Decomposing the effects of diversity on the abundance of marine parasites
As Earth’s ecosystems experience rapid biodiversity change, disease ecologists have turned to an urgent question: how might reductions in biodiversity affect the transmission of parasites? In other words, does biodiversity loss increase the abundance of parasites by eroding natural checks and balances on transmission? Or does it decrease parasite abundance by removing the free-living biodiversity on which parasites depend?
In a new project funded by NSF’s Biological Oceanography Program (NSF/GEO/OCE), the Wood Lab at the University of Washington is addressing this question by quantifying the relationship between fish biodiversity and parasite abundance across 18 replicate coral reef ecosystems of the central equatorial Pacific (Northern Line Islands, Southern Line Islands, French Polynesia). Not only will we explore whether reductions in fish biodiversity are associated with increases or decreases in parasite burdens, but we will also assess whether particular parasite and host traits and the spatial scale of the study influence the direction and strength of this relationship. The theories we propose to test are among the most important and controversial in the rapidly growing field of disease ecology and our lab is new and growing fast – read about this and other ongoing projects on our website and check out our recent publications for more details.
We seek to hire two creative, accomplished, driven parasite ecologists:
1. PhD Student – The PhD Student will join a vibrant community of aquatic scientists at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences in Seattle, WA, with a start date of September 2019. The research goals of this position will include assessing the direction and shape of the relationship between biodiversity and parasite abundance across dozens of parasite taxa and assessing how spatial scale interacts with parasite dispersal capacity to moderate the effects of biodiversity on parasite abundance. The PhD Student will primarily work with fish specimens that will have already been collected, though there may be opportunities for field work. Applicants must have a background or demonstrated interest in disease ecology, parasite ecology, or host-parasite interactions. Prior experience identifying parasites of fishes is not required, but would be advantageous. To be considered for this position, prospective PhD students must apply to the graduate program of the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Prospective students should make contact with Chelsea well ahead of the formal graduate program application deadline of 15 December 2018. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org summarizing your research experience and professional goals and attach a CV.
2. Postdoctoral Scholar – The Postdoctoral Scholar will join a vibrant community of aquatic scientists at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences in Seattle, WA, with a negotiable start date between September 2019 and January 2020.The research goals of this position will include determining what factors (e.g., parasite traits like transmission strategy and host specificity, host traits like body size) influence the direction and shape of the relationship between biodiversity and parasite abundance. The Postdoctoral Scholar will primarily work with specimens that will have already been collected, though there may be opportunities for field work. Applicants must have a background in disease ecology, parasite ecology, or host-parasite interactions. Prior experience identifying parasites of fishes is not required, but would be advantageous. Applicants should expect to have a PhD in hand before the start date. This position is funded for one year, with possibility of extension to a second year given satisfactory progress. Interested applicants should send the following as a single pdf: (1) CV, (2) contact information for three references, and (3) a brief (< 2 pages) statement of research interests, as they relate to this position.
All applications will be evaluated based on past research productivity, alignment of applicant’s research interests with the objectives of the Wood Lab, and the individual’s potential to excel as an independent researcher. Questions about these positions may be addressed to Dr. Chelsea Wood (email@example.com).
Subject: field/lab tech at Kellogg Biological Station, MI
We are looking for a technician to help with field and laboratory work at Kellogg Biological Station (Hickory Corners, MI, https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.kbs.msu.edu&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cd643ca839a5d4da2e1a708d5fb01f0e3%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636690908111741378&sdata=on9yHBjnpdgUUHK1QpfePiU5rC9p23cVPyYRNieDaeg%3D&reserved=0). The position is in the Evans Lab, where research is focused on soil and plant microbial ecology. The position would start immediately and last through October, with a minimum of 15 hours/week and ideally 30. This position also could be extended to a full-time position for up to 9 months. Activities through October consist of about 1 day of the week sampling outside in agricultural plots, collecting plant and soil samples, and at least one other day helping weigh and process samples in a scientific laboratory. Pay is $11/hour, with opportunities for raises. The best candidate would have some experience doing field work or laboratory work (especially using soils, biogeochemistry, or molecular techniques), and a degree in a relevant field, but those with an interest in ecology or biology, hard work ethic, and solid references will be considered. If you are interested in this
position: please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: “KBS hourly tech”) with a brief paragraph about why you are interested in the position and a CV or resume with two listed references. If you are considered, we will follow up with a brief phone or in person interview, and start the position as soon as possible. We are reviewing applicants now, so please contact us as soon as possible.
VOLUNTEER RESEARCH ASSISTANT: FLIGHT BEHAVIOR AND EVOLUTION OF GYPSY
Two short-term volunteer research assistant opportunities (September
5-25, 2018) are available under the direction of Dr. Ilga Porth (Laval
University), representing the chance to work with regulated invasive
gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar spp.) in a USDA quarantine facility in
Connecticut (USA)*. The assistants will live in a dormitory at the
quarantine facility, and will perform moth maintenance and collection
of female flight behavior data under laboratory conditions. Following
data collection, they will have the option to participate in subsequent
data analyses geared towards gypsy moth behavior, morphometrics,
population genetics, or evolution. Travel to the quarantine facility
(from Canada or USA), living expenses, and a daily stipend will be
To apply, please email Gwylim Blackburn (email@example.com)
with a brief message outlining your interest in the project and an
attached CV that lists 2 references. Review of applications will occur
as they arrive. The successful candidate for this position will require
a passport valid for travel in the USA.
Gypsy moths (Lymantria) are a group of plant defoliators adapted to a
wide variety of deciduous and coniferous hosts. During population
outbreaks, gypsy moth larvae can cause widespread forest damage. Adult
female flight capacity represents a key dispersal limitation and
therefore a crucial trait determining our ability to monitor and
regulate the spread of gypsy moth populations. Currently, a single
introduced species featuring limited female flight capacity (L. dispar
dispar) is established throughout eastern USA and Canada. The
persistent arrival of female-flight-capable gypsy moth species on ships
and cargo at North American trading ports represents an important
invasion threat, in terms of their potential for successful
establishment or hybridization with local moths. The present research
aims to develop genetic markers capable of identifying the species,
origin, and female flight capacity of gypsy moths, and to explore the
genetic architecture and evolution of flight in this group.
Gwylim Blackburn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Those interested should send
Subject: Fall internship with the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife
Defenders of Wildlife welcomes applicants to intern with the Center for Conservation Innovation this fall! Applicants are encouraged to apply by August 15 (extended deadline) for best consideration. The internship is unpaid, but we encourage students to seek funding or course credit opportunities through their schools or outside sources.
CENTER FOR CONSERVATION INNOVATION INTERN
The internship is an opportunity for an advanced college, graduate, or post-graduate student to work with CCI and other Defenders staff at the interface of science and national conservation policy. In this position, the intern may help collect and analyze large spatial and non-spatial datasets, create published reports, scientific articles, web applications, and maps related to the conservation of species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Skill development will vary with the specific project, but the intern will generally have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of how the ESA is implemented in practice and experience in programming, conservation data and policy science, statistical analyses, GIS, remote sensing, scientific writing and creating interactive data visualizations.
Two internship tracks are available:
Policy and species conservation status – This track will involve projects that focus on ESA regulations and their effectiveness in recovering threatened and endangered species. The intern will learn to assess and analyze ESA documents (e.g., species listings, species status assessments, species 5-year reviews, biological opinions), evaluate species biological needs and conservation status, conduct statistical analyses and create online tools for visualizing data. Projects will aim to measure policy effectiveness and develop recommendations to improve species conservation.
Geospatial analysis and conservation tool development – This track will involve projects that focus on technical advances to creating, analyzing, and presenting spatial conservation data. The intern will learn and refine their geospatial and programming skills by assisting with the development of new approaches, algorithms and tools to quantify and map the status and distribution of species and their habitats.
Projects aim to measure and evaluate policy effectiveness and compliance in conserving species and their habitat on-the-ground.
For more details:
Subject: Graduate student opening (Ph.D./M.S.) – Population and Community Ecology
Graduate student opening (Ph.D./M.S.) – Population and Community Ecology
The Kramer laboratory in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida is seeking motivated graduate students (Ph.D. or
M.S.) to study the dynamics of extinction, species invasions, and/or species coexistence. The lab uses a combination of laboratory and field experiments, quantitative models, and computational analysis of big datasets to address basic and applied questions about population dynamics and persistence.
Potential study systems range from zooplankton to microbes to emerging wildlife diseases. Successful candidates can build on past studies and develop independent projects. Examples of potential project areas include experimental tests of Allee effects (positive density dependence), eco-evolutionary dynamics of mate finding or competition, macroscale spread on networks, species coexistence in freshwater zooplankton communities, or forecasting aquatic invasive species.
Competitive applicants will have research experience, quantitative skills and strong oral and written communication abilities. Applicants with previous experience in statistics, computer code, data visualization, and/or freshwater ecology will be preferred.
Positions will be competitively funded through a combination of teaching and research assistantship support. Tuition (not including fees), medical insurance, and travel to professional meetings are covered. Students are also encouraged to apply for external fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nsfgrfp.org&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C5c3759c07b9c4f6d366c08d5fa49704a%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636690115683289952&sdata=2yP3VLK1UzDo4fqRsLUtMm5T6zr3P8OO4o4qWWjH51s%3D&reserved=0).
For consideration please email a cover letter stating your research interests and qualifications, your CV with names and contact information for
3 references, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores to Dr. Drew Kramer by October 31st. This will allow time to discuss your research interests before the preferred deadline for application to the department of November 30th.
Please contact me with any inquiries for additional information or to arrange a phone call.
To learn more about the Department of Integrative Biology please visit https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbiology.usf.edu%2Fib%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C5c3759c07b9c4f6d366c08d5fa49704a%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636690115683289952&sdata=URcldKobe0DbkyV3GRSld4TWQIfdHAeYVd9WuBFQ6V4%3D&reserved=0. The University of South Florida is a diverse research university located in Tampa, FL https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usf.edu%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C5c3759c07b9c4f6d366c08d5fa49704a%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636690115683289952&sdata=00oVHF%2Fp9TGBApTLUK9pyI1aUSlOUfSWbcg6CVpwJtw%3D&reserved=0. USF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Subject: Graduate assistantships in quantitative eco-evolutionary dynamics at the University of Wyoming
The Weiss-Lehman lab is looking for 1-2 graduate students to start in the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming for the fall of 2019. Lab research focuses on the eco-evolutionary dynamics of populations responding to global change, including the spatial dynamics of invasive species spread and populations moving in response to climate change. Our research links quantitative models to empirical data through the use of targeted experiments and laboratory microcosms. The lab currently uses microcosms of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, as they can be manipulated in a number of important ways, operate on tractable timelines for graduate projects (~10 generations in a year), and have a high-quality reference genome available. However, I am happy for students to work in other systems as well, so long as the overall questions fit within the scope of the lab’s research. I am looking for students with a strong quantitative background and a demonstrated ability to work independently and in group settings as they develop their own dissertation projects.
If you are interested in joining the lab, please send me an email with a brief statement detailing your interest in the lab and a current CV including your previous research experience, relevant coursework, and GPA. I will also be at the ESA meeting in New Orleans and the ESEB meeting in Montpellier this year to meet in person and discuss research interests and possible projects.
University and Local Environment: The University of Wyoming has a total enrollment of
12,000 full-time students. Students will be housed in the Botany department, with PhD students partaking in the cross-departmental program in ecology. The university is located in Laramie, a small mountain town close to several different mountain ranges providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. It is also within a day’s drive of three national parks (Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Rocky Mountain National Park). Laramie has a relatively low cost of living and is within easy driving distance of Colorado’s Front Range corridor (Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver).
Subject: Job Posting – FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissiion
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Location: Fellsmere, FL
Job Category: Full time Positions
Salary: $37,867.70/year + benefits
Start Date: 09/15/2018
Last Date to Apply: 08/16/2018
The person in this position is responsible for all aspects of management of the T. M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area. Land management responsibilities include conducting moist-soil and impoundment management through water level manipulation, prescribed fire, roller chopping, cultivation of waterfowl forage crops, chemical and mechanical control of native and/or noxious vegetation, etc.
The person also administers waterfowl hunts on the WMA and may assist with white-tailed deer hunts on nearby WMAs; assists with waterfowl surveys and white-tailed deer spotlight surveys when needed; supports public use by other users, such as hikers, bikers, equestrians, etc.
through reviewing and recommending changes to area regulations; administers the annual budget; supervises staff and volunteers; provides assistance in long range planning for the Area; works with contractors to complete road improvements, ditch cleaning, aerial herbicide treatments and other projects; and submits reports and other paperwork.
Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree in a life or physical science; must be able to work a flexible schedule, though most work will be completed between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Monday – Friday; and must be willing to live within 25 miles of the entrance to the T. M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area entrance.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in moist-soil management, waterfowl identification, and supervisory experience.
In order to be considered for this position, applications must be submitted through the Florida hiring online system
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Contact Person: Steve Glass
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