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

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

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

 

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REMOTE

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ALABAMA

M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Aquatic Metacommunity Ecology (Posted 11/8/19)

The Howeth Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama invites applications for a M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in aquatic community ecology beginning Fall 2020. A highly motivated student is sought to perform novel ecological research addressing the integration of ecological succession and metacommunity dynamics in freshwater ecosystems. The objective is to understand the role of succession in metacommunity and trophic structure using replicate successional pond mosaics and a variety of taxonomic groups including macroinvertebrates, plankton, and fish. This work will utilize field-based approaches in the streams and beaver ponds of the Talladega National Forest in Alabama, including the NEON Domain 8 core site. The project can also involve dendrochronology, GIS, eDNA, and experiments at the University of Alabama Tanglewood Biological Station, depending on the students interests. This is a NSF and USGS funded research program.

Interested students should send an e-mail to Dr. Jennifer Howeth () with "2020 Graduate Assistantship" in the title and include a (1) cover letter indicating your interest in the project, (2) CV, (3) statement of research interests and experience, (4) scientific writing sample (e.g., laboratory report, thesis, manuscript), (5) GRE scores (if available), (6) unofficial copies of transcripts, and (7) contact information for three references in biology/ecology.

Application review will begin immediately. Qualified applicants will be invited to formally apply to the Department of Biological Sciences and Graduate School at the University of Alabama no later than the December 10, 2019 departmental deadline. The Department of Biological Sciences offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships and competitive fellowships to support admitted students.

Relevant Links:
Howeth Lab
Tanglewood Biological Station, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a vibrant university community with numerous cultural and recreational opportunities available. The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, located on the banks of the Black Warrior River and just minutes from the UA campus, brings a variety of shows and musicians to the city. Recreational activities such as canoeing and hiking are quite popular in the nearby Black Warrior and Sipsey River natural protected areas, and the Talladega National Forest. The major city of Birmingham, Alabama is only a 45 minute drive.

The University of Alabama complies with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of genetic information, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in any program or activity offered by the University.

M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Biological Invasions (Posted 9/25/19)

The Howeth Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama invites applications for a M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in community ecology and invasion biology beginning Spring (January, preferred) or Fall (August) 2020. A highly motivated student is sought to perform novel ecological research addressing the interaction of invasions of non-native species and metacommunity dynamics in freshwater ecosystems. There is opportunity for the development of independent projects building upon the labs recent research in model systems, including zebra mussels and zooplankton, to test ecological theory. Facilities for experimental mesocosm research are available on campus at the Indoor Mesocosm Glasshouse and outdoors at the University of Alabama Tanglewood Biological Station. Observational studies may be conducted in local or out-of-state pond and reservoir ecosystems.

Interested students should send an e-mail to Dr. Jennifer Howeth () with "2020 Graduate Assistantship" in the title and include a (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) statement of research interests and experience, (4) scientific writing sample (e.g., laboratory report, thesis, manuscript), (5) GRE scores (if available), (6) unofficial copies of transcripts, and (7) contact information for three references in biology/ecology.

Application review will begin immediately. Qualified applicants will be invited to apply to the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama no later than the December 5, 2019 departmental deadline. The Department of Biological Sciences offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships and competitive fellowships to support admitted students.

Relevant Links:
Howeth LabTanglewood Biological Station;  Department of Biological Sciences; University of Alabama:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a vibrant university community with numerous cultural and recreational opportunities available. The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, located on the banks of the Black Warrior River and just minutes from the UA campus, brings a variety of shows and musicians to the city. Recreational activities such as canoeing and hiking are quite popular in the nearby Black Warrior and Sipsey River natural protected areas, and the Talladega National Forest. The major city of Birmingham, Alabama is only a 45 minute drive.

The University of Alabama complies with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of genetic information, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in any program or activity offered by the University.

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

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

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

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

Graduate Positions in Wetlands Ecology at the University of Alabama (Posted 9/11/19)

Graduate assistantships in coastal wetland ecology are available in the Cherry Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama beginning in August 2020. Highly motivated students with experience in field ecology, environmental science or related fields are invited to apply to participate in research projects examining responses of Gulf Coast tidal marshes to sea-level rise and other environmental changes. Go here for more information on current research projects in the Wetland Ecology Lab. Students pursuing a Ph.D. are preferred, although opportunities are available for M.S. students as well.

Interested students should contact Dr. Julia Cherry via email () and include copies of their CV, GRE scores, unofficial transcript(s), and a scientific writing sample. Qualified applicants will be invited to apply to the Department of Biological Sciences by the December 15th deadline for Fall 2020 admission.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) that provide tuition waivers, stipends, and health benefits to support selected students. Depending on the project and qualifications of the applicant, Graduate Research Assistantships or Fellowships may be available in lieu of, or in addition to, GTA support.

Evolutionary Ecology PhD Position available Spring 2020 (Posted 8/3019)

An Evolutionary Ecology focused PhD position is available in Jason Pienaar's laboratory at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. The project will involve a combination of evolutionary modeling, phylogenetic comparative approaches, field data collection (with potential field work in South Africa, depending on study organism and interests) and economics approaches to studying trait evolution. The Pienaar lab centers around three lines of research 1) optimality / game theory modeling, typically using fig wasps to test model assumptions and predictions; 2) phylogenetic comparative method development and application; and 3) tardigrade evolutionary ecology. Students will be supported on a combination of GTA stipend supplemented by RA (research assistance) depending on research interests.

For more information on the biology department and how to apply, go here. For more information on the Pienaar laboratory, go here.  For more information on UA and Tuscaloosa, go here.

Please contact Jason Pienaar () for more information.

The anticipated start date for this position is Spring 2020.
Interested applicants should have a strong academic record (GPA > 3.0), be self-motivated and have a desire to learn new skills.


ALASKA

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

Graduate Student Opportunities at University of Alaska Fairbanks Jones Ecosystem Lab (Posted 10/17/19)

Seeking to recruit 2 to 3 graduate students to start summer 2020 (M.S. or Ph.D.) to study carbon and nutrient cycling in streams of the boreal forest of Alaska. My research interests focus on two general themes: 1) carbon and nutrient cycling in streams and rivers (especially in the context of land-water interactions), and 2) watershed-scale carbon cycling and climate change. Students’ research support will by either from the Bonanza Creek LTER, or their new MacroSystems project, Linking land-to-water transport and stream carbon cycling to inform meta-ecosystem carbon balance. Successful applications will have interests in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and/or ecohydrology. Students will be supported by research and teaching assistantships, which include tuition and summary salary. For more information please go here. If you are interested in learning more about research projects in my lab and the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, please send me an email () introducing yourself and your potential research interests.

Ph.D. student in watershed biogeochemistry and ecosystem resilience at University of Alaska Fairbanks (Posted 10/17/19)

The laboratory of Dr. Tamara Harms (harmslab.org) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is recruiting a Ph.D. student to study resilience of boreal catchments to changes in fire and permafrost regimes. The researcher would join a team using stream sensors to evaluate temporal patterns in carbon and nitrogen cycles as potential indicators of ecosystem resilience and impending regime change.

Prospective students should contact Dr. Harms () with a brief description of research interests, experience, and academic preparation, as well as a CV. The application deadline for the graduate program in the Department of Biology & Wildlife is Jan 15. Applicants should have strong academic backgrounds in natural science, prior research experience, and demonstrated interests in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and/or catchment hydrology. Applicants with an M.S. or significant work experience following a bachelor’s degree will receive priority. UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


ARIZONA

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ARKANSAS

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CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

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

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

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


COLORADO

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

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


CONNECTICUT

MS Assistantships in Exurban Forest Ecosystem Management at UConn (Posted 12/19/19)

Apply by 12/15/19 to be considered for MS Assistantships in Exurban Forest Ecosystem Management Starting August 2020 in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut.

Exurban development impacts ecological functioning and creates myriad challenges for land management practitioners such as small parcel management, changing landowner attitudes and objectives, and increased importance of non-traditional land management entities. The next generation of land management professionals will require intensive interdisciplinary training and knowledge, skills, and abilities that match these novel landscapes and stakeholder needs.

We offer a total of 6 MS positions beginning in August 2020 for a new Exurban Forest Ecosystem Management Fellowship program in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. The positions are for graduate research assistantships and are fully funded for two academic years with full tuition remission. The overall focus of the fellowship program is on training students to effectively navigate the land management profession in our increasingly exurban world. Specific research topics could focus on one or more of the following areas: 1) carbon and nutrient cycling, 2) managing for ecosystem resiliency, 3) synanthropic wildlife, 4) ecosystem toxicology, 5) human dimensions and landowner decision-making, 6) land-use planning and parcelization, and 7) specialty wood products and non-timber forest products. As part of the Fellowship experience, each student will receive training in exurban forest management and planning, socio-ecological systems theory and application, ecosystem science and management, and communication and engagement through project-based service learning. Fellows will conduct engaged scholarship through cooperator-based research and gain direct experience working with categories of potential employers in novel and expanding sectors of land management stakeholders.

Qualifications:

An undergraduate degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental studies, or related degree program; an interest in collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches to research and problem-solving; evidence of effective technical writing and a commitment to publishing peer-reviewed articles; applicants must be US citizens or native residents of U.S. territories.

Application procedures:

Please submit the following information as a single pdf document to with a subject line “Exurban Forest Ecosystem Management Graduate Assistantship”

1) Letter detailing your interest in this opportunity (including preference for focal area and/or faculty mentor from the NRE department)

2) CV

3) Transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial acceptable initially)

4) Contact information (name, affiliation, phone, email) for 3 references

Review of application materials will begin December 15, 2019 and continue until positions are filled.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


DELAWARE

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FLORIDA

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GEORGIA

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

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

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

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

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

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


HAWAII

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IDAHO 

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

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

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

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


ILLINOIS 

Graduate Research Assistantships in Water and Soil Quality - Southern Illinois University (Posted 11/25/19)

The Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) announces the availability of M.S. research assistantships beginning May or August 2020. Assistantships include annual stipends of $18,036 and a tuition waiver.

Successful candidates will join a team of researchers and graduate students led by Karl W.J. Williard and Jon E. Schoonover. The team is investigating water and soil quality responses to various management practices in agricultural watersheds, including cover crops, gypsum applications, saturated buffers, and tillage. Assistantships are funded through grants from the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council. Research will include significant field and laboratory components.

Qualified applicants should possess a bachelors degree in soil science, agronomy, forestry, environmental science, chemistry, biology, or a related discipline. Please email a letter of interest, resume, and GRE scores (if available) to Dr. Karl Williard, and Dr. Jon Schoonover, by December 16, 2019 for full consideration. Contact Dr. Williard with any questions at 618-453-7478. Please visit the following web site for information on the M.S. program in the Department of Forestry 


INDIANA 

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IOWA

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KANSAS

Graduate positions (PhD/MS) in resilience and global change (Posted 12/9/19)

The grassland ecology and resilience lab at Kansas State University (KSU) is looking to hire ambitious graduate students at the masters or PhD level. The disciplinary focus of the lab is a mix of community and theoretical ecology. The research area is open, but students will be given preference if they are interested in increasing our understanding of grassland and forest resilience, with an emphasis on climate change, wildfires, or reintroduction of large mammals (e.g. bison). Students will have room to develop a research agenda and opportunities to join ongoing work with long-term experiments and next-generation models. The positions are guaranteed funding for the duration of their graduate studies, which includes a generous stipend (>$27K per year).

Interested students are encouraged to contact the lab leader, Zak Ratajczak (zratajczak at wisc.edu), with a CV, unofficial transcript, a short summary of their research interests, and contact information for up to three references. To be considered for the position you must submit all application materials by December 15th 2019 here. Address your application to the Division of Biology within the College of Arts and Sciences. In your letter of intent identify Zak Ratajczak as a potential advisor.

Graduate Students in Population/ Community Ecology (Posted 10/23/19)

The Louthan lab in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University is looking for 1-2 graduate students in population and community ecology. These positions are fully funded and, ideally, will begin in the spring or fall of 2020. Their lab focuses on how species interactions and climate change jointly influence population dynamics and distribution patterns. They use a combination of observational fieldwork, field- and greenhouse- based experiments, and modeling to explore how species interactions might impact future biodiversity patterns in a changing climate. Read more about our lab here.

They are particularly interested in graduate students who are open to working at the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research site, which is very close to Kansas State University. Konza has extensive experimental and logistical infrastructure already in place and also conducts ongoing monitoring, which will facilitate graduate student projects conducted there. However, working at Konza is not strictly necessary, and interested candidates who want to work in other places should also apply.

If interested, please email Allison Louthan (amlouthan at ksu.edu) with a brief statement detailing your research interests, as well as contact information for three references and a current CV that includes previous research experience, relevant coursework, and your GPA.

Graduate positions (MS/PhD) in community ecology, resilience, and global change biology (Posted 10/23/19)

The grassland ecology and resilience lab in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University (KSU) is looking to hire two graduate students at the masters or PhD level. The goal of the lab is to advance their understanding of grassland and forest resilience, with a current emphasis on the structure/diversity of plant communities. Work in the lab is based primarily at Konza Prairie LTER, a premier NSF-funded research site. There may also be opportunities to work at other grassland sites and Yellowstone National Park, and therefore, students interested in these other systems are also encouraged to apply.

The disciplinary focus of the lab is a mix of community ecology, plant ecology, applied ecology, and theoretical ecology. As part of a newer lab, students will have extra room to develop a research agenda, along with ample opportunities to join ongoing work on monitoring, long-term experiments, and advanced computer simulations (including individual-based models). Much of this ongoing work addresses some
combination of prescribed fires, wildfires, bison reintroduction (sometimes referred to as rewilding), and climate extremes. For more information about the lab, go here.

The positions are fully funded, including a stipend (>$25K per year), with a preferred start date of summer/autumn of 2020. Interested students are encouraged to contact the lab leader, Zak Ratajczak (zratajczak at wisc dot edu) with a CV, a short summary of their research interests, unofficial transcript, and contact information for up to three references. The official application deadline is December 15th and the
application website can be found here: https://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/application-process/

For more information on the position, go here

Postdoc position in population and community ecology (Posted 9/20/19)

The Louthan lab in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University is looking for a postdoc in plant population biology. Their lab works at the intersection of population and community ecology, focusing on how species interactions and climate change jointly influence population dynamics and distribution patterns. They use a combination of observational fieldwork, field- and greenhouse- based experiments, and modeling to explore how species interactions might impact future biodiversity patterns in a changing climate. Read more about their lab here.

They are looking for someone with experience collecting demographic data, as well as constructing and analyzing structured population models. The successful applicant will be responsible for analyzing already-existing experimental and demographic data, including studies of the stress-gradient hypothesis and functional redundancy of herbivore species. The successful applicant will also help initiate new fieldwork in a variety of locations, potentially including Mpala Research Center in East Africa. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the PI to identify research questions related to the labs work, and address these questions using new or existing data.

The position will last up to two years, and could begin as soon as January 1, 2020. Applicants that will complete their dissertation after this date are also encouraged to apply, as the start date can be delayed for highly qualified candidates. If interested, please email Allison Louthan (amlouthan at ksu dot edu) with a CV, statement of research interests, and the contact information for three references.


KENTUCKY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LOUISIANA

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

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

The position is available immediately.

Additional information about the project can be found below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MAINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, go here.


MARYLAND

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Coastal Wetland Remote Sensing and Modeling (Posted 11/18/19)
Biogeochemistry Lab at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Edgewater, MD
Deadline: December 1, 2019
For more information, go here.  

SESYNC Seeks Postdoctoral Researcher (Posted 9/2019/)

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, MD, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to lead the development of an interdisciplinary research program investigating how the availability of nitrogen influences ecological processes and services to humanity. The postdoctoral researcher would be based at SESYNC but will network with Dr. Andrew Elmore and participants of an interdisciplinary science team over the next two years.

This position is ideally suited for researchers with interests in combining globally distributed ecological observations with moderate resolution remote sensing. An interest and ability to integrate observations into mechanistic models linking nitrogen availability to the functioning of food webs or agroecological systems is also highly desirable. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead the research project, coordinate collaborations, and publish results as lead author.

For best consideration, please apply by September 23, 2019

SESYNC is located in Annapolis, Maryland, and is home to approximately 15 postdoctoral researchers studying diverse socio-environmental systems. The successful candidate will be a full and active member of the SESYNC Postdoctoral community and will participate in professional development programs offered. Before applying, applicants are encouraged to learn more about the SESYNC Postdoctoral program here.

Please contact Andrew Elmore () with any questions.

PhD graduate assistantships - Cover crop effects on water and nitrogen dynamics (Posted 8/30/19)

Seeking motivated graduate students to start January 2020 in a multi-disciplinary degree (Agronomy, Soil Science, and Ecology) in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland. Students would be co-advised by Dr. Mirsky (USDA-ARS) and Kate Tully (UMD). Research will investigate the effects of cover crops on water and nitrogen dynamics in agronomic cropping systems. Students will have the opportunity to conduct field and laboratory studies as well as work with soil solution models to estimate nitrogen flux. Their labs take a systems approach to evaluating agricultural sustainability and work closely with farmers to determine how best the scientific community can meet the needs of practitioners. Applicants must, therefore, be excellent communicators and listeners who thrive in collaborative environments.

Applicants should have a solid foundation in soil science, agronomy, ecology, statistics and/or modeling. Applicants should have earned a degree at the master's level or above in the study of soil science, agronomy, agroecology, or related field. However, applicants with significant field, lab, or work experience will also be considered. The candidate must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team. Preference will be given to those with field and laboratory experience don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Integrity, enthusiasm, and creativity are required.

For more information about the project/research opportunities, please contact Dr. Steven Mirsky () and Kate Tully (). Check out agrooecolab.org for more information on Kate's work.

For more information on the graduate program and links to apply, please go here. Applications are due to the UMD grad school on 1 Oct 2019.


MASSACHUSETTS

Postdoctoral Researcher Arctic Carbon Monitoring Opportunity (Posted 12/2/19)

WOODS HOLE RESEARCH CENTER

Postdoctoral Researcher
Arctic Carbon Monitoring

JOB SUMMARY: WHRC seeks a post-doctoral researcher to collaborate on a project focused on carbon cycling in arctic and boreal environments. The postdoctoral researcher will lead the remote sensing component of this project, which includes quantifying landscape changes, mapping burned area, and developing statistical models of carbon fluxes across the circumpolar zone. The successful candidate will work closely with a team of scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center as well as collaborators at other institutions to integrate field observations, develop remote sensing-based products, assimilate observations into modeling efforts, contribute to the development of a web-based visualization platform, and engage the scientific community and stakeholders at workshops and other venues.

Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will:
Work closely with the research team to process and analyze multi-sensor satellite remote sensing data related to landscape changes, wildfires, and carbon fluxes across the Arctic within a supercomputing environment.
Collaborate on the development of predictive models using advanced statistical techniques.
Advance our understanding of how disturbances impact large-scale carbon cycling across the Arctic.
Take a lead role in project activities and collaborate with a highly-interdisciplinary team to develop an Arctic Carbon Monitoring and Prediction System.
Engage with scientists, policy makers, and other stakeholders at workshops and other venues.
Synthesize, present, and publish results.

Qualifications and Experience:
Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in Earth System Science, Remote Sensing, Geography, or a related discipline.
Experience manipulating large geospatial data sets, developing and applying statistical models including machine learning, and linking remote sensing to field observations.
Experience using satellite remote sensing data sets, such as from optical-infrared, passive microwave, and/or active radar sensors.
Knowledge of arctic tundra and boreal forest carbon cycling (CO2 and CH4).
Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, written, and verbal communication skills.
Ability to lead a research project and independently develop new research directions while also being part of a highly collaborative team.
Experience interacting with stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, community members, natural resource managers) is desirable but not required.

Application Deadline: December 6, 2019

Desired Start Date: Flexible start date, February - April 2020

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $60,000 to $65,000. This is a two-year appointment with the potential to extend. WHRC offers a very generous benefits package.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter highlighting your qualifications for this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to . Please type JWPD19 in the subject line.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) is a private, non-profit research organization and acclaimed leader in addressing the great global environmental issues of our time through science and policy. Its core focus is to conduct high quality scientific research, and policy analysis/implementation, on environmental and economic issues, particularly climate change. A leader in its field, WHRC has 60 staff members, and attracts some of today s top experts on global environment issues.

WHRC is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. WHRC is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

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

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

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

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

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

Ph.D. Position in Ecosystem Ecology at Harvard University (Posted 9/23/19)

The Taylor Lab for Ecosystem Ecology at Harvard University (beginning Fall 2020) is accepting applications from highly motivated prospective Ph.D. students interested in how terrestrial ecosystems influence and respond to global change. Research in the Taylor lab focuses on nutrient cycling, nitrogen fixation, responses to elevated CO2, fine root dynamics, plant nutrient acquisition, and forest regeneration in both temperate and tropical forests.

Their lab is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment where students from varied backgrounds can grow as early-career scientists while working to better understand how terrestrial ecosystems operate in a changing world.

Interested applicants should visit bntecology.com for more information about the labs research and here for information on applying to the department, then email Dr. Taylor at with a description of your research interests. Please also include a CV, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores if available.


MICHIGAN

Postdoctoral Researcher (Posted 11/4/19)
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
For more information, go here

Recruiting up to two graduate students in ecosystem ecology: Michigan State University (Posted 10/31/19)

The Miesel Fire and Ecosystem Ecology Lab at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI invites applicants for up to two graduate student positions to investigate fundamental and applied research questions related to forest ecosystem resilience. These positions would begin in Fall 2020 (data collection may begin in Summer 2020). One position is intended to focus on soil and/or vegetation response to fire in temperate conifer forests, and may require extended summer travel to perform fieldwork in the northern Lake States region and/or California. The second student will be expected to focus on soil organic matter dynamics and/or plant-soil relationships in agricultural soils amended with contrasting biochar treatments. This position will require summer field work at a nearby study site and other locations within the state.

They seek applicants with a high level of enthusiasm for field and laboratory research that contributes to understanding ecosystem processes and responses to natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Excellent written, verbal and computation skills are essential. Prior relevant research and post-baccalaureate professional experience is strongly desired. Successful applicants will be expected to work independently as well as collaboratively as a member of a research group, conduct field work in variable weather conditions, perform detailed laboratory analyses with a high level of precision, and publish research results. Both students will have access to substantial existing data from prior experiments, and will be expected to develop independent research questions related to the broader overall objectives of the existing studies. PhD and MSc applicants will be considered.

The student(s) will be advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel at MSU and will have opportunity for close communication with Forest Service or other agency researchers. Students may choose a degree program either through the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences or through the Department of Forestry. Successful applicants will also have opportunity to participate in MSUs interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior program (ranked among the top Ecology & Evolutionary Biology PhD programs by the National Research Council) and/or the Environmental Science & Policy Program.

Interested students should contact Dr. Miesel at prior to beginning a formal program application, by emailing as a SINGLE PDF: (1) a statement of research interests/background and professional goals, (2) a CV, (3) a list of 3-4 professional references (names and contact information), (4) GRE scores, and (5) unofficial transcripts. Please include LASTNAME, FIRSTNAME and the type of degree (PhD, MSc) you are seeking in the email subject line.

In-person meetings may be possible at the SSSA meeting (Nov 10-13) or at the AFE Fire Congress (Nov 18-21).

To receive full consideration for MSU Fellowship funding, prospective US PhD students should apply to the MSU Graduate School before Dec 5. Questions about these opportunities should be directed to Dr. Jessica Miesel ().

Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Posted 10/31/19)

Agency: Quantitative Fisheries Center, Michigan State University

Description: Seek a research associate to apply age-structured stock assessment to Lake Erie percids and other Great Lakes fishes, evaluate the potential effects of climate change Lake Erie walleye recruitment and subsequent management, support and participate in structured decision making processes, and conduct related quantitative fisheries research. The Research Associate will involve engaging agency personnel and stakeholders at the interface of technical analysis and resource management. You may also participate in other QFC activities, including preparation for and delivery of on-line and short-courses on quantitative fisheries methods and participating in consulting projects with QFC supporting partners. This position is an excellent opportunity to gain experience highly relevant to professional positions in fishery stock assessment.

Qualifications: PhD in fisheries science or related discipline with a strong quantitative background and record of research productivity in quantitative methods. Experience in conducting stock assessments, simulation modeling, and use of AD Model Builder software is desirable, as well as an experience or desire to work with stakeholders and agency personnel.

Salary: $48,500 per year plus benefits. Initial appointment is for 1 year with possibility of extensions for subsequent years on an annual basis.

Closing date: Until filled

Contact: All applicants must apply here search posting #614034. Please submit your CV, letter of interest, and transcripts (unofficial). Questions about the posting can be directed to Dr. Kelly Robinson () or Dr. Jim Bence ().


MINNESOTA

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MISSISSIPPI 

M.S.Assistantship beginning August 2020 (Posted 10/4/19)
Seagrass Mapping, Monitoring, and Detecting Plant Response to Environmental Change
The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Ocean Springs, MS
For full consideration, submit all materials prior to December 15, 2019.
For more information, go here.


MISSOURI

Postdoc Available at the University of Missouri (Posted 10/16/19)

Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Missouri

Project description: This project will quantify and synthesize data and knowledge on secretive marsh bird habitat associations across the full annual cycle throughout the Mississippi Flyway.

Agency/location: Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Responsibilities: The Postdoc will lead Flyway-wide efforts to better understand secretive marsh bird habitat associations within the Mississippi Flyway. Postdoc responsibilities include quantitatively synthesizing literature on secretive marsh bird habitat use within the Mississippi Flyway, using standard meta-analysis techniques. The Postdoc will also conduct a systematic literature review on how wetland management practices targeted for other wetland-dependent species influence habitat conditions identified as important for secretive marsh bird species.

Finally, the Postdoc will leverage project information to identify information gaps that could serve as the foundation for developing collaborative flyway-wide research objectives that address potential limiting factors of secretive marsh bird populations. The selected candidate will interact with federal and state biologists, including representatives on the Mississippi Flyway Nongame Bird Technical Section, academics, and graduate students.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field and possess a broad range of ecological interests and skills. Research will require familiarity with geographic information systems, databases, and analytical/statistical tools. Applicants should demonstrate broad knowledge of waterbird ecology, strong quantitative skills, ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders and a demonstrated ability to present and publish research.

Stipend: $50,000/year plus benefits. Position is funded for 1.5 years contingent on satisfactory performance and funding allocations. Closing date: Until filled. Start date is flexible but early spring 2020 is preferred.

Contact: Email letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references to Lisa Webb, Missouri Cooperative Research Unit, University of Missouri, 573-882-2591,


MONTANA

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NEBRASKA

M.S. position in soil microbial ecology (Posted 11/8/19)

The Pec Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney invites applications for an M.S. position in soil microbial ecology starting either Summer or Fall 2020. The student will investigate the response of the root microbiome to variation in corn root exudates. This research is part of the Center for Root Rhizobiome Innovation (CRRI) (funded by NSF-EPSCoR). The overall aim of this project is to develop an understanding of root metabolism and its influence on interactions with soil microbes and how these interactions are affected by genetic variation and environmental perturbations.

Research in my lab explores questions on the role biological invasions, biotic disturbance, and global change play in shaping the structure and, in turn, the functioning of soil microbial communities. Ongoing projects include how tree loss following biotic disturbance alters root-associated and soil fungal communities, and, in turn, soil biogeochemical processes as well as the role of soil microbes in plant invasions.

Applicants should have a background in plant biology, ecology, soil science or related fields. Experience with any of the following will be an asset, but is not required: ecophysiology, molecular tools, fungal biology.

Application deadline: Open until the position is filled. This work is fully funded for 2 years through a combination of a graduate research and teaching assistantship. Interested candidates should email a copy of their unofficial transcripts, curriculum vitae, a letter describing their research experience and interests, GRE scores (if available), and the name and contact information of three references to Gregory Pec ().

Graduate Research Assistantship at University of Nebraska Lincoln (Posted 10/25/19)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for an MS or PhD graduate research assistantship. The candidate in this assistantship will support work to improve an understanding of spatial variability underlying crop yields and associated producer profitability. Specifically the student will investigate the relationship of the National Commodity Crop Productivity Index (NCCPI), an index in the SSURGO database, to crop yields in Nebraska. These efforts will provide a research-based assessment of the ability of the NCCPI to predict crop yields in Nebraska. The selected candidate will join a collaborative research team involving faculty in Spatial Sciences (Dr. Yi Qi), Cropping Systems (Dr. Andrea Basche), and Applied Wildlife Ecology (Dr. Andrew Little).

Responsibilities for the student will include:

  • Data collection, organization, and analysis of relevant field-scale yield data
  • Evaluate the spatial relationship of crop yields to the National Commodity Crop Productivity Index (NCCPI)
  • Conduct spatial analysis and quantitative data analysis to identify hotspots of marginal or less productive regions and mapping their relationship to the NCCPI
  • Develop map products to allow for visualization and interpretation of results

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in a field related Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and Data Analytics. Applicants should have a GPA 3.0. Applicants also should have strong quantitative skills (e.g. correlation analysis, regression analysis) and organizational skills, attention to detail, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience or training with GIS (e.g. Esri ArcGIS develop and ArcGIS online), Remote Sensing (e.g. ENVI) or similar software.

GRA Stipend: Starting salary $22,000 for M.S. or $24,000 for Ph.D. Tuition Waiver: A tuition waiver of up to 12 credit hours per semester and 6-12 credit hours during summer sessions (depending on previous enrollment) is provided with the GRA.
Health Insurance: Students on assistantships are provided health insurance at a reduced rate. GRA Availability: Summer or Fall 2020

Application: To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter outlining your interests, research background, and career aspirations as they pertain to this position; a resume or curriculum vitae; copies of transcripts (unofficial); unofficial copies of GRE scores; and contact information for 3 professional references (name, email, phone, address) combined in a single PDF file with the file name formatted as lastname_firstname to Dr. Yi Qi (). Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

Population Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Nebraska (Posted 10/23/19)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in the Population Biology Program of Excellence.

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. They 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 serve as a model for graduate students in career development, promote interactions among faculty at UNL, and engage in graduate education. 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.

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 15, 2019. The expected salary will be $45,000 per year. They anticipate notifying the successful applicant by January 31, 2020, with a starting date on or around September 1, 2020. They 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. They assure responsible accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


NEVADA

Position Opening: Ph.D. Research Assistantship - Computational Ecologist (Posted 11/8/19)

The new Center for Resilience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking a motivated Ph.D. student to pursue cutting-edge, multi-university and multidisciplinary research. The student will lead an NSF-funded project (Resilience Informatics for the Convergence of Critical Capacities to Address Regional-scale Environmental Change) to advance resilience theory and its use to inform large-scale conservation practices. The Ph.D. student will work with Dr. Dirac Twidwell and lead research on how large-scale ecological transitions emerge over time, the spatial context of those transitions, and their implications for ecosystem services and the well-being of people and the environment. Additionally, as a Fellow in the Center for Resilience, the student will be trained in a new program in resilience informatics, which leverages newly pioneered spatial technologies that are capable of tracking ecological transitions over time and detect novel scaling relationships when systems undergo collapse.

The Center for Resilience is designed to serve as an interdisciplinary hub at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, connecting students across diverse disciplines such as natural resources, agriculture, engineering, computer science, and law and policy. Through the center, the student will have the opportunity to engage with an international network of resilience scholars, while also developing scientific and technical products for nonacademic partners and leading science-based management and communications. Faculty and students associated with the Center for Resilience have recently been published in Science, Nature Climate Change, and PNAS. A unique feature of the center is that scientific products are customized to put new spatial analytics and research findings into easily interpretable products for the public. This involves deep collaboration with private citizen groups, government, and industry partners to add critical capacities for collectively dealing with large-scale environmental change.

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an M.S. degree and expertise in landscape ecology, rangeland ecology, computational biology, geography, or a related field. Students should have programming experience (e.g., JavaScript, Python, R), and familiarity with spatial data analysis platforms (Google Earth Engine, GIS) is preferable. Willingness to travel to the University of Montana, a partner institution on this award, is expected to learn advanced computational capabilities and apply new spatial mapping technologies created in partnership with Google. Candidates should have demonstrated evidence of excellent writing and communication skills and be highly motivated to publish in scientific journals.

To Apply: Interested applicants should send a single PDF with the following to Dirac Twidwell () and Ronica Stromberg (Program Coordinator; ) for immediate consideration: (1) a statement of interest with well-articulated career goals, current and future research interests, and relevant experiences; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) unofficial transcripts with GRE scores; (4) an example of written work, preferably in the form of a peer-reviewed journal article; and (5) contact information for three professional references. Application deadline is December 1, 2019. Start date is January 2020. The Ph.D. stipend is $30,000 with full tuition waiver and standard graduate student health benefits.

PhD/Masters in Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing at the University of Nevada, Reno (Posted 10/16/19)

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 Masters work that will start in Fall of 2020 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 airborne and terrestrial 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 and prospective Masters students should apply to the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program.


NEW HAMPSHIRE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Start Date: Position available starting Fall Semester 2020.

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


NEW JERSEY

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NEW MEXICO 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Algal Biology

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Researcher to join a team of scientists to advance a DOE-funded project focused on enhancing productivity and stability of algal cultures by optimizing selection pressures and pest management. For more information on the project, go here. The researcher will be responsible for tracking trait drift/evolution in the lab and field and supporting field experiments in open raceway ponds.

Although supported by the NMC, the position will be housed at the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. This is a full-time position that offers a competitive salary and benefits (health, dental, life, disability and retirement plan). The start date of the position is April 1, 2020 and funding is anticipated to be available for at least three years. Continued employment through this period is dependent on performance.

The minimum qualifications for the position include:
• a Ph.D. in biology or other relevant discipline
• strong working knowledge of biology, ecology, and evolution
• experience conducting laboratory and/or field experiments with phytoplankton
• laboratory experience demonstrating an attention to detail and commitment to safe work practices
• the demonstrated ability to communicate (verbal and written) well in a professional scientific context
• the ability to work across both small and large teams
• commitment to achieving results in a complex social and organizational setting

To apply, please fill out an online application at and upload a single PDF that includes a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


NEW YORK

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to apply:

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

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

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

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

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

Post-Doc to examine Freshwater Salinization of Wetlands (Posted 11/18/19)

The research group of Dr. Rick Relyea is hiring a post-doc to conduct research on the ecological and evolutionary impacts of freshwater salinization in wetland ecosystems. This research will bridge the fields of ecology, evolution, animal behavior, and ecotoxicology. It will include a diversity of taxa including amphibians, fish, insects, snails, bivalves, zooplankton, and algae. Given the rapidly growing attention to freshwater salinization, the research will have major implications to both basic and applied science. It will also build on a large amount of salt research that has been conducted by our group during the past 5
years.

Rensselaer has an excellent group of aquatic ecologists, superb facilities for aquatic research, and a beautiful field station on Lake George in eastern NY.

Applicants should send (in pdf style) a cover letter, CV, research statement, and a list of 3 references to Rick Relyea (). Applications should be submitted by Dec 10, 2019. The desired start date is January/February 2020 to provide sufficient time to develop ideas for experiments during the 2020 field season.

For more information on the Relyea Lab, go here.

Funded Masters Position in UrbanCoastalRestoration (Posted 11/8/19)

Center for Earth and Environmental Science, State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh

Research opportunity: Dr. Mary Alldred is seeking a student to conduct research on the value of mutualistic interactions between ribbed mussels (Geukensia demissa) and smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) for the success of coastal marsh restorations within an urban, eutrophic estuary. The student will be primarily responsible for statistical and spatial analysis of existing data and will have the opportunity to participate in manipulative field experiments in coastal marshes of New York City.

Start date: January 1, 2020
Location: Summer field research will be conducted in urban salt marsh restorations in New York City in collaboration with research partners at CUNY Baruch College, Loyola University Chicago, Colby College, and the Randall’s Island Park Alliance. The primary location of study will be the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh, which offers training in a variety of field, laboratory, and analytical techniques among many environmental science subdisciplines. Our courses take full advantage of our close proximity to Lake Champlain, the Saranac River, and the Adirondack Park.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in a science discipline from an accredited higher education institution, a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 grading scale), and a satisfactory score on the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The student must also demonstrate satisfactory writing and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated potential in the areas of experimental design and analysis, environmental field research, GIS, and/or proficiency in one or more programming languages.

Funding: The student will be paid $15/hr with annual pay estimated at $19,059 in Year 1 and $18,999 in Year 2, for a total of $38,058.
To Apply: Application review will begin on November 8, with applications accepted until the position is filled. If interested, please email Dr. Mary Alldred () a single document containing: 1) a letter of interest describing previous educational and research experience, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) an unofficial copy of transcripts, and 4) contact information for at least three professional references. The successful candidate will apply online to the MS Natural Science program at SUNY Plattsburgh.

2 PhD positions in Dendroecology, Dendroclimatology and Ecophysiology at SUNY-ESF (Posted 10/25/19)

Two PhD positions are available at SUNY-ESF that address the intersecting fields of Forest Ecology, Dendroecology, Dendroclimatology and Ecophysiology. The two research projects are independent, but will have overlapping and complementary interests that will provide prospective students with a supportive network while pursuing their degrees.

Position 1: The Stella Lab seeks a motivated graduate student with interests in riparian forest ecology, ecophysiology, and dendroecology for a project investigating drought and its impact on riparian ecosystems in the Southwestern USA (Arizona and California). The research project will assess the impacts of water limitation on riparian trees using tree-ring analysis, stable isotope methods, field surveys, and geospatial approaches. The position is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with University of California at Santa Barbara and University of Cardiff, and is funded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) of the US Department of Defense.

Position 2: The Voelker Lab seeks a motivated graduate student with interests in dendroclimatology and dendroecology for a project investigating past winter atmospheric circulation variability (i.e. Jet Stream Waviness) across North America based on tree-ring data collection adjacent to Lake Superior and in conjunction with parallel data collection in California. Near Lake Superior, the research project will primarily sample live white pine trees and logs/driftwood preserved in lakes and will emphasize tree-ring isotope methods. The position is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with Utah State University and the University of Minnesota, and is funded by the National Science Foundation Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change Program (P2C2).

Both positions, will be based at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York. Prospective students can plan to take part in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science and will include a full tuition waiver, stipend and benefits for a minimum of three years. They welcome applications from motivated, curious students with ecological research experience. Ideal candidates will have a MS in ecology, environmental science, or a related field; strong quantitative and writing skills; the ability to work in remote field settings; and interests in forest ecology, climate science and tree ecophysiology. Both positions start in Spring or Summer 2020.

Applications should include a brief statement of interest and experience, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, a research writing sample, if available and English proficiency scores for non-native language speakers. Send email inquiries to one or both of John Stella () or Steve Voelker ().

ESF was established as a college of forestry in 1911 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious forestry schools in the United States. ESF operates four field facilities and >25,000 acres of mostly forested land, providing excellent opportunities for field research. Students at ESF enjoy the benefits of a small institution, but can also access the resources and facilities of Syracuse University, an adjacent large University. The Princeton Review ranked ESF as the #2 Green College, and the Sierra Club listed ESF among the nation’s top “Cool Schools”.

Located in central New York State, Syracuse is a lively city within a half-day drive of major urban centers (New York, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal), as well as abundant natural beauty (Adirondacks, Thousand Islands, Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls).

Bontany & Forest HEealth Monitoring Internships, Summer 2020 (Posted 10/23/19)

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

Free dormitory housing is available for students who live > 50 miles from BNL. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2020, but submitting the applications by December 16, 2019 is strongly encouraged. Additional information about the project, eligibility, and the application process is here.

PhD students in community ecology, species interactions, and global change (Posted 10/17/19)

The Prior Lab at Binghamton University (SUNY) is seeking graduate students to work on projects related to species interactions and global change. Go here for more details.

My lab is currently working in two systems: 1) host-parasitoid communities in western oak savannas, 2) ant-seed mutualisms in eastern deciduous forests, and I'm looking for graduate students to work in either of these systems. In general, we work on questions related to how anthropogenic change alters functionally important species interactions, and we use a variety of approaches - including fieldwork, experimental work, and genetic techniques to address questions. Their field sites are located in the Pacific Northwest, and in the Southern-Tier of New York.

We are seeking highly-motivated student(s) who are interested in global change, the ecology and evolution of species interactions, plant-insect interactions, interaction networks, field ecology, and using genetic techniques to address research questions. Students with a BS or MS n Biology, Entomology (or other relevant discipline), with experience in field research, benchwork (experience with genetic techniques), entomology, statistics, and have proven writing and communication skills are encouraged to apply. Students should also be self-motivated and independent.

Ph.D. positions will be funded via Teaching Assistantships, and Research Assistantships (for the host-parasitoid work). The student will be based at Binghamton University (State University of New York), in Vestal. The student will be part of the Biological Sciences Department, in the EEB (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) group. BU is located in the beautiful Southern Tier of NY and is one of the four major R1 University Centers in the SUNY system.

If you are interested in a position, please email me a cover letter stating your research interests and highlighting your relevant skills, your CV, GPA and (unofficial) transcript). Please put Graduate Assistantship in the subject line of the email. Formal applications to the Graduate School are due on January 15th, 2020 but please contact me well in advance (by November 2019) if you are interested.


NORTH CAROLINA 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Postdoctoral Associate - Quantitative Biodiversity Ecologist (Posted 11/21/19)
Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment - Durham
Durham, NC
Applications received by 26 November, 2019, are guaranteed consideration.
For more information, go here.

Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. Assistantship: carbon cycles and environmental justice policy (Posted 11/8/19)

The Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Laboratory (go.ncsu.edu/ecohydrology) at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with interests in assessing impacts of climate change and land use change on terrestrial water and carbon cycles and/or evaluating datasets and methodologies used for environmental justice policy. The position will begin Fall 2020 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by the Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State (geospatial.ncsu.edu).

The selected applicant will join a research group studying the implications of environmental processes for society, especially vulnerable communities struggling with legacies of environmental degradation and inequity. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

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

To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply. Applicants should hold a degree in natural resources, geography, environmental studies, or a related discipline. Students interested in developing projects in collaboration with Indigenous communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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

Ph.D. Assistantships in Geospatial Analytics at NC State University (Posted 10/17/19)

The cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics (go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd) at the Center for Geospatial Analytics (geospatial.ncsu.edu) at North Carolina State University is now accepting applications for Fall 2020 enrollment. This rapidly growing program is recruiting its third cohort of new students, with twelve fully funded graduate assistantships with $25,000 salary, benefits, and tuition support available to start Fall 2020.

The application deadline is February 1, 2020.

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

Faculty at the center develop and apply innovative techniques to advance new research frontiers (geospatial.ncsu.edu/research). They amass robust datasets using emerging technologies and use that information to simulate “what-if” scenarios of change to evaluate potential risks and trade-offs. They put these forecasts into the hands of the people who need them most by developing easy-to-use, interactive decision analytics driven by sophisticated computer models. These tools use the latest geovisualization techniques to provide meaningful spatial information in accessible and intuitive formats. Teir work also involves deep collaboration with government, industry, and community partners to address environmental and societal challenges important to them.

Students with quantitative and computational backgrounds in geography, informatics, or remote sensing are strongly encouraged to apply. They 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.

NC States unique graduate program in Geospatial Analytics 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 at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator ( or 919-515-2800), with any questions.

Graduate position, urban ecosystems, NC State University (Posted 9/25/19)

The Youngsteadt Lab in the department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University seeks applications for a graduate student position (MS or PhD) starting in fall 2020. The lab conducts research at the interface of urbanization and climate change. Their goal is to understand and manage ecological responses to anthropogenic stressors, such as changes in climate, air quality, and habitat structure. Focal study systems include invertebrates and plant-insect interactions; their research incorporates field studies, historical datasets, and manipulative experiments in the lab and field. The lab is committed to public outreach and Extension based on research results. Interested applicants are encouraged to review projects and publications here and here.

NC State University provides a vibrant research and learning community, including a broad group of scholars studying urban systems from multiple disciplinary perspectives, as well as proximity to UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and Research Triangle Park. Raleigh is a great place to live and work, with an affordable but high quality of life and diverse cultural and recreational opportunities.

Competitive applicants for this position will have:

  • Strong interest in urban ecosystems with a background in biology, ecology, entomology, or a related field
  • Prior experience in research and data analysis
  • Well-developed communication and organizational skills
  • Enthusiasm for public outreach and extension
  • Independent research goals that align with interests in the lab

To apply, please send a cover letter (1-2 pages) stating your research interests and qualifications, a CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Elsa Youngsteadt (). Review of materials will begin on October 16, 2019. Top candidates will be invited to apply to the NCSU biology graduate program, with a deadline of January 15, 2020. 

NC State is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Women and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information.


NORTH DAKOTA

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OHIO

Graduate Student Positions at Miami University (Posted 11/25/19)

The Baker Lab in the Biology Department at Miami University of Ohio is recruiting highly motivated graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.; multiple positions available) to study eco/micro evolutionary developmental biology.

Available projects include:
1) Ecological and Evolutionary biology of a locally adapted Colorado endemic wildflower focusing on environmental and genetic contributions to flower development and asexual reproduction aimed at improving conservation efforts for this species.
2) Leveraging evo-devo approaches to quantify the genetic architecture of abiotic stress to improve sustainable agriculture in crop systems.

Successful applicants will have tuition waived and at least one year of support as a research assistant. Teaching assistantships are guaranteed throughout graduate studies (4-6 years total for Ph.D.) as well as generous department support including summer support, research, publication, and conference travel costs.

Preferred candidates will have an enthusiasm for learning and interest in organismal botany, evolution, development, genetics and/or transcriptomics. The Baker Lab values diversity, inclusivity, and equity. Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are students who participated in research as undergraduates. NSF Research Experiences for Undergrads (REU) or McNair Scholars are highly encouraged to apply and application fees are waived for McNair Scholars.

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct lab, growth chamber, greenhouse, and/or field research. Summer collecting trips and field experiments may involve camping in remote wilderness areas without trails or cell phone connectivity. Students must also fulfill the standard requirements of the degree program including coursework and annual committee meetings.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Rob Baker at . Applicants will need to submit a personal statement, CV, 3 letters of recommendation, GRE scores, proof English proficiency (if applicable), and baccalaureate/MS transcripts via here.

Ph.D. Student in Freshwater Ecology (Posted 11/25/19)

The Hintz Lab at the University of Toledo is seeking a highly motivated student to pursue a Ph.D. in freshwater ecology. The incumbent will focus on the ecological and evolutionary impacts of multiple stressors in fresh waters, with a concentration on the issue of freshwater salinization. The University of Toledos Lake Erie Center will serve as home for the students research operations. The Lake Erie Center offers access to a large experimental facility and resources for field studies. Ideally the student would begin summer or fall 2020.

Qualifications: M.S. in ecology, limnology, environmental science, or a closely related field. Strong candidates with a B.S. will be considered.

Application deadline: Open until the position is filled. Interested candidates should email a copy of their unofficial transcripts, curriculum vitae, a letter describing their research experience and interests, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. William Hintz (). Please see our website for more information about the lab (www.hintzlab.com), the Department of Environmental Sciences, and the Lake Erie Center. Please reach out with any questions you may have.

The University of Toledo is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, dual-career professionals, and covered veterans.


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OREGON

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PENNSYLVANIA

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

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

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

Graduate Assistantship in Weed Ecology Lab at Penn State (Posted 11/25/19)

Seeking a motivated student with interest in weed ecology for a graduate assistantship in the newly established lab of Dr. Carolyn Lowry within the Plant Sciences Department at Penn State. Research projects could include, but are not limited to: 1) examining the role of root functional traits in weed-crop competition; as well as examining the significance of varying mechanisms of belowground competition; 2) examining how weed-cover crop competition influences cover crop provisioning of ecosystem services; and 3) examining how variation in the quantity and timing of precipitation may affect weed community composition. Students will have the opportunity to conduct field and/or greenhouse experiments, as well as receive training in weed science, agroecology, and statistics.  Opportunities are also available for the student to participate in extension events, as well as to present findings at academic meetings.

The position includes ~$28,500/year, tuition, and health insurance.

Applicants must have: 1) bachelors degree with strong academic record in agronomy, horticulture, ecology, plant sciences or a related field; 2) strong written and oral communication skills; and 3) previous field/ greenhouse research experience.

Interested students should first send a cover letter stating research interests and experience, as well as a curriculum vitae including references to Dr. Carolyn Lowry: .

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Penn State University (Posted 11/8/19)

Linking the effects of land management activities on river ecohydrology and hydrodynamics to fish population dynamics

Seeking a postdoctoral researcher to be part of a dynamic and interdisciplinary team that is using an integrated approach to understand how landscape-scale processes and land management activities are affecting instream habitat, fish health, and fish population dynamics. The successful candidate will lead the development of a modeling framework that links the effects land management activities (e.g., Best Management Practices) on river ecohydrology (chemical contaminant concentrations, river discharge, etc.) and hydrodynamics (flow velocity, etc.) to population dynamics of an ecologically and socioeconomically important fish species, the smallmouth bass. This research is focused on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, with a goal of providing stakeholders an understanding of the co-benefits of implementing different conservation practices that are primarily designed to reduce sediment and nutrient loads into streams and rivers.

The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary group of U.S. Geological Survey scientists, including ecologists, chemists, hydrologists and fish health researchers. This full-time position is located at The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

Appointment is offered as a one-year term with the possibility for renewal up to 5 years. All renewals are contingent upon available funding, satisfactory performance on the part of the postdoctoral scholar, and adherence to all University policies and professional standards of conduct.

Salary: $60,000/year plus excellent benefits.

Closing date: Open until filled.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates should be highly motivated and possess a PhD in ecology, fisheries, environmental health, statistics, or a related discipline with a strong quantitative emphasis. Good communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment are essential. Please provide (1) a cover letter detailing how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; (2) a CV; (3) names and contact information of three professional references; and (4) two relevant publications. Please submit these materials to Dr. Tyler Wagner via email () as a single merged pdf.

For more information, contact Dr. Tyler Wagner at .

Position: PhD position in stream fish community ecology (Posted 10/25/19)

Location: The Pennsylvania State University

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will perform research to help inform fisheries and water resource management and conservation by improving their understanding of the relative roles of fish species interactions, environmental factors, and how species traits influence a species response to changing watershed conditions. The successful candidate should have broad interests characterizing patterns of fish community structure across multiple spatial and temporal scales and evaluating processes and drivers that regulate those patterns.

Qualification:
M.S. in Ecology, Fisheries, Limnology, Statistics or related discipline
Competitive GPA and GRE scores
Must have excellent communication and quantitative skills

Salary: Competitive salary, plus benefits

Email a single merged pdf to Dr. Tyler Wagner () that includes (1) a cover letter describing your research interests and career goals, (2) CV, (3) GRE scores, (4) transcripts (unofficial is fine), and (5) names and contact information of three references.

Closing Date: Open until filled

OneUSDA Intership positions - Summer Technician Job Opportunity (Posted 10/23/19)

The USDA Forest Service Research Laboratory in Irvine, Pennsylvania will be offering up to three OneUSDA Pathways Internship Program positions for summer 2020. Interns will be hired in the GS-0499: Biological and Natural Sciences Technician series at either a GS-03 salary ($12.95/hr) or GS-04 level ($14.54/hr), depending on college experience. The positions are open only to students currently enrolled college. Botanical/taxonomic skills are highly sought after, given the work will consist of vegetation surveys.

The work will be conducted at two National Forests, with time split between the both. In the Allegheny National Forest (PA) the work consists of woody vegetation surveys on multiple experiments testing deer impact on native species as well as on hybrid chestnut plantings. Following the completion of this work, the team will shift south to the Monongehela National Forest to work on an experiment testing the role of prescribed fire, canopy gaps, and deer browsing on plant diversity. One summer, Two different areas, two different forest types, tons of great experience! Housing is available at a modest cost at both locations. The hiring window will open in mid- to late-October on USAJobs.gov. Any interested folks should email  their name, contact info, and a CV. When the hiring window opens,he will contact all interested folks to let them know to get their applications in ASAP.

Funded graduate student position in urban ecology at Univ. of Pittsburgh (Posted 9/25/19)

The Carson Lab at the University of Pittsburgh in close collaboration with Dr. Tim Nuttle from Civil and Environmental Consultants (CEC) is seeking a doctoral student in the area of Urban Ecology. The position is fully funded for 4-5 years. The University of Pittsburgh has formed a dynamic group of ecologists and evolutionary biologist by recently hiring six new faculty, and CEC is one of the premier ecological consulting firms in the country with 24 offices nationwide. They seek an enthusiastic and committed young scholar who would work at the interface of basic and applied ecology encompassing the fields of restoration ecology, riparian ecology, and invasive species ecology. The research would hone in on solving environmental challenges of an ecological nature inherent to urban ecosystems. Additional research outside of urban areas would also be possible. The successful applicant will have significant flexibility to carve out a dissertation within the broad domain of the goals of the project. Note that Dr. Nuttle has full adjunct status in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. At the end of the degree, it is expected that the applicant would be well qualified for either a position in academics or the private sector. For more information please see their respective websites here and here. Interested students should simultaneously contact both Dr. Carson and Dr. Nuttle and attach a CV or Resume to the email (, ).

PhD Position in Quantitative Invasion Biology (Posted 8/12/19)
Temple University’s Center for Biodiversity
Philadelphia, PA
Full applications are due to Temple’s Graduate School on December 15, 2019
For more information, go here


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SOUTH CAROLINA

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SOUTH DAKOTA

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TENNESSEE

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TEXAS

Ph.D. Assistantship - Population Genomics of Vernal Pool Invertebrates (Posted 11/18/19)
Hogan Lab
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here

M.S. positions (Posted 10/23/19)

The Department of Biology at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) has openings for graduate students interested in pursuing thesis-based Masters of Science degrees 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 at least $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 in the heart of the Pineywoods region in 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 departments website here.


UTAH 

Postdoctoral Fellow II in Marine Carbon Cycling (Posted 11/8/19)
Aquatic Ecology and Global Change Lab
Utah State University
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here

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

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

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

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

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

Graduate Positions on Plant-Insect-Microbe Interactions @ Utah State (Posted 10/23/19)

The Schaeffer Lab (www.robertnschaeffer.com) in the Department of Biology at Utah State University (USU) is looking for MS/PhD students starting Fall 2020. Potential to start earlier however may be possible for the right candidate.

The lab uses experiments and field studies, coupled with chemical, molecular, and bioinformatic techniques, to examine the ecology and evolution of cross-kingdom interactions between plants, insects, and microbes in both natural and human-modified ecosystems. Many research topics can be pursued, including but not limited to, the chemical and evolutionary ecology of plant-pollinator-microbe interactions,
microbial-assisted biocontrol of plant disease and invasives, among others. Students are welcome to work on systems in which research is already being pursued in the lab; however, I strongly encourage development of independent lines of research, as well as pursuit of external funding to support those efforts.

The Department of Biology and USU offer excellent opportunities for education, training, funding, and collaboration. All graduate students in the department are provided with a competitive stipend and benefits for up to 3 (MS students) or 6 (PhD students) years through a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Moreover, abundant opportunities for collaboration exist, given the vibrant research community that spans across the Biology department, Ecology Center, and two USDA-ARS labs focused on pollinating insects and poisonous plants respectively. Finally, being centered in the Cache Valley of northern Utah, Logan offers abundant recreation opportunities, given close proximity to the Wasatch Range, as well as National parks.

Prospective students should email me () with a note expressing research interests, as well as a description of your past research experience. Please include your C.V. and contact information for three references.


VERMONT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


VIRGINIA

Research Associate In Quantitative Ecology Of Kelp Forest Ecosystems (Posted 11/4/19)
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia
Review of applications will begin December 6, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here.


WASHINGTON

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

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

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

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

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


WEST VIRGINIA 

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WISCONSIN 

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WYOMING

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


WASHINGTON, D.C.

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AUSTRALIA

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CANADA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PANAMA

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PUERTO RICO

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