Month: February 2022


Two paid scientific internships in evolutionary and ecological geneticsNick Barton’s group at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST)Austria ( is currently recruitingtwo paid scientific interns to assist with a long-term study of plantspeciation in the common snapdragon, Antirrhinum majus. The positionswill begin in early-mid May 2022, for a minimum of 6 months and up to12 months (open to discussion).The project:We study evolutionary dynamics and speciation in snapdragons. The study,which has been running since 2009, involves fieldwork in natural hybridzones between two subspecies with flower colour differences. The goalis to understand how different evolutionary forces—like naturalselection—have shaped this diversity.The positions:We are looking for people to help support the project by (i)participating in fieldwork, (ii) assisting with the daily management offield volunteers, and (iii) providing technical and scientific supportafter the fieldwork is complete. The internship will have 2 phases: forthe first 3 months (during the field work), the applicants will be basedin the Spanish Pyrenees near the town of Planoles; the second phase willbe based at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria. Allcosts of the fieldwork (travel, food, accommodation, covid testing,and insurance) are covered, and affordable accommodation in Austria isavailable through IST Austria (at the expense of the applicant).Essential skillsApplicants must be enthusiastic, hardworking, and be comfortable workingoutdoors. Strong communication skills, organization skills, and theability to live and work well with others are a must. A driving licenseis essential.Desirable skillsIdeal applicants will have some fieldwork experience and have astrong interest in evolution, ecology and/or speciation. Priorresearch experience, including the curation and analysis of data,would be helpful. The ability to speak Catalan and/or Spanish is veryuseful. Applicants from Catalonia and Spain are especially welcome.How to applyApplicants should send a motivation letter (addressing the skillsmentioned above), CV and the names two references to Sean Stankowski( The review of applications will start onthe 10th of March and will remain open until filled.More informationQuestions about the positions can be sent to the same address. Moreinformation about scientific internships at IST can be found here:


Fieldwork volunteers wanted:Help us study plant evolution in the Spanish Pyrenees!Nick Barton’s group at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST)Austria ( looking for volunteersto assist with fieldwork on plant speciation in the Spanish Pyrenees thiscoming summer (late May – early August). This is a great opportunity foranyone looking to obtain experience in fieldwork related to evolutionarybiology, speciation and plant ecology.The project: We study evolutionary dynamics and speciation insnapdragons. The study, which has been running since 2009, involvesfieldwork in natural hybrid zones between two subspecies with flowercolour differences. The goal is to understand how different evolutionaryforces—like natural selection—have shaped this diversity.The fieldwork: We are seeking volunteers to assist with the fieldwork,which involves working in teams to map locations of individual plants(GPS) (the plants are primarily found on the roadsides), tag and samplethem for leaves and flowers, measure traits, and process material forlater DNA extraction. There may also be opportunities to be involvedin other projects focusing on pollinator behaviour and plant-insectinteractions. The work is outdoors as well as indoors – about one-thirdof the of time will be spent indoors curating leaf samples and organizingand preparing sampling equipment. The work is highly team orientated,typically in groups of 2-3 in the field and larger groups processingsamples back at the research station. Since we aim to sample all livingindividuals in the hybrid zone during the flowering season, the dailyworkload can vary significantly. At peak season, we are often very busyand our daily routines change accordingly.The location: The field site is near Planoles in a beautiful part ofthe Pyrenees in North Eastern Spain (Catalonia). We stay in comfortableapartments overlooking a picturesque valley, with close access to hikingtrails and small villages.The ideal applicant: is an enthusiastic, hardworking biology student withstrong interest in working outdoors. You must be meticulous with recordingdata and also be comfortable working as part of a team. Experience withfield-based projects and plants is helpful but not essential. Climbingexperience is useful as a small amount work is conducted on ropes. Weare looking for volunteers between the 29th May and the 1st of August. Weask people to commit to stay for 3 weeks. Applicants must be located inEurope or the UK.What we cover: All food, lodgings, Covid testing and travel withinEurope/UK are covered.How to apply? By the closing date of March 20th pleasesend (i) your CV, (ii) a short explanation about why you areinterested, and (iii) your availability between the above dates Please send any questions to the sameaddress.For fieldwork photos and more information, please visit the Barton Groupfield work page:

EDI 2022 Fellowship Program


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EDI 2022 Summer Fellowship Program

We have 15 fellowships available in our ecological data management training program for this summer. We are now requesting applications from undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated students. This fellowship is available to applicants who are U.S. citizens, legal residents or will possess a valid work or student visa for the entire duration of the fellowship. The Fellows will receive training in ecological data management and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation and publishing for specific host research projects. The fellowship support is $6000.

Important dates:

  • Informational webinar: 8 March 2022 @ 2PM ET – Register here.
  • Deadline for fellowship application: 20 March 2022
  • Data publishing workshop: 13 June – 16 June 2022
  • Fellowship: 20 June – 19 August 2022

Detailed information on the fellowship program host projects and on how to apply can be found on our website:

Please contact Susanne Grossman-Clarke ( if you have questions.The EDI-Team


*Research Internships – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology*Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary,multi-investigator, experimental study of the evolution of speciesinteractions in Trinidad, West Indies. The research is led by ProfessorsDavid Reznick (University of California, Riverside), Joseph Travis(Florida State University), Tim Coulson (University of Oxford), and RonBassar (Williams College).  We seek to integrate multiple biologicalfields for the study of these interactions in experimental populationsof guppies and killifish in Trinidad. Duties include assisting inmonthly censuses of guppy populations in montane streams. The monthlycensuses include long hours in the field and laboratory.  There willalso be 12 days off between each census when interns can pursue anindependent project.Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3-months in Trinidad,with possibility of extension. There are potential start dates in March2022 and every month thereafter until September 2024. We will coverall travel and living expenses and provide housing.*Qualifications:* We seek interns who are entertaining the possibilityof pursuing graduate studies in some area of ecology and evolution andwho wish to gain some additional field research experience before doingso.  Research will take place in semi-remote areas of Trinidad sometimesunder bad weather conditions. Applicants must be able to live and workwell with others. Research will involve carrying heavy packs overslippery and steep terrain. Applicants must be in good physicalcondition and be able to meet the demands of field research under theseconditions. Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle isdesirable but not required. Applicants with first-aid/first respondertraining, skills in automobile maintenance, and construction skills arehighly desirable. Please address these skills when applying.Please see our website <;data=04%7C01%7C%7C32bc7c68dbd1491ade8f08d9f1f3274e%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637806848912465951%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&amp;sdata=4mbRI7nDKcXa1v8hxKXkuttqba5a%2B41f8vCX%2FvYje3k%3D&amp;reserved=0> for moreinformation on the project and access to reprints.Be sure to check outour video menu, which includes a “guppy censuses” as submenu VII.Itdetails the main tasks associated with the internship.Applicants should send cover letter, CV and the names and e-mailaddresses of three or more professional references to David Reznick( At least two of the references should be academics.

Other: REU_MultipleInst.Thermofly.May30-Jul31

Summer Research Opportunity for Undergraduates in Physiological Geneticsand EvolutionWe are currently accepting applications from undergraduates who liveor attend college in EPSCoR jurisdictions (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas,Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, NorthDakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota,Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, or Wyoming) to participate in aNational Science Foundation-funded summer research program in genetic,physiological, and evolutionary mechanisms of temperature tolerance inDrosophila from May 30 – July 31, 2022.  Students will join a laboratoryat one of our five participating institutions, The University of Kentucky,University of Vermont, Providence College, Salve Regina University, orUniversity of Nevada Las Vegas, and work in teams on research projectsthat will include both field and laboratory components as well as trainingin data analysis and visualization.  No prior research experience isrequired; all you need is a year of college-level biology coursework,enthusiasm for biology, and a desire to engage with the exciting processof scientific discovery.To find out more and to apply, please visit and fill outthe online application form.  Members of traditionally under-representedgroups in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply.  We will beginreviewing applications on March 1.To find out more about our laboratories, please visit:Dr. Nicholas Teets, University of Kentucky:;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cea37f15c4ca2462488a208d9f1e2fbd2%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637806779528444862%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&amp;sdata=0TYz%2BgJXA3FaYnbNucV9k9r%2FIlSFaFLWDkUJARWbxok%3D&amp;reserved=0

JOB: Botanist, seasonal on Nantucket Island, short application window

Subject: JOB: Botanist, seasonal on Nantucket Island, short application windowThe Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc. Science and Stewardship Department seeks one seasonal field assistant with exemplary botanical identification and field work experience to conduct ecological field work and stewardship activities for the 2022 field season. Candidates must have strong field work experience, excellent plant ID skills and an interest in wildlife ecology.Field methods used in this position include native plant identification, vegetation community composition sampling, rare plant inventories, wetland plant surveys, crab trapping, wildlife radio telemetry, bat acoustic monitor deployment and potential songbird banding and shorebird monitoring. Candidates should be motivated, enthusiastic, self-reliant and able to learn quickly. For more information on mission and current researchprojects, please see the Foundation’s website Nantucket Conservation Foundation andread our Science Blog.Seasonal position on Nantucket Island from mid-may to mid-October. $15 perhour with housing included.Full job description:Seasonal Ecology Field Assistant (Botany Focus)*TO APPLY:*Application deadline is Friday February 25th, 2022 by 5pm. Applicationsreviewed on a rolling basis.Completed Application includes: Cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 professional references and an unofficial copy of your college transcripts combined in ONE pdf document.Applications accepted ONLY through our hiring website:Careers at Nantucket Conservation FoundationQuestions: contact Dr. Jen Karberg,

NPS Forest Monitoring Technician opening 2/14-21/22

Subject: NPS Forest Monitoring Technician opening 2/14-21/22The Schoodic Institute located at Acadia National Park is recruiting 5 seasonal Forest Monitoring Technicians to be a part of a field crew that will be collecting forest health data in 20 National Parks throughout the Eastern US.Job Title: Forest Monitoring TechnicianJob Type: full-time, temporary positionOrganization: Schoodic InstituteLocation: Bar Harbor, ME (Field Station first 9 weeks), and Fredericksburg, VA (Field Station second 10 weeks)Open Period: February 14 – 21, 2022Vacancies: 5 crew membersDuration: 20 weeks mid-May through September (exact dates TBD)Compensation: $14-16/hour depending on experienceJob Description:Incumbents will work as part of a travelling forest health crew to sample permanent forest monitoring plots in 20 national park sites from Virginia to Maine. In each plot, crews collect data on forest health, structure and composition, tree regeneration, understory vegetation, coarse woody debris, and soil characteristics. This is largely a field-based position, and incumbents will be required to carry heavy field equipment (40+lbs), hike though rough terrain, work in all weather conditions, and be on travel for weeks at a time. Incumbent may be exposed to deer ticks that carry Lyme disease, biting insects, poison ivy and dense brush.The crew will stay in park housing where available, and lodging may include hotels, historic buildings and cabins. While on travel, housing and a meals stipend will be provided (~50% of position). While at the field station, park housing will be reserved, but employees must pay rent. Some housing may require room sharing.More information about the NPS long-term forest monitoring programs and the parks involved can be found here:Northeast Temperate NetworkMid-Atlantic Network:For more information about the position and to apply, please view the announcement on the Schoodic Institute website:Position Description:  Forest  Monitoring Technicians

NPS Plant Ecology Technician open 2/14-21/22

Subject: NPS Plant Ecology Technician open 2/14-21/22The Schoodic Institute located at Acadia National Park is recruiting 1 seasonal Plant Ecology Technician to conduct long-term vegetation monitoring and contribute to forest research in the Acadia National Park region.Job Title: Plant Ecology TechnicianJob Type: full-time, temporary positionOrganization: Schoodic InstituteLocation: Bar Harbor, MEOpen Period: January 31-February 10, 2020Vacancies: 1 positionDuration: 15 weeks mid May to August (exact dates TBD)Compensation: $14/hourJob Description:The incumbent will contribute to forest research programs with the Schoodic Institute, and assist with long-term vegetation monitoring programs in Acadia National Park. Incumbent will attend forest crew training during the first two weeks of the field season, which will be located at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT and in Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater, NY. Incumbent will then rotate time between assisting the Forest Ecology Program Director with forest research at Schoodic Institute (approx. 4-6 weeks), and sampling forest, rocky intertidal, and freshwater wetland vegetation for long-term monitoring programs in Acadia National Park (approx. 7 weeks). Other duties may include pressing unknown plant specimens, preparing soil samples for processing, data entry, and data quality assurance/quality control.This is a field-based position, and incumbent will be required to carry a 35+ pound pack, work in all weather conditions, and hike off trail through rough terrain. Incumbent may be exposed to deer ticks that carry Lyme disease, biting insects, poison ivy and dense brush.For more information and to apply, please view the announcement on the Schoodic Institute website:Position Description: Plant Ecology Technician

Marine Science Internships – Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Subject: Marine Science Internships – Dauphin Island Sea LabThis internship announcement can be found here: Marine Science Internship – Alabama Center of ExcellenceDESCRIPTION/PURPOSEThe Alabama Center of Excellence (ALCoE,) housed at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), located on Dauphin Island, Alabama, is soliciting applications for two (2) Marine Science Interns to help conduct ecosystem-based monitoring along the Northern Gulf of Mexico under Drs. John Valentine and Ken Heck.The positions will be full-time one (1) year internships and we are looking to fill this position quickly. The start date is flexible with the preferred start date being April 1, 2022 and interns must arrive by May 16, 2022.Interns will assist with exploring how connectivity between coastal habitat types influences biodiversity and secondary production. Interns will also assist with research that is conducted in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) Network. Interns may also assist with experiments evaluating multistressor impacts on coastal ecology, and natural versus restored ecosystems’ performance under predicted future climatic conditions. Interns may also have the opportunity to develop individual research questions.Interns will receive training in fish and invertebrate sampling techniques and identification, and SAV and marsh identification and monitoring techniques. There may also be opportunities to learn other ecological field sampling techniques (oyster reef monitoring, fisheries sampling, and analytical methods) in a variety of marine environments.The work will be performed in a laboratory and outdoors. Laboratory work will involve long periods of sitting while entering data, sorting samples, and looking through a microscope, and outdoor work will sometimes involve long field days (>8 hours), possible exposure to adverse weather conditions (heat, rain, cold), and biting insects. The work requires physical exertion such as lifting or reaching to observe, collecting, or recording field data; or in some situations snorkeling and working off of a small.

REU intern opportunities at GMRI

Dear Colleague,

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is in its fourth year as an NSF-funded REU Site – Integrated Studies in a Rapidly Warming Fishery Ecosystem.  Students in this program have an opportunity to participate in field, lab, or computer-based research on the dynamics of the fish, plankton, and human communities in and around the Gulf of Maine. 

We welcome applications from undergraduate students from a broad range of institutions and backgrounds including students from two- and four-year colleges and underserved communities (e.g., minorities, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, veterans).

The program includes 10 weeks of hands-on research experience at our waterfront location in Portland Maine, a $600/week stipend, housing (at the Maine College of Art in downtown Portland:, meal allowances and travel support for 6 students. Online applications are open through February 15th. Decisions will be made by March 15th. 

Students may find more information on the program here: GMRI REU programand apply here: NSF portal