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Ph.D. student – Agroecology and/or Conservation Science – UC Davis

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

functional landscapes.

Candidates with interest and/or experience in conservation science, ecosystem services, agro-ecology, community ecology, and/or countryside biogeography are encouraged to apply. If interested, please send a current CV with GPA and GRE scores and a brief (<1 page) statement describing your research interests to Daniel Karp (dkarp@ucdavis.edu). Interested applicants would apply to UC Davis=92s Graduate Group in Ecology (http://ecology.ucdavis.edu/), which is consistently ranked as one of the top ecology graduate programs in the United States. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2017.=20 Underrepresented groups, women, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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

MS/PhD Fellowship on fire and ecosystem services in Hawaii

Join the Oleson and Trauernicht labs at the University of Hawaii Manoa as an MS or PhD student working on modeling fire and ecosystem services

Fully funded 2 year McIntire-Stennis fellowship (with possibility of up to 5 years, pending funding)

For more info on the labs:

http://olesonlab.org/news/ <http://olesonlab.org/news/>

https://www.nrem-fire.org/ <https://www.nrem-fire.org/>

Duties and Responsibilities:

Watersheds provide critical ecosystem goods and services that support human quality of life. In Hawaii, recurrent wildfires have reduced the extent of forested areas, with implications for ecosystem services derived from both upland and coastal environments. Understanding how and where fire-induced degradation impacts socially valuable ecosystem goods and services can aid watershed managers in identifying priority management actions and areas. Understanding the broader benefits and trade-offs of alternate watershed and fire management strategies can improve both conservation and economic outcomes. Managers considering alternate approaches to fire management require decision support tools to help quantify and map ecosystem service changes across the landscape from state changes due to fire. Managers also need decision tools to spatially prioritize fire suppression or other watershed restoration measures to maximize conservation outcomes.

This project will integrate fire prediction and land cover effect models with ecosystem service models into a novel decision support tool capable of assessing the broader benefits and trade-offs of various fire management strategies. The GA will: (1) develop ecosystem service models capable of assessing impact of fire and fire management measures in Hawaii; (2) couple ecosystem services models with fire prediction and land cover change models in a decision support tool capable of assessing the benefits of alternative fire management strategies, and (3) apply techniques derived from decision science to evaluate management alternatives. Initial duties include (but are not limited to) conducting literature reviews; identifying, collecting, organizing, quality controlling, processing, and properly managing secondary environmental, social, and economic data; developing, calibrating, and validating environmental models; analyzing data using appropriate statistical and other analytical techniques; building relationships with potential model users; writing manuscripts for publication; and producing reports and outreach materials. The GA is expected to perform other additional tasks as assigned. Duties also include collaborating and working with other researchers in an interdisciplinary environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

Admission to, or ongoing, graduate student at UH Manoa in NREM or directly related field of study

BS in environmental science, geography, and/or related fields

Excellent knowledge of GIS and experience with geospatial analysis

Experience managing geospatial data

Strong interest in ecosystem services modeling and fire modeling

Demonstrated team player, with ability to work independently

Organized, with excellent communication skills

Desirable Qualifications:

MS in environmental science, geography, and/or related fields

Good performance in environmental courses

Experience working with the Federal and state governments, NGOs, and communities in Hawai’i

To Apply:      =20

Submit cover letter and CV to Dr. Kirsten Oleson (koleson@hawaii.edu <mailto:koleson@hawaii.edu>)

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               Kirsten L.L. Oleson

               Associate Professor of Ecological Economics

               University of Hawai’i Manoa

               Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management


               http://www2.hawaii.edu/~koleson <http://www2.hawaii.edu/~koleson>


               Sherman 109


               koleson@hawaii.edu <mailto:koleson@hawaii.edu>

               Skype: kirstenllo

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               Kirsten L.L. Oleson

               Associate Professor of Ecological Economics

               University of Hawai’i Manoa

               Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Theoretical Ecology PhD Student Opportunity

The lab of Allison Shaw (http://umn.edu/home/ashaw) in the Department of

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota is

recruiting a PhD student to start in Fall 2018. Research in our lab uses

mathematical models to understand the ultimate factors that drive

long-distance movement (migration, dispersal) as well as the

consequences of movement for population viability, spread, and

interspecific interactions.

The specific research topic is flexible but could include developing

theory to understand how migration or dispersal can interact with

climate change, parasites, and infectious diseases. See the lab webpage

(http://umn.edu/home/ashaw) for details on current research projects.

Interested applicants should send (1) a cover letter describing their

research interests, mathematical background, and training, and (2) a CV

(with GPA and GRE scores) to Dr. Allison Shaw (ashaw@umn.edu). Questions

and possible projects can also be discussed over email as well. Students

with prior research experience, and with exposure to mathematical

modeling (through coursework or research) are particularly encouraged.

Formal applications should be submitted to the Ecology, Evolution and

Behavior (EEB) Graduate Program


by December 1, 2017. Interested applicants should also consider applying

for a Graduate Research Fellowship from the NSF.

The EEB graduate program is a richly collaborative community that

includes students with theoretical and empirical interests, spanning

organismal to ecosystem scales. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

is located in the center of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area

with a wide variety of cultural attractions. The campus is also home to

a diverse set of researchers (https://cbs.umn.edu/biota/people) and

resources in the mathematical and biological sciences. These include the

Bell Museum of Natural History

(https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/new-building), the Minnesota

Supercomputing Institute (https://www.msi.umn.edu/), and the Institute

on the Environment (http://environment.umn.edu/).

MS Student Position- NC State

Candidates for an MS position will be considered to begin in the Spring or

Fall of 2018 in the Watershed Ecology Lab in the Dept. of Forestry and Env.

Resources at NC State (http://watershedecology.weebly.com/). Candidates

should be interested in the intersection of the natural, agricultural, and

built environments, particularly with respect to water resources and

forests. Students should have a background in ecology, environmental

science, or a related discipline, and good quantitative skills. Spatial

analysis, including basic GIS are preferred. If interested, please contact

katie_martin@ncsu.edu and include a brief biosketch, (degree, GPA, GRE, and

TOEFL scores), and an overview of your motivation for this position,

including project ideas. Members of historically underrepresented identities

are particularly encouraged to apply.

MS and PhD graduate opportunities, Northern Illinois University

The Ecology, Evolution, Behavior, and Conservation faculty in the Department

of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University are seeking

applicants to the department’s M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs starting

fall 2018.=20


Research interests among the faculty are diverse and include community

ecology, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, vertebrate and

invertebrate evolution, plant phylogenetics, behavioral ecology, microbial

ecology, and bioinformatics.  The EEBC faculty includes:

-Nicholas A. Barber, community ecology, restoration ecology, and

plant-insect interactions:


-Neil W. Blackstone, ecophysiology of corals and their relatives,

evolutionary conflict and conflict mediation:


-Holly P. Jones, restoration ecology and conservation biology:


-Bethia H. King, entomology (basic biology, especially behavior, and

applied), behavioral ecology:


-Richard B. King, herpetology, ecology, conservation biology:


-Virginia L. Naples, comparative morphology and vertebrate paleontology:


-Karen E. Samonds, paleontology, skeletal biology and paleobiogeography:


-Wesley D. Swingley, environmental microbiology, extreme ecosystems, and



-Yanbin Yin, plant and microbial bioinformatics, genome biology and

evolutionary genomics


Details of the graduate program and application process are available at

http://niu.edu/biology/academics/graduate-studies/index.shtml.  The

department offers teaching assistantships including stipend and tuition

waiver, on a competitive basis.  The deadline for application materials is

January 1, 2018.  However, prospective students should contact potential

faculty advisors well in advance of applying to discuss research interests

and relevant qualifications.=20

Northern Illinois University is a 18,000-student research university

situated an hour from downtown Chicago in DeKalb, Illinois, a diverse

community of 50,000 with a low cost of living.  Regional research resources

include The Field Museum, Burpee Museum of Natural History, TNC=92s Nachusa

Grasslands, Morton Arboretum, Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory, NIU=92s

Lorado Taft campus, and numerous local county forest preserves and state parks.

Ph.D. or Masters Students in Conservation Science

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)

<http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/>at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is

forming a new research unit focused on Conservation Science

<http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/con-sci-grads/>. We seek applications from

outstanding prospective graduate students in this topic, who wish to

pursue a PhD or research-based Masters. We have funding to admit a

strong cohort of students. While we encourage students to pursue

independent funding opportunities, EEB’s policy is to admit students

only when we are confident we can provide funding for the full duration

of their studies. We provide funding to both Masters and PhD students,

regardless of their citizenship. Our goal is to recruit a diverse pool

of students on a range of metrics, including background, career stage,

and research interests.

Our ecology program is among the top 10% for research impact in North

America (Keville et al., 2017

<http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecs2.1620/full>). Our recent

Conservation Science graduates have an excellent record of placement,

with students accepting post-doctoral positions in internationally

renowned research groups and leadership positions within conservation

NGOs and public agencies. Our students’ dissertation projects are

published in top-tier journals and deliver research products that our

practitioner partners use and value. Our students study globally

important conservation questions, commonly working in overseas field

systems alongside in-country practitioners.

We anticipate having a “cohort-model” where students interact with each

other and multiple faculty members. However, students typically have one

lead faculty advisor. Ensuring a good match between this advisor and the

student is a central feature of our recruitment process. *Interested

students should reach out to potential advisors by email* (view advisor

email list and full ad at http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/con-sci-grads) to

explore possibilities.

Ph.D. Research Assistantships – Stream Ecosystems and Climate Change

PhD Assistantships Responses to Stream Warming: Food Webs (University of

Alabama); Carbon Dynamics (University of Georgia); and Metabolism and Carbon

Emissions (Virginia Tech), starting spring or fall 2018

We are seeking enthusiastic and qualified applicants to join our research

team investigating the effects of climate warming on macroinvertebrate

communities, stream carbon dynamics and ecosystem metabolism/carbon

emissions in a new project funded by the National Science Foundation. The

larger scope of the project includes microbial to whole-stream reach

responses to temperature that will be used to predict future network-scale

fates of carbon, using a multi-scale design that includes a paired-catchment

whole-stream warming experiment, an array of warmed streamside channels,

laboratory studies of aquatic microbes, and reach- and network-scale

modeling. Fieldwork will take place in the Southern Appalachians at the USDA

Forest Service Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, North Carolina. Students will

engage in multiple aspects of research and will also develop their own

research questions under the overall theme of global change and thermal

effects in stream ecosystems.=20=20

Prospective students interested in the Food Web position should contact Dr.

Jon Benstead (jbenstead@ua.edu) at the University of Alabama. Those

interested in the Carbon Dynamics position should contact Dr. Amy Rosemond

(rosemond@uga.edu) at the University of Georgia, and prospective students

interested in the Metabolism and Carbon Emissions position should contact

Dr. Erin Hotchkiss (ehotchkiss@vt.edu).=20

Please send an email with 1) a CV and 2) a letter of interest by December 1

for full consideration. Include a description of your education, research

and work experience and perceived fit for the position. These positions are

open until filled; desired start date is on or before August 1, 2018. Each

position includes a competitive stipend, health insurance and tuition waiver.

Graduate opportunity in urban forestry

Dr. Christina Staudhammer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama (http://cstaudhammer.people.ua.edu/) is now inviting applications for a PhD position starting in fall 2018, to work on a project in urban forestry.

The benefits of urban forests to city-dwelling people include recreation, pollution, mitigation, energy savings, and water purification. However, fundamental questions still remain about the resistance and resilience of urban ecosystems to anthropogenic change, especially associated with projected alterations in global climate. A graduate student is sought to undertake dissertation work modeling ecosystem services provided by the urban forests of the southeastern US. The goal is to enhance our scientific understanding of the role of urban forests at local to regional scales, and how they contrast with those of natural forests.

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

This position is primarily a Teaching Assistantship, supplemented by grant funding. However students are expected to apply for additional funding. Interested students will earn a graduate degree from the Department of Biological Sciences. The project will also offer the opportunity to interact with researchers from the USDA forest service, as well as researchers across universities across the US.=20 The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a college town of ~100,000, surrounded by extensive and varied forests. These forests, and the greater region, provide a wide range of recreational amenities including rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking and mountain biking. To be eligible, students must meet the graduate admission requirements of the University of Alabama: an undergraduate GPA > 3.0 overall, 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program or 3.0 for a completed graduate degree program, and a 300 on the GRE.  If interested, email a short summary of your research interests, an unofficial transcript from undergraduate (and post-graduate, if applicable) work, as well as a CV to Dr. Christina Staudhammer (cstaudhammer@ua.edu

Wetland Graduate Research Assistantships, University of Toledo

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo is

offering two graduate research assistantships in environmental science and

ecology to begin in January 2018.  The positions are partially supported by

research grants funded by NOAA and Ohio Department of Natural Resources to

develop ecological indicators for measuring wetland ecosystem responses to

climatic variability and management practices.  The incumbent will use the

funded project to develop his/her MS/PhD thesis in wetland ecology and

management. The candidate should have an undergraduate degree in

environmental science, biology, or related fields by the end of 2017.

Depending on the interest of the incumbent, thesis/dissertation topic can

vary, but will be related to quantitative (statistical) modeling of wetland

services (e.g., nutrient retention, habitat) and the changes of such

service in response to short-term weather fluctuation and long-term climate

change.  The project will also involve the use of GIS and remote sensing


For more information please contact Drs. Song Qian (song.qian@utoledo.edu)

and Kristi Arend (kristin.arend@dnr.state.oh.us) with a current CV and

names of three references.

Master’s Graduate Assistantship in Forest Biometrics & Modelling

A Master=92s position is available in the Quantitative Forest Management lab of Dr. Steve Chhin in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University (WVU).

The graduate student will primarily conduct field and laboratory work for a project recently funded by the USDA Forest Service.    The general objective of the project is to develop new site index curves for Central Appalachian red spruce by correcting for historical growth suppression. Models will also be developed which relate red spruce site index to the site index of commonly associated species such as American beech, black cherry, red maple, and yellow birch.  This will aid in restoration and resiliency efforts for red spruce by providing site quality information in areas where red spruce is absent or where new red spruce habitat is expected due to climate change.  Dendroclimatic models will be developed to examine sensitivity of red spruce to past and future climate change.=20


A completed Bachelor=92s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a similarly related natural resource field is acceptable.=20 Preference will be given to applicants that are highly self-motivated, possess a strong work ethic, and have strong oral and written communication skills.  Experience with statistical software packages (e.g., R) and proficiency with GIS would be assets.  A background or strong interest in conducting field based research and working in a laboratory environment is desirable.  Applicants must enjoy working (e.g., rigorous field work) and living outdoors (e.g., camping) and possess a valid driver=92s license.  A cumulative GPA greater than 3.25 in undergraduate coursework is preferred.  The start date for this position is January 2018.  This position includes a tuition waiver and health benefits, and a competitive stipend.=20

Application materials:

Please submit: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) GRE scores, 5) contact information of two references, and 6) TOEFL scores (for international applicants).  Please describe your career goals in the cover letter.  Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled.  To ensure full consideration, please e-mail your application material to Dr. Steve Chhin (sc0061@mix.wvu.edu) by October 9, 2017.=20

Ph.D. positions in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at Georgetown

The Department of Biology at Georgetown University has multiple opportunities for doctoral study in ecology, evolution and behavior (EEB). Georgetown faculty are dedicated to the development of doctoral candidates into insightful and skilled scientists, scholars and teachers. Funding for graduate study is supported by a combination of assistantships, teaching fellowships and research grant support. Our program and institution welcomes students of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Students interested in any of the opportunities listed below are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant faculty member(s) via email. The Department of Biology graduate program is described at http://biology.georgetown.edu/graduate/applicants/.=20

Information about graduate school application procedures and deadlines can be found at http://grad.georgetown.edu/pages/admissions.cfm.=20

Molecular basis of adaptation: Dr. Peter Armbruster seeks a highly motivated PhD student to join his laboratory=92s research program on the molecular basis of adaptation in natural populations. The Armbruster lab is currently focusing on the invasive and medically important mosquito Aedes albopictus. This mosquito invaded the US in 1985 and spread rapidly over approximately 15 degrees of latitude. A major focus of work in the Armbruster lab is the use of transcriptome sequencing and genomics approaches to elucidate the genetic basis and molecular physiology of photoperiodic diapause in Ae. albopictus. Interested students should contact Dr. Peter Armbruster (paa9@georgetown.edu). For further information on the Armbruster lab see: http://faculty.georgetown.edu/paa9/

Ecological interactions, behavior & learning: Research in Dr. Martha Weiss=92 lab focuses on ecological interactions (between plants and animals, as well as predator and prey), with an emphasis on behavior and learning. Ongoing or recent projects include investigations of the ecological factors supporting shifts in host plant usage, butterfly and caterpillar learning, retention of memory across complete metamorphosis, and the ecological context of defecation behavior. We are also working on development of hands-on science curricular materials, mostly related to plants and insects, for use in K-12 classrooms. We seek an outstanding graduate student interested in these or related projects. For more information see the Weiss Lab website: http://www.weisslab.org/

Butterfly responses to climate change:  Dr. Leslie Ries is seeking a PhD student interested in field, laboratory and data-intensive approaches to ecology to join her lab=92s research program on butterfly responses to climate change.  The Ries lab uses both experimental approaches, measuring thermal tolerances of caterpillars in the lab and data-

intensive approaches, exploring large-scale spatiotemporal patterns using data sets mostly derived from citizen science monitoring programs.=20=

Students with previous independent research experience and/or excellent quantitative or computational skills will be given precedence.  In addition, the ability to start work during the summer of 2018 would be highly advantageous.  Interested students should contact Dr. Leslie Ries (Leslie.Ries@georgetown.edu). For further information on the Ries lab see: http://www.butterflyinformatics.org/

Disease ecology and network epidemiology: Dr. Shweta Bansal is seeking outstanding PhD students to collaborate on mathematical modeling projects for infectious disease dynamics. The Bansal Lab (http://bansallab.com) focuses on the feedback between host behavior and disease transmission using tools from network theory, statistical modeling, and computer science. Current study systems include influenza in humans, pathogen spread in ant colonies, and foot and mouth disease in cattle, with support from the NIH and NSF. Interested students should contact Dr. Bansal (shweta.bansal@georgetown.edu) with a description of their research interests.

Population genetics and molecular evolution: Dr. Matthew B. Hamilton is seeking students interested in using DNA sequence or genetic marker data to test fundamental hypotheses in population genetics and molecular evolution. On-going empirical projects include using genomic or transcriptome sequence data to infer possible causes of molecular clock variation in plants or in arthropods, estimating genetic effective population size, and testing for ecological-evolutionary coupling through genetic variation and effective population size in a salt marsh community of a foundation plant and insect herbivores and predators. The lab also develops software for estimation of population genetic parameters, and carries out simulation studies to better predict population genetic patterns. The ideal project in the Hamilton lab would combine empirical genetic marker data collection with mathematical or computer simulation work to develop novel expectations or hypothesis tests. Interested students should contact Dr. Hamilton (hamiltm1@georgetown.edu). For further information on the Hamilton lab see http:// http://hamiltonlabpage.weebly.com/.

PhD and MS positions in Microbial Ecology

The Aylward lab at Virginia Tech is seeking enthusiastic students interested in the ecology and evolution of microbial life to join the newly established research group in either a Masters or PhD track. The lab uses molecular, =91omic, and bioinformatic tools to address questions regarding the diversity, activities, and systems biology of microbial communities.

Potential projects include: 1) Analysis of the evolution and potential biogeochemical impacts of Bacteria and Archaea in the open ocean using metagenomics and comparative genomics, and 2) The development of new bioinformatic approaches leveraging large =91omic datasets to assess the diversity and activities of microbial life in the biosphere.


Students should have 1) a strong interest in microbial ecology and diversity, 2) a bachelor=92s degree (or equivalent) in a related field, and 3) some programming experience (preferably python or R).

Programs & Application:

Students can join the lab through several graduate programs offered at Virginia Tech, including different tracks within the Biological Sciences graduate program and the interdisciplinary program in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. Students will be provided competitive stipends and have the opportunity to interact with the dynamic and inclusive community at Virginia Tech that includes scientists working on exciting questions in ecology, evolution, systems biology, and computational biology. More information regarding the Aylward Lab and links to different programs can be found on the lab webpage (www.aylwardlab.com).

Interested applicants should send a combined PDF with a description of their research interests and motivation, their CV, and contact information for three references directly to Frank Aylward (faylward@vt.edu).

Marine Technician position

Job opportunity in the Rynearson lab (https://web.uri.edu/rynearson-lab/) at

the University of Rhode Island to work on marine plankton and global change


Job description and application information at:


PhD opportunities, Univ of Utah

PhD Opportunities Physiological Ecology of Western US Mountain Forests

University of Utah, Dept. of Biology, Salt Lake City, Utah=20

We are looking for PhD students interested in studying forest physiology and

forest carbon and water cycling in mountains of the western U.S.  Current

projects are focused on biological and physical factors influencing

photosynthesis and transpiration of mountain forests in the context of

climate change.  You will have the opportunity to learn and use a wide

variety of techniques, including leaf gas exchange, chlorophyll

fluorescence, plant water transport, forest environmental and flux

measurement methods, and isotope ratio mass spectrometry, and to work

collaboratively with scientists using tower and satellite-based remote

sensing observations and Earth system models.  We’ll train you in analytical

field and laboratory instrumentation and research techniques, experimental

design, data analysis, computer programming, ecological modeling and

scientific writing.  There is plenty of room to develop your own project in

the context of the overall scientific focus of our group. We offer up to 5

years of financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships.

Requirements: 1) a bachelor=92s or master=92s degree and research experience in

a field of Earth system science (ecology, geology, physics, chemistry,

geography, etc.), 2) innate curiosity about the natural world and how it

works, 3) interest in learning and applying cutting-edge analytical

techniques to study ecology, and 4) strong motivation and ability to work

both independently and collaboratively.  Experience with plant physiological

ecology or environmental instrumentation is highly desired.  More

information about our Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal

Biology is available at http://www.biology.utah.edu/graduate/index.php, and

about our research group at http://biologylabs.utah.edu/bowling. The

University of Utah is ranked among the top research institutions in the

nation and is home to more than 30,000 students and 18,000 employees.  Salt

Lake City is a sunny Western city with outstanding cultural and outdoor

recreational opportunities, including =93the greatest snow on Earth!=94 Deadline to apply is January 3, 2018.  If you=92re interested, please contact

Dr. Dave Bowling, david.bowling@utah.edu

Professor of Biology

University of Utah

Internship / Internado – Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE), Puerto Rico

The Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE) is looking for

two *full time *interns to assist in field and laboratory work, under the

supervision of the Project Manager. TRACE is the first field warming

experiment to be successfully conducted in a tropical forest to study the

effects of climate change on tropical forests, particularly effects on

carbon and nutrient cycling. Interns will be afforded the opportunity to

meet and interact with a wide variety of scientists from different fields

and will be trained in numerous scientific techniques. Tasks will include

but are not limited to: maintenance and operation of experimental and

scientific equipment, collection and processing of samples (soil, litterfall,

water, roots, among others), and data entry. Interns will be expected to

work in challenging field conditions (e.g., warm, humid climate with high

rainfall; steep and muddy areas) and will occasionally be asked to work for

extended hours. For more information about the project, visit

www.forestwarming.org. <http://www.forestwarming.org/>

*Review of applications will begin in September 2017 and will continue

until the positions are filled. Positions

may begin as early as September 15, 2017. We request Interns commit to

a minimum of three

months, with flexible start and end dates.*

Stipend: $575 per month to cover food and general living expenses. Contract

is with non-governmental organization Ciudadanos del Karso.

Accommodation: Free housing in Sabana Field Research Station in Luquillo,

Puerto Rico. Housing includes full kitchen and laundry.

Transportation: Interns will be required to apply for a federal license

with the USDA Forest Service. This will permit the use of the station

vehicles for work purposes. We will provide transportation to and from the

airport if needed.

Note: We are unable to provide funding for travel or medical insurance at

this time.

Requirements: We are looking for college graduates with a Natural Sciences

background. Previous field and/or laboratory experience is preferable, but

not required. Applicants should have a positive attitude and be able to

work both independently and on a team setting. They must also be able to

conduct physically demanding work under climatically challenging conditions.

While not required, applicants with a basic knowledge of Spanish are

preferred. We are currently only considering US citizens and permanent US


To apply: Send email to aurapr15@gmail.com with the following:

1.        Full resume or CV

2.        Letter of interest explaining your professional interests, why

you are interested in our project and your relevant experience.

3.        Name and contact information for two references.

MS Assistantship — Aquatic ecology

Description: A MS position is available in the Davenport lab to study the

effects of predator phenology on experimental food webs. The focal aspects

of the research will pertain to responses of lower trophic levels and

ecosystem function within pond ecosystems. The field component of the

research will be conducted in the Missouri Ozarks and the experimental work

will be completed on campus at Southeast Missouri State University.

Coursework will be carried out at Southeast Missouri State University and

the field season will be from early September-late June. The student will

also have additional research and outreach opportunities such as

participating in long-term monitoring of wetland vertebrate populations and

additional food web research.  The position begins in the January 2018. This

position will be supported by a grant funded RA position that includes an

annual stipend and full tuition waiver.

Qualifications: Prospective students should have prior experience in field

biology, familiarity with zooplankton sampling and identification, a working

knowledge of statistics, demonstrate good communication skills and be

willing to work with others in humid environments. Prior experience in

surveys of pond-breeding amphibians and invertebrates is preferred but not

required. Prospective students should also possess a valid U.S. passport and

driver=92s license. A B.S. in biology, ecology or wildlife biology is required

with a GPA >3.0. Applicant must meet admittance criteria set by the

Southeast Missouri State University Graduate School and Biology graduate


Application materials: Interested applicants should email the following

items to Dr. Jon Davenport (jdavenport@semo.edu) by November 1: 1) cover

letter detailing past research experience and professional goals, 2) CV or

resume, 3) 2 references, and 4) unofficial transcripts.

Two PhD Positions in Aquatic Ecology

Hood Lab, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and

Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University

I am recruiting two Ph.D. students interested in developing dissertations

focused broadly on how global change drivers (e.g., land use, nutrient

loading, climate warming, etc.) influence organisms and the structure and

function of aquatic ecosystems. There is considerable flexibility in

developing dissertation topics; however, I am particularly interested in

recruiting students interested in several new research questions focused

on: (a) nutrient cycling and metabolism in rivers, (b) the influence of

nutrient loading and climate change on Lake Erie plankton communities, (c)

the interactive effects of temperature and nutrients on autotrophic

metabolism. Interested candidates should review our website (

www.hoodaquaticslab.wordpress.com) and contact Jim Hood for more


The ideal candidates will be highly motivated and honest with a strong

background in ecology and freshwater science and an interest in ecosystem

ecology. I seek to maintain a productive, diverse, and team-orientated lab

group and especially encourage students from under-represented groups to

consider joining the lab. A Master=E2=80=99s degree is preferred, but not r=


Financial support is available through a combination of research

assistantships, competitive fellowships, and teaching assistantships.

If interested, please email Jim Hood (hood.211@osu.edu) a single PDF

containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact

information for your three references. On* 1 November 2017

<http://airmail.calendar/2017-11-01%2012:00:00%20EDT>*, I will begin

reviewing candidate applications and invite selected applicants to apply to

the department. The department’s application deadline is *1 December 2017


MS Assistantship – Long-term Study in Lake States Aspen Forests

*M.S. Assistantship in Applied Forest Ecology and Silviculture *The

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Iowa State

University is seeking a M.S.-level graduate student to join a research

project investigating the long-term impacts of harvest disturbance on

aspen-dominated forests across the Upper Lake States region. The student

will benefit from the opportunity to work on an established, experimental

study while also having the freedom to develop and pursue questions about

natural and anthropogenic disturbance, resilience, and competition tailored

to the student=E2=80=99s specific interests. Work will involve collaboratio=

n with a

team that includes scientists from Iowa State University and the U.S.

Forest Service Northern Research Station.

The position begins in summer 2018 and includes two guaranteed years of

funding (competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance).  It is based

in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State University and will involve field work in

remote areas of northern Minnesota and Michigan, USA.

*Qualifications:* B.S. in ecology, forestry, silviculture, natural

resources, conservation biology, environmental science or a closely related

field. Previous field and/or extensive outdoor work experience is required.

Skills in plant identification are strongly preferred. Experience or

interest in dendrochronology is also preferred.  Submitted materials should

demonstrate effective communication through writing, an ability to work

both independently and collaboratively, a passion for natural resources,

and a strong work ethic.

*Application process:* Interested applicants should submit a CV, GRE

scores, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts,

and a cover letter summarizing relevant experience, research interests, and

professional and academic goals to Dr. Miranda Curzon (mcurzon@iastate.edu)=


If nominated for the position, three letters of reference, official GRE

scores, and official transcripts will be required for application to ISU.

The process for admission to graduate studies in the Department of Natural

Resource Ecology and Management is described at

https://www.nrem.iastate.edu/admissions. The position is open until filled,

but applicants should submit materials prior to November 1, 2017 for full


Please contact Miranda Curzon (mcurzon@iastate.edu) for further information=

PhD position in community ecology / evolutionary biology at Utah State University

I’m looking for a PhD student with experience in plant community ecology =

or evolutionary biology to start in my lab at Utah State University. The PhD=

will combine fieldwork and modelling, is fully-funded, and includes money to t=

ravel to conferences and working groups.

More details and application instructions are available online

(http://pearselab.com/join-the-lab/). I will review applications as they =

come in on a first-come-first-served basis. I’m happy to answer any questions =

over email (will.pearse@usu.edu).


Will Pearse

M.S. or Ph.D. opportunity in amphibian disease ecology and animal physiology

The Warne Lab at Southern Illinois University is seeking a highly motivated

graduate student (M.S. or PhD) to work on a funded study exploring the

ecology of ranaviruses among amphibian communities. Research in the lab

focuses on animal physiological ecology with specific projects testing how

environmental conditions shape resource allocation, disease processes, and

ecological community interactions.

The start date for the position is January 1, 2018. Apply by October 16th

for full consideration. For inquiries or to apply, please send a cover

letter and CV to Dr. Robin Warne (rwarne@siu.edu).

More information can be found at http://warnelab.weebly.com/.

NSF funded PhD opportunity in animal physiology and community ecology

The Warne Lab at Southern Illinois University is seeking a highly motivated

PhD student to work on a collaborative NSF funded study testing how changes

in animal physiology and foraging behavior feedback to affect plant

community ecology. The research will focus on kangaroo rats and their

grassland communities in New Mexico, and will include the experimental

manipulation of endocrine physiology along with use of digital telemetry,

and stable isotopes. The student will work with both Dr. Robin Warne and Dr.

Justin Boyles in the Zoology Department at Southern Illinois University.

The start date for the position is January 1, 2018. Apply by October 16th

for full consideration.

For inquiries or to apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Robin

Warne (rwarne@siu.edu).

Our labs are highly research active, and we collectively maintain a strong

and diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate researchers. More

information can be found at http://warnelab.weebly.com/ and


PhD graduate student position in marine microbiology @ NC State

A PhD track graduate student position is available (starting Spring 2018 or Fall 2018) in the Paerl Lab (https://paerllab.wordpress.com/), within the Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Science (MEAS) Department (https://meas.sciences.ncsu.edu/).=20

The area of focus for the position is microbial (bacterial and microalgal) vitamin physiology and cycling (production, consumption, exchange), with multiple research directions being open for pursuit.  Both traditional (e.g. culturing, cell isolations, microscopy) and modern (e.g. flow cytometry, nucleic acid sequencing/amplification/quantification, isotopic tracing) techniques will be integral to the project, and prior experience with either is plus.  Field-based and laboratory-based experimentation is involved in the project.=20

A master=92s degree is prerequisite for the PhD track position.  In addition, publication (or submission) of work from the master=92s thesis is preferred.

Interested applicants please contact Ryan Paerl (rpaerl[at]ncsu.edu) to learn more details about potential research directions and to discuss the position.  Please include your CV in your initial contact email.=20

An application to the MEAS graduate program is necessary to ultimately obtain the position and information regarding the application process (including GRE requirements and deadlines) can be found here: https://meas.sciences.ncsu.edu/graduate/apply-to-


Ph.D. Position in Aquatic Community and Ecosystem Ecology

The Howeth Lab of Ecology and Conservation (http://howethlab.ua.edu/) in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama invites applications for a Ph.D. student in aquatic community and ecosystem ecology beginning Spring, Summer, or Fall 2018.

Research will address the role of succession in metacommunity and food web structure using replicate successional mosaics of beaver-formed ponds. Projects will focus on fish and/or invertebrate (e.g., odonates, zooplankton) community composition and ecosystem properties among ponds in different stages of succession and located in multiple watersheds. This work will utilize field-based approaches in the streams and beaver ponds of the Talladega National Forest in Alabama, including the NSF NEON Domain 8 core site. The project can additionally involve dendrochronology, GIS/remote sensing, hydrologic modeling, stable isotope analyses, DNA barcoding, and experiments at the UA Tanglewood Biological Station.

Additional information is available from the following webpages:

Directly related research: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecs2.1871/full=20

Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Program: https://bsc.ua.edu/degree-programs/graduate-program-overview/=20

University of Alabama: [http://www.ua.edu=20]www.ua.edu=20

Requirements: B.S. or M.S. in Biology and Ecology or related fields. Applicants must be highly motivated and have the ability to: 1) interact and collaborate with a research group that includes graduate and undergraduate researchers; 2) conduct research outdoors in variable climatic conditions and 3) drive University trucks (valid driver=92s license and background check required).

Students will be funded on a combination of teaching and research assistantships, which include a competitive 12 month stipend, health insurance, and a tuition waiver. Highly competitive applicants can be considered for university and departmental fellowships that offer Graduate Research Assistantships.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested students should send an e-mail to Dr. Jennifer Howeth (jghoweth@ua.edu) with the following attached documents and “Graduate Assistantship” in the title:

(1) cover letter that includes a statement of research interests, research experience, and career goals

(2) CV (3) scientific writing sample (e.g., laboratory report, thesis, manuscript) (4) GRE scores, if available=20 (5) unofficial copies of academic transcripts (6) contact information for three references in biology/ecology

PhD in community ecology

PhD fellowship in Community/Population Ecology I am looking for highly motivated graduate students in community/population ecology starting September 2018 in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I will consider applicants who wish to pursue fundamental research on any aspect of population/community. Our research examines the ecological factors that generate and determine the structure, dynamics and functioning of natural communities. Current projects focus on the consequences of climate change and phenological shifts on natural communities, ecology and evolution of multi-parasite communities, the role of intra-specific variation in natural ecosystems, temporal and spatial biodiversity patterns, and the ecology and evolution of cannibalism. While most of our work has been carried out in aquatic (freshwater) systems using organisms that range from stream salamanders to dragonfly larvae to zooplankton I am amenable to students developing projects in other study systems. For further information in my research visit http://volkerrudolf.weebly.com/=20

Please see our departmental website http://biosciences.rice.edu/EEB_GradAdmissions.aspx for more information about the Graduate Program of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University, our research and graduate programs, and the recent addition of several outstanding new faculty complementing our strengths in a variety of research areas ranging from the ecology and evolution of interspecific interactions, tropical & conservation biology, invasive species, and forest community dynamics to genomics, speciation, and the evolution of sociality. Formal application materials for graduate school can be submitted using the above website. Interested students should send me an email and attach a copy of their CV. Volker Rudolf Assistant Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Rice University Houston, TX, 77005 Email:Volker.rudolf@rice.edu

Graduate Positions in Population Ecology

The Matter lab at the University of Cincinnati is recruiting highly qualified and motivated Ph.D. students beginning in summer or fall 2018. Major foci of the lab are on dispersal, spatial population dynamics, and the persistence of spatial population networks, although former students have conducted research on a range of Ecological topics. Students will develop independent research projects, but we are particularly interested in students whose research will contribute to and benefit from our long-term data on the Rocky Mountain Apollo butterfly and its host plant, Sedum lanceolatum.

Students interested in joining the lab should contact Steve Matter (mattersf@uc.edu<mailto:mattersf@uc.edu>) to discuss their interests. Please include a brief statement of your research interests, CV, transcripts, and GRE scores.

The Department of Biological Science’s Environmental Change & Biological Resilience research and graduate training group (http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/biology/research/ECBR.html) seeks to better understand and predict how organisms, populations, and ecosystems respond to environmental change. This group addresses basic and applied questions, transcending traditional levels of biological organization. The group is currently expanding with the addition of new faculty in conjunction with UC’s Water Cluster (https://www.uc.edu/provost/initiatives/cluster-hiring-initative.html) and offers opportunities to collaborate with aligned research programs in UC’s Environmental Studies program, in UC’s nationally-renowned College of Engineering, and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Center for Field Studies, located 30 minutes west of campus, is a major regional center for environmental research and an additional resource for ECBR researchers (http://magazine.uc.edu/issues/1013/field_studies.html).

The department offers competitive support packages for qualified students. The University of Cincinnati, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Matter lab have a strong commitment to diversity in science and graduate education. Students from underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities will be considered for the new Provost Graduate Fellowship, which provides a 3 year $25,000 stipend plus tuition remission, and the Yates Fellowship, which awards grants to underrepresented minority candidates.

The University of Cincinnati is a top-25 public ‘research-intensive’ institution and is ranked among the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education. Founded in 1819, our campus boasts award winning, modern architecture and is located in close vicinity to collaborative resources including, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Cincinnati is a vibrant city on the banks of the Ohio River. The region is home to year-round cultural and entertainment opportunities such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, as well as numerous annual music and cultural festivals. Cincinnati is also home to major professional sports teams including the Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, and FC Cincinnati – a new professional soccer team which draws over 20,000 fans per game. City and county park systems provide extensive green space for outdoor activities as well as research and outreach opportunities.

More information about the graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences can be found here: http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/biology/graduate/future.html.

Graduate applications are due January 1. To apply: http://www.grad.uc.edu/ApplyOnline.aspx.


Steve Matter

Ph.D. in Ecology and Science Communication

We are currently looking for a Ph.D. student for Spring 2018 to help with a

project that focuses on reducing informational feedback delays between

applied ecological research and adoption of management practices in the

Northern Great Plains (USA). The successful candidate will use existing

data from national research networks and research stations to engage local

stakeholders to design and test the usability of real-time data products.

The student will work collaboratively with ecologists, social scientists,

and local landowners to create products that influence management practices

and enhance ecosystem services on working lands.


-B.S. in one of the following areas: environmental science, biology,

agricultural ecosystems, natural resources management, or rangeland ecology

-Demonstrated ability to work with stakeholders

-Strong communication skills

-Strong quantitative skills

-Some programming experience and interest in using visualization techniques



The student will enroll in the Ph.D. program in Virginia Tech=E2=80=99s Department

of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation and will be affiliated

with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


(http://www.caryinstitute.org/), one of the world=E2=80=99s leading independent,

environmental research organizations. Full graduate research assistantship

(with stipend) and tuition waiver will be provided for 3 years and

additional opportunities for funding are available. Students are strongly

encouraged to apply to be a fellow in Virginia Tech=E2=80=99s Interfaces of Global

Change <http://www.globalchange.vt.edu/igc/> graduate program (

http://www.globalchange.vt.edu/igc/), an interdisciplinary program designed

to address the multidimensional aspects of global change.


Interested students are encouraged to email the following as a single pdf

document: 1) a brief cover letter describing their professional background,

relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for

seeking a Ph.D., 2) a current curriculum vitae/resume, 3) names and contact

information for three references, and 4) an unofficial copy of transcripts

and GRE scores. Please send directly to me at msorice@vt.edu. Do not submit

materials to the Virginia Tech Graduate School at this time.

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, but materials

must be received before 15 October 2017. The target start date is January


*Contact Information*

Michael Sorice (Primary contact for position)

Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources & Environmental


Virginia Tech

Phone: (540) 231-8303

Email: m-sorice@vt.edu

Graduate student needed for research in Puerto Rico

Dr. Michael Martinez-Colon, assistant professor in the School of the

Environment at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee-FL, is

seeking a graduate student (preferably PhD) to begin in Spring 2018

(preferably) or Summer 2018.

Research will focus on the application of benthic foraminifera as

bioindicators of water quality in coral reefs from Puerto Rico. The main

purpose is to implement the FORAM Index as part of the coral reef

monitoring efforts at Jobos Bay (National Estuarine Research Reserve).

The student will conduct field work at one or more reefs in Jobos Bay.

In addition, the student will be engaged in the following activities:

– should be able to swim

– diving (if student is not certified, funding is available for Open

Water SCUBA certification)

– sediment sampling

– water column sampling

– TOC, TN, TP, NO3, NO2, PO3 analysis

– microscope work

– foraminiferal ecology

– statistics

Preferable, applicants should have a background in any of the following:

ecology, biology, environmental science, geology, marine science, and

field work. Applicants should be highly motivated and prepared to

conduct independent field and laboratory research.

Full applications to FAMU’s Graduate School are due on November 1 (begin

in Spring 2018) or March 1 (begin Summer 2018). However, interested

applicants should initially contact Dr. Martinez-Colon

(michael.martinez@famu.edu <mailto:michael.martinez@famu.edu>) in

advance of the deadline. Include the

following: CV, unofficial transcript, and a brief statement that

describes your interest in the position. Please include questions you

have about the research, etc. Applicants are strongly encouraged to

first peruse the lab website and publications prior to contact

(http://www.foramlaboratory.com <http://www.foramlaboratory.com>).

The position comes with a full tuition waiver, a competitive 12 month

stipend, and health insurance provided by FAMU. Funding for field work,

sample analysis, travel, lodging, etc. will be provided by Dr. Martinez-

Colon’s funded project. Funding for summer field work expenses and

conference attendance is available.

Michael Martínez-Colón, PhD

Assistant Professor

School of the Environment

Florida A&M University

FSH Science Research Center, RM306B

1515 South MLK Blvd, Tallahassee, FL, 32307

Main: (850)-561-2134 <tel:%28850%29%20561-2134>

www.foramlaboratory.com <http://www.foramlaboratory.com/> ;

www.famu.edu/soe/martinez <http://www.famu.edu/soe/martinez>

*”Providing opportunities for students to achieve their goals in Science”*



google scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=mFmn3qcAAAAJ

linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mmartinezcolon

research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Martinez-Colon

Research Advisory Committee- Jobos Bay Ntnl. Estuarine Research Reserve

in Puerto Rico


Advisory Board Member- Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station


Board of Directors- Rock Detective Geoscience Education

www.rockdetective.org <http://www.rockdetective.org/>

Research Technician at the Kansas Biological Survey

Job Title:  Research Technician


FTE:  40 hours weekly

Supervisor:  James Bever

Position Overview:  A full time lab/field research assistant position is available to support research in the ecology and evolution of plant-microbiome interactions at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS).=A0 The research assistant will be responsible for coordinating and maintaining projects associated with field experiments, greenhouse and/or growth chamber experiments investigating the role of AM fungal communities on plant species turnover and coexistence; the influence of pathogens on plant diversity; and microbiome mediated adaptations along a broad precipitation gradient.=A0The projected start date for this position is October 15, 2017.

Job Description:

55% – Monitoring and sampling field experiments; set up, maintain, harvest and analyze plant microbiome experiments in the greenhouse, growth chambers, and field settings; managing field crews necessary for fieldwork.

10% – Collecting seed, germinating, transplanting experimental plants into pots and in the field as well as sowing seeds directly into field experiments.

10% – Mixing and sterilizing native soil for culture and pot experiments.

15% – Starting, checking, maintaining arbuscular mycorrhizal, possibly including some maintenance of our arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal collection.=A0 =A0

10% – Entering results into databases and maintaining data from experiments.

Required Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, ecology, agronomy, range science or related field.

2. At least 1 year of experience in field research as a field worker, field/lab technician, or investigator.

3. Demonstrated knowledge of plant identification through experience and/or education.

4. Prior experience using a microscope and other sensitive laboratory equipment through education or education.

5. Demonstrated knowledge through education or experience with sterile technique.

6. Experience in the use of word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office).

7. Good written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials.

Position Requirements: Must have physical ability to work in greenhouse and in the field conditions (extreme environmental conditions of heat, cold, wind, etc.) and have the ability to life up to 25 pounds=A0with or without accommodation.


Preferred Qualifications:

1.=A0 Master=92s degree or higher in biology, botany, ecology, agronomy, range science or related field.

2.=A0 Working knowledge of Midwestern and/or Great Plains flora.

3.=A0 Experience propagating plants from seed.

4. Experience in database management.

Additional Candidate Instructions:  A complete application consists of the online application, resume, and a cover letter outlining specifically how required and preferred qualifications are met.  Application review begins September=A018, 2017. To ensure consideration, apply prior to the review date.

Contact Information for Candidates:  Peggy Schultz at pschultz@ku.edu

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information in the University’s programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-

discrimination policies:  Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045.  (785) 864-6414. 711TTY.

PhD position – Ecology of cats and birds

The Flockhart Lab (tylerflockhart.com<http://tylerflockhart.com/>) at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking an inspired PhD student to study the population ecology of free-roaming cats and birds in urban areas. The position involves conducting field surveys for birds and cats, vegetation/habitat sampling, interacting with residents and town administrators, and possibly mark-recapture of birds and fecal analysis.

The ideal candidate would have skills in organizing volunteers, wildlife identification (must be proficient in eastern USA birds by sight and sound) and experience with the statistical software R. Individuals with bird banding experience would by extremely valuable to the project. Expect to communicate with partners, lead field staff, collaborate with diverse stakeholders and interact with researchers from a variety of institutions.

The position will ideally start January 1, 2018 and is based at the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland. Frostburg is a small university town in western Maryland with an abundance of nearby outdoor recreational opportunities. Two years of support is available but the student will be expected to apply for both internal and external fellowships and funding opportunities for their research.

To inquire about the opportunity please email with questions. To be considered for the position, please first email Tyler Flockhart (tyler.flockhart@umces.edu<mailto:tyler.flockhart@umces.edu>) a single PDF containing (1) a one-page statement of interest (2) a CV with relevant experience, unofficial transcripts & GRE (and if appropriate TOFEL) scores, and (3) contact information for two academic references. Please indicate =93Wildlife Ecology PhD position=94 in your subject line. Your statement of interest should include why you suit the position and how the position will help you achieve your career goals. Applications will be evaluated as they are received but the deadline has been extended to September 15, 2017 as formal applications for grad school are due by the end of September, 2017.

Tyler Flockhart, PhD Assistant Professor University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science – Appalachian Laboratory tyler.flockhart@umces.edu<mailto:tyler.flockhart@umces.edu> | tylerflockhart.com<http://tylerflockhart.com/> | @TylerFlockhart | 301- 689-7127

Graduate student position in ecology or evolution, UConn

Mark Urban’s lab in the ecology and evolutionary biology department at

the University of Connecticut is looking for Ph.D. candidates to begin

Fall 2018 application period. We address questions at the interface of

ecology and evolution with a focus on understanding the creation and

maintenance of biodiversity and resilience of natural systems to

disturbances such as climate change. Current projects include whole-pond

manipulations of amphibian communities, understanding the effects of

climate change on Arctic fish, eco-evolutionary dynamics in aquatic

microcosms, the genomics of adaptation, and improving predicted

extinction risks from climate change. We are looking for independent

thinkers who will complement our research team. See our website for more

information: http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/urban/

Come join a highly collaborative lab group situated in a top EEB

program. The UConn EEB Department offers a highly collaborative

environment at a leading public research university that is committed to

fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. More information

about the Department can be found at http://www.eeb.uconn.edu

<http://www.eeb.uconn.edu/>. The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in

the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the

$1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/) and the

$1B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments.

Candidates should have an excellent GPA (>3.5), above average GRE

scores, and applicable research experience. Preference is given to

students with proven research records, published scientific articles,

external funding, Master’s degree, or substantial research experience

(e.g., as a research technician). Applications from groups historically

underrepresented in STEM fields are encouraged to apply. A number of

University scholarships are available to top candidates.

To apply, first send Mark Urban (mark.urban@uconn.edu

<mailto:mark.urban@uconn.edu>) a cover letter detailing your research

interests and experience as well as a resume or curriculum vita. Include

current GPA and GRE scores. After reviewing applicants, I will select a

shortlist of candidates to apply more formally to our graduate program.

Clemson University’s Online non-thesis Master’s in Wildlife and Fisheries

Clemson’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation is excited to be accepting applications for Spring 2018 for the new online delivery of our non-thesis Master’s in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (http://www.clemson.edu/online/programs/wildlife-fisheries-biology.html).=20 October 31st is the deadline to apply. GRE testing dates in September and October are filling up fast so please sign up ASAP. Scores should be sent to Clemson (Code 5111). Applicants also need to be careful to select the online program option when they are applying so that their application ends up in the right place. Please contact Althea Hagan (shotali@clemson.edu) with any=20

questions that remain after reviewing the program website (http://www.clemson.edu/online/programs/wildlife-fisheries-biology.html).

Masters/PhD in Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing

Dr. Jonathan Greenberg and the Global Environmental Analysis and Remote

Sensing (GEARS) Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno are now

inviting applications for Doctoral or Master=E2=80=99s work that will start=


Winter or Fall of 2018 for students interested in the following topics:

Landscape Level Plant-Climate Interactions: Students should be interested

in applying remote sensing, GIS, and modeling to the following questions at

local to global scales:


   How do plants respond to their climate at regional to global scales



   What will be the future state of vegetated ecosystems under climate



   How do non-climate factors such as natural and anthropogenic disturbance

   impact the past, present, and future distribution of plants?

A degree or background in biogeography, environmental science, ecology,

and/or biology is encouraged for applicants, as well as previous experience

in remote sensing and GIS and/or ecosystem modeling.

Remote Sensing Science: Students should be interested in developing

advanced remote sensing algorithms, particularly those that leverage high

performance computing and machine learning algorithms.  GEARS is interested

in the following general topics:


   Computer vision techniques applied to high spatial resolution LiDAR and

   optical remote sensing imagery including data collected from terrestrial

   laser scanners and unmanned aerial vehicles


   Change detection and time series analysis of multitemporal remote

   sensing image datasets, particularly as it applies to multitemporal LiDA=


   hyperspatial optical, and =E2=80=9Chypertemporal=E2=80=9D datasets such =

as Landsat and


Previous programming experience and a background in remote sensing, GIS,

and/or computer vision is highly recommended.

Prospective graduate students will be expected to develop their own

research goals, and should have curiosity, motivation, and independence.

Prospective students should email a short summary of their research

interests as well as a CV to Dr. Greenberg jgreenberg@unr.edu before

applying to the program. Funding will be available from a variety of

sources, including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching


Prospective PhD students should apply to the Ecology, Evolution and

Conservation Biology graduate program (http://www.unr.edu/eecb) and

prospective Master=E2=80=99s students should apply to the Natural Resources=


Environmental Science program (https://www.unr.edu/nres).



Jonathan A. Greenberg, PhD

Randall Endowed Professor and Associate Professor of Remote Sensing

Global Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing (GEARS) Laboratory

Natural Resources & Environmental Science

University of Nevada, Reno

1664 N Virginia St MS/0186

Reno, NV 89557

Phone: 415-763-5476


Gchat: jgrn307@gmail.com, Skype: jgrn3007

Graduate Student opportunities in ecological modeling

The Hall Lab (halllab.ecology.uga.edu) in the Odum School of Ecology and

Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia, is seeking

to recruit prospective Ph.D. students for Fall 2018. One student will use

primarily mathematical modeling approaches to develop theory relating to

lab interests (spatial ecology, population and community ecology, disease

ecology). One or more additional students are sought for the following

projects, to be co-advised by Professor Sonia Altizer (altizerlab.uga.edu).

Each of these projects will involve a combination of theoretical, field and

experimental approaches:

=C2=B7             Foraging behavior, human-wildlife interactions and patho=


transmission dynamics, applied to an aquatic bird, the White Ibis, and its

environmentally transmitted enteric pathogens, in urban and non-urban

habitats the southern U.S.

=C2=B7             The consequences of shifting resource distribution (habi=


loss vs resource subsidy) and parasitism for migratory populations, applied

to monarch butterflies in eastern North America

=C2=B7             The community ecology of host-parasite interactions, app=


to monarch butterflies and their pathogens, parasitoids and resource


Students will join the world-class Ecology graduate program at the Odum

School of Ecology (ose.uga.edu), and may also be eligible for admittance to

the NSF-funded Graduate Research Training program in Interdisciplinary

Disease Ecology Across Scales (ideas.ecology.uga.edu) or the Integrative

Conservation Program (icon.uga.edu) at UGA.

We seek motivated graduate students with demonstrated research experience,

strong academic records, critical thinking skills and clear interests in

theoretical ecology, species interactions, and/or the consequences of

anthropogenic change for wildlife ecology and conservation.  Interested

applicants should send a cover letter indicating their research and

training interests, and a copy of their CV including GPA and GRE scores to

rjhall@uga.edu. Students with prior experience in mathematical modeling,

and students from underrepresented backgrounds, are especially encouraged

to apply.

PhD Assistantships in Grassland Community Ecology, University of Kansas

Graduate Assistantships (PhD level) are available in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. I am seeking highly motivated students interested in community ecology, grassland biodiversity and restoration. Students will be encouraged to develop research projects related to one or more of the following related themes: community assembly, plant succession, species coexistence and biodiversity, disturbance ecology, biological invasions, ecosystem restoration, impacts of global change on communities.

Successful applicants are guaranteed five-years of support through a combination of funds from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. The department also provides support for travel to attend and present results at national and international meetings. Additional funds to support graduate student research are available through the departmental endowment.

For more information please contact:

Bryan L. Foster

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey

The University of Kansas, Higuchi Hall

2101 Constant Avenue

Lawrence, KS 66047

voice:  785-864-3346

email:  bfoster@ku.edu<mailto:bfoster@ku.edu>

Lab Website: http://foster.ku.edu/

Full-time field technician position in Northern California

The Brashares Group at the University of California Berkeley is hiring a

full-time field technician to work on a large mammal community ecology

study at the Hopland Research and Extension Center starting October 1. See

full job description and requirements below.

*To apply: *Please submit cover letter and resume as a single attachment

via e-mail to hopland.uraps@gmail.com


This position will assist the Brashares Lab Group

<https://nature.berkeley.edu/BrasharesGroup/> with the Hopland Community

Ecology Project, conducted in collaboration with the California Department

of Fish and Wildlife. The research attempts to refine population estimates

of deer in California and to understand how deer behavior, movement, and

interactions with other species echo through iconic California coast range

ecosystems. This position is for a full-time field technician to live and

work at the Hopland Research and Extension Center and support the full

range of field research activities needed for the project. Housing is


*Responsibilities include:*

=E2=80=A2 Maintaining field equipment.

=E2=80=A2 Servicing field cameras.

=E2=80=A2 Performing transects and collecting samples.

=E2=80=A2 Surveying vegetation.

=E2=80=A2 Assisting in animal captures and collaring.

=E2=80=A2 Developing field protocols.

=E2=80=A2 Sample organization.

=E2=80=A2 Data entry and management.

=E2=80=A2 Regular meetings and communication with PI or Assistant.

=E2=80=A2 Keeping records of lab work underway or planned.

*Required Qualifications*


=E2=80=A2 Previous field research experience in related field and familiari=

ty with

field methods and equipment.

=E2=80=A2 Familiarity with or experience in academic research environment.

=E2=80=A2 Ability to work on multiple assignments, set priorities, re-prior=

itize as

necessary, and take initiative in defining and executing tasks.

=E2=80=A2 Highly developed organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and

communication skills.

=E2=80=A2 Ability to work efficiently with intermittent supervision.

=E2=80=A2 Willingness to live in provided housing at the Hopland Research a=


Extension Center.


=E2=80=A2 Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and on=

e year

of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the

natural, physical or social sciences; or an equivalent combination of

education and experience

*Preferred Qualifications*

=E2=80=A2 Previous experience handling wildlife.

=E2=80=A2 Previous experience using remotely triggered field cameras.

=E2=80=A2 Previous experience conducting vegetation surveys.

*Salary & Benefits*

$15/hour wage, 40 hours/week. Free housing provided on site. For

information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University




*Other Information*

This is a limited appointment opportunity working full-time from October 1,

2017 – December 31, 2017 with the possibility of extension.

*Equal Employment Opportunity*

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for

employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual

orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected

veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:


For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative

action policy see:


Research Technician Position: Community and Genomic Ecology, University of California-Riverside

A Research Technician (Specialist) position is available in the labs of Dr. Nicole Rafferty in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology and Dr. Paul Nabity in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California-Riverside. Preference will be given to those who can start by January 2018. Initial appointment is for one year with possible renewal for a second year contingent on performance.

Research in the Rafferty Lab spans the fields of community ecology, population biology, and global change, with a focus on plants and pollinators. Current research centers on understanding how climate change-induced shifts in phenology and spatial distribution affect species interactions (www.raffertylab.ucr.edu). Research in the Nabity Lab uses comparative genomics to understand plant-

insect interactions (www.nabitylab.org).

The technician will be expected to lead projects in the lab and field and to supervise graduate and undergraduate students who are assisting with projects. These projects involve caring for plants and insect colonies in greenhouses and growth chambers, as well as careful molecular lab work, data entry, and overall attention to detail. The technician will also be responsible for maintaining clean, organized, and efficient lab and greenhouse spaces while helping to promote an inclusive and positive work environment. Field projects may involve travel to the University of California Natural Reserves (www.ucnrs.org), the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab (www.rmbl.org), and arboreta throughout the U.S. The successful applicant will benefit from a strong and growing network of researchers studying community and genomic ecology across departments. Preference will be given to applicants with prior ecological, greenhouse-related, and molecular research experience and a B.S. or M.S. in biology or a related discipline. Data analysis and bioinformatics skills or a strong desire to learn these skills is a plus. Interest in independent projects that stem from ongoing projects, as well as publication of results, will be encouraged, and other professional development opportunities will be made available.

Salary will depend on qualifications but will be at least $18.26 per hour with excellent benefits (http://hr.ucr.edu/benefits/health_and_welfare.html). Applicants from under-represented groups are encouraged. UCR is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity.

To apply, please contact both Dr. Nabity (paul.nabity@ucr.edu) and Dr. Rafferty (nicole.rafferty@ucr.edu) by November 17 with your CV, unofficial transcript(s), and a short statement describing research experiences, skills, and your interest in this position.

Graduate opportunities in Ecology, Evolution, and the Environment

Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and the Environment at the University of Notre Dame

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame offers a wide range of research opportunities and graduate coursework in ecology and evolutionary biology, allowing students to excel in field, laboratory, and mathematical biology.  Strengths of the program include:  studies on the dynamics and divergence of populations, evolutionary and ecological genomics, terrestrial and aquatic community and ecosystem ecology, epidemiology and disease ecology, experimental biology, and the impacts of global changes, including climate change, invasive species, and land use change.  Our close-knit faculty provides interdisciplinary research opportunities and excellent research mentorship. Our students take advantage of many resources at Notre Dame, including excellent laboratory facilities in the Hank Family Center for Environmental Studies and state-of-the-

art instrumentation in our Center for Environmental Science and Technology (CEST; https://cest.nd.edu), the Genomics & Bioinformatics Core Facility (http://genomics.nd.edu), and the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF).  Other hubs of EEE research include the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC; http://underc.nd.edu/) with sites located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and western Montana and the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (http://environmentalchange.nd.edu/). Numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions among research areas are available, including our GLOBES graduate training program (http://globes.nd.edu/).=20

The following faculty members are currently training graduate students in diverse areas of ecology and evolution:

Beth Archie – behavioral ecology, disease ecology, and population biology

Gary Belovsky – terrestrial ecology and modeling, conservation biology

Sunny Boyd =96 behavorial ecology, neuroendocrinology and behavioral neuroscience

Jeff Feder – ecological and evolutionary genetics, speciation

Mike Ferdig – systems genetics of malaria parasite drug resistance

Hope Hollocher – population genetics, speciation, evo-devo, and landscape epidemiology

Stuart Jones – aquatic microbial and ecosystem ecology

Gary Lamberti – stream ecology and plant-animal interactions

Jason McLachlan =96 ecology and evolution of plant populations, statistical modeling, paleoecology

David Medvigy =96 terrestrial ecosystem modeling, ecosystem-climate interactions

Alex Perkins =96 modeling, disease ecology, population biology of disease vectors

Mike Pfrender =96 ecological and evolutionary genomics, adaptation, phenotypic plasticity Matt Ravosa =96 evolution and pathobiology of the mammalian skull and musculoskeletal system

Adrian Rocha =96 arctic terrestrial ecology

Jeanne Romero-Severson =96 genomics of adaptive variation in natural populations of forest trees

Jennifer Tank – stream ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry

All graduate students are funded with competitive stipends.  A variety of fellowship opportunities are open to top applicants. For more information regarding the Biology Graduate Program see http://biology.nd.edu/ and http://graduateschool.nd.edu/.  The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the Ph.D. program is December 1st, 2017, although earlier submission is encouraged to ensure full consideration for available fellowships. Please begin your application by directly contacting faculty of interest.

Graduate Assistantship – Red-cockaded Woodpecker Conservation

Dr. Paige Ferguson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, is seeking a PhD or MS student to begin in Spring 2017, Summer 2017, or Fall 2018.

Research will focus on conservation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and land management. Potential research topics include RCW population dynamics and management in the Oakmulgee Ranger District of the Talladega National Forest or modeling future land use change scenarios and their relationship to RCW management. Close collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and stakeholders is anticipated.

Applicants should have a background in many of the following: ecology, environmental science, ornithology, wildlife management, GIS, ecological modeling, statistics, computer programming, stakeholder outreach, and field work. Applicants should be highly motivated and prepared to conduct independent field and modeling research.

To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson (pfferguson@ua.edu<mailto:pfferguson@ua.edu>) the following:

1. a cover letter describing your interest in the project and prior experiences that have prepared you for graduate work in Dr. Ferguson’s lab

2. your undergraduate transcript (an unofficial copy is fine),

3. GRE scores,

4. a sample of your scientific writing (for example a manuscript or lab report), and

5. contact information for 3 references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

The position comes with a full tuition waiver, a competitive 12 month stipend, and health insurance. Funding is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Biological Sciences. Highly qualified applicants may be considered for Graduate School Fellowships, which offer a Research Assistantship during the student’s first year. Funding for summer field work expenses and conference attendance are available.

Additional information is available from the following links:

Dr. Ferguson’s Research: http://bsc.ua.edu/paige-ferguson/

Department of Biological Sciences: http://bsc.ua.edu/

Graduate School: http://graduate.ua.edu<http://graduate.ua.edu/>

University of Alabama: http://www.ua.edu<http://www.ua.edu/>

Tuscaloosa: http://www.tuscaloosa.com/visitor-services

Outdoor opportunities in Alabama: http://www.outdooralabama.com

Graduate assistantship in entomology & prairie habitats

Dr. Paige Ferguson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, is seeking a PhD or MS student to begin in Spring 2017, Summer 2017, or Fall 2018.

Research will focus on land use in the Black Belt prairie of Alabama and how it relates to the occurrence of beetle and moth species. The student will conduct field work at prairie sites in the Black Belt and will conduct analyses with statistical models. Anticipated results include information about the distribution of beetle and moth species and quantified relationships between land use characteristics at multiple spatial scales and species occupancy probabilities.

The Black Belt Region is of great interest ecologically and culturally. Land use change throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have left less than 1% of the native Black Belt prairie. Several beetle and moth species are endemic to Black Belt prairies or have disjunct distributions including the Midwestern prairies and Black Belt prairies. Both the natural history and human history of the Black Belt Region have contributed to current patterns of land use and prairie habitat quality. From the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, the Black Belt Region was the site of extensive slave-based cotton farming. When cotton farming declined, land was often converted to pasture. How land is distributed and used contributes to ecosystem health, socio-economic patterns among landowners, and social, political, and economic dynamics in the region.

Applicants should have a background in many of the following: ecology, environmental science, entomology, GIS, ecological modeling, statistics, computer programming, stakeholder outreach, and field work. Applicants should be highly motivated and prepared to conduct independent field and modeling research.

To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson (pfferguson@ua.edu<mailto:pfferguson@ua.edu>) the following:

1. a cover letter describing your interest in the project and prior experiences that have prepared you for graduate work in Dr. Ferguson’s lab

2. your undergraduate transcript (an unofficial copy is fine),

3. GRE scores,

4. a sample of your scientific writing (for example a manuscript or lab report), and

5. contact information for 3 references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

The position comes with a full tuition waiver, a competitive 12 month stipend, and health insurance. Funding is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Biological Sciences. Highly qualified applicants may be considered for Graduate School Fellowships, which offer a Research Assistantship during the student’s first year. Funding for summer field work expenses and conference attendance are available.

Additional information is available from the following links:

Dr. Ferguson’s Research: http://bsc.ua.edu/paige-ferguson/

Department of Biological Sciences: http://bsc.ua.edu/

Graduate School: http://graduate.ua.edu<http://graduate.ua.edu/>

University of Alabama: http://www.ua.edu<http://www.ua.edu/>

Tuscaloosa: http://www.tuscaloosa.com/visitor-services

Outdoor opportunities in Alabama: http://www.outdooralabama.com

Graduate Research Opportunities in the Russo Lab

The Russo Lab (russolab.unl.edu) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is

seeking masters or PhD students interested in conducting research in the

following areas.=20

Plant-Soil Feedbacks =96 This project (crri.unl.edu/about-crri) investigates

interactions between grasses and agricultural crops with the soil microbial

community.  A variety of approaches (field, greenhouse, genomic, and

experimental) are being used to address questions ranging from identifying

patterns of soil and rhizosphere microbial diversity, to investigations of

mechanisms involved in plant-soil feedbacks, especially under stress.=20=20

Nebraska Forest Dynamics and Management  =96 This project involves

establishing permanent forest monitoring plots in Nebraskan forests as part

of the Smithsonian ForestGEO plot network (www.forestgeo.si.edu) in order to

build models that integrate vital rates and environmental drivers to

describe and forecast changes in forest composition and function and that

aid in developing adaptive management plans for forest conservation.

Functional Traits of Bornean Tree Species =96 This project involves

quantification of leaf, stem, and root functional traits of tree species in

Borneo at the Lambir ForestGEO plot (www.ctfs.si.edu/site/Lambir) to predict

tree growth and survival using tree physiological models and to scale up to

forest dynamics.

These projects involve multi-disciplinary collaborative teams and offer the

opportunity to gain skills in areas such as microbial ecology,

bioinformatics, genomics, geographic information systems, and modeling, in

addition to ecology.  Potential applicants should email Sabrina Russo

(srusso2@unl.edu) with a description of their research interests and

experience, and a resume summarizing previous coursework and listing any

publications.  See russolab.unl.edu/links and

biosci.unl.edu/prospective-graduate-students for information on how to apply.

Multiple Positions Open Throughout Montana-Big Sky Watershed



Primary duties of the Big Sky Watershed Corps Member (CM) include working

with the Host Site staff to complete tasks related to project design and

implementation, community outreach and education, volunteer generation and

management and reporting functions.  The CM works under the direct

supervision of the Host Site Supervisor and the Big Sky Watershed Corps

Program Manager to ensure successful completion of program objectives.  The

CM is an AmeriCorps Member and is entitled to the benefit package offered to

all AmeriCorps Members

BSWC members develop projects to protect local water resources, such as

watershed inventories, stream and riparian restoration, re-vegetation

projects, drought planning, water quality/quantity monitoring, riparian

fencing, river clean-ups, abandoned mine reclamation, and irrigation

improvements. BSWC members also promote watershed health and natural

resource conservation through outreach and education. They engage with local

communities through lessons in schools, community field days, workshops, and

trainings. They develop curriculum, focus on issues with local solutions,

implement outreach initiatives, and organize public meetings and events for

community stakeholders. BSWC members consistently engage volunteers for

training and events that relate to watershed health and protection. Members

also develop a skilled and influential recurring volunteer-base to support

local efforts.

Term of Service: 1/8/18-11/16/18

Living Stipend: $557 biweekly

Education Award: $5,815 upon successful completion of the program

Required Qualifications:

.             College degree (B.A./B.S.), preferably in watershed,

agriculture, environment, or education related field.

.             Effective written and oral communication skills.

.             Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, ability to pass a

motor vehicle records check, US Citizenship or ability to work in the US.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

.             Previous watershed-related experience, fieldwork, data

collection & analysis or plan development.

.             Previous teaching or volunteer management experience.

.                 Proven ability to work with a diverse group of



.             Work with Host Site staff to develop and implement

watershed-related field projects.

.             Assist Host Site staff in the completion of watershed-related


.             Recruit and manage volunteers on field and service projects;

ensure participant safety on all projects.

.             Develop materials (brochures, posters, PowerPoint

presentations) to use in community presentations.

.             Conduct community outreach to educate community stakeholders

about watershed-related issues.

.             Work with schools and/or youth groups to develop field

projects or educational presentations.

.             Maintain accurate personnel, safety and project records.

.             Complete and submit required program reports in a timely


.             Help complete and submit relevant grants.

.             Help develop and write watershed-related plans, proposals and


The Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) is an AmeriCorps program created through

collaboration between the Montana Conservation Corps, the Montana Watershed

Coordination Council and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of

Montana.  The BSWC utilizes community based initiatives to protect, preserve

and restore local watersheds throughout Montana.

Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds

are strongly encouraged to apply.  We provide reasonable accommodations for

qualified individuals and are an equal opportunity employer

Apply here:  http://mtcorps.org/join/big-sky-watershed-corps-member/

Graduate student recruitment, Tucker lab at UNC-Chapel Hill

I’m currently recruiting 1-2 students for PhD positions in my lab (carolinemtucker.com) in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The Tucker lab works on a broad range of questions under the umbrella of community ecology, especially functional and phylogenetic approaches to ecology, mechanisms for multispecies coexistence, and the interaction of species traits, the environment, and coexistence. Students should be interested in developing projects using aquatic microcosms of zooplankton communities. There is flexibility in terms of projects and students are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects and research directions within the lab=92s general area of work.

It is desirable for students to have previous research experience, some coding experience (R, etc.), and some undergraduate level math and/or statistics training.=20

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

Interested students should contact me first to discuss research interests and qualifications. Please email me at carolinetucker@unc.edu and tell me a little about your past research experience and interests, as well as your GPA & GRE scores, CV, and any other relevant information.

JOB -Research Assistant – University of Rhode Island

Research assistant position available in vector-borne disease ecology and vector biology at the University of Rhode Island working in the Couret lab in the Department of Biological Sciences (http://web.uri.edu/bio/couret-jannelle/) Instagram @CouretLab – Twitter: @VectorEcology

Position is full time and posted at www.jobs.uri.edu/postings/2652 – applications submitted through the URI jobs portal. For additional questions about the position send emails with subject line “RA Position” to ncouret@uri.edu

Duties include both field and laboratory work on the ecology/biology of mosquitoes and ticks that transmit human pathogens. Required qualifications include a bachelor’s in Biology and one year work experience in biology research. Preferred qualifications include experience with DNA extraction/PCR, experience with ArcGIS.

PhD and MS student positions available in plant-insect ecology

The Wetzel Lab at Michigan State University is seeking prospective PhD and

MS students interested in studying how biological diversity or

environmental variability influences insects and their interactions with

plants and predators. The lab uses field experiments and quantitative tools

to address fundamental ecological questions that are relevant to

agricultural sustainability or climate change. There are currently two main

lines of inquiry in the lab:

1) How does plant chemical diversity influence insect herbivores and their

interactions with predators?

2) How does temperature variability influence interactions among plants,

insect herbivores, and predators? We are interested in understanding how

the increased frequency of high temperature events (heat waves) associated

with climate change is changing the ecology of plants and insects.

I am interested in students who would like to collaborate with me on these

projects as well as students who would like to develop novel projects

related to the ecology of plants and insects in a variable world. Please

see https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=3Dhttp-3A__wetzellab.com&d=3DDwIFaQ&c=3DnE__W8dFE-shTxStwXtp0A&r=3DDGKl3p1L8mN1KIcUKrNU9836NnGKVyNUDA0OhUoNzPA&m=3D1O5A3Q2sB1IB0vtHDs9WmUYjE4FpTk-D9YZvL-v3mKs&s=3DpL3Tksw2nGeZKnSjfs8Ve9tw1GmcoQZGOY5SwWswn6I&e=3D  <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=3Dhttp-3A__wetzellab.com_research&d=3DDwIFaQ&c=3DnE__W8dFE-shTxStwXtp0A&r=3DDGKl3p1L8mN1KIcUKrNU9836NnGKVyNUDA0OhUoNzPA&m=3D1O5A3Q2sB1IB0vtHDs9WmUYjE4FpTk-D9YZvL-v3mKs&s=3DyImNmBhKAxfLmI4VYpVPb8tiEAMycP7MUl27raz1yyg&e=3D > for more

information. I plan to take students through the Ecology, Evolutionary

Biology, and Behavior Program (https://eebb.msu.edu/) and the Department of

Entomology (http://www.ent.msu.edu/).


Applicants should have a bachelor=E2=80=99s degree in ecology, biology, entomology,

environmental science, or related field. Preference will be given to

applicants with ecological research experience. Applicants should be

interested in learning both field ecology and quantitative tools. A passion

for understanding how nature works and boundless enthusiasm are key assets.

The Wetzel Lab strives to be a safe space for diversity in STEM.


Students in the lab receive a generous stipend, a tuition waiver, and a

travel budget. This financial support comes through research

assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships.

Students are also encouraged to seek external fellowships through NSF,

USDA, and other sources.

*Plant-insect ecology at Michigan State University*

MSU is an exciting place to study the ecology of plants and insects. The

university has a large and dynamic community of scientists working on

cutting-edge questions about plants and insects in natural and agricultural

ecosystems. Potential collaborators and colleagues can be found in the

departments of Entomology, Plant Biology, and Integrative Biology, and

across the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program. The

university has an extensive greenhouse facility and access to field sites

at the MSU Kellogg Biological Station nearby.

Those interested in these positions should read the lab webpage (

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=3Dhttp-3A__wetzellab.com&d=3DDwIFaQ&c=3DnE__W8dFE-shTxStwXtp0A&r=3DDGKl3p1L8mN1KIcUKrNU9836NnGKVyNUDA0OhUoNzPA&m=3D1O5A3Q2sB1IB0vtHDs9WmUYjE4FpTk-D9YZvL-v3mKs&s=3DpL3Tksw2nGeZKnSjfs8Ve9tw1GmcoQZGOY5SwWswn6I&e=3D ) and email me (wcwetzel@msu.edu) with the following.

0) “Prospective student=E2=80=9D in email subject

1) Brief cover letter describing research interests and career goals

2) CV

3) Unofficial transcripts

4) Sample of scientific writing (e.g., published paper, manuscript in

preparation, MS or undergraduate thesis, research paper or essay from a


5) Names and email addresses for 3 references

I will begin reviewing candidates on September 15th. Applications are due

to the graduate school by December 1st.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Applications open for MS program in Environmental Observation and Informatics at UW-Madison

The Nelson School for Environmental Studies <http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/>

at the University of Wisconsin =E2=80=93 Madison is now accepting applications for

a new professional MS program in Environmental Observation and Informatics


The EOI graduate program integrates cross-cutting Earth observation

technologies and big data analytics in one unique, 15-month program that

combines hands-on, in-person training with distance learning.

Formal course work and a final capstone project focus on 3 main areas;

remote sensing, modeling and analysis, and leadership and strategic

thinking. Students will gain specialized training to meet current job

demand calling for the integration of emerging technologies and big data to

address environmental challenges at local, regional, and global scales.

For more information including curriculum, how to apply, and contact info

visit: http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/observation

Link to featured article and perspective from program faculty:

Degree program uses satellite, drone technologies to solve environmental problems

Lab Technician in soil microbial ecology at Colorado State University

*Research Associate I Colorado State University *

*Wallenstein Lab*

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory seeks an ambitious, curious, and

organized research associate to assist with soil ecology laboratory and

field work. The selected candidate will be responsible for performing a

broad range of molecular and soil ecology lab analyses. This may include,

but not be limited to, soil sieving, soil DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR,

preparing samples for Sanger and high-throughput sequencing, enzyme assays,

soil fractionation procedures, stable isotopes, preparing chemical reagents

and solutions, and preparing and analyzing samples for a suite of chemical


The candidate will also perform greenhouse work and fieldwork, which will

include maintaining greenhouse experiments and field trials, planting,

plant care, soil sampling, and sample preservation.

To apply and view a full announcement, please visit

http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/48756 by August 27, 2017.

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final


graduate student openings in plant evolutionary ecology

The Shefferson lab at the University of Tokyo is recruiting graduate

students at both the MS and PhD levels with interests in plant evolutionary

ecology, for entry into the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences

(GPES, online at http://gpes.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/) in Sept 2018. We specialize

in evolutionary demography and plant/microbial evolution, with particular

interests in rapid evolution and eco-evolutionary dynamics. We are

particularly hoping to recruit students to work on the following funded

research projects:

1)    *Deep demography*: Demographic patterns are strongly influenced by

both evolutionary history and geography, but a mechanistic understanding of

these relationships is still lacking. We hope to unravel it using a number

of large-scale projects focused on herbaceous perennial plant species.

2)    *Evolutionary origins of plant-microbial symbiosis*: We seek to

understand the first steps in the evolutionary process leading to the

development of widespread symbioses, such as the mycorrhiza.

3)    *Eco-evolutionary impacts of individual history*: We hope to

understand how long-term experience influences evolutionary processes,

particularly at the micro-evolutionary scale.

In addition to these projects, we seek students generally interested in the

following topics:

1)    Micro-evolutionary interactions between symbiosis and population

dynamics, with a focus on the mycorrhiza.

2)    The micro- and macro-evolution of senescence-related life history

patterns and life history costs, with a focus on herbaceous plants and

terrestrial fungi.

3)    Interactions between community structure and phylogeny at differing

timescales, with a focus on the mycorrhiza.

4)    Eco-evolutionary impacts of conservation problems and associated


Students applying to work in the lab may focus on these topics, or choose

other research themes in plant and microbial evolutionary ecology. Research

methods typically involve *in situ* monitoring and experimentation,

combined with modeling and analysis based in R and/or C++. We typically

work with plants and their symbiotic microbes, and students should

generally be interested in these study organisms. The Shefferson lab has

active field sites in the Japan, USA, and Estonia, and also regularly

conducts field work in China, Central America, and Western and Central


The Shefferson lab is located within the University of Tokyo, Komaba

Campus. U Tokyo is home to some of the finest scientists in Japan,

including ecologists and evolutionary biologists, and more Nobel laureates

than you can shake a stick at. Komaba in particular has a particularly

large community of ecologists and evolutionary biologists working on

plants, animals, and fungi. The GPES program conducts all graduate

education in English, although students have the opportunity to learn

Japanese and take courses from throughout the U Tokyo curriculum. Our

campus is only 15 minutes=E2=80=99 walk from Shibuya, one of the most vibrant parts

of Tokyo.

Applications to join the lab MUST be received by *24 November 2017*, and

students MUST INCLUDE a current, official GRE transcript. Please note that

GRE scores are only valid for 5 years, so students with transcripts older

than this need to re-take the GRE. Applicants with high scores, high

grades, and strong recommendations will be considered for a competitive,

full-ride scholarship.

If interested, please contact me at, and please also explore the Shefferson

lab website:


HTML: www.sheffersonlab.com

M.S. Assistantship: Assessing forest health status of reforested bottomland hardwood

The School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is seeking applicants for a M.S. Assistantship available beginning January 2, 2018. The assistantship is half time and carries an annual stipend of $15,000

Project: Wetlands provide many ecosystem services and functions including flood attenuation, erosion control, and wildlife habitat. As part of a multi-disciplinary research project, the student will evaluate current on-the-ground conditions of reforested wetland reserve easement stands established by the Natural Resource Conservation Service to restore these important ecosystems. The student will use existing or develop a variety of rapid assessment techniques including tree- and stand-health indices to determine how well those ecosystems meet desired ecological conditions and functions. Student=92s thesis may focus on compositional diversity and effect of invasive species within these stands, compare structural heterogeneity and complexity among various watersheds, or focus on development of a silvicultural decision-support system for managing these stands. This is an opportunity to work closely with representatives from multiple conservation agencies to develop and refine management recommendations and assessment tools (including development of field guides) for our restored bottomland hardwood forests.

Requirements: Applicants must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses and satisfactory GRE scores. A B.S. degree in a natural resources-related field is also required. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver=92s license or obtain the same within 60 days of starting employment. Overnight travel is required as well as the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Location and Facilities: The School of Forestry & Natural Resources is located in Monticello, Arkansas in the southeastern portion of the state. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is also headquartered here, and is administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is the research and extension arm for forest-based programs within the State. Additionally, the USFS Arkansas Forestry Sciences Lab is located at the School. The School and Center maintain several state-of-the-art laboratories (hydrology, soil, quantitative analysis, silviculture, wildlife ecology & management) available for graduate research and education.

Application & Additional Information: Graduate program and application information can be found at http://www.uamont.edu/sfnr. Applicants must be admitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and apply to the School of Forestry & Natural Resources before they can be considered for an assistantship. Applicants must submit all GRE scores, official transcripts, a statement of interests, and three letters of recommendation. Please indicate the position number above on all application materials and inquiries. For additional information, please contact:

Mohammad Bataineh

Phone: (870) 460-1449

Email: Bataineh@uamont.edu<mailto:Bataineh@uamont.edu>

Coral Aquarist/Lab Technician

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

The Kenkel lab is looking for an Aquarist/Lab Technician to join our growing

research group. The primary role of this position will be working to get our

new aquarium system for coral husbandry and manipulative experiments

running, and being responsible for subsequent maintenance of life support

systems and coral collections. Day to day responsibilities will include

feeding, water quality testing, maintenance of tanks and life support

systems and appropriate record keeping. The ideal candidate will have

maintained aquaria in a public aquarium or research laboratory, with proven

experience of running successful tropical coral systems, with a knowledge of

coral propagation and husbandry and water chemistry management.

Secondary responsibilities will include basic laboratory management, such as

ordering and inventory of lab consumables, and overseeing EH&S compliance of

all lab spaces. The candidate will also have the opportunity to participate

in field and laboratory experiments related to the focus of the lab =96 for

more information on potential projects, please see our website at

http://dornsife.usc.edu/labs/carlslab. Though an open water diver

certification is desirable, support will be provided to the candidate to

obtain necessary training and qualifications. Additional opportunities for

career development include training in molecular genetic techniques, such as

DNA/RNA extractions and PCR, and methods in coral ecophysiology.

This is a full-time/fixed-term position and includes benefits. The initial

appointment will be for a 6-month probationary period, after which yearly

reappointments are possible for successful and productive candidates.

Desired start date is 1 October 2017.

Apply at:


Job Announcement: GIS Biology Technician Position

We are hiring a GIS Biology Technician to work on updating the California Wildlife Habitat Relationships Program (CWHR). Tasks are primarily focused on developing and updating range maps, life history information, and habitat suitability ranks for California species and subspecies, updating the CWHR database, and conducting training and outreach on CWHR use. This is a temporary position with 1-2 years of funding.

Job Location: California Department of Fish and Wildlife office, Sacramento, California

Applications are due Friday, August 18.

More information and application instructions can be found here: http://www.csuchico.edu/rfdn/documents/hr-job-openings/GIC%20-%20Biology%20Tech%20II%=