Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Upward Bound Regional Math Science Center Seeking Tutor/Counselors for Summer 2016

The Upward Bound Regional Math Science Center (RMSC) at Frostburg State University seeks tutor/ counselors for a summer program designed to encourage and motivate qualified high school students to pursue post-secondary education and to develop skills and attitudes essential for success beyond high school.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
These are residential positions and Tutor Counselors (TCs) are responsible for supervising program participants (high school students) in the residence halls and during all RMSC sponsored activities.

Tutor Counselors are also an integral part of the student’s academic experience as TCs attend academic classes with the students and assist them as they complete their scientific investigations.

TCs also chaperone field trips; plan & lead recreational activities; and create, maintain & enforce a safe, positive & productive residential hall living environment.

Includes one week of staff training and the 5-week summer program with students.

TENTATIVE DATES: June 13- July 22, 2016 SALARY: $2,700. Position also includes room, board, and all field trip expenses are paid by the RMSC.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
  • One Year Undergraduate Experience
  • Comfortable Working Out Of Doors (most of our science projects include field work)
  • Excellent Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Ability To Relate To Diverse University Population
  • Evidence Of Success In Course Work In Science, Math or Writing
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience Supervising Students In Residential Setting
  • Tutoring Or Teaching In Math, Science Or Writing
  • Experience As Camp Counselor
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Experience With Disadvantaged Youth
  • Participated In TRIO Or Similar Program.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.frostburg.edu/clife/mscenter or 1-800-646-6004

TO APPLY: Send a letter of interest; resume; copy of transcripts; and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references to:

Regional Math/Science Center
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg State University
Frostburg, MD 21532

or to RMSC@frostburg.edu. If applying via email please indicate position and your name in the subject line: ex: TC – Jim Smith.

DEADLINE: Applications are reviewed as they are received, and interviews will begin in January and continue until all positions are filled. You are encouraged to submit your application early for consideration for these positions.

Hepatitis B Foundation College Summer Research Internship Program

The Hepatitis B Foundation’s College Internship provides a unique opportunity for college students in their junior or senior year who are considering graduate school, medical school, or industrial research careers, to spend 10 weeks in an innovative and educational program.

By pairing the students with scientific research professionals, they are able to gain firsthand experience in research, other scholarly activities, or outreach services. This unique experience allows participants the opportunity to gain a personal perspective on the entire scientific process: from formulating and testing hypotheses, to working with an advisor in a state-of-the-art research laboratory.

Expectations of the Student Research Intern
This is a 10-week program that will begin on Monday, May 30 and end Friday, August 5, 2016. Students will be required to arrange their own housing and transportation to and from the research center.

Interns are expected to participate in faculty supervised research projects as well as other scholarly activities at the Center, including attendance at seminars from professional scientists and research discussion groups.

At the end of the program, students are required to prepare a project abstract summarizing their work and present their data to their peers and to HBF/BSBI faculty and staff.

Application Process
To apply, please send the following to interns@hepb.org:
  • A cover letter stating student’s reasons for interest in the program as well as their housing plans
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation that include contact information for individuals who can comment on the applicant’s scientific potential (email or phone number)
Only complete applications will be considered for the program.

The deadline for receipt for this year’s program is February 12, 2016.

Internships will be awarded by April 4, 2016

Volunteer in Wildlife Conservation Projects through International Student Volunteers

ISV's mission is to support sustainable development initiatives around the world through life-changing volunteer and responsible adventure travel programs designed to positively change our world and to educate, inspire and result in more active global citizens.

About ISV
About ISV For nearly 30 years, ISV has conducted international travel programs for tens of thousands of students across six continents. We began offering our unique volunteer abroad and adventure travel programs in 2002. Since then, over 30,000 participants have completed ISV’s amazing volunteer projects in conservation and community development. IMPACT YOUR WORLD and volunteer abroad with ISV. Learn why we are #1 for volunteer travel programs and action packed adventure.

Reasons to Choose ISV
  • ISV is the world’s highest rated volunteer program by over 35,000 student participants with an average rating of 4.85 out of 5.
  • ISV has 33 members of the U.S. Senate/Congress serving on ISV’s Board of Reference as endorsement of the on-going volunteer efforts that ISV students accomplish globally.
  • ISV is certified by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Award with a congratulatory letter signed by President Barack Obama.
  • ISV was named as one of the “Top Ten Volunteer Organizations” by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy in conjunction with the U.S. State Department.
Fabrice Ndzana, a JMU psychology graduate student, is leading a program in Australia in June 2016 for students that are interested in wildlife and conservation as well as volunteering. It is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate student, to participate in such a unique experience, offered through International Student  Volunteers. Students can (potentially) earn course credits by participating in this two week program. We will be holding information sessions at the end of the month of January, for interested students so they can have the time to raise money and prepare.

For more information, please visit: http://www.isvolunteers.org/, or email Fabric Ndzana at ndzanajx@dukes.jmu.edu

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program - Apply Now!

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) and its partners, in collaboration with Virginia’s colleges and universities, are offering the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). CSIIP is a free student resource for finding paid spring, summer, and fall internships. Undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines complete a single application package that will be reviewed by companies throughout Virginia.

There is no cost to students, colleges/universities, or companies to participate.

Students may search for internships statewide or by region and can also express interest in specific internships posted by companies. No deadline is required but apply as early as possible for maximum opportunity, at www.CSIIP.org.

One application puts a student in front of a multitude of companies offering internships.

For more information please visit: www.csiip.org or contact VSGC regarding CSIIP at csiip@spacegrant.org or (757) 766-5210.

Eligibility Requirements
  • At least 18 years of age and attending an accredited Virginia college, community college, or university.
  • Virginia residents attending an accredited out-of-state college may apply.
  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate taking at least six (6) credit hours per semester and making demonstrated progress towards a STEM related degree.
  • Have completed at least 30 or more post-secondary education credits and are at least of rising sophomore status prior to the internship.
  • Newly graduating seniors in 2014 are also eligible to participate.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

NIH Post-baccalaureate Research and Education Program at the University of New Mexico Now Accepting Applications for 2016-2017!

PREP at the University of New Mexico is an NIH-funded post-baccalaureate training program, designed to enhance the ability of individuals in the biomedical sciences to gain entry to, and succeed in, nationally-recognized PhD programs. PREP is aimed at individuals from under-represented groups in the sciences who have recently received a Bachelor’s degree. These individuals will either have relatively little laboratory experience, or will be changing research fields between their BS and PhD courses.

In PREP, our Scholars are paid an annual salary of $27,200, plus health and dental benefits, for one year of support. During this year they are paired with a Faculty mentor from one of our departments, and engage full-time in cutting-edge research. This experience is essential to successful application in many of the top graduate schools in the country.

To enhance the Scholars’ competitiveness for graduate school, PREP also supports GRE preparation classes, and short training programs aimed at making the Scholars more familiar with the expectations and challenges of graduate school.

PREP will also cover tuition costs of classes which are required by the Scholar to become familiar with their current research.

Applicants for PREP@UNM must address the following in their applications in order to be eligible for the Program.
  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Be a member of a group found to be under-represented in biomedical research. These include: ethnic groups such as, but not limited to, Hispanic, Native American/American Indian, African-American, native of the US Pacific Islands; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from otherwise disadvantaged backgrounds arising from social, cultural, economic or educationally-challenged backgrounds.
  • Be a recipient of a Bachelor’s degree within the 36 months prior to the time of acceptance into the Program.
  • Be demonstrably committed to pursuing a Ph.D. in a biomedical research field, and carrying out research that will help to reduce health disparities.
  • Have a tangible need to complete an additional year of training before applying to graduate school. This might arise from the applicant having little or no research laboratory experience; or from an applicant wishing to pursue a degree in a field distinct from that in which they received their Bachelor’s training.
  • Be willing to participate in a group training program that is designed to enhance their research education and career development.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0).

For more information, please visit: http://biology.unm.edu/PREP/

For further questions or comments that you have please contact the program coordinator, Antonio Bañuelos at PREP@unm.edu or Tel: (505) 610- 1725. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Internships at West Virginia University Centers for Neuroscience

For nine weeks in the summer of 2016, the WVU Centers for Neuroscience (CN) will offer internships of research-intensive training for qualified undergraduate students. Our research opportunities incorporate molecular- to systems-level analyses of nervous system function. Projects are offered in sensory, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience; in neural injury and neuro-degeneration; and in neuropsychiatric diseases. Interns are expected to devote their time to a well-defined research project under the supervision of a CN faculty member.

The program will run from May 24 through July 25 during the summer of 2016. Interns will receive a $4,000 salary (before taxes) as well as housing in WVU dorms on campus. Interns will have access to many of the University's facilities, including the new Health Sciences Library, free bus transportation in and around town, and unlimited use of the modern, 177,000 sq. ft. Student Recreation Center.

For more information about 2016 participating mentors and lab projects, visit the 2016 SURI Mentors page at http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/wvucn/training-programs/suri. Please see our list of our summer 2015 participating mentors to read about the projects that were offered in their respective laboratories last year.

An online application will be accepted from students currently enrolled at a U.S. college or university, who have completed their second or third year (seniors graduating in 2016 should contact the SURI administrator before applying). Preference will be given to students considering research for their graduate careers, who have a strong background in biology, chemistry, engineering, neuroscience, physics, or psychology, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants are required to submit their curriculum vitae (résumé), official college transcript(s), and two letters of recommendation (see the specific submission instructions of these documents).

Application Deadline: February 5, 2016
Acceptance Notification via email by : As early as March 7, 2016

For more information please visit: http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/wvucn/training-programs/suri

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

US Department of Homeland Security 2016 HS-STEM Summer Internships - Deadline DECEMBER 16th!!

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at:  Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: December 16, 2015, 11:59PM EST

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at


For questions please email us at dhsed@orau.org.

Monday, December 7, 2015

MS Program in Forensic Science at University of Alabama Birmingham

Is Forensic Science the Career for You?

 “Forensic science is a rewarding career where the love of science can be applied to the good of society, public health, and public safety.” (AAFS)

Calling Chemistry and Biology majors — apply for the Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). http://www.uab.edu/graduate/

  • A Top 10 Forensic Science Graduate Program
  • Among the oldest forensic science programs in the US.
  • Graduates at Alabama Department of Forensic Science, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Birmingham Police Dept., North Louisiana Criminalistics Lab, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, North LA Crime Lab, Ventura County Sheriff's Department, the US Army Criminal Investigation Lab, as well as clinical and pharmaceutical labs.
  • Go on to PhD programs


For more information: Contact Dr. Elizabeth Gardner at eagard@uab.edu or visit our web page at www.uab.edu/forensicscience

Apply by January 31st to be considered for early acceptance. Applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at Mountain Lake Biological Station

REU participants are recruited from around the country for a unique 10-week learning and living research experience in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Students conduct independent research in field ecology, evolution, behavior and physiology under the supervision of station scientists. REUs are paid internships that include all station costs, travel, and a $5,250 stipend. 

The focus of scientific research at MLBS, and therefore of the REU program, is population biology at the intersection of field-based studies of ecology, evolution, and behavior. Student researchers work closely with researcher mentors in compatible areas of interest. Students take leadership roles in all aspects of the study; they design the study and prepare the proposal, collect data and perform analysis, and finally they interpret the results and prepare a written and oral presentation. Compared to many other REU programs, ours offers a high degree of independence in project choice and design.

Mountain Lake is also special in its exciting, diverse, and friendly academic community. This atmosphere fosters collaboration at all levels, and promotes the constant exchange of ideas with fellow students and scientists. Many projects are submitted for publication in leading biological journals. Students also participate in a weekly seminar about the conduct of biological research. REU participants have access to state-of-the-art facilities and are granted full use of all Station scientific and computer equipment. English is used throughout the program.

Application deadline February 20, 2016

For more information, please visit: mlbs.org/reuprogram

Summer Courses at Mountain Lake Biological Station

Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia) announces its 2016 summer program of field-based undergraduate and graduate-level credit courses offered by nationally recruited faculty, and its NSF REU undergraduate research internship program, now in its 24th year.

For more information on the summer courses, please visit: mlbs.org/summercourses 
  • Plant Diversity and Conservation
  • Field Herpetology
  • Science Writing
  • Field Biology of Fishes
  • Field Biology of Fungi
Financial aid is available for undergraduate and graduate students.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

2016 Coastal Management Fellowships for Master's post-graduates

Virginia Sea Grant is pleased to announce the availability of the 2016 Coastal Management Fellowship for Virginia students.  The Coastal Management Fellowship is a two-year fellowship established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students.  The program matches postgraduate students from a variety of environmental disciplines with state coastal resource agencies to work on coastal projects proposed by the state and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.  Any student completing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016 is eligible to apply.  Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.


The deadline for applications is January 22, 2016.  Virginia students must submit their application materials to Virginia Sea Grant via email to vsgproposals@vims.edu.  Application requirements, selection process, and other information can be found on the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship website: https://www.coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/.  Interested Virginia students are encouraged to contact Susan Park (spark@vims.edu, 804-684-7436) to discuss application content and submission.  Students from other states should contact their state Sea Grant Program.

Summer 2016 Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps - Crew Leader Positions

Do you want the opportunity to work with youth?

Do you want to make a difference in Virginia State Parks?

Do you have good leadership skills?

Do you like making money?

If you answered yes to these four questions then you may be interested in applying to be a crew leader for our 2016 Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (VSPYCC) Program. Crew leaders are responsible for directing high-school aged students in a three-week summer program. Duties include scheduling and planning, working alongside youth in park projects, conducting environmental education activities, and earning an $1800 stipend plus $350 travel stipend per session! Crew leader applicants have the potential to serve for two three-week sessions for the 2016 summer.

If you are interested in applying, you can find more information on our webpage at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/youth-conservation-corps.shtml  where you can also find the link to fill out the crew leader application. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email at vspycc@dcr.virginia.gov or by telephone at 804-625-3984.

K-12 Teaching Positions for Biology Majors

Interested in K-12 teaching jobs? For the 2016-17 school year hundreds of private/independent schools around the South will turn to Southern Teachers for help finding the best science teachers available. The teaching environment in these schools can be exceptional: small class sizes, students intent on preparing for college, and a focus on learning biology—not on test taking.

Teacher certification is not necessarily required for these jobs, so please consider applying.

While our primary focus is on finding candidates for 2016-17, we do have a few science jobs listed that will begin in January 2016, so December graduates seeking good jobs are especially encouraged to apply.

Finally, in 2016 we will hold three Job Fairs for teachers. Participants must be active candidates with Southern Teachers, so that’s yet another reason to apply now!

Graduate School Open House - Salisbury University Applied Biology Program

The graduate program in Applied Biology at Salisbury University is actively recruiting students for fall 2016 admission. Please plan to attend the Open House on January 29, 2016. Potential applicants will have the opportunity to visit the SU campus, meet with prospective advisors, and to tour the campus and surrounding area. We will also provide a limited number of travel grants for visiting students in the amount of $100 to support travel costs.

Our program offers a curriculum that allows for flexibility as well as focus. Students are provided the opportunity to work closely with faculty members to design original research projects and to work as independent scientists. The research interests of our faculty are broad, from microbiology and molecular genetics to the natural history of plants and animals.

For more information, please visit http://www.salisbury.edu/biology/MS_Applied_Biology.html or email Dr. Dana Price, program director, at dlprice@salisbury.edu.

Undergraduate Research Scholars Positions for Summer 2016

The Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program (NSURP) at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, is accepting applications for 10 funded summer Research Scholar positions for our Summer 2016 program. NSURP offers opportunities consisting of both basic and applied (clinical) biomedical research projects.

The Nemours Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) is accepting applications for 4 funded summer Research Scholar positions through their Health Equities Summer Research Program (HESSP). The focus of all of these research projects is health disparities. Most are epidemiologic in nature.

Online applications will be accepted from December 1, 2015 through January 15, 2016. The deadline for submission of all application components is January 15, 2016. 
Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at the time of application, with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and interest in basic and applied sciences, healthcare, health disparities, public health or related fields. During the 10 week paid scholarship program that begins May 31st, 2016 and ends August 10th, 2016, Nemours research faculty will guide students through the process of formulating and testing hypotheses, interpreting data, and communicating results. Training will be provided on human subjects protection and animal welfare. Both programs share programming and activities Students participate in enrichment activities during the summer including the opportunity to shadow clinicians, attend grand rounds and research seminars, and participate in discussions about medical and academic research careers. All students will present their research project and findings to the Nemours community at a final day symposium and celebration.

Additional information and the online application is available at: www.NemoursResearch.org/Scholarship.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to: programcoordinator@nemours.org

Thursday, November 19, 2015

International Conservation/Ecology Positions





 
An amazing opportunity to work in the Kalahari desert, South Africa for 12 months with an incredibly fascinating study species. Please click on the link for further details!https://www.dropbox.com/s/qao8rukzfpnejej/Volunteer%20vacancy.pdf?dl=0
 

Position: Avian Crew Leader & Intern (1-2) – Seed Dispersal by Native Birds on Saipan, Mariana Islands
 
Location: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
 
Appointment: Approximately February through October 2016
 
Description (Crew Leader): This position is part of a larger collaborative project between J. Savidge (Colorado State University), H. Rogers (Iowa State University) and J. Tewksbury (WWF International, University of Washington) aimed at restoring ecosystem function (specifically seed dispersal) to Guam’s forests. Virtually all native seed dispersers have been extirpated from Guam, largely due to predation by the invasive Brown Treesnake. We aim to determine the impact of seed disperser loss and the potential for different dispersers to restore function to Guam’s forests. The position will be based in Saipan, 120 miles north of Guam, and will support research on diets and habitat use of 4 native avian frugivores (White-throated Ground-Dove, Mariana Fruit-Dove, Bridled White-eye, and Micronesian Starling). These species are extirpated or nearly extirpated from Guam but still common on Saipan.
 
The avian crew leader will track radio-collared birds, operate mist-nets, collect fecal samples from netted birds and identify seeds in the samples, help in trail maintenance and enter data collected. The crew leader will directly supervise an Avian Field Technician and Interns. The crew leader will also work with colleagues from a sister project focusing on vegetation aspects to oversea logistical issues of the project such as housing, vehicle maintenance and project coordination. On occasion, the crew leader may be needed to help with other aspects of the larger project. In addition to field work, the crew leader, in collaboration with a postdoc stationed on Saipan, will help: i) schedule tasks for crew members to meet monthly goals; ii) train new crew members; iii) communicate regularly with the postdoc; and iv) help manage project data including data quality.
 
Description (Intern)
 
The avian crew intern will track radio-tagged birds, operate mist-nets, collect fecal samples from netted birds and identify seeds in the samples, help in trail maintenance and enter data collected.On occasion, the intern may be needed to help with other aspects of the larger project.
 
Qualifications (Crew Leader):
We seek exceptionally motivated applicants with strong interest in avian ecology and conservation. We seek applicants with extensive wildlife field research experience, prior supervisory experience or demonstrated potential, and strong organizational skills including attention to detail. The crew leader will be a member of the field team. Applicants must have experience in radiotelemetry, mist-netting and banding birds. Previous experience in tropical island ecosystems is desirable.
 
The crew leader will be supervised by a project postdoc that will participate in field aspects as needed. A B.S. degree or higher in a related field is required. The ability to work as a team and independently is required. We are seeking applicants with previous experience in field research and a willingness to learn new techniques. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be eligible to work in the U.S. Experience with GPS and orienteering is highly desirable. Applicants should be comfortable working long hours in high temperatures and humidity, be willing to have a flexible schedule (night tracking to identify roosting locations and early morning netting, any day of the week including weekends), and be willing to tolerate at times tedious work (sorting fecal samples for seeds). This position is extremely physically demanding so individuals should be physically fit and able to walk over rough limestone terrain carrying awkward loads (telemetry and netting equipment). The crew leader must also demonstrate the ability to live in a large field house with up to 9-10 additional researchers. In return, you will experience living and working on a beautiful Pacific island and being part of an exciting conservation effort!
 
Qualifications (Intern):
We seek exceptionally motivated applicants with strong interest in avian ecology and conservation. The intern will be supervised by a project postdoc and avian crew leader. A B.S. degree or higher in a related field is desired, although experienced undergraduates that can take an extended leave from studies will be considered for the intern position. The ability to work as a team and independently is required. We are seeking applicants with previous experience in field research and a willingness to learn new techniques. Experience with radiotelemetry and mist-netting is preferred but not required. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be eligible to work in the U.S. Experience with GPS and orienteering is highly desirable. Applicants should be comfortable working long hours in high temperatures and humidity, be willing to have a flexible schedule (night tracking to identify roosting locations and early morning netting, any day of the week including weekends), and be willing to tolerate at times tedious work (sorting fecal samples for seeds). This position is extremely physically demanding so Individuals should be physically fit and able to walk over rough limestone terrain carrying awkward loads (telemetry and netting equipment). The intern must also demonstrate the ability to live in a large field house with up to 9-10 additional researchers. In return, you will experience living and working on a beautiful Pacific island and being part of an exciting conservation effort.
 
Payment: Crew leader ($13.50/hr) A round-trip ticket from the candidate’s current place of residence to Saipan, shared housing, and access to transportation (shared vehicle) will be provided.
 
Intern ($800/mo). A round-trip ticket from the candidate’s current place of residence to Saipan, shared housing, and access to transportation (shared vehicle) will be provided.
 
Start Date: February 22, 2016 or soon thereafter. This is a 7-8 month position (depending on start date).
 
Application Procedure: To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Evan Rehm, evan.rehm@colostate.edu. The cover letter should highlight your previous relevant experience, your dates of availability, and an explanation of why you would be a good fit for this position. The subject line of your email should indicate which position you are applyong for and your name. E.G. “Avian Crew Leader YOUR NAME”. These materials should be in a single pdf document.Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be submitted by 13 November 2015.
 
For more information visit: www.evanrehm.weebly.com, Facebook at Marianas Avian Research at CSUhttp://www.facebook.com/CSUbirdcrew, or http://ecologyofbirdloss.blogspot.com/.
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Evan Rehm
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Colorado State University
 
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PhD in evolutionary ecology of ants at the University of Florida.
 
The Lucky lab at UF is recruiting graduate students for Fall 2016. The general focus of the position will be on the impact of native and exotic ant biodiversity on ecosystems. Students interested in joining the lab will have the opportunity to develop their own research focus in this area. Relevant topics include systematics, population genetics, symbiosis and community phylogenetics. Experience with the following is an asset: insect classification, collections management, morphological or molecular systematics, bioinformatics, fieldwork. Applicants with academic interest in evolutionary processes in social insects or invasion ecology are especially encouraged to apply.
 
Qualifications:
•Demonstrated ability to complete projects and publish results.
•Master’s degree in entomology, ecology and evolutionary biology or relevant biological science.
•Competitive GRE scores required; Minimum GPA of 3.5.
•Proficiency in English (written and oral) communication.
Interested candidates should send CV, statement of interest and names and contact information of three references toalucky@ufl.edu with the subject header PHD POSITION. Deadline is Nov 15, 2016. Start date in Fall 2016.
Dr. Andrea Lucky. University of Florida Entomology/Nematology. Gainesville, FL 32611-0620, USA. Email:alucky@ufl.edu. Website:www.andrealucky.com
 
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Bridging the Americas Marine Conservation Fellowship
 
Two 5-year graduate student (PhD level) fellowship positions are available to start in Fall 2016 as part of a new international collaboration between the University of Florida and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Both graduate fellows will conduct interdisciplinary, collaborative research in Panama, Florida, and the greater Caribbean region with a focus on mangrove ecosystems. One fellow will be based in Florida at the University of Florida’s School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). The other fellow will be based in Panama as part of the STRI-McGill NEO program. Fellowships include stipend, tuition, benefits, travel, and research allowance. Ideal applicants will have a strong background in ecology and/or marine science (bachelors or masters degree), excellent written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated potential to conduct intensive, field-based research both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Experience in science communication is a plus.
 
In an era when international collaborative research is key to major scientific advances, this graduate fellowship program has been created to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills, perspective, experience, and academic networks necessary to meet the complex challenges facing society and our environment. This program focuses on tropical and sub-tropical coastal habitats where biodiversity is highest, human impacts are accelerating fastest, and the need to build research capacity is greatest.
 
Those interested in applying for a fellowship position at the University of Florida or STRI should email one of the four PIs listed below with a copy of their CV and a brief statement (<500 words) outlining their interests and suitability for the fellowship program.
 
Contact information:
Andrew Altieri (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) AltieriA@si.edu
 
Christine Angelini (University of Florida, Dept. of Environmental Engineering) c.angelini@ufl.edu www.angeliniecologylab.com
 
Tim Davidson (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute & CSU Sacramento Dept. of Biology)tmd121@gmail.comwww.timdavidson.info/
 
Todd Osborne (University of Florida, Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience) osbornet@ufl.edu http://www.whitney.ufl.edu/research/faculty/todd-osborne/
 
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Enthusiastic, team oriented, and self-motivated students are encouraged to apply for a Ph.D. and MSc positions to conduct research on habitat offsetting for freshwater fishes in the Oil Sands Region of Alberta, Canada.
This project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between the University of Alberta, and industry and government sponsors. Main project goals include:
i) identifying food-web dynamics of newly created compensation lakes, ii) determining best practices in monitoring and measuring newly created compensation lakes, and iii) developing field based studies to determine causative relationships between age and growth and other life history characteristics in relation to differing lake environments. These research projects are fully funded and will provide key insights into the role of how to develop habitat offsets, a new and emerging field in restoration and conservation biology. Candidates will be under the supervision of Dr. Mark Poesch but will interact regularly with scientists and team members in industry, provincial and federal governments.
 
Ph.D. candidates must have a graduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field. Candidate must also have with high overall GPA (especially in related courses). Experience with ecological modeling, freshwater fish ecology, database management, and programming skills are considered an asset. Candidates should clearly articulate how this research will build on your existing experience, specific skills and provide a date of availability. Candidates interested in this position should send an email to Dr. Mark Poesch (poesch(at)ualberta.ca) with a cover letter identifying research interests, CV, transcripts (unofficial accepted), writing sample and a list of three references.
 
Please note review of applications will commence on November 13, 2015 and the competition will remain open until the position is filled. Ideal start date is spring 2016, but other arrangements can be made.
 
The University of Alberta was recently rated as Canada’s fourth best university, and 86th across universities worldwide. Located in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton (population of 1.2 million people), the University of Alberta provides a dynamic mixture of a large research intensive university, urban culture and recreation. More than 39,000 students from across Canada and 144 other countries participate in nearly 400 programs and 18 faculties.
Contact Information:
 
Dr. Mark Poesch
Assistant Professor, Conservation Ecology University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources
751 General Services Building, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H1
Ph: 780-492-4827
Email: Poesch(at)ualberta.ca
 
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Graduate assistantships are available for two MS or Ph.D. positions in the research group of Haldre Rogers in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University (http://www.eeob.iastate.edu/). Our lab focuses on community ecology, evolution, and conservation in altered ecosystems. We tend to address questions that can both advance basic ecological or evolutionary knowledge and contribute to conservation goals. Our current research projects focus on seed dispersal, bird-arthropod food web dynamics, novel ecosystems, impacts of species extinctions, and invasive species (seehttp://haldre.weebly.com/research.html for more information).
 
I am looking for one student interested in developing their own project, and one student interested in working on a grant-funded project assessing whether non-native species can confer resilience to disrupted ecosystems through mutualistic interactions (see below). While much of the lab’s work takes place in the Mariana Islands through the Ecology of Bird Loss project (www.ecologyofbirdloss.org), I expect students to develop their own research questions, and find the most appropriate place to test their questions- this may be in the Mariana Islands, but it could be anywhere else in the world. I will be accepting students through the inter-departmental Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) graduate program (https://eeb.iastate.edu/).
 
Grant-funded position for Fall 2016 start: I am looking for one MS or PhD student interested in studying the role of non-native seed dispersers in the Mariana Islands. These species, including feral pigs and rats, are typically thought of as highly detrimental invasives in island ecosystems, but in the bird-less forests of Guam, they may be performing a unique role as seed dispersers. This student would develop a project assessing the contribution of non-native pigs and rats to seed dispersal of native tree species. The student will be funded through a research assistantship for four semesters, and will be expected to TA for the remainder of their degree.
 
Applicants must have prior independent research experience in ecology and/or evolutionary biology, and some exposure to statistics. Prior computer programming (e.g. R) experience is beneficial.
 
Interested students should check out my website (http://haldre.weebly.com) for more information. If you’re still interested, please contact me via email (haldre@iastate.edu). In your email, briefly describe your research interests, career goals, why my lab would be a good fit for you, and the names of three references. Indicate whether you are interested in a MS or PhD, and which of the two positions you are most interested. Please include an updated CV.
 
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Biological Internship Opportunity
 
The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is seeking an enthusiastic individual for immediate hire. Intern will assist with projects related to research and monitoring of native and invasive reptiles in southern Florida. Candidates will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including nights and weekends, for a period of 12 weeks with possibility of promotion to Wildlife Technician dependent upon performance and funding.
 
Additional descriptions of ongoing research can be found: http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu/
 
Duties
 
Intern will work with scientists and managers from the University of Florida as well as state and federal agencies. Primary duties include general surveys for native and nonnative herpetofauna including pythons, tegus, caimans, alligators and crocodiles. This opportunity will provide necessary training and exposure to arduous conditions of southern Florida and hands-on experience with native and invasive exotic reptiles. Additional duties include radio tracking, live and camera trapping, specimen examination, data entry and analysis, and other tasks as assigned. Depending on availability, intern may have opportunities to participate in other research projects.
 
Qualifications
 
·In pursuit or possession of degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, or related field
·Maintain work quality and positive attitude in challenging, wet, muddy, rocky, remote settings in hot and humid weather with lightning, biting insects, alligators, venomous snakes, and poisonous plants
·Excellent communication skills and accurate data recording are essential
·Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced environment
·Possession of or ability to obtain a valid driver’s license
·Experience navigating off-trail with aid of GPS and map and compass
·Working knowledge of southern Florida’s ecosystems and wildlife, experience operating vehicles with 4WD and manual transmissions, native wildlife identification, and wilderness first aid/first aid/CPR training is helpful but not required
 
Salary: $200/week with housing or $8.05/hr without.
 
Start date: As soon as candidate is identified and available, ideally by December 1, 2015.
 
To Apply: Please send letter of interest and resume or CV by email to Mike Rochford atcrocdoc_jobs@hotmail.com and use subject heading “Winter Biological Intern.” Application deadline isOctober 31, 2015.
 
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Michiko Squires
Wildlife Biologist
University of Florida - FLREC
3205 College Ave
Davie, Florida 33314
(954) 577-6304
 
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The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of
Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is seeking a

full-time or part-time program assistant to help manage multiple projects

on wildlife and ecosystem research, modeling, and monitoring in South

Florida and the Caribbean. For more information about our program, please

refer to
http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu.

Office duties include assisting with payroll, purchasing, budgeting,

permitting, proposals, reports, and all other necessary paperwork.

Additional duties can include gathering information through literature

surveys and other sources, developing educational programs, and web-design

depending on skills and interests.


Excellent writing skills and computer proficiency (Microsoft Office: Word,

Excel) are essential. Applicant should have at least one year of previous

work related experience with clerical procedures and systems (word

processing, managing files and records), be interested in ecology, biology,

environmental education, or related field, possess excellent organizational

and problem-solving skills, and have the ability to work well with others

in a fast-paced environment.


Compensation starts at $13 per hour there is flexibility depending upon

qualifications and experience. Position available immediately and open

until filled.


Please send letter of interest and resume by email to

crocdoc_jobs@hotmail.com with "Program Assistant" in the subject line.
 
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Michiko Squires
Wildlife Biologist
University of Florida - FLREC
3205 College Ave
Davie, Florida 33314
(954) 577-6304
 
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Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster
Ecological Modeler
The University of Central Florida is in a hiring campaign to recruit 100 new faculty for Fall 2016. As part of this hiring campaign, UCF has recently established six interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. In support of this effort, we are searching for faculty in the broad interdisciplinary area ofSustainable Coastal Systems (http://ucf.edu/research/coastalsystems) and plan to fill three positions of Assistant/Associate Professors and two positions of Associate/Full Professors to begin in Fall 2016. The goal is to bring together a core group of faculty who work across traditional research boundaries or are working in transdisciplinary fields. We will be hiring individuals who are active research leaders in the interdisciplinary fields ofecological modeling, ecosystem services, ecological engineering, coastal planning and emergency response, ecological economics, ecological policy, and coastal political geography. These five hires will join 34 current cluster faculty, representing ten departments and five colleges, to lead a world-class effort to understand and assess natural and human-related impacts to coastal ecosystem health, restoration, sustainability, and mitigation; and ultimately to characterize and integrate physical, chemical, biological, and socio-economic processes impacting coastal communities and ecosystems.
Applicants for anAssistant/Associate Professor position in coastal ecological modeling must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution. Applicants are expected to have relevant post-doctoral training, and show a demonstrated ability or strong potential to maintain a vigorous, extramurally-funded research program. Relevant experience could include research on ecosystem health; toxicological modeling related to coastal systems; invasive species; climate change impacts; theoretical ecology with interests in ecological applications; predictive modeling of dynamic natural and human systems; conservation of imperiled coastal species and natural communities; mathematical or simulation modeling at the population or ecosystem level; or linking modeling of estuarine and coastal ecosystems to conservation management applications. Candidates with quantitative, interdisciplinary knowledge from subsets of fields including coastal biogeochemistry, toxicology, marine ecosystem dynamics, or ecosystem evaluations, as well as working at the interface of social and biological sciences, are particularly encouraged to apply. Strong quantitative and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
The successful candidatewill become a core faculty member in the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster. They must demonstrate a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and publication; a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative research, have demonstrated an ability to perform high-impact and high-demand research, and develop a program that will lead to strong extramurally-funded research and national/international recognition.
Faculty in these interdisciplinary positions will be expected to strengthen both their tenure home department as well as the Sustainable Coastal Systems cluster. Both individual and interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup are expected with these five new positions. Each new faculty member will have a unique interdisciplinary mentoring team to foster intellectual breadth and to facilitate integrative capacity to strengthen the success of the cluster.
Candidates must apply on-line athttp://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/43511 (Position #38476) and attach the following materials: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three professional references. In the cover letter candidates should address their background in their discipline and should identify the department(s) for their potential tenure home.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 30 2015 and continue to accept applications until the positions are filled. The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with more than 61,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity, and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visithttp://ucf.edu. UCF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
For more information about these positions please contact the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster Search Chair, Dr. Graham Worthy atCoastalCluster@ucf.edu
 
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BIOLOGY ASSISTANT PROFESSOR- Missouri Western State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology position to begin in fall 2016. Expertise in invertebrate zoology, entomology, and/or parasitology is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong commitments to teaching, mentoring undergraduate student research, and sustained scholarly activity. Primary teaching responsibilities will be invertebrate biology, entomology, and/or medical parasitology for majors. Other teaching responsibilities may include general biology for non-majors, organismal biology for freshman majors, evolutionary ecology for sophomore majors, and participation in distance education. Involvement in Department, University, and community service is expected. Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest addressing position qualifications, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, one-page undergraduate research plan, copies of pertinent publications, and contact information for three references to: recruitment@missouriwestern.edu. Employment is contingent upon an earned doctorate by the start of employment and proof of the legal right to work in the U. S. An appointment is not final until documents are provided. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 30, 2015. For inquiries about the department please visithttp://www.missouriwestern.edu/biology. EOE
Julie Jedlicka, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
Missouri Western State University
jjedlicka@missouriwestern.edu
office: 232D Agenstein, 816-271-5603
 
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The Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in physiology, with a preference for someone who is working within marine systems and who can contribute to the Department’s undergraduate Marine Biology curriculum (http://www.usm.edu/biological-sciences/marine-biology). Applicants working in any area of Physiology will be considered. The successful candidate will join a growing and productive department with strong research programs in ecology, cellular/molecular, and organismal biology. The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) teach courses in their area of expertise and contribute towards the teaching of core biology courses; (2) develop and sustain an active research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students; (3) obtain external funding to support an active program of productive research scholarship; (4) to participate in student advisement and University service activities. Applicants must have a doctoral degree and a strong record of research publication in the peer-reviewed literature.
Evidence of proficiency in both teaching and research will be used as selection criteria. We strongly prefer candidates who can build collaborative opportunities. A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, competitive startup package, lab space, and access to state-of-the-art facilities will be provided.
 
The University of Southern Mississippi, a Carnegie Research I institution with approximately 17,000 students, is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with additional campuses located nearby on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This position will be based at the main campus in Hattiesburg. Collaborative opportunities exist with Department faculty on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campus as well as faculty within the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry (http://www.usm.edu/chemistry-biochemistry), Marine Science (www.usm.edu/marine), and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (usm.edu/GCRL). Hattiesburg is the medical, commercial, and cultural center of south Mississippi and is ranked in the top five small metropolitan areas in the United States. The Department of Biological Sciences comprises 31 faculty and offers B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences and Marine Biology.
The Department also has 65 graduate students pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in various research programs. Further information about the department and faculty may be found atwww.usm.edu/biological-sciences.
 
Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of research plans and teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references to the Southern Miss website athttps://jobs.usm.edu (see job posting # 0003697). For inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Jake Schaefer, Chair, Physiologist Search Committee, at (601) 266-4928 orjake.schaefer@usm.edu. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.
 
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Assistant/Associate Professor Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Flathead Lake Biological Station Tracking Code
1386-254
Job Description
 
he Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) of The University of Montana invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the area of aquatic microbial ecology. We seek a qualified and collaborative microbial ecologist using advanced approaches, including environmental genomics, to address modern questions of microbial structure, function, and interactions in inland waters. We have a special interest in individuals capable of developing research and training programs focused on microbial dynamics in Flathead Lake, its catchment, and its surrounding ecoregion, building on the existing long-term record of ecological dynamics in Flathead Lake. This is a resident position at FLBS with annual teaching duties in the FLBS summer academic program and associated campus programs as well as service obligations to the station, relevant academic unit(s), and university. An individual hired at the former level will be expected to demonstrate strong potential for external research funding; an individual hired at the latter level is expected to have already demonstrated strong funding success.
 
The successful applicant will be able to leverage individual research efforts via ongoing limnological research that is built on FLBS'
permanent endowment, its biennial legislative funding, and various research grants. In addition to proactive, professional collaboration with other resident faculty, the position provides the opportunity to work routinely with outstanding field and laboratory staff, including those in FLBS' recently upgraded facilities for analytical chemistry, genomics, microscopic analyses, and GIS. The successful applicant will make creative contributions to FLBS and university teaching missions and will also be able to successfully mentor graduate and postgraduate scholars. We also seek an individual who can effectively communicate research via the Station's active public engagement programs. We emphasize strong, cooperative interactions among FLBS faculty members and affiliates but with considerable latitude for individual professional development. Join us!
 
About the Flathead Lake Biological Station- <http://flbs.umt.edu/>http://flbs.umt.edu/
Established in 1899 on the eastern shore of one of North America's largest lakes, FLBS is a world-class ecological research and education facility adjacent to Glacier National Park in the heart of the Crown of the Continent ecoregion. In
2016 the station will be under the leadership of incoming Director James Elser with a mission to conduct basic and applied ecological research with emphasis on fresh water; provide field ecology courses; and supply scientific data, interpretation and outreach to help resolve environmental problems and inform public policy locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The FLBS strives to advance understanding of complex linkages among atmospheric, terrestrial, aquatic, and human components of watershed ecosystems in a natural-cultural context. This requires a “genes to ecosystems” approach and, therefore, the scientific team at FLBS is strongly interdisciplinary. Research foci at FLBS include remote sensing of climate-mediated landscape change; plankton ecology; water quality and supply in changing landscapes; ecological stoichiometry; limnology of Flathead and other large river-lake systems; systems ecology and modeling of large river ecosystems; nutrient limitation and biogeochemistry; evolutionary biology of animal, plant, and microbial populations; ecological impacts of invasive species; and integration of social and ecological processes in a systems framework to help solve environmental problems. Major FLBS facilities are recently remodeled and fully equipped for on-site research and education and a newly reconditioned 10-m research vessel, the Jessie B, is available.
 
Requirements
• A PhD in biology, ecology, microbiology, or related field required Poostdoctoral experience preferred Potential for successful interactions wwith individuals from diverse backgrounds Record of high quality scholarrly publication Record of, or potential for, developing innovative research programs suitable for Flathead basin and beyond Record of, or potenntial for, funding success necessary for research program Record of, or potential for, teaching excellence Record of, or potential for, successsful graduate mentoring Potential for building collaborations and interaactions both within the FLBS and beyond, including the UM main campus Abbility and desire to communicate science with diverse stakeholders
 
How to Apply
Application review will begin on December 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Upload the following materials: *Please
note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.
 
Letter of Interest addressing the stated required skills for the position, including a vision for professional development (3 page maximum) A full up-to-date curriculum vitae including education and experience relevant to the required criteria (up to 3 representative papers may be submitted as part of the CV) Names andd contact information for three (3) professional references
 
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.
Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).
 
 
 
 
 
James Elser
 
Regents' Professor & Parents Association Professor (Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science); Distinguished Sustainability Scientist School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85287-4501
480-965-9747 (office, LS-A 310) -6899 (fax)
Lab:
 
Blog:
Sustainable P initiative:
Twitter: @arizonajje
Some news of interest:
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President, Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography Are you an ASLO member? <http://tinyurl.com/858mo4q>http://tinyurl.com/858mo4q
 
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The Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in physiology, with a preference for someone who is working within marine systems and who can contribute to the Department’s undergraduate Marine Biology curriculum (http://www.usm.edu/biological-sciences/marine-biology). Applicants working in any area of Physiology will be considered. The successful candidate will join a growing and productive department with strong research programs in ecology, cellular/molecular, and organismal biology. The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) teach courses in their area of expertise and contribute towards the teaching of core biology courses; (2) develop and sustain an active research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students; (3) obtain external funding to support an active program of productive research scholarship; (4) to participate in student advisement and University service activities. Applicants must have a doctoral degree and a strong record of research publication in the peer-reviewed literature.
Evidence of proficiency in both teaching and research will be used as selection criteria. We strongly prefer candidates who can build collaborative opportunities. A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, competitive startup package, lab space, and access to state-of-the-art facilities will be provided.
 
The University of Southern Mississippi, a Carnegie Research I institution with approximately 17,000 students, is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with additional campuses located nearby on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This position will be based at the main campus in Hattiesburg. Collaborative opportunities exist with Department faculty on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campus as well as faculty within the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry (http://www.usm.edu/chemistry-biochemistry), Marine Science (www.usm.edu/marine), and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (usm.edu/GCRL). Hattiesburg is the medical, commercial, and cultural center of south Mississippi and is ranked in the top five small metropolitan areas in the United States. The Department of Biological Sciences comprises 31 faculty and offers B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences and Marine Biology.
The Department also has 65 graduate students pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in various research programs. Further information about the department and faculty may be found atwww.usm.edu/biological-sciences.
 
Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of research plans and teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references to the Southern Miss website athttps://jobs.usm.edu (see job posting # 0003697). For inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Jake Schaefer, Chair, Physiologist Search Committee, at (601) 266-4928 orjake.schaefer@usm.edu. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.
 
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Applications for a tenure-track Ecology Assistant Professor position at the University of Dayton (specialty open) are being accepted until next Friday:
 
 
A few general features of the job that might be interesting to you:

- TA-line supported MS & PhD program
- competitive start up
- 1 lecture course + 1 lab teaching load/semester
- specialty focused teaching assignments

- "teaching sabbatical" 1 of the first 4 semesters

- individual lab spaces as well as shared space and equipment

- University- Funded small grants (including summer salary supplement)

available for 1st 4 years.
- new departmental field vehicle (4-door truck), no charge for use!

Quirks:

- Small enough to feel like a small college, large enough to launch a

serious research program

- Private, and doing well, therefore completely disconnected from the

annual state budget hi-jinx at so many universities.


An important note:

- The university, the department, and the search chair, are all interested

in acting affirmatively to enhance diversity in hiring. The university has

been very focused on advancing women in STEM fields. This is real, not puffery.


Closes next friday, November 6
 
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Ryan W. McEwan, PhD
Associate Professor of Ecology
Environmental Biology Program Director
Department of Biology
University of Dayton
300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-2320

Office phone: 1.937.229.2558
Email: ryan.mcewan@udayton.edu
Lab: http://academic.udayton.edu/ryanmcewan
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Several graduate assistantships for M.S. and Ph.D. candidates are available in the Soybean Entomology Research Lab in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University (http://www.ent.iastate.edu/soybeanresearch/). Our lab is studying the biology and ecology of an invasive pest (the soybean aphid) while developing management tactics against it. Specifically, we are interested in developing aphid-resistant soybean cultivars. We are exploring how virulent aphids can be managed with an insect resistance management (IRM) plan that incorporates insights from the aphid’s biology and ecology. Research topics also include determining the impact of exotic natural enemies on mortality of the soybean aphid and if these natural enemies affect the occurrence of virulence on aphid-resistant varieties. Students interested in agriculture, modeling the evolution of resistance, and biological control are encouraged to apply.
 
Assistantships include a stipend as well as tuitions support. This funding is for at least three years and includes support for travel to regional and national meetings. Although the PI’s are housed within the Department of Entomology, students with interest in multiple disciplines are encouraged to apply. Students with an interest in modeling are especially encouraged to apply.
 
Interested individuals should send a cover letter describing their research interests and career goals, the names and contact information of three references, and a curriculum vitae to Drs. O’Neal and Hodgson (oneal@iastate.edu,ewh@iastate.edu).
 
Iowa State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
 
 
Matthew O’Neal
Associate Professor
Department of Entomology
Chair, Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture
Iowa State University
Cell: 515-451-3168
Office: 515-294-8622
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PhD graduate student assistantships in Ecosystem Ecology and Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling are available in the department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. I invite highly motivated graduate students with interest in investigating cutting-edge ecological questions in a coupled human and natural system.
My research integrates ground/satellite observations into process-based ecosystem modeling framework to examine biogeochemical and hydrological cycles, land-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4 and N2O), and land-coastal linkage at multiple scales from watershed, regional, continental to global in the context of multifactor global change (e.g., climate change, air pollution, land use and management, etc.). The student will work on one or two of these research areas by developing large-scale dataset, improving and calibrating terrestrial ecosystem/Land surface models, and implementing simulation experiments.
I expect that these new graduate students will join the lab in Fall 2016. The applicants should possess a degree in ecology/biology, hydrology, meteorology, geography, earth system science, forestry, agronomy, or soil science. Quantitative skills and experience in terrestrial ecosystem/land surface modeling, remote sensing, geospatial and/or statistical analysis are preferable. I will recruit students through the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program
(https://eeb.iastate.edu/) and the Environmental Science Graduate Program (https://enscigrad.iastate.edu/) at Iowa State University (Application due January 15, 2016).
Interested applicants should send a cover letter (outlining their qualifications and research interest), resume, and copies of transcripts, TOFEL, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Chaoqun Lu at Email:clu@iastate.edu
 
Chaoqun (Crystal) Lu
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology Iowa State University Ames, IA 50011
 
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The Department of Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island invites applications for a tenure-track position at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level to start in Fall 2016. The successful candidate will develop a high quality, nationally recognized, and externally-funded research program in marine animal physiology (integrative, comparative, ecological, or environmental).
Teaching will include an upper-level course in marine organismal physiology and participation in the sophomore-level Marine Biology course, and will enhance both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate (MS, PhD) students is expected. The URI Marine Biology Program website (web.uri.edu/marbio) provides more information about the program and research facilities at the University.
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will start on December 15, 2015, but consideration will be given to applications received by January 11, 2016. APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE ONLY. Visit the URI jobs website at:https://jobs.uri.edu to apply and view complete details for job posting #SF00166. Please attach 4 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Profile Application: (#1) Cover letter describing qualifications; (#2) Curriculum Vitae to include the names and contact information for three professional references; (#3) Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Interests; (#4) “Other Documents” to include a Statement of Research Interests and Future Plans; and PDF’s of up to three published papers.
 
The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.
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Hello,
 
I am looking for a Ph.D. student to work on a funded project to map habitats in the Gulf of Eilat, Southern Israel. The project will consist of compiling and analyzing existing spatial data, as well as collection of new mapping data in situ.
 
Necessary requirements -
Master's degree in ecology, geography or related field
 
Priority will be given to students with background in GIS and geostatistics A diving diploma is also preferable
 
Interested candidates should send a CV and a letter of interest to -
 
Dr. Rafi Kent,
Department of Geography and Environment
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan, Israel
 
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Best wishes,
 
Rafi Kent, PhD
Lecturer in Spatial Ecology
Department of Geography and Environment
Bar-Ilan University
Telephone: +972-3-5317369
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Title: Science Lab Technician (Red Mountain)
Location: Mesa Community College
Posting # 16007
Opens: 10/26/2015
Closes: 11/9/2015
 
Apply online at: www.maricopa.edu
 
Job Summary
SEE SPECIAL NOTES. Responsible for all terraria and aquaria in the Saguaro Building as well as the outdoor pond and wildlife enclosure, which collectively house the live teaching collection of the Life Science Department at the MCC Red Mountain Campus. The collection includes various plant life, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, venomous and non-venomous reptiles, a breeding population of endangered Desert Pupfish. Terrarium set up, cleaning, observation of individual animal well-being and health, record keeping, feeding, and scheduling of regular veterinary visits. Responsible for both spontaneous and scheduled public speaking presentations to students and visitors to the MCC Red Mountain campus as well as off campus community outreach. Responsible for holding and collecting permits, adhering to Arizona Game and Fish standards, keeping detailed records of collection points, educational use, and annual reporting. Responsible for preserving dead animals and maintaining a small collection of preserved animals. Responsible for acquiring animals and plants for display, including collection from the wild in some instances. Demonstrates a commitment to service excellence, innovation, student success, integrity and diversity in the performance of job duties.
 
Essential Functions
35% - Daily feeding and watering of animals, weekly feeding of mice to snakes, daily spraying toad and frog tanks, animal soaks/baths, and arranging veterinary care. Daily outdoor pond check/maintenance
25% - Maintenance of exhibit terraria including: Filling of terrarium ponds, substrate changes for terrariums, cleaning of glass, removing waste, changing bulbs, cleaning water and food dishes, water changes for fish tank.
10% - Answering questions of students and visitors about animals in collection, prepare animals for instructor use, prepare animals for outreach talks, give outreach talk with animals.
10% -Collection of animals for pond exhibit, removal of algal overgrowth and plant control.
10% - Propagation of plants used in exhibits and as animal food source, maintaining live invertebrates used to feed various animals in collection.
5% - Design and building of new exhibits and habitats, redesign of old exhibits.
5% - Maintaining collection records including acquiring and updating Arizona Game and Fish permits.
 
Minimum Qualifications
1. High School Degree or GED.
2. Experience in community outreach.
3. Experience making public presentations.
4. Experience with animal husbandry.
 
Desired Qualifications
1. Experience with safe techniques in the handling and care of venomous reptiles including rattlesnakes and gila monsters
2. Experience with the care and maintenance of aquatic systems such as a Cienega and saltwater aquarium as well as maintenance of associated equipment
3. Experience managing plants in greenhouses and in semi-naturalized environments
4. Experience writing and managing grants
5. Experience caring for animals (particularly amphibians and reptiles) and plants native to Arizona
6. Experience maintaining detailed and accurate records for individual animals in collections (i.e. applying for and maintaining Arizona Game and Fish Permits.)
7. Knowledge of species and ecosystems native to the US Southwest
8. Experience preserving animals and plants and maintaining preserved collections
 
Special Working Conditions
Will be exposed to chemicals and organisms which may present health hazards if not handled properly. Will be trained on safe handling techniques for venomous reptiles (rattlesnakes, gila monsters) and is expected to use these techniques regularly in the performance of job duties (animal husbandry/education/outreach). Will require lifting up to 50lbs. Will require working outside in the summer in high temperatures and other adverse weather conditions. Will be required to work occasional evening and weekend hours; summer work hours may vary. Will be required to be on call for animal collection related emergency situations. Possession of a valid State of Arizona class D Driver's License required. Employee must meet district minimum standards regarding driving:http://www.maricopa.edu/legal/rmi/vehicle.htm#requirements
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Job Description:
The University of Georgia Marine Institute (UGAMI), located on Sapelo Island, Georgia, seeks an Academic Professional to develop and provide oversight of the Institute’s residential instructional programs for University students. The candidate will also assist the Director with communications and proposal preparation. The position is based primarily at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, with significant travel duties to the UGA main campus in Athens. A terminal degree in Marine Sciences or a related field and university-level teaching experience are required. Experience working in field stations, including familiarity with Sapelo Island and UGA, will be of significant advantage.
 
Primary job responsibilities include:
·Take primary responsibility for residential instructional programs at UGAMI, including identifying instructors, recruiting students, developing course budgets, and marketing
·Serve as a liaison with UGAMI staff involved with the resident instruction program; provide support for both students and instructors in order to ensure that programs run smoothly
·Teach or co-teach classes; develop field and laboratory activities for students
·Act as a liaison with the UGA campus (e.g. Registrar’s Office, Academic Advising, Department Chairs, Study Abroad Office) and other USG units.
·Develop printed and other material (e.g. UGAMI web page, social media) to help communicate the Institute’s goals and activities
·Represent UGAMI in interactions with Island partners, potential funders, and other visitors.
·Identify external funding opportunities (grants, contracts, State, private dollars) to support the Institute’s mission; work with the Director to prepare and submit proposals
Identify and develop new opportunities for workshops and other activities appropriate to the Institute’s mission
 
Qualifications:
A terminal degree in Marine Science or a related discipline is required. Other qualifications include:
·Teaching experience at the undergraduate level
·Evidence of experience and success in administrative work
·Strong interpersonal communication skills; demonstrated ability to establish and develop
·productive and collegial relationships, collaboration, and communication with various constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, and administrators
·Ability to collect, compile, analyze and evaluate information and make verbal or written
·presentations based on this information
·Technology skills, including web page development, use of social media, and creative written publications
 
Additional Information:
This is a permanent, full-time, non-tenure-track position at the University of Georgia. The Academic Professional will be based on Sapelo Island, but should be able to make a firm commitment to the position’s extensive travel needs to Athens and other destinations around the State (approximately 1 week a month). Although it may be possible to commute to Sapelo via ferry, residence on Sapelo will be required when programs are in session (including some weekends). Housing is available at the Marine Institute. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
 
Salary:Salary for this position will range from $50,000-$60,000/year, depending on previous experience.
 
Application: Applicants should submit: 1) a letter of application that describes professional goals, experience, and other information that is relevant to the position; 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for four references. Applications can be e-mailed to Dr. Merryl Alber, Director, UGA Marine Institute at ugamidir@uga with the subject line:Academic professional application. Applications will be reviewed beginning December 18, 2015. Applications received by this date are assured of consideration.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.
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Dear colleagues,
 
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for one tenure-track faculty position in the broad area of ecology and sustainability (THIS IS IN ADDITION TO OUR 3 ANTICIPATED FACULTY HIRES IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION). The position is anticipated at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level, pending budgetary approval. We seek outstanding scientists who will enhance and complement existing strengths in our broad-based interactive biology department. We invite applications from all candidates working on cutting edge questions incorporating the topics of ecology and sustainability. Candidates working in the following areas are especially encouraged to apply:
 
- Species (plant, animal, microbe) interactions
- Microbial ecology or ecology/evolution of the microbiome
- Population, functional or evolutionary genomics
- Physiological, biophysical or functional ecology
 
Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience and will be expected to establish an extramurally funded research program, train graduate students, and actively participate in undergraduate science education. To ensure full consideration, applications and reference letters should be received by November 6, 2015. Applicants can apply online at:https://facultysearch.as.pitt.edu/apply/index/MTM1.
 
Candidates should submit a letter of application, CV, a 2-3-page statement of research accomplishments and future plans, a brief description of teaching interests and at least three letters of reference. For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input a personal email address or an email address generated through Interfolio’s Online Application Delivery. In both cases, an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions about uploading the letters to our system. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, members of minority groups under-represented in academia, veterans, and disabled are especially encouraged to apply. Further information about the Department of Biological Sciences is available at:http://www.biology.pitt.edu.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Nathan Morehouse
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Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
165 Crawford Hall
Fifth and Ruskin Avenues
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Office: (412) 624-3378
Lab: (412) 624-3351
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Assistant Professor Coastal Marine Ecology at UCSB
 
The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS: www.igpms.ucsb.edu) at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Coastal Marine Ecology at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are searching for a highly creative and interactive scholar with expertise in the ecology of nearshore marine systems, and an aptitude and desire to collaborate in interdisciplinary research. The ideal candidate will have a quantitative field research program addressing processes occurring at the community and/or ecosystem level of organization, a record of interdisciplinary research, demonstrable leadership skills and will participate actively in one or more of UCSB’s high profile interdisciplinary research programs, particularly those focused on temperate coastal ecosystems such as the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research project (sbc.lternet.edu). The successful candidate will hold an appointment in one or more academic departments that participates in the IGPMS, and is expected to have or develop an internationally recognized, extramurally-funded research program, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the candidate’s area of expertise, teach both graduate and undergraduate courses and contribute to IGPMS governance.
 
Applicants should submit: 1) an application letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research accomplishments and future plans, 4) a statement of teaching experience and interests, 5) three selected publications and 6) names and contact information of three to five persons willing to provide letters of reference in ranked order (the committee will solicit letters for a short list of candidates).
 
Submit applications electronically at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00585 , and address questions to: igpms-search@eemb.ucsb.edu
 
Review of applicants will begin December 7, 2015 and will continue until the position has been filled. The effective start date of the position is July 1, 2016.
 
The IGPMS is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.
 
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
 
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Organization for Tropical Studies
Resident Professor in Undergraduate Program
(Introduction to Tropical Ethnobiology and Research)
 
The Resident Professor with the OTS Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change and Human Health Undergraduate Semester Abroad Program in Costa Rica will be teaching a field-based program designed to provide undergraduate students with outstanding training in the ecology and behavior of tropical diseases, environmental change, human health, ethnobiology, research abilities, community work, and Spanish Language and Culture. He or she will work closely with the Education Director, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, and other Resident Professors in curriculum design and implementation, and will be responsible for teaching aspects of the Ethnobiology, and Research Practicum courses.
This resident professor is responsible for leading the Ethnobiology course and assisting with teaching the Research Practicum course; thus should be comfortable with developing and guiding short but rigorous research projects with students in the field and in the community. Ideal candidates will have a background in ethnobiology or a related field, such that they could complement the expertise of the other resident professors in tropical medicine and environmental change. The position is based in Costa Rica, and requires a commitment of 18 weeks in Costa Rica with 13 weeks in the field and 5 weeks in the OTS office in San Jose during each semester (Spring and Fall).
 
 
Qualifications:
·MSc or Ph.D. in Ethnobiology with professional research experience in the tropics
·A strong interest in team teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration
·A strong background in experimental design and statistical analysis in projects related to ethnobiology (plants, fungi, insects, mammals, human culture, etc.)
·Experience in field-based education and hands-on experiential teaching a plus
·Experience working in Latin America, especially in Costa Rica, a plus
·Excellent bilingual (English/Spanish) communication skills
·Ability to work a flexible schedule and spend 16-18 weeks, twice a year, in Costa Rica
 
Application deadline: November 07, 2015
Anticipated start date:January 10, 2016 or sooner
 
 
To apply, pleasesubmit the following materials in a single pdf document via the OTS website (www.tropicalstudies.org): cover letter describing your interest and fit for the position, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and 3 references. Applications may also be sent electronically torechum@ots.ac.cr.
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Ph.D. positions are available for the Fall of 2016 in the lab of Liza Holeski (http://www.holeskilab.weebly.com), Dept. of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. Research in the lab broadly focuses on the evolutionary genetics and ecology of plant-herbivore interactions within Mimulus and Populus species. The graduate students will use a variety of greenhouse, laboratory, and field-based approaches to investigate the genetics and phenotypic plasticity of plant morphological and chemical traits that influence plant-herbivore interactions.
 
Interested candidates should contact me (liza.holeski@nau.edu) by November 15th, 2015. Please include a C.V. and a brief description of your background and research interests.
 
Northern Arizona University is a comprehensive public institution located in Flagstaff, AZ (population ~69,000; elevation 7000ft) on the southern Colorado Plateau, adjacent to mountains, deserts, and the Grand Canyon.
 
 
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences
617 S. Beaver St.
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
 
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A PhD position is available starting in Fall 2016 to join the Barton Lab in the Department of Botany, University of Hawaii at Manoa. The student will be supported on a graduate assistantship to contribute to a study examining the role of plant functional traits in the invasion dynamics of Hawaiian wet and dry forests. Research will be conducted in both the greenhouse and field, and students will gain expertise in a range of plant ecophysiological tools as well as experience in tropical plant ecology. Students will be expected to develop their own research project directly related to the funded research, or in other areas of plant ecology. Please see the lab website for further information about current research foci (<http://seedlingscience.org>seedlingscience.org).
 
Interested students should send an email to Kasey Barton
(<mailto:kbarton@hawaii.edu>kbarton@hawaii.edu) describing their educational and research experience and a statement of graduate research interests.
 
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Kasey E. Barton
Assistant Professor
Botany Department
University of Hawai i at M noa
3190 Maile Way, Room 101
Honolulu, HI 96822
 
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We have two major projects starting at the University of Nevada, Reno with 3 Ph.D. positions available. Please pass this announcement on to potential candidates. Thank you!
 
PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in Neotoma evolutionary genetics and ecological adaptation.
 
A Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship is available to study ecological adaptation and hybridization between two species of woodrats (genus Neotoma) in California. The goal of the project is to identify how diet-based ecological adaptations may influence aspects of pre- and post-zygotic isolation. The student will play a large role in the design and implementation of field and laboratory-based studies that include analysis of gene expression and microbiome changes in pure and hybrid genotypic classes as they are exposed to chemically-distinct, field-based diets. The student will also participate in a high school outreach program focused on teaching genetics, ecology and evolution. Candidates should be creative and highly motivated with strong writing and communication skills. Candidates must have a B.S. (and preferably an M.S.) in biology or a closely related discipline. Candidates must have field experience (preferably with small mammals), ability to work under rigorous field conditions and lead field crews under their supervision, some genetics laboratory experience and interest in science education.
 
 
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantships (2). Pygmy rabbit ecology, demography, and landscape connectivity.
 
Two Ph.D. research assistantships are available at the University of Nevada-Reno on a project focused on building a quantitative understanding of the ecology, demography and population connectivity of the pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) in Nevada. The pygmy rabbit is a sagebrush specialist that is broadly (but non-continuously) distributed across the Great Basin. Like other habitat specialists, the pygmy rabbit is expected to be particularly vulnerable to climate change. Further, because of the predicted loss and degradation of sagebrush ecosystems over the coming decades, it is critically important to identify key areas that may serve as refugia or movement corridors for pygmy rabbit and other sagebrush obligates while large, relatively intact sagebrush tracts remain available for study. The goal of this project is to quantify population dynamics and dispersal/colonization capabilities of the pygmy rabbit in Nevada to develop a more complete view of the habitat and landscape characteristics that sustain local and regionally connected populations.
Although both students will be expected to collaborate extensively, we expect that one Ph.D. student will focus primarily on landscape genetics (advised by Dr. Marjorie Matocq), while the other student will focus on demography and population modeling (advised by Dr. Kevin Shoemaker). Field research for both students will include trapping and marking pygmy rabbits and collecting tissue samples at numerous sites in Nevada. Laboratory work for the landscape genetics student will include generating genetic/genomic datasets to quantify reproductive success and relatedness within populations and genetic connectivity among populations. "Laboratory" work for the population ecology student will include estimating vital rates such as fecundity and survival from capture-mark-recapture data, using a geographic information system to identify suitable habitat patches and modeling functional connectivity, and constructing spatially explicit, individual-based population models. Applicants should be hard-working, self-motivated field biologists prepared to work under rigorous field conditions and able to lead field crews under their supervision. Both candidates should have field experience with small mammals, basic literacy in data management and statistical analysis, and strong writing and communication skills. The genetics student should have genetics laboratory experience, and the population ecology student should have proficiency in the use of geographic information systems and competence with computer programming is highly desirable. Driver’s licenses are necessary for both positions. Applicants must have a B.S. (and preferably an M.S.) in biology or a closely related field.
 
 
To apply for one of the above positions, please submit the following as a single PDF email attachment: a letter stating your qualifications and career goals, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references (not letters). Review of applications will begin November 20, 2015 and will continue until the positions are filled. Send application to Dr. Marjorie Matocq, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, Nevada 89557 (775-784-4621;mmatocq@cabnr.unr.edu). See the following websites for further information about the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (http://www.unr.edu/eecb) and our lab (http://naes.unr.edu/matocq/).
 
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Marjorie Matocq, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology University of Nevada Reno Reno, Nevada 89557
775-784-4621
 
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Position Title: Program Director
Department: Education
Location: Northwood Center, Cape May Point, NJ
Reports To: Director of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory
Classification: Full Time
 
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Program Director has duties primarily in the education branch of NJ Audubon (NJA) and is the lead Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) staff person with respect to all CMBO programming including outdoor programs associated with large events (Spring Weekend, Fall Weekend, World Series of Birding). The Program Director, in conjunction with NJA Research Department staff, oversees CMBO’s fall migration counts, and may organize and conduct other bird monitoring activities. This position has wide-ranging responsibilities as a liaison to members and visitors and is the lead CMBO staff person in conjunction with the Mission Areas with respect to local conservation issues and interfacing with various land managers and stakeholders in southern NJ. The Program Director oversees the Program Registrar to ensure efficient program registration and attendance record keeping. Producing high quality written materials for print and web is an important element of this position. He/she will take an active role in promoting NJA/CMBO as a membership-based conservation organization
 
See this webpage for more details on the position: http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionAboutNJAS/OpenPositions.aspx
 
Start Date: Approximately December 15, 2015.
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Application Deadline: (November 15, 2015)
 
Please do not reply to me! Qualified individuals may apply by sending resumes with cover letters and three references as a single PDF document tohr.cmboprogramdirector@njaudubon.org
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Please share with colleagues who may be interested. Currently open positions range from intern to senior technical/policy positions. NEERS members may be particularly interested in these:
 
 
Instructions for applying can be found at http://www.mwra.com/02org/html/humanres.htm.
 
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ANTICIPATED VACANCY - FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Working Title: OPS F&W BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV
Broadband/Class Code: 19-1023-04
Position Number: 77907475-51400930
Annual Salary Range: $25/hour
Announcement Type: Open Competitive
City: TALLAHASSEE
Facility: Koger Center, Marathon Building
Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB012
Closing Date: 11/6/2015
ANTICIPATED VACANCY
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Information Science and Management / Center for Spatial Analysis
Part-time, grant funded OPS, Funded through June 2016, Annual Renewals Likely
POSITION DESCRIPTION:
GIS Support for the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Part-time: 25 hours / week
Salary: $25/hour
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in one of the physical or natural sciences and two years of professional experience or a master's degree in one of the physical or natural sciences.
Preferred Experience: Applicants with expertise in GIS and spatial modeling may be given preference.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
Provide GIS support for existing LCC projects including the development of a web-based spatial data viewer and conservation planning atlas, as well as other evolving LCC efforts.
Perform spatially explicit GIS analyses to identify lands important to the long-term conservation of fish and wildlife resources and use the results to assist in refining existing natural resource priorities and conservation targets.
Contribute to maintenance and refinement of Critical Lands and Water Identification Project and related data layers.
Assist in data preparation, maintenance, and delivery via multiple methods – web based mapping applications, images, powerpoint presentations, and reports. Prepare FGDC metadata. Completion of project reports and assist in preparation of annual reports. Review and provide comments on project deliverables and reports.
Participate in coordination of scientific activities within the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PFLCC) and adjacent south east LCCs to ensure that the science goals and objectives of the PFLCC are met.
Other tasks as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of Spatial/statistical analysis, natural resource management, GIS, cartography, and. Scientific research procedures and techniques. Computer operations and the use of related software for GIS and Image processing. Ability to analyze scientific data relating to the biological sciences. Independently plan & coordinate work assignments. Ability to work well both independently and within a team structured environment and work efficiently to meet operational deadlines. Communicate effectively, orally, graphically and in writing. Establish and maintain working relationships with FWC staff, LCC staff, Steering Committee members, and other partner organizations. Travel out of area for several days at a time. Skills include: The use and application of Arc Info/ArcView/ArcGIS GIS software. Spatial and relational database design and maintenance (i.e. data and metadata management). Project organization. Cartographic design. Technical writing and public speaking. 90% office work/10% travel.
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:
Valid driver’s license
WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT? Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is a temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks. OPS employees do not fill established positions and may not be assigned the duties of any vacant authorized position. OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment, and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee.
WHAT BENEFITS ARE APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?
State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan - mandatoryWorkers’ Compensation - mandatoryReemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatoryParticipation in state group insurance (upon meeting eligibility requirements)Deferred Compensation - voluntaryEmployee Assistance Program – voluntary
WHAT BENEFITS ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?
Any form of paid leavePaid holidaysParticipation in the Florida Retirement SystemReinstatement rights or retention rights
TO APPLY:
Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com) by the closing date listed. Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time you are applying online, faxed, or mailed to People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form.
If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287. If unable to attach supporting documents to your application, they may be faxed to the People First Service Center at 1-888-403-2110. Be sure to include the Requisition number for the position to which you are applying on each page of your faxed documents.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
The State of Florida hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. An Employment Eligibility Verification Check will be conducted in the E-Verify System which is a federal government electronic database that confirms the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement
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PH.D. Student Position, Department of Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Responsibilities: The successful applicant will conduct a research project in Dr. Astrid Schwalb’s stream ecology lab (http://streamecology.wp.txstate.edu/) to address questions about the ecology of mussels and their conservation in rivers of Central Texas. General research areas include: 1) exploring mussel-host fish relationships; 2) propagation of juvenile mussels; 3) examining the distribution of mussels and the factors underlying their distribution.
Instructional (teaching) and research assistantships will be available.
Qualifications: Successful applicants will be self-motivated, able to work effectively independently and in a team setting. A MS degree in biology, ecology, aquatic sciences, or a related field is preferred. Prior experience with GIS, working with unionid mussels and fish are assets.
Expected starting time: Spring or summer 2016
To apply, please email the following documents with the subject 'Texas_mussel_PhD' to Dr. Schwalb (schwalb@txstate.edu):
1) a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications
2) a resume or CV
3) unofficial copies of transcripts
4) names and contact information for three academic references.
Feel free to contact Dr. Schwalb with any questions.
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The graduate program in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University invites applications from prospective PhD and MS students for fall 2016. East Carolina University is the third largest campus in the University of NC system and has an active and well-supported group of faculty working in the areas of ecology and evolution. Currently, we have >70 MS students and >20 doctoral students enrolled in our graduate programs. Students accepted into the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences will receive at least five years of support at a very competitive level. TA-ships are readily available in our two MS programs and Biology faculty members also supervise students in ECU's Coastal Resource Management PhD program. Our faculty members (see below) conduct research across the globe and excellent opportunities exist to work in terrestrial, freshwater, wetland and marine systems.
 
Our students enjoy living in the affordable community of Greenville, NC and having access to several natural areas, universities and research centers located in central and eastern NC. The Biodiversity Initiative at East Carolina University also provides graduate students with opportunities to participate in journal clubs, workshops, and outreach events and access to high performance desktop computers. In addition to resources within faculty labs, students also have access to a Central Environmental lab, a core genomics facility, and a high performance computing core.
 
Application deadlines vary with particular programs but students applying early will have a greater chance of receiving financial support. Please visithttp://www.ecu.edu/biology/ to find out more about our department, faculty and graduate programs. In addition to visiting departmental and faculty websites, please contact prospective mentors directly to our director of graduate studies, Ed Stellwag (stellwage@ecu.edu), for more information. We are happy to arrange visits for competitive prospective students and additional scholarship support may be available for the strongest applicants.
 
Departmental faculty with expertise in ecology and evolution include:
 
Marcelo Ardon: Aquatic ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry.
Chris Balakrishnan: Avian evolutionary and behavioral genomics.
Seth Barribeau: Evolutionary ecology of hosts, parasites, and symbionts in pollinator and pest insects.
April Blakeslee: Conservation biology, marine ecology, parasite ecology, biological invasions ecology and evolution.
Michael Brewer: Evolutionary genomics, systematics, and bioinformatics.
David Chalcraft: Population and community ecology; ecological aspects of
biodiversity.
Robert Christian: Coastal ecosystem ecology and network ecology.
Erin Field: Marine microbial processes, geomicrobiology, microbial genomics.
Carol Goodwillie: Plant mating system evolution, plant population ecology and
genetics.
Pat Harris: Fish ecology and life history, fisheries management.
Jinling Huang: Evolutionary genomics and bioinformatics.
Fadi Issa: Neurobiology & Behavior, neurodegeneration.
Claudia Jolls: Plant evolutionary ecology and conservation.
Dave Kimmel: Plankton ecology.
Trip Lamb: Systematics and phylogeography.
Joe Luczkovich: Food web ecology and fish bioacoustics.
Krista McCoy: Ecological development and physiology.
Mike McCoy: Quantitative population and community ecology.
Jeff McKinnon: Sexual selection, speciation, mainly in fish.
Sue McRae: Behavioral ecology and social evolution in birds.
Ariane Peralta: Microbial ecology, wetland ecology, agroecology.
Enrique Reyes: Landscape ecology, ecological modeling, coastal management.
Roger Rulifson: Fish ecology and fisheries.
Ed Stellwag: Vertebrate evo-devo and cis-regulatory network evolution.
John Stiller: Molecular evolution and comparative genomics.
Kyle Summers: Evolution of color, behavior in poison frogs; evolutionary
medicine.
Heather Vance-Chalcraft: Community ecology.
Terry West: Human impacts on coastal ecosystems.
Baohong Zhang: MicroRNA evolution, comparative genomics, and molecular genetics.
Yong Zhu: Comparative evolution and molecular functions of hormones and
receptors.
 
 
David R. Chalcraft
Assoc. Professor of Biology
Director, East Carolina Biodiversity Initiative
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
27858
 
252-328-2797
 
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November 2015
 
Graduate Student Positions in Invasion Ecology - Toronto Peter M. Kotanen Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Toronto, Mississaugapeter.kotanen@utoronto.ca http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3pkota/
 
I am looking for Ph.D. and M.Sc. students for investigations into the ecology of plants and their natural enemies (herbivores and pathogens) in Ontario and elsewhere. Recent work by my lab has centred on the effects of these enemies on non-native species. We have used field experiments and surveys to test whether alien plants experience reduced rates of insect and pathogen damage, as predicted by the Enemy Release Hypothesis, and whether exchange of enemies with native species depends upon phylogeny, latitude, population isolation, and other factors. Information on our research can be found at my home page (www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3pkota).
 
We are a thriving department at a leading research institution, with excellent resources and many opportunities for interaction and collaboration. All graduate students are guaranteed a stable minimum income, currently $25,250 from a variety of sources, as well as support for research and conference travel. Information on application procedures and our tri-campus graduate program can be found athttp://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/grad.htm. We accept applications beginning in November, and begin to review them in January. Interested students should contact me via e-mail:peter.kotanen@utoronto.ca.
 
Some recent publications
 
Santangelo J.S. and P.M. Kotanen (in press) Non-systemic fungal endophytes increase host survival but reduce tolerance to herbivory in subarctic Festuca rubra. Ecosphere: accepted 28 Sept 2015.
 
Lee, Y. and P.M. Kotanen (2015) Differences in herbivore damage and performance among Arctium minus (burdock) genotypes sampled from a geographic gradient: a common garden experiment. Biological Invasions 17:
397-408.
 
Kambo, D. and P.M. Kotanen (2014) Latitudinal trends in herbivory and performance of an invasive species, common burdock (Arctium minus).
Biological Invasions 16: 101-112.
 
Dunn, A.M., M.E. Torchin, M.J. Hatcher, P.M. Kotanen, D.M. Blumenthal, J.E.
Byers, C.A.C. Coon, V.M. Frankel, R.D. Holt, R.A. Hufbauer, A.R. Kanarek, K.A. Schierenbeck, L.M. Wolfe, and S. E. Perkins (2012) Indirect effects of parasites on invasions. Functional Ecology 26: 1262-1274.
 
Hill S.B. and P.M. Kotanen (2011) Phylogenetic structure predicts capitular damage to Asteraceae better than origin or phylogenetic distance to natives.
Oecologia 166: 843-851.
 
Peter M. Kotanen
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road North
Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6 CANADA
tel: 905-828-5365; fax: 905-828-3792
 
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The University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) offers two Field Ecology and Environmental Science Programs for the summer of 2016.
 
Hands on field work … Paid tuition and housing… 3 credits/summer… $3,500 stipend *Applications due November 6*
 
UNDERC-East: (May 16 – July 22) Spend the summer studying northwoods ecology and conducting your own research in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where UNDERC encompasses more than 7500 acres with abundant wildlife, and includes lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests that have been protected for nearly a century. Course modules include vertebrate ecology, invertebrate ecology, aquatic ecology and forest ecology. In addition, each student conducts an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty or graduate student mentor.
 
UNDERC-West: (June 4 – August 12): Explore more than a million acres on the Flathead Reservation with abundant wildlife, grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes. Course modules like those at UNDERC-East include wildlife ecology, grassland ecology, and montane ecology, as well as an environmental history/Native American ecology module. Each student conducts an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty advisor that is more advanced given the skills learned at UNDERC-East. (Pre-requisite - UNDERC-East).
 
These programs promote understanding of field environmental biology and how field research is conducted through 9 – 10 weeks in the field.
Applications are accepted from students who will be completing at least their sophomore year at a 4-year college or university. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose.
Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences. Four openings are reserved for students of Native American heritage and four openings are reserved for students from Puerto Rico.
 
Additional information and applications are available online (
http://underc.nd.edu) or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC-East Assistant Director (mcramer@nd.edu) or Dr. David Flagel, UNDERC-West Assistant Director (dflagel@nd.edu). Application deadline is Friday, November 6,
2014 and notification of acceptance will be provided by Friday, December 4, 2014.
 
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Applications being accepted for the Garden Club of America’s Urban Forestry Fellowship
 
Application Deadline: January 31, 2016
 
The Garden Club of America (GCA) with the support of Casey Trees of Washington, DC, is soliciting applications for its national urban forestry fellowship. GCA has a history of interest in the health of the urban forest and would like to support young scientists in their undergraduate and graduate studies in this field. The study areas of interest are far reaching, including urban forest management and planning as well as topics in biology, ecology, or human health that will specifically move urban forest science forward. The GCA Fellowship in Urban Forestrywill be awarded in early 2016. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee at Casey Trees composed of practicing urban forestry scientists and professionals in related fields. Final selection is made by The Garden Club of America.
 
The fellowship is highly competitive and applicants must present clearly in their applications how they will advance the GCA’s goal of increasing future capacity in urban forestry research.
 
Eligibility:The fellowship is open to both graduate students and advanced undergraduates pursuing degrees in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture, environmental studies or a closely related field at any 4-year college or university degree program in the United States. Recipients must be students in the U.S. who will be enrolled as juniors or seniors or graduate students during the fellowship period (2016-17). The award is for $5,000 and recipients may apply for one additional year of funding.
Application Process: For more information, online application forms, and past recipients, visit http://caseytrees.org/programs/gcascholarship/ or contact Dr. Jessica Sanders at gcaurbanforestry@caseytrees.org or 202-349-1905.
For more information about…
The Garden Club of America, visitgcamerica.org
Casey Trees, visitcaseytrees.org
 
 
Jess Sanders | PhD | Director of Technical Services and Research | ISA Certified MA-5490A
Casey Trees
p 202 349 1905
 
Tell Mayor Bowser and the D.C. Council that trees matter and urge them to pass this important legislation this fall.
 
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Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
 
The Department of Biology at Stetson University invites applications for a position as Visiting Assistant Professor for the Spring 2016 semester.
 
QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in organismal biology with evidence of strong teaching skills is required. Candidates with expertise in ecology, animal physiology or plant physiology are particularly encouraged to apply.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES: The new colleague will be expected to teach one course, and associated lab sections, in the introductory biology sequence as well as a course in the General Education curriculum (i.e., a science course for non-science majors and its associated lab).
The candidate will also assist with academic advising of students prior to the spring registration period.
 
For more information on our expectations in teaching and scholarship and our support for faculty development, please see the Academic Affairs website:
 
THE DEPARTMENT:
consists of ten faculty members with areas of expertise in molecular biology and ecology, microbiology, neurobiology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, and aquatic and terrestrial organismal ecology. We emphasize small classes, investigative research in and out of the classroom, and service-learning/community-based research. For examples of collaborative research with students across the university see “Stetson Showcase” athttp://www.stetson.edu/other/research/surcas.php .
 
THE UNIVERSITY:
Founded in 1883, Stetson University (http://www.stetson.edu) is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s teacher-scholar faculty works with 3,800 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 2,500 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1945, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves over 1,000 students working full-time or part- time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the main campus and at Stetson University Center in Celebration include Business, Educational Leadership, Reading, Education, Counseling, and English. Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.
 
THE COMMUNITY:
DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 25,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.
 
SALARY: Salary is competitive.
 
STARTING DATE: January 1, 2016
 
APPLICATION:
Applicants must send the following materials for consideration: 1) a cover letter that includes the candidate's philosophy of teaching in a liberal arts university, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) three letters of recommendation, at least two of which include an evaluation of teaching ability. Candidates are encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
 
Application materials may be submitted electronically to Dr. Cindy Bennington at cbenning@stetson.edu
 
or mailed to the following address:
Dr. Cindy Bennington, Search Committee Chair Department of Biology Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8264
DeLand, FL 32723
 
Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.
 
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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) seeks a full-time Data Science Instructor to join the cyberinfrastructure (CI) group in developing and delivering workshops aimed at teaching natural and social scientists how to apply data science skills in pursuit of their research goals.
 
The incumbent will review existing open source training materials, plan and create new curricula, and curate related repositories. In addition, she or he will deliver the training materials at hands-on workshops in the Annapolis, Maryland/Washington D.C. area, following in the Software Carpentry/Data Carpentry style of training. Workshop audiences may include undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, as well as NGO and government researchers. Topics may include data management best practices, techniques for cleaning and restructuring data, basic database development, data analysis and visualization, geospatial data processing and analysis, collaborative coding and version control, and integration and appropriate use of various computing tools for these tasks.
 
The ideal candidate will have a mix of experience in programming, science, and math with a passion for hands-on teaching and enthusiasm for learning new tools and developing new training materials to help scientists apply them.
 
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
 
Master’s degree in natural, social, computer, or information science
Teaching experience in a formal (e.g., classroom, lab) or informal (e.g., Software Carpentry) setting
Experience using R or Python for data management, analysis, and visualization tasks
Basic working knowledge of command line operations and environment
Excellent verbal communication ability and interpersonal skills
Strong organizational skills for planning, coordinating, and delivering workshops
 
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
 
Knowledge of SQL and open-source geospatial tools
Excellent written communication ability
Working knowledge of Git
TO APPLY
Evaluation of applications will begin December 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
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In Cambridge, MA
Outreach & Communications Assistant (One Year Internship)
 
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has worked tirelessly for over 45 years to reduce the real and urgent risks posed by nuclear weapons. UCS’s Global Security Program seeks an engaging, committed detail-oriented individual to help cultivate and engage UCS supporters and Science Network members, conceive and implement online campaign actions and initiatives and identify and organize speaking opportunities for UCS experts and staff to key states and college campuses. This full-time, one year internship offers the opportunity to develop and hone outreach, policy advocacy and communications skills and work with multidisciplinary team of nonprofit professionals to help address one of the planet’s most critical issues. UCS internships are paid and benefits-eligible.
 
See the full list of job openings athttp://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs
 
Cheryl George
Human Resources Representative
Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA 02138
 
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The Department of Earth and the Environment at Florida International University has a Ph.D. assistantship available for a student interested in the ecology of coastal wetlands. The ideal candidate will have some experience in vegetation ecology, plant-soil relationships, and remote sensing of large landscapes. The research will focus on recent changes in the coastal ecotone of the Florida Everglades, following on earlier studies in the Ross lab (softel.fiu.edu) that implicated sea level rise and altered fresh water delivery as important drivers of productivity and landscape structure. Assistantship covers stipend of $23,460 and tuition. To be considered for Fall 2016 admission, please reply by December 1, 2015 to Dr. Michael Ross (rossm@fiu.edu) with a CV and statement of interest.
Dr. Michael Ross
Department of Earth & Environment
Southeast Environmental Research Center
Florida International University
University Park/OE-148
Miami, FL 33199
ph: 305-348-1420
 
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Job Description:
The Department of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor studying the responses of ecological systems to complex environmental changes that fundamentally affect the sustainability of the Earth ecosystem. The position is open with respect to ecological system (e.g., terrestrial, aquatic, urban) and scale (e.g., population, community, ecosystem). Special attention will be given to applicants developing research programs with these strengths:
 
1) Integration of basic research with broad-scale environmental challenges (e.g., global climate change, urbanization, degradation of water quality)
 
2) Coupling dynamics of natural and human systems required to implement science-based research in real-world situations
 
3) Consideration of evolutionary responses to environmental changes
 
4) A strong field component in research
 
The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent, externally funded research program and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching. He/she will join the Ecology-Evolution-Behavior group within the Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.binghamton.edu/biology/) and will contribute to EvoS, Binghamton University's campus-wide evolutionary studies program (http://evolution.binghamton.edu/evos/) and the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program (http://www.binghamton.edu/environmental-studies/).
 
Requirements:
Ph.D. in Ecology, Post-doctoral experience. Publications in peer review journals. Must be able to teach a majors course in ecology.
 
Additional Information:
It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
 
Application Instructions:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, selected reprints and preprints, and statements of research and teaching interests to https://binghamton.interviewexchange.com/. Applications should indicate how their future programs are consistent with Binghamton University's mission of achieving excellence of both research and teaching. Please enter contact information to enable three letters of recommendation to be sent to the application website. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
 
About Binghamton University:
Binghamton University has built a reputation as a world-class institution that combines a broadly interdisciplinary, international education with one of the most vibrant research programs in the nation. Binghamton is proud to be ranked among the elite public universities in the nation for challenging our students academically, not financially. The result is a unique, best-of-both-worlds college experience.
Our academic culture rivals a first-rate private university - rigorous, collaborative and boldly innovative — while our campus culture exemplifies the best kind of public university experience: richly diverse students, active social life and deep engagement with the community.
Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, work one-on-one with an exceptional faculty that includes innovative scientists and groundbreaking scholars. They take advantage of special academic opportunities like combined degrees, foreign language study groups and an unparalleled international education program.
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The University of Florida (UF) invites applications and nominations for a tenure accruing faculty position in Tourism. Successful applicants will be expected to conduct high quality research and teach graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in an area of emphasis in the department. The search committee is especially interested in receiving applications that could contribute to one or more of the following areas of research: 1. Tourism (and recreation) in coastal zones; 2. Tourism as a form of community development and sustainability/resilience; 3. Tourism economics and development; and/or 4. Tourism policy.
 
For full announcement see http://jobs.ufl.edu (job # 495008)
 
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PhD opportunity N.Ariz.U.: Forestry/ Evolutionary ecology/Global Change Impacts
 
We anticipate filling two Ph.D. positions to work on a NSF Macrosystems Biology project at Northern Arizona University, “Collaborative research: Blending ecology and evolution using emerging technologies to determine species distributionswith a non-native pathogen in a rapidly changing climate”, to start in either June or August 2016. This project is a multi-university collaboration examining the interacting evolutionary and ecological responses of southwestern white pine (SWWP;Pinus strobiformis) to climate change and an invasive pathogen from local to regional scales. The project is being led by Dr. Kristen Waring in the School of Forestry at NAU.
One position will be based in the School of Forestry (http://nau.edu/cefns/forestry/) with Dr. Kristen Waring and will be closely involved with establishment, maintenance and measurement of seedling common garden trials of trees from across the SWWP range planted in three different temperatures. The student will develop a project related to the adaptive traits (e.g. drought tolerance) of SWWP. The second position will be based in the Department of Biological Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Amy Whipple. This graduate student would develop a project examining aspects of epigenetic inheritance and modification in determining the traits of SWWP related to phenology, drought, or disease.
 
Three years of research assistantship funding (stipend + tuition and health insurance) are available for each position; additional funding may be available through fellowships or teaching assistantships. Start date is June 1, 2016 or August 22, 2016. A brief description of current and previous research projects in SWWP can be found at http://nau.edu/silviculture. For more information contact Kristen Waring, Kristen.Waring@nau.edu (928) 523-4920 or Amy Whipple, amy.whipple@nau.edu (928) 714-0409 Outstanding candidates may qualify for the NAU Presidential Fellowship Program (http://nau.edu/GradCol/Financing/Presidential-Fellowship-Program/).
To apply, submit a résumé and cover letter to either Kristen Waring (Forestry position) or Amy Whipple (Biology position). Review of applications will begin immediately.
 
 
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Kristen M. Waring, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Silviculture
School of Forestry
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
(928) 523-4920 office
 
 
 
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Enthusiastic, team oriented, and self-motivated students are encouraged to apply for a Ph.D. and MSc positions to conduct research on habitat offsetting for freshwater fishes in the Oil Sands Region of Alberta, Canada. This project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between the University of Alberta, and industry and government sponsors. Main project goals include: i) identifying food-web dynamics of newly created compensation lakes, ii) determining best practices in monitoring and measuring newly created compensation lakes, and iii) developing field based studies to determine causative relationships between age and growth and other life history characteristics in relation to differing lake environments. These research projects are fully funded and will provide key insights into the role of how to develop habitat offsets, a new and emerging field in restoration and conservation biology.
Candidates will be under the supervision of Dr. Mark Poesch but will interact regularly with scientists and team members in industry, provincial and federal governments.
 
Ph.D. candidates must have a graduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field. Candidate must also have a high overall GPA (especially in related courses). Experience with ecological modeling, freshwater fish ecology, database management, and programming skills are considered an asset. Candidates should clearly articulate how this research will build on your existing experience, specific skills and provide a date of availability. Candidates interested in this position should send an email to Dr. Mark Poesch
(poesch(at)ualberta.ca) with a cover letter identifying research interests, CV, transcripts (unofficial accepted), writing sample and a list of three references.
 
Please note review of applications will commence on November 13, 2015 and the competition will remain open until the position is filled. Ideal start date is spring 2016, but other arrangements can be made.
 
The University of Alberta was recently rated as Canada’s fourth best university, and 86th across universities worldwide. Located in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton (population of 1.2 million people), the University of Alberta provides a dynamic mixture of a large research intensive university, urban culture and recreation. More than 39,000 students from across Canada and 144 other countries participate in nearly 400 programs and 18 faculties.
 
Contact Information:
 
Dr. Mark Poesch
Assistant Professor, Conservation Ecology University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources
751 General Services Building, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H1
Ph: 780-492-4827
Email: Poesch(at)ualberta.ca
 
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The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES), University of Nevada Reno (UNR) has 3 graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) for the 2016-2017 academic year that will be awarded on a competitive basis to Ph.D. students. Accepted students will be guaranteed funding for up to four consecutive years. Prospective Ph.D. students must be advised by an NRES faculty member (seehttp://www.unr.edu/nres/people) and are expected to pursue a doctoral degree through one of four interdisciplinary graduate programs that NRES faculty participate in: Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology (http://www.unr.edu/degrees/ecology-evolution-and-conservation-biology); Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (http://www.hydro.unr.edu/Default.aspx); Environmental Sciences and Health (http://www.unr.edu/esh); and Atmospheric Sciences (http://www.unr.edu/degrees/atmospheric-science).
 
To apply, prospective students should first correspond with an NRES faculty member. The faculty member who has agreed to serve as a major advisor will submit a prospective student nomination packet, which includes curriculum vitae, transcripts, GRE scores, statement of interest, and 3 recommendation letters. Prospective students should also apply for admittance to their desired interdisciplinary program through the UNR Graduate School application web site (http://www.unr.edu/grad/admissions) by the application deadline for the desired program or February 1, whichever is earlier. Nomination packets must be submitted by faculty on behalf of the student by February 1, 2016 for full consideration. NRES expects to notify applicants by the end of February about GTA funding decisions.
 
A land grant university, UNR is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a high research, comprehensive doctoral university, and as “among the best national universities” by US News and World Report. Reno is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe and was recently rated one of the best small cities in the US for outdoor recreation and overall quality of life.
 
NRES is one of the premier research units on campus. The Department has over 430 undergraduates, 60 graduate students, 18 full-time faculty, and an annual average of $4.4 million in awards from state, regional and national funding competitions. NRES is an interdisciplinary department with strengths in landscape ecology, fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, ecology and conservation of wildlife and their habitats, range and forest ecology, ecohydrology and water quality management, conservation genetics, plant population biology and physiological ecology, soil science, ecological restoration, and ecosystem modeling. More information about NRES is athttp://www.unr.edu/nres.
 
The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation, or genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Nevada, Reno employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
 
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Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships Available&#8232; Purdue University
 
The Department of Entomology at Purdue University seeks outstanding students for Ph.D. program. Prospective students are invited to apply, and to visit the department in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Department will cover costs of travel, hotel and a meal allowance for top applicants to visit campus during February of 2016.
 
Our more than 20 faculty have interests that span basic and applied entomology, encompassing the following broad themes:
• Biological control
• Insect biochemistry and cell biology
• Insect-plant interactions
• Integrated pest and resistance management • Landscape ecology • Molecular, behavioral, and population genetics • Systematic entomology • Urban and industrial entomology • Vector biology
 
Interested students should contact prospective faculty before applying:
 
For additional details about graduate study at Purdue, please visit:
 
Contact Dr. Christian Krupke, Graduate Chair, ckrupke@purdue.edu, for information about the department and PhD program.&#8232; Contact Ms. Amanda Wilson, Graduate Program Assistant,apendle@purdue.edu, for application materials and administrative information.&#8232;
 
Students must apply to the graduate program by January 4, 2016 to be considered for both assistantships and travel awards.
 
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Seeking multiple graduate students in fungi-plant interactions at the University of Alberta
 
The research programs of Nadir Erbilgin, Justine Karst, James Cahill (University of Alberta), Suzanne Simard (University of British Columbia), and Jonathan Cale are seeking motivated and collaborative students (3 PhD, 1
MSc) to work on a project investigating questions focused on the roles of soil fungal communities in modulating boreal forest resistance and resilience to biotic and abiotic disturbances. This project seeks to expand our recent findings demonstrating the effects of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on below- and above-ground processes, including decline of mycorrhizal fungi and pine resistance following forest mortality in western Canada (New Phytol (2015) 208: 904-914; Plant & Soil (2015). 390: 29-47; PLOS One (2015) 10 (4): e0124691). All students will be co-supervised by at least two investigators and the others will be in the students’ theses committees. While student projects will use a subset of these, this overall project will employ genomic, metabolomic, and DNA-stable isotope probing techniques in field and greenhouse experiments. Student research topics will include, but are not restricted to: (1) Soil fungal community response to and recovery from forest disturbances (PhD); (2) Fungal communities as drivers of tree insect and disease resistance (PhD); (3) Abiotic gradients and the response of root-inhabiting fungi to pine mortality (PhD); and (4) Fungal community control of tree mineral acquisition and carbon allocation (MSc).
 
Depending on applicant interest and qualifications, all projects offer flexibility in designing a research project pursuing areas of personal interest while investigating the topics above. Depending on research topic, a background in soil microbial or chemical ecology or plant-fungal interactions will be an asset to successful candidates. Proficiency in spoken and written English is required along with the ability to obtain provincial driving privileges upon arrival. Candidate selection will be based on academic achievements, reference letters, and previous research experience. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are essential.
A standard U of A Graduate Assistantship can be offered for successful candidates.
 
All positions are available to start in Spring (May/June, 2016) term.
Applicants must satisfy University of Alberta Department of Renewable Resources entrance requirements, available for review at:
 
Interested candidates are encouraged to email (1) an unofficial transcript (undergraduate and/or MSc, as appropriate), (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a brief personal statement describing research and career goals, and how this degree would help the student achieve those goals, and (4) names and contact information for three references to Dr. Jonathan Cale, Department of Renewable Resources, 4-42 Earth Science Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2E3, Canada. Please submit application materials or information inquires to Jacale@ualberta.ca.
 
Additional information: Department of Renewable Resources – http://www.rr.ualberta.ca/
 
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Position Announement for PROGRAM MANAGER for Public Engagement of Science Project
 
The University of Utah (UU) seeks a full-timeProgram Manager to join a NSF-funded project involving STEM researchers, informal science educators, and community leaders to create innovative opportunities and trainings for scientists to synergistically engage with science-inattentive public audiences (those who are uninterested, hostile, or do not have access to science and scientists).
 
The project will: 1) ensure that STEM researchers gain appropriate skills and academic rewards; 2) do research on how STEM researchers might shift their self-identity to science communicators and how public groups shift theirs to science learners; and 3) disseminate emerging principles and practices to other institutions. Our collaborative team consists of ecologists, informal science educators, and science of learning researchers.
 
Essential functions include:
Oversees administrative matters on operations; contributes to strategic planning; with co-PIs, provides oversight for all activities.
Assists in preparing grant proposals, audit reports, protocols, and publications;
Coordinates training programs; acts as a liaison between internal and external constituencies; serves as project representative;
Forecasts and monitors the program budget; negotiates contracts and service agreements.
Stays abreast of legal issues and makes recommendations for compliance.
Develops systems and maintains records/databases;
Supervises subordinate staff.
 
Minimum/Required Qualifications:
 
1.Bachelor degree in informal science education, science communications, or related field, with related experience. A Masters or PhD. in natural, applied sciences, or education is preferred.
2.Demonstrated experience coordinating complex projects with multiple partners;
3.Demonstrated experience in assisting conducting and disseminating research;
4.Demonstrable ability to use qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand social science data;
5.Excellent oral and written communication skills
 
Salary range: $37,000 to $51,000 per year
Contact: Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Department of Biology, UU;
 
 
-- Nalini M. Nadkarni
Professor, Department of Biology
401/402 Aline Skaggs Building
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
(360) 870-6632
 
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Especially for academic couples on the job market, I wanted to draw attention to four positions previously advertised separately on this listserv that are all in the same geographic area. Earlham College, which has produced many ecologists on this listserv, is searching for two tenure-track positions in Richmond, Indiana. Both the University of Dayton and Miami University (Ohio) are within an hour of Richmond.

Asst Prof of Environmental Sustainability
http://earlham.edu/human-resources-and-business-operations/current-openings/?job=39075

Asst Prof of Biology
http://earlham.edu/human-resources-and-business-operations/current-openings/?job=39006

Asst Prof of Biology in Ethnobotany
https://jobs.udayton.edu/postings/18334

Asst Prof Specializing in Ecology
https://miamioh.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=1934

Earlham is also hiring several other tenure-track faculty in other fields as well as a Director of Career Education.
http://earlham.edu/human-resources-and-business-operations/current-openings/
http://earlham.edu/human-resources-and-business-operations/current-openings/?job=38650

Earlham College has a long tradition of strength in natural history, ecology, evolution, and environmental sciences with hands-on experience in the field, museum, and lab. More athttp://www.earlham.edu/biology/. Families with children may be interested in the Richmond Friends School (http://www.richmondfriendsschool.org/about-the-school/). Earlham is an especially great place for faculty to who want to be part of a close-knit community with an emphasis on social justice. Earlham students want to work hard to change their communities and the world for the better and you can help them. If this sounds like your calling, you should apply.

Carrie Seltzer, Ph.D.
 
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We are casting a wide net with the search below. Our department is rapidly evolving/growing and our students are quite rewarding to teach.
 
While I'm not on this search committee, I'm happy to answer questions people may have about the department/university.
 
Thanks,
Dan
 
 
Environmental Science Lecturer
 
The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking qualified applicants for a faculty position at the rank of Lecturer, pending budgetary approval. This position is outside of the tenure stream and is contracted for 3 years, with renewals and promotion expected. The successful candidate will teach a variety of undergraduate courses for a new B.S. major in Environmental Science, ideally including a scientific writing class. The duties associated with this position would include advising Environmental Science and Geology majors, preparation of course materials, and academic program assessment. Additional duties may include, at the option of the successful candidate, developing proposals for undergraduate research, curriculum development, outreach, or attracting underrepresented minorities. The candidate must possess a Ph.D. in Geoscience, Environmental Science, or other related disciplines. Teaching experience is essential. Excellent communication and writing skills are required.
The appointment begins in the fall term of 2016.
 
Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their qualifications along with their CV, teaching and advising statements, and arrange for 3 letters to be uploaded to:https://facultysearch.as.pitt.edu/apply/index/MTM0. For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input a personal email address or an email address generated through Interfolio’s Online Application Delivery. In both cases, an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions about uploading the letters to our system. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2016. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, members of minority groups under-represented in academia, veterans, and disabled are especially encouraged to apply
 
Daniel J. Bain
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Geology and Planetary Science
 
Mail: 200 SRCC
4107 O'Hara St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
 
Phone: 412 624-8766
Fax: 412 624-3914
 
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Multiple positions are available to join the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the U. of Tennessee, Knoxville, to earn your Masters or PhD degree:
 
Program Highlights:
 
* Growing department: 2-6 new tenure track faculty starting Aug. 2016.
 
* Our students have published over 80 papers in the last academic year: Science, Ecology, Systematic Biology, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, American Naturalist, Biological Invasions, Journal of College Science Teaching, and many more.
 
* PhD graduate placement, for all graduates from 2000-2015: 43% tenure track faculty, 22% postdoc, 15% government, with the others in NGOs, private business, or non-tenture track jobs. For those at least five years after graduation, 57% tenure track faculty, 3% postdoc, 17% government.
 
* Resources to support student research, in addition to external funding (i.e., internal funds, DNA sequencing facility, computer clusters, field station, boats).
 
* Available training in teaching best practices, including a certificate in college teaching and training consistent with AAAS national recommendations.
 
* Active initiatives to improve diversity in science (i.e., Program for Excellence & Equity in Research (salary, tuition, and training for 2 years), EEB Women in Science (department wide discussion group)).
 
* Grad students receive health insurance and a tuition waiver.
 
* Guaranteed support for students meeting program expectations (for 5 yrs PhD, 2 yrs Masters).
 
* 64% of students supported by TAing, 36% by fellowships, research, or training grants.
 
* One in twelve students has received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship funding.
 
* Last year students received over $421K in external funds (in addition to internal research funds).
 
* Extensive outreach and service opportunities: students serve on the boards of the Nature Conservancy and American Cichlid Society, do invasive species removal, run taxonomic forays with the broader public, help organize Darwin Day Tennessee, mentor undergraduate and high school researchers, and much more.
 
* Nearby locations for research: Great Smoky Mountains N.P. (home to 17,000 documented species, including 1500 angiosperm, 200 bird, 66 mammal, and 67 fish species); numerous cave systems; campus greenhouses; experimental plots; and much more.
 
* Affordable cost of living. Living wage (for one adult) in Knoxville, TN = $21,216, Cambridge, MA = $27,664, San Francisco area = $28,496 (source: livingwage.mit.edu).
Stipends for PhD students start at $22,000 ($19,700 for Masters students), but are often higher.
 
* Vibrant community: 86 miles of greenways and trails in Knoxville, many festivals and parades, museums, live music, and more.
 
* Active departmental graduate student organization (GREBE) to represent and help graduate students.
 
* Potential students should contact advisors before applying: we only accept students into a lab (no rotations). For more information, go tohttp://eeb.bio.utk.edu/graduate- studies/application-information/ . Application deadline Jan. 1, 2016.
 
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Faculty seeking students and sample questions:
 
The list below is not exhaustive – indeed, far from it. There are other faculty members who will be recruiting students in the Department. Also, the listed faculty members may recruit students who have different interests to those listed. But we prepared this list just to illustrate to prospective students some of the diversity of topics on which we envision recruiting, spanning conservation, macroevolution, global change ecology, molecular genetics, biology education and systematics, among many other topics.
 
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How can large-scale efforts to conserve biodiversity or ecosystem services, which are led by governments or international nonprofits, most effectively complement bottom-up conservation efforts led by local communities?
 
Conservation organizations often have a hierarchical management structure – how effectively do hierarchies allocate resources to support conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services?
 
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How will species range dynamics drive genetic divergence? How do feedbacks reinforce patterns of genetic divergence on the landscape?
 
Does contemporary evolution along the gradients of global change alter ecosystem function?
 
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Ben Fitzpatrick (http://web.utk.edu/~bfitzpa1)
 
What is the coevolutionary relationship between turtles and Salmonella?
 
What determines the form of hybrid zones between salamanders in the Great Smoky Mountains?
 
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How does among population variation in plant phenotype affect population structuring of herbivores?
 
What role does host breadth play in range size and diversification rate of herbivorous insects?
 
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How can we understand better theoretically the origins of news species and the links between micro-evolutionary processes and macro-evolutionary patterns?
 
How did human social complexity evolve and what are the implications of our evolutionary past for our social behavior?
 
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How do assembly costs and translation errors shape selection on codon usage and how do they play themselves out in the face of biased mutation and genetic drift?
 
Some pathogens replicate intracellularly within hosts and move between host cells through budding or bursting. How does the rate of intracellular replication affect the rates of immune response clearance by the host? How, in turn, does this lead to changes in the survival of the host and transmission of the pathogen between hosts?
 
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How are biological processes integrated across scales and levels of biological resolution from within organism level to those operating at population/community/landscape levels?
 
How do we effectively utilize mathematical and computational methods for spatial control – what to do, where to do it, when to do it, and how to assess the resulting solutions – for problems in epidemiology, invasive species management and conservation biology?
 
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How do invaders and antagonistic interactions alter soil fungal communities, the function of key plant mutualisms and shape the demography and life history evolution of native community members?
 
What role does the ecological context, specifically selection driven by the absence of mates and pollinators, play in the evolution of selfing and genomic changes within and between species? Is selfing an evolutionary dead end or a reversible mating system?
 
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What are the effects (actual and predicted) and ramifications of land-use and climate change, management, and disturbance on biodiversity in natural, managed, and agricultural settings?
 
What important roles do animals play in the seed dispersal process in animal-mediated seed dispersal systems?
 
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How can we recognize species of mushroom-forming fungi? Why are there so many species of fungi? How are they related to each other, and what factors have promoted their diversification?
 
What are general biogeographical patterns in fungi? What processes are responsible for patterns we observe?
 
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Gary McCracken (email: gmccrack@utk.edu)
 
How do highly mobile predators (bats) track ephemeral and patchy resources (insects) in three dimensional space?
 
Why are some host species associated with a greater diversity of viral pathogens than are other host species?
 
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Brian O’Meara (http://www.brianomeara.info)
 
How have plants evolved in response to global temperature change through time?
 
How can we deal with heterogeneous processes on the tree of life?
 
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Susan Riechert (email: sriecher@utk.edu)
 
What is the importance of behavior in adapting animal populations to different and changing environments?
 
What factors limit local adaptation to environmental context and why do weaker strategies persist?
 
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What is the parentage of the presumed allopolyploid lettuces (Lactuca) in North America, how many species are present, when did they arrive from Eurasia, what has been the consequence of polyploidy for their biology and evolution.
 
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How can biology programs enhance graduate student instruction of introductory biology courses?
 
How do instructor active learning practices relate to student perception of their effectiveness in large introductory biology classes?
 
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Jen Schweitzer (http://jenschweitzer.com)
 
Under what varied circumstances do soils and soil microbial communities determine plant traits and act as selective agents?
 
What is the role of plant-pollinator interactions on soil processes?
 
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What are the processes generating spatial patterns of biodiversity? What are the roles of biotic and abiotic factors in determining species’ range limits?
 
How do population-level variation in physiology and climatic variation affect predictions of the impacts of climate change?
 
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What are the direct and indirect effects of particular plant invasions? A direct effect might be shading, for example, or allelopathy, while an indirect effect might be changing the nutrient cycle (e.g., for instance, by being a nitrogen fixer) or the fire regime.
 
What are the non-target impacts of particular insects introduced for biological control?
 
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What is the role of polyploidy in governing the success (in terms of species richness) of plant lineages? Why are some polyploid lineages highly diverse, while others are not?
 
What can contemporary patterns of genetic variation within and among populations tell us about species boundaries and the process of speciation?
 
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What are the causes/consequences of diversification of reproductive traits in plants?
 
How does a particular reproductive trait, or set of traits, in a clade of plants develop and how does it contribute to diversification of the clade?
 
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Graduate Position in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation
 
The Johnson Laboratory at the University of Colorado is actively seeking applications for a new PhD student position to begin in summer (ideally) or fall 2016. We are looking for an independent, self-motivated student who is passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology and conservation.
Currently we seek to fill the following position:
 
The community ecology of disease: this project aims to understand how interactions among species within an aquatic community collectively influence pathogen transmission and disease risk. This can include interactions among hosts (dilution effect), among micro- and macroparasites (coinfection), and between non-hosts and parasites (predation). The selected student would have a unique opportunity to conduct fieldwork on a broad range of taxa (amphibians, fishes, macroinvertebrates, zooplankton,
waterbirds) at our long-term study sites in California (during summers).
 
If you are qualified and interested in working with our laboratory, please send the following items in a letter of introduction to Dr. Pieter Johnson
- Curriculum vitae, GPA, and GRE scores
- Your general research interests, previous experience and how you will contribute to work already being pursued in the lab.
- Post-graduate career plans.
- Why you are specifically interested in work being done in the lab.
- Whether you have applied for any external fellowships (e.g., NSF or EPA).
 
For more information on specific research being conducted in the lab, please visit the lab webpagehttp://www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/pieter/index.htm. For more general information regarding the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit the departmental websitehttp://ebio.colorado.edu/.
 
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The Joan Mosenthal DeWind Award
The Xerces Society is now accepting applications for two $3,750 awards for research into Lepidoptera conservation.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The
DeWind Awards are given to students who are engaged in research leading to a university degree related to Lepidoptera conservation and who intend to continue to work in this field. All proposals must be written by the student researcher. Proposed research should have a clear connection to Lepidoptera conservation and must be completed within one year from receiving funds. Applicants may be graduate or undergraduate students; however, please note that all but one awardee, to date, have been pursuing graduate research. Applications from countries outside the United States will be considered but must be written in English and international applicant work cannot involve work in the United States.
Submission Deadlinefor 2016 Awards
The submission deadline is Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 11:59 PM PDT. Award winners will be announced by March 31, 2016, with the awards given by May 2016.
Instructions for Submitting the Proposal
All proposals must be submitted by email to
dewind@xerces.org. The proposal should be attached as a single file in PDF format. The subject line of the email should read "DeWind Award Proposal 2016."
Proposal Format (all text should use 12 pt font and one inch margins)
1.
Cover page (1 page)
a. Title. List the title in Bold.
b. Contact information. Provide the name and contact information for the applicant and his or her major advisor. Include institutional affiliations, complete mailing address, and country. Also provide an email address and telephone number (include country code if outside the United States).
c. Abstract. Include a project summary immediately following the title and contact information. The summary should be limited to 100 words and should not exceed one paragraph.
2. Proposal body (2 pages). Begin with a clear statement of the problem or objectives, follow with a clear methods section, and end with a substantial conclusion. The proposal should include a discussion of potential conservation applications and results, and what products, if any, will result from this work.
3. Additional information. On separate pages, please include all of the following information: cited literature, detailed project budget, project timeline, and a short (2 pages or less) CV. It is the goal of the DeWind Award that the funds be used for direct research-related expenses; overhead and/or administrative fees are considered ineligible.
4. Please include all of the materials as a single attachment. No other attachments or supporting materials should be included.
For more information, to download a PDF of the submission guidelines, and to read summaries of previous award winning projects, please visit http://www.xerces.org/joan-dewind-award/.
Candace Fallon
Conservation Biologist
Endangered Species Program
 
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Protecting the Life that Sustains Us
 
628 NE Broadway, Suite 200, Portland, OR, 97232 USA
Tel: (503) 232-6639 ext. 118 | Fax: (503) 233-6794
 
 
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Professional development opportunities! Eastern Illinois University now offers online courses in Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Data Analysis for spring 2016 (details below). To register for these courses, apply to EIU’s Graduate School as a non-degree (or degree) student at https://www.eiu.edu/myeiu/

Geographic Information Systems (GIS 5970B)
A graduate-level introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Science (GIScience) emphasizing broad software competency, foundations of spatial information theory, project design and management, and awareness of current trends in GIS research & technology. Hands-on labs using commercial and open source GIS will provide step-wise learning of software, skills and concepts in a controlled virtual environment.
For more information, contact:
Barry J Kronenfeld, Co-Director EIU GIScience Center, bjkronenfeld@eiu.edu

Spatial Data Analysis (GIS 5970A)
A graduate-level introduction to the fundamentals of spatial analysis for the environmental and medical sciences. The course will focus on point pattern analysis stressing fundamentals, foundation and application. Students will gain experience with the following GIS and statistical and modeling software: R, QGIS, ArcGIS in a controlled virtual environment.
For more information, contact:
Karen F Gaines, Co-Coordinator PSM in GISci and Co-Director EIU GISci Center, kfgaines@eiu.edu


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Karen F. Gaines, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
Co-Coordinator PSM in GISci and Co-Director GISci Center
Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston IL, 61920-3099
(o) 217.581.6235; (f) 217.581.7141; e-mail: kfgaines@eiu.edu
http://works.bepress.com/karen_gaines/
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Karen_Gaines/
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Job Référence : W15-15-060
 
Deadline to submit your application : November, 30th 2015 Starting date : as soon as possible
 
 
Overall job description.
 
Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) is seeking to fill a permanent position in the area of marine ecology with a specialization in functional ecology / ecosystem functioning.
 
The position will be located in the Dynamics of Coastal Ecosystems
(DYNECO) research unit, within the Benthic Ecology team. The links between biodiversity and ecosystem functions and/or functioning is a recent and hot topic in marine systems. Specifically, investigating and assessing functional diversity - defined as the variety of responses of biodiversity and how those responses influence ecosystem functioning -
is of primary importance to understand how systems respond to natural and anthropogenic drivers. The Benthic Ecology team has recently initiated several complementary approaches dealing with the analysis of biological traits or the use of trophic markers as proxies to determine ecological and functional niches. The candidate should be qualified to fit within this field of research, by proposing relevant or complementary approaches to better quantify habitat functionnal diversity and by addressing key questions targeting the link between benthic biodiversity and ecosystem functionning. The candidate will be expected to develop the definition of functional traits, their ecological significance and their mathematical formalization.
 
Framework
 
The candidate will develop a leading research program in functional diversity of marine benthic coastal habitats consistent with the scope of the Benthic Ecology team. He/She will be expected to join ongoing research projects and develop funded innovative projects designed to investigate the diversity of species and functional traits in relation to environmental parameters, especially under anthropogenic influences.
More precisely, leading questions might include - but are not limited to
- (1) the link between macrobenthic invertebrate diversity and ecosystem functions, (2) the effects of biotic/abiotic parameters in functional trait responses and habitat functions or (3) the effects of non-native species/invasive species on ecological niche.
Additional approaches coupling field work, lab mesocosms and models to explain dynamics of benthic habitats are welcome. Research will be conducted within the framework of the Labex Mer axis 6 "Evolution of marine habitats and adaptation of population"
(http://www.labexmer.eu/en/research/marine-habitats-population), in close collaboration with the IUEM (European Institute for Marine Studies, University of Brittany).
 
In this respect, the candidate will be expected to apply for grant proposals (regional or national wide) . The candidate research should fit within the DYNECO scientific vision and strategic plan and will be expected to collaborate both within and outside the Institute, at a national and international level.
In addition to the research activity per se, the candidate will also contribute to impact assessments on benthic ecosystems on the request of public authorities.
 
Qualifications.
 
PhD in biology or ecology is required for appointment. Excellent scholarship is expected. Postdoctoral experience is strongly recommended. International experience is a plus.
The candidate should demonstrate commitment to research, experience leading field and lab works, and analyzing dataset. He/She should have a strong record in peer-reviewed papers.
 
Desired skills include:
 
- background in ecology processes and functional diversity;
- numerical ecology and statistical tools (programming in R is a plus);
- building and exploitation of databases;
- knowledge in oceanography and marine benthic ecology;
- ability to work in the field
- very good effective written and oral skills in English and French.
 
 
Salary.
 
Dependent upon qualifications and experience.
 
To Apply:
 
Screening will begin December 1, 2015. Deadline to send application is November 30, 2015. Only online applications will be considered. To apply, please check the Ifremer website (http://ifremer.profilsearch.com/fo_form_cand.php?idifremer=15%20-%20060).
 
Fill up the form and upload a detailed CV and a letter of application (including a resume and a statement of your research achievements and goals). If needed, confidential letters of recommendation should be sent (or e-mailed) with mention of the job reference W15-15-060 separately
to: David Joncourt (David.Joncourt@ifremer.fr) - Ressources Humaines - Centre Ifremer de Bretagne - CS10070 - 29280 Plouzané cedex - France.
 
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Graduate Research Assistantships (M.S. and Ph.D.)
Pollinator Ecology and Conservation
Texas Tech University, Lubbock
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Start date: Spring or early Summer 2016
 
We are seeking graduate students to participate in a multi-disciplinary project focused on insect pollinators including the application of conservation practices on agricultural lands. Our team and their research areas include: Dr. Scott Longing (entomology), Dr. Cynthia McKenney (horticulture), Dr. Nancy McIntyre (landscape ecology and community ecology), Dr. Chuck West (grassland ecology and production), and Dr. Robert Cox (rangeland plant ecology and conservation). Graduate students will have the opportunity to focus on one or more of these areas of research.
 
A main goal of the project is to develop information that assists producers in adopting conservation practices to promote pollinator health, through studies that address habitat resources of pollinators and associated insect communities. Studies will involve both large-scale agricultural crop systems and smaller farms (e.g. apple and pumpkin production). The project will consist of multiple related studies, of which one or more will be the focus of graduate research:
 
  • Field and laboratory experimentation to investigate plant attractiveness to pollinators and co-occurrences of managed honey bees and wild bees
  • Surveys of existing plant communities and non-plant habitats of native bees
  • Pollinator habitat restoration including implementation of NRCS conservation practices on large and small scale farming systems
  • Assessment of pollinator communities and relationships with pest occurrences, other beneficial insects and environmental factors
 
Qualifications: B.S. or M.S. degree in plant and soil science, entomology, biology, environmental science, ecology or other related discipline. Strong written and oral communication skills. GRE scores are required. The ability to operate and troubleshoot farm equipment and experience in farming systems is highly desirable for at least one of the positions.
 
Stipend and Benefits: Competitive stipend, with health care benefits and tuition waver. The Ph.D.-level graduate student should have an opportunity to supplement the three-year GRA with a one-year teaching assistantship.
 
Location: Texas Tech University is located in Lubbock and has an enrollment of more than 35,000 students. Lubbock has a population of approximately 240,000 and sits at an elevation of 3,200 ft on the Southern High Plains in western Texas. The region has extensive agricultural land-use, with approximately 3 million acres of cotton produced annually. Other agricultural production in the region includes apples, watermelons, cantaloupes, peanuts, peaches, grass seed, sorghum and corn.
 
As a single PDF, submit a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Scott Longing atscott.longing@ttu.edu. Selected individuals will be requested to submit a formal application to the Department of Plant and Soil Science (http://www.pssc.ttu.edu/) and the Graduate School (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/admissions/) at Texas Tech University.
 
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The Franklin lab at Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking graduate students interested in microbial ecology and environmental microbiology. Applications from both M.S. and Ph.D. students are welcome. The specific research area may be somewhat flexible depending on the interest and qualifications of the student, but expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: microbial ecology, metagenomics, bioinformatics, multivariate statistics, biogeochemistry, and soil or wetland ecology. More information about specific projects can be found at www.people.vcu.edu/~rbfranklin.
Interested students should contact Dr. Rima Franklin (rbfranklin@vcu.edu) to discuss their interestsbefore applying. With this initial email, provide the following: (i) a brief description of your research interests and career goals, (ii) a resume/CV highlighting any relevant coursework and experience, (iii) unofficial transcripts, and (iv) the names and contact information for three references.
Potential Ph.D. students will be directed to apply to the VCU Integrative Life Sciences graduate program (http://lifesciences.vcu.edu). Their application deadline is February 1, 2016.
Potential M.S. students will be directed to apply to the VCU MS Program in Biology (http://biology.vcu.edu/graduate-program/ms-program-in-biology/). Their application deadline is January 15, 2016.
Graduate assistantships are available in both programs to competitive students.
The Franklin Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University (http://biology.vcu.edu/) in Richmond, Virginia. VCU is the largest public university in Virginia with a strong and growing program in ecology. In addition to opportunities within the Department of Biology, students may become involved in research associated with VCU Integrative Life Sciences Program (http://lifesciences.vcu.edu/), the VCU Center for Environmental Studies (http://ces.vcu.edu/) and the Rice Rivers Center (http://www.vcu.edu/rice/). Richmond is located on the James River in central Virginia, and is only a few hours drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia Beach and Washington, D.C. More information about Richmond can be found at:http://www.vcu.edu/about/richmond.html.
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Purdue University: 1-2 PhD positions in Forest and Urban Ecology, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) and Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE).
 
I am recruiting 1-2 Ph.D. students, to begin in Fall 2016, to study ecosystem responses to human modification including disturbance, management, and land-use change associated with urbanization. My research combines field observations and large-scale ecosystem experiments with remote sensing and ecosystem modeling. Working with me, students will employ this suite of methods to investigate relationships between ecosystem structure and function across a gradient of natural to highly engineered environments within the context of global change. Go to https://bradyhardiman.wordpress.com/ for more information on my research. Interested students should contact Dr. Brady Hardiman
(bhardima@purdue.edu) to discuss possible opportunities. Interested students can apply through either FNR or EEE; more information is available at
Brady Hardiman
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources
Dept. of Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Purdue University
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Field Course in Tropical Biology and Primatology
 
Our courses are organized around several discrete modules in the fields of tropical biology and primatology. At the start of the course, students begin by learning basic orienteering and navigation skills, while becoming familiar with safety and ethics concerning living and working in the rainforests of Peru and India. Then, accompanied by assigned literature (primary research conducted in the area or at the site itself), the course leads students through a diverse range of topics, including ornithology, primatology, herpetology, entomology, mammalogy and botany. Along the way, students receive training in a variety of practical skills, such as behavioral observation, radio telemetry, recording and manipulating spatial data, tree-climbing, and animal handling. Finally, we stress at each stage the importance of considering the conservation of this special habitat, and the impact we have on it.
 
Other Course Activities:
Along the way, participants will undergo a variety of experiences: boat trips, mountain top hikes, exploration of ox-bow lakes, lifting prints from pug-marks, night hikes, a visit to a mammal clay lick, safari rides into abutting national parks, and climbing the canopy tower.
 
Course Options:
January 1 – January 14, 2016
India: Fringe Ford Field Station
Peru: Los Amigos Field Station
Registration Deadline: November 27, 2015.
 
Eligibility:
--There are a few simple requirements to determine eligibility for this course:
--You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the course.
--You must have medical insurance, and provide proof of such insurance to us to complete your reservation.
--We have no citizenship requirements. Anyone is welcome to apply. You must obtain visas independently if necessary.
--You do not need any training in biology or primatology: our course is structured to accommodate people from a variety of backgrounds.
--Courses have a maximum capacity of 20 participants. If you are concerned that you will lose your spot, please contact us to confirm how many spots we have left.
 
Application Instructions:
--Read about our courses on tropical biology:
primatology/
primatology-january-2016/
primatology-january-2016/
--Submit a registration form here: https://fieldprojects.org/participate/applications/
 
Take the Course for Credit:
Both sessions of the course are being offered for 3 credits via Washington University in Saint Louis, cross-registered in the biology and anthropology departments. Sign up directly with University College – note: cost per credit is extra.
 
Costs:
--The course costs $1950, and does not include personal travel to Puerto Maldonado, Peru or Bangalore, India --When you apply, you will be asked to pay a fee of $400 to reserve your place in the course --The remaining amount is due by the application deadline of November 27, 2015.
 
Scholarships (Deadline November 15th, 2015):
This year we are offering scholarships to students from a variety of targeted groups
including:
- students from the Madre de Dios Department of Peru
- students from the entire country of Peru
- students from the state of Kerala
- students from India only
- students from under-developed countries (see online for a country list)
- students from the rest of the world (see online for a country list) View them here:https://fieldprojects.org/participate/courses-2/scholarships/
For any questions, please contact admin@fieldprojects.org
 
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Michigan State University: Two Ph. D. Research Assistantships in Applied Forest Ecology (Silviculture) in the Department of Forestry. The successful applicants will work with Dr. Mike Walters on an integrated project with Dr. Gary Roloff (Dept. Fisheries and Wildlife) that examines alternative silvicultural approaches for promoting diversity and sustainability in managed northern hardwood forests in northern Michigan. Within the overall project, there are two areas of focus for the forestry students: 1) evaluating silvicultural system alternatives to the long-dominant selection silvicultural systems which have contributed to declining tree diversity and are unsustainable in regions of high deer populations, 2) evaluating restoration approaches aimed at increasing tree diversity and mast production in forests impacted by beech bark disease and subsequent beech sapling dominance. A third Ph. D. student, supervised by Dr. Roloff, will focus on how deer browse pressure interacts with silviculture/restoration treatments and on evaluating treatments aimed at decreasing deer browse effects on tree regeneration within silviculture/restoration treatments. We will address project goals with multiple stand-scale experimental installations established in close cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources in the Upper and Northern Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. Desirable attributes of Ph. D. applicants include: strong quantitative and writing skills, high GRE scores, a well rounded educational and field background in ecology and/or forestry, a desire to interact with scientists and forest managers, and a desire to further both the fundamental understanding and sustainable management of forest dynamics. This position has five years of RA funding with a desired start date of June 1, 2016. Position salary per 12 months starts at $24,336 (no M. Sc.) or $27,014 (with M. Sc.) with health insurance and a tuition waver. Complete applications must be made to the Graduate School (http://grad.msu.edu/apply/online.aspx) by December 31, 2015, but applicants are urged to apply by December 8 to be fully eligible for competitive fellowships. To start a dialog with Dr. Walters please send a cover letter and CV tomwalters@msu.edu.
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Nutrient Dynamics in Lake and River Ecosystems
 
Graduate level applications are being accepted for the Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario Research in this lab generally aims to understand the environmental control of nutrients and their effects on aquatic ecosystems. These graduate positions will contribute to on- going research on nutrients (C, N, P, and trace elements) and their effects on the lakes and streams in Ontario. This research could involve interactions with stewardship groups, the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and/or other provincial and federal ministries involved with managing these important waterbodies. These graduate positions will be based at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario as part of the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program (http://www.trentu.ca/els/) and could begin in the summer or fall of 2016. Interested students should contact Dr. Paul Frost
(paulfrost@trentu.ca) or Dr. Maggie Xenopoulos (mxenopoulos@trentu.ca) with a brief statement of interests and a recently updated resume. More information can be found at: people.trentu.ca/paulfrost or people.trentu.ca/mxenopoulos
 
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SUMMARY: A PhD position at the PhD level is available within the
Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University in Kent, northeast Ohio. Along with Dr. Juliana Medeiros of the Holden Arboretum, we wish to explore the ecophysiological factors that control the invasion of the Eastern Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana. This species is typically found as an early successional species in forests but is now encroaching into other habitats. We are particularly interested in studying the differences between encroaching and resident populations of this tree. The project will involve greenhouse experiments and field research, with a focus on factors controlling xylem embolism in plants. The successful applicant will work as part of a team of researchers including a plant physiologist and a plant ecologist. We anticipate the candidate leading fieldwork in the Fall of 2016.
 
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: demonstrated commitment to basic research, experience doing fieldwork, some experience analyzing statistical data, and effective written and oral communication skills.
 
TO APPLY: Please send: 1) a CV; 2) a short statement of your research interests; 3) unofficial transcripts; and 4) GRE scores to Dr. David Ward (dward21@kent.edu).
 
Please have a look at information for graduate students on the departmental web page:http://www.kent.edu/biology/overview-0
 
UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY: Kent State University is in a college town. We have a considerable diversity of friendly colleagues and a large graduate student group in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Kent, Ohio has a dynamic downtown (population approx. 30,000) and is regularly featured as one of the most livable towns in the United States.
 
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PhD Students in Avian Macroecology
 
PhD students are sought to study the influences of habitat connectivity, landscape phenology, or land-cover transitions on North American bird populations and communities. Possible directions of research include but are not limited to effects of broad-scale ecological conditions (e.g., land-cover/land-use, road networks, or climate), effects of human dimensions (e.g., social, economic, cultural, or demographic factors), interactions or cumulative effects of such influences, and the conservation implications of these effects. Students will have considerable latitude and assistance with developing the direction of their work. National and regional databases with large sample sizes will be available for analysis and enable unique perspectives and new syntheses regarding the macroecological drivers of avian population and community dynamics. The overarching goals of this work are to improve understanding of the broad-scale ecological and human factors that drive short and long- term flux in bird populations and communities, and to use this knowledge to inform avian conservation policy, planning, and implementation.
 
Applications are invited for up to two positions that will start in the fall of 2016 in the Department of Biology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Depending on qualifications, teaching-assistantship (TA) funding at $21-28K/12 months for up to 5 years will be available. For up to 5 years, each position also will include full tuition remission (up to 20
credits/12 months), health insurance benefits (80% of cost of premium covered; cost to student ~$450/12 months), and additional funding for travel to professional meetings. Support for a research assistantship
(RA) may replace some of the TA funding during the course of the student's program.
 
Applicants must have a Master of Science degree in a relevant field.
Training and experience with GIS and statistical methods, through prior coursework or research activities, are essential. Students should have an interest in developing additional expertise in GIS and quantitative methods. Preference will be given to those who have published quantitative ecological research, who have presented research at scientific meetings, and who have some experience working with large databases. Competitive applicants will have undergraduate and graduate GPAs of 3.5 or higher, verbal and quantitative GRE scores at or above the 70th percentile, and a GRE analytical writing score of 4.5 or greater.
Students with some but not all of these credentials will be considered and are encouraged to submit an application.
 
To apply, create a single pdf that includes: a letter of interest that describes career goals and addresses position requirements; a resume; unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts; unofficial general GRE scores (no more than 5 years old by mid-February 2016) including percentile information; and a list of three references and their institution, email address, and phone number. Before submitting an application, carefully consider the requirements for a PhD degree by examining the Department of Biology Student Handbook and related information (http://www.baylor.edu/biology). Email your pdf to Professor Kevin Gutzwiller (kevin_gutzwiller@baylor.edu;https://sites.baylor.edu/kevin_gutzwiller), and contact him with questions about the positions.
 
The deadline for applications is 7 December 2015. After a review of applications, Professor Gutzwiller will invite the most qualified applicants to apply formally to the Ph.D. Program in Biology. An all- expenses paid campus visit will be offered to the applicants in the Departmental pool that are the most qualified. Final decisions about admission and an offer of an assistantship will be made by the Baylor Graduate School and the Biology Graduate Committee.
 
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The Department of Fish & Game has posted an employment opportunity for a Herpetologist position:
Herpetologist
Conservation Biologist IV
Agency Name:
Dept. of Fish and Game
Official Title:
Conservation Biologist IV
Functional Title:
Herpetologist
Occupational Group:
Biological Science
Position Type:
Civil Service
Full-Time or Part-Time:
Full-Time
Salary Range:
$61,367.54 to $85,669.48 Annually
Bargaining Unit:
09
Shift:
Day
Confidential:
No
Number Of Vacancies:
1
City/Town:
Westborough
Region:
CENTRAL
Facility Location:
Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA
Application Deadline:
12-03-2015
Apply Online:
No
Posting ID:
J50869
 
This position is funded from trust funds collected from various sources.

Duties:
The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting resumes and applications from qualified candidates for the position of Herpetologist (Conservation Biologist IV).

The Herpetologist (Conservation Biologist IV) works for the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) and leads conservation efforts for Massachusetts’ reptiles and amphibians with a focus on state and federally listed species. The Herpetologist implements inventory, research and management programs to conserve the Commonwealth’s endangered, threatened and special concern reptiles and amphibians, compiles and analyzes data on the distribution of the state’s herpetofauna, especially its rare and endangered species, and provides technical guidance to DFW regulatory review staff implementing the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act.


Duties include:


1. Compile and analyze data on rare reptile and amphibian populations and habitats, and apply these data to maintaining and updating the state’s official rare species list; review and evaluate individual species for appropriateness of inclusion on or deletion from the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) list; research taxonomy as necessary; develop listing criteria; screen rare reptile and amphibian species observation records for accuracy and completeness before acceptance into NHESP databases. Prepare species habitat maps for reptile and amphibian species.

2. Plan, supervise, and/or conduct field surveys and scientific investigations of populations of endangered, threatened and special concern reptile and amphibian species; oversee and administer short-term reptile and amphibian research and inventory projects to be contracted-out; hire and supervise seasonal staff to assist in biological surveys and research, as needed; analyze conservation research and inventory results and prepare studies, technical reports and scientific papers for publication.

3. Develop, implement, and coordinate long range habitat and population management programs for endangered reptiles and amphibians, and work with partners to research, manage, and protect important habitat areas.

4. Apply knowledge of the abundance, distribution, ecology, and management needs of rare reptiles and amphibians through participation in regulatory reviews, land protection and ecological restoration planning, and in other DFW/NHESP projects.

5. Develop and maintain professional relationships with habitat land managers, the environmental and scientific communities; develop and implement conservation partnerships to advance reptile and amphibian conservation; interact professionally with biologists at the state, regional, and national level; coordinate efforts with the DFW Fisheries & Wildlife Sections.

6. Prepare and deliver presentations, develop informational material, and conduct other targeted education and outreach to increase awareness of the status and conservation needs of the biodiversity of the Commonwealth; work with DFW/NHESP administrators to seek and obtain funding and/or other material support for reptile and amphibian conservation.

7. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, paraprofessional or technical experience in work involving the protection, resource protection, regulatory procedures preservation and/or management of endangered and protected species, of which (B) at least three years must have been in a professional capacity and of which (C) at least two years must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


Substitutions:


I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in zoology, botany, ornithology or herpetology, may be substituted

for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*


II. A Graduate degree with a major in zoology, botany, ornithology, or herpetology, may be substituted for one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*


*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.


Special Requirements:


Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Graduate degree in zoology, conservation biology, wildlife management, or a closely related discipline.
2. Expertise with the biology and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. Academic training and demonstrated expertise in applied wildlife conservation.

3. Good understanding of the concepts and conservation applications of population viability, landscape ecology, preserve selection and design, and wildlife habitat management.

4. Experience with aerial photos, topographic and GIS maps, and ArcView software.

5. Experience or training in one or more of the following areas is desirable: wildlife conservation or recovery planning, habitat protection, wetland delineation, population surveys, or habitat mapping.

6. Excellent skills in verbal communication and technical writing.

7. Ability to work as part of a team, and to communicate effectively with a variety of cooperators.

8. Willingness to travel extensively throughout the state and to work in the field under adverse weather conditions.
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MS and PhD positions are available in the Department of Biology at Ball State University (www.bsu.edu) for students interested in aquatic biogeochemistry and emerging trace contaminants in freshwaters. Students would join collaborative research projects studying aquatic ecosystem dynamics in conjunction with ongoing research in the laboratory of Dr.
/biofaculty/bernotmelody). PhD students would join the BSU interdisciplinary PhD Environmental Science program (http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/environmentalscience).
 
Graduate assistantships are available beginning August 2016 and are competitively awarded. Students should apply to Ball State University and the Department of Biology (MS students) or the Environmental Science program (PhD students). Details on the application process can be found at http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CollegesandDepartments/GradSchool.aspx.
Interested students should contact Melody Bernot (mjbernot@bsu.edu) for additional information prior to application to discuss individual research interests. Students should apply to Ball State University by February 1,
2016 for full consideration.
 
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Assistant or Associate Professor in Limnology
 
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
University of Vermont
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) and the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory invite applications for a 9-month, tenure-track appointment as Assistant or Associate Professor of Limnology.
We seek an outstanding scholar and educator to join the growing center of excellence in freshwater ecology and lake management at the University of Vermont. An ideal candidate will work within the broader field of aquatic ecology, combining theory, observations, and/or experiments to address contemporary research questions and management challenges in lake ecosystems from local to international scales, including linkages to water-land interactions. The incumbent is expected to develop and maintain a vibrant, collaborative research program based out of the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory; participate actively in preparing students to become environmental leaders and globally-informed citizens through undergraduate and graduate instruction in both the RSENR core curriculum and the candidate’s field of expertise; and provide leadership to the university, state, region and professional communities through outreach, engagement and other service activities.
Required Qualifications
• An earned doctorate in limnology, aquatic ecology, or other appropriate environmental or natural sciences
• An outstanding record of collaborative research and publication in freshwater systems, commensurate with time since degree
• Strong background and interest in undergraduate and graduate education with a demonstrated record of instructional excellence at the university level, commensurate with time since degree
• Demonstrated competency and capacity to collaboratively work with diverse groups of people both on- and off-campus
• Demonstrated record of securing extramural funding from a diversity of sources, commensurate with time since degree
Preferred Qualifications
• Demonstrated leadership in globally significant, and complex water-related issues
• Demonstrated capacity for engaged research and outreach on contemporary lake management issues
• Demonstrated expertise in student-centered learning pedagogy
• Research background and interests that complement the current expertise of faculty within RSENR and across campus
To Apply
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We anticipate the appointment will begin fall semester 2016. Applicants must submit a letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research accomplishments and future directions, a statement of teaching experiences and interests, and contact information of three references tohttp://www.uvmjobs.com. Inquiries can be made to Dr. Jason Stockwell, Chair, Limnology Search Committee, atjdstockw@uvm.edu.
The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, with an increasingly ethnically and culturally diverse population. The mission of RSENR is to understand, nurture, and enrich the interdependence of people with healthy ecological systems. RSENR has 45 tenure-track, research, and teaching faculty, 35 staff, 600 undergraduates, and 100 graduate students in both Master’s and Ph.D. programs. RSENR is based in the LEED Platinum certified Aiken Center and also includes the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory on Lake Champlain, the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, and the Aiken Forestry Sciences Laboratory.
The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and actively encourages applications from women, veterans and people with diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
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The Hovick Lab at The Ohio State University is seeking a highly-motivated graduate student interested in invasion biology to begin in Fall 2016. Research in the lab is focused on evolutionary and ecological factors that enhance invasiveness in plants, including population genetic diversity, interspecific hybridization, functional trait variation and enemy release. Research opportunities for incoming students are flexible within this general topic area.
 
Applications for either the MS or PhD are encouraged, but prior research experience is required for those interested in pursuing a PhD. Interested applicants should email Dr. Steve Hovick (hovick.2@osu.edu) with any questions you may have about the lab/department and the following information:
- Curriculum vitae or resume, GPA and GRE scores
- brief statement of research experience, research interests and career goals
- contact information for 2-3 references
 
For more information on my research program, please visit the lab website: http://hovick.org.ohio-state.edu. Information about the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology and our Graduate Program can be found athttp://eeob.osu.edu. The application deadline is December 1.
 
 
Stephen Hovick
Assistant Professor
Department of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio USA
 
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Job Description: The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working individual to serve as a full time technician primarily identifying insect samples from research focused on plant community restoration, weed management, and disturbance ecology. Our projects involve studies on how insect communities respond to restoration after invasive species removal and the impacts of oil development and other management practices on grassland insect communities. The duties of this position will entail sorting, counting, and identifying diverse insect fauna to family from samples collected in rangeland and riparian areas, and may involve other research opportunities both in the field and laboratory. The successful candidate will gain diverse research experience in applied insect ecology working with a multidisciplinary team of scientists.
 
Salary: $12.19 or $13.68 per hour depending on experience and education.
Housing is not covered, but dorm-style shared housing is available on location for $131 per month, and also includes utilities and internet.
 
Dates: We are looking for an individual who can work at least 3 months and up to 5 months during the period from January through May. Please specify your available start and end dates in your application.
 
Qualifications: The candidate must be a US citizen. Must be able to rapidly learn new skills, remain focused in a shared work environment and be comfortable working long hours at repetitive tasks in the lab. Undergraduate coursework covering insect identification to family level, or equivalent work experience, is required. Work experience sorting arthropods to family is preferred.
 
Application process: Please send cover letter, resume and names and contact information of two references (electronically) to Dr. Natalie West (Natalie.West@ars.usda.gov). Additionally, we would be happy to chat with potential candidates attending the 2015 Entomological Society meeting in Minneapolis.
 
Evaluation of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Please note that due to long processing times for federal hiring, there will be a minimum of 5-weeks delay between selection of the successful candidate and receipt of all their final application materials, and the actual start date of work at the lab. For more information on the application process or our research program visit our website atwww.ars.usda.gov/npa/nparl or contact us directly.
 
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The Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in physiology, with a preference for someone who is working within marine systems and who can contribute to the Department’s undergraduate Marine Biology curriculum (http://www.usm.edu/biological-sciences/marine-biology). Applicants working in any area of Physiology will be considered. The successful candidate will join a growing and productive department with strong research programs in ecology, cellular/molecular, and organismal biology. The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) teach courses in their area of expertise and contribute towards the teaching of core biology courses; (2) develop and sustain an active research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students; (3) obtain external funding to support an active program of productive research scholarship; (4) to participate in student advisement and University service activities. Applicants must have a doctoral degree and a strong record of research publication in the peer-reviewed literature.
Evidence of proficiency in both teaching and research will be used as selection criteria. We strongly prefer candidates who can build collaborative opportunities. A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, competitive startup package, lab space, and access to state-of-the-art facilities will be provided.
 
The University of Southern Mississippi, a Carnegie Research I institution with approximately 17,000 students, is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with additional campuses located nearby on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This position will be based at the main campus in Hattiesburg. Collaborative opportunities exist with Department faculty on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campus as well as faculty within the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry (http://www.usm.edu/chemistry-biochemistry), Marine Science (www.usm.edu/marine), and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (usm.edu/GCRL). Hattiesburg is the medical, commercial, and cultural center of south Mississippi and is ranked in the top five small metropolitan areas in the United States. The Department of Biological Sciences comprises 31 faculty and offers B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences and Marine Biology.
The Department also has 65 graduate students pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in various research programs. Further information about the department and faculty may be found atwww.usm.edu/biological-sciences.
 
Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of research plans and teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references to the Southern Miss website athttps://jobs.usm.edu (see job posting # 0003697). For inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Jake Schaefer, Chair, Physiologist Search Committee, at (601) 266-4928 orjake.schaefer@usm.edu. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.
 
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*Second Posting*
 
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Department of Biological Sciences
 
Tenure-track position in Ecology
Assistant/Associate Professor
 
We invite applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in ecology. We are interested in applications from excellent candidates who study any aspect of ecology, using any taxonomic group(s), at any level(s) of organization. Use of empirical and/or theoretical approaches in the field or the lab are all welcomed.
The successful candidate must have a PhD and a proven record of leading- edge ecological research, as well as demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching.
 
The Department of Biological Sciences
(https://uofa.ualberta.ca/biological-sciences) is one of the largest in North America, with 65 faculty members and 250 graduate students. This concentration of biologists offers a collegial environment for collaboration among ecologists, mathematical biologists, organismal biologists, molecular biologists, physiologists, and evolutionary biologists. Exceptional infrastructure supported by both the Department and the Faculty of Science, includes field stations (e.g., Bamfield Marine Sciences Center), plant growth facilities, museums, and access to service units in chemical instrumentation, molecular biology, plant/soil analysis, and microscopy. Members of Biological Sciences benefit from interdisciplinary connections with members of many other departments in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. An outstanding candidate may be invited by the Dean, Faculty of Science, to apply for a Canada Research Chair at the Tier II level. (www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca).
 
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a vibrant, forward-looking Department through teaching in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programmes; building upon their expertise to develop an independent, original, externally funded research programme that includes the ability to recruit and supervise undergraduate and graduate students; and contributing to a collegial environment through service.
 
Applicants must hold a PhD in the biological sciences or a related field, preferably with postdoctoral experience in ecology. The successful candidate will have a strong publication record demonstrating exceptional research expertise in ecology, and show the ability or potential to obtain external funding from different programmes or sources to develop a strong research programme. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach courses in ecology at a diversity of levels. Prior experience in teaching and mentorship is highly desirable.
Candidates should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of research plans, a one-page statement of teaching interests, and reprints of their three most significant publications torecruitment2@biology.ualberta.ca. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the attention of the Chair torecruitment2@biology.ualberta.ca.
 
All correspondence should be addressed to:
 
Dr. Michael Caldwell, Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
CW405 Biological Sciences Bldg
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2E9
 
Closing Date: December 1, 2015
The effective date of employment will be July 1, 2016.
 
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal peoples.
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PLANT BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES
 
The Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation is a partnership between Northwestern University (NU) and the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). Both MS and PhD degrees are offered. The programs offer a unique opportunity to study ecology, evolution, and environmental issues at the interface of basic and applied plant science. Students apply to the program through Northwestern University and take their courses at both NU and CBG with faculty from both institutions. The Plant Conservation and Science Center at CBG is a tremendous resource for students, and the Chicago region provides an excellent community at the forefront of research in conservation and sustainability. Faculty research areas include:
 
Climate Change
Conservation Genetics
Crop Evolution and Diversity
Invasion Biology
Paleobotany, Paleoecology, and Paleoclimate
Phylogenomics
Plant Animal Interactions
Plant Demography
Plant Reproductive Ecology
Plant and Fungal Systematics and Evolution
Restoration Ecology
Soil Ecology and Fungal Diversity
 
To learn more, contact the program director, Nyree Zerega (nzerega@chicagobotanic.org) or visit our websites:
Graduate Program:
 
 
Application deadlines:
PhD: December 1, 2015
MS (thesis-based): February 15, 2016
MS (internship-based): Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15 and review will continue through April 30, 2016. Admissions are on a rolling basis.
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A position is available for a master’s student in the lab of Dr. Stephen Techtmann in the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Tech University. Dr. Techtmann’s research is focused on understanding environmental microbial communities and their applications in environmental monitoring and remediation of contaminants.
 
The project will investigate the microbial community composition and function in freshwater streams and lakes. We are particularly interested in understanding the dynamics of microbial communities across seasonal transitions as well as the ability of these freshwater communities to degrade heavy crude oil. The student will participate in both field and lab-based activities.
 
The student should have interests in environmental microbiology, genomics, and microbial physiology. In addition to this, the potential candidate should have an excellent background in microbiology and molecular biology. Prior experience in bioinformatic analysis of sequencing data or microbial physiology while not required, is beneficial. The candidate should also communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing), be reliable, responsible, well organized, and have excellent interpersonal skills.
 
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Techtmann (smtechtm@mtu.edu) by email and included a CV and a statement of research interests specifically addressing their experience and interest in microbial ecology, physiology, and genomics. Suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview and reference letters will be requested.
Invited students will need to submit a formal application to the graduate school at Michigan Tech University. Details on Michigan Tech, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the application procedure can be found athttp://www.mtu.edu/biological/.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received; the position will remain open until filled.
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WINTER FIELD COURSES IN TROPICAL ECOLOGY

COURSES OFFERED OVER WINTER BREAK (December 20, 2015-January 9, 2016)



CORAL REEF ECOLOGY, Elizabeth Lacey, Ph.D., Stockton College, elizabeth.lacey@stockton.edu

PRIMATE ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR, Alain Houle, Ph.D., Harvard University, alain.houle@gmail.com

TROPICAL RAINFOREST AND CANOPY ECOLOGY, Peter N. Lahanas, Ph.D., ITEC, lahanas@itec-edu.org

CANOPY ACCESS TECHNIQUES FOR RESEARCH, Joe Maher, Treeclimbing U.S.A., jmaher@treeclimbercoalition.org

TROPICAL AVIAN ECOLOGY, Scott Walter, Ph.D., Tulane University, scott.t.walter@gmail.com.

COURSE LOCATION: Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, Isla Colon, Republic of Panama. The biological station is located on a hill facing the Caribbean Sea. Coral reef and seagrass ecosystems are out in front of the station and lowland tropical rain forests lie directly behind. This juxtaposition of the two most biologically diverse ecosystems provides tremendous opportunities for education and research. See
http://www.itec-edu.org for details.

COURSE DESCRIPTION. The ITEC course model is built around experiential learning in three basic areas, field data collection methods and analysis, independent research, and cultural experience. The availability of tropical marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems adjacent to the field station provides unparalleled opportunities for education and research. Each course begins with an orientation period designed to familiarize the student with forest trails systems, coral reef locations and ecosystems available for study at the field station. This is followed by a week of intensive instruction concerning the field methods and techniques employed for data collection specific to the course subject. Up to six hours of field instruction will be provided each day and will be in the form informal lectures, group projects, demonstrations and exercises. Formal lectures will take place in the classroom during the day or at night along with various assigned readings, discussions or critiques. With knowledge gained with these experiences and under the guidance of faculty, students will design and write an independent research proposal on a topic of their choosing. At mid-course the entire field station community will embark on a three-day field trip to the Boquete highlands where students will have the opportunity to experience high elevation montane (cloud) forest and low elevation seasonal (dry) forest on the same day. This trip also provides a cultural experience as we travel widely across western Panama, stopping at various locations in route. On return to the field station students will have five to seven days to carry out their independent research project. Towards the end of the course students will analyze their data, write a technical report and present their findings during a station-wide symposium.
Please contact the instructor or ITEC for detailed information.
BOQUETE CLOUD FOREST FIELD TRIP: This field trip will allow students the opportunity to visit other areas of Panama, to experience Panamanian culture, and to visit tropical cloud and seasonal forests first hand. We travel in ITEC boats to the mainland and then by chartered bus to Boquete which lies at the base of 11,000 ft. Volcan Baru. The bus trip will take us up and over the central mountain range and through Palo Seco National Park. Several stops will be made in route.
COURSE LENGTH: ITEC Winter field courses are about three weeks in length. Courses will run from December 20, 2015 through January 9, 2016.

TUITION: $1950 USD. Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals and airport transfers in Bocas del Toro. The tuition also covers transportation and lodging during the 3-day cloud forest field trip on the mainland.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 20, 2015. The course is limited to 10 students and applications will be evaluated as they arrive. Applications can be found at
http://itec-edu.org/education-programs/application/. If you believe that your application may arrive late, notify ITEC.

GRADING and COURSE CREDIT: Up to 6 units of credit will be given, 3 for the lecture portion and 3 for the field portion. A letter grade will be assigned based on exams, reports, proposals, attendance at lectures, as well as by less tangibles such as personal attitude, motivation, and contribution to the course. Course credit must be arranged through the student’s institution. Contact ITEC for details.


CONTACT:
Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, 2911 NW 40th PL, Gainesville, FL 32605, phone: 352-367-9128, email:itec@itec-edu.org, web: http://www.itec-edu.org. ITEC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996.
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The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center’s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.
 
SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental sciences.
 
How to Apply
 
Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of on-line registration,
Student copy of transcripts, personal essay, CV or resume, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA) system at:
 
Application deadlines are listed below:
Winter/Spring (January-May): Deadline isNovember 15th
Summer (May-August): Deadline isFebruary 1st
Fall (September-December): Deadline isJune 1st
 
 
For more information please visit our web site at
 
 
The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Students from under-represented groups or institutions lacking research facilities or research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. However, all other interested students are encouraged to apply.
 
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From: Roslin, Tomas V
Sent: 29. lokakuuta 2015 14:42
To: 'oikos-listan@wallace.teorekol.lu.se' <oikos-listan@wallace.teorekol.lu.se>
Subject: Two PhD positions at the Department of Ecology / SLU
 
Dear All,
 
Please note that we are now hiring two PhD students to work on APPLIED ECOLOGY EMBEDDED IN ECOLOGICAL THEORY.
 
The first project is centered on how the browsing of trees by large herbivores affects herbivorous insects and their natural enemies.
The second project allows you to apply general theory on interaction webs to either grazing-related or other types of biotic interactions.
Both projects will allow the successful applicant to take active part in developing the project and designing the experiments.
 
Note that quite conveniently, you can apply for either one of the positions or for both at the same time.
 
For the no-frills version with more information, please look at http://www.slu.se/en/education/postgraduate-studies/new-phd-student/read-more/?Uid=1026 .
For the same ad with colour pictures and more, please look at http://www.helsinki.fi/foodwebs/positions.htm .
 
Best wishes,
Tomas, Christer B and Maartje
 
 
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Tomas Roslin, Professor
 
Department of Ecology
P.O. Box 7044
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
SE-750 07 Uppsala
Sweden
 
and
 
Spatial Foodweb Ecology Group
Department of Agricultural Sciences
PO Box 27 (Latokartanonkaari 5)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
Finland
 
Phone: +358 40 865 3611
Fax: +358 29 41 58582
 
web pages:
 
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PhD Project Studying Rain Forest Birds and/or Bats
 
As part of a broader, cooperative study of wildlife-habitat relationships in the Chiquibul Forest of Belize, Central America, we are looking for a Doctoral Student to lead research on the effects of forest composition, structure, and management at multiple scales on avian and/or bat communities. The student will spend several months each year in the Chiquibul Forest/Maya Mountain Region of western Belize. This is a remote, essentially uninhabited, rugged, wet, and hot rain forest! We work as the Program for Tropical Ecology & Conservation Science (PTECS; http://www.wec.ufl.edu/ptecs/) from our Las Cuevas Research Station in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. The student will receive a $22,000/yr stipend, paid tuition, and basic insurance for 4+ years. Start date flexible: 1 May – 15 August 2016. To be considered, students must complete a University of Florida Graduate School application by 15 December 2015 (http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/). All application materials must also be sent to Dr. Giuliano by 15 December 2015. The student will pursue their PhD in the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation at the University of Florida, but work closely with students and staff from PTECS cooperators. Qualifications: interest in forest ecology and management and avian and/or bat ecology, BS and MS in wildlife science, natural resource conservation, ecology, or a closely related field, GPA ≥3.75, and GRE ≥165/165 (V/Q). Experience with ecological modelling, quantitative ecology, acoustic sampling, habitat sampling, remote sensing, and GIS desirable.
 
For more information and to forward application materials:
 
Dr. Bill Giuliano
308 Newins-Ziegler Hall
Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
352-846-0575

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Tenure Track Faculty Position
Anatomy or Physiology
 
The Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University seeks applications for a position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level beginning in Fall 2016, pending budgetary approval. The successful candidate will pursue research that complements existing strengths within the department, establish an extramurally funded research program, teach graduate level courses in their area of expertise, participate in the training of Master and Ph.D. students and serve on departmental and University committees. The successful candidate will also be required to teach an undergraduate course in anatomy or physiology and demonstrate commitment to support the success of students from underrepresented groups. A Ph.D. and relevant post-doctoral experience are required. Competitive salary and startup funding will be offered. Information concerning the Biological Sciences Department’s programs and faculty can be obtained atwww.wmich.edu/biology/.
 
Western Michigan University is a learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged university with high research activity, provides Master’s and Ph.D. degrees, and offers a unique opportunity for individuals seeking a balanced research and teaching career. Applicants have to apply at http://www.wmich.edu/hr/jobs. Please have three letters of reference sent to Cindy Linn, Ph.D. (cindy.linn@wmich.edu), Anatomy/Physiology Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5410. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015, but will be considered until position is filled. WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
 
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Seeking a highly motivated student to begin graduate research (Ph.D.
candidate) at Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) as early as January or June 2016. The student will join a team of researchers from LSU, The Water Institute of the Gulf and University of Rhode Island on a interdisciplinary project in coastal Louisiana and Northern Tanzania examining the trophic dynamics of estuarine fisheries and other ecosystem services in mangrove-centric food webs.
 
The student will be based in the Polito Lab at LSU
(www.oceanography.lsu.edu/politolab) but will also work closely with Dr.
Victor H. Rivera-Monroy (www.sce.lsu.edu/profile/victor-rivera-monroy/) at LSU and Dr. Melissa Baustian at the Water Institute of the Gulf (http://thewaterinstitute.org/who-we-are/staff/Melissa-Baustian).
Specifically, the student will design and conduct field studies in coastal Louisiana and Tanzania to better understand how mangrove- dominated ecosystems provide food and habitat for organisms that are key in supporting commercial and subsistence fisheries. The student will use bulk and compound-specific stable isotope analysis determine: 1) the relative use of mangroves habitats and carbon derived from mangroves versus other estuarine and near-shore habitats by adult fish and crustaceans targeted by subsistence and commercial fishers, and 2) the ontogenetic movements and use of mangrove habitats by juvenile fish that are subsequently targeted by subsistence and commercial fishers when they move outside of mangrove habitats as adults. This research will be integrated into larger studies of ecosystem services in both regions to help inform mangrove management policies that benefit communities facing climate change and coastal habitat loss. Four years of tuition and stipend support are available for the selected candidate and additional support is available via DOCS teaching assistantships and other institutional/grant sources.
 
Desired qualifications include: 1) M.S. degree in biology, ecology, fisheries, marine science, oceanography, or relevant discipline, 2) relevant field experience (very desirable), particularly in study design and sampling methods specific to estuarine fisheries and coastal food webs,
3) relevant laboratory experience, particularly in stable isotope analyses.
 
To Apply: Interested candidates should fill out a pre-application form for the DOCS graduate program (www.oceanography.lsu.edu/index.php/academics/pre-
application-form/) and indicate that you would like to work with Dr.
Polito. In addition, please email a single pdf containing a cover letter with your research interests and experience, a brief summary of accomplishments (should include educational background, GPA, GRE scores), contact information for at least three professional references, and CV to Dr. Polito (mpolito@lsu.edu). Qualified candidates will be contacted directly and encouraged to submit a full application to the Ph.D. graduate program in DOCS. Applications submitted by December 15, 2015 will receive first consideration and the position will remain open until a candidate is selected. A January or June 2016 start date is preferred due to associated field work, however we will consider exceptional candidates available to start in fall 2016.

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Drs. Lesley Bulluck and Rodney Dyer in the Department of Biology and the Center for Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University are seeking applications for two graduate student positions to work with Prothonotary Warblers beginningApril 2016.
 
One position is for agraduate research assistant who will focus on migratory connectivity using population genetics (co-advised by Drs. Dyer and Bulluck). This position is a research assistantship with two years of stipend and tuition in the Masters program at the Center for Environmental Studies (http://ces.vcu.edu). Successful applicants should have experience in molecular techniques salient to creating ddRADseq libraries and ornithological field collection techniques. This individual will be working on exploring the extent to which individuals sampled on wintering grounds can be assigned to specific breeding areas in North America as well as assisting ongoing field studies in this species in Virginia.
 
The second position is afield crew leader/potential graduate student to lead field work that addresses questions about breeding density and habitat use (advised by Dr. Bulluck). This position does not have funding for student support outside of the field season, however competitive teaching assistantships including tuition and a monthly stipend may be available in the VCU Biology MS program (http://biology.vcu.edu) for very strong applicants. The field crew leader will be responsible for organizing and leading the field effort from April through July along with the field technician and occasional undergraduate technicians from VCU. Strongest applicants will have a competitive GPA and GRE scores and an interest in developing quantitative skills to answer questions about Prothonotary Warbler breeding ecology.
 
Both positions will involve field work collecting demographic data on this species during the spring/summer of 2016 and 2017. Field work will take place at Fort A.P. Hill and surrounding areas, approximately mid-way between Richmond and Washington D.C. A $1200-1500/month stipend (depending on experience) and local housing and transportation will be provided during the field season for both positions. Both positions require prior experience in the field, navigational skills, ability to identify eastern birds by sight and sound, and tolerance for wet, hot, buggy coastal plain conditions in the summer. Especially desirable skills include prior experience mist netting/banding of birds, collecting blood and feather samples, and making detailed field observations using binoculars (including resighting color bands).
 
VCU, located in Richmond, VA, is the largest public R1 University in Virginia and has an active and diverse Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science faculty that are engaged in research around the world. Successful applicants should have a BS in biology (or related field), GPA >3.3, competitive GRE scores, an interest in developing quantitative skills, a high level of self-motivation, and prior research experience.
 
Interested persons should initially email a letter that summarizes their background, educational goals, and research interests, along with curriculum vitae (include GPA and GRE scores) with contact information for three references to Dr. Lesley Bulluck (lpbulluck@vcu.edu) or Rodney Dyer (rjdyer@vcu.edu). Deadline for applications is December 15, but applications will be considered as they are received.
 
Rodney J. Dyer, PhD
Department of Biology
Center for Environmental Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University
 
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BIOLOGY ASSISTANT PROFESSOR- Missouri Western State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology position to begin in fall 2016. Expertise in invertebrate zoology, entomology, and/or parasitology is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong commitments to teaching, mentoring undergraduate student research, and sustained scholarly activity.
Primary teaching responsibilities will be invertebrate biology, entomology, and/or medical parasitology for majors. Other teaching responsibilities may include general biology for non-majors, organismal biology for freshman majors, evolutionary ecology for sophomore majors, and participation in distance education.
Involvement in Department, University, and community service is expected. Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest addressing position qualifications, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, one-page undergraduate research plan, copies of pertinent publications, and contact information for three references to:
Employment is contingent upon an earned doctorate by the start of employment and proof of the legal right to work in the U. S. An appointment is not final until documents are provided. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 30, 2015.
For inquiries about the department please visit <http://www.missouriwestern.edu/biology>http://www.missouriwestern.edu/biology.
EOE
 
 
Julie Jedlicka, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
Missouri Western State University
office: 232D Agenstein, 816-271-5603
 
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The Klamath National Forest is currently seeking a candidate for aStudent Trainee position in Ecology, GS-0499-7/9/11 position located at the Supervisor’s Office in Yreka, California. The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity. To express interest in this position, please complete the attached voluntary Outreach Interest Form and returnto Dan Blessingat dblessing@fs.fed.usby close of business on 11/16/2015
 
STUDENT TRAINEE POSITIONS:
 
President Obama signed Executive Order 13562, entitled "Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates," on December 27, 2010.
Interns Program: The Internship Program is for current students. It replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The new Internship Program provides students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education.
Eligibility: Current students in an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
Program Completion and Conversion: Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program.
To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:
·Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
·Complete their degree or certificate requirements
·Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
·Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and
·Perform their job successfully.
 
DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS POSITION (Full Performance, GS-11):
 
The Northern California Assistant Province Ecologist is an expert in vegetation and fire ecology, and is professionally involved in addressing a wide range of ecological issues across the Klamath, Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity, and Six Rivers National Forests. Major duties will include:
 
·Coordinates with the Regional Ecologist, Northern California Province Ecologist, and the Forests comprising the Province with respect to all facets of the Assistant Province Ecologist’s program of work
·Provides ecological expertise and technical assistance for Forest Service projects and planning efforts. Incorporates ecological principles into decision making.
·Assists with the development and implementation of ecological monitoring programs to collect, analyze, and interpret data to help guide Forest Service activities through an adaptive management framework
·Assists with the assessment of the impacts of global change, including climate change, invasive species, and increasing human populations, on Province Forests and ecosystems
·Evaluates the effect of forest management practices including grazing, prescribed burning, and silvicultural treatments on a diverse range of ecosystems
·Integrates information from separate disciplines such as botany, hydrology, geology, soils, and wildlife, including historic and legacy data, for use in assessing current conditions, detecting trends, developing reference conditions, and developing desired future conditions for use in planning and implementing forest projects
·Conducts fire monitoring and modeling, including evaluations of fire behavior, fuel loading, fire effects, and patterns of fire severity. Provides ecological input into fuels treatment planning
·Conducts classification and mapping of vegetation types, fire regimes, and potential natural vegetation
·Uses statistically sound sampling and modern analytical methods, including multivariate techniques, modeling approaches and geospatial analyses, to evaluate complex environmental and biological patterns across large landscapes
·Coordinates with district, forest, province, and regional staff to conduct integrated ecological monitoring and reporting programs. Develops field guides, brochures, GIS products, presentations, workshops, and other materials to facilitate the transfer of ecological knowledge. Where appropriate, publishes findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals
·Provides technical assistance with NEPA planning and implementation
·Is active in raising funds to support the Ecology Program program of work, from internal and external partners and granting agencies
·Assists with the supervision of one or more field crews
For additional information, please contact: Dan Blessing at 530-841-4521 and dblessing@fs.fed.us
 
 
ABOUT THE FOREST:
 
The Klamath National Forest covers an area of 1,700,000 acres located in Siskiyou County in northern California and Jackson County in southern Oregon. The Forest is divided into two sections separated by the Shasta Valley and the Interstate 5 highway corridor. In the mountains to the west, the terrain is steep and rugged while the east side has the relatively gentler, rolling terrain of volcanic origin. With elevations ranging from 450 to 8,900 feet above sea level, the Forest is one of America’s most biologically diverse regions, situated in a transition region between the hotter and drier areas of the south and the colder and wetter locale of the north.
 
This central position of the Klamath in relation to the Cascades, Sierra Nevada, Coast Range and the Great Basin has fostered complex climatic patterns and led to an unparalleled diversity of plant life found nowhere else in California. More species of conifers live near or in the Klamath’s Marble Mountain and Russian Wilderness Areas than anywhere else on earth. An astounding 17 conifer species co-exist within one square mile! The Forest is also home to one plant that lives nowhere else on earth, the Siskiyou Mariposa Lily.
 
The program of work for the Forest is centered on the restoration of fire adapted ecosystems. We have an active and strongly integrated vegetation management and fuels program that works to protect communities, infrastructure and critical wildlife and fisheries habitat. We work with local communities, Fire Safe Councils, and interested groups and individuals in developing projects using Healthy Forest Restoration Act authorities. In 2010, the Forest was honored to be recognized as having treated the greatest amount of hazardous fuels reduction acres in the Pacific Southwest Region.
 
The appropriate management of naturally occurring wildfire across the Forest is also an important program component. The Klamath is known as a leader in using wildfire to benefit landscape conditions as well as having a highly skilled and experienced fire suppression workforce.
 
The Forest includes all or part of five wilderness areas: Marble Mountain, Russian, Trinity Alps, Red Buttes and Siskiyou. Trailheads are numerous and hikes range from easy to arduous. There are 200 miles of river system for rafting and 152 miles of wild and scenic rivers in the Forest. The Forest has 28 campgrounds, and world-class hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing. With the Klamath, Salmon, and Scott Rivers meandering from one end of the Forest to the other, recreationists have found a playground that offers virtually everything (except crowds) to the outdoor enthusiast.
 
The management of area streams and rivers, and range, botanical, heritage, cultural and mineral resources rounds out the active and interesting programs included on the Klamath.
 
More information on the Klamath National Forest is on our website:http://fs.usda.gov/klamath/ .
 
 
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY:
 
Yreka, California (pronounced Y-Reeka) has been designated as 48th in the top one-hundred small communities in the U.S. and is located twenty-two miles south of the California/Oregon border along Interstate 5. Yreka is a quiet little city located in an area rich in history and generous in natural resources, nestled in the northern most corner of the majestic Shasta Valley. Serving as the governmental seat of Siskiyou County, geographically the fifth largest county in the state, Yreka is the largest full service community between Ashland, Oregon and Redding, California. The population base provides support for professional services, medical facilities, all governmental offices and a full range of retail businesses which make Yreka the trade center for the county.Yreka is abundant in its intrinsic beauty and enjoys the diversity of a four season climate.
 
Yreka is home to several retail shopping areas, many restaurants, auto service stores and 14 motels. Several primary and secondary schools, a high school, and a modern hospital are located in Yreka. A two year Community College maintains a satellite campus in Yreka and the main campus in Weed is about 30 minutes away. Housing costs vary depending on location, residence size, and property, averaging $180,000-$250,000 for a typical 3 bedroom home on a city parcel. Rental housing for a typical 3 bedroom home starts at about $800/month. Medford, Oregon is an easy 45 minute drive and has a full array of large retail and warehouse shopping centers and home improvement centers. The airport in Medford is full service.
 
Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant and include fishing, hunting, camping, boating, whitewater rafting, Nordic and Alpine skiing, golf, and just about any other outdoor activity imaginable. Two ski parks, Mt. Ashland and Mt. Shasta, are each about 1 hour away. Several golf courses are within Siskiyou County and nearby counties. The coast and beaches are about 3 hours away. Trout, salmon and steelhead fishing are nearby. Duck and goose viewing and hunting occur in the nearby Klamath Basin and Tulelake Wildlife Refuge. Two large reservoirs, Shasta and Trinity Lakes, are about 1 hour away. Cultural events include Siskiyou Performing Arts in Yreka, the nationally acclaimed Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument and Lava Beds National Monument are about 1 1/2 hours away.
 
Forest Service employees on the workforce reduction placement system list will receive priority consideration and CTAP/ICTAP candidates will receive the appropriate consideration.
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination on all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
 
OUTREACH INTEREST FORM
STUDENT TRAINEE (ECOLOGY)/GS-0499-7/9/11
Klamath National Forest
Supervisor’s Office
 
Please respond by 11/16/2015
 
If you are interested in this position and would like notification of the job announcement when it is issued, please complete this Outreach Interest Form and email todblessing@fs.fed.us. If you do not have email, complete the form and mail to: Klamath National Forest, Attn: Dan Blessing, 1711 S. Main Street, Yreka, CA 96097.
 
 
Ramona J. Butz, PhD
Northern Province Ecologist
Forest Service
Klamath, Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity, and Six Rivers National Forests
p: 707-441-3584
c: 707-601-4332

rbutz@fs.fed.us
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501

www.fs.fed.us
Caring for the land and serving people
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Subject: Tenure-track position in environmental microbiology at the University of Cincinnati (deadline extended)
 
The University of Cincinnati is pleased to announce a tenure-track position in the area of environmental microbiology. This position is part of the first round of Water Cluster hires that include four tenure-track faculty positions in the areas of environmental microbiology, environmental chemistry, urban water infrastructure and watershed hydrology. The Water Cluster Initiative seeks to hire six new tenure-track faculty over the next two years to strengthen interdisciplinary programs in water research, education and outreach.
The Water Cluster hires represent a joint initiative between the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), McMicken College of Arts & Sciences (A&S), and the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP).
 
Building on our research and innovation strengths, UC's Cluster Hiring Initiative supports existing and emerging partnerships within and between colleges, divisions and areas. In partnership with the Vice President of Research, the Provost's cluster hiring investments harness the power of faculty members focused on solving the world's biggest challenges through leading-edge research and interdisciplinary collaborations that erase boundaries and embrace creative, bold ideas.
 
Designed to attract top-quality faculty from around the world, UC's Clusters represent the university's commitment to investing in faculty and interdisciplinary problem-solving. UC's Water Cluster establishes our region as a national and global leader in water research, education and outreach centered on integrated water resources management within and across natural and engineered systems. By bringing water planning and management experts together, the Water Cluster provides a supportive platform for new approaches to environmental sustainability.
 
A detailed job description for the environmental microbiology position follows; please see the Provost's websitehttp://www.uc.edu/provost/clusters for more information about the Cluster Hiring initiative and visithttps://career8.successfactors.com/career?company=UCPROD for a listing of all open positions.
 
Environmental microbiology of hydrological systems. We seek to hire an assistant professor with research interests in environmental microbiology. Emphasis is placed on understanding the broad factors affecting water quality including biological, hydrological and geological processes, and the impacts on human health in natural and urban water resources systems from local to regional scales. Specific areas of interest include natural and human-influenced dynamics of microbial communities, the detection and mitigation of waterborne pathogens, algal blooms, and/ or biofilms. Candidates using metagenomics/bioinformatics approaches to these questions are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will complement the three broad areas of interest within the water cluster, including human impacts on the global hydrologic cycle, urban water and wastewater systems, and linkages between water and energy systems. (Apply to: UC Requisition ID 5587)
 
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an internationally-recognized externally-funded research program; provide excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching and education; and contribute to scholarly activities performed within academic communities across the university. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute in meaningful ways to interdisciplinary research and educational activities that complement and are synergistic within the Water Cluster.
 
Qualifications: A Ph.D. degree in biology/microbiology or a closely related field is required. Candidates will be evaluated based on their alignment within the Water Cluster and on their academic credentials, their record of research, teaching and scholarly activities and potential for success in developing a funded research program and making contributions in research, teaching and service to the field.
 
Appointment: The position is anticipated to be filled at the rank of assistant professor. However, exceptional associate and full professor candidates will be considered based upon credentials.
Successful candidates are expected to have a primary appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences (A&S) or Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering (CEAS) with potential secondary appointments in other appropriate programs within and outside these departments.
 
Proposed Start Date: Aug 15, 2016 or as negotiated
 
To Apply: For full consideration, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vita that includes a list of recent publications; a list of four references with address, email and phone contact information; and a detailed research (3 page maximum) and educational (2 page
maximum) plan to the appropriate job requisition ID (listed above).
For full consideration, all application material must be submitted electronically to the University of Cincinnati's on-line application system athttps://career8.successfactors.com/career?company=UCPROD by November 17, 2015 to the position number associated with the specific opening shown above. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions about the positions, please contact Prof.
Ron DeBry (ron.debry@uc.edu).
 
EEO/AA: The University of Cincinnati has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the Human Resources Department at 513-556-6381 by the application deadline.
 
The University of Cincinnati is the recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers.
 
Trinity L Hamilton
 
Assistant Professor
 
Department of Biological Sciences
 
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
 
University of Cincinnati
 
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0006
 
 
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Research Ecologist, GS-0408-12 (DEU-LS)
http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/420807700
Department: Department Of The Interior
Agency: Geological Survey
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 1 vacancy - Fort Collins, Colorado
Salary: $75,333.00 to $97,938.00 /
Series and Grade: GS-0408-12
Open Period: Thursday, November 5, 2015 to Thursday, November 12, 2015
Position Information: Full-Time - Permanent
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Annie Simpson
 
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Applications are invited for a M.S. or Ph.D. research assistantship at the Appalachian Laboratory (AL) of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). We seek a highly motivated student to join our research into the effect of land use on the retention of atmospheric nitrate in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The position is based at the AL in Frostburg, Maryland, working with Drs.
David Nelson (stable isotope biogeochemistry), Keith Eshleman (hydrology), and Cathlyn Stylinski (environmental/science education).
A M.S. student would matriculate through the Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences Program (MEES) at the University of Maryland, College Park or the Biology Department at Frostburg State University.
A Ph.D. student would matriculate through the MEES program.
Appropriate undergraduate training in biology, ecology, chemistry and/or environmental science is required, and an interest in public engagement in science is desired.
 
For more information, please contact David Nelson (dnelson@umces.edu). To apply, please email a single PDF containing a statement of interest, CV (including GPA and GRE scores), and contact information for three references to dnelson@umces.edu. Evaluation of applications will begin November 20, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Outstanding Ph.D. applicants will be encouraged to apply for an UMCES Presidential Fellowship (http://www.umces.edu/education/graduate/fellowships). This assistantship is contingent upon funding availability.
 
UMCES is an AA/EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 2:41 PM, McLeod, David Stirling - mcleodds <mcleodds@jmu.edu> wrote: