Month: November 2019

WHRC seeks Physical Climate Risk Research Assistant


Physical Climate Risk Research Assistant Position

JOB SUMMARY: The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) seeks a research assistant to work on an exciting new effort to quantify and map current and future physical climate risk factors relevant to investment decisions. Risk factors include weather extremes related to climate change—such as drought and flooding—and their knock-on effects—such as potential loss in agricultural yields under anticipated warming.  The project is undertaken in partnership with asset management firms and their stakeholders. The successful candidate will analyze simulation output from global climate models and observations as well as assess changes in climate indices relevant to investment risk. This position requires familiarity in working with geospatial data and advanced programming skills, particularly (1) the ability to manipulate and analyze large data sets in a Linux environment and (2) familiarity with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) architectures with emphasis on Google Cloud Platform and Google Earth Engine.


Process and analyze multi-temporal geospatial data, primarily climate model output and climate observations.

Develop metrics of climate stress related to investment.

Harmonize global climate model output with observational databases.

Develop current and future maps of various climate risk indices.

Work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, cross-disciplinary environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

M.S. (preferred) or B.S. (with commensurate experience) degree in physical or environmental science, geography, mathematics or a related discipline, with demonstrated strong data analysis skills.

Experience managing large (terabyte scale) data volumes for analysis and visualization in a Linux environment and/or Google Earth Engine and/or other cloud-based platform.

Ability to develop programming code (e.g., R, Python, and/or Matlab) and to learn new skills as needed.

Knowledge and interest in global climate change research.

Ability to assess and implement appropriate computational needs

Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment.

Desired Start Date: January 2020

Appointment: This is a one-year appointment, with the potential to extend.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $47,000 to $55,000, depending on experience. WHRC offers a competitive salary as well as a very generous benefits package.

Application Deadline:  November 30, 2019, or until filled.

Application Instructions: To apply, please email your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Please type CSRA19 in the subject line. PDF files preferred.

The Woods Hole Research Center is an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, policy, and education. WHRC is an equal opportunity employer.

Amphibian Research Technicians Needed

***Only applicants who are current or recent students (graduated no earlier than July 2019) are eligible for these positions.***

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative in the northeast will be hiring 4-6 student contractor field research technicians in 2020. Technicians will be hired for both the spring & summer period (early March through July), with the possibility of extension for work during the fall field season (August through October).  Field work will be based out of separate duty stations located in Maryland and Massachusetts.  Massachusetts technicians will conduct amphibian surveys in protected areas in the Northeastern US, but primarily in MA and VT.  Maryland technicians will conduct surveys primarily in MD, VA, and the District of Columbia. The technicians will work as part of a team that surveys for amphibians within National Parks, Refuges, and Forests, including work in the mountains of Shenandoah National Park.  Surveys will include wetland-associated amphibians as well as stream salamander and terrestrial salamander populations. Field work involves identifying, catching, measuring, and marking amphibians, as well as collecting water quality and environmental data. The students will be required to conduct field surveys using techniques including visual encounter surveys, dip netting, stream transect searches, temporary removal sampling, and conducting a mark-recapture study using visual implant elastomer. All field work will be conducted as part of teams of 2-4 people, so a demonstrated ability and desire to work effectively with a group is imperative.

The position requires completion of academic coursework related to wildlife biology. Previous field experience with amphibians common in the Northeast US is preferred. The position requires the use of GPS units, digital cameras, passive integrated transponder (PIT) equipment, and computer software for data entry and presentation (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Access). Technicians may also be asked to mark amphibians with injectable visible implant elastomer or PIT tags and take voucher specimens related to amphibian disease studies. All work is outdoors, sometimes under harsh or hot conditions or in rain, sleet, hail and snow.

The technicians need to be in good physical condition, as the job requires long hours in the field (including some night-time surveys) and hiking with up to 45 pounds of equipment for extended periods of time on rocky, steep terrain. The technicians must be willing to go on overnight field trips to parks throughout the northeastern US, which will typically last 4-12 days at a time. Accommodations for overnight field work will be provided.

Technicians must be able to work at least 40 hours per week and have flexibility in their schedules to accommodate longer days when field conditions require. Applicants must be willing to keep a flexible schedule, as hours will depend on weather, refuge/park access and staff availability, and other factors that may not be known ahead of time.  Technicians are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the duty station.  Government vehicles will be provided for all field work initiated from the duty station. Housing costs are not included. Every attempt will be made to assist technicians in finding affordable housing in the area. Approximate wages are $15/hour; overtime pay is not provided.

Principal Duty Stations:

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

SO Conte Anadromous Fish Research Lab

1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls, MA 01376

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

12100 Beech Forest Road

Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. To apply, email the following to both Jill Fleming and Charlie Shafer (, by no later than December 11th, 2019:

1) Letter of intent (please specify the time period in which you will be able to commit to this position and your duty station [MA or MD] preference)

2) Resume, including previous field experience, list of relevant course-work, contact information, and two or three reference contacts

3) One piece of evidence of current or recent enrollment in degree-seeking program (e.g., unofficial transcript, enrollment verification, a current registration card).  Candidates who graduated prior to July 2019 are ineligible (*unless they have proof of acceptance into a graduate program beginning the following fall*).

Evan H. Campbell Grant, PhD

NE Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory, 1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls MA 01376

Graduate position: UNevada_Reno.InsectEvolution

Graduate student positions in multi-sensory integration during search
> behavior
> The van Breugel lab at the University of Nevada, Reno is hiring graduate
> students for Fall 2020 to work on multi-sensory integration in insects
> during search behavior (flies/mosquitoes). Our research lab leverages
> modern engineering and genetic tools available in the fly to study
> fundamental questions in ecology and neuroscience, such as the role of
> temporal and spatial memory in search/foraging.
> The lab is very interdisciplinary and you will have opportunities to
> learn techniques that include field work, wind tunnel experiments,
> 2-D and 3-D real-time tracking, optogenetics & virtual reality,
> and robotics. More information about the lab can be found
> here:
> The position is fully funded through a combination of RA and TA
> appointments.
> The Reno area is a diverse and growing hub for technology, the arts,
> science, and the outdoors. We have riverside parks, lots of summer
> festivals, skiing is only 30 min away, and it’s almost always sunny,
> but rarely gets uncomfortably hot or cold.
> Students can apply throughEcology/Evolution or Integrative
> Neuroscience. Ideal applicants will have some experience with programming
> (python preferred), an interest in tinkering and building things, and a
> fascination with how animals work, but any combination of those skills
> and interests will be considered.
> For more information, please contact me
> taking a look at my website).
> Floris van Breugel |
> Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
> & Graduate Program for Neuroscience
> Palmer 226, University of Nevada, Reno
> Wildlife and Landscape Photography
> Galleries:
> Blog:
> Floris Van Breugel <>

Graduate position: TexasAMU.InvertPopulationGenomics

A Ph.D. assistantship is available in the Hogan Lab at Texas A&M
> University – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). The student will join an
> NSF Macrosystems-funded project to study population genomics of
> vernal pool branchiopods. The project is using reduced representation
> genome sequencing (RADseq) to assess patterns of genetic diversity and
> gene flow among populations across the central United States by wind
> driven processes and animal vectors (birds) as well as determining
> genome-by-environment correlations.  The Ph.D. student will join a
> team of researchers that includes Dr. Jim Thorp (University of Kansas),
> Dr. Kevin McCluney (Bowling Green State University), and Dr. Chris Patrick
> (Virginia Institute of Marine Science), and others.
> The student will develop population genomic datasets from spatial and
> temporal samples from five study populations, including patterns of
> diversity and signatures of selection, and genetic drift. The student
> will also lead field work in Texas to sample vernal pool ecosystems
> for invertebrates, as well as contribute to the maintenance of mesocosm
> experiments at TAMUCC. Extensive opportunities for collaboration across
> the multi-institutional team, including within the HoBi Lab and Marine
> Genomics Lab at TAMUCC.
> The position is ideally suited to researchers with a background
> in population genomics, bioinformatics, population and community
> ecology. No experience in vernal pool ecology is required, though
> experience with RAD library preparation, RADseq analysis pipelines,
> analysis of population genetics data, and database management are highly
> sought after. Applicants with evidence of productivity, strong oral and
> written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged
> to apply. The successful applicant will be an independent, motivated
> person who communicates well and enjoys working in a collaborative team.
> **Assistantship details**
> The Ph.D. assistantship in TAMUCC’s Marine Biology (MARB) program
> will begin in Fall 2020. RA funds and partial tuition support at
> available. Competitive assistantships are also available through
> the MARB program. Assistantship includes health insurance and other
> benefits. Funding for conference travel are available.Applicants ideally
> will have an MS degree prior to starting in Fall 2020.
> **Application process**
> Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2019 and will continue
> until the position is filled. Interested candidates should email
> Dr. J. Derek Hogan ( In your email please
> include: 1) a one­-page cover letter describing your interest in the
> position and your relevant skills you possess. The letter must address
> your experience in RAD library preparation, RAD analysis pipelines, and
> analysis of population genetic data; 2) a CV including education history,
> publications, conference presentations and grant/scholarship funding;
> and 3) the names and contact information for three scientists familiar
> with your research work.
> **Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi**
> TAMUCC is located in Texas’ coastal bend on the Gulf of Mexico. TAMUCC
> has recently been ranked as a tier 2 research university by the
> Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The Marine
> Biology program is the largest Ph.D. program on campus and consists of
> approximately 30 research faculty and 50 graduate students engaged in
> research in marine, estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial research in
> the fields of ecosystem, community, and population ecology, evolutionary
> biology, biogeography, microbial ecology, developmental genetics,
> restoration ecology, and biomedical research. Corpus Christi is known for
> an active outdoor life-style including salt-water fishing, wind surfing,
> sailing, and sea kayaking. The city is 2.5 hours from San Antonio,
> and 4 hours from cultural centers including Houston and Austin Texas.
> J. Derek Hogan
> Associate Professor
> Department of Life Sciences
> Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
> Corpus Christi, Texas, 78412
> “Hogan, James” <>

Graduate position: UHouston.EcologyEvolution

> The Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston (UH) welcomes applications for its graduate program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology for Fall 2020.  The following faculty in the areas of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology have opportunities available for their labs:
> Alex Stewart ( Mathematical biology
> Blaine Cole ( Evolution and social behavior
> Dan Graur ( Molecular evolutionary bioinformatics
> Diane Wiernasz ( Sexual selection
> Erin Kelleher ( Evolutionary genetics and genomics
> Kerri Crawford ( Community ecology
> Rebecca Zufall ( Evolutionary genetics
> Ricardo Azevedo ( Evolutionary genetics
> Rich Meisel ( Evolutionary genetics and genomics
> Steve Pennings ( Community ecology
> Tony Frankino ( Evolution of complex traits
> If you are interested, you should look at the relevant faculty members’ web sites and then contact them directly for more information:
> For more information regarding the Evolutionary Biology and Ecology graduate program at UH see:
> If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact:
> Ms. Rosezelia Jackson (
> The early deadline for application of prospective students is February 1st, 2020.  Evaluation will continue after that date, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Job: Research Associate at Lincoln Park Zoo

We have an opening for a Research Associate, a full-time position to help implement an NSF-funded project to quantify interconnectedness and systemic risk in coupled human-natural systems. The Research Associate will be responsible for helping to compile and analyze existing geospatial and time series datasets to develop indicators of ecological risk. Please see the job posting for further details:;;sdata=a5YFtOSiXuF9VAhaeAvZMtIrj%2Bt92cPNTvLur5cc2zM%3D&amp;reserved=0

Job Announcement – Environmental Biologist at Kentucky Division of Water

The Kentucky Division of Water’s mission is to manage, protect, and enhance the quality and quantity of the Commonwealth’s water resources for present and future generations through voluntary, regulatory, and educational programs. Our organization presents an opportunity for you to make a difference in the waters of Kentucky through an exciting and collaborative environment.

This position is an excellent opportunity to gain water quality monitoring experience and in-depth knowledge of Kentucky streams through extensive travel and field work. Fieldwork will include the collection of macro invertebrate, diatom, fish, and water samples, primarily from March through September, with an emphasis on the collection of benthic macro invertebrates. During the fall and winter, this position will be focused on picking and identifying aquatic macro invertebrates in a laboratory setting. Additional responsibilities include entering and managing field and laboratory data.

Monitoring goals associated with this position include assessing and reporting on the health of the waters of the Commonwealth, evaluating the effectiveness of water quality improvement projects, and responding to incidents such as harmful algal blooms in recreational waters of the state.

Previous experience in collecting and/or identifying benthic macro invertebrates is preferred. Experience with aquatic ecology, fish or algae collection and identification, general taxonomy, water sampling, or field work is beneficial. Important skills include attention to detail and data management.

Responsibilities typically include, but are not limited to, the following:

•    Collecting water and biological samples (macro invertebrates, pathogens, diatoms, and/or fish) in streams and rivers according to standard operating procedures.

•    Sorting and identifying benthic macro invertebrate samples and analyzing E. coli samples.

•    Entering and managing field and laboratory data.

•    Assisting with data analysis, reporting, and water quality assessments.

•    Assisting with the review and development of monitoring project study plans.

•    Participating in workgroups and meetings that may involve developing or updating water quality monitoring policies and procedures.

The Division of Water offers flexibility in work schedules, time away from the desk, and a chance to network with a wide range of like-minded professionals.

If you are interested in a rewarding career with the Division of Water, we would love to review your application.


JOB TITLE:Environmental Biologist Specialist



EMPLOYMENT TYPE:Full Time, Eligible for Overtime Pay|18A|37.5hr/wk

HIRING AGENCY:Energy & Environment Cabinet – Dept for Environmental Protection

LOCATION:300 Sower Blvd

             Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601

             United States



EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a biological, environmental or natural science, which includes at least thirty credit hours in the biological sciences.

EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: One year of professional experience in research, environmental impact assessment, or related environmental program areas.

Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: Graduate work in the biological, environmental, or natural sciences will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.



For more information and to apply, please visit the following link:;;sdata=hRCqPW4w49FDvUAGhfhpSPfFQEpurYGVJXe1i6Y6qhM%3D&amp;reserved=0

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Graduate position: OklahomaStateU.AmphibianDiseaseResistance

Graduate Student Positions in Amphibian Disease Ecology/Evolution
> The Waldman lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma
> State University studies amphibian ecology, evolution, behavior, and
> conservation biology. We take a multi-faceted approach to increasing our
> knowledge of how frogs and salamanders respond to their environment.
> Although threats posed by emerging infectious disease shape much of our
> current work, potential projects are not limited to this topic. We
> welcome new lab members who wish to pursue graduate studies in all
> related research areas.
> Projects in our laboratory currently underway include:
> 1. How did amphibian chytrid fungus spread from Asia and what are its
>   effects?
> 2. How does adaptive immunity to the chytrid pathogen evolve?
> 3. What is the role of innate immunity in conferring disease resistance?
> 4. Identification of microbiome correlates of disease resistance and
>   tolerance.
> 5. Life-history effects of infection and investment in immune responses.
> 6. Genomic analyses of behavioral strategies to cope with infection.
> 7. How do pesticides and herbicides impact disease resistance?
> 8. What are the genetic underpinnings of social recognition?
> To answer these questions, our laboratory makes use of modern methods
> to study population genetics, genomics and transcriptomics.
> Students are treated as independent investigators and are encouraged to
> propose and follow up on new ideas. We keep up-to-date on current
> research developments with weekly lab meetings.
> Graduate teaching assistantships with competitive stipends and full
> tuition waiver are available to all graduate students. Research
> assistantships also are available when funds permit.
> Oklahoma State University is a Carnegie Tier 1 research university with
> excellent facilities for research and instruction. The Department of
> Integrative Biology is a growing department with 24 faculty and over 65
> graduate students, all working on interrelated themes in ecology,
> evolution, and environmental stress. Collaborations among research
> groups within the department, and with partner research groups in the
> USA and internationally, are encouraged. Interactions with other labs
> enhance the depth and breadth of our students’ graduate careers.
> Oklahoma State University is located in Stillwater, rated the
> friendliest college town in America. The close-knit college community
> offers a low cost of living, diverse restaurants, a thriving music scene,
> and a local airport served by several daily commercial flights. Not far
> away, two major metropolitan areas (Tulsa and Oklahoma City) provide
> access to trendy shopping, dining, and cultural activities. Because of
> its mid-continent location that spans a broad expanse of habitats, from
> deciduous forest to semi-arid grasslands, Oklahoma comprises a rich
> tapestry of prairie and forest ecosystems which support an exceptional
> level of biodiversity.
> For further details, or to discuss possibilities, please contact
> Professor Bruce Waldman
> Department of Integrative Biology
> 501 Life Sciences West
> Oklahoma State University
> Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
> Email:

Graduate position: TexasAMU.MarineMicrobiomeDiversity

Ph.D Assistantship – Marine Biology (Botany)
> Agency/Location: Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, TX
> Responsibilities – A PhD assistantship position is available under the
> advisement of Dr. Barnabas Daru in the direction of Marine Biology. The
> successful applicant will be working on projects in the Marine Biology
> program and has a chance to study the use of herbarium specimens as
> sources of big data for understanding the distributions and diversity
> of marine plant microbiomes. The project includes the use of pressed
> herbarium specimens of marine plants (seagrasses and mangroves) as
> sources of big data by analyzing the diversity of microbiomes, with the
> aim of understanding how climate change and urbanization have affected
> the microbiomes of marine plant species along coasts and estuaries
> of North America spanning the past 120 years. Student will obtain
> Ph.D. degree through the Marine Biology Program, an interdisciplinary
> degree program combining the strengths of three universities within the
> Texas A&M University (TAMU) System; TAMU-Corpus Christi, TAMU-Galveston,
> and TAMU-College Station.
> Qualifications ¡V
> (1) B.S. or M.S. in biological sciences, botany, environmental science,
>    marine science, microbiology or related field.
> (2) Basic knowledge in plant biology, molecular biology, and
>    microbiology. Experience/knowledge with herbarium specimens, DNA
>    extraction and bioinformatics is a plus.
> (3) GPA =3.0.
> (4) 1100 (or 310 in new scoring system) on the verbal and quantitative
>    sections and 3.5 in analytical writing of the GRE.
> Closing Date ¡V December 31, 2019
> Contact ¡V Send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and GRE
> scores to: Dr. Barnabas Daru, through email:
> —

Graduate Position: AuburnU.EvoDevo

The Range lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn
> University is recruiting graduate students interested in evolutionary and
> developmental biology (;;sdata=NqWnemPA0TVbbwYauuPfs2BNNtCxbzHAGqcCTJvtM%2Fg%3D&amp;reserved=0). Research in the lab focuses
> on understanding how an interconnected network of three different Wnt
> signaling pathways (Wnt/Beta-catenin, Wnt/JNK, and Wnt/Ca2+) coordinate
> the exact positions of the gene regulatory networks that establish
> the primary germ layers along the anterior-posterior axis during early
> embryogenesis. We use sea urchin and hemichordate (acorn worm) embryos as
> the primary model systems. Remarkably, functional and expression studies
> in many metazoans (vertebrates, urochordates, hemichordates, echinoderms
> and cnidarians) suggest that many aspects of this Wnt signaling network
> governing AP axis specification is an ancient mechanism that existed in
> the common ancestor of bilaterians and cnidarians. We also work closely
> with the Counterman lab at nearby Mississippi State University to study
> how Wnt signaling is involved in butterfly wing pattern development. In
> collaboration, we have begun to characterize the Wnt network of signaling
> governing pigmentary and structurally based color patterns.
> The position is for a talented PhD student beginning in the Fall
> of 2020. The student will have the choice to work on any number of
> projects in the lab that focus on the roles of Wnt signaling  during
> early AP axis specification and patterning in sea urchin and hemichordate
> embryos. The student will also have opportunities to contribute to our
> collaboration with the Counterman lab. The position offers training in
> a combination of molecular manipulations, high-throughput genome-wide
> assays and bioinformatics, gene regulatory network analysis as well as
> classical embryology.
> Auburn University is situated in the quintessential college town of
> Auburn, Alabama and is located close to several major cities (e.g. Atlanta
> [1.25 hrs] and Birmingham [2 hrs]), the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico
> and Atlantic Ocean, and the Appalachian Mountains. You can learn more
> about the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University at;;sdata=fAu3SohZ7nVFQ%2FQ33PZiMMybQ1fG9Su89VU%2Fj6zs8d0%3D&amp;reserved=0.
> Interested applicants should contact Dr. Ryan Range at
> With your inquiry, please include a CV and a brief
> description of your research interests and experience. GRE scores are not
> required by the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn. Applications
> for Fall 2020 are accepted until February 1st, 2020. In-person interviews
> at Auburn are available. There will be a graduate student recruitment
> hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences from January 21st –
> 23rd for interested students if they contact Dr. Range before December
> 31st, 2019.
> Recent publications related to the position:
> Integration of canonical and non-canonical Wnt signaling pathways patterns
> the neuroectoderm along the anterior-posterior axis of sea urchin embryos.
> Range RC, Angerer RC, Angerer LM. PLoS Biol. 2013;11(1):e1001467. doi:
> 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001467.  PMID: 23335859
> Specification and positioning of the anterior neuroectoderm in
> deuterostome embryos.  Range R. Genesis. 2014 Mar;52(3):222-34. doi:
> 10.1002/dvg.22759. Review. PMID: 24549984
> An anterior signaling center patterns and sizes the anterior neuroectoderm
> of the sea urchin embryo. Range RC, Wei Z. Development. 2016 May
> 1;143(9):1523-33. doi: 10.1242/dev.128165. PMID: 26952978
> Khadka, A, Martinez-Bartolomé, M, Snyder, S, and Range, RC . A novel
> gene’s role in an ancient mechanism: secreted Frizzled-related
> protein 1 is a critical component in the Wnt signaling network
> governing anterior-posterior neuroectoderm patterning in sea urchin
> embryos. EvoDevo. 2017. DOI:10.1186/s13227-017-0089-3.
> Range RC. Canonical and non-canonical Wnt signaling pathways
> define the expression domains of Frizzled 5/8 and Frizzled1/2/7
> along the early anterior-posterior axis in sea urchin embryos.
> Developmental Biology. 2018. pii: S0012-1606(18)30238-0. DOI:
> 10.1016/j.ydbio.2018.10.003.