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Other: FieldMuseum_Chicago.NSF_REU_BiodiversityEvolution

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the Evolution of
Biodiversity across the Tree of Life

We are looking for 8 undergraduate students to participate in hands-on
research in biodiversity science and receive training in cutting-edge
techniques and analysis in evolutionary biology for 10 weeks during the
summers of 2016-2018.

Students will learn research techniques that include DNA sequencing and
computational analysis of genetic and genomic data, morphological
measurements and phylogenetic analysis, and microbiology and
next-generation microbial sequencing.  Scientific projects to be conducted
by the students include the morphological and ontogenetic variation in an
African rodent, population genetics and blood meal identification of a
parasitic catfish, coevolution of feeding morphology and taste receptors in
fish-eating birds, Assessing genomic information to identify lichens,
testing the causes of organismal diversification in the most species-rich
lichenized fungi, wing morphology and dispersal ability in New Zealand
water beetles, geographic variation in a widespread mullet fish, and
diversity, evolutionary history and specificity of symbiotic microbes
associated with turtle ants.

In addition students will receive career mentoring in a diversity of STEM
fields, gain experiences in public outreach and science communication,
receive training in ethics/responsible conduct of research, and participate
in a diversity workshop to help overcome bias in science.


Students will be provided a stipend, dormitory housing, and assistance with
travel costs.

Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and an
undergraduate during the entire period. We especially encourage students
from groups traditionally underrepresented in science to apply.

To apply, please send complete the online application:

Applications close April 22, 2016.

Please direct any questions to Emily Hallock (ehallock@fieldmuseum.org).

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The BEAST Lab (Biodiversity and Environments Across Space and Time) is recruiting a highly motivated PhD student for a research project reconstructing late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions, paleoclimates, and vegetation changes in Beringia. This project will involve: 1) opportunities for interdisciplinary training in cutting-edge methods in reconstructing paleonenvironments, including paleoclimate proxies and aDNA of vegetation from sediment cores, as well as classical methods (e.g., pollen, charcoal); 2) fieldwork in Alaska and Russia (including Wrangel Island and Pleistocene Park), 3) opportunities for training in outreach and science communication; and 4) opportunities to mentor undergraduates and high school students.

The ideal candidate should have an academic background in ecology, geography, paleoecology, or a related discipline, and some combination of: strong written communication skills, knowledge of R, strong quantitative skills, and/or experience working with sediment cores, molecular ecology, or Arctic plant communities. The successful applicant will join a diverse, supportive lab group, housed in the Climate Change Institute, with affiliations with the School of Biology and Ecology and the Ecology and Environmental Studies program. CCI is one of the oldest interdisciplinary research institutions in the US, integrating research on the physical, biological, and social aspects of climate change.

Located on the northern border of beautiful Downeast Maine, the University of Maine is the flagship campus of the University of Maine System, and a Land and Sea grant institution.
Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park are 90 minutes away in either direction, and there are numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation (including winter sports, hiking, and paddling). A low cost of living and a collegial environment make the greater Bangor area a great place to work and live.

Please send inquiries to Dr. Jacquelyn Gill (Jacquelyn.Gill@Maine.edu). To apply, please email a 1-pg cover letter outlining your background, career interests, and fit for this project, as well as a CV.  Applications will be reviewed starting immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

Research Technician – grasshopper ecology in Montana and Univ Notre Dame

Job Title: Research Technician, University of Notre Dame
Application Deadline: January 31, 2018
Start Date: March 1, 2018
Pay:  $23,379-29,000, with full benefits 
GENERAL:  Crew Leader, full-time position, will provide field and laboratory support for an ongoing grasshopper ecology project in the lab of Dr. Gary Belovsky.  This project is funded by NSF-LTREB (National Science Foundation-Long Term Research in Environmental Biology).  The field work portion on grasshoppers is in western Montana at the National Bison Range, Moiese, Montana, and entails approximately five months of the year.  The remainder of the year at the University of Notre Dame is spent analyzing samples, processing data, data management and other research duties.
The ideal candidate will be able to prioritize tasks, work independently, and solicit feedback.  This position will require organizational, logistical, and time management skills.  Enthusiastic, highly motivated individual with previous experience working in grasslands with grasshoppers is preferable.  This person will also need to show a willingness to learn from and work under the direction of the PI and supervisor. 
Applicants must demonstrate the willingness and ability to live in shared housing with others working on the project, communicate well in a variety of situations, and be comfortable living and working in a rural area of western Montana.  Enthusiasm for the natural world and a positive attitude are expected. 
FIELD – early-May through Sept 30:  Position involves up to 80-90% of the time in the field sampling vegetation and soils, catching grasshoppers and running grasshopper experiments.  Position also involves approx. 10-20% time indoors sorting grasshoppers, weighing plant samples and entering data, preparing spring and fall resin bags, and downloading data from radiometer and temperature sensors.
 ·       Set up experiments (e.g., build cages, and catch large numbers of grasshoppers)
·       Identification of grasshoppers and prairie plants to species
·       Monitor experiments (maintain experimental cages, conduct regular censuses) and maintain accurate record-keeping of data, including data entry into Excel spreadsheets
·       Take down experiments (involves catching and censusing grasshoppers in the experiments)
·       Sample grasshoppers, vegetation and soils, using various types of field equipment, including Cropscan radiometer, soil corer, soil moisture sensors, and backpack insect vacuum
·       Capable of sustained physical work under unpredictable weather and field conditions. Some heavy lifting and carrying (~50lb), and fence building
·       Work with PI and supervisor to train crew, organize work schedules, maintain morale with crew.
LAB – October through early-May:
·       Prepare plants samples, including weighing, grinding to appropriate specifications
·       Analyze plant samples for nitrogen and carbon using Elemental Analyzer or similar machine
·       Analyze soil and resin samples for NH4 and NO3 by extraction in 2M KCl and prepare extractions for processing on Lachat autoanalyzer
·       Analyze plant samples for palatability by acid-pepsin digestibility method
·       Supervise undergraduates in the lab helping with above analyses
·       Dissect grasshoppers to examine reproductive tracts and to assess degree of parasitism
·       Maintain and manage data using Excel spreadsheets and Access database
·       B.S. or B.A. in environmental sciences or equivalent degree
·       Ability to work and solve problems independently (required)
·       Previous monitoring and/or field research experience, especially in grasslands
·       Plant and insect identification experience and willingness to learn local flora and fauna, with particular experience identifying Acridinae grasshoppers and grasses and forbs of western Montana intermountain prairie preferred
·       Experience training, supervising and coordinating small field and lab crews preferred.
·       Experience with handheld data recorders, radiometers, radios, GPS, other field equipment, driving a truck over rough, steep roads, and small-town living
·       The field portion of this position is 90% + field work. Must be capable of sustained physical work under conditions of hot dry weather, rough terrain, unpredictable weather, biting insects, and other environmental conditions.  Must be able to maintain cheerful attitude with humor and patience
·       Chemistry lab experience, or equivalent, preferred.
·       Strong quantitative skills; experience with Excel is required; experience with Access preferred
·       Valid U.S. driver’s license
DURATION: require 2 year commitment
LOCATION: University of Notre Dame, Indiana and field site in Moiese, Montana
APPLICATION: Please apply online: http://jobs.nd.edu/postings/11317
Please include cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references.  For questions, please contact Jennifer Slade Belovsky at belovsky.2@nd.edu.  For more information, see Belovsky lab website:https://belovskylab.nd.edu/research/national-bison-range/.
The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

Seasonal Field Technician positions: Pollinators and pollination in longleaf pine savannas

We seek to fill multiple field technician positions for a large-scale experiment testing how the restoration of longleaf pine ecosystem in the Southeastern United States impacts insect pollinators and pollination services. Primary job duties will include field, laboratory, and office tasks required for studies of insect pollinator communities and pollination biology. The goal of the research for this field season is to collect and preserve pollinating insects, especially bees, across many experimental plots in the field using a variety of methods.

Positions will begin by mid- to late April 2018, with some flexibility, and will last for approximately 6 months. Pay rate will be $14 per hour.
The technician will work at the Savannah River Site, live in a town near the site (Aiken or New Ellenton, SC, or Augusta, GA), and will join a team of Lars Brudvig, Rufus Isaacs, Jason Gibbs, and Nash Turley, and Sabrie Breland, a lead technician based at The Savanna River Site.
Housing is not provided, but low-cost options are available. Successful candidates will have, or be working towards, a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or a related discipline. Previous field research experience is required, previous entomological or botanical field experience is highly desired. The successful applicant must be able to endure hot, humid conditions and long hours in the field.

Michigan State University is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

It is important to note that the research site is a highly secure area run by the federal government, so non-United States citizens may have difficulty gaining clearance to work there.

To apply, please email a resume and a letter including descriptions of past experience that highlight entomology/botany/ecology experience, why this position is interesting or important to you, dates of availability, and contact information with email addresses for two references to Lars Brudvig (brudvig@msu.edu) with subject line “Seasonal technician application”.  Review of application materials will begin immediately; applications received after February 9, 2018 will not be considered.

Graduate position: UMaryland_BC.2.EvolutionAging

PhD Student Openings – Genetics of aging – Leips Lab UMBC

Two PhD students are sought for work on the genetic basis of aging.
Topics are flexible but students interested in age related declines in
immunocompetence and/or physical performance traits are encouraged to
apply. Please contact Jeff Leips (leips@umbc.edu) and send your CV and
short paragraph on research interests.

If you’d like to learn more about our department please visit our


Course: FridayHarborLabs.MarineInvertebrateEvol.Jun11-Jul13

Friday Harbor Laboratories Marine Invertebrate Zoology Summer 2018

Instructors: Dr. Kevin Kocot (University of Alabama) & Dr. Johanna Cannon
(U. C. Santa Barbara)

Dates: Monday, June 11 – Friday, July 13, 2018 (5 weeks)

Credits: 9

Marine Invertebrate Zoology is designed to provide advanced
undergraduates, post-baccalaureates and graduate students with
comprehensive exposure to the subject of invertebrate zoology. Students
will learn about the diversity, taxonomy, ecology, evolution, structure,
and function of invertebrates. We will cover all animal phyla from
Annelida to Xenacoelomorpha and explore diversity within phyla based on
the rich marine biota of the San Juan Islands. Students will learn about
the field of invertebrate zoology in light of information gained through
the use of traditional tools like electron microscopy and histology as
well as new tools like genomics and evolutionary developmental biology
(“evo-devo”). If you like going to zoos and aquariums, you should like
this course! Most of the time of the course will be spent focusing on the
study of living animals in the laboratory and field. Prior coursework in
invertebrate biology or animal diversity is preferred but not required;
if in doubt, please contact one of the instructors. Enrollment is limited
to 20 students.

For more information, visit: https://fhl.uw.edu/courses/

Applications due February 1, 2018!

Kevin M. Kocot
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Curator of Invertebrates, Alabama Museum of Natural History
The University of Alabama <https://www.ua.edu/>
307 Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
office 205-348-4052 <tel:205-348-4052>
fax 205-348-4039
kmkocot@ua.edu | http://bsc.ua.edu/
[The University of Alabama] <https://www.ua.edu/>
[Facebook] <https://www.facebook.com/kmkocot>   [Twitter]

“Kocot, Kevin” <kmkocot@ua.edu>

vegetation-oriented seasonal biological science technician position

vegetation-oriented seasonal biological science technician position with USGS at Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Full-time, temporary, seasonal biotech position with the U.S. Geological Survey working on project characterizing plant community composition and production in the bison range at Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Details an how to apply at https://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/biological-science-tech-bison-grazing-south-dakota/.  Hourly wage $14.30, season runs ~mid May to early September.

North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission Internship

The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) invites citizens from its member countries (Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, and USA) to apply for the NPAFC Internship Program. One intern will be accepted upon approval of the Commission. The intern will work at the NPAFC Secretariat office in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The intern will gain experience and knowledge in operations of the NPAFC and will have the opportunity to test his/her interest in international governmental organizations, fisheries management, salmon biology & ecology, and fisheries enforcement. The intern will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and/or his designates. In general, the intern will assist in a variety of tasks, including:
* plan, develop, and complete an individual project in enforcement, science, communication, fisheries management, or administration, * prepare information for and provide support to special projects including the International Year of the Salmon (IYS), * assist organizing and editing various NPAFC publications, * coordinate international cooperative programs and assist Secretariat activities, * assist with other work delegated by the Executive Director and/or his designates.

Internship period: Starts on or about September 1, 2018, for a period up to a maximum of 6 months. The intern is expected to perform his/her tasks at the Secretariat office on a daily basis, Monday-Friday, 7.5 hours per day.

Qualifications: Applicants must be a citizen of an NPAFC member country, have a university degree, the ability to read, write, and speak English, the ability to use computers and the Internet, and demonstrated personal initiative. Applicants must currently be a part of the government or academic sector, a recent graduate, or currently enrolled in school for an advanced degree.

Financial support: NPAFC will provide a stipend of $2,500 CDN per month.
Travel cost to and from the intern’s place of residence and the location of the Secretariat office and cost of medical insurance will be at the intern’s own expense or by home country support. Travel expenses associated with the intern’s work in the Secretariat will be covered by the NPAFC.

Applications: Completed applications must include all of the following:
* A cover letter describing the applicant’s interests and qualifications, * Resume showing academic and/or work experience, * Three professional letters of reference, * Personal Data Page of passport as a citizenship proof.

Email the completed application to secretariat@npafc.org by March 22, 2018.

The selected intern will be notified in early June of 2018.

For complete information: Go to http://www.npafc.org and contact the NPAFC Secretariat for questions at secretariat@npafc.org.

Graduate assistantship in bioinformatics

Funding for PhD student to study the evolution of sex chromosomes in crustaceans.
We seek a student interested in bioinformatics to study sex chromosome evolution in androdioecious branchiopod crustaceans. We have whole genome sequence data, including sequencing of the sex chromosome, that need to be analyzed to test hypotheses of the evolution of sex chromosomes in these shrimp. We seek a student with good problem solving ability and programing experience in C++. Minimally the candidate should at least have some programming experience and be willing to learn C++. Funding is for 5 years  and includes both a stipend and tuition remission. Interested parties should contact Dr. Stephen C. Weeks (scw@uakron.edu or 330-972-6954). Visit http://blogs.uakron.edu/weeks/ for more information about these crustaceans.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but will begin to be assessed in early February. Applications can be uploaded athttp://www.uakron.edu/ib/academics/ib-admission-requirements.dot. Interested students should contact Dr. Weeks to receive information on application procedures before applying online.

Seasonal Project Assistant Positions Available at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is accepting applications for the following positions:

1)  The Lyme-Climate Project Seasonal Project Assistant (up to 6)

Job Description:

Research the effects of weather and climate on the survival and behavior of blacklegged ticks and risk of tick-borne disease.  Location is the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York’s Hudson River Valley, with travel to sites between northern New York and North Carolina. Duties include maintaining lab colonies of mice and ticks, preparing and maintaining field equipment and field sites, assessing and recording tick survival, and programming, downloading and managing data from dataloggers.

Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld.


Meticulous attention to detail and experience in field ecology are mandatory. Prior experience handling small mammals is highly desirable.


Employment to begin between March 12 and April 30, with an end date of approximately October 31, 2018. Jobs are full time, 35 hours/week. This is an hourly, non-benefitted position. Wage is commensurate with education and experience. On-site or nearby housing may be available.
Finalist candidates will be required to complete a post-offer, pre- employment driving background check successfully.

All candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Posting is open until February 12, 2018 or until filled.

To Apply:

Please submit job application via http://www.caryinstitute.org/w… and include a single PDF file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Be sure to cite Job Number 18004-I “The Lyme-Climate Project”.

2)  The Tick Project Seasonal Project Assistant (up to 13)

Job Description:

Research the effects of tick management interventions on the survival and behavior of blacklegged ticks and risk of tick-borne disease in people.
Location is the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York’s Hudson River Valley, with travel to sites throughout Dutchess County, New York.
Duties include sampling and collecting ticks in suburban neighborhoods, tick identification, live-trapping small mammals, gathering data and entering data on tick encounters with local residents, coordinating with local residents to collect field data and deploying wildlife cameras.
Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld.


Meticulous attention to detail, self-motivation, and experience in field ecology are mandatory. Prior experience handling small mammals is highly desirable.


Employment may begin as early as March 12 or as late as May 15, with an end date of approximately September 30, 2018. Jobs are full time, 35 hours/week. This is an hourly, non-benefitted position. Wage is commensurate with education and experience. Onsite or nearby housing may be available.

Finalist candidates will be required to complete a post-offer, pre- employment driving background check successfully.

All candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Posting is open until February 12, 2018 or until filled.

To Apply:

Please submit job application via http://www.caryinstitute.org/who-we-
are/jobs and include a single PDF file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Be sure to cite Job Number 18003-I “The Tick Project”.

3)  Mouse-mast Seasonal Project Assistant (up to 4)

Job Description:

Research the dynamics of mammalian communities and the relationships between mammals, ticks, oak trees, and Lyme disease.  Location is the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York’s Hudson River Valley.  Duties include live-trapping small mammals, taking blood, urine, and fecal samples, reliably recording trapping data, sampling abundance of ticks, tree seed collection, and seedling surveys within eastern deciduous forest plots. Early morning, late afternoon, and occasional weekend hours are required.

Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld.


Prior experience handling small mammals is highly desirable.


Employment may begin as early as April 1 or as late as mid May, with an end date of approximately November 14, 2018. Jobs are full time, 35 hours/week.
This is an hourly, non-benefitted position. Wage is commensurate with education and experience. On-site or nearby housing may be available.

Finalist candidates will be required to complete a post-offer, pre- employment driving background check successfully.

All candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Posting is open until February 12, 2018 or until filled.

To Apply:

Please submit job application via http://www.caryinstitute.org/who-we-
are/jobs and include a single PDF file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Be sure to cite Job Number 18002-I “Mouse- mast Project”.

4)  Public Health Project Assistant (1)

Job Description:

Research the effects of weather and climate on the survival and behavior of blacklegged ticks and risk of tick-borne disease.  Location is the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York’s Hudson River Valley, with travel to sites between northern New York and North Carolina. Duties include maintaining lab colonies of mice and ticks, preparing and maintaining field equipment and field sites, assessing and recording tick survival, and programming, downloading and managing data from dataloggers.

Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld.


Meticulous attention to detail and experience in field ecology are mandatory. Prior experience handling small mammals is highly desirable.


Employment to begin between March 12 and April 30, with an end date of approximately October 31, 2018. Jobs are full time, 35 hours/week. This is an hourly, non-benefitted position. Wage is commensurate with education and experience. On-site or nearby housing may be available.

Finalist candidates will be required to complete a post-offer, pre- employment driving background check successfully.

All candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Posting is open until February 12, 2018 or until filled.

To Apply:

Please submit job application via http://www.caryinstitute.org/who-we-
are/jobs and include a single PDF file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Be sure to cite Job Number 18005-I “Public Health, The Tick Project”.

The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Graduate Position: Applied Bacterial Genomics at CSU Monterey Bay

Graduate Masters Position in Applied Bacterial Genomics.

The bioinformatics and genomics-focused Jue lab (https://csumb.edu/juelab) at California State University, Monterey Bay is recruiting a graduate student (M.S. Environmental Science) position in applied microbial genomics. This position is part of a broader project to identify the genetic mechanisms used by bacteria to remediate pesticides from agricultural runoff and understand the metagenomic community dynamics that contribute to optimal remediation activity.
Prospective students should be interested in using genomics and bioinformatics to understand the functional genetic basis of complex phenotypes and/or how genetics can inform us on the ecological contexts for successful pesticide remediation. This position in our M.S. program starts Fall 2018. Please contact Dr. Nathaniel Jue (njue@csumb.edu) for more information. A successful applicant will be passionate about functional and evolutionary genomics, interested in microbial genetics, and familiar with sterile technique and basic genetic lab techniques.
Experience with programming and statistics is also valued. Students working in the Jue lab get professional training in scientific computing, applied data science and advanced genomic lab techniques. Details about the M.S. program in Environmental Science at CSUMB can be found
here: https://csumb.edu/amws. Our program provides excellent training required to enter technical positions in industry (~30% of graduates) and government (~40% of graduates) or academia (~20% of graduates) with a 90% graduation rate. Through CSUMB membership in the NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Program
(CMP) provides additional opportunities for financial support for graduate studies leading to the Masters of Science degree at CSU Monterey Bay. Center research emphases include Coastal Resilience, Coastal Intelligence and Place-Based Conservation. Prospective students must be applying to the thesis track and must be interested in working in the priority areas of the CMP.
Please review the eligibility criteria and application instructions in the CMP graduate page
(https://csumb.edu/cme/graduate-students) and contact Dr. Jue if you have questions about it.
The Jue Lab celebrates having members from diverse backgrounds and training and encourages underrepresented and underserved groups to apply. The program application deadline is February 1.

Paid Summer Internship opportunities! Last week to apply!

Expand your horizons with a paid internship!
Do you have an interest in ecology, natural resource management, environmental education, science communication, environmental policy, or social science as it relates to our natural resources? 
Are you interested in exploring a career path you may not have considered yet, instead of looking for a summer job?  If so, then apply to become an intern with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.
 The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is offering up to 22 paid internships throughout the Midwest focused on a variety of topics. Project summaries, requirements, and location for each project can be downloaded here or by visiting our internship website (http://www.ngrrec.org/Internship/). The program starts with a week-long short course at NGRREC’s field station in East Alton, IL before students depart for their various project locations. At the end of the summer, students will return to present their work in a professional, two-day Intern Symposium attended by their peers, research advisors, and other professionals.
We encourage all students to apply, including community and junior college students, students who are undecided in their career path, and students who would like to explore including science, research, or education and outreach as a component of their educational growth.
In addition to the $5,000 stipend paid in two installments during the summer, we expect to have $1,000 in reimbursement funds to assist students with their summer housing and, if necessary, relocation costs. Program staff will assist students in finding suitable housing at their internship location, if needed.
Now accepting applications!
All applications are due via online submission by midnight January 23, 2018. 
Minimum Requirements: A student must have a GPA 3.25 or higher. Attendance at the Intern Program Short Course (May 21-25) and Intern Symposium (July 30-31) is required if accepted as an intern. All application materials must be submitted online (no email submissions accepted) by the application deadline (Jan. 23).
Required Application Materials: All application materials must be submitted electronically within the online application form by the January 23 deadline.
1)      Biographical sketch – Submit a brief statement (100 words or less) about yourself, your interests, and where you see yourself career-wise in 5 years. This information will be included in the August symposium proceedings.
2)     College transcript – Unofficial copy will suffice as long as your name is clearly visible on the transcript. A screenshot or a typed Word version of your transcript will not be accepted.
3)     Resume – Include all relevant coursework, previous employment, internships, and volunteer positions. Organization name, location, and dates should be included.
4)     Cover letter (optional, but encouraged) – Feel free to include a cover letter outlining what makes you a good candidate for this internship. Include any additional information, such as your career and academic goals, that would help us assess your fit for our internship program. This also helps us match you to the right project.
To apply or see the summary of this year’s projects and locations visit: http://www.ngrrec.org/Apply/. Or begin your application here.
For questions or more information, please contact NGRREC Intern Program Coordinator, Natalie Marioni at ngrrecintern@lc.edu.
Natalie Marioni, Intern Program Coordinator
Director of Environmental Education and Citizen Science
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (www.ngrrec.org)

seasonal plant-oriented biotech positions with USGS, Hot Springs, South Dakota

Full-time, temporary seasonal biotech positions with the U.S. Geological Survey working on invasive annual brome control projects in National Park Service units in the northern Great Plains are now advertised on USA Jobs at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/488838000.  Hourly wage $14.30 or $16.00, season runs June-August or May-October, depending on position applied for.

Field assistants wanted for ecological research on a globally-threatened conifer species in Chilean Patagonia

I’m looking for two field assistants to help me conduct my dissertation research in the Patagonian-Andean Region of southern Chile (Aysén Region) between the first week in March and mid-April 2018.

We’ll be investigating the regeneration ecology of Pilgerodendron uviferum (ciprés de las Guaitecas), as well as the ecological differences between burned and unburned forests and peatlands in the La Junta and Tortel areas of Chile, respectively.  This will involve long days in the field collecting tree cores, in addition to data pertaining to stand structure, vegetation composition, and environmental conditions (e.g., light levels and water table depth).

In the La Junta area, we’ll stay in a small rented cabin (or possibly with a local family).  In the Tortel area, we’ll be staying in town at a hostal, thus sharing space with other visitors.  Lodging, food and fieldwork-related travel expenses will be provided.  However, you will need to cover your round-trip travel to Coyhaique, Chile.

Preferred qualifications include experience conducting biological/ecological field work in remote, rugged terrain; a positive, flexible attitude, and ability to get along with others in close quarters; a willingness to hike, scramble (and even crawl) through extremely dense (and sometimes very wet) temperate rainforest; and moderate Spanish comprehension.  Ideal qualifications include experience with plant identification and/or familiarity with the common plants of Chile’s temperate rainforests, and Spanish fluency.

I expect that the majority of our time will be spent conducting fieldwork, but we’ll also have opportunities to drink mate and participate in asados with local folks, as well as to enjoy the magnificent Baker and Palena Rivers.  Assistants will be strongly encouraged to arrange to do some exploring of Patagonia on their own after the field season.

To apply, please email me with some details about yourself and why you’re interested in the position, as well as your resume and contact information for three references to:  KZaret@pdx.edu.


Alaskan Summer Field Technician position

Project description: Understand the effects of climate change on carbon cycling in tundra ecosystems. The field site borders Denali National Park in Healy, AK. Find more information about the research athttps://www2.nau.edu/schuurlab-p/

Position duration: April until late November 2018.

Job description: Fieldwork will include maintenance of experimental plots, measurements of ecosystem-level carbon exchange and complementary environmental variables. The technician will work closely with a postdoctoral researcher, other technicians, graduate and undergraduate students to collect data and maintain field equipment. Other responsibilities will include data entry, preliminary data processing, and data quality control. The technician will work and live in a shared rustic cabin with an outhouse, on the outskirts of Healy, a small
(~1000 people) town in interior Alaska.  Travel to and from the field site is via ATV or car.

Applicants should be prepared to work long hours, sometimes in cold and adverse weather conditions.  Required qualifications: B.A/B.S in related field.  Must be eligible to work in the US (Canadian or Mexican with TN visa eligibility is OK too). Must have valid drivers license.
Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs, attention to detail, ability to work independently as well as part of a research team, desire to live and work in remote settings, ability to spend long hours outside, and willingness to learn to operate technical sensors and data loggers.

Desired qualifications: Prior experience with scientific fieldwork, carbon flux or ecosystem function measurements is beneficial, but not necessary. Good computer skill and knowledge of Excel, R are a plus, but not a must. Being handy with tools and troubleshooting complex systems is also desirable.

Benefits: The salary range is $12 – 14 per hour depending on qualifications. Travel to and from Alaskan field site is paid for by the project. Housing is also paid for by the project.

To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your preparedness for the position, CV or resume, and list of three references to Meghan Taylor (meghan.taylor@nau.edu) by February 25th 2018. Applications will be reviewed after the closing date, and you will be contacted for an interview.

NSF REU Wisconsin 2018 (LAKES REU Project

Subject: NSF REU Wisconsin 2018 (LAKES REU Project

The LAKES (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability) REU focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary manner over an 8 week program (June 17-August 12), with projects this year in human geography, economics, biology, and geology.  Students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program.
This program prioritizes students under-represented in the scientific community, pairing them with mentors in individual projects.  These collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of the Red Cedar Watershed’s land and water, political economy, social networks, culture, and sense of place.  We will start reviewing applications for the 2018 summer program on February 11th.  Complete program information can be found here: http://www.uwstout.edu/lakes/.

Questions can be directed to: lakes@uwstout.edu

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), NSF Ocean Sciences

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

NSF supports Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites at hundreds of research institutions across the country and in international locations. Most of these REU Sites host groups of 10-20 students for summer internships, although some operate during the academic year. Interns receive a stipend, housing and travel expenses.  The students are paired with a scientist as a mentor, conduct an independent research project and participate in various professional development workshops. Many interns receive support to present their work at a scientific conference after the internship is complete. The Division of Ocean Sciences supports about thirty REU Sites each year. The list of REU Sites for 2018 can be found here:


Application websites for most of these OCE REU’s are open now or will open soon and most application deadlines are in mid-February or March. The deadline for the fall semester program in Bermuda is in May.  Please encourage undergraduates to apply to an OCE REU Site.  Applications at each site are accepted from undergraduates enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US or its territories. Applications from veterans, students with disabilities, minorities, first-generation college students and community college students are encouraged.

If anyone has questions about the OCE REU Site program, please contact Lisa Rom (elrom@nsf.gov) or 703-292-7709.


Rick Murray
Director, Division of Ocean Sciences

Applications for the summer LSAMP REU programs in Costa Rica are open until January 31

We are currently accepting applications!
Applications for the summer LSAMP REU programs in Costa Rica are open until January 31! Please pass the word along to any interested students!
The Organization for Tropical Studies will be hosting two NSF LSAMP REU programs this upcoming summer at two of our world-renowned research stations: La Selva and Las Cruces. This opportunity is open to undergraduates who are (1) U.S. citizens or permanent residents, (2) members of underrepresented minority groups (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders), and (3) enrolled in an LSAMP program. Graduating seniors (May or August 2018) are not eligible
The REU program is:
·        9-weeks in a tropical research station in Costa Rica
·        All expenses paid
·        $550/week stipend
·        Students co-design their projects
·        Only LSAMP students are eligible
This REU program will provide undergraduate students with unparalleled access to tropical forest ecosystems, mentoring by experienced tropical ecology researchers, and training in field research methodology. Each student will work with an on-station mentor as well as an on-campus mentor from his/her home institution to ensure the integration of the summer research experience into students’ academic careers.
Students from diverse ethnic and academic backgrounds will complete an independent research project in the field, from the project planning stage through to symposium presentation and potential publication. Undergraduates will be selected through a competitive application process for a nine-week research program at La Selva Research Station or Las Cruces Research Station in Costa Rica. Students will be immersed in a rich academic community of researchers conducting novel tropical research and will attend workshops on field skills, current research in tropical biology, international research ethics, statistics, and scientific written and oral communication. Participants will also be exposed to environmental, social, and cultural issues surrounding the Station.
A complete REU application will consist of: 1) REU Student Application Form, 2) A Letter of Recommendation from an On-Campus Mentor, 3) A Letter of Recommendation from a Faculty Member, 4) Official Transcript(s). Details can be found on our website:www.tropicalstudies.org/reuIncomplete applications will not be considered.

PhD in Community ecology

PhD POSITION IN AQUATIC COMMUNITY ECOLOGY The Spatial Community Ecology Laboratory at Utah State University
(http://www.eddhammill.com/) is seeking PhD applicants to undertake research in the field of freshwater community ecology. Current areas of interest include – 1) The evolutionary responses of mosquitoes to pesticide contamination. 2) Understanding the relationships between habitat condition, aquatic community health, and ecosystem function. 3) How do changes in water conditions affect interactions between predators, prey, and competitors? 4) Can distributions of aquatic insects inform conservation decisions? Candidates with other specific research interests are encouraged to suggest projects in their application.

The successful candidate will have access to a well-equipped laboratory, and Utah State University’s nearby outdoor Aquatic Research Facility that houses 90 mesocosms and experimental ponds. In addition the research group has strong ties to research stations in Costa Rica, Brazil, Canada and Australia that will be available for field projects.
A knowledge of the statistical programming package R, and/or ArcGIS, and conversational ability in either Spanish or Portuguese will be looked upon favorably. Candidates should be reasonably physically fit, and be able to carry a 40lb backpack 1 mile.
Utah State University (http://www.usu.edu) is a Research I (Extensive
Doctoral) land-grant institution with a student body of over 24,000, 42 departments, 8 academic colleges, a school of Graduate Studies, and diverse research programs. The main campus is located in Logan, a community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational opportunities. The area has a low cost of living and provides a high quality of life.  For more information on Logan see http://www.tourcachevalley.com.

Initial funding for tuition and salary will be through a Quinney PhD Scholarship, which covers the first two years, subsequent years will be covered through other awards. Candidates contact myself initially and then we apply together for the fellowship. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships through the NSF and other sources. Candidates will be provided extensive support with the application process. Starting salaries are $18,700 for a PhD. In addition, successful candidates will have the opportunity to work as teaching assistants to supplement their starting salaries.
Please contact Edd Hammill (edd.hammill@usu.edu, 435 265 5964) for more information or to submit application materials (CV, cover letter, any publications, details of their research interests). Initial review of applications will begin Jan 30th 2018.

Edd Hammill’s google scholar page –

AmeriCorps Opportunity: Lakes Region Conservation Corps- Summer 2018

Interested applicants can find more information/apply online at https://www.squamlakes.org/summer-lrcc. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Application closes February 20, 2018 at 8:30 AM.

The Lakes Regions Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The program is based out of the Squam Lakes Association with host sites at the Squam Lakes Conservation Society and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species, maintain trail networks, lead volunteer crews, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, and spearhead reports on conservation efforts.
The trainings, certifications, and experiences also develop important professional skills that are applicable to future careers within many occupational and educational fields. The program ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks, acting as a leader, and thinking critically to solve any problem that may arise. For more information about the LRCC program please visit https://www.squamlakes.org/summer-lrcc.

LRCC members must meet the following qualifications regardless of host
-Available from May 21, 2018 through October 17, 2018 (end date dependent on completion of service hours) -Must be 18 years of age by May 21, 2018 -Must be covered by health insurance for duration of program -Must be a competent swimmer -Able to lift 50 pounds -Able to carry and use heavy tools while hiking -Able to hike at least 8 miles in a day -Able to work independently and with a group -Must apply online -Must pass all certification exams -Must be covered by health insurance for the duration of the program -Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service’s minimum
-Must clear all required National Service Criminal History Checks -Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US -Must be high school graduates, GED recipients, or must be working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service

LRCC members receive the following over the course of the program regardless of host site:
-NH Safe Boating certification
-NH Commercial Boating license
-Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certification -Student loan forbearance on qualifying loans.
-Living allowance  of $200 weekly, distributed biweekly -AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907 received upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours)

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE at https://www.squamlakes.org/summer-
lrcc. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.

M.S. Graduate Assistantship, Monarch Butterfly Behavioral Ecology at Iowa State University

Monarch butterfly populations have experienced dramatic declines in North America over the past two decades. This project is part of a broad collaboration that seeks to identify and mitigate factors associated with these declines.

Specifically, one M.S. assistantship is available to work with behavioral ecologists, entomologists, and theoretical modelers to understand how the distances at which monarchs perceive resources (flowering plants and
milkweed) could influence reproductive success at a landscape scale. This position will start as early as spring of 2018 in the Adelman and Sappington labs at Iowa State University, as part of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Interdepartmental Graduate Program and/or the Departments of Entomology and Natural Resource Ecology and Management.

Official qualifications can be found on the EEB website here, https://eeb.iastate.edu/admissions/#admission-standards
However, in evaluation of candidates, highest weights will be given to letters of recommendation and prior research experience. Desired qualifications include excellent writing abilities, strong quantitative skills, and experience in animal behavior.

Stipend and Other Information
Stipend is approximately $24,000 per year. The student will receive health insurance and a waiver of 50% of graduate tuition.  Graduate admissions to the NREM department are processed on a rolling basis, so review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found.

To apply, please email me the following documents: a cover letter describing professional interests and career goals, a curriculum vita, copies of all college transcripts and GRE scores, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references.

Dr. James S. Adelman, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University, adelmanj@iastate.edu.

Other: DukeU.UndergradInternBiomechanics.Summer2018

Duke University: AEOP summer undergraduate internship – Biomechanics of
Ultrafast Movements

The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University is recruiting
one undergraduate student researcher through the US Army Educational
Outreach Program (AEOP) during the summer of 2018. The student will
participate in projects examining fast, impulsive movements of organisms
in the natural environment. Possible focal systems for the project
are trap-jaw ants and ballistic plants and fungi. Responsibilities of
the student researchers may include collecting study organisms from
local habitats, obtaining high-speed videos of organisms, analyzing
high-speed videos using computer software, performing statistical
analyses and scientific writing. The details of responsibilities and
tasks will be determined based on mutual interests of the students and
the mentors. There are also possibilities for the students to develop
individual projects under our mentorship. Students in the URAP program
receive an educational stipend equivalent to $15 per hour, and are
allowed to work up to 300 hours total.

We are looking for motivated, reliable students who are excited about
having first-hand research experience at the intersection of biology
and physics. Previous experience performing the above-mentioned
tasks are not required. We especially value students who are
curious and hard-working. For more information about the Patek
Lab, please visit our website: http://secure-web.cisco.com/1FHaowH0WsRS6AjS6Sl8FeplvHQIRvMQ-Eidk34rjjUzKbcxRHST4QyIhfnkNVgIbmsNLlRPLSyzv1ooTs490bbiQk23YoHnRKc7yQXfTUMquRScWwdAJfC_07bEY8D_CME4nORlOzZudsIk4lAywdFrtBCJ-0un2ZmjAUA8pWESX8gw00MMXQ491S3yXQ8MVy2x8H_E_UY0VG4SrXWhcJmvLz7GN9tPK9nVosJhTaddKUx6mKbjXvYO1W1Xmn-DOqonbODipm4NiBoUf3Pw9NrfL0TnuVWGIegHWK1rlKik8l72iH_vbzV9p1m9g5OYZ4Qa-XDvHlXRq4nwymsguYyCXvX_U6mbVAt8YMRx2ofyPyWdfIBp35t6jBz3kzr2HeHvPkLemNVRJYI0SgDBZ8KIVY8LzJAY6HD1fauW7wKAAwMK3Ktec-DgPGljdidd4/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thepateklab.org. For
more information about the URAP program see the AEOP website:

Application DEADLINE: Feb 28, 2018.

All applicants must submit transcripts, a resume, two letters of
recommendation, and must have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least
3.2. Applicants must also include a brief essay that explains their
interest in working with the Patek lab at Duke and how it relates to
their future goals. Generic statements will not be considered.

Please visit the URAP website:

Select “Apply” at the bottom of the page
?? Fill out the forms
?? At “Please select your 1st preference of URAP location,?? please
select “B453 Duke University”

Please direct questions to Postdoctoral Researcher Sarah Longo

“Sarah Longo, Ph.D.” <sarah.longo@duke.edu>

PhD in Conservation planning


The Spatial Community Ecology Laboratory at Utah State University
(http://www.eddhammill.com/) is seeking PhD applicants to undertake research in the field of spatial ecology and conservation planning.
Current areas of interest include – 1) Can we inform the design of road, rail and pipelines to minimize their impacts on biodiveristy 2) Should conservation actions be undertaken in areas experiencing armed conflict.
3) How should local and global threats be incorporated into marine conservation planning 4) Balancing conservation and restoration to most effectively reach management goal. Candidates with other specific research interests are encouraged to suggest projects in their application.

Initial funding for tuition and salary will be through a Quinney PhD Scholarship, which covers the first two years. Candidates contact myself initially and then we apply together for the fellowship. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships through the NSF and other sources. Candidates will be provided extensive support with the application process. Starting salaries are $18,700 for a PhD. In addition, successful candidates will have the opportunity to work as teaching assistants to supplement their starting salaries.
The successful candidate will have access to a well-equipped laboratory, and be provided with access to a high performance desktop computer.  The research group has strong ties to collaborators Canada and Australia and extended visits are encouraged. A knowledge of the statistical programming package R, Marxan, and/or ArcGIS be looked upon favorably.
Candidates with experience in spatial optimization and/or simulated annealing are especially encouraged.

Utah State University (http://www.usu.edu) is a Research I (Extensive
Doctoral) land-grant institution with a student body of over 24,000, 42 departments, 8 academic colleges, a school of Graduate Studies, and diverse research programs. The main campus is located in Logan, a community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational opportunities. The area has a low cost of living and provides a high quality of life.  For more information on Logan see http://www.tourcachevalley.com.

Please contact Edd Hammill (edd.hammill@usu.edu, 435 265 5964) for more information or to submit application materials (CV, cover letter, any publications, details of their research interests). Initial review of applications will begin 30th Jan 2018.

Edd Hammill’s google scholar page –

Recent paper on conservation and armed conflict –

PhD project on boreal forest responses to climate change

The Integrative Wildlife Conservation (Murray) lab at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, is offering a PhD project to assess responses to climate change among native species in Canada’s boreal forest. The boreal forest comprises Canada’s largest biome but its state is rapidly deteriorating, including due to climate change. Our recent findings (Row et al. 2012 Glob. Chan. Biol doi:10.1111/gcb.12526; Murray et al. 2017 PLoS
(ONE) 12(5) e0176706) forecast dire consequences to the boreal forest especially in the boundary region between Ontario-Quebec where disjunct east-west populations of native plants, birds, and mammals, and extensive loss of native biodiversity, likely will arise. Through field sampling, species distribution modeling, population viability analysis, and/or landscape genetics and adaptive genomics, the PhD student will determine: 1) the current and potential future extent of change in boreal species in the Ontario-Quebec region relative to less-impacted areas; 2) how boreal breakdown may affect population processes and viability of native species in the region; 3) whether invasives are colonizing the region disproportionately quickly compared to other regions; and 4) if native or invasive species in the region demonstrate genome-level evidence of stress or adaptation to environmental change. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) as well coverage of all research expenses. Successful candidates will have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong quantitative, genetics, and/or field skills, and an interest in working collaboratively as part of a larger group. The PhD student will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University (www.dennismurray.ca) and be part of an interdisciplinary team addressing innovative solutions to environmental change (www.create-enviro.ca).

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray (dennislmurray@gmail.com). Application deadline is Feb 16th, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Restoration Ecology Internship

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, offering diverse training programs for early career professionals.  The Wilds has nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mineland and remnant forest patches which present opportunities for ecological restoration and research. Six month positions available starting February 2018.

Apprentices gain hands-on experience, participate vegetation and wildlife studies and receive field training on a variety of ecological studies in wetland, forest, stream & grassland habitats.  Apprentices will have the opportunity to develop their own independent research project involving field, lab, and/or computer modeling components.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Please include in your cover letter what you would hope to gain from the position, why you want to learn about restoration ecology, and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate.

Graduate position: TexasCU.TreePopulationGenomics

*M.S. position*: A fully funded graduate research assistantship position
(funding provided by teaching assistance) is available in the lab of
Dr. Matt Hale in the Biology Department at Texas Christian University
starting in August 2018. The project will be based on the population
genetics of the American Chestnut. The applicant should have previous
lab experience including, but not limited to, DNA and RNA extraction,
PCR amplification, and DNA sequencing. Ideally, the candidate will
also have experience with computational analysis and bioinformatics,
although training in these areas will be provided. Interested applicants
should send a CV, a cover letter describing their research interests and
reasons for applying, and the names and contact details of THREE potential
referees to Dr. Matt Hale (m.c.hale@tcu.edu). Review of applicants will
begin on January 22.  For more details on the Biology department at TCU
please see  http://biology.tcu.edu/


Graduate position: ULouisiana.EvolutionaryBiol

Doctoral Fellowships available for entering Ph.D. students in
Environmental and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Louisiana

We will be awarding University of Louisiana and Board of Regents
Fellowships to qualified applicants entering the doctoral program in Fall
2018. UL Fellowships are awarded for 3-4 year terms and no teaching is
required in the first or last years, while BoR Fellows are funded for 4
years and have no formal teaching duties; fellows may qualify for Teaching
Assistantships following the completion of the fellowship term. Stipends
are up to $30,000 per year (plus a tuition waiver). Eligibility
requirements include US citizenship (or permanent residency) or a
prior degree from a US institution. Potential applicants are strongly
encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors. Faculty contact
information and research interests can be found at our departmental web
site (http://biology.louisiana.edu/). More information about the graduate
program can be found at http://biology.louisiana.edu/programs/graduate.

Scott C. France france@louisiana.edu
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Biology
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Graduate position: OldDominionU.MarineBiodiversity

Graduate Research Assistant (PhD) – Marine Molecular Ecology at Old
Dominion University

The Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University, a
“Doctoral Research – Extensive” state university, has an opening for
a PhD Graduate Research Assistant in marine molecular ecology. The
appointment will begin in the summer or fall semester of 2018. This
position involves participation in an NSF-funded PIRE (Partnerships for
International Research and Education) Project to examine genetic and
species-level changes in marine biodiversity over the past century
of intense fisheries exploitation and habitat degradation in the
Philippines. The successful candidate will be expected to live in the
Philippines during summer sessions to conduct research in the field and
laboratory in a collaborative, multinational setting. Applicants must
have a bachelor???s or master???s degree at the time of employment,
and demonstrate interest or experience in molecular ecology, population
genomics, marine phylogeography, or a closely related field. Competitive
applicants will have some experience conducting molecular ecology research
in the field and/or laboratory; AAUS Scientific Diver certification is
desired. Underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should send an email to Kristene Parsons
(kparsons@odu.edu) that includes (1) a cover letter describing your
interest in the position, prior research, and future career goals, (2)
your curriculum vitae, (3) a copy of your college transcript(s), and (4)
the names, telephone numbers, and addresses (postal and email) of three
references. Review of applications will begin in February, 2018 and will
continue until a suitable candidate is found. For more information about
the department, other faculty and students, please see the websites of the
Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.odu.edu/biosci) and Kent
Carpenter (http://www.odu.edu/directory/people/k/kcarpent). Additional
information on the Philippine PIRE Project can be found at
https://sites.wp.odu.edu/PIRE/. AA/EOE/M/F/Disability/VETS/Drug Free.

Kristene T. Parsons
NSF PIRE Project Administrator
Department of Biological Sciences
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529-0266 USA

kparsons@odu.edu | 757-683-3481

“Parsons, Kristene” <kparsons@odu.edu>

Graduate position: University of New Orleans. Drosophila genomics

Graduate positions (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) are available in the Atallah Lab (https://sites.google.com/view/atallahlab) in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of New Orleans (UNO). We are currently looking for students interested in working on the evolution of the early embryonic transcriptome in Drosophila species. Embryonic transcriptomes from diverse species can be readily compared due to similarities in embryonic stages. We are analyzing transcriptomes from different stages of early embryogenesis in flies. Students interested in this project should be prepared for molecular lab work, bioinformatic analysis and field collection of samples.
Interested students should send an email to jatallah@uno.edu<mailto:jatallah@uno.edu>. Please include a brief description of your background (or a CV or resume), and mention why you’re excited about this project.
The University of New Orleans is a public research university and part of the University of Louisiana system. New Orleans is a diverse and historic city with a vibrant culture.

Joel Atallah, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
202 Biology Building
Department of Biological Sciences
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70148
(504) 280-7057

Seasonal Vegetation Monitoring Technicians – Ely, NV


The Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition (ENLC) is currently seeking vegetation monitoring technicians for our upcoming 2018 field season.
Located in Ely, Nevada, the ENLC is a non-profit conservation organization comprised of public, private, and non-profit partners dedicated to the restoration of Western ecosystems through collaborative teamwork. The ENLC conducts a variety of vegetation/wildlife monitoring projects throughout Nevada and surrounding states. We are requesting applications for a minimum of two to three (2-3) vegetation monitoring technicians to work out of our main office in Ely, NV.

VEGETATION MONITORING TECHNICIAN DUTIES: Field technicians’ primary responsibility will be to collect post-fire vegetation response data in burned areas on public lands managed by the BLM as part of the Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ES&R) program. Data collected will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of post wildfire rehabilitation treatments.
Technicians will be responsible for driving (in company vehicles) and hiking to sampling locations, following rigorous sampling protocols for data collection, data quality control and data entry.

Field work will involve driving on and navigating backcountry dirt roads, hiking and navigating potentially long distances off trail, establishing and monitoring plots using the BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, all while camping in the backcountry for 4-8 days at a time, sometimes in adverse weather conditions.

Other duties include data entry using the Database for Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment (DIMA), collecting herbarium quality plant specimens, identifying plants to species in both a field and office setting, operating 4WD vehicles, communicating effectively in a small crew setting, and operating safely in sometimes harsh and stressful field conditions.

LOCATION: Ely is centrally located in the Great Basin and offers numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. Hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, bouldering, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, disc golf, fishing and hunting opportunities abound near the town of 4,200 people. Over 20 separate BLM and USFS designated wilderness areas occur within three hours of Ely, and several national parks, including Great Basin (60 miles), Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon National Parks, are located within a six hour drive. In addition to outdoor opportunities, urban centers such as Salt Lake City and Las Vegas are only a four hour drive. For outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers, Ely is a perfect place to experience.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Applicants should have graduated from a program in biological sciences, ecology, natural resources or a related field. The ideal applicant will have experience in plant identification and a general knowledge of plant taxonomy.

Applicants should be able to hike 2-10 miles a day while carrying a pack with field equipment, and be comfortable with truck camping in the backcountry for up to 8 days at a time in sometimes harsh weather conditions. Preferred applicants will be experienced with 4WD vehicles, GPS navigation, have had a clean driving record for the past 3 years, and are passionate about the outdoors.

COMPENSATION: $15-$16/hour depending on experience (plus $34/day per diem when camping)

SCHEDULE:  Positions will begin in late April and continue through late August to September as needed. Work will occur on an 8-days-on/6-days-off schedule (10-hour days).

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least three references to Patrick Hellmann at phellmann@envlc.org.
All materials should be emailed by February 9th, 2018.

For more information, please visit our website (http://www.envlc.org) or email any questions to Patrick Hellmann at phellmann@envlc.org.

Aquatic ecology PhD position in Algonquin Park

A PhD position is available in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto to study lake food webs in Algonquin Park, Ontario beginning in September 2018. The project aims to apply stable isotopes, fatty acids, netting survey data and hydroacoustic assessment to quantify the niche diversity of lake whitefish in lakes with either Mysis diluviana or Chaoborus punctipennis as diel vertical migrators.

The student will be co-supervised by Bailey McMeans (University of Toronto,
Mississauga) and Mark Ridgway (OMNRF, Harkness Laboratory of Fisheries Research). Previous aquatic field experience, successful completion of an MSc in Ecology and Canadian PR or citizenship status is preferred, but not required to apply. Please send a cover letter detailing your research background and interests, unofficial transcript and CV with reference contacts to bailey.mcmeans@utoronto.ca before January 31, 2018.

2018 Field Research Technician: Climate Change and Herbivore Effects on Plant Communities

2018 Field Research Technician: Climate Change and Herbivore Effects on Plant Communities

Position description: The Field Technician will directly manage a long-term climate warming experiment on early successional plant communities in Michigan, USA. The goal of the experiment is to quantify the single and interactive effects of climate warming and insect herbivory on plant communities through time. The Field Technician would oversee two experimental sites, to ensure their proper functioning and record long-term ecological data on plants, insects, and climate. The two sites are located at: Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research site (KBS LTER), in Hickory Corners, Michigan, and the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) in Pellston, Michigan. The individual will work directly under Dr. Phoebe Zarnetske to determine the experiment’s management needs, and will be based at one or both of the sites throughout the summer.
Responsibilities include field data collection, data entry, applying insecticide treatments twice monthly during the growing season, and maintaining the experiment infrastructure.
Preference will be given to individuals with experience in ecological field work with plants and/or insects. Position is available for 1 field season (March – early October 2018) with potential for extension, based on performance and funding.

For the full position description including eligibility and application see:

Deadline: Applications will be considered until February 1, 2018, or until the position has been filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Ecology and Botany Field Technicians – Research Associate I

Title: Ecology and Botany Field Technicians – Research Associate I Number of Positions: 4-6 Work Location: Pensacola, FL; Biloxi, MS Pay Rate: $13-18/hour depending on experience and qualifications; housing provided
Duration: ~2 months (approx. Late May through July)

Summary of Position
Colorado Natural Heritage Program seeks 4-6 summer field technicians to use their knowledge of botany and ecology to conduct an accuracy assessment of a vegetation map at Gulf Islands National Seashore along the gulf coast of Florida and Mississippi. This work entails traveling to remote locations and identifying plant communities based on dominant species using the US National Vegetation Classification system (www.usnvc.org). Botanical skills are necessary. Travel to field sites include a combination of daytrips, short camping trips, and occasional boat trips to barrier islands.
This position provides an excellent opportunity for botanists/ecologists eager to explore a variety of different ecosystems and learn to use the US National Vegetation Classification standard. Gulf Islands National Seashore encompass a variety of unique ecosystems including dune complexes, sandy pine ridges, and salt marshes. These communities provide habitats for a wide variety of rare animals and plants including sea turtles, dolphins, pitcher plants, and many more. After this summer, field technicians will have a deep understanding of coastal woodlands and forests, salt marshes, and the US National Vegetation Classification standard.
1.      Work with a partner to navigate to plot locations and determine
plant community. Requires ability to reliably identify plants and plant communities of the project area, identify dominant species and community structure, and document presence of exotic or rare species.
2.      Reliably locate field plots, safely and efficiently access
sites, complete field forms, operate and maintain field equipment, and effectively manage collected data.
3.      Enter and maintain data in electronic formats (databases,
spreadsheets, GPS, GIS).
4.      Thoroughly document all fieldwork using field notebooks, survey
forms, maps, GPS, digital tablets, and cameras.
Minimum Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree in botany, ecology, natural resources, range management, forestry, or related field. Three years of equivalent field may be substituted for degree.
1.      Knowledge of dichotomous botanical keys and field guides
2.      Willingness to travel extensively during field season, work
unusual schedules (up to 8 consecutive days), backpack, car camp, and live in rustic conditions for extended periods in remote areas
3.      Good physical condition and ability to work long hours in the
field, travel by foot off-trail in rough terrain, and work through inclement weather
4.      Careful attention to detail in collecting data
5.      Comfort and familiarity with the use of computers
6.      Experience or familiarity with the use of GPS
Desired Qualifications
1.      Familiarity with flora of the gulf coast (FL, MS)
2.      Experience collecting vegetation and environmental data in the
3.      Experience with US National Vegetation Classification
4.      One year experience of species identification, community
classification, or habitat typing
5.      Experience working in hot humid conditions with little shade
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled or through June 30, 2018, whichever comes first. To apply send resume, cover letter, and three references (with phone #’s), to Joe Stevens at joe.stevens@colostate.edu References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non- discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

MS Openings – Fall 2018 – DePaul University – Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences at DePaul University (in Chicago, IL) has openings for graduate students who are interested in pursuing thesis-based Master of Science (MS) degrees. Applications for starting in Fall 2018 are currently being accepted. The expertise of our Faculty span the full range of levels of biological organization, and the core areas of study for a MS degree include:
– Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology
– Genetics, Cell, and Molecular Biology
– Physiology and Neurobiology
The MS program is two years in duration. Most graduate students who are accepted into the program and who maintain satisfactory standing will receive a Graduate Assistantship for both years. Assistantships include a $11,955 stipend during the school year, and tuition waivers for graduate courses required for the degree. Graduate assistant duties usually require about 20 hours of work per week during the regular academic term. Students not requiring an assistantship or tuition waivers are also welcome to apply.
Information about the research interests of our faculty is available from the faculty pages:http://csh.depaul.edu/academics/biological-sciences/Pages/faculty-staff.aspx Students considering applying to the program are encouraged to identify potential advisors they would be interested in working with for their thesis research prior to submitting their application.
The Biological Sciences department is primary housed in the William G. McGowan Biological Sciences Center (and the adjacent Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building), which provides modern research infrastructure, including tissue culture equipment, environmental chambers, a DNA sequencing facility, a confocal microscope, several communal equipment rooms, an animal care facility, and a greenhouse.
A departmental vehicle is also available for field-based research projects.
DePaul’s location in Chicago offers opportunities for collaborative research and use of facilities at a number of neighboring institutions. The Department of Biological Sciences is located on the Lincoln Park Campus that is about 4 miles (6.5 km) north of downtown Chicago, and is host to about 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students; it is a 25-minute walk to the Lincoln Park Zoo, and 30-minute walk to Lake Michigan.
For international students: DePaul’s Biological Sciences degree is a Department of Homeland Security STEM designated program. STEM designation is granted to programs that produce graduates educated in science, technology, engineering and/or math who help support U.S. economic competitiveness and growth. International students who earn degrees from STEM designated programs can qualify to extend their post-graduation stay in the United States for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT provides an opportunity for international students to develop their careers while also helping meet the demand for STEM-educated professionals in the U.S. workforce. To find out more about STEM designated programs, contact the College of Science and Health at graddepaul@depaul.edu or (773) 325-7315.
Completed applications will be reviewed beginning 12 February 2018. Admissions criteria are available here:http://csh.depaul.edu/academics/biological-sciences/graduate/biological-sciences-ms/Pages/admission-requirements.aspx
For more information about the MS program offered by the Department of Biological Sciences or admission requirements, please contact the Graduate Committee Chair, Dr. Tim Sparkes (tsparkes@depaul.edu); or visit the department’s website:http://csh.depaul.edu/academics/biological-sciences/graduate/biological-sciences-ms/Pages/default.aspx
Dr. Jalene LaMontagne

Botany Field Technicians – Eugene, OR

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District is recruiting for several temporary botany positions in support of the stewardship programs at Fern Ridge Reservoir near Eugene, Oregon. One position will be in the GS-0404 Biological Technician series, temporary – not to exceed 6 months – GS 4/5, an and advertised through the USA jobs website, we expect the announcement to op open January 19th and close January 28th. This position is full time for 6 mo months and expected to start in early April, 2018. Two to three more botany po position may be hired through AmeriCorps.

Duties for the GS-0404 Biological Technician botany position include inventory and monitoring for sensitive and ESA listed plant species (Bradshaw’s lomatium, Willamette daisy, Kincaid’s lupine, and others), invasive species inventory and treatment, plant community inventory and site descriptions, seed collection, data entry, report writing, assisting with wildlife surveys, serving as point invasive species inventory and treatment, plant community inventory and site descriptions, seed collection, data entry, report writing, assisting with wildlife surveys, serving as point-of-contact for work crews (high school and corrections), and other stewardship related duties as needed.
The person in this position will work both as a member of a crew, and leader of a smaller crew (depending on project needs) leading a crew of 1-3 Amer AmeriCorps interns in fieldwork. We are seeking someone with strong plant iden identification skills, who will be excited and able to work outdoors in all weat weather, and who communicates and works well with others.


USACE plans to two or three more botany positions through AmeriCorps (via Northwest Youth Corps). These are subject to funding, and will likely be two 675 hour positions (this would be about 4 months at 40 hours per week) beginning in April, 2018 and continuing through the summer. We encourage students to apply, and may accommodate spring term class schedules through June 15th on a case by case basis provided they can work at least two full days per week (M-F) and at least 20 hours/week; however, we may give pr preference to applicants who can work full time in May and June. Duties wi will be similar to the GS 4/5 botany position, but without crew lead re responsibility. Another 450 hour position may be available starting ea earlier. We expect these positions to post to the following website by the en end of January, 2018:


Rhiannon Cochrane
Botanist – USACE Willamette Valley Project Rhiannon.C.Cochrane@usace.army.mil

summer job: Biological Science Technician, Forest Ecology

Summer Employment Opportunity!
Come work among the Giant Sequoias and High Sierras!
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station (USGS) is currently searching for people interested in summer 2018 Biological Science Technician positions in Forest Ecology.
 Pay: GG-5 (approx. $16.00/hour)
Location: Three Rivers, California
             Crew 1: Measure forest demographics, including measuring trees and seedlings and determining cause of death.  Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research, identifying Sierran trees, and forest pathology. Up to 6 positions will be filled.  Positions are full-time, start in approximately mid-May, and will last about 5 months.
            Crew 2: Participate in research project on whitebark pine persistence across its range in the Sierras. Backpack in a variety of conditions across many regions of the Sierras, including Sequoia-Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks. Sample forestry plots in remote areas from 7,000-11,000 feet. Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research, collecting tree cores and other samples, and tree measurements. Up to 2 positions will be filled. Positions are full-time, start approximately late May/early June, and will last up to 4 months.  Ideal candidates will have backpacking experience and feel comfortable spending up to 10 days in the backcountry.
 Must be a US Citizen in order to qualify.  Also need bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience. Some field work experience required. Want people with some biological coursework and experience, an interest in forest or field ecology who want to work outdoors, and who like to work in small teams and have strong interpersonal skills.  Housing available for rent.
If interested: e:mail a cover letter, resume, list of references, and unofficial transcripts to:   Anne Pfaff atahpfaff@usgs.gov
To be considered, please send information by February 5, 2018.
For more information, call Anne at (559) 565-3172 or e:mail at ahpfaff@usgs.gov.  
Anne Pfaff
USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station
47050 Generals Highway #4
Three Rivers, California 93271
(559) 565-3172
(559) 565-3177 (fax)

Master’s Graduate Assistantship in Forest Restoration & Modelling

A Master’s position is available in the Quantitative Forest Management lab of Dr. Steve Chhin in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University (WVU).

The graduate student will primarily conduct field and laboratory work
for a project funded by the USDA Forest Service.    The general
objective of the project is to develop new site index curves for Central Appalachian red spruce by correcting for historical growth suppression.
Models will also be developed which relate red spruce site index to the site index of commonly associated species such as American beech, black cherry, red maple, and yellow birch.  This will aid in restoration and resiliency efforts for red spruce by providing site quality information in areas where red spruce is absent or where new red spruce habitat is expected due to climate change.  Dendroclimatic models will be developed to examine sensitivity of red spruce to past and future climate change.


A completed Bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a similarly related natural resource field is acceptable.  Preference will be given to applicants that are highly self-motivated, possess a strong work ethic, and have strong oral and written communication skills.  Experience with statistical software packages (e.g., R) and proficiency with GIS would be assets.  A background or strong interest in conducting field based research and working in a laboratory environment is desirable.  Applicants must enjoy working (e.g., rigorous field work) and living outdoors (e.g., camping) and possess a valid driver’s license.  A cumulative GPA greater than
3.25 in undergraduate coursework is preferred.  The start date for this position is May 2018.  This position includes a tuition waiver and health benefits, and a competitive stipend.

Application materials:

Please submit: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) GRE scores, 5) contact information of two references, and 6) TOEFL scores (for international applicants).  Please describe your career goals in the cover letter.  Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled.  To ensure full consideration, please e-mail your application material to Dr. Steve Chhin (sc0061@mix.wvu.edu) by February 9, 2018.

Summer 2018 Student Contract Positions – BBS Biolo gical Technicians

The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking two full-time temporary student contractors to assist with duties related to the North American Breeding Bird Survey program (www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS).  The BBS is a long-term, continental avian monitoring program that relies on citizen scientists to provide the quantitative population data needed to assess and manage hundreds of migratory bird species found across the U.S. and Canada.  Tasks will include working with wildlife survey data, performance of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data, data entry, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing, preparation of maps and assisting in preparation of administrative correspondence.
Application deadline:
Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter by February 12, 2018.
Statement of Work
1. Types of services required: During the summer field season, approximately 3100 BBS routes are sampled by participants skilled in avian identification. These data are then processed and analyzed by USGS to inform avian conservation efforts in the U.S. and Canada. Tasks will include processing incoming data and materials, performing data entry and quality control procedures using web-based technologies, tracking progress, assisting with database management, photocopying, scanning and filing materials, map preparation, and corresponding with participants.
2. Required expertise/skills:
a. Applicants are required to have completed two years of undergraduate course work (student must be at least a second semester sophomore).
b. Applicants must be majors in a biology, ecology, environmental science or related disciplines.
c. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing.
d. Applicants must have knowledge of computer software used to summarize and organize data (i.e. Excel and Access).
e. Knowledge of North American birds is not required.
3. Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for a student contract position, applicants must be either a currently enrolled student or a recent graduate. To qualify as a student, the applicant must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university. Former students who graduated more than 10 months ago or who left school without graduating are not eligible to work under these contracts.  Applicants will be required to show proof of their student status (or recent graduation). USGS employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program. U.S. citizens are eligible. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service). Foreign students in the U.S. under F-1 visas are usually not able to participate in this program, due to USCIS restrictions against off-campus work.
4. Description of working conditions: Work will be performed in an office environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in Laurel, Maryland. Extended periods of computer use will be required. This is not a field or laboratory position.
5. Compensation: The student contractor will be paid $17.09 per hour. Student contractors are paid only for hours worked (no holiday or leave benefits). Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Official travel away from the duty station is not expected.
6. Principal Duty Station: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. Student contractors may enter the building only during business hours or when project manager is present.
7. Additional information: Estimated number of hours for the position is 544 (full-time for summer). There is a possibility of additional part-time hours continuing into the fall semester. The approximate start date is May 28, 2018. The approximate end date is August 24, 2018. There is flexibility in start and end dates to accommodate variations in academic calendars.
8. How to apply: Send resume and cover letter to Keith Pardieck via email (kpardieck@usgs.gov). Applications must be received on or before February 12, 2018. In your cover letter include an explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements, your expected graduation date, and discuss your experience as related to sections 1 and 2 above.
Keith L. Pardieck
National Coordinator
North American Breeding Bird Survey
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Road  
Laurel, MD 20708
301-497-5843 (Tel)

PhD position on effects of pharmaceuticals/contaminants on recreational fishes – Miami, FL

Florida International University, Miami, Florida
The Rehage lab at Florida International University, in Miami, FL is seeking a Ph.D. student interested in examining the potential effects of contaminants on recreational fisheries for Fall 2018 (http://myweb.fiu.edu/rehagej/).
Dates: Desired start date is Fall 2018application deadline is February 1, 2018 for Fall 2018 (but position will remain open until filled).
About this position: We seek a motivated student with a passion for fish, ecology/fisheries, ecotoxicology and scientific inquiry. The proposed PhD project will be related to (but not limited to) examining the role of contaminants, particularly pharmaceuticals on the decline of bonefish populations in South Florida relative to elsewhere the Caribbean basin.  The position is being offered through the NSF funded CREST program at FIU’s Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment (https://crestcache.fiu.edu/) and in collaboration with the Brodin Lab at Umea University, Sweden, http://www.emg.umu.se/english/about-the-department/staff/brodin-tomas/ and  Bonefish and Tarpon Trust,https://www.bonefishtarpontrust.org/. The ideal candidate will have a passion and experience in fish ecology/fisheries and/or ecotoxicology, excellent writing and quantitative skills, previous fish/fisheries field experience and an interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and local partnerships with recreational. Boating and angling experience are highly desired.  Competitive support will be a combination of research & teaching assistantships with health care benefits and a tuition waiver.    
About our lab: We are an energetic team of fish ecologists interested in understanding how fishes respond to human and natural disturbance, and how these effects permeate through multiple ecological scales (from individual behavior to population and community dynamics and to human dimensions, such as implications for recreational fisheries). We are part of a highly collaborative south Florida research community, composed of scientists, and federal, state and private partners, all with the shared goal of understanding and forecasting coastal ecosystem responses to the interaction of natural and anthropogenic drivers (see http://fcelter.fiu.edu/).
To apply:  please contact Dr. Jenn Rehage ASAP at rehagej@fiu.edu. In your email please tell us about yourself (research interests and experience, fit to the project) and attach a CV (including GPAs, GRE scores, academic record, research experience & references). Please title your email ‘PhD applicant Fall 2018 + your name.’ Our graduate program deadline is February 1, 2018 (please see 
http://earthenvironment.fiu.edu/programs/graduate/ for details on our PhD in Earth Systems Science).
About our university: FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body that offers more than 180 study programs. Our multiple campuses serve over 56,000 students, placing FIU among the 5 largest universities in the nation. FIU holds a Carnegie Research 1 designation (highest research activity), and is the largest majority minority RI institution in the US.  CREST CAChE is a joint venture between FIU’s Institute for Water and environment (https://inwe.fiu.edu/) and the STEM Transformation Institute (https://stem.fiu.edu/

Summer Field Technician Jobs in Plant and Insect Ecology

Summer Field Technician Jobs in Plant and Insect Ecology
Wichita State University seeks four highly motivated technicians to assist in data collection for a collaborative research project investigating the response of birds, plants, and insects to cattle grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grasslands in Kansas.  Grazing disturbance on CRP lands is currently excluded or restricted, despite the historic role of bison grazing in prairie communities. Our study will test how high and low diversity seeding practices (CP25 and CP2, respectively) influence the restoration of 108 CRP sites across the longitudinal precipitation gradient in Kansas and the effects of periodic grazing on plants, insects, and birds.
Technicians will collect plant and insect data in three-person sampling crews, each led by a graduate researcher. Each crew will be responsible for sampling a subset of sites (36) in the western, central, or eastern region of Kansas. Duties include, but are not limited to: collecting vegetative visual obstruction, abundance, and biomass data; preparing and collecting insect pitfall traps, sweep netting for aerial insects, and associated abiotic data collection (wind, temperature, etc.); data entry and quality control; and equipment preparation. Candidates must be able to work effectively in a team and hike through tall grass with equipment. Working hours will be spent almost exclusively in the field and involve early mornings, long hours when necessary, and in variable weather conditions. Weekend work may be required (dependent on weather delays). Technicians must be able to transport themselves to field housing and be ready to begin data collection May 21, 2018 for a 10-week field season (ending July 28, 2018). Shared housing will be provided for technicians at field stations or rental houses near field sites in rural Kansas. Field vehicles will be provided. Technicians will be compensated $4,400 for the season.
  1. Academic training in or enthusiasm for biology and/or ecology,
  2. Previous experience with plant identification in the Midwestern United States and insect sampling preferred, but not required,
  3. Fit to perform field work while maintaining excellent work ethic in a variety of conditions, including heat, humidity, rain, and biting arthropods,  
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work and live with other technicians and interact positively with CRP landowners,
  5. Able to use a compass and GPS for field navigation,
  6. Possess a valid driver’s license and willing to drive rental field vehicles on gravel and muddy roads,
  7. Must be available from May 21 to July 28, 2018.
To apply, email cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Molly Reichenborn atmolly.reichenborn@wichita.edu. Application review will begin January 29, 2018. Positions will remain open until filled.

Seasonal position announcements for the Institute for Applied Ecology

The Institute for Applied Ecology (http://appliedeco.org/) is now accepting applications for a variety of temporary/seasonal positions for the 2018 field season! All positions are posted on the “Jobs” page of the IAE website with detailed position descriptions and specific application instructions.
Conservation Research Internships
Conservation Research and Botany Field Crew Leader
Seasonal Field Botany Technician (Rare Plant Monitoring; Lakeview, OR)
Golden Paintbrush Recovery Internships
Golden Paintbrush Field Crew Leader
Botany Field Internships (Rare Plant Monitoring)
Botany Field Crew Leader (Rare Plant Monitoring)
Streaked Horned Lark Technician
All positions are based in Corvallis, OR (housing not provided) with the exception of the “Seasonal Field Botany Technician (Rare Plant Monitoring; Lakeview, OR)” positions, which are based in Lakeview, OR. For these positions only, housing in federal bunkhouses in Lakeview, OR is provided.
To Apply:  Applications should be compiled into a single PDF document and emailed to jobs@appliedeco.org[deadlines differ for each position]. In the subject line, please write the position title for which you are applying.
Include a letter of interest stating when you will be available to start work (this is a MUST), resumetranscripts(unofficial is fine), and the names and contact information for three references.  AT LEAST ONE reference must be from a supervisor from a work experience.
If you are applying to more than one position at IAE, you will need to submit applications to specific postings in separate e-mails.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Non-U.S. residents must also include a copy of their work visa.  Applications will be considered upon receipt.  Please direct all inquiries to jobs@appliedeco.org.

PhD Research Assistantship – Evolutionary Ecology

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is seeking candidates for a graduate assistantship (Ph.D.) in Wildlife Ecology and Management to take the lead on a comprehensive research project examining evolutionary ecology of a large mammal.  The research will be conducted at the Auburn University deer research facility and will examine the evolutionary aspects of reproduction using white-tailed deer as a model.  Working as part of a research team, the selected student will develop a research focus using data (physical characteristics, genetics, blood profiles, parasite loads, hormone levels, etc.) collected over the past 10 years from over 500 individual animals.  During this time period, we have determined parentage assignments for over 400 of these individuals.  These data, as well as an additional 3 years of data collected by the research team while the student is at Auburn, will be available to the student.  The Auburn deer research facility (wp.auburn.edu/deerlab), which is a 430-acre laboratory setting that simulates a free-ranging population of white- tailed deer, has approximately 100 individual adult deer that inhabit the facility at any given time.  The selected candidate will be able to develop a research focus in areas including, but not limited to, relationships among breeding patterns, fitness, the MHC, physical characteristics, parasite loads, and hormone levels.  Responsibilities of the selected candidate will be to spearhead continued data collection in the field (e.g., capture of deer and collection of samples), and to enhance the database that has already been developed for the population.

The position will be available beginning May 2018.  The candidate selected for this position will also serve as the writing TA for the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.  As the writing TA, the candidate will assist undergraduate and graduate students with development of their writing skills.  This responsibility is not to be confused with proofreading writing and telling them what needs to be corrected.  Rather, Auburn University has implemented a complex writing assistance center on campus, and this position serves as the liaison for students in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.  The selected candidate will be trained by the AU Writing Center, and will normally work with students 8-13 hours/week by appointment.  To satisfy the assistantship during the summer semester, the candidate will work with Forestry and Wildlife undergraduate students on their writing for approximately 4 weeks during May-June each summer at our remote campus (The Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center).  The assistantship includes a $19,180 salary, a full tuition waiver, and comes with its own office.
Additionally, highly quality candidates may be considered for an AU Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, which lasts for 3 years and comes with an annual stipend of $30,000.  If the student is awarded this fellowship, they will still be expected to meet their writing TA responsibilities.

Applicants should possess an M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology or related field, a strong work ethic, and field and/or lab experience.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but the hope is to make a decision by early February.  Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the project, copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for at least 3 references to Dr. Steve Ditchkoff, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 3301 Forestry and Wildlife Building, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849. Phone – (334) 844-9240: E-mail – ditchss@auburn.edu.  Application materials can be sent by e-mail.

PhD in Restoration Ecology at University of Wyoming

PhD position available to study sagebrush restoration at the University of
The Laughlin Lab is recruiting a PhD student to start in Fall 2018 to study
drivers of successful sagebrush restoration across the state of Wyoming.

Specifically, we want to evaluate the effects of the soil and rhizosphere

microbiome on sagebrush seedling establishment after disturbances associated

with resource extraction. All interested students are encouraged to apply!
Please follow this link for details:

Research Experience for Undergraduates at University of Georgia

Applications are now being accepted for the summer of 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates in Population Biology of Infectious Diseases, hosted by the University of Georgia. We are excited about the program, which strives to integrate experimental biological science with computational methods and techniques to investigate a variety of areas in infectious disease research. Our goal is to recruit both students with a background in biology, with the intent of introducing them to computational techniques, and also students with a background in mathematics and/or computer science, in order to give them experience in data collection in a laboratory setting.

2018 Program details
Location: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Dates: May 21-July 20, 2017 (9 weeks)

Students will receive a $4950 stipend for the summer, free housing at the University of Georgia, and travel assistance to Athens, GA.

Who is eligible?
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories and have not yet obtained an undergraduate degree.

To Apply:
– Complete the online application at http://reu.ecology.uga.edu/
– Send transcripts (unofficial is ok) to  infectious.disease.reu@gmail.com
– Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to infectious.disease.reu@gmail.com

To be considered, all application materials should be received by February 19, 2018. Accepted students will be notified in early March.

For more information, please see our website at http://reu.ecology.uga.edu/
or contact Dr. John Drake, program director, at jdrake@uga.edu

MS Assistantship: The effect of urban sprawl on bird diversity

One two-year MS assistantship is available starting in August 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Sara Gagné in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
A highly-motivated student is sought to pursue research that investigates the effect of urban sprawl on bird diversity. The student will make use of publicly-available datasets and published sprawl indices to investigate how avian community structure and composition respond to variation in urban form among landscapes at multiple spatial scales. The student’s research may also include the investigation of the effect of sprawl on the diversity of other taxa, depending on the availability and suitability of data.
Strong candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated research experience and coursework in ecology, environmental science, or biogeography. Candidates with demonstrated written and oral communication skills and strong academic credentials will be preferred. Successful candidates will also have GIS and remote sensing skills, a strong quantitative background, and a passion for biodiversity conservation in human-dominated landscapes.
The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences offers a Master in Earth Sciences program that includes courses in biogeography, spatial statistics and modeling, GIS and remote sensing, and urban planning. The successful candidate will be supported by a competitive teaching assistantship. Tuition remission is available for highly-qualified candidates. Charlotte is a diverse rapidly growing metropolitan area that boasts an extensive greenway system and lies within a half day’s drive of the spectacular Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains and stunning North Carolina and South Carolina saltmarshes and beaches.
Interested candidates should send, via email to Dr. Sara Gagné, sgagne@uncc.edu: (1) a cover letter outlining prior experience and research interests, (2) a CV, (3) GRE scores and GPAs from current and previous programs, and (4) the names and contact information of three referees.
More information about Dr. Sara Gagné’s research, the MS Earth Sciences program, and the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences can be found at: http://geoearth.uncc.edu/
Sara A. Gagné, PhD 
Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology
Earth Sciences Graduate Coordinator
UNC Charlotte | Dept. of Geography and Earth Sciences 
9201 University City Blvd. | Charlotte, NC 28223

Phone: 704-687-5911 | Fax: 704-687-5966

Fisheries Ecology Lab Internships Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Subject: Fisheries Ecology Lab Internships Dauphin Island Sea Lab
2018 Internship Opportunity
Shelby Center for Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Dauphin Island, AL
The Fisheries Ecology lab is seeking interns to work under the faculty direction of Dr. Sean Powers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on a wide variety of fisheries projects in waters adjacent to Dauphin Island, a gulf barrier island in the northern Gulf of Mexico fringing the Mobile Bay estuary. Paid internships are available for a six-month period.
Qualified applicants will have the opportunity to assist with groundbreaking studies in Fisheries Ecology in the northern Gulf of Mexico that involve a variety of fishes (bony fishes, sharks and rays) from both offshore and inshore locales. Interns will gain experience with various sampling techniques used in fisheries research, as well as the associated laboratory sample processing.

BES Summer 2018 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities

From: Alan Berkowitz [mailto:berkowitza@CARYINSTITUTE.ORG]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:29 AM
Subject: BES Summer 2018 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities
The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) is now accepting applications for two Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) positions for the summer of 2018! 
Students will perform cutting-edge research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas as part of the BES Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program in Baltimore, MD (see: https://beslter.org/). In addition to their individual research projects, students will participate in BES seminars, and in selected activities in the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) Undergraduate Research Program (see: https://erams.com/UWIN/urp/) and the Cary Institute REU program (see:http://www.caryinstitute.org/students/reu-program). Students with interests in urban social ecological systems, aquatic or terrestrial ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply.
To apply:  Go to:
Application deadline: Rolling. Applications will be reviewed starting February 12, 2018.
Dates: Up to 10 weeks between June 4 and August 10, 2018. Specific dates to be determined by student and mentor.
Eligibility:  Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions.
Support: $525/week stipend, assistance with room and board on-campus or in nearby housing, travel assistance.
Projects for 2018:
A) Baltimore Old Forests Project.
Mentors: Dr. John Lagrosa (Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE), University of Maryland Baltimore County) and Nancy Sonti (US Forest Service Baltimore Field Station).
B) The Effect of Urbanization on Riparian Spiders.
Mentors: Dr. Christine Hawn (University of Maryland Baltimore County), Dr. Emma Rosi (Cary Institute) and Dr. Chris Swan (University of Maryland Baltimore County).
See detailed project descriptions below.
For more information: Contact Dr. Alan R. Berkowitz, BES Education Team Leader, Phone: (845)-677-7600 ext. 311, Email:berkowitza@caryinstitute.org.
Please forward this email to students interested in doing independent research in our unique setting.
Detailed Project Descriptions:
A) Baltimore Old Forests Project.
Mentors: Dr. John Lagrosa (Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE), University of Maryland Baltimore County) and Nancy Sonti (US Forest Service Baltimore Field Station).
We are working to understand the relationships among people, communities, and forests in Baltimore over the past 100 years. The distribution of landscapes that seem like “nature” or “wilderness” are actually the result of complex social histories. These insights will help contribute to local agency and non-profit goals for a more equitable future urban forest landscape for Baltimore City. The REU student will use several sources of historical aerial imagery to characterize change in Baltimore City’s forest cover over time (1926-27, 1937-38, 1952-53, 1964, and 1972). The student will gain skills in archival research, georectification, and land use classification using ArcGIS software. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to analyze the resulting historical forest patch data alongside other long-term social, economic, and ecological data sets for insights into which forest patches have been relatively stable or dynamic, and why. Finally, the student may work with scientists from the US Forest Service and the University of Maryland Baltimore County to expand the project onto a crowdsourced citizen science platform. Students with an interest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), forest ecology, history, and/or citizen science are encouraged to apply.
B) The Effect of Urbanization on Riparian Spiders.
Mentors: Dr. Christine Hawn (University of Maryland Baltimore County), Dr. Emma Rosi (Cary Institute) and Dr. Chris Swan (University of Maryland Baltimore County).
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) have been detected in a variety of natural environments across the world. Although reported concentrations are generally low, PPCPs can persist in the environment for months to years. PPCPS are biologically active compounds that are designed to influence specific functions and behaviors in target humans and animals. The potential effects of active PPCPs in the environment on human and environmental health are a major concern for groups like the World Health Organization. BES researchers have detected PPCPs in Baltimore streams, however, the extent of exposure throughout the urban environment is unknown. The REU student will design a study to explore the effects of urban stream subsidies on riparian spiders and examine the concentrations of PPCPs in spiders, as indicators of the movement of these contaminants from urban streams to terrestrial consumers.  The student will sample tetragnathid spiders from streams along an urban rural gradient to measure the effects of urbanization in general on spider population density, body condition, and food availability. In addition, analysis of PPCPs levels in spider tissues can help determine whether there are relationships between these variables and PPCP concentrations.

Field Technician Position – Alaska wildlife and climate change

Have you ever wondered what’s it like to conduct research in the Arctic?
You don’t have to wonder for long. I am offering a full-time temporary position located at Denali National Park, AK, in June, July, and August 2018. During this time, you would be backpacking and living in campgrounds at Denali. A stipend of $2,000 will be provided, but you must cover your own transportation to the field site. As a technician, your duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Conducting population surveys of arctic ground squirrels, including locating and indexing burrow networks and confirming the presence or absence, * Conducting vegetation assessments, and * Maintaining good working relationships with other scientists, park liaison and visitors at Denali to support the goals of the research.

The preferred candidate is dependable, curious, enthusiastic, doesn’t mind working in physically taxing situations for long hours, and loves to be outdoors in rugged conditions. The ideal candidate will also have experience backpacking.

This fieldwork is part of the dissertation research of Nigel Golden (https://goo.gl/LhMedz), University of Massachusetts graduate student studying the impact of climate change on arctic ground squirrel activity. This research is part of a broad research program, led by Dr.
Toni Lyn Morelli of the US Geological Survey’s Northeast Climate Science Center, to understand the impacts of climate change on wildlife.

If you are interested in the position or have questions, email Nigel Golden at ngolden@umass.edu by February 28th, 2018 with a resume/CV with the subject line AGS in Denali 2018. Women and URM are encouraged to apply.

MS position – Summer/Fall 2018 start – Genetic structure of white spruce populations

MS position – Summer/Fall 2018 start – Genetic structure of white spruce populations
The lab of Dr. Jalene LaMontagne, Department of Biological Sciences, DePaul University is looking for a MS student to work on a 2-year NSF-funded project studying genetic structure in white spruce populations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the northwoods of Wisconsin, and NE Minnesota.
The MS student will receive a stipend of $16,000 per year through a combination of a Teaching Assistantship during the academic year and a summer stipend, plus a tuition waiver for the two MS year program.
Requirements: B.S. degree in a related field. Previous research experience with laboratory methods for genetic analysis and experience or willingness to conduct field research. Drivers’ license and a clean driving record. Good team player, with a demonstrated ability to show initiative and to work both independently and collaboratively. Quantitative skills in R are desirable but can be learned during the program. Preferred start is early June 2018. This research will be done in collaboration with Dr. Windsor Aguirre at DePaul.
The Department of Biological Sciences at DePaul University is located in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, 4 miles north of downtown. Interested applicants should contact Dr. LaMontagne (jlamont1@depaul.edu) expressing their interest and including a copy of their CV and transcripts as soon as possible, and would then also apply to the graduate program;https://csh.depaul.edu/academics/biological-sciences/graduate/biological-sciences-ms/Pages/default.aspx Completed applications will be reviewed by the graduate beginning after 12 February 2018.
For more information about the project, please contact Dr. LaMontagne jlamont1@depaul.edu and/or visit the lab website:http://lamontagnelab.weebly.com/
Dr. Jalene LaMontagne
Assistant Professor, Ecology
Department of Biological Sciences, DePaul University
Adjunct Scientist, Lincoln Park Zoo/Urban Wildlife Institute
Twitter: @LaMontagneLab

Graduate position: CWilliamMary.EvolutionaryGenomics

Graduate position: Plant Evolutionary Genomics

The Puzey lab (http://puzeylab.weebly.com) at the College of William
and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) is recruiting a graduate student (M.S
Biology) interested in using genomics to understand the development of
complex spatial patterns in plants. Positions for MS program start Fall
2018. Please contact Josh Puzey (jrpuzey@wm.edu) for more information.

The successful applicant will be passionate about evolution, interested
in plants, and keen to use genomic techniques to address their research
questions. Students working the Puzey lab get exposure to a wide range of
analyses and techniques including next-generation sequencing, population
genomic analyses, and molecular ecology.

Details about the M.S. program in Biology at W&M can be found here
(http://www.wm.edu/as/biology/graduate/). Full-time students are supported
by teaching assistantships and full tuition waivers. Most students
complete their master’s degree in two years and go on to pursue either
a Ph.D. or M.D. degree. Our program also provides the training required
to enter technical positions in industry and government. Recent grads
are pursuing Ph.D.s at Duke, UC Davis, Johns Hopkins, and University of
Toronto; others are following career paths in biotech, pharmaceuticals,
resource management, and environmental consulting.