Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities



PHD Fellowship - University of Oklahoma (Posted 8/30/19)

Recruiting a PhD student to work on StreamCLIMES, a research project funded by the National Science Foundation that seeks to understand how drying affects stream ecosystems in different climates. This research project integrates field-based stream ecology and hydrology, hydrologic modeling, and spatial ecological modeling. It includes collaborators from the University of California Berkeley, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, University of Louisiana Lafayette, and Virginia Tech.

The PhD student would be co-advised by Dr. Tom Neeson and Dr. Dan Allen and work primarily on the spatial ecological modeling component of the project. We are looking for a student who wants to develop a strong quantitative skill set and is interested in ecological processes and patterns at large spatial scales. The student would start in Fall 2020.

The student will be funded by a combination of research and teaching assistantships, with at least four semesters and four summers of research assistantships. The fellowship includes a full tuition waiver and health insurance, and funding is available for regular travel to scientific conferences. Students from underrepresented groups may be eligible for a Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship through the University of Oklahoma Graduate College, a program which we have had previous success recruiting students into. The student's home department would be either the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability or the Department of Biology, depending on the student’s fit and interests.

If you are interested, please send contact Tom Neeson () or Dan Allen () via email that includes your CV and GRE scores. Review of candidates will begin on October 15 to identify top applicants, though inquiries beyond this date will continue to be reviewed.

Postdoc Fellow in Pacific Islands Drought and Climate Variability (Posted 8/30/19)
East-West Center Research Program
Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Applications received by September 16, 2019 will receive full consideration.
For more information, go here


Graduate - Internship Opportunities


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please contact Jason Pienaar () for more information.

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


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Ph.D. Research Assistantship  (Posted 9/11/19)
Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Department of Biological Sciences University of Arkansas

The Magoulick Lab at the University of Arkansas is accepting applications for a Ph.D. research assistantship. Our research efforts focus on factors affecting population and community dynamics of freshwater fish and invertebrates, especially the role of disturbance in community dynamics, impacts of introduced species in aquatic ecosystems and conservation of aquatic ecosystems. The research assistantship is part of a USGS funded project examining the effect of current and future climate on endangered Yellowcheek Darter (Etheostoma moorei) growth, survival and refuge use. The student would have flexibility to pursue additional research related to the funded project. This project and related work will be carried out using a combination of comparative field studies, field and lab experiments, and modeling approaches.

Applicants should have a BS and preferably MS in fisheries, ecology, biology, or a related field; 3.2 GPA (minimum); 300 (V+Q) minimum GRE. Previous research experience with fish and/or streams and strong quantitative skills are preferred. Applicants must be responsible, motivated, and able to work independently and in teams.

Ph.D. stipend will be $23,736 plus benefits and full tuition waiver with potential for additional fellowships. The research assistantship is available for three years and may be supplemented by a teaching assistantship in year four.

Applications will be considered as they are received but for full consideration all materials should be sent by September 11, 2019. Start date will be January 15, 2020.

Email 1) a letter describing your interests and career goals, 2) Curriculum Vitae (including GPA and GRE scores), 3) names and telephone numbers of three references, and 4) unofficial transcripts to: Dan Magoulick, , 479-575-5449.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Biological Sciences (Posted 8/6/19)
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR
Position No.: 15780
Apply by October 1, 2019
For more information, go here


Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Biology - Center for Population Biology (Posted 9/23/19)
Center for Population Biology at UC Davis
Davis, CA
Job #JPF03136
For full consideration, applications (including letters of reference) must be received by November 1, 2019.
For more information, go here. 

Ph.D. position, community ecology, southern California (Posted 9/23/19)

Recruiting a Ph.D. student broadly interested in exploring how phenology, climate, soil communities, and/or pollinators mediate species coexistence and invasion in southern Californian plant communities. The student would join the Diez Lab at the University of California, Riverside. Applicants with experience and/or interest in both ecological theory and field ecology will be preferred. To apply, or for more information, please email me () your CV, a brief description of your past research experience in ecology, your current research interests, and contact information for 2 references. Please get in touch by October 1 for full consideration. Student would likely begin in Fall 2020, although it may be possible to begin earlier if desired.

Quantitative Ecology Postdoc Position at UC Davis (Posted 9/20/19)

Seeking a postdoctoral associate with experience in quantitative modeling of plant functional traits, biodiversity and extinction rate, and / or species distributions at large geographic scales. The associate will analyze spatiotemporal response of biodiversity, plant trait distributions, and biophysical variables to global climate change.

This NSF-funded project aims to better understand how anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, via their effects on ecological systems, affect human well-being in order to better support climate policy analysis. While the candidate will focus primarily on the ecological component, he/she will be part of an interdisciplinary team and should therefore have an interest in collaboration with economists and climate scientists. The position will be supervised by Drs. Xiaoli Dong and Frances Moore at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis.

Applicants should hold a PhD in ecology or similar field. Previous doctoral or postdoctoral research experience should include quantitative analysis of large datasets. Applicants should be fluent in R, and ideally have experience programming in other languages, such as Python or JavaScript. Strong programming skills, 3+ years of experience in Bayesian modeling and manipulation of large geospatial datasets are required. The candidate should be capable of working independently and collaboratively. The researcher will be expected to prepare results for peer-reviewed journals.

Initial appointment will be for one year, with possibility to extend to three years. Start date is flexible, and the position is available immediately. The selected candidate will need to meet all hiring requirements, including a background check, prior to the start date.

To apply, please send electronically to Xiaoli Dong () the following materials: a cover letter (which includes a brief summary of research experience and interests), a CV (with publication list), and names and contact information of three references (letters of references will be requested for finalists). Applications should be submitted as one complete attachment. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019, but applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

PhD opportunity in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz (Posted 9/12/19)

Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1 PhD student starting in Fall 2020 in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Zhu Lab works on research questions at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes, using quantitative approaches such as remote sensing, species distribution models, and Bayesian statistical methods. Current research projects include (1) phenological responses to climate change and human activity in the Northern Hemisphere; (2) the biogeography of soil fungi in North America; and (3) wildfire propagation and forest regrowth in California. The Zhu Lab also collaborates with other research groups, including the Peay Lab at Stanford University through a newly funded NSF grant. More information is available here.

Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an essential part of their advancement as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Zhu expects students to have previous research experience and a strong background in ecology and environmental science, as well as math, statistics, and programming. However, in the Zhu Lab students will learn new methods and tools by attending classes, workshops, and working on projects, so the most important quality is the willingness to learn.

The PhD program in Environmental Studies is explicitly interdisciplinary, with expectations to engage in both natural and social sciences coursework and research. The department guarantees five years of stipend and fee support for graduate students. Through working with faculty advisors, graduate students in Environmental Studies have been very successful in obtaining external funding. UC Santa Cruz ranks among the top universities in terms of research influence and research quality worldwide, and it is within a half-hour drive to the Silicon Valley. Located on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz has numerous year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation (sailing, surfing, mountain biking, hiking, etc.). For information about program requirements, funding, and admissions, please consult the graduate program coordinator Michael Mangarelli (mmangare at ucsc dot edu), the department website, and the Graduate School website.

Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) as early as possible and no later than the application deadline on December 10, 2019 with the following information: (1) research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) motivations to pursue a PhD and long-term career goals; (3) why interested in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC; and (4) current CV, academic transcript, GRE score, and TOEFL score (if English is not the first language).

Ph.D positions available in Global Change Ecology at UCLA (Posted 8/30/19)

The Tingley Lab in Global Change Ecology is joining the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and seeking creative and motivated PhD students to join the lab in the Fall of 2020. Our research utilizes field and biodiversity data to explore how large-scale anthropogenic drivers of change (e.g., climate change, land-use change, fire regimes) affect geographic distributions and community interactions over short to long timespans, from years to centuries. Most of our research explores these topics using birds as the primary study organism.

Potential research areas include: 1) the impact of climate change on birds through shifts in distributions or phenology; 2) the mechanisms that define range limits; 3) the role of wildfire in structuring biodiversity; 4) statistical modeling of distributions and assemblages; and/or 5) using historical data to understand processes of change. Research projects will have opportunities to draw from extensive existing databases as well as collect new field data at current field sites in temperate mountain systems. Enthusiasm, excellent written and oral communication abilities, and strong quantitative skills are necessary. Backgrounds in ornithology, modeling, and statistics are desired.

Application process
Interested and qualified candidates should read through the lab’s Frequently Asked Questions and send an email describing their motivation and research interests along with, at minimum, a CV, GPA, and GRE scores to . Strong applicants will be contacted for scheduling an informal interview over Skype. Applications to UCLA are due December 1st. Financial support for Ph.D. students is available from research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships, but applications to outside funding sources are strongly encouraged.


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MS Assistantships in Exurban Forest Ecosystem Management at UConn (Posted 10/3/19)

Now accepting applications for 6 MS Assistantships in Exurban Forest Ecosystem Management at the University of Connecticut starting August 2020:

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

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

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

Application procedures: Please submit the following information as a single pdf document to with a subject line Exurban Forest Ecosystem Management Graduate Assistantship
1) Letter detailing your interest in this opportunity (including preference for focus area/s)
2) CV
3) Transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial acceptable initially)
4) Contact information (name, affiliation, phone, email) for 3 references

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

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

Ph.D. Plant-Arthropod Interactions and Global Change (Posted 9/23/19)
Loboratory of Interactions and Global Change
University of Connecticut
For more information, go here


Master/PhD position in aquatic ecology/biogeochemistry (Posted 7/181/9)

Master/PhD position available (depending on candidate) to work on the effects of milldams on stream nitrogen processes.
The Watershed Sciences Research Group at the University of Delaware (UDEL) and the Ecosystems Group at the Stroud Water Research Center (SWRC) are seeking a master or PhD student to evaluate how existing milldams influence the fate and transformation of dissolved forms of nitrogen in Pennsylvania streams. The student will join a diverse team working on the influence of milldams on different ecosystem processes (metabolism, water exchange, denitrification), funded by a recent award from the National Science Foundation (NSF-HS 1929750) to researchers from UDEL, SWRC, and the University of Rhode Island. The student will be primarily supervised by Dr. Shreeram Inamdar at UDEL and Dr. Marc Peipoch at SWRC and will be based in Newark, Delaware (UDEL) but spending substantial amount of time at the SWRC (15min drive)

Competitive applicants must have an educational background, and preferentially some experience, in biogeochemistry, aquatic ecology, and/or hydrology. Proficiency with written communications and the ability to work both independently and as a productive team member are essential. Experience taking hydrological and water quality samples with piezometers, ISCO samplers, as well as experience with benchtop analytical chemistry, are not essential but preferred. Applicants must have a BS degree upon the start date and must be admitted to the Water Science and Policy graduate program at UDEL.

To apply for this position, please send: 1. Cover letter (no more than 1 page) that summarizes your research interests and experience, 2. CV/resume, 3. Undergraduate transcripts, and 4. GRE scores to Dr. Shreeram Inamdar () and Dr. Marc Peipoch () as a single pdf document.

Applications will be reviewed immediately in anticipation of starting the position on or about the upcoming 2019 fall semester.

MS opportunity: coastal ecosystem services project (Posted 7/9/19)

One graduate research assistantship is available on a project to synthesize the ecosystem services (or benefits that humans receive) from wetlands and coastal waters. Recreational use, food provisioning, and other goods and services from nature together are an important justification for maintaining healthy coastal ecosystems. Models based on detailed maps of these services can help us plan conservation actions and communicate their value to society. The broader study will quantify services provided by coastal ecosystems in Delaware and model how their diversity differs across locations. The student involved will collect data, such as crowd-sourced activity for birdwatching and beach use, to map and measure some of these services in geographic information systems (GIS). This information will be used to analyze overlaps and tradeoffs between services at multiple scales using statistics.

The M.S. program in Natural Resources in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Delaware State University (Dover, DE) is designed to prepare students for careers in natural resources management, field ecology, environmental science, and related fields. Information about the program can be found here.

The position is funded for two years, covering salary ($20,000/year without benefits) and tuition and fees. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biology, geography, natural resources, environmental science, or related fields is required. A minimum average GPA of 2.5 overall and 3.0 within the major is needed for admission into the program. Students with experience using geographic information systems (GIS) and strong computer and writing skills are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research interests and fit for the position, resume/CV, unofficial copies of GRE scores and transcript(s), and contact information for 3 professional references to Dr. Sigrid Smith () with "coastal ecosystem services MS student" in subject line). Feel free to send any questions to this email as well. Review of applications will continue until filled. Student will ideally start in January (spring 2020 term) or this September (fall 2019 term).


Postdoctoral Associate (Posted 9/25/19)
Department of Earth and Environment
Florida International University
Miami, FL
Job Opening Id: 519509
To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by October 23, 2019.
Review will continue until position is filled.
For more information, go here. 

Funded Graduate Research Assistantship (MS or PhD) on Mangrove Structure and Function at the University of Florida/USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (Posted 9/25/19)

A fully funded Graduate Research Assistantship (MS or PHD) is available as part of a collaborative project between Dr. David Kaplan at the University of Florida and Dr. Michael Osland at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. They are seeking a highly motivated student to investigate coastal wetland structure and function across a latitudinal gradient beginning in fall 2020.

While several studies have documented or modeled the expansion of mangroves in response to warming winter temperatures, few have directly quantified how ecosystem properties and functions vary across latitudes. Given projections of accelerated climate-induced ecosystem change, this information is critical for helping coastal resource managers better prepare for the ecological consequences of a changing climate.

Preferred applicants will be highly motivated and have field experience, strong quantitative skills, an interest in both field work and statistical analyses, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Students with strong initiative to develop their own research questions alongside the projects overarching objective are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience or interest in science communication is a plus. The selected student will enroll in the UF School of Natural Resources and the Environment and be a member of Dr. Kaplans Watershed Ecology LabMore information on the degree program and application process can be found here.

Assistantships include stipend, tuition, and health insurance. If you are interested in applying, email Dr. Kaplan () with a copy of your CV, GRE scores and GPA, contact information for three references, and a brief statement (<500 words) outlining your research interests, career goals, and why you would like to pursue a graduate degree.

Contact information:
Dr. David Kaplan, Associate Professor, UF Environmental Engineering Sciences (; http://www.watershedecology.org; https://cfw.essie.ufl.edu)

Dr. Michael Osland, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (; https://www.usgs.gov/staff-profiles/michael-johannes-osland)

Postdoc Opportunity with EPA: Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Services (Posted 9/23/19)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Gulf Breeze, FL
Reference Code: EPA-ORD-NHEERL-GED-2019-02
Apply by November 1, 2019
For more information, go here.

PhD Position Community Ecology/Ecological Forecasting (Posted 9/23/19)

The Ernest Lab at the University of Florida has an opening for a Ph.D student interested in research in the area of community ecology, forecasting, and/or temporal dynamics to start fall 2020. The student will participate in the collection of small mammal and plant data at our long-term site in southeastern Arizona which will be used as part of our recently funded NSF grant to tackle challenges associated with ecological forecasting under novel conditions. While participation in the field data collection at the long-term site is expected, students in the Ernest Lab are free to develop their own research projects depending on their interests. The Ernest lab is interested in general questions about the processes that structure communities, with a particular focus on understanding when and how ecological communities change through time and how we can forecast those changes. Examples of research that students in the Ernest lab have pursued as part of their dissertation include: Does long-term change in communities occur through gradual species replacements or rapid reorganization events?, Are biodiversity patterns sensitive to changes in biotic interactions?, Do disturbances impact species populations and community-level properties similarly?, and How does the colonization of new species impact habitat patch preferences?

The Ernest Lab is part of the Weecology research group, 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 quantitatively 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, at teaching-focused colleges, and as postdocs in major research groups. 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 LGBTQIA+ community, military veterans, people with disabilities, and students who are the first generation in their family to go to college. We work hard to create a supportive and inclusive lab environment and expect all members of Weecology to abide by the lab code of conduct.

More information about the Ernest lab and Weecology research group is available here. You can also check out the blog for our long-term study and their lab blog.

Interested students should contact Dr. Morgan Ernest () by Oct 15th, 2019 to start a dialogue about the position and receive further information about the next steps in the application process.

PhD positions in theoretical ecology and theoretical epidemiology at Florida State University (Posted 9/23/19)

Prof. Michael Cortez is searching for two PhD students to join his group at Florida State University to work on projects in theoretical ecology and theoretical epidemiology.

The position in theoretical epidemiology will involve modeling multi-host-multi-pathogen systems, as part of the NSF funded project, "Collaborative Research: Development and empirical tests of a mechanistic multi-host, multi-pathogen theory." The position in theoretical ecology focuses on modeling evolving or phenotypically plastic populations, as part of the NSF funded project, "Developing, unifying, and empirically testing theory for inducible and evolving defenses." Both projects are part of empirical-theory collaborations (Meghan Duffy at the University of Michigan and Edward Hammill at Utah State University, respectively). Both projects can involve the development and analysis of general mathematical models, with a goal of generating new mathematical theory, or the development, analysis, and parameterization of models tailored to the empirical systems.

Applications: Applicants should hold a bachelors or masters degree in the life sciences or quantitative sciences (e.g., mathematics or computational biology) and have strong quantitative skills. Excellence in academic performance, communication and writing skills are essential. Previous training and experience working with differential equations are essential. Applicants can be based in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology graduate program in the Department of Biological Science or the Biomathematics graduate program in the Department of Mathematics. Because of departmental admission requirements, interested candidates must contact Professor Michael Cortez before applying to either graduate program. Please send a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of three references as a single pdf to cortez[at]bio.fsu.edu.

Research internships in Plant Ecology (Posted 9/23/19)
Archbold Biological Station
Venus, FL
Apply by November 1, 2019
For more information, go here

Postdoc Position in Wetland Fire Modeling (Posted 8/12/19)

A Postdoctoral position is available to pursue research in fire science and ecology of the Everglades in the Plant Ecology Lab at Florida Atlantic University. Research will focus on modeling of fire behavior across varied wetland fuel complexes. This research is being done in cooperation with Everglades National Park, A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and other regional agency and university collaborators. This is a one year (12 mo.) fully-funded position (salary and benefits) with potential for extension based on performance and availability of funds, and a preferred start date no later than January 2020 (negotiable). The selected candidate will be responsible for applying empirical field data (and participating in its collection) to predictive fire behavior models to assess impacts of vegetation transitions and inform land management decisions, and will lead or contribute to product development (reports, publications, presentations) and be provided with opportunities for professional development through workshop/technical meeting/conference attendance and the pursuit of additional research questions when possible. The position is located on the FAU campus in Davie, Florida.


  • Doctoral degree (completed prior to start date) in a related field (e.g., forestry, biology, environmental science, etc.).
  • Experience with fire behavior modeling (e.g., BehavePlus). Non-doctoral candidates with extensive fire modeling experience will be considered.
  • Valid US drivers license and willingness to operate full-size pickup trucks
  • Ability and willingness to work in difficult field conditions (high heat and humidity, stinging insects, dense and abrasive vegetation, wildlife) accessed by airboat or helicopter
  •  Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Must pass a background check

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants must contact Dr. Brian Benscoter () to discuss their candidacy by emailing a letter discussing your interest and qualifications, resume/CV, unofficial transcript(s), and contact information for professional references (min. 2 references).


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PhD Assistantships - Social-ecological dynamics of disturbance and recovery - Two positions (Posted 9/30/19)
Human-Environment Systems
Boise State University
Boise, ID
Review of documents will begin October 21, 2019
For more information, go here.   

Ph.D. Position – Indigenous Mapping (Posted 9/30/19)
Boise State University
Boise, ID
Applications will be reviewed as they are received until November 1, 2019
For more information, go here.  

PhD Research Assistantship in Plant Science University of Idaho (Posted 9/11/19)

Conservation of sagebrush steppe is enhanced through management of annual grasses to prevent fire, allow seed bank mediated restoration, and to enhance survival of native plants. This research involves annual grass control, fire fuel sampling, modeling of fire behavior, plant community analysis to study response to annual grass removal, and small-scale seeding of forbs to improve habitat for sagebrush fauna.

The successful applicant will provide evidence of experience with some aspect of computer modeling, utilize herbicides for annual grass management, ability to work in natural areas, and evidence of good written and oral communication skills. Research will take place southwest of Hailey Idaho. Email Dr. Eva Strand () or Dr. Tim Prather () for more information.

MS Assistantship in Native Plant Propagation (Posted 6/19/19)

The Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research (CFNSR) within the College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho is seeking a highly motivated MS student with an interest in native plant biology and propagation . The CFNSR researches ways to improve the propagation of native plants through a combination of fundamental understanding of seedling physiology and morphology and apply this understanding to enhance the production of high-quality seedlings. Most of our research focuses on plants native to the Inland Northwest, but we study native tropical hardwood seedlings in West Africa. In Idaho, we manage an operational containerized greenhouse that is used for seedling research. We have a lab equipped to test seedling quality and examine seedling physiology and morphology. The student will have access to the greenhouses and laboratory and will be provided the opportunity to work alongside experienced greenhouse staff.

The student is expected to develop a research proposal that addresses scientific questions to advance the field of native plant regeneration, with a focus on plants native to the Inland Northwest. Examples include native conifer trees, shrubs, and first foods important to regional Native American tribes. The student will have the opportunity to engage with regional stakeholders at meetings and nursery tours. Publication of research results are expected.

The student will be advised by Dr. Andrew Nelson, Director of the CFNSR. Funding is available for two years beginning January 2019. The assistantship includes a competitive stipend, an out-of-state tuition waiver, full coverage of in-state tuition, and student health insurance. Additional funds are available for research supplies and travel.

Required qualifications include a Bachelor degree in Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Restoration Ecology, a related discipline, or demonstrated experience working with native plants. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to work both independently and as a team member and be comfortable traveling and working in the greenhouse and lab. Applicants must have a valid U.S. drivers license. The student must be able to pass a criminal background check and become qualified to drive University of Idaho vehicles.

The student will be based at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter detailing their interest in the position, a resume or curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional or academic references, unofficial transcripts, and scores on the Graduate Record Exam to Dr. Andrew Nelson (). Applications will be accepted until 1 October 2019.


PhD Assistantship in Forest Ecosystem Ecology at the University of Illinois (Posted 9/30/19)

Project: The Fraterrigo lab in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois is seeking a PhD-level graduate student to participate in research quantifying forest ecosystem response to fire and non-native species invasion in the Central Hardwood Region. The position is available for Summer/Fall 2020 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

Qualifications: M.S. (or equivalent experience) in ecology, forestry, biology, environmental science or a closely related field. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers and managers. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, ability to problem solve, and demonstrated writing and quantitative skills. Previous field experience is desirable.

To apply, please contact Jennifer Fraterrigo () before November 25 with a CV and a brief description of your research interests and experience. This will allow time to assess whether your research interests fit with those of my research group before submitting an official application. Students may choose a degree program either through the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences or the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Official applications to these graduate programs are due December 1 and on-campus interviews typically occur in early February.

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

MS Forestry Assistantship - SIU (Posted 9/23/19)

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 January 2020. Minimum qualifications include a B.S. degree in forestry, ecology, biology, or related field, 3.0 GPA, demonstrated writing ability, and a strong GRE scores. Coursework in Central Hardwood silviculture/ ecology and experience with GIS is preferred. For more information, please contact: Dr. Eric Holzmueller at .

About SIU

Southern Illinois University is an ideal sized university with approximately 12,000 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.

Postdoctoral position in root dynamics and land surface modeling in Chicago (Posted 8/30/19)

Applications for a postdoctoral position at University of Illinois at Chicago and Argonne National Lab in the field of ecohydrology, dendroecology and root processes.

The individual selected will work alongside faculty members and research scientists in Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences at UIC and Argonne National Lab to study how root dynamics influence ecosystem processes. The project involves: (1) validation and improvements to a new dynamic root module for community land surface models, (2) field work at flux towers in the midwestern US and (3) laboratory analysis of wood and root samples. The candidate will be responsible for modifying and running the E3SM model and analyzing model output. However, depending on the background and interests of the selected individual, they will have opportunities to directly contribute to a subset of other project activities listed above.

The position requires a doctorate degree in ecology, Earth science, or a related field; strong quantitative and logical skills; and familiarity of Earth or climate system modeling. Experience with dendroecology, root processes, or stable isotope chemistry will be considered favorably. Candidates are expected to have strong curiosity, self-motivation and capacity for independent work, with strong writing and oral communication skills. Knowledge of FORTRAN and experience with Linux environments are required. Preference will be given to candidates with strong data analysis skills.

Applicants should include a current CV and names and contact information for three professional references. Application materials will be accepted immediately and can be submitted by email to . Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but submission of materials by September 30, 2019 will ensure their consideration. Start date is negotiable but is preferred to be no later than November 2019.

Final authorization of the position is subject to availability of funding. The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to:


Graduate positions in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics/genomics at Purdue University (Posted 9/20/19)

The Oakley lab at Purdue University is looking to recruit 1-2 graduate (PhD or MS) students for Fall 2020.

Their lab is broadly interested in questions related to plant ecological genetic. Based on current research strengths in the lab there are two potential topics for PhD projects. 1) The genetic basis of local adaptation and adaptive traits, and 2) Using heterosis and inbreeding depression as tools to investigate the balance between mutation, drift, and selection in natural populations. Both projects could include some combination of field and growth chamber/greenhouse experiments with wet lab and -omic approaches in our well-developed system of natural populations of Arabidopsis thaliana. I am also open to discussing projects using these and other approaches in other well-established systems. Graduate courses offered by members of the Purdue Center for Plant Biology will help to provide training in developing the interdisciplinary skillset needed to address these big questions in evolutionary ecology.

Also interested in recruiting a highly motivated MS student interested in plant mating system evolution, particularly the ecological and genetic factors maintaining outcrossing in highly selfing species.

PhD and MS students can apply to the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.

PhD students also have the option of applying to the Interdisciplinary Program in Plant Biology.

Please contact me prior to applying to discuss which option might be best for you. These positions will be funded (including stipend, health insurance, and tuition waiver) by some combination of research and teaching assistantships. Some internal fellowships are available for applications submitted before Nov. 15.

To inquire about graduate research in the lab please contact me by email (). Please include a copy of your CV and a brief description of your research interests and experience, and how these interests/experience fits with current research in the lab. Please contact me by Nov. 1, 2019.


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

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

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

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


Graduate Research Assistant (M.Sc.), Wetland restoration and nutrient cycling, Watershed Studies Institute and Murray State University (Posted 9/23/19)

One full-time position to begin when filled. Qualifications: B.S. in biology, ecology, or related discipline. Previous experience with aquatic ecosystems, field experiments, strenuous field conditions, and experience with nutrient cycling, hydrology and biogeochemistry is highly desirable. Responsibilities: To conduct research on the effects of bottomland hardwood restoration on nutrient cycling while completing a M.Sc. degree in Watershed Science. This project is fully funded, including tuition waiver. Salary: $16,500 per year. Other benefits include potential for free housing at the Hancock Biological Station (Murray, KY).

The successful applicant will join a team of faculty and graduate students quantifying macroinvertebrates, fish and riparian consumers. To Apply: Email a letter of application, curriculum vitae including undergraduate GPA and GRE scores, and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Michael Flinn (). Deadline: October 20, 2019 or until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Agroecosystem Ecology (Posted 8/6/19)

The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Kentucky is seeking a postdoc research fellow in the area of climate change effects (especially climate extremes, such as droughts and heavy rains) on agroecosystems. The candidate will mainly work with existing observational data to assess climate change/variability effects on local crops, with an emphasis on carbon and nutrient cycling as well as management in soil-crop systems, associated agronomic, ecological, environmental and economic implications. Successful candidates are expected to be highly self-motivated and have the ability to work independently. Strong quantitative skills are required to use statistical tools and/or process-based agroecosystem models to predict biogeochemical cycles in row crop systems of Kentucky. Programming ability in scientific computing languages (such as Python, R, Matlab, C++, and FORTRAN) to deal with satellite remote sensing, ground observations, and gridded data products is highly preferred.

This is a one-year position to start as soon as possible, with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory performance and continuing availability of funds. Interested individuals should email their application materials, including the following, to Dr. Wei Ren ():

(1) A cover letter outlining research interests, the required skills and experience, and motivation for applying to this position;
(2) Curriculum vitae and list of publications;
(3) 2-3 academic references.

To discuss the position and answer specific questions, contact information is available here. The position is open until a suitable candidate is found.


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Forest Ecology Research Associate (Posted 9/30/19)
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Winter Harbor, ME
Apply by November 1, 2019
For more information, go here


SESYNC Seeks Postdoctoral Researcher (Posted 9/2019/)

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

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

For best consideration, please apply by September 23, 2019

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

Please contact Andrew Elmore () with any questions.

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Internship opportunity at SERC (Posted 8/28/19)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Biogeochemistry Lab is searching for an intern to assist in a coastal wetland restoration mapping project. We are looking for a student with experience and training in coding and data management and experience in contributing to environmental science research projects. Importantly we are seeking someone who learns quickly, loves to solve problems, has a passion for conservation science, and is a good collaborator.

During their experience the successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn advanced coding, GIS and Remote Sensing skills, will contribute towards building open-source research products, will be introduced to an extensive network of collaborators and stakeholders, and will learn a lot about the science and policy surrounding our coastal wetlands.

Helpful to have:
● Upper division class credit completed in Biology, Geography, or Environmental Science, or a related discipline.
● Passed a course in quantitative statistics, or demonstrated equivalent experience.
● The ability to code in R or Python, or a similar language.
● Enough applied coding, GIS, or Remote Sensing experience to be able to design and troubleshoot multi-step workflows.
● Some skills in data visualization.

This paid internship will start in October 2019 and continue for 10 weeks. Women and members of underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, please send a curriculum vitae, a personal essay, and contact information for two references to James Holmquist (). In your essay describe your interest in environmental studies, why you are interested in interning at the Smithsonian, and any relevant background experience. You may also use this section to describe your future career goals and how a SERC internship will help you. Essays should be no longer than 2 double-spaced pages. 

Post-doctoral Research in Adaptive Management for Eastern Black Rails (Posted 8/6/19)

Project Title: Adaptive Management for Eastern Black Rails
Position Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate
Salary: GS-12 salary (approximately $80K annually) and benefits
Location: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD
Performance Period: 36 months (anticipate start date October 2019)
Application Deadline:
Position Summary:

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is seeking two post-doctoral research associates with interest in adaptive management and population modeling. Specific duties will be to develop and evaluate an adaptive management framework to increase population viability of Black Rails and other wetland birds. The Eastern Black Rail (L. j. jamaicensis) is listed as endangered in five states along the Atlantic Coast and has been proposed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. One position will focus on the Atlantic coast, where Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is working with the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture and other partners to test alternative methods of manipulating coastal marsh habitat to make enhance suitability for Black Rails.

The second position will focus on the Gulf coast and will include management decision making for Black Rails, Yellow Rails, and Mottled Ducks. These projects will develop adaptive management frameworks that allow wetland managers to reduce uncertainty about management practices for Black Rails and other wetland birds, and give managers tools and information that will help them determine the best management actions create and enhance habitat for Black Rails.

These projects will combine data about wetland management (e.g., timing and depth of water levels, burning, etc.) with Black Rail occupancy or abundance and vegetation response across many different project sites from NJ to FL and FL to TX. The data will be used to build and update statistical models that predict BLRA responses to management actions. Over time, these models will be used to test assumptions and improve predictions about what management techniques result in high quality habitat for BLRA across their range. The models and decision guidance will provide general predictions of how well a given management action is likely to perform. These positions are 3-year appointments located in Laurel, MD.

Minimum Requirements:

1. Ph.D. in biology (wildlife), ecology, or related field, with a focus on quantitative methods
in population ecology.
2. Applicant must be within 5 years of receiving PhD.
3. Applicant must be a US citizen.
4. Demonstrated familiarity with concepts of decision analysis.
5. Demonstrated proficiency with computing platforms such as R or MATLAB.
6. Demonstrated desire and ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature.

Desired Abilities: Competitive candidates will have a strong background in decision analysis and population modeling. Strong programming skills are required, including proficiency with R for data manipulation and statistical modeling, Bayesian networks for conceptual modeling, and MATLAB or similar platforms for population modeling. The successful candidate will have excellent written and personal communication skills and demonstrated success in working closely with management agencies on applied questions in wildlife conservation.

Application: Applicants should email: (1) a letter describing your background and interests – the letter should address specifically how the applicant meets both the minimum requirements and the desired abilities, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Jim Lyons (). Please include “Black Rail postdoc” in the subject line.

For further information, contact: Jim Lyons (, 301-497-5567), USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708


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

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

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

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

Postdoctoral Researcher - Woods Hole - Arctic Carbon Monitoring (Posted 9/20/19)

SUMMARY: WHRC seek a post-doctoral researcher to develop and apply remote sensing techniques related to carbon cycling in arctic and boreal environments. The research is focused on detecting landscape changes, mapping burned area, and developing statistical models of related carbon fluxes across the circumpolar zone. The successful candidate will work closely with a team of scientists and researchers at the Woods Hole Research Center as well as collaborators at other institutions to integrate field observations, develop remote sensing-based products, assimilate observations into a mechanistic ecosystem model, help build a web-based visualization platform, and engage the scientific community and other stakeholders at workshops and other venues.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will:
Process and analyze multi-sensor satellite remote sensing data related to landscape changes, wildfires, and carbon fluxes across the Arctic within a supercomputing environment. Develop predictive models using advanced statistical techniques. Take a lead role in project activities and collaborate with a highly-interdisciplinary team to develop an Arctic Carbon Monitoring and Prediction System. Engage with scientists, policy makers, and other stakeholders at workshops and other venues. Synthesize, present, and publish results.
Work in a highly collaborative environment.

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

Application Deadline: October 25, 2019

Job #JWPD19

Desired Start Date: January 2020

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

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

The Woods Hole Research Center is an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, education, and public policy. The WHRC focuses on combining analysis of satellite images of the Earth with field studies and computer models to better understand changes in the worlds ecosystems, from the thawing permafrost in the Arctic to the expanding agriculture regions of the tropics.

Postdoctoral Scientist - Modeling Agricultural Biogeochemical Cycles (Posted 7/18/19)
Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
Woods Hole, MA
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity - Decision Science and Climate Change Adaptation (Posted 7/18/19)
Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA
Start Date: Late Fall 2019 or early Spring 2020
For more information, go here.


Postdoc Research Associate-Fixed Term (Posted 9/23/19)
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
East Lansing, MI
Review begins October 7, 2019
For more information, go here

Two (2) Ph.D. positions available, beginning Fall/Winter 2019/2020 Closing Date: September 15, 2019 (Posted 8/12/19)

The Mahon Laboratory in the Department of Biology at Central Michigan University has openings for two doctoral students to begin in January, 2020. These positions are available for full-time students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree focusing on Southern Ocean/Antarctic marine molecular ecology and benthic invertebrates.

Accepted applicants will work with Dr. Andrew Mahon and collaborators on projects involving population genomics, evolution, systematics, and/or phylogeography of benthic invertebrates in Antarctica. Work will incorporate modern molecular methods and bioinformatics in combination with significant field research to address important scientific questions on local, regional, and global scales. Student funding is available for both of these openings and guaranteed (with acceptable performance) for four years (12 months per year, ~$26,000/year plus full tuition waiver).

Interested parties should contact Dr. Mahon directly before applying to the program (contact information below) with a statement of interest and current CV. Additional information on ongoing research projects can be found at the Mahon Laboratory website (see below). Information and application materials for the Ph.D. program in Earth and Ecosystem Sciences (EES) is available at the CMU programs website here.

Successful applicants will have a Masters degree (preferred) or a Bachelors of Science degree in a biological or related field.

Expertise needed: Applicants should have experience with biological research such as ecology, invertebrate zoology, molecular biology, and/or bioinformatics. Skills or interest in population genetics/genomics and/or bioinformatics are favored.


Researach Associate (Posted 9/11/19)
National Research Council Research Associateship program
Mid-Continent Ecology Division 
U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency
Duluth, MN
For more information, go here.


Living Shoreline Master's Assistantship at USM with K. Dillon and M. Andres (Posted 8/12/19)

Seeking a motivated student to fill a graduate assistantship (M.S. level) in the Division of Coastal Sciences in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). The position is available beginning January 2020. The student will be funded on an EPA funded project aimed at evaluating the ecological effects of alternative bulkhead designs (living shorelines) in Mississippi waters.

The student will develop a thesis project from one or more of the research objectives within this effort, and will be expected to work with a team of faculty, technicians, and graduate students in both the field and laboratory settings as well as collaborators at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The student is expected to present results of their project at professional meetings and their thesis work should culminate in at least one manuscript for peer review. All work will be conducted at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS.

Interested students should hold a B.S. degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in ecology, marine science, fisheries, biology, or a related field and possess strong quantitative, writing, and presentation skills. Applicants with experience in coastal ecology, statistical analyses, nekton identification, laboratory methods for stable isotope and water quality analyses, and trailering and launching small boats are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be provided a full-time Research Assistantship, health insurance, and a tuition waiver.

To be considered for the position, please email Drs Kevin Dillon () and Michael Andres () and include a letter of interest, current C.V., unofficial transcripts, and GRE/TOEFL scores. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and interested students should contact us about this position ASAP. The deadline for students to apply to USM for the spring semester is September 1st. Information on graduate admission requirements can be found here.

MS student position in Ecospatial Lab at the University of Southern Mississipp (Posted 7/29/19)

One M.S. position, funded by EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, is available in the Division of Coastal Sciences, School of Ocean Science and Engineering, The University of Southern Mississippi. The campus is located in Ocean Springs on Mississippi Gulf Coast, 1.5 hours away from the main campus in Hattiesburg. The new graduate student is expected to start in Spring semester of 2020, and will conduct research on modeling the impact of sea-level rise on landscape of coastal wetlands in the northern Gulf of Mexico region. The position should be attractive to potential students with research interests in the field of coupled natural and human systems as the student will have opportunities to work with both ecologists and social scientists. 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 quantitative 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 experiences 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, Division of Coastal Sciences, The University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


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Winter cit sci internship at Glacier National Park (Posted 6/20/19)

Glacier National Park’s (USA, Montana) Citizen Science Program is seeking an innovative and dedicated Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Guest Scientist to bring their work up to date with current technology for citizen science and crowdsourcing and to pioneer new technologies to assist them with managing the enormous volume of data generated by the program. This position will last from Oct 2019 through March 2020. Application deadline is July 12, 2019. For further information: , 406-888-7986


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Postdoctoral Scholar–Modeling Nitrogen Saturation in Xeric Watersheds (Posted 9/23/19)
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
University of Nevada, Reno
Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here

Graduate student opportunities: evolutionary ecology (Posted 8/12/19)

Seeking potential graduate students (masters and PhD) to join the lab at the University of Nevada, Reno, starting in the fall semester of 2020. We are an evolutionary ecology lab that studies a broad range of topics, including:

1. Contemporary (rapid) evolution and eco-evolutionary dynamics
2. Adaptation to climate change
3. Behavior and sexual signal evolution
4. Evolution of microbiomes
5. Genomics and quantitative genetics of adaptation to rapid environmental change
6. Biophysical ecology
7. Tropical ecology and evolution

Looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated students who are interested in exploring these or similar topics. I am particularly interested in students who would like to work in one of our experimental island systems in Panama and/or The Bahamas. In these locations, we have transplanted thousands of lizards to small islands that vary in key environmental variables, and we track local adaptation in real time from the level of the genome to the level of the population. Ample research funding is currently available in the lab for students to conduct fieldwork in these locations. In Panama, students will have the opportunity to live and work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Potential PhD students will apply to the interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EECB) program, whereas potential masters students will apply to the Department of Biology, but both will be based in the Logan Lab. The institutional application deadline for potential PhD students is December 1st, 2019, whereas the application deadline for masters students is February 1st, 2020 (both for a Fall 2020 start date). Thus, PhD students must contact me by November 1st, 2019, and potential masters students must contact me by December 15th, 2019, so that we have time to communicate and establish compatibility prior to the respective application deadlines.

UNR is Nevada’s flagship, land-grant institution. It is an R1 university with world-class facilities. The Biology Department at UNR has a number of cutting-edge research laboratories working at the interface of ecology and evolution, across a diversity of vertebrate and invertebrate systems. Reno itself is a wonderful place to live. It is sandwiched between the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west and the Great Basin Desert to the east, providing ample opportunity for hiking, camping, biking, skiing, and mountain climbing. Reno is only a 30-minute drive from Lake Tahoe, and only a few hours’ drive from San Francisco.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send me an email at . Please write a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in joining the lab, whether you would like to earn a PhD or masters degree, and attach a CV with contact information for at least two references. If you are a potential fit for the lab, I will set up a Skype interview.


Ph.D. graduate fellowship at Dartmouth College to study forest ecology of the Hubbard Brook ecosystem (Posted 9/11/19)

Ph.D. graduate fellowship available to begin as soon as summer 2020 in Dartmouth’s Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES). The successful candidate will design and conduct original research on biota of the Hubbard Brook Forest as part of the NSF-sponsored Long Term Ecological Research project. Possible study organisms include insects, bats, and other heterotrophs. Possible topic areas include phenology, population dynamics, species interactions, connections between green and brown food webs, connections between biogeochemistry and heterotrophs, and more. Requirements include ability to conceive and conduct original research within the umbrella of a larger project; enthusiasm for field biology and collaborative research; and an interest in linkages among ecology, evolution, ecosystems, and society. The EEES Graduate Program at Dartmouth College is top tier in terms of intellectual environment, support for graduate students, and success of alumni. To initiate an application, email a CV and statement of interest to Hannah ter Hofstede and Matt Ayres. Applications should be completed by 1 December 2019 using the online application portal. International applications are welcome. Please forward this to anyone who might be interested.


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Master's position in ecosystem ecology at New Mexico Tech (Posted 9/11/19)

The Duval Lab is recruiting a student for our Biology Department's Master's program starting in Spring 2020. Current work in our lab focuses on the impact of invasive/encroaching plant species in both riparian and desert grassland ecosystems, in addition to work on agro-biogeochemistry using next-generation sensor technologies monitoring soil conditions and plant physiology.

Applicants are expected to have a strong quantitative background and accustomed (or amenable) to field work in harsh conditions. More information about the Duval Lab, New Mexico Tech and the pros/cons of Socorro, NM can be found here.

For preliminary consideration, please send a letter of interest including future goals, and a 1-2 page CV including contact information for up to 3 professional references. After preliminary screening, we will encourage formal applications to the NMT Graduate College. The Duval Lab is committed to diversity of experience and thought, so we encourage all under represented individuals to apply. Please send inquiries and pre-application materials to: 

Postdoc position in ecosystem ecology and remote sensing at the University of New Mexico (Posted 8/30/19)

Seeking a motivated and independent postdoc to advance the state of the art in remote sensing and geospatial data integration in the field of ecosystem ecology. The successful candidate will work with the Landsat and Sentinel archive in conjunction with very high resolution drone acquired imagery to investigate how vegetation and topography govern microclimatic variability in post-wildfire landscapes. The objective of this project is to quantify influences on post-disturbance microclimatic variability and its effects on tree seedling survival. The Earth Systems Ecology Lab is an interdisciplinary group of ecosystem ecologists in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico. We work collaboratively to tackle a range of question related to global change and forest ecosystems.

Seeking an individual with a quantitative ecosystem ecology or remote sensing background that is fluent in R or Python, has extensive geospatial analytic experience using any GIS, and experience with model-data integration. Familiarity with UAS data acquisition and processing using Agisoft and with geodetics (GNSS, RTKLIB) are a plus. Starting salary is $48,000 plus benefits. The position is initially for one year with the potential for extension. Preferred start date is fall 2019. To apply please send your CV, two-page statement of research interests, and list of three references to Matthew Hurteau () and Dan Krofcheck (). We will begin reviewing applications 23 September.


Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program in Sustainable Development (Posted 8/30/19)

The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within 5 years of degree receipt) interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development. The Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates from historically underrepresented groups for its Diversity Fellowship.

The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development such as food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies will find numerous, unique opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research.

Candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute to global, sustainable development. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding on existing Earth Institute programs or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the Earth Institute. Candidates are strongly encouraged to identify and contact a mentor prior to submitting an application.

The deadline to submit an application is October 30, 2019 for 24-month appointments starting in the fall of 2020. The salary is $67,530.

For more information about the program, the diversity fellowship, and to apply, go here or email .

The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled and the degree awarded within 5 years before the start of the appointment. Gaps in employment or studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Graduate Student Position Announcement: Dendroclimatology at SUNY ESF (Posted 8/12/19)

The Voelker lab invites applications for a PhD position studying Dendroclimatology and Dendroecology in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY ESF, located in Syracuse, New York. This position has three years of funding from the National Science Foundation Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change program and will be available starting in Spring or Summer 2020. This opportunity will include training in cutting edge analytical techniques as well as funding for the student to travel for data collection and attend at least one national and one international conference. The student selected for this opportunity will be part of a collaborative team with the lab of Dr. Dan Griffin at the University of Minnesota  and with Dr. Simon Wang at Utah State University .

Research will be aimed at building a deeper understanding of controls over winter atmospheric circulation variability over North America by developing annually resolved winter climate records for the Lake Superior region using tree-ring carbon and oxygen isotopes from white pines and in California using tree-ring widths of blue oaks. Tree-ring stable isotope data collection will require boating/canoeing and swimming/snorkeling, as submerged wood will be used to extend tree-ring records back to AD 1500, about 300 years prior to when the oldest extant trees can be sampled using traditional dendrochronology techniques. Locations for data collection will include lakes within the Huron Mt. Club, Isle Royale National Park and other locations on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan.

Applicants should have a degree in biology, hydrology, meteorology, climate science, ecology or a related field. Preference will be given to applicants who have strong quantitative and writing abilities as well as experience leading intensive field data collection.

Those interested in this opportunity can contact Steve Voelker at for further questions about the project, to learn how to apply, or to organize a meeting at the upcoming ESA meeting in Louisville, KY.


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

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

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

Competitive applicants for this position will have:

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

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

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



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Graduate Positions in Aquatic/Fisheries Ecology (Posted 9/30/19)
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
For more information, go here.

Graduate Position: Forest Ecosystem Ecology (Posted 9/25/19)

Graduate positions (prefer PhD) are available to study how shifting the nutrient economy influences forest productivity & ecosystem processes for summer/fall 2020. The project will utilize a ten-year field fertilization experiment that has increased the growth of arbuscular mycorrhizal associated tree species, but has suppressed the growth of ectomycorrhizal associated tree species. The main area of novel study is investigating the mechanisms that can explain this response and to understand the consequences on ecosystem function. An ideal candidate will be broadly trained in terrestrial ecology, but should have a background in plant ecology, plant-soil interactions, forestry, or a related field. If interested, please contact Dr. Jared DeForest () in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University for details on applying or the project.

Graduate Positions in Aquatic Ecology (Posted 9/20/19)

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

The Hood Lab (www.hoodaquaticslab.wordpress.com) is recruiting up to two MS or PhD students to work on two projects focused on: (1) how interactions between harmful algal blooms and hypoxia shape zooplankton communities and food web dynamics in Lake Erie and (2) the role stream nutrient cycles and metabolism play in shaping phosphorus exports from agricultural landscapes to Lake Erie.

The ideal candidates will be highly motivated and honest, with strong quantitative skills, an interest in ecosystem ecology, and a background in ecology and/or aquatic science. I seek to maintain a productive, diverse, and team-orientated lab group and especially encourage students from under-represented groups to consider joining the lab. A Master’s degree is preferred for Ph.D. students, but not required. Financial support is available through a combination of research assistantships, competitive fellowships, and teaching assistantships.
If interested, please email Jim Hood () a single PDF containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for your three references. On 21 October, I will begin reviewing candidate

PhD graduate students for fall 2020 (Posted 8/30/19)

Dr. Grottoli at the Ohio State University is accepting applications for new PhD graduate students for fall 2020. Application deadline is 15 December 2020. Grottoli's research currently focuses on identifying resilience and acclimation potential in corals in the face of climate change. Research tools include physiological methods, isotope analyses, and multivariate statistics. Applicants must have significant research experience at the undergraduate level or an MS in a relevant field. Find out more about Dr. Grottoli's research here. Applications can be submitted via the graduate student application portal here. Applicants are encouraged to also submit as a single .pdf the following documents directly to Dr. Grottoli at : statement of interest, CV, transcript(s).

Internships - Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship – Ohio (Posted 8/20/19)
The Wilds
Cumberland, OH
Six month positions run from December 2nd, 2019 to June 2020.
Apply by October 1, 2019
For more information, go here.  

Ph.D. Student Positions Available in Arctic Biogeochemistry and Soil Ecology (Posted 8/12/19)
Ecosystem and Soil Ecology Laboratory
The University of Toledo
Application deadline for spring term (starting January 2020): 15 October 2019, or until filled
For more information, go here


Postdoctoral Fellow - Climate Change Effects on Habitats and Species Distributions (Posted 9/20/19)
Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Oklahoma State University
For more information, go here.  

Ph.D. Research Assistantship - Wetland Ecology (Posted 8/20/19)

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Oklahoma State University

Project Description: Native and restored wet meadows are unique ephemeral wetlands that significantly contribute to the biodiversity along the Platte River in central Nebraska. Given their biological importance, it is critical that we are able assess the condition of these wetlands, determine the degree to which restored wet meadows parallel the structure and function of native wet meadows, and evaluate the role land-use practices and restoration techniques play in influencing the condition of wet meadows. This assistantship will contribute to our knowledge about restored and native wet meadows by developing methods for assessing wet meadow condition using invertebrate and plant metrics, assessing the effects of restoration techniques and land-use practices on the condition of wet meadows, and providing recommendations for future conservation and restoration efforts of wet meadows. This project provides a great opportunity to work with a variety of NGO's as well as state and federal agencies involved with conservation efforts on the Platte River. Anticipated start date is 1 January 2020.

Stipend: $22,000 per year, non-resident and resident tuition waiver, and OSU insurance provided. During field season, field housing, research vehicle, technician support will be provided.

Qualifications: B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, or related disciplines. Experience with ecological modeling preferred.

Project Leader: Dr. Craig Davis. Contact Information: Dr. Craig Davis (405) 744-6859 or Applications should include a cover letter, resume, GRE scores, and list of 3 references. All applications should be emailed to Dr. Craig Davis at the above email address.


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

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

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


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Research Assistantship for MS student at Clemson University, through the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science (BICEFS), Georgetown, SC (Posted 6/10/19)

Seeking a Master of Science student to conduct research related to forest ecology within the upper Savannah River estuary. Forest structure will be compared along a gradient of salt-impacted, fresh tidal, seasonally tidal, and non-tidal forested wetlands. A similar tidal forest complex exists near Georgetown, SC; this system will also be measured and included in the comparison. There will be also a tree physiology component to the program, using thermal dissipation probes to measure differences in within-tree rates of sap flow as related to azimuth of aspect. Likely target species would include baldcypress, tupelos, ash, and elm.

The student will be expected to develop a thesis proposal, collect field data, analyze data and interpret results, and defend their thesis to a committee. Coursework taken on the main Clemson campus is also inherent to the degree program, but the student will likely be stationed more at BICEFS in Georgetown, SC. Most operations are based out of Georgetown, and the Institute is located on Hobcaw Barony, which provides multiple natural wetlands to answer some questions, without long-term field excursions. Reasonably priced housing is available in the Georgetown area, and will be paid for by the student. As previously mentioned, time will be spent on campus to fulfill course requirements; here, again, housing will need to be arranged by the student. To fulfill the Research Assistantship obligations, the student will help as needed for lab mates and BICEFS technicians. Proficiency in the use of common computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel is expected, and a valid U.S. driver's license is required. Because field duties will require extensive use of small (16 foot) outboard motorboats, the ability to swim is also required. Applicants should have a BS degree in natural resources or a related field from an accredited university and have completed the GRE by December 2018.

Fieldwork associated with the Research Assistantship is a very energy intensive endeavor, requiring a high level of physical fitness; this should not be underestimated or taken lightly. Conditions in the field are very hot and humid in summer months when the 2 œbig samples of marsh vegetation are collected, part of the required monitoring effort of our lab. Vegetation sampling involves traversing floatant and solid ground marshes on foot for extensive distances while carrying several 13 gallon garbage bags of marsh plants. Proper training will be provided for safe motorboat operation, marsh plant identification, and use of appropriate tools (e.g., handheld GPS, statistical techniques), but appropriate physical fitness will be expected at the time of hire.

The Graduate Research Assistantship stipend will be based on $20,000 annual. Two years of tuition and project travel will also be covered, though the student will be required to secure their housing in Clemson while taking courses, and near BICEFS (Georgetown, SC) area while not collecting field data or taking courses. The student should also anticipate the need to pay Clemson University fees imposed each semester and summer, and university parking fees while they are on the main campus.

Interested applicants should send a single pfd file containing a cover letter, CV with 3 professional references listed, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Jamie Duberstein at .


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General Biology Postdoctoral Teaching and Learning Scholar (Posted 9/23/19)

The Division of Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a Postdoctoral Teaching and Learning Scholar in the area of biology or biology education to provide curricular and programmatic support for the General Biology program. The successful candidate will also teach one large-enrollment introductory biology course for majors or non-majors in the General Biology program per year.

This position will work closely with the Director and Assistant Director of Biology Teaching and Learning, to develop and evaluate introductory biology curricula. Project specifics will be defined by the needs of the General Biology program and the interests of the successful candidate.

The Postdoctoral Teaching and Learning Scholar will:
* contribute to assessment and curriculum development activities within General Biology and the Division of Biology
* teach one semester of a large-enrollment introductory-level biology course per year, specific to the needs within the General Biology program
* have the opportunity to disseminate results through publication or attendance at relevant national meetings

FTE salary: This position is a full-time, 9-month lecturer position with benefits, titled as Postdoctoral Teaching and Learning Scholar. Salary is $40,000. There is an option to teach one summer course for additional pay.
Start date and term: Beginning no later than January 1, 2020. This is a renewable appointment contingent upon performance and project needs, with a maximum of three years.

Minimum Qualifications:
* Ph.D. in a life science, or science education with significant graduate course work in biology
* Experience or demonstrated interest in curriculum design and assessment
* Experience teaching at the introductory biology level
* Demonstrated interest in undergraduate student success and/or faculty and graduate student teaching professional development
* Ability to interact well in a collaborative environment

Preferred Qualifications:
* Experience in curriculum design and assessment, or STEM education research

How to apply: Applications should be emailed as a single PDF (cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, list of three references) to Caroline Wienhold (). Review of applications will begin Oct. 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Contact Caroline Wienhold () or Randy Small () with any questions.


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PhD Assistantship in Forest Ecology (Posted 9/23/19)

The Western Forest Initiative at Utah State University seeks to fill a PhD position funded by the T. W. Daniel endowment. The selected student will work in the Lutz lab on research in the three largest annually-surveyed, spatially-explicit forest plots in western North America, located in Yosemite, California, Wind River, Washington, and Cedar Breaks, Utah. Experimental work can be conducted in the T. W. Daniel Experimental Forest near Logan, Utah.

The successful student can conduct research on a variety of topics, for example; spatial relationships among woody plants, forest community resistance and resilience, forest canopy-snow interactions, fuel dynamics, climate-mediated forest change, plant-soil interactions, carbon sequestration, seedling dynamics, understory-overstory interactions, or mechanisms and consequences of tree mortality. The existing dataset is particularly rich in demographic data, including annual tree mortality by cause. There will be considerable opportunity to interact with students, scientists, and academics affiliated with the Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory .

Five years of funding is available. Those potentially interested should read the Lab tab at for further details. Required qualifications include an MS degree in a forestry-, ecology-, or biology-related field. Exceptional candidates progressing from a BS or from a different field of study will also be considered.

The position will begin on a mutually agreeable date - we're thinking either May or August 2020. The application deadline is Friday, December 27, 2019, but applications will be considered as soon as they are received. To apply, email the following in a single PDF file to Jim Lutz (): (1) a cover letter describing your experience, research interests, and topics that you are interested in pursuing (2) a CV, (3) unofficial transcripts, (4) GRE scores (and TOEFL, if required), and (5) contact information for three professional references.


PhD Assistantship in Forest Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change at the University of Vermont (Posted 9/12/19)

Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a PhD-level graduate student to participate in research quantifying forest carbon dynamics in response to climate and disturbance drivers across multiple spatial scales in northern New England. The student will join a large team of collaborators from the Universities of Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, and U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station in developing and applying sensoring technology to quantify forest dynamics in response to global change impacts and associated adaptation strategies. The position is available for Summer/Fall 2020 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

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

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

Contact: Dr. Anthony D'Amato (); Dr. Aimee Classen (); Dr. Carol Adair ()

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

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


Graduate Assistantships in Freshwater Ecosystem Ecology - 1-2 MSc or PhD students (Posted 8/28/19)
Department of Biological Sciences
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
For more information, go here.


PhD Position in Wetland Remote Sensing (Posted 10/7/19)
Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory
Universtiy of Washington
Review beings at the end of October and will continue until November 18, 2019
For more information, go here.

Research Technician-Biological Sciences (Lemoine Lab)-two positions (Posted 9/30/19)
Department of Biological Sciences
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI
Posting No.: 201102350
For more information, go here

PhD Position in Forset Ecology (Posted 9/23/19)

The Zambrano lab at the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University is looking to recruit a PhD student interested in research in the area of forest ecology to start fall of 2020. The lab focuses on a wide range of research questions of the drivers structuring forest systems (tropical and temperate) at the population and community level and the effects of anthropogenic processes on forest dynamics.

Qualifications: M.S. (or equivalent experience) in ecology, forestry, environmental science or a closely related field. Applicants should have a strong work ethic, ability to problem solve, demonstrated writing and quantitative skills. Previous field experience is desirable.

Application: If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact me directly at with a CV and a brief description of your research interests and experience. Formal applications are due in January 10 and on-campus interviews typically occur at the end of February.

The School of Biological Sciences is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Pullman faculty are housed in three interconnected buildings. Within the complex are research and teaching labs, the Marion Ownbey Herbarium, controlled-environment plant growth facilities, a rooftop greenhouse, the WSU Stable Isotope Core Lab, the Franceschi Electron Microscopy and Imaging Center, animal care facilities, the Charles R. Conner Museum of Natural History, and other support facilities. The School also manages the George Hudson Biological Reserve at Smoot Hill, a Palouse prairie remnant for field research and conservation. Other natural areas are regionally available.

Washington State University is a land grant, comprehensive research institution with an enrollment of approximately 20,000 students on the Pullman campus. There are 11 colleges offering doctoral degrees in 42 disciplines; masters and bachelors degrees are offered in more areas of study. Additional campuses are located in four urban communities across the state. WSU is one of the largest residential universities in the West. Pullman provides a friendly, small-town living environment. 


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PhD Position at University of Wisconsin (Posted 9/30/19)

Dr. Paul Stoy Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin Madison seeks a motivated graduate scholar to study the impacts of land use and land cover change on greenhouse gas flux and regional climate. Specific research topics are open, but you will have a large amount of existing data to explore and flux instrumentation to make new measurements should you choose. Three years of stipend support and tuition waivers are currently available for a PhD student and additional resources will be guaranteed to complete your degree. I seek an enthusiastic student with diverse skills, experiences, and backgrounds. Expertise in field research and data analysis is preferred but not necessary to apply.

If you are interested in applying, please send a single document with 1) a CV or resume, 2) contact information for two references, and 3) a one-page personal statement describing your scientific interests and career objectives to Dr. Paul Stoy at by October 15, 2019. I encourage you to visit the websites of departments, programs, and faculty at the University of Wisconsin Madison to learn more before applying. The start date is flexible between January 1 and September 1, 2019. Please do not hesitate to write with requests for additional information, and please visit www.wisc.edu/campus-life/ for more information about the University of Wisconsin Madison and Madison, Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin Madison is an equal opportunity employer.


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Post-Graduate ORISE Position in Plant Biology/ Ecology (Posted 8/30/19)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water
Washington, DC
Apply by October 1, 20 19
For more information, go here


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MSc opportunity in Global Change Biology (Posted 9/25/19)
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Open until filled
For more information, go here

MSc Opportunity in Plant Ecophysiology (Posted 9/25/19)
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Open until filled
For more information, go here


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