Month: January 2017

Job: DukeU.Summer.Undergrad

The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University is
recruiting one high school and one undergraduate student researcher
through the US Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) during the
summer of 2017. The students will participate in projects examining
fast, impulsive movements of animals in the natural environment. The
focal systems for the project are catapult jumping in froghopper
insects and underwater foraging attacks in dragonfly larvae.
Responsibilities of the student researchers may include collecting
study organisms from local habitats, obtaining high-speed videos of
animals, analyzing high-speed videos using computer software,
performing statistical analyses and scientific writing. The details of
responsibilities and tasks will be determined based on mutual interests
of the students and the mentors. There are also possibilities for the
students to develop individual projects under our mentorship.

We are looking for motivated, reliable students who are excited about
having first-hand research experience at the intersection of biology
and physics. Skills to perform the above-mentioned tasks are not
required. We especially value students who are curious, hard-working
and have an open mind about the possibilities of basic, scientific
research. For more information about The Patek Lab, please visit our

DEADLINE: February 28, 2017, 11:59 pm. All applicants must submit two
letters of recommendation, transcripts and must have maintained a
cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 in their coursework. Applicants must
also include a brief essay that explains their interest in this
research and how it relates to their future goals.

Go to the below links and:

Click “Apply” at the bottom of the page

* Fill out the forms

* When you get to “Please select your 1st preference of URAP
location.”, Select “BDUN53 Duke University”

For high school students, please apply through the HSAP program:

For undergraduate students, please apply through the URAP program:

Montana State University Ph.D. assistantships: hydro-ecology or hydro-biogeochemistry

   The department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at

        Montana State University, Bozeman, has 5 Ph.D. assistantships

        ($30K per year for tuition, fees, and stipend) available on a

        competitive basis for students starting in Fall 2017.  <br>


        I am currently recruiting Ph.D. students to apply for these

        assistantships and work in the Montana State Fluvial Landscape

        Lab on one of three diverse research topics:<br>


        1) Hydro-biogeochemisty of Montane Alluvial Aquifers<br>

        2) Regional-scale Modeling of Hyporheic Exchange<br>

        3) Effects of net-spinning caddisflies on streambed hydraulic

        conductivity, whole-stream hydrology, and ecosystem processes. <br>


        More information can be found at:<br>


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        Interested students are encouraged to contact me, following the

        instructions at the above link, before making formal application

        to the LRES department.  Applications are also encouraged to

        email materials to me before Feb 28 to ensure meeting the

        departmental deadline of March 20.<br>


        Any efforts to pass this announcement on to talented students

        would be appreciated.<br>







        Geoffrey C. Poole, Ph.D.<br>

        Associate Professor of Fluvial Landscape Ecology<br>

        Department of Land Resources and<br>

          Environmental Sciences<br>

        Montana State University, Bozeman, MT<br>

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MS Graduate Fellowship Opportunity in Wetland Ecology at Loyola University, Chicago

Dr. Nancy Tuchman is recruiting a student to start July 1st, 2017 on an MS

project in Biology at Loyola University Chicago. The two-year funded

position will involve self-directed research on the effects of the invasive

hybrid cattail, *Typha **=C3=97 glauca,* on wetland structure and function in

the Upper Great Lakes. The incumbent student is expected to conduct summer

research at both the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston,

MI, and the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge near Hennepin, IL.

The successful candidate for this fellowship will develop a research

question and design experiments related to *Typha **=C3=97 glauca* management,

effects of *Typha **=C3=97 glauca* on biodiversity (plant, bird, fish,

amphibian, macroinvertebrate, etc.) wetland nutrient cycling, remote

sensing of wetland vegetation, uptake of heavy metals and organic

environmental pollutants, and/or use of harvested invasive biomass as an

energy source or agricultural amendment.

Ideal applicants will have a BS in Biology, Ecology, Botany, Environmental

Science, Agronomy, or related field. Previous field research experience is

required, and experience in experimental design, statistical analysis, GIS,

remote sensing, and/ or environmental toxicology is encouraged.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, (unofficial ok) GRE scores,

and contact information of 3 references to Andrew Monks:

We will accept applications until February 10th, 2017.

Everglades Internship

The Everglades Foundation is accepting applications for the John

Marshall Everglades Internship. During this 8-week (May 18^th  – July

14^th ) undergraduate internship program, qualified students will learn

about the Everglades ecosystem, history, water management issues, and

policies related to Everglades restoration. Interns will go on site

visits to: major restoration sites, water management structures, and

effected natural areas. They will grow their professional networks while

meeting with scientists, stakeholders, and policy makers who are

participating in the most comprehensive restoration project in the

world. Interns select from one of four categories for their capstone

projects: policy & advocacy, science & engineering, education, and


The Everglades Foundation is dedicated to protecting and restoring

America’s Everglades. This unique ecosystem provides economic,

recreational and life-sustaining benefits to the millions of people in

Florida who depend on its future health. Through the advancement of

scientifically sound and achievable solutions, the Foundation seeks to

reverse the damage inflicted on the ecosystem and provide policymakers

and the public with an honest and credible resource to help guide

decision-making on complex restoration issues.

Please pass this announcement along to any interested undergraduate

students. The internship would be of interest to students studying:

environmental policy, advocacy, environmental studies, biology/ecology,

communications, science communications, environmental engineering,

hydrology, ecological economics, environmental education, etc.

For more information about the program and how to apply, please see our




*Kristie Wendelberger, PhD

**Outdoor Education and Outreach Coordinator*

18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite 625

Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

Office: 305.251.0001 <tel:305.251.0001>

Mobile: 305-281-3061 <tel:305-281-3061>


Stream Sampling Crew Leader Announcement

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Martin is seeking a stream sampling field-crew leader for a four-month appointment. The position will support a project evaluating the effects of stream restoration on fish communities in west Tennessee.

Primary duties include:

-=09Supervision of two technicians under the guidance of the project=92s primary investigators.

-=09Ensuring timely collection of data and completion of laboratory work.

-=09Coordinating and conducting stream habitat surveys and fish community collections.

-=09Maintenance and repair of field equipment as needed.

-=09Identifying and enumerating fish species in the field and laboratory.

-=09Managing an Access database, performing data entry, and data QA/QC.

Minimum Qualifications

-=09BS in stream/wildlife ecology or related field (e.g., environmental sciences).

-=09Experience conducting stream habitat surveys and fish community collections.

-=09Ability to quickly learn west TN fish fauna.

-=09Valid driver=92s license.

-=09Ability to lift and carry 30 lbs in mud-bottom streams.

-=09Ability to work long hours (~10 hrs) in hot and humid field conditions.

This is a temporary, non-exempt position for approximately four months (June =96 September).  Extension of the position is contingent on available funding. Low-cost housing (~$40/week) is available at the Reelfoot Lake Environmental Field Station or the applicant may find housing in Martin, TN. Research opportunities will be available to those interested.

Application Process:  Applicants must apply online at and attach to the application the following:  a cover letter, resume, and two professional references.   Position will remain open until filled and all inquiries should be directed to Dr. Blanchard or Dr. Fore via email to Dr. Blanchard (; 731-884-7594) and Dr. Fore (; 731-343-2004).

Pay Grade 36 – $10.98 per hour minimum hiring rate, salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.=20=20

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Science Communications Internship

Smithsonian Bicoastal Science Communications Internship

Stipend: $500/week

Time: 18 weeks (April-August 2017)

Location: Edgewater, Md. and Tiburon, Calif.

Application Deadline: February 10, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PST


Gain hands-on experience with environmental communication on both sides of America! The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is seeking an intern to work for 18 weeks, from April through August, covering the work of SERC researchers in Maryland and California. The intern will start at SERC’s Chesapeake Bay headquarters in the spring, getting training in SERC science communications. In the summer, the intern will travel to San Francisco Bay to cover the work of SERC marine biologists in California for the remaining 10 weeks. Travel funds from Maryland to California are included.

Spring (Part I): Chesapeake Bay

The intern will spend the first eight weeks at SERC’s headquarters in Edgewater, Md. There, the intern will interview SERC scientists in the field and the lab and write about their work. This first part of the internship will introduce the intern to the main features of SERC science communications: writing articles for the SERC Shorelines blog<>, preparing posts for SERC’s social media and assisting in the production of SERC’s quarterly newsletter On The Edge, under the mentorship of SERC science writer Kristen Minogue.

Summer (Part II): San Francisco Bay

For the final 10 weeks, the intern will work in California, with the Tiburon section of SERC’s Marine Invasions Research Lab<>. SERC’s Tiburon branch is hosted at the Romberg Tiburon Center<>, a marine field station of San Francisco State University. SERC marine biologists in Tiburon work in San Francisco Bay and traverse the Pacific Coast studying invasive species, oyster restoration and other critical conservation issues. There, the intern will cover the work of SERC’s West Coast scientists while exploring and developing communication strategies within the Pacific market. During the California part of the internship, the intern will work under the onsite supervision of research ecologist Andrew Chang and correspond with Kristen Minogue via Skype.


Strong scientific background (natural sciences coursework; not required to be a science major) and skill writing about science for a nonscientific audience. Ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) required; familiarity with photo editing software, WordPress and HTML a plus.

To apply:

Send a cover letter, resume with references (name, title and contact information) and unofficial transcript to<> by 11:59 PST February 10, 2017. One to three published or unpublished writing samples explaining science for general readers are also essential to include with the application to be considered. For more information visit

Field and Laboratory assistantships available for 2017 Summer

Amphibian research assistants needed

We are looking for two research assistants to work on a project investigating the effects of climate change and disease on amphibian populations at multiple locations, performing both field and husbandry assistance this summer. Must be available from May-August 2017.

Job description: 1) Field research assistant: Field work involves surveying amphibian populations in and around the Fort Polk military base near Leesville, LA and the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology near Linesville, PA, for chytrid fungal pathogens. Requires both day and night work capturing, swabbing, and processing amphibians, hiking in and out of sites, and deploying and checking pitfall traps and coverboards. Must have a valid drivers license and experience with 4WD and driving in rough terrain, be physically fit, and have experience identifying amphibian species. Proven record of field experience is required. Must be willing to travel in between the two locations and work with diverse field teams. When stationed in Linesville, PA, help with animal husbandry of amphibian colonies would be required during days not spent in the field. This position could extend from mid April to September if interested and available.

2) Mesocosm and animal husbandry assistant: Mesocosm work involves maintaining and monitoring a large-scale mesocosm experiment, including taking measurements, checking water levels/quality, and removing metamorphosing animals and maintaining them in a field laboratory. This assistant will also likely help with field research at the PA site, and so field research experience is desirable. Will be located in Linesville, PA from May-August, and a valid drivers license is required.

Positions are paid hourly, and housing in Linesville, PA and near Fort Polk, LA is provided. Travel between Louisiana and Pennsylvania for the field assistant position is also provided.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV and contact details for two references to Dr. Michel Ohmer ( and Dr. Laura Brannelly (

by March 15th, 2017.

If interested in the broader research of the group, please visit our website at


The Department of Geography & the Environment at Villanova University is accepting Fall 2017 enrollments for our Master of Science in Environmental Science.  Our faculty specialize in ecosystem studies that span the coastal and inland environments, with on-going research projects in the northeast and the around the world.  Our program uniquely offers the opportunity to develop geospatial technical skills that are highly marketable and sought-after by employers.   We have thesis and non-thesis options, that can be completed within two years or part-time by working professionals. For more information, please see our website and contact Dr. Lisa Rodrigues (, Graduate Program Director.=20

On-Going Research Projects:

MSES Program:

Allied Whale Intern/Research Assistant Positions

Allied Whale, the marine mammal research lab of College of the Atlantic located in Bar Harbor, Maine, seeks 4 interns/research assistants for the 2017 field season. These are entry-level research positions designed to offer experience for individuals seeking to develop their professional careers in marine mammal research. Two summer positions (mid May through August) and two full season positions (mid May through October) are available.

Overview of position: This is a unique internship program in that the selected individuals will have the opportunity to participate and receive training in a wide range of marine mammal research activities while receiving a small income. Allied Whale currently supports field projects in the behavioral ecology and distributions of humpback and fin whales, the ongoing housing and maintenance of the North Atlantic humpback and fin whale photo ID catalogs, an active stranding response program, and a continued relationship with the local whale watch company. In addition, Allied Whale maintains the facilities on and conducts research from Mount Desert Rock, a remote offshore island. The interns play a critical role in the success of the field season and serve as support to all aspects of summer activities within Allied Whale.

Description of duties: All four interns will receive training in May by Allied Whale and the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. Once the season is in swing, interns will rotate through time on land in Bar Harbor and offshore at our island field station at Mount Desert Rock.

Bar Harbor: While in Bar Harbor, interns will take shifts either working as a Research Assistant (RA)/Deckhand for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., being on call for cetacean surveys on our 26=92 research vessel, or assisting our strandings coordinator. Research responsibilities on the whale watch trips include searching for whales, photo-identification of whales and data collection/entry. Deckhand responsibilities include line handling, vessel cleaning, helping seasick passengers and passenger safety. RAs are also responsible for assisting the naturalist in promoting education and conservation programs on each trip.

While on board our research vessel, interns will be responsible to participate in cetacean surveys along transect lines, computer data entry, and photo identification of whales. Additional research opportunities may arise depending on funding for this upcoming season.

When not scheduled on a boat, interns may freely structure their time to complete office work, develop independent projects, assist with stranding activities……or explore Acadia National Park!

Mount Desert Rock: Interns will have multiple shifts (each at least a week in length) at our offshore research station Mount Desert Rock. While on the island, interns will participate in land-based whale monitoring from the lighthouse tower (with use of a theodolite), plankton tows, oceanography data collection, seal counts, gull counts, and maintenance/construction projects at the station.

Pay/Housing: Those accepted to the program are able to earn income by their work on the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. Deckhands are paid $50 a trip (at the height of summer, there are 3 trips running a day) plus considerable tips. Interns also receive free First Aid Certification. Housing in Bar Harbor is provided and mandatory for a fee. Rent will be approximately $375-500 a month. While at Mount Desert Rock, food is provided for free.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a college background in biology, ecology, and/or marine sciences. Previous experience in a research setting and knowledge of marine mammals are great advantages. Prior experience offshore or skills in photography are also assets. Unfortunately, because of employment through the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, all interns must also be U.S. citizens. Most importantly, applicants must be positive in attitude, flexible to quickly changing schedules, able to work independently, and comfortable working on boats. Because of the community living situation both in Bar Harbor and on Mount Desert Rock, applicants must get along well with others and be able to handle working in a team setting.

These positions begin ~May 15th and applicants must be able to work through with no other commitments (excluding COA students). Please specify which position you are interested in (summer or full-season). Deadline of application is February 15th.

To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying, a resume, and two letters of recommendation to: Tanya Lubansky ( with subject title =93AW Interns 2017=94

Graduate position: CaliforniaStateU_Northridge.CoevolutionPopGenomics

Graduate student (MSci) opportunities in the Yoder Lab

The Yoder Lab at California State University Northridge seeks exceptional,
motivated candidates for the M.S. program in Biology. The lab opens in fall
2017 to study the coevolution of interacting species, particularly how
mutualists shape each others’ genomic diversity, and how interactions
between species can help or hinder adaptation to abiotic factors like

Our research particularly focuses on the yucca-yucca moth brood pollination
mutualism and the legume-rhizobium nitrogen fixation symbiosis, using
population genetics and genomics, phylogenetics, ecological fieldwork and
greenhouse experiments, and both mathematical and simulation-based
modeling. Planned projects include population genomic study of adaptation
to extreme climates and specialized polliantors by Joshua tree (Yucca
brevifolia and Y. jaegeriana) and experiments to study climate adaptation
in barrel medick (Medicago truncatula). Students will be encouraged to
develop independent projects with these or other local systems.

CSUN and the Department of Biology offer graduate student support in the
form of teaching assistantships and a variety of fellowships and aid
programs. Research assistantships for up to one year of the two-year
Master’s program will also be available through startup funding, and
students will work with the PI to identify and apply for external support
such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research

CSUN is in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, surrounded by natural
habitats ranging from coastal chaparral to the Mojave Desert and montane
woodlands, and within a short commute of Santa Monica and Hollywood. CSUN
was recently recognized by Nature as one of the top 25 Rising Institutions
for Research in North America, and the Biology department has a reputation
for turning out excellent Master’s students who often continue on to
top-tier Ph.D. programs. The Yoder Lab is part of the Ecology & Evolution
program, and our research offers connections to the department’s other
programs in Molecular, Cellular, and Physiological Biology, Marine Biology,
Microbiology, and Genetics and Developmental Biology.

Ideal candidates will have previous research experience, familiarity with
the R programming language, and a passion for science. Interested students
should contact PI Jeremy Yoder at In your email, please
describe your research interests, any previous research experience, and
your career goals. Include a CV, if possible. Formal applications require
GRE scores and transcripts, and are due February 15, though exceptions may
be possible. The Yoder Lab values diversity, and members of groups
under-represented in ecology and evolutionary biology are especially
encouraged to apply.

For more information, consult the Yoder Lab website:
Full text of this ad with supporting links is at:

*Jeremy B. Yoder*
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dept. of Forest and Conservation Sciences
University of British Columbia