Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities

 

Fellowships 

Networ modelling of seed biosecurity risk (Posted 2/19/19)
Bio-Protection Research Centre
Lincoln University
New Zealand
Apply by March 15, 2019
For more information, go here.

Mendel Science Experince Post-Doctoral Fellow (Posted 2/15/19)
Vilanova Universtiys College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Biology
Review of applications begins March 1, 2019
For more information, go here.

Smithsonian Institution and Conservation International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Posted 2/5/19)
Concept Note due March 4, 2019
For more information, go here.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, STEM in GA and PA (Posted 1/10/19)
For more information, go here.

PLE Schwartz Early Career Fellowship - Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology - Summer 2019 (Posted 1/9/19)

The University of Pittsburgh's Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE) is pleased to offer the Frank J. Schwartz Early Career Research Fellowship of up to $10,000 plus up to three months of station fees and residency costs for the primary investigator (PI). PLE is a vibrant research and education facility located on Lake Pymatuning in Northwest Pennsylvania. PLE's research facilities are spread across 350 acres and include access to a variety of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Its 10,000+ square feet of laboratory facilities include a field laboratory adjacent to an open field that can be used for large-scale replicated experiments, a modern molecular laboratory, and facilities for animal, plant and aquatic studies.

This opportunity is open to researchers holding PhD degrees in any science discipline that can benefit from PLE's resources. The purpose of the fellowship is to permit researchers to explore new projects or collect preliminary data. Fellowship funds can be used at the PI's discretion to facilitate the research but not for PI compensation. Preference will be given to individuals and projects with the potential to develop into long-term research activities at PLE. We especially encourage applications from individuals in the postdoctoral or early faculty phases of their careers working on projects involving fish, but researchers holding PhD degrees at all stages of their careers and working on projects involving other taxa are also encouraged to apply.

For more information about the fellowship program or research opportunities at PLE, please contact the Director, Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki ().

Applicants should submit a single .pdf file including their CV, a 2-3 page proposal outlining the proposed research, a budget detailing how the fellowship funds will be spent, and planned dates of residence to , placing the words "PLE Schwartz Early Career Fellowship" in the subject line of the email. Review of proposals will begin February 22, 2019.

2019 Great Lakes Summer Fellowships  (Posted 12/21/18)
Apply by February 22, 2019
For more information, go here.

 

 

Graduate - Internship Opportunities


ALABAMA

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ALASKA

Field Research Technician in Northern Alaska (Posted 2/19/19)

Seeking undergraduates or college graduates interested in environmental research to understand ecosystem function in soils, streams, and lakes, and how arctic tundra will respond to climate change.

Job Description: Paid research assistants will collect and analyze field samples at sites located in the foothills of the Brooks Range in Northern Alaska. Job duties include sample collection, field measurements, and lab analyses at the Toolik Lake Field station. Fieldwork involves hiking in remote areas while carrying heavy packs of field equipment. Additional responsibilities include chemical analyses and data processing. This position offers an excellent opportunity to gain research experience in ecology and environmental science, and meet outstanding research scientists from around the world. Room and board are provided. This position is associated with the National Science Foundation Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program.

To apply: Please send 1. your resume, 2. a 1-page description of your background (include relevant course work, field experience, academic and career goals), 3. the names of and contact information of 3 references to: Dr. George Kling, . Experience in ecology, chemistry, and microbiology is desirable. Employment will be approximately June 10 - August 30, 2019.

Additional information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project is available here and information about Toolik Field Station is available here.

Reviewing applications on 5 March 2019 and continue until all positions are filled.


ARIZONA

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ARKANSAS

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CALIFORNIA

Postdoctoral Researcher-Land Systems Science, Landscape/Agroecology (Posted 2/15/19)
Larsen Lab
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management 
University of California, Santa Barbara
Job No.: JPF01446
Apply by April 1, 2019
For more information, go here.

Postdoc-Modeling plant frowth responses to drought and heat stress (Posted 2/11/19)

The Bartlett Lab in the Department of Viticulture & Enology at the University of California, Davis is recruiting a postdoc to develop modeling and experimental approaches to investigate the physiological traits and processes that determine plant responses to drought and heat stress. The successful candidate will build mechanistic models scaling plant growth from physiology to understand how plasticity in structure and function (e.g., allometry and stomatal behavior) mitigates these stresses, and how optimal strategies for plasticity vary across plants with diverse physiology traits. The candidate will also use grapevines as a model system in experiments to address fundamental questions about the mechanisms, costs and constraints underlying plasticity. Qualified candidates will have completed a PhD by the start date, have a strong record of quantitative and writing skills in plant physiology, ecohydrology, crop modeling, or a related research area, and experience measuring plant gas exchange or hydraulic traits. The preferred start date is June 2019, with some flexibility around this date. The appointment will initially be for 1 year, with the possibility of extending the position up to 3 years. To apply, please submit a statement of research accomplishments and future research plans (max. 2 pgs), CV, and contact information for 3 references as a single PDF to . Review of applications will begin on March 1st, 2019.

Postdoctoral Position - UC Davis - Integro-difference euation models (Posted 1/9/19)

Seeking a postdoc to work on problems using integro-difference equations to look at questions in spatial ecology. This position will be supported by my recently awarded NSF grant, Metacommunity dynamics: integrating local dynamics, stochasticity and connectivity. The ideal individual will have expertise in integro-difference equations including both computational and analytical methods and as well as experience with models of ecological systems. The position will be based at UC Davis.

The ideal start date will be June 1, 2019. The initial term will be 1 year with extension for one more year with satisfactory performance. Salary and benefits are competitive. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity.

Responsibilities: Under the guidance of the PI, the postdoc will develop and analyze models using integro-dfference equations to describe the dynamics of spatial ecological systems and use these models to understand interacting ecological species in a spatial context.

How to apply: Email a cover letter describing your background and interests in the position, cv, and contact information for 3 references to Alan Hastings (). The position is open until filled.


COLORADO

Field Research Assistant Position in Plant Evolutionary Ecology at RMBL (Posted 2/19/19)

The Campbell lab at the University of California at Irvine is seeking a field research assistant to join our team in plant evolutionary ecology for summer 2019. The work will be based at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado. The assistant will help with data collection of vegetative, physiological, and floral traits for long-term projects. These projects are aimed at testing whether plant populations can adapt quickly enough to environmental change to avoid extinction. The fieldwork can be strenuous and sometimes involves extensive hiking at high elevations and work during inclement weather. In addition to field and laboratory work, the assistant is expected to be an active participant in the research community. Applicants should have some college level coursework in ecology. Those with prior laboratory or fieldwork experience with plants are especially encouraged to apply. The full-time position is available from early June to the end of August, with exact start and end dates flexible. Compensation includes station fees and housing at RMBL, and a salary.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for two references by March 1, 2019. Applications, or requests for more information, should be directed to Dr. Diane Campbell ().

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Siegele Conservation Science Internship (Posted 2/15/19)
Colorado Natural Heritage Program
Warner College of Natural Resources
Apply by March 1, 2019
For more information, go here.

PhD Graduate Teaching Assistantship (Posted 2/11/19)

Agency: University of Northern Colorado
Location: Greeley, Colorado
One PhD Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) is available in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) starting in fall 2019. We are seeking a highly motivated student who is interested in working on complex interactions involving plants, mycorrhizal fungi and insects. Students awarded a teaching assistantship are generally supported (during fall and spring semesters) contingent on successful teaching and progress in the program. The compensation for this position includes a stipend of $17,081 for 9 months, and a full waiver of up to 10 credit hours of tuition per semester (GTA). In addition, summer funding opportunities are available on a competitive basis.

Qualifications: Please review the requirements for admission to UNC and the School of Biological Sciences

If you are qualified and interested in pursuing a PhD in Biological Education, please send the following items to Dr. Karen Gomez () for initial review: (a) cover letter discussing interest in our research, applicable experience, and goals for undertaking a graduate program, (b) official or unofficial undergraduate transcripts (GPAб≥3.0), (c) resume or CV, (d) GRE scores, and (e) name and e-mail of three professional references.

Applicants must have a BS or MS degree in Biology with an emphasis in plant sciences, or other related disciplines. A working knowledge of plant biology, entomology and/or mycology are sought, and experience in the laboratory and greenhouse/growth chamber, are required. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by March 31st, 2019 are guaranteed full consideration.

Post Doctoral Associate - Ecological Synthesis (Posted 1/30/18)
University of Colorado-Boulder
Boulder, CO
Requisition No.: 15688
Apply by February 22, 2019
For more information, go here.

Research Ecologist/Research Rangeland Management Specialist (Research Associate) (Posted 12/20/18)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Fort Collins, CO
Job No.: RA-19-005-HA
For more information, go here. 


CONNECTICUT

Postdoc position at Yale University: wetland methane dynamics (Posted 1/24/19)

The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies is looking for a post-doctoral researcher focusing on wetland biogeochemistry. The candidate will work on a new project that aims to understand the controls of methane fluxes from wetlands in Maine. We are looking for a candidate with experience in measuring and/or modeling wetland methane dynamics. Tasks include field measurements in Maine, particularly during the growing season; and modeling methane dynamics. Qualifications include a mixture of strong field, lab, computational and writing skills. Please contact and , who are Joint-PIs on the project.

Ecology Internship (Posted 1/22/19)
Highstead
Redding, CT
For more information, go here.

Postdocs in Global Biodiversity Science and Conservation (Posted 1/3/19)
Several positions are available
Yale University
Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change (BGC Center), the Max Planck - Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change (MPYC), Map of Life, and the Jetz Lab
These positions will be open until filled.
For more information, go here.


DELAWARE

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FLORIDA

Research Internships in Plant Ecology, Archbold Biological Station, Florida (Posted 2/191/19)

Beginning April, May, or June 2019; running about 8 months.
Applications due March 8, 2019.
Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School
Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room and Board.

Internships available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida in the Plant Ecology Program, led by Dr. Eric Menges, which emphasizes conservation biology, plant demography, restoration ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology, and fire management. We study many rare species of endemic vascular plants in endangered Florida scrub and related communities. Active fire management provides outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies in fire ecology. Our long-term (as long as 31-year) datasets on dozens of scrub plants gives context to short-term, focused, field projects. A large-scale experimental restoration provides a useful context for restoration ecology projects. Additional information can be found at the Archbold website here or the plant ecology program website here or their intern website here

Interns live on site and receive a room, breakfasts and lunches, and a weekly stipend of $160. Each intern works 20 hours per week assisting with a wide range of ongoing research projects. The remainder of the week can be devoted to an independent research project. Internships run for about 8 months (can sometimes be shorter or longer) and offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations. Our internships are ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology. Most of our interns have gone on to academic or professional positions and many have first-authored publications based on their intern projects.

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 running ArcINFO. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological station atmosphere.
Ideal candidates will have independent research experience, classwork and experience in ecology and botany, field ecology experience, strong grades, statistical and GIS skills, and excellent letters of recommendation.

To apply for an internship in the plant ecology lab, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a resume or CV, and a summary of grades. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by March 8, 2019.

Email applications only! Send to Eric Menges at

Coastal Monitoring Internship (Posted 2/13/19)
National Park Service Southeast Coast Inventory and Moinitoring Network Coastal Program
Jacksonville, FL
For more information, go here.

Agroecology Internship available - Archbold Biological Station in Flordia (Posted 2/5/19)

Research Internship in Agroecology on Subtropical Grazinglands at Archbold Biological Station Beginning Feb 2019 Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School

Includes independent research project. Provides Weekly stipend of $200 and free lodging.

The intern will be supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Boughton and exposed to research in grassland and wetland ecology and disturbance ecology (grazing, fire, flooding).

Primarily, the intern will work on a collaborative project investigating the effects of prescribed fire, cattle grazing, and pasture management on grasslands. The intern will be trained to use a variety of instruments to measure: net ecosystem CO2 exchange, soil greenhouse gas fluxes (N2O, CH4, CO2), and groundwater levels. Other fieldwork will include aboveground plant biomass collection, soil and water collection, and plant species composition. Lab work will include soil sieving, plant biomass weighing and grinding, and water and soil nutrient analyses. Long days and work on weekends may be required during intense data collection campaigns. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience with similar measurements and a demonstrated interest in grassland ecology and ecology of grazinglands.

Interns receive lodging and a weekly stipend of $200. They typically work 20 hours per week as research assistants and the remainder on an independent research project. Internships generally run for 6-12 months but are flexible in their starting dates and durations. Internships offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations.

The intern must be able to tolerate living on a remote cattle ranch and provide their own transportation for personal activities. The housing is located at Buck Island Ranch, a division of Archbold Biological Station with eight permanent staff, located 11 miles away from the main field station. Buck Island Ranch 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: a cover letter stating research interests, a description of previous research experience, a resume, and contact information for three references by 15 February 2019. Please EMAIL applications to: Elizabeth Boughton, , Phone: 863-699-0242 ext 2

Summer Internship (Posted 1/31/19)

The Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) program is currently seeking an undergraduate or recent graduate for a summer internship at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce, Florida. MarineGEO (marinegeo.si.edu) is a network of global observation and research sites that focuses on marine biodiversity, how is it changing, and how that affects the structure and function of coastal marine ecosystems. Research includes long-term, rigorous monitoring of important habitats as well as standardized, coordinated experiments with network partners. The Smithsonian Marine Station is located adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), a biodiverse estuary on the east coast of central Florida. Responsibilities of the successful applicant include data collection in a variety of habitats including seagrasses, oyster reefs, mangroves, soft-sediments, and artificial structures as well as supporting ongoing field experiments examining top-down effects on community structure. Learning objectives include exposure to a diverse suite of marine invertebrate species as well as becoming familiar with research conducted in multiple habitat-types in a biodiverse estuarine environment. Additional experiments can be developed based on the applicant's personal research interests. No diving is expected but snorkeling is common.

Please send a cover letter expressing research interests and future goals as well as a current CV with undergraduate transcripts, and 2-3 letters of recommendation to Dean Janiak at . The internship has a flexible time frame but a desired start date would be at or around June 3. The weekly stipend in $400, not including housing.

Postdoctoral Research position: soil microbial ecology (Posted 1/22/19)

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

Position description: A postdoctoral position is available with the Soil Microbiology Lab at the University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee, FL, to examine the impact of cover crops and row-middle management in citrus. The SWFREC is located in the in the heart of citrus and vegetable production in Florida and provides a unique opportunity to combine scientific research with the needs of the industry.

The primary field project consists of field trials evaluating cover crop mixes and mowing on the soil microbiome, tree health, and citrus production. The project will focus on correlation of microbial community composition, soil chemistry, root growth, and plant growth data, and determining if treatments have specific impacts on the soil microbiome. Expertise in environmental microbial ecology, molecular methods, including high-throughput amplicon sequencing and qPCR, and bioinformatics is required. Experience in shotgun metagenomics is preferred

The incumbent will develop hypotheses based on current literature, design and conduct experiments, perform work in the laboratory and field, analyze data, and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral associate will work independently with minimal supervision. This is a 2.5-year position

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

Preferred qualifications: Experience in soil microbiology, proficiency with R and QIIME2, proficiency in programming (python), experience with grant writing
Advertised salary: $50,000 plus benefits
Open date: March/April 2019, but application review begins immediately
Interested persons should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references, including contact information, to Dr. Sarah Strauss ().

MS opportunity at the University of Florida: disease ecology and invasive freshwater crayfish (Posted 1/14/19)

Lindsey Reisinger’s lab at the University of Florida is looking for a highly motivated MS student to start in summer 2019 and contribute to a project investigating diseases of native and invasive freshwater crayfish and how these diseases impact crayfish survival and behavior.

The project will involve crayfish trapping in Wisconsin lakes, dissection and screening of crayfish for disease, and laboratory experiments to test transmission of pathogens and how they affect crayfish survival, activity, and feeding behavior. Specifically, we are interested in whether native and invasive crayfish harbor different pathogens and whether native pathogens could be used to control populations of invasive crayfish. This position would be fully funded including tuition, a competitive stipend, and benefits for two years.

If interested, please contact Dr. Lindsey Reisinger at and provide a short statement of research interests, goals and related experiences as well as a CV or resume.

Lindsey Reisinger’s lab is in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program within the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. Project collaborators include Don Behringer and Jamie Bojko at the University of Florida.

Graduate Research Assistantship (Posted 1/3/19)

Announcement School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Newton, Georgia

A Master of Science graduate assistantship is available with Dr. Ajay Sharma in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation – University of Florida. The assistantship will be in collaboration with and supported by the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, under joint supervision of Dr. Seth Bigelow (forest ecologist) and Dr. Sharma.

Project Description
“Community re-organization after windstorms in longleaf pine forests”
The re-organization of forest communities after major canopy-opening disturbance depends on the presence and size of regenerating trees and their ability to quickly respond to increased resources. Disturbance regimes in frequent-fire longleaf pine ecosystems are thought to be characterized historically by single-tree or small group mortality due to lighting strikes, but larger openings due to hurricanes may have played a significant role in the development of these forests. Longleaf seedling and sapling growth may increase exponentially at larger opening sizes, yet competing hardwoods may benefit from the same resource pulse. This study will be conducted during the early stages of forest community re-organization after Hurricane Michael in two longleaf pine locations of varying severity of impacts along the storm’s path: a moderate-to-severe impact area, and a light-to-moderate impact area. The objectives are to characterize the frequency distribution of canopy opening sizes created by the storm at each location; to measure height growth of regenerating longleaf pines and competing hardwoods across a gradient of light availability created by these openings; and to determine how soil conditions and time since fire interact with light to shape competitive outcomes. The resulting analysis will assist forest managers in identifying post-hurricane scenarios under which intervention may be required to achieve desired future conditions.

The graduate assistant is expected to spend first year at the University of Florida, Gainesville for completing course work, and the second year at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, located near Newton, GA, for research work. Duties include satisfactory completion of coursework, field data collection and analyses, writing a thesis and peer-reviewed publication(s) related to the study. An ideal candidate for this position will have a B.S. degree in forestry or a closely related discipline, experience in field work, familiarity with longleaf pine ecosystems, proficiency in written and oral communication, strong GRE scores, and evidence of scholastic success. The position will begin in Fall (August) 2019.
The assistantship includes full tuition, competitive stipend, and fringe benefits. To apply, please submit the following to Dr. Ajay Sharma () and/or Dr. Seth Bigelow ().
1) statement of career goals
2) curriculum vitae
3) transcripts of course work
4) GRE scores
5) contact information for three references Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

John Marshall Everglades Internship Program (Posted 1/2/19)
May 16-July 12, 2019
Palmetto Bay, FL
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Position in Landscape Ecology of Plant-Microbial Interactions (Posted 12/20/18)
Department of Biology
University of Miami
Miami, FL
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.
For more information, go here.

Graduate student opportunity in Ecosystem Ecology at Miami University (Posted 12/7/18)

Graduate student opportunity in Ecosystem Ecology at Miami University The Fisk lab at Miami University invites applications to the PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (EEEB) or to the Masters program in Biology. Our lab investigates forest ecosystem questions in the areas of biogeochemistry, plant-soil interactions, and soil ecology. Funding is available to contribute to a project at the Hubbard Brook and Bartlett Experimental Forests examining nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in northern hardwood forests. This project aims to better understand limitations to forest productivity and stoichiometric controls of nutrient recycling. It is a collaboration among scientists from multiple universities and offers the opportunity to interact with students and faculty of wide-ranging interests in ecology. Interested applicants should send email to Melany Fisk () with a CV and brief statement of research interests.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 11/29/18)

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

A postdoctoral position is available with the Soil Microbiology Lab at the University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee, FL, to examine the impact of cover crops and row-middle management in citrus. The SWFREC is located in the in the heart of citrus and vegetable production in Florida and provides a unique opportunity to combine scientific research with the needs of the industry.

The primary field project consists of field trials evaluating cover crop mixes and mowing on the soil microbiome, tree health, and citrus production. The project will focus on correlation of microbial community composition, soil chemistry, root growth, and plant growth data, and determining if treatments have specific impacts on the soil microbiome. Expertise in environmental microbial ecology, molecular methods, including high-throughput amplicon sequencing and qPCR, and bioinformatics is required. Experience in shotgun metagenomics is preferred.

The incumbent will develop hypotheses based on current literature, design and conduct experiments, perform work in the laboratory and field, analyze data, and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral associate will work independently with minimal supervision. This is a 2.5-year position.

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

Preferred qualifications: Experience in soil microbiology, proficiency with R and QIIME2, proficiency in programming (python), experience with grant writing

Advertised salary: $50,000 plus benefits

Open date: March 1, 2019, but application review begins immediately

Special instructions to applicants:
Interested persons should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references, including contact information, to Dr. Sarah Strauss ().


GEORGIA

University of Georgia Stream Ecology REU Positions Summer 2019, 2 positions available (Posted 1/24/19)

The Rosemond and Wenger labs in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia are recruiting two undergraduates to assist in investigating how changing stream thermal regimes affect stream organisms and functions supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Participants will spend 10 weeks conducting research projects and developing other professional skills associated with our NSF-funded project, Carbon Response to Experimental Warming of Streams (CREWS), and the Coweeta Longterm Ecological Research site. The project is focused on quantifying warming-induced changes in detritus-based streams at the USDA Forest Service Coweeta Hydrologic Lab in North Carolina. Chosen applicants will work on one of two REU projects (see below), as well as other aspects of the larger project, from approximately May 29 through August 6 (exact dates flexible) and will earn a competitive stipend.

1) Effects of stream warming on biogeochemical cycling
The objective of this REU is to develop quantitative relationships between temperature and phosphorous (P) uptake rates. Phosphorus pollution is widespread in streams and rivers and establishing these relationships are important to make predictions about how river functions will change in a warming world. Specifically, the REU will address the questions: Does temperature stimulate microbially driven P uptake according to the metabolic theory of ecology? Do we expect warmer streams to retain more or less P? The student will learn how to measure soluble reactive phosphorous in the lab and will be introduced to methodologies for measuring nutrient uptake in the field.

2) Effects of warming on insect detritivore physiology
The objective of this REU is to determine how stream macroinvertebrate growth and consumption change with stream warming. Macroinvertebrates play a key role in processing of elements and materials in streams. Their response to increased temperature may affect the fates of carbon by a) increasing downstream transport or by b) promoting microbially-driven pathways and evasion of carbon to the atmosphere. The REU student will work on laboratory experiments aimed at quantifying the physiological response of macroinvertebrates to increases in temperature and will be involved with designing and carrying out lab experiments to measure thermal responses of detritivore physiology.

In addition to conducting research, participants will work on professional development (scientific literature, science communication, professional networking), and will present their research findings at a summer research conference. Applicants must be current undergraduate students who intend to continue full-time enrollment during the fall 2019 semester and be available for the entire 10-wk period. The positions are primarily based at the University of Georgia, in Athens, GA. Interested applicants should email 1) a resume/CV that includes relevant coursework and research experience, and a list of three references with contact information, and 2) a cover letter that describes interest in one or both of these projects, and how the REU experience fits with future goals and aspirations to Phillip Bumpers, Research Coordinator (). Students from primarily undergraduate institutions and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Deadline for application is February 28th, 2019.


HAWAII

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IDAHO 

Native Plant Propagation Internship - University of Idaho (Posted 2/19/19)

Come be an intern at the Pitkin Nursery in northern Idaho!

The Franklin H. Pitkin Nursery in the College of Natural Resource, University of Idaho is an operational native plant nursery that grows over 65 species native to the Inland Northwest each year. Our facility routinely grows over 400,000 containerized seedlings used for native plant restoration across the region and the nation.

Seeking 1 or more paid interns for summer 2019 to learn about native plant horticultural science and/or assist with growing the nursery crop.

Interns interested in horticultural research will work with faculty on projects designed to manipulate plant growth and health by modifying growing conditions and resource availability. Advanced interns will have the opportunity to explore treatment effects on plant physiology.

Operational greenhouse interns will work with nursery staff to develop skills to one day manage a container nursery. Example activities include irrigation, fertilization, maintaining crop records, identifying and solving disease and pest issues, and other cultural practices to control development and health of native plants.

The internship will be 10 weeks from June 3-August 9, 2019, although we are flexible with start and end dates to accommodate academic calendars. Intern pay will range from $10.50-$14 per hour depending on experience for 40 hours per week. Interns are expected to find their own housing in Moscow, Idaho during the internship. Short-term housing is abundant in the summer with sub-leases and we can help with the search.

To apply, please submit an application package in a single document that includes: (i) a statement of interest indicating why native plants and horticulture interest you, and your future career interests, no more than 500 words, and (ii) a resume that includes past work experience, your university, you major, current GPA, and at least 2 academic or professional references. Submit your application to Dr. Andrew Nelson (), Director of the Pitkin Nursery.
Applicants that apply by March 1, 2019 will be given priority. Application deadline is March 18, 2019.

For more information about the Pitkin Nursery, take a look at their webpag here.

PhD assistantship in Microbial Ecosystem Ecology (Posted 2/15/19)

Seeking a motivated, ambitious individual to pursue a fully-funded PhD with the Strickland Lab at the University of Idaho. This position is supported by a newly awarded NSF CAREER grant aimed at understanding the implications of antibiotics on ecosystem processes and soil microbial communities. Through this position you will gain valuable experiences working in field and laboratory systems, designing independent projects and writing high-impact manuscripts. The position will also have opportunities to engage in outreach and assist in the development of middle school science curriculum. For more information on the exciting research and opportunities in the Strickland Lab, please visit our website (www.stricklandlab.com).

The PhD degree will be awarded in the Department of Soil and Water Resources at the University of Idaho, located in Moscow, Idaho. More information on the degree program can be found here.

The Strickland Lab offers an environment with a wealth of opportunities exploring both basic and applied research in soil microbial ecology! The lab is affiliated with the Center for Health and the Human Ecosystem, The Environmental Science Program, and the Water Resources Program at the University of Idaho. Please contact Michael Strickland () for more information.

To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae, cover letter, and contact information for at least two professional references to . Position is open until filled but application materials received prior to April 30th, 2019 will receive full consideration.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Trout Agend-based Modeling (Posted 2/5/19)
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID
The position will be open until filled, with initial review of applications beginning 2/28/2019.
For more information, go here.


ILLINOIS 

Postdoctoral Associate Position available in grassland restoration (Posted 2/19/19)

Associate Professor Holly Jones' Evidence-based Restoration Lab at Northern Illinois University has funding for a post-doctoral associate with a desired start date of 1 July 2019.

Our lab studies the biodiversity crisis and how we can conserve endangered species and repair damaged ecosystems. We produce science in collaboration with and in support of ecosystem and species managers because that's where we think we can make the most impact. We have diverse interests but are all united in a common goal to push conservation/restoration science forward, and have fun doing it. Our lab centers mental health, work-life balance, and values diverse perspectives; we foster a stimulating, supportive atmosphere for lab members to learn from and teach one another. We understand that as scientists, we should take our work seriously, but that it's equally important that we create a respectful, enjoyable environment in which to do science.

I seek a postdoc who is interested in learning how to lead a lab group, who can help write publications from backlogged data, and who is interested in pursuing new field research around grassland restoration efforts, broadly speaking. I will be on sabbatical the 2019-2020 school year, with some short trips, but I will mostly be near campus. As such, responsibilities will include helping to manage projects and personnel in the lab in addition to the collection, analysis, publication and communication of data on prairie restoration at Nachusa Grasslands, and potentially other prairie restoration sites. The postdoc will work together with undergraduates and graduate students, and other collaborators to carry out research. Starting salary for this position is $50,000. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, with a potential extension for another year depending on performance.

Requirements
Doctorate degree in Ecology, completed before start date

Desired qualifications
Competitive candidates will have training in community ecology, ecosystem ecology, restoration ecology and/or conservation biology. Candidates with strong field experience, evidence of leadership, communication skills, evidence of outreach and collaboration, and dedication to making science more welcoming to underrepresented groups will be viewed favorably. Experience leading field teams and/or collaborations, and with publication records commensurate with time since degree completion are preferred.

Application materials and instructions
If you are interested in this position please send a letter of application and CV, including a list of three references to Dr. Holly Jones (). Review of applications will begin March 8th, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

MS assistantship with mussels in Illinois available (Posted 1/24/19)

Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois
Salary: Approximately $24,000 per year, plus tuition waiver Start Date: 7/1/2019, though somewhat flexible Last Date to Apply: 03/31/2019

Description: We are seeking a MS student to study long-term viability of Northern Riffleshell (Epioblasma rangiana) and Clubshell (Pleurobema clava), two federally-endangered mussels that have been reintroduced in Illinois. The project will evaluate suitable habitat in the Vermilion River (Wabash River drainage) for reintroductions, monitor existing populations to understand spatio-temporal variability in survival, movement, and possible recruitment, and make population projections under varying assumptions of recruitment. These data will be used to develop Illinois's conservation plan for Northern Riffleshell and Clubshell in the Vermilion and Wabash River Basins in Illinois. The position will consist of both field studies and quantitative modeling of empirical data. The graduate student will be in the Department of Natural Resources (NRES) at the University of Illinois and advised by Dr. Kirk Stodola, Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS). Student will also work closely with aquatic biologists Jeremy Tiemann and Alison Stodola of INHS Prairie Research Institute and will require collaboration with local, state and federal partners.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a BS degree in biology, ecology, fisheries or other related discipline. Applicant should have experience working outdoors, strong communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a research team. Preferred Experience: Experience collecting and identifying freshwater mussels, operating personal watercraft (canoes and kayaks), and collecting field data under adverse weather conditions. Experience with ESRI ArcGIS products, Program R, and scientific writing would be an asset. Start date will be June/July 2019, though some flexibility in start date may be possible.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, CV, GRE scores (unofficial are sufficient), transcripts (unofficial are sufficient), and contact information for three references to Dr. Kirk Stodola () by March 31, 2019.


INDIANA 

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Microbial Ecology (Posted 1/31/19)

The McMillan and Hoagland Labs are seeking to recruit two postdoctoral researchers at the intersection of soil microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, and plant stress physiology in the Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering at Purdue University. The positions are within the newly created Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment and will be part of a cohort of other post docs and students working to understand the biophysical and societal impacts of water scarcity and environmental degradation on ecosystem ecology and agricultural productivity in the arid region of Southern Peru. Agriculture in this region is supported by irrigation with water often high in heavy metals leading to toxicity and reduced yield. Our goal is to determine how environmental and management factors affect microbial transformations and partitioning of heavy metals between the soil and plants. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to design research under this broad topic. We anticipate that the post docs will use a variety of methods to assess environmental conditions, microbial community composition (metagenomics), and ecological function (enzyme and metabolism assays).

While the positions are based at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA, the candidates will engage in field and laboratory work and training activities in Peru, primarily in the Arequipa region, possibly for multi-week periods of time. The initial appointment will be for 1 year starting as early as March 1, 2019, with potential for a second year upon review. The Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment is a collaboration between Purdue University and the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA) in Arequipa, Peru. More information is available here.

The post docs will be advised by Prof. Sara McMillan  and Prof. Lori Hoagland in the Depts. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, respectively. The McMillan and Hoagland Labs are equipped with tools for extracting, amplifying, and quantifying DNA/RNA in soil and plant samples, isolating and culturing microbial isolates, and conducting assays to quantify biogeochemical and ecological processes. Access to state-of-the-art plant growth facilities, wet chemistry laboratories, and Purdue’s High Performance Computing Network for bioinformatics analyses is available. McMillan and Hoagland will work with the candidates to create Individual Development Plans, and identify opportunities for them to participate in workshops and other activities that will further develop their technical and professional skills.

Candidates should have recently completed their PhD, or expect to complete their degree by the start date in a program studying biogeochemistry and/or plant-soil-microbial relationships. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability of scientific achievement, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an interest in working in international and interdisciplinary environments addressing problems related to agroecosytem sustainability. The McMillan Lab position requires prior experience using laboratory assays and/or field measurements of biogeochemistry of terrestrial or wetland ecosystems. The Hoagland Lab position requires prior experience using molecular and bioinformatic tools. Both positions also require strong quantitative and analytical skills, preferably R, Python, and/or Matlab. Candidates should have a record of scientific achievement, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an interest in working in international and interdisciplinary environments addressing problems related to agroecosytem sustainability. Past participation in international research and Spanish language skills are desirable.

Applicants should supply (a) a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, (b) a statement of research interests and goals (maximum 2 pages) and (c) e-mail addresses of three references to: Sara McMillan () and Lori Hoagland (). Application review will begin immediately.

M.S. Opportunity: Control and Ecological Effects of Invasive Woody Plants (Posted 1/22/19)

Seeking a motivated M.S. student to become part of an NSF- and Purdue University-funded project that is examining the control and ecological effects of invasive woody plants. The student will test the effectiveness of novel treatment options and examine how the plant community responds to the treatment of invasive plants.

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

Applicants should have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. GRE scores are not required, but may be submitted. 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 attachment, a brief letter of interest, CV (including GPA and contact information for three references), and unofficial transcripts to Mike Jenkins (). We will begin reviewing application materials immediately and continue until a candidate is found.

Women and individuals for other historically under-represented groups 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, fisheries, and wildlife. The West Lafayette-Lafayette area is home to a diverse community with a population of 174,000, good schools, safe neighborhoods, over 40 parks and extensive trail systems, active farmers’ markets, and year-round community festivals and art events.

Graduate Opportunities in Aquatic Ecology (Posted 12/5/18)

Graduate student (PhD or MS) assistantships available to participate in research projects exploring dynamics of Great Lakes ecosystems, food webs and fisheries. Selected individuals will be expected to work collaboratively with scientists from federal laboratories as well as Purdue University. These projects involve an integration of field studies, laboratory analyses, controlled experiments and quantitative modeling analyses.

Specific research topics include:
1) Exploring the potential of the larval stage as a recruitment bottleneck for fish in the upper Great Lakes
2) Determining the ecological effects of seasonal hypoxia on food web structure and fish vital rates in central Lake Erie.

Selected individuals will be co-advised by Drs. Paris Collingsworth and Tomas Höök and enroll in Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in West Lafayette, IN.

Qualifications:
Minimum qualifications include a BS (for MS position) or MS (for PhD position) in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries Science, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater; and above average GRE scores.

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

Start date:
June 2019.

How to Apply:
The positions will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please respond by 7-Janary-2019 and submit cover letter, CV, GRE scores (unofficial), transcript (unofficial), and names and contact numbers of three references to Paris Collingsworth (; 312 886-7449).

For more information please contact:
Paris Collingsworth

Purdue University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.


IOWA

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KANSAS

Conservation Practitioner I - Summer Wetlands Intern (Posted 2/13/19)
The Nature Conservancy
Ellinwood, KS
Job ID: 47365
Apply by March 13, 2019
For more information, go here.


KENTUCKY

Graduate Research Assistant - Stream/Riparian Ecology (Posted 1/22/19)

Watershed Studies Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University has one full-time position to begin late May 2019. Qualifications: B.S. in biology, ecology, or related discipline. Previous experience with stream/riparian ecosystems, field experiments, strenuous field conditions, stream invertebrates, amphibians, fish, and riparian consumers highly desirable. Responsibilities: To conduct research in stream and/or riparian ecology while completing a M.S. degree in Watershed Science. Salary: $16,500 per year. This project is fully funded, and includes a tuition waiver and travel to field sites in Colorado. Other benefits include housing at the Hancock Biological Station (Murray, KY) during the academic year and High Lonesome Ranch (De Beque, CO) during summers. To Apply: Emaila letter of application, curriculum vitae including undergraduate GPA and GRE scores, and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Howard Whiteman (). Deadline: February 20, 2019 or until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.

Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.) - Effects of Wetland Restoration on Consumers (Posted 1/22/19)

Watershed Studies Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University has onne full-time position to begin late May 2019. Qualifications: B.S. in biology, ecology, or related discipline. Previous experience with aquatic ecosystems, field experiments, strenuous field conditions, and experience with aquatic and riparian consumers (birds, bats, reptiles and amphibians, and aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates) highly desirable.  Responsibilities: To conduct research on the effects of bottomland hardwood restoration on aquatic and riparian consumers while completing a M.S. degree in Watershed Science. Salary: $16,500 per year.  This project is fully funded and includes a tuition waiver.  Other benefits include housing at the Hancock Biological Station.  To Apply:  Emaila letter of application, curriculum vitae including undergraduate GPA and GRE scores, and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Howard Whiteman ().  Deadline: February 20, 2019 or until the position is filled.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.


LOUISIANA

Graduate Student Position (Posted 2/15/19)

Seeking a motivated MS or PhD applicant to Biological Sciences (MS) or Integrative Biology (PhD) graduate program at the University of New Orleans for fall 2019 admission. The successful applicant will be supported by a teaching fellowship for up to three years and will do research related to benthic artificial reef ecology or submerged aquatic vegetation ecology under global climate change. If interested, applicants should contact for more details.


MAINE

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MARYLAND

Postdoctoral Fellows - 2 positions - Working Land & Seascapes Initiative (Posted 2/13/19)
Smithsonian Environmental Reserach Cetner
Apply by March 10, 2019
For more information, go here


MASSACHUSETTS

Summer Intern (Posted 2/15/19)
Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration 
Apply by March 16, 2019
For more information, go here.

Research Asociate Intern (Posted 1/3/19)
Earthwatch
Boston, MA
For more information, go here. 


MICHIGAN

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Agriculture & Remote Sensing, Jain Lab, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan (Posted 2/19/19)

Position Description: A postdoctoral position is available starting Fall 2019 in the Jain lab at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. I am looking for a highly motivated postdoc who is interested in questions related to sustainable agriculture, food security, and adaptation to environmental change. My research group uses a variety of quantitative methods, including remote sensing, GIS, econometrics, and structured household interviews to assess how farmers perceive, respond, and adapt to environmental change. Ideally the interested candidate will be well versed in remote sensing and working with large datasets.

Position Details: Competitive salary will be provided based on qualifications. The position is initially for one year, with potential to extend to two years based on performance, funding and need.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with strong publication records, programming experience in R, Python and/or Google Earth Engine, remote sensing and/or GIS experience. Applicants can come from a wide range of Ph.D. backgrounds, including geography, sustainability science, agricultural sciences, economics, computer science, and environmental sciences.

Application Instructions: If interested, the following application materials should be emailed to Dr. Preeti Rao () with the email subject of “Postdoc Position Application”. Please include the following materials in one .pdf file:
1) Cover letter describing general research interests
2) CV
3) One representative manuscript (preferably first authored and published)
4) List of 3 references with contact information (email)
Materials are due by March 7, 2019.

Background: The School for Environment and Sustainability’s overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

Meha Jain
Assistant Professor
School for Environment and Sustainability University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 

Postdoctoral Position available in F (Posted 1/24/19)

A postdoctoral position is available at the Umaña Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan in collaboration with Dr. Jenny Zambrano (University of Maryland). The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in ongoing research investigating the relationships between leaf and root economic spectrums and their variation along a soil fertility gradient at Big Woods forest, Michigan. The incumbent will analyze data and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral associate will work independently with minimal supervision. There will be also opportunities to develop questions related to ongoing research conducted in the Umaña Lab related to tree demography, plant interactions and plant physiology. Additional information about the Umaña Lab can be found here.

Qualifications for potential applicants:
PhD degree in Ecology, Plant Biology or related field.
Strong quantitative skills (preferable experience using Bayesian models)
Proficiency with R
Demonstrated track record of publications
Excellent communication and time-management skills
Strong work ethic

The appointment will be for 1 year with the potential for extension to 1 additional year. Benefits are included and pay will be commensurate with experience. Preferred start date will be August 2019.

Review of applications will begin 26 April 2019, and will continue until the position has been filled. To apply for the position, please email a cover letter including previous experience, research interests and motivation for applying, along with a CV and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Umaña (). We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

M.Sc. Assistantship in Growth and Yield and Silviculture of Northern Hardwoods (Posted 1/22/19)

The Froese Lab is seeking a new graduate student to evaluate and synthesize 50+ year results from historic silviculture system experiments in northern hardwoods in the Upper Great Lakes region. This project is a collaboration with USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, and the Ford Center and Forest at Michigan Technological University. Funding is provided by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Wisconsin and Michigan Implementation Committees.

Research in the silviculture of Great Lakes hardwoods began in 1926 with the establishment of trials at the Dukes Experimental Forest near Marquette, MI. Results published in the seminal work by Eyre and Zilgitt (1953) were the foundation for the pioneering “Marking Guide for Northern Hardwoods under the Selection System” by Arbogast (1957). Similar trials were established at the Argonne Experimental Forest in 1951 (Strong et al. 1995) and the Ford Center and Forest in 1957 (Bourdo 1957). These studies have been maintained over time following the original design with periodic data collection and analysis. In this research, recent remeasurements from each study will be collated and a comprehensive analysis completed of growth, yield, mortality, ingrowth, composition, structure, and financial performance over 65 years for the three historic silvicultural trials.

The successful applicant will have good written communication and computational skills. Prior experience participating in field research is a plus. A related undergraduate degree and/or work experience in a related field would be an advantage. This position is a supported graduate research assistantship, including stipend, tuition, and most required fees.

Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is particularly known for its excellence in the fields of forestry, applied ecology, forest molecular genetics, and wildlife management. Established in 1885, Michigan Tech is a nationally recognized research University, with nearly 7,000 students from 60 countries, and is a leader in science and engineering education. Located in Houghton, near the shores of Lake Superior, Michigan Tech offers a friendly, safe, and affordable living environment with excellent year-round outdoor recreation opportunities.

Please contact Dr. Robert Froese () if you are interested, or would like to know more. To apply, please email Dr. Froese your CV, GPA, GRE scores (if available) with a cover letter that includes a description your research interests and previous research experience. We will begin reviewing applications immediately, and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.


MINNESOTA

Freshwater Intern - Temporary (Posted 2/13/19)
The Nature Conservancy
Minneapolis, MN
Job ID: 47366
Apply by March 15, 2019
For more information, go here.

Plant Community Ecology Internship (Posted 1/14/19)
Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
University of Minnesota
Apply by February 25, 2019
For more information, go here.


MISSISSIPPI 

Postdoc: UMississippi Microbiome/Phylogenetics (Posted 1/7/19)

The Jackson lab and Garrick lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi seek applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. This is a 2-3 year position, renewable annually, funded by a collaborative NSF Dimensions in Biodiversity grant. The project is focused on understanding geographic scaling of diversity and interactions between microbiomes and their mussel hosts, mussel communities, and the freshwater environments in which they perform critical ecosystem services.

The Postdoc will focus on generating and interpreting DNA sequence data that can be used to characterize microbiomes, and contribute to phylogenetic analysis of large data sets. Other duties will include leading authorship of publications, presenting research at conferences, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate researchers in the PIs' labs.

Minimum qualifications are a PhD in Biology or related field, and strong publication record relative to opportunity. Preferred qualifications include experience in microbiome analysis, familiarity with microbial ecology and phylogenetics, strong interests in host-microbe interactions and connecting field-based research with genetic analyses, and a willingness to contribute to biodiversity-related public outreach.

Applicants should contact Dr. Colin Jackson via email () to express interest in the position and for further information.

The start date is anticipated to be late Spring / early summer 2019, but is flexible.


MISSOURI

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MONTANA

Ph.D. Research Assistantship in Tropical Ecosystem Response to Climate and Land Use Change (Posted 2/19/19)

Montana State University is seeking a Ph.D. student to work with an interdisciplinary team engaged in the NASA-funded project “Maintaining Life on Land (SDG 15) under Scenarios of Land Use and Climate Change in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru”. Under the supervision of the Principle Investigators, the student will develop and execute methods for forecasting ecosystem type, forest structure, and select vertebrate species response to scenarios of climate and land use change. The work will be done to support decision making by relevant ministries Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru regarding SDG 15. The student is expected to work in collaboration with full project team including two Ph.D. students at the Northern Arizona University and the University of Northern British Colombia.

Duties
Assess the needs of the collaborating countries with regards to SDG 15 regarding ecosystem and species responses to climate and land use scenarios.
Compile predictor data sets including climate, geomorphology, human pressure, and land use for a historic calibration period and under scenarios to 2100.
Develop statistical functions for the historic period relating ecosystem type, forest structure, and select vertebrate species to the predictors.
Use the statistical functions to forecast biodiversity response under scenarios of climate and land use.
Analyze and interpret the results with regards to conservation strategies aimed at meeting the SDG15 targets identified by each collaborating country.

Application Procedures
For more information contact Andrew Hansen at . Email a letter of interest, C.V., and the names and contact information of three references by March 7 2019 to . Address the email to: Andrew HansenEcology Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, 406 994-6046.

Spring-Summer Researach Assistant: Conservation Biological Control and Sustainable Agriculture (Posted 2/19/19)

Title: Biological Science Aide
Series: 0404 Grade: GS2 or GS3
Vacancy Announcement Number: Seasonal L/A
Location: USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab, Sidney, Montana

Dates: May-August 2019. Please specify your available start and end dates in your application.

Job Description/Duties: The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working individual to serve as a biological science aide on projects examining the influence of landscape structure and crop diversity on pest insects and their natural enemies (e.g. ladybeetles, parasitoid wasps). The research is focused on developing ecologically-based, sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches to pest management in agricultural systems. This position will involve a mixture of field and greenhouse work (~50%), and lab work to sort samples and identify insect pests and their natural enemies (~50%). The successful candidate will gain hands on experience with insect field sampling methods, set up and maintenance of field and greenhouse experiments and insect rearing and identification techniques, as well as the chance to work with the diverse insect fauna associated with cropping systems in a team oriented research environment.

Salary: $11.68 (GS-2) or $12.74 (GS-3) per hour depending on experience and education. The candidate will receive overtime pay when working above the base work schedule of 40 hours a week. Housing is not covered, but dorm-style shared housing is available on location for ~$140 per month, including utilities.

Qualifications: The candidate must be a US citizen, with a valid driver’s license. Additionally, the candidate should be physically fit, and comfortable spending time outside in uncomfortable field conditions (hot, biting insects etc.). Willingness to work long days, and weekends when necessary is also a must. Undergraduate course work in ecology or entomology, and previous field and lab work experience is preferred but not required.

Application process: Please send cover letter, resume and names and contact information of two references (electronically) in a single file to Dr. Tatyana Rand ().

Open Period: Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information on our research program visit their website here or contact them directly.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 2/8/19)
Spatial Analysis Lab
Montana Natural Heritage Program
University of Montana
Tracking Code: 2177-254
Apply by February 24, 2019
For more information, go here.


NEBRASKA

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NEVADA

Postdoctoral Position in the Terrestrial Laser Scanning of Forests (Posted 1/7/19)

The Global Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing (GEARS) Laboratory in the department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Terrestrial Laser Scanning of Forests with an immediate start date.  The researcher will be part of a large, collaborative project with researchers from the University of Maryland, College Park, University of Edinburgh, the USDA Forest Service, and NASA JPL.  The project's goal is to analyze changes in the structure of forests across the Sierra Nevada Mountains using a variety of remote sensing data and techniques including data derived from terrestrial laser scanning (TLS), airborne LiDAR, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery.  TLS, in particular, provides one of the most detailed measures of forest structure and change and can be used as the gold standard for testing larger scale measures and improving our understanding of forest processes.  However, in the past, TLS has typically been collected and analyzed over a very limited number of sites. Our project covers nearly 150 individual sites across large climatic, diversity, and disturbance gradients.  These measurements and analyses will allow a deeper understanding of fine scale changes in biomass accumulation and loss, particularly as it relates to fuels and fires.  The postdoctoral researcher's primary responsibilities will be to develop and implement algorithms and processing chains for extracting various forest metrics from TLS point clouds in a high performance computing (HPC) environment using e.g. QSM and voxel approaches.

Job requirements: a PhD in remote sensing, computer vision, computer science, engineering, physics, or a related geotechnologies field; experience with TLS applications for forestry;  Linux operating systems; at least 2 years of programming.

To apply: Applicants should send an email to Dr. Jonathan Greenberg () with the subject line "TLS Postdoc" with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references.  Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.  Salary will be commensurate with the applicant's qualifications.  


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Graduate student position in forest-drought interactions at the University of New Hampshire (Posted 1/28/19)

Looking for a highly qualified and motivated graduate student to join our research team in the Ecohydrology Lab at the University of New Hampshire starting in Fall 2019. The student would be expected to conduct their PhD or MSc research related to an ongoing research project focused on understanding climate change impacts (especially drought) on northeastern forests and tree species, including assessing how different species vary in their resistance, resilience, and recovery to drought and identifying environmental and physiological thresholds of drought response. The student would have an opportunity to collaborate on two established long-term throughfall exclusion experiments, one located in a mixed white pine-red oak forest in Durham, NH, and the second in a red maple-beech-birch forest at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in Woodstock, NH.

Although the student’s thesis or dissertation should relate broadly to the topic of drought, there is sufficient flexibility within the project to pursue a range of different specific research directions. Topics identified as particular relevant by the research team include: (1) assessing the role of non-structural carbohydrates in mediating the response of different species to drought, (2) quantifying and comparing the hydraulic traits and functions related to adaptive strategies for surviving soil moisture stress among species, (3) examining the environmental and physiological controls on species’ carbon and water fluxes, including threshold responses and legacy effects that may provide insight into long-term resistance, resilience, and recovery to drought. Two years of funding are available to support a Teaching Assistantship, and we anticipate securing additional funding for continued support beyond two years, as needed.

The ideal candidate will have a BS or MSc degree in ecosystem ecology, plant ecophysiology, ecohydrology, forest biology, or a related field. Additionally, extensive field and/or lab experience, skills working with ecological and plant ecophysiological techniques, and strong data analysis and writing skills are desirable. Interested candidates should submit their CV, letter of interest, and the names of three references to Dr. Heidi Asbjornsen via email (). Review of applications will begin on February 15 and continue until the position is filled.

PhD Position at the University of New Hampshire – Ecological Genomics (Posted 1/4/19)

As part of a new, collaborative NSF-funded research and training program in the genomic ecology of coastal organisms, the University of New Hampshire is seeking a PhD student who will study genome-phenome relationships in a tidal marsh bird system. The student will conduct both field work and genomic analyses towards understanding adaptation and fitness associations in tidal marsh sparrows. Research focus will include the study of variation in sparrow diets using meta-barcoding of fecal samples and the linkages with fitness, eco-evolutionary feedbacks and trophic impacts on the marsh. Additional questions about genome-phenome-environment relationships can be pursued, according to the student’s interests. Field work during summer months may involve supervising field crews in tidal marshes in the northeastern US, from Maine to New Jersey. The student will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with a diverse team of investigators, graduate students, and undergraduate students at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine working together on this large project, including Drs. Serita Frey (UNH) and Mike Kinnison (UMaine) for the metabarcoding diet studies.

The PhD student will be enrolled in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science (NRESS) program at the University of New Hampshire and will be advised by Dr. Adrienne Kovach.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a strong background in ecology and/or genomics. Preferred candidates will have demonstrated experience with field work, in particular, bird mist-netting (previous time as a federal banding sub-permittee strongly preferred), as well as experience in genetics, genomics, and/or bioinformatics. Consistent with our program scope and to advance an integrated understanding of adaptation in nature, we are especially interested in candidates who show promise to work in an inclusive and diverse collaborative environment and to engage intellectually across the diverse scales of genomes, phenomes, and environmental feedbacks. Individuals who are intellectually curious, responsible, willing to learn, team-oriented, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply. An M.S. in a related field is preferred, but qualified candidates with extensive experience will be considered.

How to apply: Please send a cover letter describing your qualifications, including your commitment to diversity and inclusion in collaborative science, a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and the contact information for at least three references to Adrienne Kovach at and indicate the position for which you would like to be considered. Please use “Ecological Genomics PhD Student Search” as the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. A start date on or before April 1, 2019 is strongly preferred, but may be negotiable.

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

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

Graduate Assistantship in Forest Nutrient Cycling (Posted 1/2/19)

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

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

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

Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching assistantships. A stipend, full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a summer position with the field crew in New Hampshire will be provided.

Prospective students may apply to the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management or the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, both at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.

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


NEW JERSEY

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NEW MEXICO 

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NEW YORK

Undergraduate Field Ecology Internship (Posted 2/8/19)
Huyck Preserve
Rensselaerville, NY
Apply by February 22, 2019
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Position in Ecosystem Remote Sensing (Posted 2/8/19)
Department of Geography
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY
Apply by March 1, 2019
For more information, go here.

Doctoral Opportunity - Eastern Mallard Population Dynamics (Posted 2/5/19)

PhD in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management, Conservation Biology, or Applied Ecology
Department of Environmental and Forest Biology,
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Start Date: August 2019 preferred, negotiable for January 2020

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

Description and requirements: Seek a highly-motivated and experienced individual to enroll in ESFÂ’s doctoral program and study eastern mallard population dynamics. Decades of abundant data collection on mallards provide unique opportunities to apply a diversity of novel analytical techniques to test theoretical and applied questions. Surveys indicate that the northeastern US mallard population has declined, whereas that of eastern Canada remains stable. To date, biologists have been unable to determine why the decline has occurred. A long-term decline may mean that either survival and/or production is too low to maintain the population size. However, banding data indicate that eastern mallard survival rates are not measurably different now than they were in the 1990s, when the population was stable. Production estimates obtained from the USFWS Parts Collection Survey have not decreased either. This indicates bias in one or more critical data sets. Our goal is to investigate potential bias in these data sets and determine mechanisms for the recorded population decline. We seek applicants with experience in GIS, occupancy modeling, program MARK, and WinBUGS (or demonstrated capacity to apply these analytical tools) with a strong interest in wildlife population dynamics and landscape ecology. Experience with and knowledge of North American waterfowl conservation, ecology, and management is preferred, but not necessary.

Program Requirements: Applicants must be competitive for a departmental teaching assistantship (GPA 3.5 or higher and GRE scores above average in all categories with 2 of the 3 scores > 75th percentile, prior publications or manuscripts in review preferred). Departmental teaching assistantships include a tuition waiver and stipend.

Applying: Email a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores (preferably as a single pdf) to Dr. Michael Schummer (). After an interview, the successful applicant will be encouraged to apply to the Graduate School at SUNY ESF.

Funded PhD in Arid-land Riparian Ecology (Posted 1/24/19)

Seeking a motivated graduate student with interests in riparian forest ecology, ecophysiology, dendroecology, and statistical analysis for a project investigating drought and its impact on riparian ecosystems in the Southwestern USA (Arizona and California). The position is at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York. The research project will assess the impacts of water limitation on riparian trees using tree-ring analysis, stable isotope methods, field surveys, and geospatial approaches. The position is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with University of California at Santa Barbara and University of Cardiff, and is funded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) of the US Department of Defense.

This position is for a Ph.D. assistantship in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science and includes a full tuition waiver, stipend and benefits for a minimum of three years. We welcome applications from motivated, curious students with ecological research experience. Ideal candidates will have a MS in ecology, environmental science, or a related field; strong quantitative and writing skills; the ability to work in remote field settings; and interest in riparian forest ecology and tree ecophysiology in dryland regions. The position starts in late Spring or Summer 2019 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications should include a brief statement of interest and experience, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, English proficiency scores (if applicable), and a research writing sample, if available. Send email inquiries to John Stella, SUNY-ESF;

Established as a college of forestry in 1911, SUNY-ESF is a public, doctoral degree granting institution with an intimate small-college atmosphere and 400 faculty and staff dedicated to solving environmental problems through research, teaching and service. SUNY-ESF has a special relationship with Syracuse University, which is adjacent to the campus, and ESF students have access to many of the resources and benefits that come from an association with a larger university. SUNY-ESF ranked 46th in the 2019 US News and World Report rankings of the top public national universities. The Princeton Review ranked ESF as the #2 Green College, and the Sierra Club listed ESF among the nation’s top “Cool Schools”. Located in central New York State, Syracuse is a lively city within a day drive of major urban centers (New York, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal), as well as abundant natural beauty (Adirondacks, Thousand Islands, Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls).

Postdoctoral Associate - 2 positions (Posted 1/24/19)
Cary Institute
Millbrook, NY
Apply by October 15, 2019 or until filled.
For more information, go here.

PhD in Riparian Ecology and Ecophysiology at SUNY-ESF (Posted 1/22/19)

Seeking a motivated graduate student with interests in riparian forest ecology, ecophysiology, dendroecology, and statistical analysis for a project investigating drought and its impact on riparian ecosystems in the Southwestern USA (Arizona and California). The position is at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York. The research project will assess the impacts of water limitation on riparian trees using tree-ring analysis, stable isotope methods, field surveys, and geospatial approaches. The position is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with University of California at Santa Barbara and University of Cardiff, and is funded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) of the US Department of Defense.

This position is for a Ph.D. assistantship in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science and includes a full tuition waiver, stipend and benefits for a minimum of three years. We welcome applications from motivated, curious students with ecological research experience. Ideal candidates will have a MS in ecology, environmental science, or a related field; strong quantitative and writing skills; the ability to work in remote field settings; and interest in riparian forest ecology and tree ecophysiology in dryland regions. The position starts in late Spring or Summer 2019.

Applications should include a brief statement of interest and experience, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, English proficiency scores (if applicable), and a research writing sample, if available. Send email inquiries to John Stella, SUNY-ESF;

Established as a college of forestry in 1911, SUNY-ESF is a public, doctoral degree granting institution with an intimate small-college atmosphere and 400 faculty and staff dedicated to solving environmental problems through research, teaching and service. SUNY-ESF has a special relationship with Syracuse University, which is adjacent to the campus, and ESF students have access to many of the resources and benefits that come from an association with a larger university. SUNY-ESF ranked 46th in the 2019 US News and World Report rankings of the top public national universities. The Princeton Review ranked ESF as the #2 Green College, and the Sierra Club listed ESF among the nation’s top “Cool Schools”. Located in central New York State, Syracuse is a lively city within a day drive of major urban centers (New York, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal), as well as abundant natural beauty (Adirondacks, Thousand Islands, Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls).

Two Postdoctoral Research Associates to advance understanding and model representation of leaf and canopy processes in tropical forests (Posted 1/14/19)

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook Univeristy is seeking two post-docs interested in improving understanding and model representation of leaf and canopy level processes that regulate the exchange of carbon, water and energy in tropical forests to enable improved projection of the response of canopy processes to climate change. The successful candidates will join a small, highly collaborative and supportive group at BNL and work with other scientists as part of the multi-institutional Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments - Tropics project (ngee-tropics.lbl.gov). The post-docs will work under the joint supervision of Shawn Serbin and Alistair Rogers. These positions are full time, 1 year, appointments with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

For additional information about each position, and to apply, applicants should visit the BNL careers website (jobs.bnl.gov) and search for job #1555 and #1556. We are now considering applications and the positions will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified. To ensure full consideration please apply before March 31st.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 1/0/19)
Universtiy at Buffalo, SUNY
Posting No.: R1900010
For more information, go here.


NORTH CAROLINA 

Conservation Intern - Temporary (Posted 2/13/19)
The Nature Conservancy
Southern Pines, NC
Job ID: 47357
Apply by March 7, 2019
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral and Graduate Positions Available in Ecological Development (Posted 2/11/19)

Research in Krista McCoy’s laboratory focuses on the physiological mechanisms that protect organisms from environmental pollutants. Positions are available for a Post-doctoral scholar or graduate student to work on an NIH funded project aimed at understanding what processes make some individuals resilient to environmental toxicants and allow normal physiological function and normal development. Current research takes a systems level approach to investigate how a developing fetus responds to and is buffered against maternal exposure to endocrine disrupting pollutants. The successful candidates will join our team which is using a variety of approaches including transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and chemical characterization of pollutant degradation products.
Ideal candidates will have some experience with some of the aforementioned methods, and/ or experience with bioinformatics and modern statistical approaches. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. The post-doctoral candidate should have an established record of productivity.

Interested candidates should submit the following information as a single PDF document.

1) A one page cover letter describing research interests, research experience, and career goals.
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Contact information for three references.
Inquiries and application materials should be sent to Krista McCoy .

Also go here.

East Carolina University, a member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System, is classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University and enrolls close to 29,000 students, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is located in Greenville, NC, which lies ~80 miles east of Raleigh and ~80 miles west of the Atlantic coast.

The Department of Biology, part of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, is a broad department that emphasizes integrative approaches drawing from across the life sciences. We offer undergraduate majors in Biology and Biochemistry and graduate opportunities at both the MS and PhD levels. This position will be located at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), on Roanoke Island in Wanchese, NC, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. CSI is an interdisciplinary coastal field laboratory with active research, education, and outreach programs. It is currently undergoing significant growth.


NORTH DAKOTA

MS or PhD Graduate Student Opportunity (Posted 1/10/19)
Range Science Program
North Dakota State University
For more information, go here.


OHIO

Postdoctoral Researcher in Aquatic Ecology (Posted 2/11/19)

Michael Fraker, Stuart Ludsin, and Jim Hood, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Ken Frank, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS

Description: We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher for a study that will conduct the initial stages of a fisheries-focused integrated ecosystem assessment of the Lake Erie ecosystem. We will use multivariate analyses of long-term physical, chemical, and biological datasets to quantify patterns and trends in the structure and function of the Lake Erie ecosystem and identify drivers of those trends. We will then use similar multivariate analyses, as well as mechanistic modeling, to infer how ecosystem trends have driven the dynamics of ecologically and economically important fishes. The incumbent will also have the opportunity 1) to help organize and participate in a workshop during which we will disseminate information and results to Lake Erie management personnel and stakeholders to facilitate their movement toward ecosystem-based fisheries management in the Great Lakes and 2) to collaborate on future grant proposals and follow-up projects. Support to attend scientific meetings also will be provided.

Location: Preferably, the incumbent would join a dynamic, interactive group of faculty, post-docs, and students at the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (www.eeob.osu.edu/), located on Ohio State's Columbus campus. However, alternative arrangements may be possible (i.e., being based in Canada with Ken Frank).

Qualifications. The successful applicant will be creative, motivated, and capable of working both independently and cooperatively. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in ecology, fisheries, limnology, oceanography, biostatistics, or a related field. Strong quantitative and written and oral communication skills are required. Ideal candidates will have a strong knowledge of multivariate analyses, computer programming experience (ideally in R), and a track record of peer-reviewed publications.

Salary: $48,484/year plus a comprehensive benefits package

Duration: 1.5 years

How to apply: Please submit the following materials to Dr. Michael Fraker (): 1) a cover letter that briefly describes your educational and research background and your interests and career goals; 2) your CV (or resume); and 3) contact information for at least three professional references. Please place Lake Erie Ecosystem Postdoc in the subject line.

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. An ideal start date would be during early 2019. Please direct questions to Dr. Fraker at .

Post-Doctoral Reserach Associate: Aquatic-Riparian Ecology: Artificial Lighting at Night (Posted 2/5/19)

Closing date: Feb. 20th, 2019. Salary: $48-50K/annually, plus benefits. The Stream and River Ecology Laboratory at The Ohio State University is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. The incumbent will be expected to contribute to research on the ecological effects of artificial lighting at night (ALAN) in aquatic and riparian ecosystems (from individuals to ecosystems), including field, experimental (e.g., mesocosms), and lab work. In addition, s/he will be expected to assist with the analysis of data as well as the preparation of reports, articles, and associated project deliverables. The incumbent will be based at the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park and will be mentored by Dr. Mazeika Sullivan, with opportunities to work with project co-PI Dr. Suzanne Gray. Strong statistical and programming skills, preferably with R, are required. Interest in gaining teaching experience is highly desirable. Applicants must have completed and defended their Ph.D. by the start of the appointment. Interested applicants should submit the following: (1) Cover letter, C.V., and the names and contact information for three references; (2) Unofficial transcripts; and (3) Examples of published work. Funding is available for two years. For more information or to apply, contact Dr. Sullivan @ .

Graduate Research Associate Positions in Remote Sensing and Data Analytics for Sustainable Agriculture (Posted 12/21/18)

Position Summary: The Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) at The Ohio State University (OSU) is recruiting two M.S. and one Ph.D. level graduate students to investigate the use of drone and satellite based remote sensing technologies, and data analytics for assessing and monitoring the agricultural management practices. Specific focus of these positions will be on: 1) Assessment of agricultural practices using remote sensing technologies. (2) Implementation of data analytics methods for remote sensing applications for precision agriculture. (3) Integration of remote sensing technologies with ecosystem models to explore the role of agricultural practices under changing climate.

Selected graduate students will work in projects involving interdisciplinary team of researchers from various disciplines, such as agricultural engineering, computer science, translational data analytics, horticulture and crop science, geography, economics and landscape architecture. The students will also have the opportunity to work with farmers, crop consultants, and precision agriculture industries. Graduate students are expected to publish research findings in international peer-reviewed journals, present research findings in conferences/meetings, and generate regular project update reports.

The ideal candidates should have the following qualifications and experiences:

• BS or MS degree in agricultural, mechanical, computer, civil, or electrical engineering; environmental science; computer science; or other related disciplines.
• Demonstrated statistical and computer-programming (Python, R, OpenCV, MATLAB, Java, C++, etc.) skills
• Experience in remote sensing, GIS, ecosystem modeling, precision agriculture technologies.
• 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: Fall 2019 (Open until filled). Applications will be reviewed as received.

No. of Positions: 3

How to Apply: Please email the following materials to Dr. Sami Khanal ():
• Cover letter outlining (a) how your experience prepares you to work on these projects, and (b) which aspects of these projects is of the most interest to you.
• Detailed CV
• Academic transcripts (Unofficial copy at this point)
• Unofficial GRE and TOEFL (only for international students) test scores. Serious considerations will be given to students with GRE scores above 311, combined verbal and quantitative, and 3.5 on analytical writing.
• List of three references (name, position, institution, email address, and phone number).

Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship  (Posted 12/5/18)
The Wilds
Six month positions start in March 2019 and continue through September 2019, flexible upon request.
For more information, go here.


OKLAHOMA

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OREGON

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PENNSYLVANIA

Biology Postdoctoral Scholar - 2 Year Position (Posted 2/11/19)
Department of Biology 
Lycoming College
Williamsport, PA
For more information, go here.

Summer 2019 REU at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology (Posted 1/24/19)

The Richards-Zawacki lab at the University of Pittsburgh invites undergraduate applicants for a 10-week summer research experience at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology in northwestern Pennsylvania. This position is part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Ongoing work in the Richards-Zawacki lab aims to clarify the relationship between climate and the dynamics of chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease that threatens amphibian populations on several continents. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with other members of the Richards-Zawacki lab to survey local amphibians for Batrachochytrium fungi, the pathogens that cause chytridiomycosis, and also design and carry out an independent project related to amphibian ecology. Room and board at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology will be provided, along with transportation to and from the field station and a stipend of $500/week.

The position is open to undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions and are enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. To be eligible, the applicant must not have completed their degree prior to the start of the REU experience. To apply, please send a one page personal statement (about your scientific interests and how this REU will support your professional goals), your resume or cv, unofficial transcripts, and the names of two professional references (including title, address, phone number and email address) to Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki (). Applications are due February 22, 2019.

Please direct any questions you may have about the program to Dr. Richards-Zawacki ().

Undergraduate Internship - Lacawac Sanctuary (Posted 12/23/18)
Lake Ariel, PA
Review of applications begins on March 1, 2019
For more information, go here.

PhD position in forest ecology and management at Penn State University starting Fall 2019 (Posted 12/21/18)

The student will work within a team to study forest resources from a Critical Zone perspective. The Critical Zone spans from bedrock to the atmospheric boundary layer and this project integrates research on vegetation, bedrock, hydrology, soils, land use and ecosystem services to inform forest management. The student will be part of a training program in Critical Zone Management and will work with a cohort of other graduate students, have access to the national Critical Zone Observatory network, and be trained in leadership and outreach. The PhD can be through the Forest Resources or Ecology programs and will be housed in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (ESM), which is committed to advancing awareness and inclusion of diversity and creating a climate of mutual respect for all. Please contact Margot Kaye () to find out more about the position.


RHODE ISLAND

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SOUTH CAROLINA

PhD opening in plant-soil interactions - extended application (Posted 1/22/19)

The department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, Clemson University is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD position in the plant ecophysiology lab of Dr. Nishanth Tharayil. This PhD position will focus on an NSF-supported project that investigates the chemical plasticity of tree roots in response to biotic and abiotic heterogeneities of soil environments and how these changes would, in turn, affect ecosystem functioning, such as decomposition, biogeochemical cycling, and feedbacks to global change. This project will involve laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments, with an emphasis on plant chemistry. The successful applicant will receive multidisciplinary training including plant and soil ecology, biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, metabolomics, etc. The student is encouraged to develop independent and creative studies within the broad realm of the project. The student will be supervised by Dr. Nishanth Tharayil and Dr. Vidya Suseela and closely work with Dr. Mengxue Xia, a postdoctoral fellow in the project.

Prospective students that have a background and interest in plant ecology/physiology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Previous laboratory experiences are not required but desirable. Field experience is a plus. The candidate should have a strong motive to learn analytical techniques as required by the project. Those interested may email Dr. Xia () with “Chemical plasticity PhD position” in the subject line. Include in the email a CV, an unofficial transcript, contacts of two potential references, and a brief statement describing your background and research interests. Informal inquiries are also welcome. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The starting time is negotiable but preferably as soon as possible (summer 2019).


SOUTH DAKOTA

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TENNESSEE

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TEXAS

Ph.D. Assistantship - Coastal phytoplankton/harmful algal bloom ecology (Posted 2/15/19)

Seeking a motivated student to fill a graduate assistantship in the Marine Biology or Coastal and Marine System Science Ph.D. program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. More details on those programs can be found here:

Marine Biology; Coastal and Marine System Science

The position is available beginning in June or August 2019. The focus of this assistantship could be in one or both of the following research areas that my lab is currently funded to work on:
1) Environmental drivers of red and brown tide harmful algal blooms
2) Influence of freshwater inflow variability on estuarine phytoplankton community dynamics

Ample resources are available for field sampling, experimental (mesocosm & laboratory) approaches, and or synthesis/modeling of existing data. The student will benefit from samples and field data already collected as part of ongoing (funded) water quality and plankton ecology studies in the systems of interest.

To be considered for the position, please email me, Dr. Mike Wetz at . Please send your C.V., a brief (<1 page) cover letter outlining your background and alignment of your research interests with my lab’s research focus, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores. For more information on my laboratory and research interests, please go here. Screening of applications will begin immediately and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is identified.

Graduate Assistantship (doctoral): Southern Bottomland Hardwood Stand Dynamics (Posted 2/11/19)

A 12-month funded T.L.L. Temple graduate assistantship (doctoral) is available beginning fall 2019 under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Kidd within the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University. SFA (more than 13,000 students) is located in the historic city of Nacogdoches, Texas (population approximately 33,000) within the East Texas Pineywoods Ecoregion.

This assistantship is for three years and carries an annual stipend of $25,000 plus health insurance assistance (if needed). An opportunity for summer 2019 employment is available for the student to begin field research. Funding is available to support travel to conduct field research and to present research findings at national and regional-level conferences. Although the State of Texas does not allow for direct tuition waivers, out-of-state students awarded assistantships only pay the Texas resident tuition rate. To further help defray tuition costs, $2,000 scholarships are also available through this program for qualified students. In addition to research, there also will be opportunities for the candidate to gain teaching experience.

Research Focus
The successful applicant will conduct research quantifying bottomland hardwood stand dynamics along a flooding and gap-creation disturbance gradient in East Texas. The doctoral student will investigate effects of abiotic (flooding and drought: frequency, intensity, duration; light) and biotic factors on density and composition of overstory, midstory, understory and ground strata adjacent to the Neches, Angelina, Sabine and Attoyac Rivers. Further emphasis will be placed on quantifying temporal and spatial patterns (e.g., microtopographical position and location relative to canopy gaps) of natural regeneration establishment and recruitment.

Applicants with a strong interest in hardwood regeneration ecology, disturbance ecology and stand dynamics are highly desired. Candidates must have earned an M.S. in Forestry or a related-subject area by the start date. Applicants must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for masters degree coursework and a minimum GRE score of 300. If English is not the applicants native language, he/she must demonstrate English proficiency. The minimum score required to demonstrate English proficiency on the TOEFL is at least 550 on the paper-based version or 79 IBT (internet-based). Ability to conduct field work in harsh conditions (e.g., heat, insects, standing water, snakes) and maintain a positive attitude is required.

Review of applications will begin March 1 and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter detailing your research interests and experience, CV, GRE scores (if available), unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcript/s, contact information for three potential academic/professional references, and an example of your writing to Dr. Rebecca Kidd via email ().

Graduate Research Assistant (doctoral): Effects of invasive Plants on Consumers in Aquatic Ecosystems (Posted 2/5/19)

The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University has a T.L.L. Temple graduate assistantship for a doctoral student to begin in fall 2019. The position is funded for three years ($25,000/year), and will be based in the research group of Dr. Christopher Schalk  that focuses on understanding organization and function of ecological communities and the effects of global and anthropogenic change on these systems. Although the State of Texas does not allow for direct tuition waivers, out-of-state students awarded assistantships only pay the Texas resident tuition rate. To further help defray tuition costs, $2,000 scholarships are also available through this program for qualified students. In addition to research, there also will be opportunities for the candidate to gain teaching experience.

Research Focus
The project will explore the effects Chinese Tallow (Triadica sebifera), the most widespread invasive tree species across the southeastern United States, has on community and food-web structure in aquatic ecosystems. More specifically, the project will entail field work and experiments to understand the impacts of Chinese Tallow on amphibian and/or macroinvertebrate consumers in lentic ecosystems.

Desired Qualifications
Individuals with research interests in community ecology, food-web ecology, invasive species ecology and conservation ecology are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Master of Science degree by the start date in ecology, wildlife ecology, or related field; experience with field experiments, aquatic ecosystems, amphibians and/or aquatic macroinvertebrates, and strong quantitative skills. Excellent communication and time-management skills, a strong work ethic and attention to detail also are essential.

About the Area/University
SFA is located in Nacogdoches, Texas, with more than 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture has a diverse faculty with strengths in forestry, ecology, wildlife ecology, environmental science and spatial science. Nacogdoches is a city with more than 33,000 residents. It recently was designated as the Top Small City in Texas according to Cities Journal.

Deadline
Review of applications will start March 1 and continue until the position is filled. The candidate is expected to begin in fall 2019. Please send only one PDF file with a cover letter outlining your research interests and experiences, GPA, GRE scores (if available), a CV, contact details of three references and an example of your writing to Dr. Christopher Schalk ().

Rice Academy post doctoral fellow position (Posted 12/20/18)

As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor. As part of a recently launched $150 million investment in research initiatives to advance this mission, Rice University is pleased to announce and invite applications for the Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellows Program.

The 2019 competition is open to all research areas. The two-year Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to exceptional scholars who have recently earned the doctoral degree in any area, including ecology and who want to pursue research with faculty at Rice University. Applications are particularly welcome from those who are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship. The Fellowship term will begin on September 1, 2019. Details and application material can be found here.

EEB candidates have been very successful in this program and tackled a diverse set of research question, ranging from infectious disease biology, eDNA, and corral reef ecology.

Those who are interested in community, population, behavioral or evolutionary ecology are encouraged to apply and to identify and contact potential faculty hosts in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in the BioSciences Department Rice.


UTAH 

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VERMONT

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VIRGINIA

Natural Resources Internship - 2 Positions (Posted 1/30/19)

Organization: Fairfax County Park Authority, Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch

Location: Fairfax County, VA

Hours and compensation: $12.50/hour, approximately 40 hours per week from June 3rd- August 9th. Holidays and leave are unpaid. A vehicle will be provided for field work from the base office in Fairfax. Housing is available upon request.

Application deadline: March 8th, 2019

Organization overview: The Fairfax County Park Authority maintains approximately 24,000 acres of public land including natural areas, cultural resources, and recreational facilities. The Natural Resource Management and Protection (NRMP) Branch falls under the Resource Management Division of the Park Authority, and is responsible for land stewardship and implementation of the agency's Natural Resource Management Plan. For more information please go here.

Position Description: This internship is primarily field-based with only occasional office work. Interns will work together as a pair to perform non-native invasive plant assessments on parkland across the county using a standard field protocol. Interns will be trained in the survey method, conduct field surveys, and input their results into a GIS database. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in other field and educational activities conducted by the Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch as events arise. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the field of natural resources and develop field inventory skills. Each intern will also have the opportunity to plan and implement a special 40-hour project in their area of interest.

Qualifications and Skills: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a strong interest in natural resource management and stewardship of public land. Applicants should expect to be outdoors up to four days per week and should be willing to work outdoors in a hot, humid environment with abundant insects, ticks and chiggers. Applicants must be able to travel on foot in rough terrain, including over steep slopes, fallen trees and other obstacles, up to eight hours per day. Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. Our interns will be working together as a team and must be able to cooperate and share responsibility. Experience in GIS and GPS use, basic plant identification, and ecology are a plus.

How to apply: Please email a letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to Erin Stockschlaeder at by March 8th, 2019

Lecturer of Biology - Ecology -Evolution (Posted 1/22/19)
Department of Biology
William & Mary
Review begins March 1, 2019
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Hydrodynamic Modeling (Posted 1/22/19)
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
William & Mary
Apply by February 22, 2019
For more information, go here.

Ph.D. Assistantship in Fish and Fisheries Ecology and Conservation in the Amazon (Posted 1/22/19)

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech

A highly qualified and motivated candidate is sought to join a NSF-funded project to study fish and fisheries ecology and landscape genetics in the Brazilian Amazon under the supervision of Drs. Leandro Castello and Eric Hallerman. Applicants must have: a M.S. in ecology, fisheries, or related field; and record of involvement in research. Experience with peer-reviewed publications and knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese are preferred. Financial support will be in the form of research and teaching assistantships. Anticipated start is Summer 2019. E-mail questions and applications to and


WASHINGTON

Postdoctoral Position in Pollinator Ecology/Physiology - Washington State (Posted 2/15/19)

The Crowder lab at Washington State University seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to work on a recently awarded Western SARE grant examining interactions between canola crops and bee pollinators in the Palouse region of Washington/Idaho. Production of winter and spring canola are rapidly expanding in the Palouse, an area historically covered by prairie habitat that has largely been converted to intensive dryland agricultural systems with cereal grains and legumes. Canola crops bloom for a relatively long period, with winter canola in bloom for approximately 6 weeks from May to June, and spring canola for an additional 6 weeks from June to July. Canola crops thus offer the only mass-flowering resource to bees in the Palouse, an area with over 170 documented wild bee species. However, it remains relatively unknown whether this “new” pulsed resource impacts the health of wild and managed pollinators, or whether bees make a meaningful contribution to canola yields/economic returns in the Palouse. The postdoc will have wide latitude to develop their own independent research within this system, and will work closely with a grad student (Rachel Olsson) who is examining several applied aspects of the system. Possible areas of investigation include (but are not limited to): (A) effects of canola on bee health or pathogen susceptibility; (B) assessing how floral and nectar traits of different canola varieties affect bee behavior and health; (C) determining the effects of bees on canola crop yields and economic returns; (D) assessing the role of landscape structure on bee communities in canola; or (E) examining linkages between soil health and microbial communities on canola floral traits and resulting impacts on bee health. We are seeking an individual who will bring their own ideas and curiosity to the system. The Crowder lab also has several long-term datasets on pollinators in canola and other crops, and an individual with strong statistical skills who could aid in data analysis objectives (and lead these papers) would be valued. The candidate will also be expected to participate in outreach/extension to canola producers and collaborate within the broader Western Oilseed Cropping Systems research team.

Given terms of our grant, we have a compressed timeline to hire a talented individual. Ideally candidates would be able to start by May 1st (coinciding with the beginning of bloom), and candidates that cannot start by June 1st will unfortunately not be considered. Candidates should mention if this is feasible in their cover letter. Additionally, it is likely that the lab PI (David Crowder) will be on sabbatical from Sep 2019 to May 2020. While he will continue to meet virtually with lab members and be engaged with all lab functions, interested candidates must be able to work independently, be willing and able to execute their own research, and be interested in serving as informal mentors to students in the lab. We have a diverse group currently consisting of 8 graduate students and 3 postdocs, and we are excited to build on the success of this team. The Palouse is a beautiful area of the country to live/work with low cost of living and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities. Both WSU and the University of Idaho are located in the Palouse, within 8 miles, and a postdoc interested in joining this highly collaborative research community will be welcomed.

The position with include a salary of $46K with benefits. Support to travel to one conference a year will be available. The position is funded for two years, from May 1st 2019 to April 30th 2021, with a possibility for extension dependent on funding/performance. If interested, send a cover letter/CV to and . Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


WEST VIRGINIA 

Postdoctoral Fellow (Posted 2/19/19)
West Virginia University Research Corporation
Department of Biology
Job No.: 11064
For more information, go here.

M.S. Graduate Assistantship – Wetland Mammal Communities, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, West Virginia University (Posted 2/15/19)

STARTING DATE: August 2019

CLOSING DATE: Position is open until filled.

DESCRIPTION: Student will be supported by 9-month Teaching Assistantship and 3 month Research Assistantship for 2 to 2.5 years.
This study will evaluate small mammal community structure in created and natural wetlands in West Virginia. The student will evaluate species diversity, occupancy, and habitat use of the small mammal community occupying wetland systems. An additional thesis chapter will be developed on a relevant topic based on the interest of the student. The student will be working toward a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University.

QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. in Wildlife or closely related field. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 310. A strong interest in small mammals and wetlands required, experience with both desired. Strong identification skills with wetland vegetation is also desirable.

STIPEND: $16,536/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 .


WISCONSIN 

MSc Position on Climate Change, Phenotypic Mismatch and Community Turnover (UW-Madison) (Posted 2/11/19)

We are seeking an outstanding student to advance our long-term research program studying a community of Wisconsin vertebrates to study the impacts of climate change on winter specialists – snowshoe hares, porcupines, ruffed grouse. The student’s thesis will involve collecting data in the field and from museums, and analyzing photographs and demographic datasets. The assistantship will begin in the fall of 2019. The student will be advised by Dr. Jonathan Pauli  and work closely with Drs. Benjamin Zuckerberg and M. Zachariah Peery.

Applicants must have a BS degree in biology, ecology, forestry, wildlife, or other related discipline. A working knowledge of population ecology and statistics are sought, and experience in the field and laboratory, are required. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by 1 March, 2018 are guaranteed full consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates. The project includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. We envision a start date of September 2019, but an earlier start date may be possible.

UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research! The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please go here.

To apply, please submit your application here.

Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey (< 15 minutes), uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate).
After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates.

If you have any problems with the application, please email .

Research Assistant - Biology - 6-7 positions (Posted 2/11/19)
LaManna Lab
Department of Biological Sciences
Marquette University
For more information, go here.

Master’s position in the Larson Lab using genetics to investigate the reproductive ecology of walleye in northern Wisconsin (Posted 1/24/19)

Description and responsibilities: The USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at UW-Stevens Point is looking for a MS student to conduct research on walleye populations in northern Wisconsin as part of a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and UW-Stevens Point. Walleye populations have been declining in northern Wisconsin over the past decade, and previous studies have been unable to provide a mechanistic cause for these declines. This project will utilize genetics to construct pedigrees for two northern Wisconsin lakes with the goal of correlating various ecological metrics to individual fitness (i.e. reproductive success). The project will include both field and laboratory components. Laboratory work will consist of using a newly developed SNP panel to genotype thousands of walleye, and field work will consist of assisting WDNR with walleye sampling in the spring and fall. Data analysis will leverage a variety of statistical methods to investigate relationships between reproductive success and variables such as size, age, spawning location, and egg quality.

Qualifications: B.S. in biology, fisheries, or a related field, GPA of 3.0+, and GRE of 300+. Previous experience with fisheries ecology is desirable. A background in genetics is not required.

Salary: $16,000 per year (2 yr) plus health insurance and tuition waiver.

Closing date: May 1, 2019.

Starting date: Position will start in September 2019 but there may be an opportunity to work in the Larson Lab during summer 2019 before the position starts.

Contact: Please send CV, transcript copies, GRE scores, and names and contact information for 3 references to Wes Larson ().

PhD Position Available on Grassland Birds and Microclimates (UW-Madison) (Posted 1/22/19)

Seeking an outstanding student to lead a novel, multi-scaled quantification of microclimates within grassland conservation areas and evaluate their importance on the nesting biology of declining grassland bird populations. The student’s dissertation will involve quantifying microclimates in grasslands using both ground-based sensors and unmanned aerial vehicle (thermography), design and implement a concurrent study of nesting biology for grassland birds, and analyze citizen science data to evaluate the importance of extreme events on grassland bird populations. This study will evaluate the potential of managing microclimates as a form of climate change adaptation. This is a USDA-funded collaboration in the department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison (Zuckerberg, Ribic) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Fink). The 4-year PhD assistantship will begin in the fall of 2019 (or possibly earlier).

Applicants must have a MS degree in ecology, forestry, geography, or other related discipline. We will only consider applicants with a BS degree if they have proven relevant experience. A solid working knowledge of avian ecology, population modeling, GIS, and statistics are required. Although not a requirement, the preferred candidate will have strong experience in field ornithology, collecting and analyzing nest data, and species distribution modeling. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by February 8, 2019 are guaranteed full consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates. The project includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. We envision a start date of September 2019, but an earlier start date may be possible.

UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research! The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please go here.

To apply, please submit your application here.

Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey (< 15 minutes), uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate).

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


WYOMING

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AUSTRALIA

PhD Scholarship: Plant community ecology in Australia (Posted 2/191/19)

An exciting PhD scholarship is available at The University of Queensland, Australia.

Dr John Dwyer and Prof. Margie Mayfield are looking for an outstanding PhD candidate to test ecological theory on spatial mechanisms of species coexistence. The position will involve fieldwork in our favourite annual plant study system in Western Australia, the very picturesque York gum woodlands. Applications close 3/3/19 (Australian time).

Interested? See here for details.

And for more information about our labs and research, go here and here.


CANADA

PhD opportunity: Sandhill Crane research in Ontario and Quebec (Posted 2/19/19)

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

We are seeking an excellent student for a fully funded PhD addressing important wildlife conservation issues for Sandhill Cranes. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the Canadian Wildlife Service and contribute to on-going research investigating the ecology of Sandhill Cranes throughout Ontario and Quebec. The student will be a member of the Fedy Lab of Wildlife and Molecular Ecology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Research in the lab crosses scales, from genes to landscapes, and the PhD student's contributions will address questions related to large scale habitat use and Sandhill crane demography. Field work will be conducted throughout Ontario and Quebec.

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

Students will be supervised by Dr. Brad Fedy and will be integrated into our active and engaging research environment.

If interested, please email with subject line SACR PhD no later than February 28, 2019. Please provide: (1) a cover letter detailing background and research interests; (2) CV including the names of 3 referees; and (3) unofficial transcripts from your previous degrees.

M.Sc. opportunity in forest ecology and modelling (Posted 2/5/19)

Title: Effect of intra-stand spatial structure on succession dynamics in a mixed boreal forest

Context and project overview: Understanding the succession dynamics of a forest following a major disturbance, such as a fire or harvest, is essential for developing management plans that maintain the forest’s biodiversity and ecosystem functions. In the mixed boreal forests of northwest Québec, this succession follows well-known general patterns, but multiple outcomes are possible depending on stand and landscape-level factors. This project aims to determine to which extent the spatial organization of the different species and age classes at the stand level (i.e. one or a few hectares) affects the long-term composition and productivity of the stand.

This project will use the data from permanent census plots at the Lake Duparquet Research and Teaching Forest (FERLD). The student will simulate stand dynamics with the SORTIE-ND forest model, with initial conditions matching empirical stand structure, and compare the composition and structure of the simulation outputs with that of census plots measured at different times since fire.

Location: The student will be based at the Institut de recherche sur les forêts (IRF) at the Rouyn-Noranda campus of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, under the supervision of Philippe Marchand. The IRF offers a dynamic research environment, with 10 faculty members and over 60 graduate students working on a variety of topics with direct applications to sustainable forest management. IRF students also benefit from resources and professional development opportunities offered through the Québec Center for Forest Research (www.cef-cfr.ca).
Financial support: A scholarship of 18 000 $ per year for two years is provided.

Required profile: A good or excellent academic record, an interest in ecology and forestry research, and experience with (or interest in) computer programming for simulations or statistical analyses.

Start date: Fall 2019

To apply: Send a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, an academic transcript and the contact information for two references to Philippe Marchand (). The position will be open until filled, with priority given to applications received before March 8, 2019.

MSc in Forest Ecology (Posted 1/30/19)

Seeking a motivated individual for an MSc project investigating the influence of moisture availability on forest canopies and tree growth in Canada's western interior. Water availability can have a strong bearing on forest structure, dynamics, and carbon balance in this region. The successful candidate will obtain multispectral and thermal imagery of forest canopies using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), and combine this with daily weather and soil moisture data to investigate how tree growth responds to short- and long-term variation in moisture. Field work will be conducted in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, located near the southern end of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. The goal of this research is to better understand how increasing aridity under climate change may affect ecosystem carbon balance and the persistence of forest cover near the prairie-forest ecotone in western Canada.

The position will start in either May or Sept 2019 (depending on the successful candidate's availability) and will be hosted at the Department of Biology at the University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada) working under the supervision of Dr. Mark Vanderwel. Applicants should have a BSc, a strong academic record in biology or a related field, and good quantitative skills.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing research interests, a CV, unofficial academic transcripts, and contact information for 2 references by e-mail to . Review of applications will begin on Feb 19 and will continue until the position is filled.

MSc and PhD studies in Theoretical Ecology (Posted 1/22/19)

The Hurford Lab at Memorial University is recruiting graduate students at both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. Our research group studies population dynamics incorporating temperature effects, animal movement, disease, and evolution. We formulate and test specific hypothesis using mathematical models and parameterize and evaluate our models using data. We analyze mathematical models that are systems of ordinary differential equations, delay differential equations, partial differential equations, integrodifference equations, or optimization problems and these models are applied to a wide variety of systems including green crab, rabies, and salmon lice. Specific research projects may include optimal pest treatment strategies in seasonal environments, temperature effects on population dynamics and movement, explicit models of animal movement and contact rates, or collaborative work deriving models related to laboratory research on antibiotic resistance in Klebsiella. Our research usually involves computer coding and numerical methods and many scripts pertaining to lab research are available here.

The salary will be $18,000 (MSc) or $20,000 (PhD) annually with additional funding available for conference travel. Tuition information is available here. The ideal candidate will have experience deriving and analyzing mathematical models, formulating scientific questions, computer programming, mathematical analysis, and scientific writing, however, all interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should email Dr. Amy Hurford (). This email should include: (i) 1-2 paragraphs describing your research interests and any relevant past experience, (ii) your CV, and (iii) unofficial transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies (if possible). I will consider applications as they are received. For full consideration applicants should indicate their interest before February 15, 2019, but applications received after this date may be considered.

Memorial University is located in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The city offers many unique experiences with a vibrant arts community, stunning coastline, and proximity to a variety of outdoor activities (hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, etc).

Hakai Coastal Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Functional Ecology of Coralline Algae (Posted 1/3/19)

Supervisor: Dr. Patrick T. Martone (Botany Department, University of British Columbia)

Applications are invited for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship (PDF) focused on the diversity and functional ecology of coralline algae in the NE Pacific.

CONTEXT

Coralline algae are important components of nearshore marine communities worldwide, competing for primary substrate, creating habitat, and affecting patterns of algal and invertebrate recruitment. Unfortunately, our understanding of coralline algal ecology has been severely limited by our inability to identify and differentiate species, which exhibit simple and often convergent morphologies. By basing identifications on DNA sequences, recent work has demonstrated that coralline communities are far more diverse than previously thought and that coralline species differ widely in physiological and ecological performance. For example, contrary to the current paradigm, the uniform “coralline pavement” that emerges within heavily grazed urchin barrens represents a collection of cryptic coralline species, dominated by a few winners and missing several species found in kelp forests. The PDF researcher will help clarify the performance of individual coralline species and the responses of coralline communities to disturbance in order to gain insight into the functioning and recovery of kelp forests.

FELLOWSHIP

Supervised by Dr. Patrick Martone (UBC Botany), core research efforts will include: (1) reciprocal transplants and lab manipulations of natural coralline communities across gradients of herbivory and environmental stress to document species resilience, clarify competitive hierarchies, and characterize shifts in community composition, and (2) lab experiments on the recruitment of invertebrates and algal spores to individual coralline species. Research will be conducted in association with the Hakai Institute, with fieldwork based primarily on Calvert Island and lab studies primarily on Quadra Island. The Hakai Institute is a rich environment of scientists and researchers, and the fellow will help strengthen collaborations with other Hakai researchers on coralline microbes, response to climate change, and recruitment.

This is a limited term, two-year PDF position paid at a rate of $55,000 CAD per year plus Mandatory Employment Related Benefits with an opportunity for renewal given satisfactory performance and funding availability. We are looking for a candidate who has completed a PhD within the last five years and who shows evidence of strong quantitative skills, experimental design, and expertise in some aspect of marine field ecology. Scientific diving certification and experience is preferred. Experience studying coralline algal physiology, ecology, or species diversity is also preferred. Abilities to work independently, meet regular milestones, and communicate in English are essential.
To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and examples of 2 research papers to Dr. Patrick Martone by email. Your cover letter should address your interest in the project and the skills and experience you can bring to the work. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Review of applications will start on 4 January 2019, and we hope to fill the position for a start date of 1 March 2019.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Graduate position: Funded MSc to study population genetics invasive sea lamprey (Posted 1/3/19)

Funded MSc position (2 years)

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba

Assessing the population genetic structure of resident freshwater and western Atlantic sea lamprey populations

They are recruiting an MSc student to explore the spatial genetic structure of native western Atlantic and resident freshwater sea lamprey populations from within the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, and Lake Champlain. Our aim is to sample ~30 sea lamprey from ~20 Atlantic and freshwater sites and use genotyping-by-sequencing to genotype individuals for this work. The results of this analysis will contribute to our understanding of the sea lamprey invasion of the Great Lakes system and the management of those invasive populations. There will also be the opportunity to develop your own additional research questions using these and other available data.

The successful applicant should have an honours undergraduate degree and an interest in population genetics and species management. Experience with population genetic data analyses will be considered an asset but is not required, we can train you in the necessary skills. You will work closely with a postdoctoral fellow working directly on this project and with a broader team of professors (Colin Garroway, Margaret Docker, and Ken Jeffries), postdocs, and graduate students using genomic and transcriptomic tools to address sea lamprey management questions at the University of Manitoba.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any additional questions. If you are interested in applying send Colin Garroway (): 1) a copy of your CV; 2) a brief letter (no more than 1 page) introducing yourself and outlining your general research interests and your interest in this position in particular; 3) email addresses and phone numbers for two references. We will arrange Skype chats with the 3-5 best matched applicants. Our ideal start date is summer 2019 but we may be able to accommodate an autumn start. Finally, if you have made it this far, but are looking for a PhD position rather than an MSc, please still get in touch. We may be able to work something out for the right fit.

Postdoctoral position: Environmental stress physiology in fish (Posted 1/2/19)

Dr. Manzon’s research group at the University of Regina, Canada, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to study the long-term effects of stress in embryonic and early life stages in fish. The ideal candidate will have a background in fish physiology or developmental biology and interest understanding in how cellular responses lead to changes at the whole organism or population levels.

The successful applicant will examine the effects of industrial thermal pollution and changing environments on various aspects of physiology and development in Lake Whitefish. Within this framework there will be ample opportunity to develop novel and independent research avenues and approach this problem from the cell to whole organism level using modern and traditional approaches. The Manzon research lab is fully-equipped for molecular, biochemical, cellular, and physiological research. In additional to all the necessary lab equipment, the Manzon lab includes exclusive use of a 3000 square foot fish lab, 7 fully equipped Loligo Swim Tunnels ranging from 1.5 to 185 L, and trucks and boats for field research. Finally, the Department of Biology at University of Regina is home to the Institute for Environmental Society and Change which contains core facilities for genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics, confocal microscopy, stable isotopes and water quality analyses.

This research is part of a large project funded by NSERC, MITACS and an industry partner. The project involves four Principal Investigators at three different institutions (Dr. C. Somers, U. Regina; Dr. J. Wilson, McMaster; Dr. D. Boreham, NSOM), several postdoctoral fellows, and many graduate and undergraduate students who meet annually and work very closely with each other and our industrial partner, Bruce Power. Importantly there will ample opportunity for close interaction with a second post-doctoral fellow (population genomics) and research associate (molecular physiology) at the University of Regina also working on this project.

Review of applications will begin Mid-January 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The ideal start date will be early 2019 but is negotiable.

Funding is currently available for 2 years ($45-55,000/year). This position is partly funded by MITACS as such it is only available to those who have completed their Ph.D. within the past five years.

Additional information on the Manzon research group can be found here or here.

Applications including a cover letter, CV, names and contact details of 3 academic references and unofficial transcripts should be sent to Dr. Richard Manzon at .


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