Month: April 2019

Fall Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)


The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program ( to support internships for undergraduate student research at BIOS during fall 2019 (students will arrive August 25 and depart November 16).

An REU internship at BIOS is an ideal way to gain the experience necessary to embark on graduate studies or careers in oceanography and the marine and atmospheric sciences. REU interns will carry out an independent research project under the expert supervision of BIOS scientists and undertake training in scientific communication, research methods and ethics, and career development. You will give presentations about your research to your peers and colleagues at BIOS. Our program offers the opportunity to take part in various field excursions to learn about Bermuda’s natural history, and all students will have the opportunity to participate in an oceanographic research cruise aboard our research vessel R/V Atlantic Explorer.

Funding includes return air travel to Bermuda, accommodation and meals. Each successful REU applicant will also receive a competitive stipend.

This program provides recipients with the opportunity to design and conduct intensive, hands-on research projects – under faculty supervision and mentorship, within several research areas including:

•    Biology, chemistry, and physics of the open ocean

•    Biology, physiology, and biochemistry of reef building corals and reef ecosystems

•    Molecular biology of marine organisms

•    Environmental chemistry of Bermuda’s atmosphere and inshore waters

•    Effects and consequences of global environmental change

Further information on the REU program at BIOS can be found here including eligibility, application instructions, online application form, past student testimonials and details of the potential projects that students may apply to work on in 2019.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Completed at least one year of undergraduate study

Will still be enrolled as an undergraduate in the fall of 2019

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The application deadline is May 31st, 2019.

We urge all successful applicants to arrange for independent study credit through their home institutions.

Underrepresented groups, and students attending colleges or universities where research opportunities in STEM are limited, are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants are ineligible if they have participated in a prior NSF-funded REU in Ocean Sciences

Questions? Please contact us at

Summer Field Crew – Disturbance Ecology in Pacific Northwest Forests

Overview: We are hiring up to three students* to conduct research on forest dynamics in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.  Employees will traverse very steep slopes to evaluate the conditions and causes of tree mortality in young and old-growth forests impacted by a major snowstorm in 2019.  Successful candidates must be capable and comfortable with hiking and navigating off-trail for long distances on steep, unstable slopes.  We seek current students who are interested in ecological research, enjoy working outdoors as part of a team, and can live cooperatively with others.  This work is part of the Pacific Northwest Permanent Sample Plot Program, one of the longest-running research projects of its kind in the world.  For more information:

Duties: (1) Navigate off-trail in steep, brushy terrain to relocate permanent plots using topographic maps, compass and GPS; (2) identify tree species; (3) assess and document symptoms and causes of recent tree mortality; and (4) record and check data for completeness and clarity.

Logistics: Crew will be based at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River, OR where housing is provided at no cost (  Field season begins June 19, 2019 and is expected to last until the first or second week of September.

Minimum qualifications: (1) enrolled in or graduated from a program in forestry, natural resources, environmental science or closely related field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience; (2) ability to follow complex data collection procedures; (3) demonstrated ability to work independently and with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.

Preferred qualifications: (1) coursework, experience or training in forest measurements; (2) experience navigating off-trail in steep, mountainous terrain using compass, map and GPS; (3) familiarity with tree species of the Cascade Mountains or proven ability to learn them quickly; (4) prior experience conducting field work and collecting data for research; (5) first-aid or wilderness first-aid training; (6) demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Salary:   $13-$15/hour

Duration:  June 19 to September 6 or 13, 2019

Apply by: May 17, 2019

On-line application instructions (current students only*):

*       *You are considered a student if you are enrolled for at least 6 credits in spring and intend to take at least 6 credits in the fall.

*       On-line application: (posting # P05116SE)

*       Click on “Apply for this Job” and follow the instructions.

FMI: Rob Pabst, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University (

Summer Courses at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)

Summer Courses at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) – APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 30

All students are eligible to apply for competitive scholarships and may obtain academic credit for these courses, pending exchange of information between BIOS and the student’s home institution.

Modern Observational Oceanography (June 30 – July 20)

Instructors: Prof. Nicholas Bates (BIOS & University of Southampton), Dr. Rod Johnson (BIOS) and Ruth Curry (WHOI & BIOS)

Modern oceanography combines increasingly large and diverse datasets to further our understanding of biogeochemical and physical processes in the marine environment. How are these data obtained and used? The aim of this Modern Observational Oceanography course is to provide students with a broad introduction to and practical experience in the field of observational oceanography utilizing a variety of state-of-the-art technologies and methods. The course integrates lectures, laboratory training, and fieldwork to introduce students to current research questions and the observational methods used to investigate them. Themes will include carbon and nutrient cycling, carbonate chemistry and ocean acidification, ocean-atmosphere interactions, and the spatial/temporal scales of physical ocean processes. Students will collect samples and utilize various sensors and instrumentation locally at the BIOS dock, on a 2-day research cruise aboard the R/V Atlantic Explorer, and through a small fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).

Coral Reef Ecology: Reef Response to Environmental Change (June 30 – July 20)

Instructors: Dr. Samantha de Putron (BIOS), Dr. Raphael Ritson-Williams (California Academy of Sciences), Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley (BIOS) and Dr. Yvonne Sawall (BIOS)

This course explores the responses of coral reefs to environmental change and focuses on reef ecology from two fundamental perspectives: 1) reef biogeochemistry emphasizes the ecosystem processes of metabolism (primary production and respiration) and calcification, and 2) reef resilience emphasizes the processes of reproduction and recruitment. Lectures will be complemented with field and laboratory exercises. Students will gain experience in field techniques measuring metabolism and calcification, assessing recruitment recovery, monitoring bleaching, disease, and invasive species. Laboratory experiments will include coral fertilization, symbiosis and bleaching, and use of a flume mesocosm to investigate effects of temperature and acidification on metabolism and calcification of different types of reef communities.. of temperature and acidification on metabolism and calcification of different types of reef communities.

Closing date for applications is April 30, 2019

Course details, application form and scholarship information are available on BIOS’s summer course webpage

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The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is an independent U.S. not-for-profit marine research and educational organization with 501(c)(3) status and a Bermuda Registered Charity (#116).

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MS student for mangrove ecology

Clemson University is seeking a highly motivated BS graduate to study mangrove ecosystem ecology at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in south Florida. This experimental research will assist scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in linking nutrient amendment (N and P) as a physiological stress to water use in the refuge’s 3 mangrove species. Methodology learned OTJ will include use of Dynamax sap flow equipment, and Li-Cor units for measuring leaf-level transpiration, net photosynthesis, stomatal conductance, and soil gas flux. This opportunity includes a $17k annual stipend for up to 2.5 years with good potential for further development into a Ph.D. study if additional funding is acquired. Time will be spent in south Florida (~1/3 of the time), in addition to campus. Please remit by 15 May 2019: cover letter, current CV, and unofficial transcript(s) to Dr. Jamie A. Duberstein (

Undergraduate Research Opportunity- Summer 2019

The Sala Lab at Arizona State University ( is

looking for motivated undergraduate students to participate in research

activities in grassland ecosystem ecology during the summer of 2019.

Successful applicants will work with graduate students, technicians and

postdocs doing research on ongoing rainfall manipulation experiments at the

Jornada LTER (, vegetation and soil sampling,

and other field surveys at several field sites across the US. Additionally,

participants have the opportunity to work with Sala Lab members and the PI

to develop a personalized research project.

The successful applicant should be a current undergraduate student who is

not a graduating senior. Application deadline is May 6, 2019. Please

send application materials to Dr. Laureano Gherardi ( More

information about this opportunity and application material details are in

the solicitation attached to this e-mail or can be viewed in the

Opportunities tab of the Sala Lab website (

Graduate position

Elk calf survival technicicans

Agency: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Location: Carbondale/Craig/Montrose/Trinidad, CO

Job category: Temporary/seasonal positions

Salary: $13.51-15.59/hour based on experience

Start date: May 13, 2019

Last day to Apply:  04/26/2019 or until filled


Description: We are still seeking a few more field technicians from May 13 – June 30 2019 to work on a research project evaluating elk calf survival and cause-specific mortality. The team of technicians will be responsible for locating, catching, and collaring elk calves, using radio telemetry to locate vaginal implant transmitters and collared elk, monitoring calf survival, and assessing cause-specific mortality by field necropsy. Work hours will be long and variable and will include weekends. Hiking long distances in mountainous terrain will be required. Work vehicles and field gear will be provided.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a strong work ethic, attention to detail, positive attitude, and be able to work in groups and be courteous to landowners and Colorado Parks and Wildlife personnel. Positions demand persistence, independence, self-reliance, and the ability/willingness to camp at remote field sites in close living quarters. Applicants must be able to conduct meticulous data collection, be in good physical condition (positions require extensive hiking in difficult terrain at high elevation on a daily basis), willing to travel extensively by truck across Colorado, and be able to live/work in remote settings. Proficiency in navigating to remote locations with a GPS is required. Free housing is available, and will consist of cabins, camp trailers, and canvas wall tents on public land. Applicants must be comfortable living in rustic and remote locations without running water, cellular service, or internet coverage. Personal sleeping gear is required. Applicants need a valid driver’s license and the ability to operate 4WD vehicles and navigate mountainous terrain. Partial or completed B.S. degree in a wildlife-related field, telemetry, ATV, and work experience in remote settings is preferred. No pets allowed. To apply, please send the following materials as a single PDF (via email) to Nathaniel Rayl ( 1) cover letter highlighting relevant experience, and 2) resume including contact information for 3 references. Send the PDF as an attachment with the PDF and the email titled as “LastName_FirstName_neonates_2019”. Closing date and time: April 26, 2019 at 5 p.m. MDT or until positions are filled.

Contact person: Nathaniel Rayl

Contact e-mail:

Research Assistant postion working on Tawny Crazy Ants – UT Austin

The Invasive Species Lab at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a research technician.  The technician will carry out studies, in co-ordination with the PI, examining the biology and ecology of tawny crazy ants and the natural enemies of this ant, including microsporidian pathogens and phorid fly parasitoids.

The position is a mixture of field and laboratory-based investigation. It requires overnight travel to field sites in remote regions of Texas and work outside in all seasons. Camping out is necessary at some field sites.

The successful applicant will support applied and basic, organismal-level ecological research into questions relevant to biological control, population, behavioral, community, and chemical ecology.

The initial assignment is for one year from start-date. This assignment will renew contingent upon job performance.


Perform field assays of tawny crazy ant, and native ant abundances and experiments on species interactions and ecology.

Conduct laboratory experiments investigating the biology of a microsporidian pathogen and a phorid fly parasitoid of this ant.

Conduct experiments into the behavioral and chemical ecology of ant species interactions.

Stain and count microsporidian spore loads in infected ants using compound microscope. Sort, identify and record ants and other arthropods from pitfall traps. Identify ants and phorid flies to species level and other arthropods to order level.

Record all data in field datasheets, and enter data into spreadsheets. Use GPS to set out transects and record features. Store and label specimens in alcohol vials or in pinned collections. Curate materials and maintain records.  Pilot test new methods and participate in experimental design.  Collect ant colonies.  Clean and organize laboratory space.

Driving a UT vehicle is an essential function. Maintain vehicles in clean, roadworthy condition. Maintain the workspace in a orderly state. Organize work flow, and maintain activity schedule on multiple projects simultaneously.

To apply please follow the link below:

Precision Restoration Technicians (3 seasonal positions); The Nature Conservancy; Burns, Oregon

The Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy deserts team is hiring for 3 Precision Restoration Technicians for their upcoming field season. Specifically, the Precision Restoration Technicians will primarily support The Nature Conservancy’s Sagebrush Sea Innovative Restoration project by producing and field-testing enhanced seed materials, which are designed to increase the success of native perennial vegetation restoration in wildlands prone to invasion by exotic weeds. Other projects may include, but are not limited to, traveling to ID, NV, UT, and WY to install and monitor field experiments, conducting seeding on Conservancy preserves, performing controlled germination experiments, and assisting with projects in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies.  The full position announcement can be found on The Nature Conservancy’s careers page by following the hotlink provided above or the links below.

These are full time (40 hour) seasonal positions based in Burns, OR that start on 7/1/2019 and end 12/13/2019.

The deadline to apply is May 6 @ 8:59 PM PT.

Short link:

Long link:

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


Owen Baughman

Precision Restoration Scientist

+1 775 293 0994 (cell)

+1 541 573 4084 (office)

3 Ph.D. Student Positions in Landscape Genomics, Ecological Genomics and Modeling of Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems

We seek highly motivated students for 3 Ph.D. positions 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. Two of the PhD positions will focus on these taxa, and the third will focus on landscape genomics and adaptive interactions of terrestrial wildlife species reliant on sagebrush systems such as southern Idaho ground squirrels and pygmy rabbits.

These Ph.D. students 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. Students will have the opportunity to gain skills such as molecular population genomics, landscape genetics analysis, and agent-based and systems modeling.

The possible start dates for these positions are August 2019 or January 2020. Students 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 at In your letter of interest please indicate your which of the 3 positions you would like to be considered for as well as your top choice. Review of applications will begin immediately.