Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities
 

Fellowships 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to solicit applications for the NatureNet Science Fellowship a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship and research grant program. The NatureNet Science Fellows program bridges academic excellence and conservation practice to create a new generation of climate change leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application. Dead line for applications is September 7, 2018. Go here for more information.

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

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

 

  

Graduate - Internship Opportunities


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

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

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

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


ALABAMA

Ph.D./M.S. Assistantships - Auburn University (AL) - aquatic ecology/limnology (Posted 7/31/18)

Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences
Auburn, Alabama, USA

Description: Three graduate research assistantships (Ph.D. or M.S.) in aquatic ecology/limnology are available in Alan Wilson’s lab at Auburn University. Current lab research projects, including new USDA-NIFA Aquaculture and NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity grants, take advantage of our large field station that includes hundreds of aquaculture ponds and nearby recreational and drinking water reservoirs where we pursue basic and applied questions associated with understanding the ecological, evolutionary, and limnological mechanisms controlling the structure and function of freshwater plankton communities. Harmful algal blooms are the foci for many of our projects. My students are welcome to participate on existing projects, which include large-scale field experiments and monitoring, lab-based analytical analyses, and modeling, but are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects in addition to applying for external grants and fellowships.

He is motivated to maintain a productive, diverse lab and want to encourage students from under-represented groups to consider joining us. Moreover, lab members have numerous opportunities to engage students from institutions with limited research opportunities, students with disabilities, and students in financial need in their research and outreach projects through current NSF projects (REU, INCLUDES, S-STEM).

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be hard-working, honest, highly motivated, team-oriented, and excited about studying freshwater communities using lab and field-based approaches. Prior coursework in ecology and statistics, a strong interest in mentoring undergraduates and participating in outreach, and relevant research experiences (including analytical skills, such GC-MS, GC-FID, HPLC, ELISA) are desirable. Minimum qualifications include a B.S./B.A. (for M.S. position) or M.S. (for Ph.D. position) in Biology, Ecology, 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).

Support: Graduate research assistantships include 12-month stipend and full tuition coverage. Highly qualified candidates will be considered for an AU Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, which can last 3 years and include an annual stipend of $30,000 (http://graduate.auburn.edu/au-presidential-graduate-research-fellowships/).

Start date: Flexible but early to mid 2019 would be ideal considering current projects.

How to apply: Interested students are encouraged to email Alan Wilson () describing why the lab is a good fit for you by 1 October 2018 for full consideration. In addition, please include your CV, GRE scores, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references.

 


ALASKA

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ALABAMA

Graduate Opportunity in Urban Forest Modeling (Posted 7/23/18)

Dr. Christina Staudhammer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama is now inviting applications for a PhD or MS position starting in spring 2019. The student will work on a project in urban forestry, partially funded by a grant from NSF-Ecosystems.

The benefits of urban forests to city-dwelling people include recreation, pollution, mitigation, energy savings, and water purification. However, fundamental questions still remain about the resistance and resilience of urban ecosystems to anthropogenic change, especially associated with projected alterations in global climate. Hurricane Irma, while destructive, created an opportunity to evaluate the impact of windstorms on urban forests. Utilizing pre- and post-storm field-measured and remotely sensed data, a student is sought to model the relationship between tree, landscape, and socioeconomic characteristics, storm variables, and urban forest damage. This work will fill gaps in our knowledge about the ecosystem services provided by urban forests. The overarching goal is to enhance our scientific understanding of the role of urban forests at local to regional scales, and how they respond to disturbance.

It is expected that prospective graduate students will develop their own research plans and goals, and therefore should be self-motivated and independent. Students should be interested in combining ecology with statistical modeling. Students should have demonstrated experience in statistics, as well as a background forest ecology, geography, or environmental science. A solid working knowledge of SAS and/or R is required, and those with strong quantitative skills will be given preference.

This position is primarily a Teaching Assistantship, supplemented by grant funding. However students are expected to apply for additional funding.

Interested students will earn a graduate degree from the Department of Biological Sciences. The project will also offer the opportunity to interact with researchers from the USDA forest service, as well as researchers from the University of Florida and University of South Florida.

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a college town of ~100,000, surrounded by extensive and varied forests. These forests, and the greater region, provide a wide range of recreational amenities including rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking and mountain biking.

To be eligible, students must meet the graduate admission requirements of the University of Alabama: an undergraduate GPA > 3.0 overall, 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program or 3.0 for a completed graduate degree program, and a 300 on the GRE. If interested, email a short summary of your research interests, an unofficial transcript from undergraduate (and post-graduate, if applicable) work, as well as a CV to Dr. Christina Staudhammer ().

Post-doctoral Position in Wetland Ecology

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

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

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

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


ARIZONA

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

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

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

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

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

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


ARKANSAS

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CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COLORADO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Cover letter

- Curriculum vitae, GPA

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

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

- Post-graduate career plans.

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

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


CONNECTICUT

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

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

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

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

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


DELAWARE

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FLORIDA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PhD Assistantship in Pollination Ecology at UF (Posted 7/23/18)

Recruiting a PhD student to join Rachel Mallinger lab at the University of Florida starting as soon as spring semester 2019 (January 2019). The assistantship is fully funded, including tuition and stipend, for the duration of the PhD program. The student will conduct research on blueberry pollination ecology in collaboration with the Blueberry Breeding and Genomics Lab at UF, pursuing research topics of mutual interest such as investigating variation in pollinator visitation across blueberry genotypes, determining the role of floral traits in mediating pollinator attraction, and evaluating factors that influence pollination success including farm size, farm management, or pollinator behavior. Interested students should apply by sending a cover letter, resume or CV, and names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Rachel Mallinger at by August 31, 2018. Please visit the lab website’s job opportunities page for more information and contact her with any questions. She would appreciate you sharing this opportunity with your students, lab members, and anyone interested in the position.

Research Internship in Wetland Plant Ecology (Posted 7/23/18)

Beginning August/September 2018 Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School Includes independent research project. Provides Weekly stipend, Room, and Food stipend. Interns will work in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth (Betsey) Boughton, which emphasizes applied ecology, community ecology, and disturbance ecology (grazing, fire, flooding). We work in plant communities in wetlands, wet prairies, and grasslands embedded in low and high intensity ranchland in the context of the Northern Everglades. Long-term studies on wetland restoration, fire management, and wetland management manipulating grazing and fire provide outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies. Additional information can be found at their web site HERE. Interns receive room, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. The intern will work 20 hours per week as a research assistant and the remainder on an independent research project. Internships generally run for 6-12 months. Internships offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations. Interns must be able to tolerate living on a remote cattle ranch and provide their own transportation for personal activities. MacArthur Agro- ecology Research Center (MAERC) is a division of Archbold Biological Station with eight permanent staff, located 11 miles away from the main field station. MAERC is operated as a commercial cattle ranch which serves as a research platform to investigate ecological and environmental challenges on working landscapes. Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000 ha preserve, an outstanding regional library and a GIS lab. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological station atmosphere. To apply for an internship in the agro-ecology lab, please provide the following: 1) a cover letter stating research interests, a description of previous research experience, and why you are interested in agro-ecology, 2) a resume or CV, and 3) two references by 3 Aug 2018. Please EMAIL applications to: Steffan Pierre () and Greg Sonnier (

Ph.D. Position:  Drivers of ecosystem services in residential landscapes (Posted 7/9/18)

Ph.D. Position: Drivers of ecosystem services in residential landscapes Overview: The Residential Landscape Ecology (RLE) Lab of Dr. Basil Iannone in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida is looking for a creative and motivated Ph.D. student. The RLE (Lab) quantifies spatial ecological patterns and their drivers in and around residential landscapes, with the aim of designing future residential landscapes to be more environmentally responsible. The interests of the lab are diverse and include community and ecosystem ecology, geospatial analysis, invasion biology, ecological restoration, and soil and water science. The student would also be a member of the Sustainable Human and Ecological Development Group. Duties: The student will work with members of the UF Master Gardeners Volunteer Program to develop a sampling network throughout Florida and use data collected from this network to identify drivers of ecosystem services across varying spatial scales and socioeconomic conditions. Position includes four-years of competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and benefits. Qualifications: A master’s degree in ecology or related field, interests in applied, interdisciplinary research, and good writing skills. Experience working with citizen scientists and knowledge of GIS and statistics is beneficial. To apply: Email: (1) Cover Letter stating your research/career goals, how you would benefit from this opportunity, and your qualifications; (2) C.V.; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) GRE scores; (5) contact information for three professional references; and (6) a writing sample (e.g., publication, thesis, etc.) on which you are the lead author to . Place “Ecosystem Services” in the email subject line. Applicant review will begin immediately. Official transcripts and GRE scores, and letters of recommendation, will be required for admittance. See here for information regarding the SFRC graduate program, application procedures, and deadlines. 

Ph.D. Position: Landscaping plant choice and long-term invasion patterns (Posted 7/9/18)

Overview: The Residential Landscape Ecology (RLE) Lab of Dr. Basil Iannone in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida is looking for a creative and motivated Ph.D. student. The RLE (Lab) quantifies spatial ecological patterns and their drivers in and around residential landscapes, with the aim of designing more environmentally responsible residential landscapes. The interests of the lab are diverse and include community and ecosystem ecology, geospatial analysis, invasion biology, ecological restoration, and soil and water science. The student would also be a member of the Sustainable Human and Ecological Development Group and the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology. Duties: The student will also work with Dr. Sandra Wilson and Dr. Gail Hansen (Environmental Horticulture) and stakeholders from the horticultural industry. Using a mixture of fieldwork, historical sales and landscaping data, and computer experiments, the student will determine how the frequency of use of landscaping plant species and the use of non-invasive cultivars of previously banned species affect long-term patterns of plant invasions. Position includes four-years of competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and benefits. Qualifications: A master’s degree in ecology or related field, interests in applied, interdisciplinary research, and good writing skills. Knowledge of computer simulations and statistics is beneficial. To apply: Email: (1) Cover Letter stating your research/career goals, how you would benefit from this opportunity, and your qualifications; (2) C.V.; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) GRE scores; (5) contact information for three professional references; and (6) a writing sample (e.g., publication, thesis, etc.) on which you are the lead author to . Place “Hort Invasions” in the email subject line. Applicant review will begin immediately. Official transcripts and GRE scores, and letters of recommendation, will be required for admittance. See here for information regarding the SFRC graduate program, application procedures, and deadlines


GEORGIA

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HAWAII

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IDAHO 

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

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

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


ILLINOIS 

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

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

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

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

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

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


INDIANA 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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LOUISIANA

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

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

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


MAINE

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

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

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

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


MARYLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MASSACHUSETTS

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

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

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

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

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


MICHIGAN

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

1) Postdoc in metabolic modeling of microbes and theoretical ecology

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

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

2) Postdoc in theoretical ecology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MINNESOTA

Ecology Field Research Interns (Posted 7/5/18)

B4WARMED (Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger) is a manipulative experiment that warms simultaneously plants and soil and implements summer rainfall reduction in the field. Main goals of the project is to examine broadly defined ecological processes in a scope of warming and rainfall reduction. In particular, our work focuses on: soil processes, tree seedlings physiology, phenology, growth, and survival and other. For more information, go here.

Position overview:
Seeking independent and mature field assistants with a background in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, or a related field for a paid field research internship ($11/hr). Openings start in August and go until end of November. Start dates are flexible and up for negotiation. In general, an internship lasts about 4 months. Typical workdays are eight hours Monday through Friday; however, tasks may require early morning, evening, or weekend work. A valid driver’s license is required. The intern will work and travel mostly independently and occasionally in a pair or small group. Maturity to work autonomously and for long hours is required.

Responsibilities:
• Work independently to collect biotic and abiotic data in field and lab settings in accordance with established protocols • Measure seedling growth, germination, physiology, and phenology • Measure soil characteristics and microbe activity • Routine maintenance of field sites and research equipment.
• Data entry using Excel and Google Drive • Travel frequently between sites • Employ experimental rainfall reduction treatment • Aiding principle investigators and graduate students as needed.
Desired qualifications: 1) Eagerness to work hard in an outdoor setting. 2) Capacity to collect data following established protocols. 3) Familiarity with plant and tree species of northern Minnesota. 4) Willingness to work well and live alone and/or with others in a remote area. 5) Demonstrated ability to work under changing weather conditions and with large swarms of insects. 6) Ability to adapt to a frequently changing schedule with frequent travel.

Research sites:
Field work will be split between research sites at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN and the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center near Ely, MN. Both research sites are in beautiful forested settings and provide access to the natural areas of northern Minnesota including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. An individual’s home base will be at either of these locations, though travel between sites will be required depending on project needs. University vehicles are used for such travel.
On-site housing with furnishing and a kitchen will be available.

Contact: Please send cover letter (including available working dates), one-page resume, and contact information for two references electronically to: Artur Stefanski, , University of Minnesota, 1530 Cleveland Ave N. | St Paul, MN 55108 USA

Highest priority will be given to applicants possible start date before August 1. 


MISSISSIPPI 

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

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

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

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

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


MISSOURI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MONTANA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OHIO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A position is available in the lab to participate in multiple areas of our research. Initial focus will be on two projects:
1)“Long-term SUCCESS” (http://blogs.uw.edu/ecolsage): we are investigating how repeated wildfires and species invasions in the sagebrush steppe are driving changes in ecosystem state. Utilizing a long-term data set from the Columbia Basin (Washington State), we are interested in assessing how plant traits can be used to draw generalizable predictions about how plant communities respond to fire and post-wildfire restoration. Key challenges include cataloguing species traits for hundreds of species where little quantitative data exist, using multivariate methods to assess how traits are filtered by disturbance, and modeling the landscape-scale distribution of invasive species and plant communities.
2)PRO Peat Bog: we are assessing how plant and microbial species composition varies across Ohio’s rare remaining peat bogs. We are interested in how communities differ within and between peat bogs, particularly in relation to hydrochemical gradients and the peatlands’ landscape context.
Across both projects, the primary role of the PDRA will be to contribute to data analysis, preparation of peer-reviewed publications and participation in grant funding applications. There will also be ample opportunity to participate in field and lab work.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES

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

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

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

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

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

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

DEADLINE AND ENQUIRIES

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


OKLAHOMA

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OREGON

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Posted 8/15/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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SOUTH DAKOTA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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TEXAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for applications August 1st

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


UTAH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recent paper on conservation and armed conflict 

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

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

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

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

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

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


VERMONT

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


VIRGINIA

Smithsonian GIS Internship (Posted 8/6/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WASHINGTON

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

Eastern Washington University, Biology Department

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

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

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

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

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

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


WEST VIRGINIA

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

STARTING DATE: January 2019

CLOSING DATE: Position is open until filled.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WISCONSIN 

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

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

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

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

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

Start Date: September 2018 (negotiable)

To apply, please submit your application here

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

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

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

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

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


WYOMING

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

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

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

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


WASHINGTON, D.C.

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


CANADA

Postdoctoral position in fire behavior and plant physiological effects at the University of British Columbia (Posted 8/3/18)

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

The postdoc will help develop, evaluate, and refine a next-generation modeling framework for predicting climate change effects on plant responses to multiple interacting disturbances. This includes extending current trait-based models for fire and drought effects on whole-plant function, and implementing these into the physics-based FIRETEC coupled fire-atmosphere model and a coupled surface-subsurface hydrology model.
Computational experiments and the modeling framework will be evaluated and refined using experimental data collected at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, USA. The postdoc will be based at the University of British Columbia, but will work closely with collaborators Adam Atchley, Rod Linn, and the Applied Terrestrial, Energy and Atmospheric Modeling Team at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. The position is funded through SERDP (DOD, EPA, DOE). We encourage applicants who can work across disciplines and combine numerical simulation models with empirical data to study linkages between global climate change, climate-driven disturbances, whole-plant physiology, and large-scale forest processes.

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

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

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

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

MSc/PhD positions in tropical forest landscape ecology at University of British Columbia (Posted 7/26/18)

Currently recruiting MSc and/or PhD students to join my lab group in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC. My lab aims to understand the causes and consequences of disturbance and extreme events in tropical forest landscapes. We answer questions about the influence of landscape configuration, land use, topography, and other landscape factors on vulnerability to disturbance and climate extremes, forest successional processes, and responses to climate variability. We work at scales ranging from individual to landscape and use a variety of tools to address these questions, including remote sensing and GIS, forest dynamics plots, functional traits, socio-economic surveys, and statistical models.

They are starting new research focusing on fire ecology in deciduous dipterocarp forests in northern Cambodia, and students could work on a variety of questions related to the lab objectives in this landscape. There is also room for students to develop their own research projects related to the broader lab objectives in other regions.

For more information, go hereInformation about the graduate programs at UBC Geography is available here. All graduate students in the department receive stable and consistent funding through a combination of teaching and research assistantships and/or departmental fellowships. PhD applicants must already hold a master’s degree. The application deadline for the master’s program is December 15, 2018, and for the PhD program it is January 1, 2019.

If you are interested in applying, please contact me before the application deadline with your CV and a description of your research interests. Naomi B. Schwartz will be attending ESA in New Orleans and is happy to meet with interested individuals there as well.

PhD opportunity in Spatial Ecology at the Université de Montréal (Posted 7/23/18)

The James lab at the Université de Montréal is accepting applications for exceptional and highly motivated graduate students interested in the spatial and temporal dynamics of boreal forest ecosystems. In particular, we are looking for someone with an interest in spatial ecology of forest insect pests. Using a diverse range of spatio-temporal data, including spatial defoliation data, population time-series, genetic markers, and phenology, this project will focus on developing novel spatial models of connectivity, outbreak dynamics, and range expansion to improve forest sustainability. This project will focus particularly on the spruce budworm in eastern North America, a devastating defoliator that is currently affecting millions of hectares of forest in eastern Canada.

Requirements
• Masters degree in forestry, ecology, or related field • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Capacity to work both independently and as part of a diverse team • Experience with quantitative methods and statistics (e.g., R, Python) • Interest in data science and scientific programming for ecology • Enthusiasm, creativity, and a desire to undertake challenging and cutting-edge research

Other useful skills
• GIS (e.g., ARCMap)
• Analysis and manipulation of genetic data (SNPs)

Expected start date is January 2019.

Applicants must meet the entrance requirements for the Université de Montréal, Département des sciences biologiques, which can be viewed here.

More information on the James lab can found here.

If interested, please contact Dr. Patrick James () with your CV, a copy of unofficial transcripts, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of two references. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

PhD opportunity: Temperature variation and risk modelling of endangered acquatic species, UWaterloo (Posted 7/9/18)

In collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Natural Resources Canada, the candidate will analyze variance of temperature data for North America and use this information to access risks for endangered aquatic species. We will examine the probability of autocorrelated temperature extremes and relate these probabilities to the risk of extinction as predicted by structured population models (matrix or IPM models) The student will develop computationally efficient methods of dealing with the climate data, and will also develop methods for incorporating information regarding temperature variation and autocorrelation into population models

The position will begin Sept 2018 or Jan 2019. The successful candidate will be funded for 4 years by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada and the University of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca). Work will occur both at the Center for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario and the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

Direct inquiries to Kim Cuddington at the University of Waterloo (kcuddingATuwaterlooDOTca). Applicants must meet the standards for entry into the Biology, or Applied math graduate program

Postdoctoral position in fire behavior and plant physiological effects at the University of British Columbia (Posted 7/5/18)

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

The postdoc will help develop, evaluate, and refine a next-generation modeling framework for predicting climate change effects on plant responses to multiple interacting disturbances. This includes extending current trait-based models for fire and drought effects on whole-plant function, and implementing these into the physics-based FIRETEC coupled fire-atmosphere model and a coupled surface-subsurface hydrology model.
Computational experiments and the modeling framework will be evaluated and refined using experimental data collected at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, USA. The postdoc will be based at the University of British Columbia, but will work closely with collaborators Adam Atchley, Rod Linn, and the Applied Terrestrial, Energy and Atmospheric Modeling Team at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. The position is funded through SERDP (DOD, EPA, DOE). We encourage applicants who can work across disciplines and combine numerical simulation models with empirical data to study linkages between global climate change, climate-driven disturbances, whole-plant physiology, and large-scale forest processes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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