Month: November 2018

Ph.D. Assistantship in Arctic Estuarine Ecology

Subject: Ph.D. Assistantship in Arctic Estuarine Ecology

A Ph.D. research assistantship is available (beginning summer 2019) in Ken Dunton’s lab at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute ( This position is part of an interdisciplinary program funded by the National Science Foundation to study the benthic ecology of Beaufort Sea lagoons within a newly established LTER located on Alaska’s northern Arctic coast. The student’s research would focus on the resilience of Arctic estuarine benthic communities, with emphasis on how intertidal and subtidal communities respond to extremes in ice, salinity, and hypoxia. This includes studies that examine seasonal and spatial patterns in invertebrate population structure to address mechanisms of persistence, migration, recovery, and trophic linkages with key consumers.  We seek applicants with a background in estuarine and/or marine science with a degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or closely related fields. The student is expected to develop an integrative field and experimental project that incorporates fundamentally new and innovative approaches to questions of disturbance and resilience in benthic populations. Applicants should have a strong academic background, show evidence of independent work in the field and/or lab, and demonstrate a capacity to contribute to a collaborative research environment. For more information, please email a statement of interest/background and a copy of your CV to Ken Dunton ( Note that students are encouraged to submit their formal applications to the UT Graduate School no later than December 10, 2018.

Dunton Lab: Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems LTER website: UTMSI graduate program:

MS Position: Evolutionary Ecological Restoration

Subject: MS Position: Evolutionary Ecological Restoration

Local adaptation in restoration: scale and extent of local adaptation in native prairie species

A MS position in evolution evolutionary restoration ecology is available to adaptation to environment of native prairie plant species with Jill Hamilton at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota and Marissa Ahlering, Lead Prairie Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Identifying the appropriate seed sources for restoration efforts can be challenging, particularly for geographically isolated populations where historical isolation or contemporary fragmentation may have contributed to differentiation in adaptive traits across a species range and in the face of changing climate. In this project we will map and collect seeds for a variety of prairie plant species to be used in restoration efforts. Select seeds sourced from a range of environments will be used in an experimental setting to examine the impact varying water availability may have on plant fitness. The interaction between seed source and changing availability of water across the Great Plains; including an increased frequency of extremes may have dramatic consequences to restoration success. This research will aim to identify genetic differences in physiological traits for seeds sourced from a range of environments across the Great Plains to inform selection of seed sourcing for future restoration.

The ideal MS student will be prepared to identify plants and lead field-based research mapping and collecting seeds across the Great Plains (ND, SD, and MN). In addition, the student will establish a greenhouse experiment to experimentally evaluate physiological trait variation in response to varying degrees of water availability in a variety of seed sources for one of the mapped species. There is plenty of room to pursue particular interests in adaptive trait variation depending on the interest and experience of the candidate. The student will also be involved in outreach activities associated with the project engaging local state and TNC stakeholders in applied research. Ability to work independently in the field, alongside basic botany identification skills and GIS expertise is required. Some experience in quantitative analysis in R, and previous experience evaluating physiological trait variation in a greenhouse is preferred.

For more information on the Hamilton Lab please visit the lab website at: and Lead Prairie Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, Marissa Ahlering at More information on the Department of Biological Sciences at NDSU can be found at Fargo is the largest city in the northern Midwest and as ‘Gateway to the West’ is a vibrant, growing community that has access to numerous outdoor opportunities for all seasons.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Hamilton ( and Dr. Ahlering (mahlering@TNC.ORG) by December 17th.
Please include a brief description of your research interests, experience, and a CV in your email. Funding options are available for both US students and international students and include a full tuition waiver. Tentative start date is May 2019.

International Research Experience for Students

Subject: International Research Experience for Students

Position: Student Researcher

Project: Resilient Urban Latin America (RULA) International Research Experience for Students (IRES)

Location: Technological Institute of Sonora (ITSON)

Employer: Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN): Flexible Research Dates

Pay: Travel, lodging, meals and incidentals are paid. Each student will receive a stipend of $500 per week, plus an additional $1,000 toward research expenses.

Call for Applications: UREx SRN is seeking highly motivated students interested in research on climate change and urbanization. The RULA IRES project supports the development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The project offers one undergraduate and three graduate students the opportunity to conduct eight to ten weeks of onsite research in Hermosillo, Mexico which has an urban community facing climate extremes. This research will afford students collaboration and mentorship experiences for conducting research, gaining skills in research design, data analysis and management, and presentation across diverse social and political cultures; project outcomes can be integrated within existing dissertation research.

Review the full description, research date options, and instructions to apply at:

Noteworthy Hiring Details: Some knowledge of Spanish language will receive preference but is not required.

Deadline: For full consideration please send application materials to by Friday, December 7, 2018.

Job Announcement: State Herpetologist, Massachusetts

The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife has posted an opening for the State Herpetologist.  Details below.

Requisition Link:
Functional Title: State Herpetologist
Official Title: Conservation Biologist IV
Location: Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westboro, MA Job Description State Herpetologist – (180007TC) Description

The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state’s natural resources and people’s right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth’s marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is responsible for the conservation – including restoration, protection and management – of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

The Department of Fish and Game seeks applicants for the position of the State Herpetologist (Conservation Biologist IV).

The State Herpetologist (Conservation Biologist IV) implements inventory, research and management programs to conserve the Commonwealth’s endangered, threatened and special concern reptiles and amphibians, compiles and analyzes data on the distribution of the state’s herpetofauna, especially its rare and endangered species, and provides technical guidance to DFW regulatory review staff implementing the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act.

Duties include:

1.        Compile and analyze data on rare reptile and amphibian populations and habitats, and apply these data to maintaining and updating the state’s official rare species list; review and evaluate individual species for appropriateness of inclusion on or deletion from the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) list; research taxonomy as necessary; develop listing criteria; screen rare reptile and amphibian species observation records for accuracy and completeness before acceptance into NHESP databases.  Prepare species habitat maps for reptile and amphibian species.

2.        Plan, supervise, and/or conduct field surveys and scientific investigations of populations of endangered, threatened and special concern reptile and amphibian species; oversee and administer short-term reptile and amphibian research and inventory projects to be contracted-out; hire and supervise seasonal staff to assist in biological surveys and research, as needed; analyze conservation research and inventory results and prepare studies, technical reports and scientific papers for publication.

3.        Develop, implement, and coordinate long range habitat and population management programs for endangered reptiles and amphibians, and work with partners to research, manage, and protect important habitat areas.

4.       Apply knowledge of the abundance, distribution, ecology, and management needs of rare reptiles and amphibians through participation in regulatory reviews, and protection and ecological restoration planning, and in other DFW/NHESP projects.

5.        Develop and maintain professional relationships with habitat land managers, the environmental and scientific communities; develop and implement conservation partnerships to advance reptile and amphibian conservation; interact professionally with biologists at the state, regional, and national level; coordinate efforts with the DFW Fisheries & Wildlife Sections.

6.        Prepare and deliver presentations, develop informational material, and conduct other targeted education and outreach to increase awareness of the status and conservation needs of the biodiversity of the Commonwealth; work with DFW/NHESP administrators to seek and obtain funding and/or other material support for reptile and amphibian conservation.

7.        Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications Required at Hire:

1.Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of herpetology and biological conservation.
2.Thorough knowledge of the identification, ecology, and habitat requirements of a component of the herpetofauna of the northeastern U.S. (especially rare species) and some knowledge of the geography and ecoregions of Massachusetts.
3.Demonstrated experience with GIS technology and ability to read topographic maps.
4.Experience with or knowledge of NatureServe/Natural Heritage methodology.
5.Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively.
6.Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of people.
7.Willingness to travel extensively throughout the state and to work in the field under adverse weather conditions.
Preferred qualification:  M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Biology, Ecology, or related discipline.
A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition.


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, paraprofessional or technical experience in work involving the protection, resource protection, regulatory procedures preservation and/or management of endangered and protected species, of which (B) at least three years must have been in a professional capacity and of which (C) at least two years must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelors degree with a major in zoology, botany, ornithology or herpetology, may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*

II. A Graduate degree with a major in zoology, botany, ornithology, or herpetology, may be substituted for one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements:

Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s license, or equivalent license from the state in which you reside, may be required.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Conservation Biologist IV Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Westborough-Rabbit Hill Road
Job: Science
Agency: Department of Fish And Game
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Nov 21, 2018, 4:56:27 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 63,535.42 – 92,375.40 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Johanna Zabriskie – 617-626-1599 Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES – Engineers/Scientists
Confidential: No

Please note that requisitions (former Posting IDs) will remain open for 90 days; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days of the posting.
The MassCareers job posting is available by clicking on the Requisition Link.
Division and Work Unit managers please ensure that these announcements are posted in a location for staff to view.
The Department of Fish and Game is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer

PhD position at UF-Population Ecology

We are looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. student with broad interests in Population Ecology in the Lab of Miguel Acevedo at the University of Florida.

The student will conduct research as part of an NSF-funded project aimed to understand the demographic and life-history consequences of fauna re-colonization of secondary habitats.  Our study organism is the lizard Anolis gundlachi that lives in the rainforest in Puerto Rico. The overall study includes fieldwork, demographic modeling, and genomic analyses.  The student is expected to contribute to the project while also develop his or her own questions and ideas within the broad scope of the topic.

Start dates: January or August 2019

Qualifications: The Ph.D. candidate will devote their time to academic excellence and will be required to spend time away from home in the field (working in Puerto Rico). Candidates with an MSc are preferred, however, applicants with a BSc that have extensive independent research and/or peer-reviewed publications in high-quality journals may also be considered competitive. Because of the nature of this research, candidates are expected to be independent with significant experience working in the field. Skills in ecological modeling and/or genomic analyses are desirable.
For more information, please visit our website ( or contact, Miguel Acevedo, at maacevedo[at]

To receive full consideration, candidates must send a CV, research statement and the names and contact information of three references to the above email address.

M.S. Graduate Positions – Fish Microbiome at Texas State University

M.S. Graduate positions in fish microbiome are be available in Dr. Camila Carlos-Shanley’s lab in the Department of Biology, Texas State University, beginning Fall 2019. Projects will focus on the effects of water pollutants on the fish microbiota. Students will be funded through a combination of research and instructional assistantships. See for details about our lab, papers and our research interests. Preference will be given to students with prior research experience and solid molecular lab and quantitative skills.

The Department of Biology offers a strong environment for training students in aquatic biology. The Master’s program in Aquatic Resources would be the best fit for such an applicant. For program information see–Aquatic-Resources.html.

Interested students should send an email with a statement of interest that includes topics you might be interested in working on in our lab and your long-term goals/interests. Please include a copy of your CV, unofficial undergraduate transcripts, GRE (if available), and any other relevant experience to Dr. Camila Carlos-Shanley by email (carlos-shanley at Reference letters for top candidates might be solicited at a later date. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. A formal application package must also be submitted to the Graduate College at Texas State University by January 15, 2019 for full consideration in the Fall 2019 semester.

Masters of Science in Environmental Science – Villanova University

The Villanova University Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES; program is accepting applications for Fall 2019. The program emphasizes integrated thinking and learning at the nexus of science, policy, and society. Our graduates see beyond linear and fragmented approaches to solving environmental problems and understand the complex interactions between people and the environment. Students may elect either a thesis or non-thesis (capstone or portfolio) option that can be completed full-time or part-time. We offer specialty tracks in Ecosystem Sciences, Resource Management, and Geospatial Sciences that prepare graduates to be competitive in multiple career paths. The MSES faculty includes professors with expertise in several academic disciplines and a range of scholarly interests that span geography, biology, chemistry, and geology. Research undertaken by faculty and MSES students spans these disciplines (see for more information about ongoing research).  For more information about the MSES program, and to apply, see the program website (, or contact the Program Coordinator, Ms. Kathleen Cooper ( Prospective students are also encourage to contact potential research mentors ( directly. To be considered for graduate assistantships (including tuition and stipend), applications must be received by March 1, 2019.

Graduate Position: UIllinois_Chicago.EcoEvoDevo

Graduate opportunities focusing on eco-evo-devo are available in Alexander
Shingletonขs laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Shingleton Lab uses Drosophila as a model to understand how the
environment regulates development to generate phenotypic plasticity
and how this regulation evolves. Research in the lab spans multiple
disciplines including developmental genetics, physiology, bioinformatics,
mathematical modeling, ecology and evolutionary biology, and the project
will incorporate many of these. The focus of the graduate research is
flexible, but possible projects include: the developmental regulation
of body size in response to temperature; the coordination of growth and
patterning in response to environmental perturbation; the evolution of
nutritional plasticity.

You should hold a bachelorขs degrees with a major in any natural
science, but must be comfortable exploring biological processes at
multiple levels of organization. The ideal candidate will have some
experience in Drosophila developmental genetics, but individuals
with research experience in any natural science are encouraged to
apply. Ideally, you should have a solid background in statistics and/or
coding and be comfortable with learning R. Candidates who are interested
in mathematical modeling of biological processes are particularly
encouraged to apply.  The position is funded through a combination of
TAships and RAships.

The Shingleton Lab offers a dynamic work environment with excellent
opportunities for independent and collaborative research. We have a
track record of mentoring undergraduate research, and graduates with
an interest in working with undergraduates will find a particularly
welcoming environment.

The Shingleton Lab moved to UIC in August 2018 and is within the
Ecology and Evolution Group in the Department of Biological Sciences.
The department is home to a diverse and dynamic set of research
groups who study a wide-variety of biological questions, utilizing a
correspondingly wide-variety of tools and techniques. The department is
located in the center of Chicago. More details of the lab, department
and university can be found here:

Interested candidate should contact for further
information, and include a CV.

“Shingleton, Alexander” <>

Graduate position: NorthernArizonaU.TreePhylogeography

PhD position available in Landscape Genomics, Phylogeography and Climate
adaptation of tree species @ NAU

The School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is seeking one
highly motivated PhD student to join Dr. De La Torreขs lab of Genomics
and Evolution of Forest Tree Species. The position includes a stipend,
tuition waiver, and full health benefits for 4 years. Outstanding
candidates may qualify for the NAU Presidential Fellowship Program
( The
student will use genomic tools to study phylogeography, migration rates,
and the potential to adaptation to climate change in southwestern conifer
species. The research will include molecular lab work, greenhouse work,
modelling and data analyses.


–       Master degree in Genetics, Evolutionary Biology,
Bioinformatics, Forest Sciences, Biology, Plant Sciences, or
related fields of study.

–     Proficiency in R, Perl or Phyton (familiarity with Linux is a plus)

–       Willingness to work with big data sets in a computer cluster.

–       Strong statistical skills

–       Experience with GIS

–       Availability to start by July 1st, 2019 .

–       Molecular lab experience is desirable.

–       Skills in modeling with R are desirable.

How to apply:
Please send a 1-page statement of interest, CV, unofficial copy of
transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (international students),
and the names and contact information of 3 references by December 15th,
2018. If found to be a good match for the position, you will be encouraged
to apply to the graduate program at NAU. Please note that NAU has the
following admission requirements: GPA higher than 3.0 and TOEFL = 213
(computer-based) or 80 (internet-based).

Contact Information:
Dr. De La Torre,

Northern Arizona University is a 29,000 student-institution with its main
campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base
of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. Flagstaff has all-year easy access
to the Arizona snowbowl ski resort and is located at 1-hour drive from
the Grand Canyon. School of Forestry-

Amanda De La Torre <>

Ph.D. Opportunity in Human-Environment Systems

Ph.D. Assistantship – Social-ecological dynamics of iconic systems in the American West

Human-Environment Systems, Boise State University, Idaho, USA


A position is available for a motivated Ph.D. student to join a transdisciplinary team as part of the Idaho-wide project “Genes to Environment: Modeling, Mechanisms, and Mapping” (GEM3).  Under the broad umbrella of the GEM3 project, the student will focus on the social-ecological dynamics of riverine (rainbow trout) and/or sagebrush ecosystems in southwestern Idaho and in and around the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee National Forests and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.  Additional information about GEM3 can be found at:


The student’s project will include a variety of innovative and integrative aspects, including: (1) working with diverse stakeholders and collaborators to identify and assess social and ecological drivers of change and their consequences; and (2) using participatory modeling and scenario development to assess stakeholder decision-making and improve policy recommendations.  Other angles may include a focus on local ecological knowledge of these systems, working with community-based observation networks, and working collaboratively to incorporate social science data into ecological modeling frameworks.  The student will develop their own research projects within these or related themes. 


The student will be advised by Dr. Kelly Hopping (website).  The student will also work closely with colleagues at Boise State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Idaho, in addition to collaborating with others in the Human-Environment Systems community ( – a group of faculty and students committed to transdisciplinary, team-based, actionable research that addresses real-world environmental challenges.  The position will begin in Summer or Fall (August) 2019.


To Apply

Review of documents will begin December 7, 2018 and will continue until finalists are identified.


Additional details about the position and how to apply can be found here.