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University of Idaho Biodiversity conservation and sustainable production in fragmented landscapes 7/31/02 5/31/02
Michigan State University Complex interactions among panda habitat, people, and policies 6/27/02
North Dakota State University Pedology/wetlands and prairie ecology 6/21/02
University of Louisiana-Lafayette Fish ecology/population genetics; Vertebrate Ecology 6/19/02
University of Texas at Arlington Stream Ecology 6/14/02
Ohio State University Ecology of Large Wood Dams in Northern Hardwood Forest Ecosystems 6/13/02
New Mexico State University Ecology of Desert Mammals (MS) 6/5/02
Montana State University N fixation in native legumes (MS) 5/23/02
University of Kansas Grassland biodiversity and habitat fragmentation (PhD) 5/13/02
University of Hawaii at Manoa Dispersal and population genetics of invasive weeds (PhD) 5/10/02
Clemson University Cross-scale organization in complex systems (PhD) 5/7/02
Villanova University Post-fire carbon balance of boreal peatlands (2 MS positions) 5/2/02
Montana State University Antarctic seal population/mass dynamics (2 positions) 4/30/02
University of Regina (Saskatchewan) Limnology 4/29/02
California State University-Fresno Stream Ecology (3 MS positions) 4/25/02
New Mexico State University Salamander Ecology (MS) 4/22/02
Rutgers University Ecosystem Ecology/Modelling 4/17/02
Oregon State University Ecosystem Ecology 4/15/02
Texas Tech University Landscape epidemiology of hantavirus 4/12/02 2/27/02
University of Wisconsin-Madison Fire/landscape ecology 4/10/02 3/21/02
University of Arizona Land Cover/Land Use Change (PhD) 4/9/02
Desert Research Institute/University of Nevada-Reno Plant and Ecosystem Ecology 4/5/02
Ball State University Fish Ecology (MS) 4/4/02
Universite de Sherbrooke (Quebec) Plant Ecology (MS) 4/3/02
University of Illinois at Springfield Aquatic Ecology - Floodplain Research (MS) 3/22/02
Virginia Commonwealth University Insect Ecology (MS) 3/22/02
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Biogeochemistry (PhD) 3/22/02 3/6/02
University of Arkansas Movement and recruitment in headwater fish assemblages 3/22/02 2/20/02
University of Jena (Germany) Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function (5 PhD) 3/22/02 2/19/02
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ecology of bighead carp (MS) 3/15/02 1/28/02
Northern Arizona University Fire-scar analysis 3/15/02 12/26/01
Washington State University Germination and emergence ecology of wild oat 3/13/02
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (Germany) Molecular Plant Development (PhD) 3/13/02
Colorado State University Coyote Ecology (PhD) 3/12/02
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Plant and soil chemistry, Mojave Global Change Experiment 3/12/02
University of Georgia Forest landscape ecology (MS) 3/6/02
University of Mississippi Phytoplankton ecology 3/5/02
University of Minnesota et al Ecology of insects and host plants in Papua New Guinea 3/1/02 1/16/02
Oregon State University Aridland Restoration Ecology/Ecophysiology 3/1/02 1/16/02
University of Alabama Aquatic biology: biodiversity and ecosystem studies 3/1/02 12/12/01
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Zoology (Wildlife Ecology) (6 positions) 2/28/02
Oregon State University Forest Ecosystem Ecology 2/26/02
University of Nevada Phosphorus cycling in Lake Tahoe (PhD) 2/26/02
University of Zürich (Switzerland) Population dynamics of grassland succession (PhD) 2/22/02
West Virginia University Wetlands Ecology (PhD) 2/22/02
Southwest Texas State University Behavioral Ecology of Sailfin and Amazon Mollies (MS) 2/21/02
Dartmouth College Aquatic ecology and fish-habitat relationships 2/15/02 10/22/01
University of Central Arkansas Invasive plant ecology, Japanese Honeysuckle 2/11/02
Shippensburg University Ecology and environmental biology 2/11/02
Washington State University Entomology 2/5/02
University of Michigan Satellite image processing and spatial modeling 2/4/02
Ohio University Forest Ecosystem Function 2/2/02 12/5/01
University of Notre Dame Interfaces of Ecology, Geology, and Engineering 2/1/02 1/7/02
University of South Florida Plant-herbivore interactions 2/1/02 12/12/01
University of Alaska Fairbanks Regional Resilience and Adaptation 2/1/02 12/6/01
University of Wyoming Plant Physiological Ecology 1/29/02
University of Illinois at Chicago Soil Respiration and Ecosystem Response to Climate Change 1/25/02 1/14/02
Louisiana Tech University Bioremediation of upland crude oil spills (MS) 1/24/02
Michigan Technological University Forest ecology and/or silviculture (PhD) 1/24/02
University of Memphis Reproductive endocrinology of the Florida Scrub-Jay 1/23/02
University of Arkansas-Monticello Quantitative Silviculture (MS) 1/22/02
Murray State University Developmental stability and environmental stress in amphibians 1/18/02
University of Montana Diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and soil aggregation 1/18/02
Southwest Texas State University Behavioral Ecology of San Marcos Salamanders (MS) 1/17/02
University of Toledo Forest ecology, landscape ecology/GIS, or spatial modeling (PhD) 1/17/02
Michigan State University Forest Ecology/Silviculture (MS) 1/16/02
University of Arkansas-Monticello Forest Ecology/Silviculture (MS) 1/15/02
Colorado State University Beaver effects on riparian landscape 1/15/02
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Blue Crab Ecology and Conservation 1/15/02 12/27/01
Kansas State University Nutrient dynamics in streams 1/15/02 12/20/01
University of California, Davis Biological Invasions 1/15/02 11/19/01
Ohio State University Forest ecology/forest restoration ecology 1/15/02 11/7/01
Miami University (Ohio) Animal ecology 1/15/02 10/24/01
Colorado State University Biocomplexity in African Savannas 1/10/02
Michigan Technological University Forest Ecology 1/8/02
Northern Arizona University Tree stress and mistletoe infestations (PhD) 1/7/02
University of Nevada et al. Cheatgrass Control and Aridland Restoration (6 positions) 1/7/02
Utah State University Aquatic ecosystem modeling (MS) 1/7/02
Idaho State University Physiological ecology of conifers at alpine treeline 1/2/02
Michigan State University Disturbance ecology, landscape dynamics 1/1/02 12/6/01
Saint Louis University Ecology, Chihuahuan Desert 12/26/01
University of New Orleans Conservation biology 12/26/01
Kansas State University Woody plant encroachment into tallgrass prairie 12/18/01
Kansas State University Climate change in tundra 12/18/01
University of Louisiana Evolution, Conservation, Ecology, and Marine Biology 12/12/01
University of South Carolina Insect evolutionary ecology 12/12/01
University of Virginia Biodiversity and macroevolution 12/10/01
University of Nebraska, Lincoln Ecology, Evolution, Geosciences, and Sustainable Natural Resource Management 12/7/01
University of Antwerp (Belgium) Effect of climate extremes on tundra-ecosystems 12/4/01
Univeristy of North Dakota Ecology of clonal fish in successional landscapes 11/29/01
University of Alberta Fire science and ecological modelling 11/29/01
Ecotrain Ecology of plant parasitic nematodes, their host plants, and antagonists in European coastal sand dunes 11/28/01
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Modeling population-level effects of contaminants in aquatic organisms 11/28/01
Emory University Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution 11/28/01
University of Nebraska, Lincoln Plant/ecosystem/invasion ecology, biodiversity, global change biology 11/16/01
University of Memphis Population and disease ecology of amphibians 11/15/01
Clemson University Forestry, landscape ecology, and GIS 11/12/01
Fordham University Ecology and field biology 11/9/01
Alabama A&M University Responses of avian communities to forest management practices 11/8/01
Tulane University Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 11/6/01
University of Houston Plant-herbivore interactions in coastal salt marshes 10/31/01
University of Alabama/University of New Mexico Freshwater Sciences (PhD) 10/30/01
Montana State University Rangeland Ecology (MS, 3 positions) 10/30/01
Michigan State University Quantitative ecology of aquatic ecosystems 10/30/01
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Ecology and Environmental Science 10/26/01
Texas A&M University Savanna ecosystem project 10/26/01
Iowa State University Landscape Ecology of Mississippi River Mussels 10/24/01
Murray State University Water Science 10/18/01
Iowa State University Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Botany 10/15/01
University of Nebraska, Lincoln Grassland birds in the Nebraska Sandhills 10/04/01
Oregon State University Wildlife Ecology 10/02/01
William Paterson University Ecology 10/02/01
Univeristät Zürich Biodiversity Projects (Plant Ecology) 10/01/01
University of Maine Tree physiology/paleoecology 9/25/01
Ohio State University Wetland restoration 9/25/01
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Forest disturbance ecology 9/24/01
University of Missouri-Columbia Landscape ecology, ecological modeling, and GIS 9/24/01
University of Tennessee Ecology of birds (2 positions) 11/1/01 9/18/01
Oregon State University/University of Maine Tree physiology 9/17/01
University of Akron Effectiveness of constructed wetlands for treating pollution 9/7/01
Technische Universitaet Muenchen Plant growth and parasite defense 9/5/01
University of Louisiana Evolutionary and physiological ecology 9/4/01
Victoria University of Wellington Modelling of Argentine ant invasion in New Zealand 8/29/01
Oklahoma State University Conservation biology, vegetation science or restoration ecology 8/28/01
Colorado State University Fisheries Ecology 10/7/01 8/27/01
Kansas State University Fish Ecology 10/1/01 9/14/01
Desert Research Institute Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change filled 8/22/01
Arizona State University Riparian-stream ecology/biogeochemistry 8/16/01
University of Virginia Dynamics of Plant Communities and Nitrogen Cycling in Arctic Ecosystems 8/16/01
Syracuse University Plant Ecological Physiology/Biochemistry 8/13/01
University of Akron Biology and Education 8/13/01
Florida International University Effects of hydrologic variation on vegetation structure 7/30/01
University of Georgia Ecology and life history of stream fishes 7/30/01
University of Arizona Invasive plants/Resource management 7/25/01
University of Alaska Fairbanks Global change in high latitude regions 7/19/01
Idaho State University Physiological Ecology of Invasive Plants 7/27/01 7/6/01
University of Maine Conservation Genetics of rare Freshwater Mussels in Maine 7/6/01
Auburn University Landscape Ecology, Alabama Gap Project 7/3/01
Old Dominion University Elevated CO2/root systems 7/3/01

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Alabama A&M University: M.S. OR Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship, investigating relationships between the responses of avian communities and forest management practices. This is a cooperative research of AAMU, Southern Research Station of USDA Forest Service, and the Mead-Westvaco Corporation. The student needs to actively interact with USDA scientists, industry managers, and the faculty. We will experimentally manipulate the forest stands (simulating silvicultural prescriptions) and will evaluate the effects of such manipulation on the forest characteristics and their relationships with birds (breeding and migrating). The study sites are located in the southern most region of the Appalachian forests in northern Alabama. Point counts and mist-nets will be used to quantify the bird species. Requires bird identification (sight, song, and call) and mist netting skills (will train). Must be able to work in mountain terrain with other organisms (e.g., snakes, mosquitoes, and ticks). Researches of other wildlife species (e.g., bats, amphibians, or reptiles) are also possible. Ph.D. candidate are welcome to develop a research project of his/her own interest in conjunction with the project. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will be open until a suitable candidate is found. The starting date is flexible, with the possibility to start as soon as possible. The candidate will be supported on a Research Assistantship (12 months) and an out-of-state tuition support. Interested applicants should send a letter of application, a resume (with bird skills, interests, and experience), copies of transcripts and GRE scores (verbal and quantitative), and the names and phone numbers of 3 references to: DR. YONG WANG, Center for Forestry and Ecology, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762; (256) 858-4229; Posted: 11/8/01.

Arizona State University: Graduate Research Associateship (GRA) in riparian-stream ecology/biogeochemistry. Full-year GRA (PhD student preferred) available immediately to work with Arizona State University ecologists and University of Arizona hydrologists on a project devoted to understanding the role of aridland riparian zones in nitrogen and carbon retention, with special attention to hydrologic controls on biogeochemical processes. Current study site is the San Pedro River in southern Arizona, expansion of the research to other aridland rivers is expected in 2-3 years. Part of a larger study, SAHRA, funded 2001-2005 through NSF's Science and Technology Centers. Research team currently consists of 3 senior scientists, 3 post-docs, 2 graduate students, and 3 technicians from ASU and UA, and interacts with other research teams studying riparian plant communities, riparian tree ecophysiology and water use, catchment-scale hydrology, and more (please see HTTP://STC420R-1.HWR.ARIZONA.EDU/ for information on SAHRA). Student also may be able to work with newly funded LINX2-Southwestern Deserts project (collaboration between ASU and UNM). Will consider student to work as technician for spring 2002, then assume GRA upon admission to ASU Biology Graduate Program for academic year 2002-2003. Contact: Interested students should send a Curriculum Vitae (resume), including relevant research experience and course work, and a statement of research interest to: Dr. Nancy B. Grimm, Professor of Biology, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ 85287; ph 480-965-4735; email Further information: Please see for information about current and past projects in Grimm's lab. Dr. Nancy B. Grimm, Professor of Biology & Co-Director, CAP LTER, Box 871501, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1501. ph. 480-965-4735, fax 480-965-2519. Posted: 8/16/01.

Auburn University: Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in Landscape Ecology at the School Of Forestry And Wildlife Sciences. Project Title: The Alabama Gap Project. Description: Research will focus on state-wide land cover classification in conjunction with the Alabama Gap Project. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will develop a research project dealing with landscape issues incorporating the resultant land cover classification. The student will also interact with project staff including School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences faculty and staff, staff of the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and state agency personnel. Qualifications: Candidates should have a Master's degree in an ecological discipline. Strong quantitative skills and a knowledge of landscape ecology, GIS (specifically Arc/Info and Arc/View), remote sensing and image processing (specifically Erdas Imagine), and GPS are highly desirable. Stipend: $15,300/year. Available: The successful candidate will start August 2001 or January 2002 (if required). Application: Details for application to the Auburn University Graduate School through the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences are available at: Send letter of interest, CV, copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and the names, phone numbers, and email address of 3 references to: Dr. Mark MacKenzie, School of Forestry of Wildlife Sciences, 106 M. White Smith Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5418. (334) 844-1014, email: (communication via email is encouraged). Posted: 7/3/01.

Ball State University: A masters position to survey fishes of the Wabash River three times each summer is available beginning summer of 2002. The student will be expected to assist during extended periods of field sampling that will include boat electrofishing and fish identification, and with compilation of data for analyses. Previous experience in field work and fish identification will be beneficial. Student research can be related to the same project and could be community ecology, population ecology of a species of interest, or other topics in large river ecology. For further information: Please contact Dr. Mark Pyron, Ball State University, Department of Biology, Muncie, IN 47306, 765-285-8852, email: Posted: 4/4/02.

California State University-Fresno: Research Assistantships (3 at MS level): Sierra Nevada Headwater Streams in the Kings River Sustainable Forest Ecosystem Project. Three research assistantships are available starting this summer for new MS students at California State University-Fresno (Fresno State) through funding from the California Water Institute and the USDA Forest Service. Students will participate in a collaborative project which will ultimately examine the effects of low-intensity forest management practices on headwater stream ecosystems within the Kings River Experimental Watershed (KREW), within the Sierra National Forest. Collaborators include faculty from Fresno State University (Depts. of Biology and Earth & Environmental Science), University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Nevada-Reno, and scientists from the USDA Forest Service and U.S. Geological Service. Successful applicants for the positions described below should demonstrate evidence of being able to work collaboratively, but also independently, as well as the ability to effectively supervise undergraduate technicians. Specific Assistantships (please denote project of interests in all communications): 1) Stream Fishes: Document the spatial and temporal variation in fish presence and assemblage structure within representative reaches of KREW streams. Applicants should have experience in collecting fishes and assessing stream fish habitats, interest in sampling design, the application of multivariate statistics, and fish habitat use models. Contact Dr. Steve Blumenshine at 559-278-8770 or via e-mail at
2) Stream Foodwebs: Discover the primary C & N sources to consumers in KREW stream foodwebs, and the flow of C & N through KREW stream foodwebs using stable isotopes. Applicants should have experience handling biological samples for laboratory analysis, and an interest in the role of foodwebs in stream biogeochemistry, and the influences of riparian zones and watersheds on C & N delivery to streams. Contact Dr. Steve Blumenshine at 559-278-8770 or via e-mail at
3) Riparian Vegetation: The thesis project will assess the status of the watersheds' riparian vegetation by measured transects to map the riparian zone and quantify plant diversity and biomass. All of the study streams contain meadows and seeps which will be mapped and described. Vegetation moisture content and canopy closure will be studied to model riparian microclimate and it's effect on the biota within the stream channel system as well as fire behavior. Contact Dr. Fraka Harmsen at 278-2395 or via e-mail at
Starting this summer, the annual stipend will be $14,400 for the first year. Continuing support will be through additional grants or teaching assistantships. Selected applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Fly Fishers for Conservation Scholarship ($500). To apply, send a letter or e-mail message describing research interests and career goals, names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references, academic history, and GRE scores to either Dr. Steve Blumenshine (positions #1&2), Dept. of Biology M/S SB 73, or Dr. Fraka Harmsen (position #3), Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences M/S MH 24. Further address for both is: CSU-Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740. Posted: 4/25/02.

Clemson University: Two Ph.D. assistantship opportunities are available, focusing upon the analysis of cross-scale organization in complex systems such as ecosystems and economies. A specific focus will be upon the analysis of the phenomena associated with scale breaks in ecological and other systems, and their implications for the evolution of complex behaviors, systems and resilience. Assistantship compensation $17,500.00/yr. Students wishing to pursue a degree in the multidisciplinary Policy Studies program at Clemson may be eligible for an additional $5,000.00 $7,500.00/yr. This work consists primarily of empirical analysis and synthesis of existing data. One student will focus primarily upon the analysis of city size and economic data, while the other will focus primarily upon ecological data, but much overlap is encouraged. Students will have opportunities for international travel and collaboration. Prospective students should be highly motivated and intellectually curious, and have competitive GPA and GRE scores. For more information regarding this project: and For necessary background information: For information regarding the South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit: For further information contact Craig R. Allen: Positions will start in August, 2002. I expect to fill the positions by mid-June, 2002. Posted: 5/7/02.

Clemson University: One Ph.D. (3 yrs) and one M.S. (2 yrs) research assistantships are available in the interdisciplinary fields of forestry, landscape ecology, and GIS applications with an emphasis on the disturbance of fire and forest management on landscapes. The students will be expected to work as part of a cooperative team on interactions among fires, forest management, and land mosaics. Applicants should hold a degree, M.S. for Ph.D. program and B.S. for M.S. program, respectively, in a related field (forestry, landscape ecology, fire ecology, and geography, etc.). Experience in GIS, ecological modeling, and field data collection is desirable. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, photocopy of transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to: Bo Song, Department of Forest Resources, Clemson University, Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, P.O. Box 596, Georgetown, SC 29442-0596. Email:, Ph: 843-545-5673, Fax: 843-546-6296. Web: Posted: 11/12/01.

Colorado State University: We are seeking a motivated PhD candidate that will conduct an ecological and experimental study of coyotes on the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Refuge approximately 50 km north of Corpus Christi, Texas, starting August 2002. The candidate should have a M.S. degree in Wildlife, Ecology, Zoology or related field, GPAs > 3.0, GREs > 1200 for Verbal and Quantitative combined, and we prefer that the candidate has experience conducting field research, capturing and studying carnivores, and radio telemetry. We expect the candidate to be creative in the design and initiation of the study. The application closing date is 15 April 2002. For additional information, see To apply, send/e-mail the following to Dr. William F. Andelt, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, e-mail 1. Recent resume including GPAs, GREs, Universities attended, work experience, publications, and 3 references. 2. Copy of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial ok for now). Dr. William F. Andelt, Professor Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523 Ph.: 970-491-7093 FAX: 970-491-5091. Posted: 3/12/02.

Colorado State University: Biocomplexity in African Savannas. The Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory, with collaboration in the Departments of Mathematics and Forestry at Colorado State University, and in African research institutions, have initiated a research project to study the determinants of vegetation structure in African savannas. Our aim is to investigate the interaction and feedbacks between climate, biogeochemistry, fire and herbivory in controlling savanna structure and function and the mechanisms that may lead to savanna stability, resilience and bifurcation dynamics. The project will include analysis of new and historical field measurements at plot to continental scales, simulation modeling, and dynamical systems analysis. Graduate Research Assistantships are available for students at Masters or PhD levels with interest in savanna ecology and ecosystem processes at landscape and coarser scales, or with interests in dynamical system modeling. Students will be encouraged to develop their research in the context of the following general project areas:
1. The first project will involve analysis of data at landscape to regional scales exploring patterns of savanna structure, herbivory and fire across gradients of climate, soil and land-use in Africa. Analyses may include use of detailed ecosystem simulation models, remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), as well as current and historical measurements from field sites in Africa. Experience in ecosystem modeling, remote sensing and GIS would be advantageous, as would field experience in Africa or in savanna ecosystems.
2. The second project will include the design and analysis of dynamical system models on the level of ordinary and partial differential equations and iterated maps. The analysis of these models involves exploration of phase portraits, numerical solution of initial value problems and stability and bifurcation analysis. The task of the GRA is to participate in these studies and to assist in setting up a transparent and flexible Matlab environment for our models. The candidate should have some basic background in dynamical systems and computer programming. Additional experience ecological modeling would be advantageous.
We seek to fill the GRA positions as soon as possible, with start dates on or before May 15, 2002. Graduate student stipends are in the range $16,000-17,000, with tuition fees covered by the project. Candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a letter outlining research interests and experience, together with a CV to Niall Hanan. For more specific information on the studentships, please contact Niall Hanan (Project 1) or Gerhard Dangelmayr (Project 2). Contacts: Dr. Niall Hanan, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523. Email:, Phone: 970-491-0240. Dr. Gerhard Dangelmayr, Mathematics Department, Email:, Phone: 970-491-6451. NREL Web Page: Posted: 1/10/02.

Colorado State University: Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in Fisheries Ecology. Responsibilities: Seeking highly motivated Ph.D. student to conduct lab and field research on the role of temperature regime and nonnative brook trout in recruitment success of translocated native cutthroat trout in central Rocky Mountain watersheds. Qualifications: Applicants must have a M.S. degree in fisheries or aquatic ecology or a related discipline. Qualifications desired include an excellent academic record, substantial lab and field experience working with fish and aquatic systems, a strong quantitative background, and strong computing and writing skills. Stipend: Renewable stipend for 12 months per year, and additional tuition allowance. Closing date: Open until filled, but apply by October 7 for full consideration. Position begins January 2002. Contact: Send letter of application, resume listing four academic and work references (including e-mail), copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and samples of writing (M.S. abstract or publications) to: Dr. Kurt Fausch, Dept. of Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 80523 (970-491-6457; FAX 970-491-5091, ( Posted: 8/27/01.

Colorado State University: Ph.D. Assistantship in Riparian Ecology, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, begins May - June 2002. Project Title: Beaver effects on riparian landscape structure and function: patch dynamics, hydrology, and geomorphology along the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park. Project Description: To understand how beaver have influenced the formation of the Kawuneeche Valley floodplain (Colorado River headwaters) in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. The study will investigate beaver ecology, ungulate herbivory (mostly elk), floodplain hydrology, riparian plant ecology and fluvial geomorphology, as well as de-watering by a major water diversion system. Methods may include analyzing current beaver effects on floodplain hydrologic regimes, sediment deposition patterns through time, plant community formation, beaver and elk utilization of vegetation, as well as historical analyzes of beaver dams, ponds, willow establishment, and sediment deposition via field data collection and aerial photo interpretation. Primary field season June-October. Qualifications: M.S. in ecology or related field. Broad knowledge and experience in wetland/riparian ecology, hydrology, and geomorphology is essential. Salary: Starting assistantship is $15,000, plus tuition and field expenses covered. This project is funded by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other sources. Project Team: Ph.D. Candidate; Dr. David Cooper, Wetland Ecologist/Graduate Advisor, CSU; and Dr. Bruce Baker, Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS. Technician/volunteer help as needed. To Apply: Send resume, GRE scores, course list or transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, and letter of interest to Dr. David Cooper, Department of Earth Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523. (E-mail application preferred). Deadline: Until suitable candidate found. Deadline: Until suitable candidate found. Selection expected February-March 2002. Start May-June 2002. Reposted: 1/15/02.

Dartmouth College: We seek an individual with interests in aquatic ecology and fish-habitat relationships for an opportunity to study determinants of fish habitat suitability in the context of a major Atlantic salmon restoration effort. The successful applicant will develop a project that extends previous research in our lab in new directions, involving the role of interactions between predation, competition, and physical habitat change on juvenile success. Qualifications: M.S. degree in ecology/fisheries preferred, but will consider outstanding applicants with B.S. degree. Start date: 1 May 2002, or earlier, depending on student availability. Salary: Students will apply to the graduate program in Biology at Dartmouth College. Dartmouth offers a competitive program of graduate fellowships that provide 5 years of salary support. Additional funds will be provided for research costs. Closing date: 15 February 2002. Contact: Carol Folt, Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, or Keith Nislow, USDAFS-NERS, 201 Holdsworth NRC, UMASS Amherst, MA 01003 To apply, please provide cover letter with statement of professional and goals, plus current c.v. Posted: 10/22/01.

Desert Research Institute/University of Nevada-Reno: Graduate Student Research Assistantship in Plant and Ecosystem Ecology is available immediately to quantify the effects of post-wildfire plant succession-including alien invasive species-on ecosystem carbon and water budgets in the high desert ecosystems of the Great Basin. This study emphasizes the indentification and quantification of factors-environmental and biotic-that control ecosystem CO2 and water vapor fluxes, as well as the vertical and lateral distribution of soil water and nutrients. Our research to date has focussed on a site near Reno, and will continue here. However we plan to expand our study to new sites that have varying wildfire and plant successional histories. We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic student with a major (B.S., B.A., or M.S.) in ecology, biology, botany, soil science or other related natural science who enjoys working in the field; often under challenging environmental conditions and for extended periods. The student must meet admission requirements of the Graduate School at UNR and must apply to and be accepted by one of UNR's graduate programs (e.g. Hydrologic Sciences; Environmental and Resource Sciences; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology). The DRI is a research campus within the University and Community College System of Nevada. If interested please email or send your CV, names and contact information of four references, and a letter of interest to: or Dr. Jay Arnone, Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, Desert Research Institute, 2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno, NV 89512. Posted: 4/5/02.

[Position Filled] Desert Research Institute: Graduate Research Assistantship in Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change available immediately. The Desert Research Institute (DRI), a research campus of the University and Community College System of Nevada, is seeking a highly motivated graduate student to fill a M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistantship available in the Division of Earth and Ecosystems Science. The student will work with a multidisciplinary team of plant ecologists, soil scientists and ecosystem modelers to experimentally investigate how interannual climate variability modulates terrestrial ecosystem processes that are involved in controlling net ecosystem productivity (NEP), and consequently atmospheric CO2 levels. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, preferably in one of the natural sciences, or an M.S. with a strong interest or background in general ecology, plant ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science, or other related discipline, and have the ability and desire to work in the field and in controlled environment facilities with other graduate students, postdocs and faculty. The assistantship we are currently seeking to fill would be based at DRI in Reno, Nevada with the Graduate School of the University of Nevada-Reno serving as the degree-granting institution. The Graduate Assistantship is based at DRI but the student will work closely with colleagues at the field site in Oklahoma. The graduate student's dissertation work will involve quantifying the relationships between key ecosystem processes (in the soil and in the plant communities) to address the specific mechanistic hypotheses. The DRI graduate student will also be involved in a parallel field study conducted at a tallgrass prairie site near the University of Oklahoma in Norman. This field experiment will also involve warming plots in the second year of the 4 year study and quantification of many of the same ecosystem processes that will be measured in the monoliths in the EcoCELLs. The field experiment has been designed to test the hypothesized temperature-induced effects (e.g. simulate increased N availability by fertilizing) and differentiate between the primary temperature effect of warming and its secondary effects on evapotranspiration and water availability. Starting assistantship stipend is $15,000/year with an annual cost of living increase. Please send current CV, unofficial college or university transcripts, letter of interest, and list of four references to: Dr. Jay Arnone, Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, Desert Research Institute, 2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno, NV 89512. With the exception of transcripts, all documents may be transmitted electronically as Word, Excel, or Power Point attachments ( For further information about the EcoCELL facility please visit (, or about the project please call (775 673-7445) or send an email to Jay Arnone. Posted: 8/22/01.

Ecotrain: In April 2002, the EU-project EcoTrain will start under the Research and Training Network programme. Between April and September 2002, there will be 4 Ph.D.-positions and 3 Postdoc positions available in a project entitled: Ecology of plant parasitic nematodes, their host plants and antagonists in European coastal sand dunes: Training Opportunity for ecologists and agricultural biocontrol researchers (EcoTrain). For full information, see Posted: 11/28/01.

Emory University: The graduate program in Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution (PBEE) is now considering applications for its seventh class to enter in the fall of 2002. If you know of or are an ambitious and able student looking for a superb graduate program in population biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, we encourage you to submit an application to our program. If you were/are thinking about applying, but you are hesitating - DON'T!! Just send an e-mail message alerting Sonia Altizer ( or Bruce Levin ( of your intentions. In the first weeks of February we will choose the best candidates to bring to Atlanta for interviews, March 22-25, 2002. While the PBEE graduate program covers a number of areas of population biology, ecology and evolution, particular emphasis is given to those in which we believe we can offer the best doctoral training in the United States, if not the Universe. Most prominent of these areas of emphasis are the population biology, ecology and evolutionary biology of microorganisms (including protests and organelles as well as bacteria and viruses), infectious disease, and the evolution of behavior. PBEE is part of the Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences: students accepted to this, or other Division, programs are normally guaranteed at least two years of support with a stipend of $18,500 per year, and a full tuition waiver. (Virtually all of our students have received support from research grant and other sources for the full tenure of their years in the PBEE program.) The official web site of the PBEE program is Application forms to the PBEE program and more information about the mechanics of applying can be obtained online at Candidates from the United States can obtain application forms as PDF files or can apply on-line. For additional information e-mail either of us or other members of the PBEE faculty. Sonia Altizer and Bruce Levin, ( ( Posted: 11/28/01.

Florida International University: We are seeking three people with interest and experience in plant community ecology to participate in our wetland research program in the Florida Everglades. Primary emphasis will be on the effects of hydrologic variation on vegetation structure within the range of the endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow. We expect to fill the following positions by October 2001: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Research Technician, and Graduate Research Assistant. Please send inquiries, resume and statement of interest to Dr. Michael Ross (, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199. Posted: 7/30/01.

Fordham University: The Department of Biology has research and teaching fellowships available for M.S. and Ph.D. students interested in ecology and field biology, with a broad range of research topics available: ( Areas of emphasis for graduate research include: the ecology of small mammals, wildlife ecology, GIS applications to landscape-level questions, nutrient cycling, physiological ecology of plants and animals, terrestrial and aquatic microbial ecology, climate change, plant-fungal symbioses, ecology of vector-borne diseases, ectomycorrhizal responses to local and regional disturbance, food web studies on benthic algae in streams and rivers, bacteria - dissolved organic matter dynamics, and paleo-environmental studies on causes of vertebrate extinctions. - Students will have available the facilities of the Louis Calder Center -Biological Station for their studies ( - Stipends range from $15,000 to $17,000 per year, plus full tuition remission. - Applications for the Fall 2002 semester are now being accepted. Applications may be requested from: or - For any questions, contact us by email ( or by writing: Graduate Admission, Louis Calder Center - Biological Station, Fordham University, PO Box 887, Armonk, NY 10504. Posted: 11/9/01.

Idaho State University: Graduate and undergrad/summer positions are available for students interested in the physiological ecology of conifers at alpine treeline. Our efforts are directed at understanding treeline responses to climate in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Current research questions include: 1) which life history or developmental stage most limits the occurence of trees above treeline? 2) how do ecophysiological properties of treeline conifers change as they mature following germination? and 3) can these ecophysiogical changes during development help explain treeline responses to climate? The positions are in the Biology Department, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho( The research will be field-based, and may involve collaboration with treeline ecologists at Montana State University. Graduate opportunities exist at both the MS and PhD level. Interested candidates should email or phone Dr. Matthew Germino at or 208-282-3285. Posted: 1/2/02.

Idaho State University: Graduate research assistantship (MS, possible PhD) available to study the comparative ecophysiology of Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed) and native plants it competes with. The broad objective of the research is to determine organismal factors that contribute to the ecological success of C. maculosa, a major invasive plant of the northern Rocky Mountains. The current project is funded by the USDA NRI to examine physiological and morphological traits that may confer a greater ability to acquire and use soil resources in C. maculosa. Research will be conducted at field sites in southwest Montana, near Bozeman, in collaboration with ecologists at Montana State University. The position is available starting in either the fall or spring semester 2001/2002 and includes a $14,000/yr stipend, tuition, and fees. Contact Dr. Matthew J. Germino (Before July 27: 406-994-5648, - After Aug 15: 208-282-3765, Posted: 7/6/01.

Iowa State University: Landscape Ecology of Mississippi River Mussels. The Department of Animal Ecology has an opening for a Ph.D. student in a project examining the relationship between freshwater mussel populations and the Mississippi River landscape. The project is co-sponsored by Iowa State University and the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center. The position could begin as early as January 2002. Research Project: This study will use a landscape-level approach to assess whether the spatial distribution of mussels is related to the spatial distribution of their obligate fish hosts and hydraulic forces that influence the location of mussel beds. Our goal is to examine the relationships between selected hydraulic and biological features and the distribution of unionid mussels at several spatial scales in the Upper Mississippi River basin (UMR). Our specific objectives are to: 1. Determine the degree of spatial overlap between the distribution of unionids and their host fishes. 2. Determine the degree of spatial overlap between the distribution of unionids and hydraulic features. 3. Compare the degrees of overlap between unionid distributions and the two predictor variables (host fishes and hydraulics) at several spatial scales to evaluate how the scale of analysis influences our ability to predict the spatial distribution of mussels. Advisors: The project will be co-supervised by: John A. Downing of Iowa State University and Teresa (Naimo) Newton of U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center. Desired Qualifications: Strong training in ecology, biology, limnology, landscape analysis or related field; Demonstrated ability in quantitative methods such as GIS, mathematics, or statistics; Knowledge of or desire to learn about freshwater mussels; Academic standing concomitant with a demanding graduate career. To apply, send letter of interest, resume, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to: John A. Downing, Department of Animal Ecology, Iowa State University, 124 Science II, Ames, IA 50011-3221. Or send as e-mail attachments to: Information on applying to Iowa State University can be found at Posted: 10/24/01.

Iowa State University: M.S. and Ph.D. assistantships. Graduate research and teaching assistantships available in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Botany graduate programs at Iowa State University. Many research opportunities are available including prairie restoration, effects of bison on community and ecosystem processes, and effects of plant diversity on ecosystem processes. Participating departments are well equipped with equipment and research supplies, and the University is within an hour’s drive from the largest prairie restoration project in the country. If you are interested, please send a CV with the names and addresses of three references to: Brian Wilsey, Department of Botany, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011. phone: (515)294-0232, fax: (515)294-1337, web: Posted; 10/15/01.

Kansas State University: Two graduate student research assistantships are available on a project assessing the ecosystem consequences of woody plant encroachment (evergreen junipers) into tallgrass prairie in eastern Kansas. The student projects will involve comparisons of belowground processes in tallgrass prairie and juniper forest, including measurements of soil C and N cycling, soil C and N pools, root productivity, and root turnover in order to explain the mechanisms responsible for changes in C stocks and reductions in soil respiration in juniper forest relative to grassland. The student will work within the context of a an interdisciplinary, NASA-funded project that includes remote sensing, ecosystem modeling, net CO2 exchange and eddy covariance techniques, and plant and soil ecology. This research will include linkages with the Konza Prairie LTER program ( The overall goal of the project is to scale up this carbon sink to the Great Plains region and to model the ecosystem and C cycle consequences of this life form shift. Applicants should be available to begin work on the project beginning summer 2002. Applicants should have experience in plant and soil ecology. Other desirable skills could include the use of minirhizotrons, field and laboratory techniques for C and N cycling studies, and the use of 13C isotopic tracers in soils. Applicants should send a resume and contact: Loretta Johnson, Ackert Hall, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-4901. phone:785-532-6921, fax:785-532-6653, email: Posted: 12/18/01.

Kansas State University: A graduate student research assistantship is available to work on a project to determine how climate change (nutrient enrichment and increased temperature) in tundra might alter plant carbon allocation and fluxes of plant-derived C through soil organic matter, soil water, and trace gases. The student will work with a research team (Knute Nadelhoffer and Ed Rastetter, Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Lab; Loretta Johnson, Kansas State University; George Kling, University of Michigan) to apply 14C and 15N labels to tundra field plots at the Toolik Lake Long Term Ecological Research Site on Alaska's North Slope. The student's specific project will entail following the 14C and 15N tracers into soil microbial biomass, PLFA, and soil organic matter. Applicants should be available to begin work on the project during summer 2002. Applicants should have experience in soil ecology and preferably the use of isotopic tracers in soils. Applicants should send a resume and contact: Loretta Johnson, Ackert Hall, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-4901. phone:785-532-6921, fax:785-532-6653, email: Posted: 12/18/01.

Kansas State University: Two M.S. or Ph.D. level positions are available to study nutrient dynamics in streams. Stipends and degrees are offered through the Division of Biology at Kansas State University. Stipends are currently $15,042 per year, including summer support. The students will start Fall 2002 with an application deadline of 15 January 2002. Students will be involved in a national nitrate dynamics synthesis project that has been funded by the National Science Foundation (LINX II). The research will involve stable isotope enrichment releases of 15-N labeled nitrate into 9 streams in the Flinthills region, including Konza Prairie Biological Station, under a variety of land use practices. Please see for more information and contact Walter Dodds (, 785-532-6998). Revised: 12/20/01.

Kansas State University: Graduate Research Assistantship in Aquatic Biodiversity. Salary: Stipend is currently $14,184 per year. Tuition and fees are covered in addition to the stipend. Closing date: October 1 or until filled. Desired starting date January 2002. M.S. level position is available to assist in the development of an Aquatic GAP program in Kansas. This project will use historical data bases and GIS based programs to map patterns of distribution and abundance of aquatic organisms in the Great Plains. Our goal is to build a model that will predict priority areas for conservation and research in the region. Students that are interested in conservation of fishes or other aquatic organisms are encouraged to apply. Qualifications: Experience with GIS based programs is preferred but not required. See for more information on KSU aquatic ecology program. Contact: Send letter of application, CV, and the phone numbers and e-mail of three references Dr. Keith B. Gido (, Division of Biology, 232 Ackert Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Posted: 9/14/01.

Louisiana Tech University: Environmental Science. Dependent upon funding, three M.S. assistantships may be available to study vegetative response (, invertebrate response (, and role of fungi ( in the bioremediation of upland crude oil spills. Studies will begin 8/02 or earlier, stipend $13,000/year, out-of-state tuition waiver, technician assistants provided. Open only to those with a BS in Environmental Science, GPA > 3.0, and US residency. Contact Dr. Howard Hunt, School of Biological Sciences, Louisiana Tech University, PO Box 3179, Ruston, LA (318 235-4573). Posted: 1/24/02.

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne together with its partner institutions invite applications for as part of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on "The molecular basis of plant development and environmental interactions". Students are offered an interdisciplinary education in plant genetics, structural biology/biochemistry and cell biology. Training includes one-week block courses on specific topics at participating institutions in Poland, Hungary and France. The program is in English and open for students from all countries. No tuition fees are required. Applicants must hold a Master's degree as required by the enrolling University of Cologne. Candidates from countries with another official language should provide a proof of efficiency in English as a second language (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS). Deadline for applications is April 30, 2002. Please send cover letter with accompanying CV including the names and addresses of 2 referees and a 1 page Thesis summary to IMPRS - Molecular Basis of Plant Development, Scientific Coordinator, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Carl-von-Linné Weg 10, 50829 Cologne/Germany; Email: Applicants should arrange two letters of recommendation to be mailed independently to the IMPRS coordinator. Please visit prior to submission for further information about the Ph.D. program. Posted: 3/13/02.

Miami University (Ohio): Approximately 12 - 15 assistantships are available for graduate study at the Master's and Ph.D. level in the Department of Zoology beginning with the 2002--2003 academic year. The Department has 35 full-time faculty members with a majority working in ecology. Interested? Check out the department's web site ( and the research interests of individual faculty. You may find additional information on research in ecology at Miami at Application materials may be obtained as PDF files from the department web site or you may contact Joni Robinson -- the department secretary -- at ROBINSJM@MUOhio.Edu for hardcopy materials. Questions concerning graduate study should be directed towards individual faculty. Their e-mail addresses are available with their research profiles on the web site. All application materials (including GRE scores and letters of recommendation) should be received by January 15, 2002. Personally, I [Rob Blair] conduct research on how land use affects native biodiversity with a particular focus on the effects of urbanization on birds and butterflies. I am also interested in k - 12 science and environmental education. You can contact me at Posted: 10/24/01.

Michigan State University: Several Ph.D. students are sought to join an interdisciplinary and international team on biocomplexity. The major goal of this NSF-funded project is to study complex interactions among panda habitat, people, and policies. We are looking for applicants with backgrounds and interests in various fields, such as ecology, sociology, economics, human demography, human behavior, policy analysis, remote sensing, geographic information systems, computer modeling, forestry, geography, wildlife biology, biodiversity conservation, and/or human-environment interactions. Applicants should be highly self-motivated and outstanding team players. The positions will be based at Michigan State University and successful candidates will have opportunities to collect data and have field experiences in Wolong Nature Reserve (one of the largest reserves for giant pandas) in southwestern China. Stipends/salaries and benefits are competitive. The positions are available in August, 2002, but starting dates are flexible and negotiable. Reviews of applications will be conducted every other week and will continue until all positions are filled. For the full job ad, see: Posted: 6/27/02.

Michigan State University: Landscapes and lake ecology. Masters-level. To start Fall 2002, Dr. P.A. Soranno, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. I am currently recruiting a graduate student for a M.S. degree program (with possibly PhD opportunities pending funding). The student will be part of a collaborative project with limnologists, fisheries ecologists and remote sensing/GIS researchers on the "Development of a landscape-context paradigm for lake ecosystems". This project seeks to examine the relationship between landscapes and lake ecosystems (nutrients, macrophytes and/or foodwebs) through the combined use of lake field studies, statistical modeling, and GIS/remote sensing approaches. The student will have the opportunity to develop his/her own M.S. project within the larger scope of this project. Experience with lake sampling is desirable; and experience with GIS/remote sensing is desirable, but not essential. If you are interested in applying, please contact me as soon as possible through email below. I will be interviewing and making decisions from January-March 2002, although the sooner the better. Patricia Soranno, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, 13 Natural Resources Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48864. 517-432-4330 (voice), 517-432-1699 (fax),, Posted: 1/16/02.

Michigan State University: Research Assistantships and Fellowship Opportunities for Ph.D. Candidates in Ecology. I am currently seeking one or two excellent Ph.D. candidates interested in disturbance ecology, landscape dynamics, or related topics. My lab has several research assistantships available for work in two projects in California grasslands. One project is examining the effects of a virus on the population dynamics of native California grasses and the implications for grassland restoration. Another project is using remote sensing to analyze biomass dynamics and map invasive species in California rangelands. University fellowships also are available for highly qualified students. The Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University is an integrated group of plant biologists interested in innovative research across the range of scales from molecular to landscape-level. We welcome applications from highly motivated students who want to help expand the frontiers of plant biology. Ecology students in the Department also enjoy affiliations with the University's Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology, as well as with the Basic Science and Remote Sensing Initiative, which uses remote sensing to address questions about landscape dynamics and global change. For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Malmstrom: or 517 355 4690. Applications are due January 1. Application information is available on the Department of Plant Biology website: Posted: 12/6/01.

Michigan State University: PhD graduate research opportunity in quantitative ecology of aquatic ecosystems. I am seeking graduate students interested in developing a purely theoretical research program or integrating theory and empirical work. I have a joint position in the Fisheries and Wildlife department at Michigan State University, and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratories (a NOAA facility). My own work will focus on developing theory and models to address general and and applied problems concerning aquatic ecosystems. A component of my work will address how physical processes and species interactions in the Great Lakes affect species distributions and dynamics, and general community properties such as diversity and stability (using standard modeling tools and new tools being developed through interdisciplinary approaches in "complex systems theory"). If interested, please see my web page at for additional information and how to apply. Scott Peacor, Posted: 10/30/01.

Michigan Technological University: A Ph.D. research assistantship is available for a student interested in forest ecology and/or silviculture at the School of Forestry and Wood Products, Michigan Technological University. The research will focus on one of the following: (1) impacts on growth and yield of alternative silvicultural techniques in northern hardwoods, or (2) production dynamics and carbon storage potential of single- and mixed-species stands in the northern Great Lakes Region. The position will begin in August 2002, or sooner. Desirable qualifications include a B.S. or M.S. in forestry, biological sciences, or a closely related discipline. The position includes tuition, fees, and a competitive stipend based on qualifications (stipends start at $15,075 per year). Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of 3 references to: Dr. Linda Nagel, School of Forestry and Wood Products, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931. For additional information, contact or call 906-487-2812. Michigan Tech is located near some of the most spectacular natural areas in the eastern United States that boasts unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities ( Revised: 1/24/02.

Michigan Technological University: One Ph.D. research assistantship at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be available in the Spring 2002 in the School of Forestry at the Michigan Technological University. The research will investigate the relationship between forest structure, recent fluctuations in deer density, and comparisons between presettlement and current forest composition and structure. The project will involve fieldwork on North and South Manitou Islands, Sleeping Bear Nat. Lakeshore, in northeastern Lake Michigan. Selection will be based on academic achievements and research experience. Applicants with a M.S. degree are desirable. I am looking for a highly motivated student with field experience working in botany and forest ecology. The position includes stipend, tuition, and fees. For additional information, contact, 906-487-3608. Send letter of interest, resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 references to: David Flaspohler, School of Forestry, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931; ( Revised: 1/8/02.

Montana State University: A M.S. Assistantship is available studying N fixation in native legumes in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences. The assistantship will pay $13,500 per year, for up to 2 years, with the possibility of a 1/2 year extension. The ideal candidate will be motivated, have a strong background in both plant science and soil science, and have some laboratory, greenhouse, and/or field research experience. The assistantship can begin in either Fall 2002 or Spring 2003. More details on the project are available from Dr. Clain Jones (406/994-6076, Posted: 5/23/02.

Montana State University: (1) PH.D. Assistantship. We are seeking applications for graduate students interested in studying population dynamics of Weddell seals in Antarctica via mark-recapture analysis. The student will live in a small field camp on sea ice for 2-3 mo. each year. Qualifications include: experience working in challenging environments, background in population ecology, and excellent quantitative skills. Position will begin late August 2002 and be awarded no later than July 30th. Research assistantships of $1400/mo plus $3500/yr in tuition allowance will be provided. To apply, send a letter of introduction, resume, unofficial copies of all transcripts and GRE scores, and a sample of scientific writing to: Antarctic population dynamics positions, Ecology Dept., Montana State University, 310 Lewis Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717. (2) PH.D. or M.S. Assistantship. We are seeking applications for graduate students interested in studying mass dynamics of Weddell seals in Antarctica. The position will require the student to live in a small field camp on sea ice for 2-3 mo. each year. Experience working in challenging environments and excellent computer skills and aptitude desirable. Position will begin July-August 2002 and be awarded no later than June 30. Research assistantships of $1400/mo plus $3500/yr in tuition allowance will be provided. Applications should include a letter of introduction, resume, unofficial copies of all transcripts and GRE scores, and a sample of scientific writing to: Antarctic mass dynamics positions, Ecology Dept., Montana State University, 310 Lewis Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717.

Montana State University: M.S. Graduate Research Assistantships (3) in Rangeland Ecology The three assistantships are in the following topic areas: 1) compare effects of mycorrhizae, nutrients and neighbors on the response of spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa) to herbivory, which may help provide a competitive advantage over native grasses, 2) evaluate nitrogen uptake, nitrogen use efficiency, and nitrogen retention that may provide spotted knapweed a competitive advantage over native forbs and grasses, and 3) identify methods to encourage small ruminants to graze invasive plants. Studies will include field and greenhouse/laboratory/pen studies depending on the topic. Qualifications: B.S. degree in range science, animal science (Topic 3), ecology, biology, botany, plant science, or a related discipline. Excellent writing and computing skills are an asset. Stipend: $14,000 per year for two years, plus benefits and partial fee waiver. Application: Please mail 1) a current resume, 2) photocopies of university transcripts ('official' copies not necessary at this time), 3) names and contact information for three references, and 4) a letter of application addressing your interests and qualifications for one of the three topic areas to Dr. B.E. Olson at the address below. Initial email inquiries are welcome. Contact: Dr. Bret E. Olson, Animal and Range Sciences Dept., Montana State University, PO Box 172900, Bozeman, MT 59717-2900 (406) 994-5571. Posted: 10/30/01.

Murray State University: A graduate RA (M.S level) is available, beginning August 2002 for a two-year period, to study the relationship between developmental stability and environmental stress in amphibians. The project is aimed at using digital imagery to develop an early-warning indicator of stress in amphibians. For further information on the general nature of the project you can review my website: Benefits include $12K salary, tuition waiver, potential for free housing at the Hancock Biological Station, and funds for travel to meetings during the second year. All equipment, supplies, etc. necessary to complete the project are available. Prospective students should have previous field experience and be proficient with computers. Students should send a copy of their curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to Dr. Howard Whiteman, Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071, preferably by email ( Posted: 1/18/02.

Murray State University: The College of Science, Engineering and Technology at has competitive research assistantships available in the interdisciplinary M.S. program in Water Science. The program is designed for students with interests in the broad area of freshwater science or management and with undergraduate backgrounds in biology, chemistry, geosciences, physics or mathematics. The program is developed around the teaching and research resources of Murray State's Center for Reservoir Research and utilizes the region's extensive aquatic ecosystems. Research areas with faculty expertise include biogeochemistry, aquatic ecology, limnology, stream ecology, microbiology, remote sensing, GIS, and environmental chemistry. Student thesis work makes use of the facilities of Murray State's Hancock Biological Station, the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center, and the Chemical Services Laboratory. Each student is required to complete a 12-hour core, a research thesis (6 hr) and seminar (1 hr). The remaining 17 hours are determined by the student's committee and are individually tailored to the student's specific career goals. Minimum requirements for unconditional admission to the program are an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, minimum scores of 500 each on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE, and an undergraduate degree in one of the above mentioned or related fields. Three letters of recommendation and a statement of interest and career goals also are required. For further information, contact David S. White at or visit our web site at Posted: 10/18/01.

New Mexico State University: Teaching/Research Assistantship in Ecology of Desert Mammals. We are seeking students for an MS assistantship in the two following projects: 1. "The Role of Animals in the Persistence of Desertified Ecosystems" - This project will focus on the role of small mammal herbivory as a positive feedback on the maintenance of degraded arid systems. Project involves monitoring small mammals (rodents and lagomorphs) and assessing the response of vegetation to herbivory. 2. "The Physiological Ecology of the Black-tailed Prairie Dog" - This project involves an assessment of food preference, digestibility and metabolic rate in black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus). This project will have both a laboratory and field component. Primary teaching responsibilities will include one course in vertebrate ecology and evolution. Field aspects of these projects will be carried out on a 360,000 acre ranch located in south-central New Mexico. The ranch is characterized by numerous habitats typical of the deserts and mountains of the Chihuahuan desert biome. The ranch is an ecologically sensitive enterprise that supports research and management activities geared towards understanding and preserving the unique flora and fauna of the Southwest. A new 5 person RV is available on site as a research platform and a vehicle will be provided for work being conducted on the ranch. Student support is in the form of a half-time teaching and half-time research assistantship. Student stipend averages approximately $17,000 per year. Starting dates will be Fall 2002 or ASAP thereafter. If interested please contact either Dr. Gary Roemer ( or Dr. Walter Whitford ( Posted: 6/5/02.

New Mexico State University: M.S. Assistantship - Sacramento Mountain Salamander Ecology. This position is the initial part of a 6-year study examining the impact of different forest thinning practices on the Sacramento Mountain Salamander (Aneides hardii), a forest-dwelling plethodontid salamander endemic to the mountains of south central New Mexico. This study will be for the pre-treatment portion of the project and will involve the collection of base-line data on salamander abundance, age group representation and habitat characteristics and will also model habitat variables indicative of salamander abundance. Qualifications: B.S. in Wildlife Ecology, Biology, Zoology or related field. Salary: $15,900/year. Starting Date: Preferred starting date is July 1, 2002, however this is negotiable. Position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Contact: Martha Desmond. Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences, P.O. Box 30003, MSC 4901, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003-0003. Email:, Phone: (505)646-1217, Fax: (505)646-1281. Posted: 4/22/02.

North Dakota State University: M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship - pedology/wetlands and prairie ecology. This study will evaluate spatial and stratigraphic distributions of soil organic carbon (SOC) on Nature Conservancy lands near Crookston, MN and on adjacent private land enrolled in the Wetlands Reserve Program. The Glacial Ridge Project area, described as the largest tallgrass prairie restoration in North America, includes wetlands, mixed grass prairie, and cropland. Evaluation of soil physical and chemical properties is needed to assess changes in ecological function resulting from restoration of prairie and wetland habitats in the Glacial Ridge project area. Digital data themes such as detailed soil maps, watershed and sub-catchment boundaries, land use, elevation, and a 1954 survey of native vegetation have been developed. Sampling strategies and analysis of SOC will utilize GIS. Both directed (catena-based) and spatially randomized approaches will be used to evaluate SOC distributions. This study, in association with hydrologic and biologic inventories, provides critical baseline environmental data for future evaluation of the restoration project, and complements national research priorities on carbon sequestration in soils. A 12 month half-time research assistantship is available for two years that includes a tuition waiver. Candidates with strong academic records and a genuine interest in field studies should send a letter of intent or email to: Dr. David Hopkins, 225 Walster Hall, Department of Soil Science, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105; (701-231-8948; Posted: 6/21/02.

Northern Arizona University: One Ph.D. Research Assistantship is available in the School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University (NAU), Flagstaff, AZ. The general goals of the project are to investigate linkages between tree stress and dwarf mistletoe infestations in conifers in cooperation with NAU (Dr. Tom Kolb) and US Forest Service (Dr. Brian Geils) scientists. Funding ($14,500/yr plus out-of-state tuition waiver) is available for 4 years starting July, 2002. Flagstaff is located at an elevation of 2,280m on the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, and offers exceptional research opportunities. Contact Dr. Tom Kolb for application information (; 520-523-7491). Posted: 1/7/02.

Northern Arizona University: A graduate research assistantship leading to the M.S. degree in Forestry is available, supporting a research project in fire-scar analysis. The student will sample fire-scarred trees, use dendrochronological techniques to date fires, and assess the effectiveness of alternative methods for reconstructing past fire regimes. The project description is available at Work will include extensive fieldwork in remote areas of northern Arizona. Experience or interest in statistical modeling, geographic information systems, fire ecology, fire behavior and field skills would be helpful. Starting date is on or near May 6, 2002. The M.S. stipend is $13,500 per year and includes an out-of-state tuition waiver and health insurance. For information on the assistantship opportunity, contact Dr. Pete Fulé [, (928) 523-1463]. For information on the Ecological Restoration Institute, visit For information on the School of Forestry and application materials, visit the ‘graduate degree programs’ section of The application deadline is March 15, 2002. Posted: 12/26/01.

Ohio State University: Ecology of Large Wood Dams in Northern Hardwood Forest Ecosystems. A graduate research associateship at either the M.S. or Ph.D. level is available beginning Fall Quarter 2002 to pursue research in the newly-formed Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Ecology Lab in the School of Natural Resources ( While the prospective student will have the opportunity to tailor their individual research project to their own interests, this research must be closely related to the overall project goal which is to assess the influence of in-stream large wood dams on organic matter processing and aquatic food webs in second-growth and old-growth northern hardwood forest ecosystems. To learn more about this project, please see the Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Ecology Lab website ( The position will be based both at the Main Campus in Columbus and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio, 80 miles northeast of Columbus. Field research will be primarily conducted in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, including the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, one of the largest remaining old-growth forested landscapes in the eastern United States. Field work will include extensive measurements of in-stream large wood dams in remote wilderness locations. Highly motivated individuals with superior academic credentials and strong communication skills are encouraged to apply. Field experience is desirable. The associateship is a 12-month, half-time appointment and currently provides a competitive stipend and complete tuition and fees waiver. If interested, send preliminary e-mail or letter of inquiry, describing research interests and academic qualifications, to: Dr. Charles Goebel, Forest Ecosystem Restoration & Ecology, School of Natural Resources, OARDC, The Ohio State University, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691-4096. Phone: 330.263.3789, Fax: 330.263.3658, E-mail: Posted: 6/13/02.

Ohio State University: A graduate teaching/research associateship (M.S.) will be available, beginning the summer or fall of 2002, to pursue research in forest ecology/forest restoration ecology at the School of Natural Resources, The Ohio State University ( Possible research topics include, but are not limited to: 1) forest ecology, 2) forest ecosystem restoration, or 3) riparian ecology and restoration in both forested and agricultural settings. Additionally, the candidate is also expected to assist in the teaching of one or more of the core undergraduate forestry courses: Biology and Identification of Woody Forest Plants, Forest Ecosystems or Silviculture. The position will be based both at The Ohio State University Main Campus in Columbus and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio, located approximately 80 miles northeast of Columbus. Coursework will be completed at the main campus in Columbus, and depending on the research project, the prospective graduate student may either continue to reside in Columbus or move to the OARDC campus once coursework is completed. Highly motivated individuals with superior academic credentials and strong communication skills are encouraged to apply. Field experience is desirable. The associateship is a 12-month, half-time appointment and currently provides a competitive stipend and complete tuition and fees waiver. Renewal for a second year is dependent upon performance and funding. Application deadline is January 15, 2002. If interested, send preliminary e-mail or letter of inquiry, describing research interests and academic qualifications, to either Dr. P. Charles Goebel or Dr. David M. Hix at the addresses below: Dr. P. Charles Goebel, School of Natural Resources, OARDC, The Ohio State University, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691. 330-263-3789 (phone), 330-263-3658 (fax), Web: Dr. David M. Hix, School of Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210. 614-292-1394 (phone), 614-292-7432 (fax), Posted: 11/7/01.

Ohio State University: Ph.D. student position in wetland science/engineering at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park - January 2002 start preferred. General Ph.D. student stipend/tuition opening for research on creation and restoration of wetlands with research to focus on vegetation, soils, water quality, modelling and/or other aspects of wetlands created or restored for habitat replacement and/or water quality improvement. Position is annual and can be renewed up to 3 years or more. Studies can be on original kidney wetlands and mesocosms at the 30-acre ORWRP on the campus at OSU. Stipend and degree through the School of Natural Resources. Must have completed Masters and/or had some post-B.S. experience in environmental science, wetland ecology, environmental engineering and/or related field. Requires high GRE scores (Math and Verbal each > 600), good GPA, and excellent references to be accepted in program. Send interest letter, resume, and grades/scores to: Professor William J. Mitsch, SNR/OSU, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210 614-292-9774. Posted: 9/25/01.

Ohio University: M.S./Ph.D. Positions available, research in Forest Ecosystem Function, Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. Project: Investigations of carbon and water fluxes, soil respiration, and forest ecosystem productivity in a multitude of oak-hickory stands under various land-use regimes: old-growth white oak (~300 years old, a small remnant stand), second-growth white oak, and oak-hickory forests that have been thinned and burned (to promote oak regeneration). Field locations in Appalachian SE Ohio, and potentially other research locations. (Other related topics of research are negotiable for motivated Ph.D. students.) Qualifications: BS (for MS), MS (for Ph.D.) in biology, ecology, physics, or related fields. Ability to communicate fluently in English (speaking and writing). Prior field biology experience a plus. Minimum GPA of 3.0. Closing Date: 1 Feb, 2002. Starting Date: August 2002 (preferably earlier in the summer). To Apply: Please contact You may also access graduate application information at: or Posted: 12/5/01.

Oklahoma State University: Graduate research assistantship for student interested in conservation biology, vegetation science or restoration ecology. The research deliverable will be to develop plant and animal indicators and models of grassland instability and community compositional trajectories under a wide range of disturbance intensities. The research site is a compositionally diverse, expansive semi-arid grassland located in the Southern Great Plains. Students with research interests in ecological modeling, fire ecology, ecosystem ecology, vegetation dynamics, soil dynamics, or ecological monitoring are encouraged to apply. For additional information contact Dr. David M. Engle (Rangeland Ecology and Mgt., PSS, 368 AGH, Stillwater, OK 74078; email:, telephone: 405.744.9623) or Dr. David M. Leslie (USGS, Coop. Fish & Wildlife Unit, 433 LSW, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078,, telephone: 405-744-6342. Posted: 8/28/01.

Old Dominion University: Two research assistantship are available starting immediately. The successful applicants will conduct research on the effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on plants, primarily the root systems. The research project is being conducted at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Work will primarily involve digitizing images of fine roots using minirhizotron technology and extracting and analyzing root/soil cores from the experimental chambers. The student would be expected to develop his/her master's thesis or doctoral dissertation around the research. The stipend is $14,000 per year plus full tuition waiver for doctoral students. If interested, submit a resume with cover letter (include GPA and GRE scores) to Dr. Frank P. Day, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529. Telephone (757-683-4198); e-mail ( Revised: 7/3/01.

Oregon State University: A graduate research assistantship (MS or PhD) is available through Oregon State University, starting summer-fall 2002, to investigate interactions between rainfall variation, nutrient cycling, and herbaceous plant community dynamics in oak savannah / grasslands of Sequoia National Park, California. Student may enter OSU ecology degree programs in either Botany and Plant Pathology or Forest Science (see Prospective applicants should have demonstrated background and keen interest in ecology, environmental science, and/or biogeochemistry. Contact Steven Perakis with any additional questions, and submit a letter of interest, transcript, CV, and contact information for 3 references to: Steven S. Perakis, US Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331., tel. (541) 758-8786, email: Posted: 2/26/02, revised: 4/15/02.

Oregon State University: A graduate research assistantship in ecosystem biogeochemistry and forest ecology is available through the Department of Forest Science starting summer-fall 2002. This assistantship is funded under a Cooperative Forest Ecosystem Research agreement (CFER, see between the US Geological Survey's Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center and Oregon State University. Research under the broader CFER program is multidisciplinary in scope, and seeks to provide a scientific basis for sustainable management of forested ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. Research associated with this assistantship will examine how natural and managed attributes of forest structure influence critical biogeochemical functions (carbon and nutrient cycling) and plant-soil interactions in Pacific Northwest forests. Prospective applicants should have demonstrated background in ecology and chemistry. The successful applicant will collaborate on existing research, and will be encouraged to develop independent project-related research at the interface of biogeochemistry, forest ecology, and forest management. Funding is available at either the MS or PhD level, including tuition and stipend. Oregon State University is recognized as a national leader in the ecological sciences, with the number one ranked program in forest ecology ( Highly motivated and enthusiastic students should contact Steven Perakis with any additional questions, and submit a letter of interest and CV to: Steven S. Perakis, US Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331. tel. (541) 758-8786, email. Posted: 2/26/02.

Oregon State University: Aridland Restoration Ecology or Ecophysiologist, Drs. Paul Doescher & David Pyke, Co-Advisors, Department of Rangeland Resources. We seek a M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant to assist in a multistate (Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, & Utah) research project examining the competitive relationships between native grass accessions and an exotic annual grass, cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum); complete course work and thesis or dissertation for an M.S. or Ph.D. degree; manage eastern Oregon field studies of native plant restoration and ecophysiology on aridlands currently dominated by cheatgrass; techniques will include, but are not limited to plant emergence, survival and reproduction, soil and plant water relations and nutrient dynamics; assist in preparing results for submission to multistate Principle Investigators; participate in and provide presentations at annual reviews, field days and demonstrations. Qualifications: B.S. or M.S. degree in Biology, Ecology or Natural Resources-related program; willingness to work flexible hours according to seasonal demands; demonstrated ablility to work both independently and in a team. The position is a 0.49 FTE Graduate Research Assistantship $14,000 to $15,500 per year commensurate with experience and degree sought, and tuition is waived. To Apply: (1) Submit an application to the graduate school at Oregon State University. Instructions can be found at (2) In addition, please submit a letter of application, a statement of education and career goals, resume/CV, a copy of all college transcripts and have 3 reference letters sent to: Dr. Paul Doescher, Department of Rangeland Resources, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331. Screening of applicants will begin March 1, 2002. Posted: 1/16/02.

Oregon State University: M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in wildlife ecology is available in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Research will focus on the ecology of upstream movements of amphibians, fishes, and macroinvertebrates in headwater forested streams in the Pacific Northwest. This project will also examine the effectiveness of passage-culverts for accommodating the movements of aquatic species other than salmonids. Applicants should have experience in mark-recapture methods, strong quantitative skills, a B.S. in wildlife biology or related field, a strong work ethic, and an ability to work independently. Preference will be given to those applicants with experience working with amphibians. Stipend of $14,000/yr plus tuition. The position is available January 2002. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable applicant is found. Please submit cover letter, resume, GRE scores, and grade transcripts to Richard Schmitz, Ph.D., Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-3803; (541) 737-2164 (phone); (541) 737-3590 (fax); Posted: 10/02/2001.

Oregon State University/University of Maine: Two new assistantships for Ph.D. or M.S. students in tree physiology. As part of a new collaborative study between the University of Maine and Oregon State University, two three-year assistantships are available for to support Ph.D. or M.S. students. One student would pursue the degree in the Department of Forest Ecosystem Science at Maine (, under the direction of Drs. Michael Day and Michael Greenwood, and the other would be in the Department of Forest Science at Oregon State University (, under the direction of Dr. Barbara Bond. The NSF-funded study will use grafting treatments to test hypotheses concerning extrinsic vs. intrinsic control of aging processes in red spruce (in Maine) and Douglas-fir (in Oregon). The assistantships include monthly stipends and tuition. We are looking for highly-motivated students with a strong academic background in tree physiology or a related field and a career interest in research science. The students could start the program as early as spring, 2002, and must start no later than summer, 2002. Persons interested in working at Oregon State should contact Barbara Bond (; those interested in working at the University of Maine should contact Michael Day Posted: 9/17/01.

Rutgers University: A graduate student assistantship (PhD) is available at the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, starting fall 2002. Potential areas include, but not be limited to, Ecosystem Ecology, Process-based Ecosystem Modeling, Landscape/Spatial Modeling, Ecosystem Carbon Modeling and Management, and Application of Remote Sensing and GIS to Ecosystem/Natural Resource Management. Prospective applicants should have demonstrated background and keen interest in ecology, environmental science, geography, ecophysiology, or biogeochemistry. Desired qualifications include a M.S. in one of the above fields with strong skills in GIS and quantitative analysis. Experiences with remote sensing, ecosystem modeling, biometeorology, and global change are desirable. The assistantship includes a stipend, fringe benefits and an allowance for tuition and fees. For more information about CRSSA and the Department of EENR at Rutgers University, please visit For details, contact: Dr. Ming Xu, University of California at Berkeley, Ecosystem Dynamics and Management, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, 145 Mulford Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3114. Phone: 510.643.9123, Fax: 510.643.5438, Email:, Posted: 4/17/02.

Saint Louis University: A graduate student research assistantship is available to work on a long-term project in the Chihuahuan Desert. The student will work with a research team at a site in southeastern Arizona. Students interested in ant, plant or rodent ecology are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be available to begin work on the project during summer 2002. Applicants should send a resume and contact: Thomas J Valone, Department of Biology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO 63103. phone: 314-977-4090, fax: 314-977-3658, email: Posted: 12/26/01.

Shippensburg University: The Department of Biology is accepting applications for enrollment in our graduate program. Shippensburg University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Education and is located in south-central Pennsylvania. The graduate program has an emphasis in ecology and environmental biology. Several graduate assistantships will be available for the 2002-2003 academic year. Possible areas of research include, but are not limited to: Microbial Ecology - Formation, composition and structure of biofilm communities, Environmental microbiology, freshwater/marine molecular microbial ecology. Behavioral Ecology/ Applied Ecology - Behavioral interactions of ants, integrated pest management of insect pests of tree fruits. Ecosystem Ecology - Nitrogen fixation studies of local plant species, biogeochemistry and hydrology of riparian wetlands, plant community and ecosystem effects of elemental and acid deposition, sources and effects of nutrient loading in area streams. Population/Community Ecology – Conservation biology of amphibians (including conservation genetics), ecology of vernal pond organisms, roles of competition and predation in regulating populations, evolution and maintenance of variation in life history and morphology. For more information on our department and graduate program, visit Application information and an on-line application are available at Posted: 2/11/02.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale: PhD and Masters Positions Available June or August 2002 12-month stipends include full tuition waiver, excellent benefits, and research support. For more information about our program, please see our home page: Graduate studies lead to a Zoology degree (with emphasis in Wildlife Ecology) at Southern Illinois University. Competitive GPA and GRE scores are required. RESEARCH TOPICS: Forested Wetland Biodiversity (MS) - contact Alan Woolf ( Emergent Wetlands - Functions and Values (MS) - contact Alan Woolf ( Impact of Oil and/or Brine Spills (MS and/or PhD) - contact Richard Halbrook ( Survival, Abundance, and Dispersal of Beavers in Illinois (PhD) - contact John McDonald ( Upland Wildlife/Habitat Relationships (1 MS, 1 PhD) - contact Alan Woolf ( Swamp Rabbit Restoration and Adaptive Management (MS or PhD, PhD preferred) - contact Alan Woolf (

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale: Graduate research assistantship available Summer or Fall 2002 for student interested in forest ecology, fire ecology, gap dynamics, or land-use history in central hardwood forests. Southern Illinois forests offer a rich diversity of hardwoods, oaks, and select pine species. Students with research interests studying tree rings, fire scars, and disturbance ecology in a historical ecology lab are encouraged to apply. For additional information contact Dr. Charles M. Ruffner (Department of Forestry, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901; email:; telephone: 618-453-7469). Posted: 9/24/01.

Southwest Texas State University: Behavioral Ecology of Sailfin and Amazon Mollies; Research Assistantship for M. S. Applications are being sought for one student interested in pursuing an academic career studying various aspects of the behavior of sailfin and Amazon mollies starting summer 2002. Amazon mollies, Poecilia formosa, are a unisexual (all female) species of molly that are parasitic on the closely related bisexual sailfin molly, P. latipinna. Conflict exists between male sailfin mollies trying to mate with the right species, and the unisexual females trying to appropriate a mating from these males. I have funding for a research assistant to help in study aspects of this system. See for the full job ad and details about my lab and research interests. To apply for this job please send a letter of interest stating why you are interested in doing this work. Also send a CV/resume of related research, coursework, grades, and any other relevant experience to me via email (preferably) or regular mail. Caitlin R. Gabor, Southwest Texas State University, Department of Biology, Science Building Room 384, San Marcos, TX 78666-4615. Work: (512) 245-3387; Fax: (512) 245-8713, E-mail: Posted: 2/21/02.

Southwest Texas State University: Behavioral Ecology of San Marcos Salamanders (Eurycea nana) - Instructional Assistantships plus Research Assistantship for M. S. Applications are being sought for one student interested in pursuing an academic career studying the behavioral ecology of the San Marcos Salamander in the laboratory of Caitlin Gabor in the Department of Biology. For the full ad and more details, see To apply for this job please send a letter of interest stating why you are interested in doing this work. Also send a CV/resume of related coursework and grades, research, and any other relevant experience to me via email (preferably) or regular mail. Caitlin R. Gabor, Assistant Professor, Southwest Texas State University, Department of Biology, Science Building 384, 601 University Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666-4615. Work: (512) 245-3387; Fax: (512) 245-8713, E-mail: Posted: 1/17/02.

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: PhD-student position in Biogeochemistry is open at the Department of Forest Ecology, REF# 777/02-2472. A PhD-student position is open for immediate access within the research field of exchange processes between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. The PhD-student will work in the research project "Climate sensitivity in boreal mire carbon dynamics - derived from full year micrometeorological methane and carbon dioxide flux data". The project is multidisciplinary and is a co-operation between the three research groups at: Department of Forest Ecology, SLU, Umeå; Department of Physical Geography, Lund University; Department of Systematic Botany & Plant Ecology, Botanical Institute, Göteborg Universitet. The research is based basically on the evaluation of flux data from a micrometeoroligacal based measurement station at Degerö Stormyr outside Umeå. The work will, among other things, include budget calculations, time series analysis and relation of the flux data to biotic and abiotic variables. The position lasts 48 months and the holder of the position is supposed to attain a PhD-degree. Education: At least a BsC in Soil Science, Ecology, Biogechemistry, Biogeophysics or comparable. Documented knowledge in mathematics and/or physics will be a merit. More inforamtion: Contact Accossiate Professor Mats Nilsson, Department of Forest Ecology, SLU, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden. Phone: +46 90 786 63 70, +46 90 786 77 50; E-mail: You are welcome to submit your application, labelled with the reference number, including CV, name, phone number and E-mail to three referents and other documents you like to address. The application should have arrived at the Registrator, SLU, Box 7070, 750 07 Uppsala not later than March 22, 2002. Posted: 3/6/02.

Syracuse University: Graduate Assistantship in Plant Ecological Physiology/Biochemistry: A graduate assistantship is available on an NSF-supported project investigating the ecological and evolutionary importance of a specific type of general stress protein, the small-molecular-mass heat-shock proteins (small Hsps), in the protection of plants from heat stress. More specifically, the project's goal is to determine how natural variation in the quantity and amino-acid/DNA sequence of chloroplast small Hsps affects the ability of these proteins to protect photosynthesis, and if variation in efficacy of protection is related to the thermal habitat to which plants are adapted or has changed during the course of plant evolution. The project is interdisciplinary in nature and will involve techniques and perspectives from ecology, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology; hence, we seek a student whose interests span this range. Both M.S. and Ph.D. candidates will be considered. Support will be provided through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Interested candidates should send a CV to Scott Heckathorn, Department of Biology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244. For more information, please see, or contact 315-443-1920/ Posted: 8/13/01.

Technische Universitaet Muenchen: TUM and the GSF (National Research Center for Environment and Health), Germany: Applications are invited for Positions of Postdoctoral Scientists and Doctoral Students in the DFG funded Collaborative Research Center (SFB 607) "Growth and Parasite Defence - Competition for Resources in Economic Plants from Agriculture and Forestry." The project aims at improving the mechanistic understanding of the controls of resource allocation in plants in the face of conflicting demands: growth to keep pace with competitors, and investments in mechanisms conveying pathogen and stress resistance. It involves the cooperation of plant physiologists, biochemists, molecular biologists, modelers, ecologists, soil microbiologists, agronomists and forestry specialists. The monthly net salary (remaining after deduction of income tax & social security) is about 1500 Euro for Postdoctoral Scientists and about 900 Euro for Doctoral Students. Further details for these positions, many of which are available immediately, can be obtained directly from the Collaborative Research Center web site: Applications (quoting the project number) including a full CV and the names and addresses of two referees should be sent as soon as possible to Prof. Dr. Rainer Matyssek, Lehrstuhl fur Forstbotanik, Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan, Technische Universitaet Muenchen-Weihenstephan, Am Hochanger 13, D - 85350 Freising, Germany. Posted: 9/5/01.

Texas A&M University: The Range Ecology Research Program at the Uvalde Research and Extension Center of the Texas A&M University System is looking for a Masters of Science or Doctoral student to participate in a savanna ecosystem project. More information can be found at Stipend:$12,300 (MS) or $14,100 (PhD)/year plus health insurance and out-of-state tuition waiver Beginning date: Spring 2002. Posted: 10/26/01.

Texas Tech University: Graduate Research Assistantship available in landscape epidemiology: I am currently seeking to hire a graduate research associate at the M.S. or Ph.D. level to work on a funded project on the landscape epidemiology of hantavirus in Texas. The student will be trained in habitat assessment, landscape ecology, and GIS modeling of human epidemiological risk. Field work and travel will be involved. *Previous experience with GIS (Arc) is preferred.* The position is contingent on acceptance into the Texas Tech University and Biological Sciences graduate programs. To apply, please send the following by 12 April 2002: 1) a resume/CV; 2) a summary of research interests, experiences, and career goals; 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references to: Dr. Nancy McIntyre, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Mailstop 3131, Lubbock, TX 79409-3131 USA. Phone: 806-742-4113, Fax: 806-742-2963, Posted: 2/27/02.

Tulane University: The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) seeks applicants for two four-year doctoral fellowships beginning Fall 2002. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4 on a scale of 4.0, and a combined GRE (verbal and quantitative tests) of at least 1300, although exceptions to these standards may be made under special circumstances. Fellows may pursue research with any EEB faculty member in either the graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB, or the interdisciplinary graduate program in Earth and Ecosystem Sciences ( Information on the research interests of EEB faculty may be viewed at The fellowships carry 12-month, four-year stipends of $16,000-18,000 per year, plus a full tuition waiver and a professional travel allowance of $500 per year. The fellowships are funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents of Higher Education, which requires fellows to participate in limited activities designed to enhance the interest of elementary or secondary school students in science. It is our strong desire to award at least one of these fellowships to a minority candidate and/or to individuals who will consider future employment in the State of Louisiana. Applicants for these fellowships must apply for admission to the Tulane Graduate School ( Please mention in your application that you wish to be considered for a BOR Graduate Fellowship. Applications should include a statement of research interests. Potential students are expected to communicate with their intended faculty advisor by the time of the application. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens. The deadline for receipt of application materials is 1 February 2002. Posted: 11/6/01.

Univeristät Zürich: PhD Positions in Biodiversity Projects (Plant Ecology). Four PhD positions are available at our institute, 2 starting as soon as possible and 2 further ones starting early next spring. The successful candidates will be selected in a mini-symposium if time permits or after individual interviews (travel costs can be reimbursed). Two PhDs will carry out a biodiversity experiment in Zurich, Switzerland, and two one in Jena, Germany. The focus will be on investigating the population dynamics of plant species in synthetic communities and the relation of these dynamics to ecosystem-level processes. A good understanding of plant population dynamics, experimental ecology and statistics are essential. The experiments are part of larger integrated research programmes and offer opportunities for close interactions with other PhDs and postdocs, including participation in special courses for PhD students. Knowledge of German is not essential, but life in Switzerland/Germany is more fun if one develops a basic understanding of native dialects after a few months. Applicants should send their CV and addresses of two or three referees to the address below (preferably by e-mail). For further information, please contact: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmid, Institut für Umweltwissenschaften, Univeristät Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zürich, SWITZERLAND; tel: + 41 1 635 5205 direct, ++ 04 secr., fax: + 41 1 635 5711; e-mail:; Posted: 10/01/01.

Universite de Sherbrooke: We are looking for a motivated MSc student who wishes to work in a group looking at the causes of loss of productivity in Black Spruce forests due to invasion by Kalmia angustifolia (an Ericaceous shrub). The project will involve a heavy field-component including a competition experiment as well as ecophysiological information related to leaf longevity and leaf tannin production. The study site will be in the Abitibi region of northern Quebec and the candidate would have to be willing to spend several weeks at a time in the field. The Universite de Sherbrooke is a french-language institution and all courses are given in french. The candidate would therefore have to speak french. The annual salary is 13500$ CAN. This is sufficient for Canadian citicens to study without an external scholarship but foreign students would require a supplimentary scholarship. For more information, contact: Bill Shipley, Departement de biologie, Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke (Quebec) J1K 2R1, CANADA., Posted: 4/3/02.

University of Akron: Research Assistantships for M.S. Students in Biology and Environmental Geology, Akron, OH. Recently acquired grants in spatial analysis of constructed wetlands offer opportunities for M.S. students interested in wetland research. We are looking for motivated students interested in evaluating the effectiveness of constructed wetlands for treating pollution from abandoned mines, farm runoff and other non-point sources. This EPA sponsored project provides funding for 2 Geology and 2 Biology graduate students per year (including summer support). This project is field oriented and will require the student to travel extensively throughout Ohio while collecting and analyzing geochemical and biologic data related to these wetlands. The student will also conduct spatial analysis, remote sensing and data analyses using Geographical Information System software. Interested applicants should contact either Dr. David Steer in Geology ( or Dr. Lauchlan Fraser in Biology ( with a statement of interest and qualifications. Posted: 9/7/01.

University of Akron: We have been awarded a 3-year, $ 1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to strengthen ties between K-12 and graduate education (GK-12; Peter Niewiarowski P.I.). Fellows will enroll in the Masters Degree program at the Univ. of Akron, Dept. of Biology, Akron Ohio, for three years. During the course of their study, fellows will conduct field-based research with UA Faculty at the Bath Nature Preserve; concurrently fellows will help develop and implement inquiry-based curricular materials for K-12, based upon their research. Our goal is to develop a K-graduate educational community including The University of Akron, the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, Bath Township Elementary School, and Akron Public School District. Students can work with Dr. Peter Niewiarowski (Amphibian Decline); Dr. Richard Londraville (Integrative Biology); Dr. Lauchlan Fraser (Wetland Restoration); Dr. Randy Mitchell (Invasive Species), or Dr. Peter Lavrentyev (Biodiversity). Please see the project web page for detailed information and to download application materials. We are currently recruiting for the first cohort of fellows to start Spring 2002. Fellows will receive: - $18,000/ 12 month stipend (for three years), - Full tuition waiver for three years, - Exclusive use of a laptop computer (state-of-the-art),- Master of Science in Biology (upon successful thesis defense),- Certificate in Technical Instruction (upon successful thesis defense). For more info contact: Peter H. Niewiarowski, Program in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Department of Biology, University of Akron, Akron OH 44325-3908. 330-972-7311 phone, 330-972-8445 fax,, Posted: 8/13/01.

University of Alabama: As a result of the University of Alabama enhancement for the Aquatic Biology Program, the Department of Biological Sciences is accepting applications from prospective Ph.D. students for 4 Fellowships and 3 Graduate Research Assistantships to begin August 16, 2002. These stipends are to further programmatic goals of linking biodiversity and ecosystem studies. Fellowships provide $15,000 per annum and GRAs $14,000 per annum, tuition paid. For the 2002-2003 academic year, both one and two year Fellowships and GRAs will be awarded. The application process includes (1) application and acceptance into the Department of Biological Sciences, and (2) review of applications for a fellowship or GRA. Additional information on the graduate program in ecology and systematics and the application process for the fellowships and GRAs can be found at Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. G. Milton Ward at or 205-348-1798, or other faculty in UA’s Ecology and Systematics Program. All applications for fellowships or GRAs must be submitted by March 1, 2002. Posted: 12/12/01.

University of Alabama/University of New Mexico: The Center for Freshwater Studies at the University of Alabama (UA) and the Hydrogeoecology Research Group at the University of New Mexico (UNM) are pleased to announce the availability of PhD fellowships for our collaborative Freshwater Sciences Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program that is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Program. NSF initiated this program to broaden career options for PhD graduates by developing expertise in interdisciplinary, team-oriented research. Our UA/UNM Freshwater Sciences program emphasizes aquatic ecology, environmental geology, and hydrology. It provides opportunities for IGERT Fellows through a newly developed core curriculum, inter-regional research, applications of fundamental research to problem solving in ecosystem restoration and management, and other activities that will enhance student skills in team building and communication. We currently have 18 students in our program and are recruiting students for entry in the 2002/2003 academic year. Students receive 12-month, $15,000 stipends for up to 3 years and additional years of support through graduate research and/or teaching assistantships (with tuition and fees paid) as needed to complete the degree. Additional funding is provided to support IGERT activities. The application process includes (1) application and acceptance into one of the participating IGERT departments at either UA or UNM (deadlines for application vary depending on department or institution); and (2) review of applications for an IGERT fellowship. The IGERT fellowships are available only to US citizens. Before you apply or for more information, please contact one of the following: Dr. Amy Ward, Director, Center for Freshwater Studies, The University of Alabama, P.O. Box 870206, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0206. 205-348-1796, Dr. Cliff Dahm, Hydrogeoecology Research Group, The University of New Mexico, Department of Biology, 167A Castetter Hall, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1091. 505-277-2850, Posted: 10/30/01.

University of Alaska Fairbanks: We offer a graduate training program in Regional Resilience and Adaptation (RR&A, to train scholars, policy-makers, and managers to address issues of regional sustainability in an integrated fashion. This program prepares students to address a major challenge facing humanity: To sustain the desirable features of Earth's ecosystems and society at a time of rapid changes in all of the major forces that shape their structure and functioning. The program provides training at the PhD and Masters level. It integrates the tools and approaches of ecology, economics, anthropology, climate dynamics, philosophy, and community and regional development in a systems framework to understand the functioning of regional systems. Our underlying assumptions are: The major problems facing the world must be addressed at the regional scale, and no solution is tenable unless it is ecologically, economically, and culturally sustainable. The program emphasizes high-latitude ecosystems, where current management issues require an application of the integrated understanding of these disciplines. This approach is, however, equally applicable to all developing and developed nations, and we welcome students who seek to apply this training to any region of the globe. The RR&A program provides training at the PhD and Masters levels. Our goal is to educate a new generation of scholars, policy makers, and managers to integrate the perspectives of natural and social sciences in addressing both the basic understanding of regional systems and the application of this understanding to management issues. The program provides training to graduate students from the University of Alaska and to graduate students at other universities who wish to enroll for one year of intensive course work in Regional Resilience and Adaptation at the University of Alaska. We provide course work and a seminar program that integrates ecology, economics, and anthropology in a systems-modeling framework. We also provide faculty mentorship and internships in areas outside each student's parent discipline. The RR&A program is associated with numerous research programs at the University of Alaska and in state and federal agencies. These research programs provide interdisciplinary research opportunities for RR&A students. The program emphasizes cross-cultural communication through heavy involvement with the Alaskan Native American community and with managers, businesses, and conservation groups. We offer NSF-funded fellowships to PhD candidates entering the program. Additional funding is available to both PhD and Masters students through participating departments. A detailed description of the program and application forms are available at or by contacting F. Stuart Chapin, III ( at the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 99775. February 1 is the target date for reviewing applications to the RR&A program, although applications received after that date will also receive consideration. Posted: 12/6/01.

University of Alaska Fairbanks: Graduate research assistantships for highly talented and motivated Ph.D. students are available to study biological and interdisciplinary aspects of global change in high latitude regions using models as a research tool. The assistantships can begin as early as fall 2001 and are associated with the NSF-funded Taiga LTER site at Bonanza Creek, the NSF Arctic System Science Program, the NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Program, and the USGS Earth Surface Dynamics Program. Students interested in combining research interests in ecological modeling with interests in fire ecology, ecosystem ecology, vegetation dynamics, soil dynamics, or remote sensing are strongly encouraged to apply. For additional information contact Dr. A. David McGuire (Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775; email:, telephone: 907-474-6242), Dr. Terry Chapin (Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775; email:, telephone: 907-474-7922), or Dr. Jennifer Harden (U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, MS 962, Menlo Park, CA 94025; email:, telephone: 650-329-4949). Posted: 7/19/01.

University of Alberta: A graduate research position is available to a motivated individual with an interest in fire science and ecological modelling. The objective of this 2-3 year project is to quantify large-scale spatial variation in the occurrence of wildfire within the boreal forests of western Canada. The main responsibilities of the position will be to develop predictive statistical models of spatial variation in arrival frequency. The project offers the opportunity to develop rare and valuable skills, including a facility with large and complex assemblages of ecological and environmental data, multivariate statistical analysis, spatial statistics and ecological modelling. The essential qualifications include an interest in boreal ecosystems; strong quantitative skills; a willingness to learn and apply new statistical and analytical methods as needed; the ability to work independently; and a demonstrated facility with written communications. Candidates must also qualify for graduate studies in the Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta: The project is funded, but preference will be given to candidates qualified for or presently holding an NSRC or similar scholarship. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. The position may commence as early as January 01 2002. For further information, contact Steve Cumming (, Mike Flannigan (, or Ross Wein ( Posted: 11/29/01.

University of Antwerp: Ph.D. position. National Science Foundation Project: Effect of climate extremes on tundra-ecosystems. Candidate: Degree in Biology or Engineering. Experience or interest in plant ecology, plant ecophysiology, ecosystem ecology, biophysics, or ecological mathematics are an asset. Tasks: Research on influence of climate change on arctic vegetation, participation in campagnes in West Greenland, publication in scientific journals. Focus: experimental studies OR mathematical analysis of vegetation images, depending on qualifications Duration: 12 months, possibility of 4-year Ph.D. project upon positive evaluation Start: from 1 January 2002 onwards Conditions: maximum 1 year of previous university employment; minimum degree 'distinction' (Belgian system) or equivalent Send C.V. to: Prof. dr. Ivan Nijs Department of Biology University of Antwerp (UIA) Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Wilrijk tel. 03/8202257, fax 03/8202271, See also 'research themes' at Posted: 12/4/01.

University of Arizona: Land Cover/Land Use Change. A PhD Graduate Research Assistantship is available on a NASA-Land Cover Land Use Change project. The PhD candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team consisting of personnel at the University of Arizona, the University of Colorado, the Carnegie Institute, and Texas A&M University. The overall goal of the project is to use linked remote sensing-ecosystem modeling approaches to ascertain the biogeochemical consequences of changes grass-woody plant abundance in southwestern landscapes. Primary responsibilities for this position include compilation of land use histories for selected regions and determining how those histories affect past and present structure and function of regional landscapes as evidenced on satellite imagery. Desired qualifications include a M.S. in ecology, natural resources management or geography with strong skills in GIS. Experience with remote sensing, ecosystem modeling, landscape ecology or human dimensions of global change desirable. The 3-year position will be based in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at the University of Arizona, Tucson and includes a stipend, fringe benefits and an allowance for tuition and fees. The position is available in Summer or Autumn 2002. Submit letter of interest, C.V., and names and contact information for 3 references to: Steve Archer, Dept. Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University, 2126 TAMUS, College Station, TX 77843-2126 (Phone 979-845-0283, Fax 979-845-6430, E-mail: Posted: 4/9/02.

University of Arizona: M.S. Assistantship in Collaborative Resource Management; M. S. Assistantship: Southwest Rangeland Invasive Plants Initiative. Invasive plants are a major threat to the biodiversity of wildland ecosystems and cause billions of dollars of economic losses on croplands and rangelands each year. The desert Southwest contains some of the most biologically distinctive, visually striking and nationally treasured landscapes in North America. Plant invasions in this region are occurring, but have not yet transformed these landscapes as they have regions to the north and west. However, large-scale invasions are incipient. Because invasive plants have not yet permeated our ecosystems, public awareness of the threat is low and institutional infrastructure for invasive plant management is weak. A 2-year assistantship is available working on an interdisciplinary research and outreach project that will develop, test and investigate the effectiveness of community-based approaches to invasive plant management in the Southwest. Highly motivated candidates are sought to conduct research on volunteer citizens' groups in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. There will also be an opportunity to collect, analyze, and publish data related to ongoing demonstration projects on invasive plants. Candidates will have the opportunity to pursue an M. S. degree in Rangeland Management or Renewable Natural Resources at the University of Arizona. Available January 2002 until filled. The successful candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills, be highly motivated, and able to work independently. A background in rangeland management with specific experience in noxious, invasive plant ecology and management is highly desirable. An undergraduate degree in a natural resources or social science field, and related work experience, is also highly desirable. Successful candidates will receive a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health benefits. Contacts: Dr. Larry D. Howery, School of Renewable Natural Resources 325 Biosciences East, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721, tel: 520-621-7277, email:, or Dr. Maria E. Femandez-Gimenez, School of Renewable Natural Resources 325 Biosciences East, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721, tel: 520-621-1105, email: Posted: 7/25/01.

University of Arkansas: Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship. The student will work on a project examining factors affecting fish movement and recruitment in headwater fish assemblages. We seek to determine effects of natural and anthropogenic barriers to fish movement and recruitment at multiple spatial scales and the resulting impact on fish assemblage structure. The project will involve substantial field work in the Ozark Mountains on the Buffalo National River and its tributaries. Qualifications: Applicants should have a M.S. in fisheries, ecology, biology, or a related field and; 3.0 GPA (minimum); 1100 (V+Q) or 1650 (V+Q+A) minimum GRE. Previous stream research experience and fish identification skills are preferred, but not essential. Applicants must be responsible, motivated, and able to work independently in remote field locations. Salary: Stipend will be $15,000 plus full tuition waver. Closing Date: March 22, 2002. May 15, 2002 starting date is negotiable. Contact: Contact me for information or send 1) a letter describing your interests and career goals, 2) your resume (including GPA and GRE scores), 3) names and telephone numbers of three references, and 4) transcripts (photocopies ok) to: Dan Magoulick, Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701.,, 479-575-5449. Posted: 2/20/02.

University of Arkansas-Monticello: MS-level Graduate Assistantship, Quantitative Silviculture, School of Forest Resources ( A qualified candidate is sought to pursue an M.S. in Forest Resources degree with thesis research focused on the growth and development of a miniature loblolly pine plantation. The study has been established, first year measurements are completed, and now a graduate student is needed to oversee the project beginning in mid-August 2002. Nearly 8,000 seedlings have been planted at spacings from 4 in. by 4 in. up to 20 in. by 20 in. (hence the name miniature plantation). A fertilization treatment will be applied to half of the experiment in 2002. Here is your opportunity to examine stand development at an accelerated rate with respect to competition. If awarded, graduate assistantships carry tuition waivers and stipends of $12,000 per year for a period of 1.75 years, assuming the maintenance of a grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0). All assistantships are designated half-time, implying 20 hours of research work per week is expected. Acceptance into the graduate program requires an undergraduate GPA of 2.70 overall or 3.0 on the final 60 semester hours of undergraduate work. Acceptance into the graduate program does not guarantee an assistantship. For more information, please contact: Dr. Paul F. Doruska – - (870) 460-1993 ( Posted: 1/22/02.

University of Arkansas-Monticello: ( Graduate Assistantships in Forest Ecology/Silviculture are available starting August 2002. Two qualified students are sought to work on projects at the Master of Science level. Both projects will examine oak forests in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas. Specific objectives include: assessing the status and potential of oak natural regeneration in mature oak forests and describing long-term changes in forest structure and composition using land surveyors' notes from the early 19th century. Assistantships include a tuition waiver and an annual stipend of $12,000 for two years. Contact: Dr. Eric Heitzman, School of Forest Resources, University of Arkansas, P.O. Box 3468, Monticello, AR 71656. (870) 460-1448, Posted: 1/15/02.

University of California, Davis: We are the site for a new National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program on Biological Invasions. The primary goal of the multidisciplinary Biological Invasions IGERT is to train students from the life sciences, social sciences, engineering, physical sciences, and humanities to address the complex environmental challenges presented by biological invasions. The program stresses interdisciplinary collaboration and mentorship among students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and the non-academic community, and includes an internship in a non-academic agency. A complete application will consist of: the on-line application at the UC Davis Graduate Studies web site, (submitted to Graduate Studies), any supplementary application materials required by your prospective graduate group (submitted directly to your graduate group), the Biological Invasions IGERT application form for long-term fellows, available at (submitted to Carole L. Hom, Academic Coordinator -- BioInv IGERT, Center for Population Biology, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616). Review of applications will begin on 15 January 2002; for full consideration, all application materials must be received by this date. For more information on the Biological Invasions IGERT, see Posted: 11/19/01.

University of Central Arkansas: A recently awarded USDA grant will fund a MS student to investigate the mechanisms that allow the the exotic invader, Japanese Honeysuckle, to outcompete the native Coral Honeysuckle for the support hosts these vines climb. Our focus is on documenting the differences in the movement patterns of the native and exotic congengers as they enter new areas and explore for and colonize support hosts. The project requires establishing an experimental garden from plant material collected in the nearby Ouachita and Ozark National Forests. The successful applicant can expect to work mostly with experimental plants in the field, but also with plants in greenhouses and growth chambers. We will be documenting plant growth and movement as well as the interactions of the exotic species with local pollinating insects. The project will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms that contribute to invasiveness in these plants. The project is based at the University of Central Arkansas, which is located within 50 miles of both the Ozark National Forest and the Ouachita National Forest. These areas are known especially for their beautiful streams and great canoeing, but an abundance of outdoor recreational options can be found in both areas. Our graduate program is a relatively small one, but one where students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty advisors. For further information check out my web page at: To get information on how to apply or to ask more specific questions email me at: Katherine C. Larson, Department of Biology, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR 72035. PHONE: 501-450-5928. Posted: 2/11/02.

University of Georgia: One M.S. assistantship in forest landscape ecology is available beginning fall semester 2002. This student will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project focused on large-scale landscape patterns and ecological processes in the southeastern United States. Possible area of study include examining long-term landscape changes in the Southern Appalachians using historical maps, investigating the impacts of disturbance history and landscape pattern on plant community diversity, and using landscape models to simulate vegetation responses to changes in fire regimes. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in ecology, geography, natural resource management, or a related field. The assistantship includes a salary (currently 17,200/year for MS students) and covers the cost of tuition. Additional information on graduate study at the Warnell School, including procedures and deadlines for application, can be found at: To apply send a brief letter describing your background and interests, as well as transcripts and GRE scores (copies or scans are OK) to the address listed below. Also feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this opportunity. Mike Wimberly, Assistant Professor, Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Phone: 706-583-8097, Fax: 706-542-8356, Email: Posted: 10/10/01, revised: 3/6/02.

University of Georgia: MS Graduate Research Assistantships (2), Warnell School of Forest Resources. Responsibilities: The successful applicant will conduct a two-year research project evaluating the ecology and life history requirements of stream fishes in the Georgia Coastal Plain. The project's goal is to develop models to link with streamflow models to determine the impacts of water withdrawal and diversion on stream fishes. QUALIFICATIONS: The successful applicant should be highly motivated, have a B.S. in fisheries, aquatic ecology, biology, zoology or closely related field, and should be able to work independently in the field and lab. Fisheries experience, such as experience with boats and stream sampling also is desirable, but not necessary. Minimum academic qualifications include a 1000+ on the GRE's combined verbal and quantitative a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 system). Additional graduate program information can be found at: Salary: $14,380 per year plus tuition. Closing Date: Until filled. Selection should be made by November 2001. Contact: SEND a cover letter, resume, copies of transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and phone numbers of three references to: Dr. James T. Peterson, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. PH: (706) 542-1166, Posted: 7/30/01.

University of Hawaii at Manoa: Funding for a 3-year PhD project is available through College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Biosystems Engineering - MBBE ( ), to study dispersal and population genetics of invasive weeds. This project aims to develop a model describing the dispersal patterns of two invasive species in Hawaii, and to extend this model to develop a management decision system for selecting appropriate management approaches for invasive weeds in Hawaii. The project presents an opportunity to use molecular population genetic methods to address questions related to dispersal and gene flow in invasive plants. This is primarily a lab-based project, therefore, experience with molecular genetic methods and analyses (e.g. PCR, gel electrophoresis, automated sequencing/genotyping) is desirable but not essential. The candidate will work under supervision of Dr. Ania Wieczorek ( The Faculty at CTAHR provides an active and interesting research environment housing number of active groups of ecologists, geneticists, plant and environmental management biologists (see: for an overview). Starting date is flexible, preferably in January 2003, and the salary is for a 50% RA and includes a tuition waiver. Applicants should provide a CV, including details of laboratory experience, a list of undergraduate courses and grades, a maximum 1-page description of research interests, three letters of referees, and desired start date. There is no fixed application deadline, but position will be filled once a suitable candidate is found. Potential applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications, should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to Dr. Ania M Wieczorek ( Dr. Ania M. Wieczorek, Molecular Ecology & GMO extension, Department of Molecular Biosciences Biosystems Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96744. Phone: (808) 956-6596. Posted: 5/10/02.

University of Houston: I am looking for new graduate students to collaborate on an NSF-funded project examining latitudinal gradients in plant-herbivore interactions in coastal salt marshes. For an introduction to the project, see Pennings et al. 2001, "Latitudinal differences in plant palatability in Atlantic coast salt marshes", Ecology 82:1344-1359. I am moving to the University of Houston in January 2002; information about the department and graduate application procedures may be found at Before January, you may contact me at: Steven C. Pennings, University of Georgia Marine Institute, Sapelo Island, GA 31327. Tel. (912) 485 2293, fax (912) 485 2133,, Posted: 10/31/01.

University of Idaho: Doctoral assistantships in biodiversity conservation and sustainable production in tropical and temperate fragmented landscapes. The University of Idaho and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica have established an interdisciplinary graduate program where student teams will integrate aspects of Agricultural and Forest Ecology, and Agroforestry, Conservation Biology and Ecological Genetics, Soil and Watershed Sciences, and Sociology and Environmental Economics. Students interested in functional ecology, ecological agriculture, ecological pest management, plant conservation biology, soil and water sciences, and socioeconomics are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be American citizens or USA permanent residents. Stipends: $21,500/year, $10,500/year educational allowance, and out-of-state tuition waivers. Deadline for January 2003 applications is July 31 2002. Information: Forms: Inquiries: Nilsa Bosque-Perez: Project funded by NSF-IGERT. Posted: 12/18/01, revised 5/31/02.

University of Illinois at Chicago: M.S./Ph.D. Position available, research in Soil Respiration and Ecosystem Response to Climate Change, University of Illinois at Chicago (in a new partnership with Columbia University Biosphere 2 Center), Department of Biological Sciences, Ecology and Evolution Group, Chicago, IL, starting Fall 2002. Apply before or on Friday January 25th. The applicant should have interest in evaluating the impacts of climate change on ecosystem function. Particularly, we are interested in understanding the effects of global change (atmospheric CO2, temperature, deforestation or ozone) on soil respiration, its components and the feedbacks of such effects on ecosystem function and climate. This is an opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary collaborative research within a group of renowned international investigators. Research involves multiple approaches relevant for ecosystem science, and a thrust will be placed in the use and development of stable isotope techniques to separate components of soil respiration. Significant part of the research will take place at Biosphere 2 Center, Oracle, AZ, and other field locations. Opportunities to start in summer 2002 exist. Specific information about the position can be requested from Miquel Gonzalez-Meler ( (312-3553928) and Information about Biosphere 2 center activities can be found at To apply, you may access graduate application information over the web at: and by contacting Margaret Kleist ( or Beth Ann OMalley (, Graduate Academic Advisors, Phone: 312-996-2955, FAX: 312-355-3515. Posted: 1/14/02.

University of Illinois at Springfield: Graduate Research Assistantships (2) are available beginning mid-May with stipend and full tuition support to study floodplains along the Illinois River. Although the primary focus will be field sampling and select analyses of nutrient dynamics and microbial ecology, students will be encouraged to incorporate other aspects of floodplain/aquatic ecology in their M.S. research. Applicants must possess a B.S. or B.A. in Biology or equivalent, be admitted to the UIS Biology M.S. program, and possess a valid driver's license. Preferred applicants should demonstrate abilities &/or willingness to sample in various weather conditions, conduct experiments, process samples, analyze data, and write effectively. Experience &/or background in microbial ecology, aquatic-wetland ecology, limnology, water chemistry, nutrient dynamics, GIS, or molecular biology preferred, but not required. Support scheduled for two years given satisfactory progress; P.I.’s are Mike Lemke ( and David Jenkins ( Applications should include: 1) letter of interest, 2) resume, and 3) names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references. Applications, or request for more information, may be sent to: (preferred) – or - Dr. Mike Lemke, University of Illinois at Springfield, Biology Department, P.O. Box 19243, Springfield, IL 62794-9243. Applications accepted immediately; positions open until filled. Posted: 3/22/02.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Academic Hourly/ M.S. Research Assistant. Great Rivers Field Station, Illinois Natural History Survey, Brighton, IL; or Illinois River Biological Station, Illinois Natural History Survey, Havana, IL; and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Responsibilities: Assist with research projects examining the ecological effects of bighead carp in the Upper Mississippi River. Responsibilities include field collection of fishes and zooplankton, conducting behavioral experiments and/or laboratory processing of zooplankton samples and dietary analysis. The candidate should be interested in pursuing a Masters Degree, with some aspect of the ecology of bighead carp as the focus of their thesis. Qualifications: Bachelor degree in biology, ecology, fisheries or related field is required. Candidate must be able to swim, perform manual labor in temperature extremes, and have a valid drivers license. Experience with zooplankton identification and/or laboratory experiments with fish is a plus. Salary: $8.50 - $9.50/hour as technician/ M.S. Assistantship of $13,500/year, with full waiver of tuition. Closing Date: March 15, 2002 or until a suitable candidate is found. Start date: April 1 to early summer 2002. Contact Information: Send cover letter, resume, copy of GRE scores, copy of transcripts, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of 3 references to: Dr. John H. Chick, Illinois Natural History Survey, Great Rivers Field Station, Brighton, IL 62012 Phone: (618) 466-9690 E-mail:, web: Posted: 1/28/02.

University of Jena: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft funds a large-scale research project on the relationship between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Grassland Ecosystems. Applications are sought for 5 Ph.D. positions (BAT-O IIa/2). All details can be found at: or (direct link to jobs) The closing date for applications is Friday, 22. March 2002. Starting dates depend on the position on offer. Applications (including the names, phone numbers and E-Mail-addresses of two referees) should be sent to the addresses given in the web page or to Prof. Wolfgang W. Weisser, Institut für Ökologie, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Dornburger Str. 159, 07743 Jena, Germany. Posted: 2/19/02.

University of Kansas: Graduate assistantships in Community Ecology (Ph.D. level) are available in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. We are seeking highly motivated students interested in experimental community ecology, grassland biodiversity and habitat fragmentation. Research opportunities exist within the context of: (1) an NSF-funded project examining local and regional mechanisms of grassland biodiversity; and (2) an NSF-funded project assessing impacts of habitat fragmentation on plant and animal community dynamics. If interested, please make an initial inquiry to: Bryan Foster, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-2106. 785-864-4361,, Posted: 5/13/02.

University of Louisiana-Lafayette: (1) Two Graduate Research Assistantships in fish ecology and population genetics are available immediately. The funds will support students interested in studying the effects of climate change on the community and evolutionary ecology of fishes in coastal marshes. These positions would be available starting in the August 2002 or January 2003 and would provide at least two years of support. The stipends will be $14,000 per year with waiver of tuition and most fees. (2) Two Graduate Research Assistantships in vertebrate ecology are available starting this August or January. The funds will support students interested in studying populations of birds, reptiles, and amphibians in bottomland hardwood forests. These positions would be available starting in the fall of 2002 and would provide at least two years of support. The stipends will be $12,000 per year with waiver of tuition and most fees. Please contact Paul Leberg ( if interested in any of these positions. Posted: 6/19/02.

University of Louisiana: Several opportunities for graduate student funding are currently available: Research Assistantships (Fish ecology): In anticipation of funding, we are advertising graduate research assistantships to support up to four students interested in studying the effects of climate change on the community and evolutionary ecology of fishes in coastal fish marshes. These positions would be available starting in the summer of 2002 and would provide at least two years of support. The stipends will be $14,000 per year with waiver of tuition and most fees. Please contact either Paul Leberg ( or Paul Klerks ( if interested. Research Assistantship (Bat ecology): An assistantship for a Master's level student interested in studying the ecology and conservation of forest-dwelling bats is available starting in summer 2002. The stipend will be $10,000 per year and with waiver of tuition and most fees. Please contact Paul Leberg ( if interested. Doctoral Fellowships: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will have available University Fellowships and Louisiana Board of Regents Doctoral Fellowships to doctoral students for studies in evolution, conservation, ecology, and marine biology. Fellowships are funded for three to four years and carry stipends of $12,000- $17,000 per year with waiver of tuition and most fees. University Fellows are assigned limited teaching responsibilities; there is no teaching requirement for Board of Regents fellows. For more information about the graduate program visit or contact Dr. Karl H. Hasenstein, Graduate Coordinator, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, 70504-2451. Email: Applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors. The research interests of individual faculty and adjunct faculty, as well as contact information, can be found at our web site. Posted: 12/12/01.

University of Louisiana: Graduate Assistantships in evolutionary and physiological ecology. Research assistantships, teaching assistantships and fellowships are available in January 2002 and August 2002 for talented and motivated masters and doctoral students. Students must be accepted into the graduate program, hold a BS or MS in the relevant field, and have experience and/or interest in plant-herbivore interactions, phytochemistry, molecular genetics, or demographic analyses/quantitative modeling. The research is part of an NSF-funded project investigating the evolutionary and physiological ecology of salinity stress in native Iris hexagona populations. To apply, please submit a CV, list of course work, and a short narrative summary of your research experience to Dr. Susan Mopper (, 337-482-6277). Mopper research: Biology Department: Susan Mopper, Department of Biology, 300 East Saint Mary Blvd., University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA USA 70504. phone 337.482.6277, fax 337.482.5834. Posted: 9/4/01.

University of Maine: A graduate assistantship in tree physiology/paleoecology is available for a Ph.D. or strong M.S. student. The assistantship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will focus on the adaptation of gymnosperm species to continuous-light environments. During the Eocene, the arctic was characterized by temperate forests, many of which were dominated by the now relict gymnosperm Metasequoia. With a temperate climate and alternating seasons of continuous light and continuous darkness, the Eocene high-latitude paleoenvironment was unlike any that currently exists on the planet. Larix, which is now a dominant tree in many high-latitude forests, was a minor component of those paleoforests. This study will use controlled environments to investigate the physiological attributes that made Metasequoia competitively superior to Larix and other species. The project will explore the ecophysiological implications of morphology, anatomy, carbon balance, water and nutrient use efficiencies, and photoprotective mechanisms of Metasequoia, Larix, and other gymnosperm species. The successful applicant will be provided with a monthly stipend and tuition waiver. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Richard Jagels, Department of Forest Ecosystem Science, 5755 Nutting Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5755, or email Posted: 9/25/01.

University of Maine: Conservation Genetics of rare Freshwater Mussels in Maine. A graduate assistantship is available in September 2001 or January 2002 for a M.S. or PhD student to study the population genetics of two freshwater mussel species listed as Threatened in Maine: Yellow Lampmussel (Lampsilis cariosa) and Tidewater Mucket (Leptodea ochracea). The student will do indepedent research that combines field sampling of mussel populations within and among river drainages in the state, with molecular genetic analyses in the lab. Field work is a collaborative effort with ecologists who are determining the fish hosts of both species. Maine rivers are fragmented by numerous dams which have affected the distribution of mussels and their hosts, and a recent trend to remove dams will directly affect these species. Another component of the research could be to incorporate the genetic data into a habitat database using GIS - the full scope of the project will depend on the level at which the position is filled. Stipend support will alternate between a Teaching Assistantship and a Research Assistantship and includes a tuition waiver. Satisfactory GPA and GRE scores are required to enter the Wildlife Ecology or interdisciplinary Ecology and Environmental Science graduate programs at the University of Maine. Students with an interest in evolutionary ecology and some experience in molecular genetic techniques will be given preference. For more information, please contact: Dr. Judith M. Rhymer, Department of Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. (207) 581-2863, (207) 581-2858 (FAX),, Posted: 7/6/01.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: A Ph. D. research assistantship is available for studies of effects of contaminants on populations of aquatic animals at the University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. The degree will be granted by the University of Maryland's Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science Program. A highly motivated and independent student is sought to employ stage-based population models to examine potential population effects of contaminant mixtures on invertebrates and fish of the Chesapeake Bay. The student will also participate in related studies in freshwater systems. The successful candidate will possess experience in population modeling and a background in ecology or ecotoxicology. Two years of funding are currently available; additional funds will be derived through future awards and teaching assistantships. The student will work in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Rowe (; 410 326-7227) and will be expected to interact with other CBL faculty in fisheries, chemistry, and ecology. Funding is available beginning 1 January 2002; qualified candidates may request a later start date, but not later than August, 2002. Information regarding research and education at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory can be obtained at and Posted: 11/28/01.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: Ecology and Environmental Science Graduate Assistantships. (1) ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOREST CHANGE. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory, is searching for a graduate student (Ph.D. or M.Sc.) interested in long-term environmental and ecological change. This student position is part of a multi-disciplinary, NSF-funded project examining the long-term impacts of changing floodplain geomorphology on forest vegetation dynamics. The research involves the use of pollen in sediment cores to reconstruct historical landscapes and develop models of forest ecological change. The successful candidate will pursue a degree in environmental science or ecology from the University of Maryland (, and will be jointly supervised by Dr. Phil Townsend at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science ( and Dr. Debra Willard (U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, Preferred characteristics include: training in forest ecology or geosciences; GPA > 3.3; Strong GRE scores. (2) LANDSCAPE/WATERSHED ECOLOGY. One graduate assistantship is available for a student interested in landscape ecology and watershed resources in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands /Central Appalachian Mountains of the eastern U.S. This position is funded in coordination with the Canaan Valley Institute (CVI), a not-for-profit, and non-advocacy organization committed to environmental sustainability on the watershed scale ( The successful candidate will be based at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, with the objective of attaining a degree in environmental science or ecology from the University of Maryland. The specific research topic is open-ended, although it is expected that the student will have an interest in using remote sensing and GIS to address environmental issues in the region. Potential research topics include (but are not limited to) land use/land cover change, water quality, wildlife habitat, and natural resources. Project responsibilities will include remote sensing and GIS analyses, and interacting/collaborating with CVI, AL and the UMD Department of Geography ( on remote sensing projects. M.S. and Ph.D. students will both be considered. Preferred characteristics include: training in remote sensing and one or more of GIS, spatial analysis, or forest ecology; GPA > 3.3; Strong GRE scores. For more information about either position, contact Dr. Phil Townsend: telephone 301-689-7124; email: To apply please submit a letter of intent, transcripts and resume (including 3 references) to: Dr. Phil Townsend, Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Frostburg, MD 21532. Assistantship is available starting Spring or Fall semester 2002. Posted: 10/26/01.

University of Memphis: Graduate Teaching Assistantship for a student to pursue the Ph.D. degree is available in the laboratory of Dr. Stephan J. Schoech at the Department of Biology, whose research interests are at the interface between physiology and behavior and have primarily focused on the reproductive endocrinology of the cooperatively breeding Florida Scrub-Jay (for a more detailed statement of research interests and partial list of publications see There is the possibility of Research Assistantship funding for some portion of the student's graduate career, however, this is dependent upon 1) continued funding of Dr. Schoech's research and 2) whether the student's research compliments that of the funded project. Dr. Schoech's current NSF funded project is "Timing of Reproduction: Nutrition-Endocrine Interactions". Interested individuals can find more information on graduate study in biology at the University of Memphis at Students that remain in good standing are guaranteed support for six years with a stipend of $14,500 and tuition waiver. Submit a cover letter detailing relevant background and a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and complete contact information (include e-mail address and telephone number) for three references. Send applications to Dr. Steve Schoech, Department of Biology, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152 For further information contact Dr. Schoech directly (EM: or Telephone: 901.678.2327). Posted: 1/23/02.

University of Memphis: MS or PhD level positions are available to study the population and disease ecology of amphibians. The research may involve work on the evolutionary responses of frogs and salamanders to pathogens implicated in the global decline of amphibians. Research in our lab focuses on laboratory, mesocosm, and field experiments aimed at estimating the impact of diseases on amphibian life history evolution. A second research focus is the ecology of species interactions and hybrid zone evolution. Hybrid zones between species pairs offer unique opportunities to examine the complex relationship between host genotype, environmental influences, and susceptibility to diseases. The positions include research opportunities at the Edward J. Meeman Biological Field Station ( along the Mississippi River bluffs in western Tennessee. Stipends are provided by teaching assistantships, and degrees offered through the Department of Biology at the University of Memphis. The positions begin 14 January or 26 August 2002. Advance contact is encouraged. Dr. Matthew J. Parris, Department of Biology, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152. phone: (901) 678-4408, fax: (901) 678-4746,, Posted: 11/15/01.

University of Michigan: Satellite image processing and spatial modeling. Ph.D. Graduate Student Research Assistant Position. STARTING DATE: August 2002. LOCATION: Environmental Spatial Analysis Laboratory (ESALab, Dr. D. Brown, Director, and Dr. K. Bergen), School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). A Ph.D. Graduate Student Research Assistantship is available to participate in use of time-series satellite imagery to derive forest and land-cover land-use change (LCLUC) information and to use this to construct regional spatial models of land-cover and carbon dynamics in Russia. The person will develop and code new image processing algorithms for extracting change information from remotely sensed satellite data. The person will apply these algorithms to deriving change information from time-series datasets for study sites in forested regions. The person will also develop programs/tools for input of this remote sensing-derived change data to semi-Markovian-based spatial models, implement these, and run models. Strong analytical/quantitative background, digital processing of remotely sensed data (e.g. ERDAS Imagine, PCI, IDL, IDRISI), and programming experience (e.g. C++ or other) desired. Experience in image processing algorithm development and earth science applications of remote sensing and modeling desired. Acceptance into SNRE Ph.D. program for Fall 2002 preferred. Support will be provided through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Qualified candidates should send CV to Dr. Kathleen Bergen, School of Natural Resources and Environment, The University of Michigan: For more information: Reposted: 2/4/02.

University of Minnesota et al: We are looking for a biologist to study the ecology of herbivorous insects and their host plants in Papua New Guinea. This study is part of a long-term research project by the Institute of Entomology & University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic), Smithsonian Institution, the University of Minnesota (USA) and Sussex University (UK). More information on the PNG project is available from our website The successfull candidate will stay at our field station in Madang (Papua New Guinea) from September 2002 to August 2003. We are looking for a highly motivated biologist (entomology, ecology) capable of independent research work, with good command of English, and management skills. Experience from field work in the tropics is welcome. Travel to and from the US, living expenses in PNG, and a small stipend are provided. The candidate can enroll to Ph.D. programme at the University of Minnesota or the University of South Bohemia, but the position is also suitable for a postdoctoral candidate or an exceptional B.Sc. or M.Sc. student. Please send enquiries to The deadline for applications (including a cover letter, c.v. and three letters of recommendation) is March 31, 2002. Posted: 1/24/02.

University of Mississippi: Graduate student position available (MS or PhD) starting in summer-fall 2002 to study phytoplankton population dynamics across a range of freshwater ecosystems in the southeastern U.S. Depending on the candidate, funding is available through both the NSF GK-12 program and/or through teaching assistantships. For more information, contact: Dr. Clifford Ochs, Dept. of Biology, University of Mississippi, phone: 662-915-7562, email: Posted: 3/5/02.

University of Missouri-Columbia: We have an opening for a PhD graduate student research assistant to work in the interdisciplinary fields of landscape ecology, ecological modeling, and geographic information systems. The candidate will work on the further development of a spatially explicit landscape model of succession, disturbance, and management (LANDIS). LANDIS is a raster-based, programmed with C++, designed using an object-oriented modeling approach, and interfaced with GIS. This candidate will code a new data structure to support variable time steps of model simulations, refine the fire module, and develop applications in central hardwood or northern hardwood forest landscapes in Missouri, Wisconsin, or Minnesota. Research work may include how species composition and landscape pattern would respond to various disturbance and management scenarios, uncertainties in landscape modeling, or other research topics that suit the candidate's background. Duties will also include collaborations with scientists of other universities and government agencies, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, presenting at national conferences, and write scientific findings. A qualified candidate should have a background in forest ecology, geography, or closely related fields. Strong skills in C++ programming and techniques in GIS and remote sensing are desirable. The graduate research assistantship at the University of Missouri-Columbia is a 0.5 FTE with health benefits and tuition waiver. For more information, contact: Dr. Hong S. He, School of Natural Resources, 203M Anheuser-Busch Building, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211 U.S.A. or by phone (573-882-7717) or email ( Posted: 9/24/01.

University of Montana: Two graduate research assistantships ($14,500 plus $3,000 summer salary, plus non-resident tuition waivers) are available immediately through an NSF-funded project entitled "Diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and soil aggregation". Candidates with background in ecology, soil biology, or microbiology preferred. There is a new Ph.D./ M.Sc. option in Microbial Ecology. For information contact Matthias Rillig ( and visit the lab web site at Posted: 1/18/02.

University of Nebraska, Lincoln: The Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Analysis has been awarded a Graduate Training Grant by the U.S. Department of Education (GAANN Fellowship Program). This will fund graduate student fellowships in all areas of environmental biology, as well as basic and applied ecology, conservation biology, resource management, and evolutionary biology. The fellowships will carry a stipend of $18,000 per year plus tuition, health insurance, and book stipend. Other benefits include travel and research funds for participants. For additional information, including links to participating departments and instructions on how to apply, see: Posted: 12/7/01.

University of Nebraska, Lincoln: I am looking for graduate students interested in working on topics within plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, biological invasions, biodiversity and global change biology. Opportunities are available in Nebraska or at Cedar Creek LTER ( Research, teaching assistantships and summer research support are available. Deadline for fall admission is January 1st. Application procedures can be found at and For more information, e-mail Johannes (Jean) M. H. Knops, Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 348 Manter Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588. Phone: (402) 472-6449, FAX: (402) 472-2083. Posted: 11/16/01.

University of Nebraska, Lincoln: M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship (1): Grassland birds in the Nebraska Sandhills. The School of Natural Resource Sciences is seeking applicants to begin a graduate program in January, 2002. The research will include surveys of bird density and productivity in the Nebraska Sandhills on study sites under various cattle grazing regimes. Requirements: Field work will occur on private ground in remote areas; applicants should be able to work with the public, and be self-reliant. Experience with grassland bird identification (visual and auditory) is highly desirable, and applicants should be able to perform moderate physical tasks as well as supervise field technicians. Applicants should have a B.S. degree in biology, wildlife ecology, or related field, course work in calculus and physics, a GPA of at least 3.0, and a combined GRE score (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of 1500. Other entrance requirements may be found at . Salary/Benefits: This 2-year M.S. Research Assistantship pays $13,500 annual stipend, plus substantial benefits including health insurance and tuition waiver. Application: Position will be filled when desired applicant is found. To apply, please mail or email a letter of interest, resume, copies of transcripts, and contact information for at least 3 references to: Dr. Larkin Powell, School of Natural Resource Sciences, 202 Natural Resources Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583-0819; e-mail:, Web Posted: 10/4/01.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas: One graduate assistant and one postdoctoral research associate are needed to study the influence of global change factors on Mojave Desert vegetation as part of the Mojave Global Change Experiment on the Nevada Test Site. The experiment investigates the effects of biological crust removal, increased N deposition, and increased summer precipitation on plant and soil responses. Applicants must be able to obtain an unclassified, non-restricted US DOE security clearance in order to work at the Nevada Test Site. Both positions will reside at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Graduate research assistantship to work on plant and soil chemistry, with full support. Projected start date: early summer, 2002. Contact: Diane Wagner,, (702) 895-4421. Posted: 3/12/02.

University of Nevada, Reno: Graduate Research Assistantship Available: Phosphorus cycling in Lake Tahoe. Dept. of Environmental and Resource Sciences. A research assistantship is available for graduate study leading to a Ph.D. The project concerns the inputs and cycling of phosphorus in Lake Tahoe, an ultra-oligotrophic Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Reno, NV. Admission to one of three degree programs is possible: (1) Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, (2) Environmental Sciences and Health, or (3) Hydrologic Sciences (see sites at Stipend is 13,000 per year with tuition paid. With initial inquiries please include an unofficial summary of academic background, undergraduate and (if any) graduate GPA and GRE scores. Contact Dr. Robert Qualls at, (775) 327-5014. Posted: 2/26/02.

University of Nevada et al.: Cheatgrass Control and Aridland Restoration. The cooperators in a multi-state, multi-university/agency research project on aridland restoration are seeking outstanding candidates for a series of positions and assistantships to aid in this effort. The project's overall goal is to identify concepts and management strategies to control the spreading dominance of the invasive exotic annual cheatgrass, Bromus tectorum, and to restore native plants and biodiversity on northern Great Basin rangelands. Supporting objectives include: (1) a series of common experiments in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah to test techniques for controlling cheatgrass, establishing native plants and restoring ecosystem structure and function while reducing the cost of restoration; (2) provide an ecological understanding of why restoration techniques succeed or fail; (3) develop conceptual and economic bases for choosing appropriate management techniques; (4) use partnerships among research agencies, educators and land managers to convey knowledge to ranchers and other professionals and to increase student and public awareness of invasive species and native plant restoration problems. Successful candidates will play a role in this large project and will interact with researchers across the region. For further information contact:
1 M.S. or Ph.D. - Soil/Plant Nitrogen Dynamics, Dr. Robert R. Blank, USDA-ARS, Exotic & Invasive Weed Research Unit, 920 Valley Road, Reno NV 89512;
1 M.S. or Ph.D. - Aridland Restoration Ecology, Dr. Jeanne C. Chambers, USDA Forest Service Research, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 920 Valley Road, Reno NV 89512;
2 M.S or Ph.D. - Aridland Restoration Ecology, Dr. Eugene W. Schupp, Department of Rangeland Resources & the Ecology Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5230;
1 M.S. or Ph.D. - Aridland Restoration Ecology or Plant Ecophysiology Dr. Paul Doescher, Department of Rangeland Resources, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis OR 97331; or Dr. David A. Pyke, USGS Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis OR;
1 M.S. or Ph.D. - Agricultural Economics, Dr. John Tanaka, Eastern Oregon Ag. Res. Center, Union Experiment Station, PO Box E, Union OR 97883; Posted: 1/7/02.

University of New Orleans: The Department of Biological Sciences has a Doctoral Fellowship available commencing Fall 2002. The Fellowship term is a four year period and includes a full tuition waiver, an annual stipend of $20,000, and a research/travel allowance. The Department offers opportunities to conduct research related to conservation biology in areas including biochemical/physiological adaptations, reproduction, genetics, systematics, evolution, and ecology. For more information, e-mail inquiries to: or see our website: To apply, contact: Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Biological Sciences, University of New Orleans, Lakefront Campus, New Orleans, LA 70148. Posted: 12/26/01.

University of North Dakota: Support is available in the Department of Biology for either an M.S. or Ph.D. student to conduct work on the ecology of clonal fish in successional landscapes. This on-going research project is currently funded by the Ecology Program at the National Science Foundation. The general goal of the project is to examine the influence of landscape succession on the dispersal and ecological interactions of clonal and sexual fish. The research is being conducted in Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. More details regarding the graduate program in the Biology department can be found at our web site Interested students should contact Ike Schlosser by e-mail at or by regular mail at the Dept. of Biology, Box 9019 University Station, Grand Forks, ND 58202. Posted: 11/29/01.

University of Notre Dame: The departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering & Geological Sciences, and Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame are recruiting Ph.D. students for a new Interdisciplinary Training Grant on Interfaces of Ecology, Geology, and Engineering. This training grant is designed to bring together ecologists, geologists, and engineers to study the impacts of new chemicals in the environment on ecological and geological processes. Competitive stipend, full tuition waiver, research and travel support, and opportunities for international research are provided. Application deadline is February 1, 2002. Details of the training grant, faculty involved, and application procedure are available at the following web site: Posted: 1/7/02.

University of Regina: We are recruiting graduate students (MSc, PhD) for a multidisciplinary study that combines ecosystem experiments, lake surveys, paleoecology, long-term monitoring and state-of-the-art environmental analyses to quantify how climate change will impact the structure, function and health of lakes of the northern Great Plains. Graduate positions are available for PhD and MSc candidates interested in any aspect of the research program. Preference will be given to applicants with strong academic records and interests in the use of fundamental ecological knowledge to address pressing environmental issues in central North America (droughts, global warming, land-use impacts, urbanization). Students will join an integrated ecological program that includes experimental, quantitative, physiological and empirical approaches in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. Full stipends are provided for successful candidates at NSERC rates. For more information, see the Limnology Laboratory website or contact: Dr. Peter Leavitt, Limnology Laboratory, Department of Biology, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, S4S 0A2. Tel. 01-306-585-4253; FAX 01-306-585-4894; Email Posted: 4/29/02.

University of South Carolina: Graduate Studies in Evolutionary Ecology. Dr. Timothy Mousseau is seeking two PhD students for his laboratory starting August 2002 to engage in research on: 1) The genetics of immune system function in a cricket, and, 2) The evolution of endosymbiont-induced sex ratio distortion in a leaf-mining beetle. Both projects include sub-themes related to maternal effects and the estimation of genetic variation for fitness in wild populations. The annual stipend of $16,000, will be generated via a combination of TA and RA-ships. Exceptional students may be eligible for supplemental stipends. Interested students should contact Dr. Timothy A. Mousseau, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208,, 803-777-8047. Website: Posted: 12/12/01.

University of South Florida: Ph.D. or Master's students needed for federally funded plant-herbivore work on: 1. Tri-trophic interactions in Florida salt marshes (N.S.F. funded). 2. Plant herbivore interactions under elevated CO2 at Kennedy Space Center (DOE funded). 3. Plant herbivore interactions in the Florida Keys. 4. Non-target effects of biocontrol agents on cacti (USDA and Florida Dept of Agriculture). RA's and partial RA's available. Application deadline: February 1, 2002. To begin Fall 2002. Contact Dr. Peter Stiling, Dept. Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (813) 974-3754 or email Posted: 12/12/01.

University of Tennessee: (1) The Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at The University of Tennessee is recruiting an outstanding individual for a MS Graduate Research Assistantship modeling impact of hemlock adelgid on breeding bird distributions in the southern Appalachian mountains. We are looking for an individual with a BS degree in Wildlife Management, Ecology, or Biology, experience with and interest in monitoring and developing statistical models of bird populations, a good academic record, and a strong desire to conduct field research, analyze data, and write it up for publication. Projected starting date is January 15, 2002 or earlier. Deadline for application is 1 November 2001. Interested individuals should send a letter of introduction, resume, a copy of transcripts and GRE scores, and names/phone numbers of 3 references to Dr. David Buehler, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, PO Box 1071, Knoxville, TN 37901 or e-mail at
(2) The Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at The University of Tennessee is recruiting an outstanding individual for a PhD Graduate Assistantship to study reproductive ecology of songbirds in a forested setting. The project is being conducted at Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and involves evaluation of avian response to a silvicultural prescription in hardwood forests designed to increase occupancy and productivity of forest-interior songbirds. We are looking for an individual with BS and MS degrees in Wildlife Management, Ecology, or Biology, experience with monitoring bird populations, a good academic record, and a strong desire to conduct field research, analyze data, and write it up for publication. Projected starting date for this project is January 15, 2002. Deadline for application is 1 November 2001. Interested individuals should send a letter of introduction, resume, a copy of transcripts and GRE scores, and names/phone numbers of 3 references to Dr. David Buehler, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, PO Box 1071, Knoxville, TN 37901 ( Posted: 9/20/01.

University of Texas at Arlington: Positions for a postdoctoral fellow, a research technician, and PhD research assistantships available immediately to study the interaction between spatial patterns and ecological processes across a range of scales in natural riverine landscapes and in laboratory streams. The research will be conducted at the interface of stream and landscape ecology in addressing questions such as producer patch dynamics under different environmental constraints and spatial aspects of biofilm development. Desired qualifications: experience in freshwater ecology in natural and artificial environments, proficiency in algal taxonomy, and a strong statistical background. To apply send a summary of research interests and experience, CV, copies of up to four publications, and names, affiliations, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references to Dr. Sophia Passy, Department of Biology, University of Texas at Arlington, Box 19498, Arlington, TX 76019-0498, USA; phone: (817) 272-2415, e-mail: Posted: 6/14/02.

University of Toledo: A position is available for a doctoral student with experience & interest in forest ecology, landscape ecology/GIS, or spatial modeling, with a multi-disciplinary research team representing several institutions. The project involves predicting carbon flux and storage at landscape levels in a mixed conifer-hardwood forest. The student must pursue graduate study at the University of Toledo and will receive both a stipend and tuition remission. Applicants should hold an M.S. degree in a related field (forestry, landscape ecology, micrometeorology, plant physiology, etc.). To apply, please submit a resume, list of relevant coursework, and a short narrative summary of research experience to Dr. Chen (, 419-530-2664) or Dr. Moorhead ( Posted: 1/17/02.

University of Virginia: PhD candidate position available in biodiversity and comparative biology. Specifically to study large-scale questions in mammalian evolution, including biogeographical patterns and processes, biodiversity, macroecology, life history evolution, phylogenetics and conservation. Applicants should have a strong quantitative analytical background; any experience in phylogenetic methods, relational databases and geographic information systems would be an advantage. Stipends will be provided by teaching and research assistantships in the department. Positions to begin at the latest in Fall 2002. Our lab is interested in large-scale questions in biodiversity and macroevolution see for more details. For more information, please contact Dr. Kate Jones Department of Biology, Gilmer Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904, Phone: +00 1 (434) 982-5629, Email: Posted: 12/10/01.

University of Virginia: Dynamics of Plant Communities and Nitrogen Cycling in Arctic Ecosystems. I am seeking a PhD candidate to conduct research on the interactions between plant communities and nitrogen cycling in arctic ecosystems where cryoturbation (freeze-thaw disturbance) is a key component of ecosystem structure and function. The student will be responsible for a combination of field work and modeling analyses. The field work will be conducted in the arctic of northern Alaska and northern Canada. A student with an M.S. degree is preferable, good field experience and quantitative skills. Preferable starting time would be prior to the summer field season of 2002. If interested please contact me, and consider applying to the graduate program in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. Howard Epstein, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400123, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4123., (804) 924-4308, Dept. web site: Posted: 8/16/01.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Graduate Research Assistant at the PhD level. Project: Wildland fires have emerged as one of the most pressing forest management concerns and housing units in the wildland urban interface (WUI) are at highest risk. However, few studies have mapped and quantified the WUI for an entire region, and it remains unclear if suburban and rural sprawl increase the WUI area, thereby increasing the risk of future damage. The objective of this project is to map the WUI across the U.S., estimate current fire danger and predict future changes in fire danger related to sprawl. Funding is available for one one GRA at the PhD level to complement our research team. Research Team: Recent decades witnessed widespread sprawl, both at the urban fringe and in rural areas. The impacts of this development on forest ecosystems remain largely unknown. We represent an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the UWM integrating applied demography (to monitor and forecast housing development) and forest landscape ecology (to assess the impact of these developments on forest ecosystems and their management). Our research utilizes U.S. Census data and satellite land cover classifications; our approach is quantitative and based on GIS, spatial statistics, and simulation modeling. Position available immediately and should be filled by fall of 2002. An earlier start date is preferred; a later start date is negotiable. Requirement: MS degree in forestry, natural resources management, geography, or other related discipline and an interest in interdisciplinary research. Applicants should have a background in fire ecology or fire management. Experience with GIS and spatial statistics is desirable. Excellent writing skills are essential. Applicants must send a CV, cover letter including their research interests, academic/professional background, and the names and contact addresses of three references to: Volker Radeloff, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, University of Wisconsin, 1630 Linden Drive, Room 111 Russell Laboratories, Madison WI 53706,, (608) 263-4349. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and the review will continue until the positions are filled. Applications received by April 10th, 2002 will be guaranteed consideration. Posted: 3/21/02.

University of Wyoming: The Plant Physiological Ecology Laboratory of Dr. Brent E. Ewers seeks students interested in pursuing M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in ecology. The successful applicants are expected to be energetic, highly motivated individuals capable of pursuing innovative research questions and able to work for extended periods under field conditions with limited supervision. Dr. Ewers research interests include quantifying and predicting water flux and carbon uptake through vegetated landscapes from the leaf to regional levels and investigating the link between plant hydraulic architecture and stomatal control of water loss. Research assistantships are available starting fall 2002. Research opportunities include 1) investigating the effect of tree species and forest cover type on water flux from stands to the regional level in northern Wisconsin; 2) determining the impact of stand age on water flux and carbon uptake in boreal black spruce forests in central Manitoba, Canada; and 3) examining the interactive effects of vegetation, elevation and stand age on water and carbon fluxes in Wyoming landscapes. Dr. Ewers is currently at the University of Wisconsin but will be moving to the University of Wyoming in August 2002. Initial inquiries can be made to Dr. Ewers at or 608-263-4356. To apply, please submit via email a cover letter detailing relevant background and a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and complete contact information (include e-mail address and telephone number) for three references. Posted: 1/29/02.

University of Zürich: Ph.D. position. The successful candidate will study the relationship between the population dynamics of the dominant evergreen sedge (Carex sempervirens) and successional processes in subalpine grasslands in the Swiss National Park in function of nutrient conditions and grazing by red deer (Cervus elaphus). The position requires a strong background in genetics, population biology and community ecology as well as skills in genetic lab work and the analysis of population genetic data. The candidate should be willing to carry out field work in rugged terrain, and to collaborate in a small, motivated team. This position is fixed-term for three years, starting as soon as possible but not later than May 2002. The office will be located at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL near Zurich. For further information please see or contact Dr. Martin Schütz ( or Prof. Dr. J.J. Schneller ( Please submit your application to Prof. Dr. J.J. Schneller, Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zürich, Zollikerstrasse 107, CH-8008 Zürich, Switzerland, e-mail: Posted: 02/22/02.

Utah State University: Research assistantship in aquatic ecosystem modeling. We seek a highly qualified person to begin a MS degree program in Summer or Fall 2002 to participate in an NSF funded project to examine and model nutrient flows in streams and lakes. The degree will involve field and laboratory work as well as mathematical and computer modeling of nutrients and trophic dynamics. A BS from a Biology or related department and high quantitative GRE scores are essential. USU offers competitive stipends, a large, broadly-based ecology program, and an extraordinary physical setting. For further information contact: Dr. James W. Haefner ( or Dr. Michelle A. Baker ( Posted: 1/7/02.

Victoria University of Wellington: A scholarship for Doctoral work is available to examine the invasion and effects of Argentine ants in New Zealand. The position is based within the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. Further information and methods of application can be found at The scholarship is targeted towards creating a spatial, habitat specific model of Argentine ant movement in New Zealand. Some latitude is available on the nature of the research topic. These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Posted: 8/29/01.

Villanova University: M.S. students (2) wanted to contribute to newly funded NSF-supported research related to post-fire carbon balance of peatland ecosystems of boreal, continental, western Canada; to begin June 1, 2002 or August 25, 2002. Specific M.S. thesis research topics will be determined by interests of the students, as well as consistency with the objectives of the NSF grant. Applicants must be in good physical condition and must be willing to spend substantial periods of time during summers (June, July, August) conducting physically demanding field work, often in remote sites. Applicants must meet minimum qualifications for acceptance into the M.S. in Biology program at Villanova. Contact: Dr. R. Kelman Wieder, Department of Biology, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085 (Ph.: 610-519-4856; FAX: 610-519-7863; Email:; Posted: 5/2/02.

Virginia Commonwealth University: Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S.), Department of Biology, beginning Summer or Fall 2002 to study insect communities associated with urban, suburban and rural habitats. Project relates to the use of endemic insect species as biosentinels for biohazards in the environment. Applicants must possess a B.S. or B.A. in Biology or equivalent; those with prior research experience and/or knowledge of entomology are preferred. Applications may be sent by mail or e-mail (see below) and should include: 1) statement of interest, 2) resume, and 3) names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references. For more information please contact: Dr. Karen Kester, Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1000 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23284-201. Phone: (804)828-0103, Fax: (804)828-0503, E-mail:, Webpage: Posted: 3/22/02.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science: Ph.D. Fellowship in Blue Crab Ecology and Conservation. School of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, Virginia. A three-year fellowship leading to the Ph.D. degree is available beginning Fall semester, 2002, in support of doctoral research on the blue crab in Chesapeake Bay, with emphasis on these research areas: (1) analysis and modeling of environmental and biotic factors driving recruitment and population dynamics; (2) field and theoretical evaluation of a marine protected area for the full life cycle of the blue crab; and (3) field experiments and modeling of food web dynamics, with relevance to ecosystem-based management. The fellowship offers an annual stipend of $15,900, tuition costs, and travel funds for three years, dependent on adequate progress. Research funds are provided by the student’s faculty advisor. The fellowship may be initiated in Summer, 2002, to allow the conduct of research prior to fall classes. Candidates must be US citizens and accepted to the SMS. Application information for the SMS is available at TO APPLY: Candidates must be accepted to the School of Marine Science. Deadline for receipt of application to the School of Marine Science is 15 January 2002. Application materials may be obtained from: Office of Graduate Dean, School of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William & Mary, P. O. Box 1346, Gloucester Point, VA 23062; AND Send a letter requesting consideration for the Willard A. Van Engel (WAVE) Fellowship and a resume to: Eugene M. Burreson, President, Willard A. Van Engel Fellowship, P. O. Box 1346, School of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA 23062 (804) 684-7108, FAX (804) 684-7614. Questions regarding administration of the WAVE fellowship should be directed to Dr. Eugene Burreson (, and those relating to research should be directed to Dr. Rom Lipcius (, Posted: 12/27/01.

Washington State University: Graduate Research Assistantship - MS or PhD. The research will focus on the emergence patterns of wild oat across diverse landscape positions and tillage systems. The research will be done in collaboration with the Cunningham Farm research initiative, which is a farm scale (140 acres) direct seeded cropping systems experiment at WSU. Like many farms in the Palouse, the Cunningham farm consists of rolling hills and highly erodable loess soils. Across 90 acres of this diverse topography, soil physical properties and nutrient profiles have been intensively characterized on a GPS grid. On select GPS positions, the student will monitor wild oat emergence under high versus low residue environments, and under direct seeded versus minimum tillage scenarios. Germination/dormancy experiments will also be conducted under controlled laboratory conditions. The student will be part of multi-state and international collaboration that is developing a robust model that can be used to forecast wild oat emergence. In addition to the above stated duties, the student will have the opportunity to be integrated into other aspects of our weed-crop ecology research and teaching programs. Research activities in our group include the ecophysiology of weed seed longevity, photobiology of seed germination, the relationship between soil quality and crop competitiveness, mechanical weed management in conservation tillage systems, and organic weed and soil management. The stipend is a minimum of $14,500 per year. Health insurance and tuition waiver is included. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Gallagher, Department of Crop and Soil Science, email:, phone: 509-335-2858. Posted: 3/13/02.

Washington State University: Graduate Research Assistantship in Entomology at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Prosser, WA. The student is expected to pursue a Ph.D. The specific project involves studying arthropod population dynamics in disturbed and rehabilitated riparian habitats along tributaries of the Lower Yakima River in South Central Washington State. Emphasis will be placed on developing the relationship among the plants in several sites with constituent arthropod populations. The students committee will consist of an Agricultural Entomologist, a Quantitative Entomologist, and a Weed Scientist. Seasonal field and laboratory labor and assistance will be provided. Qualifications: Strong science background with emphasis in agriculture or related discipline. Salary: minimum of $15,000 with tuition waiver and health insurance. Additional compensation can be earned for non-thesis work completed during school breaks. Summer housing can be provided. Position available immediately. Field work will commence in Spring/Summer 2002. Required Course work will commence in August 2002. For further information: Dr. Doug Walsh, Assistant Entomologist, Department of Entomology, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Prosser, WA 99350. Tel. 509-786-9287, Posted: 2/5/02.

West Virginia University: Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship, Wetlands Ecology, Division of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program. Starting Date: Summer 2002 or negotiable. This three-year project is designed to study changes in wetland vegetation communities, model rare plant communities, and identify potential for wetland restoration on portions of Canaan Valley, West Virginia. Canaan Valley is a unique, high elevation, 15,000 ha watershed with a 3,400 ha complex of bogs, marshes, and swamps. Canaan is recognized as the largest wetland area in the central and southern Appalachians and has national ecological significance. It features numerous plant species that are at the southern or northern limit of their ranges. The dissertation will revolve around vegetation mapping from aerial imagery; ecological field investigations of seed banks, rare plant species, and rare plant communities; and modeling community development and restoration potential. Student will be working toward a Ph.D. in Forest Resources Sciences and be co-advised by Drs. James T. Anderson and Ronald H. Fortney. Qualifications: B. S. and M.S. in Botany, Biology, Wildlife, Forestry, or closely related field. Minimum GPA of 3.2 (M.S.) and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 1100. Experience with plant community ecology, vascular plant identification, and GIS required. Experience in identification of Appalachian wetland plants and aerial photography interpretation is desirable. Industrious student that can make decisions independently and supervise technicians preferred. Stipend: $12,000/year plus health insurance and complete tuition waiver. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, resume, copy of transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. James T. Anderson, West Virginia University, Division of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, 322 Percival Hall, P. O. Box 6125, Morgantown, WV 26506-6125 USA. Telephone (304) 293-2941, extension 2445, Fax (304) 293-2441, E-mail: Posted: 2/22/02.

William Paterson University: WPU (Wayne, NJ) seeks a student (to begin Fall 2002) interested in pursuing the M.S. degree in Biology with thesis work on ecology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens under a grant from the National Park Service. Two years of assistantship support (one year as a teaching assistant and one year as a research assistant), tuition waiver, and a summer stipend will be provided. Prospective students should contact Dr. Stephen Vail, Biology Dept., William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, 07470, (973) 720-2487, Other opportunities for graduate student research at William Paterson University (and best contact person) include: Conservation biology of bats: Dr. Lance Risley (; Limnology, stream ecology, and lake management: Dr. Michael Sebetich (; Conservation biology of the wood turtle (Clemmys insculpta): Dr. Michael Sebetich (; Conservation biology of Torrey's Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum torrei): Dr. Stephen Vail (; Purple loosestrife biocontrol: Dr. Stephen Vail (; Behavioral ecology and community ecology of ants: Dr. Stephen Vail ( Graduate students at WPUNJ are eligible for teaching assistantships with tuition waivers and for summer-research grants from the University. Posted: 10/02/2001.

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Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program: The program is a collaboration among Canon U.S.A., Inc., the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the US National Park Service. The program will be awarding eight US$78,000 scholarships to Ph.D. students throughout the Americas to conduct research critical to conserving the national parks of the region. Research projects in the biological, physical, social and cultural sciences are eligible, as well as projects in a new category technology innovation in support of conservation science. Applications must be received by 1 July 2002. For information about the Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program and a copy of the Application Guide, please visit the website at Posted: 5/20/02.

DOE Global Change Education Program:

EPA STAR Fellowships:

Ford Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute:

Land Institute: Graduate Research Fellowships in Natural Systems Agriculture. Awards are a maximum of $6,000 per year, with the possibility of renewal. These fellowships are to support graduate students whose research relates to Natural Systems Agriculture (NSA). This alternative paradigm seeks to use nature as the model and standard for designing sustainable agricultural systems. Current research in NSA addresses questions in agroecology and plant breeding. Graduate students are invited to apply from departments of agronomy, ecology, soil science, botany, plant pathology, genetics, landscape ecology, and other related fields. Proposed research must help develop agricultural systems that mimic natural systems. Students who are in the beginning stages of their graduate program are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must provide a concise research proposal, budget, and recommendation from their advisor. Our web site ( provides further information about Natural Systems Agriculture, abstracts of Fellows' projects, and details of the application process. You may also call (785) 823-5376. The deadline is March 1, 2002. Selected applicants will be notified by May 1, and funds will be available by June 1. In addition to the stipend, in late July new Fellows will spend one week at a workshop offered by The Land Institute in central Kansas. Revised: 1/18/02.

NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Program:

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program:

National Academies Christine Mirzayan Internship Program:

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program:

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program:

NSF/New England Wild Flower Society Fellowship Program in Conservation Biology:

National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellowship Program:

Organization for Tropical Studies:

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Short Courses:

Multivariate Analysis of Ecological Data: 15 - 24 January 2003, University of South Bohemia, Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic. The course duration is 10 days (8 days net), we attempt to provide sufficient time for work with participants' own datasets, and the contents is somewhat slanted towards ordination methods implemented in the CANOCO program (but we talk also about sampling design, NMDS, cluster analysis, generalized linear and generalized additive models). Details are at: Posted: 5/16/02.

Tropical Ecology Graduate Field Course in Costa Rica: Dr. Larry Gilbert of the University of Texas at Austin is leading a field course in tropical ecology from late June to early August 2002 at Sirena Biological Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica. This course is designed to help graduate students develop research projects in a rainforest environment and learn the logistics of tropical field research. The course will begin June 27 and end August 5, 2002. For full information, see: Posted: 5/6/02.

Tropical Zoology: The University of California at Davis and Arizona State University are sponsoring a field course in Tropical Zoology in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador July 28 - August 12, 2002 at the Jatun Sacha Ecological Reserve. For more information, please contact Paul Hamilton ( or Melanie Allen Truan ( Posted: 4/16/02.

Biodiversity and global change: human impact in natural ecosystems of the Americas. Graduate course sponsored by the Red Latinoamérica de Botánica ( and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research ( Biological Field Station of Chámela, Institute of Biology-UNAM, Jalisco, México, 11-24 November, 2002. This course will be focused on the important current topics of global change and biodiversity, offered by some of the leaders in the field of ecosystem ecology. The course topics include the principal global change phenomenon that are presently occurring, human impact on terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, the importance of biodiversity for ecosystem functioning, and forecasts for future scenarios of global change. The course will have both a classroom and a field component, and will last 60 hours during a two-week period. The course structure will involve lectures, seminars, and oral presentations by the students. There will also be a full-day field trip to nearby sites of research interest in the Biological Station of Chámela (, where the course will be held and the students and professors will stay during the two-week period. Requirements: Bachelor's degree in ecology, agronomy or a discipline related to environmental sciences; Current research or interest in topics of biodiversity and global change; Excellent English reading and writing skills; must speak and understand Spanish. Application deadline: 7/27/02. For more information, contact Amy Austin ( Posted: 4/8/02.

Field Biology: Fish Lake Biological Program, Lapeer, Michigan. The summer 2002 Fish Lake Biological Program offers a wide variety of field-biology courses in a beautiful Michigan setting just outside the metropolitan Detroit area. Offered by Wayne State and Eastern Michigan universities, the three-week courses are open to college students, in-service science teachers, and others interested in field biology. For details, see Posted: 3/27/02.

Iceland's Wilderness, Natural Resources, and Resource Management: A professional short course offered by the Environmental Research Institute at the University of Iceland from 23 June-6 July, 2002. The 14-day course includes lectures by university faculty and field explorations in Iceland emphasizing volcanic land forms, lava fields and volcanic history; Iceland's abundant renewable energy resources (geothermal and hydropower); water quality; freshwater aquatic and marine resources including aquaculture; Iceland's accessible temperate glaciers; sub-arctic ecosystems and vegetative cover including forestry, agriculture, and soil properties; wilderness protection and nature tourism; and management of Iceland's natural resources and sustainable development. For more information and a detailed itinerary see: Posted: 3/26/02.

Natural History Workshops: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station. These workshops offer an opportunity to study focused topics at college-level instruction under the guidance of noted authorities. Most workshops present two full days of instruction, and housing and meals are available at the Station. Enrollment is limited to 20, the atmosphere is informal and instruction is individualized. Workshops may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit by enrolling in UWM, Topics in Field Biology. Fees vary. Please contact the Field Station for more information and a registration form, or visit our website at for full descriptions of each course, fee information, and a downloadable Registration Form. The 2002 workshop schedule includes six courses: Vegetation of Wisconsin; Plant-Insect Interactions: Ecology and Evolution; Grasses: Identification and Ecology; Common and Nuisance Algae; Population Censusing and Territory Mapping in Birds; and Mushrooms and other Fleshy Fungi: Identification and Ecology. Posted: 3/19/02.

Distance Sampling Workshops: St Andrews, Fife, Scotland The newly formed Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), which incorporates the Research Unit for Wildlife Population Assessment (RUWPA), will be hosting another set of workshops this year. The aim of these workshops is to train participants in the latest methods for design and analysis of distance sampling surveys, including line and point transects. The workshops are taught by leading researchers in the field, using software Distance. Workshop 1: Introduction to Distance Sampling, 14th-16th August. An introductory workshop, focusing on standard distance sampling methods. The workshop will be a blend of theory and practice and participants will learn how to use version 4 of the program Distance. Participants will gain a solid grounding in both survey design and methods of analysis for distance sampling surveys. Workshop 2: Advanced Techniques and Recent Developments in Distance Sampling, 19th-21st August. A workshop designed for those who are already familiar with the basics, where we will teach advanced material such as automated survey design, adaptive sampling, incorporating covariates into the detection function, methods for where g(0)<1, and spatial modelling of density. Participants will learn the more advanced features of version 4 of Distance. For both workshops, participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets, and can expect to do some preliminary analyses of their data. The number of participants on both workshops is strictly limited, and for this reason we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Information and forms can be downloaded from our web site, Please contact the workshop organizers with any queries: Rhona Rodger / Catherine Brown Posted: 3/15/02.

Marine Ecology: Between 10 June and 19 July 2002, I'll be giving a Marine Ecology course for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students at Bamfield Marine Sciences Center (British Columbia, Canada). This 6-credit course will represent a comprehensive overview of the factors that determine population regulation and community structure of marine organisms, focused primarily on the flora and fauna of rocky, sandy, and muddy shores of the Pacific coast of Canada. The first 3 initial weeks will include lectures (reviewing current theory), laboratory work, and several field trips, while the last 3 weeks will be used for students to develop, carry out, and defend an ecological experiment using marine organisms as research subjects. Although I do speak Spanish, which might help potential Spanish-speaking students, the course will run entirely in English. For more information on Bamfield Marine Sciences Center (including fees and financial aid, and also details on other summer courses), please go to: For general enquiries and logistics, please contact: Mr Jean-Paul Danko (University Programmes Co-ordinator) Email: For more details about the course itself (covered topics, organization, etc), please email Ricardo Scrosati, Posted: 3/15/02.

Australian Tropical Biology: Field Course/Ecotour, July 15-Aug. 2 2002. This course introduces the concepts of ecology and organismic biology through an examination of both tropical rainforests and coral reefs. Multiple field excursions will introduce students to the biodiversity and conservation of tropical ecosystems, while discussions and field activities will introduce concepts in taxonomy, basic organismic biology and adaptive physiology, and tropical ecosystem processes. 4 Undergraduate biology semester hours available or 3 Graduate International studies semester hours. This course is ideal for high school and college students, school teachers looking for CEU's, and other just interested in learning about tropical ecosystems and Australia. Cost is $3200.00 and includes air, housing, food, ground transport. Contact Dr. Brent Demars, Biology Department, Lakeland College, (440) 953-7147 or for a full itinerary and more information. Posted: 3/14/02.

Field Biology: The Hancock Biological Station on Kentucky Lake is pleased to announce the course for its 30th summer field program. Hancock is located on the shores of Kentucky Lake in southwestern Kentucky within three hours drive of a number of major metropolitan areas including St. Louis, Nashville, Memphis, and Louisville. The region is diverse in aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Southwestern Kentucky has one of the largest densities of major rivers and reservoirs of any region in the world. Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, ponds, streams and the US Forest Service's Land-Between-the Lakes are in close proximity. Field program classes are designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the ecological and environmental sciences. For details, see Posted: 3/14/02.

Field Ecology: The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory is offering the following classes this summer: Eight Week Courses June 13-August 11: Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management, Dr. John Gutrich, Hawaii Pacific University; Field Ecology, Dr. Nathan Sanders, Humboldt State University Geology of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Dr. Keith Brugger, Univ. of Minn.-Morris Independent Research. Four Week Courses June 13-July 14: Conservation Biology and Wilderness Research Practicum, Dr. Michael Kelrick, Truman State University; Plant-Animal Interactions, Dr. Kristina Jones, Harvard University and Jennifer Reithel, University of California, Irvine Field Ornithology, Dr. Kelly Agnew, Hendrix College. Four Week Courses July 14-August 11: Field Botany, Dr. George Weiblen, Univ. of Minn.; Ecology and Conservation of Freshwater Invertebrates, Dr. Chris Caudill, Cornell University; Substantial financial aid is available, including full scholarships for Mexican students and English/journalism students. For more information, see or contact Michele Simpson, PO Box 519, Crested Butte, CO 81224. (970) 349-7231, Posted: 3/14/02.

Field Ecology: Flathead Lake Biological Station of the University of Montana offers 2-week, 4-week and 8-week courses from June 17 - August 9, 2002, for 3-5 semester credits each. For details, see Posted: 3/6/02.

Conservation and Culture in East Africa: The Colorado College Summer Session offers a course taught in Tanzania 8-30 June 2002. For details, including tentative itinerary and costs, see: Posted: 3/1/02.

Arctic Field Ecology: One section of Arctic Field Ecology (University of Minnesota, EEB 4842, 4 semester credits) is being offered this summer (June 25- July 21, 2002). This is a very exciting field ecology course that involves a multidisciplinary team of ecologists and Inuit collaborators. It is a once in a lifetime experience focused on the excitement of discovery in the remote tundra wilderness of the Alaskan Arctic. The course will explore a transect from treeline south of the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean in Alaska, passing along the western edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). We will meet in Fairbanks, Alaska and travel by van over the Brooks Range and by kayak along the Sagavanirktok River to Alaska's north coast. We will integrate our course work with a major field study looking at the interaction of vegetation, climate and soils along this transect. We will camp along the way, interact with scientists at the research sites, and meet with native people to learn about their knowledge of the region. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students from around the world and is an exciting introduction to the Arctic and to field research in the natural sciences. Course cost is $3100. There is an information packet you can download at For more information see or contact one of the instructors: Bill Gould, USDA Forest Service,Intl Institute of Tropical Forestry,,787-766-5335 ext. 114, or Andrew Borner, University of Alaska, Fairbanks,, 907-474-1844. Posted: 2/4/02.

Agriculture & Ecology in Tropical America: University of Georgia. We are in our fourth year of a successful UGA field course in Costa Rica, dealing with issues of ecology and agriculture of tropical America in a comprehensive and holistic manner. We have few openings for students from other universities interested in hands-on learning experiences of tropical agriculture and in knowing the challenges and opportunities facing conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development in tropical countries. Please find information on the Study Abroad course offerings and other details at URL: Upper undergraduates and lower graduates are welcome to apply. Posted: 2/28/02.

Ecology in Brazil: The University of Georgia will again offer its Maymester course this year from May 13 to 30 in Pernambuco, Brazil. Interested students are invited to visit our course homepage for details: The course is open to undergraduate or graduate students from any university for 3 semester credits. Posted: 2/27/02.

Tropical Ecology: The Organization for Tropical Studies offers many graduate courses in Tropical Ecology. Courses last from 4-8 weeks and are taught in English, Spanish, or Portugese in Costa Rica and elsewhere. For full details, see the OTS web site: Posted: 1/8/02.

Tropical Marine Biology: Georgia Southern University has a summer course that will be held at Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas, July 21 - August 5, 2002. We currently have 5 students signed up and can take up to 12. Students will receive 4 semester hours of credit (undergraduate or graduate) that can be easily transferred to their home institution. A $600 deposit is required by April 15. More information about the course can be found at the following web site: Posted: 1/28/02.

Mountain Lake Biological Station: 2002 Summer Courses. The Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia) announces credit courses in field biology. We offer students hands-on experience and training in a wide variety of biological field studies. Join us for an exciting and unforgettable summer in a first-class field biology teaching and research environment. Courses: 1) FIELD BOTANY OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS 9 June 5 July: Learn how to identify local plants and study the evolution of plant diversity. 2) FIELD BIOLOGY OF BIRDS AND MAMMALS 9 June 5 July: Emphasizes biology, ecology, diversity and research techniques. 3) FIELD BIOLOGY OF AMPHIBIANS AND FISHES 14 July 9 August: Emphasizes biology, ecology, diversity and research techniques. 4) CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 14 July 9 August: A practical field course in conservation biology using modern research and technical methods including GIS. Our field station is located on a mountaintop in southwestern Virginia and is home to a lively research, teaching, and social community. For full details, see Posted: 1/11/02.

CIPEC Summer Institute: A three-week Summer Institute will be held at Indiana University from May 13 through May 31, 2002. The Institute will offer intensive training in theory and methods addressing the Human Dimensions of Global Change (HDGC), including techniques of remote sensing and GIS, survey approaches, forest ecology, and institutional factors with respect to questions of land-use/land-cover change. Formal classes and computer sessions will cover our theoretical principles for image interpretation; the practical details of searching, ordering, and processing satellite images; and linking regional data to interviews, household surveys, botanical and soil inventories, institutional arrangements, and socioeconomic and demographic patterns. Our Summer Institute has come to be known for its ability to integrate biophysical with social science methodologies. This year, we will try to accomplish this by creating two learning communities from those applicants accepted into the Institute: one in social science theory and methods for people with strong backgrounds in remote sensing and GIS but less background in institutional analysis, demography and other social science approaches, and another one introducing remote sensing and GIS for social science participants who have not had exposure to these new tools for examining the human dimensions of global change. The second half of the Institute will emphasize integration of these two communities and the carrying out of interdisciplinary teamwork. Summer Institute participants will be expected to pay for travel expenses to and from Bloomington, Indiana. However, housing is provided, and participants will receive a modest stipend to cover meal expenses. Participants will be expected to have fundamental computer skills and fluency in English. The applicant should send an application packet containing a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, and at least two samples of relevant written work (articles, papers, or reports). The letter of interest should explain how this training will contribute to the applicant's future work in HDGC and include background information and level of computer expertise. Applications will be accepted by postal mail only. Faculty, graduate students, and mid-career professionals may apply. The Summer Institute is offered by the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC) through funding from the National Science Foundation. Deadline for receipt of applications is February 15, 2002. Notification will be mailed by March 31. Please mail all application materials to: Prof. Emilio Moran, Co-Director, Prof. Elinor Ostrom, Co-Director, CIPEC Summer Institute, Indiana University, 408 North Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408 USA. Please e-mail inquiries about Summer Institute to: Posted: 1/11/02.

Measuring Landcover Change and its Impact on Endangered Species: The Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center is offering the following advanced Conservation GIS and Remote Sensing Course: Measuring Landcover Change and its Impact on Endangered Species April 29 - May 3, 2002. This one-week advanced GIS and remote sensing course provides conservationists with an opportunity to learn how GIS and remote sensing can be used to assess the conservation status of endangered species. Each participant will be provided with their own desktop computer for all lab exercises. During the hands-on exercises participants will use the Internet, ArcView, ArcView Spatial Analyst, ERDAS Imagine, Fragstats, and other spatial analysis programs. Instructors will lead participants step-by-step through the process of: * conduct a regional conservation assessment using GIS to determine critical conservation areas for an endangered species, * acquiring multi-date satellite imagery to quantify land cover change and to map the extent of the remaining habitat, * using landscape analysis to determine optimal landscape configurations for conserving the endangered species. The course will be taught at the National Zoological Park's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia. The Center is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah Park approximately 70 miles west of Washington, D.C. Pick-up from Washington Dulles Airport can be arranged. Participants will be housed at the CRC and meals provided at the CRC's Conference Center. All computer labs will be taught at the Center's Spatial Analysis Lab. The lab is equipped with various PC's, Macintosh, three UNIX systems, two X-Terminals, a GPS Base station, two digitizers, and color plotters and printers. Visit the following web address for more details and registration information. Contact: Natalie Marioni,, 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal, VA 22630, 540-635-6535 (GIS Lab), 540-635-6506 (FAX). Revised: 2/20/02.

Stable Isotope Ecology: Lecture and Laboratory Short Courses, University of Utah, June 16-28, 2002, These will be multi-instructor lecture (Biology 6473, morning) and laboratory (Biology 6475, afternoon) short courses offered to 20 graduate students and postdoctoral investigators interested in learning more about the application of stable isotopes at natural abundance levels for environmental and ecological studies. We will set aside an additional 5 openings for the lecture course only (Biology 6473) for postdocs and faculty wishing only the lecture and an introduction to the lab. The courses will: 1) be offered June 16-28, 2002 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City 2) be limited to 20 participants (Biology 6473/6475) in order to maximize laboratory and instrument access; an additional 5 openings will be available for the lecture course (Biology 6473) will be made available for postdocs and faculty 3) consist of a morning lecture-discussion course and an afternoon laboratory course; there will be 14 course instructors, experts selected from across the country for their breadth and for their interest in teaching and interacting with students 4) include a hands-on laboratory experience each day, including full access and use of delta S, delta plus, and 252 isotope ratio mass spectrometers; this instrumentation is equipped with elemental analyzers, continuous flow capacities, GC, pre-con, laser, common-acid-bath; available also are vacuum preparation lines for organic and inorganic compounds of biological and environmental interest 5) many of the evenings will be set aside for discussions of current research interests, group dinners, and also there will be opportunities for social events in the nearby Wasatch Mountains Typically our applicants have come from all across the United States as well as from many different foreign countries. We seek students with broad interests. Past participants have had backgrounds in different disciplines, including animal and plant physiology, ecology and ecosystem science, anthropology, atmospheric science, marine science, oceanography, paleontology, and geology. Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2002. We will notify applicants about February 27, 2002 regarding acceptance into the course and how to begin planning for lodging arrangements, tuition payments, reading materials, etc. Jim Ehleringer ( Posted: 12/14/01.

Biological Control Of Weeds in Latin America: Montelimar, Nicaragua (June 24-28 /2002). Organized by: University of Florida and Universidad Nacional Agraria de Nicaragua. The main purpose of this course is to provide the participants with a basic understanding of the principles and concepts of biological control of weeds using insects and pathogens. Participants also will receive training in the procedures involved in the implementation of a weed biocontrol program. Group discussions will focus on the prospects for and limitations of biological weed control in the Latin-American region. This course will bring together about 18 experts in all aspects involved in the use of insects and pathogens for biocontrol of weeds, and approximately 30-40 trainees representing at least 15 developing countries. After completing this course, participants would be able to implement weed biological programs in their own countries and participate in cooperative work in the region with international agencies. Who should attend this intensive short-course? Biologists, weed ecologists, agronomists, entomologists, plant pathologists, and others interested on integrated pest management options to control invasive weeds in conservation /agricultural and forestry areas. Participants should have a training in agriculture/forestry or in a related discipline. No previous experience in biological control of weeds is required. All training sessions of the program will take place at the Barcel Hotel in Montelimar, Nicaragua (one-hour drive from Managua, the capital). On Wednesday, participants will take a field trip to observe weed problems in the Pacific region. The event will concludes on Friday with the issuing of certificates and a barbecue. At least 15 of the applicants associated with national research institutions in their countries will receive financial support to attend this training course. The registration fee is US $ 200. This includes tuition, course materials, field trip, and transportation in Nicaragua associated with the course. Most talks will be in Spanish. Few (1-2) sessions will be given in English with slides translated into Spanish. Material of instruction and references will be in Spanish and English. Address for Resgistration: Contact J. Medal. University of Florida. E-mail:, FAX : (352)392-0190. Posted: 10/02/2001.

Restoration of Brazil's Atlantic Forest as a Watershed Management Tool: The Maryland Institute for Ecological Economics (IEE), the Institute Pro-Natura (IPN) and the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) are pleased to announce the Restoration of Brazil's Atlantic Forest as a Watershed Management Tool, a short graduate field-course in Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 07-21, 2002. Primary focus of the workshop will be sustainable watershed management within the endangered Atlantic Forest. Participants will work with Pro-Natura on their ongoing project focused on "Restoring Atlantic Forest Corridors in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil: A Cost-Effective Way to Conserve Forest-Based Services and Biodiversity". Participants will reside for the duration of the workshop at Hotel Fazenda Carrapeta, Conceição de Macabu, Northern Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will travel to other locations for field trips, data collection and learning exercises. Detailed information on the workshop profile, faculty, overview and application is available at The workshop will be offered as a graduate course within the MEES program at the University of Maryland and also at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), within which arrangements are being made to define the workshop number of credits/level. Among the faculty from both institutions is Dr. Herman Daly, Associate Director of the Institute for Ecological Economics and Professor at PUAF/UMD. Background readings and assignments (exercises) will be provided via the Web-based course specifically designed for the workshop and are a prerequisite for the workshop participation. The workshop will be held mostly in Portuguese and preference will be given to Portuguese/ Spanish speakers. English reading is a prerequisite. We expect equal numbers of participants from Brazil and the US, and will give preference to students from the sponsoring institutions. Funding sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will provide fellowships for selected students to attend. Students requesting aid should submit a written explanation along with their application. Applications will be evaluated according to prior experience, language skills, and commitment to creative and effective solutions to watershed management, ecosystems protection and biological diversity conservation. Preference will be given to those with a strong foundation in ecological economics. We suggest you apply for travel funds or matching aid from your home institution should it be available. Please provide documentation of your efforts to procure funding from other sources. To submit an application (see web for required information), email, fax, or mail IEE at: Attn: Rosimeiry Portela, Institute For Ecological Economics, Box 38, Solomons, MD, 20688. Phone: 001-(410)-326-7263, Fax: 001-(410)-326-7354, Email: (, tel: (202) 833-9260. Posted: 10/01/01.

GIS/Remote Sensing Workshops: U.S. Geological Survey National Wetland Research Center and Mid-Continent Mapping Center in cooperation with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 700 Cajundome Blvd. Lafayette, La. 70506-3154 Phone (337) 266-8699 CONTACT: pat_o' WEBSITE: The U.S. Geological Survey of the Department of the Interior is presenting a series of topical workshops pertaining to mapping, vegetation, photo-interpretation, remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems. The workshops are part of an effort to exchange information and provide access to spatial technologies developed at the center for natural resource survey. The workshops are available to the general public educators, state and federal agencies. Workshop participation by the international community is also greatly encouraged. Workshop participants are eligible to receive continuing education units (CEU's) for a fee of $10 in addition to the standard registration expense. Most of the workshops are 3 days long, creating compact presentation of materials. No previous experience in any of the topical workshop is assumed, except for advanced workshops. Appropriate handouts, photos, maps, and other forms of distributed materials are provided to the workshop participants. Some workshops will have scheduled field exercises. Hands-on exercises are utilized to involve workshop participation. Specialized workshop topics and transient workshops can be arranged based upon consultation and number of workshop participants. Scheduled workshops are subject to change. Please contact Pat O'Neil at (337) 266-8699 for workshop information.
1. Introduction to Desktop GIS (ArcView) for Natural Resources, December 4-6, 2001, cost: $450
2. Introduction to Wetland Remote Sensing and Mapping, December 5-7, 2001, cost: $300
3. Advanced Wetland Photo-Interpretation, December 10-12, 2001, cost: $300. Posted: 9/13/01.

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