Month: January 2019


U. North Dakota. Ancient paleoecology.

The Laboratory of Human and Forensic Genetics at the University of North
Dakota ( is inviting applications from highly motivated
students who pursue a PhD degree.

A student will be engaged in a project on computational analysis of big
oral and environmental microbiome data collected from diverse organisms
across the American Midwest, Eastern Europe, and Madagascar. This
cross-disciplinary project represents an opportunity to get intensive
hands-on training in the methods of ancient DNA analyses including
next-generation sequencing, computational biology and statistical

Candidates should demonstrate motivation for hard laboratory work and
strong interest in genomics and computational biology. Preference will
be given to candidates with a proven record of computational analysis
and bioinformatics skills. Additional experience in high-throughput
sequencing technologies is a plus.  If you are interested, you need to
apply to the University of North Dakota Biology Graduate Program using
the regular procedure. Requirements and How to Apply procedure can be
found in the UND Biology Graduate School website:

The additional information can be also found in the Biology Department

The position starts in August 2019. To receive full consideration,
applications and required materials should be received by the Biology
Graduate Program by February 15, 2019.

Potential graduate students are strongly encouraged to make contact with
Dr. Igor Ovchinnikov.

Contact information:

Dr. Igor Ovchinnikov
Associate Professor
Lab. of Human and Forensic Genetics
Department of Biology
Forensic Science Program
University of North Dakota



We seek a highly motivated student for a Ph.D. position at the
University of Idaho in the recently funded NSF-EPSCoR GEM3 program
(  The program seeks to understand how
genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity affect species response
to environmental change, shaping both population response and adaptive
capacity.  The program is focused primarily on two taxa: redband trout,
a subspecies of rainbow trout, and sagebrush.  These taxa are integral
to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems across the American West and
are central to land-use management decisions that drive the economy of
the region.  This advertised Ph.D. position is focused on redband trout.

The Ph.D. student will join an interdisciplinary cohort of postdoctoral
researchers and students working at scales from genomic characterization
of physiological traits in trout and sagebrush, to mapping and modeling
of complex ecological, evolutionary, and social-economic systems.
The Ph.D. student will have the opportunity to gain skills such
as molecular population genomics, landscape genetics analysis, and
agent-based and systems modeling.

The position is available to start in fall 2019 and will be co-advised by
Lisette Waits (Fish & Wildlife Sciences) and Paul Hohenlohe (Biological
Sciences).  Students in the GEM3 program may choose from several
degree programs at UI, including Natural Resources, Bioinformatics and
Computational Biology, Environmental Science or Biology.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, GRE
scores, and contact information for three references to Paul Hohenlohe
(  Review of applications will begin immediately;
for full consideration please apply before February 22, 2019

Graduate position: ecology and genetics of walleye at UW-Stevens Point

Subject: Graduate position: ecology and genetics of walleye at UW-Stevens Point

Master’s position in the Larson Lab using genetics to investigate the reproductive ecology of walleye in northern Wisconsin

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

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

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

Closing date: May 1, 2019.

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

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

Web Links:

Allied Whale Research Internships

Subject: Allied Whale Research Internships

Allied Whale (AW), the marine mammal research lab of College of the Atlantic and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. (BHWW) seek 5 interns/research assistants for the 2019 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 31st) and three full season positions (mid-May through October 31st) are available. *College of the Atlantic students can receive flexibility in start and end dates.

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 income when working as a crew/scientist aboard commercial whale watching trips operating from Bar Harbor, Maine. Allied Whale currently supports field projects in the trophic ecology of humpback and fin whales, the ongoing housing and maintenance of the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog and fin whale photo-ID catalog, an active marine mammal stranding response program, and a research/education partnership with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. In addition, Allied Whale maintains the facilities on and conducts research from the Mount Desert Rock Marine Research Station situated on 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 both Allied Whale and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.

Description of duties: Upon arrival in May, all interns will receive research, boat crew, and Gulf of Maine natural history training by both Allied Whale and the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company staff. As the Allied Whale field season does not begin until early June- the first several weeks will be focused on learning whale watch deckhand responsibilities and performing humpback whale photo-ID with the NAHWC in the office or stranding response. 

Once the season is in full swing, interns will rotate through shifts working as a Research Assistant/Deckhand (RA) for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., shifts working as dock attendant for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., shifts in the Allied Whale office, and time off. Every week, schedules will be different and weather dependent. A typical week in June-August may include two days scheduled as researchers on Whale Watch vessels, two days scheduled in the AW office, one day scheduled as dock attendant for the BHWW, and two days off. Weather may cause shifts to be canceled and some weeks may be lighter in load or responsibilities. Interns will also rotate through week-long shifts on Mount Desert Rock. 

Below are specific expectations for each designated shift:

Whale watch trips: Research responsibilities on the whale watch trips include searching for whales, photo-identification of whales and behavioral data collection. 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. Maintaining a positive, professional, friendly and outgoing demeanor while engaging whale watch passengers and fellow crew is compulsory. When whale watch trips cancel for weather, crew may be asked to report for duty to complete maintenance on the vessel. 

Dock attendant duties: Dock attendants are critical for the daily smooth operation of boat trips at the BHWW Co. Attendants assist in security screening, loading passengers onto boats, tying boats to docks as trips depart or return, delivering lunches to crew on boats, pumping gas for visiting vessels, and communicating trip schedule changes to the public. These shifts are not dependent on weather. 

Allied Whale office shifts: On scheduled office days, interns will be required to be available in the Allied Whale office from 9AM-5PM. During those hours, interns will compare individual whales to the NAHWC catalog, enter their whale watch data into the database, manage the Adopt-a-Whale program, and answer phone calls to the office. Allied Whale’s stranding program is responsible for responding to all dead or stranded marine mammals in northern Maine, primarily seal species. Interns will be on call to assist with field stranding response and to participate in necropsies (animal autopsies). Interns scheduled for office shifts will also be on call for boat research days. 

Allied Whale boat research days: When weather permits, interns will assist Allied Whale staff and graduate students on trips offshore to collect biopsy samples of humpback and fin whales. While on board one of the research vessels, interns will be responsible for collecting photo identification images of whales and recording data. Interns will be responsible for processing images from these trips. 

Mount Desert Rock: We hope for interns to complete several 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, seal counts, gull counts, and maintenance/construction projects at the station. Interns will collect weekly samples of seal scat to contribute to a collaborative microplastics project.  Interns will also receive experience working in a remote off-the-grid location. 

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 per trip (at the height of summer, there are 2 trips running a day) plus considerable tips. Interns also receive a free First Aid Certification and TWIC card from the BHWW Co. Provided housing in downtown Bar Harbor is mandatory for a fee. Rent will be approximately $375 a month for a bed in a shared room. While at Mount Desert Rock, food is provided for free. The BHWW Co. also provides funding for RAs to attend the annual North Atlantic Right Whale Conference in New Bedford, Massachusetts in November. 

Qualifications: Applicants should have a college background in biology, ecology, and/or marine sciences. Previous data collection experience in a research setting and knowledge of marine mammals are great advantages. Prior experience offshore and skills in DSLR photography are also assets. Due to Coast Guard requirements, all crew onboard US commercial vessels and therefore all research assistant/interns, must be US citizens or have permanent resident alien status. Also, all interns will be drug screened prior to employment and will be enrolled in a random drug testing program. Applicants should be physically and mentally fit: able to lift and carry 50 pounds, comfortable around dead and decomposing animals, and able to hike up to 5 miles carrying gear for stranding response. Most importantly, applicants must be positive in attitude, flexible to quickly changing schedules, able to work independently, and be seaworthy/comfortable working on boats. Lastly, 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.

To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying, a resume, and two letters of recommendation to: Dr. Tanya Lubansky ( *Letters may be sent either directly from the references or by the applicants.

Please specify which position you are interested in (summer or full-season). Deadline of application is February 22nd.

scholarship opportunity

 Over the Bar – AWSC Newsletter




Captain Chip Michalove of Outcast Sport Fishing tagged four white sharks in one day off South Carolina this month! Chip is assisting Dr. Greg Skomal, of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, with his Atlantic White Shark Movement Study.

Download our free Sharktivity App to follow these white sharks and others!



Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is pleased to offer a full-ride Gills Club scholarship (tuition, room & board, and the Shoal’s lab fee) for one female student to attend a course in Shark Biology & Conservation July 29 – August 12 2019.

Click HERE to learn more and apply. 



Win a 2-digit Massachusetts Great White Shark License Plate!
Click HERE to enter.



The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is currently scheduling in school shark education programs for all grade levels! If you live in the New England area and have interest in booking a program, please



Stop the Bleed Training
February 7, 2019
7 pm – 8:30 pm

Click HERE to register.



MARCH 22, 2019
7 pm – 10 pm

We are seeking sponsors for this event! Click HERE to learn more.

For tickets and information, click HERE




JULY 25, 2019



Don’t be the only person at an aggregation without a white shark plate! You don’t need to go into the RMV, order online!




Cape Clasp is a purpose-driven brand with a mission to #makewaves for marine life causes. For each of their designs, they partner with a marine life organization and donate 15% of the profits. Over the past two years, their non-profit donations totaled over $35,000!

AWSC is proud to be one of Cape Clasp’s partners and we are truly grateful for their support!

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As a New England-based nonprofit, we can’t help but root for the home team and celebrate the Patriots advancing to the Super Bowl!

This throw-back photo from 2015 is white shark Brady tagged by Dr. Greg Skomal of the MA Division of Marine Fisheries, working with AWSC.



Help move AWSC’s commitments to scientific research, education and public safety forward.


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The Geber lab at Cornell University seeks a highly motivated,
detail-oriented assistant for summer 2019 field research in the Southern
Sierra Nevada (May-July) and lab work in Ithaca, NY (July-August).  We are
studying four species of annual plants in the genus Clarkia and their
specialist bee pollinators. Our research focuses on how pollinators may
impact plant species evolution and coexistence. We also study the
population biology of one of the four species throughout its range and have
yearly population censuses to conduct.

Our research sites are located in the Kern River Canyon in Kern County,
California. The lab rents a house on a property where other labs working in
this system are also based in the summer. This field assistant would have a
private bedroom, access to a shared bathroom and a communal kitchen, and
wireless Internet access. Frequent trips are made into town (Lake Isabella
and Kernville) for groceries and other supplies.

Successful applicants are expected to assist in data collection, data
entry, and flower, seed, and bee collection in the field; work in Ithaca
will consist of sample processing and data analysis. The assistant will
work a 39-hour workweek. Weather conditions in the Sierras can be very hot
and dry (100+ degrees F) in the summer, so assistants should be prepared to
work in hot conditions. Applicants must be able to hike up and down steep
hills for up to 1 mile at a time, stoop or kneel for extended periods of
time, and work in proximity to bees and snakes. The work can be very
physically demanding and tiring, and the research team typically collects
data 7 days a week. A good sense of humor and a positive attitude are

1) Citizenship and availability: applicants must be US citizens and must be
available to begin working in California as of May 1, 2019. The exact end
date of the position in August is flexible.
2) Education: some undergraduate education in biology, ecology, or related
field, or equivalent experience.
3) Experience: experience with and enthusiasm about working outdoors,
and/or previous field research experience. Previous experience working with
plants, bees, or insects is preferable but not required.
4) Tasks: perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail, daily hiking.
5) Personality: interpersonal skills and willingness to live and work in
close quarters with other researchers in a house.

Compensation: transportation to and from California, a private room with
Internet access in the field house, and pay ($13-$15 an hour depending on
experience) will be provided. Applicants will be responsible for securing
their own housing in Ithaca for July and August.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. Applicants should submit:
1) a short (1 page maximum) cover letter describing their qualifications as
well as future academic and professional goals; 2) a resume or CV outlining
previous work experience and relevant courses (completed or in progress),
extracurricular activities; and 3) two letters of reference. Letters of
reference may be included with the cover letter and resume/CV or emailed
directly by letter writers to the email address below with the applicants
name in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Cornell University and we in the Geber lab have a commitment to support
equality of education and employment opportunity by affirming the value of
diversity. We welcome and encourage scientists of all backgrounds to apply
to work with us! *

Email to: Monica Geber, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Kate Eisen <>

scholarship opportunities

Each year the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a leading conservation organization headquartered in Missoula, Montana, offers scholarship opportunities to students in wildlife related natural resource programs. 


Last year we awarded $3,000 scholarships to twelve undergraduate students. 


Our 2019 application is attached and the application window is open through March 1st.   We kindly ask that you share this information with your students.  The application includes qualifications and procedures, and any questions may be directed to me at this email. 


Thank you!

RMEF Logo   Toni O’Hara | Lands & Conservation Office Administrator
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

406-523-0264 phone | 406-523-4550 fax |


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RMEF WLA Scholarship App 2019

Field Technicians

Field Technicians
Petersham, Massachusetts

The Harvard Forest (HF) seeks up to 6 talented and enthusiastic individuals to oversee the re-sampling and data management of a large-scale (35 ha) temperate forest plot.   Reporting to the HF Forest Ecologist and supervised daily by the Field Crew Leader, the Field Technicians will work closely with scientists from the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) (;;sdata=OmRuURbk5wfRNrVhurPP9sK2hOfjeCJHLlIHAlQxoTk%3D&amp;reserved=0) the Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) and the HF Megaplot Science Team to help ensure that sampling and data management are consistent with other temperate and tropical forest plots.

Duties and Responsibilities
Crews will work in pairs to census, tag, paint, and map all woody stems ≥ 1 cm dbh within 35 ha forest plot; Crews will also enter field data daily into a CTFS database.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills College background in Botany, Ecology, Forestry, or Biology with 2 years of experience with vegetation sampling required.  Bachelor’s Degree is preferred. Knowledge of temperate New England forest flora and forest dynamics, skill with maps and compass, familiarity with mapping, surveying/orienteering, PC computers, electronic tablets, database entry, and ability to work well with others required.  Successful applicants will have strong interest to work with interdisciplinary science teams and serious interest in environmental research.

Working Conditions
Must have a cheerful attitude while working outdoors under all weather conditions including wet and rainy days. A valid driver’s license (for at least the past 2 years) and excellent driving record preferred.  Applicants must be in good physical health and capable of walking/hiking several miles each day carrying a heavy pack.  Must be able to lift 75 lbs.

Compensation, Benefits and Application Process
Competitive salary for these 13-week, 40 hrs/week, temporary positions is $14/hour.   Positions will begin on May 20, 2019 and extend to on or around August 16, 2019. Apply by sending cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 relevant references to, Subject line:  Megaplot project.

Harvard Forest
Harvard Forest, an internationally recognized center for basic research in forest ecology, is one of 28 Long Term Ecological Research sites across the country sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest facilities include a research and administrative complex, 4000 acres of land and 14 residential buildings which are located in Petersham, a small town in central Massachusetts. For more information about the Forest, visit our website at:;;sdata=CM0Kbk2xUu5FI4Nuwvaea9BwIYMyW72MNkaLD8kaFsk%3D&amp;reserved=0.

Assistant Summer Research Program Coordinator/Resident Advisor


ASSISTANT PROGRAM COORDINATOR/RESIDENT ADVISOR  (13-week position available beginning May 20, 2019)

For thirteen weeks in May-August 2019, 25-30 college-age students will join dozens of visiting and staff scientists at Harvard Forest in researching the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems.  The Program Assistant works closely with the Summer Program Coordinator in organizing the various educational components to the summer program.  S/he provides information, advising, support and discipline required to create a hospitable academic work environment.

Duties and Responsibilities (work under the supervision of the Summer Program Coordinator) Assistant Program Coordinator Assist with student arrival and orientation (May 26th – 29th) Inform students of Harvard Forest activities, policies, and expectations Coordinate weekly evening workshops and seminars Work with Summer Program Coordinator to resolve student issues Organize Summer Student Symposium in early-August
Work on various tasks as needed to facilitate summer research program

Resident Advisor
Responsible for day-to-day activities related to the successful operation of a student residence Hold weekly house meetings Plan, organize, and direct student committees (recycling, social activities, etc.) Serve as advisor to student on matters concerning community development, conflict resolution and counseling

Required Skills, Training and Experience Excellent listening, negotiation, organizational, and problem solving skills Strong communication (verbal and written) and computer skills, comfortable using email and list-serves Capable of performing a variety of tasks simultaneously Work independently with moderate supervision Previous experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse population preferred Must have completed undergraduate degree as of Spring 2019

Time Commitment and Compensation
Compensation is $14.25/hour for 40 hours per week for 13 weeks (May 20 to August 16, 2019).  The assistant has a private room (room and board provided), shared office space with computer and access to Harvard Forest vehicles. The position requires on site residence with weeknight and weekend work. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to the address below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Additional information about Harvard Forest and the summer program is available at;;sdata=YMhRt7ppJK85FZDXYsA2qfBDiY0zQAL2H%2BPe3Ln0UJQ%3D&amp;reserved=0.

For questions, please contact:

Manisha V. Patel, Summer Program Coordinator
Harvard Forest
324 N. Main Street
Petersham, MA  01366 ;;;sdata=1TMN4PdbCudC2FjJRmAuDsxDye2l9OBI%2F5YYMsuAAk8%3D&amp;reserved=0
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