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Fellowships

Wetland Ambassadors Graduate Research Fellowship (Posted 11/8/17)

SWS is pleased to announce the availability of two to three Wetland Ambassadors Graduate Research Fellowships for the Summer of 2018. The fellowships will provide the opportunity for a graduate student to travel to another country and conduct groundbreaking wetland research with some of the world’s top wetland research scientists.

Application are due by January 12, 2018

For more information, go here

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

Postdoctoral Fellowship: MarineGEO, Smithsonian Institution (Posted 11/2/17)

Call for 2018 MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Proposals

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017

The Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) invites proposals for the MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Proposals should advance the goals of the Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO), a Smithsonian-led worldwide research collaboration dedicated to understanding changes in and relationships among the biodiversity, structure, and functioning of coastal marine ecosystems at local to global scales using comparative approaches. To learn more about MarineGEO, please visit the program website here.

The 2018 MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship is a two-year fellowship that specifically addresses the goals of the Smithsonian’s MarineGEO program. Proposals must focus on comparative research across habitats and/or geographic scales utilizing MarineGEO observatories. In particular, proposed projects should address one of the following MarineGEO initiatives.
1. Coordinated networked experiment
2. MarineGEO pan-American predation experiment
3. Chemical-Physical Observation Program
4. Biodiversity baselines

Go here for more information on these initiatives, this postdoctoral fellowship opportunity, and how to apply.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellow (85343) Posted 11/2/17)
University of Illinois Springfield
Springfield, IL
More information is available here

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

 

 

Graduate - Internship Opportunities


Various Location(s)

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


ALABAMA

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (Posted 11/2/17)
Warm-water Aquatic Ecology
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA
Summer 2018: June 3 to August 12

Overview: They are excited to invite applications from undergraduate students to participate in a National Science Foundation supported summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on the ecology of southeastern ponds, rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries. Ten undergraduate students will work closely with a team of Auburn University faculty to explore aquatic ecosystems, complete a student-driven research project, participate in a variety of professional development and social activities, develop and lead an outreach project, and share their research findings in a symposium at the conclusion of the program. Participants will work closely with two or more mentors to develop an interdisciplinary project involving complementary fields, such as community ecology, limnology, evolution, fisheries management, statistics, hydrology, conservation, biogeochemistry, molecular biology, biodiversity, and microbiology. The program will run from June 3 to August 12, 2018 (10 weeks).

Eligibility: All applicants who are interested in receiving NSF support must currently be a (1) U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and (2) an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior graduating no earlier than September 2018 or a high school senior that will start their undergraduate education the following fall semester after the REU program. We are especially encouraging students from traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) or students in financial need to apply.

Support: Participants will receive a stipend ($5,500) plus housing and subsistence, financial assistance for travel to and from Auburn, and support for lab and field supplies. For full consideration, on-line applications must be received by 15 January 2018.

International students: Although not financially supported by our REU Site, we are also open to including a few strongly motivated and self-funded international students in our REU Site research and professional development activities.

For more information about the REU Site, go here or contact Dr. Alan Wilson ().

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

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

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

Please apply here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ALASKA

Opening for an M.S. graduate student at the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Posted 11/16/17)

The Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks has an opening for an M.S. graduate student to work with Roger Ruess and Donie Bret-Harte on an NSF-funded project on shrub feedbacks to C and N cycling along a boreal-arctic transect in northern Alaska. A widespread shift from tundra to deciduous shrub-dominated vegetation appears to be underway in northern Alaska, which could have profound implications for C balance and biogeochemical cycling. Because much of the Earth’s soil C is stored in arctic and boreal regions, changes in the C budgets of these biomes may feedback strongly to global climate. Biogeochemical C and N cycles are linked tightly in boreal and arctic ecosystems, and plant production is strongly N-limited; therefore, N-fixing shrubs affect soil C through their effects on near-surface soil N, via both SOM turnover and N inputs. The graduate student will focus on the effects of the growth and ecophysiology of Siberian alder on biogeochemical cycling across topo-edaphic sequences along a latitudinal transect from the boreal forest (BNZ LTER) to arctic tundra (ARC LTER). The student will be expected to develop their own research questions within the overall framework of the project, and will have the opportunity to interact with PIs and other graduate students working on project. Because research sites are distributed between Fairbanks and areas north of the Toolik Field Station, the graduate student will be conducting research and camping in very rugged/remote terrain. The student will be supported through a combination of research assistantships and teaching assistantships, and expected to begin fieldwork in the summer of 2018, and coursework in the fall of 2018. For more information, please contact Roger Ruess () or Syndonia Bret-Harte ().
You must also apply for graduate study to the Department of Biology and Wildlife at University of Alaska Fairbanks for application requirements); the deadline for applications is January 15, 2018. 


ARIZONA

Ph.D. position boreal ecosystems University of Alaska Fairbanks (Posted 11/7/17)

A Ph.D. assistantship is available in the laboratory of Dr. Tamara Harms at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to study nutrient dynamics of watersheds and freshwater ecosystems in the boreal forest. Research would focus on interior Alaska and integrate with the collaborative research community anchored by the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research program.

Potential research topics include hydrologic or gaseous nitrogen export from ecosystems subject to permafrost loss or disturbance. See harmslab.org for further description of current research in the lab.

Prospective students should contact Dr. Harms () and include a brief description of research interests, experience, and academic preparation. The application deadline for the graduate program in the Department of Biology & Wildlife is Jan 15. An M.S. or significant ecology-related work experience following a bachelor’s degree is required. Applicants should have strong academic backgrounds in natural science, prior research experience, and demonstrated interests in ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry. UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual.

Grad Student Opportunity - Plant Ecology - NAU (Posted 11/2/17)

Recruiting 1 PhD student and 1 MS student to Rachel Mitchell’s Trait-Based Ecology Lab at Northern Arizona University.

Seeking students for two projects:

Trait-Based Grassland Restoration: This Masters project will examine the legacy effects of grazing and irrigation on native grass restoration in the House Rock Valley of Northern Arizona, and will undertake restoration of degraded grassland using a trait-based approach. This project will address both theoretical questions focused on community assembly and coexistence, and applied question on how to bolster resistance, resilience, and biodiversity in degraded and grazed grasslands.

Climate Response of Disconnected Ponderosa Pine Understory Communities: This PhD project will examine differing functional and species composition of ponderosa pine understories in Arizona, and their responses to climate manipulations. Research will take place near Flagstaff and on the Kiabab Plateau. There is also the potential for work examining trait-based integral projection models of key understory species.

Successful applicants will display strong communication and quantitative skills, and be able to conduct fieldwork in remote locations. Exceptional PhD applicants will be considered for the Northern Arizona Presidential Fellowship Program. PhD applicants must have a Masters degree to be considered at NAU.

For more information, please contact Rachel Mitchell () with a subject line of Grad Recruitment and indicate either MS or PhD. Please attach a resume/CV and your GPA and GRE scores as well as a letter of interest by November 15th (Applications are Due January 15th, 2018 for Fall 2018 consideration).

Postdoctoral Scholar, Remote Sensing of Forest Ecosystems (Posted 10/26/17)

Northern Arizona University seeks a postdoctoral researcher to participate in research projects focused on mapping, monitoring and modeling forest ecosystems, incorporating climate, land use, and disturbance dynamics. The successful candidate will work closely with the principle investigator and collaborators, using remote sensing observations, biodiversity data, and models to analyze the influence of multiple factors on forest ecosystem dynamics. The position will require processing multi-sensor imagery, primarily satellite-based but also airborne remote sensing, to derive geospatial products characterizing ecosystem properties (e.g. canopy 3D structure, composition, habitat, biomass, regrowth dynamics). The research will advance analyses of disturbance and drivers of change through time. Exploration of state-of- the-art techniques to quantify relationships between structure and diversity in tropical environments is desirable. Ability to synthesize complex information and develop structured analyses in written and visual form is essential.

The qualified candidate should have a PhD in Environmental Science, Remote Sensing, Computer Science and/or a related discipline. Relevant qualifications include experience working with earth observation imagery, lidar data, large databases, geospatial software/ tools and advanced scripting. A strong publication record and familiarity with principles of ecosystem dynamics and macroscale conservation is highly desirable.

NAU is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Duration: Two years, full-time
How to apply: Apply online with NAU 

PhD Research Assistantships in Plant and Ecosystem Ecology at Northern Arizona University (Posted 10/23/17)

Two PhD assistantships are available in Michelle Mack’s plant and ecosystem ecology lab, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society and Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.

Seeking students who are interested in either (1) linking ground-based measurements of tree rings and stand dynamics to satellite indices of greening and browning in Alaska and Western Canada; or (2) understanding the impacts of fire on forest carbon dynamics in the Russian Far East. Both positions will require substantial fieldwork, strong oral and written communication skills, and a background in plant and/or ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, statistics, soil science, and/or forestry.

Competitive graduate research assistantship funding and tuition waivers are available. Academically exceptional applicants may also be considered for an NAU Presidential Fellowship. For further information, please email ). To be considered, please send a statement of your interest in the position, a copy of your CV, and information on your GPA and GRE scores by December 15, 2018.


ARKANSAS

Graduate positions: evolutionary ecology (Posted 11/2/17)

Graduate assistantships are available for Ph.D. positions in the Siepielski Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences and Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arkansas main campus in Fayetteville, AR. Their lab focuses on questions at the intersection of ecology and evolutionary biology. Current projects include examining spatial variation in the mechanisms that maintain species diversity in aquatic food webs, the contribution of adaptive evolution in shaping the demographic processes regulating populations, how species evolve in response to multiple-species interactions, and determining the major features characterizing natural selection in the wild. To explore these topics we use a combination of observational, experimental, meta-analytical, and theoretical approaches.

Looking for students interested in developing their own project on themes broadly related to those listed above. Ideal applicants would have prior research experience in ecology and/or evolutionary biology, previous coursework in statistics, and a genuine passion to conduct research. Graduate research fellowships are available for highly competitive candidates. Please go here for additional information on graduate funding opportunities.

Prospective students should check out our lab website for additional information. If interested in joining their lab group, please contact Adam via email (). In your email, please include the following: 1) a brief description of your research interests, career goals, and why you think our lab would be a good fit for you, and 2) your CV.

Please note that the deadline for Fall 2018 admission into our program is January 15, 2018. All materials should be submitted well before then.

Graduate Opportunities at Arkansas State University (Posted 10/26/17)

The Neuman-Lee lab is recruiting highly motivated and passionate students for entry into the MS and/or PhD Program in Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University in the fall of 2018 to address questions at the intersection of immunology and endocrinology. The Neuman-Lee lab addresses these questions in a variety of contexts, including using anthropogenic and natural stressors. Students should expect to work in both the field and the lab. Reptiles and amphibians are the primary model species, although work addressing relevant questions with other organisms may be possible. Please visit the Neuman-Lee lab website for more information on current and past research.

Students in the Neuman-Lee lab will have resources available to them such as a state-of-the-art ecotoxicological facility, a core facility that provides equipment for proteomics, genomics, imaging, flow cytometry, and tissue culture, a histological lab, an extensive natural history collection, and a huge variety of field locations that expand across ecological gradients.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to students with prior research experience, a passion for science, and evidence of self-motivation and self-drive. Applicants from a minority background (e.g. ethnic, racial, gender, LGBTQ+, first generation college student) are especially encouraged to apply.

Prior to applying, prospective students are strongly urged to contact Dr. Lori Neuman-Lee () directly to discuss funding opportunities, potential projects, and program admission details. If admitted to the program, students can generally expect 2 years (MS) or 5 years (PhD) of funding through RA and/or TA support.

Application information for the M.S. Program can be found here.
Application information for the PhD (Environmental Sciences) can be found here.
Application information for the PhD (Molecular Biosciences) can be found here. 


CALIFORNIA

PhD Opportunity: Landscape/Agricultural Ecology at UC Santa Barbara (Posted 11/16/17)

The Larsen Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara is seeking up to two motivated Ph.D students interested in food systems and/or conservation to join the lab in Fall 2018.

Their lab studies land use and land use change as it relates to the provision of ecosystem services (e.g. pest control, food provision) and disservices (e.g. human disease, biodiversity loss), primarily in agricultural landscapes and largely using data-driven approaches borrowed from econometrics, landscape ecology, or conservation planning.

Candidates with interests in food systems, land use change, or spatial ecology are encouraged to apply. Incoming Ph.D students will develop research projects broadly related to ongoing work in the lab, but tailored to the individual’s skills and interests. Competitive applicants will have prior experience, or substantial motivation to gain expertise, in GIS, econometrics, statistics, economics, or other quantitative research approaches. However, candidates with academic backgrounds in field or interdisciplinary research methods are welcome.

Interested applicants would apply to UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. The Bren School is a highly regarded interdisciplinary research program with exceptional faculty and students across a spectrum of natural, physical, and social sciences.

Students are actively encouraged to develop interdisciplinary research projects and (disciplinary or multidisciplinary) collaborations with researchers in Bren and in other top programs including Geography and Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology.

If interested, please send a current CV with GPA, relevant coursework & research experiences, and a short statement describing your research interests to Ashley Larsen (). Applications are due December 15, 2017. Students with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Scholar -Hydrology (Posted 11/7/17)
Mountain Hydrology Research Group
University of California, Merced and the University of California, Los Angeles
Job #JPF00555
Apply by December 29, 2017
For more information, go here.

Graduate positions in community ecology, UC Santa Barbara (Posted 10/23/17)

The Moeller Lab (part of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara) seeks Ph.D. students interested in the study of metabolic interactions among species. The lab uses a combination of field observations, laboratory experiments, and mathematical models to understand acquired metabolism, metabolic reactions that (rather than being encoded in an organism's DNA) are obtained from other species. Mechanisms of acquisition vary from mutually beneficial exchanges of metabolites to parasitism and predation. Our goal is to connect these acquisitions to shifts in ecological niche relevant to ecosystem function, and explore the evolutionary implications of these metabolic "short-cuts".

In addition to enthusiasm for ecology and evolution, applicants should have some background in mathematics (coursework including Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations, or relevant research experience is preferred). Prospective students interested in the study systems listed here are particularly encouraged to apply; however, research in the Moeller Lab is diverse and students will be encouraged to develop and pursue independent research projects as part of their dissertation work.

Interested students should contact Holly Moeller to discuss relevant research interests and qualifications. Please write to and include (1) a brief description of your research interests and, in particular, how they overlap with the lab's focus; (2) a summary of your mathematical background and relevant research experience; and (3) a CV which includes your GPA, professional references, and GRE scores.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COLORADO

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CONNECTICUT

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FLORIDA

 PhD Research Assistantship in Plant Community Ecology (Posted 11/16/17)

The Department of Earth and the Environment at Florida International University has a Ph.D. assistantship available for a student interested in plant community ecology. The ideal candidate will have some experience in vegetation ecology, vegetation-environment relationships, and geographic information systems (GIS). Our research focus is on ecological processes involved in vegetation responses to change in hydrologic and fire regimes in short- and long-hydroperiod ecosystems in the Florida Everglades. The successful applicant will have opportunity to develop research questions independently, but within the framework of the overall goals of the project(s). Assistantship covers stipend of $23,460 and tuition. To be eligible for the position, students must meet FIU graduate admission requirements (select Earth Systems Science). The deadline for the graduate (PhD) application for Fall 2018 admission in the Department of Earth & Environment is Feb 1st, 2018.

To be considered for Fall 2018 admission with PhD Research Assistantship, please reply by Dec 15th , 2017 to Dr. Jay Sah () with a CV and statement of interest.

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades. For information about Florida International University, go here.

For information about our past and ongoing projects, find the South Florida Terrestrial Ecosystem homepage from the SERC website, or go here.

Graduate Position in Coastal Ecosystem Ecology at Florida International University (Posted 11/16/17)

One PhD graduate assistantship is available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) to conduct research in the Florida Everglades, beginning fall 2018. These positions are affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program and will include integrative field and experimental research approaches, and public outreach.

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades. The Department of Biological Sciences has strengths in Ecology, Marine Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Evolution, and Cellular/Molecular Biology. The FCE LTER student organization, based at FIU, is a very active community of over 70 students from multiple departments and institutions who conduct integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term research.

To be eligible for positions, students must meet FIU graduate admission requirements and successfully compete for a teaching assistantship to match existing research assistantship support. Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for fully funded Presidential Fellowships. The deadline for graduate applications is January 05, 2018, but early submission (December 2017) is highly encouraged.

Sea-Level Rise and Saltwater Intrusion in Coastal Ecosystems: The candidate’s research interests should include global environmental change, wetlands, coastal ecology, and ecosystem ecology, especially biogeochemistry and organic matter processing. The student will be expected to develop research related to understanding how sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion affect net carbon storage in freshwater and brackish wetlands through altered nutrient subsidies and salinity stresses to soil microbial and wetland plant communities. Interested applicants should contact Dr. John Kominoski () and visit his lab website before applying.

The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate students, FIU faculty, as well as scientists from the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, and the Everglades Foundation, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting peat collapse and carbon loss in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion.

MS Research Assistantship on wading birds and aquatic ecology in South Florida (Posted 11/7/17)

Successful applicants will join an active lab at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) conducting research on wetland birds and the aquatic ecosystems that support them. The student will become part of a team conducting field studies on Lake Okeechobee that address questions related to wading bird breeding biology and behavior, foraging ecology, habitat selection, wetland drivers of prey communities, and the responses of birds and aquatic fauna to water management (see lab web page for details) . In the course of conducting research the student will be exposed to the process of using science to guide one of the nation’s most comprehensive wetland ecosystem restoration projects.

The successful candidate will be hired as a Research Associate in Feb 2018. Conditional on acceptance to the MS degree program in Environmental Science (here), the candidate will transition to graduate student status in Aug 2018. Students are supported primarily with externally-funded Research Assistantships at $12,848/year with a tuition waiver.

Applicants should have experience in avian ecology, wetlands, or wildlife science, possess a good analytical mind, a strong sense of curiosity, and a demonstrated ability to work well in teams. The position is based on FAU’s main campus in Boca Raton, Florida. Boca Raton is located between the Everglades and an extensive coral reef tract, two of Florida’s most unique natural features. FAU has over 30,000 students and a Carnegie Classification of High Research Activity.

Applicants should send as a single pdf, a letter of interest indicating their specific research interests and qualifications, CV, transcripts, GRE scores (unofficial copies will suffice), and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dale Gawlik at ; (561-297-3333) by December 3, 2017.

PhD Opportunity: Coastal Wetland Biogeochemistry (Florida) (Posted 11/2/17)

The Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab at the University of Central Florida is seeking a PhD student to begin Su or Fa 2018 who is interested in studying the interactive impacts of sea level rise and urbanization on coastal wetland soil carbon dynamics. A secondary interest or experience in the use of remote sensing for ecosystem evaluation is a plus. Financial support will be provided through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. The student must possess a M.S. degree in environmental science, biology, chemistry, or a related field by the start date and have a competitive GRE and GPA. The ideal candidate would also have experience working in wetlands and/or coastal systems and strong analytical laboratory skills.

The Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab is an energetic and passionate group of students (graduate and undergraduate) and staff (lab manager and postdoctoral scholar) under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Chambers and housed within the UCF Biology Department. We emphasize strong mentoring, collaborative learning, peer-reviewed publishing, and timely degree completion. More information on our research foci and the application process can be found on their website here.

Ph.D. position in soil nutrient cycling and soil health (Posted 11/2/17)

Looking for a Ph.D. student to work on the integration of perennial grasses in row crop systems and how it affects soil nutrient cycling and soil health. Perennial grasses – e.g., bahia grass (Paspalum notatum) – increase cotton and peanut yields and soil organic matter (SOM) in the hot and humid climate of the Southeastern US, but their long-term impact on carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) cycling remains to be better understood. This position will focus on a set of long- term experiments established in North Florida and Southeast Alabama that compare the effects of perennial grass integration with or without animal grazing and irrigation. Several topics related to C, N and P cycling could be pursued, depending on qualifications and interests of the student. Topics could include building nutrient budgets for different rotations, measuring long-term changes in soil C and P dynamics, quantifying N-fixation inputs with 15N, and evaluating the effects of different treatments on soil health indicators. This project will require field work and sampling, laboratory analyses (e.g., soil extractions, crop analyses), data analysis (e.g., nutrient budgets), and extension/outreach activities (e.g., field days).

The selected student, expected to start in Fall 2018, will work within the Soil and Water Science Department, based in Gainesville, Florida. A strong background in biogeochemistry, soil science and/or plant sciences, with a degree in a related field, is preferable. This position will require collaboration with researchers from other departments (e.g., Dr. David Wright in Agronomy) and travel to Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama for field work and outreach/extension activities.

The Soil and Water Sciences Department offers competitive assistantships to highly qualified students (applications due by January 15, 2018), and other funding opportunities are available.

Interested students should send their unofficial transcripts, CV, and contact information for two references at . Instructions on how to apply to graduate school in the Soil and Water Sciences Department can be found here.

MSc opportunity - Population ecology of invasive species (Posted 11/2/17)

The Kramer laboratory in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida is seeking a graduate student to study the spatial dynamics of invasive species using computational approaches, beginning in August 2018. Research in the lab includes the population ecology of invasion, extinction and species coexistence. This project will build on previous work on forecasting potential invaders and patterns of spatial spread. Applicants interested in species distribution models, spatial dynamics, or aquatic invasive species are particularly encouraged to apply.

Competitive applicants will have quantitative skills and strong oral and written communication abilities. Applicants with previous experience in ecological research, statistics, computer code, and/or spatial analysis are preferred.

Funding for the position will likely come from a teaching assistantship during the academic year and research assistantship during the summer.
Tuition (not including fees), medical insurance and travel to professional meetings are covered.

*To Apply*
For consideration please email a cover letter stating your research interest and qualifications, your CV with names and contact information for 3 references, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores to Dr. Drew Kramer () by November 17th. Application to the department will also be necessary, with a preferred deadline of November 30th. Please contact me with any inquiries for additional information or to arrange a phone call.

To learn more about the Department of Integrative Biology please visit http://biology.usf.edu/ib/. The University of South Florida is a diverse research university located in Tampa, FL. USF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Research internships in plant ecology, Archbold Biological Station, Florida (Posted 11/2/17)

Beginning approximately March 2018 and thereafter; running 8 months.
Applications due Dec. 15, 2017.
Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School

Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room and Board.

Internships available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida in the Plant Ecology Program, led by Dr. Eric Menges, which emphasizes conservation biology, plant demography, restoration ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology, and fire management. We study many rare species of endemic vascular plants in endangered Florida scrub and related communities. Active fire management provides outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies in fire ecology. Our long-term (as long as 30-year) datasets on dozens of scrub plants gives context to short-term, focused, field projects. A large-scale experimental restoration provides a useful context for restoration ecology projects. Additional information can be found at the Archbold website here or the plant ecology program website here or our intern website here.

Interns live on site and receive a room, breakfasts and lunches, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. Each intern works 20 hours per week assisting with a wide range of ongoing research projects. The remainder of the week can be devoted to an independent research project. Internships run for 8 months (can sometimes be extended) and offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations. Our internships are ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology. Most of our interns have gone on to academic or professional positions and many have first-authored publications based on their intern projects.

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

To apply for an internship in the plant ecology lab, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a resume or CV, and a summary of grades. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by December 15, 2017.

EMAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY! Send to Eric Menges at

PhD Opportunity: Coastal Wetland Biogeochemistry (Posted 10/23/17)

The Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab at the University of Central Florida is seeking a PhD student to begin Su or Fa 2018 who is interested in studying the interactive impacts of sea level rise and urbanization on coastal wetland soil carbon dynamics. A secondary interest or experience in the use of remote sensing for ecosystem evaluation is a plus. Financial support will be provided through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. The student must possess a M.S. degree in environmental science, biology, chemistry, or a related field by the start date and have a competitive GRE and GPA. The ideal candidate would also have experience working in wetlands and/or coastal systems and strong analytical laboratory skills.

The Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab is an energetic and passionate group of students (graduate and undergraduate) and staff (lab manager and postdoctoral scholar) under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Chambers and housed within the UCF Biology Department. We emphasize strong mentoring, collaborative learning, peer-reviewed publishing, and timely degree completion. More information on our research foci and the application process can be found  here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


GEORGIA

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HAWAII

PhD Graduate Student Position - Genetic Diversity of Hawaiian Plants (Posted 11/2/17)

The Culley Laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati in collaboration with The Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is offering a unique opportunity for a qualified, energetic Ph.D. student with a strong interest in plant conservation and molecular biology. The student will be part of a project supported by a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to examine tissue samples from in situ populations and ex situ collections of several endangered plant species endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. The specific focus for the student will be to analyze and compare the genetic diversity of these Hawaiian groups, and work with others on the team, investigating those results in relation to the survival of samples through cryopreservation.

The Ph.D. student will work under the direction of Dr. Theresa Culley, from the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, in collaboration with Dr. Valerie Pence, located at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. The University and Zoo are within a mile of each other and already have a strong collaboration. Candidates for this position should have a B.S. or a M.S., with a strong background in plant genetic analysis and molecular techniques, and ideally in statistical analysis. A strong interest in plant conservation is required. A familiarity with in vitro and/or cryopreservation methods is desirable, but not required. This position provides an annual stipend of $22,000 in addition to a graduate scholarship which covers most tuition costs. The position will start no later than August, 2018, but a start date of early summer, 2018, is preferred.

For further information on the project, contact Dr. Theresa Culley, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, 614 Rieveschl Hall, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0006, ; or Dr. Valerie Pence, Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45220: . To apply for this position, go online here. More information on the UC Biological Sciences program is available here and information on the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s CREW facility can be found here. The application deadline is Jan. 1, 2018.

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

 


IDAHO

Ph.D. Assistantship in Interactions Among Wildfire, Climate, Vegetation, and Geomorphic Response (Posted 11/7/17)
Boise State University 
Applications will be reviewed as they are received until December 1, 2017.
For more information, go here

Ph.D. Assistantship in Genetics of Annual Cycles in Migratory Birds (Posted 11/7/17)
Boise State University
Applications will be reviewed as they are received until December 10. 2017.
For more information, go here.

Graduate Student Opportunity in Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Ecology – Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho (Posted 11/2/17)

Seeking one or two highly motivated MS- or PhD-level graduate students to begin in the summer or fall semester 2018. The topic of research is flexible, but should fall into the broad theme of forest ecosystem restoration and ecology. In general, He is looking for students with an interest in understanding the effects of disturbance on the structure and function of forest ecosystems, and how this knowledge can be applied to help manage and restore important ecosystem services. Specific projects could include (but are not limited to) topics such as developing and refining forest stand development models, understanding linkages between riparian and upland forests, and fire effects on the temporal and structural complexity in forest ecosystems.

The positions are available Summer 2018 and can be either a master’s or doctoral appointment depending on interests and experience. Financial support may be a combination of teaching and research assistantships, and is available for no more than three years. Applicants should have a strong work ethic and ability to work independently, strong writing and quantitative capabilities, good plant identification skills, and demonstrated leadership experience. Applicants with expertise and backgrounds in forest ecology and silviculture preferred.

The Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences and College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho (UI) are home to an energetic and productive community of researchers with a strong commitment to student achievement and success. Located in Moscow, a classic small college town with great amenities, UI is Idaho’s premier research university and is surrounded by the beautiful forest and natural landscapes of the northern Rockies and Inland Northwest. More information on the Natural Resources Graduate Program in UI’s College of Natural Resources can be found here..

To apply, please send your CV and specific information explaining your educational background and relevant experiences by Dec. 15, 2017. For more information, please contact Dr. Charles Goebel at or 208-885-7311.

Research Assistantships (PhD, MS) in the Agroecology of Dryland Cropping Systems - University of Idaho  (Posted 11/3/17)

Seeking highly motivated and qualified students to explore the ability of current, incremental, and transformational wheat-based cropping systems to capture and utilize available water and soil nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) within complex landscapes and over a wide climatic gradient.

Research will involve extensive field experimentation, remote sensing, and hydrologic crop modeling.

A PhD student will (1) investigate opportunities to better utilize remote sensing to capture and manage point and field scale hydrologic fluxes and crop nitrogen uptake (2) assess the ability of cropping models to simulate water and nitrogen pools and fluxes (3) quantify the long-term agronomic and environmental impacts of alternative cropping systems in the region. Please contact Erin Brooks () for questions about this position.

Two MS students will focus on site hydrological impacts on soil nutrient status and plant productivity at different spatial scales. The overarching objective (1) is to quantify nitrogen mineralization spatial variability, while simultaneously characterizing (2) phosphorus speciation in water and soil and related plant productivity. For this project, both field and laboratory studies are envisioned. Please contact Zachary Kayler () and Dan Strawn () for questions about this position.

The positions will be within a larger collaborative project involving climate, soil scientists, entomologists, plant pathologists, agronomists, and economists and three universities with strong ties to the Cook Agronomy Farm Long Term Agro-ecosytem Research (LTAR) site managed by the USDA-ARS.

The University of Idaho is located in Moscow, a small college town with a thriving arts scene and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Qualifications: Applicants for the positions will have an undergraduate (MS) or graduate degree (PhD) in hydrology, water resources, soils, agronomy, environmental chemistry, agricultural engineering, environmental engineering, or a related field. The successful candidates will be familiar with water and nutrient cycling in soils (including stable isotope techniques), an understanding of crop systems, GIS/remote sensing, Python/R programming, and basic spatial modeling and statistics. The students are expected to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and to participate in field data collection. We highly encourage motivated students eager to gain a deeper understanding of the sustainable dryland cropping systems and are willing to work interactively in team research to apply for these assistantships.

Financial support: Each successful candidate will receive tuition support and stipend, and financial support to participate to a relevant conference each year.

To apply: Please send a Personal statement, Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references to (PhD) Erin Brooks at , Zachary Kayler (MS) at , or Dan Strawn (MS) at .

Timeline: Review of applicants will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Ph.D. Assistantship in Human-Environment Systems, Boise State University, Idaho, USA (Posted 11/2/17)

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) - at Boise State University. Several positions are available for Ph.D. students to study a range of topics in Human-Environment Systems (HES) including:

• Remote sensing of land use change in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and implications for large landscape connectivity.
• Effects of economic development, climate change, and land use change on threatened wildlife species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
• Telecouplings initiated by urban development in the Pacific Northwest, including sand scarcity, large landscape connectivity, and regional water cycles.
• Remote sensing and vegetation dynamics modeling and coupling fire and land management
• Social-ecological network analysis of conservation behavior among landowners in the western US.
• Role of co-adaptation between people and wild animals in facilitating coexistence in the American West.
• Effects of linear infrastructure (roads, railways) on globally endangered tigers, including human-tiger conflicts, in the lowlands of the Nepal Himalayas.
• Examining the co-evolution of environmental governance and environmental change using agent-based models.
• Remote sensing of irrigated lands in the Snake River Basin of Idaho and linkages with food production systems and water scarcity.
• Understanding how environmental attitudes develop over the life course using social network analysis of peer groups at different ages.
• Effects of anthropogenic nightlight and noise on wildlife habitats in the continental US and national park system.
• Assessing the efficacy of network governance of water resources in the Snake River Plain.
• Remote sensing of evapotranspiration in the sagebrush-steppe biome and the interplay of land management and disturbance on ET.
The PhD students will join our HES community (cid.boisestate.edu/hes), a group of faculty and students committed to transdiciplinary, team-based, actionable research that addresses real-world environmental challenges.

Qualifications
Seeking students who have expertise in remote sensing, ecology, agent-based modeling, social-ecological network analysis, Bayesian hierarchical modeling, complex systems, and/or game theory, as appropriate for the topics above. Competitive students will have a Master’s degree and research or job experience related to the topics above.

Stipend and tuition and fees
This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantships (renewable, 12-month at $25,000), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance. The positions start Fall (Aug) 2018.

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

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

To Apply
Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to HES (email: ). Please put “PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until December 01, 2017. If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your application cannot be considered. Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to Boise State’s EEB program by January 20, 2018. All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.

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

Ph.D. Assistantship- Plant Systematics, Boise State University, Idaho (Posted 10/26/17)

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) - at Boise State University. A position is available for a Ph.D. student to study the phylogenetics and systematics of Piper section Enckea (Piperaceae). The section comprises ~60 species from the Amazon to Mexico and the Caribbean Islands, consisting of shrubs to small trees. This project will investigate the molecular phylogenetic relationships of one of the earlier branching lineages in the genus using a combination of next generation sequencing data, morphology, and biogeography. Preliminary analyses indicate that some species may not be monophyletic as currently circumscribed, and additional data may resolve cryptic or nearly cryptic species. The Ph.D. student will work as part of our collaborative team of James Smith at Boise State University and Allan Bornstein at Southeast Missouri State University. The student will conduct fieldwork to increase the number of samples, generate the molecular data using a combination of laboratory and bioinformatics procedures, as well as analyze the data using current phylogenetic methods. The student will also examine morphologies of the specimens to interpret evolution of traits within this clade and to understand species boundaries. This may include analysis via scanning electron microscopy (e.g., seed surface morphology).

Qualifications
Seeking someone who has a strong interest in evolutionary systematics, is capable of conducting fieldwork in remote areas of the Neotropics, has careful attention to detail, and preferably has at least sufficient Spanish language skills to communicate verbally in Latin American countries. Competitive students will have a Master’s degree, a background in botany, and experience in systematics. Please address your qualifications for each of these points in your cover letter. The position starts fall (Aug) 2018.

Stipend and tuition and fees
This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantship (renewable, 12-month at $25,000), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance.

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

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

To Apply
Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to James Smith (email: ). Please put “PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until December 15 If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your application cannot be considered. Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to Boise State’s EEB program by January 20. All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.

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

Ph.D. Assistantship-Plant-Soil Interactions, Boise State University, Idaho (Posted 10/26/17)

Seek a self-motivated, independent, and creative thinkers that are enthusiastic about pursuing a career in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. Minimum Qualifications: a B.S. or M.S. degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Soil Science or a related field. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2018.

Stipend and tuition and fees
This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantships (renewable, 12-month at $25,000), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance.

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

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

To Apply
Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter a statement of research interests, qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to Marie-Anne de Graaff (email: ). Please put “PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until December 01, 2017. If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your application cannot be considered. Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to Boise State’s EEB program by January 20, 2018. All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.

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


ILLINOIS

Postdoc: Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions in Nitrogen Biogeochemistry (Posted 11/16/17)

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as part of the Sustainability Theme in the new U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center (BRC), the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI). The goal of the CABBI Sustainability Theme is to develop the predictive capability to determine which feedstock combinations, regions and land types, market conditions, and biofuels and bioproducts have the potential to support the ecologically and economically sustainable displacement of fossil fuels.

The postdoc is sought to support research on plant-soil-microbe interactions in bioenergy cropping systems (sorghum, energycane, and Miscanthus) with regards to nitrogen biogeochemistry, including mineralization, nitrification, denitrification, nitrogen fixation, etc. Job duties include designing and conducting field and laboratory experiments, developing and testing innovative stable isotope methodologies for measuring in situ nitrogen cycling process rates, coordinating research activities with a large team of collaborators, supervising technicians and undergraduates, and writing manuscripts.

The postdoc will work with Dr. Wendy Yang in her Global Change Ecology and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry lab and will collaborate with other ecosystem ecologists, microbial ecologists, ecosystem modelers, ecophysiologists, ecohydrologists, and others in the CABBI Sustainability Theme. Collaboration with researchers in the CABBI Feedstocks and Conversion themes and the other BRCs is encouraged. The postdoc will be housed in the Institute for Genomic Biology with the other UIUC-based CABBI researchers to facilitate these collaborative interactions and help build a strong community of postdocs and graduate students.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. or the equivalent in ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science, or related field
  • Experience with laboratory and field work
  • Strong English writing and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to travel to research sites in Florida, Iowa, and other locations in the eastern U.S. for short sampling campaigns
  • A valid driver’s license

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:

  • A strong publication record from their Ph.D. (papers published, in press, or submitted)
  • Experience with natural abundance or tracer stable isotope techniques
  • Experience with method development or tinkering with major instrumentation (e.g., isotope ratio mass spectrometer, quantum cascade laser)
  • Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things.

The position is available for four years; however, annual renewal is dependent on funding and progress made by the individual. This position includes a competitive salary and full benefits.

Application review will begin Dec. 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but ideally in January 2018. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Please put “CABBI postdoc application” in the subject line of your email to Ank Michielson, the CABBI Program Manager, .

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Wendy Yang at .

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.


INDIANA

Research Internship on greenhouse gas fluxes from subtropical grazing lands (Posted 11/3/17)

Starting date: End January/beginning February 2018; Application due: Dec 9, 2017.

Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School

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

Internship at MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC), a division of Archbold Biological Station, in south-central Florida in the Agro-Ecology Program.

The successful intern will be supervised by Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas (University of Illinois) and Dr. Elizabeth Boughton (MAERC). The intern will be exposed to research in biogeochemistry, grassland and wetland ecology, and disturbance ecology (grazing, fire, flooding). Primarily, the intern will work on a project investigating how cattle grazing and fire affect the delivery of ecosystem services from grazed pastures. This project is a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois, Cornell University and MAERC.

Internships offer an opportunity for providing novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world: securing food in a sustainable way; and for learning how research works. The intern’s research project will improve understanding of how changes in grazing and fire affect the exchange of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4) between the atmosphere and subtropical pastures. The successful intern will be trained to use a variety of instruments to measure ecosystem CO2 and CH4 fluxes from ecosystems. Other fieldwork will include aboveground and belowground biomass, and soil collection. Long days and work on weekends may be required during intense data collection campaigns. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience with similar measurements or a strong background (coursework) in biogeochemistry, but all are encouraged to apply. Additionally, candidates with experiences that demonstrate proficiency working outdoors will be considered.

Interns receive room, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. They typically work 20 hours per week as research assistants and the remainder on their research project. Internships run for 6 months but are flexible in their duration.

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

Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Facilities include a 5000 ha preserve, an outstanding regional library and a GIS lab. The station has a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological station atmosphere. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. The Station cannot hire people without legal status to work in the U.S.

To apply for this internship, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a description of previous research experience, a resume or CV, a summary of grades, and two letters of recommendation before December 9, 2017. Please email applications to: Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas, .

Should you require further information please email Dr. Gomez-Casanovas.

PhD opportunities in hydrology & biogeochemistry at Purdue University (Posted 10/26/17)

Dr. Sara McMillan is seeking two PhD students to study drivers of biogeochemical processes related to changing climate and hydrologic regimes at Purdue University starting Summer/Fall 2018. Our research team focuses on integrating larger scale hydrologic patterns in human-modified landscapes with fundamental, process-based measurements of biogeochemical transformations. I anticipate that student research will focus on nitrogen and phosphorus biogeochemistry in two key areas (1) restored riverine floodplains and (2) agricultural fields with tile drainage and conservation practices.

More information about the McMillan Lab can be found here.

Funding from the NSF and USDA will support students through two collaborative projects between USDA National Soil Erosion Research Lab (Dr. Mark Williams), US Geological Survey Hydrological- Ecological Interactions Branch (Dr. Greg Noe), and Purdue University. Ability and willingness to work in both field and laboratory settings is vital. A strong quantitative background and familiarity with computer programming is beneficial. Students should also have excellent written and oral communication skills, and an enthusiasm for research. Students will join the Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ABE) Department, which is recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in water resources research, education, and outreach, and has been consistently ranked as a top graduate program (#1-2 by US News and World Reports for the past 10 years). I also accept students through the Ecological Science and Engineering (ESE) Program, an interdisciplinary program focused on understanding complex processes that link human activity and ecological systems to more sustainably manage our natural resources.

They are committed to a productive, diverse, and inclusive lab environment and encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. In addition, Purdue University has several initiatives to help foster a welcoming environment for all (e.g. M@P – Mentoring at Purdue, Office of Diversity and Inclusion). For more information about program requirements, please visit the ABE and ESE websites.

Application deadline is December 1, 2017. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact me at before the application deadline with any questions and to share information on their research experiences, interests, and motivations to pursue a PhD. I am also happy to consider exceptional masters students if that is the degree program that best fits the student’s future plans. 


IOWA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


KANSAS

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KENTUCKY

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LOUISIANA

Research Associate or Assistant position in Wetland Biogeochemistry (Posted 11/16/17)

The Roberts Lab of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking a research associate or assistant in Wetland Biogeochemistry to participate in a series of field/laboratory and manipulative experiments studying the effects of the Macondo Oil Spill on coastal marsh ecosystems. The associate or assistant will join a large, multi-institution team of researchers on the Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) project funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the impacts of the oil spill and future spills on marshes and coastal environments. The position is associated with a collaborative subproject on wetland biogeochemistry and microbial ecology led by Drs. Brian Roberts (LUMCON), Anne Giblin (Marine Biological Laboratory), and Anne Bernhard (Connecticut College). Our objectives since beginning this project in 2012 have been to 1) improve our understanding of temporal and spatial patterns in marsh biogeochemical process rates, associated microbial communities, and factors regulating these communities and rates; and 2) evaluate the impact of and recovery from oil exposure on marsh biogeochemical processes and associated microbial communities. The research associate or assistant will support the field and laboratory analytical activities designed to accomplish these objectives including a combination of field/lab studies and manipulative experiments at multiple scales including a large scale oiling experiment being conducted in a soon to be complete marsh mesocosm facility. The position will be based at LUMCON and will require extensive field and laboratory work. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with top scientists from around the United States in a large, interdisciplinary research project of great importance to the US Gulf Coast and other ecosystems impacted by oil-related activities.

Qualifications: The candidate must have a M.S. or B.S in ecology, wetland science, biogeochemistry or a related field. Familiarity with analytical instrumentation including nutrient autoanalyzers, TOC/TN analyzers, elemental analyzers, and/or gas chromatographs is desired. The candidate will be expected to participate in field work that may require physical effort to transport equipment in field sites that are accessible only by small boats. The ability to work in a group setting is essential, as this researcher will work collaboratively with the PIs, post docs, graduate and undergraduate students, and other research associates/assistants/technicians on this project and the larger CWC effort. The position requires high organizational and communication skills as well as significant database management capabilities.

Duration and Start Date: The position is available immediately. The initial appointment is for 1 year with possible additional support dependent upon funding and satisfactory performance.

Location: The position will be based at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA (go here for information on the facility). The field sites are located along the Louisiana coast between LUMCON and the Mississippi River.

To Apply: Send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the name, address, phone and email contact for at least three individuals qualified to comment on scientific and work qualifications to Dr. Brian Roberts () with “Wetlands Research Associate/Assistant position” in the subject line. For questions or more information contact Dr. Roberts by email or phone (985-851-2821).

Deadline: Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

LUMCON offers state benefits and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Wetland Plant Ecology (Posted 11/16/17)

The Roberts Lab of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking a postdoctoral research associate in wetland plant ecology to help organize and lead a series field studies and manipulative experiments studying the effects of the Macondo Oil Spill on coastal marsh ecosystems. The postdoc will join a large, multi-institution team of researchers on the Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) project funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the impacts of the oil spill and future spills on marshes and coastal environments. Specifically, they will be collaborating with the wetland biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, and plant ecology group led by Drs.
Brian Roberts (LUMCON), Anne Giblin (Marine Biological Laboratory), and Anne Bernhard (Connecticut College). Our group’s overall objectives since beginning this project in 2012 have been to 1) improve understanding of temporal and spatial patterns in marsh biogeochemical process rates, associated plant and microbial communities and factors regulating these communities and rates; and 2) evaluate the impact of oil exposure on and recovery of marsh biogeochemical processes and associated plant and microbial communities. The postdoc will have the opportunity to build on extensive data sets with the goal of examining continued impacts as well as the recovery of marsh plant dynamics, biogeochemistry, and microbial communities impacted by the spill. These data sets include multiple years of sampling on wetland plant above and below ground biomass, production and decomposition, biogeochemistry (greenhouse gas fluxes, nitrification, denitrification/DNRA/anammox, phosphorus sorption, iron reduction), and associated microbial communities (ammonia oxidizers, denitrifiers, methane oxidizers). Continuing research activities include a combination of field/lab studies and manipulative experiments at multiple scales including a large scale oiling experiment being conducted in a soon to be completed marsh mesocosm facility. The post-doc will be based at the LUMCON but may be expected to travel periodically to work with collaborators. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with top scientists from around the United States in a large, interdisciplinary research project of great importance to the US Gulf Coast and other ecosystems impacted by oil-related activities.

Qualifications: The candidate must have a Ph.D. in ecology, wetland science, plant ecology, biogeochemistry or a related field. The preferred candidate will have experience making ground-based measurements of spectral reflectance to determine plant physiological status and detect stress and have experience making integrated plant-soil greenhouse gas flux measurements. The candidate will also be expected to participate in field work that may require physical effort to transport equipment in field sites throughout Louisiana that are accessible only by small boats. The ability to work in a group setting is essential, as these researchers will work collaboratively with the PIs, other post docs, graduate and undergraduate students, and research associates/technicians on this project and the larger CWC effort. High organizational and communication skills, creativity in methodological development, and understanding of basic experimental design
and statistical analyses are required for this position.

Duration and Start Date: The position is available immediately. The initial appointment is for 1 year with possible additional support dependent on funding and satisfactory performance.

Location: The position will be based at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA (go here for information on the facility). The field sites are located along the Louisiana coast between LUMCON and the Mississippi River.

To Apply: Send 1) a letter of interest that describes your interest in the position, your career goals, and details your work and educational experience most relevant to the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) up to 3 relevant reprints, and 4) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Brian Roberts () with “Wetland plant ecology postdoc position” in the subject line. For more information, contact Dr. Brian Roberts by email or phone (985-851-2821).

Deadline: Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

LUMCON is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that actively seeks diversity among its employees.

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in Wetland Ecology (Posted 11/3/17)

Doctoral (and/or MS) Graduate Student position is available at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Biology, in Dr. Mark Hester’s Coastal Plant Ecology Laboratory. This program is seeking a graduate student to conduct monthly ecological monitoring of a wastewater treatment plant assimilation wetland located near Lafayette, Louisiana. Students will perform routine monitoring of soil parameters, water quality, and plant cover and species richness to study the effects of treated wastewater on a freshwater wetland habitat. This student will be co-advised by Dr. Mark Hester (UL Lafayette Department of Biology) and Dr. Taylor Sloey (UL Lafayette Institute for Coastal and Water Research).

Successful applicants must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, be a team player and able to work well both independently, display strong oral and written communication skills, and possess both the physical and mental attributes required to collect data in strenuous field conditions.

Additional desirable skills include an educational background in plant, soil, and/or water science, plant ecophysiology, and statistical ecology. The applicant should have an interest in applied biological sciences, be disciplined, capable of managing project timelines and deliverables, and should expect to reside in Louisiana to perform monthly monitoring of the study site.
Competitive graduate research assistantship funding and tuition waivers are available to support the successful applicant. Interested applicants should send any questions and/or the following application materials in an email to Dr. Taylor Sloey () by November 23, 2017.

1) Letter of Interest (1 page)
2) Curriculum vita
3) GPA and GRE percentile score
4) Unofficial transcripts

For more information, go here.


MAINE

Graduate Assistantship in Forest Ecology (Posted 11/16/17)

The School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, is seeking a highly motivated graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Forest Ecology. The student would participate in one of the following research areas: (1) Identifying factors ‒ including climate/weather parameters ‒ that best explain temporal variability in stand-level productivity; (2) Examining forest stand dynamics by means of long-term permanent plots and dendrochronology methods; (3) Characterizing carbon and nitrogen dynamics of decaying wood in a field decomposition experiment. This position provides funding at approximately $19,000/year, 50% of health insurance paid, and a tuition waiver. The ideal candidate would have solid quantitative experience/aptitude and a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research. High levels of intellectual curiosity and self-motivation are essential. If interested, please send a CV attached to a message briefly explaining your background and research interests to Dr. Shawn Fraver (). Position open until filled.

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

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

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

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


MARYLAND

Three New Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities at SESYNC (Posted 11/16/17)

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for three new Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities: One Postdoc will co-develop a research project to address research gaps on the link between climate change and children's health, another will study how societies cope with natural disasters, and the third will focus on modeling the environmental impacts of food waste in the U.S. The three opportunities will be for August 2018 through August 2020, and are open to applicants who have completed their PhD in a relevant field within the last four years.

To apply, submit CVs and a research statement on SESYNC's website by December 1.

Details and application instructions can be found here.

Postdoctoral Researcher– Waterfowl Distribution, Telemetry, and Disease Modeling (Posted 11/16/17)

The University of Maryland in collaboration with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is searching for a highly motivated and talented individual to work as a postdoctoral researcher on projects focused on analyzing movement data from wild birds, developing distribution models for waterfowl, and modeling the risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza transmission at the wild bird-domestic bird interface. This position will be based out of PWRC, a world renowned research facility located within 15 minutes of University of Maryland offices, and within 30 minutes of Washington D.C.

This position includes multiple projects related to bird movements from telemetry data, distribution modeling using existing datasets, and disease modeling. In a pilot project currently underway, species distributions of waterfowl across the United States are being modeled for inclusion into AI transmission risk models. Further development of these models and comparisons to alternate approaches will be part of this work. The analysis of migration data for waterfowl and relationships with poultry and avian influenza outbreaks also falls in the scope of this work. Analyses and development of peer-reviewed journal articles are products required for this work.

The ideal candidate has a doctoral degree in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources, GIS, Statistics, Mathematics, or a related field. The candidate must be highly motivated and able to work independently.

It is also critical that the selected candidate have extensive experience in R or other related statistical software, and be proficient within GIS and species distribution modeling. Specific experience with INLA and STEM modeling is advantageous. Ability to write peer-reviewed manuscripts is a requirement.

The selected candidate must successfully complete a criminal background check as required for access to government computers and properties.

Work will be performed predominately in the office environment located in Beltsville, Maryland (PWRC) and with at least one day per week at the University of Maryland. However, the potential exists for occasional field work which may require transportation via mid-sized (20-40’) open boats. Extreme weather (hot summers, cold winters, high winds) and uncomfortable environments (biting insects) may be encountered.

Extended periods of computer use will be required in this position.

Hourly rate for this position is approximately $21/hour or $45,000/year.
The University of Maryland offers a full, competitive benefit package.
Compensation for housing, meals or other living expenses is not provided while working at the principal duty station.

Approximate start date for the position is December 2017 (preferred) or January 2018. This position is funded for 18 months with potential for extension to 36 months.

While this position is offered through the University of Maryland, the primary duty station is PWRC. Presence as lab manager at the University will require 1-2d per week at the University office.

Send the following to by 11/30/2017 (applications will be reviewed as received) with “Modeling Postdoc” in the Subject header:

1) Cover letter, resume and 3 references in a SINGLE Word or PDF document titled with your name (eg. JohnDoe.doc or JaneSmith.pdf).

Graduate assistantship (Maryland): Ecological/conservation genomics of trees (Posted 11/8/17)

The Gugger Lab at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Appalachian Laboratory is seeking a motivated Ph.D. or M.S. student to develop a thesis project on ecological, evolutionary, or conservation genomics of trees. The lab uses next-generation sequencing approaches to understand how populations of long-lived trees respond evolutionarily to environmental change, the molecular basis of local adaptation, the factors influencing population genetic variation, the role of hybridization in adaptation, and implications for conservation under global change.

The ideal applicant will have prior research experience in population genetics or plant ecology/evolution, molecular laboratory skills, strong quantitative skills, and interest in learning basic bioinformatics.

The graduate student will matriculate through the MEES program and will reside in scenic Frostburg (western MD) for the duration of the degree. Three years of support are available through research assistantships, with additional support possible through teaching assistantships and fellowships. Preferred starting date would be no later than Fall 2018.

To apply, please email Paul Gugger () a single PDF containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for three references by December 1, 2017. Please indicate “Genomics graduate position” in your subject line.

UMCES is an AA/EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

PhD Student - Urban Plant Ecology (Posted 11/6/17)

Seeking applicants for a Ph.D. position at University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Department of Geography & Environmental Systems. Starting date is Fall 2018.

In general, they focus on community ecology and the factors that promote species coexistence in space and time, both in aquatic and urban ecosystems. I am interesting is a student to join our efforts to understand the role of native plant biodiversity in enhancing ecosystem services on urban vacant land. Experiments on campus and in Baltimore City are underway whereby plant functional diversity has been manipulated in light of different regional species dispersal pressures to understand urban community assembly. The successful applicant will work closely with members of the lab on these projects, and develop research questions independently, yet aligned with the overall goals of the work. The focus can include or combine any number of the project’s elements: fieldwork, experimentation, and/or meta-analysis/synthesis. Ideally, the student will have earned a Master’s degree before starting here at UMBC.

The student will have the opportunity to interact with researchers associated with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Urban Long Term Ecological Research Site. Quarterly and Annual meetings will serve as main venues to dissemnitate their findings as well as network within and outside the academic community. The student may also have the chance to be involved in group synthesis efforts I am involved with here in the US and abroad.

Ultimately applicants will need to apply to the graduate program at UMBC.

However, he will only consider applications who contact me directly via email (), indicating your intention to apply. In your inquiry please include: 1) a brief introduction; 2) an academic CV; 3) GRE scores if available; and 4) a description of your career goals and how you feel working on this project will further those ambitions.

UMBC is a culturally diverse campus situated near Baltimore, and within close proximity to Washington DC. Access to transportation is quite convenent, making visiting the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region easy. In terms of natural surroundings, Maryland is often considered “America in miniature” given the large range in ecosystem types ranging from wetlands, swamps and bogs, tidal flats and beaches, to upland forests.

Hid lab takes seriously this excerpt from the UMBC vision statement: "Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. They will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds."

Postdoctoral Position in Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management (Posted 11/2/17)

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking a post-doctoral Assistant Research Scientist to work on a funded 2-year project in Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM). This unique position, coordinating with a multidisciplinary team of research leaders in EBM involving oceanographers, fisheries scientists, social scientist and science policy experts, provides an opportunity to work at the intersection of science and policy on fundamentally challenging ecosystem questions. The successful candidate will interact with researchers, planners and policy makers in several regions of the US to help identify and address the significant information gaps that limit implementation of an ecosystem approach. The position will involve literature research, workshop development and stakeholder surveys to create implementation strategies for enabling EBM in regional coastal ecosystems. The appointee will have opportunities to collaborate with scientists across UMCES. A Ph.D. in Marine Science, Environmental Policy or a related field is prefered. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full university health and retirement benefits are available.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017. Applications should include CV, copies of up to 3 publications, statement of research interests, one-page summary of Ph.D. thesis, names/addresses of four references.

For further information contact Mike Roman at . Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.


MASSACHUSETTS

Recruiting graduate students in Marine Global Change Ecology (Posted 11/2/17)

The Marine Global Change Ecology Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is recruiting two graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) to begin spring or fall 2018. We use field observations, lab experimentation, and quantitative synthesis to address ecological problems in coastal marine systems. Their research is focused on the following areas of study: 1. Interactions between global environmental change and species interactions 2. Biophysical coupling – the interaction between organismal function and physical drivers 3. Causes and consequences of biological invasion They encourage interested candidates to visit the lab website to learn more about our research and our lab philosophy. Application deadlines for graduate programs are Dec 1/Dec 15 (varies by program) Brian Cheng Assistant Professor | Department of Environmental Conservation University of Massachusetts Amherst  

PhD Opportunity in Biogechemistry / Boston Univ. (Posted 11/2/17)

Two opportunities for PhD-level research in the Finzi lab of Terrestrial Biogeochemistry at Boston University. The first opportunity is in the area of coupled biogeochemical cycles in global ecosystems with an emphasis on nutrient-use efficiency, allocation and retranslocation. There is broad latitude for graduate student development of ideas within this context. The student will most likely engage in meta-analysis, field studies and modeling. The second opportunity is in the area of agricultural ecology, focusing specifically on root traits, soil carbon cycling and fertilizer-use efficiency in bioenergy crop systems [study sites in Florida & Illinois]. This opportunity is part of a much larger, DOE-funded Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation
(CABBI) at the University of Illinois. The student will be trained at Boston University but will have significant opportunities for interaction with the highly multidisciplinary team that makes up the Center.

The City of Boston is a wonderful place to live and work. While modest in size, Boston offers all of the benefits of the ‘big city’ experience and a progressive work-life environment. At the same time there are ample mountain activities in the White and Green Mountains of NH and VT, respectively, as well as beaches on the north shore, south shore and Cape Cod. A very good light rail system offers to opportunity to get around Boston without the need for a vehicle. Boston has also gotten very bicycle friendly in recent years. Field work can be accomplished via transport in a Finzi Lab vehicle.

The two PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in the PhD program in Biogeoscience at Boston University. The program combines faculty from the Department of Biology and Earth & Environment. There are upwards of 25 PhD students and postdocs in the program forming a ‘critical mass’ for collaboration, friendship and scientific development.

Students interested in additional details can contact Dr. Adrien Finzi via email [afinzi at bu dot edu] or by telephone [617.353.2453]. The application deadline for the Department of Biology is December 7, 2017. Application material can be found here.

Postdoctoral Scientist - Molecular Microbial Ecology (Posted 10/23/17)
Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Posting No.: 0001062
More information is available here.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MICHIGAN

MS student needed for peatland fire reconstruction project (Posted 11/6/17)

A Masters position is available for a qualified individual to work on a collaborative project with Michigan Technological University, Ottawa National Forest, The Nature Conservancy, and Wisconsin DNR. The project’s goal is to quantify successional pathways and fire frequency in wetlands in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The student will work closely with both PI’s (Rod Chimner and Evan Kane at Michigan Tech) and other collaborators. Strong soils and paleoecological skills are a plus. The student will also TA a senior level Wetland Ecology course during the fall semesters.

Michigan Tech is located in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior, surrounded by abundant forests, wetlands, and streams. The area provides a unique setting where natural beauty, outdoor recreation, culture, education, and a diversity of residents from around the world come together to share a superb living and learning experience.

Consideration of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Start date is flexible. Please send a cover letter that states your research interests, your curriculum vitae, and any other relevant materials, and provide the names and contact information for three references, by email to Rod Chimner ()

Funded M.S. positions in community ecology and population genetics (Posted 11/2/17)

Two M.S. graduate positions available to study Michigan interdunal wetland community ecology and population genetics

The Labs of Drs. Tiffany Schriever and Devin Bloom at Western Michigan University seek MS students to work on a NOAA Sea Grant-funded project investigating community ecology and population genetics in interdunal wetlands along eastern Lake Michigan. There are two positions available.

The first position will focus on examining the spatiotemporal patterns of macroinvertebrate assemblages. The second position will investigate population structure and levels of gene flow in macroinvertebrates that vary in dispersal ability. Together these projects will seek to understand how environmental variation affects species composition, trait diversity, and genetic structure in a unique and dynamic habitat.

Applicants should have a BS in biology, ecology, environmental science or related field. Ideal applicants will be highly motivated, have field experience and be comfortable in harsh conditions with a field crew (2-4 people) for 1-2 weeks at a time. The applicant must be able to carry up to 25lbs of equipment for extended periods of time. Two paid research positions to conduct fieldwork will be available starting in March or April of 2018 and continue through August, before starting graduate work in the fall of 2018. Both graduate positions are fully funded for at least two years through research and teaching assistantships with tuition remission.

The Biological Sciences department at WMU is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of researchers that lead competitive PhD and MS programs. WMU is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan area of ~125,000 people located in the southwestern portion of the state.

Kalamazoo has 13 thriving craft breweries, numerous biking/running trails that connect parks and attractions throughout the city, a large outdoor Farmers market, and vibrant art community. Kalamazoo is within convenient driving or biking distance (via the KalHaven trail) to Lake Michigan and sits equidistant from Detroit and Chicago.

Contact Dr. Tiffany Schriever or Dr. Devin Bloom for more information. Please include your resume/CV, Cover letter addressing your interest in the project, background, and extent of qualifications, and the names of 3 referees along with “MSc position” in the email subject line. The deadline to apply is December 1st 2017.

Recruiting Ph.D. students - Jain Lab, University of Michigan, School for Environment and Sustainability (Posted 10/26/17)

The Jain Lab at University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability is recruiting Ph.D. students to start Fall 2018. Our lab examines questions related to sustainable food systems in the face of global environmental change, including climate change and natural resource degradation.

Specifically, interested in students who would like to (1) quantify the impacts of environmental change on agricultural production and examine sustainable ways to enhance food security, (2) identify how farmers are adapting to environmental change and the effectiveness of these adaptation strategies, and/or (3) identify and implement interventions to enhance farmers’ abilities to sustainably adapt to environmental change.

They use a mixed methods approach to answer these questions, combining satellite image analysis and household surveys to understand farmer decision-making across large spatio- temporal scales. Though the lab would be best suited to students who would like to similarly combine these methods, this is not required and students who are interested in either satellite image or household survey analysis are also encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in applying for the SEAS Ph.D. program in the Jain lab, please send Meha Jain () an email with a short paragraph describing your research interests and a CV.

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

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

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

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

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

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


MINNESOTA

Postdoctoral opportunity in sediment biogeochemistry, Large Lakes Observatory, University of Minnesota Duluth (Posted 10/26/17)

Seeking a postdoctoral researcher to investigate sediment biogeochemistry in the framework of a NSF-funded project on the role of benthic communities in coupled C-N-P dynamics in the Great Lakes. A successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of biogeochemists, ecologists, and modelers to investigate how recent large-scale changes in the profundal benthic communities of the Laurentian Great Lakes have affected sediment characteristics, benthic-pelagic coupling and whole-system elemental dynamics. Work will combine extensive offshore fieldwork in Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron with laboratory studies. Applicants should have a demonstrated record of conducting research in a relevant field, including proficiency in analytical techniques, and an excellent record of scholarly publications. They would be expected to conduct independent research, assist with lab and field coordination activities, and participate in supervision of graduate students. Preference will be given to candidates who have excellent written communication skills, experience in limnological or oceanographic work, experience in sediment geochemistry, especially in the Great Lakes, or experience in numerical modeling.

The position is to begin between March and June 2018, for a term of up to 2 years. Salary minimum $47,000/year.

The Large Lakes Observatory, located on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota, is an interdisciplinary research department dedicated to oceanographic studies of large lakes worldwide and offers excellent professional development opportunities.

To apply to the position or to request more information contact Drs. Sergei Katsev () or Ted Ozersky ( ). Please submit a CV, statement of research interests, and names of three references. Review of applications will begin on December 1 but search will continue until the position is filled.

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


MISSISSIPPI 

Graduate positions studying species interactions at U. Mississippi (Posted 11/16/17)

The Zee Lab at the University of Mississippi is seeking enthusiastic and motivated graduate students (Ph.D. and M.S.) with interests in community ecology and evolutionary biology to begin Fall 2018. Using a combination of laboratory experimental ecology/evolution with microbes and theoretical modeling approaches, we are interested in understanding how historical and contemporary evolutionary forces influence outcomes of species interactions in ecological communities. We experimentally evolve multi-trophic communities of the model bacterium E. coli, the social bacterium Myxococcus xanthus, and the roundworm C. elegans.
Students will be encouraged to develop and pursue questions centered on their own research interests and strengths.

Graduate students will be fully supported through teaching and research asssistantships with a competitive stipend, tuition waivers, and benefits. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Mississippi is a Carnegie R1 institution undergoing an exciting phase of growth. The university is located in Oxford, a vibrant and idyllic college town in northern Mississippi, about 1 hour south of Memphis, TN. More on the Department of Biology, go here. More on Oxford, MS, go here.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Peter Zee (zee at olemiss dot edu) directly with a description of research interests and experiences.

MS and PhD positions in Plant Ecology at the University of Mississippi (Posted 11/6/17)

The Brewer Lab at the University of Mississippi is seeking a PhD student and a Masters student to conduct research related to plant species coexistence in coastal plain ecosystems in Mississippi (e.g., wet and mesic pine savannas, oak woodlands, and pine-oak woodlands). The North American Coastal Plain is recognized as a Global Biodiversity Hotspot. The research in hyperdiverse pine savannas involves understanding intraspecific and interspecific competition. Specific projects potentially include (but are not limited to) understanding competition between carnivorous and non-carnivorous plants and how flowering that is stimulated by fire at different times of the year affects plant and pollinator species diversity. The research in oak and pine-oak woodlands in northern Mississippi potentially includes examining competitive interactions between native and non-native plant species (in particular, Microstegium vimineum) in response to attempts at ecological restoration (i.e., implementation of fire and canopy gaps) and relevance to wildlife habitat management.

The student will be based at the University of Mississippi in the Department of Biology and will work in the laboratory of Steve Brewer, but there will be opportunities to interact with other ecologists and evolutionary biologists at Ole Miss and in natural resource agencies.

Seeking motivated students with strong academic records who are willing to do challenging field work along the Mississippi Gulf Coast (Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Desoto National Forest) or in the northern hills of Mississippi (Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, Tallahatchie Experimental Forest). Familiarity with field ecological methods and plant identification is required, as is a basic understanding of ecology, evolutionary biology and statistics. The greater the familiarity the student has with statistics and ecological theory, the better. In addition, good scientific writing skills are an absolute must.

Each student must request and will be supported by a teaching assistantship through the Department of Biology at Ole Miss with an opportunity to work as a research assistant as funding becomes available through the Brewer lab. Students will also be expected to apply for their own research funding (e.g., through Sigma Xi, Garden Club of America, etc.). Funding for each student is secure through graduation contingent upon satisfactory progress towards the degree. The current 9-month stipends for Teaching Assistants are $20,000 for students in the M.S. program and $22,000 for students in the Ph.D. program. Students with assistantships also receive a tuition waiver (covering both in-state and out-of-state tuition) and subsidized health insurance. Students may also compete for summer research stipends. Applicants from underrepresented groups and/or with strong academic records could qualify for supplemental fellowships through the Graduate School.

The Department of Biology at Ole Miss consists of 21 research faculty and 14 instructional faculty, and educates 40 graduate students and over 800 undergraduate biology majors. The University of Mississippi is located in Oxford, Mississippi, one of the top college towns in the U.S., and a community known for outstanding educational and cultural opportunities.
Interested individuals should send a CV and both GPA and GRE scores to:

If Dr. Brewer encourages the student to pursue graduate study in his lab, the application procedure can be found here.

Interested individuals are also encouraged to view the following web sites:
Brewer’s Web Page
Research Areas in the Department of Biology
The Graduate School


MISSOURI

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

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

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

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

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


MONTANA

PhD position - Physiological Ecology and Climate Change  (Posted 11/2/17)

The Woods lab at the University of Montana in Missoula is looking to recruit Ph.D. students interested in physiological ecology and climate change.

Current research projects in the lab seek to understand the physiological ecology of plant-insect interactions, link broad-scale climate data to the microclimates relevant to small ectotherms, and predict how ectotherms will perform in those microclimates now and in the future. These topics are addressed using a combination of field and lab experiments. We’re also starting to do more analyses of large gridded data sets on climate, so students with strong computational and programming skills (e.g., R,
python) are encouraged to apply.

The University of Montana is home to a strong collection of faculty researching ecology and evolution. The Division of Biological Sciences hosts an excellent graduate program in Organismal Biology and Ecology (OBE) with an emphasis on interdisciplinary training in evolution, genetics, ecology, organismal biology, and behavior. Missoula is a great college town in the heart of the Northern Rocky Mountains.

For more information on the Woods lab, go here.

Interested students are encouraged to email Dr. Woods (). Please include a brief description of your research interests and a CV in your email. Note that applications for Fall 2018 admission to the OBE program must be submitted by December 1st.

PhD positions in Population Ecology / Evolution (Posted 11/2/17)

The Lowe lab at the University of Montana in Missoula is looking to recruit PhD students to work on the population biology of stream salamanders at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire.

Ideally, projects will take advantage of the long-term and high-resolution environmental data at Hubbard Brook to explore ecological and evolutionary aspects of stream salamander population biology. However, I believe that PhD students need to build projects around their own interests, so there is a lot of flexibility in the specific research questions, methods, etc. Students will spend field seasons (May – August) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the academic year in Missoula, Montana. Applicants with experience and/or interest in the ecology and evolution of dispersal, population modeling techniques, and fieldwork in headwater streams are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the lab, go here. For information on Hubbard Brook, go here.

Interested students are encouraged to email . In your email please include a brief explanation of your interest in the position, why you think you would be a good fit for the lab, and a CV (with GPA and GRE scores, if available). Applications for Fall 2018 admission to the Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (OBEE) graduate program must be submitted by December 1st.

Funded PhD positions in Ecology (Posted 11/2/17)

Looking for enthusiastic and talented students for up to 3 PhD positions to start in September 2018. The projects are flexible, with the students expected to help develop the conceptual background and the research methods, but will be roughly along these lines:

1) Plant-animal interactions in Gabon. Will use existing camera trap and plant phenology data, potentially combined with new field- and drone- based data collection, to assess how primates, ungulates, and other mammals respond to shifting patterns of fruit production in a pristine tropical rainforest. Substantial experience in international field work required. French language skills highly desired.

2) Climate change in Alaska. High latitude regions are changing rapidly, and not always in predictable ways. The project will likely include some or all of the following factors: (i) experiments to assess the impacts of animal herbivores on tree- and shrub-line change, (ii) drone-based surveys of plant and animal community changes, (iii) modelling of large mammal responses to climate and habitat changes using existing data from federal collaborators, and (iv) resurveys of an old small mammal trapping study. Substantial field work and camping experience (ideally from Alaska or other northern sites) is required for this position.

3) Pan-tropical assessment of bushmeat hunting and forest carbon. A handful of new studies have suggested that widespread, unsustainable hunting in tropical forests could be inducing shifts in tree species composition that lead to lower overall forest biomass. This could, in turn, be a major (and hitherto unappreciated) source of human carbon emissions. This project will use large-scale meta-analysis, potentially combined with field work, to address the ecological mechanisms (species interactions), geographic scope, and climatic implications of this issue.

These positions will be based in the Division of Biological Sciences (DBS) and affiliated with the Wildlife Biology Program. The positions include 5 years of guaranteed TA support. TA salaries in DBS are nationally competitive, while the cost of living in Missoula is relatively low.

Other requirements for the positions
1) Exceptional self-motivation
2) Master’s degree strongly desired
3) Familiarity with the concepts of ecology
4) Field work experience (for positions 1 & 2)
5) Quantitative skills (potentially including statistics, GIS, or computer modeling)
6) Excellent writing skills

How to apply
Send an email to jedediah [dot] brodie [at] mso [dot] umt [dot] edu, with “PhD position application” (no quotes) in the subject line, by 10 November 2017. Include as attachments: (1) A 1-2 page cover letter stating which project you’re interested in, explaining why you’re interested in and prepared for that position, and listing the names & contact info for 3 references, (2) your GRE scores and GPA from your MSc or undergrad institution, and your TOEFL score if applicable, and (3) your CV. Do not send transcripts, reference letters, or other materials at this time.

About the program
The University of Montana (UM) is a top research university set amidst the wilderness and wildlife of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Both the Organismal Biolog, Ecology, and Evolution Program (within the Division of Biological Sciences) and the Wildlife Biology Program have been recognized as Programs of National Distinction. The Wildlife Biology Program was recently ranked the Number 1 wildlife program in North America by Academic Analytics. When normalized for faculty size, UM was ranked Number 1 in the field of Ecology out of 300 North American research universities last year. UM has an extremely collegial and collaborative research atmosphere. Students at UM are also exposed to collaborations with numerous federal and state resource agencies, NGOs, and other researchers across the region and around the world. 


NEBRASKA

Graduate Research Opportunities in Forest Ecology in the Russo Lab at UNL (Posted 10/26/17)

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

Nebraska Forest Dynamics and Management – This project involves establishing permanent forest monitoring plots in Nebraskan forests as part of the Smithsonian ForestGEO plot network in order to investigate changes in growth, survival, and recruitment rates of trees in response to environmental drivers. Ultimately, this information will be used to describe and forecast changes in forest composition and function to aid in developing adaptive management plans for forest conservation.

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

These projects involve multi-disciplinary collaborative teams and offer the opportunity to gain skills in areas such as geographic information systems and modeling, in addition to forest ecology, ecophysiology, and demography.

Members of the Russo lab work broadly in plant ecology and diversity, linking ecophysiology with demography and species distributions. Potential applicants should email Sabrina Russo () with the subject line, “Forest Ecology Graduate Position” and with a description of research interests and experience, and a resume summarizing previous coursework and listing any publications. See here and here and here for information on how to apply (deadline December 1, 2017).

Graduate opportunities in plant-microbe-soil interactions in the Russo Lab at UNL (Posted 10/26/17)

The Russo Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking masters or PhD students interested in conducting research on plant-microbe-soil interactions.

Graduate positions are available as part of a multi-PI NSF-funded project investigating plant-microbe rhizosphere interactions in natural grassland and agricultural systems. A variety of approaches (field, greenhouse, genomic, and experimental) are being used to address questions ranging from identifying patterns of soil and rhizosphere microbial diversity, to investigations of mechanisms involved in plant-soil feedbacks, especially under stress.

Graduate students will work in multi-disciplinary collaborative teams and have the opportunity to gain skills in areas such as microbial ecology, bioinformatics, genomics, and modeling, in addition to plant physiology and ecology.

Members of the Russo lab work broadly in plant ecology and diversity, linking ecophysiology with demography and species distributions. Potential applicants should email Sabrina Russo () with the subject line, “Plant-microbe Graduate Position”, and with a description of their research interests and experience and resume summarizing previous coursework and listing any publications. Go here and here and here for information on how to apply (deadline December 1, 2017).

Postdoctoral Research Position in Plant-Microbe Interactions in the Russo Lab at UNL (Posted 10/26/17)

A postdoctoral research position is available in plant-microbe-soil interactions in the Russo lab in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The position is part of a multi-PI NSF-funded project investigating plant-microbe rhizosphere interactions in natural grassland and agricultural systems. The postdoctoral fellow will work collaboratively with other project investigators on multi-disciplinary field, greenhouse, and lab-based research to identify how microbial community structure and function influence plant phenotypes using stable-isotope probing, metagenomics, and proteomics and will also have the opportunity to develop independent projects.

Members of the Russo lab work broadly in plant ecology and diversity, linking ecophysiology with demography and species distributions. Qualified candidates will be creative, independent, and motivated scientists and have a PhD and a demonstrated track-record of scientific publication in the following or related areas: plant ecology, plant physiology, community or ecosystem ecology, bioinformatics or -omics approaches. Interested candidates should send a single PDF document with a cover letter explaining their interests and experience and a CV listing the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Sabrina Russo () with the subject line, “Postdoctoral Position”. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

UNL has excellent research facilities and an interactive scientific community. The position offers a competitive salary, benefits, and career development opportunities for postdocs. Lincoln is a safe city boasting an outstanding quality of life that includes a vibrant downtown with lively music and art scenes, over 120 parks and 130 miles of bike trails, plus a low cost of living. UNL is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. See here.

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

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

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

Applications will be reviewed when received and the position will remain open until filled. Expected start date of January 2018.

 


NEVADA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NEW HAMPSHIRE

MS and PhD Opportunities in Biology Education Research at the University of New Hampshire (Posted 11/2/17)

The Aikens lab at the University of New Hampshire is recruiting students interested in obtaining an MS or a PhD in Biology with a research focus in undergraduate biology education. Current research in the lab is primarily focused on addressing questions related to the development of undergraduate biology students’ self- efficacy and values for quantitative skills, particularly in the context of coursework related to ecology and evolutionary biology. Graduate students are expected to develop expertise in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology through coursework while developing a research project that complements ongoing education research in the lab. There are also opportunities to conduct both biology research and education research through co- advisement with faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences who are involved in ecology and evolutionary biology research projects.

Interested students should apply to the Integrative and Organismal Biology option within the Department of Biological Sciences. Teaching assistantships are available to support graduate students. Applications for Fall 2018 are due December 15th. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Melissa Aikens () before applying to discuss research interests and the program.

More information about graduate studies in the Department of Biological Sciences can be found here and the application can be accessed at this website here.

The University of New Hampshire is located in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and offers a high quality of life. Portsmouth, located only 10 minutes away, is a small, vibrant city with outstanding restaurants and a lively arts and entertainment scene. Boston is an hour drive and accessible by Amtrak from campus. UNH’s close proximity to both beaches
(30 minutes) and the White Mountains (1.5 hours) offers numerous opportunities for both summer and winter outdoor adventures.

Two graduate students wanted to study soil carbon (Posted 9/27/17)
Hicks Pries Lab
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
For more information, go here.


NEW JERSEY

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NEW MEXICO 

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NEW YORK

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

Graduate Fellowships in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation at Fordham University (Posted 11/2/17)

The Graduate Ecology program at Fordham University has new research opportunities and fellowships available for well-qualified students interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. starting in Fall 2018. Research opportunities through our graduate program link scientists at our main campus, the Louis Calder Center (our biological field station), the New York Botanical Garden, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Accepted MS and PhD students are eligible to receive competitive stipends, plus full tuition remission. Students may work in many areas of ecology and evolution, as well as applied areas such as conservation of endangered species, ecological and evolutionary effects of urbanization, behavioral ecology, disease ecology, and responses of plants and animals to climate change. Interested students should contact relevant faculty members or research scientists to discuss mutual research interests via the following websites. Biology faculty; Louis Calder Biological Field Station; Opportunities at the New York Botanical Garden, go here; Opportunities at the Wildlife Conservation Society, go here. The deadline for applications is January 3, 2018. Online applications are available here. For any questions, please contact Dr. J.D. Lewis by email: -*-*-*- J.D. Lewis Professor and Chair Department of Biological Sciences Fordham University 441 E. Fordham Road Bronx, NY 10458 USA Louis Calder Center, Fordham University 31 Whippoorwill Road, Box 887 Armonk, NY 10458, USA 

 


NORTH CAROLINA 

PhD Assistantship - Geospatial Analytics for Natural Resource Challenges at NC State (Posted 11/8/17)

The Vukomanovic Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with strong analytical and communication skills to join a team investigating land change and ecosystem services.

The position will begin Fall 2018 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 NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics.

Funded by the National Park Service, the selected applicant will focus on geospatial analytics for fire and natural resource management in parks and protected areas, including modeling fire and ecosystem processes at landscape levels, forecasting development along park boundaries, and building decision support systems. 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 is an internationally recognized collaborative hub for interdisciplinary data scientists advancing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and applying new knowledge to grand challenges. Students in the Ph.D.
program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over twenty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from nearly a dozen departments across NC State. Students also engage in experiential learning through an off-campus professional internship.

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

Applicants should hold a degree in natural resources, geography, informatics, ecology, environmental studies, or a related discipline. Competitive candidates will be proficient in GIS, statistical analysis and modeling, and can show evidence of strong writing skills.

For more information about the position, contact Dr. Jelena Vukomanovic () and include a copy of your CV.

Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available here.

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Stream Ecology (Posted 11/2/17)

A postdoctoral research scholar position is available in the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University. They are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to conduct experimental and observational studies exploring how environmentally induced shifts in stream algal communities impact stream invertebrate secondary production and the flow energy and nutrients to fish and terrestrial consumers of stream insects.

The primary responsibilities will include 1) conducting fieldwork in the Appalachian Mountains, Rocky Mountains, and possibly other locations, sometimes for continuous durations of 3-4 months, 2) some independence in research design and execution, 3) and field sampling, sample processing and analyses, and publishing and presenting the findings in collaboration with others.

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in biology, entomology, ecology or a related field at the time of hire. Highly desirable qualifications include experience in one or more of the following areas: quantifying invertebrate secondary production, trophic basis of production, organic matter flow, fatty acid analysis, invertebrate sampling, invertebrate taxonomy and life histories, and knowledge of or an interest in fish or bird foraging experiments and/or energetics.

The postdoctoral scholar will be working with Brad Taylor’s Lab group. For additional information regarding the research group and focal areas, please consult our website (www.bradwtaylor.com), and email if you have questions. In addition, to interactions among our lab group, the position provides opportunities to interact with a vibrant group of scientists at NC State (appliedecology.cals.ncsu.edu), other institutions in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, and at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado.

The salary is $48,000-50,000 plus benefits. The position is for two years, with renewal dependent on performance.

Applicants should include a cover letter (stating their potential start date), a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, 2-3 relevant publications, and a 1-2 page statement of research interests. Review of applications will begin on 31 January 2018 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The start date is flexible but no later than 15 April 2018.

Apply here enter position number “PG170060PD” in the keyword field.

North Carolina State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

PhD - Watershed in Human-dominated landscapes - NC State (Posted 11/2/17)

A PhD position is available at NC State, focusing on watersheds in human-dominated landscapes. Project will be refined by student, focusing on questions pertaining to urban/suburban environments, gradients into rural areas, and the role of forest patches/trees in ecosystem services. Students should have an MS in Ecology, Environmental Science, Forestry, or related discipline, and interest in interdisciplinary scholarship. Position includes a competitive stipend and benefits. Interested candidates should contact with letter of interest, unofficial transcripts, and relevant test scores (GRE, TOEFL). Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

PhD Opportunity in Landscape Ecology (Posted 11/2/17)

The Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscape (DE&L) Lab is seeking PhD students enthused and excited about landscape forecasting: How will landscape functioning change as the environment and society change? We are a group of scientists with interests in Global Food Security, Conservation Planning, Forested Landscapes, Forest Management, and Climate Adaptation. We foster a collaborative and supportive atmosphere for conducting the highest-quality landscape-scale science. DE&L is part of both the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The successful candidate(s) will gain expertise in ecology at the interface of management and social change and will gain experience in geospatial analysis (R and GRASS GIS), data science and statistical analysis (R), and landscape modeling (LANDIS-II).

Qualifications
Training in ecology (terrestrial, landscape, disturbance, or forest), and experience with GIS and statistics through prior coursework or research activities, are essential. Applicants with a Master of Science degree in a relevant field are preferred. Students should have a strong interest in developing additional expertise in quantitative methods and data science. Preference will be given to those who have published quantitative research, who have presented research at scientific meetings, and who have experience working with spatial data.
Competitive applicants will have undergraduate and graduate GPAs of 3.5 or higher, verbal and quantitative GRE scores at or above the 70th percentile, and a GRE analytical writing score of 4.5 or greater.
Students with some but not all of these credentials will be considered and are encouraged to submit an application.

Compensation
Each position will include funding ($26,000/12 months), tuition remission (up to 20 credits/12 months), student fees, health insurance benefits (80% of cost of premium covered), and funding for travel to professional meetings. We will work together to secure project or fellowship funding.

Application Instructions
To apply, create a single pdf document that includes: (1) a letter of interest that describes your career goals and that specifically addresses the position requirements; (2) a CV; (3) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts; (4) unofficial general GRE scores (no more than 5 years old by early February 2018) including percentile information; and (5) a list of three references (name, position, institution, email address, and phone number). Before submitting an application, carefully consider the requirements for a PhD degree by examining NCSU policies. Email your pdf document to Professor Robert Scheller (). You also are welcome to contact him with questions about the positions. The deadline for applications is 1 January 2018.

Review Process
After a review of applications, Professor Scheller will invite the most qualified applicants to apply formally to a relevant PhD program at NCSU and will provide an all-expenses-paid campus visit.

PhD position, Dimensions of Biodiversity (Posted 10/26/17)

University of North Carolina: Dimensions of Biodiversity (PhD). A PhD research assistantship is available for an outstanding, motivated student to work in the Matute and Hurlbert Labs in the Department of Biology at UNC. The student will work on an NSF-funded Dimensions of Biodiversity project on thermal niche evolution and conservatism across the genus Drosophila. This is a multifaceted project, giving the student the opportunity to address questions related to the evolution of phenotypic diversity, adaptation to novel climates, and longstanding theories explaining the latitudinal diversity gradient. To this end, the successful applicant will learn and apply phylogenetic, genetic, genomic, and macroevolutionary methods, and be involved with ongoing components of the work including trait assays for thermal tolerance and experimental evolution. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in international field expeditions and will receive cross-disciplinary training in evolution and macroecology. Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a BA or BS in Biology or a related discipline. Research experience at the Master's level is preferred, and students who have experience with genetic or genomic data and/or qualifications in evolutionary entomology are especially encouraged to apply. We pride our research groups on being safe and inclusive environments, and members of historically underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply. Application: Submit the following materials to Dr. Daniel Matute (): 1) A letter describing your research background and interest in the position, 2) a current CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) the names and contact information for 3 references. Materials should be sent by 21 November 2017. 

 

Ph.D. Assistantships in Geospatial Analytics at NC State (Posted 10/26/17)

The cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics (go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd) at North Carolina State University’s Center for Geospatial Analytics (geospatial.ncsu.edu) is now accepting applications for Fall 2018 enrollment. Twelve fully funded graduate assistantships with $25,000 salary, benefits, and tuition support are available. The application deadline is February 1, 2018.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized collaborative hub for interdisciplinary data scientists advancing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and applying new knowledge to grand challenges. Ph.D. students will receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over twenty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from nearly a dozen departments across NC State. Students with backgrounds in quantitative methods in geography, geomatics, informatics, and remote sensing are strongly encouraged to apply. We welcome students interested in pushing the boundaries of geospatial analytics and technology from a variety of perspectives, including design, cognitive science, natural resources and the environment, computer science, engineering, and more. Faculty at the center develop and apply innovative techniques that include tangible user interfaces and 3D visualizations, novel remote sensing and image processing algorithms, open source software solutions, dynamic spatio-temporal modeling, participatory research with stakeholders, and citizen science.

NC State’s unique graduate program in Geospatial Analytics also includes an off-campus professional internship within government (local, state, federal), industry, nonprofit, private, or academic research organizations. Additional details and complete application instructions are available here. Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator ( or 919-515-2800), with any questions.

Masters of Science opportunity in Community Ecology, Biology Education Research, or Science Outreach (Posted 10/23/17)

Seeking a M.S. student to conduct research focused on community ecology, biology education, or science outreach beginning fall of 2018. The ideal candidate would already possess some experience working with K-12 students or the public, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and motivation to develop, conduct, and publish their research. Candidates should possess a B.S. degree in biology or a related discipline. The successful candidate will receive a graduate assistantship to work with new high school science and math teachers.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft (). You will also need to submit a completed application to the ECU Graduate School prior to January 15, 2018. Dr. Heather Vance-Chalcraft, Director of Outreach, East Carolina Biodiversity Initiative, Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty Fellow, Office for Faculty Excellence, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858

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

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

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

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

Start date: Spring 2018 or Fall 2018

Research Area: Building Resilience and Innovation through Diverse Group Engagement

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

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

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

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

 

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


NORTH DAKOTA

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OHIO

Seeking 2 Graduate Students for Beaver Project (Posted 11/6/17)

Seeking two highly motivated graduate students to join my Water Resources Lab at Miami University (OH) to examine Beaver Impacts on Stream-Riparian Habitats and Water Quality in SW Ohio.

Project Description: Starting in the summer or fall of 2018 student 1 will focus on determining the spatial distribution and site characteristics of beaver dams, ponds, and beaver-created riparian wetlands (along with their attributes) on public lands in southwestern Ohio. Student 2 will focus on determining how beaver habitat modifications impact stream nutrient (total nitrogen, total phosphorus, nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, soluble phosphate) and suspended sediment concentrations.

-This interdisciplinary project will be completed with close collaboration with USEPA (via the Cincinnati Research Office), the Biology Department at Miami University, and other local environmental agencies in SW Ohio.

- Students will work within the newly renovated Water Resources Lab (overseen by Dr. Grudzinski) and Center for Aquatic and Watershed Science at Miami University.

-The Water Resources Lab has interdisciplinary collaboration established with various departments at Miami University including ~30 faculty and staff affiliated with the Center for Aquatic and Watershed Science. Go here for additional details.

-The Geography Department at Miami University (OH) provides competitive prospective graduate students with two years of funding in the form of teaching assistantships and summer scholarships. Student travel funding is provided to present research at local, regional, and national conferences. Currently, several grants are under review which may lead to Research Assistantships.

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

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

PhD Position: Fire, climate and forest dynamics in arctic Siberia (Posted 11/6/17)

The McEwan Lab at the University of Dayton is seeking a PhD student to work on a project that will use tree-ring analysis and field surveys of burned and unburned areas in Cajander Larch forests to investigate the interrelationships between fire, climate and forest dynamics in the Siberian arctic.

The student will be based at the University of Dayton and will work in the laboratory of Dr. Ryan McEwan but will interact with a dynamite team including faculty and students from several other universities.

Seeking a motivated student who is eager to perform the arduous tasks associated with field sampling in the remotest of field sites, work harmoniously on a team in during extended international travel, and who is prepared to press forward vigorously into the intellectual challenges of PhD training. Field skills are required and must be balanced by an eagerness to learn and implement complex statistical analyses and a willingness to pursue scientific publication. Demonstrated significant research experience would be beneficial to the application process, as would evidence of prior data analysis in R and scientific writing.

The student will be supported by a combination of Teaching Assistantship through the Department of Biology at the University of Dayton and Research Assistantship associated with a National Science Foundation grant. Funding is secure through to graduation and will be associated with a stipend of ~$20,000/year AND students have the opportunity to apply for summer fellowships which may provide an additional ~$5,000 each year. The assistantship also comes with 100% tuition remission and an opportunity to purchase health care through the University.

UD is the largest private University in the state of Ohio, and is consistently award winning for both academic programs and scholarship. Enrollment is ~11,000 with approximately 3,000 graduate students. The Department of Biology is one of the largest majors at UD, and we have both a MS and PhD program. Cost of living in Dayton is quite low even through there is ready access to urban amenities and outdoor recreation opportunities including fantastic park systems.

Interested individuals are encouraged to view the following web sites:

Dr. McEwan’s Lab Pages
University of Dayton
UD Department of Biology

To being the application process, please send a CV and both GPA and GRE scores to: .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


OKLAHOMA

PhD position in Freshwater Conservation and Eco-Hydrology (Posted 11/16/17)

A PhD position is available in the lab of Dr. Thomas Neeson at the University of Oklahoma, beginning August 2018. The student will join an interdisciplinary team developing landscape-scale conservation science, strategies and tools for navigating trade-offs between societal water usage and ecosystem outcomes in the Red River. Research activities will include: forecasting freshwater ecosystems under future climate and water availability scenarios; collaborating with hydrologists and computer scientists to delineate trade-offs between societal needs for water and instream flows; and working with conservation practitioners to identify cost-effective conservation strategies that balance societal water needs and ecosystem outcomes. Applicants should have a genuine interest in agency/NGO outreach, as well as a desire to make contributions to conservation science that are transferable to other ecosystems. Strong candidates will have experience in GIS, programming, or statistics, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to collaborate within an interdisciplinary team. The student will be based in the Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability at OU, a growing department with five faculty hires in the last three years. To learn more about their lab, go here. To apply, send a single PDF with CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, a brief statement of research interests and goals, and contact information for three references to Dr. Thomas Neeson (). Please apply by Dec. 15 for full consideration.

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

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

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

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

TENTATIVE STARTING DATE: January 2018

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

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested individuals should contact: Dr. Rodney Will, 008C Agricultural Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078, 
405-744-5444, 

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

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


OREGON

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PENNSYLVANIA

PhD Positions in Spatial Ecology (Posted 11/2/17)

The Kitzes Lab at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking up to two Ph.D. students to join their lab in the Fall of 2018. Their lab studies species diversity and distributions in human-altered landscapes, primarily using methods drawn from spatial macroecology. Their goals are both to answer fundamental questions about how species organize themselves in space and to inform the practice of conservation in fragmented landscapes.

Their lab is currently involved in both theory-based and field-based projects, and incoming Ph.D. students are invited to work on either of these or to develop their own projects along related themes. Their current theoretical work involves investigating the relationship between spatial scaling metrics, such as the species-area relationship, and point process models. They expect these to lead to new predictions of species turnover patterns as well as multivariate scaling metrics that will predict species diversity in patchy landscapes. Their field projects use autonomous acoustic recorders, placed throughout western Pennsylvania, to study the factors that control bird and bat distributions at landscape scales and to provide data to test our theoretical models. A major portion of this research involves developing algorithms and software to identify the species that are present near each recorder from many terabytes of recorded sound files.

They are seeking applicants with interests in spatial ecology, macroecology, conservation biology, avian ecology, statistics, machine learning, ecoinformatics, and/or data science. Competitive applicants will also have prior experience, though not necessarily formal training, in programming (any language), ecological modeling, or other quantitative research methods.

The department provides competitive financial support for graduate students that includes a stipend, full tuition remission, health insurance, and free access to public transportation. Students admitted to the graduate program have typically been offered 5 years of guaranteed support, with at least one year free of teaching responsibilities. Depending on students’ interests and skills, up to an additional two years of research support may be available from our lab.

Applications are due by January 3rd, but interested applicants should contact Dr. Kitzes during the fall term. Please send an email () that includes a few paragraphs describing the type of work that you are hoping to do for your dissertation and why you are interested in our lab in particular, as well as your CV.

Please see their lab website and the website of the Department of Biological Sciences for more information about the department, other faculty and students, the university, and the city of Pittsburgh.

PhD Fellowship Opportunity in Terrestrail C Biogeochemistry - UPenn (Posted 10/23/17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


RHODE ISLAND

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SOUTH CAROLINA

Ph.D. student assistantship available – forest carbon cycling (Posted 11/7/17)

The O’Halloran lab in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University currently has an opening for a Ph.D. student starting in spring, summer or fall of 2018. We seek an enthusiastic and inquisitive student who is interested in understanding carbon cycling in any of several contexts: biomass feedstock production, managed loblolly and longleaf pine plantations, and coastal wetland ecosystems. The student will have the opportunity to create their own research project out of several ongoing funded activities, including at AmeriFlux sites in Virginia (loblolly pine and switchgrass biomass feedstock plantations) and new eddy covariance towers in salt marsh and longleaf pine forest in coastal South Carolina. Potential broad research topics include: environmental controls on managed forest productivity, coastal carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions, aerosol new particle formation, biophysical climate feedbacks of land cover change, and longleaf pine carbon and water cycling. A student with sufficient incoming transfer credits will spend one year completing coursework on main campus and then relocate to the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science to join the lab group at the coast and complete their fieldwork and writing. A full research assistantship (including stipend and tuition waver) is available for three years.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in forestry, ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science with strong quantitative abilities and self-motivation.

Preferred Qualifications: M.S. degree (highly preferred) in forestry, ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science.

Programming experience in MATLAB or R. Fieldwork experience in ecology or forestry.

To apply, send a CV, unofficial GRE and TOEFL scores (if available) and a cover letter stating your previous experience, interest in this specific position, and future goals to Dr. O’Halloran. Review of applicants begins immediately. Contact info and more details about the lab are available here.

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

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

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

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


SOUTH DAKOTA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TENNESSEE

Post-Doc position at West Tennessee River Basin Authority (Posted 11/16/17)

River Science Post-Doc Position Description – West Tennessee River Basin Authority Position Summary This is a 12-month post-doctoral research position with the West TN River Basin Authority (State of Tennessee). The project has the possibility of extension, pending performance and funding availability.

They are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to complete three research projects related to river ecology, conservation, and hydrology. The specific projects will investigate 1) the ecological effects of stream channel restoration, 2) fish passage through a novel grade-control structure, and 3) the ability to develop channel geometry and regional curves from hi-resolution remote sensing data. Position location is negotiable. Office space will be provided in Humboldt, TN, though it is possible to work remotely.

Specific Duties
- Complete data analysis for stream restoration assessment project and submit manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed journal. Stream fish community and physical habitat data have been collected for this project for five years.
- Complete data analysis for fish passage project and submit manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed journal. Mark-recapture fish passage data have been collected for one-season. Additional data collection may be needed and this position would oversee and coordinate those efforts.
- Develop regional curve models that predict channel geometry using drainage area and other landuse covariates. This project will determine the suitability of using hi-resolution elevation data from LiDAR derived digital elevation models to predict channel geometric features. Submit manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed journal.
Qualifications
- A PhD in aquatic ecology, hydrology, water resources management, or related discipline. Consideration will be given to those with a MS and
5+ yrs experience.
- Strong statistical skills in ordination, multivariate techniques, and regression. Ability to accurately and proficiently maintain databases.
- Proficient at programming in R software package.
- Ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
- Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to manage multiple projects.
Compensation

This is non-benefits eligible position. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application deadline is midnight Central Standard Time on 26 November 2017.. Please email your CV, a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position, and three professional references to Dr. Jeff Fore () with “Post-doc Position” as the subject line. For questions regarding the position, please email Dr. Fore to schedule a meeting.

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

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

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

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


TEXAS

Plant Ecology PhD Student Opportunity – UT Austin, Farrior Lab (Posted 11/2/17)

The Farrior Lab at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking applications for Ph.D. students for Fall 2018. Individuals who are motivated to drive their own research questions and use theory in their work are particularly encouraged to apply. Research in the Farrior Lab focuses broadly on plant ecology with an emphasis in understanding how competitive interactions at the individual level scale up to influence the distribution of plant strategies they see across the globe.

Ongoing projects with opportunities for students include: understanding physiological mechanisms of drought stress, understanding the determinants of forest size structure from the tropics to the temperate zone, and investigating the evolutionary stability of plant species coexistence. Yet research interests need not fit within these projects.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Caroline Farrior by email () with a CV (including GPA and GRE scores) and a note describing their research interests and training, including mathematical background when applicable.

Formal applications will be submitted through the UT Austin, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior or Plant Biology graduate programs. Both programs provide excellent support and are the home to an impressive set of students. Applications are due December 1, 2017.

Postdoc Position-Rangeland Climate Change - Texas A&M University (Posted 11/2/17)

The Department of Ecosystem Science & Management at Texas A&M University invites applications for a post-doctoral research associate to contribute to an USDA-NIFA funded project investigating agricultural vulnerability to climate change in the U.S. Great Plains. The incumbent will work with a transdisciplinary group of USDA scientists and several USDA Climate Hubs.

Responsibilities include assessing climate change impacts on rangeland ecosystems, including extensive cattle production enterprises, and evaluating the potential benefits of adaptation strategies on agricultural vulnerability. Assessments will be based on historical data from the National Agricultural Statistical Survey (NASS) and projections of NPP and vegetation change from the MC2 Dynamic Global Vegetation Model. Metrics of beef cattle production will be derived from MC2 model output and the consequences of various adaptation strategies on these production metrics will be accessed from the relevant literature. Tradeoff models will evaluate the agricultural and ecological consequences of land use shifts among rangeland and cropping systems in future climates.

Incumbent must hold a Ph.D. in ecology, range science or closely related field. Knowledge of climate change impacts on rangelands and associated adaptation strategies is required. Experience with data management, data analysis and interpretation, geospatial data processing, and transdisciplinary research is highly desirable.

Position available January 1, 2018 for a 2-year period, but an extension is possible. Salary is $50,000/year, plus benefits. Direct inquires to David D. Briske (). Submit applications at greatjobs.tamu.edu; NOV: 10478; PIN: 006467. Applicant evaluation will begin December 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Graduate Positions: University of Texas Arlington (Posted 10/23/17)

The Department of Biology at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for our PhD program beginning in Fall 2018. Ph.D. students are awarded competitive stipends, tuition remission, and health benefits. Research in the department includes a wide range of topics in ecology, evolution, genomics, microbiology, immunology, and cell and developmental biology.

For general inquiries about the program, please contact our graduate advisors: Shawn Christensen () or Woo-Suk Chang (). For more specific questions about research directions, please contact potential advisers directly using the contact information on their webpages.

They will start reviewing applications on December 15th 2017. The on-line application process requires submission of the formal graduate school application, transcripts, GRE scores (general test required), three letters of reference, and, for non-native speakers of English, TOEFL or IELTS scores. Applications can be submitted here.

The Department and University have numerous resources including state- of-the-art labs, an Animal Care Facility, a Genomics Core Facility, a Center for Human Genomics, and the newly established Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies – a major partnership between UT Arlington and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments that offers extensive resources for imaging, proteomics and analytical chemistry. The Department also benefits from access to core UT-system genomics and computational resources at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) – one of the leading advanced computing centers in the U.S.

Arlington is a city of approximately 365,000 and is conveniently located in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Within a 25-mile radius of the center of Arlington is a workforce of over two million people. The city has 82 public parks, including River Legacy Parks, a 1,300-acre oasis on the Trinity River in the heart of north Arlington.

Arlington is the home of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the Texas Rangers Ballpark, and Six Flags Over Texas. Cost of living is relatively low for a major metropolitan area. The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the fourth largest airport in the U.S. More information on the city of Arlington can be found here.

Postdoc Position-Rangeland Climate Change - Texas A&M University (Posted 10/23/17)

The Department of Ecosystem Science & Management at Texas A&M University invites applications for a post-doctoral research associate to contribute to an USDA-NIFA funded project investigating agricultural vulnerability to climate change in the U.S. Great Plains. The incumbent will work with a transdisciplinary group of USDA scientists and several USDA Climate Hubs.

Responsibilities include assessing climate change impacts on rangeland ecosystems, including extensive cattle production enterprises, and evaluating the potential benefits of adaptation strategies on agricultural vulnerability. Assessments will be based on historical data from the National Agricultural Statistical Survey (NASS) and projections of NPP and vegetation change from the MC2 Dynamic Global Vegetation Model. Metrics of beef cattle production will be derived from MC2 model output and the consequences of various adaptation strategies on these production metrics will be accessed from the relevant literature. Tradeoff models will evaluate the agricultural and ecological consequences of land use shifts among rangeland and cropping systems in future climates.

Incumbent must hold a Ph.D. in ecology, range science or closely related field. Knowledge of climate change impacts on rangelands and associated adaptation strategies is required. Experience with data management, data analysis and interpretation, geospatial data processing, and transdisciplinary research is highly desirable.

Position available January 1, 2018 for a 2-year period, but an extension is possible. Salary is $50,000/year, plus benefits. Direct inquires to David D. Briske (). Submit applications at greatjobs.tamu.edu; NOV: 10478; PIN: 006467. Applicant evaluation will begin December 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

PhD student openings in tropical ecology, community ecology, macroecology & conservation – Rice University (Posted 10/23/17)

The Beaudrot Lab in the Department of BioSciences at Rice University has funding for 1-2 PhD students beginning Fall 2018 in the Graduate Program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

We use observational data and quantitative approaches to investigate questions at the interface of ecological theory and conservation biology. Major aims of the lab are to identify the mechanisms that structure tropical vertebrate communities across spatial scales, to understand how tropical mammals and birds respond to global change, and to apply results to biodiversity conservation. More information about the lab is available here

Prospective students should contact Dr. Lydia Beaudrot () with a description of your background, research interests and CV. The deadline for applications is December 31st and more information can be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funded PhD and Masters Opportunities

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

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

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

More information about the lab can be found here.

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

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

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

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

Graduate Student Research Opportunity in Restoration Ecology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


UTAH

Recruiting PhD and MS students – Forest and Fire Ecology – Utah State University (Posted 11/6/17)

Recruiting two MS or PhD level graduate students starting in the summer or fall of 2018. Students will have flexibility in their projects, but potential themes could include post-fire regeneration across ecological gradients, effectiveness of fuels treatments or post- fire management, or quantifying mixtures of fire severity in the past, present, and/or future.

For more information, please contact Larissa Yocom at . If you’d like to apply, please send me 1) a letter describing your research interests, 2) a resume or CV, 3) GRE scores, 4) unofficial transcripts, and 5) names and contact information for 3 references.

Graduate students may obtain degrees through the Department of Wildland Resources or the Ecology Center at Utah State. Utah State is located in Logan, which is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City and positioned in a scenic mountain basin with nearby wilderness areas, ski resorts, forests, lakes, rivers, and mountains. The cost of living in Logan is low, the community is very safe, and it is within a day's drive of multiple national parks.

Links:
https://qcnr.usu.edu/wild/index
http://ecology.usu.edu/

Ph.D. Research: Evolutionary Ecology of Host-Parasite Interactions, Clayton-Bush Lab, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Utah (Posted 10/26/17)

Seeking 1-2 highly motivated Ph.D. students interested in the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite systems, including disease ecology. Projects in our lab focus on host specificity, speciation, co-speciation, competition, adaptive radiation, and reciprocal selective effects between parasites and hosts. We also conduct research on invasive parasites of Darwin’s finches and Galapagos mockingbirds. Information concerning different projects in the lab can be found here.

Positions are likely to be available starting Fall Semester, 2018. Students in our lab are supported by a combination of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Support is guaranteed for five years, contingent upon performance.

Our former PhD. students have strong track records achieving positions at academic institutions ranging from R1 universities to small colleges.

Please visit here for departmental information. Admission requirements and applications are available here.

The application deadline for Fall Semester is January 3rd, 2018.
Inquiries are welcome via email to:
Dr. Sarah E. Bush ()
Dr. Dale H. Clayton ()

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PhD Opportunities (Posted 9/27/17)

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

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

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

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

Graduate Student Positions (Posted 8/31/17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blaine Griffen, Email:

 

 


VERMONT

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

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

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

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

Experience working with in-situ sensors as well as advanced statistical analyses requisite for interpretation of large environmental datasets are desirable. The successful candidate will be responsible for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students associated with this large cross disciplinary project, and will be expected to collaborate actively with a large group of natural and social scientists seeking to develop an integrated assessment model of the Lake Champlain Basin. This is a 2-year position with possibility of extension with exceptional performance.

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

A major goal of Vermont EPSCoR is workforce development, which means that the graduate students and postdocs will be mentored for success. The anticipated start date is June 1, 2018. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

To apply: please send CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to and reference Position ID PDA#006.

For more information, click here.

MS Assistantships in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology at the University of Vermont (Posted 10/26/17)

Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking two master’s-level graduate students to participate in two different research projects examining the dynamics and management of forests in northeastern North America. The first project is focused on the impacts of the introduced Asian longhorned beetle and associated eradication efforts on the current and future composition and structure of forests in central New England. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Protection program, and Harvard Forest in quantifying forest development in areas impacted by ALB in 2008 and integrating these results into landscape simulation models to evaluate future ALB dynamics across the region under different management and climate scenarios.

The second project project is focused on the ecology and silviculture of mixedwood forests in northern New England and New York. Mixedwood forests contribute significantly to the ecology and economies of the Northern Forest region; however, significant knowledge gaps remain regarding effective strategies for maintaining these systems, particularly in light of changing environmental and forest health conditions. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont and U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station in linking the outcomes of long-term silviculture studies with regional forest inventories to characterize the dynamics of mixedwood forests and inform management recommendations for sustaining the composition, structure, and productivity of these ecosystems.

Both positions are available for Summer 2018 and includes two guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in forestry, biology, natural resources, environmental sciences or a closely related field. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers in the lab and on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, plant identification skills, and a record of leadership.

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, 2018 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose."

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


VIRGINIA

Ph.D. position in plant ecology and remote sensing at the University of Virginia (Posted 11/16/17)

The Plant Ecology and Remote Sensing Lab in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia is seeking Ph.D. students interested in studying the climate-vegetation interactions from leaf to global scales. We have projects using field observations, controlled experiments, and satellite remote sensing to understand the vegetation photosynthetic response to various environmental variables using a novel metric – solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence. We also use drone-based and airborne-based remote sensing with fluorescence, hyperspectral and thermal remote sensing in combination with eddy covariance measurements to understand key questions in ecosystem carbon and water cycling. Students’ research projects are flexible and depend on their interests. Highly-motivated students with a background in remote sensing, ecosystem ecology, ecophysiology, or land surface modeling would be strong fits. Interested students should send a CV with GPA, GRE, and TOEFL (if applicable), and a brief statement of research interests to Dr. Xi Yang (). Please email with the title “UVa Ph.D. Program [Your name]”. The application deadline for the Department of Environmental Sciences is January 15th, 2018.

Information about the Plant Ecology and Remote Sensing lab is here.

Information about the Department of Environmental Sciences can be found here.

The University of Virginia (UVa) has been ranked No.3 in all public universities in the United States, and Charlottesville (where the university locates) has been ranked as one of the best college towns.

UVa provides a competitive package for graduate students, including stipends, health insurance, and other benefits.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) (Posted 11/2/17)
National Science Foundation
Apply by November 7, 2017
More information can be found here

MS Opportunities in Coastal Plant Ecology (Posted 11/2/17)

The Coastal Plant Ecology Lab run by Dr. Zinnert has MS openings for highly motivated students interested in coastal research for the fall 2018 semester. Current funded projects include 1) connectivity among dune/swale topography and vegetation and 2) feedback mechanisms between the abiotic environment and biotic interactions on barrier island vegetation. I conduct my research at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research site. Interested students can visit the lab webpage for more information on projects and the lab.

The Coastal Plant Ecology Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. VCU is located in Richmond, VA on the James River, within easy reach of the Virginia coastal plain, Blue Ridge Mountains, Chesapeake Bay, and Virginia barrier islands. Applicants should apply to the VCU MS Program in Biology. The application deadline is January 15, 2017.

Those who are interested should contact with a CV and cover letter to discuss the position before applying.

Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow (Posted 10/23/17)
Department of Biology
Radford University
Radford, VA
Posting No.: F00004P
Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2017.
For more information, click here

Postdoctoral Position in Spatial Population Ecology (Posted 10/23/17)

Seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to work on a collaborative NSF-funded project to study range expansion in an iconic invasive species. The successful applicant will investigate population dynamics at an invasion front and integrate population dynamical data with gene flow analyses. The goal of the study is to understand the multi-scale patterns and underlying processes of range expansion by the European gypsy moth across the natural and human landscape in the eastern United States.

They are particularly interested in candidates with experience in population modeling and statistical analyses on spatiotemporal scales. Understanding of forest insect ecology, experience with GIS, and/or experience with Bayesian approaches are desirable but not required. Proficiency in the R programming language is required. Applicants must have a PhD in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related area before the start date. Applicants need to have demonstrated excellent writing skills and have a proven ability to publish research in peer-review journals.

The position will be based in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. The successful applicant will be based in the laboratory of Derek Johnson, but will also work with collaborators Rodney Dyer (VCU), Patrick Tobin (University of Washington), and Jeffrey Holland (Purdue University). The appointment is for one year, but may be extended conditional on performance and funding. Preferred start date is in January-April 2018. Later start dates may be considered for the right candidate. Salary and benefits are competitive. To apply or request more information, contact Derek Johnson (). Applicants are requested to submit the following via email: 1) a cover letter that explains your fit to the position, the particular skills and expertise you will bring to the project, and preferred start dates, 2) a complete CV with publications (including manuscript in submission), grants, and when you completed (or will complete) your PhD, and 3) the names of three references. Applicants may also send reprints or preprints (pdf format) of relevant publications and manuscripts. Review of applications will begin in mid-November, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

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

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

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

Qualifications

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

-Demonstrated ability to work with stakeholders

-Strong communication skills

-Strong quantitative skills

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

Funding

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

Applying

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

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

Contact Information

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

 


WASHINGTON

MS or PhD - Soil Science (Posted 11/3/17)

There is an opening for a Ph.D. or MS student in the Johnson soil science lab within the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington starting in the summer or fall of 2018. Research will focus on the influence of a changing climate on soil nutrient cycling, water availability, and plant ecology. This project will integrate the effects of the environment on ecosystem function at various scales and in a variety of ecosystems.

Applicants must be self-motivated, passionate about science, capable of independent research while maintaining a collaborative mentality, display strong oral and written communication skills, and possess both the physical and mental attributes required to work under strenuous and often adverse conditions in the field. Candidates will ideally have knowledge of soil nutrient cycling and plant ecology, be proficient in R, and possess a strong statistical background. Desired qualifications also include experience with soil sampling techniques, soil moisture probes, sap flow measurements, data processing, and GIS.

Research assistantship funding and tuition waivers are available. Applicants may also be considered for a SEFS Fellowship if they apply to the university by the December 1 deadline. For further information and to apply for this position, please email Dr. Brittany Johnson at . To apply, use the subject line “Graduate research position” and attach a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and a writing sample if available. Applications received by Friday, November 10, 2017 will receive full consideration.

Graduate student position in plant-mycorrhizal interactions (Posted 11/2/17)

The Cheeke Lab at Washington State University is recruiting 1-2 graduate students to join our Soil Microbial Ecology lab on the WSU Tri-Cities campus for the Fall of 2018 (with possibility of starting as soon as January 2018). Theirresearch is broadly focused on the ecology and evolution of plant-mycorrhizal interactions within the context of environmental change (e.g. disturbance, invasions, climate). Current projects integrate genomics with manipulative experiments to 1) understand the role of plant-soil feedbacks in improving, maintaining, or limiting plant community diversity in disturbed ecosystems; and 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). New lines of research are being developed to examine the role of microbiomes in maintaining the health and productivity of important crop plants in the Pacific Northwest, such as hops and grapes.

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 Tanya Cheeke () by November 20th, 2017. 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, 2018)

Graduate student opportunity in forest ecology at Washington State University (Posted 10/26/17)

The HART Lab in the School of the Environment at Washington State University has openings and support for 1-2 graduate students beginning in Fall 2018. Potential projects include the study of disturbance interactions, landscape-scale study of wildfire-vegetation feedbacks, and forest disturbance effects on ecosystem services (e.g. habitat quality, water supply).

The successful candidate will have a background in ecology, forestry, geography or a related field. Preferred qualifications also include a background in geospatial science, field ecology, and computer programming. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills.

More information about graduate studies in WSU’s School of the Environment can be found here.

Prospective students should send their CV, GPA, GRE scores (if available), and a cover letter that describes their interest in the position and relevant education and experience to Dr. Sarah Hart (). Inquiries via email or phone (509-395-5870) are more than welcome! 


WEST VIRGINIA

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WISCONSIN

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


WYOMING

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

PhD position in ecology/evolution/physiology of plants/microbes/termites (Posted 10/26/17)

Seeking a graduate student to join our research group beginning in fall semester 2018. The student would develop an independent research focus in line with ongoing lab projects. We are exploring how plant traits relate to community structure and function of plant-associated microbes and termites using culturing and next generation sequencing techniques and the consequences of these interactions for the forest carbon cycle in the USA, France and Australia as climate changes. Additionally, we are looking at the evolution, ecology and physiology of plants across environmental gradients in various locations around the globe. The student would join an interactive lab group  that broadly focuses on plant, microbe and termite structure and function (anatomy and physiological ecology), community ecology, and evolutionary ecology, both in the temperate and tropical systems. The graduate work will be completed at George Washington University. Washington, DC is a dynamic city with a wealth of ecologists and evolutionary biologists. We have strong links to area institutions, including the Smithsonian. George Washington University is located in the heart of DC, with easy access to numerous science, conservation, and policy based institutions. If you are interested in working with us, please send an email to me (Amy Zanne: ) with brief details about your GPA, GRE, research interests, experience, and why you want to go to graduate school. For information about applying to the program, go to the George Washington University, Department of Biological Sciences website. The application deadline is 1 December 2017. I am also happy to answer any further questions you might have.

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


CANADA

PhD Opportunity: Ecohydrologic function in mountain wetlands – biodiversity and water budgets in wetlands of the Upper Bow Basin (Posted 11/16/17)

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

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

Starting date: May 1, 2018
Stipend: 3 years at $25,000 CDN/yr

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

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

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

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

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

PhD position: forest ecology, forestry.(Posted 11/6/17)

A fully-funded Ph.D. position is available in Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. The Ph.D. candidatewill examine whether and why increasing the functional diversity of tree species increases the productivity of forests. In particular, the candidate will use national forest inventory data and a trait-based analysis of competition to assess which functional groups of trees are more productive when grown together. Mixtures that may be more productive include needleleaf-broadleaf mixtures, evergreen-deciduous mixtures (including evergreen broadleaf species), and endomycorhizal-ectomycorrhizal mixtures. Finally, the effect of mixing will be assessed across broad edaphic and climatic gradients in order to determine whether the benefit increases with decreasing productivity, as predicted by the stress gradient hypothesis.

Qualifications: 1) sincere interest in forest ecology, 2) strong quantitative skills, 3) excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

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

PhD opportunity: Avian research in sagebrush ecosystems (Posted 10/26/17)

The Fedy Lab of Wildlife and Molecular ecology is recruiting a PhD student beginning in summer 2018. 

They are seeking an excellent student for a PhD addressing important wildlife conservation issues for greater sage-grouse and sagebrush obligate passerine species. The research will contribute to our on-going research investigating wildlife responses to large scale habitat reclamation in northeastern Wyoming. The student will be a member of the Fedy Lab of Wildlife and Molecular Ecology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Research in the lab crosses scales, from genes to landscapes, and the PhD student’s contributions will address the integration of habitat use, population demography, and landscape genetics.

Spring and summer field work will be based out of Buffalo, Wyoming - at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains.               

The successful applicant will have a strong background in ecology and field-based research, excellent grades, and a passion for wildlife ecology and conservation. Students should have a strong background in statistics and/or a keen interest and willingness to learn sophisticated quantitative approaches to data analysis. Previous experience with statistical software such as R is preferred. Students must have a strong work ethic, be able to thrive under physically challenging field situations, and must be comfortable supervising field crews in remote locations. The research will occur on public and private lands, experience interacting and working with landowners and producers is a plus.

Funding for PhD students is available for up to four years and students who have already completed a Master’s degree will be given preference. The applicant should be competitive for scholarships such as NSERC, and will be expected to apply for such opportunities. They welcome students who have secured external funding.

Guaranteed funding is only available for domestic students, at this time. 

Students will be supervised by Dr. Brad Fedy and will be integrated into our active and engaging research environment. The admissions deadline at the University of Waterloo is February 1st for a September 2018 academic start, but students will be expected to begin field work in May 2018. 

If interested, please email with subject line “Sagebrush PhD” no later than November 30, 2017.  Please provide: (1) a cover letter detailing background and research interests; (2) CV including the names of 3 referees; (3) unofficial transcripts from your previous degrees.

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

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

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

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

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

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Supervisor: Dennis Murray

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

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

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

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

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada 

Supervisor: Dennis Murray 

Seeking an MSc student to develop a robust and universal strategy for selecting private land parcels for conservation. Using a variety of GIS tools, we will develop models for quantifying the conservation value of individual land parcels based on natural characteristics, anthropogenic effects, zoning, and connectivity, and assess their application using the highly fragmented southern Ontario landscape as test case. The models will be further tested across a range of restrictions to ultimately provide a set of general guidelines to assist NGOs in optimizing their choice of land parcels for protection. Ultimately, we aim to optimize procedures for designing protected areas networks across southern Ontario and beyond. If the position is filled by a PhD candidate, there will be additional opportunity to tailor specific research questions within the scope of the larger project.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) as well as coverage of all research/travel expenses. The successful candidate will have a BSc or MSc degree in Biology, Ecology, Geography, or related field, with GIS experience and an understanding of basic principles in design of protected areas. PhD candidates must demonstrate evidence of peer-reviewed publication. The successful candidate must be competitive for scholarship funding and will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University.

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

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

PhD project on boreal forest responses to climate change Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada  Supervisor: Dennis Murray. They are initiating a PhD project to assess responses to climate change among native species in Canada’s boreal forest. The boreal forest comprises Canada’s largest biome but its state is rapidly deteriorating, including due to climate change. Our recent findings (Row et al. 2012 Glob. Chan. Biol doi:10.1111/gcb.12526; Murray et al. 2017 PLoS (ONE) 12(5) e0176706) forecast dire consequences to the boreal forest especially in the boundary region between Ontario-Quebec where disjunct east-west populations of native plants, birds, and mammals, and extensive loss of native biodiversity, likely will arise. Through field sampling, species distribution modeling, population viability analysis, and/or landscape genetics and adaptive genomics, the PhD student will determine: 1) the current and potential future extent of change in boreal species in the Ontario-Quebec region relative to less-impacted areas; 2) how boreal breakdown may affect population processes and viability of native species in the region; 3) whether invasives are colonizing the region disproportionately quickly compared to other regions; and 4) if native or invasive species in the region demonstrate genome-level evidence of stress or adaptation to environmental change. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project. The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) as well coverage of all research expenses. Successful candidates will have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong quantitative, genetics, and/or field skills, and an interest in working collaboratively as part of a larger group. The PhD student will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University and be part of an interdisciplinary team addressing innovative solutions to environmental change. To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray (). The successful candidate will begin enrolment at Trent University by January or May 2018, and we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, so apply early.