Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities

Fellowships

ARKANSAS

MS student search - agronomy, Arkansas State University (Posted 3/1/17)

The Judd Hill Foundation Research Fellowship was established at Arkansas State University through collaboration with the College of Agriculture and Technology and USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The success of Arkansas row crop agriculture depends on continual improvement in agricultural and economic systems implemented by qualified, applied agriculturalists from Arkansas Universities. This fellowship is in response to the importance of graduate level education related to sustainable use of soil and water resources in commercial crop production and protection in eastern Arkansas. The recipient of the fellowship would work as an associate in a research program directed at solving problems in managing soil and water resources for commercial cotton production in northeast Arkansas. Field research and educational outreach programs at the Judd Hill Foundation Farm (located in Truman, AR) must be a central focus of the Fellowship program. The fellowship recipient would begin studies in Agriculture or Environmental Studies at Arkansas State University in the 2017/2018 academic year. Field work could begin as early as May 2017. The fellowship is granted for two years and compensation includes tuition, fees and a salary of $18,000 annually. Send CV and unofficial transcript to Dr. Arlene Adviento-Borbe, or Dr. Michele L. Reba at .  

MARYLAND

SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellowship - Supply Chain Commitments (Posted 5/23/17)

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications from early career scholars for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship that begins in August 2017. The fellow will be in residence at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD as a full participant in SESYNC’s Post-doctoral Immersion Program and will have Dr. Rachael Garrett of Boston University and Dr. Kimberly Carlson of University of Hawaii as Collaborating Research Mentors. Drs. Garrett and Carlson are leading a SESYNC Pursuit focused on zero-forest commitments, commodity flows, and land use change in South America. Travel funds are available for the fellow to visit with their mentors and to attend scientific conferences. Read more here. Apply by May 31, 2017.

SESYNC-Microsoft Postdoctoral Fellowship - Big Data and Socio-Environmental Sustainability (Posted 5/23/17)

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and Microsoft invite applications from early career scholars for 2-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin in August 2017. Each fellow is in residence at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD, is a full participant in SESYNC’s Postdoctoral Immersion Program, and has a Collaborating Research Mentor from Microsoft. Depending on the project proposed, the fellow may invite a second mentor of their choosing that extends the fellow’s network of collaborators. This mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution. Travel funds are available for the fellow to visit with their mentor(s) and to attend scientific conferences. Read more here. Apply by May 31, 2017.

SESYNC-RTI Postdoctoral Fellowship: Modeling the Impacts of Climate Variability on the Nutritional Value of Crops and Potential Effects on Human Health and Well-being (Posted 5/23/17)

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and Research Triangle Institute (RTI) invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship opportunity, focused on modeling the impacts of climate variability on the nutritional value of crops and potential effects on human health. The Fellow will work in residence at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD as a full participant in SESYNC’s Post-doctoral Immersion Program, and will work with Dr. Robert Beach of RTI as their primary Collaborating Research Mentor. Read more here. Apply by May 31, 2017.

Graduate - Internship Opportunities

ALABAMA

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Global Synthesis of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions (Posted 6/7/17)
Department of Geography
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
Apply by July 1, 2017.
More information is available here.

PhD Assistantship available in the area of land-climate interactions at Auburn University (Posted 5/23/17)

Where: Natural Resource Management Program at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn AL USA

Job Category: Graduate Assistantship

Salary: $19,180 stipend per year + full tuition waiver

Start Date: preferably Fall 2017

When to apply: Review of application will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Where to apply: Please email a single PDF that include letter of interest, CV, transcripts, GRE score (unofficial copy is fine) and name and contact information of 3 references to Dr. Sanjiv Kumar at

Contact: Dr. Sanjiv Kumar, Assistant Professor, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University

Job descriptions: We are looking for a highly motivated and extremely hard-working Ph.D. Student for a project studying the role of land processes in inter-annual to decadal climate predictability. The project involves studying land-atmosphere interactions using climate models, remote sensing data and in-suite measurements, and reanalysis data. The student will also get training in running climate models using supercomputer and conducting sensitivity experiments by modifying land surface model parametrizations and performing land use change experiments. The project will also include developing process oriented metrics to evaluate land-atmosphere interactions in CMIP6 (Coupled Model Intercomparsion Project Phase 6) climate models. The selected candidate will have some flexibility in devolving own research focus for his/her dissertation within the larger framework of the project.

Qualification: Candidate must have a B.S. & M.S. degree in natural resources related fields, e.g. forestry, natural resources, civil engineering, agricultural engineering, biosystem engineering, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, and others. A strong quantitative skill as demonstrated in undergraduate and graduate transcripts and GRE score is needed. Having prior computer programming skill and working in UNIX/LINUX based environment are advantageous. The candidate should also possess or have demonstrated potential for an excellent written and verbal communication skill. The PhD student will be required to present his/her findings at scientific conferences, and prepare manuscript for peer-reviewed journal publication. A deserving candidate with a B.S.
degree will also be considered for a combined master and PhD program.

REU Coordinator/Educator (Posted 4/10/17)
Samford University
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Birmingham, AL
More information is available here.

Postdoctoral Fellow (Posted 3/15/17)

In conjunction with the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to develop population viability models to support Species Status Assessments and endangered species decision making, for a potentially wide variety to taxa, geographies and decisions. This is a 12 month, limited term non-tenure track position and is funded from external sources for up to two years. Continued employment is contingent on availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Success of this project will result in the development of projection models and supporting data analyses, for species under consideration for listing under the Endangered Species Act in regions 2 or 6 of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This position will focus on using available data to parameterize models of species population and habitat dynamics. The project may involve working with managers, biologists and decision makers from federal and state wildlife management agencies to conduct expert elicitation and model building workshops. For more information, go here.

Ph.D. Assistantships (Posted 3/1/17)

The Global Change Ecology Group at the University of Alabama has several exciting opportunities available for students to pursue a Ph.D. degree in plant physiological ecology and terrestrial/atmospheric interactions. We seek highly motivated graduates students to work on one of four active research areas:  

1)    Water Use Efficiency of Cellulose based Biofuels
2)    Climate and water management effects on the carbon, water and energy dynamics Everglades

Ecosystems
3)    Synthesis of eddy covariance data across regions of the southeastern United States.
4)    Urban Forestry

Interested students should apply for the Ph.D. program within the Department of Biological Sciences. The student's research interests should focus on plant ecophysiology, ecosystem physiology, or plant ecology. To be eligible for positions, interested students must meet the graduate admission requirements of the University of Alabama and have competitive GPA and GRE scores.  Applicants interested in ecophysiology should have a strong understanding of eddy covariance techniques. In addition, applicants should have strong analytical and quantitative skills and knowledge of SAS and/or R programming. Applicants with previous research experiences and/or a Masters degree in biogeochemistry, ecophysiology, forestry, or atmospheric sciences would be favored for the position.Support is by research and/or teaching assistantships with summer funding opportunities (Dependent on the area of research interest).

Interested students should send a copy of their CV, statement of research interest, scientific writing sample and unofficial copy of transcripts.  For more details, contact Drs. Gregory Starr or Christina Staudhammer ( or 205-348-0556 / or 205-348-0556).

ALASKA

Water Quality Analyst Intern (Posted 5/3/17)

The National Park Service's Southwest Alaska Network (SWAN) is seeking an intern to help finalize, summarize, and analyze vertical profile data from several large lakes in southwest Alaska, and to convey the results in a formal technical report. Specific tasks of this position will be to: (1) finalize the data via uploading, correcting, and grading them in a database called AQUARIUS; (2) produce summary statistics for the data using AQUARIUS and R; (3) assess status for select water temperature variables at a range of depths and time scales; (4) assess trend for select water temperature variables via seasonal Kendall analyses in R; and (5) document findings on status and trend in a publishable report. Time permitting, the intern will use ArcGIS and R to contribute to an ongoing analysis, the objective of which is to quantitatively link water temperatures in lakes with water temperatures in rivers downstream, in order to examine whether temperature fluctuations in rivers follow upwelling in lakes caused by wind events. For more information, go here. 

ARIZONA

Field/Lab Research Specialist position with Nancy Grimm's urban and stream ecosystems lab (Posted 5/23/17)

Full-Time Research Specialist position - Arizona State University Duties and Responsibilities The Urban and Stream Ecosystems Laboratory (Nancy Grimm’s research group) with the School of Life Sciences will be hiring a Research Specialist/Lab Manager to assist with ecological and biogeochemical field and laboratory research. Dr. Grimm and her team are conducting research on aridland streams and urban aquatic systems. The Research Specialist/Lab Manager will work with researchers in stream ecology (with a long-term project on Sycamore Creek, AZ and a new collaborative project studying stream metabolism across the continent) and urban ecology (with the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER and Urban Resilience to Extremes SRN). This position is funded by various grants for an initial appointment of one year, with an expectation of extension to the end of the funding period of the grants (December 2020). Continuation beyond the end of the grants is contingent on future grant funding. The start date is 1 July 2017, and the salary range is $38,000 - $45,000 per year (depending on experience). The successful applicant will perform a variety of work including standard field and laboratory observational and experimental procedures; installation, maintenance, and trouble-shooting of field sensors; laboratory organization and maintenance; collection, evaluation, analysis, and management of ecological data; and assistance with preparation of graphical material and manuscripts. The Research Specialist also will supervise undergraduate field and laboratory assistants. Field and laboratory research includes measurements of physical properties and structure of stream/riparian systems; biotic standing crops of e.g., algae, invertebrates, and wetland vegetation; biogeochemical and hydrologic processes; and ecosystem metabolism. Minimum Qualifications– Bachelor's degree in environmental sciences or a related field AND two years related ecological or biogeochemical research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. • Experience conducting ecological field and laboratory analyses, including troubleshooting equipment and methods. • Driver’s license and ability to drive an off-road vehicle • Willingness and ability to work outdoors in sometimes hot conditions, ability to carry equipment and field supplies up to 40 lb. • Basic office skills and proficiency with standard computer platforms and software. • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Desired Qualifications– Experience with: stream metabolism and nutrient spiraling measurements; standard techniques of water chemistry analysis; stream monitoring instrumentation, particularly hydrologic gauging instruments, automated water samplers (ISCO), field sensors (chloride, nitrate (SUNA), pressure transducers, micrometeorology instrumentation), data loggers, and sondes; statistical software such as R; GIS and other spatial mapping or analysis tools. Experience or knowledge of: stream ecology, hydrology, or biogeochemistry; taxonomy of benthic macroinvertebrates and/or benthic algae; using isotopes in ecological or hydrological research; using spreadsheets, databases and/or other data management software. Arizona State University is located in Tempe, Arizona, a vibrant college town in the Salt River valley of metro Phoenix in central Arizona, and close to countless outdoor recreational activities. ASU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume/CV to Lindsey Pollard at . Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and will be accepted until 1 June. 

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Univ. of Arizona (Posted 5/23/17)

The University of Arizona Office of Research, Discovery and Innovation—in collaboration with the Institute for the Environment—invites applications for 3-4 two-year appointments as Postdoctoral Research Associate in the recently established and cross-cutting postdoctoral cluster hire “Bridging Biodiversity and Conservation Science (BBCS): Forecasting Future Operating Environments.” Read more here. Review begins June 6, 2017.

Leaf ecophysiology postdoctoral opportunity - Macrosystems Ecology Lab @ Arizona State University (Posted 5/3/17)

The Macrosystems Ecology Lab at Arizona State University (PI Benjamin Blonder) is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher for lab startup focused on understanding leaf ecophysiology through projects involving venation network architecture, stomatal response to extreme environments, and economic tradeoffs. The position will involve both field ecophysiology measurements as well as theory development. The lab uses a combination of field, eco-informatics, and modeling approaches. Field sites are focused in forests and alpine environments in Latin America, southeast Asia, Scandinavia, and the United States. Projects could focus on any topic of mutual interest, and use a combination of field, modeling, or informatics approaches. Joining the lab at this early stage is an opportunity to gain independence, close collaboration, and active mentoring. Candidates with an interest in building on our science education and community outreach initiatives are very welcome. Funding is available for 2 years at competitive salaries, with additional support available for conference travel and fieldwork. Start dates are around February 1st 2018 but can be flexible. Information on benefits and leave policies. The lab is strongly supportive of positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers. To apply, please send a cover letter, current CV, recent publication, and names of 2 professional references to Benjamin Blonder at . The application deadline is June 1st, 2017. Please feel free to get in touch informally beforehand to discuss projects.

PhD Opportunity at The University of Arizona (Posted 5/3/17)

The Blankinship Laboratory of Biogeochemistry in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona is seeking a PhD student. The student will tackle challenges related to soil carbon (C) storage and soil health. The student will be expected to: 1) play a leadership role in a global data synthesis to unravel mechanisms of soil organic matter stabilization and destabilization, and 2) develop strategies and a scientific basis for field projects aiming to accelerate soil organic matter stabilization and improve soil health. The ideal student will have a strong passion for and a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in soil science, biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, or a related field. The student should have strong data analysis skills, laboratory and/or field experience collecting environmental data, and excitement for connecting science to societal challenges.

The University of Arizona is located in beautiful Tucson near abundant field sites including the Catalina-Jemez Critical Zone Observatory, Santa Rita Experimental Range, Maricopa Agricultural Center, and Biosphere II. To apply, please send a: 1) letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for three references to .

Please type “Soil Carbon PhD Opportunity” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is May 5 with a preferred start date on or before August 1.

For more information, please contact Dr. Joseph Blankinship at the email address above.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 4/17/17)
The University of Arizona Office of Research, Discovery and Innovation
The review date has been extended to 5/1/17.
Tucson, AZ
Posting No. P20351
More information can be found here.
 

PhD opportunity at University of Arizona (Posted 3/23/17)

The Blankinship Laboratory of Biogeochemistry in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona is seeking an exceptional PhD student. The student will tackle grand challenges related to soil carbon (C) storage and soil health. The student will be expected to: 1) play a leadership role in a global data synthesis to unravel mechanisms of soil C stabilization and destabilization, and 2) develop strategies and a scientific basis for field projects aiming to accelerate soil C sequestration and enhance soil health. The ideal student will have a strong passion for and a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in soil science, biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, or a related field. The student should have strong data analysis skills, laboratory and/or field experience collecting environmental data, and excitement for connecting science to societal challenges. The University of Arizona is located in beautiful Tucson near abundant field sites including the Catalina-Jemez Critical Zone Observatory, Santa Rita Experimental Range, Maricopa Agricultural Center, and Biosphere II. Recreational opportunities also abound. To apply, please send a: 1) letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for three references to . Please type “Soil Carbon PhD Opportunity” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is May 5 with a preferred start date on or before August 1. For more information, please contact Dr. Joseph Blankinship at the email address above. 

Summer internship opportunties at Arizona Game and Fish Department (Posted 2/13/17)

The Arizona Game and Fish Department offers paid summer internship opportunities in cooperation with participating college and universities. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in gaining hands on practical work experience while working with a diverse group of professionals in the fields of wildlife science, biological science, wildlife management, and many other professions within the Department. What is the Arizona Game and Fish Department? The Arizona Game & Fish Department is responsible for managing Arizona’s fish and wildlife resource as an enduring public trust. In addition, the department is charged with promoting safe and responsible use of watercraft and off-highway vehicles. Funding is provided from the sale of licenses and permits; watercraft registration fees; federal excise taxes on firearms, fishing equipment, boats, and other sporting goods; state lottery revenues; donations on state income tax forms; and various contracts and grants. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission, whose five members are appointed by the governor, set department policy.

Internship guidelines & overview: The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking students to work during the summer to perform duties in the area of wildlife management. Students will perform duties under close supervision.  Duties may include: collecting data, tracking, monitoring and counting animals, computer entry, developing educational materials, conducting creel surveys, fish sampling, habitat measurement, fish stocking, hiking, camping, swimming or working varied hours.  Fieldwork may involve long days outdoors in extreme temperatures. Student interns are hired on a temporary basis and paid an hourly rate of $11.00 (returning interns at $12.00). Interns are not benefit eligible and work at the discretion of the appointing authority. Interns may be employed until they no longer meet the program requirements or the department determines that the work is no longer required. Assignments are typically full-time (unless indicated by hiring supervisor) and generally last between 8 to 12 weeks.

Eligibility requirements

  • Currently enrolled in curriculum leading towards a Bachelor’s or higher level degree on a full time basis (usually 12 semester hours) and pursuing a major in Wildlife Biology or closely related field applicable to the internship opportunity (subject to verification)
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Ability to pass a post-offer physical exam (if applicable)
  • Valid driver's license (free of restrictions, if applicable)

Application & Selection Process

  • Eligible students interested in summer employment must apply through www.azstatejobs.gov .  Click “Search for Jobs” and select “Game and
    Fish Department” from the agency dropdown. 
  • Students must submit a cover letter and resume in one document when applying.  
  • Students must outline in their cover letter, by priority and by hiring supervisor name, the internships they choose to apply for.  Students may
    select up to five internships to apply for.  
  • Students must attach unofficial transcripts of college coursework.
  • Resumes must be submitted to the site no later than close date.    

The anticipated start date for the internships is May 22, 2017.   

For additional information on the internship program, contact Milani Barron, Staffing Manager at (623) 236-7319 , or Brisa Daniel, Staffing Analyst at (623) 236-7323 .

ARKANSAS

Postdoc in stream ecology and environmental flows (Posted 3/23/17)

A Post-Doctoral Fellow is available at University of Arkansas for a project examining flow-ecology relationships and environmental flows assessment for the Ozark-Ouachita Interior Highlands and West Gulf Coastal Plains.  We have previously classified stream types within Arkansas and the surrounding region based on hydrology and geomorphology.  Our current objective is to develop hydrology-ecology relationships within flow classes using our data and other existing hydrologic and biological databases.  Important products of this work will be regional flow-ecology relationships that will form the scientific framework for setting environmental flow standards and understanding impacts of land use and climate change.  These flow-ecology relationships will help determine environmental flow needs in the Ozark-Ouachita Interior Highlands and the West Gulf Coastal Plains and will provide the basis for conservation of numerous aquatic species.  This project will involve extensive work with GIS and quantitative analysis to model flow-ecology relationships and may also involve field work in the Interior Highlands and lab experiments.

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, fisheries, biology, or a related field.  Previous research experience with fish, invertebrates and/or streams is preferred.  Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of GIS are required.  Applicants must be responsible, motivated, and able to work independently and in a research team.

Post-doctoral position offers competitive salary and benefits.  Start date is June 1, 2017 or negotiable.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

Interested applicants should send: 1) a letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) names and telephone numbers of three references via email to Dan Magoulick at .  For additional information, go here or call 479-575-5449.  For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, go here.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Botanical Diversity Doctoral Student Position at Arkansas State University (Posted 3/15/17)

The Marsico Lab is seeking a Ph.D. student interested in researching patterns of vascular plant biodiversity in the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, the most understudied region in the State of Arkansas.  Experience with identifying vascular plant species and techniques for specimen collection and curation is required.  In addition to an interest in basic science, a desire for applied research in conservation and habitat restoration is also a plus.  

A master’s degree in botany, biology, ecology, or related field is preferred; candidates with commensurate experience will also be considered.  We are seeking a driven self-starter with a desire to conduct important research on basic and applied aspects of plant biodiversity in a highly modified landscape.  Working with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission to identify areas for preservation or restoration will also be part of this position.  The Mississippi Alluvial Plain is divided into 10 EPA Level IV ecoregions, and virtually nothing is known about the differences in these ecoregions floristically.  The student will be expected to develop a dissertation project with a goal to identify unique elements of the flora and biogeographic mechanisms for maintaining diversity.  

Georeferencing existing data records is an important part of the projects to make efficient use of historical and previously untapped existing research effort.  

This position includes the opportunity for the student to serve as a Collections Assistant in the Arkansas State University Herbarium with tuition covered through grant / program funding.  Applicants who are first generation college students and/or underrepresented minority students are encouraged to apply.  The successful applicant should begin in August 2017.  This is a funded position.  Funding for the Ph.D. student is provided by the National Science Foundation through their Collections in Support of Biological Research and Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs.  

Therefore, suitable candidates must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees.  Scholarship recipients must also demonstrate financial need through a FASFA form.

Arkansas State University is an emerging research-intensive institution with a successful Environmental Science Ph.D. program.  We are located in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on Crowley’s Ridge, overlooking the Mississippi Alluvial Plain.  Jonesboro is a safe and welcoming community of about 70,000 residents with a relatively low cost of living.  

Cultural events are plentiful on campus and around town and proximal to the opportunities afforded by the Memphis metropolitan area.  Outdoor recreational opportunities abound in nearby wetlands and on the ridge, and A-State is located about an hour from the Ozarks.

If interested contact Dr. Travis Marsico at .  You can learn more about the lab at www.travismarsico.com.  You can learn more about the scholarship program HERE.  

If you plan to apply, please send an email to that includes

1) a cover letter describing your interests, career goals, and relevant research experiences and skills;
2) your Curriculum Vitae [including names and contact information for three references];
3) a copy of your GRE scores; and 4) a copy of your academic transcripts.  Review of requested pre-application materials listed above will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

CALIFORNIA

Postdoctoral Scholar in aquatic plant weed control and restoration at UC Davis (Posted 6/14/17)

The Gornish lab at the University of Arizona and the Grosholz lab at the University of California, Davis, seek a postdoctoral scholar to manage a weed control and restoration research project fully funded by the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy and the California Department of Water Resources, entitled ‘Investigations of restoration techniques that limit invasion of tidal wetlands.’ The project goal is to investigate revegetation techniques using native plants that deter colonization of invasive species in tidal wetland restoration sites to create a baseline of empirical knowledge of these techniques that can be employed in restoration project plans within the Bay Delta, CA. The postdoc will be responsible for: securing, deploying and maintaining experimental treatments, collecting and analyzing data from the study, taking the lead on manuscript preparation, and presenting results at relevant local and regional meetings. We seek an individual with a PhD in ecology, invasion biology, aquatic management, restoration ecology, or related field. We expect candidates to have experience managing projects in aquatic systems, collecting plant data, and analyzing data.

Women and members of underrepresented groups in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply.

The postdoc will be situated in an office on the UC Davis campus.

Preference will be given to candidates who can start on or close to August 1, 2017. The position is available for up to three years, with an initial appointment for one year and subsequent years based on satisfactory progress and mutual consent.  Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references to Elise Gornish at . Application reviews will start June 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Conservation Ecology: Climate smart connectivity for Southern California wildlife Biology Department San Diego State University (Posted 6/14/17)

Qualifications: We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in species distribution modeling and familiarity with population and connectivity modeling. A PhD is required as well as strong mathematical and programming skills. The candidate must be fluent in R and GIS; familiarity with Python is preferable. The candidate should be able to work both independently and in a collaborative setting with project stakeholders at the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Climate Science Alliance – South Coast. Familiarity with the Southern California ecosystems is desirable.

Job Description: Start date is as soon as possible. The postdoctoral researcher will work on a project funded by California’s Wildlife Conservation Board and a State Wildlife Grant to identify and prioritize corridors to promote population resilience for five focal Southern California wildlife species under threat from climate change, land use change, and altered disturbance regimes. The project combines traditional habitat niche modeling, recent advances in connectivity modeling, and spatially-explicit demographic dynamics for populations undergoing disturbances and/or management actions. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at San Diego State University (SDSU) and will work under the direction of Rebecca Lewison (SDSU) and Megan Jennings
(SDSU) and with external collaborator Erin Conlisk (Pt Blue Conservation Science). The project may require travel within California. Model development and analysis will include: 1) providing habitat suitability ensemble forecasts for five focal species, 2) using least cost path and resistance connectivity modeling to identify corridors, 3) constructing population models that incorporate (1) and (2) to explore species resilience under different corridor scenarios, and 4) using decision support tools to prioritize corridors. The researcher will be expected to prepare results for peer reviewed journals.

Appointment: 75-100% time appointment for one year from start date, with the possibility for additional year(s) of funding contingent upon performance. Salary is $43,000 a year plus benefits.

To apply: Please send your letter of interest, CV, contact information for three references and any inquiries to Megan Jennings at . Please put “Quantitative Postdoc” in the email subject heading. The position will remain open until filled, but application review will commence on July 7, 2017. San Diego State University is an equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral Position in Linking River Archetypes and Catchment Terrains in California (Posted 6/14/17)

The University of California, Davis invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position to research linkages between river archetypes and catchment terrains. Landscape patterns and landscape elements such as hillslopes, streams, and riparian zones influence hydro-biogeochemical functional areas of watersheds as well as hydro-geomorphic dynamics and river ecosystem functions. Prediction of these landscape elements and their relationship across a wide range of scales is an important scientific problem with societal ramifications. The project team is working with the State of California on designing environmental flows for the diversity of hydrogeomorphic settings in the region. For a region of this size, it is essential to ascertain ways of using information from data rich locations and spatial scales to inform those that are data poor using training datasets. The project will involve multivariate statistical analysis, terrain analysis, data mining, and ensemble machine learning techniques. These will be applied to multiple spatial scales of terrain data, spanning scales from physiographic provinces down to local channel geomorphic units.

The successful candidate will interact with diverse researchers and stakeholders in academia and state agencies. Candidates must have a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Civil Engineering, Physical Geography, Hydrology, Geology, Soil Science, Ecology, or related field. Extensive knowledge in terrain analysis, data mining, data management and analysis, and computer programming are preferred. The successful applicant may participate in some fieldwork, but this will depend on applicant preference and project needs. Proven experience with statistical analysis, geospatial analysis, and computer programming (including preferably R and/or Python), is preferred. Excellent data management skills and a journal publication track record are preferred. Salary and employee benefits will conform to the terms of the UC system-wide postdoctoral scholars’ union. There are over 1,000 postdocs at UC Davis, providing a diverse, vibrant community of scholars.

The application deadline is July 3, 2017. There is some flexibility with the start date, ranging from August 1 to September 15, 2017. Please send curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to Professor Greg Pasternack by e-mail to . UC Davis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

REU student for summer project at UCSB (Posted 6/7/17)

Looking for an NSF-REU student to work on several laboratory projects at UC Santa Barbara for two months (July/August; exact dates negotiable) of 2017. A stipend will be provided for housing, food, and amenities. These projects will be focused on soil and litter samples imported from the Mpala Research Centre’s Kenya Long-term Exclosure Experiment (KLEE), a 20-year herbivore experimental exclosure in Laikipia, Kenya; the projects themselves will enrich existing data sets being collected by several researchers both in the lab and in the field at the KLEE. 

Project details: the student will work directly with a PhD candidate in the Young lab in the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology department, on several projects.

-First: the student will learn to conduct and subsequently carry out microbial biomass

extractions on soil samples from the KLEE; these soils came from a variety of soil ‘types’

within four experimental herbivore exclosures, each of which excludes a different combination of large-bodied native and domestic herbivores. The data from this project (extractable soil carbon, soil organic matter, and extractable soil microbial biomass) will join a dataset detailing the soils’ potential microbial respiration rates, providing a rich combined dataset that will contribute to understanding why differences in soil microbial respiration occur in response to herbivore presence/absence on the landscape.

-Second: the student will work with dried grass litter from the KLEE, which had been

deployed in the field as a year-long litter decomposition experiment to explore the rate of carbon turnover in the field in response to herbivore presence/absence. These dried samples were deployed for between 1 and 12 months in 2015/2016, and have been stored in air-tight plastic bags at Mpala since. The student will grind, process and analyze the imported samples to determine their ratios of carbon to nitrogen, in order to illuminate the relative weight loss of each in response to herbivore treatment. 

The undergraduate student who receives this job must be interested in community ecology, ecosystems ecology (e.g. nutrient cycling), and learning new laboratory techniques. This student must be amenable to spending a lot of time in the lab, but there is also opportunity for several days of field work in the lower Sierras! This would take place with several Young lab graduate students in a local herbivore presence/absence experiment; this opportunity will give the REU student the chance to experience field work in an herbivore experiment first-hand and couple it with their experience working on samples from the KLEE; having the ability to experience both will round out the student’s overall experience researching the impacts of experimental herbivore ‘loss’ and land-use change on ecosystem carbon dynamics. 

If interested, please send an updated resume and a 2-paragraph explanation of your interest in ecology and the project at hand, plus any relevant experience you may have had, to . Provide your contact information and your availability for the months requested. The REU student would be expected to find housing in Santa Barbara (with logistical aid from the graduate student advisor) and be able to commit to a period of 2 months of work on the project. The available time window for this project is July through August, with limited flexibility on dates for either end.

Research technician position in plant community ecology (Posted 5/26/17)

The Kraft Lab at UCLA seeks a full-time research technician in plant ecology to join our research group. The primary focus of this position will be assisting in ongoing field studies in annual plants aimed at linking functional trait variation to species coexistence at local and landscape scales. Much of this work is conducted at the Sedgwick Reserve near Santa Barbara, CA and the technician would be expected to spend multi-day stretches of time working at the reserve with members of the lab and staying in on-site researcher housing during busy times of the year.

We seek someone who is detail oriented, reliable, and enthusiastic about working with a diverse group of annual plants in a beautiful but rustic field setting. This is an ideal position for a recent college graduate seeking to gain research experience before applying to graduate school. A background in plant ecology, field botany, or related fields is highly desirable. More details about the lab can be found here. The ideal start date is late summer 2017, though exact date is negotiable. Pay will be commensurate with experience, position provides health benefits.

To apply, please send a CV, a letter of interest, and the names and contact details of at least two references to Nathan Kraft () with the subject heading of “research technician application”. Review of applications will begin in early June and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Position in Ecogeomorphology of Mountain River Archetypes in California (Posted 5/17/17)

The University of California, Davis invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position to research mountain river archetypes, including interdisciplinary ecological, hydrological, geomorphic, and hydraulic considerations. The project team is working with the State of California on designing environmental flows for the diversity of hydrogeomorphic settings in the region. River archetypes support different ecological functions, so the nexus among flow regime, river morphology, and ecological functions is essential to the real-world problem. It is also at the forefront of topics in basic integrated river science and water resources management. The project will involve some field work depending on the skills and interests of the successful applicant, but primarily a combination of computational tasks using existing datasets, including multivariate statistics, river corridor terrain analysis, synthetic terrain design, flow regime analysis, ecohydraulic modeling, and ecological function analysis. Some of these tasks will be facilitated by teamwork with students and colleagues. The field settings include the Eel and Sacramento Rivers.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research, the successful candidate will receive training as needed to supplement their initial capabilities. The successful candidate will interact with diverse researchers and stakeholders in academia and state agencies. Candidates must have a PhD in Physical Geography, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Ecology, Geology, Applied Math, Statistics or related field. Proven experience with multivariate statistics, geospatial analysis, and computer programming (preferably R and Python) is preferred. Excellent data management skills and a journal publication track record are preferred. Salary and employee benefits will conform to the terms of the UC system-wide postdoctoral scholars union. There are over 1,000 postdocs at UC Davis, providing a diverse, vibrant community of scholars.

The application deadline is June 1, 2017. There is some flexibility with the start date, ranging from July 15 to September 15, 2017. Please send curriculum vitae and contact information for three academic or professional references to Professor Greg Pasternack by e-mail to . UC Davis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Postdoctoral Scholar in aquatic plant weed control and restoration at UC Davis (Posted 5/10/17)

The Gornish lab at the University of Arizona and the Grosholz lab at the University of California, Davis, seek a postdoctoral scholar to manage a weed control and restoration research project fully funded by the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy and the California Department of Water Resources, entitled ‘Investigations of restoration techniques that limit invasion of tidal wetlands.’ The project goal is to investigate revegetation techniques using native plants that deter colonization of invasive species in tidal wetland restoration sites to create a baseline of empirical knowledge of these techniques that can be employed in restoration project plans within the Bay Delta, CA. The postdoc will be responsible for: securing, deploying and maintaining experimental treatments, collecting and analyzing data from the study, taking the lead on manuscript preparation, and presenting results at relevant local and regional meetings. We seek an individual with a PhD in ecology, invasion biology, aquatic management, restoration ecology, or related field. We expect candidates to have experience managing projects in aquatic systems, collecting plant data, and analyzing data. Women and members of underrepresented groups in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply.

The postdoc will be situated in an office on the UC Davis campus.

Preference will be given to candidates who can start on or close to July 1, 2017. The position is available for up to three years, with an initial appointment for one year and subsequent years based on satisfactory progress and mutual consent. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references to Elise Gornish at . Application reviews will start May 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

NCEAS Postdoctoral Soil Carbon Fellow - Santa Barbara, CA (Posted 5/3/17)

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) seeks candidates for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to advance understanding and managing of soil organic matter for environmental outcomes and human well-being. The Fellow will be responsible for leading several analyses in a recently funded SNAPP (Science for Nature and People Partnership) working group project aimed at developing quantitative targets to manage soil organic matter for environmental and human outcomes. The Fellow will be able to participate in environmental data science trainings at NCEAS and similar organizations. The Fellow is also expected to pursue an independent research program of her or his design that addresses soil organic matter through analysis and synthesis of existing data. Primary consideration will be given to completed applications submitted before May 25, 2017. More information can be found here.

Avian Agro-Ecology Postdoc at UC Davis (Posted 5/3/17)

Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in agro-ecology, community ecology, and/or conservation biology to join Daniel Karp’s lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. The appointment will be for one-year with the possibility of extension based on performance. More information is available here. Review beings on May 15, 2017.

Postdoc/Project Scientist (Posted 5/3/17)

The Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Project Scientist to conduct original research on the response of anadromous salmonid populations to climate change, under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Martin at the National Marine Fisheries Service. More information is available here. (Open until filled. Initial review 5/17/17)

Postdoc Position - Avian Agroecology - UC Davis (Posted 4/17/17)

Seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in agro-ecology, community ecology, and/or conservation biology to join Daniel Karp’s lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. The appointment will be for one-year with the possibility of extension based on performance.

OVERVIEW
The postdoctoral researcher will join a collaborative and interdisciplinary team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates focused on exploring strategies to manage birds and bird-mediated ecosystem services on strawberries fields in California agro-ecosystems. The team is based at UC Davis (Prof. Daniel Karp), UC Berkeley (Profs. Kathryn De Master), UC Riverside (Prof. Erin Wilson Rankin), Washington State University (Prof. William Snyder), and the University of British Columbia (Profs. Jiaying Zhao and Kai Chan), and is supported through the United States Department of Agriculture’s BENRE program area.  

Birds are increasingly viewed as pests and potential foodborne disease vectors in farmlands. Yet birds also benefit growers by consuming pests. The core aims of this project are to: (1) identify pest, disease vector, and beneficial bird species and quantify their net economic impact on strawberry crops, (2) determine how farms could be co- managed to achieve conservation, food safety, and production goals, and (3) explore how farmers’ values and attitudes towards birds influence farming practices. Through our socio-ecological approach and by disseminating findings in workshops and with decision-support tools, this project has great scope for changing practices and reframing grower attitudes towards birds.

The project postdoc, with advice and mentorship from Karp and other project personnel, will be responsible for the execution of ecological field research including: bird and insect censuses across 20 farms, nest monitoring, and exclosure experiments.
The postdoc will also coordinate a mist-netting program to obtain bird fecal samples, which will be used to build bird diet profiles though DNA meta-barcoding. In the field, the postdoc will oversee undergraduate assistants and work with a project coordinator to recruit and maintain relationships with growers. Two 3-month field seasons in the California Central Coast are anticipated. The postdoc will be additionally responsible for (1) helping coordinate monthly project meetings, (2) data management, (3) statistical analysis and modeling of ecological field data, (4) preparation and submission of academic manuscripts, and (5) development and dissemination of outreach materials.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• A Ph.D. in Ecology or a closely related field.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers, growers, and practitioners from different backgrounds.
• Experience designing, planning, and executing ecological field research.
• Demonstrated ability to follow through on project deliverables and communicate findings in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
• Strong statistical skills and demonstrated proficiency with R or another statistical program.
• Strong attention to detail, evidenced by prior research.

The following qualification are preferred but not required:
• Prior experience working in agro-ecosystems and/or interfacing with growers.
• Prior experience managing large-scale field projects and mentoring students.
• Experience in bird identification and ornithological field methods such as mist-netting, point-count censuses, and/or nest searching.
• Demonstrated ability and/or desire to integrate results across interdisciplinary teams.

TO APPLY:
Please apply by preparing: (1) your CV inclusive of publications, awards, and field experience, (2) a cover letter discussing your qualifications, research interests, and motivations for this position, (3) a 1-2 paragraph summary about your commitment to and/or experience with furthering diversity in the sciences, (4) a 1-2 paragraph statement regarding your interest in and/or experience with engaging growers and interdisciplinary research teams, and (5) contact information for 3 references. Send all materials to with the subject line: “Post-doc USDA BENRE application.”

For more information about research in Daniel Karp’s lab, go here. 

Quantitative / Spatial Ecology Post-Doc (Posted 3/15/17)

The Quantitative/Spatial Ecology Post-Doc (QSP), while working for Point Blue will collaborate with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), The Nature Conservancy, and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC) to develop ecological forecasting models for water and wildlife in California’s Central Valley. These models will be designed to inform a decision support system that can guide the optimal allocation of water to meet biodiversity and ecosystem services targets. For more information, go here.

COLORADO

CIRES/Earth Lab Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Natural Science of Coupled Extremes (Posted 5/26/17)
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
University of Colorado
Job No. 09415
More information is available here.

CIRES/Earth Lab Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Social and economic impacts of extremes (Posted 5/26/17)
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
University of Colorado
Job No. 09414
More information is available here.

CIRES/Earth Lab Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Human Health and Environmental Change (Posted 5/26/17)
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
University of Colorado
Job No. 09413
Apply by June 9, 2017
More information is available here.

CIRES/Earth Lab Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Settlements and Environmental Change (Posted 5/26/17)
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
University of Colorado
Job No. 09412
More information is available here.

Colorado Public Lands Internship Opportunities (Posted 4/17/17)

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Colorado is offering multiple internships in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, and the Colorado 14ers Initiative (CFI).  These positions are located in Northwest Colorado with the CFI positions based on Mt. Elbert and Quandry Peak. For a more detailed description of each position and to apply, go here.

PHD position in pollinator biodiversity (Posted 3/30/17)

A PhD opportunity in the Forest Health lab is available in the Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. Research associated with this position will focus on building a comprehensive evaluation of wild pollinator biodiversity in rangeland and grassland habitats of Colorado, evaluating linkages between plant and pollinator functional traits, and assessing the effects of biotic and abiotic disturbances on pollinator abundance and functional diversity. Project data will be used to develop research publications, guide ecosystem management, and  develop online calculator tools for natural resource managers. The successful candidate will have strong quantitative, writing, and field skills. Field work for this project is set to begin July 2017 with formal coursework beginning in fall semester 2017, so interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applicants with MS-level research experience and/or experience in pollinator identification or Python programming are preferred. Interested candidates please send a CV and statement of interest to Seth Davis (). 

PhD opportunity in forest ecology (Posted 3/23/17)

A PhD opportunity is available in the Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. Research associated with this position will combine silvicultural and ecophysiological approaches to understand stand development and aboveground biomass accumulation in Gambel oak woodlands. This research will directly support management efforts related to fuel hazard management, ecosystem restoration, and C accounting. This position is available starting fall semester, 2017. Funding is provided for three years, and consists of a competitive stipend plus six semesters of in-state tuition. Successful applicants will have demonstrated the ability to organize and manage field research efforts at the graduate level, have strong quantitative and writing skills, and be proficient with analytical software such as SAS/R, ArcGIS, etc. Applicants with MS-level research experience in forest or woodland ecology, plant physiology, forest growth and yield study, or a closely related discipline are preferred. If interested, please send a CV and statement of interest  to Seth Ex ().

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunity: Carbon cycling in alpine ponds of Colorado (Posted 3/15/17)

Dr. Scott Wissinger and Dr. Amanda DelVecchia
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Allegheny College

Seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student to conduct a 10-week research project investigating patterns in CO2 saturation and efflux across alpine ponds in Gothic, Colorado. The project involves rigorous field sampling, measurement of headspace samples on a gas chromatograph and/or LiCor, and collection of routine hydrologic measurements.  Student should have taken basic biology and chemistry classes and should be in good academic standing.  An interest in ecology and/or hydrology is preferred.  Experience with both field and lab techniques is also preferable, but not necessary.  

Sampling requires hiking with equipment to 12,000 feet in elevation in variable weather conditions – thus student should be comfortable in wilderness conditions and in excellent physical condition.  The student should also be comfortable living in a relatively remote setting.

Position includes room, board, and stipend from the beginning of June to mid August.  The student will be housed at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (www.rmbl.org) and will be enrolled in RMBL’s REU program, where the student will be able to participate in routine meetings and a symposium at the end of summer.  The student will also be part of a large team of aquatic ecologists including professors, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate research assistants, and other REU students.

To apply, please send a CV, academic transcript, and 1 page statement of interest to

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ecology (Posted 3/1/17)

The Nature Conservancy’s Global Land’s Program is recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with an interdisciplinary team to examine the ecological roles of wild birds on west-coast organic vegetable farms in California, Oregon, and Washington. Wild birds serve both as predators of herbivorous insects and as vectors of human/livestock pathogens and parasites. This USDA-funded project seeks to understand the trade-offs between avian conservation and farm production to inform practical, science-based recommendations and to tailor tools to farmers for wild-bird management. This research will integrate avian ecology, landscape ecology, molecular biology, host-parasite interactions, and disease modeling in agroecosystems. Project and partners include The Nature Conservancy, Washington State University, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and University of California-Riverside. Click here for more information. Search Job ID: 45085

CONNECTICUT

Highstead Seeks Conservation Science Research Assist ant – Summer/Fall 2017 (Posted 5/23/17)

Highstead is seeking a highly qualified early-career scientist for a six-month Conservation Science Research Assistant position. The research assistant (RA) will provide technical and scientific support for the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative, a partnership between Highstead and the Harvard Forest. The RA will work with senior researchers at both Highstead and Harvard Forest, and possibly with external collaborators, to complete the development of a regional GIS database on protected open space. The RA will be expected to lead all geospatial data management, including quality assessment, and readying the data for distribution. Additionally, the RA will contribute to innovative research on the trends in land protection, conservation easements, and publication of findings in major scientific and popular publications. Read more here.

FLORIDA

4-Year PhD Assistantship – Human Dimensions of Conservation on Private Lands (Posted 6/7/17)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Pienaar, Assistant Professor – Environmental Economics & Human Dimensions of Wildlife

Location: Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida

Description
Recruiting a PhD student to conduct Human Dimensions research on private landowners’ willingness to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services on their properties in the southeastern United States. The student will conduct research into:

1. how private landowners value biodiversity and ecosystem services on their lands, and 2. the design of policies and programs to encourage private landowners to engage in private lands conservation.

This research will be used to formulate policy recommendations for government agencies and to design extension/outreach programs to educate private landowners on how to better manage their lands to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The student will be expected to:
1. design and administer surveys to private landowners; 2. code, clean and analyze all data collected; 3. write reports and journal publications that document these research findings; 4. present results at both academic conferences and extension meetings; 5. assist in writing grant reports; 6. generate extension and outreach materials for private landowners and government agencies; and 7. assist in other tasks related to this research – as needed.

As part of this appointment, the successful candidate will work as a teaching assistant for one semester each year.

The assistantship will commence in Fall 2017. The successful candidate will be provided with four years of tuition (18 credit hours of coursework in Fall and Spring semesters). The successful applicant will be paid a stipend of $20,024/year for 4 years, and will be provided with health care.

The student will work as part of a larger research team that includes landscape ecologists, extension specialists, and experts in GIS models and mapping. This research project provides an opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary research team at the University of Florida.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s degree, although students with a Bachelor’s degree will be considered.
Preference will be given to applicants with training in social sciences, survey design and statistics. In order to be considered for this position, the following application materials must be submitted to Dr. Pienaar ():
1. A letter of interest (1 page maximum) 2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts 3. GRE scores 4. A curriculum vitae 5. An example of your writing 6. Names of 3 individuals who will provide you with references

Applications will be considered as they are received. The final date for application is June 23, 2017.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Ecology - Department of Integrative Biology - Univ. of South Florida (Posted 5/26/17)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher in ecology with an interest and experience in either infectious diseases, climate change, applied ecology, macrosystem ecology, GIS, microbiome ecology, or mathematical modeling. The candidate could be interested in conducting experiments (lab, field, or mesocosm), working with existing datasets, developing mathematical models, or doing all three. The position is not associated with a particular grant and thus I am ultimately looking for the most promising and productive candidate whose skills most complement the present research team in the laboratory. The candidate must be highly organized, resourceful, creative, independent, hardworking, capable of working as part of a team, and competent with statistical analyses, manuscript writing, and communication of scientific results. This candidate will be a member of the laboratory of Dr. Jason Rohr in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL). The start date is flexible, but earlier start dates are preferred.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, brief statement of research interests (<2 pages), and list of references as a single pdf to Dr.
Jason Rohr () with the subject line of the email reading “Postdoc Application (insert last name)”. For example: Postdoc Application Smith.

The position will remain open until filled. This is a reposting of the same advertisement released about a month earlier on this list.

University of Florida M.Sc. opening: Invasion risk of non-native plants (Posted 5/17/17)

Seeking a highly-motivated student to conduct research on invasion risk of non-native plants. The student will pursue a MS degree through either the Agronomy Department or the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) Interdisciplinary Ecology program at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL starting Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.

The student will be co-advised by Dr. S. Luke Flory (florylab.com) and Dr. Deah Lieurance and will primarily work with Dr. Lieurance and the UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas, an internationally recognized invasion risk assessment program. Examples of previous research conducted through the UF/IFAS Assessment include evaluation of the invasion risk of clumping and running bamboo species (Lieurance et al., in review), predicted versus actual invasiveness of vine species in Florida (Gordon, Lieurance, & Flory, 2017), and the development of a list of low-risk biofuel species (Quinn, et al. 2015). We anticipate one part of the MS thesis to focus on use of the invasion risk assessment program and a second part to include observational or experimental field ecology.

Applicants should have a background in ecology, environmental science, conservation biology, risk analysis, or a related field, and an interest in the ecology and management of invasive species.

Additionally, applicants with experience in database management, statistical modelling, and other computer skills are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities of the MS student will include completing graduate coursework, research related to the UF/IFAS Assessment objectives, publishing research findings, and participating in outreach activities, such as educational workshops, and involvement with invasive species related organizations (e.g. Florida Invasive Species Partnership). The stipend for this assistantship is $21k/year and includes a full tuition waiver and access to health care benefits.

Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter, including a statement of research interests, CV, contact information for 3 references, and copies of transcripts and GRE scores to Dr. Flory (). 

Full Time Research Assistant in Environmental Monitoring and Agro-ecology (Posted 5/17/17)

Seek a full-time permanent Research Assistant at the MacArthur Agro- ecology Research Center (MAERC) at Buck Island Ranch, Lake Placid, Florida. Open until filled.

MAERC is a Division of Archbold Biological Station located at a 10,500-acre commercial cattle ranch, and is dedicated to long-term ecological research, education, and environmental stewardship. Archbold operates a full scale working cattle ranch at MAERC, which provides a unique platform for long- term agro-ecology research. MAERC conducts extensive hydrological monitoring on its own property as well as other ranches in the region as part of payment for environmental services project. Archbold/MAERC along with University of Florida is an active member in the USDA’s Long-term Agro- ecosystem Research Network (LTAR; www.ars.usda.gov/ltar).

The Research Assistant will work in the agro-ecology research lab directed by Dr. Elizabeth Boughton. The lab conducts long-term monitoring of weather, groundwater, and water quality and current research is focused on disturbance ecology and land management (grazing, fire, and flooding) in wetlands, wet prairies and grasslands embedded in ranchland in the Headwaters of the Everglades. Recent funded projects include the effect of fire and grazing on grassland ecosystem services, including greenhouse gas
dynamics.

Duties will include:
1) Managing MAERC’s basic Chemistry Lab (main analyses are soil and water nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus). Responsibilities include keeping the lab clean, organizing chemicals, being aware of safety protocols and MSDS sheets, conducting analyses, and training interns to use the lab.
2) Manage MAERC’s dry lab, including keeping the lab clean, sieving soil, weighing biomass, organizing equipment, and training interns to use the lab.
3) Assist with installation, operation and maintaining, and troubleshooting several types of environmental monitoring equipment (including pressure transducers, autosamplers, rain gauges, weather stations, lake buoy, phenocams and eddy covariance towers) on MAERC and at the Station, and several other ranches in the area.
4) Operating and maintaining ISCO automatic water samplers.
5) Assist with the oversight of datastreams to ensure functionality of the equipment.
6) Maintain and organize records of site visit forms and maintenance forms.
7) Assist with ongoing research and monitoring projects at MAERC, including projects in wetland ecology, long-term monitoring of groundwater and water quality, vegetation composition and biomass, collection and analysis of water and soil samples
8) Data entry and quality assurance/quality check into Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access, including review of flagged values in weather databases.
9) Providing GIS support to the lab and working with the GIS director at Archbold.
10) Manage the equipment and vehicle needs of interns and graduate students.

The successful candidate should have a B.S or M.S. in biology, ecology or related field, have field research experience, and have experience with spreadsheets and databases. Experience with water quality analysis, groundwater wells, vegetation identification, and ArcGIS is a plus.

Seek a highly motivated, organized, team player with a strong work ethic who is capable of rigorous fieldwork under hot, humid subtropical conditions, and is willing to live in a remote rural location. Interest in agro-ecosystems is essential.

The ability to work with ranchers, scientists, and state agencies is a must. Good communication skills are essential.

This is a full time position with low-cost shared housing provided on site. Salary will be commensurate with experience, plus benefits.
Applicants should send 1) a letter of interest, 2) a resume, and 3) two letters of recommendation to: Mr. Steffan Pierre at spierre@archbold- station.org. Position will remain open until filled. Ideally, we are looking for applicants who can start in July 2017.

Archbold is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Ecology - Department of Integrative Biology - Univ. of South Florida (Posted 5/10/17)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher in ecology with an interest and experience in either infectious diseases, climate change, applied ecology, macrosystem ecology, GIS, microbiome ecology, or mathematical modeling. The candidate could be interested in conducting experiments (lab, field, or mesocosm), working with existing datasets, developing mathematical models, or doing all three. The position is not associated with a particular grant and thus I am ultimately looking for the most promising and productive candidate whose skills most complement the present research team in the laboratory. The candidate must be highly organized, resourceful, creative, independent, hardworking, capable of working as part of a team, and competent with statistical analyses, manuscript writing, and communication of scientific results. This candidate will be a member of the ecology and public health laboratory of Dr. Jason Rohr in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. The start date is flexible, but earlier start dates are preferred.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, brief statement of research interests (<2 pages), and list of references as a single pdf to Dr. Jason Rohr () with the subject line of the email reading “Postdoc Application (insert last name)”. For example: Postdoc Application Smith.

The position will remain open until filled.

Position available: PhD Research Assistantship in Plant Community Ecology (Posted 5/3/17)

The Department of Earth and the Environment at Florida International University has a Ph.D. assistantship available for a student interested in plant community ecology. The ideal candidate will have some experience in vegetation ecology, vegetation-environment relationships, and geographic information systems (GIS). The research will focus on ecological processes involved in vegetation responses to change in hydrologic and fire regimes in both short- and long-hydroperiod ecosystems in the Florida Everglades. Assistantship covers stipend of $23,460 and tuition. To be eligible for the position, students must meet FIU graduate admission requirements: (select Earth Systems Science). The deadline for the graduate (PhD) application for Spring 2018 admission in the Department of Earth & Environment is Aug 1st, 2017.

To be considered for Spring 2018 admission with PhD Research Assistantship, please reply by May 31st, 2017 to Dr. Jay Sah () with a CV and statement of interest.

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades. For information about Florida International University, go to http://www.fiu.edu/index.htm

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

Master of Science Student Opportunity in Historical Ecology/Conservation Biology (Posted 5/3/17)

Seeking Master of Science students with interest in ecology and historical ecology of freshwater ecosystems for research in our laboratory at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Students would be enrolled in a thesis-based Master’s program in Conservation Biology. Our research examines biological and chemical evidence in lake sediment cores to reconstruct historical changes in lakes, watersheds, and wetlands. Findings have relevance to management, restoration, and conservation programs. Our research requires knowledge of modern freshwater ecology, and genuine interest in examining evidence in the historical context. We particularly seek students who have interest in aquatic and wetland plants, who would participate in historic analyses involving pollen, plant macrofossils, phytoliths, diatoms, algae, etc. The investigators have more than 30 years of experience in freshwater historical ecology. Florida has 8000 lakes that offer diverse research opportunities. Interested applicants should have a B.S. in a biological discipline, ecology coursework, and preferably some coursework in freshwater ecosystems and non-agricultural plants. Our program is small, selective, and M.S. students would be eligible for teaching assistantships that provide health insurance and some tuition waivers. The M.S. program application deadline is June 1, but those with interest in conducting thesis research in our lab should contact us well in advance to discuss their interests. Request serious inquiries only to: Dr. Thomas J. Whitmore - Dr. Melanie Riedinger-Whitmore –

Research Internships in Plant Ecology, fall 2017 - Archbold Biological Station, Florida (Posted 4/17/17)

Research Internships in Plant Ecology, Archbold Biological Station, Florida
Now Eight Months! Beginning August or September 2017. Applications due May 2th.
Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School

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

Internships available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida in the Plant Ecology Program. Interns will work in the plant ecology laboratory of Dr. Eric Menges, which emphasizes conservation biology, plant demography, restoration ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology, and fire management. We study many rare species of endemic vascular plants in endangered Florida scrub and related communities. Active fire management provides outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies in fire ecology. Our long-term (as long as 27-year) datasets on dozens of scrub plants gives context to short-term, focused, field projects. A large-scale experimental restoration provides a useful context for restoration ecology projects.  Additional information can be found at the Archbold website here or the plant ecology program website here.

Interns live on site and receive a room, breakfasts and lunches, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. They work 20 hours per week as research assistants and the remainder on an independent research project. Internships now run for 8 months (can sometimes be extended) and offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations.

Our internships are ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology.

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

To apply for an internship in the plant ecology lab, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a resume or CV, and a summary of grades. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by May 2, 2016.  

EMAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY! Send to Eric Menges at

Conservation Intern: Research - Seasonal (Posted 4/17/17)
Audubon
Naples, FL
ID: 2017-3200
More information can be found here.

Postdoctoral research position in the Temporal Dynamics of Communities (Posted 4/10/17)

The Weecology lab group run by Morgan Ernest and Ethan White at the University of Florida is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to study changes in ecological communities through time. This position will primarily involve broad-scale comparative analyses across communities using large time-series datasets and/or in-depth analyses of our own long- term dataset (the Portal Project). Experience with any of the following is useful, but not required: long-term data, macroecology, paleoecology, quantitative/theoretical ecology, and programming/data analysis in R or Python. The successful applicant will be expected to collaborate on lab projects on community dynamics and develop their own research projects in this area according to their interests.

Weecology is a partnership between the Ernest Lab, which tends to be more field and community ecology oriented and the White Lab, which tends to be more quantitative and computationally oriented. The Weecology group supports and encourages students interested in a variety of career paths.

Former weecologists are currently employed in the tech industry, with the National Ecological Observatory Network, as faculty at teaching-focused colleges, and as postdocs and faculty at research universities. We are also committed to supporting and training a diverse scientific workforce.

Current and former group members encompass a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds from the U.S. and other countries, members of the LGBTQ community, military veterans, people with chronic illnesses, and first- generation college students. More information about the Weecology group and respective labs is available on our website. You can also check us out on Twitter (@skmorgane, @ethanwhite, @weecology), GitHub, and our blog Jabberwocky Ecology.

Graduate student positions in Landscape Ecology and Sustainability Science at the University of Florida (Posted 3/29/17)

Dr. Jiangxiao Qiu is recruiting MS and PhD students to join his new lab group (“Landscape Ecology and Sustainability Science”) in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida and Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) based at Fort Lauderdale, FL. More information is available here.

GEORGIA

MS and PhD research assitantships available for coastal wetland productivy project (Posted 3/28/17)

Position summary: Fully funded graduate student positions (2 PhDs, 1Masters) are available to participate in a NASA funded landscape ecology and remote sensing project (Carbon Cycle Program) developing remote sensing based GPP products for estimating coastal marsh blue carbon across the Southeastern United States. This project involves data synthesis of remotely sensed data with eddy covariance flux tower products, biomass measurements, and other biophysical coastal marsh parameters. This work involves geospatial analysis of near-surface and satellite data sets (primarily MODIS), as well as field ecology campaigns that will assess the carbon budgets for different coastal landscapes using portable eddy covariance towers, estimation of plant photosynthesis rates, and intensive field sampling.

Responsibilities: Graduate students will assist with maintaining and analyzing data from multiple eddy covariance flux towers as well as satellite data . This includes comparisons of eddy covariance measurements with other instruments at the sites, satellite derived products, and data management. Students also will travel monthly to remote coastal marsh sites to maintain equipment, deploy experiments and participate in field data collection.   

Required qualifications: Candidates must have proven abilities to conduct independent research and to work as part of a scientific team. Experience in data analysis, strong quantitative skills and the ability to work in a marsh environment are also required. Experience in or an interest in learning R or Python also are required. Additional skills in interpretation and synthesis of eddy covariance data, primary productivity and photosynthesis modeling also would be helpful. A strong background in statistics and plant or landscape ecology also are suggested, but the drive and willingness to learn these skills is acceptable.

Students will join the Mishra Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. The assistantship will include a salary commensurate with education level (M.S. or Ph.D.), tuition waiver, and health benefits.

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a CV, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Deepak Mishra (), Dr. David Cotten ( ), or Jessica O'Connell (), Department of Geography, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30606. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Georgia values diversity and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. UGA is in Athens, GA, a vibrant mid-sized city with abundant shopping, restaurants and cultural experiences.

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Forest Insect Pollinator Ecology University of Georgia (Posted 3/23/17)

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Athens invites applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic potential postdoctoral researchers starting in Spring/Summer 2017.  This collaborative work will be conducted with Dr. Kamal J.K. Gandhi and Dr. James Martin (Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources).  This project focuses on the interactions between forest insect pollinators and various management practices in North America.  The ideal candidate would possess a strong background in entomology, ecology, and statistics with an independent spirit to develop, conduct, and publish research.  Experience with meta-analyses is preferred.  A Ph.D. in a related field, especially in forest ecology and entomology is a prerequisite for the position.  

The Forest Entomology Laboratory at the University of Georgia is a dynamic group that works on a broad range of ecological issues, forest insect species, and ecosystems across the country.  The Martin Wildlife Ecology Laboratory studies many aspects of ecology, management, and conservation of game, non-game, and endangered species in managed ecosystems.  Interested personnel should submit a statement of interest, current CV along with contact information for three references to Dr. Gandhi (; 706- 542-4614).  Also, contact Dr. Gandhi for further details about the forest insect pollinator project.

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is the oldest forestry school in the South, has >70 faculty working in diverse fields, and provides exemplary training of students in the fields of forestry, ecology, and conservation biology.  The School is housed in a four-building complex on campus, and has >23,000 acres in the state for research, teaching, and service activities.  The University of Georgia (http://www.uga.edu/) is a “land-grant and sea-grant university, and is also the state's oldest, most comprehensive and most diversified institution of higher education”. Its motto is: "to teach, to serve and to inquire into the nature of things”.  The University of Georgia is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

PhD Position (Heirs Property) at UGA's Warnell School (Posted 3/15/17)

A fully funded three year position for an exceptional doctoral student is available at the Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Lab located at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The incoming doctoral student will pursue research on ascertaining the extent of heirs’ property (inherited land passed on intestate, without clear title, typically to family members) and its impacts on minority forest landowners and their forest management practices in South Central Georgia. For more information, go here.

HAWAII

Please check back.

IDAHO

Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Ecology (Posted 5/3/17)

University of Idaho, Strickland Lab is seeking a motivated, qualified individual with experience in microbial ecology to join our lab this year. This position will allow the Postdoctoral associate to explore a range of topics aimed at linking microbial community composition to ecosystem processes. Such topics may include, links between agricultural antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in soil microbial communities; interactions between aboveground and belowground communities; agroecology and soil microbial communities; and the role of microbial communities in leaf litter decomposition. For more information, go here. Open until filled.

Master’s Student in Microbial Ecology (Posted 5/3/17)

University of Idaho, Strickland Lab is seeking a motivated, ambitious individual to pursue a Master’s Degree with the Strickland Lab at the University of Idaho. This position will allow the Master’s student to explore a topic aimed at linking microbial community composition to ecosystem processes. Such a topic may include, links between agricultural antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in soil microbial communities; interactions between aboveground and belowground communities; agroecology and soil microbial communities; and the role of microbial communities in leaf litter decomposition. For more information, go here. Open until filled.

PhD position available in quantitative or restoration ecology (Posted 4/10/17)

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) – at Boise State University. A position is available for a motivated Ph.D. student to study restoration ecology at landscape scales.  While policymakers have set targets to restore native ecosystems to hundreds of millions of hectares of degraded land, restoration at landscape scales remains expensive and unpredictable. The Ph.D. student will quantify how and why restoration outcomes vary across landscapes. Potential study sites for the Ph.D. project include sagebrush steppe in the American West and tropical forests in Latin America. Projects will fall under one of three categories:

1.      Theoretical models for spatial dynamics of succession in plant communities
2.      Remote sensing approaches to link ecological field data to satellite imagery
3.      Impact of land management practices, including farmer decision-making, on plant population and community dynamics during restoration

Seeking a highly collaborative candidate willing to take an interdisciplinary perspective that links biology with other fields of study, including social sciences and statistics. Some support for field work and travel will be included, however, the project’s focus will be synthesizing existing data sources. A background in quantitative approaches to ecology, such as spatial models, hierarchical Bayesian statistics, and/or programming, is preferred. However, students without formal training but with a strong interest in developing these skills will be considered as well. Previous independent research experience is required. The position will be based in Boise, Idaho, a mid-sized city with many amenities, including outdoor recreational opportunities.

To apply, please send an email to Dr. Trevor Caughlin at , containing (1) a cover letter outlining your research interests, career goals, and relevant experience; (2) your CV; (3) undergraduate/graduate transcripts and GRE scores; and (4) full contact information for at least three professional references. The subject line of the email should read: “Restoration Ecology Graduate Position.” Applicants should apply as soon as possible for full consideration and no later than May 1st, 2017.

ILLINOIS

Forestry Graduate Research Assistant (Posted 6/14/17)

Funding is available for a M.S. Research Assistantship in Forest Management and Ecology in the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University.

Current research focuses on the response of forest communities to management and natural disturbance. The assistantship carries a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance for 2 years. Anticipated start date for assistantship is August 2017. Minimum qualifications include a B.S. degree in forestry, ecology, biology, or related field, 3.0 GPA, demonstrated writing ability, and strong GRE scores.

Coursework in Central Hardwood silviculture and experience with GIS is preferred.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, full transcripts (unofficial or official), CV, GRE scores, and list of 3 references to Dr.
Eric Holzmueller no later than July 1 2017.

Southern Illinois University is an ideal sized university with approximately20,000 students. The Department of Forestry is one the top ranked accredited forestry programs in the United States and graduates of the program work throughout the United States. SIU is located in Carbondale, IL, a college town with a population of 25,000, and is a two hour drive from St. Louis, MO. It is surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest, Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge, and several state parks and offers many other cultural and social activities.

MS position in restoration ecology - University of Illinois (Posted 3/23/17)

A position for an M.S. student is currently open in the research team of Dr. Jeffrey Matthews, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The successful candidate will conduct research on plant community development in restored wetlands and other ecosystems in a study being conducting across four U.S. regions. The ideal candidate will have completed a B.S. degree in ecology, natural resources, or a related discipline, have experience in plant identification, and possess knowledge of the flora of at least one of the following U.S. regions: Midwest, New England, Southwest, Southeast. Prospective students should email a summary of research interests and qualifications, CV, unofficial transcript and GRE scores to Dr. Jeffrey Matthews ().  Suitable candidates will be invited to apply to the graduate program in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science program.  Funding will be available through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. 

Aquatic Internships (5 positions) (Posted 2/13/17)

The Illinois Natural History Survey’s Ridge Lake (Charleston, IL), Kaskaskia (Sullivan, IL) and Sam Parr Biological Station (Kinmundy, IL) have internship positions available over the summer, and year round. The three stations are state funded research laboratories working in the areas of aquatic ecology, fisheries management, and aquaculture. Current projects include lake studies dealing with growth, recruitment, population ecology, behavior, reproductive strategies, and management of largemouth bass, muskellunge, and bluegill and river studies examining Asian carp populations and sampling methods. Apply by May 15, 2017. For more information go here or here.    

INDIANA

Research Associate - Phillips Lat at Indiana University (Posted 4/11/17)

The Phillips lab at Indiana University is seeking a highly-motivated individual to join our team as a Research Associate. Research in the lab focuses on quantifying how plant-microbe interactions influence biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem processes in forests (please go here). For more information, go here.

Graduate position: University of Notre Dame, Ecological Speciation (Posted 3/23/17)

The Jeff Feder lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Indiana has a graduate student position available for studying the genomics of ecological adaptation and speciation in insects. Our research has both laboratory and field components, spanning the realms of ecology and evolution from experimental manipulation studies to high throughput DNA sequencing, focused on discerning the adaptive basis of speciation and its genomic underpinnings. Ideally, we seek individuals with experience in bioinformatics and candidates with past research experience (e.g., in a master’s program), for the position.  However, all highly motivated students are encouraged to apply. The Department provides graduate students with generous stipend support and benefits. To apply please e-mail a CV, personal statement of interest, and contact information for three references to .

For additional information about our lab and graduate program, please go here and here, respectively.

IOWA

Postdoc position in Ecological Modeling at Iowa State University (Posted 5/3/17)

The MacroSystems Ecology Lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Organismal Biology at Iowa State University is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in Ecological Modeling.

A great opportunity to apply macrosystems approach and process-based terrestrial biosphere models to quantify and predict ecosystem patterns and processes (e.g., land-air exchange of greenhouse gases, land-to-ocean mass flow, biogeochemical and hydrological cycling) in response to human and natural disturbances at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

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

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

Offer: Salary commensurate with training and research experience, mentoring by and collaboration with senior research personnel from a multidisciplinary team, office space and computer facilities, and coverage of research and related travel expenses.

The postdoctoral research fellow position is expected to begin as early as possible (exact date negotiable).

Application Procedures

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

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

KANSAS

Research Assistant - Kansas State University (Posted 5/23/17)

Grassland Ecology Research Assistant – Division of Biology, KSU. Seeking a full-time research assistant for the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until position is filled. Read more here.

KENTUCKY

Postdoctoral and Masters Degree Opportunities (Posted 5/3/17)

A postdoctoral position is available at Murray State University’s Hancock Biological Station on Kentucky Lake near Murray, Kentucky. This person will participate in research that focuses on the use of real-time and near real-time aquatic sensors to visualize and predict indicators of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) blooms in streams, rivers, and reservoirs. The project builds on past and present research using long-term and real-time data sets to understand limnological patterns, particularly productivity and community structure. The participant will gain firsthand experience using sensors and data streams to model limnological phenomena. The participant will assist in maintaining, calibrating, and carrying out QA/QC procedures on remote aquatic sensors and data streams.

The postdoctoral position is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation, and the participant will be part of a collaborative effort among Murray State University, the University of Kentucky, and Marshall University.

Applicants must have a background in aquatic ecology. Experience with Julia, R, Python, and/or C++ is highly desired as well as experience with data visualization tools. The appointment is for two years. The participant will receive a $47,500 stipend that includes fringe benefits. Support will be available to present research results at scientific conferences. The position will remain open until filled.

A Masters Degree position is available through the same grant. Thesis areas might include, but are not limited to, ecology and toxicity of bluegreen algae or correlations of long-term and real-time nutrient data patterns. A course work background in ecology is required, aquatic ecology preferred. The position includes tuition, a stipend, and potential housing at the Biological Station.

To apply for either position, send a letter of application including career goals, a current resume/CV, names and email addresses of two references to the address below. For questions, send an email to or call David S. White, , Director, Hancock Biological Station, 561 Emma Drive, Murray, KY 42071, (270) 809-2272

Murray State University endorses the intent of all federal and state laws created to prohibit discrimination. Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disability in employment, admissions, or the provision of services.

Postdoc Position: Ecosystem Service Assessment (Posted 5/3/17)

Position Description: The University of Kentucky seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate with expertise in ecosystem service assessment. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of natural and social scientists working on a project that seeks to assess economic values of forest ecosystem services in Kentucky.

Looking for a candidate with strong quantitative and geospatial skills (e.g., R, GIS, and remote sensing) to integrate land cover land use change with ecosystem service models (ESMs) such as InVEST. This Postdoctoral Research Associate will be expected to (1) develop customized land cover maps and other relevant spatial or non-spatial data to be used as inputs of the ecological service models, (2) conduct spatial modeling of land cover changes based on the historical trends, (3) build alternative harvesting and reforestation scenarios, (4) map past and current ecosystem services supplied by the forests in Kentucky, and (5) project changes in ecosystem services under various economic development scenarios. The postdoc will work under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Ochuodho and Dr. Jian Yang in the Department of Forestry at University of Kentucky.

Qualifications: Ph.D. required in ecology, forestry, natural resources, geospatial technology, or a related field. The candidate should have a strong academic training in one or more of the following: ecosystem process modeling, environmental or natural resource economics, remote sensing of the environment. Preference will be given to those with a demonstrated knowledge of ecosystem function and expertise in technique for assessing ecosystem services in a spatially explicit manner, through strong publication records.

Duration and Start Date: Initial appointment is for 1 year, and may be renewed for additional year(s) depending upon satisfactory performance, availability of funding and relevance of the position. Start date is July 1, 2017, but is negotiable.

Starting Salary: $47,476 per year plus benefits as per university policy.

Deadline: Review of application will commence May 25, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

To Apply: Application documents as one pdf file including cover letter, CV, copies of unofficial transcripts, a copy of relevant publication and contact details of three referees, in that order should be sent to Dr. Jian Yang () or Dr. Thomas Ochuodho (). Ensure to put “Postdoctoral Research Associate” on the subject line of the email.

For more information about the Department of Forestry and the University of Kentucky, see www.ca.uky.edu/forestry and ww.uky.edu. For information about living in Lexington, see www.lexingtonky.gov.

The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities and women.

Postdoctoral Research Associate-Ecology and Evolution (Posted 4/4/17)

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, Watershed Studies Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University.  The postdoctoral associate will conduct research on life history evolution and population/community ecology, help mentor graduate and undergraduate research students, and teach one biology course per semester.  Research will focus on the impacts of size structure and climate on polyphenism and resulting trophic cascades, using mesocosm experiments and analysis of long-term data sets.  Ph.D. required; experience with experimental design is preferred.  This is a two-year position starting August 1; salary is $47,500/year with benefits.  Murray is a highly-rated, vibrant public university with significant infrastructure and personnel dedicated to ecological research, including the Hancock Biological Station.  To apply, email a letter of interest detailing research goals and experience, a curriculum vitae, several representative reprints, and email addresses of three references to Dr. Howard Whiteman ().  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; review of applications begins immediately.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer. 

LOUISIANA

MS research opportunity in coastal plant-microbial ecology (Posted 4/171/7)

The Van Bael laboratory in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University seeks applications from students who are interested in pursuing a one year master's degree (non-thesis) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, combined with a research experience on coastal plant ecology and microbial ecology.  Selected master's students will work with Dr. Van Bael and a team of Ph.D. and undergraduate students to gain research experience in plant ecology studies, sterile culture work with bacteria and fungi, and molecular techniques. This research experience is a perfect opportunity for students deciding whether or not to pursue a Ph.D., or for students that need to strengthen their graduate school applications.

Read more about the lab's research here.

Tulane University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with 'preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.' Tulane is located in the historic Gulf Coast city of New Orleans, which is known for its culture, food and music.

The program deadline is May 1 for starting in August. Applications for starting in January will be accepted until November 1.

Please read more about the one year master's program here.

For information or questions about the research experience, email Dr. Sunshine Van Bael, at . Please be sure you have read the information at the link above before inquiring.  No financial aid is available for this program.

For general information or questions about the one-year masters program, email Dr. Jordan Karubian, at .

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in a river study - Louisiana State Univ (Posted 3/14/17)

Seeking for a Ph.D. student to participate in a research on sediment transport, channel morphology, and deltaic development of the lower Mississippi River. The research involves intensive quantitative and geospatial analysis and modeling to understand how future sea level rise will affect sedimentation and channel dynamics in the backwater zone of large alluvial rivers such as the lower Mississippi River.

Applicants should have an MS degree in earth science, hydrology, physical geography, or a closely related field, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GRE of 300 (V+Q). Previous experience in river studies with GIS/Remote Sensing techniques are highly desirable. Graduate student stipend will be $22,000 plus full tuition waiver for a period of 2 years, with the potential to extend for another 2 years contingent upon funding availability and performance.

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 3 references to . Missing any of the above documents will not be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start date is expected to be in the summer or fall semester of 2017.

MS assistantship on invasive plant ecology- LSU (Posted 3/1/17)

Measuring demographic changes of the invasive Chinese tallow during the implementation of biological control

MS Assistantship Available at LSU for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Chinese tallow, Triadica sebifera (Euphorbiaceae) is a rapidly-growing, invasive tree in the United States. Chinese tallow invades both wetland and upland habitats including coastal prairies, riparian areas, flood plains, wetlands, lake margins of agricultural areas, forestlands, and natural areas. For its rapid growth rate and tolerance to a wide range of environmental conditions this tree is considered one of the “ten worst alien plant invaders” in the United States. Due to the limitations of mechanical, physical and chemical control, biological control is considered as a safe and cost effective option for control of Chinese tallow. Bikasha collaris (Baly) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) is a flea beetle considered for release in United States. The goals of the project will be to establish long-term monitoring plots of Chinese tallow, quantify changes in Chinese tallow demographics before and after the release of B. collaris, and measure the impact of local herbivores and plant pathogens on Chinese tallow saplings. This project will provide baseline information on Chinese tallow demography in Louisiana before and after biological control is initiated. In addition, the impact of B. collaris will be quantified. This outcome will help improve biological control efforts against Chinese tallow in regions of southeastern United States, and serve as a model for other biological control programs. The student will be able to incorporate several novel tools in ecological research including modeling software (Netlogo), and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), among others. The candidate will join an interdisciplinary team with expertise on Biological Control, Forest Management, and Plant Ecology.

Background Information: The Department of Entomology is part of LSU AgCenter located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Department of Entomology was established in 1889 year and includes 16 faculty involved in applied research related to bees, mosquitos, termites, taxonomy, integrated pest management, toxicology, genetics, and insect physiology. Current research in the biological control and invasive species ecology laboratory includes the evaluation of parasitoids of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), the biology and ecology of the crape myrtle bark scale (Acanthococcus lagerstroemiae), and the biological control of giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta). Located just one hour northwest of New Orleans, Baton Rouge offers plenty of entertainment for people of all ages including great food, music, art exhibits and outdoor activities.

Minimum Requirements: A bachelor degree in Agriculture, Entomology, Forestry or closely related discipline is required. We seek a candidate with a high standard in scientific writing and oral communication.

Application: Please send a one-page letter of interest, and complete CV including GPA and GRE scores to .

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in Forest Ecology, Invasive species.

Contact Information: Rodrigo Diaz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University,

PHD assistantship on aquatic weed ecology (Posted 3/1/17)

Improving biological control of giant salvinia in temperate regions

PhD Assistantship Available at LSU for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018

Successful biological control of giant salvinia using Cyrtobagous salviniae has been extensively documented in tropical and subtropical regions, while in temperate regions control is erratic or non-existent.

The invasion of giant salvinia in Louisiana offers a unique opportunity to understand the mechanisms behind this latitudinal gradient in biological control. The goal of this project is to quantify the growth rates of giant salvinia under different management scenarios along a latitudinal gradient. Potential research questions include: How can we improve the establishment and population growth of the C. salviniae in temperate regions? How will early interventions affect the dynamics of the giant salvinia? How can we integrate management approaches to reduce giant salvinia in temperate regions? The student will have direct access to several tools and facilities to conduct research including boats, growth chambers, greenhouses, research ponds, and field sites. In addition, the student will be able to incorporate several novel tools in ecological research including aerial mapping of aquatic vegetation (drones), modeling software (Netlogo), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), among others. An interdisciplinary team will be involved in this project with expertise on Biological Control, Conservation Ecology, and Aquatic Plant Management. Results from this project will be used to develop an integrated management program of giant salvinia based on region-specific conditions.

Background Information: The Department of Entomology is part of LSU AgCenter located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Department of Entomology was established in 1889 year and includes 16 faculty involved in applied research related to bees, mosquitos, termites, taxonomy, integrated pest management, toxicology, genetics, and insect physiology. Current research in the biological control and invasive species ecology laboratory includes the evaluation of parasitoids of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), and the biology and ecology of the crape myrtle bark scale (Acanthococcus lagerstroemiae). Located just one hour northwest of New Orleans, Baton Rouge offers plenty of entertainment for people of all ages including great food, music, art exhibits and outdoor activities.

Minimum Requirements: A master degree in Entomology, Ecology, and/or Biological Control. We seek a candidate with a high standard in scientific writing and oral communication.

Application: Please send a one-page letter of interest and complete CV including GPA and GRE scores to .

Preferred Qualifications: Experience on wetlands, ecological models, GIS, boating.

Contact Information: Rodrigo Diaz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University,

MAINE

Research Associate - Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center - University of Maine (Posted 5/3/17)

The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine invites applications for a full-time Research Associate or Senior Research Associate. The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center is a nonpartisan, independent research and public service unit of the University of Maine. The Policy Center is dedicated to improving and promoting the quality of public dialogue about state, regional, and national
policy issues through applied policy research and community engagement. Our research is interdisciplinary, cutting across departmental lines to bring together faculty, students, and external policy experts to address issues confronting Maine and the nation. The Research Associate will help us fulfill this mission. More information can be found here.

Experimental Forest Research Assistant (Posted 4/17/17)
University of Maine
School of Forest Resources
Orono, ME
For information, go here.

Call for applications: Master of Sustainable Natural Resource Management (Posted 4/4/17)

Applications are now being accepted for both the Master’s of Sustainable Natural Resource Management and the Master’s of Sustainability Unity College. These programs are online and flexible. The curriculum is strongly influenced by the needs of industry and potential employers, and has both a theoretical and a practical focus. The program is taught by leading researchers in the field of wildlife biology and sustainability. Unity College is well-known for its sustainability and environmental programs, small classes and experiential learning environment. Both programs begin June 5, 2017. For more information, please go here.
Please feel free to contact Amy Arnett, Ph.D. by email (), if you have any questions.
 

MARYLAND

Postdoc Opportunities at National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Cente (SESYNC) (Posted 5/101/17)

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for three exciting new Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities scheduled to start in August 2017. Applicants should submit their CV and a detailed cover letter by May 18. A follow-up proposal will be requested of qualifying applicants at the end of May.

• SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellowship - Supply Chain Commitments
Applicants will propose ideas for a data synthesis or modeling project to assess effectiveness of zero-deforestation commitments in in South America. More information can be found at HERE.

• SESYNC-Microsoft Postdoctoral Fellowship - Big Data and Socio-Environmental Sustainability
Applicants are expected to use one or more assets developed by Microsoft which include a high-resolution land-cover dataset of the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound Watersheds, and a variety of data collected on the presence, genetics, and environmental conditions for mosquitos and their hosts. More information is posted online at HERE.

• SESYNC-RTI Postdoctoral Fellowship - Modeling the Impacts of Climate Variability on the Nutritional Value of Crops and Potential Effects on Human Health and Well-being
Applicants will propose a project that characterizes and models the complex dynamics between climate variability, nutrition, and human health. Dr. Robert Beach of the Research Triangle Institute will be their primary Collaborating Mentor. More information is online at HERE.

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Stream Restoration (Posted 3/28/17)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to study the effects of stream restoration on removal of nutrients and suspended sediments from stream water.  The restoration approach, Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance (RSC), involves filling deeply eroded stream channels with a mixture of sand and organic matter and placing rock weirs across the stream channel at intervals to create a series of pools.  The Postdoctoral Fellow will investigate the effects of three RSCs by assisting with the ongoing research and with synthesizing data on nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes through the RSCs.  

The goal of the research is to assess the ability of RSCs to modulate stream flow and remove nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended sediments from stream water under a wide range of flow conditions.  The research uses a combination of in-stream sensors and automated sampling to measure flows of stream water, suspended sediments, nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic matter through the RSCs.  Groundwater chemistry and hydrology are also measured at one RSC on SERC property.  Existing data extend before the restorations at two sites and include measurements of control streams without RSCs for comparison.  This presents an ideal opportunity to learn more about the benefits and design considerations of a restoration method that is widely accepted but not well studied. It also presents an opportunity increase basic knowledge about of how stream biogeochemistry responds to changes in geomorphology and organic matter inputs.

The Fellowship is initially funded for 1 year with possibility of extension.  The stipend is $56,000/year including health insurance allowance.  The Fellow will work closely with Dr. Thomas Jordan and will be based at the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, which has 100+ full-time employees and is set in a 1,072 hectare field site within commuting distance of Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in environmental science or engineering, peer-reviewed publications, and professional presentations.  Applicants should also have knowledge of hydrology and the biogeochemistry of N and P.  Skills in data management, analysis and modeling, as well as analytical chemistry and the use of automated systems for in situ sensing and water sampling would also be desirable.

For best consideration, email a letter of application, full CV with publications list, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and contact information for three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) to Dr. Thomas Jordan (), SERC, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037.  For more information on SERC visit HERE.  EOE.

MASSACHUSETTS

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Forest Landscape Ecology (Posted 6/2/17)
Jonathan Thompson’s Landscape Ecology Lab
Harvard Forest
Petersham, MA
More information can be found here.

MICHIGAN

Postdoc: Arctic and Temperate Watershed Biogeochemistry (Posted 6/2/17)
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Review of applications begins on June 15, 2017
More information can be found here.

Research Lab Technician in Sustainable Agriculture, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan (Posted 4/17/17)

Job Title:      Research Lab Technician Intermediate (Job Code 102942)
Working Title:    Research Lab Technician Intermediate
Department:    School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE)
FLSA Status:    Non-Exempt
Type/Hours:     Full Time (40 hours/week), Monday – Friday
Start date:      Flexible, between July – September 2017
Term:     1 year.  This is a term-limited position initially for one year with potential to extend to two years based on performance, funding, and need.  

Position and Details: The Jain lab at the University of Michigan is seeking a Research Lab Tech to help process and analyze large datasets (ranging from census datasets, geo-spatial datasets, and satellite imagery) to aid research on sustainable food systems and food security in the face of environmental change. Competitive salary will be provided based on qualifications + benefits. In addition, the Research Lab Tech will help manage the lab group and website.

Qualifications and Application Instructions:  Bachelor’s degree in computer science, geography, sustainability science, agricultural sciences, economics, environmental sciences, or a related field and prior research experience is required. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex data and work independently is required. Preference will be given to applicants with strong programming skills (in R, Python, MATLAB, and/or Google Earth Engine). Additional experience with remote sensing would be a benefit but is not required.  

If interested, the following application materials should be emailed to with the email subject of “Research Application”:

1)    Cover letter describing general research interests and programming experience
2)    CV
3)    List of 3 potential references with contact information (email)

Application Deadline:  Applicant are encouraged to apply by 4/18/17.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and this job posting may be closed at any time after 4/18/17.

Mission
The School of Natural Resources and Environment’s overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society.  Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Research Experience for Undergraduates in Stream Ecology – Michigan Tech, Summer 2017 (Posted 3/1/17)

The Marcarelli Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology Lab is searching for a motivated student in Ecology, Biology, or Environmental Science for a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position. The student will work closely with Dr. Marcarelli and her graduate students to study the balance between nitrogen fixation and denitrification in streams and rivers. For more information, go here. 

MINNESOTA

Researcher - NatCap (Posted 5/26/17)
University of Minnesota
Twin Cities
Job No. 317377
More information is available here.

Ecology Postdoc's – Minnesota – Biodiversity, Conservation & Extinction (Posted 5/23/17)

Two post-doctoral positions are available for collaborative research seeking deeper understanding of and solutions to problems related to biodiversity, extinction and/or ecosystem services. Dependent on the skills and interests of the post-doc, research may be empirical, conceptual, theoretical or experimental, and might focus on analyses of human-caused extinction risks and their prevention, the causes of multispecies coexistence in foodwebs and impacts of the loss of this biodiversity, or other biodiversity, extinction and conservation issues. Each position is annually renewable for up to three years. Please apply by submitting a CV, a cover letter stating your research interests, and pdf’s of up to three reprints or manuscripts HERE (Job ID# 317491). Please have three letters of recommendation sent to David Tilman (). Start date negotiable; PhD required. Positions open until filled. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer.

POST-DOC in Urban Biodiversity at the University of Minnesota (Posted 3/28/17)

Postdoctoral Position in Urban Biodiversity at the University of Minnesota Working with Drs. Sarah Hobbie and Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Seeking a postdoctoral associate for a one year position in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year to work as part of an NSF-funded Macrosystems Biology project exploring alternative futures for American residential ecosystems. The primary tasks of the postdoctoral position will encompass the following: 1) Investigate the degree to which homeowner values influence diversity of both cultivated and spontaneous plant diversity through analysis of data on plant diversity and composition data from household surveys and integration with existing and new social survey data on homeowner values.

Previously generated phylogenetic information can be used in this context to test for consequences of values on phylogenetic composition and diversity. 2) Advance our understanding of the importance of different filters imposed by the urban environment on community assembly processes that influence the diversity and composition of yards. Existing data are available to compare the traits of the spontaneous yard flora to those of the regional native flora. 3)  Coordinate field sampling crews during the summer months. Specifically, the postdoctoral associate will lead site selection using GIS, plan sampling schedules and routes, contact homeowners, and send collected samples to other sites. The postdoc might also conduct occasional field work in urban yards. Applicants should have strong analytical and GIS skills and familiarity with methods for characterizing species, phylogenetic, and functional composition and diversity. To apply: 1) Go here; 2) Click on the tab in the center of the page that corresponds to your situation; 3) Search Job ID# 316182. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Questions should be directed to or .  

MISSISSIPPI 

MS Position: Modeling the impact of sea-level rise on coastal wetlands (Posted 4/4/17)

One M.S. position, funded by NAS Gulf Research Program, is available in the Division of Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, School of Ocean Science and Technology, The University of Southern Mississippi. The campus is located in Ocean Springs on Mississippi Gulf Coast, 1.5 hours away from New Orleans. The new graduate student is expected to start in Fall semester of 2017, and will conduct research on modeling the impact of sea-level rise on landscape and ecosystem services of coastal wetlands in the northern Gulf of Mexico region. Applicants should be highly motivated to learn new research skills, have a BS with quantitative background in ecology, statistics, mathematics, geography, or a closely related field. Experiences in modeling, Bayesian statistics, or GIS/Remote Sensing are desirable but not required. Assistantship with competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance will be provided.   

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Wei Wu , Associate Professor, School of Ocean Science and Technology, The University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

MISSOURI

Postdoc position at MU modeling wetland species distribution (Posted 5/26/17)

Developing species distribution models for wetland-dependent taxa. A motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate is needed to develop conceptual models depicting wetland species response to the factors and processes thought to influence distributions and create decision support tools incorporating structural uncertainty based on management activities in the models at multiple spatial scales. The successful applicant will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive literature review to identify existing life history models and critical life cycle events that require specific wetland conditions in Missouri, identifying available data that can be used to develop spatially and temporally explicit species distribution models and using a Bayesian Belief Network approach to develop species distribution models. The selected candidate is expected to interact with state agency biologists, academics, and the lab group (including undergraduate and graduate students). Research salary, benefits, and travel are funded for approximately two years, contingent on satisfactory performance and funding allocations

Applicants should have completed 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, statistical tools and model programming. Applicants should demonstrate broad knowledge of wetland ecosystems, excellent quantitative skills, ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, prior experience modeling species distributions, and a demonstrated ability to present and publish research.

Applicants should email a brief letter of interest, CV, and the names and contact information for three references to Lisa Webb at webbli AT missouri DOT edu. For additional information please go here.

Paid Summer Internship in Restoration and Horticulture, St. Louis (Posted 3/14/17)

Internship from June 5th to August 11th, working 40 hours per week.  When applying please include a cover letter along with your resume.

Summary:  Primary responsibility is to assist horticulture staff with the restoration and horticulture work at the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, a 34 acre environmental education center managed by the Missouri Botanical Garden.
This program will have a strong focus on understanding and conducting restoration and horticulture through a flexible weekly curriculum consisting of reading, field research, and on-the-ground work.  Intern is required to develop an independent, site-based research project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

- Actively works hands-on with horticulture staff to complete prairie and woodland restoration efforts (i.e. pulling weeds, planting seeds and small plants to revegetate the land, etc.).
- Identify and tag invasive plant species for eradication process; assists in control of invasive plant species through the use of manual, mechanical, and/or chemical methods.
- Operates power equipment and hand tools.
- Assists in trail maintenance – restore trail erosion (i.e., fill in with soil or other materials) to prevent and/or divert further water erosion; trash clean-up, etc.
- Collects and cleans seeds; plant and propagate cuttings.
- Assists with gathering data to complete plant population surveys
- Stream monitoring; track and record depth/height of stream; conduct various types of water analyses using a microscope.
- May interact with volunteers and high school groups; perform hands-on demonstrations.
- Internship Project – Required to independently develop a site-based research project.
- Works cohesively as a team with LREC staff.

For more information and to apply, please go HERE.

MONTANA

PHD POSITION - Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems (Posted 5/17/17)

The Priscu Research Group at Montana State University, Bozeman, is seeking a motivated Ph.D. student to work on the aquatic systems in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica as part of the McMurdo LTER project.

This six-year interdisciplinary project extends 24 years of previous data collection on the permanently ice-covered lakes of the region and will focus on biogeochemical responses to changes in landscape connectivity and climate. The successful applicant will be expected to interact with technicians, graduate students and PI’s in Antarctic fieldwork. The successful applicant must also pass the medical and dental exams required by NSF for Antarctic deployment. A Master’s degree in ecosystem modeling, aquatic biogeochemistry, or microbial ecology is desirable.

Interested students should contact Amy Chiuchiolo () and include a brief statement of interest and CV.

For more information about the Priscu Research Group, go here.

PhD Position - Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems (Posted 3/1/17)

The Priscu Research Group is seeking a motivated Ph.D. student to work with Dr. John Priscu on the aquatic systems in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica as part of the McMurdo LTER project.

This six-year interdisciplinary project extends 24 years of previous data collection on the permanently ice-covered lakes of the region and will focus on biogeochemical responses to changes in landscape connectivity and climate. The successful applicant will be expected to interact with technicians, graduate students and PI’s in Antarctic fieldwork. The successful applicant must also pass the medical and dental exams required by NSF for Antarctic deployment. A Master’s degree in ecosystem modeling, aquatic biogeochemistry, or microbial ecology is desirable.

Interested students should contact Amy Chiuchiolo, Montana State University, Bozeman () and include a brief statement of interest.

For more information about the Priscu Research Group, go HERE.

NEBRASKA

Postdoctoral Scholar -University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Posted 5/17/17)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources and Department of Biochemistry are looking for a Postdoctoral Scholar to help us transform life sciences and STEM education by integrating new technologies into the classroom. We are an interdisciplinary group of life sciences educators, researchers, and technology innovators who are incorporating hands-on, interactive, simulation-based learning into biology courses.

The Scholar will develop new (or modify existing) simulation-based learning lessons and design research questions or analyze existing data related to students’ thinking about biological systems. Example research directions include investigating: changes in student reasoning while using computer simulations, individual and group construction of conceptual, logical, or mathematical models, and transfer of modeling skills among biological scales and scenarios.

Essential duties for the Scholar include:
• Investigating undergraduate students’ systems thinking skills;
• Working closely with the content and software experts to help develop, implement, and study lessons on biological systems using computer simulations;
• Developing and refining system thinking assessment tools to be used in combination with simulation-based lessons;
• Initiating research on student learning related to modeling (conceptual, logical, or mathematical) or model-based reasoning;
• Statistically analyzing quantitative and qualitative data;
• Working closely with Graduate Teaching Assistants and faculty to maximize student learning using simulations at UNL and other universities.

Minimum qualification: Ph.D. in a biology discipline, or M.S. in a biology discipline and Ph.D. in science education.

Additional qualifications: Candidates should have teaching experience with knowledge of curriculum and assessment development, especially open-ended assessment. The candidate should demonstrate the ability to develop and pursue unique research questions and publish this work in discipline or science education journals. Candidates should also demonstrate their ability to work with a team, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in related education research, and participate in the growing science and math education research community at UNL.

Seek candidates who can start as early as this summer or fall of 2017. The start date is negotiable. The position is for one year with renewal for a second year dependent on performance review. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

If interested, please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to Dr. Joe Dauer:

The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.

Lincoln, Nebraska (pop. 265,000) is a great place to live, work, and play. It boasts a comfortable family-friendly atmosphere and active nightlife. In 2013, Lincoln topped Gallup’s annual well-being index, which ranks well-being in six categories: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. (http://go.unl.edu/53va)

Population Biology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Posted 4/4/17)

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 interested in the broad area of Population Biology. We are seeking applications from recent PhDs who show promise of conducting cutting edge research related to, and expanding upon, faculty research areas in the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) section in the School of Biological Sciences. The POE also seeks to identify potential postdoctoral fellows who will enhance graduate education, serve as a model for graduate students in career development, and promote interactions among faculty at UNL. Qualified candidates are required to submit a single, coherent 2-year research proposal to be completed under the guidance of a faculty member in the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) section in the School of Biological Sciences. The position does not include research funds so the extent of contributions from the faculty sponsor should be addressed in the proposal. While in residence, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to lead a seminar, symposium or outreach project that will appeal to Population Biologists across campus.

Applications must include a CV, a 1-page description of previous or current research and a 2- 3 page description of proposed research. Additional proposal guidelines and suggestions should be obtained from the proposed faculty sponsor. In addition, the applicant must arrange for two recommendation letters from non-UNL faculty, and one from the UNL faculty sponsor (a total of 3 letters) to be emailed to the address below.  The expected salary will be $45,000 per year with a start date of August 1, 2017. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed their degree and are new to UNL. Research descriptions for past and current POE postdoctoral fellows can be viewed here.

Application materials should be emailed to: Dr. Johannes Knops at: . The subject line should read “Population Biology Post-doc application”.  Applications should be received by May 1, 2017. We anticipate notifying the successful applicant by June 1, 2017, with a starting date of August 1 or later in 2017. We strongly encourage applications from women and members of minority groups. The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. They assure responsible accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

NEVADA

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

Graduate Assistantships in the Environmental Science (Posted 5/17/17)

The Department of Environmental Science and Policy at Plymouth State University in NH is inviting applications for 3 MS graduate assistantships. There are 2 Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) and 1 Graduate Support Assistantship (GSA) available, all include a stipend of $5,331 and 12 credits of graduate tuition for AY18. The positions are funded for one year with the expectation of continuation to second year.

GTAs will assist with undergraduate courses in ESP - preparing and teaching labs, organizing field expeditions, teaching a unit/module, and leading study groups. Some of those courses are Intro to ESP I, Foundations of Environmental Policy, Hydrology, and ESP Seminar. A valid US driver’s license is required.

The GSA will be coordinate aspects of the “Forest to Forest: Bicknell’s Thrush” project, supervised by Mary Ann McGarry. The project addresses the complexity of promoting conservation of a migratory bird species that breeds in the high mountains of the Northeast and winters on the island of Hispaniola. The GSA will help organize, implement, evaluate, and archive components of the project activities- including a conference and exhibit taking place over the 2017-’18 academic year. The project is interdisciplinary and multicultural involving English, French, and Spanish speaking communities in multiple countries across two hemispheres. The opportunity exists for the student to pursue an aspect of the topic for his/her MS thesis.

GAs are available only to full-time students enrolled in the MS in ESP program. It is beneficial for the applicant to target their application towards a specific faculty and their current research programs. Please submit applications to PSU’s Graduate Studies. For more information about the MS in ESP, contact the MS in ESP Program Coordinator, June Hammond Rowan ().

PhD position in population ecology (Posted 3/1/17)

PhD student opportunity in population modeling starting Fall 2017 at the University of New Hampshire. Seeking a highly motivated PhD student for Fall 2017 to conduct research in population modeling of a threatened lagomorph. The student will join an effort to develop and implement a new monitoring protocol to assess occupancy and abundance of New England cottontails in a metapopulation context. A focus will be on monitoring trends and factors that influence extinction/recolonization patch dynamics, and applying spatially explicit mark-recapture abundance estimation with noninvasive genetic sampling approaches. In addition, the student will develop dissertation research questions of his/her own design related to population viability, and which may entail evaluating restoration strategies, including habitat management, translocations, and releases of captively bred rabbits, as well as considerations of genetic diversity and landscape connectivity. Applicants will have a strong interest in population ecology, conservation management, and the application of diverse disciplinary tools. The position will be in the Kovach lab at the University of New Hampshire. The student will work closely with natural resource managers engaged in the New England Cottontail Conservation Initiative. The most qualified candidates will have competitive GPA and GRE scores, strong analytical and quantitative skills, and experience with analyzing population-level data. Experience with occupancy modeling, abundance estimation, population modeling, and noninvasive genetic sampling are desirable. Opportunities for molecular work exist, but are not a requirement of this position. A Masters degree is preferred but not required. Interest and ability to work in the field is also preferred.  Strong interpersonal skills and the desire to work collaboratively are important. Admission will be through the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Sciences Program at the University of New Hampshire . Interested applicants should submit their application materials to the program as soon as possible. Interested applicants should also contact Adrienne Kovach with further questions, and send the following materials to , simultaneously with their application to the program:
-- letter explaining research interest and experience
-- CV with GRE scores and GPA
-- unofficial transcripts or a list of relevant courses taken Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Graduate Student Assistantships (Posted 3/1/17)

Graduate Student Assistantships through centers and research programs in the Department of Environmental Studies Department at the Antioch University New England. These assistantships place the student at the intersection of scholarship and practice as they develop their professional skills as part of our Master’s or PhD programs in Environmental Studies.

Assistantships are currently available in:
- Forest Ecology and Management
- Wildlife Ecology: turtle conservation
- Applications in GIS
- Climate Change Preparedness
- Environmental Education
- Food Justice and Community Gardening
- US Progressive Caucus Fellowship
- Social Justice: Livable Wage Initiative

Students interested are encouraged to apply as part of their application for admission to the Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies.   We encourage
prospective students to contact us if they have any questions about the assistantships or the degree programs.

More details on the graduate programs can be found HERE.

Application materials will be accepted until June 1, 2017 or until a suitable candidates are found. For admission info, contact, Sarah Wilson, For assistantship info contact, Professor Peter A. Palmiotto, .

Antioch University New England believes in ecological stewardship and social justice, cultivating local as well as global perspectives to educate students with diverse backgrounds and opinions to become leaders of change. For more information go HERE. 

NEW JERSEY

Interpretive Naturalist Interns (3 positions) - Seasonal (Posted 5/30/17)
New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO)
Cape May, NJ
Apply by June 20, 2017
More information is available here.

Field Naturalist Intern, Monarch Monitoring Project - Seasonal (Posted 5/30/17)
New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO)
Cape May, NJ
Apply by June 20, 2017
More information is available here.

NEW MEXICO 

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NEW YORK

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NORTH CAROLINA 

Master's Assistantship - Forest Soil Ecology (Posted 5/26/17)

An awesome opportunity exists for a student interested in a Master’s degree in Forestry and Environmental Resources within the College of Natural Resources at North Carolian State University. The successful candidate would focus on a project evaluating the effects of coarse woody debris and forest floor removal on soil processes and aboveground productivity. The position is fully funded with opportunities to work with a forest industry partner. For more information about this position please contact Dr. Zakiya Leggett, and to apply please email CV and transcripts (unofficial).

Minimum qualifications for this position include a B.S. degree in soil science, forestry, environmental science, ecology, or a related discipline.

More information about NC State University can be found here.

NORTH DAKOTA

PhD or MS Graduate Assistantship – Restoration of Highly Degraded Landscapes (Posted 6/7/17)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ryan Limb, Assistant Professor – Range Science

Location: Range Program, School of Natural Resource Sciences, North Dakota State University

Description: Seeking multiple PhD or MS students to be part of an inter-disciplinary team investigating reclamation strategies for severely degraded landscapes in Northern Great Plains ecosystems. Energy exploration and development is a consistent disturbance on private and public grasslands throughout the Great Plains. However, within the Northern Great Plains invasive species and altered disturbance regimes that historically shaped and maintained these grasslands have been altered or completely removed. This student will have the opportunity to investigate soil and vegetation properties on reference and degraded landscapes to better understand mechanisms both facilitating and limiting successful reclamation.

Research findings will be used to formulate best management practices and policy recommendations for private companies and government agencies on how to better restore their lands to promote diversity and ecosystem services.

Qualifications include a desire to conduct ecological research and a strong academic background. The student will be expected to work well independently and with an interdisciplinary team. This student will interact with other graduate students on the project and will be required to supervise a minimum of one technician annually. Evidence of excellent written and analytical skills are strongly desired. Experience in vegetation sampling is necessary and the most competitive applicants will have experience working with plants and soils. Familiarity and experience with programs PC-ord, and R is preferred.

The assistantship will commence in either Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. The successful candidate will be provided will be paid a competitive stipend and full tuition waiver.

In order to be considered for this position, the following application materials must be submitted to Dr. Limb (): 1. A letter of interest (1 page maximum) 2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts 3. GRE scores 4. A curriculum vitae 5. An example of your writing 6. Names of 3 individuals who will provide you with references.

Applications will be considered as they are received.

MS research assistantship -- Rangeland Soil Ecology (Posted 3/14/17)

A graduate research assistantship (Masters level) is available in the Department of Soil Science, School of Natural Resource Sciences at North Dakota State University. The student will focus on soil ecology, nutrient cycling, and aboveground-belowground relationships in a rangeland system, and in response to vegetation treatments (such as fire and livestock grazing). The research will be conducted at the Central Grasslands Research and Extension Center (CGREC) in Streeter, ND, but the position will be based at the NDSU campus in Fargo, ND. The project will integrate with interdisciplinary projects at CGREC examining vegetation ecology, livestock production, wildlife and pollinator habitat, and fire behavior.

Qualified applicants will have a strong academic record in the natural sciences, excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work in a team and independently, and the ability to spend substantial time at CGREC. The most competitive applicants will have prior experience with research and data analysis, preferably in the areas of soil, plant, or rangeland ecology.

Submit one document (word or PDF) that includes 1) a cover letter explaining your background, qualifications, and why you are interested in the position,
2) curriculum vitae, 3) transcripts (unofficial), and 4) contact information for three professional references to . Incomplete applications will not be considered. Screening will begin immediately

Salary: $17,000 annually, plus full tuition waiver
Location: Fargo, ND (NDSU main campus) and Streeter, ND (CGREC)

Contact: Caley Gasch, Assistant Professor of Soil Health, Department of Soil Science,

OHIO

Wildlife Ecology or Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship (Posted 6/14/17)
The Wilds
Cumberland, OH
Six month positions available starting September 5, 2017 and February 26th, 2018.
More information is available here.

PhD Position in Species Interactions and Food-Web Structure in Rivers at The Ohio State University (Posted 5/10/17)

Seeking a PhD student interested in studying how species interactions and food-web dynamics in rivers ecosystems vary across land-use patterns. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Lauren Pintor and Dr. Mazeika Sullivan. On going research in the Pintor laboratory focuses on aquatic community, invasion and behavioral ecology. On going research in the Sullivan/STRIVE Lab focuses on understanding natural and human drivers of biodiversity, community and food-web organization, and ecosystem function. Together, we are interested in recruiting a student to advance research that links species interactions within river and inland lake food webs with food-web connectance and resilience. Multiple laboratory facilities support our research, teaching, and outreach activities, including SENR’s Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) .

Interested applicants should send a short description of your interests and career goals, a CV/resume, your GPA (undergraduate & graduate, if applicable) and your GRE scores and percentiles to Dr. Lauren Pintor and Dr. Mazeika Sullivan. Review of applications will begin immediately. Following an initial review of applications, we will select the most competitive candidates to formally apply to the SENR graduate program. Additionally, Dr. Sullivan will be available to speak in person with any applicants attending the Society of Freshwater Science Meeting (June 5-9, 2017) in Raleigh, NC. General information regarding the SENR Graduate Program and application process may found HERE.

Post-doc/Post-MS - Peat bog ecology in Ohio - Immediate Start (Posted 4/10/17)

Due to the appointee dropping out at the last minute their group has an immediate and urgent opening for an ecologist to join their "PRO-Peat bog" project.

PRO Peat Bog is an interdisciplinary research project, funded by the OARDC SEEDS grant program and the Ohio Water Resources Center, that aims to assess the current ecological status and ecosystem functioning of Ohio’s remaining peat bogs. Our project will study variation in the plant and microbial (e.g. bacteria) communities of Ohio’s bogs in relation to the level of each sites’ historic degradation. We will relate the composition of these communities to the rate at which they are producing or storing greenhouse gases.

The position will provide immersion in an interdisciplinary “applied ecology” project spanning 3 lab groups; full or partial leadership of manuscript writing; involvement in proposal writing to major national funders (DOE, NSF); co-mentoring of students; as well as extensive career mentorship for the researcher themself, with an emphasis on clear communication of their science. The researcher will also have the opportunity and framework for engaging with the large and vibrant community of environmental scientists at The Ohio State University.

POSITION DUTIES
50% - Supervise and participate in fieldwork to establish and monitor peat
bog vegetation     structure, water chemistry and GHG fluxes
20% - Collect, organize and conduct analyses of data and communicate
research results to     scientific community through journal articles and
seminars.
10% - Support efforts to map the current and historical range of peat bogs in Ohio 10% - Travel to field sites for fieldwork and data generation.
5% - Manage GC-MS analysis of GHG samples 5% - Advise and interact with graduate and undergraduate students in research activities.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
A PhD (preferred) or MS in ecosystem/community ecology, microbiology or environmental science

Desirable experience:
- Research experience in peatland ecology, ecohydrology or microbiology
- Experience of measuring GHG fluxes using chamber techniques and gas chromatography
- Plant identification (ideally both higher and lower plants) and vegetation surveying
- Data management including the development of Access databases
- Statistical analysis such as multivariate techniques used in community ecology and mixed effects modeling
- Use of appropriate statistical software e.g. R, PRIMER, Canoco
- Basic skills in GIS (e.g. ArcGIS or QGIS)
- Evidence of familiarity with fieldwork planning and logistics
- Research and writing skills to publication standard
- Supervision/mentoring of research volunteers and/or student researchers
- Interdisciplinary research collaboration
- Research collaboration with stakeholders including public and private land-owners

DEADLINE AND ENQUIRIES
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should provide a copy of their CV and a letter of application (2 pages max) which briefly addresses how they meet the required experience and qualifications. Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr. G. Matt Davies (Phone: 614 292 3567; Email: )

Wildlife Ecology or Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship - Cumberland OH (Posted 3/29/17)

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, offering diverse training programs for early career professionals.  Applicants can choose from either a  Wildlife Ecology Apprenticeship, or Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship.  There is a lot of overlap between the two positions, your choice of departments will help define your research project. Apprentices will evaluate the response of plants and wildlife to coal mine reclamation on the Wilds and also work with conservation programs at a regional scale. Apprentices will have the opportunity to work on projects involving field, lab, and/or computer modeling components. For more information, go here.

OKLAHOMA

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OREGON

Research Position in Forest Modeling (Posted 3/29/17)

Exciting opportunity within a new research project on forest landscape change and climate change. We are seeking an individual who can conduct forest modeling and work collaboratively across teams for two years. The research (postdoctoral) position is available at the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab at North Carolina State University and the Mathematical Ecology and Environmental Modeling Lab at The Washington State University Vancouver. This person will work with the project PIs, Dr. Robert Scheller (NCSU) and Dr. Nick Strigul (WSUV), on parameterization and validation of ecological models, in particular, LANDIS-II and SORTIE-PPA. Additional information about the project is available HERE.

Desired qualification: PhD in relevant field, excellent programming skills (C++ and R), experience in datamining of ecological, environmental or climatic databases, statistics and model parameterization. They would also consider a candidate with MS degree in relevant area and 5+ years of professional experience in environmental modeling. Highly competitive salary and benefits. The successful candidate will be officially hired by Washington State University Vancouver. Position located in the Portland metropolitan area (OR). Portland area is in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, it provides exceptional recreational opportunities and healthy work/life balance.

There is a flexibility in the starting date, the position can begin on June 1, 2017 or later. In order to receive full consideration please submit CV, cover letter and research statement by email ( and ) and arrange 3 letters of recommendation sent by references.

PENNSYLVANIA

Postdoctoral Scholar (Posted 6/2/17)
Pennsylvania State University
University Park Campus
Job No. 71722
Open until filled
More information can be found here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 5/3/17)

Integrating chemical data and biological indicators to understand the role of emerging contaminants in agriculturally dominated watersheds

Seeking a postdoctoral researcher to be part of an interdisciplinary project that is evaluating endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in river ecosystems and their effects on fish populations. This research is in support of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Strategic Research Plan for Evaluation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and their Effects on Fish and Wildlife. The overall goals of this project are to
(1) determine sources of EDCs, evaluate the environmental movement of these chemicals, and quantify potential exposure of wildlife and humans,
(2) better understand the biological effects of EDCs on fish and how these are affected by dose, duration, route, or life stage of exposure, as well as the antagonistic or synergetic effects of exposures to mixtures of EDCs, and (3) understand the biological pathways and molecular mechanisms through which EDCs exert adverse effects on fish at the individual level. This position will focus on integrating data collected over several years and from multiple river locations to better understand the effects of EDCs on smallmouth bass populations.
Specifically, the position will require the integration of chemical data from river sediment, water, and fish tissues, along with multiple biological end-points, ranging from individual to molecular-based end- points.

The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary group that includes ecologists, chemists, hydrologists and fish health researchers.

This full-time position is located at The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. This is a one-year appointment, with a second year of support available pending performance and funding availability.

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

Closing date: Open until filled.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates should be highly motivated and possess a PhD in toxicology, ecology, environmental health, fish health or a related discipline with a strong quantitative emphasis. The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment is essential. Experience with transcriptome and gene expression analysis is preferred, but not required. 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) one relevant publication. Please submit these materials to Dr. Tyler Wagner via email () as a single merged pdf.

For more information, contact Dr. Tyler Wagner at ; 814- 865-6592.

RHODE ISLAND

PhD positions in plankton eco-evolutionary dynamics and global change biology (Posted 5/17/17)

The Rynearson lab has two open positions for PhD students to focus on the broad themes of understanding ecology and evolution in marine phytoplankton.

Both projects include aspects of global change biology. One position includes opportunities to examine phytoplankton gene flow, connectivity and diversity using population genetics and experimental evolution approaches.

A second position includes opportunities to use genomics and transcriptomics to examine the metabolic ecology of phytoplankton.

Applicants should have MSc and/or undergraduate degrees, with backgrounds in population genetics, physiology, ecology microbiology and/or evolutionary biology. Both positions include funding for tuition and salary. More information on research in the Rynearson lab can be found here. If interested, please send a short research interest statement and CV to Tatiana Rynearson with the subject line “Fall 2017 graduate position”.

Time line: Initial queries should be sent by June 15 2017.
Start date for the position is late August 2017.

Environmental Impact Research Support (Part-time) at EPA part-time (Posted 5/3/17)

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for a part-time (up to 30 hours per week) Environmental Impact Research Support with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Narragansett, RI. More information is available here. 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Biology Education Postdoctoral Research Associate at South Dakota State University (Posted 5/10/17)

The Hoskinson Lab in the Department of Biology & Microbiology at South Dakota State University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate in biology education research. Our research group works at the intersection of higher-education biology, cognitive psychology, and computer modeling. We focus on 1) how undergraduates develop expertise in biological concepts, and 2) how practices such as modeling and argumentation facilitate students conceptual mastery. With a team of colleagues, the postdoc will develop and deliver student-centered, practice- and concept-driven curriculum in large-enrollment introductory college biology courses. In addition, the successful candidate will work on a project probing how undergraduates build and use scientific models. The position is approximately 50% teaching, 50% research.

Required Qualifications
An earned Ph.D. in any discipline of biology by the anticipated start date of August 1, 2017, and a strong interest in developing excellence in biology teaching and research.

Preferred Qualifications
Some formal teaching experience is strongly preferred. Experience developing curriculum units, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills are helpful but not required.
Candidates should consistently demonstrate creativity, initiative, and curiosity.

Salary and Appointment
This position is a 12-month, full-time, salaried, and benefited position at South Dakota State University, in Brookings SD. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal for an additional one year.

Application Review Timeline
Review of applications will begin immediately. All complete applications submitted by Thursday, June 1, 2017 will receive full consideration. Anticipated start date is August 1, 2017.

Still have questions?
Please reach out to Dr. Anne-Marie Hoskinson, PI and Assistant Professor, Department of Biology & Microbiology, South Dakota State University, 605-688-6518, .

Ready to Apply?
To apply for the Postdoctoral Fellowship, please send a single application file (PDF) consisting of the following to :
1) a letter of interest in the position, including your career plans and goals, no longer than
2 pages,
2) a current curriculum vitae,
3) statement of teaching philosophy, no longer than 2 pages, and
4) a statement of current and potential future research plans and goals, no longer than 2 pages.

Please name the PDF file with the applicant s last name followed by Postdoc App , e.g.
Smith Postdoc App.PDF. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent confidentially to the same email address. The successful applicant will need to pass a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing . SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.

Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Post-doctoral Research Associate in Rapid City, SD (Posted 5/3/17)

The Rocky Mountain Research Station is outreaching to determine initial interest in a Post-doctoral Research Associate position in community and invasive plant ecology. The duty station of the successful applicant will be in Rapid City, South Dakota where the individual will work closely with the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest and Grassland Research Laboratory and South Dakota State University scientists. The successful applicant will serve as a lead co-investigator on a project funded by the US Forest Service Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC) analyzing the life history traits of terrestrial herbaceous weeds and their response to management treatments using a WWETAC database. Participation on additional projects may be possible depending on the skill set of the successful applicant and funding. These projects would potentially include a summary on the effect of prairie dogs on grassland vegetation and developing a near-real time phenology tool for use on the National Grasslands. This position would provide excellent experience working at the interface of science and management of private and public lands. Strong writing skills and quantitative skills are required. Preference will be given to applicants with a PhD, experience with multi-variate statistics used in community analyses and/or categorical analysis, and a demonstrated ability of using statistical analysis packages in SAS, R, and/or SigmaPlot (or equivalent such as SPSS). The position is a full time term position supported by a grant, currently funded for 6-8 months, but could be extended depending on availability of funding. Salary is commensurate with training and experience. The starting date for the position is flexible and can begin in June 2017 but must begin no later than October 2017. Please respond to this outreach with a cover letter and curriculum vita to Dr. Jacqueline Ott, Rocky Mountain Research Station () by May 26. Please include “RMRS Post-Doc Outreach” as the email heading. The formal application process will depend on the response to this outreach.

PhD assistantship in sustainability - ecosystem services & visioning (Posted 3/23/17)

The Jarchow Lab at the University of South Dakota is seeking an innovative and hard-working student to be part of the first cohort of students in a graduate program in sustainability that is being developed at USD.  The PhD position is fully funded for four years at $22,000 per year.  The position has a flexible start date of either summer or fall 2017.

The PhD position is part of a project, funded by NSF, titled “Sustainable socio-economic, ecological, and technological scenarios for achieving global climate stabilization through negative CO2 emission policies.”  The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from USD, Montana State University, and the University of Wyoming to evaluate the role that a BEECS (bioenergy and carbon capture and sequestration) economy would have on the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB).  The Jarchow Lab-led project has two main components.  First, we will assess, map, and quantify how residents of the UMRB perceive the social values of the ecosystem services provided by their environment.  Second, we will do sustainability visioning to develop a scenario of a desirable future for the UMRB.

Applicants with training in a number of academic disciplines will be considered for this position including sustainability, biology/ecology, environmental science or studies, political science, sociology, or other related fields.  Additional qualifications include knowledge of geographical information systems (GIS) software, excellent oral communication skills, and interest in conducting interdisciplinary research.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your career goals and how your experience and qualifications make you a strong fit for this position to me ().  Also attach your CV or resume, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores (unofficial OK), TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  

For more information, please contact Meghann Jarchow, Assistant Professor, Sustainability Program Coordinator, Department of Biology, University of South Dakota, Churchill-Haines Labs 171E, (605) 677-3115 (office), (605) 659-1889 (cell)  

TENNESSEE

PhD Student - Fungal and Microbial Ecology - University of Memphis (Posted 6/14/17)

Fully funded PhD assistantship in fungal and microbial ecology at the University of Memphis (Memphis, TN, USA).

Looking for one PhD student to start January 2018 to join the Brown Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Memphis. In the Brown Lab, we use a cross-domain approach (Fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, Algae, etc.) to ask questions about how communities are structured, how microbe-microbe or microbe-host interactions influence assembly, and how these communities play a role in ecosystem processes.

Research questions are open, but may include: snow algae-microbe interactions and function, isolation and characterization snow-borne and alpine fungal and microbial communities, or microbial successional dynamics after glacier retreat.

Preferences given to candidates who have a strong background or interest in the following: next-generation sequence generation and analysis – including command line based analyses, familiarity with Fungi (as well as bacteria), and a strong sense of curiosity.

If interested, please contact Shawn Brown at with “Memphis PhD position” in the subject line. Include in the email (in PDF or .docx format) a short description of your interests, experience, and career goals that includes undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) GPA. Also include a CV/resume, GRE scores.

Applications will be screened as received and a Skype interview may be invited soon thereafter. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

This is an equal opportunity position and I welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

M.S. assistantship, plant science (Posted 4/17/17)

Tennessee State University has a research assistantship available beginning in Fall 2017 in the area of Plant Science. Specific interests/experience include agronomy, soil science, plant biology, and/or plant physiology.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Establishment and maintenance of field sites
• Sample collection and analysis of plant and soil samples
• Harvest and processing of field collections
• Statistical analysis and data management
• Extension activities related to research
 
PROJECT SUMMARY
Winter canola is a crop that has a number of advantages including its use as a cover crop, forage, pollinator attractor, crop rotation, bioenergy feedstock and grain commodity. Our lab has participated in the National Winter Canola Variety Trials and has identified varieties that produce the highest yields in Tennessee, however, there is little information related to optimal fertilizer rates or planting dates for winter canola. This project will help identify the effects of different rates of nitrogen fertilizer or planting date on winter canola yield, oil content, protein content and specific physiological plant processes. This will provide farmers with additional information so that they can make the best decisions for their agribusiness.

Contact: Jason P. de Koff, Ph.D., Associate Professor – Bioenergy Crop Production, Extension Assistant Program Leader, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN  37209; Office: (615) 963-4929
Twitter: @TSUBioenergy; Website: http://www.tnstate.edu/faculty/jdekoff/

TEXAS

MS students in coastal marine ecology at Sam Houston State University (Posted 3/30/17)

The Coastal Marine Ecology Program at Sam Houston State University is looking for 2 Masters students to begin in the Fall 2017 semester, with a focus on community ecology, predator-prey interactions, and/or ecological resilience, preferentially in estuarine ecosystems. Students will be expected to exhibit a commitment to academics, research, and education, both locally in Huntsville and along the Texas coast, and be open to assisting with extramural research with collaborating partners of the Program.

Interested individuals should consultant Dr. Philip Matich’s website here as well as the Coastal Marine Ecology Program’s Facebook page here for current research topics.

Sam Houston State University provides its students with the opportunity to engage with local, state, and federal partners concerning science, education, and practical training in formal and informal environments, while offering a diversity of graduate courses and research experiences. For more information, please contact Dr. Philip Matich:

UTAH

MSc in Watershed Sciences at Utah State University (Posted 3/29/17)

The Environmental Biogeochemistry and Paleoecology lab at Utah State University is recruiting MSc students to join an interdisciplinary research program broadly focused on aquatic ecosystems and water resources in the American West. The student(s) will work on projects that seek to quantify and characterize dust deposition effects in Utah lakes.

Specific research projects are flexible and students are strongly encouraged to develop their own research focus within the lab’s overall framework. Students in the lab will generally have the opportunity to gain field, laboratory, and microscopy skills.

The student(s) must have completed a BSc by the start data and have a strong interest in water quality, limnology, biogeochemistry, or aquatic ecology. The student must have excellent writing and quantitative skills. Laboratory and field experience is preferred. Preference will be given to students with a strong work ethic and capacity to work independently.
 
Please send 1) letter describing your background, interest in the project, and educational and career goals, 2) a CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three references to

Anticipated start date is no later than August 2017, but students may begin as early as June 2017.

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

VERMONT

Graduate Student Research Assistantship – PhD (Posted 5/17/17)

Catchment Hydrology and Stormwater Management Vermont EPSCoR Program, University of Vermont

A multi-year Graduate Research Assistantship position is available at the University of Vermont as part of a research study on Resilience to Extreme Events in Social Ecological Systems of the Lake Champlain Basin.

Seeking a student interested in pursuing PhD level research in the areas of catchment hydrology and stormwater management in the context of climate change impacts. Research will involve modeling (including programming) and field work components. Candidates should enjoy being part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers (i.e., faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and stakeholders) working toward identifying strategies that improve water quality resilience within the Basin. Additional information may be found here.

Qualifications: B.A., B.S. with published research experience, or M.S. in engineering, environmental science, or a related field. Research interests and previous experience should fall within the following fields: hydrology, land use, stormwater management, catchment hydrology, water quality, soil science, programming, and mathematical modeling.

A major goal of Vermont EPSCoR is workforce development, which means that the graduate students will be intensively mentored for success. PhD students should also expect to mentor undergraduate students during the summer research season. Individuals selected will be expected to interact substantially across the project. Start date January 2018 (may be flexible).

For questions, please email: Applications should include a CV and cover letter, and be emailed to . For all inquiries and applications, please reference position number GRA#003.

Note that the successful candidate selected by EPSCoR will also need to be admitted to the UVM Graduate College.

Climate Statistics PhD Student (Posted 3/23/17)

Vermont EPSCoR’s latest Track 1 award, Basin Resilience to Extreme Events, is recruiting for a number of positions within the next year to work on a cutting-edge, large-scale, interdisciplinary, NSF-funded study which will determine how the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake conditions respond to extreme weather events. They are seeking a PhD level Graduate Research Assistant, who will be responsible for i) statistical modeling of climate change projections in support of downstream models and ii) using these climate change projections to simulate forest dynamics in our New England study region. This GRA will require or develop technical expertise in R/Python, Bayesian statistics and running simulations models in a Linux-based high performance computing environment. It is expected that the successful applicant will have an undergraduate or Master’s degree in a quantitative or computational field. More information is available here.

Funded Ph.D. position at University of Vermont (Posted 3/14/17)

Seeking a Ph.D. level Graduate Research Assistant to statistically downscale climate change projections and to use these projections to simulate forest dynamics in our New England study region.  This position will require expertise, or the potential to develop expertise, in R/Python, Bayesian statistics and running simulation models in a Linux-based high performance computing environment.

This position is part of a large interdisciplinary project at the University of Vermont that is supported by Vermont EPSCoR through a NSF Track 1 award, Basin Resilience to Extreme Events.  This project is focused on understanding the linkages among the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake, and potential responses of this coupled natural and human system to climate change and extreme weather events. Some benefits to working on a large, interdisciplinary project like this include a community of faculty, GRAs and Postdocs working towards similar goals, dedicated administrative and technical support, and professional development activities.

This position requires an undergraduate or Master’s degree in a quantitative, computational or ecological field, coursework in statistics, and facility with a programming language.

The position is available June 2017, has an annual stipend of $27,000, health insurance, and a tuition scholarship.  The grant guarantees full GRA support through May 31, 2021 and there is the potential for support beyond this date.  The student will be primarily supervised by Prof. Brian Beckage, Ph.D., Department of Plant Biology, at the University of Vermont.

Questions can be directed to Arne Bomblies ().

To apply:  please send CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to and reference Position ID GRA#008.

VIRGINIA

Postdoctoral Fellowship-- Multi-Sensor Remote Sensing and Forest Mapping in Myanmar -Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute - Front Royal, VA (Posted 5/17/17)

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to be based at SCBI’s facilities in Front Royal, VA.

The three-year fellowship is funded by NASA LCLUC program and focuses on advancing SCBI’s ongoing forest mapping and remote sensing project in Myanmar. This collaborative and multi-disciplinary project seeks to integrate multiple remote sensing datasets (e.g. Landsat, PALSAR, Sentinel, and UAV data) with extensive field observations to map diverse forest types (e.g. intact natural forest, oil palm plantation, rubber plantation). The fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with Global Land Cover Facility (GLCF) at University of Maryland on continuous tree cover mapping, and political scientists and human geographers on studies of socioeconomic drivers of deforestation.

The successful candidate is expected to develop innovative research on forest mapping, data fusion, UAV data collecting and processing, and to publish science papers on the results. This position is unique in that it requires both substantial skills in organizing/ conducting ground truthing campaigns in Myanmar and in analyzing large remote sensing datasets. The fellow will be expected to spend extended periods of time in Myanmar to work with collaborators and conduct field campaigns.

The fellowship may also include work on designing and constructing an online platform to visualize and share data products. There will also be opportunities for the fellow to engage in teaching professional level GIS courses and mentoring student interns at SCBI.

The position will remain open until filled, with a desired start date of summer 2017.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Physical Geography, Remote Sensing, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, Ecology, or a related field by the start date of the position. Must be able to work independently yet collegially in a team environment.

This appointment is renewable for up to three years. Renewing process is contingent upon satisfactory performance and NASA funding.

Specifically we look for:
1. Extensive experience in remote sensing using both optical and active remote sensing data;
2. Experience in organizing / conducting forestry survey using UAV;
3. Experience/Interest in collaborating with social scientists to use qualitative survey data to study anthropogenic drivers of deforestation.

Previous international experience is advantageous but not required.

Interested applicants should submit one pdf document including cover letter (stating preferred starting time), CV, and the names and contact information for 3 references to .

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA. SCBI’s mission is to advance conservation of biological diversity. In meeting the Smithsonian Institution's mandate, SCBI increases knowledge through investigations of threatened species, habitats, and communities, and disseminates knowledge through advanced studies, professional training, and public outreach.

Postdoc in Chemical Ecology at Virginia Tech (Posted 5/3/17)

The Whitehead Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech is hiring a post-doctoral research associate to study the chemical and evolutionary ecology of plant interactions. The successful applicant will collaborate on lab projects that focus on plant evolutionary responses to multi-species interactions, links between plant-herbivore and plant-microbe interactions, crop domestication and plant defense, and/or the chemical ecology of seed dispersal and fruit defense. Approaches will include field and greenhouse experimentation with plants, insects, and microbes, as well as chemical analyses of plant secondary metabolites. Please see a description of our ongoing research at www.speciesinteractions.com. In addition, the applicant would be expected to: 1) develop their own projects that relate to the general research areas of the lab, 2) lead or co-lead writing of manuscripts and proposals to national funding agencies, and 3) participate in mentorship of students. The exact start date is negotiable between May-August 2017. The initial contract will be for one year, with the opportunity to renew for a second year depending on satisfactory performance, applicant interest, and career plans. For more information, go here. Review begins May 11, 2017.

WASHINGTON

Climate Change Youth Management Intern – Quinault Indian Nation (Posted 5/3/17)

Responsible for performing a variety of semi-skilled and semi-technical asks relating to prairie management. Assist in plant surveys, monitoring, seed collection, research, reporting and public outreach. Research climate change impacts on wetlands, prairies, plants, tribes; research adaptation strategies; network with other tribes who are doing native plant preservation; research culturally significant plants; review current Quinault ethnobotany research, talk to tribal members and employees and record information on plants to be monitored in the field; research native plant material preservation. More information can be found here.

Postdoctoral Position: Biology Education Research at the University of Washington (Posted 4/4/17)

The UW Biology Education Research Group (BERG) seeks candidates to fill two full-time postdoctoral positions to work on the NSF-funded Learning Progression on the Development of Principle-based Reasoning in Undergraduate Physiology (LeaP UP) project. This project will develop a learning progression documenting how undergraduates come to master principle-based reasoning in Physiology across the undergraduate curriculum. We will create machine-gradable, constructed response assessments that will be used to describe current trends in student understanding as they move through the undergraduate curricula at R1s and community colleges. The project is a collaboration between UW BERG and the Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) Research Group (www.msu.edu/~aacr) at Michigan State University. The positions will be under the supervision of Drs. Jennifer Doherty and Mary Pat Wenderoth in the UW Biology Department. For more information, go here. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2017; applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. 

WEST VIRGINIA

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant: Hydrogeochemistry (Posted 6/14/17)

The Interdisciplinary Hydrology Laboratory at West Virginia University invites applications for a Ph.D. graduate research assistant who will conduct research investigating surface water chemical characteristics and geology in mixed-land-use watersheds of the Appalachian region of the United States. West Virginia University is the state’s flagship research-one institution, and is among the top universities in the nation, with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

Start date will be fall semester (August 16th) 2017. Primary duties include water flow and water chemistry monitoring with additional responsibilities including field work, stream cross sections, instrument maintenance, data collection, processing, analyses and modeling, coursework, dissertation, and multiple publications.

Applicants must possess bachelors and master’s degrees completed in natural resources, ecology, environmental sciences, physical hydrology, water quality, or a closely related field. Experience in stream measurements, data processing, analysis and modeling, water quality monitoring and analysis, GIS, and strong verbal, written, and computational skills are highly desired. Successful applicants will work collaboratively and independently, conduct field work under variable weather conditions, and aid in installation and maintenance of instruments and monitoring sites.
Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license and be able to lift and carry equipment and tools.

To apply, please forward by email the following documents (unofficial documents for initial application are acceptable; incomplete applications will not be reviewed): transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL/IELTS scores (international students), cover letter (including academic, research and professional goals and interests), and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Jason Hubbart, 3109 Agricultural Sciences Building, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA; Tel No. (304) 293-2472; Fax: (304) 293-2960; Email: .

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant: Investigating Hydrology, Pathogens and Suspended Sediment Relationships (Posted 5/3/17)

The Interdisciplinary Hydrology Laboratory (http://www.forh2o.net/) and the Institute of Water Security and Science (http://iwss.wvu.edu/) of West Virginia University in collaboration with the Divisions of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Forestry and Natural Resources in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, invite applications for a Ph.D. graduate research assistant who will conduct research investigating the relationships of hydrology, pathogens and suspended sediment. West Virginia University is the state’s flagship research-one institution, and is among the top universities in the nation, with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

Start date will be fall semester (August 16th) 2017. Primary duties include water flow and water quality monitoring with additional responsibilities including field work, stream cross sections, instrument maintenance, data collection, processing, analyses and modeling, coursework, dissertation, and multiple publications.

Applicants must possess bachelors and master’s degrees completed in natural resources, ecology, environmental sciences, physical hydrology, water quality, or a closely related field. Experience in stream measurements, data processing, analysis and modeling, water quality monitoring and analysis, GIS, and strong verbal, written, and computational skills are highly desired. Successful applicants will work collaboratively and independently, conduct field work under variable weather conditions, and aid in installation and maintenance of instruments and monitoring sites.

Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license and be able to lift and carry equipment and tools.

To apply, please forward by email the following documents (unofficial documents for initial application are acceptable; incomplete applications will not be reviewed): transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL/IELTS scores (international students), cover letter (including academic, research and professional goals and interests), and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Jason Hubbart, 3109 Agricultural Sciences Building, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA; Tel No. (304) 293-2472; Fax: (304) 293-2960; Email: .

MS Graduate Research Assistantship in Forest N Cycling, WVU (Posted 3/1/17)

M.S. Graduate Research Assistant: The role of understory nitrogen metabolism in watershed-level
nitrogen retention in an Appalachian hardwood forest The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, invites applications for a graduate research assistant (GRA) to conduct research on the role of the herb layer in nitrogen cycling in an Appalachian hardwood forest. The study is situated in and takes advantage of the data-rich environment of the Fernow Experimental Forest operated by the U.S. Forest Service's Northern Research Station. West Virginia University is the state’s flagship research-one institution, and is among the top universities in the nation, with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

The successful applicant will conduct field work and sample collection, processing, and analyses to: 1)
assess whether particular herbaceous species are disproportionally found under tree species associated with either high N or low N availability,  2) assess the relative importance of overstory and understory plants in watershed nitrogen retention, and 3) to assess how the composition of different soil nitrogen compounds is influenced by tree species associated with high vs low N availability.
Other duties include (but are not limited to) various field and lab work, maintenance of field equipment, coursework and publication. The production of an exemplary thesis is expected.

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree completed in natural resources, ecology, biology,
environmental sciences, or a closely related field. Experience in forest plant identification, data
processing, analysis, and GIS are a plus. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are mandatory.

Successful applicants will work collaboratively and independently, and conduct field work under variable weather conditions in steep, mountainous terrain. Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license.

The preferred start date of the position is May or June of 2017. However, this position remains open until filled. If interested in applying, please forward by email the following documents (incomplete applications will not be reviewed): transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL/IELTS scores (international students), cover letter (including academic, research and professional goals and interests), and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Kirsten Stephan, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, 337D Percival Hall, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA; Tel: (304) 293-0024; Email: .

PhD position in Environmental Microbiology (Posted 3/1/17)

Summary: The Freedman Lab of Environmental Microbiology at West Virginia University is now accepting applications for a PhD-level Graduate Assistant position. Our research generally focuses on how biological, chemical, and physical factors affect the composition of microbial communities and their ecosystem function. A wide range of research topics are possible, including but not limited to: Impacts of anthropogenic climate change on Appalachian forests and watersheds; effects of mining and mine reclamation on soil microbes; effects of herbivory on plant-microbe interactions; impacts of conventional
and organic agriculture on soil health, among many other possible topics. Further information on the Freedman lab can be found HERE.

Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and will have a strong background in ecology, microbiology, soil science, or a closely related field. Experience with high-throughput DNA sequencing, metagenomics, biogeochemical measurements (for example, CO2 and trace gas production, enzyme activities, soil characteristics) and programming in R is ideal.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The assistantship includes full tuition coverage, benefits, and a yearly stipend of $22,132. Opportunities for Teaching Assistantships will also be available. The expected start date is August 23, 2017.

To Apply: Prospective students should send the following information with the subject line “PhD Position” to : 1) a one page cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and goals, 2) a current CV, 3) current GRE scores, 4) unofficial transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate education, and 5) contact information for three academic references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, applications received by February 28 will receive full consideration. The selected applicant will submit a formal application to the WVU Graduate School for admission to the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Graduate Program.

University and Community: WVU is located in Morgantown, WV (pop. 31,073), which is routinely recognized as one of the best small college towns in the country (www.wvu.edu). The Division’s faculty and graduate student population conduct research in a wide range of natural resource disciplines, and have ready access to West Virginia’s forests and working lands for natural laboratories and recreational activities. WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students,
and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.
 

WISCONSIN

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Biosciences Opportunities (BOPs) preview weekend (Posted 4/11/17)

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the annual Biosciences Opportunities (BOPs) preview weekend on September 21-24, 2017. This is an all-expenses paid opportunity for prospective graduate students to learn about opportunities in biological science graduate programs at UW-Madison. UW-Madison is a world-class university with many opportunities for graduate study. Approximately 146 programs offer masters degrees and 110 programs offer doctorate degrees. UW-Madison is one of the largest bioscience research institutions in the nation; ranking in the top 20 of all research programs worldwide for NIH funded biomedical research. It is a leader in stem cell research and in the top 10 for bioscience research in the nation. The preview weekend exposes prospective students to the breadth of bioscience research being done on our campus while also creating a personalized visit including individual time with faculty, lots of exposure to current graduate students, campus resources, student groups and a workshop on applying to UW-Madison. For more information on the BOPS preview weekend opportunity please visit the program website HERE.

The BOPs application is now open and must be completed by July 31, 2017. Students can contact us with any questions at .

**Our campus also hosts a preview weekend for students interested in chemistry and engineering. Here are links to the website for each of those events: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/chops; http://gers.engr.wisc.edu/opps.php    

WYOMING

PhD Student Opening: Wildlife Population Genomics (Posted 6/2/17)
University of Wyoming
Review of applications begins on June 1, 2017
More information can be found here.

Seasonal research assistantship: restoration seeding success, WY (Posted 4/10/17)

Hiring field interns this summer to assist with a collaborative research project to study restoration seeding success.  It's a great opportunity to spend your summer outdoors, learn vegetation monitoring skills and participate in restoration ecology research.  Please see below for details.  

Job Title: Research Internship; Location: Buffalo and Sheridan, WY – with frequent trips to Laramie; Full-Time Seasonal - Temporary; UW Ecosystem Science and Management; Summer Stipend @ 12.50/hour.

Job Duties:  Vegetation monitoring and plant identification at field sites near Buffalo, Wyoming.  The intern will also maintain research plots near Sheridan, Wyoming.  Duties include, but are not limited to: plant identification, data collection and data entry, weed removal, mowing and irrigation maintenance.  Weather permitting, each work day will begin in the early morning for a full day during the summer months.

Skills/Requirements:  Applicants need a basic understanding of plants and how to identify them. Candidates should enjoy working outdoors and be able to hike up to 3 miles a day while carrying pack weighing up to 25 lbs. Training is available, but any previous experience with the AIM (Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring) protocol and Wyoming plant identification would be helpful.  The successful candidate will work as part of a team of 2 or more people and should also be capable of independent work when needed.  There will be opportunities to interact with UW researchers and Wyoming land management personnel as well.  Applicants must have a valid US driver's license.

Please Submit:  Statement of interest and resume listing three references to , Dr. Kristina Hufford, Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming, Dept. 3354, 
1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071. Interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start dates are negotiable and the internship will run from late May – August 2017. 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

ORISE Position: Water Quality Standards Uses, Antidegradation and Variances (Posted 5/17/17)

A postgraduate research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW). This appointment will be served with the Office of Science and Technology (OST) in Washington, DC. Reference Code: EPA Water 2017-412. For more information, go here. The desired start date is July 3, 2017.

CANADA

PhD opportunity in fisheries social-ecological systems (Posted 5/17/17)

Seeking a highly qualified candidate interested in pursuing an PhD in fisheries socio- economics in the Great Lakes basin, to complement our work on environmental and climate change, and their associated impacts on fisheries. Based at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in conjunction with the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, this is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of understanding one of Canada's most economically-important (estimated value > $7 billion/year), but least-understood fisheries, and to develop highly sought-after interdisciplinary and quantitative research skills.

Fisheries within the Great Lakes represent a variety of interests, including commercial, recreational, and subsistence sectors, and yet little to no attention has been paid to them as important social-ecological systems. That is, our understanding of who is fishing and why, what the value of these fisheries are, or where catches are ultimately consumed is limited. Recreational fisheries are thought to be particularly important for disadvantaged people who rely on these fisheries to supplement their diet. This lack of information coincides with dramatic, environmentally-driven change in the composition of Great Lakes food-webs, suggesting a high potential for mismanagement of associated fisheries in the future. This project will attempt to describe and quantify the socio-economic influencers on Great Lakes fisheries, as well the resulting socio- economic impacts from these fisheries.

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate background in Biology, Environmental Governance, Science, Policy or a related discipline, preferably with experience in, or knowledge of, quantitative and qualitative social research methods. Candidates should also have (i) the ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, (ii) strong written and oral communication skills and (iii) experience conducting fieldwork. Most critically they will have a demonstrated ability to work as a constructive and positive member of a team. Competitive stipend, opportunities to TA, and funding for national and international conference travel will be provided.

Contact information: For more information or to express your interest please contact Professors Aaron MacNeil (), Megan Bailey (), or Aaron Fisk ().

Applications will be reviewed until suitable candidates are found.

Postdoctoral position -terrestrial/urban ecology (Posted 5/10/17)

The Cadotte lab at the University of Toronto-Scarborough is looking for a Postdoctoral research associate in ‘plant community ecology and ecosystem function’ or ‘ecological dynamics in urban ecosystems’.

The background:
This is a unique opportunity for an experienced postdoc to focus their leadership skills, to supervise graduate and undergraduate research, and to pursue new research initiatives. I am looking for a postdoctoral research associate to help lead our team while I focus on several new priorities. The candidate should have a track record of research and publishing on questions broadly related to terrestrial diversity, ecosystem function, invasion ecology, or urban ecology. Examples of the types of research questions of interest include: 1) how do plant invasions influence (disrupt or enhance) the ecosystem functions provided by urban green areas? 2) How are plant-soil feedbacks affected by plant invasion? 3) How does plant diversity (taxonomic, functional, or phylogenetic) influence pollinators (diversity or service provisioning) across land use gradients. Or any other related question.

The person:
I am looking for a terrestrial community or ecosystem ecologist with broad ecological interests and a proven track record of publishing in top international journals, and experience supervising trainees. A major component of this position will be to oversee ongoing projects and help mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

Desirable skills/interests include spatial analyses, quantitative modelling, plant-insect interactions, soil biodiversity, functional or phylogenetic diversity, and R programming. Candidates should have strong:
conceptual/theoretical understanding of ecological processes; oral and written communication skills; publication record; and an interest in outreach. The candidate should have completed, or nearly completed, a PhD in ecology or related disciplines. The successful candidate will be expected to provide leadership in the lab, and interact with graduate and undergraduate students. The Cadotte lab also has a strong commitment to outreach, running programs with local elementary schools, and the candidate is expected to participate.

The place:
The University of Toronto-Scarborough (UTSC) is located on the eastern edge of Toronto, and makes up one of the three campuses of the University of Toronto. The tri-campus Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program, which also includes the Royal Ontario Museum, is an excellent department with more than 50 faculty members. The candidate will be housed at UTSC, in the Biological Sciences department, which sits on a forested ravine, and is a relatively short commute to the Toronto city centre. UTSC is an exciting place to do research, with a relatively young and active research community, and excellent students. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and is extremely culturally diverse, full of parks and green areas, and hosts numerous cultural, culinary, and music events.

The position:
The candidate would need to start July 1st, 2017, or shortly thereafter, and the position would be for one year with a second year contingent on performance and the availability of funds. The salary is $45,000/year, and comes with a benefits package. Postdocs are unionized at the University of Toronto.

The application:
Applicants are required to send an updated CV, two representative reprints or preprints, a cover letter and/or statement describing the candidate’s past experience and accomplishments, interests (generally and with respect to the specifics of this position), and the names and e-mails of at least two references. These materials should be combined into a single pdf document and sent to . Review of applications begins on May 29th, 2017.

PhD position – Ecosystem Services in Agronomic Systems (Posted 5/3/17)

Full funding support is available for four years for a PhD position in the lab of Dr. Andrew MacDougall - University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Seeking a highly-motivated PhD candidate with a theoretical or empirical background in ecology at the MSc or undergraduate level, to explore issues of diversity-function relationships and farm-based ecosystem services.

There can be an emphasis on soil, insect, or plant dynamics depending on the candidate’s interests. Students in my lab are currently examining trophic island biogeography, predator-prey oscillations, plant-pollinator feedbacks, insect food-web assembly, the spatial dynamics of diversity, and indirect drivers of plant invasion. Our research focus is theoretical in emphasis, but we apply our work through ongoing collaborations with ALUS Canada (http://alus.ca/).

Details of our lab can be found here.

If interested, please e-mail a brief statement of research interest, CV, an unofficial transcript, and the names of two academic referees to . The position can start fall 2017 or winter/summer 2018.

The University of Guelph is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top research universities.

he Department of Integrative Biology resides within the College of Biological Sciences and is a diverse department dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship. It is home to 36 full-time faculty who lead research in three overlapping themes: comparative animal physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology. Graduate students are able to pursue studies in all aspects of biology from genes to entire ecosystems, and tailor their program of study to their individual interests and background.

The Graduate Program in Integrative Biology is recognized as one of the finest in the country for research, training, and scholarship.

Ph.D. & M.Sc. Positions – Fisheries productivity in northern boreal lakes (Posted 5/3/17)

Enthusiastic, team oriented, and self-motivated students are encouraged to apply for a Ph.D. and MSc positions to conduct research on fisheries productivity in boreal freshwater ecosystems. This project is a multi- disciplinary collaboration between the University of Alberta, industry, government and other sponsors. The main project goals include: i) community assembly in boreal lakes, ii) modelling food-web dynamics, iii) effects of climate change on fish production, iv) determining best practices in monitoring and measuring, v) primary production in lakes, and vi) developing field based studies to determine causative relationships between age and growth and other life history characteristics in relation to differing lake environments. These research projects are fully funded and will provide key insights into how to develop habitat offsets for fisheries, a new and emerging field in restoration and conservation biology. Applicants will be under the supervision of Dr. Mark Poesch, but will interact regularly with scientists and team members in industry, provincial and federal governments.

Ph.D. applicants must have a graduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field. Ideally, the same would be an asset for MSc applicants. Applicant must have a high overall GPA (especially in related courses). Experience with ecological modeling, freshwater fish ecology, database management, and programming skills are considered an asset. Applicants should clearly articulate how this research will build on your existing experience, specific skills and provide a date of availability. Applicants interested in this position, please send an email to Dr. Mark Poesch (poesch(at)ualberta.ca) with a cover letter identifying research interests, CV, transcripts (unofficial accepted), writing sample, and a list of three references.

Please note review of applications will commence on May 1, 2017 and the competition will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal start date is September 1, 2017, but other arrangements (for earlier or later start dates) can be made.

The University of Alberta was recently rated as Canada’s fourth best university, and 86th across universities worldwide. Located in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton (population of 1.2 million people), the University of Alberta provides a dynamic mixture of a large research intensive university, urban culture and recreation. More than 39,000 students from across Canada and 144 other countries participate in nearly 400 programs and 18 faculties.

Contact Information:

Dr. Mark Poesch
Assistant Professor, Conservation Ecology University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources
751 General Services Building, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H1
Ph: 780-492-4827
Email:
Website: www.markpoesch.com

Ph.D. & M.Sc. Positions – Fisheries productivity in northern boreal lakes (Posted 3/30/17)

Enthusiastic, team oriented, and self-motivated students are encouraged to apply for a Ph.D. and MSc positions to conduct research on fisheries productivity in boreal freshwater ecosystems. This project is a multi- disciplinary collaboration between the University of Alberta, industry, government and other sponsors. The main project goals include: i) community assembly in boreal lakes, ii) modelling food-web dynamics, iii) effects of climate change on fish production, iv) determining best practices in monitoring and measuring, v) primary production in lakes, and vi) developing field based studies to determine causative relationships between age and growth and other life history characteristics in relation to differing lake environments. These research projects are fully funded and will provide key insights into how to develop habitat offsets for fisheries, a new and emerging field in restoration and conservation biology. Applicants will be under the supervision of Dr. Mark Poesch, but will interact regularly with scientists and team members in industry, provincial and federal governments.

Ph.D. applicants must have a graduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field. Ideally, the same would be an asset for MSc applicants. Applicant must have a high overall GPA (especially in related courses). Experience with ecological modeling, freshwater fish ecology, database management, and programming skills are considered an asset. Applicants should clearly articulate how this research will build on your existing experience, specific skills and provide a date of availability.  Applicants interested in this position, please send an email to Dr. Mark Poesch (poesch(at)ualberta.ca) with a cover letter identifying research interests, CV, transcripts (unofficial accepted), writing sample, and a list of three references.

Please note review of applications will commence on May 1, 2017 and the competition will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal start date is September 1, 2017, but other arrangements (for earlier or later start dates) can be made.

The University of Alberta was recently rated as Canada’s fourth best university, and 86th across universities worldwide. Located in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton (population of 1.2 million people), the University of Alberta provides a dynamic mixture of a large research intensive university, urban culture and recreation. More than 39,000 students from across Canada and 144 other countries participate in nearly 400 programs and 18 faculties.

Contact Information: Dr. Mark Poesch, Assistant Professor, Conservation Ecology University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources, 751 General Services Building, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H1, Ph: 780-492-4827,   Email: Poesch(at)ualberta.ca,  
Website: www.markpoesch.com

PhD scholarship in boreal soil carbon (Posted 3/2/17)

The Soil Biogeochemistry group in the Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Edmonton is seeking a motivated Ph.D. student to join their team.

Project: Boreal forest soils are the single largest terrestrial carbon storehouse in the world.

Consequently, changes in boreal carbon stocks and fluxes could significantly affect the global carbon cycle. These northern, high-latitude soils are also highly susceptible to global warming, and in the coming century are expected to face large increases in average temperatures, altered freeze-thaw patterns, and transformative vegetation shifts. The carbon contained in boreal soils is a complex network of interconnected pools, the stability of which may be controlled by various mechanisms. As such, it has been challenging to predict the response of boreal soil carbon to environmental changes.

This Ph.D. project will aim to clarify how interactions between the soil geological material and vegetation may ultimately determine the response of boreal soil carbon to climatic changes.

They will use a variety of methods, including NMR and stable isotope tracking, to evaluate the source and fate of boreal carbon in soil profiles under different environmental conditions.  

Qualifications: Candidates must have a M.Sc. (or equivalent) in soil science, chemistry  or a related environmental science discipline.  Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.

The project will include some field sampling. A Class 5 Driver license is required, and experience working in difficult and remote terrain will be an asset. This project will also involve substantial laboratory work where attention to detail is essential. Prior experience with analytical techniques used in environmental chemistry is preferred.

Students must commence their graduate study between September 2017 and May 2018.

The project is funded by NSERC.  A yearly stipend of $25,000 will be provided. In addition, the University of Alberta provides competitive recruitment awards between $5,000 and $10,000 for outstanding applicants. Graduates from a Canadian University with a GPA>3.5 on a 4.0 scale and international students with equivalent academic accomplishments usually receive an entrance award.

Interested candidates should e-mail their transcript, a detailed curriculum vitae, a cover letter that summarizes their qualifications and research goals, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Sylvie Quideau at .

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Houlahan Ph. D. position (Posted 3/1/17)

Ph. D. position with Jeff Houlahan’s lab in the Department of Biological Sciences/The Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNB Saint John).

The Houlahan lab is looking for a Ph.D. student interested in fundamental questions in population and/or community ecology to begin in the fall of 2017 (although later start dates could be negotiated).  We are happy to hear from students with a wide range of interests -  some examples of topics include (i) the relationship between diversity and stability, (ii) the relative importance of density dependent effects on population dynamics, and (iii) the stability of competitive hierarchies in nature but we are less concerned about the question than the approach.  The approach would involve developing theoretical and/or statistical models that would then be tested on new data (see Houlahan et al. 2017 in Oikos) to assess the predictive ability of those models and how predictive ability changes over time and space.

The successful applicant will have strong quantitative skills, and more particularly, be somebody who is comfortable analyzing data and modeling in something like R or Python.  Students will have an opportunity to improve their analytical and modeling skills, become better grounded in basic ecology theory, and improve writing, logical thinking and problem-solving abilities.  We are interested in ecology, environmental science, computer science and/or mathematics students.  Funding of at least $21,000/year is guaranteed for 4 years and comes from TA’ships, RA’ships and scholarships.

The University of New Brunswick is a comprehensive university with campuses in Saint John and Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with approximately 10,000 students.  The Houlahan lab is part of the Department of Biological Sciences and The Canadian Rivers Institute at the Saint John campus.  This is a vibrant department with a focus on aquatic and marine biology and more than 50 graduate students.  Saint John is a small (pop – 68,000) attractive, coastal city in southern New Brunswick.

If you are interested in the position drop me a note  at   and attach your cv, transcripts (unofficial or official) and 3 references with contact info.

Expiry date: July 1, 2017.

 

NEW ZEALAND

PhD studentship investigating the role of genetic shifts in success of invasive plant species (Posted 6/2/17)
Bio-Protection Research Centre
Lincoln University
New Zealand
Apply by June 24, 2017
More information can be found here.