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Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowship with The Nature Conservancy (Posted 6/22/18)

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to solicit applications for the NatureNet Science Fellowship a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship and research grant program. The NatureNet Science Fellows program bridges academic excellence and conservation practice to create a new generation of climate change leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application. The outstanding early-career scientists in this 2-year postdoctoral program differ from other postdocs in two major ways: Read more here.

Two Postdoc Fellowships (Posted 6/22/18)
ForestGEO, Smithsonian Institution
Panama City, Panama Washington, DC, USA
Closing date for applications is 31 July 2018.
For more information, go here

Call for Expressions of Interest: Mid-Career Research Fellowships in Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland

The School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland is seeking expressions of interest from applicants interested in applying for the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship scheme. These government fellowships offer 4-years of salary and research funds to outstanding Australian and non-Australian mid-career researchers (details on the scheme can be found here.) UQ’s School of Biological Sciences is seeking to support a small number of outstanding candidates in the anticipated 2018 round of this scheme. They will consider any applicants whose research complements our School’s existing research strengths but are particularly interested in candidates with strong quantitative skills. For selected candidates, we will be offering negotiated setup packages to help successful fellows establish their own research group as well as negotiated extensions of employment as teaching and research academics in the School following the completion of awarded fellowships.

The School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland is internationally recognised, and is one of the largest and most productive Biology departments in Australia, with a thriving graduate student and postdoctoral community. The School has strengths in ecology, evolution, genetics, and conservation biology.

Research within the School is diverse, including both empirical and theoretical approaches in taxa ranging across microbes, animals and plants, in a range of marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. The School offers a highly collaborative environment, including a variety of non-academic and industry partnerships, and collaborations across institutions nationally and internationally.

If interested please submit a CV and a brief expression of interest (no more than 1 page) outlining how your research programme will complement research within the School, and meets the Future Fellowship scheme objectives of being innovative, internationally competitive research, building collaborations across industry or research, and generating economic, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia.

Please direct questions and submit expressions of interest to Dr Katrina McGuigan by 30 June 2018:

Call for Applications: Weyerhaeuser Fellowship for Graduate Study of Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management (Posted 5/10/18)

The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Weyerhaeuser Fellowship program. The award will provide financial support to individuals seeking advanced training in the science, policy, and methods of forest carbon measurements and management with the aim to contribute to the promotion of forest carbon science throughout the Fellows’ career.

Two awards will be distributed in the amount of $2,500 each to support participation in the Michigan State university Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management. The award will be applied to tuition and will be dispersed across the Certificate’s three courses.

As participants of the Graduate Certificate, Weyerhaeuser Fellows will be equipped with the interdisciplinary tools and conceptual backgrounds to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate forestry-based climate change mitigation projects. The Graduate Certificate participant base includes a diverse range of professional, disciplinary, and geographic backgrounds.
Applications for the Fellowship must be submitted by June 20th, 2018. Preferred candidates for the Weyerhaeuser Fellowship include domestic U.S. professionals. Other applicants open to apply. For more information and application instructions, please go here

For questions or further guidance, please email  

  

Graduate - Internship Opportunities


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ALABAMA

Two MS positions in Ecotoxicology (Posted 5/29/18)

The Glaberman Lab is looking for two graduate students to perform research on ecotoxicology as part of the Masters in Environmental Toxicology Program
(ETOX) at the University of South Alabama (USA). This is a two-year program that combines coursework and a thesis research experience. We are looking for students to work on each of the following general projects:

(1) Computational ecotoxicology: the student will focus on looking at the
genetic and protein basis for understanding differences in species sensitivity to chemicals. This project combines examination of molecular biology data and bioinformatics with available information on chemical toxicity. Experience with statistical software (e.g. R) or bioinformatics tools (e.g., BLAST) is a plus.

(2) Nematode ecotoxicology: the student will help develop our new toxicity
testing system in nematodes. This includes performing nematode husbandry and designing toxicity testing procedures. The project will focus initially on looking at effects of neurotoxic pesticides on nematode behavior, survival, and reproduction. The goal is to build an improved system for examining effects of chemicals on soil health.

The deadline to apply to the MS program for Fall 2018 is July 15th, so prospective students should contact me at least several weeks in advance.  Students have the ability to earn an assistantship and stipend and serve as teaching assistant for extra money. More information on USA’s ETOX program can be found here.

The Glaberman Lab is based in the Department of Biology at the University of South Alabama. We specialize in applying evolutionary biology approaches to ecotoxicology. More information on Dr. Glaberman’s laboratory can be found here.

The University of South Alabama is located in Mobile, Alabama on the Gulf Coast. Mobile is a short drive from beautiful beaches and wildlife viewing spots and its Mardis Gras is the oldest Carnival celebration in the US.

If you are interested in these MS positions or have any questions, please contact Dr. Scott Glaberman (). 


ALASKA

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ALABAMA

Post-doctoral Position in Wetland Ecology

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama seeks a post-doctoral research associate to contribute to projects examining tidal marsh resilience to environmental changes, including climate change and nutrient enrichment. The position requires a Ph.D. in Ecology, Marine Science, or similar field, and expertise in field-based techniques to assess biophysical processes regulating marsh surface elevations and ecosystem responses to disturbance. The successful applicant will contribute to ongoing projects studying ecosystem functions and elevation maintenance in marshes along the northern Gulf of Mexico, and will have the opportunity to co-develop new projects.

Highly motivated candidates with a demonstrated record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals and strong data management and statistical analysis skills are encouraged to apply. The post-doc will work closely with, and under the direction of, Dr. Julia Cherry at the Tuscaloosa campus. This is a 12-month position available starting as early as August 16, 2018, with the possibility of renewal for additional years.

Applications should be submitted via email to Dr. Julia Cherry () and should include a CV; a statement of research interests; a one-page summary of the Ph.D. dissertation; the names and contact information for at least three references; and a statement of immigration status for non-citizens.

Additional information about the Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Cherry’s research program can be found here and here, respectively. Applications from women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups in Biology are especially encouraged. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.


ARIZONA

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ARKANSAS

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CALIFORNIA

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Microbial Ecology (Posted 6/22/18)

The Eco-Evo Lab at California State University, Northridge is searching for a post-doctoral researcher with skills in microbial ecology and interests in community ecology, evolutionary ecology, or eco-evo feedbacks. The position includes one year of funding, with potential for a second year renewal, from a recent grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant focuses on eco-evolutionary dynamics of protozoa and bacteria that live inside carnivorous pitcher plants. The goal is to examine how dispersal and genetic variation affect the relative effect of rapid evolution and adaptation on ecological processes at the local scale.

The post-doc will be based in Casey terHorst’s lab at Cal State Northridge in Los Angeles, CA, but will also work closely with Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler at Humboldt State University and Tom Miller at Florida State University. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in microbiology, ecology, evolution, or a related field. A successful candidate must be able to work independently conducting experiments in both lab and field settings. As the goal of the project is to examine how protozoan (predator) evolution affects bacteria (prey) communities, experience with aseptic techniques, molecular work, and bioinformatics associated with the study of microbial communities is a plus. A record of publication in this area of research will strengthen an application.

The Eco-Evo lab is committed to fostering diversity in STEM. The post-doc will be expected to train, mentor, and serve as a role model to students that are underrepresented in the field of ecology. CSUN is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian-American-Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. Women and members of underrepresented groups in ecology are especially encouraged to apply. In addition, teaching opportunities may also be available, but are not required.

Salary will be based on relevant experience. Interested candidates should combine the following into a single pdf file: (1) a cover letter or short (~1-2 pages) statement that describes your past and future research interests, (2) a CV, (3) names and contact information for two potential references. Submit the single pdf file via email to . The ideal start date is January 2019, but this date is flexible. Initial review of applications will begin on September 1, 2018. If you plan on attending the Ecological Society of America meeting in New Orleans in August, please contact Casey terHorst () to try to meet up there. For more information about research in the lab, visit ecoevolab.com.


COLORADO

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - quantitative human-environment science (Posted 6/22/18)
Environmental Studies Program
University of Colorado Boulder
Review of materials will begin July 15.
More information is available here.

Ph.D. Position – Invasive songbirds and land use/land cover in the United States (Posted 6/22/18)

Location: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Closing date: July 9, 2018

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful applicant will evaluate 1) how the abundance of introduced birds varies over space and time in the United States, and 2) how spatial and temporal patterns of abundance relate to changes in land use/cover, such as habitat fragmentation and agricultural intensification. This is an exciting opportunity to use long-term datasets on breeding birds to ask novel questions at large scales in close collaboration with ecologists at Colorado State University and the USGS Fort Collins Science Center. There is scope for the successful candidate to help shape the project based on their interests and experience. For example, there is potential for this project to shed new light on the land sparing/sharing debate, advance the theory and practice of landscape ecology, and/or explore the relationship between patterns of introduced bird abundance and impacts on ecological processes, such as pest control, crop damage, and disease transmission. We also anticipate opportunities to contribute to related projects on trans-boundary species conservation.

The successful applicant will complete her/his Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Liba Pejchar at Colorado State University. The preferred start date is August 21, 2018, but there is also flexibility to begin the position in January 2019. The student will have the option of pursuing a PhD in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) or in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have both B.S. (required) and M.S. (preferred) degrees in ecology, conservation biology, wildlife biology, environmental studies or a closely related field. Strong communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a team situation are required. We seek candidates with strong quantitative skills, including proficiency in R, familiarity with a variety of statistical approaches, experience interacting with large data sets, and the ability to work with spatial data layers in ArcGIS. Relevant field experience, such as surveying for and observing passerine birds is also desirable. A demonstrated ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature is strongly preferred. Academic qualifications include a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Reflecting departmental and institutional values, applicants are expected to have the ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

COMPENSATION: Salary and tuition for the duration of the project will be supported by graduate research and teaching assistantships. Funds are also available for supplies and travel.

TO APPLY: E-mail a single PDF document that includes: 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position, 2) your curriculum vitae, 3) copies of transcripts and GRE scores (can be unofficial at this stage), and 4) the names and contact information for three references, by July 9, 2018. Please write “Ph.D. position – Introduced birds” in the subject line and e-mail to: .

For more information, contact: Dr. Liba Pejchar, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, E-mail: , Website


CONNECTICUT

Graduate Research Assistantships - River Corridor Biogeochemistry & Hydrogeology (Posted 6/8/18)

Dr. Ashley Helton and Dr. Marty Briggs are accepting applications for graduate students (MS and PhD) at University of Connecticut for Spring/Summer 2019 in stream/river biogeochemistry and river corridor hydrogeology. The student(s) will be co-advised by Ashley (Department of Natural Resources & the Environment, University of Connecticut) and Marty (USGS Hydrogeophysics Branch in Storrs, CT). The student(s) will be funded through projects that explore relationships between groundwater discharge to surface water and nitrogen cycling within near-stream sediments.

Top candidates will have an MS (PhD position) or BS (MS position) in a related discipline (natural resources, geology, ecology, etc.) and related field, laboratory, and/or modeling experience in biogeochemistry or hydrogeology. Ideally, the Graduate Research Assistant(s) will begin in January, 2019, but later start dates can be negotiated.

To apply, contact Ashley Helton via email () with the following information: CV, GPA and GRE scores, contact information for three professional references, and a brief statement of research experience/interests/career goals.

See the following links for more information on
Ashley’s research program
Marty’s research program
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
Graduate School at the University of Connecticut

PhD opportunity in Coastal Wetland Ecology at UConn (Posted 5/29/18)

Beth Lawrence's research group at University of Connecticut has an opening for a PhD student in wetland ecology. They conduct primary and applied research focused on improving our understanding of wetland plant community composition, restoration, and ecosystem function. The applicant will develop and examine questions related to how vegetation alters carbon cycling in coastal marshes, possibly examining the role of root exudates and rhizosphere oxygenation in organic matter persistence. Top candidates will have an MS in a related discipline with relevant field and biogeochemistry research experience. Ideally, the Graduate Research Assistant will begin this fall semester (late August 2018), but a January 2019 start may be possible.

Contact Beth via email () before June 1, 2018 to warrant full consideration with the following information: CV, GPA and GRE scores, and a brief statement of research experience/interests/career goals. See the following links for more information on her research program: herethe Department of Natural Resources and the Environment: here and details about applying to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut: here.

PhD opportunity in Coastal Wetland Ecology (Posted 5/10/18)

Beth Lawrence's research group at University of Connecticut has an opening for a PhD student in wetland ecology. They conduct primary and applied research focused on improving our understanding of wetland plant community composition, restoration, and ecosystem function. The applicant will develop and examine questions related to how vegetation alters carbon cycling in coastal marshes, possibly examining the role of root exudates and rhizosphere oxygenation in organic matter persistence.

Top candidates will have an MS in a related discipline with relevant field and biogeochemistry research experience. Ideally, the Graduate Research Assistant will begin this fall semester (late August 2018), but a January 2019 start may be possible.

Contact Beth via email () before June 1, 2018 to warrant full consideration with the following information: CV, GPA and GRE scores, and a brief statement of research experience/interests/career goals. See the following links for more information on her research program, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment; and details about applying to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut


DELAWARE

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FLORIDA

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GEORGIA

Forest Ecology: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Forest Ecology (Posted 5/17/18)

The University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Forest Ecology to assist with ongoing research projects investigating biomass production and nitrogen cycling in intensively-managed forest plantations. The primary duties will focus on analyzing biomass production and soil chemistry data from an experiment designed to assess the effects of silvicultural treatments on tree productivity and nitrogen cycling. The successful candidate will lead the preparation of at least two peer- reviewed manuscripts—one focusing on biomass production as a function of silvicultural treatment and another focusing on nitrogen dynamics. The successful candidate will also collaborate with other project scientists in cross-study syntheses and modeling efforts, and identify other potential publishable units that can be derived from existing datasets.

Opportunities to establish new research will also be available. The successful candidate will also work with USDA Forest Service technicians, providing technical advice and oversight for continuing and future research projects. A Ph.D. in forestry, ecology, soil science, natural resources, or related discipline is required. The ideal candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, capable of working independently and as part of a team. Demonstrated experience in statistical analyses and data management skills is essential, and capabilities for biogeochemical modeling desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate commitment to timely completion of deliverables, including publication of results in peer-reviewed outlets. The position is with the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, SC, and the position will be housed at the Forest Science Laboratory - Aiken. The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory is a research unit of the University of Georgia located on the 200,000 acre Savannah River Site, a National Environmental Research Park operated by the Department of Energy near Aiken, SC. Outdoor working conditions can be harsh (i.e., hot and humid). The anticipated start date for this position is August 1, 2018. Support is available for two years. Salary will be $54-$60K depending on experience and will include benefits.

Applications will be reviewed starting June 15, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. To apply, please send: (1) a cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position, research interests, and career goals; (2) a CV; and (3) names and contact information for three professional references to Doug P. Aubrey ().


HAWAII

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IDAHO 

3 PhD Opportunities in Remote Sensing of Vegetation and Snow in Mid- to High-Latitude Ecosystems (Posted 6/5/18)

Graduate Research Assistantships (PhD) Available to Study Remote Sensing of Vegetation and Snow at Boise State University

Boise State University Department of Geosciences has three PhD Research Assistantships available for Fall 2018 (or Spring 2019) for students interested in studying vegetation and snow with remote sensing. The students will work with ground-based (terrestrial laser scanning, TLS), airborne lidar, and hyperspectral data to understand forest and shrub vegetation structural and functional characteristics and their distribution across mid- and high-latitude ecosystems. The students will have the opportunity to develop their own study ranging from understanding the interactions between vegetation and snow, carbon/water/nutrient storage and flux, as well as controls on vegetation and snow distributions, and using Earth System Models and remote sensing observations to study these controls. These multi-year student opportunities are funded by NASA and DOE. The student is expected to work with a team of scientists and perform field work in remote regions. The students can choose from among a range of PhD programs at Boise State University, including a PhD Geosciences, PhD Geophysics, PhD Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, or PhD in Computing. Please send inquires to Nancy Glenn ().


ILLINOIS 

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INDIANA 

Postdoctoral position in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics at Purdue University (Posted 6/5/18)

A postdoctoral position is available in the Oakley lab at Purdue University to study the genetic and physiological mechanisms of fitness tradeoffs across environments. We use a combination of field experiments in native habitats and experiments in controlled growth chambers to investigate the links between sequence polymorphism, molecular phenotypes, organismal phenotypes, and ultimately fitness in contrasting environments. Current and future work will incorporate transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches to studying genotype by environment interactions for fitness. Additional research in the lab is focused on the evolutionary ecology and genetic basis of heterosis and outbreeding depression. Development of new research directions building on these broad themes is strongly encouraged. There is a vibrant community of interdisciplinary plant biologists at Purdue, providing ample opportunity for interaction and new collaborations.

Research activities will include (but are not limited to): Leading growth chamber experiments to estimate freezing tolerance & lifetime fitness, and combining this data with differential expression analyses using RNAseq; field planting and harvesting of experiments at sites in Italy (near Rome) and northern Sweden (three to four trips per year, ~10 days each); overseeing development of CRISPR-CAS9 lines, near isogenic lines, two new recombinant inbred line populations; data analysis; and manuscript preparation.

A PhD in biology or related discipline is required and preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in plant evolutionary biology or plant genetics. The ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary skill set, having some combination of wet lab, bioinformatic, and experimental biology experience. A strong foundation in R, and at least a basic familiarity with bioinformatic analysis on a cluster is strongly preferred. This is initially a one-year appointment, with the possibility of an extension of 1-2 years dependent on funding and performance. A start date of August-September 2018 is preferred, but this is negotiable.

Applicants should send (as a single PDF attachment): CV, a letter summarizing research interests, accomplishments, and fit to the lab and project, and the names and contact information for two professional references. Review of applications will begin June 15, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. She will also be at the Botany 2018 conference and would be happy to chat with interested candidates. Chris Oakley


IOWA

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KANSAS

MS Graduate Assistantship in Grassland and Orthoptera Ecology (Posted 6/22/18)

Seeking a highly motivated individual with interest in Orthoptera ecology and identification. The successful candidate will assist in research across the state of Kansas comparing Orthoptera on grazed and ungrazed grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). In Kansas, the CRP program currently has over 2 million acres—much of which is re-established, native grassland. However, there is currently no dominant grazer on most of these sites despite the critical role that bison historically played in these systems. Our study will test how two CRP plantings (CP2 and CP25), which differ in the number of forbs planted, influence the restoration of 108 grassland sites across the precipitation gradient in Kansas and whether periodic grazing by cattle can enhance habitat diversity for insects, plants, and birds.

The ideal person for this position is self-motivated, works well with a team of field researchers, has a basic understanding of statistics, has knowledge of grassland ecosystems, and has a strong interest in ecology and entomology. However, students with the aptitude to learn quickly will also be considered. The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to entomology and ecology and desire to learn a range of tools/techniques/methods. Proficiency in oral and written English required. Applicants should have a B.S. in entomology, ecology, or biology and must meet the requirements for admission at Wichita State University. Successful applicants will receive a 2.5-year assistantship with stipend, full tuition waiver, and health benefits. In the first semester, the successful applicant will be employed as a technician while she/he learns the research system and begins data-collection/sorting for the 2018 field season. Anticipated start date is late July to mid-August of 2018.

Deadline for applications is July 23, but early applications are encouraged. Interested applicants should email CV, transcript, and a letter describing research interests and future goals to Dr. Mary Liz Jameson ().

Wichita State University is a metropolitan research-intensive university set in a suburban area (~640,000 people) with a diverse student body, yet close to numerous high-quality grasslands including the iconic Flint Hills. Wichita offers many opportunities for cultural/artistic activities and low cost-of-living. The Department of Biological Sciences at WSU includes core facilities in environmental biology, imaging and bioinformatics, animal care facility, greenhouse, and Biological Field Stations. Previous graduate students have gone on to PhD programs or are employed with state or federal management agencies. More information about the Department, including a complete list of departmental facilities, and current Graduate Faculty and their teaching and research interests is available on their web site here. Information about graduate school at WSU is available here.


KENTUCKY

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LOUISIANA

M.S. Student Graduate Assistantship In Freshwater Ecology and Ecotoxicology (Posted 6/22/18)

The Marine and Freshwater Ecology lab at Louisiana Tech University, under Dr. Jennifer Hill, is seeking a M.S. candidate to examine the impacts of sub-lethal pesticide concentrations on crayfish and snail behavior and trophic cascades. The candidate will join the lab and work on both laboratory ,as well as field mesocosm experiments and be based on campus at Louisiana Tech (Ruston, LA)

The objectives of the project include:
- To examine the impacts of sub-lethal pesticide concentrations on the behavior and foraging activity of crayfish and snails in lab experiments
- Examine if pesticides impact cascading interactions in freshwater macrophyte communities using cattle tank mesocosms .
Responsibilities include:
- Under the direction of the PI, lead and/or participate in the experiments accomplishing above objectives
- Develop oral and visual products for presentation to scientific audiences at local and national meetings
- Attend scientific meetings to engage and network with scientists and colleagues
- Author and develop a Master’s thesis and scientific manuscripts 
- Advise and direct undergraduate students on lab and field techniques
Qualifications include:
- B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or related field
- the ability to work collaboratively with fellow graduate and undergraduate students
- Good communication skills
- previous experience with aquatic animal care preferred, but not required
The start date of the position is September 2018 (the beginning of Fall quarter) with experiments beginning in January. The assistantship is supported by a combination of grant funding and teaching assistantships at a rate of ~$19,000 per year. Tuition and fees are not waived by Louisiana Tech.

Interested applicants should submit a single pdf (with the applicants first and last name in document title) composed of a cover letter, CV (including GPA and relevant coursework), and the names and contact information of 3 references to .Please put “ecology MS student position” in the email subject header. Please submit applicant information by June 25th but other later applications may be reviewed.


MAINE

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MARYLAND

PhD Assistantship to study Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems, University of Maine (Posted 5/22/18)

Identification, characterization, and threat assessment of groundwater dependent ecosystems in the northeastern United States with an integrated GIS- and field survey-based approach

A Ph.D. assistantship (including a stipend, tuition, health insurance) is available at the University of Maine in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program beginning September 2018 to use spatial analysis tools and field assessment to identify and characterize areas likely to contain groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) in the northeastern United States. Spatial model development and validation will include field-based assessment of selected areas predicted to contain high quality GDEs or GDE clusters, to better understand their landscape context and watershed-level threats, characterize hydrologic conditions, and describe the species they support. A subset of sites will be selected for intensive biological survey, mapping with remote and handheld cameras, and groundwater monitoring. The study’s geographic area spans Virginia to Maine, with initial focus on current conservation lands and their surrounding landscapes, and subsequent focus on areas of ecological similarity, adjacent watersheds, and regional surficial aquifer systems.

Prior experience with geographic information systems, spatial and statistical analysis, and fieldwork is required. We seeks applicants that demonstrate a sincere interest in combining modeling and field surveys to learn about the hydrology and ecology of groundwater dependent systems. Applicants must have relevant coursework and research experience in ecology, environmental and earth sciences, spatial ecology, and statistics. The selected student will be supported by a research assistantship for 3 years and teaching assistantship for 2 semesters, with anticipated total program duration of 4 years. Stipend level (minimum $22,000 annually) will be based on relevant experience and coursework. Please send pre-applications of a cover letter expressing interest in the position, CV with references, and unofficial copies of transcripts to Drs. Cynthia Loftin () and Andrew Reeve (), with subject line Groundwater Ph.D. Assistantship. Review of applications will begin immediately.


MASSACHUSETTS

Postdoctoral Fellowship – Interdisciplinary Investigation of Climate Change Impacts (Posted 5/29/18)

They have an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow to study the responses of species to climate change in the northeastern United States. Specifically, the researcher will 1) analyze an extensive long-term survey dataset; 2) synthesize landscape genomic and telemetry data into an understanding of movement ecology; and 3) incorporate isotope analyses to understand how red squirrels will respond to climate change. This work fits into a broad interdisciplinary project focused on understanding how climate change will impact the northern forest ecosystem, with collaborators conducting cutting edge research on trees, songbirds, and carnivores that all exist in the same sub-boreal ecosystem and are affected by climate change and by each other.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in ecology, biology, evolution, or environmental sciences with significant training in quantitative methods.
The ideal candidate will have experience with ecological modeling, spatial statistics, and field studies; preference will be given to candidates that are able to spend several weeks live-trapping or conducting radio-telemetry of red squirrels. Other important qualifications are a strong work ethic, problem-solving and time management skills, creativity, an ability to work independently, and a track record of publications. The fellow will also be responsible for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

The postdoctoral fellow will be located on the campus of University of Massachusetts in Amherst, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. This is a fantastic location, with a remarkable mix of college atmosphere (Smith, Mt Holyoke, Amherst, and Hampshire Colleges are also here), culture, and country living. The fellow will be part of a vibrant Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) community (necsc.umass.edu) and co-located with USGS scientists. The NE CASC mission is to work with natural and cultural resource managers in the Northeast and Midwest regions to apply future climate scenarios to decision making and co-produce information and tools for climate change adaptation. This full-time position will be 1 year in duration, with a potential for extension pending funding. Start date is negotiable, with a preference for September.

To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and list of 3 professional references to Toni Lyn Morelli, . Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Application review will begin on June 6, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled. For questions email or call 413-545-2515.


MICHIGAN

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MINNESOTA

Postdoctoral Position – Assessing risks to threatened and endangered species: Modeling freshwater mussel populations. (Posted 5/10/18)
University of Minnesota
Twin Cities, MN
Job ID: 322858
For more information, go here.   


MISSISSIPPI 

Ph.D. Assistantship - Integrating new technologies to understand invasion ecology in Agroecosystem (Posted 6/8/18)

Seeking a highly motivated student to fill a fully funded Ph.D. position in the labs of Drs. Marcus Lashley and Garrett Street at Mississippi State University to study Invasion Ecology in Agroecosystems. The position will begin in August 2018 or January 2019 depending on applicant availability. The assistantship includes a $23,500 stipend, full tuition waiver, and insurance. This research is an extension of an ongoing 6+ year project (beginning year three now). The student will be expected to collect data with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to integrate with other in situ data sets into a landscape modelling framework with the objective of predicting the spatiotemporal probability of human wildlife conflicts, the effects of swine invasion on native wildlife communities, and swine population vulnerability as predicted by island biogeography theory. The successful student will have access to large data sets from radiotags and accelerometers deployed on feral swine, remotely sensed agricultural data, a captive feral swine facility, the Center for UAV Research, and camera traps deployed in remnant forest patches across Agroecosystems of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Required Qualifications: M.Sc. in Ecology or closely related field. Successful completion of the FAA UAS training will be required within the first semester. Possess or obtain a driver’s license. Ability to work in teams or individually in secluded and remote, hot and humid conditions, where most organisms want to sting, bite, or puncture you. Preferred Qualifications: Strong quantitative, GIS, and written skills are desirable. Strong interpersonal skills, fun attitude with a good sense of humor, and desire to promote research and technology transfer through social media and public speaking. Interested applicants should submit via email a cover letter outlining your interest in the project, a current curriculum vitae, contacts for three references to Dr. Marcus Lashley, . Accepting and reviewing applications immediately until a suitable applicant is found. Application deadline is June 15, 2018.

PH.D. Graduate Research Assistantship: Invasion Ecology in Agroecosystems (Posted 5/29/18)

Ph.D. Assistantship - Integrating new technologies to understand invasion ecology in Agroecosystems

Seeking a highly motivated student to fill a fully funded Ph.D. position in the labs of Drs. Marcus Lashley and Garrett Street at Mississippi State University to study Invasion Ecology in Agroecosystems. This research is an extension of an ongoing 6+ year project (beginning year three now). The student will be expected to collect data with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to integrate with other in situ data sets into a landscape modelling framework with the objective of predicting the spatiotemporal probability of human wildlife conflicts, the effects of swine invasion on native wildlife communities, and swine population vulnerability as predicted by island biogeography theory. The successful student will have access to large data sets from radiotags and accelerometers deployed on feral swine, remotely sensed agricultural data, a captive feral swine facility, the Center for UAV Research, and camera traps deployed in remnant forest patches across Agroecosystems of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Required Qualifications: Successful completion of the FAA UAS training will be required within the first semester. Possess or obtain a driver’s license. Ability to work in teams or individually in secluded and remote, hot and humid conditions, where most organisms want to sting, bite, or puncture you.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong quantitative, GIS, and written skills are desirable. Strong interpersonal skills, fun attitude with a good sense of humor, and desire to promote research and technology transfer through social media and public speaking.

Interested applicants should submit via email a cover letter outlining your interest in the project, a current curriculum vitae, contacts for three references, and an example of writing (preferably a peer-reviewed publication) to Dr. Marcus Lashley, .
We will be accepting and reviewing applications immediately until a suitable applicant is found. Start date is flexible but intended for August 2018.


MISSOURI

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MONTANA

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NEBRASKA

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NEVADA

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Applied Ecology (Posted 5/29/18)

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

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the lab’s research efforts in two main areas:

1) The long-term dynamics of aspen populations in the Sierra Nevada and mountain ranges of the Great Basin and Intermountain West, with emphasis on the importance of conifer invasion, herbivory and other biotic and abiotic factors in mediating the health and viability of these biodiverse forests.

2) Cascading effects of reintroducing once-extirpated large mammals on plant and animal communities and soil processes in coastal California ecosystems (see Ender et al. 2017, Ecology and Evolution 7:1561–1571).

The Postdoctoral Fellow must be an excellent writer and ecologist, have experience conducting experiments, collecting observational field data and working with remotely-sensed data. They must also have well-developed abilities to analyze large data sets, a strong publication record, and an interest in collaborating on grant proposals to support ongoing research.

The ideal Postdoctoral Fellow will be an individual who can collaborate effectively on projects with other lab members as well as develop their own projects within the lab’s study systems.

The hope is that the position will continue for three years, although this will be contingent on the postdoc’s performance and productivity as well as funding.

The desired start date for this position is August 15th, although slightly later dates in 2018 can be discussed.

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

J. Hall Cushman, Professor & Chair
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science University of Nevada Reno, NV 89557

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Applied Ecology at University of Nevada, Reno (Posted 5/29/18)

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

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the lab’s research efforts in two main areas:

1) The long-term dynamics of aspen populations in the Sierra Nevada and mountain ranges of the Great Basin and Intermountain West, with emphasis on the importance of conifer invasion, herbivory and other biotic and abiotic factors in mediating the health and viability of these biodiverse forests.

2) Cascading effects of reintroducing once-extirpated large mammals on plant and animal communities and soil processes in coastal California ecosystems (see Ender et al. 2017, Ecology and Evolution 7:1561–1571).

The Postdoctoral Fellow must be an excellent writer and ecologist, have experience conducting experiments, collecting observational field data and working with remotely-sensed data. They must also have well-developed abilities to analyze large data sets, a strong publication record, and an interest in collaborating on grant proposals to support ongoing research.

The ideal Postdoctoral Fellow will be an individual who can collaborate effectively on projects with other lab members as well as develop their own projects within the lab’s study systems.

The hope is that the position will continue for three years, although this will be contingent on the postdoc’s performance and productivity as well as funding.

The desired start date for this position is August 15th, although slightly later dates in 2018 can be discussed.

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

 


NEW HAMPSHIRE

MSc or PhD opportunity – Examining susceptibility to the Emerald ash borer (EAB) in the ash understory, University of New Hampshire (Posted 5/29/18)

The Garnas lab seeks a highly motivated graduate student (MSc or PhD; PhD preferred) for a USDA-APHIS funded project to advance understanding of how chemical and morphological traits vary across tree size and species, and how such variation may influence Emerald ash borer (EAB) oviposition behavior, larval performance and survival, and parasitism by native and introduced natural enemies. Key aspects of the project include the systematic characterization of defensive compounds across ash species and tree sizes using pyrolysis-GCMS and the design and implementation of experiments to examine how chemical and morphological trait variation influences EAB and its key biological control agents. Successful candidates must have a keen interest in plant defensive chemistry and associated consequences for plant-insect interactions. Some basic chemistry background (e.g., coursework or lab experience) is preferred but not required. Opportunities for related ecological modeling and/or genetic analyses also exist, particularly in the case of PhD applicants. The position will be housed in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (NREN) or in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science program (NRESS) for MSc and PhD students respectively. Position ideally begins in Fall 2018.

The University of New Hampshire and NREN/NRESS programs are home to a vibrant community of productive researchers with a strong commitment to student success. Located in the town of Durham, UNH is a beautiful campus surrounded by forest and natural landscapes. Only 30 minutes from the ocean and under two hours from the White Mountains, outdoor and other recreational activities abound, including right on campus.

Interested applicants, please send:

- a CV
- a brief summary of research interests and any relevant experience
- GRE scores
- contact information for three references

as a single pdf file to . Position will be open until filled.


NEW JERSEY

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NEW MEXICO 

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NEW YORK

Postdoctoral Conservation Research and Teaching Fellow (Posted 5/291/8)

The American Museum of Natural History offers a unique opportunity for a recent Ph.D. who is interested in both biodiversity conservation research and educating the next generation of students in applied biodiversity conservation. The purpose of this position is to conduct scientific research with a focus on biodiversity conservation, and teach in the Museum's Student Research Mentoring Program as it expands biodiversity conservation research opportunities for high school students from historically underrepresented groups. For more information and to apply go here.


NORTH CAROLINA 

MS opportunity in community ecology (Posted 5/29/18)

A MS position is available in the Davenport lab to study the effects of predator phenology on experimental food webs. The focal aspects of the research will pertain to responses of lower trophic levels and ecosystem function within pond ecosystems. The field component of the research will be conducted in the Missouri Ozarks and the experimental/lab work will be completed on campus at Appalachian State University. Coursework will be carried out at Appalachian State University and the field season will run from early September-late June. The student will also have additional research and outreach opportunities such as participating in long-term monitoring of wetland vertebrate populations and additional food web research. The position begins in the August 2018. This position will be supported by a TA position that includes an annual stipend and tuition waiver.

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

Application materials: Interested applicants should email the following items to Dr. Jon Davenport () by June 10: 1) cover letter detailing past research experience and professional goals,
2) CV or resume, 3) 2 references, and 4) unofficial transcripts.

 

 


NORTH DAKOTA

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OHIO

Two Post-Doctoral Researchers in Fisheries Ecology (Posted 5/17/18)
The Ohio State University
Application review will begin June 15 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.
For more information, go here


OKLAHOMA

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OREGON

Postdoctoral research scholar position available- wildlife connectivity- Corvallis, Oregon (Posted 5/17/18)

Postdoctoral scholar: Distribution and connectivity of desert bighorn sheep in the Mojave Desert of California

They seek a postdoctoral researcher to lead a collaborative research project involving Oregon State University, the National Park Service, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, investigating connectivity, distribution, and the potential for restoring connectivity of desert bighorn sheep populations in California. The researcher will use remote cameras, field surveys, non-invasive genetics, high-resolution location data from GPS collars, and experimental approaches to evaluate distribution, inter-population connectivity, and interaction of bighorn sheep with human-made barriers in the Mojave Desert.

This full-time position (Postdoctoral Scholar, 1.0 FTE, annual salary $47,484-$50,316 depending on qualifications, with health care benefits) requires a one-year commitment, with possibility for extension depending on performance and availability of funds, starting September 1, 2018 or as early as possible thereafter. The project is intended to be of at least 3 years’ duration, so the ideal candidate would be available for that length of time. The position will be based in Clinton Epps’ research group in Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University (OSU). Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D. <3 years ago, <2 years ago preferred. The individual in this position will spend time at OSU in Corvallis, Oregon, as well as weeks or months based out of field sites in the Mojave Desert (some camping required).

A Postdoctoral Scholar is expected to receive mentorship, create an individual development plan, and may devote 15% of time to professional development; thus, this position is intended for early-career post-Ph.D. scientists. More about this type of position can be found here.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. (awarded between Sept. 2015 and Sept. 2018) in a relevant field (e.g., ecology, conservation biology, wildlife science) is required, as is expertise with GIS and large spatial data sets, excellent quantitative skills, a demonstrated ability to publish research in peer-reviewed journals, and willingness to conduct field research in harsh and remote environments. Experience with agency collaborations, collecting and analyzing large remote camera datasets, and safe conduct of field research in harsh and remote environments strongly preferred.

Responsibilities: Assisting with refining the study design and overseeing implementation of the research, training and supervising technicians or assistants, conducting field work, managing permits and other field logistics, working closely with agency partners on research and outreach, analyzing data, presenting findings at stakeholder and scientific meetings, and writing and publishing reports and manuscripts.

Application Procedure: Please provide 1) a cover letter detailing how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; 2) a CV detailing academic preparation, publications, and relevant research experience, with names of at least 4 professional references, their email addresses and telephone contact numbers; and 3) pdf copies of your most relevant recent peer-reviewed publication(s) (up to 3). Please submit these materials to Dr. Clinton W. Epps via email . If possible, please submit your application as a single merged .pdf; please limit file sizes to <8MB.

For more information, contact Clinton Epps at: ; 541-737-2478.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position will remain open until filled, but we suggest submitting applications no later than June 15 2018 for full consideration.


PENNSYLVANIA

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RHODE ISLAND

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SOUTH CAROLINA

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SOUTH DAKOTA

PhD Position- Environmental Science and Rangeland Health (Posted 6/22/18)

One PhD research assistant position is available (beginning Aug. 2018) for a student interested in the effects of anthropogenic chemicals on ecosystem function. The student will work in the laboratories of Dr. Lora Perkins and Dr. A. Joshua Leffler in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University

The research will focus on the impact of parasiticides used in livestock production on dung beetle populations, nitrogen cycling, and subsequent forage production. The field component of the research will be conducted at Ft. Pierre National Grasslands in central South Dakota. The student will also work closely with a PhD student in Rural Sociology to investigate the decision making process of livestock producers to use or not to use parasiticides. The student is expected to contribute to the broader project, but also develop related research of their own. The assistantship includes a stipend and tuition waiver, and is available for four to five years contingent on satisfactory progress toward the PhD degree. This research is funded by USDA-NIFA.

To apply, send your CV; unofficial transcripts; a letter describing your work and academic experience, research interests, and career goals; and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Lora Perkins () or Dr. A. Josh Leffler (). Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Postdoctoral position - spatial modeling of land-use change (Posted 6/22/18)

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Departments of Biology and Sustainability & Environment at the University of South Dakota to model impacts of land use-land cover (LULC) and climate change on landscapes, biodiversity and social values in the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB). The postdoctoral position is a two-year NSF-funded position that is part of a larger project examining impacts of LULC and climate change under different scenarios related to carbon balance on a variety of ecosystem services provided by the UMRB. A Ph.D. in ecology or ecological/environmental modeling, or a related field is required. Demonstrated experience in spatial modeling and/or remote sensing is also required and experience in applying these techniques to species distribution and/or species abundance models is preferred. The candidate will work with faculty at the University of South Dakota and with collaborators at the USGS EROS Data Center.

Applications must be submitted on-line here. Applications must be accompanied by a cover letter, statement of research interests, CV and names and email addresses of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Swanson ().

The University of South Dakota is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, staff and students.

Postdoctoral Position in Plant Evolutionary Ecology (Posted 5/17/18)

Individual with interests and training in plant mating system evolution, plant demography/life- history, and, or the evolution of plant-animal interactions. The position will include collaboration on data sets “in hand” for statistical analyses and subsequent publications that includes analyzing one of the longest demographic data sets on a perennial plant species to date, in addition to the opportunity to be involved in the development of a novel plant-pollinator study system in the Great Plains and the Appalachian Mountains. Additionally, the successful candidate will be encouraged to develop their own independent avenues of inquiry on the proposed study systems. The postdoc would be working with Michele Dudash and her collaborators at South Dakota State University in the Department of Natural Resource Management, Brookings SD. The position is for one year, but renewable for up to three years.

Qualified applicants must have a PhD in biology or a related field and have demonstrated interest in field work and experimental design. Prior training should emphasize interests in plant mating or breeding systems, plant life history evolution with a strong background in statistics, experimental design and proficiency with SAS or R is required.

Start Date: Opening August 2018 or until filled.

Application materials should be emailed as ONE document to and include: a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, and a sample of recent writing (article, report or other publication where applicant is either first or senior author) as well as contact information for 3 references.


TENNESSEE

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TEXAS

Funded MS Opportunity in Desert Amphibian and Disease Ecology to start Fall 2018 or January 2019 (Posted 6/22/18)

Deadline for applications August 1st

Seeking a highly motivated individual to employ as a MSc Student conducting research on amphibian and disease ecology in ephemeral waters in the Sonoran Desert south-central Arizona.

The student will examine how water quality affects amphibian development and determine the extent to which water sites constructed for wildlife function as disease reservoirs. The work will consist of checking and maintaining data loggers, setting up field enclosures with amphibian embryos and monitoring until hatching, measuring recently hatched amphibians, sampling water quality, collecting and preserving water samples, and environmental DNA (eDNA) collection and analysis.

Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated and creative individual. This position requires hard work, problem solving, and a tolerance for desert heat. Hired individuals will encounter venomous snakes and invertebrates. This is a physically demanding job which requires hiking into remote sites, odd hours and extended hours during monsoonal rains, driving a 4wd on unmaintained roads, and coordinating with military security. Rock climbing or scrambling experience helpful but not required. Experience with amphibians and/or genetics is desirable, but not required. Preference will be given to motivated candidates with excellent communication skills and who are willing and able to function in the summer desert environment.

The graduate student will be co-advised by Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle and Dr. Matthew Barnes. The position is funded for $16.5K/year plus a tuition waiver and opportunities for additional fellowships.

They encourage applications from everyone, including ethnic and gender minorities. Texas Tech University is one of four major state supported universities in Texas and is designated as an emerging research university by the State of Texas.

Interested applicants should email Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle () and have “Graduate opportunity” in the subject line. Please include in the email: 

  1. How this position will help you fulfill your career goals and why I should hire you 2. Resume or CV including pertinent work experience 3. Unofficial transcripts 4. GRE scores 5. Contact information for three references 6. Address, phone, and email 

Position contingent upon funding. Texas Tech University requires a background check of all new employees. For additional information on the Department here.

MS Scholarship in Plant Invasion Ecology (Posted 5/17/18)

The Schwinning Lab at Texas State University, San Marcos, is searching for a graduate student to investigate recruitment dynamics of an invasive C4 grass (Johnsongrass; Sorghum halepense) in C4 native grasslands. This position is part of a large-scale, long-term ecological experiment that examines the use of native prairie species for biofuel production under a range of cultivation practices. The position is funded through a cooperative agreement with USDA and includes a tuition waiver and generous stipend.

Students with an interest and education in plant ecology or physiological ecology are encouraged to apply to start in the fall semester of 2018. Prior experience in field research is especially welcome. Please contact Dr. Susan Schwinning () for more information about the position and the project.

Peruse the following websites to learn more about the Plant Ecology Lab, the MS Program in Population and Conservation Biologythe Department of Biology at Texas State University and the application process.

Research Engineering/ Scientist Assistant (Posted 5/10/18)
The University of Texas at Austin
Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
For more information, go here
 


UTAH

Post-doc - ecology / evolution (Posted 6/8/18)
Utah State University
For more information, go here.
 

PhD opportunity at Utah State University (Posted 5/10/18)

Peter Adler's research group at USU has an opening for a PhD student. We do basic research on species coexistence and patterns of diversity, and applied research on the population and community-level impacts of climate change. Most of our work focuses on plant communities, combining field data with statistical and mathematical models. The flexible funding for this position would give the student freedom to develop independent research. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and CV to Peter Adler: peter.adler [at] usu.edu. 


VERMONT

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VIRGINIA

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Shorescapes (Posted 6/22/18)
William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
For full consideration, application materials are due August 1, 2018; however, applications received after August 1, 2018 will be reviewed if necessary.
Williamsburg, VA
For more information, go here.

M.S. Graduate Assistantship on Bog Turtle Conservation Planning (Posted 5/29/18)

A graduate position for a master’s student will be available Fall 2018. The student would sample potential habitat for bog turtles in southwestern Virginia using an occupancy modeling framework, and estimate changes over time in population size and growth rates, using a previously developed GIS model and a long-term mark-recapture database. Major goals are to work closely with state agency personnel to develop a conservation plan based on trends in land use and human population growth and to improve our understanding of wetland size and connectivity required to maintain viable populations of bog turtles.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries & Wildlife, Ecology, or related fields. Successful applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA above 3.3, strong quantitative and writing skills, and GREs above 50th percentile. Experience with conservation planning, demographic analyses, occupancy modeling, wetland habitats, and/or GIS is desirable, as is having previous scientific publications.
Anticipated starting date: August 2018

To apply: Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a c.v. (including undergraduate and M.S. grade point average and GRE scores) as well as contact information for three references. Letters of interest received by June 6th will ensure full consideration but applications will be considered until position is filled. Promising candidates will need to submit an official application to the graduate school at Virginia Tech (https://graduateschool.vt.edu/admissions/how-to-apply.html). Contact information: Dr. Carola A. Haas, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, Mail Code 0321, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24060, , 1-540-231-9269. Please put “bog turtle graduate position” in subject line of emails to Professor Haas.

Part-time position available for Urban Forester I-Fairfax County (Posted 5/7/18)

Fairfax County, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services-Stormwater- Urban Forest Management Division 

City: Fairfax, VA

Position #: 53000892

Salary: $20.72-$27.63/hour, benefits eligible*

Schedule: 30 hours per week

Under the supervision of the Urban Forester II position within the Forest Conservation Branch, plans and implements basic forest conservation, urban forestry, landscape management and land development practices, procedures and projects.

Specific Tasks Include:

  • Inspects construction sites for compliance with requirements on approved site plans relating to landscaping, screening, tree preservation and vegetation related to proffers and development conditions;
  • Assists the Forest Pest Section during peak seasonal monitoring and treatment programs;
  • Assists in final bond and escrow release inspections and under direction, prepares needed deficiency lists, correspondence and project documentation;
  • Participates or leads on-site conferences and preconstruction meetings held on construction sites to resolve issues and ensure contractor compliance with the County code requirements;
  • Prepares documentation memo’s after conferences and preconstruction meetings;
  • Acts as the point of contact for developers, project arborists, landscape contractors;
  • Uses GPS and GIS databases to record the position and extent of plant species, forest communities, forest pests, Heritage, Specimen and Memorial trees and other natural resources.
  • Participates in public outreach and education activities and events;
  • Assists in the preparation and dissemination of educational brochures, leaflets and other media concerning trees, urban forests and related County programs and strategic plans;
  • Answers technical questions from the public, civic and homeowners associations, landscape contractors, landscape architects and designers, civil engineers, private arborists and foresters, other County agencies, the land development community, and the Board of Supervisors on forest conservation practices;
  • Provides support at Tree Commission meetings and activities on an as needed basis;
  • Maintains project files, computer records and computer databases. Documents time spent on various tasks and records pertinent information;
  • Assists in the investigation of hazardous tree complaints pursuant to the Health and Safety Menace Code;
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned to further the goals and objectives of the Department.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited two-year college with a degree in urban forestry, horticulture, environmental science, landscape design, agriculture or related field. Must possess a valid driver’s license;

Special Requirements: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Preferred Qualifications: Arborist certification issued by the International Society of Arboriculture; any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or University with a degree in urban forestry, horticulture, environmental science, landscape architecture, agriculture or related field.

To Apply: Send a copy of your resume to:

Attn: Tiffany Thrasher

Fairfax County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans’ status or disabled veterans’ status.

Closing Date: Until position is filled  


WASHINGTON

Postdoctoral researcher in quantitative ecology (Posted 6/8/18)

S.E. Hampton and S.L. Katz, Washington State University

Seeking a postdoctoral associate for collaboration in freshwater research, with a general emphasis on highly quantitative approaches to understanding ecology and system stability, but with specific topics to be defined primarily by the successful candidate. Special opportunities exist for the postdoc to engage in interdisciplinary research on stability and behavior of food-energy-water systems, as part of a large collaboration. Additional areas of current interest include time series analysis of multivariate long-term data, under-ice ecology, monitoring and evaluation of stream restoration at regional scales, and global patterns in freshwater use and status. However, we are open to considering many areas of inquiry for the postdoctoral researcher’s work.

A Ph.D. (A.B.D. candidates will be considered) and a record of peer-reviewed publication in a relevant science field are required. Strong commitment to collaborative work is necessary, and experience working in large research collaborations is desired. Experience with programming in R is ideal, but those experienced in other programming environments should feel free to contact us to determine their fit to this position.

The postdoc will be based at Washington State University working directly with Dr. Stephanie Hampton and Dr. Steve Katz. While there is flexibility in start date, we anticipate that the postdoc will be in residence at WSU-Pullman by September 2018, with the yearly appointment renewable up to two years. Please direct inquiries to and with subject "Ecology Postdoc". A complete application will include a Statement of Interest (1-page maximum) that outlines some of the areas of potential research, and a C.V. with the names and contact information for 3 professional references. For full consideration, please apply by 26 June 2018.

Dr. Hampton is planning to attend the 2018 ASLO meeting in Victoria BC from June 11-15. Interested parties who are also attending and who may have questions about the position are invited to contact Dr. Hampton via email to coordinate a meeting time.

M.S. Assistantship in Harmful Algal Bloom Ecology to begin in August 2018 (Posted 5/17/18)

Dr. Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens, Co-Director (with Dr. Steve Bollens) of the Aquatic Ecology Lab at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA, USA has one paid position available for a new master’s degree student to start in the Fall 2018 semester.

This M.S. assistantship is specifically open to a student who will conduct research related to the ecology and potential impact of harmful algal blooms in the Columbia River Basin, with particular emphasis on dynamics of freshwater cyanobacteria blooms.

Please visit their website for more information about the lab and their research here.

The successful graduate student will be supported on Teaching Assistantships and/or Research Assistantships, plus full tuition waivers.

They are currently accepting applications to begin study in August 2018.

Degree program: M.S. in Environmental Science
Deadlines: For August 2018 admission, please apply as soon as possible.

There is potential to continue on to a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences depending on progress and availability of funding.

Campus and Facilities: Washington State University Vancouver is one of five campuses in the WSU system, and is a rapidly expanding institution located within the greater Portland, OR-Vancouver, WA metropolitan area, near the Columbia River, Cascade Mountains and coastal ocean. The 351-acre campus offers new, state-of-the-art classroom and research facilities, where teaching and research are conducted in an interdisciplinary and collaborative atmosphere.

To apply, please visit the WSUV Science Graduate Programs website or contact Dr. Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens, School of the Environment and School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98686-9600;  (email is best); 360-546-9115  


WEST VIRGINIA

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WISCONSIN 

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WYOMING

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

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CANADA

Graduate Positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology (Posted 6/22/18)

Three fully funded graduate positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology (1 PhD. and 2 MSc.) are available in the Departments of Soil Science and Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. This is a unique opportunity to join an interdisciplinary project spanning the fields of restoration ecology, soil science, and plant ecology. We will be examining the potential for using biological soil crusts and tundra surface organic layers to foster the recovery of arctic plant community assemblages and essential ecosystem functions following mining disturbance. Fieldwork will be conducted at a working mine site in Nunavut, Canada with opportunities to work closely with mine company staff. We will also be heavily involved in the development and delivery of an on-site education program for Nunavut youth integrating soil science, plant ecology, environmental monitoring, restoration and traditional ecological knowledge. MSc. Project 1. This student will examine the establishment and recovery of actively restored biological soil crust communities on drilling waste. You will initiate a trial to test active soil crust restoration techniques, identify bryophyte and lichen species in the crusts to characterize crust community composition in relation to site micro environmental conditions, and measure ecosystem services such as photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation rates. MSc. Project 2. This student will examine the active restoration of tundra vascular plant communities from locally collected propagules. You will initiate a trial to test the use of locally collected material on drilling waste sites, and will track the survival and establishment of vascular plants in relation to site micro environmental conditions. PhD. Project 1. This student will examine how active restoration techniques influence the recovery of soil community structure. You will examine the belowground plant, bacterial, fungal, and archaeal communities in restoration treatments in relation to site micro-environmental conditions. You will use next generation sequencing techniques to characterize belowground communities, develop niche models for important species, and will link soil community structure to key soil ecosystem services. You will have opportunities to expand your work to additional questions, and to lead collaborations with other project members. These projects have an anticipated start date of either September 2018 or January 2019. Project 1 will be supervised by Dr. Katherine Stewart and Projects 2 and 3 will be co-supervised by Drs. Lamb and Siciliano. For more information: Eric LambKatherine StewartSteven Siciliano. Requirements: PhD. Project. A thesis based (research) MSc. degree with evidence of scientific productivity through the publication of one or more peer reviewed manuscripts. Graduate level experience and training in one or more of the following fields: plant ecology, soil science, soil microbial ecology, bioinformatics, restoration ecology. MSc. Projects. A BSc. or BSAg degree with a concentration in one or more of the following fields: bryology, plant ecology, soil science, or restoration ecology. Application Procedure Apply via e-mail to Eric Lamb () with a package including: • Cover letter describing your background and research experience and indicating which project you are most interested in. • an up-to-date CV • unofficial transcript(s). A scan or .pdf copy is sufficient. • an example of your writing (e.g. a paper, extract from a thesis, or class project). 

Postdoctoral Fellowship available in soil chemistry or microbiology (Posted 6/5/18)

As part of the NSERC CREATE SAFER program, the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Soil Science is searching for a post-doctoral fellow in soil chemistry or microbiology to explore the role of the iron anamox cycling in bulk fertilizer plants. The candidate should have experience in either: (i) the characterization of iron minerals by synchrotron techniques or (ii) characterization of autotrophic microbial communities involved in nitrogen cycling.

The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment with Drs. Derek Peak and Steven Siciliano. The goal of this project is to build flow-through column systems to characterize iron evolution as iron anamox bacteria reduce Fe(III) and oxidize NH3. Candidates must have published several papers in top tier journals to be considered for this position.

The term of this PDF would be for 2 years beginning September 1, 2018 and would be at the rate of $45,000 per year. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Peak
() or Dr. Siciliano () for more information.

Postdoctoral position in fire behavior and plant physiological effects at the University of British Columbia (Posted 6/5/18)

The Physiological Ecology Lab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada (PI Sean Michaletz) is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to study fire behavior and its effects on plant physiology and forest dynamics. 

The postdoc will help develop, evaluate, and refine a next-generation modeling framework for predicting climate change effects on plant responses to multiple interacting disturbances.  This includes extending current trait-based models for fire and drought effects on whole-plant function, and implementing these into the physics-based FIRETEC coupled fire-atmosphere model and a coupled surface-subsurface hydrology model. 

Computational experiments and the modeling framework will be evaluated and refined using experimental data collected at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, USA.  The postdoc will be based at the University of British Columbia, but will work closely with collaborators Adam Atchley, Rod Linn, and the Applied Terrestrial, Energy and Atmospheric Modeling Team at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA.  The position is funded through SERDP (DOD, EPA, DOE).  We encourage applicants who can work across disciplines and combine numerical simulation models with empirical data to study linkages between global climate change, climate-driven disturbances, whole-plant physiology, and large-scale forest processes. 

Funding is available for 3 years at a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Additional support is available for conference and fieldwork travel.  Start date is Fall 2018 or Winter 2019.  Information on benefits is available here.  The lab strongly supports positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers. 

Required skills include experience with domain modeling and code development using programming languages such as Fortran or C++, high performance and parallel computing, and numerical simulation models (computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, ecohydrology, plant physiology, and/or forest dynamics).  Candidates must exhibit effective written and oral communication skills, have demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, and have a Ph.D. pending or obtained within the last five years.  The multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of the project also necessitates willingness to work in a team environment.  Desired skills include experience with fieldwork and knowledge of hydrology, plant physiology, and ecology. 

To apply, please send a cover letter, current CV, a recent publication, and names and contact information for three references to Sean Michaletz at .  The application deadline is September 1st 2018.  Please feel free to contact Sean Michaletz at any time with questions or to discuss projects. 

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor in Biology (Microbiology & Fungal Biology) - Saint Mary's University (Posted 5/29/18)

The Department of Biology at Saint Mary's University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective as early as January 1, 2019. We are seeking a Microbial Ecologist or Microbial Evolutionary Biologist who is able to support our undergraduate curriculum by teaching courses in Microbiology and Fungal Biology. The successful candidate will support and contribute to our curriculum more specifically through their areas of research specialization. The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Biology and provide evidence of a strong research record or an emerging scholarly profile, have a record of a high standard of teaching in the field (preferably in the courses noted above), and have a strong commitment to collegial service.

The Faculty of Science, which houses the Department of Biology, has gone through significant renewal in the past decade, with many new and active faculty involved in teaching, research, and service activities. We are working to establish and build upon areas of distinct research strength and through those foster collaborations locally, regionally, and internationally.

Saint Mary’s University is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 350,000 people. Halifax is a major educational centre for Atlantic Canada and is home to five universities. It is conveniently located to recreational areas and to other major urban centres in Canada and the Northeastern United States. For information about the University and the Faculty of Science, please visit their website here.

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from all qualified personnel, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Please specify your citizenship or residential status in your application.

Qualified candidates must submit an application consisting of:

I. A cover letter outlining how the applicant’s background aligns with the desired qualifications, and which of the Department’s current course offerings the applicant would most like to teach; II. An up-to-date curriculum vitae; III. A teaching dossier that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness with student evaluations of past teaching if available; IV. A statement of research interests with evidence of excellence in scholarship (maximum 2 pages); and V. The names, addresses, and email contacts of three persons that are best able to describe your suitability for this position.

The complete application should be sent as a single file in .pdf format to: Dr. Jeremy Lundholm, Selection Committee Chair, Biology Department, Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3, email: . Complete applications must be received on or before July 1, 2018. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

PhD position: Beneficial insects in organic farms (Posted 5/29/18)

GRADUATE STUDENT POSITION (PHD): Beneficial insects and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes A PhD level position is available in the Department of Entomology, University of Manitoba. Students with interests in beneficial insects, landscape ecology, and/or ecosystem services are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will lead a project studying the effects of flowering cover crops and/or perennial flowering habitat on beneficial insects, pollination and biological control in organic farming systems. The successful applicant will have a strong background in entomology, plant science, and/or agroecology. The student will work closely with a team of entomologists and plant scientists at the University of Manitoba. Primary supervision will be in the Gibbs and Costamagna Labs in the Department of Entomology. The Gibbs Lab?s research focus is in wild bee ecology and systematics and the Costamagna Lab has expertise in landscape ecology and predator-prey interactions. QUALIFICATIONS. Masters? degree in Entomology, Ecology, or related field. Direct entry from a Bachelor?s will be considered for students of exceptional academic ability and experience in field ecology, agriculture, insect identification, flowering plants, and/or GIS. Valid driver?s license is required. ANTICIPATED START DATE: January, 2019 TO APPLY: Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to: Dr. Jason Gibbs, Please put ?BENEFICIAL INSECTS POSITION? in the subject line. The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. 

Four PhD positions in Canada: High-latitude land surface–atmosphere interactions and biogeochemistry (Posted 5/21/18)

Looking for four highly motivated individuals for PhD positions focusing on changes in land surface-atmosphere interactions (PhD1 and PhD2), and terrestrial-aquatic linkages (PhD 3 and PhD4) in the northwestern Canadian boreal zone where hydrological regimes undergo rapid changes due to permafrost thaw. Funding packages for these four PhD positions include four-year stipends ($21,000/year), and travel and field expenses. Additional sources of funding include university fellowships, tuition remission (international students), and research and teaching assistantships. Total value of funding packages will depend on position and applicant, but will be generous for highly qualified applicants. Additional funding can be applied for through external sources (e.g., Natural Sciences and Engineering and Research Council of Canada). Positions are open for immediate start, and entry before May 2019 is preferred.

PhD1: Land surface-atmosphere interactions near the boreal treeline. Co-supervised by Dr. Oliver Sonnentag/Université de Montréal (UdeM) and Dr. Philip Marsh/Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) this position based in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at WLU in Waterloo, ON with regular visits to UdeM. The focus of this project is on high-latitude land- atmosphere interactions across the boreal treeline. The study area consists of two nearby research sites near Inuvik, NT, Havikpak Creek (sub-Arctic woodland with continuous permafrost) and Trail Valley Creek (mineral upland tundra with continuous permafrost) where eddy covariance of water and energy fluxes and ancillary measurements and detailed hydrology, permafrost and snow surveys have been made since 2013 and the early 1990s, respectively.

PhD2: Land surface-atmosphere interactions near the southern limit of permafrost. Co- supervised by Sonnentag and Dr. Jennifer Baltzer/WLU this position is based in the Département de géographie at UdeM with regular visits to WLU. The focus of this project is on a better understanding of land- atmosphere interactions by studying ecosystem-, plot- and leaf-scale measurements of carbon, water and heat fluxes made with the eddy covariance and different chamber techniques (LI-6400, LGR Ultraportable Greenhouse Gas Analyzer). The study area consists of two research sites in the Northwest Territories near the southern limit of permafrost, Scotty Creek (boreal peat landscape with sporadic permafrost) near Fort Simpson and Smith Creek (boreal peat landscape with discontinuous permafrost) near Wrigley, around 200 km north of Scotty Creek. Permafrost along the southern limit of its distribution undergoes dramatic changes in hydrological regimes due to rapid permafrost thaw. At Scotty Creek these changes lead to wetland expansion at the expense of boreal forest coverage. The project aims to expand on ongoing eddy covariance and chamber measurements at Scotty Creek in comparison to the recently instrumented Smith Creek research site. More specifically, the PhD student will examine if permafrost thaw-induced changes in land-atmosphere interactions observed at Scotty Creek can be used to project similar changes at Smith Creek as the regional climate keeps getting warmer.

PhD3: Smith Creek catchment hydrology and water quality and treatability monitoring. Co- supervised by Dr. David Olefeldt/University of Alberta (UofA) and Sonnentag, this position is based in the Department of Renewable Resource at UofA. The focus of this project is to establish a hydrological monitoring program for a number of catchments (including Smith Creek, which is the focus of PhD2 and PhD4) near Wrigley, NT, that all have large peatland complexes currently undergoing permafrost thaw and thermokarst formation. The goal is to understand controls on contributions from different catchment water sources, and their influence on catchment solute transport and water quality, and on the downstream chemistry of terrestrially derived dissolved organic matter. Detailed analysis of the composition of dissolved organic matter will be combined with analysis of water quality from a drinking water perspective, i.e., coagulative and oxidative demand, and disinfectant by-product formation potential. Overall, this project will shed light on the impact of continued permafrost thaw on water quality from the perspective of water treatability, as well as the links between terrestrial and aquatic carbon cycling.

PhD4: Influence of permafrost thaw on peatland hydrology, peat/sediment chemistry, and carbon balance. Co-supervised by Sonnentag and Olefeldt, this position is based in the Département de géographie at UdeM. In close collaboration with PhD2 and PhD 3, the focus of this project is a on a small peatland sub-catchment within the Smith Creek catchment. The goal is to establish the sub- catchment water balance and understand the hydrological functions and influence on catchment solute export from the dominating land cover types including thermokarst bogs and ponds, and forested permafrost peat plateaus. In addition, this project will include the analysis of peat and sediment profiles from peat plateaus, bogs, and ponds within the sub- catchment, including carbon, nutrient and metal contents, degree of organic matter humification, and concentration and chemical composition of the dissolved organic matter in pore-water. Overall this project will aim to gain an understanding of the potential impacts of permafrost and thermokarst formation for the peatland carbon balance and for downstream solute export.

Ideal applicants for all four PhD positions should have
1) a strong quantitative (including programming skills in Matlab and/or R) and technical background obtained through a Master’s or Diploma degree in ecology, biogeosciences, environmental sciences, hydrology, etc.,
2) previous exposure to some aspects of the project (e.g., high latitude ecosystems/ecohydrology/catchment science/biogeochemistry),
3) (some) wilderness outdoor experience as the project requires frequent traveling to and extended stays at the sites,
4) the ability to work independently and effectively as part of a team setting consisting of university and government researchers and Indigenous communities, and
5) proficiency in English (the UdeM is a francophone research university, so knowledge of French is of great advantage but not mandatory).

Please email questions regarding the PhD positions/admission processes and application packages consisting of cover letter, curriculum vitae, an English writing sample (ideally a publication), copies of academic credentials, and names and contact information of at least two referees to: pmarsh *at* wlu.ca (PhD1) oliver.sonnentag *at* umontreal.ca (PhD1-PhD4) jbaltzer *at* wlu.ca (PhD2) olefeldt *at* ualberta.ca (PhD3 & PhD4)

The review of applications will commence immediately until the positions are filled.