Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities

Fellowships

Doctoral Fellowships for studies in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology (including coastal avian ecology) (Posted 6/27/17)

The Department of Biology will be awarding University of Louisiana Fellowships to Ph.D. students entering the doctoral program in January 2018 . UL Fellows are funded for 3-4 years and have limited teaching responsibilities. Fellowship stipends are $18,000 per academic year (plus tuition waiver), with additional support as research assistants available during the summer from many labs. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship (or permanent residency) or degree from a US institution. They will also have teaching assistantships available for incoming Ph.D. students. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors, whose contact information and research interests can be found at our departmental web site.
Applicants interested in studying seabird ecology in relationship to coastal restoration are encouraged to contact Paul Leberg (). The Department of Biology has approximately 70 graduate students and 25 graduate faculty members conducting research on a wide variety of topics. More information on application is available from Dr. Scott C. France (). To receive full consideration, applications to the graduate program should be completed before 8/30/17.



Graduate - Internship Opportunities


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Three Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions - CTFS-ForestGEO, Smithsonian Institution (Posted 7/6/17)

CTFS-ForestGEO is a global network of forest research plots and scientists dedicated to the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. CTFS-ForestGEO conducts long-term, large-scale research on forests around the world to increase scientific understanding of forest ecosystems, guide sustainable forest management and natural-resource policy, monitor the impacts of environmental change, and build capacity in forest science.

The Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in soil-forest interactions, plant-water relations, and tropical forest dynamics.

Position: Soil-Forest Interactions
The initiative aims to develop a quantitative understanding of the influence of soil nutrient availability on the structure and function of lowland tropical forests. The candidate will use data from forest dynamics plots to link soil nutrients to the biomass, productivity, and diversity of lowland tropical forests. The project requires expertise in geostatistics, including the ability to handle large datasets in R software, and will involve fieldwork in forest dynamics plots. The successful candidate will work within the CTFS-ForestGEO Soils Initiative led by Dr. Ben Turner.

Position: Plant-Water Relations & Forest Function
The initiative seeks to understand how functional and physiological traits of tree species mediate their distributions, growth, and survival in relation to site hydrological conditions, including episodic extreme fluctuations in soil water availability, with the ultimate aim of understanding carbon and water dynamics of forests and their interactions with the climate system. The fellow will combine collection of new data on plant functional and physiological traits at tropical forest sites with synthesis of existing data on tree species and climate. The ideal applicant has extensive experience with plant water relations physiology, knowledge of forest ecology, and a strong analytical background. The successful candidate will work within the CTFS-ForestGEO Ecosystems and Climate Initiative led by Dr. Kristina Anderson-Teixeira at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia and collaborate closely with Lawren Sack at UCLA.

Position: Tropical Forest Dynamics
The postdoctoral fellow will conduct analyses of data from the network of large forest plots, and where necessary collect additional supplementary data. Candidates should have a strong analytical background, an established record of research and scholarly publication in forest science. Research topics should include subjects related to the dynamics of tropical or temperate forests, including comparative studies of growth, mortality and biomass change, emphasizing comparative studies among forests. The successful candidate will work within the CTFS-ForestGEO Forest Ecology group at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

Candidates should hold a PhD in ecology, forest ecology or environmental science with experience directly relevant to the specific position described above, strong written and communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.

Each fellow will be awarded the standard Smithsonian postdoctoral stipend. The appointments are for two years with possibility of extension. The starting date is flexible; earlier start dates are preferred.

Positions may be based at one of the following locations: Panama City, Panama; Washington, DC, USA; Front Royal, Virginia, USA, depending on the specific research interests and needs of the candidates and Principal Investigators.

To apply, send a single PDF file containing a cover letter including a statement of research interest, CV, contact information for three references, and three relevant publications or manuscripts to Lauren Krizel, CTFS-ForestGEO Program Assistant, .

Closing date for applications is 15 August 2017. For further information, contact CTFS-ForestGEO Director, Stuart Davies, .


ALABAMA

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

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

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

Job Category: Graduate Assistantship

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

Start Date: preferably Fall 2017

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

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

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

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

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


ALASKA

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

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


ARIZONA

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

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

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

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


ARKANSAS

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CALIFORNIA

Waterbird Internship (Posted 7/24/17)
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
The internship will begin September 1, 2017, with a commitment through March 30, 2018, (7 months).
Apply by August 11, 2017
More information is available here.

Postdoctoral Associate in hydrologic modeling & ecosystem services (Posted 7/24/17)
Natural Capital Project at Stanford
Duration: 12 months, with possibility of extension
Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and we expect to make a decision by Aug 31, 2017
More information is available here.

Two postdoc positions in microbial community ecology (Posted 7/11/17)
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Review of applications will begin on August 5, 2017 and continue until suitable candidates are identified.
More information is available here.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Conservation Ecology (Posted 7/6/17)

Climate smart connectivity for Southern California wildlife Biology Department San Diego State University

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

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

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

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

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Conservation Ecology (Posted 6/27/17)

Climate smart connectivity for Southern California wildlife Biology Department San Diego State University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COLORADO

Postdoctoral fellow in ecological and adaptation genomics at UC-Denvera (Posted 6/27/17)

The Ragland lab at the University of Colorado, Denver is searching for a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research on the genomic architecture of adaptive, complex phenotypes, and on the evolution of gene regulatory networks. This is a flexible position that will contribute to ongoing, NSF-funded research on 1) seasonal adaptation in the Rhagoletis pomonella species complex and associated parasitoid communities, a model for ecological and cascading speciation via seasonal isolation, 2) the role of developmental pleiotropy and regulatory network structure in constraining thermal adaptation in Drosophilid species, and 3) leveraging genetic markers to predict phenology and voltinism in forest pest species. For more information, go here.

In addition to current research priorities, the selected candidate will have ample opportunity to develop new studies and research directions in these and possibly other systems. Many projects in the lab are collaborative, and there will be opportunities to interact with collaborators at the University of Notre Dame, University of Florida, and BOKU Vienna.

In general, they would like to recruit an enthusiastic postdoc who can interface well with other lab members with diverse interests in ecology, evolution, physiology, and genetics, and who will be willing to tap into resources on both of our downtown and medical campuses. More specifically, the successful candidate will have a Ph.D in Biology, Computer Science, or a closely related field with a strong background in evolutionary biology or comparative physiology. A background in the application of statistical models (e.g., glm, mixed models, multivariate analysis) is required, as is experience with Linux command line environments and scripting languages (R, python, perl). Wet lab experience with nucleic acids and the preparation of Next Generation sequencing libraries is preferred. Candidates should also demonstrate evidence of successful communication of results through published manuscripts, conference presentations, or related activities.

The University of Colorado, Denver, hosts a vibrant community of life science researchers on both the downtown Auraria campus and the Anschutz medical campus, including an active postdoctoral association.
The Department of Integrative Biology spans cell, molecular, ecological, and evolutionary research, with strengths in ecological physiology, molecular genetics, and developmental biology. Denver is a fantastic and progressive city with endless possibilities for outdoor activities, well-developed public transportation and cycling infrastructure, and excellent museums, theaters, restaurants, and breweries.

Please submit a cover letter including research interests and addressing the desired qualifications, curriculum vitae, and contact information, including e-mail addresses of at least three references by email to Greg Ragland (). Screening of applications begins July 1, 2017 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

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

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

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

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


CONNECTICUT

The Lewis B. Cullman Postdoctoral Associate (Posted 7/24/17)
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the New York Botanical Garden
New Haven, CT
Apply by August 31, 2017
For more information, go here.

Postdoc Positions in Global Biodiversity Science, Yale (Posted 7/24/17)

Several positions starting fall/winter 2017/18 are available associated with the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, Map of Life and the Jetz Lab. To apply please send, in one pdf, a short cover letter, CV and contact info for three referees to .

For questions or associated PhD opportunities contact . The final selection process will begin on 18 Aug 2017, but applications before this date are welcome and will be reviewed as received.

# Postdoc: Integrated models of biodiversity distributions and change. We are seeking a postdoc (2-3y) addressing questions and research opportunities surrounding uncertainty-assessed models of species (co-)occurrences over time. Project work would benefit from range of carefully curated biodiversity data sources and novel remotely sensed layers from associated NASA projects. Contingent on funding, the position may address specific GEO BON use cases in support of Species Populations Essential Biodiversity Variables. We are open to a candidate’s preferred taxa, regions, and questions and animal/plant and terrestrial/marine/freshwater expertise – qualifications and vision are more important than a specific system. We seek someone with as strong quantitative background and ability to traverse community- and single- species perspectives and spatial scales.

# Postdoc: Mountain biodiversity change. A postdoc position (1-2y) is available to address questions surrounding spatial patterns and temporal changes in global mountain biodiversity. This position will build on the data and infrastructure collaboration of the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment and Map of Life. Targeted work aims to document the evidence base and causes behind geographical mountain biodiversity patterns and to integrate information about change and protection in support of Target 4 of Sustainable Development Goal 15. The successful candidate will have excellent spatial biodiversity modelling skills and statistical background, first-hand experience with observational field data collection, knowledge of global change scenarios and models, and a passion for mountain biodiversity.

# Postdoc: Global macroevolution and macroecology. We are seeking a postdoc (2-3y) to work on questions of species and trait diversification and the evolution of niche-relevant traits in geographic space and across spatial scales. Focal taxa include vertebrates, but we are open to work on invertebrate or plant taxa. The candidate should have a strong background in phylogenetic comparative methods and rate-based diversification analyses and ideally prior experience in the assembly of phylogenies, geospatial analyses, and a solid natural history background. Familiarity with R, python, and bash is desirable, as are strong writing and verbal communication skills, a successful track-record of publications, and strong team-working skills.

Postdoctoral Research Scientist: Dryland Plant Community Traits in a Changing World (Posted 7/6/17)

The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES) at Yale University is seeking a postdoctoral research scientist to contribute to investigations into how plant traits of species from North American drylands have changed historically as a means to develop insights into how those species will respond to future climate change. Some potential questions we are interested in answering are:

1. How have leaf and root traits changed over time in response to increased drought and elevated CO2 associated with changing climate?
2. Are stress-tolerant species more resilient to climate change (e.g. has there been less change in leaf traits and root morphology in these species)?
3. Are trait responses to drought and CO2 contingent on growth form and geographic location?

The project is being conducted collaboratively between F&ES and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and funded by the Cullman Joint Doctoral Program. The postdoctoral scientist will have primary responsibility for collecting and analyzing the trait data and in collaboration with F&ES and NYBG faculty writing manuscripts for submission to journals.

The ideal applicant will have a Ph.D and background and strong interests in plant and community ecology and a record of high-quality research productivity. Previous research experience in trait-based community ecology is highly desirable, but not required. The successful applicant will have demonstrated the ability to work both as an independent investigator and as a team member.

Please send a cover letter, full CV, pdf(s) of relevant publications, and the names of 3 references (with phone numbers and email addresses) to William Lauenroth. One of your references must be your doctoral advisor. Please send all materials via email to: William K. Lauenroth, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University . Yale University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.

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

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


FLORIDA

Postdoctoral Associate in Movement Ecology (Posted 7/11/17)
University of Florida's Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center
Davie, FL
Job No. 502790
Apply by July 31, 2017
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 7/10/17)

University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, FL

A postdoctoral position is available with the Soil Microbiology Lab at the University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, FL, to examine the impact of agricultural management practices on the soil microbiology of citrus groves. The SWFREC is located in the in the heart of citrus and vegetable production in Florida and provides a unique opportunity to combine scientific research with the needs of the industry.

The project, which includes greenhouse and field studies, will evaluate the efficacy of soil microbial amendments on the improvement of tree root growth and nutrient uptake. The project will focus on integration of microbial community composition, soil chemistry, root metabolism, and plant growth data. Expertise in environmental microbial ecology, molecular methods, and bioinformatics is required. Experience in high-throughput amplicon sequencing, qPCR, and shotgun metagenomics is preferred.

The incumbent will develop hypotheses based on current literature, design and conduct experiments, perform work in the laboratory, greenhouse, and field, analyze data, and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral associate will work independently with minimal supervision. This is a one-year position, but may be extended up to three years, dependent on funding.

Responsibilities:
Experimental design
Sample collection and processing
Data analysis and interpretation
Review of relevant literature
Preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
Minimum qualifications:
PhD in bioinformatics, environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, or biogeochemistry
Expertise in bioinformatics for environmental microbiology
Experience with unix/command line
Evidence of effective scientific writing and publication in English

Preferred qualifications: Experience in soil microbiology, experience with R, proficiency in programming (perl or python), experience with grant writing

Advertised salary: $50,000 plus benefits
Open date: September 1, 2017, but application review begins immediately
Special instructions to applicants: Interested persons should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references, including contact information, to Dr. Sarah Strauss ().

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The position will remain open until filled. 

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

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


GEORGIA

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Ecological Modeling (Posted 6/28/17)
Brosi Lab
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Apply by August 19, 2017
More information can be found here.


HAWAII

Postdoc in fungal ecology (Posted 7/11/17)
Amend Lab
Department of Botany
University of Hawaii at Manoa
More information can be found here.


IDAHO

Post Doctoral Research Associate - Landscape ecology (Posted 6/27/17)
Boise State University
Job ID: 170676
Apply by August 1, 2017
More information is available here.

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

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

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

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


ILLINOIS

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

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

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

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

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

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


INDIANA

PhD and MS Assistantships: Aquatic Ecology - Purdue University (Posted 7/14/17)

Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Lafayette, IN, USA seeks Graduate student (PhD or MS) assistantships available to participate in research projects exploring dynamics of fish and invertebrates. These projects involve an integration of field studies, laboratory analyses, controlled experiments and quantitative modeling analyses.

Specific research topics include: 1) Linking land-use and river characteristics to distributions of freshwater mussels (in collaboration with Indiana DNR).
2) Factors influencing intra-specific variation of life history and trophic traits of fishes.

Selected individuals will enroll in Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in West Lafayette, IN.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a BS (for MS position) or MS (for PhD position) in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries Science, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater; and above average GRE scores (at least 50th percentile for quantitative and verbal; at least 4.0 for analytical writing).

Salary: Assistantships include 12-month stipend, full tuition coverage, and insurance.

Start date: January 2018.

How to Apply: The positions will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please respond by 1-September-2017 and submit cover letter, CV, GRE scores (unofficial), transcript (unofficial), and names and contact numbers of three references to Tomas Höök (; 765-496-6799; http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~thook).


IOWA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Application Procedures

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

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


KANSAS

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

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


KENTUCKY

Postdoctoral and Masters graduate student positions in phytoplankton and sensors (Posted 7/7/17)

“SENSE” is a research program funded by NSF that builds on previous cyberinfrastructure to address water quality issues shared between Kentucky and West Virginia. The overarching goal is to utilize advanced aquatic sensor systems and apply resulting data to emerging environmental problems. We are working toward a greater understanding and optimizing the food-energy-water nexus (INFEWs) with specific emphasis on nutrient loads and warm water interacting to influence algal communities, including harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs). New infrastructure focuses on the latest generation of sensors to measure real-time or near real-time water quality parameters including phosphorus, nitrogen, and algal metrics. Our emphasis is on Kentucky Lake where we have a long-term (28 years) monitoring program that includes all the major nutrients, zooplankton, and algae. . Real- monitoring (15 min interval) has occurred since 2005. The positions are located at Murray State University’s Hancock Biological Station (HBS) on Kentucky Lake, about 15 miles from the main campus. HBS has a fulltime staff of 6 including a database manager, water chemist, field tech and other support staff. More about HBS is on their website here.

The project is funded for 4 years. Positions are now immediately available for both a Postdoctoral Research Associate and a Masters graduate student. There will be opportunities for both the Postdoc and MS student to develop their own research within the scope of the grant. Funds are available to present at national meetings and cover publication costs. The Postdoctoral position includes a wide range of fringe benefits. The MS position includes a stipend and tuition and most fees. The MS candidate will have the option of residing at HBS.

The Postdoc should have a background in phycology, particularly phytoplankton. Experience with water quality sensors is a plus and well as is experience with large data sets. The MS candidate should have an undergraduate degree with emphasis in environmental biology or computer science.

For more information, contact David S. White, Professor, Biological Sciences, Director, Hancock Biological Station, www.murraystate.edu/hbs, Commonwealth Endowed Chair, Phone: 270-809-2272

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LOUISIANA

Please check back. 


MAINE

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

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


MARYLAND

Please check back. 


MASSACHUSETTS

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


MICHIGAN

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities (2) - Modeling Harmful Algal Blooms (University of Michigan, CIGLR) (Posted 7/24/17)

Two Postdoctoral Fellowships: Modeling of Harmful Algal Blooms Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research School for Environment and Sustainability University of Michigan Two postdoctoral fellowships are available for highly qualified individuals to join the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) to develop models that help forecast HAB development, transport, and impacts on human health in the Great Lakes. The two postdoctoral fellows will focus on complementary aspects of HAB modeling: A) The Biophysical Modeler will improve model elements related to algal vertical migration, growth, and toxicity within the FVCOM 3-D forecasting model that drives the Lake Erie HAB-Tracker tool. This position requires a Ph.D. in physical science, biological science, or engineering and a minimum of two years of experience in physical computer modeling, including simulation and analysis of hydrodynamic processes (e.g., FORTRAN-based simulation of currents, water temperature, waves, etc.) and familiarity with a linux/unix parallel modeling environment. Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated ability to perform complex data analysis in a scripting environment using software such as R, Python, IDL, or Matlab, and to quantify uncertainty. B) The Statistical Modeler will develop new probabilistic models that help predict relationships between nutrient inputs and HAB growth and toxicity, and incorporate approaches for model skill assessment and uncertainty analysis. This position requires a Ph.D. in physical science, biological science, or engineering and experience and experience with data analysis and visualization in a scripting environment using R, Python, or similar software. Preference will be given to candidates that have experience with contemporary statistical modeling approaches (Bayesian networks, causal analysis, hierarchical models, random forests, model averaging), including experience with water quality modeling and nutrient load estimation. In addition to model development, postdoctoral fellows will assist with field planning, experimental design, and the development and transition of research products to real-time application. Postdocs will be expected to maintain strong records of scholarly publication, as records of presentation at scientific conferences and public meetings. CIGLR is one of 16 Cooperative Institutes in the United States that represent partnerships between NOAA and academic institutions. Since 1989, CIGLR has been hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where it is collocated with its sponsor, NOAA GLERL. CIGLR’s mission is to help government researchers at NOAA GLERL accomplish their research in the Great Lakes by enhancing collaborations with academic scientists at U of M, as well as other institutions throughout the Great Lakes. The postdoctoral fellowships offer a highly competitive salary with benefits, and the positions will be physically located at NOAA GLERL in Ann Arbor, MI, which 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 landscape. To apply, applicants should prepare the following materials: • Cover letter specifying the position to which you are applying (Biophysical or Statistical Modeler), qualifications related to that position, and research accomplishments. • Curriculum vitae • Contact information for three professional references • Two representative publications The deadline for applications is September 1, 2017. Email your application to: Mary Ogdahl Program Manager, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research School for Environment and Sustainability University of Michigan The University of Michigan is a Non‐Discriminatory/ Affirmative Action Employer. Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. 


MINNESOTA

Post-Doctoral Associate - Ecology - 2 positions (Posted 6/27/17)
University of Minnesota
Job ID: 317491
More information is available here.

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

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

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


MISSISSIPPI 

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MISSOURI

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

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

Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in an appropriate field and possess a broad range of ecological interests and skills. Research will require familiarity with geographic information systems, databases, statistical tools and model programming. Applicants should demonstrate broad knowledge of wetland ecosystems, excellent quantitative skills, ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, prior experience modeling species distributions, and a demonstrated ability to present and publish research.

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


MONTANA

PhD Assistantship - Pollinator Habitat and Community Ecology, Montana State University (Posted 7/7/17)

There is a PhD student opening in the Burkle Lab in the Department of Ecology at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. The student will participate in a Forest Service-funded project investigating (1) the “pollinator-friendliness” of native plant species utilized for revegetation and restoration projects and (2) plant-pollinator relationships in greater sage-grouse habitat. The first research project will focus on native plant species found in seed mixes on National Forest System lands with primary focus on mixes utilized by the Helena-Lewis&Clark National Forest in western Montana. In particular, the assessment will address pollinator visitors to the flowering plants in different habitat types. The second research project will assess patterns in pollinator diversity and forb-pollinator interactions in greater sage grouse habitat in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in southwestern Montana. Because sage grouse diet is dependent on forbs which require pollinators for reproduction, this information will help conserve and restore habitat for both sage grouse and pollinators.

There will be ample opportunity for the student to develop additional research questions within these systems, and we expect the student to develop the framework that conceptually ties this work together.

This project is funded for 5 years. We anticipate the student beginning in January 2018.

Requirements
• Valid driver’s license
• Ability to hike across rough terrain
• Willingness to camp in the field

Preferred qualifications
• Previous experience in pollinator-related field work and bee taxonomic identification.
• MS in Ecology

Interested applicants, please send a letter of interest and your CV to by July 28, 2017.

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

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

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

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

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


NEBRASKA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NEVADA

PhD in restoration genetics, University of Nevada, Reno (Posted 6/27/17)

The Parchman lab at the University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting a PhD student to conduct population genetic and genomic analyses on a suite of native plants in the Great Basin Desert. The student would be advised by Dr. Thomas Parchman (Department of Biology) and co-advised by Dr. Elizabeth Leger (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences).

This work, funded by a USDA NIFA grant, aims to determine the phenotypes and evolutionary histories that enhance seedling establishment and to analyze the genetic structure and diversity of native plant populations to inform restoration practices. Ideal applicants would have strong interest in plant evolutionary genetics and some or all of the following qualifications (or a strong desire to learn these skills): 1) Molecular genetic laboratory experience, 2) Programming experience in R, Unix, and/or Perl (or Python), 3) interest in the ecology and evolutionary biology of Great Basin native plants 4) Past experience or strong interest in restoration ecology and restoration genetics.

UNR has a strong interdisciplinary PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (http://environment.unr.edu/eecb/). Graduate students accepted into the EECB program are guaranteed financial support through Teaching Assistantships (TAs), which includes health insurance and an out-of-state tuition waiver. For this position, funds are additionally available for a number of semesters will be available through Research Assistantships (RAs). The successful applicant could begin the PhD program as soon as Fall 2017, with the possibility of joining the lab sooner as a technician.

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is a Tier I research university located in a spectacular environment at the confluence of the Great Basin and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The faculty and graduate students at UNR are highly interactive and include an internationally known group of evolutionary biologists and ecologists. The Parchman lab has recently been renovated, and is equipped with ample (and new) molecular and computational resources for modern genome sequence analysis. They are also located in an ideal setting for field-based projects in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada regions, allowing enviable access to spectacular montane and desert ecosystems. Reno is only 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe, offers a high quality of living, an excellent climate, and is a large enough city to offer diverse activities and amenities. World class rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking opportunities are in extremely close proximity.

Interested applicants should send a CV, copies of transcripts, and a statement of research experience and interests to Tom Parchman () and Elizabeth Leger (). Consideration will begin immediately and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


NEW HAMPSHIRE

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

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

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

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

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


NEW JERSEY

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NEW MEXICO 

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NEW YORK

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NORTH CAROLINA 

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

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

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

More information about NC State University can be found here.


NORTH DAKOTA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications will be considered as they are received.


OHIO

NRC Postdoc Opportunity at US EPA (Posted 7/10/17)

The National Research Council of the National Academies is accepting applications for a postdoctoral research award tenable at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH. Duration of award is one year, possibly renewable for up to three years maximum. The postdoctoral research associate will conduct research related to ecological and environmental resilience along with other researchers in the Water Systems Division (WSD) and across ORD. WSD uses a multidisciplinary approach, which employs ecologists, economists, engineers, environmental scientists, geographers, and physical and social scientists, to address resilience in both watershed management and regional environmental management. This research opportunity is part of the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources program and focuses on land use in urban systems with an emphasis on green infrastructure (GI) and stormwater management. It will require collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing data in order to assess management decisions of communities as they manage stormwater using various GI options. The overall objective is to identify, test, and demonstrate ecological benefits and services provided by GI and urban greenspace as they relate to resilience of communities in urban areas. Ideally, the researcher will be an ecologist with a focus on urban ecology and the spatial/temporal aspects relevant to urban greenspace. Prospective applicants should visit the NRC Web site HERE. The opportunity is titled “Estimating Ecological Benefits from Green Infrastructure in Urban Systems.” Inquires about the opportunity should be directed to Dr. Matt Hopton at 513-569-7718 or . Interested applicants should begin a dialog with Dr. Hopton as early as possible, before their anticipated application deadline. Applications must be submitted online directly to the NRC. CVs will not be accepted in lieu of online applications. Check web site for availability of online applications and note the application deadlines. Questions about the application process can be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 or

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


OKLAHOMA

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OREGON

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 7/7/17)

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Associate (Post doc) 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 and prioritizing U.S. Bureau of Reclamation management actions and investments in California Central Valley and SF Bay Delta focused on the conservation and recovery of various fish species and their habitats. 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 and should have interest and capabilities in the development of integrated approaches to estimating and modeling population dynamics and applying the results to decision making. The position will primarily involve 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: spatial statistics, sampling design and estimation, 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 ($55,000 year) and full benefits will be commensurate with qualifications of the successful applicants. Start date is negotiable but no later than December 2017.

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 three (3) 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 07/10/2017 and will close on 09/01/2017 or until 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.

2 Postdoc Positions in Complex Social-ecological Systems (Posted 6/27/17)

The Complex Social-Ecological Systems group at Oregon State University is looking to hire two postdoctoral research associates in the fall 2017, for two years each.

They are seeking candidates to study cross-scale dynamics in three complex systems: (1) the role of supply chain topology in determining marine social-ecological system resilience; (2) the role of information in directing mass human migration as a response to extreme climate/weather events and (3) the impact of high-frequency algorithmic trading on financial market stability. Each position will focus on one complex system, but both scholars will work towards a comparative analysis of complex systems. In particular, they are looking to find general feature of micro-macro dynamics in complex systems, for example in terms of cross-scale early warning signals of critical transitions. These post-doctoral scholars will be based with Assistant Prof. James Watson in the Complex Social-Ecological Systems group at Oregon State, but with the expectation that they will spend time at Princeton University with Profs. Simon Levin and Yannis Kevrekidis. These positions are part of a new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award, and these scholars will join an active DARPA cohort researching similar problems.

Qualifications: The ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. in theoretical ecology, economics, physics, applied math, computer science, or related field. A strong background in mathematical and computational analysis is necessary, with experience in agent-based modeling and dynamical systems desired. These positions will focus on the application of Equation Free Modeling, a relatively new tool for exploring cross-scale and multilevel dynamics in complex systems, and experience with this approach is desired, but not required. In addition, they are looking for scholars with excellent written and oral communication abilities, a promising record of publication, and evidence of creativity and enthusiasm. Experience in interdisciplinary research, and a desire to translate theory to real-world applications is a strength for candidates interested in these positions.

Application process: The positions are open until filled. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter describing their research interests and qualifications, along with a CV, two representative publications, and the names of at least three professional references. Please email these materials to James Watson (). The positions are expected to begin in September 2017.

Oregon State University: OSU is located in Corvallis, a community of 53,000 people situated in the Willamette Valley between Portland and Eugene. Ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, the rugged Cascade and Coast Ranges and the urban amenities of the Portland metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive of Corvallis. Approximately 15,700 undergraduate and 3,400 graduate students are enrolled at OSU, including 2,600 U.S. students of color and 950 international students.

OSU is one of only two American universities to hold the Land-, Sea-, Sun- and Space-Grant designations and is the only Oregon institution recognized for its “very high research activity” (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university is comprised of 11 academic colleges with strengths in natural resources, Earth dynamics and sustainability, life sciences, entrepreneurship and the arts and sciences. OSU has facilities and/or programs in every county in the state, including 12 regional experiment stations, 41 county extension offices, a branch campus in Bend, a major marine science center in Newport and a range of programs and facilities in Portland. It is Oregon’s largest public research university, conducting more than 60 percent of the research funded throughout the state’s university system.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is internationally recognized as a leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. It operates numerous state-of-the art laboratories and two oceanographic research vessels, the 177-foot ocean-going Oceanus and the Elakha, a 54-foot coastal research vessel. The College has an annual budget of more than $50 million, with much of the research support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies. It has approximately 104 faculty, 220 graduate students and 613 undergraduate students. Graduate programs include Master's and PhD degrees in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; and Geography and a Master's degree in Marine Resource Management. The college has undergraduate programs in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences, with minors in Environmental Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, and Oceanography. 


PENNSYLVANIA

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 5/3/17)

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

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

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

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

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

Closing date: Open until filled.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates should be highly motivated and possess a PhD in toxicology, ecology, environmental health, fish health or a related discipline with a strong quantitative emphasis. The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment is essential. Experience with transcriptome and gene expression analysis is preferred, but not required. Please provide (1) a cover letter detailing how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; (2) a CV; (3) names and contact information of three professional references; and (4) one relevant publication. Please submit these materials to Dr. Tyler Wagner via email () as a single merged pdf.

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


RHODE ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SOUTH CAROLINA

Ph.D. position Clemson - Ecological Economics (Posted 7/14/17)

Dr. Motallebi and Dr. Baldwin are recruiting for a Ph.D. student who will tackle problems of landscape-scale conservation in urbanizing areas. They are primarily concerned with how to identify priority parcels that serve complementary biodiversity and watershed functions. They have an interest in private lands conservation and compensation mechanisms. The most important part of this study is focusing on Ecosystem Services Valuation. In this study they are seeking for value of different ecosystem services from each prioritized parcel in the Cowasee Basin. Study area will be the SE United States can focus on the forested wetland and biodiversity-rich regions near the confluence of the Congaree and Wateree Rivers, a rapidly growing area yet still well represented by upland forests adjacent to rich bottomland systems. The student will serve as Research Assistant for three years of this project.

Project collaborators will include Dr. Paul Leonard (USFWS - conservation planning) and key players from private industry and conservation NGOs. Student will be in Forestry Science Graduate program, in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation.

Applicants should have a robust background in natural resource economics (specifically non-market valuation), mathematical programming, applied statistic, ecology, conservation biology, or related disciplines. They need to take advanced GIS courses. MS is required for Ph.D. applicants. We expect academic excellence, however it is expressed in your record. Experience in the field - conservation planning, NGOs, research - is a major plus.

Our advising style is one-on-one interaction. We enjoy regular updates, online problem solving, and in-person discussion. We ask a lot of questions.

They see the graduate process as your professional journey to become a scholar, with your advisor and collaborators guides along the way. We want you to be literate well beyond your subfield, and so you will do a lot of reading. They will encourage you to seek advice wherever your questions lead. They will deeply engage with you in critical thinking about your project.

Given the above, they are looking for an independent, organized, self-motivated individual who is curious and driven to find answers.

Send your resume, transcripts (unofficial is accepted), and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Motallebi at ().

After an initial screening and interview, they will discuss the Clemson University Graduate School admissions process.

Compensation will be in the mid-20s, plus tuition, research, and travel support. Start date can be as early as Aug 1st 2017. Fall start date would be August 15, 2017. You should be prepared to submit a complete Clemson Graduate School application.

Clemson University is a US Land Grant University, ranked nationally as a top-25 public university. Clemson is situated in the Piedmont of South Carolina, and offers easy access to many outdoor recreational opportunities.

Clemson University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, genetic information or protected activity (e.g., opposition to prohibited discrimination or participation in any complaint process, etc.) in employment, educational programs and activities, admissions and financial aid. This includes a prohibition against sexual harassment and sexual violence as mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.


SOUTH DAKOTA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TENNESSEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TEXAS

Grad student opportunity - Texas A&M (Posted 7/24/17)

Seeking a graduate student to pursue a MS or PhD in Wildlife Science at Texas A&M University in cooperation with the East Foundation. The project will focus on one or more of the Foundation’s properties in south Texas, with an emphasis on investigating the interactions between land management practices (e.g., livestock grazing, prescribed fire) and productivity of animal species (likely emphasis on birds). The graduate student will, however, have wide latitude in how the study is designed and implemented. Duties will also include participating in several on-going research and monitoring programs on wildlife including quail. Baseline data has been collected since 2013. The student will be part of a research team including other graduate students from several universities, along with the Foundation’s research staff. Desired start date is spring semester (January 2018) but is negotiable.

Qualifications: Competitive applicants will have already received their BS degree in wildlife and related fields, and have additional (outside the classroom) field experience; or have received their MS degree (thesis option). Experience gathering and organizing data, and working collaboratively desired.

Must have a valid U.S. Driver's License.

Applicants should email the following materials as a single PDF file to Dr. Michael L. Morrison (): (a) one page cover letter describing relevant experience and professional goals, (b) a resume or curriculum vitae, (c) GRE scores, (d) (unofficial) transcripts from undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate education, and (e) contact information for three professional references (include current email and phone number).

Consideration of interested applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity Employer


UTAH

Graduate Research Assistantships in Wetland Revegetation, Restoration Genetics, or Seed Ecology (Posted 7/6/17)

The Kettenring Wetland Ecology Lab in the Department of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center at Utah State University has openings for 1-2 MS graduate students, starting fall 2017 or spring 2018.  Projects could focus on techniques for reestablishing native plants in wetland restorations; the importance of genetic diversity in revegetation success; seed sourcing for restoration; climate change and seed ecology; and/or the role of plants in supporting ecosystem function and services restoration.  All projects will focus on Great Salt Lake wetlands and will be under the guidance of Dr. Karin Kettenring, whose research emphasizes plant ecology and genetics, wetland restoration, and ecosystem management.  Students with a background and interest in seed ecology, plant propagation, climate change and wetlands, and/or wetland 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 July 14, 2017, 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 providing unparalleled recreational opportunities.


VERMONT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


VIRGINIA

Postdoc Position on hydrology, climate, and amphibian reptile populations EGLIN  (Posted 7/14/17)

Applicants are invited for a postdoctoral position to work on imperiled amphibians and reptiles in the Florida panhandle with Professor Carola Haas in Fish & Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Part of the work will involve collaborating with partners at USGS, USFWS, and other universities on a flatwoods salamander breeding phenology project funded by SERDP. Other work will focus on monitoring and managing reticulated flatwoods salamanders, Florida bog frog, and gopher tortoise populations and habitat on Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. We are seeking candidates with expertise in two or more of the following areas and a willingness and ability to learn all of them: hydrological monitoring using pressure-transducer loggers, installing and using automated PIT tag systems, population modeling, database management using Access and R, geo-spatial modeling (GIS), studying animal movement, and using forecasted climate data and interacting with climate modelers. Incumbent would be expected to publish and would have broad opportunities based on the multiple long-term (5-20 year) datasets that are part of this project. In addition, incumbent would have opportunities to participate in grant-writing, staff supervision, and project management. Position could be based either in Blacksburg, VA or in Niceville, Florida, but extended travel between the two locations several times per year will be required. Start date in September 2017 preferred, but starting in January 2018 is also possible. Ideally, the incumbent would continue on these projects for 2-4 years, although shorter and longer terms are possible. For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Carola Haas (, 540-231-9269). If you are interested in receiving the info for filing an official application for the position, please send your c.v. and a brief letter of interest to Ms. Tara Craig (), using EGLIN POSTDOC in the subject line. 

Postdoctoral Position in Mathematical Biology Education (Posted 7/10/17)

A postdoctoral position is available with the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project, with investigators at Radford University, the University of Pittsburgh, the College of William and Mary, Unity College, and the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. For more information, go here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Previous international experience is advantageous but not required.

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

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


WASHINGTON

Postdoc Positions in Plant-Diazotroph Interactions - Washington State University (Posted 7/11/17)

The Friesen lab is moving to Washington State University Fall 2017 to continue to pursue research at the intersection of genomics, evolution, and ecology using plant-diazotroph interactions as a model system.

Postdoctoral positions are available with the possibility of contributing to ongoing projects in legume-rhizobia and grass-associative nitrogen fixer interactions, with the expectation that applicants will simultaneously:

• engage in interdisciplinary research
• develop independent lines of inquiry
• apply for independent funding
• contribute to collaborative proposal preparation
• contribute to a collaborative and inspiring lab environment

Solid training in (at least one of) evolution, ecology, plant biology, microbiology, modeling and/or genomics is desired, with demonstrated facility in quantitative methods and written communication. The lab has access to excellent facilities at WSU for plant growth, phenomics, and genomics, and there are nifty opportunities for outreach, including but not limited to evolutionary video game development.

Please contact Maren L. Friesen () with (i) CV and (ii) brief statement of interest; I will be at ESA 2017 if you'd like to meet up to chat about opportunities in person.

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

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


WEST VIRGINIA

Postdoctoral Fellow - Wildlife Biologist (Posted 6/14/17)
West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC)
School of Natural Resources
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Requisition Number: 17-0064
More information can be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WISCONSIN

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

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

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

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


WYOMING

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


WASHINGTON, D.C.

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

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


CANADA

Graduate Student Opportunities in Bloom Ecology and Biogeochemistry (Posted 6/28/17)

As part of the Global Water Futures project FORMBLOOM: Forecasting Tools and Mitigation Options for Diverse Bloom-Affected Lakes: Seeking 2–4 graduate students (MSc and/or PhD) interested in research on the drivers of freshwater cyanobacterial blooms, and options for bloom prediction mitigation. This program links researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, Wilfrid Laurier University, IISD–Experimental Lakes Area, the University of Waterloo, York University and other university networks with industry, government and community partners.

The successful graduate students will work across multiple ecosystems ranging from southern Ontario reservoirs, to a prairie drinking water supply and a long-term experimental lake. Students will perform applied lab and field research, and require good lab skills, quantitative abilities, and a hearty appetite for boat-based field work. Students with experience with sensor-based instrumentation are particularly welcomed.

Project Summary: Harmful algal blooms (HABs) in lakes and reservoirs constitute a major threat to human health and, by extension, to the Canadian economy. HABs, especially those associated with cyanobacteria (cyano-HABs), have direct impacts on the safety of drinking water supplies by producing a variety of liver and nerve toxins in addition to causing taste and odour problems. Cyano-HABs have been increasing in recent years across Canada from Newfoundland to British Columbia. There is an urgent need to improve the science and to develop risk management tools for cyano-HABs.

Opportunities: Field campaigns in Buffalo Pound, Saskatchewan, Lake 227, Ontario, and Conestogo Lake, Ontario combined with laboratory experiments and modelling exercises will evaluate the contributions of nutrients, metals, and lake structure to the timing and severity of cyano-HABs. Carefully selected samples and datasets from other lakes and reservoirs across Canada (including the 47-year dataset from IISD–ELA) will be incorporated into cyano-HAB forecasting and mitigation efforts.

Graduate student research projects will (1) examine nutrient and trace metal dynamics through bloom progression; (2) assess links between physical conditions, sediment-surface redox and cyano-HAB development; and (3) perform long-term data analysis with a focus on winter conditions and bloom severity.

Graduate students will benefit from working with a multi-university and multidisciplinary research team and will interact with partner organisations and ecosystem managers. Students will have opportunities to participate in enhanced training opportunities associated with the NSERC CREATE in Water Security, and the Global Water Futures program.

Interested Applicants: Applicants should indicate their areas of research interest to the professors below:

Prof. Helen Baulch, School of Environment and Sustainability and Global Institute for Water Security University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK helen.baulch at usask

Prof. Jason Venkiteswaran, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5 jvenkiteswaran at wlu.ca

Prof. Sherry Schiff, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 sschiff at uwaterloo.ca

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

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

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

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

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

Applications will be reviewed until suitable candidates are found. 

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

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

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

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

Details of our lab can be found here.

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

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

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

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