Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities
 

Fellowships 

Two postdoc fellowships are available in the Madin Labs at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (Posted 10/11/18)

1) Applying emerging technologies to coral reef ecology and conservation

2) Quantitative coral reef ecology & biomechanics

Applications are due soon (20th of October, 2018).

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

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

Second Century Stewardship Fellowship (Posted 10/3/18)

The partners of the Second Century Stewardship: Science for America's National Parks announce the availability of Research Fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park. Second Century Stewardship (SCS) was founded in 2016 by Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service (NPS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the David Shaw Family Foundation. SCS seeks to advance conservation and ecosystem science and support stewardship of park resources. The selected Research Fellows will contribute to strengthening and broadening public understanding of the importance of science for parks and society.

The RFP and more information is available here. Proposals must be submitted by midnight eastern U.S. time on October 26, 2018.

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

Postdoctoral Fellowship at SERC (Posted 10/1/18)

The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, offers several Postdoctoral Fellowships annually to outstanding early career scientists. The Smithsonian’s distinctive combination of field research facilities, museum archives, and expertise in ecology, biological conservation, systematics, and paleobiology provides opportunities for synthetic, big-picture insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species.
Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland conduct environmental research in temperate, tropical, and polar ecosystems across the globe. Recent research has highlighted the separate and interactive impacts of multiple global change factors on populations, communities, and ecosystems, including climate change, conservation ecology, biological invasions, biodiversity loss, nutrient loading, trace element pollution, and habitat alteration. Insights gained in these studies will be crucial to developing science-based conservation plans that allow human societies to thrive while protecting our finite natural resources. Smithsonian Fellows receive an annual stipend of $50,400 plus health, relocation, and research allowances. Each position is expected to run for two years, with the second year of funding contingent upon satisfactory progress. Applicants are encouraged to coordinate with a SERC scientist prior to submitting an application for this competitively-awarded fellowship. Applications are due November 1st. Please contact Professional Training Coordinator Daniel Gustafson at , or 443-482-2217, for further details or questions about this fellowship opportunity.

Two-Year Post Doctoral Fellowship in Forest Ecological Forecasting, Data Assimilation (Posted 10/1/18)
University of Arizona
Review begins October 4, 2018
For more information, go here. 

Visiting Post-doctoral Scientist - 12 month position (Posted 9/24/18)
Great Hollow
New Fairfield, CT
For more information, go here.

Conservation Fellow (Posted 9/19/18)
National Caucus of Environmental Legislators
Washington, DC
Apply by October 12, 2018
For more information, go here

Graduate Fellowships in Freshwater Ecology and Phycology at Fordham University (Posted 9/14/18)

The Wehr Aquatic Ecology Lab invites applications from prospective graduate students interested in conducting research at Fordham University starting in Fall 2019. They are currently seeking students to contribute to research one of three areas:
- Ecology and evolution of brown algae (Phaeophyceae) in freshwater habitats
- Causes and consequences of cyanobacteria blooms in Northeast U.S. lakes
- Biodiversity of algae in karst stream and spring environments

Their laboratory is located at the Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station. They provide students a wide array of resources including lake mesocosms, analytical chemistry equipment, light microscopy, field sampling gear, and field vehicles. Theirstudents may also engage in research collaborations with scientists at the New York Botanical Garden.

They offer competitive stipends and full tuition remission to well-qualified students interested in pursuing either a M.S. or Ph.D. They also offer on-site housing at the field station.

Interested? Please send a CV, GRE scores, GPA, and a letter describing your research interests to Students should also complete an application through the Graduate School here. The deadline for formal applications is January 3, 2019.

Environmental Law / Real Estate Fellowship (Posted 9/10/18)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Hadley, Massachusetts
For more information, go here

Second Century Stewardship Fellowship Announcement (Posted 9/10/18)

The partners of the Second Century Stewardship: Science for America’s National Parks announce the availability of Research Fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park. Second Century Stewardship (SCS) was founded in 2016 by Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service (NPS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the David Shaw Family Foundation. SCS seeks to advance conservation and ecosystem science and support stewardship of park resources. The selected Research Fellows will contribute to strengthening and broadening public understanding of the importance of science for parks and society.

The RFP is attached and can more information is available here. Proposals must be submitted by midnight eastern U.S. time on October 26, 2018.

An webinar overview of Second Century Stewardship, the Research Fellowship, the application process, and park research priorities will be held on Monday September 17 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

SERC Graduate Fellowships (Posted 9/6/18)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) offers the following fellowships to support research in residence at its facility in Edgewater, MD. This program is administrated through the Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships and Internships in DC.

Post-doctoral Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for less than seven years. Senior Fellowships are offered to scholars who held the degree or equivalent for seven years or more. Applicants must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting research in-residence at the Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. Both fellowships offer a stipend of $50,400 per year plus allowances.

Pre-doctoral Fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations. The applicant must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting research in-residence at the Institution. Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. The stipend is $36,000 per year plus allowances.

Graduate Student Fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, who have completed at least one semester, and not yet have been advanced to candidacy if in a PhD program. Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline which is pursued at the Smithsonian Institution. The term is 10 weeks with a stipend of $7,500.

Application Deadline: November 1st

To ensure that proposed fellowship projects are appropriate for SERC, applicants are encouraged to coordinate with proposed SERC sponsors early on in preparing fellowship proposals.

For questions please contact Dan Gustafson, SERC Professional Training Coordinator at

Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Biology (Posted 9/6/18)
Center for Population Biology
UC Davis
Review November 1, 2018
For more information, go here

Two postdoc fellowships are available in the Madin Labs at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (Posted 9/6/18)

1) Applying emerging technologies to coral reef ecology and conservation

2) Quantitative coral reef ecology & biomechanics

Applications are due on the 20th of October, 2018.

Postdoctoral Fellow: Fish Ecology - Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences (Posted 8/31/18)

Seeking interested and qualified applicants for a postdoctoral position to participate in a large scale, comprehensive study of the influence of dams on riverine fish populations. The overall project comprehensive study of the influence of dams with low-use navigational locks on riverine fish populations. The overall project will combine field sampling and tracking, laboratory experiments, and hydrological /behavioral simulation modeling components, all in a collaborative research effort involving Auburn University personnel and colleagues from State and Federal agencies.

This individual will work with the PIs to provide oversight of the project, helping to coordinate field and lab schedules of graduate students and technicians, and to take the lead on some individual aspects of the project within their particular area of expertise. Ecologists with strong backgrounds in field, laboratory, and/or quantitative approaches (e.g., statistical analyses, behavioral modelling, etc.) are preferred. Preparation of manuscripts for publication will be an important aspect of the position, both from this work as well as from the individual’s previous work. The salary will be commensurate with the selected individual’s experience, and will include benefits, as well as any required technical help, all costs of conducting the research (including travel to field sites, supplies and equipment, etc.), and travel to scientific meetings.

For more information, go here. 

SERC Graduate Fellowships (Posted 8/24/18)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) offers the following fellowships to support research in residence at its facility in Edgewater, MD. This program is administrated through the Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships and Internships in DC.

Post-doctoral Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for less than seven years. Senior Fellowships are offered to scholars who held the degree or equivalent for seven years or more. Applicants must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting research in-residence at the Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. Both fellowships offer a stipend of $50,400 per year plus allowances.

Pre-doctoral Fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations. The applicant must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting research in-residence at the Institution. Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. The stipend is $36,000 per year plus allowances.

Graduate Student Fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, who have completed at least one semester, and not yet have been advanced to candidacy if in a PhD program. Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline which is pursued at the Smithsonian Institution. The term is 10 weeks with a stipend of $7,500.

Application Deadline: November 1st

To ensure that proposed fellowship projects are appropriate for SERC, applicants are encouraged to coordinate with proposed SERC sponsors early on in preparing fellowship proposals.

For questions please contact Dan Gustafson, SERC Professional Training Coordinator at

Biomimicry Fellowships - Univ. of Akron (Posted 8/21/18)

The University of Akron Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center has issued calls for applications for several Biomimicry Fellowships (industrial graduate assistantships). Sponsor-specific recruiting profiles are accessible here.

More about the Biomimicry Program and the Integrated Biosciences PhD Program is available here.

FELLOWSHIPS: 2019-2022 IN THE HUMANITIES, ARTS, SCIENCES, AND PROFESSIONS (Posted 8/21/18)

MICHIGAN SOCIETY OF FELLOWS
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1070

The Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 through grants from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies for the purpose of promoting academic and creative excellence in the humanities, the arts, the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professions. The objective of the Society is to provide financial and intellectual support for individuals holding advanced degrees in their fields, who are selected for their outstanding achievement, professional promise, and interdisciplinary interests.

Candidates should be near the beginning of their professional careers. Those selected for fellowships must have received the Ph.D. degree or comparable artistic or professional degree between June 1, 2016, and September 1, 2019. Fellows are appointed as Assistant Professors in appropriate departments and as Postdoctoral Scholars in the Michigan Society of Fellows. They are expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor during the academic years of the fellowship, to teach for the equivalent of one academic year, to participate in the informal intellectual life of the Society, and to devote time to their independent research or artistic projects. This is not an artist-in-residence program but rather an opportunity to develop one’s work in conversation with fellows from a range of disciplines during the three years of the fellowship. Applications from degree candidates and recipients of the Ph.D. or comparable artistic or professional degree from the University of Michigan will not be considered.

Applications will also be accepted for the Tsinghua-Michigan Society of Fellows in Beijing, which will offer three three-year fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Applicants to the Michigan Society of Fellows may also apply to the Tsinghua-Michigan Society of Fellows with a single application.

Applications will be reviewed by Society members and University faculty. Final selections will be made in late January by Senior Fellows of the Society. Fellows will be selected for three-year terms to begin September 1, 2019. The annual stipend will be $60,000.

The online application is available here.
email:
Application Deadline: September 25, 2018

Seek a diverse and international pool of applicants and especially welcome candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.

Smithsonian Institute - Conservation International (CI-SI) Postdoctoral Fellowship program (Posted 8/9/18)
Apply by September 27, 2018
More information is available here.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities at SESYNC - MD(Posted 8/6/18)

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications from early career scholars (≤ four years post PhD) for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2019. Each fellow works with a Collaborating Mentor of their choosing that extends the fellow’s current network of collaborators; the mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution.

Fellows are in residence at SESYNC full-time but are provided travel funds to interact with their mentor and attend conferences.

Successful candidates will use synthesis methods to address a problem arising from, or associated with, the relationship between humans and the environment. Synthesis is a research approach that accelerates knowledge production by distilling or integrating existing data, ideas, theories, and/or methods to draw more reliable or generalizable conclusions and to reveal novel areas of study. Regardless of approach, fellows’ projects take advantage of existing data/information; SESYNC does not fund the collection of new field or survey data. Priority will be given to projects that have the potential to advance understanding of socio-environmental systems, but the synthesis may be primarily social or environmental in nature, or some mix. To learn more and apply, please go here.

USGS Mendenhall Research Postdoctoral Fellowship (Posted 8/1/18)
U.S. Geological Survey
Kearneysville, WV
Apply by September 12, 2018
For more information, go here.    

Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships (Posted  7/31/18)
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ithaca, NY
Applications due September 8, 2018
For more information, go here.   

NatureNet Science Fellowship Program (Posted  7/16/18)

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. Dead line for applications is September 7, 2018. Go here for more information.

 

  

Graduate - Internship Opportunities


Various Location(s)

Postdoctoral Position in Tree Physiological Ecology (Posted 7/5/18)

The Uriarte lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in plant physiological ecology. The successful candidate will join a NSF-funded project to quantify the importance of individual variation in stem hydraulic characteristics on tree species performance in the island of Puerto Rico. The postdoctoral associate will carry out field work, supervise a field technician, analyze data, and work on manuscripts with the PI and co-I Robert Muscarella.

This is a two year position based in Puerto Rico and New York City. Preferred start date is January 2019 but there is some flexibility for suitable candidates. A Ph.D. in ecology and experience carrying out tree physiology measurements, with a focus on stem hydraulics, is required. Spanish fluency is highly desirable but not a requirement.
Please send i) a complete CV; ii) a one-page statement that includes research accomplishments, research interests, and motivation to apply for the position; and iii) the name and contact details for 3 academic referees. In addition, you may submit one or two representative publications. Application deadline is October 15, 2018. For inquiries or more information, contact Dr. Maria Uriarte <>.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


ALABAMA

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

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

Visit their website here.

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

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

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

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

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

Overview: We are excited to invite applications from undergraduate students to participate in a National Science Foundation supported summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on the ecology of southeastern ponds, rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries. Ten undergraduate students will work closely with a team of Auburn University faculty to explore aquatic ecosystems, complete a student-driven research project, participate in a variety of professional development and social activities, develop and lead an outreach project, and share their research findings in a symposium at the conclusion of the program. Participants will work closely with our mentors to develop an interdisciplinary project involving complementary fields, such as community ecology, limnology, evolution, fisheries management, molecular biology, conservation, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, and microbiology. The program will run from May 19 to July 28, 2019 (10 weeks).

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Eligibility: All applicants who are interested in receiving NSF support must currently be a (1) U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and (2) an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior graduating no earlier than September 2019 or a high school senior that will start their undergraduate education the following fall semester after the REU program. We are especially encouraging students from traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) or students in financial need to apply. The online application is available at http://wilsonlab.com/reu/application.html

Support: Participants will receive a stipend ($5,500) plus housing and subsistence, financial assistance for travel to and from Auburn, and support for lab and field supplies. For full consideration, on-line applications must be received by 1 February 2019.

International students: Although not financially supported by our REU Site, we are also open to including a few strongly motivated and self-funded international students in our REU Site research and professional development activities.

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

Ph.D. and M.S. Graduate Research Assistantships: Fish Ecology - Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences (Posted 8/31/18)

Seeking interested and qualified applicants for 2-3 graduate student positions at either the MS or PhD level to participate in a large scale, comprehensive study of the influence of dams on riverine fish populations. The overall project is combining field sampling and tracking, laboratory experiments, and hydrological /behavioral simulation modeling components, all in a collaborative research effort. The projects on which these particular assistantships would be working would include effects of large lock-and-dam systems on riverine fishes, potential for fish to pass structures using spillways and lock chambers, effects of flow and temperature changes due to hydropower dams on fish movement, diet, and energetics, and use of hard part microchemistry to study natal origins and fish movement as a response to the presence of dams.

For more information, go here.

PhD position - Comparative Population Genomics of Southeastern Freshwater Mussels (Posted 8/24/18)

A PhD position in comparative population genomics of southeastern freshwater mussels is available in Jeff Lozier’s lab at the University of Alabama Department of Biological Sciences as part of a recently funded NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity project. They are looking to recruit a highly motivated PhD student to examine comparative population genetics of freshwater mussel communities in streams of the Mobile and Tennessee River basins, which is a major biodiversity hotspot for mussels and several other freshwater taxa.

The project will involve extensive high throughput sequencing of numerous populations and species (including whole genome and reduced representation sequencing), with the goal of understanding how population and species level processes relate to broader eco-evolutionary processes. More details relating to the study objectives can been found at the project website. The student will be expected to develop specific research questions relating to population, conservation, and landscape genetics within the context of these broader project objectives.

Applicants must have a strong academic record (GPA > 3.0), strong written and verbal communication skills, and a desire to build strong quantitative and data management skills. Experience in laboratory and computational analysis of modern genetic data is preferred. The student will work closely with a postdoc and another PhD student being simultaneously recruited by Carla Atkinson’s lab at UA and with collaborators at the University of Mississippi, so an interest in working as part of a collaborative team is a must.

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

PhD position - Functional Trait Diversity/Aquatic Ecology (Posted 8/24/18)

A PhD Position in Functional Trait Diversity of Southeastern Freshwater Mussels is available in Carla Atkinson’s lab at the University of Alabama as part of a recently funded NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity project . They are looking to recruit a highly motivated PhD student to examine the functional traits of a diverse group of animals, the unionid mussels, in several streams in the Mobile and Tennessee River basins, the diversity hotspot for freshwater mussels and several other freshwater taxa. The project will involve using ecological stoichiometry and other organismal traits to examine trait diversity within and across communities in the focal watersheds with the goal of understanding how functional diversity patterns relate to overall habitat diversity and population-level and species-level diversity. The student is also anticipated to formulate their own research questions related to the project that could span topics such as trophic ecology, distribution modeling, nutrient uptake and transformations, and ecosystem metabolism within this broader project objective.

Applicants must have a strong academic record (GPA > 3.0), strong written and verbal communication skills, possess prior experience working in streams, a desire to build strong quantitative skills, SCUBA certified (or willingness to get certified), and an interest in working as part of a large collaborative team. In addition, preference will be given to applicants with prior experience conducting water chemistry analyses, familiarity with R, using ArcGIS software, and with a demonstrated publication record. The student will work closely with a postdoc in Atkinson’s lab and another PhD student being recruited by Jeff Lozier’s lab (http://lozierlab.ua.edu/) in the Dept. of Biological Sciences at UA and with collaborators at the University of Mississippi, so an interest in working as part of a collaborative team is a must.

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

 


ALASKA

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ARIZONA

PhD and MS positions - Ecosystem Ecology (Posted 10/3/18)
Center for Ecosystem Science and Society
Northern Arizona University
Applications due by November 1, 2018
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Posted 10/3/18)
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
The University of Arizona
Apply by November 1, 2018
For more information, go here.

2-yr post-doctoral fellowship: forest ecology, data assimilation (Posted 7/26/18)

Two-Year Post Doctoral Fellowship in Forest Ecological Forecasting, Data Assimilation

A post-doctoral fellowship is available in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (University of Arizona) to work on an NSF Macrosystems Biology- funded project assimilating together tree-ring and forest inventory data to analyze patterns and drivers of forest productivity across the interior western U. S. The aim of the project is to generate ecological forecasts of future forest ecosystem functioning, especially carbon sequestration, in the face of rising temperatures and evaporative demand. The approach is to leverage an existing, continental-scale ecological observatory network (the permanent sample plot network of the U. S. Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program [FIA]) and assimilate into it a new data stream: annual-resolution time series of individual tree growth from ~6,000 increment cores collected in the same plot network. The post-doc will be able to participate in all aspects of the project, with an emphasis on manipulating Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) census data, tree-ring data, and climate data, and scaling up an existing data assimilation workflow, with the opportunity to develop lines of research related to the themes of the lab based on their interests. The project will be co- supervised by Margaret Evans (Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona), Justin DeRose and John Shaw (Interior West-FIA, Rocky Mountain Research Station) and statistical ecologists Andrew Finley (Michigan State University) and Mike Dietze (Boston University), along with the cyberinfrastructure support of NSF’s CyVerse. Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, forestry, or related field with strong statistical and computing skills, or a PhD in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, or a related field, with experience or interest in plant or forest ecology.

The successful candidate will have a background and/or strong interest in hierarchical Bayesian models, data assimilation, dynamic linear modeling, ecological forecasting, uncertainty quantification, spatial statistics, dendrochronology, and/or computer science (e.g., writing MCMC samplers).

Experience working with large datasets or databases, strong writing skills and associated publications in peer-reviewed literature, communication skills, and mentoring and collaboration skills are also strongly valued.

The position is funded for two years, beginning as soon as September of 2018. Duties will be carried out at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona. Situated an hour and a half from Mexico in the Sonoran desert and Sky Island region of southeastern Arizona, Tucson has an exceptionally low cost of living along with a wide range of opportunities for outdoor recreation and biological and cultural richness. One example is the recent designation of Tucson as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Margaret Evans at . The position can be discussed in person at the upcoming annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in New Orleans, LA (Aug 5-10, 2018). Complete applications must include (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vita, and (3) names and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


ARKANSAS

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CALIFORNIA

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

Seeking Ph.D. students interested in conservation biology and/or agro-ecology to join the Karp Lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. The Karp lab has a diversity of ongoing projects focused on (1) understanding patterns of bird biodiversity across climate and land-use gradients, (2) quantifying impacts of alternative agricultural practices on biodiversity-driven ecosystem services and disservices, and (3) identifying tradeoffs among biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform development of multi-functional landscapes.

Candidates with interest and/or experience in conservation science, ecosystem services, agro-ecology, community ecology, and/or countryside biogeography are encouraged to apply. If interested, please send a current CV with GPA and GRE scores and a brief (<1 page) statement describing your research interests to Daniel Karp (). Interested applicants would apply to UC Davis’s Graduate Group in Ecology, which is consistently ranked as one of the top ecology graduate programs in the United States. Applications are due Dec. 20, 2018. Underrepresented minorities, women, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of California, Davis is a Research I public university located in the Central Valley of California. Local ecological research activities are possible in the diverse farmland, forests, wetlands, and grasslands that typify the area. Easy access to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the coast provides for a suite of recreational activities. Davis is also adjacent to Sacramento, a burgeoning metropolitan area, and close to San Francisco and Berkeley.

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

Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1–2 Ph.D. students starting in Fall 2019 in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Zhu Lab works on a broad range of questions in global ecology and quantitative environmental sciences, at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes. Current research projects include large-scale responses to climate change in forests, long-term global change impacts on grasslands, land surface phenology from remote sensing, and soil fungi and trees in changing environments. More information is available here.

Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an essential part of their advancement as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Zhu expects students to have previous research experience and some math/statistics and programming skills. However, in the Zhu Lab students will learn new methods and tools by working on projects, so the most important quality is the willingness to learn new skills.

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

Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) well before the application deadline on December 10, 2018 with the following information: (1) research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) motivations to pursue a Ph.D. and ultimate career goals; (3) interests in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC; and (4) current CV, academic transcript, GRE score, and TOEFL score (if English is not the first language).

Ph.D. student recruitment: linking Plant Phenology and Climate within and across species (Posted 10/4/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essential responsibilities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Postdoctoral Scholar in Landscape Ecology (Posted 9/6/18)
La Kretz Research Center at Sedgwick Reserve
University of California, Santa Barbara
Job #JPF01301
Review September 13, 2018
For more information, go here

Postdoctoral researcher in marine plant microbiome studies (Posted 9/5/18)

UC Davis is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in microbial and/or community ecology to participate in collaborative projects on the seagrass microbiome with Jay Stachowicz in the Department of Evolution and Ecology.

The postdoc will work with PI Stachowicz on many ongoing projects involving interactions between eelgrass (Zostera marina) and its associated microbes with the goal of understanding the role of the microbiome in the functioning of eelgrass ecosystems. The postdoctoral researcher will both collect new data (for example, on the relationship between microbiome and infection by eelgrass wasting disease) and mine existing data already available (global microbiome database with environmental correlates, paired plant genotype and microbiome data) to assess links between the microbiome and ecological functioning in communities of eelgrass (Zostera marina). In addition, the postdoc will be encouraged to develop his/her own research project that furthers understanding of host-microbiome interactions in marine systems. The postdoc would be based on the UC Davis campus in the Department of Evolution and Ecology but the postdoc will also have access to people and resources at the UCD genome center and the Bodega Marine Lab and surrounding environments.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

• A Ph.D. in Ecology, Microbiology, Marine Sciences or a closely related field
• Experience using bioinformatic pipelines to analyze microbial community composition from sequence data.
• Demonstrated ability to follow through on project deliverables and communicate findings in publications in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
• Strong statistical skills and demonstrated proficiency with R or another statistical program.
• Strong attention to detail, evidenced by prior research.

SALARY: Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and applicant experience. Salary for a 1st year Postdoc is $49,188

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit a CV, the names and contact information for three potential references, and a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the position and how their past research and future research goals fit within the position. All materials should be submitted in PDF format to Applications received by October 15 will receive full consideration, but the position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed as they arrive. The position is available starting Jan 1 2019, although some flexibility in this start date is possible for the ideal candidate. Questions about the position should be directed to Jay Stachowicz . More information about this research can be found here or here. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences.

Postdoctoral researcher in ecological genomics - UC Davis (Posted 9/5/18)

Seeking a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in ecological genomics, population genetics, and/or marine ecology for a collaborative project with Jay Stachowicz, Rick Grosberg, and Rachael Bay in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis.

In seagrass co functioning in communities of eelgrass (Zostera marina). This project will include analysis of a global genome resequencing and environmental sampling dataset, with potential for integrating further experiments. Our previous work focused on describing phenotypic variation among individuals and how this phenotypic variation affects assemblage productivity and response to a changing environment. You can see a review of that work here.

The postdoc would be based on the UC Davis campus but the position could also involve field and/or laboratory work at the Bodega Marine Lab. The postdoc will be encouraged to develop his/her own research project that furthers their understanding of ecological genomics in marine systems.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, or a closely related field Experience using bioinformatic pipelines to analyze genetic or genomic data Demonstrated ability to follow through on project deliverables and communicate findings in high quality peer-reviewed journals. Strong statistical skills and demonstrated proficiency with R or another statistical program. Strong attention to detail, evidenced by prior research.

SALARY: Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and applicant experience. Salary for a 1st year Postdoc is $49,188

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit a CV, the names and contact information for three potential references, and a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the position and how their past research and future research goals fit within the position. All materials should be submitted in PDF format by email to both and , with the subject header “Ecological Genomics Postdoc”. Applications received by October 1 will receive full consideration, but the position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed as they arrive. The position is available immediately, with a preferred start date sometime during the fall 2018, although some flexibility in this start date is possible for the ideal candidate. Questions about the position should be directed to Jay Stachowicz <> or Rachael Bay <>. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences.

One Tam Intern: Community Science (Posted 8/15/18)
Tamalpais Lands Collaborative
California
Applications received by August 27 will receive first consideration.
For more information, go here

One Tam Intern: Restoration  (Posted 8/15/18)
Tamalpais Lands Collaborative
California
Applications received by August 27 will receive first consideration.
For more information, go here

Postdoctoral position in plant population and community ecology (Posted 8/15/18)

The Larios Lab at the University of California, Riverside is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to help with ongoing projects aimed at understanding community assembly of California grasslands to better understand invasion dynamics and restoration. The post-doc will help lead continued long-term sampling efforts, as well as the implementation of new projects. This will entail installing and running experiments, conducting vegetation surveys, managing and analyzing data, supervising undergraduates and other personnel, and communicating findings through presentation and papers. Research on a range of subjects are within the scope of the position, including biogeochemistry, trophic interactions, plant functional traits, population modeling, restoration ecology, and community dynamics. Work will be based on campus except during the growing season.

Field research will take place over a variety of different field sites across California including but not limited to the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center (Browns Valley, CA), the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and locally near Riverside, CA.

Qualifications and Experience: PhD in community ecology or related discipline required.

The successful candidate should demonstrate strong written communication and data management/analysis abilities and experience with plant identification. Experience with field-based experiments, and community and functional trait-based analyses are desirable, but not required.

The University of California, Riverside is a highly diverse and rapidly growing campus located in the historic city of Riverside, California. UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification, and they especially encourage applications from individuals who are members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

The campus is located within one hour of downtown Los Angeles, a city that provides world-class cultural opportunities. Riverside also provides easy access to numerous outdoor recreational areas, including forest, alpine, ocean, and desert environments.

To apply, email Loralee Larios () with the subject line “Plant Ecology Postdoc”, a CV, cover letter explaining research interests, and contact information for three references. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until August 31, 2018, or when a suitable candidate is selected. Start date will be in the Fall of 2018 (exact date is negotiable). Initial support is for two years.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


COLORADO

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

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

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

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

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

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

PhD student positions in disturbance and change ecology (Posted 8/24/18)

The Buma lab is recruiting PhD students interested in ecosystem change at a variety of scales, and particularly those students interested in disturbance ecology, changing disturbance regimes, and scaling from field to regional scales using statistical methods, GIS, and remote sensing. The lab has a broad suite of study systems but a common focus on ecological mechanisms of post-disturbance and climate-induced changes in carbon, water, and ranges. Current projects span a range of study systems, from Colorado to Alaska to Chile, as well as global remotely sensed projects and collaborations and are funded by a diverse set of interests, from NSF to National Geographic to the US Forest Service.

For more information about a few of the projects going on in the lab, see the website here.

Folks interested in regional, ecosystem, landscape, or community ecology are encouraged to get in touch. All interested applicants will be considered, including those with pre-existing projects or specific goals in mind. Applicants interested in emerging climate-driven forest disturbances, such as snow loss and complex disturbance interactions, are especially encouraged to apply to current projects involving complex disturbance interactions in Colorado and snow-loss mortality in Alaska, Canada, and worldwide.

Please send a CV, GRE scores, GPA, and a letter stating current research interests/goals to Brian Buma ().

The Dept of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado, Denver, offers a variety of options for graduate students and a diverse and stimulating experience. The extraordinary resources of the Front Range of Colorado, including many universities, government agencies, botanical gardens, and NGOs provide a variety of potential experiences for graduate students. Recreation abounds with close access to the Rocky Mountains, skiing, hiking, biking, and famously good weather. Denver and the surrounding communities are easily bikable with excellent mass transit. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Underrepresented groups and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply!

Postdoctoral Position, Niwot Ridge LTER Data Analytics, CU Boulder (Posted 7/26/18)

The Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research Program is hiring a data analytics postdoctoral fellow. The Niwot Ridge LTER is home to one of the longest records in alpine ecology in the world. This record includes plant and phytoplankton composition, lake and terrestrial primary production, snow depth and cover, stream and surface water chemistry, soil carbon and nutrient measurements and more. More recently the LTER has added an array of automated sensors that measure key biophysical factors in a instrumented catchment, and will add increased sensor-based biophysical lake measures this summer. They have access to drone overflights and remote sensing data. As part of the development of new integrative models of hydrology, biogeochemistry, and ecology, the LTER is hiring a postdoctoral fellow to help shape a series of new field studies and model development efforts.

The existing and emerging LTER data sets provide a wealth of information on a diverse array of ecological and physical processes across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The Niwot Ridge LTER data sets include both time-series and spatial data sets, both of which can be used to explore the impacts of changing environmental conditions at the high elevation research site. These changes include shifts in season length, changes in snowpack (cover and distribution), temperature, precipitation, and the associated responses of biotic systems to environmental changes. A successful candidate for this position will have experience in similar complex systems and will be comfortable working with a large multi-disciplinary team of researchers to explore questions at the intersection of ecology, hydrology, and biogeochemistry. S/he will be comfortable developing and testing hypotheses that synthesize and/or build from existing data sets, work with other researchers to design new statistical or simulation model-
based experiments and develop and design new field studies.

Skills and Qualifications
• Ph.D. in ecology, hydrology, biophysics, biogeochemistry or allied field with substantial data analysis experience or a Ph.D. in a data science field with demonstrated experience applying tools to complex ecological and/or biophysical problems.
• Demonstrated experience working with and developing scientific publications from complex data sets including a combination of ecological, biological, and physical data from aquatic and/or terrestrial systems.
• Knowledge of alpine ecosystems and long-term ecological data is preferred but not required if the candidate can demonstrate sufficient knowledge and capability in related areas.
• Demonstrated skills using data analysis tools/platforms including tools such as R, Matlab, python etc.

Position details. This is a one-year postdoctoral position that is renewable for a second year. There are additional opportunities for continued funding through collaborative proposal development. The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by Professor Jason Neff but will work closely with the Niwot Ridge Principal Investigator Professor Katharine Suding and members of the Niwot Ridge Executive Committee.

Applicants with questions about the position can contact Professor Neff directly at .

Applicants can submit their materials at the CU Careers website – Job #14060

Review of applications will begin August 15 and continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable but should be no later than January 15, 2019.

Graduate Students in Global change and aquatic ecosystems- Johnson Laboratory- Boulder CO (Posted 7/23/18)

The Johnson Laboratory at the University of Colorado is in search of exceptional graduate students for start in 2019! 

High-elevation aquatic ecosystems are among the most vulnerable to climate change and other forms of disturbance, yet few long-term records offer sufficient resolution to characterize shifts in ecosystem structure and their underlying mechanisms. They are part of the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research program managed by the University of Colorado, which includes one of the longest-running sampling efforts of alpine aquatic systems. Students will be directly involved in the following project: 

  1. Global change and aquatic ecosystems: In collaboration with the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, this project is focused on lakes and reservoirs along the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Broadly, they are working to understand the short and long-term effects of climate change, nitrogen deposition and invasive species on biological interactions within these systems. The selected student would be expected to develop an MA or PhD-level project that help to advance the project’s overall goals. 

Please send the following in one well constructed PDF to . Include the following information: 

- Cover letter

- Curriculum vitae, GPA

-Your general research interests, previous experience and how your will contribute to work already being pursued in the lab.

-Whether you intend to apply for a MA or PhD program.

- Post-graduate career plans.

-Why you are specifically interested in work being done in the lab?

- Whether you have applied for any external fellowships (e.g., NSF or EPA). 


CONNECTICUT

MS Student Opportunity in Applied Forest Ecology (Posted 10/3/18)

A Masters level graduate student position in Applied Forest Ecology is available in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. At least one position with full Research Assistant funding will be available to begin studies in the Spring 2019 semester. The Applied Forest Ecology Lab conducts primary and applied research focused on improving our understanding of forest ecosystems and developing strategies to promote resilience in forest landscapes. The student project will be focused on better understanding relationships between forest ecosystem structure and functioning and will combine information from terrestrial LiDAR with traditional measures of forest stand characteristics and ecosystem functions. To be considered please contact Dr. Robert Fahey prior to applying via email () with the following information: Curriculum vitae or resume, GPA and GRE scores, brief statement of research experience, interests and career goals, and contact information for 2-3 references. For more information on the lab research program, please visit the lab website here. Information about the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment can be found here and details about applying to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut can be found here. The Department accepts applications on a rolling basis, but contact with Dr. Fahey should be made before October 15th,2018 to warrant full consideration.

 


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FLORIDA

Postdoc- Endangered Species and Invasive Impacts (Posted 9/24/18)

Seeking a dynamic Postdoctoral Researcher to take the lead on three conservation ecology projects in Florida. The projects will examine the loss of ecological functions (scavenging, frugivory, granivory) in the Everglades from invasive pythons and the factors limiting the populations of two rarely-studies endangered species, the Florida salt marsh vole and the silver rice rat. The main responsibilities of the selected applicant will be conducting statistical and spatial analysis, generating manuscripts and insuring proper data collection on the projects. Each project will have a team of technicians that will collect the bulk of the data. The selected applicant will be asked to hire, train and supervise the technicians on each project. The job will require some travel and initial field work during the first year of the projects. The selected applicant will be given the flexibility to expand these studies to accommodate their interests and skills. By taking the lead on these three important conservation ecology projects and working at the University of Florida this job provides an outstanding opportunity for professional growth.

The postdoc will work closely with and be supervised by the principle investigator (Dr. McCleery). This is at least a two-year position with a starting annual salary of $47,476 plus insurance. They are looking for a self-motivated, independent researcher, with a previous record of academic achievement and field experience who can work with a diverse group of partners and stakeholders. Applicants must have completed a PhD, be a US citizen or have a US work visa, have at least 2 accepted first authored peer-reviewed publications and considerable field experience. Applicants with spatial model, population modeling, remote sensing, and project management experience are preferred. To apply send a CV, a short letter of interest and a list of 3 references along to Dr. Robert McCleery at . The position will be opened until the job is filled and applications will be reviewed as they are received. The ideal candidate will be able to start work by November 2018 and early January at the latest.

Information about Gainesville, Florida: Situated in the rolling countryside of north central Florida, Gainesville is much more than a stereotypical college town. Home of the University of Florida, seat of Alachua County's government and the region's commercial hub, it is progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse. The presence of many students and faculty from abroad among its 99,000-plus population adds a strong cross-cultural flavor to its historic small-town Southern roots. Its natural environment, temperate climate and civic amenities make Gainesville a beautiful, pleasant and interesting place in which to learn and to live. Gainesville has been ranked as one of the best cities to live in the United States.

Postdoc in Fish Ecology and Modeling (Posted 9/19/18)

The University of Central Florida’s National Center for Integrated Coastal Research is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic person for a postdoctoral research position in fish ecology and ecosystem modeling.The candidate will collaborate on current and future projects in the Lewis Lab for Applied Coastal Ecology (LLACE), headed by Dr. Kristy A. Lewis. This position will be funded for two years. Apply by October 15, 2018. For more information, go here.

Ph.D. Position: Landscaping plant choice and long-term invasion patterns (Posted 9/10/18)

Overview: The Residential Landscape Ecology Lab of Dr. Basil Iannone in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida is looking for a creative and motivated Ph.D. student. Position includes four-years of competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and benefits. Ph.D. Position: Landscaping plant choice and long-term invasion patterns

The student would also be affiliated with the Sustainable Human and Ecological Development Group and the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology. Duties: Using a mixture of fieldwork, historical sales and landscaping data, and computer experiments, the student will determine how the frequency of use of landscaping plant species and the use of non-invasive cultivars of previously banned species affect long-term patterns of plant invasions. Qualifications: A master’s degree in ecology or related field, interests in applied, interdisciplinary research, biological invasions, and spatial ecology, and good writing skills. Knowledge of computer simulations and spatial statistics, while beneficial, are not required to apply. To apply: Email: (1) Cover Letter stating your research/career goals, how you would benefit from this opportunity, and your qualifications; (2) C.V.; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) GRE scores; (5) contact information for three professional references; and (6) a writing sample (e.g., publication, thesis, etc.) on which you are the lead author to . Place “Hort Invasions” in the email subject line. Applicant review will begin immediately. Official transcripts and GRE scores, and letters of recommendation, will be required for admittance. Please contact Dr. Basil Iannone with any questions at  

Postdoctoral or Research Associate (MS) Position in Wetland Fire Behavior Modeling (Posted 9/6/18)

A Postdoctoral (PhD) or Research Associate (MSc) position is available to pursue research in fire science and ecology of the Everglades in the Plant Ecology Lab at Florida Atlantic University. Research will focus on modeling of fire behavior in varied fuel complexes in wetlands. This research is being done in cooperation with Everglades National Park, A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and other regional agency and university collaborators. This is a two year (24 mo.) fully-funded position (salary and benefits) with a preferred start date of January 2019 (negotiable). The position is located on the FAU campus in Davie, Florida.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Doctoral (postdoc) or Master’s degree with thesis (research associate) in a related field (e.g., forestry, biology, environmental science, etc.)
• Experience with fire behavior modeling (e.g., BehavePlus)
• Valid US driver’s license and willingness to operate full-size pickup trucks
• Ability and willingness to work in difficult field conditions (high heat and humidity, stinging insects, dense and abrasive vegetation, wildlife) accessed by airboat or helicopter
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
• Must pass a background check

Preferred (but not required) Qualifications:
• Red Card wildland fire certification
• Motorboat (MOCC) and/or airboat (AOCC) operator certification
• Experience supervising personnel in a research setting (e.g., field or lab assistants)
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants must contact Dr. Brian Benscoter () to discuss their candidacy by emailing a letter discussing your interest and qualifications, resume/CV, unofficial transcript(s), and contact information for professional references (min. 2 references).

Plant Ecology Lab Website

Graduate (MSc) Positions in Wetland Fire Ecology - Deadline Oct 1 (Posted 9/6/18)

Graduate (MSc) positions are available to pursue research in fire science and ecology of the Everglades in the Plant Ecology Lab at Florida Atlantic University. Research will focus on quantifying fire behavior and its consequences for landscape structure and ecosystem function in wetlands. This research is being done in cooperation with Everglades National Park, A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and other regional agency and university collaborators. Positions will start for the Spring 2019 semester through either the Environmental Science or Biological Science Master’s degree programs (links below) and will be supported by a combination of teaching and research assistantships. The lab is located on the FAU campus in Davie, Florida.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Undergraduate degree (BS or BA) in a related field (e.g., forestry, biology, environmental science, etc.)
• Eligibility and acceptance into the graduate program
• Valid US driver’s license and willingness to operate full-size pickup trucks
• Ability and willingness to work in difficult field conditions (high heat and humidity, stinging insects, dense and abrasive vegetation, wildlife) accessed by airboat or helicopter
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
• Must pass a background check Preferred (but not mandatory)

Qualifications:
• Demonstrated ability for independent scientific research
• Prior field work experience, especially for related activities (e.g., wetland, plant, or fire ecology)
• Red Card wildland fire certification
• Motorboat (MOCC) and/or airboat (AOCC) operator certification

The application deadline for both graduate programs is October 1st. Interested applicants must contact Dr. Brian Benscoter () prior to applying to discuss their candidacy (a letter of sponsorship is required for the application) by emailing a letter discussing your interest and qualifications, a list of relevant completed coursework (or unofficial transcript), resume/CV, GRE scores, and contact information for professional references (min. 2 references).

Plant Ecology Lab Website
Environmental Science MS Program
Biological Sciences MS Program

Ph.D. opportunity, Sustainable Forests, University of Florida (Posted 9/4/18)

The Johnson Lab is looking for a prospective Ph.D. Researcher in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. Seeking a motivated investigator interested in the interaction of sustainable forest management and forest dynamics in a rapidly changing world with the specific direction open to personal interests. The University of Florida has amazing resources and faculty providing many opportunities for collaboration and local research, including a core NEON site and an experimental forest. The Gainesville area has tremendous outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and lots of water of both the salt and fresh varieties.

Strong qualifications include a B.S. or M.S. in ecology, forestry, or a related field. Interests in forest ecology, population dynamics and decision making for sustainable forest resources management. The strongest applicants will have field work experience, good GPA / GRE scores, a record of peer-reviewed publications, strong quantitative skills, and an interest in working with managers and stakeholders.

Submit CV and a letter of application by September 28th, 2018 detailing your background, accomplishments, skills, and career aspirations to Dr Daniel Johnson ().

Graduate student opening (Ph.D./M.S.) - Spatial ecology of invasive species (Posted 8/6/18)

The Kramer laboratory in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida is seeking a graduate student to study the spatial dynamics of invasive species using computational approaches, including machine learning and species distribution models. Research in the lab includes the population ecology of invasion, extinction and species coexistence. This project will build on previous work on forecasting potential invaders and patterns of spatial spread. Applicants interested in species distribution models, spatial dynamics, or aquatic invasive species are particularly encouraged to apply. Position will start in August, 2019.

Competitive applicants will have quantitative skills and strong oral and written communication abilities. Applicants with previous experience in ecological research, statistics, computer code, and/or spatial analysis are preferred.

Positions will be competitively funded through a combination of teaching and research assistantship support. Tuition (not including fees), medical insurance, and travel to professional meetings are covered. Students are also encouraged to apply for external fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship.

*To Apply*
For consideration please email a cover letter stating your research interest and qualifications, your CV with names and contact information for 3 references, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores to Dr. Drew Kramer by October 31st. Application to the department will also be necessary, with a preferred deadline of November 30th. Please contact me with any inquiries for additional information or to arrange a phone call.

To learn more about the Department of Integrative Biology, go here. The University of South Florida is a diverse research university located in Tampa, FL. USF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Postdoctoral position in Landscape Ecology of Plant-Microbial Interactions (Posted 8/1/18)
Department of Biology
University of Miami
Miami, FL
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.
For more information, go here.
 


GEORGIA

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

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

Odum School of Ecology Teaching Postdoctoral Program (Posted 9/24/18)

The Odum School of Ecology (OSE) at the University of Georgia invites applications from outstanding early-career scientists for a school-supported postdoctoral appointment. S/he will pursue a collaborative research project with one or more OSE faculty members while teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels. Instructional activities may include contributing to existing core courses, developing a new course in the applicant’s area of interest, and mentoring students in directed research. The anticipated term of appointment is two years, with the second year contingent on satisfactory performance. We seek candidates with a PhD in Ecology or related field, and with outstanding potential in research and teaching, who can contribute to the inclusive teaching and research missions of the OSE community. The appointment is accompanied by an annual research and travel budget of $2000. For more information on the Odum School and our academic programs, go here.

To apply, candidates should propose a research project that involves one or more mentor(s) from the Odum School of Ecology, and describe the project in 2 pages or less, including objectives, background, approach, and feasibility (with additional length permitted for references or figures). Applicants should combine into a single PDF file a (I) cover letter that describes teaching interests, proposed teaching activities and career goals, (II) curriculum vitae, (III) research proposal, (IV) contact information for 3 professional references, and (V) a statement from proposed research mentor in support of applicant, including how the applicant and project would benefit the school as a whole. Materials should be submitted as an attachment sent to . Award decisions will consider the hosting lab’s research/mentoring record and support for the proposed project, the applicant’s credentials, the novelty and feasibility of the proposed research project, and the proposed teaching and mentoring activities. Projects promoting synergy across multiple labs are encouraged.

Applications must be received by Nov 20 to ensure full consideration, with an anticipated start date between Feb-Jul 2019. Questions should be directed to Sonia Altizer, , or Ford Ballantyne, .


HAWAII

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IDAHO 

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

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

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

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

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

 


ILLINOIS 

Post-doctoral Position at University of Illinois in Analyses of Long-term Capture-Mark-Recapture Data (Posted 9/5/18)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a post- doctoral research associate to analyze, model, and interpret data from a continuing study of the population and community ecology of lowland forest birds in Central Panama. This study constitutes one of the longest-term databases for birds in the Neotropics (over 40 years including roughly 11,000 individuals and 140 species). Expected analyses include assessment of associations in demographic parameters (e.g., apparent survival, population growth rates) with environmental data such as rainfall, assessment of demographic processes such as density dependence, and interspecific variation in temporal trends over the sampling period. The associate will work closely with Drs. Jeff Brawn and T.J. Benson.

Qualifications: Applicants must have an earned doctorate in ecology, wildlife or a related field. Demonstrated quantitative skills and
experience in the analysis of capture-mark-recapture data (experience with Bayesian hierarchical models and state-space modeling is highly desirable) and proficiency in the use and creation of databases are essential. Expertise in the use of Programs MARK and RMark and related statistical software packages is also essential. The position offers abundant opportunities for publications; thus, demonstrated ability to write clearly and efficiently is expected.

Timing, Salary, and Application Process: Starting salary for this full- time 12 month position is $48K and includes full benefits. The position can start as early as January, 2019 and is expected to continue through August, 2020 with the possibility of extension. To apply, please sent a cover letter summarizing qualifications, a current CV, and contact information for at least three references to . Please specify "Postdoctoral position" in the subject heading.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, go here. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please go here.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Ecology Based at The Morton Arboretum (near Chicago, USA) (Posted 8/31/18)

The Morton Arboretum invites applications for a two year postdoctoral researcher to work on an NSF-supported project, “Quantifying biogeographic history: a novel model-based approach to integrating data from genes, fossils, specimens, and environments”. The successful applicant will join an international team of researchers in mathematics/ statistics, ecology, biogeography, distribution modeling, and population genetics. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with the project team to design, develop and implement novel methods for integrating datasets which have different characteristics and resolution (environmental, paleoecological, and genetic data) to make inference about historical shifts in species ranges and changes in population sizes.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or Ph.D. defense scheduled) in a quantitative science (i.e., mathematical biology, statistics, theoretical ecology, or related fields), or in an ecological field plus experience with ecological modeling, species distribution or population modeling, or quantitative ecology. Interest or experience in one or more of the following is beneficial: Bayesian statistics, parameter estimation, data-driven modeling, spatial modeling, state-space modeling, or mathematical modeling. Applicants should be interested in working at the interface of statistics and ecology. Experience in programming is beneficial.

The position is for two years, with possibility for continuing support pending future funding. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at The Morton Arboretum and will primarily work with Dr. Sean Hoban, Dr. Andria Dawson (Mount Royal University, Calgary), and Dr. Adam Smith (Missouri Botanical Garden). The position will require some travel for team meetings. All travel expenses are covered by grant funds. The postdoctoral researcher will be provided opportunities for professional development, suited to their interests (e.g. attend scientific meetings, teaching or mentoring, skill training), for which funding is provided.

The Morton Arboretum is a world-class plant science research institute and public botanic garden near Chicago, USA, with strengths in ecology, conservation, informatics, and genomics. The Arboretum has collaborations with scientists at the Field Museum, University of Illinois Chicago, two National Laboratories, Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago Botanic Garden.

Applications may be submitted until the position is filled; applications received by October 15 are guaranteed consideration. A start date by January 2019 is preferred. Applicants must apply here. Inquiries about the position or the application are welcome. Please contact Dr. Sean Hoban (), Dr. Adam Smith (), or Dr. Andria Dawson ().

Ecosystem Services Post-doc at UIllinois (Posted 7/31/18)
Department of Entomology
University of Illinois, Urbana
-Champaign (UIUC)
Apply by September 1, 2018
For more information, go here

Postdoctoral research position in community ecology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Posted 7/31/18)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellow to work collaboratively on research funded by NSF grant “Community Assembly Across Scales of Ecological Organization”. The successful applicant will participate in field and laboratory research that focuses on the simultaneous community assembly of invertebrates and their gut microbiomes in storm water ecosystems. Skills in at least one, and ideally more, of the following areas are required: aquatic, molecular and / or theoretical ecology, laboratory culture of mosquitoes or zooplankton, characterization of microbial communities. At least two years of funding are available. The successful applicant will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by the start date.

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out independent, co- mentored research. The project involves field surveys, laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling and characterization of free-living and host-associated microbial communities. This position also will involve mentoring of undergraduate researchers.

To apply, submit a letter of interest that describes your research background, a C.V., and the names and email contacts of three references to PI Carla Cáceres (). Review of applications will begin October 15, 2018 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.
The position is available immediately, but could start as late as 1 April 2019 if a suitable candidate is not found sooner. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Interested candidates attending the Ecological Society of America meeting may contact project Co-PI Brian Allan () to meet in New Orleans and discuss the opportunity in more detail.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


INDIANA 

Post-Doc in Aquatic Ecology and Ecological Modeling (Posted 9/10/18)

Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
West Lafayette, IN, USA

Description: The postdoc will collaborate on two projects to 1) explore life history trait variation (egg size variation, maturation) of Great Lakes fishes and 2) assess potential impacts of microplastic pollution on aquatic populations and communities. Both projects will involve a combination of controlled experiments and quantitative models. The incumbent will interact with and help mentor undergraduate and graduate students, prepare manuscripts, and give presentations at national conferences. Opportunities to participate in developing research proposals and teaching university courses may be available.

The selected individual will be employed by Purdue University and the position will be located in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in West Lafayette, IN, USA.

Compensation includes salary and benefits. Exact start date is negotiable.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Ecology, Fisheries or related field. Strong writing ability, quantitative skills, and a willingness to work with collaborative research teams are required.

How to Apply: The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please submit letter of interest, CV, and names and contact numbers of three references to Tomas Höök (; 765-496-6799 by 19-October-2018.

Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

PhD/MS Assistantship – Economics of Planting in the Central Hardwoods (Posted 8/9/18)

Contact: Mike Saunders, Associate Professor of Hardwood Silviculture() or Mo Zhou, Assistant Professor of Forest Economics & Management ()

Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in West Lafayette, Indiana, is seeking applicants for a Ph.D. or M.S. assistantship in forest management, forest economics or silviculture either in January or August 2019. This project, expected to be funded by the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC), will result in a generalized economic model of plantation establishment for the Central Hardwood Forest Region.

Specifically, the successful candidate will use existing growth data collected from over 200 long-term tree improvement trials and 130,000 individuals throughout the Central Hardwood Forest Region. As these trials include an array of different species on differing site qualities, and with different cultural regimes (e.g., fertilization, deer fencing, competition control), there are great opportunities to assess the marginal economic gains and make projections of long-term productivity gains from different cultural treatments, both alone and in conjunction. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a generalizable economic model, and then calibrate the model for several major hardwood tree species. Outputs from this work will include development of a web-based interfaces for private landowners on the economic returns for various cultural practices associated with plantation establishment, as well as several peer-reviewed journal articles.

Department assistantships are awarded at $23,420 (PhD) or $20,410 (MS) per year and include a subsidized insurance plan. The position will be based at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. Fieldwork, while not central to the project, may be required to check data integrity; therefore, the successful candidate will need travel to various locations throughout the Central Hardwood Region. In addition, the individual will occasionally be expected to assist others to collect field data in adverse environmental conditions typical of the Midwest.

Qualifications:
1. M.S. or B.S. in Forestry, Natural Resource Economics, or closely-related field 2. Minimum GPA of 3.2 3. GRE scores above the 50th percentile on verbal and quantitative sections and above 4.0 on the writing section 4. Strong data management skills and proficiency with database programs 5. Familiarity or proficiency with forest growth and yield models, such as FVS 6. Adequate statistical knowledge and familiarity with scientific programming languages such as R, Python, or Matlab 7. Strong oral and written communication skills 8. Demonstrated technical and scientific writing (i.e., management plans, reports or manuscripts) 9. Possess or obtain a valid driver’s license and have a good driving record.

Interested individuals should contact Dr. Mike Saunders or Dr. Mo Zhou before submitting a formal application to Purdue’s Graduate School. Application deadline is September 15, 2018 for a January 2019 start or January 15, 2019 for an August 2019 start.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer, fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

MS opportunity: Control and ecological effects of invasive woody plant (January 2019 start) (Posted 8/7/18)

Seeking a motivated M.S. student to become part of an NSF- and Purdue University-funded project that examines the effectiveness of different techniques in the control of woody invasive shrubs. The student will work with university faculty and a private biotech firm to field-test new enzymatic herbicide options for the control of woody vegetation. The student will also examine plant community response to chemical and mechanical treatment of invasive shrubs.

The position is budgeted for two years beginning in the spring semester of 2019 and includes a graduate stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.

Applicants should have a GPA of 3.2 or greater and have taken the GRE.
Desired qualifications: an undergraduate degree in botany, ecology, forestry, plant science, or a related field, experience conducting field research, and interest in the biology and control of invasive plants.
To apply: Prospective applicants should send via e-mail a brief letter of interest, CV (including GPA, GRE scores, and contact information for three references), and unofficial transcripts to Mike Jenkins (). I will begin reviewing application materials immediately and the successful student will apply to the graduate program of Purdue University by September 15, 2018.

Women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Purdue University is an equal-opportunity affirmative-action employer.

About Purdue: Purdue is a land-grant university of over 40,000 students and is ranked the 5th best public university in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue is an easy drive from Indianapolis and Chicago. The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) is housed administratively in the College of Agriculture (#8 world ranking); emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches across a broad spectrum of natural resource sciences; and offers vibrant, nationally ranked graduate programs in ecology, forestry, and wildlife. The West Lafayette-Lafayette area is home to a diverse community of 174,000, with good schools, safe neighborhoods, over 40 parks and extensive trail systems, active farmers’ markets, and year-round community festivals and art events.


IOWA

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

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


KANSAS

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KENTUCKY

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LOUISIANA

Postdoc Job: Coastal Food Web Ecology (Posted 7/31/18)

Job Description: A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the Polito Lab at Louisiana State University, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. The postdoctoral researcher will focus on the analysis of bulk tissue and compound-specific stable isotope measurements of amino acids to help understand the ecological effects of multiple stressors and subsequent restoration practices on the trophic structure and flow of energy through coastal saltmarsh food webs. This position will include both laboratory and fieldwork as part of a large, interdisciplinary consortium of researchers studying coastal environments in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Qualifications: The ideal candidate has experience in stable isotope analyses and/or coastal ecosystem ecology, but candidates with diverse research backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Experience operating small boats and conducting fieldwork in estuarine systems is also desirable but not required. Salary & Benefits: Salary will be approximately $48,500 USD per year plus benefits and up to a $3,000 relocation incentive payment. Grant funding includes travel costs to attend 1-2 scientific conferences per year. LSU is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity / equal access employer. Start Date: Applicant review is ongoing and the position can start as early as September 2018, though later start dates will be considered. Application Instructions: Interested individuals should contact Dr. Mike Polito () with questions or to let him know they intend to apply. Those attending the Ecological Society of America meeting may contact Mike ASAP to plan a time to meet in New Orleans and discuss the opportunity in more detail. Full application packets should include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Applications can be submitted via the LSU workday portal---Baton-Rouge/Postdoctoral- Researcher_R00022008 Location: The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences applies biological, physical, chemical, and geological oceanography and coastal science research to pressing issues such as coastal land loss, fisheries management, and environmental change. Louisiana State University is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is the flagship university for the state, supporting land, sea, and space grant research. Situated on the Mississippi River, just an hour away from New Orleans, Baton Rouge represents the best of Louisiana's vibrant Creole and Cajun culture. This state capital is a thriving city with over 300 years of history, known for its great people, its unique food, and its lively music and festivals. 

M.S. Graduate Student Assistantship in Amphibian Conservation (Posted 7/23/18)
Louisiana Tech University
School of Biological Sciences
Ruston, LA
Apply by September 1, 2018
For more information, go here
 


MAINE

Graduate Assistantship in Forest Ecology, Univ. of Maine (Posted 8/9/18)

Graduate Assistantship (Forest Ecology) Available, University of Maine: The School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, is seeking highly motivated doctoral student to participate in research addressing one or more of the following: (1) Identify the factors ‒ including climate metrics ‒ that best explain temporal variability in stand-level productivity; (2) Examine forest stand dynamics using long-term permanent plots and dendrochronology methods; (3) Characterize carbon and nitrogen dynamics of decaying wood in field decomposition experiments; (4) Improve forest carbon accounting methods, particularly regarding CO2 fluxes from dead wood. Much of this work will take place at the Howland Research Forest in central Maine. Howland Forest has the second longest running eddy-flux tower in the U.S., and it provides long-term data and a well-established research infrastructure.

This assistantship provides funding at approximately $20,000/year, 50% of health insurance paid, and a tuition waiver for 19 credits/year. Operating support is also available.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate would have solid quantitative skills, strong field and laboratory skills, and a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research. High levels of intellectual curiosity and self-motivation are essential. Position open until filled; however, an ideal start date would be January, 2019. If interested, please send a CV attached to a message briefly explaining your background and research interests to . Contact: Dr. Shawn Fraver, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, E-mail:


MARYLAND

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

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

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

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

Research and Evaluation Assistant (Posted 9/5/18)
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
University of Maryland
Apply by September 28, 2018 - 5pm ET
For more information, go here

Post-Doctoral Associate in Community Ecology of Forest Arthropods (Posted 7/31/18)

Job Summary: The Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland, invites applications for a Post Doctoral Associate in Community Ecology of Forest Arthropods. The incumbent will work with Dr. Daniel Gruner on several projects with theoretical and applied foci: (1) community-level biological control by natural enemies of the emerald ash borer in mid-Atlantic states, (2) spatio-temporal drivers of arthropod diversity on a chronosequence of forested sites in the Hawaiian Islands. The interdisciplinary nature of this research will provide opportunities for the postdoc to work with collaborators from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the US Forest Service, and the University of California-Berkeley, among others.

Primary responsibilities will include analysis of existing datasets, authorship of peer-reviewed articles, communication of findings in reports and at professional meetings, development of grant proposals, and management of existing research projects. All data would be available to the postdoc to develop their own analyses for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals consistent with project goals. Incumbent would work out a postdoctoral research and mentoring plan in collaboration with Dr. Gruner and partners.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, entomology, forestry or a closely related field, experience and expertise with ecological models and statistical analyses using R, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Preferred candidates additionally will have some of the following strengths: experience working with diverse arthropod taxa in the lab and field; experience with ecological “big data” and with geospatial and computational methods; demonstrated commitment to reproducible and open science; prior success in working with teams and an interest in mentoring students; and a strong track record of peer-reviewed publication.

Application Details: This position is based at the College Park campus of the University of Maryland and includes competitive salary (minimum $47,476/yr) and health benefits. This is a full-time, 12-month, 1-yr position. Reappointment is available for up to 3 years, conditional on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. Review of applicants will begin immediately and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. All applications received on or before 10 August 2018 will be guaranteed consideration. The position will begin after 1 September 2018. Interested candidates should send (1) an email describing their research interests and qualifications along with (2) a CV, (3) 1-2 representative publications, and (4) a list of 3 references to Daniel Gruner (dsgruner[AT]umd.edu). A single combined PDF file would be ideal.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
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Daniel S. Gruner, Associate Professor
Department of Entomology
4112 Plant Sciences Bldg
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 U.S.A.
(o) 301-405-3957 (f) 301-314-9290

http://grunerlab.umd.edu
https://twitter.com/GrunerDaniel 


MASSACHUSETTS

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position: Land use and land protection in New England (Posted 9/14/18)
Harvard Forest
Petersham, MA
Open as of September 5, 2018 and will continue until an excellent candidate is found
For more information, go here

PhD Position: Dam Removal and Stream Ecology (University of Massachusetts Amherst) (Posted 8/31/18)

PhD Position: Dam Removal and Stream Ecology Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit University of Massachusetts Amherst

A PhD position is available to assess the effects of small dam removal on stream ecosystems in Massachusetts. The research involves deploying and maintaining water quality loggers for temperature and dissolved oxygen; sampling and identifying benthic macroinvertebrates; and sampling fish assemblages. Over the last 4 years, they have been collecting pre-removal and initial post-removal data at >12 dam sites, and the incoming student will be able to build on existing data and analyze a large, comprehensive dataset, with flexibility of adding additional components. The student will work closely with collaborators from the USDA Forest Service, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, Trout Unlimited, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and American Rivers. The successful candidate would enroll in the PhD program in the Department of Environmental Conservation or the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology graduate program, if accepted, and be part of the MA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates will have a background in stream ecology with an interest and expertise in water quality and biota, field sampling, and statistics. Good communication (both oral and written), organization, and quantitative skills are required. Experience in macroinvertebrate identification and R software are strongly desired, but not required. Particular consideration will be given to candidates who hold an MS degree in a relevant field, but they will consider non-MS degree holding candidates if they can demonstrate research experience, relevant skills, and accomplishment.

Salary/Benefits: The position will begin in January 2019. The student will be funded primarily on a research assistantship through Trout Unlimited and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Current graduate student stipends are $29,734 for a 20 hour/week assistantship, plus a tuition waiver. When funded at UMass, benefits are available through the Graduate Employee Organization. Funding is also available for travel to support site visits and attend professional conferences.

Application: To apply, send 1) a cover letter describing your interests and experiences as they relate to the position, 2) a CV with names and contact information for 3 references, and 3) unofficial transcripts to Allison Roy (). The deadline for applications is 20 September 2018.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Allison Roy, U.S. Geological Survey, Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Project Collaborators: Dr. Keith Nislow, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station Dr. Erin Rodgers, Trout Unlimited Kris Houle & Beth Lambert, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration Steven Mattocks, Dr. Rebecca Quinones, & Todd Richards, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Amy Singler, American Rivers & The Nature Conservancy

Postdoctoral Position, Rhizosphere Biogeochemistry, UMass Amherst (Posted 7/16/18)

The Soil and Microbial Biogeochemistry Group at UMass Amherst is inviting applications for a postdoctoral position in rhizosphere biogeochemistry.

Seeking a highly motivated and well-trained scientist with a strong background and experience in soil biogeochemistry. The successful candidate will conduct independent research within the context of a DOE-funded project that focuses on the chemical/microbial processes controlling the fate of organic matter at the root-soil interface. Solid knowledge of soil mineralogy, organic matter chemistry, and environmental microbiology is expected. Good working knowledge in modern analytical techniques, specifically stable isotopes and synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy, would be an advantage.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree in soil science, biogeochemistry, geosciences, microbiology, or a closely related field. He/she/they will conduct independent research, advise undergraduate and graduate students, and collaborate with other team members at the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Interested candidates are asked to send their CV and a list of two potential references (including full contact addresses). These materials, and inquiries for further information, should be sent to Dr. Marco Keiluweit (). 


MICHIGAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recruiting up to two graduate students in ecosystem ecology: Michigan State University (Posted 9/24/18)

The Miesel Fire and Ecosystem Ecology Lab at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI invites applicants for up to two graduate student positions to investigate questions related to ecosystem ecology and biogeochemical processes in natural or plantation forests, to begin in Fall 2019 (data collection may begin in Summer 2019). One student will be expected to focus on soil and/or vegetation response to fire and restoration treatments in fire-prone temperate conifer forests. This position will require extended summer travel to perform fieldwork in the northern Lake States region and/or California. The second student will be expected to focus on biogeochemical processes and/or plant-soil relationships in agricultural soils amended with contrasting biochar treatments. This position will require summer field work at a nearby study site and other locations within the state.

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

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

Interested students should contact Dr. Miesel at prior to beginning a formal program application, by emailing as a SINGLE PDF: (1) a statement of research interests/background and professional goals, (2) a CV, (3) a list of 3-4 professional references (names and contact information), (4) GRE scores, and (5) unofficial transcripts.

To receive full consideration for Fellowship funding, prospective students should apply to the MSU Graduate School before October 15, 2018. Questions about these opportunities should be directed to Dr. Jessica Miesel ().

PhD Position at UMich in Freshwater Fish Ecology and Conservation (Posted 9/6/18)

The Alofs Lab of Applied Aquatic Ecology at the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is recruiting an exceptional PhD student with the motivation to improve their understanding of the effects of environmental change on freshwater fishes and how to manage and conserve aquatic ecosystems. They use a variety of approaches including analyzing monitoring data across regional scales, sampling along disturbance gradients, collecting trait data from natural history collections, and testing mechanisms in field and lab experiments. More details on the lab here.

This is a five year fully funded doctoral program in Resource Ecology Management to start in Fall 2019. Funding includes stipend, tuition/mandatory fees waiver, and benefits), plus benefits. More details about the program and current students can be found here.

Qualifications:
Students should have a strong interest and background in ecology, evolution, conservation, limnology, fisheries, natural resource management, science communication and/or statistics and modelling.

Students who have completed an MSc and/or have authored a research publication are especially encouraged. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

About SEAS, the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor: The School for Environment and Sustainability is a collaborative and interdisciplinary school. Their mission includes contributing to the protection of environmental resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. They accomplish this by generating and sharing knowledge, contributing to policy and engaging managers and stakeholders. SEAS and U-M have a number of properties that are great places to do field research. These include: University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) and E.S. George Reserve. They have numerous local opportunities for collaboration and engagement through the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) and the Institute for Fisheries Research (IFR) and with colleagues at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) and USGS Great Lakes Science Center. They also utilize the extensive freshwater fish collections at the U-M Museum of Zoology. The University of Michigan is a top-ranked public university with excellence in research and teaching. Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, is a town known for arts, culture, parks and restaurants.

How to Apply: Applications are welcome and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. Details of applications to U-M SEAS graduate program can be found here. The final deadline for PhD applications is December 14, 2018. Students must be accepted into the graduate program to join the lab. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in the Alofs Lab, before submitting the above online application, please send a cover letter (including background and specific research interests), CV, unofficial transcripts to . Please include “PhD Position” in the subject line of your email. Review of this material will be ongoing. 

Postdoctoral Position at UMich in Impacts of Environmental Change on Freshwater Fish Communities (Posted 9/5/18)

A postdoctoral position in fish community ecology and environmental change is available in the research group of Dr. Karen Alofs in the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan. Overall, they are interested in how ecological understanding can contribute to the conservation of aquatic ecosystems and the sustainable management of fisheries. They use a variety of approaches including analyzing monitoring data across regional scales, sampling along disturbance gradients, collecting trait data from natural history collections, and testing mechanisms in field and lab experiments.

The postdoctoral researcher may focus on one of two research themes: 1) understanding interactions between cold-coolwater adapted fishes and warmwater adapted fishes with climate warming or 2) predicting the establishment and impact of invasive fishes in freshwater ecosystems. In addition to research, the postdoc will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and work with lab members to develop future grants.

Position details
The position includes a salary of $50,000 per year and full benefits, including employee health insurance eligibility. Appointment is for one year with renewal for a second year possible following performance evaluation. The position will begin in fall 2018 or as late as January 2019 with some flexibility.

Qualifications
• PhD in ecology, environmental science, fisheries, natural resources, computer science, engineering, or related field is required
• A keen interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research and applied ecology
• Strong statistical and quantitative analysis background
• Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publication including lead authored papers

One or more of the following skills are desirable
• Expertise in R (highly desirable)
• Experience working with large datasets and integrating heterogeneous data
• Knowledge of current species distribution modelling methods and literature
• Field experience in lakes and/or streams and with fishes
• Experience conducting lab or field experiments with fishes in aquaria, mesocosms, or ponds
• Familiarity with fish functional morphology, trophic ecology, physiology and/or behavior

Application instructions
Applications are welcome and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. Applications should include a cover letter and 1-2 page research statement (detailing past research accomplishments and current research interests pertaining to the position), a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three professional references. Email a single PDF of the application to Dr. Alofs (). Please include “Postdoctoral Position” in the subject line of your email. Application deadline is *October 1st* but applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please contact Dr. Alofs () with questions regarding this position.

Ph.D. Assistantship: Tropical forest physiological responses to warming and hurricanes (Posted 8/24/18)

Seeking outstanding applicants for a Ph.D. assistantship at Michigan Technological University investigating the combined effects of climatic change and hurricane disturbance on tropical forest tree physiology. This assistantship will primarily involve taking on the ecophysiological components of TRACE (Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment) in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. TRACE is the first ever tropical forest warming experiment, and they have an unprecedented opportunity to further investigate the effects of the 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria on this experimental system.

For more information about the position, go here.

Applicants should create a single pdf that includes the following: cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, unofficial general GRE scores (if available), and contact information for three references. In the cover letter, please include a clear statement of purpose, including what topics of scientific inquiry are most interesting and inspiring to you and what makes you uniquely qualified for this position. Please email the pdf as an attachment to Dr. Molly Cavaleri () with “TRACE PhD Assistantship” in the subject line. The pdf should be named with the first and last name of the applicant. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Desirable applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the graduate program in Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, preferably for a January 2019 start date.

Postdoc in soil microbial ecology at KBS LTER, Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, Michigan (Posted 8/24/18)

Position: A postdoctoral position is available in the Evans Lab at Kellogg Biological Station (Michigan State University) to examine microbial community function in managed systems at the KBS Long Term Ecological Research (LTER). The site has a long history of ecological research, and the postdoc would work on ongoing projects within the theme of resilience to global change in managed systems. These include: eco-evolutionary microbial responses to changes in rainfall patterns, particularly microbial traits that influence N-cycling; the effect of microbial agricultural amendments on plant and soil drought resilience; and changes in rhizosphere microbial function and N- cycling in perennial bioenergy systems. Existing samples and data from the site describing soil function, microbial communities, N cycling, and plant dynamics can be leveraged to increase the impact of this research.

Qualifications: A PhD in an appropriate discipline is required, as is demonstration of strong written and oral communication skills. Skillsets relevant to the position are the following: quantitative PCR, primer design, RNA extraction, stable isotope probing, culture isolation and assessment of plant growth- promotion, greenhouse experimentation, and metagenomic analysis (amplicon or shotgun).

Start date and salary: The postdoctoral appointment is for one year, and renewable annually for at least 2 years, after which is contingent on funding. Start date range is October 2018-January 2019; please describe preferred start date and/or constraints in the cover letter.

To apply: You will need a 1) cover letter (including research accomplishments, future research interests and directions, and relevant field, lab, and data analysis skills), 2) CV, 3) a representative publication (published or in press), and 4) contact information (name, position, phone, email) for three references. Apply online at careers.msu.edu, posting number 524665.

MSU is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, first-generation college students, and persons underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply. They will start reviewing applications September 13, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates wishing to apply after this date can email to see whether the position is still open.

The Evans Lab: is interested in topics ranging from microbial community biogeography and assembly to the role of microbes in global carbon cycling and plant growth. To investigate these questions, they use molecular techniques, physiological assays, modeling, and terrestrial climate manipulations. The lab is currently a vibrant and supportive community of graduate students and lab technicians/managers and undergraduates. The Evans Lab strives to create a diverse environment that supports individuals regardless of cultural background, race, orientation, or ethnicity.

Kellogg Biological Station is a premier biological research station located ~65 miles from the main campus of Michigan State. It is home to 11 faculty and their graduate students and post- doctoral researchers, with interests ranging from biogeochemistry to community ecology to evolution, as well as full-time research staff, visiting research scientists, and many summer undergraduates. The KBS LTER program aims to understand the ecology of Midwest cropping systems and agricultural landscapes, examining interactions among plants, microbes, insects, management, and the environment to understand fundamental ecological questions and how agriculture can provide both high yields and environmental outcomes that benefit society

Postdoc development: KBS and the Evans Lab are committed to postdoctoral research career development. The postdoc will have professional development opportunities in the form mentoring, teaching, grant writing, public communication and others, while working on highly collaborative research projects.

Ph.D. Research Assistantship in Multi-Objective Decision Analysis for Connectivity Restoration for Migratory Fishes in the Great Lakes Basin  (Posted 8/3/18)

Agency/location: Quantitative Fisheries Center, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

Seek a Ph.D. student, beginning in January 2019, to use a decision analytic framework (i.e., structured decision making) and existing modeling structures to evaluate the ecological, social, and economic consequences and tradeoffs of different methods of enhancing connectivity (i.e., from complete barrier removal to selective connectivity) for migratory fishes in the Great Lakes Basin. The case study for this project is the Great Lakes Fishery Commission’s FishPass project, which aims to construct an experimental facility for selective fish passage to enhance connectivity on the Boardman River, Traverse City, Michigan. The student will work with ecologists, biologists, managers, and stakeholders to determine objectives related to migratory fish passage, evaluate the effects of potential actions on each objective, and make tradeoffs among these objectives. The student will also modify and create modeling frameworks for invasive sea lamprey and native migratory fishes to make predictions for management actions. Opportunities for a field component also are likely.

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

Salary: $26,000 per year with tuition waiver.

Closing date: Until filled

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

Two Postdocs in Eco-Evo Theory @ Michigan State University (Posted 8/3/18)

1) Postdoc in metabolic modeling of microbes and theoretical ecology

A postdoctoral position is available in the Litchman and Klausmeier labs at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station. The postdoc will participate in a NASA Exobiology funded project in collaboration with researchers from France and Germany on modeling the evolutionary emergence of diverse microbial metabolisms. They are looking for a quantitative modeler who uses cellular metabolic models such as Flux Balance Analysis, Elementary Flux Mode Analysis and others to interface them with the models of ecological interactions. Experience with eco-evolutionary modeling would be advantageous and the manuscript writing skills are essential.

The position is for one year initially, renewable depending on performance and continued funding. Start date is as soon as possible. Interested applicants should apply through careers.msu.edu (job posting 499652) and include a cover letter describing motivation, research interests and relevant experience, CV, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin August 20, 2018 and continue until filled. For questions on the position, email Elena Litchman ().

2) Postdoc in theoretical ecology

A postdoctoral position is available in the Klausmeier and Litchman labs at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station. The postdoc will participate in a collaborative NSF-funded project on the origin and maintenance of intraspecific trait diversity in phytoplankton. They are looking for a modeler to develop eco-evolutionary models of trait diversity. A familiarity with plankton systems would be advantageous but not required.

The position is for one year initially, renewable depending on performance and continued funding. Start date is as soon as possible. Interested applicants should apply through careers.msu.edu (job posting 520388) and include a cover letter describing motivation, research interests and relevant experience, CV, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin August 20, 2018 and continue until filled. For questions on the position, email Chris Klausmeier ().

PhD (1) and MS (1) Graduate Assistantships in Large River Unionid Ecology @ Central Michigan University (Posted 8/1/18)

A PhD (1) and MS (1) assistantship are available under the supervision of Dr. Dave Zanatta and Dr. Daelyn Woolnough in the Institute for Great Lakes Research and Department of Biology at Central Michigan University (CMU). The projects that the students will be involved with are funded by the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and is a collaboration between CMU, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, and the US Geological Survey. Both students will be instrumental in designing and helping to implement (with collaborators) large-scale surveys for native freshwater mussels in the Detroit River (in summer 2019) and St. Clair River (summer 2020). The PhD student will also be responsible for developing, implementing, and testing habitat models for native mussels in these large river systems.

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

For MS students: A full stipend (university-funded Teaching Assistantship during the academic year and grant-funded Research Assistantship in summers) and tuition waiver will be provided for the MS student for 2 years. A university-funded Research Assistantship may be offered to highly qualified applicants. MS Student Salary: ~$21,000/yr + tuition waiver

Start dates: January (preferred for PhD student) or May 2019

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

Qualifications for PhD Student:
Required: BS in Biology or related field; previous research experience in aquatic ecology; strong background in ecological statistics; background/experience in GIS; valid driver’s license; valid passport and ability to travel to Canada; strong swimmer and comfortable in the water/snorkeling; strong writing and oral communication skills; interest in pursuing a career in academia or research; GPA >3.0; GRE scores >50th percentile.

Preferred: MS in Biology or related field; research experience with freshwater mussels (unionids); evidence of experience in ecological/habitat/GIS modeling; SCUBA certified and some dive experience; valid recreational boating license and experience piloting and trailering boats; track record in publications and/or conference presentations; GPA >3.5; GRE scores >60th percentile.

Qualifications for MS Student:
Required: BS in Biology or related field; interests in aquatic ecology and/or freshwater mussels; some background in ecological statistics; valid driver’s license; valid passport and ability to travel to Canada; strong swimmer and comfortable in the water/snorkeling; strong writing and oral communication skills; GPA >3.0; GRE scores >40th percentile.

Preferred: Research experience with freshwater mussels (unionids); background/experience in GIS/ecological modeling; SCUBA certified; valid recreational boating license and experience piloting and trailering boats; GPA >3.5; GRE scores >50thpercentile.

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


MINNESOTA

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MISSISSIPPI 

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

PhD Position in Macroecology, Spring 2019 (Posted 10/9/18)

The Correa Floodplain Ecology Laboratory at the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mississippi State University (MSU) invites applications for a Ph.D. graduate student research assistant to investigate large-scale patterns of fish diversity in Amazonian wetlands. The selected graduate student will work closely with Drs. Sandra B. Correa (MSU, Mississippi, USA.) and Javier Maldonado (Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia).

This position is primarily based on the MSU campus, located in Starkville, Mississippi. Annual trips to Colombia are expected.

The successful applicant will be primarily involved in research and is expected to lead an independent research project, apply for funding, analyze existing datasets, prepare manuscripts for publication, present results at national or international conferences, and complete its Ph.D. degree in three years.

MS degree in related field is required. Knowledge of niche theory, spatial analysis, biogeography, phylogenetics, and strong quantitative, GIS and R programming skills are highly desirable. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus. For non-native English speakers, the English proficiency requirement is: TOEFL score of 550 PBT or 79 iBT (Internet-Based Test) or an IELTS score of 6.5 (International English Language Testing System).

Funding includes $23,500 annual stipend and $11,000 tuition remission.

Review of applications begins October 20, 2018. Open until filled. Starting date January 2019.

Submit application as PDF with cover letter stating your interest and qualifications, curriculum vitae with contact information for three references, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial are fine), GRE scores, TOEFL or IELTS scores to: Drs. Sandra B. Correa () and Javier Maldonado ().

M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in Wildlife Ecology and Management (Posted 9/6/18)

One M.S. Research Assistantship will be available in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University on 1 January or 1 June, 2019. The objectives of thesis research are to: 1) understand behavioral responses of piscivorous birds to harassment by humans and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in aquaculture facilities using GPS transmitters and triaxial accelerometers; and 2) assess the control efficacy of human and UAV harassment to piscivorous birds. The project will involve intensive field work and data analysis using machine learning. They seek motivated applicants with a B.S. degree in biology, ecology, wildlife science or a related field. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. Preferred qualifications include excellent quantitative and communication skills. The assistantship includes annual stipend of $16,500, tuition, and health benefits. Apply online here. Email a single PDF document including 1) cover letter describing credentials and professional goals, 2) resume, 3) names of three references, and 4) copies of university transcripts and GRE scores to Guiming Wang at , with “Piscivorous Bird Assistantship” in the subject line. The application will be closed on 1 November, 2018.  

PhD Position Available to Study Stand Dynamics, Forest Restoration, and Fire Ecology of Upland Oak and/or Pine Forests (Posted 8/31/18)

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

PhD Position in Forest Hydrology and Soils (Posted 8/31/18)

Seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS). The student will work on a 3-year funded project to quantify the role of tree mortality and wood decomposition on carbon mineralization in forest ecosystems as a function of climate AND biological activity, with specific attention given to the importance of tri-trophic interactions between southern pine beetle, bluestain fungi, and subterranean termites. This project includes both field work (with the possibility of international travel) and laboratory work in the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab on campus. The prospective student should possess enthusiasm for field work, strong analytical and communication skills, and attention to detail. The anticipated start date is January 2019. Financial support is available for three years, including a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. If interested, please contact Dr. Courtney Siegert at and provide (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research and applicable background experience; (2) a CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts and/or GREs. Review of applications will begin September 20, 2018. Further information about the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab can be found at here. Details on the full application process can be found here. Project Collaborators: Dr. John Riggins, Mississippi State University, Dr. Natalie Clay (Louisiana Tech University), Dr. Juliet Tang (US Forest Service), Dr. Richard Hofstetter (Northern Arizona University), and Dr. Oscar Lever?n (Universidad Nacional de Ciencias Forestales). Courtney M. Siegert Assistant Professor of Forest Hydrology 347 Thompson Hall Department of Forestry College of Forest Resources Mississippi State University (662) 325-7481 Orcid ID 0000-0001-9804-3858 www.siegert-hydrolab.com 

PhD or MS Research Assistantship – Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation of Freshwater Fishes (Posted 8/15/18)

Seeking two graduate students (PhD preferred, MS also considered) to participate in multiple funded projects (NSF, US Fish and Wildlife, and US Forest Service) on the evolutionary ecology, and conservation of freshwater fishes. Students will develop a thesis/dissertation that builds on existing datasets and ongoing projects involving hybrid zone dynamics in the Fundulus notatus species complex, freshwater fish assemblages in MS, and the distribution and ecology of the Pearl and Bayou Darters. In addition to traditional lab facilities, students will have access to a large ichthyological collection (>55,000 lots), 3,000 sq ft wetlab facility, an array of experimental streams, and a new high performance computing cluster for genomics work. Depending on the student’s interests and background, additional related studies will be developed, taking full advantage of the numerous opportunities available. A start date of January 2019 is anticipated, but a summer 2019 start may also be acceptable.

Applicants must have a BS or MS in ecology/environmental biology, zoology, wildlife biology, or other relevant areas. GPA and GRE scores must be competitive for admission to the graduate program. Prior experience sampling and identifying freshwater fishes is required. Willingness and ability to work independently under potentially challenging field conditions is a must.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, contact Jake Schaefer ().

Water Quality Modeling in Biscayne Bay Watershed Post-Doc (Posted 8/1/18)
Mississippi State University
Starkville, MS
For more information, go here.
 


MISSOURI

Postdoctoral Research Associate - University of Missouri - Columbia, MO (Posted 10/11/18)

The selected Postdoctoral Research Associate will develop agent-based models of waterfowl movement and simulate population responses to landscape composition, as well as identify relative influences of allocating conservation acreage amounts, configurations, and compositions on waterfowl within midcontinent region. Specifically, the postdoctoral research associate will leverage ongoing quantitative investigations of waterfowl habitat selection to develop agent-based models of waterfowl movement and simulate population responses to thematic landscape composition and configuration changes that represent alternative future conservation scenarios. The postdoc also will identify critical conservation wetland landscapes most likely to benefit migrant birds under a range of environmental variability and land use changes. The selected candidate is expected to interact with federal biologists, academics, and the lab group (including undergraduate and graduate students).

Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in an appropriate field and possess a broad range of ecological interests and skills. Research will require familiarity with geographic information systems, databases, and statistical tools, and strong programming skills in Python, R, or Julia. Applicants should demonstrate broad knowledge of movement ecology, excellent quantitative skills, ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, and a demonstrated ability to present and publish research. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and anticipated start date is early spring 2019. Email letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references (preferably as one pdf) to Lisa Webb, Missouri Cooperative Research Unit, University of Missouri, 573-882-2591, . Apply by November 15, 2018.

PhD position - Shortleaf pine Ecology (Posted 10/9/18)

“Ecology of shortleaf pine regeneration and recruitment for woodland restoration in the central US”

Shortleaf pine forests provide important ecological services and conservation value throughout the central, eastern, and southern US.
Currently, there are several large restoration projects and initiatives for increasing the abundance of shortleaf pine and mixed shortleaf pine- hardwood ecosystems, yet shortleaf pine regeneration has remained challenging in many areas. There are several factors possibly limiting shortleaf pine regeneration success, such as variable seed crops, poor seedbed and germination, and abundant competition from established hardwood stems. Prescribed fire is often used to favor shortleaf pine regeneration yet success is marginal in the Missouri Ozark region. Thus, other release treatments may be more efficient for reaching regeneration targets. This project will study the regeneration ecology of shortleaf pine in relation to common competing hardwood trees to better understand the factors affecting regeneration success and inform silvicultural practice. Evidence suggests that managers could alter prescriptions to target specific forest composition goals, including pure shortleaf pine stands or various mixtures of shortleaf pine-hardwood stands.

This project will support a Doctoral Graduate Research Assistantship with Dr. Benjamin Knapp in the School of Natural Resources at University of Missouri, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and Missouri Department of Conservation. This graduate assistantship will include four years of funding support ($24,000/year stipend, health insurance, tuition). The duties of this position will include completion of required coursework, field sampling throughout the Missouri Ozarks, data organization, and data analyses related to study objectives. The candidate is expected to complete a dissertation and at least three peer-reviewed publications, one of which should be published prior to graduating. Competitive candidates for this position will have a M.S. degree in forestry or a closely related discipline, proficiency in written and oral communication, strong GRE scores, and evidence of scholastic success. The position will begin in January 2019.

To apply, please submit the following to Dr. Benjamin Knapp
():
1) personal statement of career goals
2) resume or curriculum vitae
3) transcripts (can be unofficial)
4) GRE scores
5) contact information for three references
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

PhD and Postdoc in Community and Movement Ecology (Posted 10/4/18)

The Sullivan lab is accepting applications for 1-2 graduate students (Ph.D.) who will start fall 2019, and 1 postdoctoral researcher who will start summer/fall 2019 at the University of Missouri, Columbia (Mizzou) in the Division of Biological Sciences. Our lab is broadly interested in population and community dynamics, spatial ecology, movement ecology, and restoration ecology. We currently focus on grassland systems but would be happy to explore other systems as long as the work falls within the general research themes of the lab. In the Sullivan lab, we focus on developing both quantitative (statistical and mathematical) as well as empirical research skills, and often pair field experiments with mathematical models. You can find out more specifics about the lab here.

Interested graduate students: If you have previous research experience in any of the lab’s general research themes, and are interested in combining quantitative and empirical skills, I encourage you to apply. A quantitative background is encouraged, but not necessary to join the lab. To discuss a graduate position, email Dr. Lauren Sullivan at with (1) a CV that includes relevant research or work experience, GPA, relevant coursework, and 3 references with contact information, and (2) a short statement that includes your previous research, what you would be interested in working on together if you joined the lab, and why you are interested in this lab specifically. Applications are due December 15, and information about applying can be found here. However I encourage you to contact me
before submitting an official application.

Interested postdoctoral researchers: I am interested in working with someone who either wants to continue pursuing research interests along the lines described above, or who has more of a population genetics/evolution of dispersal focus and wants to think more about ecology. This is where some of my current/future work is headed and it would be great to think about collaborative projects. Additionally, I encourage potential applicants to consider applying for the NSF postdoctoral research fellowship, due November 6, 2018. I would be happy to discuss research ideas, and the close proximity of the renowned Missouri Botanical Gardens in St Louis would be an interesting connection for the Biological Collections option. To discuss a postdoctoral position, email Dr. Lauren Sullivan at with (1) a CV that includes 3 references with contact information, and (2) a statement that includes your previous research, what you would be interested in working on together if you joined the lab, and why you are interested in this lab specifically. Start dates can be flexible.

Our lab values diversity and encourages those interested from underrepresented groups to apply.

The University of Missouri, Columbia has 31,000 students and is located two hours from both Kansas City and St Louis. See Mizzou facts here. Columbia is a college town with a population of ~120,000, with low cost of living with excellent bike trails (Katy trail and MKT trail) that run throughout the state of Missouri. Columbia is in close proximity to the Ozark Mountains and Mark Twain National Forest. The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions is also prohibited. The University’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process. Please go here.

Graduate Research Assistantship - School of Natural Resources – University of Missouri (Posted 9/14/18)

“Ecology of shortleaf pine regeneration and recruitment for woodland restoration in the central US”

Shortleaf pine forests provide important ecological services and conservation value throughout the central, eastern, and southern US. Currently, there are several large restoration projects and initiatives for increasing the abundance of shortleaf pine and mixed shortleaf pine- hardwood ecosystems, yet shortleaf pine regeneration has remained challenging in many areas. There are several factors possibly limiting shortleaf pine regeneration success, such as variable seed crops, poor seedbed and germination, and abundant competition from established hardwood stems. Prescribed fire is often used to favor shortleaf pine regeneration yet success is marginal in the Missouri Ozark region. Thus, other release treatments may be more efficient for reaching regeneration targets. This project will study the regeneration ecology of shortleaf pine in relation to common competing hardwood trees to better understand the factors affecting regeneration success and inform silvicultural practice. Evidence suggests that managers could alter prescriptions to target specific forest composition goals, including pure shortleaf pine
stands or various mixtures of shortleaf pine-hardwood stands.

This project will support a Doctoral Graduate Research Assistantship with Dr. Benjamin Knapp in the School of Natural Resources at University of Missouri, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and Missouri Department of Conservation. This graduate assistantship will include four years of funding support ($24,000/year stipend, health insurance, tuition). The duties of this position will include completion of required coursework, field sampling throughout the Missouri Ozarks, data organization, and data analyses related to study objectives. The candidate is expected to complete a dissertation and at least three peer-reviewed publications, one of which should be published prior to graduating. Competitive candidates for this position will have a M.S. degree in forestry or a closely related discipline, proficiency in written and oral communication, strong GRE scores, and evidence of scholastic success. The position will begin in January 2019.

To apply, please submit the following to Dr. Benjamin Knapp
():
1) personal statement of career goals
2) resume or curriculum vitae
3) transcripts (can be unofficial)
4) GRE scores
5) contact information for three references
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

Dr. Benjamin Knapp
Associate Professor
School of Natural Resources
University of Missouri
203S Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building Columbia MO 65211
Email:

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship (Posted 7/26/18)

A graduate research assistantship at the PhD level is available with Dr. Benjamin Knapp in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. This research project is designed to evaluate the ecological factors limiting oak regeneration in bottomland hardwood forests, determine effects of past silvicultural treatments on bottomland hardwood successional dynamics, and develop silvicultural protocols for regenerating desirable species in this forest type. This research project is a collaborative effort between MU School of Natural Resources, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, offering the successful candidate the opportunity to develop professional experience across organizations.

The duties of this position will include field sampling of bottomland hardwood forests, organization and analyses of data collected previously and by the candidate, and the completion of a dissertation and peer- reviewed publications, as well as the successful completion of the requirements of the degree. Competitive candidates for this position will have a M.S. degree in forestry or a closely related discipline, proficiency in written and oral communication, strong GRE scores, and evidence of scholastic success. Preference will be given to applicants who are self-motivated and enthusiastic about conducting field-based research. The position will be based in Columbia, MO, with field work throughout different bottomland hardwood ecosystems in Missouri. The position is available to begin in August 2018.

The successful candidate will receive tuition support, a competitive stipend (at least $24,000 per year), and health insurance. To apply, please submit the following to Dr. Benjamin Knapp: ():
1) personal statement of career goals
2) resume or curriculum vitae
3) transcripts
4) GRE scores
5) contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

MS Graduate Research Assistantship (Posted 7/26/18)

Evaluating the use of prescriptive grazing and fire for the management and maintenance of Ozark woodlands

One MS student is sought to establish a new research project with the University of Missouri – School of Natural Resources in conjunction with the US Forest Service – Northern Research Station and Mark Twain National Forest to determine the effects of prescriptive grazing and fire on woodland management in the Ozarks region of Missouri. Land managers, including those within the National Forest System, are increasingly interested in the restoration and maintenance of woodlands. In the Central Hardwoods, management objectives commonly prescribe lower levels of stocking, minimal mid-stories, and diverse ground floras.

However, maintaining open understories in these communities requires frequent disturbance that reduces occupancy from woody stems with desired increases in ground flora diversity and abundance. Prescribed burning can be limited in areas where concerns for smoke impacts may affect application. Prescriptive grazing has become of interest to land managers seeking to reduce woody stems in areas where frequent fire to maintain open understories is unachievable or the use of prescribed fire is difficult to implement due to sociopolitical concerns. Yet, the impacts of prescriptive grazing and the combined effect of grazing and prescribed burning on forest structure and composition, and ground flora diversity, are poorly understood.

The goals of this research are to 1) determine the effect of prescriptive grazing and seasonality on forest structure, composition, including the ground flora, 2) compare prescriptive grazing and seasonality to prescribed burning, and 3) determine the combined effects of grazing and burning for woodland management.

Ideal candidates will be able to lead the project, work collaboratively, and tolerate field conditions. They are seeking an outstanding candidate with a degree in Forestry, Biology, Ecology, or Environmental Sciences. The student will be offered a full graduate research assistantship ($21,000/year), student health insurance, and tuition waiver. The assistantship is for 2 years, which is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance. The assistantship will start in January 2019.

If you are interested, contact:
Dr. Lauren S. Pile, Research Ecologist, 573) 875-5341 x 233, US Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 202 ABNR Building, Columbia, MO 65211, Email: , https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/people/lpile  

Dr. Michael Stambaugh, Research Associate, (573) 882-8841, School of Natural  Resources, University of Missouri, 203C ABNR Building, Columbia, MO 65211, , http://faculty.missouri.edu/~stambaughm

In your initial contact, please send the following information: resume, statement of your research interest, GPAs, GRE score, and TOFEL score (for foreign students).


MONTANA

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

PhD/MS/Research Analyst position available at the University of Montana (Posted 8/9/18)

The Landscape Ecology lab at the University of Montana is seeking a graduate student to start Spring/Fall 2019. Prospective applicants with adequate experience may be hired as early as Fall 2018 as a research analyst.

Climate change ranks highly among the grand challenges their planet faces. Relevant to assessing this challenge is quantifying climate change exposure: How will the future climate at a site differ from historical norms? Or to cast this into a spatial context: Are there observable climates elsewhere that resemble the future conditions at a site? The latter provides an intuitive means for understanding, visualizing, projecting, and adapting to climate change impacts. Such non-local climates that represent the future conditions of a site are known as climate analogs. The space-for-time approach used in the development of climate analogs is fundamental to many modeling approaches aimed at forecasting climate change impacts in natural systems. However, there are significant gaps in our understanding of whether a space-for-time framework can adequately capture the broader spectrum of climate statistics that are often linked to environmental and societal impacts. The proposed PhD/MS work will address the utility of climate analogs for projecting climate change impacts and develop means to validate these approaches.

Competitive applicants will have a background in ecology, climate science, earth sciences, biology, or physics. Preferred applicants will have previous research experience and strong quantitative skills in statistics, computer programming, and data visualization using R, Python, or similar.

The position will be funded through research and teaching assistantships. Tuition, medical insurance, and fees will be covered.

To apply, email a cover letter stating your research interests and qualifications, your CV with names and contact information for 2-3 references, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores to Dr. Solomon Dobrowski (). Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please contact me if you have any questions or to arrange a phone call.

Missoula Montana is a great place to live particularly if you like mountains, rivers, and outdoor recreation. Missoula is also a vibrant community of ~ 70,000 people. To learn more about the Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, go here. To learn more about the Landscape Ecology lab, go here. Research, go here.

Volunteer Opportunity Open Immediately-Studying American Pikas Response to Climate Change (Posted 7/9/18)

Montana State University-Bozeman is looking to recruit one more volunteer interested in alpine research on mammalian responses to climate change! Their work is examining the American pika’s (Ochotona princeps) physiological and spatial responses to contemporary climate change using a space-for-time approach. They are seeking an enthusiastic student (or recent graduate) who is interested in working in an alpine setting for July and August (dates flexible) and is physically capable of hiking 15+ miles a day, 5-6 days a week.

This work is very strenuous due to high mileage out hiking and rough landscapes to navigate when trails/roads are not available, but if you love the mountains, then the payoff is huge! They are seeking three overarching traits in applicants: confidence in navigation experience on and off trails, great physical condition (15+ miles of hiking a day), and mental stamina under stressful conditions. They are requesting the student be available for fieldwork for at least the second half of July and August but this can be a bit flexible. This position will be based out of Bozeman, Montana when not in the field. Housing can be accommodated for the few days they are in town throughout the summer, but they hope you may be able to provide your own transportation to Bozeman.

Required Qualifications:
-Undergraduate student (or recent graduate) who has completed at least one year of his/her studies -Highly motivated individual -Must possess a current, valid U.S. driver’s license -Can work independently, as well as with a team of four -Great physical condition since this work will be in mountainous terrain (3 mph sustained pace) -Experience hiking/backpacking -Strong problem-solving skills -Most importantly, energetic and positive attitude under challenging conditions!

Preferred Qualification:
-Basic hiking gear such as your own overnight and day packs, water bladders, boots, etc.

Payment:
This position is currently listed as a volunteer position where they will be able to cover all your expenses throughout the summer. This position could turn into a paid position depending on their grant success but they believe it will remain a volunteer one at this point unfortunately. They do not expect you to cover any costs for gear, your own food, gasoline, or anything else throughout the two months.

To Apply:
Please send a current resume or CV, along with a cover letter describing your experience and research interests, as well as two references to (that is ymail, not gmail). They request all interested applicants reach us by email with the above materials as soon as possible. For the two professional references, please include their names, your association to them, a phone number, and an email address. Feel free to ask any questions to Peter Billman at the above email address. Thank you for your interest and they look forward to reading through your materials!

Short video about pikas


NEBRASKA

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NEVADA

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

Postdoctoral Researcher – Ecological Genomics & Bioinformatics University of New Hampshire (Posted 10/4/18)

A postdoctoral position in Ecological Genomics & Bioinformatics is available at the University of New Hampshire, as part of a large, collaborative NSF-funded EPSCoR Track-2FEC research and training program in the genomic ecology of coastal organisms and genome-phenome relationships in the wild. The postdoctoral scientist will conduct assembly of genomes and transcriptomes and analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data to identify signatures of selection and the genomic architecture of adaptation in a tidal marsh bird study system.

The work will be conducted in Adrienne Kovach’s lab at the University of New Hampshire, in close collaboration with Kelley Thomas of the UNH Hubbard Center for Genome Studies and Benjamin King at the University of Maine. The postdoc will also work in collaboration with a diverse team of investigators, graduate students, and undergraduate students at the Universities of New Hampshire and Maine studying the ecological genomics and eco-evolutionary feedbacks of adaptation in tidal marsh birds. Because of the highly collaborative nature of this project, there will be opportunities for the postdoc to travel between the two institutions and to gain mentorship from faculty at both institutions.

The successful candidate must have a strong background in evolutionary ecology, population genetics, genomics and bioinformatics, with preference to those with project-relevant experiences and interest (e.g., avian systems, natural populations, coastal systems, adaptation to environmental gradients). Desired computational skills include data processing in a command-line environment and programming in at least one scripting language (e.g., R, Python). Additional desired qualifications include laboratory bench skills, quantitative skills and excellent communication and writing skills. Consistent with our program scope, we are especially interested in candidates who show promise to engage intellectually across the diverse scales of genomes, phenomes, and environmental feedbacks, to advance a more integrated understanding of adaptation in nature. We are also seeking a candidate who will engage collaboratively with team members and participate in broader programmatic activities, including mentoring of junior researchers. In turn, the postdoc will receive extensive mentoring, career development training, and professional opportunities, in alignment with a personal career development plan.

Start Date: January 2019

Terms of employment: Salary of $48,000, health insurance, and other benefits are included. The position is for an initial 2-year period, with the potential for extension if deemed appropriate. Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. degree requirements prior to the start of the appointment.

Application: submit names and contact information for three references, a CV, and a 2-page statement of your research experience and interests. The statement should further address how this position would advance your career goals and describe your experiences with and vision for collaborative science, including your commitment to diversity and inclusion. To apply, send the requested materials to Dr. Adrienne Kovach at the University of New Hampshire at . Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018. Remote (e.g., phone or Zoom) and an on-campus interview and presentation will be required of short-listed finalists.

The University of New Hampshire and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment are home to a vibrant community of productive researchers with a strong commitment to student success (go here for recent accolades). Located in the town of Durham, UNH is a beautiful campus surrounded by forest and natural landscapes. Only 30 minutes from the sea and less than 2 hours from the White Mountains, outdoor and other recreational activities abound, including right on campus.

The University of New Hampshire is a public institution with a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity for all. It is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran's status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, services, or activities. Please contact the Affirmative Action and Equity Office, Thompson Hall 305, 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824-3547 at 603-862-2930 (voice), TTY: (603) 862-1527 • Relay NH: 7-1- 1, or with questions or concerns.


NEW JERSEY

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

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

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

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

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


NEW MEXICO 

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

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

Graduate Student Opportunity (MSc or PhD) – Algae Biofuel; Aquatic Ecology Location: New Mexico State University (NMSU), Las Cruces, NM (Posted 9/24/18)

The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University (NMSU) seeks a motivated Master’s (MSc) or Doctorate (PhD) Student to participate in a Department of Energy (DOE)- funded project aimed to increase algal biomass productivity through the design of microbial consortia. The project was developed in response to the Bioenergy Technologies’ Office (BETO) Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits (PEAK) FOA.

Duties: The student will compare the productivity and stability of bacteria-algae combinations that were designed by researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and New Mexico Consortium to that of algal monocultures through outdoor raceway trials in Las Cruces, NM. The student will be responsible for algal cultivation, daily sample collection, and laboratory analyses as well as occasional weekend duties. In addition, the student will design and conduct their own research according to interest.

Desired qualifications: Technical (electrical and computer) skills and abilities to trouble-shoot and make minor repairs to outdoor algae raceways; basic knowledge of cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology, ecology, and statistics; willingness to work independently as well as in a team, including outdoors in hot and cold weather; ability to lift 50 lbs; display common sense, awareness for safety, and efficiency.

Travel to scientific meetings is encouraged and will be funded.

The application deadline is October 31 and the starting date is either January 15, 2019 (spring semester) or August 15, 2019 (fall semester). The successful applicant will have to apply to NMSU graduate school. For further information or to submit your application (letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information of three references) contact: Dr. Wiebke Boeing, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology New Mexico State University, 2980, South Espina; 132, Knox Hall, Las Cruces, NM, 88003-0003, , (575) 646-1707


NEW YORK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program in Sustainable Development (Posted 8/31/18)

Earth Institute, Columbia University Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program in Sustainable Development $65,560 ** The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within 5 years of degree receipt) interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development. The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development such as food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. Candidates who have developed cross- disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies will find numerous, unique opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research. Candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute to global, sustainable development. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding on existing Earth Institute programs or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the Earth Institute. Candidates are strongly encouraged to identify and contact a mentor prior to submitting an application. The deadline to submit an application is October 31, 2018 for 24-month appointments starting in the fall of 2019. The salary is $65,560. For more information about the program or to apply, please go here or email . The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled and the degree awarded within 5 years before the start of the appointment. Gaps in employment or studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. 

MS or PhD Opportunity - Response of Bee Pollinators to Wetlands Restoration and Management (Posted 8/24/18)

OPPORTUNITY: Response of Bee Pollinators to Wetlands Restoration and Management PhD or high-achieving Master’s in Conservation Biology Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Start Date: January 2019

Location: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Syracuse, New York. SUNY ESF is home to the fourth largest undergraduate and graduate education program in wildlife science, conservation biology, and aquatic and fisheries science in the United States; it is by far the largest such program in the northeastern region. SUNY ESF is located in central New York with abundant outdoor opportunities with the Finger Lakes region, many state properties and national wildlife refuges, Lake Ontario, and the 6.1 million-acre Adirondack Park a short distance away. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex, the first Important Bird Area designated in New York, is less than an hour drive from campus. With its diverse lakes and wetlands, myriad breeding, migrating, and wintering birds, and a landscape rich in human history, the region provides an ideal place for study of wetland-wildlife.
In collaboration with a diversity of conservation stakeholders throughout North America, they meet the challenges of a changing world.

Description and requirements: They seek a motivated and experienced individual to study pollinators in restored wetlands at Montezuma and Iroquois National Wildlife Refuges, as well as adjacent NY State Wildlife Management Areas (WMA; Northern Montezuma, Oak Orchard, and Tonawanda WMAs). The selected individual will collaborate with Drs. Mike Schummer (waterfowl and wetland ecology), Melissa Fierke (entomology) and Don Leopold (wetland ecology and
botany) to deliver novel research and produce technical and peer-reviewed publications. In intensive agricultural landscapes, flowering plants in restored wetland areas may be sources of nutrients and nesting sites for pollinators, but most studies of wetland restoration focus on broad plant and wildlife responses. Their goal is to determine the role of wetland restoration and management in sustaining bee diversity and abundance in these agricultural landscapes. At minimum, sampling of bees and plants will occur May, July, and September, 2019 and 2020.

Program Requirements: Applicants must be competitive for a departmental teaching assistantship (GPA 3.5 or higher and GRE scores above average in all categories with 2 of the 3 scores > 75th percentile). Departmental teaching assistantships include a tuition waiver and stipend.
Applying: Email a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores (preferably as a single pdf) to Dr. Michael Schummer (). After an interview, the successful applicant will be encouraged to apply to the Graduate School at SUNY ESF.

Postdoctoral and Graduate Opportunities in Plant Ecology, Syracuse University (Posted 8/21/18)

Postdoc Position: Ecophysiology of plant invasions. The lab of Jason Fridley at Syracuse University is recruiting a postdoctoral associate for an NSF-supported project comparing leaf function in native and invasive plant populations in the Eastern U.S., France, and Japan. Specific research objectives of the postdoc involve field gas exchange measurements and lab chemical analysis for populations in northern Japan, including two field seasons of residency in Sendai (2019, 2020). Off-season lab assays will be conducted in Syracuse, NY. The project includes mentoring and collaborative opportunities with students and faculty in Amiens, France, in addition to those at Syracuse and Sendai. The position is available as early as April 2019, and includes two years of salary support (annual minimum $47,476), including full benefits. A PhD in ecology, plant biology, or related discipline is required. Preferred qualifications include: 1) evidence of strong quantitative and writing skills; 2) experience with leaf gas exchange measurements and chemical analyses; 3) relevant field experience and taxonomic skills. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names and full contact information (email and phone numbers) of three potential references to Jason Fridley (; 315-443-3098) no later than January 31, 2019.

PhD Position: Ecophysiology of plant invasions. The lab of Jason Fridley at Syracuse University is recruiting a PhD student for an NSF-supported project comparing leaf function in native and invasive plant populations in the Eastern U.S., France, and Japan. The graduate-level component involves field gas exchange measurements of plant populations around the Eastern U.S. and associated chemical analyses of leaf nutrient economy, plus related research depending on student interest. The position could begin as early as May 2019, including a full-time paid summer research assistantship. The student will join a large plant ecology and evolution group at Syracuse University and the larger ecological community that includes SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The position includes two years of research assistantships, commonly used in the first and third years of graduate study; support through teaching assistantships is guaranteed in other semesters pending satisfactory progress toward the degree. Current graduate student stipends are $26,750 per year, with full benefits and tuition remission. Full applications to the SU Biology PhD program are due by December 31, 2018; applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and GRE scores before applying to Jason Fridley (; 315-443-3098). General information about the Biology graduate program at Syracuse is available here.

MS or PhD Position: Vegetation-microclimate relationships in the southern Appalachians. The lab of Jason Fridley at Syracuse University is recruiting a graduate student starting Fall 2019 for an NPS-supported project on climate change and vegetation dynamics in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The project is collaborative with Duke University, and involves both fieldwork (construction and deployment of environmental sensors) and statistical modeling. Students with strong quantitative interests and experience (e.g. R programming) are preferred. The student will join a large plant ecology and evolution group at Syracuse University and the larger ecological community that includes SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The position includes one year of research assistantship support, ideally used in the second year of study; support through teaching assistantships is guaranteed in other semesters pending satisfactory progress toward the degree. Current graduate student stipends are $26,750 per year, with full benefits and tuition remission. Full applications to the SU Biology graduate program are due by December 31, 2018; applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and GRE scores before applying to Jason Fridley (; 315-443-3098). General information about the Biology graduate program at Syracuse is available here.


NORTH CAROLINA 

Graduate Student Position (Posted 10/11/18)

The Youngsteadt Lab in the department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University seeks applications for a graduate student position starting in fall 2019. The lab works at the interface of urbanization and climate change. Our goal is to understand and manage ecological responses to anthropogenic stressors, such as changes in climate, air quality, and habitat structure. Focal study systems include invertebrates and plant-insect interactions, and approaches incorporate field studies, historical datasets, and manipulative experiments in the lab and field. The lab is committed to public outreach and Extension based on research results. Interested applicants are encouraged to review projects and publications here.

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

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

To apply, please send a cover letter (1-2 pages) stating your research interests and qualifications, a CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Elsa Youngsteadt (). Review of applications will begin on November 1 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found, no later than mid-December, 2018. Top candidates will be invited to apply to the NCSU biology graduate program, with a deadline of January 15, 2019.

NC State is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

Graduate Student Position - Ant Evolution and Ecology (Posted 10/3/18)

The Blaimer lab at North Carolina State University invites applications for a graduate student (PhD or MSc) beginning in the Spring or Fall semester of 2019. Their research group focuses on applying cutting-edge molecular technologies to address relevant questions in evolutionary biology, systematics and community ecology, mainly by studying ants and other Hymenoptera. They value collection-based research and actively conduct field surveys for ants and other insects, with a particular focus on canopy diversity.

NC State University’s Entomology Department offers a highly-rated research environment and is situated in a vibrant and scientifically stimulating atmosphere in the Research Triangle, with both UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University, as well as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences close by. Our NC State Insect Museum is a mid-size insect collection that provides state-of-the-art training opportunities in specimen-based research techniques and curation. Raleigh is a lively town with an inexpensive, yet high standard of living, and its surroundings offer numerous recreational activities.

Looking for a highly motivated student with a keen interest in evolutionary biology and entomology, and a fascination for ants or Hymenoptera. Thesis projects can be tied into ongoing research in the lab, or developed according to mutual interests. Interested students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their research and publications here.

How to apply: Send a one-page cover letter outlining motivation and research interests, a CV and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Blaimer at bonnie_blaimer[at]ncsu.edu. Application Deadline: October 26, 2018. 

PhD Student Recuritment - Tucker Lab - UNC - Chapel Hill (Posted 10/3/18)

There are openings for new PhD students in my lab (carolinemtucker.com) in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for Fall 2019.

Work in the lab is primarily focused on broad questions in community ecology, especially related to trait-based approaches to ecology, the assembly of ecological communities, and maintenance of biodiversity at different scales. We primarily use aquatic microcosms of zooplankton communities, existing databases for plant communities, and quantitative methods. There is flexibility in terms of projects and students are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects and research directions within the lab’s general area of work. It is desirable for students to have previous research experience. Since the lab relies heavily on quantitative techniques, so some coding experience (R, etc.), and some undergraduate level math and/or statistics training is very helpful.

Chapel Hill offers world-class research opportunities with a good (and relatively inexpensive) quality of life. Chapel Hill, along with Durham and Raleigh, forms the Research Triangle region of NC, which attracts a diverse group of people and cultures.  Chapel Hill has a warm climate with mild winters, is within hours of both mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to a great diversity of flora and fauna.

Interested students should contact me first to discuss research interests and qualifications. Please email me at and tell me a little about your past research experience and interests, as well as relevant education information (GPA, GRE scores, quantitative course experience). The application deadline to UNC is Dec. 4, 2018.

Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.) Wetland Soils, NC State University (Posted 9/14/18)

POSITION: Graduate Research Assistant (MS) Pedology and Wetland Soils DATE AVAILABLE: Jan. 1, 2019

LOCATION: Department of Crop and Soil Science North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 27695-7619 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Conduct independent research in the area of wetland soils. The focus of the project will be to develop an Ecological Site Description (ESD) for Carolina Bay wetlands. Included will be development and testing of a Rapid Assessment Tool for evaluating restored wetlands. For more information about ESDs, go here.

Activities will include: field and laboratory work to quantify Carolina Bay soil, hydrology, and plant properties; data analysis; report preparation; and presentation of research results at local, regional, and national meetings. All graduate research and teaching assistants are required to participate in their teaching program for the equivalent of two or three laboratory sections of the introductory undergraduate soils course.

QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. degree in Soil Science, Natural Resources, or closely related discipline. Demonstrated excellence in course work. Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in Soil Science. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently and as a team member.

STIPEND AND FEES: Annual stipend is $20,500 for an M.S. candidate. Under the Graduate Student Support Plan, in-state tuition and health insurance are covered.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications for all graduate degree programs are submitted online through the NC State Graduate School (see the “Apply to Graduate School” option).

For further details about this position contact: M.J. Vepraskas, WN Reynolds Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University,
Department of Crop & Soil Sciences, Williams Hall, Raleigh, NC 27695-7620, E-mail: , Phone: 919-515-1458


NORTH DAKOTA

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OHIO

Postdoctoral scholars program in coral research (Posted 8/31/18)

Dr. Andrea Grottoli is now accepting letters of interest from applicants seeking to undertake postdoctoral studies with her starting in summer or fall 2019. Areas of research include coral physiology and biogeochemistry (principally related to coral bleaching and ocean acidification) and tropical paleoceanography (i.e., isotopic and trace metal records from corals and sclerosponges). Candidates must have completed their PhD by the time the postdoctoral program starts. The postdoctoral program is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Full details about the postdoctoral program can be found through the link below. Letters of interest along with an updated CV should be sent to Dr. Grottoli directly no later than 1 October 2018 at . For additional information and questions, contact Dr. Grottoli directly at .

PhD student positions in macroecology and global change biology at The Ohio State University (Posted 8/31/18)

The Jarzyna lab in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University (OSU) is recruiting PhD students interested in macroecology, global change biology, and biodiversity change. Potential areas of interest include, but are not limited to, spatial and temporal scaling of biodiversity and its change, implications of global change for species’ distributions and phenology, community- and ecosystem-level consequences of global change, trait-based biogeography, etc. Work in the Lab spans multiple spatial, temporal, and biological scales and candidates interested in traversing different scales are encouraged to apply.

For more information about current projects going on in the Lab, visit the website here .

To apply, please send a CV, GPA, GRE scores, and a cover letter stating current research interests to Dr. Marta Jarzyna at . All applications received by September 30, 2018 will be given serious consideration.

Dr. Jarzyna passionately believes that a diverse team will enable a broader perspective and enhance creativity, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and otherwise underrepresented candidates. The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment. They are an equal opportunity employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Graduate Research Associate Positions in Remote Sensing and Data  Analytics for Sustainable Agricultural Production (Posted 8/21/18)

Position Summary: The Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) at The Ohio State University (OSU) is seeking applications for Graduate Research Associate (GRA) positions for pursuing Ph.D. or M.S. degree studies with the research focus on remote sensing, machine learning, and precision agriculture. They are interested in applying remote sensing, machine learning, and geospatial and ecosystem modeling approaches to investigate the factors contributing to the sustainability of agricultural systems, including crop stresses, crop productivity and climate change, with the goal of developing decision support tools. The GRA is expected to publish research findings in international peer-reviewed journals, present research findings in conferences/meetings, and generate regular project update reports.

Prospective students should have:
-A master?s or a bachelor?s degree in agricultural, biosystems, mechanical, computer, civil, or electrical engineering; environmental science; computer science; or the other related disciplines.
-Experience in remote sensing or GIS or programming or ecosystem modeling.
-Familiarity with U.S. agricultural production systems is desirable, but not required as long as the candidates demonstrate the background to learn these in a reasonable timeframe.
-Ability to learn/adopt skills and knowledge in solving real-world problems.
-Creative and independent research abilities with teamwork spirit.
-Strong oral and written communications skills.

Salary and Benefits: Starting salary/stipend will be competitive. The position will include full benefits as per OSU guidelines, including tuition and health care benefits.

Anticipated Starting Term: January 2019 (Open until filled). Applications will be reviewed as received.

No. of Positions: 2

Application Materials: -Detailed CV
-Cover letter outlining academic and professional backgrounds, and research interests -Academic transcripts (unofficial copy at this point) -GRE scores; TOEFL scores (only for international students)

Contact:
Dr. Sami Khanal
Assistant Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering The Ohio State University
590 Woody Hayes Dr.
Columbus, OH 43210
Email:

Graduate Research Associate Positions in Remote Sensing and Data Analytics for Sustainable Agricultural Production (Posted 8/9/18)

Position Summary: The Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) at The Ohio State University (OSU) is seeking applications for Graduate Research Associate (GRA) positions for pursuing Ph.D. or M.S. degree studies with the research focus on remote sensing and data analytics for sustainable agricultural production. They are interested in using remote sensing, data analytics, geospatial and ecosystem modeling approaches to investigate the factors contributing to the sustainability of agricultural systems, including crop stresses, crop productivity and climate change, with the goal of developing decision support tools. The GRA is expected to publish research findings in international peer-reviewed journals, present research findings in conferences/meetings, and generate regular project update reports. Prospective students should have: - A master’s or a bachelor’s degree in agricultural, biosystems, mechanical, computer, civil, or electrical engineering; environmental science; computer science; or the other related disciplines. - Experience in remote sensing or GIS or programming or ecosystem modeling. - Familiarity with U.S. agricultural production systems is desirable, but not required as long as the candidates demonstrate the background to learn these in a reasonable timeframe. - Ability to learn/adopt skills and knowledge in solving “real-world” problems. - Creative and independent research abilities with teamwork spirit. - Strong oral and written communications skills. Salary and Benefits: Starting salary/stipend will be competitive. The position will include full benefits as per OSU guidelines, including tuition and health care benefits. Anticipated Starting Term: January 2019 (Open until filled). Applications will be reviewed as received. No. of Positions: 2 Application Materials: - Detailed CV - Cover letter outlining academic and professional backgrounds, and research interests - Academic transcripts (unofficial copy at this point) - GRE scores; TOEFL scores (only for international students) Contact: Dr. Sami Khanal Assistant Professor Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering The Ohio State University 590 Woody Hayes Dr. Columbus, OH 43210 Email:  

Two Postdoc Positions in Macroecology and Global Change Biology (Posted 8/1/18)

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral researcher positions in the Jarzyna lab (opening August 2018) in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University (OSU). Position 1 (Biodiversity Change): The successful candidate will conduct research in the broad area of macroecology and large scale biodiversity change. Potential areas of interest include, but are not limited to, spatial and temporal scaling of biodiversity and its change, trait-based biogeography, and implications of global change for biodiversity. An ability to traverse community-level and species-level perspectives and to address processes at different spatial and temporal scales are particularly welcome. Position 2 (ButterflyNet): The successful candidate will join an ongoing NSF-funded project ButterflyNet—a collaboration with researchers from Harvard University, City University of New York, Georgetown University, and the University of Florida. ButterflyNet’s goals are to produce the first fully resolved species-level phylogeny of butterflies and synthesize available databases on host associations, reproductive and life-history traits, ecological characteristics such as habitat associations and mobility, and patterns of geographic distributions. Potential research projects include butterfly assemblage dynamics, trait-environment relationships, implications of global change for butterfly diversity, and biogeography and evolution of butterflies. Knowledge of butterfly biology and ecology is welcome, but not essential. Both positions offer thematic flexibility and in their application letter candidates should briefly describe their preferred area of activity. Question-driven research and creative ideas are valued. Required qualifications are a Ph.D. in ecology, evolutionary biology, statistics, mathematics, or closely related fields. A solid working knowledge of ecological modeling, GIS or remote sensing, and statistics are required for both positions. Candidates with strong experience in hierarchical modeling and species distribution modeling will be given preference. Candidates must have excellent English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as an established record of high productivity. Both positions are available as early as September 1, 2018 (start date is negotiable) for the duration of one year, with possibility of extension to a second year depending on satisfactory performance and funding availability. To apply please send, in one pdf, a cover letter clearly stating which position the candidate is applying for and addressing how the candidate’s expertise meets the position requirements listed above, CV, and contact info (phone and email) for three referees to . In the subject of all emails, please include your name and the position the candidate is applying for (e.g., “Application for Biodiversity Change Postdoc: LASTNAME”). The final selection process will begin on August 15, 2018 and will continue until both positions are filled. Please send all inquiries to Dr. Jarzyna at . Dr. Jarzyna passionately believes that a diverse team will enable a broader perspective and enhance creativity, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and otherwise underrepresented candidates. The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment. They are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. 

Postdoctoral Research Associate (restoration/plant community ecology) (Posted 7/31/18)

Post/Job Title: Post Doctoral Research Associate Position #: 00102228
Location: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Department: School of Environment and Natural Resources Pay rate: $4,000 per month + benefits Preferred starting date: 1st September 2018 (negotiable) Period of employment: 12 months

BACKGROUND
Research in the Applied Disturbance and Fire and Ecosystem Restoration (ADFER) Lab at The Ohio State University (http://fireregimes.org.uk) focuses on assessing the responses of plant communities to variation in disturbance regimes. They currently have two key areas of focus: i) Peatland ecosystem function and management; and ii) Understanding how fire impacts natural and anthropogenic systems. Past research has focused on developing empirical models of fire behaviour, relating variation in fire behavior (intensity, severity) to ecosystem responses and evaluating how systems respond to altered fire regimes. They work across multiple ecosystems including semi-arid shrublands, temperate peatlands, tropical grasslands, and mid-Western prairies.

A position is available in the lab to participate in multiple areas of their research. Initial focus will be on two projects:
1)“Long-term SUCCESS” (http://blogs.uw.edu/ecolsage): they are investigating how repeated wildfires and species invasions in the sagebrush steppe are driving changes in ecosystem state. Utilizing a long-term data set from the Columbia Basin (Washington State), they are interested in assessing how plant traits can be used to draw generalizable predictions about how plant communities respond to fire and post-wildfire restoration. Key challenges include cataloguing species traits for hundreds of species where little quantitative data exist, using multivariate methods to assess how traits are filtered by disturbance, and modeling the landscape-scale distribution of invasive species and plant communities.

2)PRO Peat Bog: they are assessing how plant and microbial species composition varies across Ohio’s rare remaining peat bogs. They are interested in how communities differ within and between peat bogs, particularly in relation to hydrochemical gradients and the peatlands’ landscape context. Across both projects, the primary role of the PDRA will be to contribute to data analysis, preparation of peer-reviewed publications and participation in grant funding applications. There will also be ample opportunity to participate in field and lab work.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES

An experienced field and lab scientist is required to assist with surveys of vegetation composition, multivariate data analysis and preparation of reports and scientific papers. The PDRA will present research results at national and/or international conferences and will contribute to the preparation of new funding proposals. In addition they will be involved in the supervision and training of undergraduate and graduate students in field and lab procedures.

Essential duties
30% Analyse data to determine how ecological communities are arranged across abiotic gradients and are modified by disturbances such as wildfire 30% Collect, organize and conduct analyses of data and communicate research results to scientific community through reports, journal articles and seminars.
15% Participate in fieldwork and lab analysis of soil and plant specimens 15%Assist in preparation of grant funding proposals to support on-going research 5% Manage ADFER lab facilities, and equipment 5% Advise and interact with graduate and undergraduate students in research activities.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Degree requirements
- A PhD in ecosystem/community ecology, rangeland ecology or wildland fire science. This should preferably have a focus on fire and/or peatland ecology.

Experience required
- Strong quantitative skills and familiarity with statistical techniques appropriate to plant community data (permutational MANOVA, Indicator Species Analysis, NMDS, Redundancy Analysis, Principle Response Curves etc.)
- Demonstrated ability to publish research in peer-reviewed journals
- Experience designing, conducting, and monitoring vegetation research projects.
- Ability to direct ecological field work with expertise in plant community ecology
- Excellent botanical skills.
- Use of R for statistical analysis
- Experience with GIS software
- Competent computer skills, with demonstrated capability in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and database management software
- Excellent organizational, communication, and presentation skills. Proven ability to write and speak effectively, targeting both scientific and management audiences.
- Proven ability to set and reach goals, work independently without close supervision, and give acute attention to detail and deadlines.
- Ability and willingness to conduct field work in a variety of conditions, including frequent travel, often for extended periods of time, and sometimes in primitive conditions.

Desirable experience
- Knowledge of, or experience developing, state-and transition models
- Spatial data analysis and species distribution modeling
- Experience with additional relevant statistical packages (e.g. PRIMER, Canoco, PC-Ord)
- Knowledge of fire behaviour and ecology
- Familiarity with the flora of the intermountain West and/or North American peatlands would be a strong advantage
- Basic knowledge of soil microbiology

DEADLINE AND ENQUIRIES

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


OKLAHOMA

Postdoctoral Position in Stream Ecology - Univ. of Oklahoma (Posted 9/24/18)

The Allen Lab at the University of Oklahoma is recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow to work on research projects related to the geographical ecology of stream and rivers, with an emphasis on intermittently flowing systems. Up to 5 years of funding (with competitive salary and benefits) is available with a flexible start date sometime in the first half of 2019 (ideally no later than June).

The postdoc will work primarily work on StreamCLIMES, a new NSF-funded collaborative Macrosystems Biology project studying how drying affects stream ecosystems across the southern half of the US. The work includes a significant field-based component that integrates NEON stream research sites, where we will document the biodiversity, food web structure, and genetic connectivity of stream benthic invertebrate communities at perennial (continuously flowing) and intermittent (non-continuously flowing) stream sites. Other parts of the project include the development of a smartphone app designed for researchers and citizen scientists to map wet and dry reaches of streams and rivers, the development of hydrological models that will predict stream drying patterns in the study river systems under different climate scenarios, and spatial ecological models that will integrate field-collected data and hydrological model outputs to project how stream ecosystems will respond to large scale climate variability. Collaborators on this project include Michael Bogan at the University of Arizona, Katie Costigan at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, Meryl Mims at Virginia Tech, Ben Ruddell and Abe Springer at Northern Arizona University, Albert Ruhi at the University of California Berkeley, Robert Pastel at Michigan Tech University, and Tom Neeson and Yang Hong at the University of Oklahoma.

The postdoc will also have the opportunity to work with the Dry Rivers Research Coordination Network. The DryRiversRCN is another new NSF-funded research project which will bring hydrologists and ecologists together in expert workgroups to synthesize current knowledge on the hydrology and ecology of intermittent streams and rivers. Three workgroups will be formed each year from 2019-2021 that the postdoc will have the opportunity to participate in.

Required qualifications: PhD in ecology or a related field by the time of employment and experience successfully leading field research projects in streams.

Desired qualifications: Previous experience working with stream benthic macroinvertebrates and/or stable isotopes. Track record of quality publications in scientific journals, as appropriate for the career stage of the applicant. Interest in using stable isotope methods and gaining hands-on experience in a stable isotope lab. Previous experience mentoring undergraduate students.

To apply: Send a CV, letter of interest with potential start dates, and contact information for 3 professional references to . Additionally, up to 3 representative publications may be sent as separate pdf files at the discretion of the applicant. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018, applications submitted afterwards will be reviewed until the position is filled. Candidates from groups underrepresented in STEM are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral researcher in Comparative Biology: Department of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, U.S.A. (Posted 8/24/18)

The Moen lab at the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for an NSF-funded project examining the drivers of macroevolutionary transition rates between different anuran (frog and toad) ecomorphs (e.g. aquatic, arboreal, fossorial, terrestrial). Key duties will focus on collecting morphological data from museum specimens of anurans, conducting large-scale phylogenetic comparative analyses, presenting the results at conferences, and leading publication of the research. Additional research opportunities are available, particularly those that focus on functional morphology in anurans, evolutionary biomechanics, and macroevolution. While data collection for this position will primarily focus on museum specimens, it will involve some travel to U.S. museum collections and local fieldwork. In addition to research, the post-doc will be responsible for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students during the academic year and mentoring undergraduates as part of an eight-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Appointment will be for one year with competitive salary and benefits. The position has an anticipated start date of 15 October 2018, although this is negotiable.

The minimum qualification for this position is a Ph.D. in a relevant field. Competitive candidates will have a strong background in phylogenetic comparative biology (specifically analyses of phenotypic evolution) and data analysis in R. In addition, experience collecting data on frog morphology and knowledge of frog biology and evolution will be beneficial for working on this project.

To apply please email a single PDF of (a) a cover letter summarizing research experience and interests, (b) a curriculum vitae (CV), and (c) contact information (email and phone) for three references, preferably including your Ph.D. advisor and most recent postdoctoral advisor, if applicable. Please send in an email with the subject line as "Postdoctoral application <your name>" to Daniel Moen at . For full consideration, apply by 15 September 2018. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please direct any questions about the position to Daniel Moen (; 405-744-6815). More information about the Moen lab can be found at moenlab.okstate.edu.

Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected category. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c).


OREGON

Postdoc: watershed integrity, EPA (Posted 8/31/18)

They have a post-doc position available at the US EPA's Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, OR. The position is funded through the Oakridge/ORISE program, and applications must be submitted through the Zintellect website here.

Watershed Integrity: Refinement and Case Study Development (position EPA-ORD-NHEERL-WED-2018-06). Under EPA's Safe and Sustainable Water Resources National Program, an Index of Watershed Integrity (IWI) has been defined (Flotemersch et al. 2015) and mapped for the conterminous US (Thornbrugh et al. 2018). This research project may consist of the following four elements: (1) Enhancing the IWI map -- The original IWI map was based on hypothesized relationships between stressors and ecological functions, using first order, linear assumptions and no weighting. An approach to enhancing the IWI map by defining empirical relationships using random forests has been developed for the water quality function (Johnson et al. submitted). The research participant may be involved in enhancing the IWI map by more accurately characterizing the relationships between stressors and the remaining five functions that are incorporated into the index using literature and available data; (2) Testing the IWI map -- The IWI map has been tested by comparing results to stream condition data from case study watersheds and national surveys (Kuhn et al. 2018; Thornbrugh et al. 2018), and in conjunction with #3 below, the research participant will acquire regional data to further test the IWI maps; (3) Regional applications -- The research participant may develop one or more regional case studies demonstrating the utility of the IWI maps for aquatic resource management; and (4) Temporal change -- A map of partial change in IWI over time with respect to specific stressors may also be produced, dependent on the availability of new spatial datasets. The full project description can be found here.

Questions on the application process should be addressed to ORISE at . Technical questions concerning the position can be obtained by contacting me at . Note that applicants must have received a Doctoral Degree within the last 60 months and must be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.

Post-doctoral Position on Nitrate Stable Isotopes (Posted 8/21/18)
US EPA’s Western Ecology Division
Newport, OR
Reference Code: EPA-ORD-NHEERL-WED-2018-05
The anticipated start date for the appointment is September 1, 2018.
For more information, go here

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Posted 8/15/18)

Applications are invited for a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Scholar appointment to be held at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University. Primary research focus is developing quantitative decision making tools for evaluating environmental flows for the Willamette River Basin. Applicants must have completed all the requirements for their doctoral program (PhD or equivalent), with demonstrated research accomplishments, and publications in the primary research literature.

Applicants should have the necessary skills and experience with sample design and the estimation of animal population parameters, fish life cycle models, and should have interest and capabilities in applying the results to natural resource decision making. The position will primarily involve coordination of stakeholders, data analysis and modeling with some potential for field research. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of James Peterson and will be part of an interagency and interdisciplinary team of stakeholders and researchers. The successful candidate must be able to work successfully in a team environment. Periodic travel to meet with collaborators or conduct field work with overnight stays will be required.

Excellent command of the English language, quantitative analytical skills, and written and verbal communication skills are absolutely required. Special consideration will be given to candidates possessing one or more of the following knowledge and skills: GIS, spatial statistics, sampling design and ecology, and Bayesian modeling techniques. 

Appointment: Appointments will be intended for a term of one (1) year, with the possibility for renewal of an additional year, based upon a satisfactory performance review. Salary ($50-55,000 year) and full benefits will be commensurate with qualifications of the successful applicants. 

Applications: Applications must include a complete personal resume with details of academic qualifications, electronic copies of two (2) representative scientific publications, and the names and contact information of four (4) individuals who have agreed to provide a personal and professional recommendation if requested. 

Application Submission: Complete applications must be submitted electronically to James Peterson () 

Deadline for applications: Applications will be accepted starting 08/01/2018 and will close when the position has been filled. 

Interviews: All applications will be acknowledged electronically; only those selected for consideration on a short list will be contacted and asked to provide letters of recommendation.


PENNSYLVANIA

MS position in Forest Ecosystem Science in the Forest Resources or Ecology graduate programs at Penn State's University Park campus. (Posted 9/24/18)

Seeking a MS student to study forests at Penn State's Living Filter, a land area that has been treated with waste water for over 30 years. The student will be integrally involved in a collaborative project to develop strategies to optimize forest ecosystem services at the locally managed and innovative waste water treatment facility. The position includes extensive fieldwork, as well as laboratory analytics. The student will measure forest growth, carbon and nitrogen storage, and indicators of physiological stress through analysis of forest composition, tree-rings, plant chemistry and soil chemistry. A bachelor's degree in forestry, ecology, biology, environmental sciences, or similar field is desirable. The position begins January 2019, with latest possible start date June 1st, 2019 and includes annual support of $43,772 for stipend and tuition, as well as health care benefits. Contact Margot Kaye () for more information on the position and how to apply. Collaborating faculty include Penn State faculty Jason Kaye () and Mike Jacobson ().

PhD opportunity in Ecology, Evolution, or Evolutionary Ecology (Posted 8/31/18)

The Turcotte Lab of Evolutionary Community Ecology at the University of Pittsburgh is looking for a PhD student interested in ecology, evolution, or evolutionary-ecology. The lab tests the dynamic interplay between rapid evolution and community ecology in both lab and field settings. Many topics can be pursued including, but not limited to, how plastic and rapid evolutionary changes impact species coexistence and the eco-evolutionary responses of communities to environmental change. They address such topics using various plant and insect study systems and apply methods such as experimental evolution, community manipulations, modeling, and genetic analyses.

Please visit the lab webpage for more information  here.

The Department of Biological Sciences is a dynamic and growing team of enthusiastic researchers and educators. Within the last 2 years they have hired 6 new assistant professors in ecology or evolution! The department also runs the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology, which is equipped with lab space and housing to facilitate field-based research in northwestern Pennsylvania. The City of Pittsburgh is a vibrant and beautiful place to live. It is often voted the ‘Most Livable city in the U.S.’.

All graduate students in the department are provided with a competitive stipend and benefits for 5 years through a combination of fellowships, TAships, and research assistantships. Although funding from the lab itself is available, they expect all prospective students to apply for external funding.

Prospective students should email me with a short paragraph stating why you are interested in the lab and describe your past research experience. Please include your C.V., any publications, and contact information for a few references.

Martin Turcotte, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences University of Pittsburgh


RHODE ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SOUTH CAROLINA

Ph.D. assistantship available – Coastal wetland GHG fluxes OR pine productivity (Posted 10/3/18)

Ph.D. assistantship available – Coastal wetland GHG fluxes OR pine productivity The O’Halloran lab in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University currently has an opening for a Ph.D. student starting in spring (January) 2019. We seek an enthusiastic and inquisitive student who is interested in developing a PhD project using eddy covariance and other techniques in one of the following areas: 1) understanding the sensitivity and drivers of greenhouse gas fluxes in coastal wetlands. The student will work with data from a new cluster of eddy covariance towers located in coastal South Carolina including in salt marsh, tidal freshwater marsh, and upland pine sites. A new Picarro CRDS for measuring soil efflux of nitrous oxide and methane is available for the project. 2) the importance of harvesting on the carbon balance and productivity of managed southern pine plantations. The student will have the opportunity to work with data from two new eddy flux towers in a longleaf pine restoration project in coastal South Carolina, as well as data from managed loblolly pine plantations in Virginia. Students will initially live on main campus to complete coursework at Clemson, but then relocate to the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science to join the lab group at the coast and complete their fieldwork and writing. A full research assistantship (including stipend and tuition waver) is available for three years. Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in forestry, ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science with strong quantitative abilities and self-motivation. Preferred Qualifications: M.S. degree (highly preferred) in forestry, ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science. Programming experience in MATLAB or R. Fieldwork experience in ecology or forestry. To apply, send a CV, unofficial GRE and TOEFL scores (if available) and a cover letter stating your previous experience, interest in this specific position, and future goals to Dr. O’Halloran by October 14. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Contact info and more details about the lab are available here.


SOUTH DAKOTA

MS Graduate Research Assistantship: Mesocarnivore Landscape Ecology (Posted 10/9/18)

Currently recruiting an ambitious MS student to join the Wildlife Ecology and Management Lab at South Dakota State University to work on a project investigating mesocarnivores in an agricultural-dominated landscape. South Dakota supports a diverse guild of mesocarnivores and provides a unique opportunity to investigate the influence of agricultural landscapes and intraguild interactions on patterns of species occurrence. The selected candidate will employ noninvasive monitoring strategies and develop multi-species occupancy models for mesocarnivores of management interest in South Dakota. The selected candidate will be funded for 3 years (starting in January 2019), while working towards a MS degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science through the Department of Natural Resources at South Dakota State University. This assistantship is funded primarily through a Research Assistantship at ~$16,500/yr (plus a full tuition waiver), but may include a Teaching Assistantship support. This project is in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks (SD GFP). The student will be expected to work closely with SD GFP biologists/researchers and with private landowners.

Minimum Qualifications in include a B.S. in wildlife (or a closely related discipline), at least 6–12 months of field experience conducting wildlife surveys, experience working with the R programming language, excellent oral communication and technical writing skills, demonstrated ability to operate a 4x4 vehicle in inclement conditions, and a valid US driver’s license (without restrictions). Preference will be given to candidates with prior knowledge and experience working with furbearers, experience planning and coordinating daily field surveys and activities and/or conducting independent research, technical writing and/or publication experience, experience with noninvasive survey techniques (e.g., camera traps, scent stations, scat deposition surveys, visual encounter surveys, or point counts), and experience working with on private lands and communicating with the public.

To Apply: Please combine the following into a single PDF file: (1) a cover letter that details why you are interested in this position, your most relevant experiences, and your professional goals/aspirations; (2) a Curriculum Vitae; (3) contact information (i.e., name, affiliation, email, and phone number) for 3 references; (4) unofficial GRE scores; and (5) unofficial undergraduate transcripts. Send the PDF file as an attachment to by 2 November 2018 with the subject titled “MS Research Position”. Electronic (email) submission of applications is encouraged but mail is also fine; mailed applications should be postmarked by 2 November 2018 and sent to Robert Lonsinger, South Dakota State University, Department of Natural Resource Management, 1390 College Avenue, Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab Room 138, Box 2140B, Brookings, SD 57007-1696.

University/Community: South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2016 enrollment of 12,613 students from all 50 states and 85 countries. Approximately 55% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 37% from other states, and 8% from other countries. There are ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus to increase diversity. The main campus of SDSU is the center of life in Brookings, a friendly, economically-healthy community of nearly 23,657 residents on the eastern border of the state. Brookings has an active social and cultural environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within an easy commute. Sioux Falls, a city of approximately 170,000 persons, is 55 miles to the south.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check. South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing . SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

PhD: Carbon flux in grasslands (Posted 8/15/18)

One PhD teaching assistant position is available for a student interested in carbon flux in grasslands/rangelands of the Northern Great Plains. The student will work in the laboratory of Dr. A. Joshua Leffler and should have interests in plant physiological ecology, ecosystem-level carbon flux, nutrient cycling, or large-scale ecosystem processes. Strong quantitative skills are necessary including experience with R. Expertise in remote data systems, eddy covariance, Li-Cor CO2 analyzers, and Campbell Scientific data loggers would be helpful. The student will build a project around examining carbon flux in grazed grasslands with different compositions of native and invasive species. The assistantship is funded through the Department of Natural Resource Management and requires TAing various classes during the academic year (max. 20 hours per week) and/or possibly a one-week summer course. To apply, send your CV; unofficial transcripts; a letter describing your experience, research interests, and career goals; and contact information for three professional references to Dr. A. Joshua Leffler (). Apply by 1 September 2018.

MS/PhD: ecosystem function and livestock management (Posted 8/15/18)

One MS or PhD research assistant position is available for studies on the effects of livestock production practice on ecosystem function. Students interested in rangelands/grasslands, ecosystem ecology, toxicology, entomology, or livestock management are especially encouraged to apply. The student will work in the laboratories of Dr. Lora Perkins and Dr. A. Joshua Leffler in the Department of Natural Resource Management. The research will focus on the impact of parasiticides used in livestock production on dung beetle populations and communities, nitrogen cycling, carbon flux, or plant biomass and species composition. The field component of the research will be conducted in central South Dakota. The assistantship funded by USDA includes a 12-month stipend and tuition waiver. To apply, send a single PDF file with your CV; unofficial transcripts; a letter describing your experience, research interests, and career goals; and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Lora Perkins () or Dr. A. Joshua Leffler (). Apply by 1 September 2018. 


TENNESSEE

Please check back for future positions.


TEXAS

Graduate Student Opportunities -- Texas State University (Posted 9/14/18)

The Nowlin Aquatic Ecology Lab invites applications for graduate students to the lab and the Aquatic Resources graduate programs at Texas State University. The lab currently has funding to conduct several multi-year studies on the community and ecosystem ecology of spring systems and their biota in semi-arid and arid regions of central and west Texas. The Nowlin Lab is seeking well-qualified applicants to start in Spring and/or Fall 2019. The lab is located in the Aquatic Station and has a variety of research resources, including water quality analytical equipment, field instrumentation, scopes, boats, field vehicles, a wet lab, and an outdoor experimental stream facility. Graduate students will be funded through a combination of research and instructional assistantships. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Weston Nowlin () by email and submit: (1) a letter of research interests and career goals, (2) a current CV, (3) unofficial undergraduate transcripts and GRE scores (if taken), and (4) a list of references. A formal application package must also be submitted to the Graduate College at Texas State University by October 30, 2018 or January 15, 2019 for full consideration in the Spring 2018 or Fall 2019 semesters, respectively.

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

Ph.D. Assistantship in Arctic coastal carbon cycling (Posted 9/14/18)

A Ph.D. research assistantship is available (beginning Spring or Summer 2019) in Arctic coastal carbon cycling in the Lougheed lab at the University of Texas at El Paso. This position is part of an interdisciplinary team funded by the National Science Foundation to study linkages between terrestrial and aquatic processes within Beaufort Sea lagoons at a newly established Arctic LTER site (ble.lternet.edu). The student will be expected to enroll in either their Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (science.utep.edu/eeb) or Environmental Science and Engineering (science.utep.edu/ese) doctoral programs. A background in aquatic biogeochemistry would be beneficial, with a degree in chemistry, biology, environmental science, or a closely related field, preferred.

Students will participate in all aspects of the project, from field work in the Arctic to publication of findings. Applicants are expected to have a strong academic background, show evidence of independent work in the field and/or lab, and demonstrate a capacity to contribute to a collaborative research environment. For more information, please email a statement of interest/background and a copy of your CV to Dr. Vanessa Lougheed ().

PhD opportunity in evolutionary ecology (Posted 9/5/18)

The Walsh lab at the University of Texas at Arlington is recruiting PhD students for the Fall of 2019. Research in the Walsh addresses questions at the interface of ecology and evolution in aquatic environments. This position will have the opportunity to contribute to a NSF CAREER grant that is testing the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptation. This project is resurrecting populations of waterfleas (Daphnia) from lakes in Wisconsin that have recently adapted to a novel invasive predator. Activities associated with this position include field and laboratory experiments using aquatic organisms. Students with interests in the evolutionary ecology are encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a brief statement of interests, CV, and GRE scores to Matt Walsh (). Review of applicants will begin immediately. For more information about the lab, go here. For information regarding the graduate program at UTA, please go here. UTA offers very competitive stipends that include a tuition waiver and health insurance coverage.

The Department and University have numerous resources including state- of-the-art labs, an Animal Care Facility, a Genomics Core Facility, a Center for Human Genomics, and the newly established Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies – a major partnership between UT Arlington and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments that offers extensive resources for imaging, proteomics and analytical chemistry. The Department also benefits from access to core UT-system genomics and computational resources at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) – one of the leading advanced computing centers in the U.S.

Arlington is a city of approximately 365,000 and is conveniently located in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Within a 25-mile radius of the center of Arlington is a workforce of over two million people. The city has 82 public parks, including River Legacy Parks, a 1,300-acre oasis on the Trinity River in the heart of north Arlington.  Arlington is the home of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the Texas Rangers Ballpark, and Six Flags Over Texas. Cost of living is relatively low for a major metropolitan area. The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the fourth largest airport in the US. More information on the city of Arlington can be found here.

Macroecology postdoc position (Posted 8/21/18)

The Yeager lab at the University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) located in Port Aransas, Texas is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to begin September 2018 or shortly thereafter. The postdoctoral research will involve macroecological analyses of seagrass fish diversity across the Gulf of Mexico and Eastern US. This project involves helping to assemble and analyze a unique dataset of biotic, environmental and human impact variables for 37 embayments spanning latitudinal and environmental gradients. This work will explore questions of anthropogenic and climatic controls on large-scale patterns of alpha and beta biodiversity through space and time.

DURATION: This will be a 12-month position with possibility for extension contingent on available funding.

ANNUAL SALARY: $47,476 + benefits

QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD in biology, zoology, ecology/evolution, environmental science, marine science, or mathematics is required. Strong computation skills are expected including proficiency in R programming language, strength in statistical modelling, and experience working with spatial data. A thorough understanding of community ecology theory and a demonstrated record of publication will also be assets.

APPLICATION: Interested candidates should contact me via e-mail (). Please send me a brief e-mail describing your interest in the position, your CV, and contact information for 3 references.

Postdoctoral Position in Fire Ecology and Grassland Restoration (Posted 7/23/18)

Funding is available for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate drivers of native plant community composition and turnover across a long-term experimental restoration system in central Texas. The postdoctoral position will be supported by the Jha Lab at the University of Texas at Austin and will work closely with collaborators at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Department of Ecological Research & Design with residence in Austin, Texas. The postdoctoral project is focused on the compilation and analysis of numerous existing datasets to be published as part of a working group evaluating the impacts of prescribed burning, mowing, and seeding treatments on grassland/savanna systems in Central Texas. In this position, there is extensive opportunity to connect and collaborate with other researchers at the University of Texas and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to study plant and pollinator population and community ecology.

Qualified candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in ecology, botany, bioinformatics, statistics, restoration biology, or a related field of study. Candidates with background in data management and analysis are strongly encouraged to apply. Excellent communication skills, including effective writing, are also required. Prior experience working with grassland data, invasive plants, and/or multi-year field-collected data is a plus. The appointee may also be involved with the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as outreach/extension activities.

This is a full-time postdoctoral researcher position with excellent benefits and support for two or more years, contingent upon review. Interested applicants should upload (1) a letter of interest (~1 page) describing previous research experience and interests in working on the project, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for three references willing to provide a recommendation. To apply, please go here.

Review of applications will begin Aug 15th 2018, and will continue until the position is filled; however, applications received by Aug 15th will be given priority consideration. Please send questions regarding the position to (subject: “Postdoc”).

The University of Texas at Austin is home to a vibrant research community, with strengths in population and community ecology, fire ecology, animal behavior, molecular biology, conservation biology, population genetics/genomics, multi-species interactions, and evolutionary biology. Opportunities exist to learn a range of both field-based and lab- based experimental techniques and to develop grant proposals for additional research projects. The University of Texas at Austin is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

MS Graduate Student Position_ Aquatic Community Ecology_ Sam Houston State University (Posted 7/23/18)

Sam Houston State University, Huntsville TX to start early spring 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Carmen Montana.

A TAship and research support is available to conduct master’s level research on aquatic communities in pond ecosystems in Texas. This research will be part of a long-term ecological project that examines spatial- temporal variation of pond communities at local and regional scales and quantify the environmental factors driving aquatic diversity across these landscape scales. More specifically, this project seeks to quantify pond aquatic diversity using both taxonomic and functional approaches, to quantify abundance of predators and competitors within pond microhabitats and to investigate the importance of local and regional factors on species diversity.

The preferred starting date is Spring 2019 (early January). Graduates with an interest and education in freshwater communities (both fish and aquatic invertebrates) or related subjects are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Carmen Montana () at your earliest convenience for more information about the position and the project.

Other relevant information can be found on the following websites:
https://carmengmontana.weebly.com/
http://www.shsu.edu/dept/graduate-admissions/prospective-students.html
http://www.shsu.edu/academics/biological-sciences/programs/graduate-biology-program.html

Qualifications
Graduated with a degree in Biology, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or related fields, with research experience in freshwater ecosystems are encouraged to apply for this position.

To apply send a letter of interest, a CV, GRE scores, informal transcripts, and the names and contact information for 3 references by email to Dr. Carmen G. Montana-Schalk ()

Postdoctoral opportunity (Posted 7/16/18)
Integrative Biology Department
University of Texas at Austin
Apply by August 31st, 2018
For more information, go here

MS Scholarship in Plant Invasion Ecology  (Posted 7/16/18)

A scholarship and research support is available to conduct master’s level research on the invasion ecology of Johnsongrass in native prairie. This research will be part of a large-scale, long-term ecological experiment that examines the efficacy of native prairie species for biofuel production under a range of cultivation practices. The position is funded through a cooperative agreement between Texas State University and the US Department of Agriculture. The preferred starting date is Fall 2018 (late August).

Graduates with an interest and education in plant ecology or related subjects are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Susan Schwinning () at your earliest convenience for more information about the position and the project. Other relevant information can be found on the following websites:

http://www.susan-schwinning.net/Lab/index.html
http://www.bio.txstate.edu/Graduate-Program/M.S.PopulationConservationBiology.html
http://www.bio.txstate.edu/
http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/programs/biology.html

Post Doc in Plant-Microbe Interactions (Posted 7/16/18)

The Crawford Lab anticipates hiring a postdoctoral researcher in plant-microbe interactions in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston.

The postdoctoral researcher will conduct research on an NSF-funded project testing how climate influences plant-soil feedback in native Texas grasslands. This work will include both greenhouse and field experiments, as well as next-generation sequencing of soil communities. In addition to this project, the postdoctoral researcher will be encouraged to develop their own ideas and projects on plant-microbe interactions.

Candidates must have a PhD in ecology or a related field and experience conducting research with plants and/or microbes. Other important qualifications are a background in statistical methods, a strong work ethic, problem-solving and time management skills, and a track record of publications. A background in managing large field experiments and experience with molecular techniques and bioinformatics are desirable.

This is a one year position with an expectation for renewal provided satisfactory performance. The start date is very flexible, but an ideal candidate would be able to start in Spring or Summer 2019.

To apply, please send your CV (including contact information for 3 references) along with a short description of your previous research experience and your interest in this position to Dr. Kerri Crawford (). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. 


UTAH

Graduate positions in ecology at Utah State University (Posted 9/14/18)

Two graduate research assistantships are available in Peter Adler's group at USU. One position is funded on a Department of Defense grant and will focus on analyzing plant population and community responses to climate variation in long-term data sets from arid and semiarid ecosystems. The second position has more flexible funding, and could support projects related to competition and coexistence, plant-animal interactions, and global change ecology. Both positions could support either MS or PhD students. To apply, please email me (peter.adler [at] usu.edu]) a cover letter explaining your interest in the position(s), a CV, and contact information for three references by mid- November.  

PhD in Environmental Biogeochemistry at Utah State University (Posted 9/5/18)

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

Qualifications: The student(s) must have completed an MSc by the start date and have a strong interest and background in one or some of the following subjects: biogeochemistry, geochemistry, water quality, limnology, ecosystem ecology, and/or microbiology. Students with experience in laboratory settings are preferred but not necessary.

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

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

Ph.D. student position in Global Change Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Utah (Posted 8/24/18)

Seeking Ph.D. students interested in global change ecology to join the Anderegg Lab in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah. They have ongoing projects on an array of topics, including drought-induced tree mortality, recovery after climate extremes, plant functional traits and ecosystem carbon/water fluxes, and ecosystem modeling.

Candidates with research interests in ecosystem ecology, ecological modeling, ecophysiology, or plant ecology would be strong fits. Interested applicants should send a current CV including GPA and GRE scores and a brief statement describing your research interests and background to William Anderegg (). For more details on the lab, check out their website. The School of Biological Sciences at UU offers a competitive package for graduate students. Applications are due January 3, 2019.

The University of Utah is a comprehensive and diverse Research I public institution located in the Wasatch Front urban corridor with easy access to research and recreational opportunities in the Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau. Salt Lake City is a dynamic, high-tech and bike-friendly metropolitan area with high-quality cultural and entertainment amenities, an extensive public transit system, a sunny, dry four-season climate and "the Greatest Snow on Earth." With an enrollment of 31,000 students, it is the flagship university for the state of Utah. The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Underrepresented groups, women, veterans, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Graduate Research Assistantships in Wetland Revegetation, Predictive Modeling for Wetland Restoration, and Seed/Seedling Functional Traitsa (Posted 8/15/18)

The Kettenring Wetland Ecology Lab in the Department of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center at Utah State University has openings for 1-2 M.S. graduate students starting fall 2018 or spring 2019. Projects will focus on techniques for seed-based wetland restoration; variation in functional traits among seed sources; and predictive modeling for wetland revegetation. All projects will focus on Great Salt Lake wetlands and will be under the guidance of Dr. Karin Kettenring, whose research focuses on plant ecology and genetics, wetland restoration, and invasive species ecology and management. Students with a background and interest in seed ecology, plant propagation, climate change and wetlands, genetic diversity, or predictive modeling for restoration are particularly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should email Dr. Kettenring () with their transcripts (unofficial okay), GRE scores, a statement of research interests, and a resume or CV. Review of applicants will begin August 27, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Utah State University is located in picturesque Logan, UT, a community of 100,000 people situated 85 miles north of Salt Lake City. Logan has a low cost of living and is located in a semi- rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, wetlands, lakes, rivers, and mountains that provide unparalleled recreational opportunities.

Post-doctoral Associate – Climate Science Department of Watershed Sciences Utah State University – Logan, UT (Posted 7/26/18)

A 42-month post-doctoral position is available in climate science applications to conservation planning. The post-doc will participate in an interdisciplinary research project designed to develop a data-driven decision support system to improve conservation planning of several sensitive amphibian species. The post-doc will collaborate with project leaders to characterize and forecast climate and fire regimes in southern California and refine and integrate regional climate, fire risk, and land use change models. The post-doc will be responsible for preparing quarterly and annual reports summarizing progress on project objectives and writing journal articles describing project results.

Salary is $50,000 plus a full Utah State University benefit package (health, dental, and retirement) worth approximately 45% of salary. For position details, qualifications, and instructions for applying go here. Review of applications will start 1 August. The position will be open until filled.

Utah State University is a Research I (Extensive Doctoral) land-grant institution with a student body of over 24,000, 42 departments, 8 academic colleges, a school of Graduate Studies, and diverse research programs. The main campus is located in Logan, a community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational opportunities. The area has a low cost of living and provides a high quality of life. For more information on Logan go here.

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Recent paper on conservation and armed conflict 

Recruiting 1 MS student – Fire Ecology and Management – Utah State University (Posted 7/5/18)

They are recruiting 1 MS graduate student, starting in the fall of 2018 or January 2019. The student will work on a project to use broad-scale spatial analysis, existing monitoring data, and fire behavior modeling to assess the effectiveness of fuel treatments in meeting land management objectives in Utah. Applicants should be comfortable working with large datasets, including spatial data. Familiarity with ArcGIS and R is preferred.

For more information, please contact Larissa Yocom at . If you’d like to apply, please send me 1) a letter describing your research interests, 2) a resume or CV, 3) GRE scores, 4) unofficial transcripts, and 5) names and contact information for 3 references.

Graduate students may obtain degrees through the Department of Wildland Resources or the Ecology Center at Utah State. Utah State is located in Logan, which is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City and positioned in a scenic mountain basin with nearby wilderness areas, ski resorts, forests, lakes, rivers, and mountains. The cost of living in Logan is low, the community is very safe, and it is within a day's drive of multiple national parks.

Links:
https://qcnr.usu.edu/wild/index
http://ecology.usu.edu/


VERMONT

Graduate opportunities in ecology and evolution and QuEST Doctoral Training program (Posted 7/23/18)
Department of Biology
University of Vermont
For more information, go here.  


VIRGINIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graduate student positions – Carbon cycling and oxygen dynamics in coastal benthic systems (closes 1/15/2019) (Posted 9/24/18)

Two graduate student positions (MS or PhD) at the University of Virginia are available to study carbon cycling and oxygen dynamics in coastal benthic systems, including seagrass meadows, permeable sands, macroalgal mats, and tidal flats and creeks.

Students will be advised by Peter Berg and join the highly interdisciplinary Department of Environmental Sciences. Applicants are anticipated to have a solid background in aquatic ecology, environmental science, or related disciplines, and have an interest in working with underwater in situ sensors, including aquatic eddy covariance instrumentation.

Ability to work as part of a team is a must, and the student’s research will include a mixture of field work, data analysis, and synthesis. Most of the work will be done as part of the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research program. In addition, national and international trips to work with collaborators can be expected.

Students who show acceptable progression in their academic work are guaranteed full funding for their degree (2.5 years for MS and 5 years for PhD). This support is comprised of a mixture of teaching and research assistantships that together provide highly competitive student stipends, tuition, and health insurance.

The University of Virginia graduate school application deadline is January 15, 2019, for enrollment in the Fall of 2019, but those interested should contact Peter Berg () in advance and provide a brief description on their background and motivation.

Postdoctoral Associate in Freshwater Carbon Cycling (Posted 8/31/18)
Virginia Tech
Posting No.: SR0180137
Review begins September 17, 2018
For more information, go here.  

Two Ph.D. Student positions - freshwater lakes and reservoirs (Posted 8/31/18)

The Carey Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech has funding for two Ph.D. student positions to start in late Spring/early Summer 2019. They are looking for enthusiastic and highly self-motivated students at the Ph.D. level interested in studying freshwater lakes and reservoirs.

Position 1: They are seeking a Ph.D. student to examine carbon cycling in local drinking water reservoirs. This project involves substantial field sampling with other graduate students and undergraduate assistants to lead a reservoir monitoring program, and will involve multiple opportunities to conduct whole-ecosystem reservoir oxygenation experiments. This position is part of a new NSF-supported project to study the effects of changing oxygen conditions on carbon burial in reservoirs. They aim to recruit a student that has experience in aquatic fieldwork and interest in working with high-frequency water quality sensors. This student would interact closely with reservoir managers to help make recommendations for drinking water management decisions.

Position 2: Theye are seeking a Ph.D. student who will integrate field data with simulation models to study lake water quality responses to changing climate and management. This position is part of a multi- institutional NSF project to develop water quality forecasts for drinking water lakes and reservoirs. This highly interdisciplinary project will involve close collaborations with ecosystem modelers, computer scientists, and social scientists to examine the feedbacks between human decision-making and water quality. They aim to recruit a student with modeling experience and strong quantitative skills. This student would work closely with managers to help develop water quality forecasts that guide their drinking water management.

They seek conscientious and energetic students who can work independently while participating in a fun and highly collaborative lab environment. The Carey Lab is part of the Virginia Tech Stream Team, an internationally-recognized group of faculty and students focused on understanding the community and ecosystem ecology of aquatic habitats. Virginia Tech, as Virginia’s leading research institution, has a strong interdisciplinary focus on the environment and natural sciences. Virginia Tech is located in scenic southwestern Virginia, and its close proximity to ponds, reservoirs, streams, woodlands, and other diverse habitats makes it an ideal location for field studies. Both student positions will be funded on a combination of teaching and research assistantships, which include a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance benefits. Interested students should send an email letter of inquiry containing an overview of your research interests, your C.V., an unofficial transcript, a list of past research experiences and mentors, and GRE scores (if available) to . Please feel free to contact Cayelan Carey with questions about the application process, graduate school at Virginia Tech, or potential research questions.

Smithsonian GIS Internship (Posted 8/6/18)

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is offering an internship in GIS analysis as part of the Changing Landscapes Initiative (CLI). CLI is a joint spatial analysis and public engagement project utilizing both land use/land cover change modeling and scenario planning to inform land use decisions. The project is beginning a new phase where land use/land cover change models will be used to evaluate impacts to regional ecologic function. In addition, they are in the beginning stages of applying their methods and models internationally. Learning Objectives: This internship is intended for someone who wants to both refine and expand their quantitative and communication skill sets. The CLI team will provide opportunities for the intern to apply their knowledge to an authentic, ongoing scientific inquiry. The intern will have access to a diverse set of real world spatial data and experienced spatial analysts will guide them through intermediate and advanced methods for analyzing that data using both R and ArcGIS. The intern will have the opportunity to refine their skills in R by both editing existing code and generating new code from scratch. The intern will also be introduced to, and develop proficiency in, the use of Dinamica EGO, a powerful modeling platform. Finally, the intern will gain first hand insight into how advanced spatial analysis is communicated to a variety of audiences (public, scientific, NGO) and, in particular, how it can be used to influence on the ground policy. Skill Building Opportunities: Interns will have the chance to learn and develop quantitative and communication skills by: -Preparing spatial data for advanced analysis -Performing descriptive analyses in both ArcMap or R -Writing, editing, and running R scripts -Participating in the development of Dinamica EGO models -Creating aesthetically compelling cartographic products -Assisting with data management -Occasionally assisting with outreach efforts Who Should Apply: Interns with the following will benefit the most from this opportunity: -Degree in geography, ecology, environmental science, or related field -Experience manipulating spatial data to meet analytical needs (projections, raster/polygon conversion, subset selection) -Experience synthesizing and summarizing diverse spatial data sets from of varying formats -Proven ability to write and edit R scripts -Experience with basic statistics and ability to perform simple exploratory analyses -Interest in biogeography, landscape ecology/change, and a desire to learn -Experience with land use modeling or species distribution modeling -Experience with the use of python in ArcMap Stipend: $1700 per month Housing: On-campus housing is available Terms of Appointment: 6-month full time (40 hrs/wk) internship, with possibility of extension, starting in late September 2018 Location: The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA. Application Deadline: Monday, August 27, 2018 To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to explaining your interest in this program, expressing how you could benefit from the training, how it could contribute to your future career goals, and why you would make a strong candidate 

Ph.D. or M.S. assistantship in environmental data science and forecasting at Virginia Tech (Posted 8/1/18)

The Ecosystem Dynamics and Forecasting Lab (epics.frec.vt.edu) led by Dr. Quinn Thomas in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech has funding for a new graduate student position to start January or August 2019. They are looking for an enthusiastic and highly self-motivated student at the Ph.D. or M.S. level to develop and apply innovative new techniques to combine lake ecosystem modeling with a large array of sensors to forecast water quality in drinking water reservoirs. The Ph.D. or M.S. student will help develop the forecasts to best inform drinking water management decisions.

This position is part of a recently-funded NSF project that will develop a water quality forecasting system for a drinking water supply reservoir and Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) site. This highly interdisciplinary Ph.D. project will combine high- frequency sensor monitoring, modeling, ecosystem forecasting, and data-intensive analytical approaches from ecology, computer science, and social science. There will be opportunities for both computational and field-based research.

They seek a conscientious and energetic student with quantitative and computing skills who can work independently in a collaborative environment. To learn more about what they do, please visit their lab website. The student will work closely with the Carey Lab at Virginia Tech on the project. Students are also encouraged to apply to be a fellow in Virginia Tech’s Interfaces of Global Change graduate program and interact with other students in the Virginia Water Research Center that is housed within their department. Virginia Tech, as Virginia’s leading research and land grant institution, has a strong interdisciplinary focus on the environment and natural sciences and is located in scenic southwestern Virginia.

The student position will be funded on a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which include a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance benefits. Interested students should send an email letter of inquiry containing an overview of your research interests, your C.V., an unofficial transcript(s), a list of past research experiences and mentors, and GRE scores to . Please feel free to contact me with questions about the application process, graduate school at Virginia Tech, or potential research ideas.


WASHINGTON

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

Post Doctorate RA - Physiological Ecology of Tropical Forests (Posted 8/21/18)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA
Job ID: 308203
For more information, go here

Funded Masters Student position in prairie restoration and environmental education (Posted 8/6/18)

Eastern Washington University, Biology Department

Recruiting a M.S. student to work on a funded project on prairie restoration at Eastern Washington University beginning in September 2018 (this fall). The position is to work on EWU’s Palouse Prairie Region Restoration, in which 150 acres of University land will be converted from wheat production to native Palouse prairie vegetation. The position is funded for one year through an environmental education grant. Duties of this position include assisting and coordinating environmental education and community outreach activities, including field trips to Palouse remnants and the restoration site, collecting background data on the restoration site, cultivating native plants for the restoration, and drafting interpretative signs about the project. Community participants will range in age from pre-school to seniors. Planting of the restoration will begin in fall 2019.

Current funding for the position includes a stipend for one year, including summer, and tuition waiver for Washington State residents (out-of-state tuition would be about $5000 per quarter after the waiver). Health insurance and benefits are included. Students would be encouraged to apply for Graduate Service Appointments for a second year of funding.

Eastern Washington University is located ~15 minutes from Spokane, WA in the beautiful Inland Northwest, with a diversity of nearby natural habitats and outdoor recreational opportunities, including the Selkirk Range of the Rocky Mountains. EWU's Biology M.S. students have a broad range of interests, but many focus on ecology or natural resource management. Many of their graduates work in natural resource management or continue to Ph.D. programs.

Those interested in the position should send a letter of interest and CV or resume to Justin Bastow () or Robin O’Quinn () ASAP (no later than August 17, 2018).

More information about the Biology M.S. program, including faculty, current students, curriculum, and application procedures can be found here.

More information about EWU Biology faculty, including research interests, can be found here.


WEST VIRGINIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate on Flow Ecology in Headwater Streams (Posted 9/27/18)

Seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate as part of a national, interdisciplinary team investigating fish and benthic macroinvertebrate community responses to flow variation in headwater streams. Predictive spatial modeling of drought and flood effects is an important aspect of this research problem. Candidates should have experience in stream flow assessment, spatial modeling, and fish and benthic macroinvertebrate ecology with an emphasis on species traits.

This GS-12 term position is supported for 2 years as part of an interdisciplinary study in Shenandoah National Park (Virginia) with funding by the National Park Service and the US Geological Survey. The position is located at the USGS Leetown Science Center in Kearneysville, West Virginia, and the target start-date is January 2019. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for references to Dr. Nathaniel (Than) Hitt <>.

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT POSITION IN DENITRIFICATION DYNAMICS IN RIPARIAN SOILS (Posted 8/21/18)

SUMMARY: A graduate teaching assistant position at the M.S. level is available within the Department of Biology at West Virginia University. The graduate student will investigate the effects of individual tree species and nitrogen availability on soil microbial dynamics related to the production of nitrous oxide and nitrate in managed riparian soils. The project will employ plot-level field and lab studies of soil processes and properties and microbial functional genes related to N cycling. The goal of the project is to understand and quantify the role that specific tree species and associated soil microbes may have in the abatement of N pollutants, and provide insight into recommendations for tree species to select in riparian plantings for environmental nutrient management. Additional responsibilities will include serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Biology Department. The student will be co- advised by Dr. Charley Kelly and Dr. Timothy Driscoll.

TUITION WAIVER AND STIPEND: The successful applicant will be awarded a tuition waiver, a stipend ($6,750 per semester with possibility of additional summer support), and health insurance benefits for the duration of the two-year project, to begin January 2019.

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

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

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

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship – Wetland Water Quality and Macroinvertebrates, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, West Virginia University (Posted 7/5/18)

STARTING DATE: January 2019

CLOSING DATE: Position is open until filled.

DESCRIPTION: Student will be supported by an EPA-funded 12-month Research Assistantship for 4 years.
Student will work with an interdisciplinary team on a statewide wetland water quality and macroinvertebrate index of biotic integrity (IBI) study in West Virginia. Student will be responsible for collecting and analyzing water quality samples, developing a macroinvertebrate IBI, and evaluating wetland condition. Ample opportunities for developing independent research questions related to wetlands, water quality, and invertebrates and for presenting at conferences is available.

Specific objectives of the study are to: 1) characterize water quality conditions for a statewide wetland sample stratified by ecoregion and wetland type; 2) evaluate water quality conditions in relation to surrounding landuse, and biotic and abiotic parameters, 3) identify functional groups of wetlands with high (or low) water quality functions and those with high potential for restoring water quality; 4) develop a macroinvertebrate IBI; 5) investigate the role of hydrologic variation in temporal water quality variation, and 6) review national and state standards, and use existing and proposed WV data to recommend standards for state wetland water quality regulatory guidance specific to WV wetlands.

The student will be working toward a Ph.D. in Forest Resources Sciences with an Emphasis in Wildlife and Fisheries at West Virginia University.

QUALIFICATIONS: M.S. in Wetlands, Ecology, or closely related field. Minimum GPA of 3.5 and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 310. A strong interest and experience in wetlands, macroinvertebrates, and water quality is required. Experience in GIS, statistics, modeling, and wetland vegetation identification is desired.

STIPEND: $21,000/year plus health insurance and complete tuition waiver.

CONTACT: Student will be advised by Dr. James T. Anderson. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, resume, a 500-word statement of purpose (why do you want to work on this project, your research interests, and long-term career goals), unofficial copy of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to .

James T. Anderson, Ph.D.
Davis-Michael Professor Forestry and Natural Resources
West Virginia University
(304) 293-3825 Office
http://wildlife.wvu.edu/


WISCONSIN 

Ph.D. position in grassland plant community dynamics and climate change (Posted 9/19/18)

The Damschen Plant Community Ecology Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison is accepting applications for a Ph.D. student position that will start in fall 2019. Their lab seeks to understand the impact of local and regional processes on plant community composition and diversity within the context of global change impacts and potential conservation and restoration solutions. Their research lies at the interaction of basic and applied community ecology, using long-term datasets and large-scale experiments to test basic theory with relevance to applied conservation management.
While they work across ecosystem types, they focus on fire-maintained grasslands and savannas. More information about their research group can be found here.

Outstanding Ph.D. student applicants with research interests that match with any of the overarching themes of their lab are encouraged to apply. In particular, students interested in how disturbance regimes interact with climate change to affect plant communities are encouraged to apply. They have recently received funding from the National Science Foundation to determine how disturbance by fire affects grassland and savanna plant community responses to winter climate change in Wisconsin and would like to accept one student to work on a thematically related dissertation project.

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

To apply, contact Dr. Ellen Damschen several weeks before the application deadline at with a CV or resume, undergraduate GPA, GRE scores and percentiles, and a brief description of research background, interests, and how they may fit with the broader research in the Damschen Lab. This will allow time to assess whether your research interests fit with their research group before submitting an official application. They value diversity and encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. Official applications to our graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are due December 1, 2018.
Instructions on how to apply can be found on their departmental webpage here. Please indicate in your application that you are interested in applying to the Damschen Lab. Note that their departmental graduate program name is “Zoology”, but this is a broad program that does not place limits on the taxonomic scope of questions being pursued (plant ecologists welcome!). The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a strong program and rich history in ecological and conservation science. More about ecology at UW-Madison can be found here.

Post Doc Res Associate - Isotope Biogeochemistry (Posted 9/14/18)
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WI
For more information, go here

Assistant Researcher - Chemistry & Ecology (Posted 8/21/18)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
Job no: 94324-AS
Apply by September 15, 2018
For more information, go here.

Research Specialist - Chemistry & Ecology (Posted 8/21/18)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
Job no: 94321-AS
Apply by September 15, 2018
For more information, go here.

Post-doc Position in Quantitative Ecology and Data Science (Posted 7/23/18)

Background: They are recruiting a post-doctoral associate to lead a collaborative project advancing the study of extreme weather and climate in species distribution modeling. This will involve the development and application of models to produce accurate predictions and conduct statistical inference on the vulnerability of bird species to future climate change. The post-doc will have access to data from the citizen science project, eBird, one the fastest growing biological inventories in the world and freedom to develop research questions within the broader objectives of the project.

The position will be funded for 2 years. This is collaborative project between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The postdoc will be advised by Drs. Benjamin Zuckerberg (Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison) and Dr. Daniel Fink (Cornell University). The position will be primarily hosted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but the post-doc will be expected to visit and spend significant time at the Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY.

Qualifications: They seek motivated candidates with training in quantitative ecology, excellent statistical or machine learning skills (e.g. high dimension regression, Bayesian hierarchical modeling), and experience or interest in species distribution modeling. Previous experience working with spatial databases (climate, land cover) and large biological databases is highly beneficial. Strong computing skills, especially R, and experience using Linux in high-performance computing and cloud environments are desirable. The candidate should have demonstrable ability to produce quality manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and experience working in collaborative research environments.

Salary: $60-65,000/year plus benefits

Start Date: September 2018 (negotiable)

To apply, please submit your application here

Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey, and uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate, compiled into one file).

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

The position is open to both U.S. citizens and international candidates. UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary once an offer is made.

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

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Applications received by August 10, 2018 are guaranteed full consideration.


WYOMING

Graduate position in quantitative community and spatial ecology (Posted 9/19/18)

The Shoemaker lab is accepting applications for 1-2 graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) who will start fall 2019 at the University of Wyoming in the Program in Ecology or the Botany Department. Theirlab’s research broadly focuses on understanding spatial and temporal community dynamics and coexistence. They combine ecological theory and modeling with experimental tests of underlying mechanisms across a variety of systems, using protist microcosms, grassland manipulations, and long-term datasets. Their research focuses on how spatial heterogeneity, dispersal, and stochasticity alter coexistence of competing species and underlying community composition. More information on their research can be found here.

Qualified applicants should have previous research experience that matches any of the lab’s general research themes, and students with strong quantitative backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. They are interested in students from a diversity of backgrounds, including ecology, biology, mathematics, and computer science. They value diversity and encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. Graduate students will be supported in part by a new 5-year, $20 million NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 grant to the University of Wyoming. Additional details can be found here.

To apply, contact Dr. Lauren Shoemaker at with (1) a CV that includes relevant research or work experience, GPA, and relevant previous classes and (2) a brief description of your research background, future research ideas, and interest in joining the lab. This will allow us to discuss research interests and fit before submitting an official application. The application deadline is January 31 (Program in Ecology) or February 1 (Botany), however applicants are encouraged to express interest as soon as possible.

The University of Wyoming has a total enrollment of 12,000 full-time students with active ecological research across multiple departments, including Botany, Zoology and Physiology, Ecosystem Science and Management, and the Program in Ecology. The university is located in Laramie, a mountain town with a relatively low cost of living that is close to multiple field sites, several mountain ranges, and within easy driving distance of Colorado’s Front Range corridor (Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver). The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please go here.

Graduate assistantships in quantitative eco-evolutionary dynamics at the University of Wyoming (Posted 8/6/18)

The Weiss-Lehman lab is looking for 1-2 graduate students to start in the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming for the fall of 2019. Lab research focuses on the eco-evolutionary dynamics of populations responding to global change, including the spatial dynamics of invasive species spread and populations moving in response to climate change. Their research links quantitative models to empirical data through the use of targeted experiments and laboratory microcosms. The lab currently uses microcosms of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, as they can be manipulated in a number of important ways, operate on tractable timelines for graduate projects (~10 generations in a year), and have a high-quality reference genome available. However, I am happy for students to work in other systems as well, so long as the overall questions fit within the scope of the lab’s research. I am looking for students with a strong quantitative background and a demonstrated ability to work independently and in group settings as they develop their own dissertation projects.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please send me an email with a brief statement detailing your interest in the lab and a current CV including your previous research experience, relevant coursework, and GPA. I will also be at the ESA meeting in New Orleans and the ESEB meeting in Montpellier this year to meet in person and discuss research interests and possible projects.

University and Local Environment: The University of Wyoming has a total enrollment of 12,000 full-time students. Students will be housed in the Botany department, with PhD students partaking in the cross-departmental program in ecology. The university is located in Laramie, a small mountain town close to several different mountain ranges providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. It is also within a day’s drive of three national parks (Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Rocky Mountain National Park). Laramie has a relatively low cost of living and is within easy driving distance of Colorado’s Front Range corridor (Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver).


WASHINGTON, D.C.

Master's Assistantship in Sustainable Agriculture (Posted 9/14/18)

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is the land-grant university of the Nation’s Capital. The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) embodies the land- grant tradition of UDC and offers academic programs in urban agriculture, urban sustainability, water resources management, nutrition and dietetics, urban architecture and community planning.

Position Description: CAUSES seeks a Graduate Assistant to join its Professional Science Master’s Program in Urban Agriculture. The Graduate Assistant will evaluate the use of repurposed waste for production of specialty crops. Of particular interest is how green waste mulch may alter inputs (fertilizer, irrigation, and weed management) and outputs (yield and nutrient density). Research sites may include UDC’s agricultural experiment station, UDC’s food hubs, and partner locations in the metro area.

The Graduate Assistant will partner with other universities, government agencies, and NGOs and will contribute to community outreach. The Graduate Assistant will be expected to conduct research 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters and 30-40 hours per week during summer, which carries a stipend of approximately $18,300 for 12-months and a reduction or complete payment of tuition.

Primary qualifications
• Undergraduate degree in agriculture, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, biological sciences, ecology, or closely related field. Or, demonstrated work experience in these fields • Good organizational skills, attention to detail, and a self-driven curiosity • Proven ability to conduct independent research and/or maintain agricultural systems • Excellent communication skills and the ability to convene and organize research groups, work as part of a scientific team, and relay information to the general public • Strong quantitative skills and a basic understanding of biostatistics are preferred • Knowledge and/or experience growing sweet potatoes and hot peppers is preferred • Physical ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions • A valid driver’s license is required and personal transportation is essential

Application: Applicants apply for the Graduate Assistantship through the PI and then the selected student will apply for the PSM Program through UDC. Applicants should email the PI: 1) a letter of interest detailing their qualifications for the position (two-page maximum); 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) unofficial transcripts; and 4) three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number).

Application deadline: Open until filled. Priority deadline is October 8th.

Starting date: Spring semester 2019. The start date is not flexible.

Duration: One year, renewable for a second year if expectations are met

Contact: To apply for the Graduate Assistantship or for questions, please contact Dr. Matthew Richardson: ; Ph 202-274-5947.

Earth System Science Research Coordination Student Assistant/Intern (Part-Time, Paid) (Posted 9/6/18)
ICF
Washington, DC
For more information, go here.

Fall internship with the Center for Conservation Innovation (Posted 8/6/18)
Defenders of Wildlife
Washington, D.C.
For more information, go here.


CANADA

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

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

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

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

Post-doc in Landscape ecology and biodiversity in Canadian Prairie agroecosystems (Posted 10/9/18)

A two-year postdoctoral position to support our investigation of ecosystem service delivery in Canada’s Prairies. Their lab is animated by recent findings that land sharing practices in agricultural landscapes have the potential to improve both crop yields and conservation outcomes, representing a “win- win” for biodiversity and farmers. They are also part of a network of researchers assessing the status of biodiversity and services provided by arthropods and birds across this vast agricultural region. The position is supported by University of Calgary’s prestigious Eyes High Postdoctoral funding program.

As a postdoctoral scholar joining this team, you will be capable of applying your computational and analytics skills to several “big” spatial data sets that we have collected. These include precision agricultural yield data and an occurrence database for pollinators and other beneficial arthropods. Ideally your research background will be in a related discipline such as landscape ecology, quantitative ecology, environmental science, remote sensing, or spatial statistics. However, we will also consider candidates with data science skills as applied to any discipline who are motivated to pursue ecological, agricultural and spatial questions. Strong programming skills (e.g. in R) and successful application of advanced statistical models are key qualifications.
Collegiality and evidence of strong written and oral communication skills are also essential. Familiarity with Bayesian modelling (e.g. in Stan or JAGS), GIS, and remote sensing methods are assets, but not requirements.

Apply to PAUL GALPERN (). Send a cover letter expressing: (1) qualifications; and, (2) preparedness to begin this appointment as soon as possible but no later than August 31st, 2019. Please also forward: (3) a CV; and (4) one or more research products providing evidence of your abilities in written English communication and advanced statistical modelling. If possible, please combine all documents into a single PDF and include as an email attachment. Candidates selected for interview will be asked to provide the names and contact information for two academic references.

They will begin to review applications on October 24, 2018, but will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. This two- year position is to be supported by the University of Calgary’s Eyes High Postdoctoral Funding and will be based in Calgary, Alberta. Candidates must commence the appointment within five years of being awarded their PhD degree. Applications from both international candidates and Canadian citizens are encouraged. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Paul!

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines.

PhD opportunity: Waterfowl research in the Western Boreal Forest (Posted 10/1/18)

The Fedy Lab of Wildlife and Molecular Ecology is recruiting a PhD student to begin in January or April 2019.

Seeking an excellent student for a fully funded PhD addressing important wildlife conservation issues for waterfowl in the Western Boreal Forest. The research will contribute to our on-going research investigating wildlife responses to habitat disturbance and waterfowl nesting ecology in Alberta. The student will be a member of the Fedy Lab of Wildlife and Molecular Ecology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Research in the lab crosses scales, from genes to landscapes, and the PhD student’s contributions will address questions related to large scale habitat use and waterfowl demography. Spring and summer field work will be based in and around Utikuma Lake, Alberta. The research will be conducted in close partnership with scientists from Ducks Unlimited Canada.

The successful applicant will have a strong background in ecology and field-based research, excellent grades, and a passion for wildlife ecology and conservation. Students should have a strong background in statistics and/or a keen interest and willingness to learn sophisticated quantitative approaches to data analysis. Previous experience with statistical software such as R is preferred. Students must have a strong work ethic, be able to thrive under physically challenging field situations, and must be comfortable supervising field crews in remote locations. Funding for PhD students is available for up to four years and students who have already completed a Master’s degree will be given preference. The applicant should be competitive for scholarships such as NSERC, and will be expected to apply for such opportunities. We, of course, welcome students who have secured external funding. Guaranteed funding is only available for domestic students, at this time.

Students will be supervised by Dr. Brad Fedy (fedylab.uwaterloo.ca) and will be integrated into our active and engaging research environment. The student could start as early as January 2019 or April 2019.

If interested, please email with subject line “Waterfowl PhD” no later than October 15, 2018. Please provide: (1) a cover letter detailing background and research interests; (2) CV including the names of 3 referees; and (3) unofficial transcripts from your previous degrees.

Graduate (PhD and MSc) Opportunities in Soil Biogeochemistry (Posted 9/6/18)

Timeline for application: Until filled

Start date: For Canadian citizens: January 2019 (application deadline Oct 15th 2019) or for Fall Term (application deadline May 31st 2019). For non- Canadian citizens: Fall 2019 (application deadline March 15th 2019).

Opportunities: The Soil Ecology and Biogeochemistry Lab at McGill University MacDonald campus is seeking highly motivated individuals for open MSc and PhD positions. The lab emphasizes research that couples soil ecology and biogeochemistry to understand soil organic matter turnover and accumulation and microbial-plant interactions affecting carbon and nutrient cycling in an agroecosystem specific context and in response to global change. Students will be guided in developing research projects that will use an integrated approach, combining lab, greenhouse, and field-based studies with advanced chemical and biological molecular techniques.

Applicants should include a cover letter stating research and career goals, current transcripts and resume, and contact information (addresses, email and phone numbers) of at least two references. Please send application materials to Dr. Cynthia Kallenbach, Department of Natural Resource Sciences; Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, E-mail: .

Stipend: Annual stipend and tuition will be covered. Scholarship and teaching assistant opportunities to supplement stipend are also available.

Additional information: McGill University is Canada’s premiere university for research excellence and teaching and one of the top 50 universities worldwide. The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science is located at McGill’s Macdonald Campus, just 30 km from vibrant downtown Montreal, providing students with both urban culture and recreational opportunities.

Graduate students at Macdonald campus are a quarter of the student body and the campus houses 8 graduate programs and over 100 faculty members. McGill University is committed to diversity and equity and welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. For further information on the Natural Resource Sciences department and application process please go here.

Post Doc in Restoration Ecology (Posted 8/21/18)

Funding is available for a Post Doctoral researcher to participate in restoration ecology, grassland ecology, and climate change at the Fraser Lab at Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia, Canada.

Post-Doc: The position offered for a period of two years will provide opportunities for the researcher to develop research projects using unique datasets on plant ecology, climate change, plant-soil dynamics, plant-invertebrate interactions, and genomics, with a focus on land reclamation. A Ph.D. in ecology, strong quantitative skills and demonstrated publication record are required. Further, the ability to take a leadership role within a multi-faceted research team, student mentorship experience and strong interpersonal and communication skills.

The position will be funded through an NSERC Industrial Research Chair, with a salary of $50,000 per year plus full university benefits: Medical Services Plan, Extended Medical Services Plan, Dental Plan Insurance, Grouplife Insurance, Accident Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Short Term and Long Term Disability Benefits, and Pension Plan Enrolment. This is a one-year position that may be renewed for a second year according to the availability of funds and performance of the candidate.

Anticipated start date: As soon as possible.

To apply, go here.

To learn more about living in Kamloops and about Thompson Rivers University please visit, “Living in Kamloops”, go here.

Additional questions can be sent to Dr. Lauch Fraser ()

Postdoctoral position in fire behavior and plant physiological effects at the University of British Columbia (Posted 8/3/18)

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). They 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. They 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.

MSc/PhD positions in tropical forest landscape ecology at University of British Columbia (Posted 7/26/18)

Currently recruiting MSc and/or PhD students to join my lab group in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC. My lab aims to understand the causes and consequences of disturbance and extreme events in tropical forest landscapes. They answer questions about the influence of landscape configuration, land use, topography, and other landscape factors on vulnerability to disturbance and climate extremes, forest successional processes, and responses to climate variability. They work at scales ranging from individual to landscape and use a variety of tools to address these questions, including remote sensing and GIS, forest dynamics plots, functional traits, socio-economic surveys, and statistical models.

They are starting new research focusing on fire ecology in deciduous dipterocarp forests in northern Cambodia, and students could work on a variety of questions related to the lab objectives in this landscape. There is also room for students to develop their own research projects related to the broader lab objectives in other regions.

For more information, go hereInformation about the graduate programs at UBC Geography is available here. All graduate students in the department receive stable and consistent funding through a combination of teaching and research assistantships and/or departmental fellowships. PhD applicants must already hold a master’s degree. The application deadline for the master’s program is December 15, 2018, and for the PhD program it is January 1, 2019.

If you are interested in applying, please contact me before the application deadline with your CV and a description of your research interests. Naomi B. Schwartz will be attending ESA in New Orleans and is happy to meet with interested individuals there as well. 


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