Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities

 

Fellowships 

Berg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geography (Posted 12/7/18)
Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN
Review of applications will begin on February 12, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here.

American Museum of Natural History Helen Fellowship (Posted 11/29/18)
BridgeUP: STEM
The online application is now open and is due by January 20, 2019
For more information, go here.

Graduate Fellowships--National Science Foundation (Posted 11/29/18)
National Research Traineeships-- ecology/agriculture
AgBioFEWS
Apply by February 1, 2019
For more information, go here

Botany in Action Fellowship Call for Proposals (Posted 11/29/18)
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh, PA
All materials must be received by January 11, 2018 @ 11:59 pm. EST
For more information, go here.

Graduate and Postdoc Research Fellowships (Posted 11/29/18)

Are you a graduate student or postdoc in need of a field station? Summer stipends ($6000 per summer), free on-site housing, and funds for research ($1000 per summer) are available for individuals proposing original research that uses our resources and facilities and contributes to the ongoing science program at the station.

Interested students/postdocs should contact one of the Blandy faculty members listed below to discuss conducting your research at Blandy. You can direct your inquiries based on the faculty member with the closest match to your research interests; however, we are open to people working in all fields of environmental, ecological, and evolutionary research.

Keep in mind this is not a complete fellowship package, rather it provides summer financial support and access to our facilities to supplement existing support from your home institution.

Dr. Kyle Haynes (population and landscape ecology, forest insect dynamics) Dr. David Carr (plant reproductive ecology, inbreeding and genetic variation) Dr. T'ai Roulston (pollination, plant-animal interactions, bee biology)

For more information about the station, go here.

2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship in California Conservation Science (Posted 11/26/18)

The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science invites applications for its 2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship in California Conservation Science. We seek a postdoctoral scholar who conducts innovative biological research to work with the La Kretz Center and our partner agencies to achieve outcomes that will direct and lead California conservation efforts. Candidates may work in any discipline that provides the scientific underpinnings for the preservation, protection, management, or restoration of at-risk species, environments, or ecological communities in California. Our current emphasis is focused on research related to (i) conservation science at the urban/wildland interface, (ii) urban biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services, and (iii) California conservation science that leverages networks of protected areas, and successful candidates will most likely perform research at La Kretz that is related to one or more of these themes.

One of the hallmarks of our postdoctoral program is collaborating with local agencies and NGO leaders, and the successful applicant will be expected to conduct research with our partner agencies that is focused on applied conservation outcomes. To accomplish this, we seek Fellows whose research interests overlap with at least one UCLA faculty member who is a La Kretz affiliate and one agency partner in California. Successful projects require input from both faculty and agency partners, and we encourage applicants to contact partners to discuss their project prior to the deadline. Our current list of agency partners and contacts includes:

The Nature Conservancy: Sophie Parker (restoration; urban conservation; invasive species)
LA Natural History Museum: Jann Vendetti (mollusk ecology and evolution; species natural history)
U.S. Geological Survey: Robert Fisher (applied conservation; biodiversity; ecology and evolution)
US Bureau of Land Management: Mike Westphal (applied conservation, climate change)
US Fish and Wildlife Service: Cat Darst (endangered species management)
Tejon Ranch Conservancy: Bob Reid (conservation planning; restoration ecology)
Nature Reserve of Orange County: Milan Mitrovich (protection and recovery of sensitive species)
National Park Service: Katy Delaney (amphibian and avian ecology, evolution, and conservation)
National Park Service: Seth Riley (mammalian ecology, evolution, and conservation)
Department of Defense: Robert Lovich (conservation on DoD lands)

They will consider candidates who have recently completed their Ph.D. or will have completed it by August 2019. We envision hiring at least one Fellow this year that will interact with and contribute to our growing team of conservation scientists at the La Kretz Center. The Fellow is expected to work on the UCLA campus and engage with the faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Candidates are also expected to meet with agency partners either on campus or at the agency partner’s offices as project timelines require.

The La Kretz Fellowship is for two years, subject to review after the first year. The planned start date is September 2019. The position has an annual salary of ~ $50,000 (depending on experience) plus full benefits, an annual research fund of $5,000, and an additional travel allowance of $1000/year to present at a scientific meeting. The Fellow has the option to reside at the newly renovated La Kretz Field Station (~ 25 miles from campus), located in the Santa Monica Mountains at a very modest rate. The La Kretz Field Station is adjacent to numerous hiking and biking trails and a short 10-minute drive from beaches, restaurants, and shops.

To apply, please email to Will Zou, Administrative Assistant at (), a single PDF file that includes (i) a cover letter, (ii) your CV, (iii) a research and management accomplishments statement (1-2 page), (iv) a project proposal that includes La Kretz affiliates and agency partners of interest (2-pages max, single-spaced, plus references), and (v) two relevant publications. We also ask that you have two letters of reference (one from your Ph.D. advisor), plus a letter from your proposed faculty mentor and your proposed agency collaborator indicating their interest in your work and its relevance to California conservation efforts. Please arrange to have letter writers deliver their reference to Will Zou under separate emails with the subject line “La Kretz Postdoc letter for XXX (your last name)”. The deadline for completed applications is 4 January 2018. Please e-mail questions to Brad Shaffer, Director of the La Kretz Center.

Kendall Fellowship: Understanding Scientist Activism (Posted 11/13/18)
Center for Science and emocracy
Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC
Deadline: Januiary 6, 2019 or until filled. Review begins immediately.
For more information, go here.

Graduate Fellowship in Prairie Restoration (Posted 11/9/18)

The Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education at the University of Houston Coastal Center is pleased to announce a graduate fellowship in prairie restoration. Interested students should propose a project that can be done within the context of ongoing restoration at the site. The call for proposals is located here. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2019.

Science Fellow (Posted 11/7/18)
The Nature Conservancy
Glyndon, MN
Job ID: 47042
Deadline to apply is December 18, 2018
For more information, go here

Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Posted 11/7/18)
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto
Deadline to apply is December 5, 2018
For more information, go here

FFAR Fellowships (Posted 11/7/18)

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and a consortium of leading food and agriculture companies and universities are pleased to announce that the FFAR Fellows program will begin accepting applications December 15. This program combines cutting-edge food or agriculture-related research with innovative professional development programs designed to help students be career-ready upon graduation. The professional development portion of the program (approx. $10,000/year value) is open to current or future PhD students at any PhD granting institution, while funding for assistantship, tuition, and fees ($50,000/year) is also available for students from consortium member institutions. FFAR Fellows will be co-sponsored by industry (or other non-federal funding source) and FFAR.

Students - Want to make an impact on society and be ready for a career in food and agriculture upon graduation? See attached flyer. Apply to become a FFAR Fellow here.

Faculty – Do you want the best PhD students in the U.S. and Canada working on your food and agriculture project? Do you have strong or developing relationships with an industry member? See attached flyer. Encourage promising students to apply to become a FFAR Fellow here.

Darwin Fellowship (Posted 11/5/18)
University of Massachusetts
Job No. 495959
More information is available here.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Algal Biofuels School for Environment & Sustainability University of Michigan (Posted 10/19/18)

The Cardinale lab at the University of Michigan has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a new U.S. Department of Energy grant that brings together ecologists, chemical engineers, and automotive engineers to work on the development of designer biofuels that improve the performance of algal biofuel systems. The goal of this project is to use principles from ecological engineering to design algal feedstocks that have higher yields, improved stability, and optimal chemical properties for catalytic upgrading and combustion in diesel engines. The ecological portion of the project will involve large-scale growth experiments in outdoor raceway ponds, producing measurements that can be used to parameterize life-cycle and techno-economic analysis that quantify improvements in feedstock properties. Feedstocks will subsequently be used by project collaborators that include chemical engineer Dr. Phil Savage – an expert in the conversion of feedstocks to biocrude, chemical engineer Levi Thompson – an expert in catalytic upgrading of biocrude, and mechanical engineer Andre Boehman – an expert in fuel formulation for diesel engines.

This is a great opportunity for postdoctoral researcher to work at the intersection of ecology and engineering, using principles of biology to design and improve applications of an engineered system. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the field-based experiments and one or both of the subsequent analyses. S/he will also be given the liberty to pursue additional topics of interest that relate to the broader goals of the project.

The Cardinale lab is in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. UM was recently ranked 15th on the Times Higher Education’s list of the world’s top 200 universities, and has a top-ranked graduate program in the environmental sciences. Ann Arbor is also routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. (see Money’s list of America’s Best Small Cities) due to its affordability, natural beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown landscape.

Qualifications. The position requires Ph.D. in a relevant field of the biological sciences or engineering, strong quantitative and empirical skills, and good record of scholarly publication. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment, which requires excellent written and oral communication skills.

Compensation. The salary is $50K per year and comes with benefits at the University of Michigan. The initial appointment is for one-year, with continuation for a second year contingent on first-year success.

To apply. Applicants should collate the following items into a single PDF:
(1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) contact information for three references, and (4) two representative publications. The PDF application should be emailed by December 15, 2018 to:

Bradley Cardinale, Professor and Director Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research School for Environment and Sustainability University of Michigan Email:

The University of Michigan is a Non-Discriminatory/ Affirmative Action Employer. Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Graduate Fellowship Opportunity at Colorado State University (Posted 10/11/18)

A graduate student fellowship is available at Colorado State University for the Masters in Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting (MGMA) Program. The MGMA program provides students with an opportunity to develop skills for an emerging job market in sustainability associated with reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Graduates from this program have worked as interns and employees for a variety of organizations such as the American Carbon Registry, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the City of Fort Collins. The fellowship provides funding for one year that can be used for base tuition, fees, and other expenses during the first two semesters of the degree program. Go here for more information, or contact program leads, Dr. Stephen Ogle () or Dr. Rich Conant ().

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Biology (Posted 10/3/18)
Living Earth Collaborative - 41661  
University of Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo
Review begins December 1, 2018
For more information, go here.

  

Graduate - Internship Opportunities


ALABAMA

PhD position Evolutionary Ecology Auburn University (Posted 11/26/18)

Drs. Warner and Wolak at Auburn University are looking for a PhD student to co-advise that is motivated to develop projects addressing key outstanding questions in evolutionary ecology. The student will develop and test theory for the evolution of sex determination and physiological or phenotypic differences between sexes using a combination of experimental and observational studies of turtles and/or lizards.

We encourage all interested students to contact us, by sending a CV and ***brief*** description of research interests to ***both*** Dr. Warner (daw0036 <at> auburn.edu) and Dr. Wolak (terps <at> auburn.edu). PhD students are expected to develop their own research questions within the broader context outlined above. Students will also be expected to aggressively pursue fellowship and research funding opportunities and publish their research in high quality journals.

**Deadline** for admission to the program with guaranteed support (10 semesters of Graduate Teaching Assistantships, GTAs) is **February 1st**. More information is available on the webpages of the Dept. of Biological Sciences and DBS Graduate Studies Program

Auburn graduate students enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the "best small towns in America," with moderate climate and easy access to major cities, major international airports, or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, GA and Montgomery, AL, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000.

PhD position: Biodiversity of Southeastern Freshwater Mussels (Posted 11/26/18)

The Atkinson and Lozier labs in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama are seeking a PhD student with an interest in the biodiversity of Southeastern Freshwater Mussels as part of a recently funded NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity project (http://mussels.ua.edu/). We are looking to recruit highly motivated PhD students to examine the functional biodiversity of a diverse group of animals, the unionid mussels, in several streams in the Mobile and Tennessee River basins, the diversity hotspot for freshwater mussels and several other freshwater taxa. The student would focus on scaling of functional diversity in mussel communities and their freshwater environments, including biodiversity surveys, trait diversity analyses (ecological stoichiometry and other organismal traits), or population genetics.

Applicants must have a strong academic record (GPA > 3.0), strong written and verbal communication skills, possess prior experience working in streams, a desire to build strong quantitative skills, be SCUBA certified (or willing to get certified), and have an interest in working as part of a large collaborative team. In addition, preference will be given to applicants with some prior experience in relevant skills such as identification of mussels or other stream invertebrates, water chemistry analyses, familiarity with R, using ArcGIS software, or laboratory genetics skills. The student will work closely with a postdoc and other PhD students in the Dept. of Biological Sciences at UA as well as with collaborators at the University of Mississippi.

Interested applicants should send a (1) cover letter describing research experience and goals, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, (4) a writing example, and (5) contact information of 2-3 individuals familiar with research/academic performance to Carla Atkinson () or Jeff Lozier () depending on research interest. Start date is negotiable, with the position available starting in Spring or Summer 2019. Review of materials will start immediately.

Postdoc in Discipline-Based Education Research, Department of Biological Sciences, Ballen Lab (Posted 10/9/18)

A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Cissy Ballen at Auburn University to study biology education. Theit focus is STEM equity, and we conduct investigations of the causes and consequences of gaps in science literacy, and how educators can design their courses to minimize barriers to success. By developing an integrated experimental and theoretical research program we explore how classroom and social influences shape student learning, personal and professional development, and educational and career trajectories.

Visit their website here.

Some examples of broad questions we are addressing in the lab: What geographic, cultural, or institutional barriers predict patterns of attrition among historically underserved students in STEM at the undergraduate level? What types of scalable teaching strategies can instructors employ to reduce gaps in performance and participation? How do research experiences impact developing scientists’ personal and professional development and career trajectories? How can we use measures of physiological reactivity to study engagement in an undergraduate STEM classroom setting?

Auburn is a fantastic, affordable college town, and DBS is a vibrant and collaborative setting for discipline-based education research. We have great resources here to study education, offering a wide range of opportunities for expanding your skill set.

Postdoc applicants should have a PhD in any area of biology, biology education, statistics, or other related field. To apply, please send Cissy Ballen, PhD, mjb0100(at)auburn.edu a cover letter detailing your interest in biology education research, CV, and the names of three references. The position is for 1 year with the option to extend for another year. Although funding from the lab itself is available, she will be particularly interested in applicants interested in seeking external funding. She will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program (Posted 10/4/18)

Warm-water Aquatic Ecology
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA
Summer 2019: May 19 to July 28

Overview: We 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 our mentors to develop an interdisciplinary project involving complementary fields, such as community ecology, limnology, evolution, fisheries management, molecular biology, conservation, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, and microbiology. The program will run from May 19 to July 28, 2019 (10 weeks).

Flyer

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 2019 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. The online application is available at http://wilsonlab.com/reu/application.html

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 1 February 2019.

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.

Contact information: For more information about the REU Site, visit http://wilsonlab.com/reu/ or contact Dr. Alan Wilson (). 


ALASKA

Postdoc position in Brooks Range treeline ecology, University of Alaska Anchorage (Posted 10/18/18)

Looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work on an NSF-funded study of the pattern and process of changes in tree abundance and treeline position throughout the Brooks Range of northern Alaska. The study aims to take advantage of approximately 25 different access points spread evenly across the ~600 mile range. The ideal candidate will have a background in tree physiology, forest ecology, soil biogeochemistry and/or dendrochronology and will have extensive experience traveling in remote wilderness areas. The fieldwork, which will begin in late May of 2019, will be physically and logistically demanding. Applicants should be willing and able to spend the better part of the summer field season (late May-early September) in the field and away from home. The position will be based in Anchorage during the remainder of the year. Laboratory and office space is available and affordable housing can be found within a bike ride of campus. Anchorage is a surprisingly diverse city with outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, including more than 130 km of groomed Nordic ski trails within the city limits. To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Paddy Sullivan (). 


ARIZONA

PhD opportunity: dryland vegetation dynamics at NAU (Posted 11/26/18)

A PhD position is available in the Butterfield Lab at Northern Arizona University to conduct research on dryland vegetation dynamics and environmental change. The research will broadly take a functional approach to integrating the effects of biotic interactions, soil moisture and climate dynamics on regeneration and mortality of woody plant communities in dryland regions of the western US. The successful candidate will have a background in ecophysiology, functional ecology, bio-informatics, and/or dryland community ecology. Research will be supervised by Brad Butterfield (NAU), John Bradford (USGS/NAU) and Kevin Hultine (Desert Botanical Garden/NAU), providing excellent opportunities to translate basic research into land management and conservation action.

Northern Arizona University provides a vibrant environment for ecological research, combining a long-history of regional excellence with expanding strengths in informatics and ecosystem science. Nestled in the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, NAU is in close proximity to a diverse array of ecosystems, as well as year-round and winter outdoor activities.

Interested parties should submit a brief letter of interest, current CV and list of at least 3 references to Brad Butterfield at .

PhD position available in Landscape Genomics, Phylogeography and Climate adaptation of tree species @ NAU (Posted 11/26/18)

The School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is seeking one highly motivated PhD student to join Dr. De La Torre’s lab of Genomics and Evolution of Forest Tree Species. The position includes a stipend, tuition waiver, and full health benefits for 4 years. Outstanding candidates may qualify for the NAU Presidential Fellowship Program. The student will use genomic tools to study phylogeography, migration rates, and the potential for adaptation to climate change in southwestern conifer species. The research will include molecular lab work, greenhouse work, modelling and data analyses.
Qualifications:
- Master degree in Genetics, Forest Sciences, Biology, Plant Sciences, Evolutionary Biology, Bioinformatics or related fields of study.
- Proficiency in R, Perl or Phyton (familiarity with Linux is a plus)
- Willingness to work with big data sets in a computer cluster.
- Strong statistical skills
- Experience with GIS
- Availability to start by July 1st, 2019 .
- Molecular lab experience is desirable.
- Skills in modeling with R are desirable.
How to apply:
Please send a 1-page statement of interest, CV, unofficial copy of transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (international students), and the names and contact information of 3 references by December 15th, 2018. If found to be a good match for the position, you will be encouraged to apply to the graduate program at NAU. Please note that NAU has the following admission requirements: GPA higher than 3.0 and TOEFL = 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet-based).
Contact Information:
Dr. De La Torre,
https://nau.edu/CEFNS/Forestry/Faculty-and-Staff/Directory/De-La-Torre/

Northern Arizona University is a 29,000 student-institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. Flagstaff has all-year easy access to the Arizona snowbowl ski resort and is located at 1-hour drive from the Grand Canyon.
School of Forestry
SOF M.S. program

Two Postdoc Positions in Biodiversity Informatics at Arizona State University (Posted 11/15/18)

The Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for two postdoctoral research scholar positions in biodiversity informatics. The positions are part of a new Biodiversity Data Science Initiative launched at ASU and led by Beckett Sterner and Nico Franz. The initiative will focus on building an innovative web platform that leverages theoretical advancements and prototype software for taxonomic concept alignment, with the goal to establish a scalable taxonomic intelligence service that will carry value for scientific audiences, science publishers, government agencies, and environmental consulting firms. The platform will accelerate the growth of high-quality, reproducible biological data by driving the adoption of taxonomic intelligence metadata in scientific datasets and journals.

Position 1

Position 2

They are committed to open science and an inclusive, equitable, and team-oriented work environment that promotes the candidate's career and personal advancement. The Biodiversity Data Science Initiative is located within the School of Life Sciences and Natural History Collections at Arizona State University. This setting offers a supportive and stimulating environment, with a diverse collection of faculty with expertise across the life and computational sciences, as well as access to excellent academic and computing resources. The Initiative is further supported by faculty from ASU's School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering and external experts in data science for systematic biology. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher will be able to take advantage of multiple seminar series and a large community of faculty, postdocs, and students. Arizona State University offers a rich environment for early-career researchers and a wide range of support programs for postdocs.

Exploratory e-mail inquiries are strongly encouraged. Interested applicants should send a one-page research statement, clearly indicating their qualifications and motivation to join the project, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three references to and . The review of applications is rolling until the search is closed. The start date is flexible, with a preference for January 1, 2019.

Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range of $55,000 to 75,000 annually, plus ASU benefits, for exceptionally well qualified applicants. Reasonable relocation funds are available.

PhD position in ecosystem and microbial modeling in Amazon peatlands (Posted 11/9/18)

The Cadillo Lab in the School of Life Sciences at the Arizona State University, Tempe is seeking a PhD student to begin in 2019. Research in the lab examines interdisciplinary subjects related to ecosystems processes and the role of microbes at different scales. See here for more information on the different type of projects and make up of group.

The team is seeking an student to work transdisciplinary in ecosystem analysis/modeling and integration of microbial processes in methane flux predictions for Amazon peatlands. The incoming PhD student will have the opportunity to work on recently awarded NSF CAREER project focusing on “Geochemical and functional controls of methane-mediating microbes in Amazon peatlands”. Field work, modeling work and remote sensing collaborations will be available for this post. ASU provides an strong research environments through the the School of Life Sciences, the JAW Global Institute of Sustainability, and Biodesign Institute all which are involved in the Cadillo lab research. For more information about the graduate Environmental Life Sciences program see here.

Desired qualifications include relevant prior research experience in the ecology field ( C fluxes, stocks, ecosystem studies, any level of microbial experience is a plus but not strictly required), an ability to work collaboratively with a lab group, and interests that combine field and laboratory based research. Students with a master’s degree, a demonstrated record of publication, strong writing and quantitative skills, and experience in ecosystem ecology and fluxes will be given preference. Students from groups that are historically underrepresented in STEM field are especially encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be able to participate in field research every summer, with a start date for graduate studies in Tempe at Fall 2019. The position will be funded to include an RA, tuition remission, health benefits, and stipend. To express interest in the position please email and include 1) a statement of research interests and experience, 2) a CV or resume, 3) GPA , 4) contact information for references, and 5) a writing sample, if possible (e.g., a publication, undergraduate thesis, or proposal).


ARKANSAS

M.S. position in Biology at Arkansas State University – Factors for Bergmann’s rule in the context of climate change (Posted 12/11/18)

Description: The Rolland Lab is inviting applications for an MS student position to start in the fall semester of 2019 in the Biological Sciences program at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro campus. The student will be expected to develop their own thesis project with the overall goal of identifying patterns and factors of influence (e.g., food availability, life history traits) for Bergmann’s rule under climate change among avian species of North America. Long-term data will be central to this project but the use of natural history collections and/or the contribution to collections will also be encouraged.

The successful applicant will interact with the US Geological Survey Bird Banding Lab and the Institute for Bird Populations to obtain data, and may need to collaborate with museums. This position includes a teaching assistantship but funding is otherwise provided by the National Science Foundation through their Collections in Support of Biological Research and Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs. Therefore, suitable candidates must be US citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees. Scholarship recipients must also demonstrate financial need through a FASFA form. Applicants who are first-generation college students or underrepresented minority students are highly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a BS in ecology, conservation, evolution, or related field with ≥ 3.0 GPA. Applicants should also have a strong interest in natural history collections and biodiversity. Finally, applicants with experience in handling and measuring wild birds or with museum specimens will be given preference.

Application documents: Please send the following documents to Dr. Rolland by January 15, 2019:
1) A cover letter describing your interests, career goals, relevant research experiences and skills.
2) Your curriculum Vitae (not a resume) with the contact information of at least three references
3) A copy of your academic transcripts
4) A copy of GRE scores
Contact: Dr. Virginie Rolland, , 870-972-3194

For more information:
MS Biological Sciences program
Scholarship program
Rolland lab


CALIFORNIA

Post-doc: Climate Smart Connectivity Planning for Southern California Communities (Posted 12/7/18)

Seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary research team that will be exploring how an integrated, ecosystem-based approach to planning for connected landscapes can support climate smart and resilient planning in Southern California's ecosystems and local communities. Specifically, this research focuses on reducing wildfire risk, enhancing water sustainability, and land and wildlife conservation to support sustainable ecosystems and local communities in southern California. This research project is funded by an award from the California Strategic Growth Council Climate Change Research Program.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Qualifications: A PhD is required as well as training or experience in applied conservation, connectivity planning, and/or decision support. Experience in interdisciplinary and innovative, integrated research approaches is a plus. The candidate must be fluent in R and GIS and should be able to work both independently and in a collaborative setting with project team members and stakeholders. Familiarity with Southern California ecosystems is desirable.

Job Description: Start date as soon as possible with position extending approximately 1.5 years. This position will focus on the applied conservation aspects of the project and integration with hydrologic and wildfire planning components of the analysis. The selected candidate will work on analyses and decision support development on the climate connectivity aspects of the project. Experience in evaluating multiple benefits from wildlife conservation efforts would be beneficial, as well as knowledge of land-use planning processes and strategies.

Position will be based at San Diego State University (SDSU) and will work under the direction of Drs. Rebecca Lewison and Megan Jennings. The project may require travel within California. Compensation scale will start at $55-60K, commensurate with experience, and benefits.

To apply: Please send your letter of interest, CV, contact information for three references and any inquiries to Megan Jennings at . Please put “Integrated Planning Postdoc” in the email subject heading. The position will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as they are received. San Diego State University is an equal opportunity employer.

NCEAS Postdoctoral Scholars: PEGASuS2: Ocean Sustainability - 2 positions (Posted 12/4/18)
Future Earth, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), and the Colorado State University Global Biodiversity Center
Santa Barbar, CA
Apply by December 21, 2018
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Intertidal Ecology (Posted 11/26/18)
Claremont McKenna, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges
Claremont, CA
REQ-1178
For more information, go here.   

Waterbird Internships - 2 openings (Posted 11/26/18)
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
Milpitas, CA
For more information, go here.  

Ph.D. opportunities in ecosystem and soil microbial processes (Posted 11/21/18)

The Ecosystem & Soil Microbial Processes Lab led by Dr. Pete Homyak in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UC-Riverside is accepting applications for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. Research in the lab focuses on the exchange of nutrients (N, P, and C) across the soil–water–atmosphere interfaces and how they are affected by microbial and abiotic processes and global change. Several field sites are available to develop projects including elevation gradients in the Sierra Nevada, a rainfall manipulation experiment in Pinyon-Juniper woodland, recently burned chaparral sites during the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest, and high-temperature agroecosystems. Several novel tools are available in the lab to develop research projects including δ13C-CO2/CH4 and N2O isotopomer trace gas analyzers and LI-COR automated soil flux chambers.

The priority application deadline is December 1st, though applications will continue to be accepted through January 5th. To apply, please send your CV and short summary (no more than 1-page) of your research interests to Pete Homyak (). For more information please visit here and here.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. The school is located within one hour of downtown Los Angeles, a city that provides world-class cultural opportunities. Riverside also provides easy access to numerous outdoor recreational areas, including forest, alpine, ocean, and desert environments.

Funded Masters Graduate Assistantship at Humboldt State University in Aquatic Ecology (beginning August 2019) (Posted 11/13/18)

The O’Dowd lab at Humboldt State University seeks applications for highly motivated students interested in pursuing graduate studies in the Environmental Science & Management option of the Natural Resources Masters Program. Students with an interest in benthic macroinvertebrates, food webs, and the impacts of dam releases on food resources for juvenile salmonids are particularly encouraged to apply.

BENEFITS
• Student in-state tuition paid for 4 semesters while working on project.
• Hourly wages for time spent working on project • Project-related expenses (travel to field sites, equipment, etc.) will be covered • Teaching assistantships are also available, which provide a stipend and tuition waiver (for California residents).

ELIGIBILITY
Strong applicants will have:
- An undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Fisheries, Ecology or related field
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above in all undergraduate coursework
- Strong GRE scores (or planning to take the GRE soon)
- University-level courses in ecology, fisheries, aquatic ecology and/or statistics
- Demonstrated experience working in rivers and with associated field equipment
- Ability to deal with adverse weather conditions (cold and wet) and long field days
- Ability to drive regularly from Arcata to Weaverville area field sites (~195 miles round trip)
- An interest in publishing research findings in a scientific journal

HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, send (as a single PDF) to :
(1) A brief letter of interest including background and research interests. Include which U.S. state you are a resident of. Describe specific experience:
a. Conducting field work in rivers
b. Sorting and identification of benthic macroinvertebrates
(2) A resume/CV (including GPA)
(3) Transcripts (unofficial is fine)
(4) The names and contact information for three references

Priority application deadline is January 15, 2018, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a student is selected for the position. After initial screening, the student will be asked to submit a formal application through CalState apply.

Humboldt State University (HSU) is a comprehensive public university with world-class graduate programs in natural resource management, located on the North Coast of California; with access to mountains, beaches, and the largest old growth redwood forests in the world all nearby. Go here for more information.

Women and applicants from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Coastal Science and Policy Program at the University of California Santa Cruz  (Posted 11/2/18)

Seeking applicants or recommendations for exceptional students, recent graduates, young professionals, grantees, and collaborators who are promising and passionate, seeking to become the next generation of coastal science and policy leaders.

The Coastal Science and Policy Program at the University of California Santa Cruz offers a Master of Science that will prepare ten outstanding students each year for leadership in coastal sustainability. Graduates of this program will help ensure that interdisciplinary knowledge and insights from natural and social sciences inform actionable solutions to complex problems facing coastal communities and ecosystems and create measurable and scalable change.

Both U.S. and international students are encouraged to apply, as are students from ethnic, racially, culturally and socioeconomically underrepresented backgrounds. They value diverse perspectives as we build our program culture. The program will offer financial support for tuition and living expenses based on financial need and program resources.

More informatin is available here

Deadline to apply is December 3, 2018

Ph.D. student positions in Conservation Science- UC Davis (Posted 10/4/18)

Seeking Ph.D. students interested in conservation biology and/or agro-ecology 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. 20, 2018. Underrepresented minorities, 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 and the coast provides for a suite of recreational activities. Davis is also adjacent to Sacramento, a burgeoning metropolitan area, and close to San Francisco and Berkeley.

Ph.D. opportunities in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz (Posted 10/4/18)

Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1–2 Ph.D. students starting in Fall 2019 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 essential part of their advancement 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. Through working with faculty advisors, graduate students in Environmental Studies have been very successful in obtaining external funding. UC Santa Cruz ranks third worldwide for research impact and is within a half-hour drive to the Silicon Valley. Located on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz has numerous year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation (sailing, surfing, mountain biking, hiking, etc.). For information about program requirements, funding, and admissions, please consult the graduate program coordinator Michael Mangarelli (mmangare at ucsc dot edu), the department website, and the Graduate School website.

Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) well before the application deadline on December 10, 2018 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 recruitment: linking Plant Phenology and Climate within and across species (Posted 10/4/18)

Capturing California's Flowers: using digital images to investigate phenological change in a biodiversity hotspot

The Mazer lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara is recruiting highly motivated and broadly trained PhD students (for entry into our graduate program in Fall 2019) to investigate and to predict the effects of historical and recent climatic conditions on the flowering phenology of California angiosperm species, clades, and communities.

Successful candidates will participate in a recently funded NSF Thematic Collections Network grant with Dr. Susan Mazer and Dr. Katja Seltmann (UCSB) and Dr. Jenn Yost (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo). Collaborators include Dr. Brent Mischler (UC Berkeley), iDigBio, and faculty and staff at 22 herbaria throughout California. Graduate students will also have many opportunities to work with citizen scientists and volunteers who will assist with data collection, georeferencing, and recording the phenological status of herbarium specimens.

This project begins with the digitization of ~900,000 herbarium specimens representing California species in the most common, diverse, and/or ecologically significant angiosperm families. A high-resolution image of each specimen, its specimen label information, and its phenological status will be archived in iDigBio and in the updated Consortium of California Herbaria (CCH2) portal. Specimens will be scored for their phenological status with the help of students, volunteers, and citizen scientists, including both qualitative and quantitative estimates of their flowering progression. Research questions to be addressed with these data include (but aren’t limited to) the following:

• Which climatic parameters most strongly affect the flowering dates of individual species?
• How do climatic parameters interact to influence flowering dates?
• What are the predicted effects of projected climate change on the flowering dates of individual species, functional groups, and communities of sympatric species?
· How does climate influence the flowering duration and synchrony of co-occurring species?
• Can we distinguish between the effects of phenotypic plasticity vs. adaptation on flowering time?
• Do clades or functional groups differ in their phenological response to climate change?

Prospective students interested in exploring this opportunity may write directly to Professor Susan Mazer
( website)

Graduate students should apply electronically to UCSB’s Graduate Division here.

For more information about the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UCSB, please explore here.

Ecological Restoration Intern 2019 (Posted 10/3/18)

The Park Stewardship program with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is seeking an intern to join our restoration program in the San Francisco Bay Area starting in January 2019. Our internship program offers training in restoration field work, report writing, mapping, and endangered species monitoring in a dynamic urban national park. The full announcement and application instructions are available here.

Postdoc - permafrost biogeochemistry (Posted 10/3/18)

The University of Washington (UW) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have an opening for a modeling postdoctoral researcher with expertise in modeling and analyzing permafrost soil thermal, hydrological, and biogeochemical processing. As part of this multi-institutional project, the successful candidate will be an employee of UW and administratively supervised by the project lead (Dr. Rebecca Neumann) but will be physically located at LBNL and scientifically supervised by modeling lead (Dr. Qing Zhu). The position calls for expertise in numerical methods (model development) for soil thermal, hydrological, biogeochemical modeling, uncertainty quantification, and parameter estimation. The position offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team and will require strong motivation and excellent oral and written communication skills.

The successful candidate may focus on permafrost soil thermal-hydrological dynamics and their coupling with ecosystem carbon and nitrogen cycles. We are particularly interested in 1) improving earth system land model representation of how soil thermal and hydrological processes interact to affect ecosystem green house gas emissions (e.g., CO2, CH4) currently and in the future and 2) developing benchmark datasets and tools to evaluate models at the process level.

The work will require an applicant with a wide range of skills: (1) use of state-of-the-art earth system land models; (2) development and testing of numerical representations of complex processes suitable for site, regional, and global scale models; (3) application of state-of-the-art parameter uncertainty and calibration methods; (4) oral and written presentation of results; and (5) ability to work well as part of a large research team.

This full-time position is expected to start in January 2019. Initial appointment length is 12 months, and could be extended to three years, subject to satisfactory performance. Salary for this position is $65K/year. To apply please sent proof of PhD conferral, a current CV, contact information for at least three references to and .

Essential responsibilities:

Ability to:
• Use state-of-the-art earth system land models
• Develop and test numerical representations of complex inter-related terrestrial ecosystem processes suitable for site, regional, and global scale models;
• Apply state-of-the-art parameter uncertainty and calibration methods;
• Work as a member of a large multidisciplinary research team.
• Author technical reports and publish in peer-reviewed journal articles.
• Present results in group project meetings, seminars and/or conferences

Fisheries Postdoc at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Posted 10/1/18)

The US Fish and Wildlife Service Arcata Fisheries Program (USFWS AFWO) and the US Geological Survey California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (CACFWRU) at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California are recruiting a postdoctoral research associate. This two- year position will focus on topics associated with salmonid habitat and population dynamics models in the Klamath River Basin, California.

Position responsibilities will include literature review, data analysis in R or similar software package, and publications in peer-reviewed literature.

Ph.D. in fisheries or related field is required prior to start date. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellent writing, presentation, and data analysis skills. Salary is $55,000 per year and position will be eligible to participate in medical, dental, vision, and life benefits.

To apply for this position please provide 1) a copy of graduate school transcripts, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a 1-page cover letter explaining interest and qualifications for the position, 4) the names and contact information for three references, and 5) the HSUSPF Employee Information Form for Applicants via email to Nicholas Som, Ph.D., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at: . Please direct any questions to Nicholas Som via the same email address. This position is open until filled, with preferred start date in Fall 2018.

A more detailed scope of work describing the tasks can be found on the CACFWRU webpage: here.

Ph.D. student recruitment in Plant Evolutionary Ecology (Posted 10/1/18)

The Mazer lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara is recruiting one or two highly motivated PhD students to conduct collaborative and independent research to investigate the process and outcome of adaptive evolution within and among populations of the annual forb, Nemophila menziesii (Baby Blue Eyes, Boraginaceae). We are particularly interested in the evolution of fitness-related traits such as seed mass, germination time, flowering time, flower size, and integrated water use efficiency. We particularly welcome students experienced with — or interested in gaining skills in — field biology, the measurement of natural selection on reproductive traits, and quantitative evolutionary genetics.

Incoming students will participate in (and earn funding from) a recently funded NSF grant (“Evolutionary adaptation to intensifying drought across a geographic gradient: a comprehensive evaluation of Fisher's Fundamental Theorem”, with Dr. Amber Nashoba and Dr. Ruth Shaw) in which we are using quantitative genetic methods to test predictions derived from Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem in wild populations of N. menziesii distributed across an aridity gradient in California.

Incoming students will also be invited to conduct independent research of their own desing that extends beyond the scope of the research supported by this grant. Promising areas of research include (but are not restricted to):

(a) the ecological and evolutionary significance of variation within and among populations in prospective fitness-related traits such as flowering time, flower size, herkogamy and dichogamy, pollen performance, seed size, and sex allocation;
(b) pre- and post-pollination sexual selection on primary and secondary sexual traits;
(c) the functional significance of variation in floral and vegetative pigments, including UV reflectance/absorption;
(d) the evolution of phenotypic plasticity in life history and morphological traits; and
(e) the causes and consequences of variation in water use efficiency across an aridity gradient.

Funding packages offered to highly competitive candidates will include a combination of Graduate Research assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Block Grants, and UCSB-funded graduate fellowships. Students who have already earned a Master’s degree in Botany or Plant Ecology or who have applied for a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship are particularly welcome. UCSB and EEMB strongly encourage and welcome applicants who contribute to the diversity of the student community.

Prospective students interested in exploring this opportunity may write directly to: Professor Susan Mazer (). More detail about the Mazer lab can be found here.
Graduate students may apply electronically to UCSB’s Graduate Division via the following URL here.

Postdoctoral Scholar–Dryland Soil Nitrogen Cycling and Ecosystem Ecology Center for Conservation Biology, University of California at Riverside (Posted 9/19/18)

They are seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to investigate dynamics and controls on soil N trace gas emissions and cycling in southern California drylands. The researcher will work on two projects: 1) a network of wetting experiments distributed across a nitrogen deposition gradient from Los Angeles to the eastern edge of Joshua Tree National Park and 2) a recently initiated seasonal rainfall manipulation in a 30-year post-fire Pinyon Juniper woodland. Research activities will include substantial field work and opportunities for integrating field data with process models.

Instruments available for the project include field-deployable automated soil chambers and several fast-response analyzers: NO, N2O isotopomers, &#948;13C-CO2, &#948;13C-CH4, NH3, and water isotopes. Collaborative opportunities are encouraged to integrate field work with soil molecular biology, atmospheric modeling, isotope geochemistry, remote sensing, and/or eddy covariance approaches. Development of individual research activities and collaborations with others is encouraged. Candidates will need excellent preparation in field ecosystem ecology, ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, or soil science. Candidates with experience using or collaborating with environmental sensing techniques, remote and in-situ data integration, or land surface modeling approaches are encouraged to apply.

The position is based at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), in both the labs of Pete Homyak and Darrel Jenerette. The successful candidate will provide leadership to the research team, which includes graduate and undergraduate students, technicians, postdocs, and other faculty. Riverside is an excellent location for ecosystem research featuring large gradients resulting from maritime effects, elevation, and human development. UCR provides valuable training opportunities—in addition to opportunities with both lab groups, UCR has a vibrant postdoctoral association and broader community that values diversity. Salary and benefits are competitive and based on experience. The position will be offered as an annual contract with an expectation the position will be renewed for two years. Applications should be sent as a single PDF containing cover letter with qualifications and research interests, CV, and contact information for three references to either Pete Homyak () or Darrel Jenerette (). Initial review of candidates will begin Nov 1,
2018 with a start date on or following January 2, 2019. They encourage applications from participants with backgrounds underrepresented in higher education.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first generation college students. The campus is located within one hour of downtown Los Angeles, a city that provides world-class cultural opportunities. Riverside also provides easy access to numerous outdoor recreational areas, including forest, alpine, ocean, and desert environments.


COLORADO

Environmental Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Posted 10/19/18)
Environmental Studies Program
University of Colorado Boulder
Requisition Number: 13673
For more information, go here

PhD Graduate Teaching Assistantship (Posted 10/19/18)

Agency: University of Northern Colorado
Location: Greeley, Colorado

Job Description: A PhD Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) is available in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) starting in fall 2019. Student will work on projects related to insect-plant-mycorrhizal fungus interactions. Students awarded a teaching assistantship are generally supported (during fall and spring semesters) contingent on successful teaching and progress in the program. The compensation for this position includes a stipend of $17,081 for 9 months, and a full waiver of up to 10 credit hours of tuition per semester (GTA). In addition, summer funding opportunities are available on a competitive basis.

Qualifications: Please review the requirements for admission to UNC. Additional requirements for international students, go here.
If you are qualified and interested in pursuing graduate research, please send the following items to Dr. Karen Gomez (): (a) cover letter discussing interest in our research, applicable experience, and goals for undertaking a graduate program, (b) official or unofficial undergraduate transcripts (GPA≥3.0), (c) Resume or CV, (d) GRE scores, and (e) name and e-mail of three professional references. Successful applicants are expected to start in August, 2019.

Looking for motivated students interested in pursuing a PhD in Biological Education. The preferred candidate will have prior research experience and have some knowledge on plant molecular biology, entomology, and/or mycology. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are expected, as well as the ability to work collaboratively.

Responsibilities: In order to successfully complete this program, students must meet expectations at teaching undergraduate courses, and must complete their required coursework. For the research component, students should: demonstrate willingness/ability to learn new research techniques, possess the ability to design and conduct independent research, demonstrate attention to detail and effectiveness in completion of research, conduct work safely, be collegial, and maintain a habit of reading scientific literature in her/his field.

Deadline: Open until position is filled
Website
Contact: Dr. Karen Gomez
E-mail:
Phone: 970-351-2555

Ph.D. Assistantship Available in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department, Colorado State University (Posted 10/9/18)

Dr. Rebecca Niemiec is recruiting a PhD student to begin in Fall, 2019, in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University. Dr. Niemiec’s work focuses on understanding and promoting community engagement in conservation efforts. She applies mixed methods, including surveys, interviews, spatial analysis, and field experiments, to examine the factors driving community conservation action and the impact of community actions on conservation outcomes.

Some of her recent projects include:
-Understanding the human dimensions of reintroduction of keystone species to Colorado -Understanding and promoting community collective action to control invasive species across property boundaries in Hawaii and New Zealand -Understanding how to enhance volunteer recruitment and retention in wilderness stewardship organizations throughout the US -Addressing visitor non-compliant behaviors on public land

The successful PhD applicant for this position would pursue an independent research project that builds on and relates to Dr. Niemiec’s research on community engagement for conservation. The PhD position would include guaranteed funding for two years through a half-time graduate teaching assistantship.

Prospective students interested in exploring this opportunity may write directly to Dr. Rebecca Niemiec at . Please include your CV and a description of your research interests in your email.

For more information about the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University, please go here. 


CONNECTICUT

 Postdoc: Ecological/evolutionary immunology in Bolnick Lab at UConn (Posted 11/5/18)

A postdoctoral researcher position is available in Dr. Daniel Bolnick’s research group, in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Connecticut. The EEB department is an engaging work environment, including multiple labs interested in host-parasite evolutionary ecology, and a closely allied Molecular and Cellular Biology department with evolutionary and immunology faculty.

The Bolnick lab has identified naturally evolved variation in stickleback fishes’ resistance to a severe cestode parasite (Weber et al 2017 American Naturalist; Weber et al 2017 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), including the evolution of a protective but costly immune response. This postdoctoral position is intended to pursue creative basic research related to the evolution and ecology of host defense and parasite immune evasion. Open questions include but are not limited to the ecological and historical context that favors versus inhibits the evolution of costly immune responses, measuring selection and cost/benefit relationships, or parasite counter-adaptations. Activities may include some combination of field manipulative experiments on stickleback, community ecology research, laboratory experimental immune challenges, genetics, or immunology, as well as data analysis and publication. The precise goals of this position are flexible, to be defined collaboratively by the PI (Dan Bolnick) and postdoc.

Duration: The position is available two years, with extensions contingent on funding availability. Start dates are negotiable; the position is available immediately. Compensation: Starting salary will be between $48,000, plus excellent health benefits.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in evolutionary biology, ecology, genetics, or immunology. Prior experience with parasitology, molecular genetics, or immunology is beneficial. Previous research experience and publications should demonstrate a commitment to basic research, creativity, good work ethic, lab skills, organizational ability, and publication productivity.
Applications should electronically submit a single pdf file containing the following, in order:
1) An approximately two page cover letter. The first page summarize your research achievements to date, including relevant skills. The second page should outline a vision of what you would be interested in doing in the Bolnick Lab, and how this fits into your career goals.
3) CV
4) A copy of two publications or submitted manuscripts.
3) A list of three references, with contact information (email, telephone, and mailing address). We will request letters directly from these references, after identifying top candidates.

The application file should be emailed to Dr. Daniel Bolnick ( ). Include the subject line "Ecological Immunology Postdoc: <YOUR NAME>". Applications must be received by December 1, 2018 for full consideration, though the position is open until filled.

For questions about this position, please email Dr. Bolnick (). For information about the Bolnick Lab (presently at the University of Texas, moving to Connecticut this summer), visit the lab website, lab photostream, and Dr. Bolnick’s Google Scholar page.

The University of Connecticut is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants with questions about disability services can privately discuss their application with the University of Texas Disability Services Office.   


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FLORIDA

Graduate student opportunity in Ecosystem Ecology at Miami University (Posted 12/7/18)

Graduate student opportunity in Ecosystem Ecology at Miami University The Fisk lab at Miami University invites applications to the PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (EEEB) or to the Masters program in Biology. Our lab investigates forest ecosystem questions in the areas of biogeochemistry, plant-soil interactions, and soil ecology. Funding is available to contribute to a project at the Hubbard Brook and Bartlett Experimental Forests examining nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in northern hardwood forests. This project aims to better understand limitations to forest productivity and stoichiometric controls of nutrient recycling. It is a collaboration among scientists from multiple universities and offers the opportunity to interact with students and faculty of wide-ranging interests in ecology. Interested applicants should send email to Melany Fisk () with a CV and brief statement of research interests.

Open PhD Position: Agroecology at the University of Florida (Posted 12/7/18)

The Wilson Agroecology Lab at the University of Florida seeks motivated PhD applicants to work on interdisciplinary projects at the interface of stress ecophysiology, ecosystem ecology, and agricultural management. In collaboration with the Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture (CSRA), as well as faculty inside and outside of UF, we are tackling basic and applied research questions aimed at agroecosystem mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. Ongoing lab projects include the use of stable isotope biogeochemistry to test mechanisms regulating soil organic matter in agroecosystems, the quantification of plant traits conferring stress resilience and productivity in both row crops and pasture, and development of hierarchical statistical approaches to improve our ability to forecast agroecosystem responses to changes in climate and/or management. Additional research combines field data with satellite remote sensing to inform land management in pastures and in reforesting landscapes.

Minimal qualifications:
• M.S. or equivalent in related field
• Field experience in ecosystem ecology, agronomy, and/or ecophysiology
• Basic competency in data management and analysis (e.g. use of Excel, R, etc.)
• Demonstrated critical thinking and writing skills
Preferred qualifications:
• Interdisciplinary project management
• Exposure to grant writing and publication process
• Familiarity with stable isotope biogeochemistry (for students with strong field research interests)
• Familiarity with Bayesian statistics and contemporary MCMC software (e.g. BUGS/JAGS or Stan, for students with theoretical and or quantitative interests)

The Wilson Lab is committed to supporting overall professional and personal growth within the context of our excellent graduate programs, and in the maintenance of favorable work/life balance here in beautiful north central Florida. We are seeking applicants with a strong and demonstrated dedication to research, independent initiative and positive, proactive attitude. Competitive assistantship and/or fellowship funding is available.

Please send a CV and statement of interest by January 1st 2019 to:
Dr. Chris H. Wilson
Assistant Professor – Global Change Agroecologist, Agronomy Department, University of Florida

PhD student position available in coral ecology/physiology (Posted 12/7/18)

A PhD student position is available in the Altieri Lab  at the University of Florida to examine the response of corals to environmental stressors starting in late spring or early summer 2019. The student will join a team that is a focused on the impacts of hypoxic stress (low oxygen) on coral health and performance in a multi-species, multi-stressor context. The PhD student will be based at UF’s main campus in Gainesville, FL, with field work in the Florida Keys and laboratory experiments at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce, FL (SMSFP). The student will work collaboratively with a team that includes Drs. Valerie Paul and Maggie Johnson (SMSFP), and will be expected to develop independent research interests that complement the overall project goals.

Ideal applicants will have a strong background in ecology and/or marine science (bachelor’s or master’s degree), excellent quantitative and communication (written and oral) skills, and a demonstrated potential to conduct intensive field and/or laboratory research both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Experience with laboratory systems that manipulate environmental stressors (e.g., OA lab work) and/or with coral physiology is desired.

The student will join the Altieri Lab in UF’s Environmental Engineering Sciences Department, and will be part of the new Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics group within the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment. The position includes stipend, tuition, and benefits. Formal applications are due January 10, 2018 with details found here.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Andrew Altieri well ahead of the formal application deadline with a copy of their CV (including contact information for 3 references) and a brief statement (<500 words) outlining their interests and suitability for this particular opportunity.

Contact information: Andrew Altieri, , www.altierilab.org

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 11/29/18)

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

A postdoctoral position is available with the Soil Microbiology Lab at the University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee, FL, to examine the impact of cover crops and row-middle management in citrus. The SWFREC is located in the in the heart of citrus and vegetable production in Florida and provides a unique opportunity to combine scientific research with the needs of the industry.

The primary field project consists of field trials evaluating cover crop mixes and mowing on the soil microbiome, tree health, and citrus production. The project will focus on correlation of microbial community composition, soil chemistry, root growth, and plant growth data, and determining if treatments have specific impacts on the soil microbiome. Expertise in environmental microbial ecology, molecular methods, including high-throughput amplicon sequencing and qPCR, and bioinformatics is required. Experience in shotgun metagenomics is preferred.

The incumbent will develop hypotheses based on current literature, design and conduct experiments, perform work in the laboratory and field, analyze data, and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral associate will work independently with minimal supervision. This is a 2.5-year position.

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

Preferred qualifications: Experience in soil microbiology, proficiency with R and QIIME2, proficiency in programming (python), experience with grant writing

Advertised salary: $50,000 plus benefits

Open date: March 1, 2019, but application review begins immediately

Special instructions to applicants:
Interested persons should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references, including contact information, to Dr. Sarah Strauss ().

PhD Opportunities (Posted 11/26/18)
University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Apply by December 1, 2018
For more information, go here.

Funded graduate student positions at University of Central Florida (Posted 11/26/18)

Looking for graduate students interested in studying carbon cycle dynamics to join me at the University of Central Florida in Fall 2019. Particularly, I am looking for people interested in studying trends and predictors of tree productivity using tree ring data, developing models of carbon dynamics in land and/or lake ecosystems, and/or forecasting ecosystem carbon fluxes at National Ecological Observatory Network sites. Contact info along with more information on her research directions are available here.

To apply, please send me a letter of interest along with your CV before December 28th. The general requirements for graduate admission to the Biology department at UCF are listed here; deadline to apply for admission is January 15th.

Postdoc in River Food Web Ecology (Posted 11/21/18)

The Post Lab at Yale University and the Subalusky Lab at University of Florida are seeking a postdoctoral associate to study aquatic secondary production in response to wildlife subsidies in the Mara River, Kenya. The successful candidate will combine comparative and experimental methods to test predictions that the magnitude of resource subsidies influences trophic structure and function. The majority of the position will be based in the field in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, and the remainder of the position will be based at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Prior experience studying aquatic food webs, measuring secondary production, and conducting field research in remote locations is preferred. The candidate must have a PhD in biology, ecology, or a related field. The candidate will join a long-running project in the Mara River Basin and work with collaborators at Yale, UF, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

Review of applications will begin 1 January 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is spring 2019. To apply, please email a brief letter of introduction and your CV to . Please include "Mara Postdoc" in the subject line.

Contact information: David M. Post, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511. . 203-432-3005

Yale University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans and under-represented groups.

PhD Opportunity at the University of Florida - Freshwater Ecology and Animal Behavior (Posted 11/21/18)

Lindsey Reisinger’s lab at the University of Florida is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to start in summer 2019 and contribute to an NSF-funded project investigating whether differences in the behavioral traits of freshwater crayfish affect stream ecosystem processes.

The project will involve field collections and experiments in streams, laboratory behavioral experiments, and experiments in large outdoor tanks. Specifically, we are interested in whether differences in behavioral traits among crayfish populations influence ecosystem processes in streams including leaf litter decomposition, primary production, respiration, and nutrient cycling. We are examining populations of rusty and virile crayfish across a wide geographic range and will be traveling to different locations in the eastern and midwestern USA to sample streams and collect crayfish.

If interested, please contact Dr. Lindsey Reisinger at and provide a short statement of research interests, goals and related experiences as well as a CV or resume.

Lindsey Reisinger’s lab is in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program within the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. Project collaborators include AJ Reisinger (University of Florida) and Lauren Pintor (Ohio State University).

Graduate Positions: Coastal and Marine Biogeochemistry University of Florida (Posted 11/16/18) 

An M.S./Ph.D. Research Assistantship is available in the Coastal and Estuarine Biogeochemistry Lab at the University of Florida (Soil and Water Sciences department) for Fall 2019.

Research in the lab focuses on how human activities impact the fate and transport of nutrients in coastal ecosystems. Several topics related to nutrient cycling can be pursued, depending on the background and interest of the student. This may include projects that quantify nutrient fluxes and rates of denitrification in freshwater and marine habitats, investigate factors that control rates of biogeochemical transformations across a range of spatial and temporal scales, or characterize how land-use and environmental change interact to alter the structure and function of coastal ecosystems.

Candidates will have a background in environmental science, biology, chemistry, or related discipline. Experience in wetland and coastal ecosystems, and analytical chemistry is preferred.

The lab is located at the University of Florida/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, FL, approximately 30 miles south of Miami, in close proximity to Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park and Florida Bay. There are also opportunities to work at main campus in Gainesville, FL and at other research stations including the Nature Coast Biological Station  and the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Ashley Smyth () with “Research Assistantship” as the subject header. Application packets are due January 2, 2019. Application instructions can be found at soils.ifas.ufl.edu/academics/graduate-studies/apply.

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Spatial Conservation Modeling (Posted 11/5/18)

The Fletcher Lab at the University of Florida is looking for an exceptional scientist interested in working at the interface of spatial modeling and conservation. The applicant will work with Dr. Robert Fletcher at the University of Florida to on a USDA-NIFA funded project. The project focuses on biodiversity and ecosystem service spatial modeling for the southeastern United States. The southeastern United States is a primary contributor to both current and expected future bioenergy production, and this project aims to interpret how land-use change from bioenergy may impact biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as how these impacts may influence landowner decisions (see Fletcher et al. 2011, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment; Gottlieb et al. 2017, Global Change Biology Bioenergy). In addition, there is potential to extend these questions to global level, given that EU policy is linked to bioenergy production in the southeastern U.S. This project includes several collaborators, including Dr. Jason Evans (Stetson University) who will collaborate on this aspect of the project. The scope of the position provides strong opportunities for the applicant to make rapid career progress on high-impact problems of both fundamental and applied relevance. There are also opportunities to work on other projects in the lab and to spend time on new research and general career development.

Minimum qualifications are a PhD in biological or ecological sciences or a Ph.D. in mathematical or statistical modeling. Preferred qualifications include statistical (e.g., Bayesian hierarchical modeling) and/or simulation modeling experience (e.g., agent-based modeling), GIS skills, strong publication record for the professional stage of the applicant, and honed writing skills. This grant-funded position will open in spring 2019, and is funded for two years minimum. Salary is approximately $47,450, with insurance and benefits package. Applicants should send cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references Dr. Rob Fletcher () by December 15 2018.

Information about the City of Gainesville:

Situated in the rolling countryside of north central Florida, Gainesville is much more than a stereotypical college town. Home of the University of Florida, seat of Alachua County's government and the region's commercial hub, it is progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse. The presence of many students and faculty from abroad among its 120,000-plus population adds a strong cross-cultural flavor to its historic small-town Southern roots. Its natural environment, temperate climate and civic amenities make Gainesville a beautiful, pleasant and interesting place in which to learn and to live. Gainesville has been ranked as one of the best cities to live in the United States.

Florida boasts a diversity of fauna and flora common to both southern temperate and subtropical climates and is replete with springs, rivers, backwater streams, lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove fringes, cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, sandhills, scrub, pine flatwoods, and rangeland. Nested between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida has more than 2,000 kilometers of coastal beaches and estuaries. Special features include the Florida Keys, which constitute an archipelago of picturesque subtropical islands, and the unique Everglades, or “river of grass,” which sprawls across the vast southern peninsula.

Information about the University of Florida:

The University of Florida is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students. It was recently ranked in the top 8 public universities by U.S. News and its natural resource and conservation programs were ranked 3rd in the country in a 2017 report.

Several units on or nearby the University of Florida campus complement the teaching and research programs of the Department, including The Florida Climate Institute, an interdisciplinary center hosted at UF and comprising 7 Florida universities; Biotechnologies for Ecological, Evolutionary, and Conservation Sciences; the Tropical Conservation and Development Program in the Center for Latin American Studies; Center for Natural Resources; Center for Wetlands; Center for Biological Conservation; Pre-eminence initiatives in Bioinformatics and Biodiversity; Florida Museum of Natural History; Northeast Regional Data Center; National Ecology Laboratory (Sirenia) of USGS; Florida Field Station (Gainesville) of the U.S.D.A. Wildlife Research Laboratory; Southeastern Forest Experiment Station unit of the U.S. Forest Service; The Nature Conservancy; the Wildlife Conservation Society; the Wildlife Research Laboratory of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and others.

Ph.D. graduate assistantship, University of Florida – Sustainable nutrient management in vegetable systems (Posted 11/1/18)

A Ph.D. graduate assistantship is available at the University of Florida to work on sustainable nutrient management in vegetable systems. The research will focus on how to optimize nutrient management in vegetable production of Northern Florida, using legume cover crops, organic amendments and other management practices. The research will likely combine different experimental approaches – field trials, greenhouse experiments, and laboratory incubations – and focus on several indicators of crop productivity, soil fertility, and soil health, with a strong emphasis on carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling. The exact scope of the research will be determined based on the student’s qualifications and interests.

A strong background in biogeochemistry, soil science and/or plant sciences, with a degree in a related field (ideally Master’s), is preferable. Experience in conducting independent research in a field and/or lab setting is also desirable. The research will include field and greenhouse work conducted in hot and humid conditions during the Florida summer.

A four-year graduate assistantship is available to support this position for four years – stipend, tuition waiver, and health care coverage. The expected start date is Fall 2019, at the University’s main campus in Gainesville (FL). Complete application packets are due by January 2, 2019. Instructions on how to apply to graduate school in the Soil and Water Sciences Department can be found here. If interested, contact me directly at . 


GEORGIA

Graduate opportunities in plant-microbe interactions, University of Georgia (Posted 10/1/18)

Recruiting MS or PhD students interested in studying plant ecology or plant-microbe interactions at the University of Georgia in Fall 2019. Potential research areas include: plant-soil feedbacks, plant-microbe interactions, competition and coexistence, population and community dynamics, effects of climate variability on plants and microbes. Specific directions open to personal interest. Bring me your best ideas! If interested or would like to learn more, please email Dr. Anny Chung (). 


HAWAII

Seeking 6-month Volunteers for Midway Atoll NWR (Posted 11/26/18)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Apply by December 15, 2018
Fore more information, go here.


IDAHO 

Ph.D. Position – Agriculture and ecosystem services in the western U.S. (Posted 10/18/18)

A Ph.D. position is available to join a trans-disciplinary team studying how agricultural lands contribute to biodiversity and ecosystem services in the American West. In particular, the student will use remote sensing to measure land use change and intensification, and a variety of modeling techniques to measure ecosystem services provisioning from different land uses and the trade-offs among ecosystem services. One particular area of emphasis will be mesic resources, i.e. wetlands, riparian zones and wet meadows, because these are critical keystone resources for agricultural production, biodiversity, and ecosystem services in the West. Another potential area of emphasis will be to develop new metrics from remote sensing and other data sources (U.S. census, stream gauges, biodiversity data, or social science surveys) to measure the outcomes of agricultural easements in terms of protecting farmlands and the ecosystem services that they provide. Find full ad and application instructions available here.

PhD position in Ecosystem Dynamics available at the University of Idaho (Posted 10/9/18)

Seek a sincere, motivated, and creative individual to apply for an exciting PhD assistantship in Ecosystem Dynamics. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Arjan Meddens to examine the spatial and temporal patterns of ecosystem dynamics across the western United States. You will work on highly relevant research which aims to improve ecosystem resilience to future disturbances across the larger landscape under rapidly changing climate conditions. Since this position is initially funded by a Teaching Assistantship (TA), the candidates’ research area is somewhat flexible. Potential research topics include: (1) the dynamics of fire refugia and utilization of fire refugia by plant or animal species, (2) spatial and temporal patterns of bark beetle outbreaks, (3) measuring ecosystem structure at the forest-tundra ecotone, and/or (4) the utilization of high-resolution (UAV) lidar applications for forest measurements. A genuine interest in teaching is required and an interest in societal impacts of disturbances and management applications is highly desired. The position includes approximately 2 years of TA funding with the potential for more RA (Research Assistantship) funding later in the PhD. The successful candidate will be housed in the Department of Natural Resources and Society in the College of Natural Resources, which has great collaborative faculty with expertise in both the social and biophysical sciences.

Requirements: An active interest in teaching with good interpersonal skills as wells as strong quantitative background – as demonstrated by courses taken, programming skills, and GRE scores. Field experience and a well-rounded educational background in ecology, geography, fire science, and natural resource management is desired. The position will begin in the Fall of 2019.

This position has approximately 2 academic year (9 months) Teaching Assistantship funding available with the possibility of more funding in the summer and following the first two years. Annual compensation package is competitive and depends upon experience.

If you like to be considered for the position, please send a letter of interest and a CV to Arjan Meddens (). 


ILLINOIS 

Conservation and Land Management Internship Program (Posted 11/26/18)
Chicago Botanic Garden
Applications are due January 15, 2019 but we encourage applicants to apply soon as we review applications on a rolling basis
For more information, go here. 

Master’s Student in Modeling of Soil Food Webs for Fall 2019 (Posted 11/5/18)

The Wise Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is seeking a Master’s Student for FALL 2019 to use mathematical modeling to investigate the dynamics of soil food webs. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate background in calculus, computer programming, and statistics, and a basic course in ecology or applied environmental science. For more information, go here.

Graduate opportunities in disturbance ecology and plant-soil interactions: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Posted 11/1/18)

The Fraterrigo Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology Lab in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is accepting applications for Ph.D. student positions that start in Fall 2019. Our lab seeks to understand vegetation response to environmental change and disturbance, and its consequences for biogeochemical cycling. Our research lies at the intersection of ecosystem and landscape ecology and addresses both basic and applied questions, using experimental and observational approaches, as well as a variety of tools to integrate fine- and coarse-grained perspectives of ecosystems and how they function. More information about our research group can be found here.

Outstanding Ph.D. student applicants with research interests that align with the overarching themes of our lab are encouraged to apply. However, we would like to accept one student to work on vegetation response to fire in fire-maintained temperate forests. This position would require experience with remote sensing and GIS. A second position could focus on plant-soil interactions in either temperate forests or the Alaskan tundra.

Qualified applicants should have a strong background in ecology and experience conducting field work, particularly sampling plant communities. Students who have a background in statistics, are willing to develop their quantitative skills, and have programming experience using R are preferred. Strong writing, communication, collaboration, and mentoring skills are also required. The position will be funded by research and/or teaching assistantships.

To apply, contact Dr. Jennifer Fraterrigo before the application deadline at jmf _at_ Illinois.edu with a CV or resume, undergraduate GPA, GRE scores and percentiles, and a brief description of research background, interests, and how they may fit within the broader research themes in the lab. This will allow time to assess whether your research interests fit with our research group before submitting an official application. We value diversity and encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. Students may choose a degree program either through the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences or the interdepartmental Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Official applications to these graduate programs are due December 1, 2018.


INDIANA 

Graduate Opportunities in Aquatic Ecology (Posted 12/5/18)

Graduate student (PhD or MS) assistantships available to participate in research projects exploring dynamics of Great Lakes ecosystems, food webs and fisheries. Selected individuals will be expected to work collaboratively with scientists from federal laboratories as well as Purdue University. These projects involve an integration of field studies, laboratory analyses, controlled experiments and quantitative modeling analyses.

Specific research topics include:
1) Exploring the potential of the larval stage as a recruitment bottleneck for fish in the upper Great Lakes
2) Determining the ecological effects of seasonal hypoxia on food web structure and fish vital rates in central Lake Erie.

Selected individuals will be co-advised by Drs. Paris Collingsworth and Tomas Höök and enroll in Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in West Lafayette, IN.

Qualifications:
Minimum qualifications include a BS (for MS position) or MS (for PhD position) in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries Science, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater; and above average GRE scores.

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

Start date:
June 2019.

How to Apply:
The positions will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please respond by 7-Janary-2019 and submit cover letter, CV, GRE scores (unofficial), transcript (unofficial), and names and contact numbers of three references to Paris Collingsworth (; 312 886-7449).

For more information please contact:
Paris Collingsworth

Purdue University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.

GraduatePosition: Purdue University_Rapid Evolution (Posted 11/29/18)

A PhD position is available in lab of Mark Christie at Purdue University. A position is available for highly-motivated candidates interested in rapid genetic adaptation, population genetics, and conservation in general. For more information about their research please go here.

Potential projects include: 1. Examining the rapid genetic adaptation of introduced fishes into the Great Lakes, 2. Identifying the genetic and evolutionary consequences of domestication, captive breeding, and supplementation of wild populations, and 3. Using existing and novel approaches to determine patterns of dispersal, gene flow, and local adaptation within a metapopulation context. These are the main research themes in the Christie laboratory, and research often focuses on fishes, but graduate students are free to explore independent lines of inquiry in any system. Previous research experience with molecular techniques, computational work, statistics, bioinformatics, and assisting with the design and implementation of experiments will be highly regarded.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact me directly at or with a CV and a brief description of your research interests and experience. Applications are due December 7th.


IOWA

M.S. Assistantship, Applied Forest Ecology (Posted 11/26/18)

The Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology Lab at Iowa State University (ISU) is seeking a MS - level graduate student to join a project assessing forest response to restoration efforts targeting the removal of non-native, invasive species. The student will benefit from the opportunity to work on a large, experimental study and will have the freedom to develop and pursue questions related to invasive species impacts and management, restoration, deer browse, and natural regeneration tailored to the student's specific interests. Work will involve collaboration with a team that includes scientists and managers at ISU and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The position begins in summer 2019 and includes two years of funding. It is based in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State University and will involve field work in upland forests distributed across the southern half of the state.

Qualifications: B.S. in forestry, ecology, silviculture, natural resources, conservation biology, environmental science, biology or a closely related field. Previous field and/or extensive outdoor work experience is required. Skills in plant identification are strongly preferred. Experience or interest in remote sensing is also preferred. Submitted materials should demonstrate effective communication through writing, an ability to work both independently and collaboratively, a passion for natural resources, and a strong work ethic.

Application process: Interested applicants should submit a CV, GRE scores, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a cover letter summarizing relevant experience, research interests, and professional and academic goals to Dr. Miranda Curzon (). If nominated for the position, three letters of reference, official GRE scores, and official transcripts will be required for application to ISU. The process for admission to graduate studies in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is described here. The position is open until filled, but applicants should submit materials prior to December 17, 2018 for full consideration.

NSF REU - Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Sciences (Posted 11/5/18) 

The University of Iowa is offering ten NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities during the 2019 summer. Research projects will span a range of topics, including evolution of behavior, origin of species, cancer evolution, evolution of sex, and paleontology. REU students will work on one project, but through interactions with their cohort will ultimately receive a broad exposure to evolutionary science. As part of the program, students will: receive training in research best practices, participate in career workshops, create a digital exhibit based on their research for the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, and make formal research presentations based on their work. Housing, a meal allowance, stipend, and a travel allowance will be provided to all participants. 

Link to program website and application here. 

If you have questions, feel free to contact Andrew Forbes (andrew-) or Maurine Neiman (). 

Prairie-pollinator Interactions M.S. or Ph.D. Research Assistantship (Posted 10/3/18)

A three year research assistantship is available in the Brian Wilsey Lab at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  The RAs will work on a project on prairie restoration techniques to improve habitat and host plant abundance for rare insects, including bees and butterflies. The study will take place at field sites in Northwest Iowa and SW Minnesota.  Collaborators will be biologists at the Iowa and Minnesota DNRs.  Interested applicants should send a CV with G.P.A. and G.R.E. scores (if taken) to .


KANSAS

PhD graduate students - microbiomes of aquatic, plants, soil (Posted 11/1/18)

NSF-FUNDED GRADUATE POSITIONS AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY IN MICROBIOMES OF AQUATIC, PLANT OR SOILS (MAPS)

Applications due by 15 December for Fall or Summer 2019 start.

The Division of Biology at Kansas State University is recruiting diverse, highly-qualified graduate students to assist with understanding the linkages among microbiomes of aquatic, plant and soil (MAPS) ecosystems across the state of Kansas.

The goal of MAPS is to understand:
- How microbiome structure and function among these systems change across the precipitation gradient of Kansas and land use, and
- How those changes in microbiomes affect broader community and ecosystem properties. In all, the integrated and collaborative NSF-funded project is driven by >15 investigators, all of whom work collaboratively and train students in an interdisciplinary framework.

If you are interested in developing skills in collaborative, team-based science focused on deploying cutting-edge tools in environmental microbiology and informatics, please contact the listed individuals who might serve as your graduate advisor. Students must discuss their interests with a potential advisor (by email or by scheduling a phone conversation by email) prior to submitting an application.

For Biology
For Agronomy
For Plant Pathology

They encourage students with experience in bioinformatics, molecular ecology, microbiology, field work and experimental design to apply. Experience working across multiple ecosystems or across environmental gradients will be preferred but not required.

Agronomy:
Chuck Rice (Soil Microbiology)

Biology:
Walter Dodds (Aquatic Ecology) Ari Jumpponen (Fungal Ecology)
Sonny Lee (Metagenomics, bioinformatics)
Thomas Platt (Microbial Evolution) Lydia Zeglin (Microbial Ecology)

Plant Pathology
Sanzhen Liu (Bioinformatics)

Funded Ph.D. Positions in Aquatic Biogeochemistry at KU (Posted 10/22/18)

The Burgin Lab at the University of Kansas is seeking applicants for Ph.D. students (to start in Fall 2019) focused on exploring the intersection between aquatic biogeochemistry and microbial ecology. More details on current lab projects can be found at the lab website. Successful applicants will describe previous research experience in aquatic or ecosystem ecology, field work or lab chemistry analyses. Applicants should also demonstrate previous writing and data analysis experience. Experience with managing undergraduate researchers, large datasets (e.g., sensors) or working as part of a collaborative team are a plus.

Students are encouraged to develop their ideas for their Ph.D. research independent from on-going projects or in conjunction with currently funded work in the lab. Possible projects for which there is current or likely potential graduate funding include: 1) the relatively new NSF-EPSCOR project focused on understanding the microbiomes of linked plant, soil and aquatic ecosystems across Kansas, 2) an emerging project focused on biogeochemical controls of P cycling and links to Harmful Algal Blooms in KS lakes, and 3) the fate and transport of nitrogen in small streams and big rivers.

Students will apply through KU’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Students will be funded on a combination of grants and teaching support; EEB provides 10 semesters of support on admission to the department. Tuition and travel support are also generally available to admitted EEB students. Answers to frequently asked questions about financial support, requirements and life in Lawrence can be found here. Lawrence consistently ranks as a top college town due to the combination of great arts and entertainment options, eclectic small-town shopping and excellent dining.

Prior to applying, please contact Amy Burgin () with your C.V. and a brief note on your interests in getting a graduate degree (more details here). Details on how to apply to the department are here. The completed application includes: the university form, C.V., Graduate Interest Statement, 3 Letters of Recommendation, GRE scores and proof of English proficiency (for non-native speakers). The deadline for applications is 1 December 2018.


KENTUCKY

Please check back for future positions.


LOUISIANA

Research Assistantships at LSU - School of Renewable Natural Resources - Fall 2019 (Posted 11/5/18)

The School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU is accepting applications for graduate study leading to either a Master’s or Ph.D. until February 14, 2019. The assistantship(s) are competitive bases on GRE scores, GPA, and a statement of research objectives. The award provides for a generous assistantship,  waivers for fees and tuition, research support, and travel to one or more scientific meetings depending on degree program.

Gilbert Foundation Research Assistantships

School of Renewable Natural Resources

Louisiana State University

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

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

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

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

For more information about graduate studies in the School of Renewable Natural Resources you are encouraged to visit the School’s web page and the Graduate School web page. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest summarizing your credential that includes a statement of possible research interest commensurate with level of graduate study. Also include names and email address for at least two references and copies of academic transcripts. The committee will meet February 15, 2019 to evaluate applicants. Awardees will then apply for admission for the Fall 2019 semester with a separate application to the Graduate School.

Send application materials via email or United States Postal Service to

Dr. Thomas Dean, Professor and Gilbert Committee Chair, 227 Renewable Natural Resources Building, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, (225) 578-4216

M.S. graduate assistantship - Forest responses to increasing drought - Louisiana Tech University (Posted 11/1/18)

Louisiana Tech University School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry is seeking highly-motivated M.S. student to work in the Forest Silviculture and Genetics Lab. The candidate will earn a Master of Science in Biology from the School of Biological Sciences, have the title of Graduate Research Assistant and have a stipend after tuition of $15,000 per year for two years. A target class enrollment will be Spring quarter (March 11) 2019, though funds may be available for temporary worker status before that academic start time.

Project details: The student will be involved in a USDA-funded project involving the impacts loblolly pine family selection and thinning may have on drought stress resilience. The project will involve field and wet lab work as well as advanced computer work for data analysis. This project is in collaboration with Louisiana State University and the Forest Service and will involve frequent interaction with their employees and students.

Qualifications: Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in forestry, ecology, natural resources management, or related fields, and a minimum 2.7 GPA (or 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours) is required. Interested applicants should submit official scores for the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Individuals need to be self-starters, able to work outdoors during inclement conditions, and have a valid driver’s license.

Applications: Start date for this assistantship is March 2019. A start date prior to enrollment is encouraged for January. For additional information or to apply, please contact: Dr. Joshua Adams, Louisiana Tech University, School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry, 1501 Reese Dr., Ruston, LA 71272. E-mail: (phone 318-257-4457). Applications should include a (1) 1-2 page cover letter, (2) undergraduate transcript, (3) CV or resume, and (4) copies of GRE scores. 


MAINE

Research Intern - Temp - Seasonal (Posted 12/7/18)
Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership
Penobscot Bay, ME
For more information, go here.

PhD Opportunity for Candidates from Developing Countries - Spatial Ecology and Wildlife Conservation (Posted 12/5/18)

Spatial ecology and wildlife conservation: The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine has a Dirigo Conservation Science Fellowship opportunity for a PhD student with strong quantitative skills to undertake research at the interface of spatial ecology and wildlife conservation. One topic would involve examining how tree distribution and seed productivity influence space use and population dynamics of small mammals. Analyses would be conducted on a unique 35-year dataset focused on small mammals, trees, and seed abundance collected in the Holt forest . Other potential opportunities could include the influence of habitat fragmentation (e.g., subdivision by roads) on the distribution of vertebrates in Maine forests. The ideal candidate would have strong quantitative skills and experience with working with R software. Experience with GIS software would be an advantage. The competition is restricted to candidates from developing countries (see a list) who have substantial stipend support from another source, such as a Fulbright Scholarship or similar fellowship. Dirigo Fellowship support would include tuition and insurance, $1000 per year for professional development (e.g., attending conferences), up to $5000 per year for research expenses, and a stipend ($22,000), for one or two years beyond the period of existing support (up to four years total).

The PhD student will be co-supervised by Dr. Alessio Mortelliti and Dr. Malcolm Hunter. Expected start of work: September 2019. If you are interested please send: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) a personal statement describing research and career goals, 3) an unofficial transcript (undergraduate and/or MS), and 4) GRE (if available) and TOEFL scores, to Dr. Mortelliti (). Application materials should be combined in one unique pdf file. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 21st.

Quantitative Research Technician (Posted 11/26/18)
Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) 
Portland, ME
Apply by December 14, 2018
For more information, go here. 


MARYLAND

PhD position - agroecology and biogeochemistry (Posted 11/29/18)

Seeking a motivated PhD student to start in the summer of 2019 (course work to start in Fall of 2019) in the AgroEcoLab at the University of Maryland (Dept. of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture). Research will focus on the effects of saltwater intrusion on nutrient release and plant productivity on coastal farmlands, but the student will be part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional team examining the best solutions for farmers affected by coastal sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Students will have the opportunity to conduct field and laboratory studies, developing their knowledge of biogeochemistry, soil science, plant community ecology, agronomy, and sustainability science. My lab takes a systems approach to evaluating agricultural sustainability and works closely with farmers to determine how best the scientific community can meet the needs of practitioners. Applicants must, therefore, possess integrity, enthusiasm, creativity, and effective communication in a collaborative setting.

The applicant should substantial research in the areas of agroecology, wetland ecology, soil science, environmental science, agronomy, or a related field. Applicants should have at least two years of field and laboratory experience. Preference will be given to those with experience running atomic absorption spectrometers, flow injection colorimeters, ion chromatographs, gas chromatographs, and other wet chemistry analytical instrumentation.

The AgroEcoLab at the University of Maryland is directed by Dr. Kate Tully. Our research examines how to balance food and environmental objectives in a changing world. The specific project will test the effect of saltwater intrusion, the landward movement of sea salts, on crop productivity, water quality, and metrics of soil health. Our objectives are to develop management strategies and policy frameworks that can balance farmer needs and environmental health on coastal farms that are losing land to saltwater intrusion. Learn more about our lab on the web at: www.agroecolab.org

To apply, please send me an email () with your CV, GRE scores, three references, and a brief narrative of your past experience and interest in the program. All applicants must also apply online to the UMD Graduate School and indicate interest in my lab. This position is a fully-funded (competitive graduate stipends, full benefits, and tuition remission) through a 5-year USDA grant.

Backbone Farm Internships - 2019 Growing Season (Posted 11/15/18)
Backbone Food Farm
Oakland, MD
More information is available here.

PhD assistantship – the effects of sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion on coastal agroecosystems (Posted 10/22/18)

Seeking a motivated PhD student to start in the summer of 2019 (course work to start in Fall of 2019) in the AgroEcoLab at the University of Maryland (Dept. of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture). Research will focus on the effects of saltwater intrusion on nutrient release and plant productivity on coastal farmlands, but the student will be part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional team examining the best solutions for farmers affected by coastal sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Students will have the opportunity to conduct field and laboratory studies, developing their knowledge of biogeochemistry, soil science, plant community ecology, agronomy, and sustainability science. My lab takes a systems approach to evaluating agricultural sustainability and works closely with farmers to determine how best the scientific community can meet the needs of practitioners.

Applicants must, therefore, possess integrity, enthusiasm, creativity, and effective communication in a collaborative setting.

The applicant should have an M.S. degree or substantial undergraduate research in the areas of agroecology, wetland ecology, soil science, environmental science, agronomy, or a related field. Applicants should have at least two years of field and laboratory experience. Preference will be given to those with experience running atomic absorption spectrometers, flow injection colorimeters, ion chromatographs, gas chromatographs, and other wet chemistry analytical instrumentation.

The AgroEcoLab at the University of Maryland is directed by Dr. Kate Tully. Our research examines how to balance food and environmental objectives in a changing world. The specific project will test the effect of saltwater intrusion, the landward movement of sea salts, on crop productivity, water quality, and metrics of soil health. Our objectives are to develop management strategies and policy frameworks that can balance farmer needs and environmental health on coastal farms that are losing land to saltwater intrusion.
Learn more about their lab on the web here.

To apply, please send me an email () with your CV, GRE scores, three references, and a brief narrative of your past experience and interest in the program. All applicants must also apply online to the UMD Graduate School and indicate interest in my lab. This position is a fully-funded (competitive graduate stipends, full benefits, and tuition remission) through a 5-year USDA grant.

MS Assistantship: Arctic Ecolog (Posted 10/4/18)

A research assistantship for a masters student is available beginning Fall 2019 working with Laura Gough at Towson University. The student will be supported by an NSF-funded project in collaboration with faculty at Columbia University, University of New Hampshire, University of Texas-El Paso, and the Marine Biological Laboratory. Summer research based at Toolik Field Station, Barrow, and Nome in northern Alaska is examining how small mammals (voles and lemmings) affect tundra carbon and nutrient cycling through a combination of field manipulations of mammal densities; plant, soil, mammal, and gas exchange measurements; and modeling. This MS student will oversee data collection based at Toolik Field Station for the larger project while developing her/his own thesis project in conjunction with our research questions.

Students should be familiar with ecological research through coursework and field-based research experiences. Candidates must be able to accomplish physically demanding fieldwork under difficult conditions (cold, rain, mosquitoes….). The student would ideally spend some of summer 2019 in the field in Alaska and then start the MS program in Maryland in the fall. Students may enroll in the MS program in Biology or Environmental Science depending on their interests.

Interested students should send a c.v. and short statement of research interests, goals and related experiences to Matt Suchocki ( ). Questions can be addressed to Matt (current MS student on this project) or Laura (more info can be found here). 


MASSACHUSETTS

Postdoctoral Researcher in Wetland Biogeochemistry and Restoration Ecology (Posted 11/16/18)
Ballantine Lab
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA
Job #780
Review of applications will begin November 30, 2018
More information is available here

Ph.D. Positions in Earth System Science (Posted 11/5/18)

Applications are invited for Ph.D. assistantships within the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. Assistantships cover tuition, provide an annual stipend, and include eligibility for a competitive fellowship. Clark's Earth System Science program features expertise in terrestrial ecosystems and global change, hydrology, forest ecology, polar science, terrestrial and marine biogeochemistry, disturbance and landscape ecology, GIScience, and remote sensing.

All accepted Ph.D. applicants receive guaranteed TA/RA stipends. The Graduate School of Geography at Clark University is internationally renowned for innovative scholarships and is an acknowledged leader in the field.Consistently ranked as one of the top-ten graduate programs by the National Research Council, Clark Geography enables graduate students to train with top professionals and participate in a world-class research community. Students are guaranteed tuition remission and Graduate Assistantships for a minimum of four years, fostering a tight-knit, supportive intellectual community. Having awarded more Ph.D.s than any other geography program in the U.S., Clark Geography has a reputation for training future leaders in the field.

For complete details see our website (www.clarku.edu/departments/geography), or contact Rachel Levitt, , 508-793-7282. Applicants are also encouraged to communicate with prospective advisors (www.clarku.edu/departments/geography/faculty.cfm). To apply go here.

Research Associate Intern (Posted 10/18/18)
Earthwatch
Boston, MA
For more information, go here

Assistant Professor - Global Change Biology (Posted 10/1/18)
Boston University
Department of Biology
For more information, go here
 


MICHIGAN

Postdoctoral position: Impacts of Socio-Ecological Adaptation to Global Change on Forest Ecosystems  (Posted 11/26/18)
School for Environment and Sustainability
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
For more information, go here 

Research/Funding Opportunities for 2019 at Huron Mountain Field Station, northern Michigan (Posted 11/1/18)

The Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation invites proposals for field-based research, in all areas of natural science, focused on the landscape and ecosystems of the Lake Superior basin, particularly the Huron Mountains of northern MI.

The Foundation offers small GRANTS and provides housing and facilities free of charge at the Ives Lake Field Station near Big Bay, MI.

HMWF provides exclusive research access to a large (ca 10,000 ha), ecologically diverse, private natural area in the Huron Mountains of northern Marquette Co, MI. The area includes extensive old-growth forests, diverse aquatic systems, and a variety of other habitats.

Particular priority for grants goes to: 'seed' projects that might lead to successful proposals to major funding agencies; long-term studies; projects that make use of the ‘reference ecosystem’ values of the study area.

HMWF also supports biodiversity/taxonomic documentation and is particularly interested in projects addressing poorly studied groups in its extremely diverse research area (see website, below, for current biodiversity inventory).

The Foundation’s website, provides information about past and present research projects. Go to the ‘for researchers’ tab for guidelines for research proposals.

Proposals for the 2019 field season should be submitted by 1 Feb, 2019; this deadline is strict if funding is requested.

For further information, contact Kerry Woods, Director of Research at

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Hydrological Modeling of the Great Lakes Basin  (Posted 10/22/18)
University of Michigan Cooperative Institute of Great Lakes Research
Applications are due by December 15, 2018. 
For more information, go here.

MS Assistantship- Quantitative Fisheries Center, Michigan State University (Posted 10/18/18)

M.S. Assistantship – the Effects of Climate Change on Control of Sea Lamprey in the Great Lakes
Agency/location: Quantitative Fisheries Center, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

Seek an M.S. student, beginning in January 2019, to use modeling techniques (e.g., Bayesian belief networks, hierarchical modeling) to predict the cumulative effects of climate change and related uncertainties on control actions for invasive sea lamprey in the Great Lakes region. This project will incorporate environmental factors and management actions across multiple life stages to understand how climate change will influence managers’ ability to control this species, potentially among watersheds within the basin. The student will work with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, ecologists, biologists, managers, and sea lamprey control experts to gather and analyze relevant data, and will present results to various lake committees and relevant management agencies.

Qualifications: B.S. in fisheries, environmental science, or a related field. Interest in fish ecology / population dynamics and natural resources management problems. Strongest applicants will have high GPA / GRE scores, a record of peer-reviewed publications, strong networking and social skills, and interest / experience in working with managers and stakeholders.

Salary: $22,500 per year with tuition waiver. Closing date: Until filled

Contact: Submit CV (including GPA and GRE scores) and a letter of application detailing background, accomplishments, skills, and career aspirations to Dr. Kelly Robinson ().

PhD Graduate Assistantship in Large River Unionid Ecology @ Central Michigan University (Posted 10/9/18)

A PhD assistantship are available under the supervision of Dr. Dave Zanatta and Dr. Daelyn Woolnough in the Institute for Great Lakes Research and Department of Biology at Central Michigan University (CMU). The projects that the student will be involved with are funded by the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and is a collaboration between CMU, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, and the US Geological Survey. The student will be instrumental in designing and helping to implement (with other CMU students and collaborators from DFO Canada, Michigan DNR, and USGS) large-scale surveys for native freshwater mussels in the Detroit River (in summer 2019) and St. Clair River (summer 2020). The student will also be responsible for developing, implementing, and testing habitat models for native mussels in these large river systems.

A full stipend (grant- and university-funded Research and Teaching Assistantships) and tuition waiver for at least 4 years will be provided. Salary: ~$26,000/yr + tuition waiver.

Start dates: January, May (preferred) or August 2019

More information about the PhD program in Earth and Ecosystem Science at CMU is available here.

Qualifications for PhD Student:
Required: BS in Biology or related field; previous research experience in aquatic ecology; strong background in ecological statistics; background/experience in GIS; valid driver’s license; valid passport and ability to travel to Canada; strong swimmer and comfortable in the water/snorkeling; strong writing and oral communication skills; interest in pursuing a career in academia or research; GPA >3.0; GRE scores >50th percentile. Preferred: MS in Biology or related field; research experience with freshwater mussels (unionids); evidence of experience in ecological/habitat/GIS modeling; SCUBA certified and some dive experience; valid recreational boating license and experience piloting and trailering boats; track record in publications and/or conference presentations; GPA >3.3; GRE scores >60th percentile.

Before applying the EES PhD program, please email a single PDF document to BOTH Dr. Woolnough () AND Dr. Zanatta () that contains: (1) a letter of interest describing your qualifications, experience and background, (2) your CV, (3) GRE scores, (4) GPA and unofficial transcripts, and (5) contact information for 3 academic/research references. Feel free to contact them for more information about the programs, our research, and more specifics about the project.

Assistant Research Scientist in the ‘Omics Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Posted 10/9/18)

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) seeks applications for a full-time Assistant Research Scientist with expertise in genomics, proteomics, or metabolomics. We seek the best scholar in systems biology who integrates advanced ‘omics techniques to improve the management of aquatic ecosystems. Examples of areas that might be of interest include, but are not limited to, the use of eDNA to track and study rare or invasive species, use of functional genomics to understand the triggers of toxin production in harmful algal blooms, use of metabolomics to understand the mechanistic consequences of coastal hypoxia on benthic communities, or use of proteomics to predict the effects of climate change on Great Lakes fisheries.

The successful candidate will be appointed in the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, and will join a team of five CIGLR Research Scientists and 37 research support staff who are housed at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) in Ann Arbor. CIGLR Research Scientists work with government PIs from NOAA on projects that contribute to sustainable management of the Great Lakes.

In addition to interactions with NOAA-GLERL, CIGLR Research Scientists are part of the faculty body of SEAS, where they have access to additional research facilities and resources such as the large M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs.

The University of Michigan is consistently ranked among the top American public research universities, and Ann Arbor is routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. due to its affordability, natural beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown. This position represents a great opportunity for those focused on aquatic research and management to join a premiere academic institution.

Qualifications. The position requires Ph.D. in a relevant field of the biological sciences, a strong record of scholarly publication, and activities demonstrating a trajectory towards national recognition as an expert in the field. Importantly, we seek candidates who have a demonstrated history of working on multi-disciplinary teams to solve real-world problems in the sustainability of aquatic ecosystems.
Therefore, candidates must show evidence of collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to develop implementable solutions to sustainability challenges.

Compensation. The position offers a highly competitive salary and full benefits at the University of Michigan. The position comes with a guarantee of full-funding for the initial appointment of three years.

After three years, CIGLR Research Scientists are expected to support 90% of their salaries from grants. CIGLR Research Scientists routinely receive grant support from collaborative projects with NOAA GLERL, successfully securing their salaries by leading both non-competitive and competitive grants after the initial three year period.

To apply. Applicants should collate the following items into a single PDF: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement, (4) contact information for three references, and (5) two representative publications. The PDF application should be emailed by January 15, 2018 to:

Bradley Cardinale, Professor and Director Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research School for Environment and Sustainability University of Michigan, Email:

The University of Michigan is a Non-Discriminatory/ Affirmative Action Employer. Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.


MINNESOTA

2 PhD Students at U of MN - Forest Ecology & Soils (Posted 11/13/18)

The University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources is seeking two PhD students to participate in an interdisciplinary research project examining peatland forests in northern Minnesota with focus on either 1) stand dynamics and successional direction, or 2) hydrology and soils.

The students will work with investigators in the Department of Forest Resources, the Natural Resource Research Institute, and multiple natural resource management agencies (state, counties, federal, private, and non-profit), to holistically evaluate peatland forest communities across a chronosequence following harvesting. The research will involve summer fieldwork at project sites in northern Minnesota, and will utilize field and lab experimental approaches. The students will be responsible for conducting field and lab work in support of project goals, analyzing data, and preparing peer-reviewed publications.

The start date is somewhat flexible, but preferably the students will begin field work in early summer 2019 with classes beginning the following fall at UMN Twin Cities. Three years of guaranteed funding are available to cover stipend (~ $21,000 annually), tuition waiver, and health insurance with additional support likely from teaching and research assistantships.

Qualifications: Stand dynamics and succession topic: B.Sc. and M.Sc. with emphasis in forestry, forest management, forest ecology, silviculture or other relevant fields. Knowledge of basic forest inventory methods and plant identification of regional flora is desired. Hydrology and soils topic: B.Sc. and M.Sc. with emphasis in forest soils, ecohydrology, forest management, or other relevant fields. Knowledge of soil sampling and analysis, forest hydrology measurements, and data analysis are required; skills in deterministic- and process-based modelling are desired. Both applicants must be able to work independently in both lab and field settings, but also interact cooperatively with other researchers and graduate students associated with the Department. Applicants should have a strong work and leadership ethic, and demonstrated writing / quantitative capabilities. For additional information on the lab, go here

Interested candidates should submit their CV, undergraduate transcripts and GRE scores, and a cover letter that includes a statement of which broad topic area you are interested in. Deadline for receiving applications is December 10, 2018.

For more information please contact either:
Dr. Marcella Windmuller-Campione (, 612-624-3699) Dr. Rob Slesak (, 651-603-6756)

Restoration Monitoring Globe Intern  (Posted 11/7/18)
The Nature Conservancy
Glyndon, MN
Job ID: 46988
Apply byJanuary 11, 2019
For more information, go here.


MISSISSIPPI 

PhD Position Available to Study Stand Dynamics, Forest Restoration, and Fire Ecology of Upland Oak and/or Pine Forests (Posted 11/26/18)

A PhD position is available in the Forest and Fire Ecology Lab at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS) to study stand dynamics, fire ecology, and forest restoration of upland oak and/or pine forests. The student’s research will examine how changes in forest composition and structure as a consequence of changing fire regimes and/or herbivory impact regeneration of desired species and the potential outcomes for forest restoration at a variety of sites, including Spirit Hill Farm and Holly Springs National Forest in northern Mississippi and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in western Kentucky. The student will interact with faculty in the Departments of Forestry and Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture, private landowners, and state/federal agency personnel. The student will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) in the Department of Forestry. In addition to developing and executing dissertation research, the student will be expected to (1) act as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in Dendrology and/or Ecology during several semesters, (2) assist other collaborating researchers with their projects, and (3) contribute to departmental, college, and university service. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in forestry, ecology, biology, or a related field; preference will be given to applicants with a M.S. degree in one of these fields and/or those with a publication record. Prior experience in fieldwork related to forest ecology, silviculture, and/or wildlife habitat management is required. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for research, strong analytical and oral and written scientific communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and as a team. Applicants must be capable of working long hours outdoors exposed to harsh weather, biting insects, and thorny vegetation. If interested, please email to Dr. Heather Alexander () (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research, qualifications, and applicable background experience; (2) a resume/CV; (3) unofficial transcripts; and (4) contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Details on the full application process to the MSU Graduate School can be found here. Financial support is guaranteed for at least three years, starting in August 2019, and includes a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Associate (Posted 10/9/18)
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture
Mississippi State University
Starkville, MS
Job No.: 497830
For more information, go here.


MISSOURI

Graduate Research Opportunities in Water Studies and Sustainability (Posted 11/29/18)

Research group at the University of Missouri is seeking 1-3 motivated students to pursue MS/PhD studies in water and natural resources management. Students can enroll at either the College of Engineering (at Bioengineering) or the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (at the School of Natural Resources).

Expected start dates are spring or fall of 2019. The successful candidates will have opportunities to pursue independent research in one or more of the following research projects:

1) Developing, testing, and validating watershed-scale hydrological and biogeochemical cycling models for the Mississippi-Missouri River Basin to evaluate the spatiotemporal variability, impacts of land management, and weather/climate on water, suspended solids, nitrogen, and phosphorus fluxes.
2) Developing watershed-scale hydrological models to evaluate the efficacy of conservation practices to reduce suspended solids, fertilizer and pesticide runoff from point-, and diffuse-pollution sources in Missouri watersheds.
3) Evaluating the impacts of wetland flooding on water table dynamics at Big Oak Tree State Park in southeast Missouri. Research activities include field measurements, monitoring, and simulation modeling.
4) Measurement, estimation and validation of actual evapotranspiration (ET) in agricultural landscapes in central Missouri. Research activities include a) Setting up large aperture scintillometers (LAS) and measuring surface fluxes over agricultural landscapes, b) Developing/validating evapotranspiration algorithms using LAS fluxes, and c) Validating ET estimates from simulation models and remotely-sensed data.
5) Evaluating deficit irrigation methods to improve water management in smallholder rainfed agriculture. Research activities include setting up and monitoring smallholder agricultural plots at the University of Missouri Agricultural Experimental Station in Columbia, MO. Opportunities to collaborate with researchers in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo are included.

Successful applicants are expected to conduct high-quality research, present research findings at conferences, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and assist in teaching. A competitive stipend, full tuition waiver, and health benefits will be provided to qualified candidates.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of students and faculty at the University of Missouri’s Department of Bioengineering and the School of Natural Resources. Students will also have multiple opportunities for collaborative research with scientists at USDA-ARS Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Group, USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center, Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the MU Informatics Institute.

Qualifications:
A BS and/or MS degree in a science or engineering discipline (e.g. Agricultural, Biological, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics, Physics or related field). Strong writing, quantitative, and analytical skills are essential. Successful candidates will be creative, motivated, and capable of working independently as well as collaboratively.

Application Instructions:
Please email Noel Aloysius (): 1) A letter of interest that briefly describes educational and research background, as well as research interests/goals (2-3 pages); 2) A curriculum vitae that also includes GRE and, if applicable, TOEFL/IELTS scores; 3) Unofficial copies of transcripts; and 4) Contact information of three professional references (referees will not be contacted initially). Please write “Graduate Research Position” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately.


MONTANA

Conservation Intern (Posted 12/7/18)
Montana Conservation Corps
Location: MT and neighboring states
Apply by February 17, 2019
For more information, go here.

Postdoc in Pollination Ecology (Posted 11/21/18)

The USDA Agricultural Research Service is advertising for a Research Associate (Postdoc) Ecologist, Entomologist or Botanist to perform research and provide expertise in pollination ecology and habitat management approaches that promote pollinator resources. The position is at the USDA ARS Pest Management Research Unit, Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory, Sidney MT. The mission of the laboratory is to develop and implement ecologically based strategies, technologies, and products for the sustainable management of insects, pests, and weeds in crops and rangeland. Emphasis is on biological and cultural management strategies that enhance profitability and environmental quality. Our location houses a team of highly collaborative scientists and support staff working in the fields of ecology, botany, entomology, insect pathology and agronomy. The position is advertised at the GS-11 level (starting at $61,218/yr), is for one year, and can be extended to 4 years, and is open to all U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents seeking U.S. Citizenship. Major duties include: 1) Plans and conducts pollinator research, individually and as part of a team, in the field and laboratory, 2) Provides expertise in habitat management approaches that promote pollinator resources while limiting weed invasion and spread, 3) Develops methods to restore and improve low agricultural-input plant communities to provide high quality pollinator habitat, 4) Prepares written work products based on research to be reviewed and published in professional articles. Please send C.V. and cover letter to John Gaskin (). They will start to evaluate applicants on Nov. 30, 2018, and continue accepting applications until the position is filled. If no PhD yet, please indicate estimated PhD completion date.

PhD Opportunity: River Ecosystem Ecology, Valett Lab; Div. of Biol. Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula (Posted 11/1/18)

The Valett Aquatic Ecosystem Laboratory at the University of Montana, Missoula, is accepting application from students interested in pursuing a PhD in Ecosystem Ecology through the Division of Biological Sciences. A recently funded 5-yr NSF EPSCoR grant will support collaborative sciences addressing water quality issues through the Montana Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems (MT CREWS). Support of 3-5 years is available for a dedicated student interested in addressing river energetics and the interaction among metals contaminants and nutrient enrichment. Student research will be part the state-wide CREWS programwith opportunity to bridge molecular, engineering, and ecological sciences. Support is available as soon as May 2018 and applications will be accepted until February 28, 2019. Interested students should provide: 1) a letter of intent, 2) updated CV, and 3) one letter of support to Dr. H. Maurice Valett via the following contact information:

H. Maurice Valett, HS 104, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812;
Co-Director, Montana Institute on Ecosystems
Professor of Systems Ecology
Division of Biological Sciences, HS 513A
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812

406-243-6058

Graduate Student Opportunity in Tropical Ecosytem Ecology and Biogeochemistry (Posted 10/9/18)
University of Montana
Missoula, MT
For more information, go here
 


NEBRASKA

Two Postdoctoral Research Positions in Plant-Soil-Microbial Interactions (Posted 11/2/18) 

Two 2-year postdoctoral research positions are available in the Weber and Russo laboratories at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. These positions will integrate with the Center for Root and Rhizobiome Interactions on a multi-PI NSF-funded project investigating interactions of maize and other grasses with the root-associated microbiome. 

The project aims to link variation in the composition and function of the rhizobiome to plant root exudate production and plant traits using stable isotope probing and next-generation –omics approaches, including amplicon and shotgun metagenomic sequencing. The postdocs will work collaboratively with each other, as well as other members of the Weber and Russo laboratories and the CRRI team on field, greenhouse, and lab-based research. The postdoctoral fellows will also have the opportunity to develop independent projects, and the positions offer competitive salary, benefits, and training opportunities. We are looking for creative, independent scientists with a demonstrated track record of scientific publication. 

Weber Lab Position: The position in the Weber lab focuses on direct identification of microbial taxa and microbial metabolic pathways utilizing plant-root exudates through culture-independent techniques. Opportunities to utilize similar techniques in other systems are available, as are the application of culture-dependent approaches through a DOE funded project. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in the following or related areas: microbial ecology and biology, molecular biology, biogeochemistry integrating –omics approaches, and/or computational biology. 

Russo Lab Position: The position in the Russo lab emphasizes the plant-related aspects of the project, including investigating the consequences of different plant carbon-allocation strategies and how plant-soil feedbacks affect plant phenotype and performance. Members of the Russo lab work broadly in plant ecology, linking ecophysiology and plant biotic interactions with demography and patterns of diversity and distributions. Qualified candidates will have a PhD with expertise in analysis of –omics data, molecular biology, ecology, and/or plant biology and physiology. 

The Weber and Russo laboratories are housed in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska. UNL has excellent research facilities and an interactive community of microbiologists, plant biologists, and genomics researchers. Lincoln, NE, is a vibrant and safe city of over 300,000 people that is consistently rated highly in national surveys in terms of quality of life and career development. 

Interested candidates should apply for one of the positions by sending a single PDF document with a cover letter detailing research interests and experience and a CV listing the names and contact information of three references to either Dr. Karrie A. Weber () or Dr. Sabrina E. Russo (), as appropriate, with the subject line “Rhizobiome Postdoctoral Position”. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are identified. 

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See here. 

University of Nebraska - Lincoln-  2-year postdoctoral position in the Population Biology Program of Excellence. (Posted 11/1/18)

The goal of the Population Biology-POE Postdoctoral Fellowship is to stimulate synergistic interactions between faculty and postdoctoral scholars broadly interested in the area of Population Biology. We are seeking applicants who have recently completed, or will soon complete, their PhD and who conduct cutting edge research related to faculty research areas in the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) section in the School of Biological Sciences.  POE postdoctoral fellows pursue a research program under the sponsorship of an EEB faculty member and are expected to enhance graduate education, serve as a model for graduate students in career development, and promote interactions among faculty at UNL. While in residence, the postdoctoral fellow is expected to lead a seminar, symposium or outreach project that will appeal to Population Biologists across campus.  

Interested candidates should submit a CV, a 1-page description of previous or current research and a 2-3 page description of proposed research, and arrange for two recommendation letters from non-UNL faculty and one recommendation letter from the UNL faculty sponsor (a total of 3 letters) to be emailed to the address below. The research proposal should be developed in collaboration with the proposed faculty sponsor. The successful applicant must have completed their degree by the start date. Priority will be given to applicants who are new to UNL. Research descriptions for past and current POE postdoctoral fellows can be viewed here. 

EEB faculty at UNL are highly integrative and collaborative, using a wide array of approaches and study systems to study a diverse set of biological questions, from the molecular determinants of adaptation and speciation to multimodal animal communication to the community ecology of extinct mammals to the ecology and evolution of infectious disease. Lincoln is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in America, with a low cost of living, over 130 miles of bike trails throughout the city, and a vibrant restaurant and music scene. 

Application materials should be emailed to: Dr. Clay Cressler at:  . The subject line should read “Population Biology Post-doc application”. Applications should be received by December 14, 2018. The expected salary will be $45,000 per year. We anticipate notifying the successful applicant by January 31, 2019, with a starting date of September 1 or later in 2019. We strongly encourage applications from women and members of minority groups. The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. We assure responsible accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


NEVADA

Masters/PhD in Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing at the University of Nevada, Reno (Posted 11/29/18)

Dr. Jonathan Greenberg and the Global Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing (GEARS) Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno are now inviting applications for Doctoral or Master’s work that will start in Fall of 2019 for students interested in the following topics:

Remote Sensing Science: Students should be interested in developing advanced remote sensing algorithms, particularly those that leverage high performance computing and machine learning algorithms. GEARS is interested in the following general topics:
- Computer vision techniques applied to high spatial resolution LiDAR and optical remote sensing imagery including data collected from airborne and terrestrial laser scanners, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles.
- Change detection and time series analysis of multitemporal remote sensing image datasets, particularly as it applies to multitemporal LiDAR, hyperspatial optical, and “hypertemporal” datasets such as Landsat and MODIS.

Previous programming experience and a background in remote sensing, GIS, and/or computer vision is highly recommended.

Landscape Level Plant-Climate Interactions: Students should be interested in applying remote sensing, GIS, and modeling to the following questions at local to global scales:
- How do plants respond to their climate at regional to global scales scales?
- What will be the future state of vegetated ecosystems under climate change?
- How do non-climate factors such as natural and anthropogenic disturbance impact the past, present, and future distribution of plants?

A degree or background in biogeography, environmental science, ecology, and/or biology is encouraged for applicants, as well as previous experience in remote sensing and GIS and/or ecosystem modeling.

Prospective graduate students will be expected to develop their own research goals, and should have curiosity, motivation, and independence. Prospective students should email a short summary of their research interests as well as a CV to Dr. Greenberg before applying to the program. Funding will be available from a variety of sources, including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.

Prospective PhD students should apply to the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program (http://www.unr.edu/eecb) and prospective Master’s students should apply to the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program

Post-doctoral Research Associate: Silviculture for Climate Change (Posted 11/7/18) 

The Bisbing Forest Ecology & Silviculture Lab in the Natural Resources & Environmental Science (NRES) Department at the University of Nevada – Reno (UNR) is seeking a forest ecologist, with interest and expertise in silviculture and forest management, to support a Sierra Nevada-wide silviculture for climate change study. This project aims to implement and assess the effectiveness of treatments designed to promote resistance, resilience, and adaptation to climate change and altered disturbance regimes. Treatments will be replicated across five Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forests and include common garden experiments to evaluate both species- and population-level responses to climate variability and local conditions, testing ecological theory and supporting forest management decisions. The post-doctoral research associate will be part of the Bisbing Lab at UNR but work in close collaboration with researchers and managers from the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, University of California (UC) – Berkeley, UC Cooperative Extension unit, and USDA Pacific Southwest Research Station. Responsibilities will largely pertain to the project, but opportunities exist for teaching, mentoring, and/or guest lecturing in the NRES Department.

The successful candidate will have:
• a PhD in forest ecology, forestry, ecology, or related field by starting date.
• research experience in forest ecology and silviculture.
• strong quantitative skills and be highly competent in R and ArcGIS. Past use of Access databases and Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) preferred but not required.
• Interest and ability to work collaboratively with forest managers and a large network of researchers. Networking and people skills essential. 

Salary commensurate with experience. Starting date as early as January 2019. Funding is available for three years, subject to review after year one. 

A land grant university, UNR is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a high research, comprehensive doctoral university, and as “among the best national universities” by US News and World Report. Reno is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe and was recently rated one of the best small cities in the US for outdoor recreation and overall quality of life. 

Applicants should compile a single pdf file to including a CV, cover letter, representative publications, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. 

Masters/PhD in Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing at the University of Nevada, Reno (Posted 11/1/18)

Dr. Jonathan Greenberg and the Global Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing (GEARS) Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno are now inviting applications for Doctoral or Master’s work that will start in Winter or Fall of 2019 for students interested in the following topics:

Remote Sensing Science: Students should be interested in developing advanced remote sensing algorithms, particularly those that leverage high performance computing and machine learning algorithms. GEARS is interested in the following general topics:

  • Computer vision techniques applied to high spatial resolution
  • LiDAR and optical remote sensing imagery including data collected from airborne and terrestrial laser scanners, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • Change detection and time series analysis of multitemporal remote sensing image datasets, particularly as it applies to multitemporal LiDAR, hyperspatial optical, and “hypertemporal” datasets such as Landsat and MODIS.
  • Previous programming experience and a background in remote sensing, GIS, and/or computer vision is highly recommended.

Landscape Level Plant-Climate Interactions: Students should be interested in applying remote sensing, GIS, and modeling to the following questions at local to global scales:

  • How do plants respond to their climate at regional to global scales scales?
  • What will be the future state of vegetated ecosystems under climate change?
  • How do non-climate factors such as natural and anthropogenic disturbance impact the past, present, and future distribution of plants?
  • A degree or background in biogeography, environmental science, ecology, and/or biology is encouraged for applicants, as well as previous experience in remote sensing and GIS and/or ecosystem modeling.

Prospective graduate students will be expected to develop their own research goals, and should have curiosity, motivation, and independence. Prospective students should email a short summary of their research interests as well as a CV to Dr. Greenberg before applying to the program. Funding will be available from a variety of sources, including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.

Prospective PhD students should apply to the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program (http://www.unr.edu/eecb) and prospective Master’s students should apply to the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program.


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Please check back for future postings.


NEW JERSEY

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molecular Ecology/Environmental DNA (eDNA) Analysis (Posted 10/19/18)
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
Requisition No: D-19-EEB-00003
For more information, go here

Ecology PhD and Postdoctoral Positions - Jonathan Levine's Group - Princeton Univ. (Posted 10/3/18)

Establishing a research group at Princeton University in January 2019, and aim to recruit one or two PhD students for fall 2019 (applications due 
12.01.18) and one postdoctoral scientist with a flexible 2019 start date.

The research theme is to be determined by the candidate, but he is hoping to recruit group members interested in studying ecological questions related to species coexistence, species’ invasions and migration, or community responses to climate change. His group is also increasingly interested in the role of rapid evolutionary change in mediating these processes, and the implications of population and community dynamics for carbon storage.

Applicants with empirical or theoretical backgrounds are encouraged to apply, and an interest in integrating these approaches is ideal. For those aiming to pursue field research, the location of research sites is open, but successful applicants can take advantage of ongoing projects in California annual grasslands and Swiss alpine meadows. Candidates that can form collaborative links with other faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton are strongly encouraged to apply. More information about our research group can be found on our ETH Zurich website.

Interested applicants should send an email, including a CV, to


NEW MEXICO 

Graduate Student Opportunity: Dendroecology, Global Change, Population & Community Ecology (Posted 11/26/18)

The Global Change Ecology Lab (GCEL) at New Mexico State University, led by Dr. Scott Ferrenberg, is seeking applications for graduate student positions, either MS or PhD-level, to begin in the fall of 2019.

The GCEL is a trans-disciplinary lab that utilizes both local and cross-scale experiments and observational data sets to determine drivers and consequences of plant responses to climate change and disturbances across the intermountain region of western North America. The lab’s work crosses forests, shrublands, and grasslands and ideal students will have an interest or experience in dendrochronology, population or community ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, plant-soil interaction, or macroecology. This position will be funded through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Please find further lab information and brief summaries of research activities here.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Scott Ferrenberg at to inquire further about the lab and research opportunities. Formal applications will include a letter of interest that states: 1) general research and career goals, 2) if you are interested in obtaining an M.S. or Ph.D., and 3) experience in the applicable fields/disciplines related to this position. In addition, applicants must provide a current curriculum vitae and unofficial transcripts. More information about NMSU’s Department of Biology can be found here and the graduate school here.

Graduate student opportunities in dryland ecology (Posted 10/4/18)

Graduate Research in Dryland Ecology: we are currently recruiting Graduate Research Assistants (MSc with ~2 y GRA support, or PhD with ~4 y GRA support) interested in field based ecological studies of vegetation dynamics, population and community ecology in the Chihuahuan Desert and shrub dominated systems of temperate and tropical drylands. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Jornada Basin LTER program, not far from the NMSU campus in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with potential for comparative studies in other dry grasslands, shrublands and savannas (e.g. in Africa, India, etc).  A strong background in ecology is highly desirable, and students with experience and a love for fieldwork (in sometimes hot and dry conditions) are particularly encouraged. Students must have completed a masters to be eligible for a PhD position.  Applications including a cover letter outlining experience and interests, CV, informal transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 2-3 references, should be compiled as a single PDF and emailed to


NEW YORK

PhD in Arid-land Riparian Ecology (Posted 12/4/18)
Stella Lab
Riparian and Stream Ecology
SUNY-ESF
Syracuse, NY
For more information, go here.

Summer Undergraduate Internship - Investingation Plant Growth Using Physiology and Remote Sensing (Posted 11/15/18)
Terrestrial Ecosystem Science & Technology 
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, NY
For more information, go here.

Summer Undergraduate Internship - Investingatng Plant Stress Using Physiololgy and Remote Sensing (Posted 11/15/18)
Terrestrial Ecosystem Science & Technology 

Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, NY
For more information, go here.

Internships in Botany & Forest Health - SUNY (Posted 11/13/18)

10-week undergraduate internships (June to mid-August) are available to study forest health and plant community ecology of the unique pine barrens ecosystem of Long Island in New York State. Interns will be based at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, NY, and they will have an opportunity to interact with researchers from BNL and State University of New York (SUNY-ESF) as they join research teams resurveying long-term Forest Health Monitoring plots established in 2005/2006 across Long Island. Interns will learn plant identification and field methods in monitoring forest vegetation and they will develop own research projects on various aspects of forest change (e.g., tree regeneration or mortality, understory plant communities) that will include data collection, data analysis, and reporting results. A weekly stipend and appropriate guidance and training will be provided. Free dormitory housing is available for students who live > 50 miles from BNL. Applications should be submitted ideally by December 15, 2018, via Department of Energy website, to make sure that the hard target deadline (January 10, 2019) can be met by applicants' reference letter writers. Additional information about the project, eligibility, and an online application form are here

Postdoctoral Researcher (Posted 11/9/18)
Stony Brook University
Posting No.: 1802916
Apply by December 1, 2018
For more information, go here.

Graduate Assistantship in Forest Nutrient Cycling (Posted 10/11/18)

Ruth Yanai is seeking new graduate students (MS or PhD) to participate in a large collaborative project investigating above and belowground carbon allocation, nutrient cycling, and tradeoffs involved in multiple resource allocation. The Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) project has field sites located at Hubbard Brook, Jeffers Brook, and Bartlett Experimental Forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Since 2011, thirteen stands have received full-factorial N x P treatments annually in 0.25-ha plots, with six stands treated with Ca. Research in the MELNHE project includes aboveground diameter growth, leaf production by species, foliar nutrient resorption, water use, soil respiration, soil mineralization, beech bark disease, mycorrhizae, and snail and arthropod diversity. More information on the project can be found here.

They welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in forest ecology, nutrient cycling, and uncertainty analysis. Applicants should be self-motivated, excited to work as part of a multi-investigator project, have laboratory and field experience, and be comfortable living and working in a group setting. A field crew blog from previous years is available here.

Ideally, new students join us at the start of the summer field season at the beginning of June, so as to become familiar with the field sites and our research activities before starting classes in late August.

Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching assistantships. A stipend, full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a summer position with the field crew in New Hampshire will be provided. Prospective students may apply to the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management or the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, both at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.

They appreciate communicating with students as part of the application process. Students are encouraged to review MELNHE related data and publications and supply their own ideas for research in relation to the project. Prospective students should begin that conversation by requesting the password for Ruth's project materials from Mary Hagemann at .

PhD Position in forest/urban ecology (Posted 10/1/18)

Graduate positions in forest/urban ecology and terrestrial biogeochemical cycling research are available in Andrew Reinmann’s lab in the Environmental Sciences Initiative at the Advanced Science Research Center of the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Seeking a PhD student to start Fall 2018. Funding is available through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. The lab studies carbon and nitrogen cycling in forest and urban ecosystems, encompassing topics that include forest ecology/productivity, tree physiology, land use and land cover change, and climatic controls on ecosystem carbon exchange and storage. Students would pursue a degree in either the Biology (Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior; January 1st application deadline) or the Earth and Environmental Sciences (December 15th application deadline) program at the Graduate Center, CUNY and conduct research at the CUNY’s interdisciplinary state-of-the-art research and instrumentation facility, the Advanced Science Research Center, Environmental Sciences Initiative.

Applicants should be independent and highly motivated with experience conducting academic and/or field research.

If interested, please send a letter with your research interests, experiences, and career goals, along with a CV (including GRE scores and GPA) and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Andrew Reinmann (). To learn more about my lab, please go here. Note, because of the close deadline, please contact me ASAP if you are interested.


NORTH CAROLINA 

Recruiting Graduate Students (Posted 11/29/18)

The Vance-Chalcraft lab at East Carolina University is recruiting M.S. students who are interested in community ecology, outreach, or biology education research for Fall 2019. My research interests are diverse but include areas such as predator-prey interactions in aquatic systems, the benefits of incorporating citizen science projects into courses, and how graduate teaching assistants’ self-efficacy and teaching practices are impacted by professional development experiences.

Funding is available to support students. If you are interested, please email the following information to .
- a short summary of how your interests may complement one or more of my research interests
- a c.v./resume or listing of relevant research, outreach, and/or teaching experiences
- your undergraduate institution, degree field, graduation date, and overall gpa
- your GRE scores (by category)

Please let her know if you have any questions. After they correspond, the formal university application should be submitted before January 15th.

Postdoctoral associate in plant population ecology – Duke University (Posted 11/21/18)

A multi-university, collaborative research project focusing on the metapopulation dynamics of three threatened species (a bird, a butterfly, and a plant) seeks a postdoctoral associate with research experience collecting plant demographic data in the field, and using those data to construct and analyze structured population models (e.g., projection matrix or integral projection models). Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Ecology or related fields and evidence of strong research productivity.

The postdoc will be responsible for: 1) overseeing a multi-population field demographic study of Venus flytrap plants in North Carolina (its native range), 2) using the data to identify environmental drivers of demography; 3) examining patterns of synchrony between populations; and 4) using population models to inform management.

Opportunities will be available for the postdoc to establish their own side projects related to the overall goals of larger project, as well as to collaborate on synthetic research involving all three focal species. The postdoc will also assist the lead PI (William Morris) in overseeing the larger project. A copy of original proposal describing the project can be obtained by emailing William Morris ().

Salary and benefits are commensurate with Duke University standards for postdoctoral associates. The position will last for up to three years.

Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research interests, and contact information for three people who can serve as references. Applications must be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline.org, where the Position ID is #12605. Review of applications will begin on Nov. 15. The position could begin as soon as Dec. 1, 2018, but qualified applicants who will not complete their dissertations until the end of Spring 2019 are encouraged to apply, as hiring will be delayed for exceptionally qualified candidates.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Ph.D. Position Available in Plant Lipid Biochemistry Department of Biology at East Carolina University (Posted 11/9/18)

A Ph.D. position in Plant Lipid Biochemistry beginning fall 2019 is available in the newly established Horn lab within the Department of Biology at East Carolina University (ECU). Our lab focuses on investigating the roles of lipids in plant growth & development in response to dynamic environmental conditions. Ultimately, we want to utilize this knowledge to engineer healthier plants for improved environmental and human health. Research projects in the lab include investigating 1) lipid metabolism in oilseeds of diverse plant systems, 2) the dynamic accumulation and turnover of lipids in membranes and storage organelles, and 3) the impact of climate change on oilseed traits. Prospective students must have a B.S. (or M.S.) in biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, plant molecular sciences, or in related field. Previous research experience in any of these areas is highly preferable. The qualified candidate should be proficient in communication skills and work well in a collaborative environment. Our lab is committed to building a diverse team of researchers, contributing to an area of pride for ECU and our community, and therefore strongly encourages applications and inquiries from members of groups underrepresented in economics and the natural sciences. Additional information can be found online here.

East Carolina University is the third largest campus in the University of North Carolina system with approximately 29,000 undergraduates and over 5,500 students pursuing graduate and professional degrees. The Department of Biology holds a broad set of research interests in areas including biochemistry, developmental and molecular biology, biomedicine, genomics, biodiversity, coastal ecology, evolutionary biology, and science pedagogy. The Department offers a PhD as part of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences (IDPBS). The cross-disciplinary and integrative training approach emphasized in the doctoral and master’s degree programs (> 20 Ph.D. and 70 M.S. students currently enrolled) is the future of scientific research, and faculty are committed to providing graduate students with skills to be successful in a range of careers. Students will have ample opportunity to collaborate with other disciplines in neighboring departments, including but limited to those within the Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Department as well as ECU’s Brody School of Medicine. To learn more about ECU and the city of Greenville, go here.

Interested students should send a CV/resume, short statement of research interests, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references to Dr. Patrick Horn (). Any questions can also be directed to this e-mail address. Review of applications will begin December 1. Priority admissions in the IDPBS are given to applications submitted by January 15.

Postdoctoral associate in plant population ecology – Duke University (Posted 11/2/18)

A multi-university, collaborative research project focusing on the metapopulation dynamics of three threatened species (a bird, a butterfly, and a plant) seeks a postdoctoral associate with research experience collecting plant demographic data in the field, and using those data to construct and analyze structured population models (e.g., projection matrix or integral projection models). Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Ecology or related fields and evidence of strong research productivity. 

The postdoc will be responsible for: 1) overseeing a multi-population field demographic study of Venus flytrap plants in North Carolina (its native range), 2) using the data to identify environmental drivers of demography; 3) examining patterns of synchrony between populations; and 4) using population models to inform management. 

Opportunities will be available for the postdoc to establish their own side projects related to the overall goals of larger project, as well as to collaborate on synthetic research involving all three focal species. The postdoc will also assist the lead PI (William Morris) in overseeing the larger project. A copy of original proposal describing the project can be obtained by emailing William Morris (). 

Salary and benefits are commensurate with Duke University standards for postdoctoral associates. The position will last for up to three years. 

Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research interests, and contact information for three people who can serve as references. Applications must be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline.org, where the Position ID is #12605. Review of applications will begin on Nov. 15. The position could begin as soon as Dec. 1, 2018, but qualified applicants who will not complete their dissertations until the end of Spring 2019 are encouraged to apply, as hiring will be delayed for exceptionally qualified candidates. 

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Ph.D. Assistantships in Geospatial Analytics at NC State University (Posted 10/22/18)

The cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics (go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd) at North Carolina State University’s Center for Geospatial Analytics is now accepting applications for Fall 2019 enrollment. Twelve fully funded graduate assistantships with $25,000 salary, benefits, and tuition support are available. The application deadline is February 1, 2019.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized 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 quantitative and computational backgrounds in geography, informatics, or 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 externship 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.


NORTH DAKOTA

MS Position: Evolutionary Ecological Restoration (Posted 11/29/18)

Local adaptation in restoration: scale and extent of local adaptation in native prairie species

A MS position in evolution evolutionary restoration ecology is available to adaptation to environment of native prairie plant species with Jill Hamilton at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota and Marissa Ahlering, Lead Prairie Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Identifying the appropriate seed sources for restoration efforts can be challenging, particularly for geographically isolated populations where historical isolation or contemporary fragmentation may have contributed to differentiation in adaptive traits across a species range and in the face of changing climate. In this project we will map and collect seeds for a variety of prairie plant species to be used in restoration efforts. Select seeds sourced from a range of environments will be used in an experimental setting to examine the impact varying water availability may have on plant fitness. The interaction between seed source and changing availability of water across the Great Plains; including an increased frequency of extremes may have dramatic consequences to restoration success. This research will aim to identify genetic differences in physiological traits for seeds sourced from a range of environments across the Great Plains to inform selection of seed sourcing for future restoration.

The ideal MS student will be prepared to identify plants and lead field-based research mapping and collecting seeds across the Great Plains (ND, SD, and MN). In addition, the student will establish a greenhouse experiment to experimentally evaluate physiological trait variation in response to varying degrees of water availability in a variety of seed sources for one of the mapped species. There is plenty of room to pursue particular interests in adaptive trait variation depending on the interest and experience of the candidate. The student will also be involved in outreach activities associated with the project engaging local state and TNC stakeholders in applied research. Ability to work independently in the field, alongside basic botany identification skills and GIS expertise is required. Some experience in quantitative analysis in R, and previous experience evaluating physiological trait variation in a greenhouse is preferred.

For more information on the Hamilton Lab please visit the lab website here and Lead Prairie Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, Marissa Ahlering here. More information on the Department of Biological Sciences at NDSU can be found here. Fargo is the largest city in the northern Midwest and as ‘Gateway to the West’ is a vibrant, growing community that has access to numerous outdoor opportunities for all seasons.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Hamilton () and Dr. Ahlering () by December 17th.

Please include a brief description of your research interests, experience, and a CV in your email. Funding options are available for both US students and international students and include a full tuition waiver. Tentative start date is May 2019.


OHIO

Post Doctoral Researcher - phenotypic plasticity and invasion/colonization success (Posted 12/7/18)
Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
Ohio State University
Apply by December 23, 2018
For more information, go here.

Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship  (Posted 12/5/18)
The Wilds
Six month positions start in March 2019 and continue through September 2019, flexible upon request.
For more information, go here.

PhD or MSc Position in Forest Ecology at Ohio University (Posted 11/13/18)

The Snell lab in the department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University is currently recruiting highly qualified and motivated graduate students (MSc or PhD) to start in the Spring or Fall semester of 2019. Research in the lab examines the effect of climate (and climate change) on forests, including impacts on reproduction, growth, community composition, and ecosystem service provisioning. Please visit Snell lab website to find out more about the current research interests of the group.

Qualifications
Applicants should have a background in ecology, plant biology, environmental science, forestry or a related discipline, previous research experience, and evidence of strong communication and quantitative skills. Experience with R and/or another computer programming languages is preferred.

Please check out the the Environmental and Plant Biology site for application instructions.

Students interested in a Summer of Fall semester start, should apply by January 15 2019. However, I strongly encourage interested students to contact me () well before these dates, to allow enough time for discussing potential research projects.

To express your interest in the position, please email and include:
1) a letter of interest, outlining your previous research experience and the research topics that you are interested in pursuing during your graduate degree (i.e., why do you want to join my lab?).
2) your CV or resume
3) GRE scores (if you have them)
4) unofficial transcripts or your GPA
5) International students should also include their TOEFL scores, if appropriate.

Qualified individuals will be invited to apply to Ohio University’s Graduate College.

Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship - Healthy Forest, Healthy Wildlife (Posted 11/5/18)
The Wilds 
For more information, go here.

M.S. In Biology, Graduate Assistanships (Posted 11/5/18)

The Biology Department at John Carroll University seeks graduate student applications for Fall 2019. The department has faculty expertise in ecology and evolution, molecular systematics, and cellular biology. The faculty is committed to providing a supportive, mentoring environment for master’s level graduate students and has a high rate of degree completion in its two-year program. For students interested in studying organismal biology, the department has strengths in Behavioral, Chemical, and Landscape Ecology, Conservation Biology, Developmental Biology, and Systematics as well as Plant Ecology, Plant Physiology, and Phycology. Facilities in the department are located in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, which houses well equipped research labs, animal care facilities, and a full greenhouse. The department is composed of 11 full-time faculty members, 17 graduate students, and approximately 240 undergraduate majors. Graduate student support packages are competitive and include full tuition and fee remission for qualified applicants, and most students receive stipends for their work as graduate teaching assistants in departmental laboratory courses. Please visit their website to learn more about the department and contact possible faculty advisors, and direct any questions about the program to Dr. Ralph Saporito, Graduate Program Director ().

PhD and MS opportunities in ecology at Wright State (Posted 11/1/18)

PhD and MS opportunities in ecology at Wright StateSeeking one PhD student and one MS student to join my laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State University. The general research focus of my lab is anthropogenic impacts on biogeochemical cycling at the aquatic-terrestrial interface. Potential research areas include hyperspectral sensing of dissolved organic matter in river and lake systems and production/export of dissolved organic matter in created and natural wetlands; however, the focus of the dissertation research is negotiable.

Funding is available through a combination of teaching and graduate research assistantships, and the student may start as early as Summer 2019. For the PhD, the student will be enrolled in Wright State’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences PhD program. For the MS, the student will be enrolled in Wright State's Masters of Science Program in Biological Sciences.

Qualifications include: Bachelors degree in Biology, Ecology, or related discipline; GRE scores within the last 5 y (scores lower than 300---Verbal plus Quantitative---are unlikely to be competitive); minimum GPA of 3.0; minimum IBT TOEFL score of 100 and ability to pass a verbal English test (foreign students only). Preferred qualifications include: Masters degree or equivalent experience (for the PhD student); interest and/or experience in field and laboratory research; strong written and oral communication skills; strong quantitative skills.

If interested, please send (1) a letter of intent describing your research interests and relevant work/educational experience, (2) curriculum vitae or resume, (3) university transcripts, and (4) GRE scores (unofficial copies ok for transcripts and GRE scores) to Dr. Katie Hossler at . 


OKLAHOMA

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OREGON

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PENNSYLVANIA

MS assistanship in forest modeling/forest ecology at Penn State (Posted 11/29/18)

A MS graduate assistantship is available in forest modeling/forest ecology at Penn State. The student will be part of a multidisciplinary team assessing and modeling an invasive insect effect on forest ecosystems. Students can enroll in the Ecology or the Forest Resources graduate programs. Excellent quantitative, GIS, and field skills required. Those interested please send CV, transcripts and GRE scores to Laura Leites at .

Graduate assistantships in soil science, forest resources, or ecology (Posted 11/1/18)

Three PhD assistantships available in Critical Zone Science at Penn State in forest ecology, hydrology, or soil science.  Students will take part in a new graduate training program that examines forest management from a Critical Zone perspective. Students will conduct basic research at the Susquehanna-Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory, while also developing a Critical Zone forest management plan that they share with stakeholders. Advisors in the program are Jason Kaye, Jon Duncan, and Margot Kaye.  Students can matriculate into the Forest Resources, Soil Science, or Ecology graduate programs.  

Penn State Graduate Degree Program in Ecology - assistantships (Posted 11/1/18)

Ecology graduate assistantships are available at Penn State for Fall 2019. Faculty have funding to recruit in the following areas and others: paleoecology, ecosystem ecology, ecohydrology, pollinator conservation, forest dynamics, disease ecology, coral biology, animal behavior, theoretical biology, landscape ecology, and wildlife populations. Learn more about faculty, admissions, and our free pre-application here or contact Jason Kaye (), the program chair, directly.


RHODE ISLAND

 

PhD or MS opportunity in coral reef fisheries at University of Rhode Island (Posted 12/5/18)

 

Seeking a PhD or MS student interested in studying how coral reef fisheries respond to reef restoration, and what this means for local food security. The research site is located in Indonesia on a small island community in the Spermonde archipelago. One goal of the research will be to work with local collaborators to monitor the fishers and their catch in response to the coral restoration activities and associated fisheries management actions. Another will be to track the flow of fish from point of capture to consumption. Examples of tangible research outputs from the work may include: a length-based assessment of a subset of target fish species caught by fishers; a characterization of the nutritional benefits derived from the fish being caught and consumed.

 

For more details about the position, please go here.. For questions, please contact Austin Humphries at . The deadline for applications is December 29, 2018.

 

M.S. graduate in social-ecological modeling at University of Rhode Island (Posted 10/3/18)

The Humphries Lab is seeking a M.S. student interested in studying the intersection of ecology and socioeconomic wellbeing. We have a NSF-funded project focused on Narragansett Bay (RI) and developing new approaches to assess, predict, and respond to the effects of climate change on coastal ecosystems. The student will focus on fisheries and use models to better understand the feedbacks between changing fish communities, catch, and livelihood. Overall, this will allow scientists to simulate different management strategies and scenarios for Narragansett Bay (and Rhode Island Sound) and provide guidance to managers and policy-makers.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Become an expert in ecosystem modeling. This project will enhance your quantitative skills and provide you with experience in ecosystem modeling. You will learn how to work with and analyze physical, biological, and geophysical data, as well as social data on user preferences and cost.

Develop links with external organizations. You will regularly interact with an interdisciplinary team of scientists that have expertise in the natural and social sciences, including those from URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography as well as US EPA’s Atlantic Ecology Division, NOAA Marine Fisheries Service, and RI Dept of Environmental Management. You will be well-positioned to enter the job market and have a diverse and unique skillset attractive to industry, management entities, non-governmental organizations, or academia.

Join an exciting research environment. The Humphries Lab is an energetic young research group and you will benefit from the large and multidisciplinary College of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. Your MS degree will be carried out within the interdisciplinary Biological and Environmental Sciences program (i.e., Ecology and Ecosystem Science specialization).

WHO SHOULD APPLY
We are seeking applications from recent B.S. graduates who have a strong quantitative background in the Environmental, Social Sciences, or Computer Programming. Of particular importance for applicants is demonstrable ability to complete research tasks independently and be fluent in statistical software such as R and/or MatLab. Ability to link theory to practical work and modeling will be important, and therefore, relevant research and quantitative experience will be important.

DETAILS
Funding: Support for the MS student will be provided through a combination of Research and Teaching Assistantships. Tuition is also covered. The Assistantship stipend is approximately $26,000 per year for two years ($19k for the academic year and $7k for summer), including health benefits.

Application Deadline: September 28, 2018 or until filled Start Date: January 2019 (or possibly September 2019)

For further information or informal discussion about the position, please send an email to Drs. Austin Humphries () and Kelvin Gorospe (). See other research and people within the Humphries Lab here. Also, for more information on URI’s Biological and Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, go here.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please send a cover letter and CV as a single PDF document (cover letter first, then CV) to Drs. Austin Humphries () and Kelvin Gorospe () with “SES modeling MS application” in the Subject line.


SOUTH CAROLINA

PhD Opportunity in Plant Ecophysiology/plant-soil Interactions (Posted 11/13/18)

The department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, Clemson University is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD position in the plant ecophysiology lab of Dr. Nishanth Tharayil. This PhD position will focus on an NSF-supported project that investigates the chemical plasticity of tree roots in response to biotic and abiotic heterogeneities of soil environments and how these changes would, in turn, affect ecosystem functioning, such as decomposition, biogeochemical cycling, and feedbacks to global change. This project will involve laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments, with an emphasis on plant chemistry. The successful applicant will receive multidisciplinary training including plant and soil ecology, biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, metabolomics, etc. The student is encouraged to develop independent and creative studies within the broad realm of the project. The student will be supervised by Dr. Nishanth Tharayil and Dr. Vidya Suseela and closely work with Dr. Mengxue Xia, a postdoctoral fellow in the project.

Prospective students that have a background and interest in plant ecology/physiology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Previous laboratory experience and a background in plant-soil interactions are not required but desirable. Field experience is a plus. The candidate should have a strong motive to learn analytical techniques as required by the project. Those interested may email Dr. Xia () with “Chemical plasticity PhD position” in the subject line. Include in the email a CV, an unofficial transcript, contacts of two potential references, and a brief statement describing your research interests and background. Informal inquiries about the position are also welcome. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The desired start date is January 2019.


SOUTH DAKOTA

Sustainable River REU (Posted 11/26/18)

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

Research projects for the summer of 2019 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
• Geological heritage sites along the Missouri River corridor
• Examining the effects of pesticides on amphibian disease
• A changed river’s effects of pesticides on amphibian disease
• Ethnohistorical relationships among American Indian tribes and the Missouri River
• Importance of aquatic insect-derived fatty acids to riparian birds along the Missouri River
• Perceptions of multifunctional landscapes along the Missouri National Recreational River

The Sustainable RIVER project will run from 28 May to 2 August 2019. 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 and tribal colleges and students studying sustainability are especially encouraged to apply. Applications for the project can be submitted now through 15 February 2019.

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

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

PhD Research Assistantship in plant-soil interactions at Clemson University (Posted 11/13/18)

Seeking a PhD student studying plant-soil interactions in invaded ecosystems in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University. The project aims to elucidate the mechanisms through which invasive plants alter soil organic chemistry and to advance current restoration practices. Their work brings together a diverse set of knowledge and skills from multiple fields, such as plant physiology, biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry, microbiology, and ecology.

The student is expected to develop a research idea within the realm of the project, formulate hypotheses, and conduct experiments. The benefits of the position include an RA, health insurance, and stipend. The student will be advised by Drs. Vidya Suseela and Nishanth Tharayil, and closely work with Dr. Kyungjin Min, a postdoc in the project. A MS degree or previous field/lab experience are not a pre-requisite, but preferred. The desired start date is January 2019.

Interested students should send 1) a CV including GPA and GRE scores, 2) a statement of research interests and experience, and 3) contact information for three references to Kyungjin Min (). The review will begin immediately.


TENNESSEE

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Multi-Assumption Soil Modeling (Posted 11/29/18)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
Apply by December 24, 2018
For more information, go here.

PhD and Masters positions in Conservation Science (Posted 11/26/18)
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
For more information, go here.

Undergraduate/post-Bachelor Researcher in Microbiology and Environmental Science (Posted 11/26/18)

The Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is offering a position for one undergraduate researcher to assist in a variety of lab-scale activities, with emphasis in microbiology. Your work will focus on soils, geochemistry, and microbial communities. Your research topics will be experimental in nature and will be designed to improve the model representation of microbial functions and geochemical interactions in soils. Previous experience in lab-scale work or analytical instrumentation is desired.

Major Duties/Responsibilities
You will have the opportunity to interact closely with a team of soil biogeochemists and modelers. The research will involve characterizing the soil microbial community through nucleic acid extractions and sequencing, and in making lab-scale measurements of greenhouse gas emissions and soil properties. You will have the opportunity to assist more senior researchers in sample preparation, preparing for and conducting experiments, analyzing samples, and other tasks.

Come join our diverse team and bring your scientific passion to further our research efforts in environmental soil microbiology.

Qualifications desired:
• A real passion for understanding the natural world
• Self-motivation and goal setting skills
• Ability to work in a collaborative environment
• Previous experience working in a laboratory setting
• Experience with DNA extractions and microbial community analyses
• Previous experience with analytical instrumentation
• Completed or pursing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, Microbiology, Biogeochemistry, Soil Science, or a related discipline

Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are inclusive environments where diversity is valued and individuals and teams are inspired to contribute fully to the organizations’ successes. We recognize the strength in diversity and especially encourage applications from people with backgrounds currently under-represented in science.

How to apply:
This position will be offered through Oak Ridge Associated Universities. To apply, please provide a CV and a short statement of interest to Dr. Melanie Mayes at . Preferred candidates will start in January 2019.


TEXAS

Ph.D. Assistantship in Arctic Estuarine Ecology (Posted 11/29/18)

A Ph.D. research assistantship is available (beginning summer 2019) in Ken Dunton’s lab at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute. This position is part of an interdisciplinary program funded by the National Science Foundation to study the benthic ecology of Beaufort Sea lagoons within a newly established LTER located on Alaska’s northern Arctic coast. The student’s research would focus on the resilience of Arctic estuarine benthic communities, with emphasis on how intertidal and subtidal communities respond to extremes in ice, salinity, and hypoxia. This includes studies that examine seasonal and spatial patterns in invertebrate population structure to address mechanisms of persistence, migration, recovery, and trophic linkages with key consumers. We seek applicants with a background in estuarine and/or marine science with a degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or closely related fields. The student is expected to develop an integrative field and experimental project that incorporates fundamentally new and innovative approaches to questions of disturbance and resilience in benthic populations. Applicants should have a strong academic background, show evidence of independent work in the field and/or lab, and demonstrate a capacity to contribute to a collaborative research environment. For more information, please email a statement of interest/background and a copy of your CV to Ken Dunton (). Note that students are encouraged to submit their formal applications to the UT Graduate School no later than December 10, 2018.

Links: Dunton Lab; Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems LTER websiteUTMSI graduate program

Graduate Positions at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi_Plant Systematics Biogeography Ecology (Posted 11/26/18)

There are multiple PhD and MS graduate positions available in the Daru Lab  at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christ (TAMUCC) beginning Fall 2019. Research in the Daru Lab focuses on biogeography, systematics, ecology and conservation in the context of two key questions: 1) What are the mechanistic processes by which biodiversity has evolved, is currently distributed and will be maintained? 2) How can we set meaningful conservation priorities to safeguard their future?

Students with interest in the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Biogeography
  • Plant systematics
  • Phylogenetic spatial diversity
  • Conservation biology
  • Community ecology
  • Population genetics and genomics
  • Species distribution modeling
  • Bioinformatics
  • Impacts of global change on biological communities e.g. invasives, extinctions, etc.

The successful students will have access to the facilities and collections at the Ruth O'Brien Herbarium which contain comprehensive records of the regional flora of the Texas coastal bend. The herbarium has a good collection of marine vascular plants of the Gulf Coast of Texas, Mexico and the Caribbean, including seagrasses, marsh plants and mangroves. The successful applicants will also have access to the High Performance Research Computing, that provides scalable high performance computing clusters for researchers, faculty, students, and affiliates of TAMUCC.

The geographic region of Texas comprises major ecological and biological diversity, with sharp environmental gradients in precipitation, elevation, and temperature. The region has tremendous diversity with up 3500 native vascular plant species, constituting 30% of all native species in North America north of Mexico. Plant species relegated to the Texas Coastal Bend, Trans-Pecos or the eastern forest regions are in close juxtaposition to one another making this region an ideal laboratory to examine plant diversity and ecotypes.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Barnabas Daru () with a description of research interest and a CV/resume.

Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to December 21, 2018 and review of applications will begin January 19, 2019. The positions will remain open until finalists are selected.

The Department of Life Sciences has several opportunities for fellowships, research and teaching assistantships within the College of Science and Engineering as well as programs in Marine Biology and M.S. Biology.

TAMU-CC is an Hispanic-serving institution located on the Texas Gulf Coast and a rapidly growing doctoral research university with about 12,000 students.

A PhD Position in Global Change (Posted 11/26/18)

Applications for a PhD position in my lab at the University of Texas at Arlington. The successful applicant is expected to have expertise in ecology, experience with statistical data analysis, and excellent communication skills. Using extensive national and international databases and statistical modeling, s/he will study the distributions and interspecific interactions of freshwater organisms (algae, macroinvertebrates, and fish) under different climate change scenarios. The project will be at the interface of global change, macroecology, and conservation. It will involve collaboration with a diverse group of students, postdocs, and scientists from my lab, France, and Finland. Additionally, the student will actively participate in the UT Arlington Stream Team, a group of students and members of the public, performing citizen science projects on water quality issues in Texas.

UT Arlington is the second largest institution in the University of Texas system and the seventh fastest growing university in the nation with over 42,000 students. Arlington is situated in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, which is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the US.

To apply, please e-mail your CV, a statement of research interests, GRE scores, TOEFL scores for international students, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Sophia Passy (). Review of applications will begin immediately.

Graduate Student Openings (Posted 11/21/18)

Texas Tech University is recruiting students for an online interdisciplinary Professional Science Master’s Program (PSM). You can choose to specialize in Natural Resources Management or in Environmental Sustainability

Become part of the solution to our growing environmental challenges in natural resources and the environment for our local, regional, national, and global communities. This degree prepares students to help organizations better manage their natural resources, strive for sustainability, and to comply with environmental regulations. You’ll gain knowledge to recommend and implement practical solutions to the world’s environmental problems.

A PSM degree has been called the “MBA for scientists.” It’s an innovative degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science, while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills. A PSM degree can prepare students for associated science careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations, where workforce needs are increasing. This interdisciplinary degree offers core coursework in natural resources and policy through the Department of Natural Resources Management, and core coursework in sustainability and ecology through the Department of Biological Sciences. This coursework is then combined with electives to tailor the degree to a student’s interests. These courses are taken along with a business component that emphasizes communication, leadership, strategic planning, marketing, and sustainable business practices. The program culminates in an internship or capstone project, so the student gains experience in applying their coursework in real world situations to address complex problems.

This distance program is designed to be flexible and to accommodate those with full time jobs looking for career advancement as well as full time students preparing to begin their careers. Courses can be taken entirely at a distance or on the Texas Tech Campus.

Application Materials and Requirements:
• Transcripts from a 4 year undergraduate degree • A minimum 3.0 in the last 90 credits of coursework • Statement of interest summarizing your education, employment history, long-term career goals, and how this degree program will help (1-2 pg) • GRE Scores: optional • International students must also have a TOEFL score of 80 or above. This is an online program that does not require residency and therefore cannot be used to obtain a student visa.

Contact Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle if you are interested in the Natural Resources Track: (email is preferred) Contact Dr. Deborah Carr if you are interested in the Environmental Sustainability Track:

(Currently the website says we accept students in the fall semester, but we can be flexible about the starting semester)

PhD Positions in Plant Ecological Genomics  (Posted 11/2/18)

The Olson Ecological Genomics lab at Texas Tech University is currently seeking motivated students wishing to pursue PhD degrees to join our lab. Our current focus is to map sex chromosomes throughout the Salicaceae (poplars and willows) to understand the processes leading to sex chromosomes and the genomic and population genetic patterns of nucleotide variation in sex chromosomes. We are currently collecting large sequence capture data set and assembling novel genomes to achieve these goals. The lab also has interests in the genomics of species invasions, hybrid speciation, and local adaptation. PhD students are expected to develop their own projects within the framework of general lab interests. We work together as a team and use a variety of field, greenhouse, molecular, and bioinformatic analyses to address questions that interest us. The Biological Sciences Department offers a strong and collaborative training environment in bioinformatics, statistics, plant biology, and evolutionary genomics. To find out more about the lab, please visit here and contact Matt Olson;. The deadline for graduate applications to the Biological Sciences Department at Texas Tech is 15 January 2018.

Graduate Assistantship Studying Invasive Buffelgrass (Posted 11/1/18)

Outstanding and enthusiastic students are invited to apply for an MS or PhD graduate research assistanship at Texas Tech University to study invasive buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris) in Texas, and its effects on native plant communities and native reptiles.

Qualified applicants will have a BS in Plant Ecology, Botany, or Rangeland or Wildlife Science, as well as excellent grades, GRE scores, and recommendations. Applicants should also have good written communication skills, and experience working with private landowners is preferred.

Position will start by Summer 2019, but is available sooner. For inquiries or to apply, please send CV, transcripts (unofficial are fine to start), GRE scores, and names and contact info for three references to: Robert D. Cox, Associate Professor (; 806-834- 3530). Tuition and fees are covered, and the stipend will range from $15,000-18,000, depending on qualifications.

Review of applications will continue until an outstanding student is selected.

PhD in community ecology (Posted 10/23/18)

PhD fellowship in Community/Population Ecology. Looking for highly motivated graduate students in community/population ecology starting September 2019 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, and drivers of temporal and spatial patterns of biodiversity. 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 go 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 Professor, BioSciences, Graduate Program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Rice University Houston, TX, 77005 Email:

M.S. opportunities in plant physiological and ecosystem ecology  (Posted 10/19/18)

The newly established Christoffersen lab at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is seeking students interested in pursuing an M.S. in Biology, starting in Spring or Summer 2019. Stipend + tuition support is potentially available for top candidates through the competitive Presidential Postgraduate Research Assistantship. Funding is also pending for a project focused on the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles; i.e., drones) to investigate species differences in leaf phenology (timing of growth over a season).

The Christoffersen lab’s primary focus is local remnant Tamaulipan forests in the RGV. These forests remain scattered throughout the valley, and much remains unknown regarding the physiological mechanisms underpinning plant survival in the hot, dry climate characterized by sporadic intense rainfall. There is unique potential to guide restoration efforts in collaboration with US Fish and Wildlife and Nature Conservancy, as well as explore other areas of plant physiological ecology in other local contexts.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, unofficial transcripts, CV, and GRE scores (or plans to take the test) to .

M.S. Graduate Assistantships (Posted 10/18/18)

The Department of Biology at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) has openings for graduate students interested in pursuing a thesis-based Master’s of Science degree in Biology. Facilities within the department include a greenhouse and herbarium, an animal care facility, and entomology and vertebrate collections. Equipment available to support research includes an electron microscope facility, a molecular core facility, and a fleet of trucks and boats. Collaborations with researchers representing other departments, universities, or state and federal agencies are a regular part of our culture. Faculty expertise in the department ranges from the subcellular to the landscape level. More information about particular areas of study is available from the faculty pages shown on this website here

Graduate students are eligible for Teaching Assistantships that provide a stipend of $11,500 for a 9-month contract, with the option for additional summer salary. Applications are currently being accepted; admissions criteria are available at this website here

SFA is located in Nacogdoches, Texas, a growing city of ~33,000 people located in the Pineywoods region of the eastern portion of the state. The campus is within convenient driving distance to three national forests and three metropolitan areas. For more information about the M.S. degrees available through the Dept. of Biology, please contact Dr. Matthew Kwiatkowski (); or visit the department’s website here.

Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (Posted 9/14/18)
Rice University
Houston, TX
All applications for the 2019 competition are due January 3, 2019.
For more information, go here


UTAH 

Grad Position: Antarctic Evolutionary Ecology (Posted 11/29/18)

Brigham Yound University (BYU) is seeking grad students who are interested in addressing evolutionary ecology questions, focusing on soil ecosystems, starting Fall of 2019. The 5-year, fully funded positions include a $24k/yr stipend, full tuition scholarship, health insurance, supplemental travel funds ($800/yr) and a broad range of academic and recreational benefits*.

Dissertation projects will focus on core hypotheses associated with the McMurdo Dry Valley LTER research group, primarily the characterization of soil ecosystem responses to climate variation. Our hypotheses are informed by approaches including community and autecology, ecological genomics, comparative phylogeography, elemental stoichiometry, molecular evolution, and metagenomics/transcriptomics. Most (but not all) projects will require conducting field work in Antarctica.

*BYU is located in Provo, Utah, where opportunities for world-class skiing, snowboarding, fly-fishing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and many other outdoor recreational activities are less than 20 minutes from the lab. There are several festivals during the year in different areas of the county and Provo is home to a vibrant music scene. Salt Lake City is only 45 minutes travel by car or commuter rail. BYU is a private institution run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Students are required to uphold to a standard of personal conduct. For more information on this standard, please visit the Honor Code Office website.

For full consideration, complete applications should be received by January 15, 2019, but late applications can be considered through the first part of February.

If any of this looks interesting to you, drop a line: Byron Adams; 

PhD Opportuity in Biogeochemistry (Posted 11/5/18) 

PhD opportunity in the Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab  in the Watershed Sciences Department at Utah State University 

Project: Understanding the role of dust in catchment biogeochemistry 

The Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab at Utah State University is seeking a PhD candidate to explore the role of atmospheric dust in watershed biogeochemical cycles and aquatic ecosystems. The position comprises two main projects, one to track dusts from their sources through the watersheds they impact, and a second to examine the chemical constituents of dusts and their bioavailability in these watersheds. Additionally, the candidate will conduct a thorough review of the relevant research while developing their contribution to the field within a thesis supported by the above projects. Wide latitude in approach and methods will be extended to the successful candidate. The anticipated start date is summer 2019, though alternate start dates are possible. 

Qualifications 

The student(s) must have completed an MSc by the start date and have a strong interest and background in one or some of the following subjects: biogeochemistry, geochemistry, hydrology, water quality, limnology, ecosystem ecology, and/or microbiology. Minimum academic requirements include a 3.2 GPA and 70th percentile on analytical and verbal GRE scores (or a combined score of > 306). Students with experience in analytical laboratory work, an interest and experience working with phosphorus biogeochemistry, strong communication skills, and experience with R, Matlab, or Python are preferred. 

How to Apply 

Please send 1) a letter describing your background, interest in the research area specifically addressing how you anticipate contributing to the project goals, and your educational and career goals, 2) your unofficial transcript, and 3) a CV that includes your GRE scores and the names and contact information for three references to . Review of applications is ongoing and the position will remain open until filled. 

About Logan and Utah State University 

Utah State University is located in the city of Logan, Utah, a town with approximately 50,000 residents. Situated in a valley between the Wellsville and Bear River mountain ranges, Logan offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities including local ski resorts, biking, and hiking trails. Logan is just a short drive to Salt Lake City, as well as many National Parks, Monuments, and Conservation Areas. The low cost of living makes this area an attractive place to live, play, and work. 


VERMONT

Please check back.


VIRGINIA

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Hydroynamic/Water Quality Modeling (Posted 12/4/18)
William & Mary College
Williamsburg, VA
Apply by December 30, 2018
For more information, go here.

University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (Posted 11/29/18)

The program emphasizes experimental ecology and evolutionary biology including a wide variety of topics such as plant-animal interactions, pollinator behavior and ecology, insect population ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Successful applicants will receive a $6325 stipend, additional money for food, and free housing. Each student picks a research mentor from our pool of faculty members and graduate students and then conducts a novel research project. The students will gain experience in experimental design, data collection, analytical techniques, and written and oral presentation of findings. REU students also benefit from several professional development workshops.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an undergraduate student contemplating a future in science. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

To apply, go here.

Postdoctoral Scholar in Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation (Posted 11/26/18)

The Conservation Social Science Lab led by Michael Sorice is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. The post-doc will join an exciting new U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service project investigating the nexus of voluntary conservation programs, stewardship behavior of private landowners, and wildlife conservation outcomes. This applied research will improve the implementation of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program on private lands in the southeast.

The successful candidate must be a highly motivated scientist with a PhD specializing in the human dimensions of conservation and have considerable experience with all of the following social science methods: interviewing, focus groups, and survey research. The successful candidate will work closely with the USFWS Southeast Region to develop and implement the research.

The post-doc will join Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation. Funding is for two years. The post-doc must start during February 2019.

If interested, please email the following as a single pdf document: 1) a brief cover letter describing your professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking the position, 2) a current curriculum vitae/resume, and 3) names and contact information for three references directly to Michael G. Sorice at .

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, but materials must be received on or before December 17, 2017.

M.S. Graduate Positions in Kester Lab at VCU (Posted 11/26/18)

M.S. Graduate positions in insect behavior and ecology will be available in Dr. Karen Kester’s lab in the Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, beginning August 2019. Research projects will focus on tritrophic interactions involving braconid wasps or the thermal biology of host-parasitoid interactions or native bees. I seek students who are passionate about insects and possess a strong work ethic. Preference will be given to students with prior research experience and solid writing and quantitative skills. Interested persons are encouraged to submit by email (): 1) a letter describing their educational background and research experience, research interests, and educational and career goals, 2) a CV/resume (with GPA and GRE scores), and 3) the names of three references by December 31, 2018. Applications to the VCU M.S. Graduate Program are due by January 15, 2019. Competitive teaching assistantships with tuition waivers and other forms of support are available.

Graduate Research Assistant/Biochar (Posetd 11/15/18)

The Barrett Biogeochemistry Lab at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for the 2019 Fall Semester to join an interdisciplinary team investigating the influence of soil biochar amendments on microbial communities and carbon sequestration in forest and agricultural ecosystems. Biochar, the product of pyrolysed biomass such as grass and wood applied to soils, has attracted the interest of land managers seeking practical methods to promote agricultural sustainability. Biochar can increase soil fertility, water holding capacity, and agricultural production while reducing nutrient runoff and increasing carbon sequestration. While most studies have demonstrated positive effects of biochar on agroecosystems, production responses vary across different crops and soil types and the mechanisms underlying the effects of biochar on soils, especially on soil organic matter dynamics and nutrient cycling, are poorly understood.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary programs in the Dept. of Biological Sciences and the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. Previous research experience and the demonstrated ability to work independently in the field is required.

Please contact Dr. Jeb Barrett for further information; Email:

Ph.D. position in plant ecology and remote sensing at the University of Virginia (Posetd 11/15/18)

The Plant Ecology and Remote Sensing Lab in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia is seeking one Ph.D. student who is 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. We also welcome students who are interested in studying land surface processes using models such as the Community Land Model.

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, 2019.

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

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

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

Graduate Positions in Population Ecology (Posted 11/9/18)

M.S. and Ph.D. graduate positions in population ecology will be available in Dr. Derek Johnson’s lab in the Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA beginning August 2019. Students interested in ecological drivers of population dynamics and invasion in a changing world, with particular focus on forest insects (but other possibly taxa), are encouraged to apply. The Johnson lab asks research questions that inform species management and conservation at multiple spatial scales, from local to landscape to geographic scales, and at temporal scales up to several centuries. We take a multi-tool approach to addressing ecological questions, including field research, analyzing existing large datasets, and population modeling. Preference will be given to applicants with strong quantitative and writing skills, research experience, and experience using R. Persons with a strong work ethic are encouraged to submit by email (): 1) a letter describing their educational background and research experience, research interests, and educational and career goals, 2) a CV/resume (with GPA scores), and 3) the names of three references by December 31, 2018. Applications to the VCU Integrative Life Sciences Ph.D. Program are due by January 10, 2019.  Applications to the VCU Biology M.S. Program are due by January 15, 2019. Teaching assistantships with tuition waivers and other forms of support are available.

PhD opportunity: Spatial ecology of coastal habitats using drone and satellite remote sensing (University of Virginia)  (Posted 10/23/18)

The Castorani Lab at the University of Virginia is recruiting one PhD student to study the spatial ecology and dynamics of coastal habitats using drone- and satellite-based remote sensing data, such as optical and multispectral imagery. The student will be advised by professor Max Castorani (https://castorani.evsc.virginia.edu/), and join UVA's highly interdisciplinary Department of Environmental Sciences and collaborative Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research program.

Field studies will focus on seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, salt marshes, and dune vegetation within the coastal lagoon–barrier island system of Virginia's Eastern Shore.
Possibilities also exist for research on estuaries and kelp forests in California. The student will have opportunities to contribute to highly collaborative long-term studies in the Virginia Coast Reserve and Santa Barbara Coastal LTER programs. Although research in the Castorani Lab is primarily motivated by fundamental ecological questions, there are opportunities for applied research related to coastal habitat restoration (seagrass, kelp, oysters) and commercial aquaculture (oysters, clams) with partners at The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service.

At the time of enrollment, highly-qualified applicants will have an undergraduate or master's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, geography, computer science, or a related field. Ideal candidates will have FAA Remote Pilot Certification ("Part 107" license); experience flying small unmanned aircraft; strong quantitative skills; experience with the collection, processing, and analysis of remotely-sensed data; and knowledge of geospatial analyses using R, Matlab, Python, or ArcGIS. Ability to work well as part of a research team is a necessity.

UVA has a highly interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences, offering training and conducting research in ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and atmospheric sciences. Graduate students accepted into the program are typically supported through a mixture of teaching assistantships and research assistantships that provide a competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance.

Those interested should send the following items, as a single PDF, to Dr. Max Castorani (): (1) a brief description of their background, career goals, motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, research ideas, and why they are specifically interested in joining the Castorani Lab; (2) a CV with academic and professional experience (including GPA); (3) contact information for 2–3 references; and (4) a writing sample.

The application deadline is January 15, 2019 for enrollment in Fall 2019, however serious applicants should express their interest as soon as possible.

PhD opportunity: Biodiversity and community ecology of coastal marine ecosystems (University of Virginia) (Posted 10/22/18)

The Castorani Lab at the University of Virginia is recruiting one PhD student to study the biodiversity and community ecology of shallow marine ecosystems in coastal Virginia. The student will be advised by professor Max Castorani (https://castorani.evsc.virginia.edu/), and join UVA's highly interdisciplinary Department of Environmental Sciences and collaborative Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research program .

The student will undertake observational and experimental field studies of benthic invertebrate and fish assemblages in temperate coastal ecosystems, as well as analyze existing long-term community data. Focal study habitats include seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, and salt marshes within the coastal lagoon–barrier island system of Virginia's Eastern Shore. The student will have opportunities to contribute to highly collaborative long-term studies in the Virginia Coast Reserve and Santa Barbara Coastal LTER programs. Although research in the Castorani Lab is primarily motivated by fundamental ecological questions, there are opportunities for applied research related to coastal habitat restoration (seagrass, kelp, oysters) and commercial aquaculture (oysters, clams) with partners at The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service.

At the time of enrollment, highly-qualified applicants will have an undergraduate or master's degree in biology, ecology, fisheries, or a related field. Ideal candidates will have experience in field ecology, ideally having carried out experiments within marine or aquatic ecosystems; knowledge of the biology of marine organisms; strong quantitative skills; and data analysis experience using R. Ability to work well as part of a research team is a necessity.

UVA has a highly interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences, offering training and conducting research in ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and atmospheric sciences. Graduate students accepted into the program are typically supported through a mixture of teaching assistantships and research assistantships that provide a competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance.

Those interested should send the following items, as a single PDF, to Dr. Max Castorani (): (1) a brief description of their background, career goals, motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, research ideas, and why they are specifically interested in joining the Castorani Lab; (2) a CV with academic and professional experience (including GPA); (3) contact information for 2–3 references; and
(4) a writing sample.

The application deadline is January 15, 2019 for enrollment in Fall 2019, however serious applicants should express their interest as soon as possible.

PhD Position Virginia Commonwealth University: Tropical and temperate forest dynamics (Posted 10/19/18)

The Biodiversity Research Lab (led by Dr. Hulshof) at Virginia Commonwealth University is recruiting one PhD student starting Fall 2019. We study the causes of biodiversity across space and time especially as it relates to community assembly across elevation, latitude and climate.

They are recruiting one PhD student interested in studying forest communities across elevation in temperate and tropical forests. We are particularly interested in how macro- and micro-climate variability impact plant function.

Part of our research group is based in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica and collaboration between temperate and tropical regions is expected. Funding is available for travel, field supplies, summer research stipends, and through teaching assistantships during the academic year.

Visit their website for information about our team, ongoing projects, and work philosophy. We are an international and diverse group and I strongly encourage underrepresented minorities to contact me. Because we work closely with international partners, Spanish fluency (or a willingness to learn basic conversational Spanish) is a strength but not a requirement.

The Biodiversity Research Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. VCU is located on the historic James River within easy reach of the Appalachian Mountains, the Virginia LTER and NEON sites, and other resources in the D.C. area like the Smithsonian Institution. Richmond is rated as a top place to live and is known for its history, local food scene, booming job market, and its easy access to outdoor activities like hiking, biking and kayaking.

Students should apply to the PhD Program in Integrative Life Sciences by 10 January. 

Those who are interested should contact Dr. Hulshof () with a CV and description of career and research interests to discuss the position before applying.

MS Graduate Study in Biology: Multiple Positions (Posted 10/1/18)

Multiple opportunities for MS graduate study in biology (evolutionary biology and ecology) are available for Fall 2019 in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University (go here for more information on specific research areas and faculty). Teaching assistantships (including stipend and tuition waiver) are available for study towards an MS in Biology. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant faculty member with a brief description of research interests, career goals, and a CV.

VCU is located in Richmond, VA on the James River within easy reach of the Virginia coastal plain, Blue Ridge Mountains, and Chesapeake Bay. Applicants should apply to the VCU MS Program in Biology. Applications are due January 15, 2019. Contact MS Biology Graduate Director, Dr. Turbeville (), for more information.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Remote Sensing of Vegetation Photosynthesis at the University of Virginia (Posted 10/1/18)

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on the remote sensing of vegetation photosynthesis from multiple spatial scales. The successful candidate will be working on leaf to canopy level measurements of solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) and its linkage to plant photosynthesis. The postdoc will measure SIF using field spectrometers, drones, and airborne remote sensing. The postdoc will be working with scientists in the Toolik Long Term Ecological Research site, Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research site, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA. The postdoc will prepare a manuscript, based on the modeling work, for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The postdoc will work directly with Xi Yang in the Department of Environmental Sciences.

A Ph.D. in biology, environmental sciences, geology, geography, or a related field is required by the appointment start date. Experience with Earth system sciences, remote sensing, plant physiology is preferred. Knowledge of one or more advanced computer programming languages is required, including Matlab, R, or Python. Knowledge of recent development of SIF is preferred. The successful candidate should be enthusiastic, creative, and highly motivated. This position will require extensive fieldwork in Alaska, New Mexico, and Virginia. Strong skills in verbal and written communication of scientific results, ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of interdisciplinary teams, and ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple tasks are critical skills.

This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply, visit here and search on Posting Number 0624076. Complete a Candidate Profile online and attach the following: a cover letter summarizing your research interests, accomplishments, and professional goals; curriculum vitae with a list of publications; and the contact information for three (3) references. Review of applications will begin September 30, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Xi Yang at .

For questions regarding application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom at .

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician's Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


WASHINGTON

Graduate Assistantship in Urban Hydrology, Ecology, Climate, and Environmental Change (Posted 12/10/18)

Graduate assistantships are available in urban ecohydrology at Washington State University in Vancouver, WA, for a student motivated to earn a PhD (with prior MS) or an intense research-based MS.

Likely research themes include, but are not limited to: the urban water cycle, its relations to the urban heat island and climate, connections with urban vegetation, plant and tree and human drought and stormwater tolerance, green infrastructure, and outdoor environmental science education. Specific thesis/dissertation foci will be determined collaboratively by the student and supervisor Dr. Kevan Moffett.

Required minimum preparation: college-level calculus, physics, biology and at least some time spent at an English-speaking institution of higher education. The ideal applicant will likely have a background in engineering, physical science, hydrology and/or geography, plant physiology, micrometeorology, or science education. Desired strong physical science and mathematics or engineering background, familiarity with hydrology, strong communication skills with formal report or manuscript writing experience, and independent research experience. Additional skills desired but not required include: programming; remote sensing image analysis; advanced GIS; hydrology, heat-transfer, or atmospheric numerical modeling; plant physiology/ecophysiology; experience or interest in science education.

Enrollment anticipated in August 2019 in a WSU School of the Environment graduate degree program. Funding of graduate tuition, stipend, and benefits will be supported for sufficient time to complete the degree. Enrollment will be on the Vancouver campus among the extremely productive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative natural science research cluster. Additional position(s) may be available on this theme in subsequent years. Students must live in or relocate to Washington State to be on Assistantship. Vancouver, WA is a fantastic city located in southwestern Washington State, USA, between the coast and the Cascades Mountains and just across the Columbia River from vibrant Portland, Oregon. Washington State University is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Persons of minority ethnicities, cultures, genders, disability status, and unique skills are encouraged to apply.

Send statements of interest as soon as possible to and attach a CV/resume that includes GPA and GRE scores. Complete applications are due by 10 January 2019; go here.

MS position available for Fall 2019 in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Western Washington University (Posted 11/26/18)

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will examine biogeochemistry of snow, ice, and snow/glacial melt water of the Pacific Northwest. This position will come with two academic years of support as a teaching assistant for courses within the Department of Environmental Sciences. The position will include the opportunity for local and regional fieldwork at Mt. Baker and in the North Cascade Mountains, as well as analytical laboratory work for biogeochemical analyses.

Benefits: The position will come with an Academic Year Stipend, Full Tuition Payment, and Health Coverage.

Minimum Qualifications

- Meet academic admission requirements of the MS, Environmental Sciences department: https://huxley.wwu.edu/graduate-application-information.
- Ability to conduct fieldwork
- Analytical laboratory experience

Preferred Qualifications
- Strong interest and experience in biogeochemistry and the cryosphere
- Teaching/mentoring experience in an academic or experiential setting
- Field work experience in mountain or polar environments

Huxley College Department of Environmental Science
Western’s Huxley College of the Environment is the oldest interdisciplinary environmental studies college in the U.S. It is known for its excellence in educating the next generation of environmental leaders. Huxley’s academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical, biological, social and cultural world. The department offers degrees in Environmental Science at the undergraduate and master's level,

About Western Washington University (WWU)
Western Washington University serves about 16,000 students and is located in beautiful Bellingham, a town midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, with approximately 90,000 residents. Bellingham is situated along the Pacific Northwest coast with close proximity to Mt. Baker and the North Cascade Mountains, offering numerous opportunities for outdoor activities including sea kayaking, sailing, skiing, biking, and hiking.

How to Apply: Applications to the Department of Environmental Science and Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University are due February 1st, 2019:  For this specific position, please send a CV and statement of interest to: . To be formally accepted, a full application to Western must be submitted by February 1st, 2019, with a note of interest to this position. If attending the Fall 2018 AGU meeting December 9th – 14th, 2018 in DC it is possible to set up an in-person meeting to discuss this position.

PhD opportunity in forest fire ecology in the Harvey Lab at the University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (UW-SEFS) (Posted 11/5/18)

The Harvey Lab at the University of Washington is seeking a prospective PhD student who is interested in fire ecology and forest resilience in the Cascade Mountains. This funded PhD position will be joining a collaboration between UW, the US Forest Service, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources, where we will be examining the role of fire on forest resilience in the east and west cascades in a warming climate. This topic will form the core of the student’s graduate research, but the student will work with Dr. Harvey to develop additional interesting/important questions in their dissertation.

Research in the Harvey Lab examines how disturbances (e.g., fires and insect outbreaks) and their interactions shape forest ecosystems across spatial and temporal scales. We are particularly interested in how the frequency, size, and severity of disturbances are changing, and what those changes mean for forest structure, function, and ecosystem services. By testing and advancing theory in forest ecology, landscape ecology, and disturbance ecology, we connect scientific understanding to forest management. See links in the “Opportunities” tab on the Harvey Lab website for further information on working towards a graduate degree in the Harvey Lab at UW-SEFS. We are committed to promoting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment, and encourage applications from students who share this commitment. 

The ideal candidate will have experience in several (but interest in most!) of the following areas:
• MS degree in biology, ecology, forestry, environmental science, or related field – or BS degree and ~2 years of related professional experience
• Forestry measurements (e.g., tree size, diameter, allometrics, dendrochronology, regeneration surveys, stem mapping)
• Geospatial techniques (e.g., GIS and/or remote sensing)
• Fuels measurements (e.g., Brown’s fuels transects, canopy fuel measurements)
• Quantitative analyses (e.g., general statistics, linear modeling, spatial statistics)
• Simulation modeling (e.g., Forest Vegetation Simulator, LANDIS, or iLand)
• Scientific writing (e.g., manuscript preparation and/or proposal writing)
• Leading large field crews in data collection through variable weather conditions
• Botanical knowledge of major trees, shrubs, and herbs in the Cascade Mountains 

***** This position could start in the spring (e.g., April or May) of 2019 to prep for the summer 2019 field season, but the student will need to start in the summer 2019 field season at the latest.

Interested candidates are requested to create a single PDF document which contains the following:
• A one-page statement that demonstrates (a) how your experience prepares you for this project, (b) which aspects of the project interest you most, and (c) your career goals after grad school.
• A current CV
• Unofficial undergrad (and grad if applicable) transcripts
• Unofficial GRE scores and percentiles (taken within the last five years)
• List of three references (name, position, institution, email address, and phone number). <<References will not be contacted until after the formal application process at UW-SEFS.>>

Email this PDF document to Dr. Brian J. Harvey () no later than Friday Nov 9, 2018. Dr. Harvey will contact candidates to schedule a skype conversation in mid-Nov, and then top candidates will need to apply to UW-SEFS by the application deadline of Dec 1, 2018.

MS student Ecology remote sensing (Posted 10/9/18)
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Apply by December 1, 2018
For more information, go here


WEST VIRGINIA 

Graduate Assistantship announcements (M.S.) (Posted 11/13/18)

Summary: The Ecology and Ecosystems Studies Laboratory at West Liberty University is seeking a highly motivated masters student to begin conducting stream ecology research in the spring semester of 2019 (January 7, 2019). The graduate student will conduct biological surveys of multiple streams in the region and work with a non-profit organization monitoring water quality. The student will also participate in designing additional studies to investigate anthropogenic impacts on the streams' ecological integrity (e.g. carbon/nutrient cycling, impacts of land use on biodiversity, impacts of invasive species, etc.) .

Tuition Waiver: The successful applicant will receive a tuition waver and free onsite housing as part of the assistantship position. A monthly stipend is available for one year and additional internal and external granting opportunities are available. West Liberty University is a liberal arts university that specializes in student focused learning and high quality student mentoring. West Liberty is located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia near the City of Wheeling, WV. Major metropolitan areas are in close proximity: Pittsburgh, PA ~1 hr and Cleveland, OH ~2.5 hrs. West Liberty University is in the Allegheny Plateau region of the Appalachian Mountains and is part of the Upper Ohio River Valley. West Liberty University offers graduate students collaborative mentorship opportunities, excellent outdoor recreation opportunities nearby, and professional training in a variety of research skills.

Desired Qualifications: A B.S. in biology, ecology, or similar fields. Applicants should have a background and/or interest in many of the following: aquatic ecology, stream ecology, insect and macroinvertebrate ecology, carbon cycling, nutrient dynamics in aquatic ecosystems, GIS, ecological modeling, statistics, interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement, laboratory and field work. Applicants should be highly motivated and prepared to conduct independent research.

To apply: Please email the following to Dr. Wood at :

1. a cover letter describing your interest in the project and prior experiences that have prepared you for graduate work in Dr. Wood’s lab;

2. your transcript(s) (an unofficial copy is fine);

3. GRE scores if available;

4. a sample of your scientific writing (for example a manuscript or lab report);

5. contact information for 3 professional/academic references.

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

Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Hydrologic Modeling and Water Quality (Posted 11/5/18)
West Virginia University Institute of Water Security and Science 
For more information, go here.

M.S. Graduate Position - Riparian Management (Posted 10/23/18)

A graduate teaching assistant position at the M.S. level is available in the Department of Biology at West Virginia University. The graduate student will investigate the effects of individual tree species and nitrogen availability on soil microbial dynamics related to the production of nitrous oxide and nitrate in managed riparian soils. The project will employ plot-level field and lab studies of soil processes and properties and microbial functional genes related to N cycling. The goal of the project is to understand and quantify the role that specific tree species and associated soil microbes may have in the abatement of N pollutants, and provide insight into recommendations for tree species to select in riparian plantings for environmental nutrient management. Additional responsibilities will include serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Biology Department. The student will be co- advised by Dr. Charley Kelly and Dr. Timothy Driscoll.
TUITION WAIVER AND STIPEND: The successful applicant will receive a tuition waiver, a stipend ($6,750 per semester with possibility of additional summer support), and health insurance benefits for the duration of the two-year project, to begin January or May 2019.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A B.S. in soil science, biology, ecology, microbiology, or natural resource-related field, demonstrated lab research experience through undergraduate education or employment, strong data management and analytical skills for laboratory and statistical analyses, strong written and oral communication skills, and a GPA of at least 3.2 during the last two years of school.

TO APPLY: In a single pdf document, please send: 1) a current CV; 2) a 1-page statement of your research interests; 3) a short statement of your career goals; 4) unofficial transcripts of all previous education; and 5) current GRE scores to Dr. Charley Kelly () and Dr. Timothy Driscoll (). If GRE scores are pending, please state when you plan to take the test.

UNIVERSITY and COMMUNITY: WVU is located in Morgantown, WV (pop. 31,073) and is routinely recognized as one of the best small college towns in the country. The University’s faculty and active graduate student population conduct research in a wide range of natural resource disciplines, and have ready access to West Virginia’s forests and working lands for natural laboratories and recreational activities, and a local WVU-owned 8,000-acre research forest.

Graduate Position (MS) in Plant Ecology  (Posted 10/11/18)

The Palmquist Lab at Marshall University is recruiting for a funded MS position at Marshall University in field-based plant ecology. Their research focuses on quantifying vegetation dynamics over space and time and identifying how the relative importance of ecological processes structuring plant communities changes with spatial and temporal scale. In addition, a key goal of our research is to understand how pattern and process in plant communities will be altered in the face of global environmental change. An important motivation for our work is to address ecological questions at large spatial scales to inform landscape conservation. We collect field data, use existing large observational data sets, and implement simulation modeling to address these goals in temperate shrublands, woodlands, and forests. Additional information about the lab can be found here.

RESEARCH FOCUS: The successful candidate will broadly explore the influence of disturbance, potentially including hurricanes, climate-change induced drought, or fire, on plant biodiversity and composition in woodlands and forests throughout the southeastern US. These ecosystems are among the most biodiverse systems in North America. I encourage students to identify their own research questions and topics of particular interest within this broad umbrella and I will work closely with them to design an interesting and fulfilling research project. I anticipate this project will leverage a large network of permanent plots throughout the southeast, along with fieldwork, to understand how disturbance shapes plant communities over space and time.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A background, including relevant course work, in ecology and botany, an interest in studying the flora and ecosystems of the southeastern US, strong communication and written skills, and quantitative skills or an interest in learning them.

EXPECTATIONS: The successful candidate will be expected to conduct high-quality research, serve as a teaching assistant within the Department of Biological Sciences, present their research to the scientific community at regional and national meetings, and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

TIMELINE: The position is available starting January 2019. Ideally, students would join us at the start of the spring 2019 semester or at the latest by the start of the summer field season (June 2019), to begin field data collection before starting classes in August.

FUNDING: Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching assistantships for two years. A 12-month competitive stipend ($17,000), full tuition waiver, and health insurance will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested students should apply by submitting the following to Dr. Kyle Palmquist (): 1) Short statement of research interests and career goals (no longer than 1 page), 2) CV or resume, 3) Unofficial transcripts, 4) GRE scores, and 5) Contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected. I will contact you to discuss your research interests and goals for graduate school to determine if you would be a good fit for the lab. If selected, a full application must be submitted to the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall University, Huntington, WV. More information about the Department and its programs can be found here. Application requirements for admission to the DBS graduate program can be found here.

Marshall University is in a fantastic, affordable college town, located on the Ohio River in the beautiful state of West Virginia. The town is small enough to get around on foot and bike, but large enough to support a variety of restaurants and other cultural activities.

Huntington and the surrounding area offer ample recreational opportunities (hiking, skiing, rafting), along with proximity to larger cities, including Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, and Columbus, OH. The Department of Biological Sciences contains expertise in a variety of biological fields, including but not limited to ecology, evolution, herpetology, and physiology. In the Palmquist Lab, we highly value and encourage work-life balance.

Postdoctoral Position in Soil Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry at WVU (Posted 10/3/18)

The Morrissey Lab at WVU in the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences is seeking a Postdoctoral researcher. The overarching aim of research in the Morrissey lab is to better understand ecosystems through the consideration of microbial communities. Specifically, we study: 1) how environmental conditions structure microbial communities and 2) how the composition of these communities regulates ecosystem biogeochemistry. To accomplish these aims, we use a variety of modern genetic and bioinformatic tools in combination with assessments of microbial activity and ecosystem biogeochemistry.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work on multiple research projects funded by the DOE and USDA using quantitative stable isotope probing to understand how microbial community composition relates to carbon and nitrogen cycling in natural and human-impacted ecosystems. Applicants should have expertise in soil carbon biogeochemistry, nitrogen cycling, environmental microbiology and ecosystem science. The chosen applicant will be expected to design, conduct, analyze and interpret field and laboratory research as well as lead and contribute to scientific manuscripts and proposals. Skill in molecular biology, data analysis in R, and manuscript preparation are strongly preferred. This position requires a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university. To apply please submit your application materials to the WVU Research Corp job number 09750 (Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbial Ecology). Contact Dr. Morrissey (ember.morrissey(at)mail.wvu.edu) with any questions.


WISCONSIN 

LAKES-REU Interdisciplinary Watershed Research (Posted 12/5/18)

The LAKES (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability) REU focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary manner over an 8 week program (June 9-August 4), with projects in economics, biology, geography, and political science. Undergraduate students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program.

The research focus of the LAKES REU program is in areas of sustainable watershed management, with aspects of social, economic, and environmental approaches incorporated into broader problems of sustainability and community. Students involved in the program will be mentored by faculty members having wide-ranging backgrounds in relevant research areas

This program prioritizes under-represented students, pairing them with mentors in individual projects that collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of our political economy, our social networks, and our ecosystems. The review of submitted applications for the 2019 summer program will begin February 3rd.

Complete program information can be found here or on our facebook page here.

Questions can be directed to:

PhD Position Available on the Impacts of Climate Change on Winter Biodiversity (UW-Madison) (Posted 11/26/18)

We are seeking an outstanding student to advance the use of citizen science and remote sensing technologies to study the impacts of climate change on winter vertebrate diversity. The student’s dissertation will involve integrating state and national databases of bird and mammal observations, satellite-based observations of snow cover, and thermal data to develop species distribution models. These models will serve as the basis for evaluating the effectiveness of current conservation areas in protecting regions of high winter biodiversity. This is a NASA-funded collaboration among three labs in the department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison (Zuckerberg, Pauli, and Radeloff), the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (Carter), and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Fink). The 4-year PhD assistantship will begin in the fall of 2019 (or possibly earlier). The student will be co-advised by Drs. Benjamin Zuckerberg and Jonathan Pauli.

Applicants must have a MS degree in ecology, forestry, geography, or other related discipline. We will only consider applicants with a BS degree if they have proven relevant experience. A solid working knowledge of population modeling, GIS or remote sensing, and statistics are required. Although not a requirement, the preferred candidate will have strong experience in hierarchical modeling, species distribution modeling, and previous experience analyzing and curating large databases. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by December 23, 2018 are guaranteed full consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates. The project includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. We envision a start date of September 2019, but an earlier start date may be possible.

UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research! The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please go here.

To apply, please submit your application here

Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey (< 15 minutes), uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate).

After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates.

Graduate positions in forest ecology at UW-Madison (Posted 11/9/18)

The HART Lab is recruiting one MS student and one PhD student to study forest disturbance ecology in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Research projects will be centered on understanding the resilience of subalpine forests of the Interior West to disturbance in the context of a changing climate.

Interested applicants should visit the online recruitment survey.,where you will provide background information (e.g., undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, etc.), describe your research background and upload PDFs of your CV/resume and a sample of your writing. Review of applications will begin immediately. The deadline for assuring full consideration is December 1, 2018. However, this position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled. Following evaluation of recruitment materials, promising candidates will be contacted in early December for further discussion of the position. If you have questions about the recruitment survey or the position, please email Dr. Sarah Hart at .

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

Graduate Sudents Wanted (Posted 11/9/18)

The Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University is expanding its strength in the areas of Ecology and Environmental Science, and we are seeking committed and highly motivated graduate students. Current faculty research in Ecology is centered on investigating the processes that generate and maintain species diversity. Marquette faculty are currently studying plant, animal, and microbial diversity in tropical and temperate ecosystems, and we are currently hiring additional ecology faculty. We are seeking graduate students who are interested in pursuing large-scale conceptual questions in ecology. Marquette University offers competitive graduate stipends and benefits. Marquette is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values excellence in scholarship and teaching, as well as a diverse academic community. We encourage underrepresented groups to apply. Check them out at here. To apply, please send a CV and letter of interest to: or .

PhD in Freshwater ecology - UW-Madison (Posted 11/5/18)

The Preston Lab in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison is seeking a PhD student to begin in 2019. Research in the lab examines links between species interactions, environmental change, and ecosystem functioning in freshwaters. We are especially interested in the ecology of parasites, predators, and invasive species within streams, wetlands, and lakes. Go here for more information. While the specific research topics are flexible, the incoming PhD student will have the opportunity to work on projects related to community and ecosystem ecology of freshwater streams in the Pacific Northwest. The UW-Madison provides an unparalleled location to work with freshwater scientists from many units on campus, including Integrative Biology, the Center for Limnology, Biological Engineering, Microbiology, and others (go here). For more information about the graduate programs in Forest and Wildlife Ecology. 

Desired qualifications include relevant prior research experience, an ability to work collaboratively with a lab group, and interests that combine field and laboratory based research. Students with a master’s degree, a demonstrated record of publication, strong writing and quantitative skills, and experience in stream ecology will be given preference. Students from groups that are historically underrepresented in STEM field are especially encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be able to participate in field research over the summer of 2019, with a start date for graduate studies in Madison of fall 2019. The position will be funded to include an RA, tuition remission, health benefits, and stipend. To express interest in the position please email and include 1) a statement of research interests and experience, 2) a CV or resume, 3) GPA , 4) contact information for references, and 5) a writing sample, if possible (e.g., a publication, undergraduate thesis, or proposal).  


WYOMING

Graduate Position - Wyoming Toad (Posted 11/13/18)

PhD Graduate Assistantship available to work with Dr. Melanie Murphy (Department of Ecosystem Science and Management/Program in Ecology), Dr. Annika Walters (Department of Zoology and Physiology/Program in Ecology) and Dr. Anna Chalfoun (Department of Zoology and Physiology/Program in Ecology) at University of Wyoming in collaboration with Dr. Doug Keinath (Wyoming Ecological Services, USFWS).

The Wyoming toad (Anaxyrus baxteri) is one of the most endangered amphibians in North America, which rapidly declined in the 1970s due to unknown causes. This narrow-range endemic was listed under the ESA in 1984 and is now considered extinct in the wild. In the early 1990s, managers collected the remaining individuals to establish a captive breeding program. A small population at Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge sustained by captive-release is now one of the only known, non-captive populations of Wyoming toads. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently improved captive facilities to allow regular release of adult Wyoming toads into the wild in order to foster increased reproduction and survival. This resulted in notable increases in reproduction, as evidenced by regular wild breeding, but changes in survival are questionable because the released animals are being observed less frequently than expected. Since all released toads are uniquely identified, tracking these animals offers a unique opportunity to collect longitudinal information on: 1) individual survival, 2) individual behavior and habitat selection, 3) individual health status (e.g., Chytrid fungus (Bd) infection rate), and 4) how survival, behavior and health status relate to genotype.

Prospective students with a background in wildlife, natural resources, ecology, and/or population genetics are encouraged to apply. Evidence of robust analytical skills, ability to work independently under stochastic field conditions, strong work ethic, scientific writing, passion for scientific inquiry, and aptitude for collaborative research are expected. Additional skills in radio-tracking anuran species and population genetics laboratory skills (particularly using low quality/low quantity DNA) will be preferred but not required. Work will require animal care, hiking, working in harsh field conditions at high elevation, working in wetlands and driving a 4WD vehicle. To apply, please send a statement of interest, complete CV, unofficial transcripts, unofficial GRE scores, and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file (LastName_WyomingToad.pdf) to . Application deadline is December 3, 2018, although review of applicants will begin immediately. Preferred start date is January 28, 2019 but some flexibility may be possible for the right candidate.

Area and Institution: University of Wyoming is ideally located in Laramie, Wyoming with easy access to varied field sites and outdoor recreation opportunities. In addition, the campus is only 1 hour from Fort Collins and ~2 hours from an international airport (Denver, CO). Applicants are encouraged to investigate the Program in Ecology (www.uwyo.edu/pie), an integrated, interdepartmental PhD program in ecological science.

Support of graduate student may be through the University of Wyoming Under-Represented Domestic Minority mentoring Graduate Assistantships (URDM), which are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from under-represented/ under-served communities and to increase student diversity in our graduate degree programs on a competitive basis. Statement of interest should address if applicant would qualify for URDM. The URDM awards are funded through a partnership of the Office of Academic Affairs and the faculty mentor(s) of the prospective student. The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please go here.


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CANADA

Three-year Postdoc - Conservation Solutions lab - University of Northern British Columbia (Posted 11/29/18)

Reposting* Review of applications will begin 1 January 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

The Conservation Solutions Lab at the University of Northern British Columbia seeks a postdoctoral fellow for a NASA funded project mapping change in Human Footprint at global and regional scales, linking this change to biodiversity impacts.

The project team involves investigators from University of Northern British Columbia (Oscar Venter), Wildlife Conservation Society (James Watson), Montana State University (Andrew Hansen), Arizona State University (Scott Goetz and Patrick Jantz, NASA (Cindy Schmidt) and the United Nations Development Program (Jamison Ervin). The results of this project will inform progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in three partner countries (Columbia, Peru, Ecuador).

The postdoc will join the Conservation Solutions Lab for three years, contributing to the project by updating and downscaling the global human footprint map with the latest and regional datasets, as well as investigating empirical links between biodiversity trends and measures of the Human Footprint and forest integrity. Lots of opportunities will be available for additional projects on related topics, as well as supervising graduate students with overlapping interests.

Ideal candidates will have a passion for biodiversity conservation and a desire to contribute to real world conservation outcomes, as well as enjoy working as part of a team in a collaborative setting. In addition to a background in the ecological sciences, the successful candidate will have some combination of skills in: computer science, programming, statistics and R, working with big data, high level GIS. The candidate will apply advanced spatial and modeling techniques to work with large datasets, and should have a background to suit.

Position details: Salary is $55K CND/year, term is 3 years, based in Prince George BC, Canada.

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

Review of applications will begin 1 January 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Keen applicants will first review their recent work here:

And can check out their current people and projects here.

 

Postdoc: Temperature and endangered aquatic species (Posted 11/29/18)

 

Univesity of Waterloo is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to work on temperature variation and extinction risk. It seems extremely likely that the transient dynamics of small populations far from a stable age or size distribution may interact with autocorrelated environmental variation in ways that could significantly increase the extinction risk. In collaboration with National Research Council Canada (CNRC-NRC) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the postdoctoral researcher will examine the impact of autocorrelated temporal variation on the transient dynamics of structured population models of SARA-listed aquatic species. The position will require the analysis of temperature threshold probabilities and autocorrelation in addition to population modelling.

 

Candidates must hold a PhD in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Ecological modelling, Mathematical Biology, Statistics of Ecological Systems) at the time of appointment and have experience working in a research environment. The anticipated start date is January 2019. This is a one year position with possibility of being renewed for a second year (contingent on funding). The salary is $42,000 plus health benefits.

 

To apply, please send the following to Dr. Kim Cuddington via email: : 1. A complete CV, 2. A statement on how the applicant can fit the position (max one page), 3. unofficial transcripts, 4. Names and contact information for three referees Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is identified.

 

PhD–Plant phenology & arctic climate change (University of Guelph CANADA) (Posted 11/26/18)

Full funding support is available for four years for a PhD position in the lab of Dr. Andrew MacDougall - University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. I seek a highly-motivated PhD candidate with a theoretical or empirical background at the MSc or undergraduate level, ideally with training in plant ecology or plant evolution. The research will explore long-term responses in plant performance (leafing, flowering, senescence) to climate change in the high arctic mountains of northern Scandinavia. The work will be based off a globally unprecedented century-long data set initiated in 1917, tracking seasonal and annual variations in the timing and extent of plant performance for 140+ vascular plant species. The student is expected to generate their own research projects, based on these data and their own interests. The projects can involve field work and/or big data analysis, with ecological and/or evolutionary emphases. The student will be based out of the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph. The project is coordinated from the Abisko Scientific Research Station (Abisko, Sweden), in collaboration with Umeå University, Queens College -Belfast, and Imperial College – London. The student is encouraged to collaborate with researchers at one or more of these institutions, depending on the research emphases they chose to follow. Please e-mail a brief statement of research interest, your CV, an unofficial transcript, and the names of two academic referees to . The position starts fall 2019, although summer 2019 is negotiable.

Department of Integrative Biology;  University of Guelph; Abisko Scientific Research Station; Umeå UniversityQueens College BelfastImperial College London 

MSc position in forest ecology (Posted 11/9/18)

Seeking a motivated individual for an MSc project investigating the influence of moisture availability on forest canopies and tree growth in Canada’s western interior. Water availability can have a strong bearing on forest structure, dynamics, and carbon balance in this region. The successful candidate will obtain multispectral and thermal imagery of forest canopies using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), and combine this with daily weather and soil moisture data to investigate how tree growth responds to short- and long-term variation in moisture. Field work will be conducted in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, located near the southern end of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. The goal of this research is to better understand how increasing aridity under climate change may affect ecosystem carbon balance and the persistence of forest cover near the prairie-forest ecotone in western Canada.

The position will start in either May or Sept 2019 (depending on the successful candidate’s availability) and will be hosted at the Department of Biology at the University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada) working under the supervision of Dr. Mark Vanderwel. Applicants should have a BSc, a strong academic record in biology or a related field, and good quantitative skills.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing research interests, a CV, unofficial academic transcripts, and contact information for 2 references by e-mail to . Review of applications will begin on Dec 10 and will continue until the position is filled.

Graduate student opportunities (climate change effects on plants) – University of British Columbia Williams Lab, Department of Geography & Biodiversity Research Centre University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Posted 10/23/18)

The Williams Lab at UBC is looking for a M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. student to join our growing group in 2019 to work in an experiment examining the responses of an oak savanna plant community to changes in rainfall on Vancouver Island. The student will have the opportunity to develop their own research goals related to the broader project objectives. Research could include experiments to detect how precipitation influences flowering strategies or building population models for target species to disentangle the underlying demographic drivers of species responses.

Other ongoing research in the group includes projects on (1) contemporary evolution and the speed at which populations move across landscapes, (2) plant life history strategies in changing climates, and (3) variation in plant-herbivore and plant-pollinator interactions across space and time. We take a variety of approaches including experiments in the field and greenhouse and quantitative modeling.

Competitive applicants will have independent research experience; be motivated to develop or expand on their quantitative skills (statistical or modeling); and will bring curiosity and independence to their research. Ph.D. applicants should have or be working toward an M.Sc. (or have completed independent research that is moving toward publication) and all applicants should have a valid drivers license. A start date of May 1, 2019 is preferred to enable the student(s) to begin fieldwork next summer.

Students in the group benefit from interacting both with a diverse group of geographers interested in the environment, and with ecologists and evolutionary biologists from across UBC, who are brought together by the Biodiversity Research Centre for classes, seminars and discussion groups. They have ties with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and land managers at native prairie sites across the Pacific Northwest that can facilitate locating field sites and developing applied angles of research projects.

Applications are for M.Sc. students are due in mid-December 2018 and for Ph.D. students in mid January 2019, but they encourage interested students to contact Jennifer well before these dates. Please send an email () including a brief statement that describes your research interests, past research experience, and why you are interested in this position, and attach your CV and an unofficial transcript.

Please see the lab website for more information and find information about applying to UBC Geography here. All students admitted to Geography are guaranteed a stable minimum income that comes from a combination of teaching assistantships and UBC fellowships. Outstanding students will be competitive for a UBC Four Year Fellowship or UBC International Doctoral Fellowship and I would be happy to assist Canadian students with their NSERC applications.

Graduate Positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology (Posted 10/18/18)

Three fully funded graduate positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology (1 PhD. and 2 MSc.) are available in the Departments of Soil Science and Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. This is a unique opportunity to join an interdisciplinary project spanning the fields of restoration ecology, soil science, and plant ecology. We will be examining the potential for using biological soil crusts and tundra surface organic layers to foster the recovery of arctic plant community assemblages and essential ecosystem functions following mining disturbance. Fieldwork will be conducted at a working mine site in Nunavut, Canada with opportunities to work closely with mine company staff. We will also be heavily involved in the development and delivery of an on-site education program for Nunavut youth integrating soil science, plant ecology, environmental monitoring, restoration and traditional ecological knowledge. For more information and application instructions please go here.

Graduate Student Positions in Plant Evolutionary Ecology - Universtiy fo Guelph (Posted 10/11/18)

Looking for graduate students (MS or PhD) interested in studying (1) the evolution and maintenance of gynodioecy (a breeding system where female and hermaphroditic plants coexist) or (2) the effect of pollinator declines on floral evolution in native wildflowers.

For more information on these projects and Christina M. Caruso lab, go hereStudents will have considerable freedom to develop their projects, and could start in either Fall 2019 or Winter 2020.

Interested candidates should email me at . Please include a statement of interest, CV, and transcript (unofficial is fine). Because of funding restrictions, preference will be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.


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