for the Fall of 2020. Our research is broadly focused on the ecology and evolution of plant-mycorrhizal interactions within the context of changing environments (e.g., disturbance, biological invasions). Current projects integrate high throughput sequencing with manipulative experiments to 1) understand the role of plant-soil feedbacks in improving, maintaining, or limiting plant community diversity in disturbed ecosystems; 2) evaluate the efficacy of soil microbial transplants in facilitating the establishment of native plants in disturbed landscapes (e.g. invaded grasslands, former mining sites, agroecosystems); and 3) examine the role of microbiomes in maintaining the health and productivity of important crop plants in the Pacific Northwest.

For Fall 2020, we are looking for 1-2 PhD students to join a project investigating the role of mycorrhizal fungi in the restoration of the Palouse Prairie of Eastern WA/Northern Idaho. Applicants should have strong quantitative skills, background in next generation sequencing techniques and analysis, and a strong interest in soil, plant, and/or mycorrhizal ecology.

Our lab is located near the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and applicants to the Cheeke lab are encouraged to apply to the PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program (due Jan. 20, 2020), which provides support jointly between WSU and PNNL.

If interested in joining our lab, please send a CV with GPA and relevant coursework and a short statement explaining your interest in the position to Dr. Tanya Cheeke () by December 20th, 2019. Acceptance for this position is contingent upon acceptance to the graduate program in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University (deadline January 10, 2020).


WEST VIRGINIA 

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WISCONSIN 

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WYOMING

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Modeling Community Dynamics and Mechanisms of Coexistence (Posted 12/9/19)
Shoemaker Lab in the Botany Department
University of Wyoming
Review of applications will begin December 16 and will continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here


WASHINGTON, D.C.

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AUSTRALIA

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CANADA

Postdoc job: Climate change, fire behavior, and plant physiology (3 years) (Posted 12/20/19)

The Michaletz Lab (www.michaletzlab.org) in the Department of Botany at the University of British Columbia is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to help develop and test a next-generation modeling framework for climate change effects on plant responses to disturbance. This includes extending current trait-based models for fire and drought effects on whole-plant function, and implementing these into the physics-based FIRETEC coupled fire-atmosphere model and a coupled surface-subsurface hydrology model. Modeling will be combined with new data collected at Eglin Air Force Base. The postdoc will be based at the University of British Columbia, but will work closely with collaborators Adam Atchley, Rod Linn, and the Applied Terrestrial, Energy and Atmospheric Modeling Team (bit.ly/2DBhPQc) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Start date is February 2020 but may be flexible. Required skills include experience combining process based models with field data in an Earth system, geoscience, or ecophysiology context. Desired skills include experience with field work, knowledge of fire ecology, hydrology, and plant physiology, domain modeling and code development using programming languages such as Fortran or C++, high performance and parallel computing, and numerical simulation models (computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, ecohydrology, forest dynamics). Candidates must exhibit effective written and oral communication skills, have demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, and have a Ph.D. pending or obtained within the last five years. More information is available here. The application deadline is 1 January 2020, but review will begin when applications are received and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral position: Climate change, fire behavior, plant physiology (Posted 12/9/19)
Physiological Ecology Lab
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Apply by January 1, 2020
For more information, go here. 

MSc and PhD opportunities in the Canadian Arctic (Posted 12/2/19)

Currently recruiting MSc and PhD candidates for a recently funded project examining the effects of permafrost thaw on carbon, nutrient, and toxin cycles in the Canadian north. This work continues our ongoing efforts in the western Canadian Arctic, where we have been working for the past several years to understand how massive permafrost thaw propagates through stream networks, and ultimately affects regional and global biogeochemical cycles. This work is part of a collaborative effort that includes scientists at the University of Alberta (led by Dr. Suzanne Tank), other Canadian institutions, and territorial government institutions.

Several focal projects will be part of these efforts, including:

• Examining how organic and inorganic carbon are processed within stream networks affected by permafrost thaw, and how this effect varies across gradients of disturbance and different landscape types
• Examining the effect of thaw on downstream nutrient cycles and nutrient uptake
• Examining how the transport of toxins, such as mercury, is enhanced as a result of thawing permafrost
• Examining how permafrost thaw affects microbial community structure and microbial carbon processing in thaw-affected streams

Positions will be based in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, with an anticipated start date for initial applications of May or September of 2020. The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top research institutions, and the Department of Biological Sciences offers a competitive salary and research support package to all of its graduate trainees.

To apply, please send an email to , with the subject line “Studentship in Arctic biogeochemistry”. Applicants should include a statement of interest, a CV, and a copy of transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). Recruitment for these positions will be ongoing. However, please note that the cutoff date for May/September 2020 admissions is February 1, 2020.


PANAMA

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PUERTO RICO

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