Month: December 2023


I am thrilled to share information about the UConn RaMP (Research and Mentoring for Postbaccalaureates) Program; a year-long, paid NSF- funded postbaccalaureate research training program based at the University of Connecticut. The purpose of the program is to offer a mentored research experience and professional development opportunities to individuals historically underrepresented in STEM (including underrepresented ethic groups, people with disabilities, veterans, and first-generation collegestudents) or those who did not have sufficient access to research during their undergraduate careers (college graduates of lower-resourced institutions). RaMP provides an intensive research experience, with salaries comparable to an entry level job.Scholars will conduct original research under the mentorship a faculty members and graduate student mentor, participate in professional development activities, and expand high demand technical skills in preparation for a diverse array of STEM careers and/or graduate school.Our website and application information can be found here: Applicants are encouraged to visit the website to learn more about the program and review potential research projects/mentors. The application deadline for the 2024 cohort is March 1st.Feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions.

Summer ’24 Remote Internship with Planter

Job title

Mobile App Developer (Flutter) Internship



Position type


Job description

Position Summary

Do you want to utilize your coding knowledge to make a big impact on a very small business? Apply for this summer internship to work on Planter, the #1 garden planning app on iOS and Android! Planter helps gardeners plan and manage their veggie gardens. As the developer intern, you will write exciting new features for the app.

Internship Details

  • Dates: Summer 2024, start and end dates flexible
  • Hours: 20-40 hours/week
  • Location: Remote


  • Develop new features for the app (see our feature requests)
  • Write tests for newly added code
  • Investigate and fix any bugs


  • Experience developing mobile applications using Flutter and Dart OR willing to learn
  • Familiar with Firebase products, particularly Database, Firestore, and Functions
  • Proficient in interacting with JSON Restful APIs
  • Experience writing tests
  • Experience with Git version control

Bonus Points (not required but please mention if you have these skills)

  • Have an interest in vegetable gardening 🌱
  • Experience with web development
  • Experience with native iOS or Android app development

Why Work For Planter?

  • Fully remote
  • Small, close-knit team (5 people)
  • Work with fellow garden nerds!

Inclusive workplace ✊🏾🏳️‍🌈

How to Apply

  1. Send us an email at
  2. Resumes encouraged but not required.
  3. Please tell us about your interest in veggie gardening. Make sure to send us a photo of your garden 🖼️!
  4. Please include links to prior work or write a sample article.

MS position – Evaluating climate change effects

The Palmquist Lab at Marshall University is recruiting for a funded MS position focused on evaluating climate change effects on dryland plant communities. Our research focuses on quantifying vegetation dynamics over space and time and identifying how the relative importance of ecological processes structuring plant communities changes with spatial and temporal scale. In addition, a key goal of our research is to understand how pattern and process in plant communities will be altered in the face of global environmental change. An important motivation for our work is to address ecological questions at large spatial scales to inform landscape conservation. We collect field data, use existing large observational data sets, and implement simulation modeling to address these goals in temperate shrublands, wetlands, woodlands, and forests. Additional information about the lab can be found at

RESEARCH FOCUS: The successful candidate will broadly explore the interacting effects of climate change, wildfire, and livestock grazing intensity on big sagebrush plant communities throughout their spatial extent in the western US. These water-limited ecosystems are undergoing rapid environmental change due to multiple stressors (climate change, increases in wildfire activity, species invasions) and represent some of the most threatened systems in North America. This project will use an individual-based plant simulation model to quantify the impacts of climate change and livestock grazing management on plant community composition and the balance between native and non-native species. In particular, we are interested in assessing how livestock grazing can be used as a tool to prevent the spread of invasive species and decrease wildfire risk under a future climate. This is a collaborative project between ecologists at Marshall University, the US Geological Survey, Yale University, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A background, including relevant course work, in ecology and statistics, knowledge of the ecosystems of the western U.S., strong communication skills, and strong quantitative skills. Experience in ecological modeling and computer programming is highly desirable.

EXPECTATIONS: The successful candidate will be expected to conduct high-quality research, serve as a teaching assistant within the Department of Biological Sciences, present their research to the scientific community at regional and national meetings, and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

TIMELINE: The position is available in August 2024.

FUNDING: Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching assistantships for two years. A 12-month competitive stipend ($19,000), and full tuition waiver will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested students should apply by submitting the following to Dr. Kyle Palmquist ( 1) short statement of research interests and career goals (no longer than 1 page), 2) CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) GRE scores (if available), and 5) contact information for three professional references. Please include: “evaluating climate change effects on dryland plant communities” and your name in the email subject.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected. I will contact you to discuss your research interests and goals for graduate school to determine if you would be a good fit for the lab. If selected, a full application must be submitted to the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall University, Huntington, WV. Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences have expertise in a variety of biological fields, including but not limited to ecology, evolution, herpetology, and physiology. More information about the Department and its programs can be found here:

Application requirements for admission to the DBS graduate program can be found here:

Marshall University is located in Huntington, an affordable college town located on the Ohio River in the beautiful state of West Virginia. The town is small enough to get around on foot and bike, but large enough to support a variety of restaurants and other cultural activities. Huntington and the surrounding area offer ample recreational opportunities (hiking, skiing, rafting), along with proximity to larger cities, including Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, and Columbus, OH. In the Palmquist Lab, we highly value and encourage work-life balance.

I strongly encourage students from diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. Feel free to contact me with questions at any time.

MS Research Assistantships – Lake Champlain Research Institute at SUNY Plattsburgh

M.S. Research assistantships – Lake Champlain Research Institute at SUNY Plattsburgh

two positions: 1 ) Plankton Limnology/Ecology and 2) Microplastics in Lake Champlain

(starting Summer 2024)

Position description:

The graduate assistant will work one of the two projects listed:

1) Limnology/Ecology of Lake Champlain plankton or

2) Microplastics in Lake Champlain

As part of the MS Natural Resources and Ecology program students will conduct MS thesis research with the Lake Champlain Research Institute at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. The research will focus on either 1) Ecology and vertical structure of zooplankton communities as influenced by climate change in Lake Champlain or 2) Microplastic distribution and abundance in beaches, rivers and Lake Champlain as part of a lake-wide study of plastic sources and sinks. Both studies are part of new research grants funded at the Institute and will involve collaboration with Institute staff and students. Each position includes a stipend for academic year salary with in-state NY tuition waiver as well as summer salary to support the funded research project.

Assistantship selection is dependent upon acceptance to the MS Natural Resources and Ecology program at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Education requirements (Bachelor’s degree in the sciences, e.g., biology, environmental science, ecology, water resources, etc.).

Deadline to submit applications: February 15, 2024

Link to SUNY Plattsburgh’s MS Natural Resources and Ecology program:

Application: Submit a cover letter, resume, transcript of undergraduate work, and statement of research interests to Dr. Tim Mihuc at The cover letter must identify which of the two assistantships applicants are applying for.