Month: June 2019

PhD Assistantship – eDNA and aDNA Ecology of Clupeid Fishes

Location: Evolutionary Applications Lab (Kinnison Lab), University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA. (

Responsibilities: Conduct doctoral dissertation research applying environmental DNA (eDNA) and ancient DNA (aDNA) approaches to understand the current and historical population, community and ecosystem dynamics of river herring and Atlantic herring in Maine, USA.  eDNA approaches offer new capacity to study the dynamics of these ecologically, economically, and culturally important fishes at unprecedented spatial and temporal scales. The successful candidate will conduct research linking scales from lakes to the Gulf of Maine and from the present day to pre-European colonization.  Research will address current needs of modern fisheries and restoration monitoring efforts while advancing the science of eDNA-based ecological inference and our understanding of how historical and ongoing anthropogenic factors (dams, harvest, pollution and climate change) have shaped the role of these important species in larger food webs.  The successful candidate will be an engaged member of an active eDNA and evolutionary applications lab that places a high value on team science, interdisciplinary approaches, and impactful collaborations with diverse partner institutions (research institutes, state, federal and tribal agencies, NGOs, industry).

Qualifications: MS degree, or extensive B.S. research experience, in biology, ecology and evolution, fisheries, or related discipline. Experience with molecular genetic techniques is strongly preferred. Must have excellent communication and quantitative skills (as demonstrated by GPA, GREs, TOEFL, writing samples, or other sources).  Must be legally employable in the United States.

Compensation: Graduate student stipend via combination of research and teaching assistantships, tuition, health insurance contribution.

Closing date:  Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is hired

Anticipated start date: 1 Sept 2019 or 1 Jan 2020

Apply: Submit a pdf document including: 1) a cover letter outlining your qualifications, including team research interests and experiences; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) transcripts (unofficial are fine for initial reviews), 4) test scores or other documentation of communication and quantitative skills, and 5) email/phone contacts for three professional references.   Please attach your pdf application to an e-mail to Dr. Michael Kinnison at:

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

MS opportunity: forest structure and tree physiology

Research Assistantship for MS student at Clemson University, through the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science (BICEFS), Georgetown, SC:

We are seeking a Master of Science student to conduct research related to forest ecology within the upper Savannah River estuary. Forest structure will be compared along a gradient of salt-impacted, fresh tidal, seasonally tidal, and non-tidal forested wetlands. A similar tidal forest complex exists near Georgetown, SC; this system will also be measured and included in the comparison. There will be also a tree physiology component to the program, using thermal dissipation probes to measure differences in within-tree rates of sap flow as related to azimuth of aspect. Likely target species would include baldcypress, tupelos, ash, and elm.

The student will be expected to develop a thesis proposal, collect field data, analyze data and interpret results, and defend their thesis to a committee. Coursework taken on the main Clemson campus is also inherent to the degree program, but the student will likely be stationed more at BICEFS in Georgetown, SC. Most operations are based out of Georgetown, and the Institute is located on Hobcaw Barony, which provides multiple natural wetlands to answer some questions, without long-term field excursions. Reasonably priced housing is available in the Georgetown area, and will be paid for by the student. As previously mentioned, time will be spent on campus to fulfill course requirements; here, again, housing will need to be arranged by the student. To fulfill the Research Assistantship obligations, the student will help as needed for lab mates and BICEFS technicians. Proficiency in the use of common computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel is expected, and a valid U.S. driver’s license is required. Because field duties will require extensive use of small (16 foot) outboard motorboats, the ability to swim is also required. Applicants should have a BS degree in natural resources or a related field from an accredited university and have completed the GRE by December 2018.

Fieldwork associated with the Research Assistantship is a very energy intensive endeavor, requiring a high level of physical fitness; this should not be underestimated or taken lightly. Conditions in the field are very hot and humid in summer months when the 2 “big samples” of marsh vegetation are collected, part of the required monitoring effort of our lab. Vegetation sampling involves traversing floatant and solid ground marshes on foot for extensive distances while carrying several 13 gallon garbage bags of marsh plants. Proper training will be provided for safe motorboat operation, marsh plant identification, and use of appropriate tools (e.g., handheld GPS, statistical techniques), but appropriate physical fitness will be expected at the time of hire.

The Graduate Research Assistantship stipend will be based on $20,000 annual. Two years of tuition and project travel will also be covered, though the student will be required to secure their housing in Clemson while taking courses, and near BICEFS (Georgetown, SC) area while not collecting field data or taking courses. The student should also anticipate the need to pay Clemson University fees imposed each semester and summer, and university parking fees while they are on the main campus.

Interested applicants should send a single pfd file containing a cover letter, CV with 3 professional references listed, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Jamie Duberstein at

Ph.D. position in Plant Evolutionary Ecology Department of Plant and Microbial Biology North Carolina State University

The Sheth evolutionary ecology lab invites applications for a Ph.D. position beginning in Fall 2020. We study the ecological and evolutionary processes underlying species climatic niches and geographic ranges, with the aim of understanding evolutionary and plastic responses to climatic changes. Primarily using monkeyflowers as a model system, we combine field, greenhouse, and growth chamber experiments, quantitative genetics, and comparative analyses to examine constraints to adaptation in plant populations, species, and clades.

NC State’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology offers a highly-rated research environment and is situated in a collaborative and scientifically stimulating atmosphere in the Research Triangle, with both UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University nearby. There is a vibrant and growing community of ecologists and evolutionary biologists spread across multiple departments on campus, including Applied Ecology, Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Forestry and Environmental Resources, Soil and Crop Sciences, and Biochemistry, among others. Raleigh is a lively yet affordable city with a high standard of living, and its surroundings offer numerous recreational activities.

We are looking for a highly motivated student with a keen interest in plant evolutionary ecology. Thesis projects can be tied into ongoing research in the lab or developed according to mutual interests. Interested students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our research and publications at

TO APPLY: Graduate students have the option of applying to the Plant Biology Graduate Program or the Biology Graduate Program with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution, and are typically funded through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. Before submitting a formal application (due January 15), please send the following information to Dr. Sheth no later than November 1: 1) CV; and 2) a statement of your academic background and previous research experience, current research interests, and why you want to join the lab.

Vegetation Restoration Technician

Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Death Valley National Park (DEVA), the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting a Vegetation Restoration Technician who will work cooperatively with National Park Service staff to accomplish vegetation management.  The project will include, but is not limited to, performing invasive plant monitoring and control using a variety of methods and inventorying and documenting specific locations within DEVA for botanical resources.

To learn more and apply please follow the link below:

Job: OccidentalCollege.LabTech.BirdDNA

The Moore Laboratory of Zoology at Occidental College, is seeking a 
full-time LABORATORY TECHNICIAN to join our team ASAP and carry out 
DNA-based projects in ornithology using modern and historical DNA 
specimens from the Moore Lab’s collection of 65,000 birds (see Major projects include an NSF-funded project 
comparing DNA of modern and historical specimens to look for genomic 
change over the last 100 years and hybridization genomics of introduced 
Los Angeles parrots.

The successful applicant will have at least one year’s experience 
working in a molecular lab. Some experience with genomic techniques is 
preferred, but not required. Duties include ancient and modern DNA 
extraction, library preparation for next-generation sequencing, 
sequencing using an Illumina MiSeq, and training and coordinating the 
activities of undergraduates. The applicant should have good leadership, 
organizational, and interpersonal skills.

The position is renewable each year and includes a competitive benefits 
package with health, dental, and life insurance and eligibility for 
retirement benefits after 1 year. The position is paid at an hourly rate 
of $20/hour. The full job ad can be accessed here:

Applications must include a one-page CV, a cover letter describing 
experience and interest in the job, and contact information for three 
references. Please send applications to Dr. John McCormack 
( with subject line indicating “Laboratory 
Technician”. Applications should arrive by July 1. The ideal start date 
for this position is August 1 or ASAP after that.

The Moore Laboratory of Zoology is a world-renowned natural history 
collection featuring the largest Mexican bird collection in the world 
and over 65,000 bird and mammal specimens. The MLZ has close ties to 
nearby institutions such as the Jet Propulsion Lab, UCLA, Huntington 
Library, and the L.A. County Natural History Museum. Occidental is a 
small liberal arts college located in the culturally-rich Los Angeles 
neighborhood of Eagle Rock near Pasadena. Occidental is well-situated 
close to many outdoor recreational activities: the ocean, mountains, and 
desert can all be reached in 45 minutes or less. The neighborhood 
surrounding Occidental College is family friendly, walkable, and home to 
a wealth of urban amenities.


The Goldberg lab at Duke University in Durham, NC is recruiting postdocs
and PhD students.

Students and postdocs may work on a range of projects in theoretical and
empirical population genetics, computational archaeology, and
human-environment interactions. Much of our work is in humans and other
primates, but study system is flexible.

Individuals with a background in genome assembly or primate disease ecology
are particularly encouraged to apply. We are starting new work in zoonotic
disease transmission and disease models that incorporate genetics.

The Goldberg lab combines theory and computational data analysis; interest
in biological applications of programming, statistics, and/or mathematics
is required. Postdoc candidates should contact Amy Goldberg with a CV and
brief statement of research interests. Candidates should be specific about
their interests in our work.

We strive to be an inclusive environment for all.

Graduate position: UIllinois.FishEvolutionGenomics

PhD positions VCU: Tropical and Temperate Forest Dynamics

The Biodiversity Research Lab (led by Dr. Hulshof) at Virginia Commonwealth University is recruiting two PhD students starting Fall 2020. We study the causes of biodiversity across space and time, especially as it relates to community assembly across elevation, latitude and climate.

We are recruiting two PhD students interested in studying forest communities across elevation. One position will focus on the dynamics of eastern temperate forests and the second position will emphasize montane tropical forests. A few examples of the types of questions we are interested in:

How do the effects of disturbance (bark beetles, flooding, deer overpopulation) on temperate forest structure and composition vary across elevation and latitude?

How does dispersal influence the expansion or contraction of tropical dry and wet forest species ranges at local, regional, and latitudinal scales?

Part of our research group is based in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica and collaboration between temperate and tropical regions is encouraged and supported. Funding is available for travel, field supplies, summer research stipends, and through teaching assistantships during the academic year. Visit our website ( for information about our team, ongoing projects, and work philosophy.

We are an international and diverse group and I encourage underrepresented minorities to contact me. Because we work closely with international partners, Spanish fluency (or willingness to learn basic conversational Spanish) is a strength, but not a requirement.

The Biodiversity Research Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. VCU is located on the historic James River within easy reach of the Appalachian Mountains, the Virginia LTER and NEON sites, and other resources in the D.C. area like the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History. Richmond is rated as a top place to live and is known for its history, local food scene, booming job market, and its easy access to outdoor activities like hiking, biking and kayaking.

Students should apply to the PhD Program in Integrative Life Sciences by 10 January.

Those who are interested should contact Dr. Hulshof ( with a CV and description of career/research interests to discuss the position before applying. Please specify if you prefer working in temperate and/or tropical forests.

PhD and MS Assistantships: Fish Ecology

PhD and MS Assistantships: Fish Ecology

Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

West Lafayette, IN, USA


PhD (preferred) or MS student assistantships available to participate in research projects exploring dynamics of fish in the Great Lakes.  These projects involve an integration of field studies, laboratory analyses, controlled experiments and quantitative modeling analyses.

Specific research topics may include:

1)            Quantifying fish reproductive utilization of restored rocky reef habitats.

2)            Population-level effects of microplastic pollution on fish and invertebrates.

3)            Habitat-specific recruitment and early life history dynamics of Lake Michigan fishes.

4)            Intra-specific life history trait variation (maturation schedules, growth rates, and egg characteristics).

Selected individuals will enroll in Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources ( in West Lafayette, IN.


Minimum qualifications include a BS (for MS position) or MS (for PhD position) in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries Science, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater.


Assistantships include 12-month stipend, full tuition coverage, and insurance.

Start date:

January 2020.

How to Apply:

The positions will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please respond by 3-September-2019 and submit cover letter, CV, GRE scores (optional; unofficial is fine), transcript (unofficial), and names and contact numbers of three references to Tomas Höök (; 765-496-6799;

For more information please contact:

Tomas Höök

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer. All interested individuals are encouraged to apply.