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Last update: 6/16/2003
Assistantships | Fellowships | Short Courses
Review or close date
|Frostburg State University||Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology||6/20/03||5/15/03|
|Auburn University||Effects of ozone on plant communities||6/16/03|
|Bradley University||Ecosystems/Plant Physiological Ecology (MS)||6/16/03|
|University of Nevada, Las Vegas||Rare/invasive plant ecology (MS)||6/9/03|
|University of South Alabama/DISL||Ecosystem services of oyster restoration (PhD)||6/4/03|
|University of Wyoming||Wildfire/stream food webs/trophic structure (MS)||6/4/03|
|University of Wyoming||Fire impact on water and C fluxes, sagebrush steppe||5/30/03|
|Kansas State University||Soil microbial ecology (PhD)||5/29/03|
|Kansas State University||Stream N cycling and molecular gene expression||5/13/03|
|Auburn University||Effect of ant-aphid mutualism on plant virus spread||5/13/03|
|University of Florida||Population ecology of bobwhite quail (PhD)||5/13/03|
|University of Central Arkansas||Ecology of Japanese Honeysuckle (MS)||5/13/03|
|University of Illinois at Springfield||Aquatic Ecology (MS)||5/13/03|
|University of Arkansas–Monticello||Forest Ecology/Soils (MS)||5/7/03||4/16/03|
|Montana State University||Genetics of whirling disease in salmonids (PhD)||5/6/03|
|University of Mississippi||River plankton ecology/biogeochemistry (PhD)||5/2/03|
|Wright State University||Environmental Sciences (PhD)||5/2/03|
|University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic)||Insect Ecology in Papua New Guinea||5/1/03||4/1/03|
|Oklahoma State University||Fire Ecology||4/29/03|
|Texas A&M University||Plant physiological ecology (PhD)||4/22/03|
|University of Wyoming||Tallgrass Grassland Ecology (MS)||4/18/03|
|University of Wyoming||Grassland Invasion Ecology||4/18/03|
|University of Wyoming||Fire/invasion ecology (PhD)||4/18/03|
|Tennessee Tech University||Foraging ecology of doves||4/16/03|
|Fordham University||Ecology and Conservation, Preserve management||4/15/03||4/1/03|
|University of Zurich||Evolution of male/female interactions in Silene latifolia||4/8/03|
|Montana State University||Microbial Ecology in Antarctica (PhD)||4/1/03||12/23/02|
|University of Tennessee||Forest Ecology||3/27/03|
|University of Montana||Watershed hydrology (PhD)||3/25/03||2/20/03|
|University of Florida||Ecological determinants of invasive grass||3/18/03|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Raccoon ecology (MS)||3/18/03|
|East Tennessee State University||Zooplankton ecology (MS)||3/18/03|
|University of Arkansas–Monticello||Reconstruction of pre-settlement forest conditions (MS)||3/18/03|
|Mississippi State University||Avian Ecology (MS)||3/15/03||2/20/03|
|Mississippi State University||Avian Ecology (PhD)||3/8/03||2/20/03|
|University of Rhode Island||Effect of land-use change on soil carbon||3/7/03|
|California State University-Fresno||Stream Ecology (2 MS positions)||3/5/03|
|University of Alberta||Fire and Industrial Development in the Boreal Forest||3/4/03|
|Texas A&M University||Plant Physiological Ecology and Global Change||3/3/03||11/11/02|
|Montana State University||Forest Landscape Biodiversity (PhD)||3/1/03||1/21/03|
|University of Rhode Island||Physiological ecology of songbirds||2/28/03||2/10/03|
|University of Rhode Island||Effects of forest management on ruffed grouse (MS)||2/28/03||2/10/03|
|Ohio University||Plant ecology and evolution||2/20/03|
|University of Georgia||Remote sensing/GIS and forest structure||2/20/03|
|Western Kentucky University||Aquatic ecosystem research (MS)||2/20/03|
|Ohio State University||Forest ecology (MS)||2/15/03||1/13/03|
|University of New Hampshire||N and C cycling in mycorrhizal plants (PhD)||2/15/03||1/6/03|
|Miami University||Conservation biology/education||2/12/03|
|Coastal Carolina University||Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies (MS)||2/10/03|
|University of Florida||Neotropical Working Forests Doctoral Fellowship Program||2/7/03||11/5/02|
|Friedrich-Schiller-University (Germany)||Ecological Modeling and Spatial Statistics (PhD)||2/5/03|
|Michigan State University||Impact of invasive species on food webs (PhD)||2/5/03|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Nitrogen cycling in cranberry beds||2/5/03|
|Université de Sherbrooke (Québec)||Nutrient cycling and forest soil biology (PhD)||2/3/03|
|Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue||Spatial modelling of forest productivity (PhD)||2/3/03|
|Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue||Forest nutrition and silviculture (PhD)||2/3/03|
|University of Arkansas||Fish bioenergetics||2/3/03|
|University of Wyoming||Ecosystem Ecology (PhD)||2/1/03||12/12/02|
|Auburn University||Insect Ecology||2/1/03||12/4/02|
|Arizona State University||Urban Ecology||2/1/03||12/2/02|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Regional Resilience and Adaptation||2/1/03||11/25/02|
|University of Notre Dame||Invasion Biology, Ecological Forecasting, and Aquatic Ecology||2/1/03||10/25/02|
|University of New Brunswick||Winter ecology of Atlantic salmon in streams||1/30/03||12/13/02|
|Kansas State University||Ecological Genomics||1/30/03|
|Kansas State University||Ericoid Mycorrhizal Diversity and Nutrient Uptake||1/30/03|
|Oregon State University||Quantitative forest ecology (MS)||1/27/03|
|University of Vermont||Ecology and evolution of plants||1/23/03|
|University of Kentucky||Ca cycling in forests (MS)||1/22/03|
|Sul Ross State University||Mammal inventory (MS)||1/21/03|
|Vanderbilt University||Ecological mechanisms of evolutionary diversification||1/15/03||12/17/02|
|Cornell University||Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity||1/15/03||12/12/02|
|College of William and Mary||Blue Crab Ecology and Conservation (PhD)||1/15/03||11/19/02|
|University of Washington||Meadow Ecology/Restoration||1/15/03||10/17/02|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Global environmental change and insect ecology||1/15/03||7/24/02|
|University of Oklahoma||Ecosystem Ecology (2 positions)||1/14/03|
|University of Maryland||Plant ecophysiology (PhD)||1/9/03|
|University of Florida||Modeling of tree C and N allocation (MS)||12/27/02|
|Southern Illinois University||Tropical stream ecology and herpetology (PhD)||12/27/02|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||12/12/02|
|Case Western Reserve University||Population biology or community ecology||12/11/02|
|University of Georgia||Landscape Ecology and Land Use History||12/6/02|
|Northern Arizona University||Forest Ecology||12/2/02|
|University of Virginia||Plant-pollinator interactions||12/1/02||10/24/02|
|Texas Tech University||Sampling regimes, terrestrial vertebrates and native plants||11/25/02|
|Colorado State University||Physiological Plant Ecology, C/N/H2O processes in Mixedgrass Prairie||11/21/02|
|Colorado State University||Physiological Plant Ecology, High Arctic Ecosystems||11/21/02|
|San Diego State University||Global change, ecophysiology, ecosystem ecology, eddy covariance||11/21/02|
|University of Florida||Predator/prey dynamics and barn owls||11/21/02|
|Pennsylvania State University||Rhizosphere/chemical plant ecology||11/20/02|
|University of Arkansas||Source-sink dynamics in birds (PhD)||11/18/02|
|University of Florida||Population/landscape ecology, beach mice||11/18/02|
|Auburn University||Mammalian life histories (PhD)||11/18/02|
|University of Toledo||Ecology (6 MS and PhD positions)||11/15/02|
|Iowa State University||Chronic Wasting Disease of deer (MS)||11/14/02|
|Michigan Technological University||Global change biology (MS)||11/13/02|
|University of Notre Dame||Stream ecosystem ecology (PhD)||11/13/02|
|University of North Dakota||Ecosystem biogeochemistry||11/11/02|
|Northern Arizona University||Soil ecology||11/7/02|
|University of Florida||Tropical plant population ecology||11/5/02|
|Fordham University||Soil ecology||11/5/02|
|University of Maine||Watershed research||11/5/02|
|University of Kansas||Ecology - habitat fragmentation||11/4/02|
|Sonoma State University||Landscape Ecology/GIS/Remote Sensing (MS)||10/31/02||8/26/02|
|Fordham University||Ecology and field biology||10/28/02|
|Ohio State University||Impacts of land use activities on stream fish and macroinvertebrates||10/28/02|
|Georgia Southern University||Marine Biology (MS)||10/15/02|
|University of Louisiana||Climate change/evolutionary ecology of fishes||10/9/02|
|Appalachian State University||Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Ecology/Ecosystem Ecology (MS)||10/4/02|
|University of Maine||Weed ecology/sustainable agriculture||10/3/02|
|University of Montana||Bird distribution patterns along a river corridor (PhD)||10/3/02|
|Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL||Landscape Ecology and Modelling (PhD)||10/1/02||9/3/02|
|University of Nebraska at Omaha||Bird ecology and transgenic crops (MS)||10/1/02||8/27/02|
|Michigan State University||Aquatic ecosystems (PhD)||9/30/02|
|Idaho State University||Environmental biotechnology /microbiology||9/30/02|
|University of Akron||Ecology and evolutionary biology||9/30/02||8/28/02|
|Colorado State/Florida International University||Tropical forest ecophysiology and modeling (PhD)||9/26/02|
|New Mexico State University||Modeling of biological control of invasive species (MS)||9/25/02|
|Northern Arizona University||Tree Physiology/Entomology (MS)||9/25/02|
|University of Texas at Arlington||Arctic plant ecology and arctic ecosystems||9/20/02|
|University of Florida||Vegetation Responses to Altered Hydrological Regimes in Association with Everglades Restoration (PhD)||9/16/02|
|University of Akron||Aquatic ecology and education (MS)||9/16/02|
|Purdue University||Wildlife ecology||9/15/02||8/19/02|
|University of Montana||Effects of fire suppression on soil resource availability (PhD)||9/6/02|
|Washington State University/FIU||Organic Agriculture/Soil Ecology (PhD)||9/6/02|
|Clemson University/Idaho State University||Fish ecology and conservation genetics (PhD)||9/3/02|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Deer disease ecology (MS)||8/30/02||7/16/02|
|University of Kansas||Plant community ecology (PhD)||8/26/02|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Physiological ecology of desert plants||8/23/02|
|Kansas State University||Grassland ecosystem ecology||8/19/02|
|Arizona State University||NPP and urban species diversity||8/19/02|
|University of Nevada-Reno||Mercury biogeochemical cycling and plants (PhD)||8/12/02|
|Texas Tech University||Ecology of small mammals in Peru||8/2/02|
|University of Idaho||Biodiversity conservation and sustainable production in fragmented landscapes||7/31/02||5/31/02|
|Michigan State University||Impact of invasive species on food webs||7/25/02|
|University of Kentucky||Site and silvicultural controls on American Chestnut establishment||7/10/02|
|Trent University (Ontario)||Spatial ecology of Fishers using molecular techniques||7/8/02|
|Queen's University (Ontario)||Population Ecology of Peary Caribou||7/3/02|
Older listings: 2001-2002 | 2000-2001 | 1999-2000
Top | Fellowships | Short Courses
Appalachian State University: M.S. Assistantship in Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Ecology/Ecosystem Ecology. Funding is available at ASU, Boone, NC, to support a Master's student to study fungi in a north temperate forest ecosystem. The student's thesis project would address some aspect of ectomycorrhizal diversity and species distributions at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF), NH. The specific focus of the project is flexible and could be part of ongoing research at the HBEF, which includes studies of the influence of calcium additions in this base-poor ecosystem, the influence of fertilization on soil and rhizosphere processes, and studies of fungal communities in soils and decomposing plant litter. Interested prospective students can contact Dr. Melany Fisk at (828) 262-6910 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the Biology Department at ASU can be found at http://www.biology.appstate.edu/ and more information about research in Dr. Fisk's lab can be found at http://www.biology.appstate.edu/fiskmc.htm. Note: out-of-state tuition remissions can not be guaranteed for students who are not residents of NC. Posted: 10/4/02.
Arizona State University: ASU's IGERT in Urban Ecology has fellowships available for Academic Year 2003/2004. The main objective of this NSF-sponsored program is to educate a new kind of research scientist who is broader, more flexible, more collaborative, and more adept at linking issues in the life, earth, and social sciences than heretofore. This will be year 4 and 5 of the program. IGERT Fellows will be funded for two years by stipend, pending satisfactory progress through their doctoral program. An additional year(s) support may be available through departmental teaching assistantships, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching assistantships, CAP LTER research assistantships, and internships in the public or private sectors. Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents may be considered for IGERT funding. Application deadline is Feb 1, 2003, however, applicant must be accepted into a PhD program at ASU to qualify. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. Posted: 12/2/02.
Arizona State University: Graduate Research Assistant in Plant Biology (MS. or Ph.D.). The overall goal of this project will involve examining the patterns and controls of aboveground net primary production and the relationship between NPP and species diversity in an urban environment (Phoenix, AZ) the This will involve designing experiments/methods, collecting new data as well as synthesizing existing data sets. The successful student will be dedicated to working in the field of Urban Ecology and will have the opportunity to become involved with the LTER Urban Ecology Program at ASU (http://caplter.asu.edu/). This project will need a motivated, hard-working individual who can work independently in the field. For additional details on the degree program see: http://lsvl.la.asu.edu/plantbiology/. Qualifications: Bachelors or Masters degree in an ecological discipline; High interest in Plant Ecology and/or Ecosystem Ecology; Strong quantitative skills with computer and GIS applications highly desirable. Stipend: $17,355/9 months plus out-of-state tuition waiver. Stipends include health insurance. Available: The successful candidate will begin Jan. 2003. Application: Details for application to graduate school are at: http://lsvl.la.asu.edu/plantbiology/text/grad.htm Send letter of interest, CV, copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references to: Dr. John M. Briggs Interim Chair, Department of Plant Biology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1601. 480-727-7360, 480-965-6899 (FAX), John.Briggs@asu.edu, http://18.104.22.168/. Posted: 8/19/02.
Auburn University: A graduate research assistantship is being offered within the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at either the MS or PhD level ($13,800 or $16,100, respectively, including out of state tuition waiver). The student will conduct research on the effects of tropospheric ozone to plant communities indigenous in the southern US. Preference will be given to candidates interested in ecophysiology, community ecology and/or plant-animal-abiotic stress interactions. Start date is negotiable, ideally January 1, 2004. Interested parties should contact Dr. Art Chappelka, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, AL 36849-5418; phone: (334) 844-1047; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 6/16/03.
Auburn University: MS or PhD Graduate Research Assistantship to study the effect of an ant-aphid mutualism on the spread of an aphid-vectored plant virus. Start Summer or Fall 2003. We have identified a mutualistic relationship between fire ants and cotton aphids in cotton fields that enhances population growth of aphids. The cotton aphid is the primary vector for a persistent epidemic of Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) in fresh-market vegetables. We hypothesize that large aphid populations resulting from the fire ant-cotton aphid mutualism enhances the spread of CMV into nearby vegetable crops. The GRA working on this project will have the opportunity to study several aspects of these interactions, including the fire ant-cotton aphid relationship, the cotton aphid-CMV relationship, as well as CMV-vegetable interactions. The student will work closely with both an entomologist (Eubanks) and a plant virologist (Dr. John Murphy). Contact : Micky D. Eubanks, PhD, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, 301 Funchess Hall, Auburn University AL 36849. email@example.com, 334-844-2556, http://www.auburn.edu/~eubanmd/. Posted: 5/13/03.
Auburn University: MS or PhD Graduate Research Assistantship, Insect Ecology. Ongoing projects in the lab include complex trophic interactions involving fire ants, the ecology and evolution of omnivory, and the ecological genetics of plant-herbivore interactions. Project selection is flexible. Start Summer or Fall 2003. Applications accepted until February 1, 2003 or until suitable candidate is found. For more information contact Dr. Micky Eubanks, 301 Funchess Hall, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, AL 36849, PH: 334-844-2556, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/4/02.
Auburn University: I am seeking a Ph.D. graduate student for a study of the evolution of litter size of Columbian ground squirrels in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. A substantial field period is required each year. NSF funding is available to support the research, and the department also provides support via Graduate Teaching Assistantships. The department has a large and active group of faculty and students who specialize in field biology. An individual with a strong interest in behavioral ecology and life-history evolution is sought, and who is qualified for the departmental Ph.D. program. A Bachelor’s degree is required, and candidates with a Master’s degree will be preferred. Field experience in behavioral observation, live-trapping, and handling of small mammals in mountain environments is desirable. Field work could begin as early as April 2003, with graduate course work as early as Fall 2003 (start dates are flexible). Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, examples of writing skills, and the names of three references (with addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers) to: Dr. F. Stephen Dobson Department of Biological Sciences 331 Funchess Hall Auburn University, AL 36849-5414 Phone: 334-844-1699. FAX: 334-844-9252 e-mail: email@example.com. Posted: 11/18/02.
Boise State University: M.S. Graduate Teaching/Research Assistantship, Dept of Biology. The successful applicant will aid in teaching General Zoology and Stream Ecology labs (teaching portion) and work with the PI on a 2-year, federally funded project to study the effects of wildfire on stream food webs and trophic structure (research portion). The student will aid in the: surveying of fish and invertebrate assemblages in burned and unburned streams, estimation of gross primary productivity, and conducting stable isotope analyses. The student may be expected to backpack into rugged mountainous areas for days at a time. Knowledge in fish and invertebrate identification and/or stable isotope analysis would benefit the candidate. Qualifications: B.S., minimum GPA of 3.0, average total GRE scores > 50%. Salary: $11,000/academic year (plus tuition wavier), $5200/summer (13 weeks). Contact: Pete Koetsier, Dept. of Biology, Boise State University, 1910 University Dr., Boise, Idaho 83725-1515. TEL: 208/426-3817, FAX: 208/426/4267, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 6/4/03.
Bradley University: Graduate research assistantship at the MS level is available for a student interested in Ecosystems or Plant Physiological Ecology. The research project will focus on carbon cycling following land-use change in agricultural systems with the specific objective to examine the physiology of trees planted in agricultural soils with differing fertility and assessment of the impact on belowground nutrient turnover. Start Date 8/27/03. For additional information contact Dr. Sherri Morris at Bradley University, Biology Department, 1501 West Bradley Avenue, Peoria IL, 61611, email@example.com 309 677 3016. Posted: 6/16/03.
California State University-Fresno: Research Assistantships (2 at MS level): Sierra Nevada Headwater Streams in the Kings River Sustainable Forest Ecosystem Project. Two research assistantships are available starting this summer for new MS students at Fresno State. 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. 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. Other MS research already underway within the project include: riparian vegetation, sediment transport and surface hydrology, and geological spatial variation. Specific Assistantships (please denote project of interests in all communications): 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. 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. Stipend will be $14,000 for the first year. Continuing support will be through additional grants or teaching assistantships. To apply, send an e-mail message (and attachments) describing research interests and career goals, names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references, academic history, and GRE scores to Dr. Steve Blumenshine: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 559-278-8770; Address: Biology Dept. M/S SB73, CSU-Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740. Posted: 3/5/03.
Case Western Reserve University: Graduate assistantships and tuition waivers are available in the Department of Biology. I am seeking graduate students (both M.S. and Ph.D. levels) interested in experimental population biology or community ecology. Exciting research opportunities exist within the context of (1) natural/anthropogenic disturbance effects on fragmented beech-maple forests and (2) effects of fire regime manipulations on remnant pyrogenic ecosystems of the Midwest. In addition, there are collaborative opportunities with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Holden Arboretum, and The Nature Conservancy. A brief description of my research interests can be viewed at www.cwru.edu/artsci/biol/drewa.htm. These positions will begin August, 2003. Motivated individuals with strong written/communication skills are encouraged to apply. Field experience is desirable; field work will be extensive, especially during the spring and summer. For more information, please contact: Dr. Paul B. Drewa, Voice: (216) 368-4288, E-mail: email@example.com. Posted: 12/11/02.
Clemson University/Idaho State University: Two Ph.D. assistantship opportunities are available to conduct research on a NSF-sponsored project involving the study of introgressive hybridization between native and introduced salmonid fishes. The primary goal of this project is to identify ecological correlates of hybridization between rainbow and Yellowstone cutthroat trout across a watershed in Idaho. Students will develop projects to identify levels of introgression using molecular techniques and multivariate statistics applied to morphometrics. This is a collaborative project between Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina and Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho. One student will be based at Clemson and the other at Idaho State, but both students will be expected to conduct field work in Idaho and molecular genetics in Clemson. We are seeking highly motivated, experienced students that are capable of conducting both laboratory and field research. Applicants with experience in molecular techniques (AFLP or microsatellite markers) in fisheries ecology, multivariate statistical methods and field collecting of stream fishes will be given first consideration. Starting date for the student at Clemson is August 2002 or January 2003 and for the student at Idaho State is May 2003. Interested persons should send a letter of intent describing research experience, interests, technical skills, transcripts, GRE scores and email or postal addresses for two references, to either: Ernest Keeley, Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Box 8007, Pocatello, Idaho, 83201 USA (firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.isu.edu/~keelerne). or Margaret Ptacek, Department of Biological Sciences, 132 Long Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 29634 USA. (email@example.com). Posted: 9/3/02.
Coastal Carolina University: We seek qualified graduate students for our new Masters Degree in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies. This degree offers diverse studies of the processes, features, and organisms within the coastal zone. Current areas of strength include coastal marine geology, coastal environmental chemistry, ecology of freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats and the impact humans have on them. Further information is available at www.coastal.edu/science/coastalstudies/ or contact Dr. Douglas D. Nelson, College of Science, Coastal Carolina University, P.O. Box 261945, Conway S.C. 29526, (843)349-2202, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/10/03.
College of William and Mary: Ph.D. Fellowship in Blue Crab Ecology and Conservation, School of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Virginia. A three-year Willard A. Van Engel (WAVE) Fellowship is available beginning Fall semester, 2003, in support of doctoral research on the blue crab in Chesapeake Bay, with emphasis on the following research areas: environmental and biotic control of recruitment and population dynamics; utility of marine protected areas in conservation; food web dynamics and ecosystem-based management. The fellowship offers an annual stipend of $15,900 and travel funds for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress. Research and tuition expenses are paid by the student’s faculty advisor. The fellowship may be initiated in Summer, 2003, 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 http://www.vims.edu/sms/. Deadline is 15 January 2003. Also, send a letter requesting consideration for the WAVE Fellowship and a resume by 15 January 2003 to: Eugene M. Burreson, President, Willard A. Van Engel Fellowship, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary, P. O. Box 1346, Gloucester Point, VA 23062. Direct questions regarding administration of the fellowship to Dr. Eugene Burreson (email@example.com); direct questions related to research to Dr. Rom Lipcius (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.vims.edu/fish/faculty/lipcius_rn.html). Posted: 11/19/02.
Colorado State University: Ph.D. or MS assistantship in Physiological Plant Ecology in the Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL) is available to study how coupled changes in climate affect carbon, water and nitrogen processes in Mixedgrass Prairie. This project is part of the National Initiative for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC) funded by the Department of Energy. Research associated with this assistantship may examine how deeper snow and multiple summer rain regimes influence net carbon exchange, isotopic (d18O & d13C) relationships between carbon and water cycles or soil N processes. Other related venues of research can be considered as part of developing a dissertation program. The appointee will have access to the NREL facilities including office space, wet and dry laboratories and our stable isotope facility that includes two mass spectrometers and an upgraded pyrolysis unit for solid and liquid d18O analysis. Prospective applicants should have demonstrated background in environmental sciences, plant physiology, isotope ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, plant ecology, biology, or other related disciplines. A MS degree with experience using portable gas exchange equipment, elemental analyzers, mass spectrometers, micrometerological data loggers is preferred. Starting assistantship salary is $15,600. Tuition expenses will be covered by the project and funding is available for 3 years. Applicants are required to meet the minimum requirements for GDPE GRE scores and GPA. Highly motivated and enthusiastic students should send an application packet to: Wendy Stranding, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, NESB Building, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523. The applicant packet should include a letter of interest describing relevant background and training, college transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, and GRE results. Applicant reviews will begin immediately and an appointment will be made by 1 April, 2003. The successful candidate will become a member of our Physiological Ecology Research Program headed by Dr. J. Welker, http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/people/jwelker.html For more information on GDPE, NREL and CSU see http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/GDPE/Homepage.html, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/. Posted: 11/21/02.
Colorado State University: A Ph.D. assistantship in Physiological Plant Ecology in the Natural Resource Ecology Lab (http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/) is available to study Biocomplexity of High Arctic Ecosystems. The primary study site will be at Kap Atoll, NW Greenland near Thule Air Base. Research associated with this assistantship will examine how the water and carbon cycles are coupled with physical and chemical processes in polar deserts, polar semi-deserts and polar fens. The program will also have a series of field manipulations to test the sensitivity of these processes to changes in climate, including deeper snow in winter and warmer summer temperatures. Studies may include quantifying net carbon exchange, leaf-level photosynthetic processes, and sources of water studies. Other related venues of research can be considered as part of developing a dissertation program. These field studies will be carried out from late May to early September and the student will be expected to spend the entire time at the research station. Periodic trips to the study site in winter will also be expected. Candidates with extensive field experience in remote polar or alpine locations are of particular interest and individuals should have experience in plant ecology, environmental sciences, stable isotope ecology, and or biogeochemistry. A MS degree with experience using portable gas exchange equipment, elemental analyzers, mass spectrometers, micrometerological data loggers is preferred. The appointee will have access to the NREL facilities including office space, wet and dry laboratories and our stable isotope facility that includes two mass spectrometers and an upgraded pyrolysis unit for solid and liquid analyses. Prospective applicants should have demonstrated background in environmental sciences, plant physiology, isotope ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, plant ecology, biology, or other related disciplines. Starting assistantship salary is $15,600. Tuition expenses will be covered by the project and funding is available for 3 years for a PhD. Applicants are required to meet the minimum requirements for GDPE GRE scores and GPA. Highly motivated and enthusiastic students should send an application packet to: Wendy Stranding, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, NESB Building, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523. The applicant packet should include a letter of interest describing relevant background and training, college transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, and GRE results. Applicant reviews will begin immediately and an appointment will be made by 1 April 2003. The successful candidate will become a member of our Physiological Ecology Research Program headed by Dr. J. Welker (http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/people/jwelker.html) (email@example.com). Posted: 11/21/02.
Colorado State University/Florida International University: Three PhD Fellowships available for Tropical Forest Ecophysiology and Modeling - January 2003 and January 2004. Two PhD fellowships are available January 2003 for studying the vertical structure and function of the canopy in a wet tropical forest at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. The project aims to understand how canopy structure and function vary within the canopy, across the landscape and with the environment. Measurements will be used with models to determine landscape carbon budgets and to determine links between interannual climate variability, tree growth, and ecosystem carbon storage. An additional PhD fellowship will be available January 2004 on the same project for the modeling component. One field-oriented PhD will be based at Florida International University in Miami, Florida (contact Steve Oberbauer, firstname.lastname@example.org), and two PhDs (field measurements-January 2003 and modeling-January 2004) will be based at Colorado State University (contact Mike Ryan, email@example.com). Posted: 9/3/02, revised: 9/26/02.
Cornell University: The Program in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity is seeking to award several research fellowships to new graduate students beginning in Fall, 2003. This interdisciplinary endeavor, funded by NSF, focuses on research in several broad areas: 1) Elemental sources and cycling; nutrients and metals; 2) Biogeochemistry and biocomplexity: the microbial connection; 3) Nitrogen in terrestrial environments; 4) Ecosystem functioning: effects of variation in genotype and phenotype; and 5) Complex behavior from coupling simple mechanisms. For more detailed information and application guidelines, visit our website: www.biogeo.cornell.edu. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2003. Posted: 12/12/02.
East Tennessee State University: MS student is needed to do research on changes in zooplankton community, population structure of Daphnia populations, and Daphnia life-history during reservoir colonization by native and introduced (Daphnia lumholtzi) species. Field research on several TVA lakes in East TN will include sediment core sampling. Supervised jointly by L. Yampolsky (ETSU) and D. Simberloff (University of Tennessee Knoxville). MS degree to be obtained at ETSU (TA funds may be available, based on ability to teach freshman's Intro Biology labs), further PhD program at UTK is a possibility, based on research performance and availability of funds. Please contact Lev Yampolsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dan Simberloff (email@example.com) with questions about the project and Darrell Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about Masters program at ETSU. Posted: 3/18/03.
Fordham University: M.S. or Ph.D. student needed to serve as co-manager, with another Fordham University graduate student, of the Mianus River Gorge Preserve in Westchester County, NY. Duties will include implementing management, education, and research programs consistent with the Preserve's mission of preserving and protecting, and promoting appreciation of, the natural heritage of the Mianus River Gorge and the quality of its watershed. Thesis/Dissertation projects will be developed within the Preserve's research program, which currently includes a wide variety of topics, from problem deer management to invasive plant and animal ecology. The Fellowship is available in the Ecology Program, Department of Biological Sciences, Fordham University. The Preserve is located ~25 miles from Fordham's Rose Hill Campus, where most coursework will be completed, and ~9 miles from the Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station, where most ecology faculty and research facilities are located. Minimum Qualifications: BS in Wildlife Science, Ecology, Conservation, or a closely related biological science; GPA > 3.3; GRE (Q+V) > 1150; experience related to the duties explained in the description; and enthusiasm for ecology and conservation. Stipend: $17,000/yr plus a full tuition waiver. Starting Date: May 2003. Applications will be accepted through 15 April 2003. Please send a letter of interest, resume, copy of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. Bill Giuliano, Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station, Department of Biological Sciences, Fordham University, 53 Whippoorwill Road, Armonk, NY 10504. 914-273-3078 ext. 20, email@example.com. Posted: 4/1/03.
Fordham University: Graduate student positions available at the Louis Calder Center of Fordham University to study soil ecology. Specific topics include effects of disturbance (fire, defoliation) and anthropogenic effects (global change, nitrogen deposition) on fungal community properties and structure and on ecosystem processes such as carbon and nutrient cycling. Funding will be provided either as Research or Teaching assistantships, depending on availability and student background. Stipends will range between $15,000 to $17,000 per year, plus full tuition remission. For additional information, contact Dr. Amy Tuininga at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (914) 273-3078 ext. 13 or see http://www.fordham.edu/calder_center/. Posted: 11/5/02.
Fordham University: Graduate Teaching and Research Fellowships in Ecology - Fall 2003. The Department of Biology and the Louis Calder Center 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: (http://www.fordham.edu/calder_center/calder-center/ecolgradprog.html). Areas of emphasis for graduate research include: physiological ecology of small mammals, food web studies on benthic algae in streams and rivers, terrestrial and aquatic microbial ecology, global climate change, plant-fungal symbioses, ecology of vector-borne diseases, urban wildlife ecology, ectomycorrhizal responses to local and regional disturbance, interactions between UV radiation and dissolved organic matter dynamics, and paleo-environmental studies on the causes of vertebrate extinctions. Students will have available the facilities of the Louis Calder Center -Biological Station for their studies (http://www.fordham.edu/calder_center). Stipends range from $15,000 to $17,000 per year, plus full tuition remission. Applications for the Fall 2003 semester are now being accepted. Applications may be requested from: http://www.fordham.edu/gsas/ For any questions, please contact us by email (email@example.com) or by writing: Graduate Admission, Louis Calder Center - Biological Station, Fordham University, PO Box 887, Armonk, NY 10504. Posted: 10/28/02.
Friedrich-Schiller-University: PhD student - Ecological Modeling and Spatial Statistics. The collaborative project 'Ecology of arid savannas' is looking for a highly motivated PhD student. The position is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and is available for 2 + 1 years from May 1st 2003 or later. The salary is at the German civil service level BAT-O IIa/2 (about EUR 18 000 before taxes, depending on age and family status). Savannas regularly undergo suppression of grassy species by woody plants often unpalatable to livestock which reduces the carrying capacity and biodiversity of savannas. This widespread phenomenon of bush encroachment causes substantial economic and ecological problems and is therefore of particular interest. The overall aim of the project is to study the functioning of arid savannas as a first step towards combating bush encroachment. The PhD student will conduct statistical analyses of spatial distributions of trees and further develop and analyze a spatially explicit model of savanna dynamics. Requirements: ·MSc (or German diploma) in biology or a related field, with knowledge in geostatistics and programming, OR physics, mathematics, computer science, or a related field and knowledge in ecology. ·Good English in reading and writing. Knowledge of German is not essential but helpful. ·Ability to collaborate closely and interdisciplinary. ·Willingness to work twice for several weeks in South Africa. ·Experience in ecological modeling and good programming skills, preferably in C++. Candidates not meeting both criteria must carry out a one month-internship. For further information contact Dr. Kerstin Wiegand, Tel.: +49 641 99 37545, Fax: +49 641 99 37549, E-Mail: Kerstin.Wiegand@uni-jena.de. See also Pniel Project: www.sun.ac.za/consecol/pniel . To apply, send cover letter, CV, list of publications, and the names of two referees to: Dr. Kerstin Wiegand, Dept. of Agriculture, IFZ, Justus-Liebig-University, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26, D-35392 Giessen. Posted: 2/5/03.
Frostburg State University: Funding is available to support study toward the M.S. in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology (AECB). Project will support landscape-scale forest conservation and management through sampling and analysis of understory characteristics and identifying ecological indicators for measuring and monitoring forest ecosystem integrity. Student will work in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. Minimal requirements are a B.S. in biology (or related field) and strong field botany skills. Stipend is $15,500/yr with some benefits and tuition coverage. For information on the AECB Program see www.frostburg.edu/dept/biol/biolmain.htm. For consideration send cover letter, resume (including names, addresses (postal and email), and phone numbers for 3 references), transcripts, GRE scores, and statement of educational goals to: Dr. Steve Seagle, UMCES Appalachian Lab, 301 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532. Application review begins June 20, 2003; position remains open until filled. Posted: 5/15/03.
Georgia Southern University: Two M.S. Assistantships in Marine Biology. Funding is available starting January 2003 to support two Master's students to study benthic invertebrates and cryptic fishes of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (http://www.graysreef.nos.noaa.gov/). Students will be expected to assist in the development of a comprehensive web-based field guide for these groups of organisms, but will also be expected to develop a hypothesis-driven research project based on organisms in the Sanctuary. Scuba diving certification is required and an ability to pilot boats offshore and work in rough sea conditions is preferred. Successful applicants will receive a research assistantship for the spring and summer and a teaching assistantship for the fall. Total annual stipend will be approximately $11,500 with a tuition waiver. Interested students should contact either Alan Harvey (912-681-5784; firstname.lastname@example.org), Danny Gleason (912-681-5957; email@example.com), or Steve Vives (912-681-5954; firstname.lastname@example.org). Information about the Department of Biology at GSU can be found at http://www.bio.gasou.edu/. Posted: 10/15/02.
Idaho State University: The Department of Biological Sciences has several graduate fellowships available in the area of environmental biotechnology /microbiology. For example, fellowships are available to investigate the structure, diversity and function of microbial communities in extreme, thermophilic environments. This project is part of an interdisciplinary effort to link microbial activity with environmentally relevant processes, such as metal biotransformation. For this project PhD level applicants will be given preferred consideration; exceptional MS level applicants will also be considered. Applicants should have some experience using standard culture-based methods as well as molecular techniques, and experience with enzyme assay techniques and analytical chemistry is desirable. These assistantships will provide a strong interdisciplinary research experience and access to the departmental environmental biotechnology curriculum. For additional information please contact Maribeth Watwood (208-282-3090; email@example.com). Visit the departmental web page (www.isu.edu/departments/bios/) for additional information relative to facilities, faculty expertise and additional opportunities. Posted: 9/30/02.
Iowa State University: M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology or Statistics to develop sampling protocols for surveillance for Chronic Wasting Disease of deer. Opportunity to explore spatial epidemiology and landscape ecology of disease as well as statistical performance of sampling designs. Project is funded by the USGS National Wildlife Health Center and provides the opportunity to work with scientists at NWHC on a statistical internship. Annual stipend of $18,500 plus scholarship support for either one-half or full tuition. Applications accepted immediately. Send letter of interest, resume, transcripts, and GRE scores to Dr. William Clark or Dr. David Otis, Iowa State University, 124 Science II, Ames, IA 50011, 515-294-5176, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.public.iastate.edu/~wrclark. Posted: 11/14/02.
Kansas State University: Two Graduate Research Assistants, 0.5 time. Conduct fundamental research in the area of soil microbial ecology on mycorrhizal symbiosis on the allocation and storage of C soils and on N availability. An M.S. in soil microbiology, ecology microbiology, or related field, and effective oral and written communication skills required. Experience in soil microbial techniques, statistics, and gas chromatography highly desirable. A background in soil chemical analysis, and stable isotopes (13C and 15N) desirable. The annual stipend is $16,336 for a Ph.D. candidate. For complete information see http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/agronomy/employment/welcome.asp or http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/pr_s3sm/position/positions.htm For further information, contact Dr. Rice at (785) 532-7217 or email@example.com Send letter of application including resume, transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Charles W. Rice, Kansas State University, Department of Agronomy, Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, Manhattan, KS 66506-5501. Please refer to Position # 434 and # 435 when applying. Posted: 5/29/03.
Kansas State University: A MS or Ph.D position is available, open start date, to work on a project bridging experiments on the fate of whole-stream 15N-nitrate tracer releases with expression of genes for nitrification, denitrification, or nitrogen fixation as part of a larger ecological genomics initiative. Current stipends are $18,500 (students pay in-state tuition and fees). See http://www.ksu.edu/doddslab, http://www.k-state.edu/biology/ and http://www.ksu.edu/ecogen/ for more information. If you are interested please contact Walter Dodds (785) 532 6998, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/13/03.
Kansas State University: Ecological Genomics: Genes in Ecology and Ecology in Genes. This research initiative will link responses of living systems to environmental change at the genetic level. The overarching goal of this research initiative is to identify the genes that are involved in organismal responses to the environment. This Ecological Genomics initiative takes advantage of existing strengths at Kansas research universities (KSU, KU, WSU) in genetics and genomics, ecology and evolutionary biology to answer cross-cutting questions that lie at the interface of genomics and ecology. This collaborative research effort will cross both disciplines (genetics and ecology) and departments as well as campuses. In addition, this initiative will also take advantage of experimental manipulations at the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. Research and education opportunities exist for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in this large collaborative and interdisciplinary effort. More information about the Kansas Ecological Genomics collaborative research groups can be found at http://www.ksu.edu/ecogen. Fifteen faculty with interests spanning from genetics and genomics of model organisms (Arabidopsis, C. elegans, Drosophila) to microbial, plant and animal organismic biology, and ecosystem ecology are involved in this new research initiative. For postdoctoral fellows, we seek candidates with Ph.D.s in either ecology and/or molecular biology. Students are encouraged to apply for Ph.D. level training. For graduate studies, we seek candidates with knowledge and interest in either ecology and/or molecular biology. Importantly, applicants should have the interest and willingness to cross disciplines. The earliest start date for the post-doctoral positions is March 1, 2003. Graduate positions available for Fall 2003. For more information on these opportunities, email us at email@example.com or contact Loretta Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mike Herman (email@example.com). To apply, send your CV and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/30/03.
Kansas State University: Two graduate student research assistantships are available to work on a project to determine the diversity of ericoid mycorrhizal fungi and the importance of that diversity for plant productivity and nutrient uptake in arctic tundra. The students will work with KSU researchers Ari Jumpponen (Mycologist) and Loretta Johnson (Ecosystem Ecologist). The goals are to characterize mycorrhizal fungi from ericaceous plants using morphological and molecular approaches as well as determine the ability of plants and ErM fungi for uptake of complex organic sources of nitrogen under laboratory and field conditions. The project involves a field component at the Toolik Lake Long Term Ecological Research Site on Alaska's North Slope and a laboratory component at KSU. Applicants should be available to begin work on the project during summer 2003 or at the latest fall 2003. Applicants should have experience in plant ecology and stable isotopes or working with pure cultures and molecular techniques. For further information on the available positions contact Ari Jumpponen (email@example.com; tel. 785 532 6751) or Loretta Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org; tel. 785 532 6921, (http://www.ksu.edu/johnsonlab/). Posted: 1/30/03.
Kansas State University: A PhD graduate assistantship is available on an NSF-funded project examining the impact of climatic variability on above- and belowground productivity and community composition in grassland ecosystems. The objective of the project is to evaluate the impact of experimentally-manipulated rainfall variability on assemblages of common tallgrass prairie grasses and forbs in order to test hypotheses about climatic variability and responses of grassland plant functional groups. This study will complement other ongoing experiments on climatic variability in the Konza Prairie LTER program, and there will be opportunities to synthesize results from these and other studies as part of the dissertation research. Primary responsibilities will include constructing the experimental infrastructure, establishing experimental grass and forb assemblages, designing and implementing a sampling program for quantifying soil water dynamics, above and belowground plant productivity, plant life history and ecophysiological responses. Desired qualifications include an M.S. in ecology or related field with experience in plant ecology, plant gas exchange and water-relations. Experience in soil ecology also desirable. Compensation includes a competitive twelve-month stipend. The position is available beginning September 1, 2002, and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Instructions for applying to the Graduate Degree Program in Biology at Kansas State University are available at www.ksu.edu/biology/bio/application_procedure.html. Applicants should also submit a copy of application materials to: Dr. Phil Fay, Division of Biology, Ackert Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-4901. Phone: 785-532-6743, fax: 532-6653, email: email@example.com. Posted: 8/19/02.
Miami University: We are searching for a person to fill a graduate research assistantship for a project on conservation biology and secondary science education. The assistantship will involve working with high-school teachers at a summer workshop on conservation biology and then working with these teachers and their students during the academic year on a joint project examining the genetic effects of forest fragmentation. This assistantship is part of the Leadership Alliance in the Biological Sciences. The ideal candidate for the position will be a person who wants to earn a Master's or Ph.D. in conservation biology through Miami's Graduate Program in Ecology. We prefer applicants interested in conservation genetics and biogeography. The assistantship includes full out-of-state tuition and an annual stipend of approximately $15,000. The position will officially start August 15, 2003, but arrangements can be made to start around May 15. Questions should be directed to Dr. David J. Berg (Department of Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056; 513-529-3174; BergDJ@muohio.edu). My research interests are in population genetic structure of aquatic invertebrates. Current projects include examining regional patterns of genetic structure in freshwater mussels, phylogeography of desert amphipods, and interactions among benthic invertebrates in western Lake Erie. Potential applicants are urged to submit materials as soon as possible and indicate their preferred starting date. Departmental information and PDF files of application materials can be found at http://zoology.muohio.edu. Hard copy of application materials can be requested from Ms. Joni Robinson, administrative secretary, via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at Department of Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056. Posted: 2/12/03.
Michigan State University: A graduate research assistantship (PhD) is available starting 9/1/03 to examine the impact of invasive species on food web structure and function, and fish communities. Research will focus on using Network Analysis for food webs in Lake Ontario (Bay of Quinte) and Oneida Lake. The emphasis of the work will be on data integration, data analysis and modeling. Travel will be expected between the various sites to interact with collaborators. Funding is available for 3 years. Student will be enrolled in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU (http://www.fw.msu.edu/). If interested send letter describing research interests, names and addresses of 3 references, transcripts (unofficial OK), and GRE scores (unofficial OK) to Doran M. Mason, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, 2205 Commonwealth Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Email: Doran.Mason@noaa.gov. Web: http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Profiles/mason.html. Posted: 2/5/03.
Michigan State University: I (Scott Peacor) have funding to support doctoral students interested in investigating aquatic ecosystems. 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). I combine theory and empirical work to address general 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"). I am seeking graduate students interested in empirical studies that have a theoretical component, or developing a theoretical research project. For example, students might examine (1) how food web structure affects containment flow through food webs, (2) how food web structure affects relative contributions of benthic or terrestrial systems to lake productivity, (3) how the use of multiple habitats (i.e. benthic and pelagic) by species affects stability and density, (4) how physical processes affect species interactions and food web dynamics, (5) what species traits determine the success and impact of an invasive species, (6) the role of trait-mediated indirect interactions (phenotypic plasticity) in species interactions (in general, or for particular species), (7) using isotopes to uncover general properties of food webs and energy flow, (8) other empirical and/or theoretical problems. If interested or you would just like to know more about potential opportunities please visit my web page (www.msu.edu/~peacor) and/or contact me at email@example.com. Posted: 9/30/02.
Michigan State University: Graduate Research Assistantship (Ph.D.), Dept. Fisheries and Wildlife. Responsibilities: Three years of support to work on a collaborative research project to examine the impact of nonindigenous invasive species on food web structure and function, and fish communities. Research will focus on using Network Analysis for food webs in Lake Ontario (Bay of Quinte) and Oneida Lake, NY. The emphasis of the work will be on data integration, data analysis and modeling. Qualifications: M.S. (although exceptional students without a M.S. will be considered) in fisheries, ecology, biology, or a related field and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School of Michigan State University (http://www.fw.msu.edu/programs/graduate/). Successful applicant will have strong communication skills, and background and/or aptitude/interest in quantitative analysis, modeling, and food webs. Salary: Stipend of $17,000 per year plus tuition waiver. January 2003 admissions preferred, although actual start date is negotiable. Send letter describing research interests and career goals, names and addresses of 3 references, transcripts (unofficial OK), and GRE scores (unofficial OK) to Dr. Doran M. Mason, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, 2205 Commonwealth Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Email: Doran.Mason@noaa.gov. For more information on Network Analysis and Project see: http://www.cbl.cees.edu/~ulan/ntwk/network.html http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Task_rpts/nsmason10-1.html. Posted: 7/25/02.
Michigan Technological University: We are seeking a Masters level graduate student to work on a project investigating the effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and tropospheric ozone (O3t) on carbon cycling in trembling aspen, paper birch and sugar maple ecosystems in the Upper Midwest. Concentrations of these atmospheric constituents are rising rapidly due to industrial society, with the potential to alter forest function and possibly the global climate. The work is based at Michigan Technological University and involves ongoing research at the FACTS-II Aspen FACE Project in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The FACTS-II project (http://oden.nrri.umn.edu/factsii/), the largest of its kind in the world, uses advanced technology to simulate atmospheric conditions predicted for the year 2050. Elevated atmospheric CO2 acts as a fertilizer, increasing rates of photosynthesis and growth, whereas O3t is toxic to plants. How forest productivity and carbon cycling respond to these co-occurring pollutants in the future will be crucial to the sustainable supply of wood products and the ecological benefits provided by forests, including interaction with the global climate system. We hypothesize that early and late successional tree species will respond to the changing atmosphere differently, in ways consistent with their overall life history strategies. The current work will focus on how changes in root chemistry influence induction of soil microbial enzymes that control decomposition and formation of soil organic carbon (SOC). This will involve controlled incubations of root material produced under the experimental treatments and analysis of changes in chemistry, decomposition dynamics, and induction of soil microbial enzymes in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan. Funding is available to support this position immediately and we are looking for a student to begin in the Spring semester, 2003. Applicants must have a B.S. in Biology, Environmental Science or related field, and previous lab experience is a plus. Interested persons should contact Dr. John S. King, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 49931, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-482-6303 ext. 13. Posted: 11/13/02.
Mississippi State University: M.S. Graduate Assistantship in Avian Ecology. I am seeking an outstanding person to conduct viability analyses for a select group of avifauna on National Forests. Applicants should possess a B.S. degree in Ecology or related field, strong work ethic, a desire to conduct field research, analyze data, and publish results. Preference will be given to applicants with GIS skills and a strong academic record. Support will be comprised of teaching and research assistantships. Preferred starting date is 15 May 2003. Closing date is 15 March 2003, or until suitable candidate is found. Interested parties should send cover letter outlining their qualifications for the project, copies of transcripts, GRE scores (unofficial acceptable), and contact information of at least 3 references (including email and phone number) to Dr. Eric Linder, PO Box GY, Department of Biological Sciences, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Ph (662) 325-7568; Email ETL5@biology.msstate.edu. Information on lab can be found at http://www.msstate.edu/dept/biosciences/linder.htm. Posted: 2/20/03.
Mississippi State University: Ph. D. Graduate Assistantship in Avian Ecology. I am seeking an outstanding graduate student to join my lab and conduct research in the area of avian ecology. Student will be supported by teaching or research assistantship and outstanding individuals are eligible for a department fellowship. Project will be determined by the student. For a sample of current research topics please see: http://www.msstate.edu/dept/biosciences/linder.htm . Minimally applicants should possess a B.S. degree in Ecology or related field (M.S. preferred), strong work ethic, a desire to conduct field research, analyze data, and publish results. Preference will be given to applicants with field research experience and a strong academic record. Preferred starting date is 15 May 2003 (although fall '03 will be considered). Closing date is 8 March 2003, or until suitable candidate is found. Interested parties should send cover letter outlining their qualifications for the project, copies of transcripts, GRE scores (unofficial acceptable), and contact information of at least 3 references (including email and phone number) to Dr. Eric Linder, PO Box GY, Department of Biological Sciences, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Ph (662) 325-7568; Email ETL5@biology.msstate.edu. Posted: 2/20/03.
Montana State University: We are seeking PhD graduate student applications for research examining how the genetics and ecology of tubificid worms influence the risk of whirling disease in salmonids. In the laboratory, we have shown that genetic strains of T. tubifex (the alternative host of Myxobolus cerebralis, the causative agent of whirling disease) vary greatly in their ability to propagate the parasite. We will examine the significance of these results for wild salmonid populations in the upper Madison and Yellowstone River drainages in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration among investigators at Montana State University, the Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA, and the National Park Service. The program of the successful candidate will be interdisciplinary--he or she will be broadly trained in both molecular biology and ecology and should have a strong interest in fully developing both laboratory and field skills. Experience working in both the laboratory and the field is desirable. The graduate program must begin no later than Jan 2004. The successful applicant will be supported for 2 years by a graduate fellowship ($1300/mo) with $3000/year in tuition allowance. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with the project investigators to develop proposals to fund the remainder of the project. In addition, teaching assistantships in the Department of Ecology will be available to fund the student's salary through the remainder of the project. Applications should include a letter of introduction, resume, unofficial copies of all transcripts, GRE scores, names and phone numbers of two references, and a sample of scientific writing. Mail applications to: Whirling Disease Genetics Position, Ecology Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717 or apply via email with attachments to email@example.com . Please include "Whirling Disease Genetics Position" in the subject header. Posted: 5/6/03.
Montana State University: The Landscape Biodiversity Lab at Montana State University seeks a doctoral student with a project relating to biodiversity management on forested landscapes. The student will work on an interdisciplinary research team, will work closely with forest industry biologists, and will supervise summer field crews collecting bird point count data. A monthly stipend and support for tuition and fees will be provided for three-year period. Applicant should have M.S. in forest ecology, landscape ecology, or related field; and have evidence of high academic performance and intellectual potential. It is desired that the applicant have a strong background in forest ecology, landscape ecology, and/or conservation biology; training and/or experience in field sampling of avian communities, statistical analysis, geographic information systems, and/or landscape management; and experience in working with an integrated team on quantitative approaches to ecological questions across comparative ecosystems. Screening will begin March 1, 2003 and continue until a suitable applicant is found. Applicants should send, fax, or email: 1) a letter of application describing how their training, expertise, talents and experience qualify them to fulfill the required and preferred qualifications for the position mentioned above; 2) a resume or curriculum vitae; 3) transcripts (official or unofficial) of all university academic work; 5) GRE scores; and 4) names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references to: Dr. Andrew J. Hansen, Ecology Department, 310 Lewis Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, Phone: (406) 994-6046; FAX: (406) 994-3190. For additional information or questions email firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/21/03.
Montana State University: Dr. John Priscu is seeking a Ph.D. level student to work on a recently funded NSF Microbial Observatory project entitled "Collaborative Research: Microbial Diversity and Function in the Permanently Ice-Covered-Lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica". The project will begin in April 2003 and extend through March 2008. The student will be required to spend several months each year in Antarctica and the remainder of the year based at Montana State University. Background information on the Priscu Research Group can be found at http://www.homepage.montana.edu/~lkbonney/ and http://salegos-scar.montana.edu/ . Serious students should contact John Priscu (email@example.com). Application deadline is April 1, 2003. Posted: 12/23/02.
New Mexico State University: Two masters’ level research assistantships are available in the Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences. The research will focus on simulation modeling of biological control of invasive species, and on applications of population viability analysis methods to the management and control of invasive species. The research assistants will be free to develop masters’ thesis topics in these areas, or on topics of their choice. The positions are available 1 January 2003. Qualifications: Completed bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, ecology, conservation biology, or related area of study; willingness to learn new research techniques; ability to work as part of a team. Good computer skills essential, but programming experience not necessary; software training (Matlab, S-Plus, ArcGIS) provided as needed. To apply: 1) Apply for admission to the NMSU Dept of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences graduate program at http://leopold.nmsu.edu/graduate_program/. 2) Send an email to Dr. Mark Andersen (firstname.lastname@example.org) describing your interest in the project and in the position, a résumé or curriculum vitae, and GRE scores. Posted: 9/26/02.
Northern Arizona University: PhD Assistantship available in Forest Ecology in Paul Beier's lab for research on the 3-trophic level interaction among avian predators, forest insects, and growth of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak. We will test the hypothesis that insectivorous birds increase the growth of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak by reducing the numbers of phytophagous insects. Approximate Dates: 15 August 2003-14 August 2007. The full project proposal (12 pages) is available at http://www.for.nau.edu/research/pb1/. Support includes a stipend of $14,500 per year, a partial tuition waiver, health insurance, and an operations budget of $3,000 per year for each of 4 years. Please send letter of interest, resume, photocopy of transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to Paul Beier, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ 86004-5018. Voice 928-523-9341. Paul.Beier@nau.edu. Posted: 12/2/02.
Northern Arizona University: A Master of Science Research Assistantship is available in the School of Forestry (www.for.nau.edu), Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff ($13,250/y plus health insurance coverage). The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team investigating the utility of forest insect communities as indicators of ponderosa pine forest health at the landscape scale. This position will focus on the measurement of key soil pools and processes known to covary with forest condition, such as microbial biomass and rates of soil nitrogen cycling. Funding is available for two years starting in the spring or summer of 2003. Contact Dr. Stephen C. Hart for application information (email@example.com; 928-523-6637). Posted: 11/7/02.
Northern Arizona University: Tree Physiology/Entomology. A position for a Master's level Research Assistantship is open in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University (NAU). The researcher will work with an interdisciplinary team consisting of Drs. Tom Kolb (Forest Ecophysiology) and Mike Wagner (Forest Entomology) on a project supported by the USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program. The overall objective of the project is to assess the effects of thinning and burning treatments in Southwestern ponderosa pine forests on bark beetle populations and tree growth, stress, and resistance to bark beetles. Our experiment consists of replicated landscape-level treatments that represent the full range of managed and unmanaged conditions in Southwestern ponderosa pine. The work will require field assessments of bark beetle populations and tree physiological characteristics. Funding is available for 2 years. The position is available Spring 2003. Qualifications: Completed B.S. in forestry, entomology, ecology, or a related area of study; professional interest in forest health research; high motivation to learn new research techniques; ability to work long hours in field research; ability to travel and work unusual hours; ability to work collaboratively with a research team; ability to use computers, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Stipend: $13,250 per year; waiver of out-of-state tuition; health insurance. Application: Please send an email to Dr. Kolb that describes your interest in the position and qualifications, a summary of academic training and performance, and GRE scores. Tom Kolb, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5018. Ph: 928-523-7491, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/25/02.
Ohio State University: A graduate teaching/research associateship (M.S.) will be available, beginning the summer or fall of 2003, to pursue research in forest ecology/forest restoration ecology at the School of Natural Resources, The Ohio State University (http://snr.osu.edu). 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 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. Course work 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 course work 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 February 15, 2003. If interested, send preliminary e-mail or letter of inquiry and resume, describing research interests and academic qualifications, to either Dr. P. Charles Goebel (email@example.com) or Dr. David M. Hix (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/13/03.
Ohio State University: M.S. or Ph.D. Research Assistantships in the School of Natural Resources. Responsibilities: Examine the impacts of different land use activities on stream fish and macroinvertebrate assemblages. Research will be conducted in Louisiana and Ohio. The student(s) will work as part of a collaborative research team of university and agency biologists. The project will involve extensive field work, and may require living in Louisiana during the summer sampling period. Some teaching responsibilities also will be required. Qualifications: (1) B.S. (M.S. for Ph.D. student) in fisheries management, ecology, zoology, or related field; (2) demonstrated academic success (GPA > 3.2, GRE > 1100 (verbal & quantitative)); (3) strong verbal and quantitative skills; (4) previous experience with fishes and/or macroinvertebrates. Stipend: Approximately $14,700 (M.S. student) or $15,600 (Ph.D. student) per year plus tuition. Support to include both research and teaching responsibilities. Open until filled, but preference will be given for applications completed by January 2003. Preferred starting date May 2003 (may be somewhat flexible). Contact: Submit a letter of interest, CV, unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and the contact information of 3 references to: Dr. Lance Williams, School of Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210; 614-292-7739; email@example.com; web: http://snr.osu.edu/myhome/williams.2323. Posted: 10/28/02.
Ohio University: The Department of Environmental and Plant Biology invites qualified applicants for the M.S. or Ph.D. program. We have numerous graduate assistantships (research and teaching positions) to support students who are interested in earning a degree with a focus on plant ecology, evolutionary pattern, and evolutionary process. Within our department of 15 faculty, we have 10 persons whose research addresses plant ecology and systematics. Our department is particularly strong in two areas: phylogenetic systematics and eastern deciduous forest ecology. Our research facilities include an herbarium, greenhouse, experimental garden with shade houses, growth chambers, DNA analysis facility, scientific imaging facility with electron microscopes, 170-acre land lab adjacent to the University, and a 455-acre land lab in east-central Ohio, containing Dysart Woods, a 50-acre old-growth mixed mesophytic forest. For more information about our faculty, department, and surroundings, please visit: http://www.plantbio.ohiou.edu/ We welcome visits from prospective students. Interested persons should contact the departmental graduate chair, Brian C. McCarthy. Posted: 2/20/03.
Oklahoma State University: Fire Ecology Assistantships (M.S. and Ph.D.). The Rangeland Ecology and Management Program is currently conducting fire ecology research across the Southern Great Plains. This research is focused on the role of heterogeneity in regulating the effects of fire in grassland and shrubland ecosystems. The research is funded by grants from USDA and The Nature Conservancy. The focus of student research could include the role of grazing-fire interactions, fire effects on biological diversity, and rangeland productivity. For more information contact: Dr. Samuel D. Fuhlendorf (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. David M. Engle (email@example.com), Phone: 405/744-6410. Posted: 4/29/03.
Oregon State University: The successful candidate will develop an M.S. thesis related to Bayesian Hierarchical Models for forest ecology and forest management applications in the Department of Forest Science at Oregon State University. A 2 year stipend and tuition is available starting in the fall term, 2003 for a quantitatively-oriented student. Qualifications include a bachelor's degree in a natural resource field that includes coursework in statistical methods or quantitative analysis. The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to work in the interface between statistical methods and natural resources applications, be quantitatively-oriented, have excellent oral and written communication skills and be strongly self-motivated. More information and answers to questions can be obtained by contacting Dr. Lisa Ganio, (firstname.lastname@example.org, (541)737-6577 ). Information about the College of Forestry and the Department of Forest Science, including their admissions requirements and deadlines: http://www.cof.orst.edu/cof/fs/. Posted: 1/27/03.
Pennsylvania State University: five-year graduate fellowships for highly qualified students interested in pursuing a PhD in various aspects of plant ecophysiology. A variety of intercollege graduate programs are available to meet students' interests including: Ecology, Plant Physiology, and the Ecological and Molecular Plant Physiology option of Integrative Biosciences. Fellowships are available for students interested in working with faculty in the following areas: Rhizosphere ecology: 1. David Eissenstat, email: email@example.com, website: http://hortweb.cas.psu.edu/dept/faculty/eissenstat/eissenstat.html; 2. Roger Koide, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: http://www.cas.psu.edu/docs/casdept/hort/EnvHort/ Chemical ecology: 1. Jack Schultz, email: email@example.com, website http://schultzlab.cas.psu.edu/; 2. Consuelo de Moraes, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ento.psu.edu/personnel/Faculty%20pages/demoraes.htm. Please contact individual faculty directly if you are interested in a particular program. Posted: 11/20/02.Purdue University: A graduate assistantship in wildlife ecology is anticipated for either Spring or Fall 2003. The successful candidate will participate in an ongoing interdisciplinary effort aimed at understanding the effects of human-induced changes in landscapes on population dynamics and community organization of vertebrates. The successful applicant's research will focus specifically on the effect of habitat loss and fragmentation on animal movements using translocation experiments and spatial modeling. Potential also exists to integrate results into decision support systems for land-use planning. Strong quantitative skills and coursework in ecology are required, and experience with spatial or statistical modeling is desirable. A working knowledge of GIS and a programming language also would be helpful. Candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.2 and a cumulative GRE score of at least 1300 (V+Q). Please email a short (1-page) letter of interest, including cumulative GPA, GRE scores, and contact telephone numbers and email addresses for three references to: Robert K. Swihart, Graduate Committee Chair, Dept. Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN 47907-1159 (email@example.com). Graduate stipends currently are $14,960 (M.S.) and $17,175 (Ph.D.) per year. All inquiries must be received by 15 September to be considered for spring admission. Posted: 8/19/02.
Queen's University: Remote Sensing and Indigenous Knowledge of the Habitats and Population Ecology of an Endangered Species in the Canadian High Arctic. Dr. Michael A.D. Ferguson of the Nunavut Wildlife Service and Dr. Paul Treitz of Queen’s University are seeking two graduate students to join an interdisciplinary research program. The primary goal of this program is to enhance the long-term conservation of endangered Peary caribou and their habitats on Canada’s high Arctic islands. Inuit of Resolute Bay are active participants in the program. As part of this interdisciplinary team, each selected student will concentrate on one of the following areas: - Remote sensing of winter habitats of Peary caribou at the landscape scale. - Inuit qaujimajatuqangit (indigenous knowledge) of historical and current distributions and ecology of Peary caribou and muskoxen. Both aspects of this project have interesting challenges and opportunities for students interested in wildlife habitat and foraging ecology, Arctic and landscape ecology, scaling issues, global/climate change, interdisciplinary studies, endangered species conservation and management, and/or cross-cultural utilization of knowledge. The candidates will be co-supervised by Drs. M. Ferguson and P. Treitz. Both students should be mature and highly motivated. For further information, contact: Dr. Michael A.D. Ferguson (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Dr. Paul Treitz (email@example.com). Posted: 7/3/02.
San Diego State University: We are looking for a few highly motivated Ph.D. students for research in the Chaparral on elevated CO2 and Alaskan Arctic, Californian Chaparral, arid ecosystems of Baja California and La Paz, and agricultural ecosystems of the Midwest or the Great Plains. Research opportunities include ecophysiology, ecosystem effects of elevated CO2 (FACE, CO2LT null balance chambers), patterns and controls on CO2 flux, tower based eddy covariance, aircraft measurements of eddy covariance and remote sensing, and ecosystem modelling. www: http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/GCRG/ There are opportunities in soil ecology with Dr. David Lipson. Ph.D. opportunities in ecology also exist with other members of the Ecology Program Area (http://www.bio.sdsu.edu/ecology/ecology.html). Interested students should contact Walt Oechel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or apply to the Joint Ph.D. Program online at http://www.csumentor.edu/AdmissionApp/grad_apply.asp. Posted: 11/21/02.
Sonoma State University: A two-year Graduate Research Assistantship (masters degree) is available starting January 2003 to assist in research investigating the spread of an emerging and virulent pathogen (Phytophthora ramorum) that causes a lethal canker disease of several oak (Quercus) species and tanoak (Lithocarpus). This disease, known as Sudden Oak Death (SOD), has reached epidemic levels in the Coast Ranges of California and southwestern Oregon. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this multidisciplinary project will integrate spatial data on community structure and environmental variation, with investigations of mechanisms underlying spread of Phytophthora to model changes in the distribution of the plant disease across the landscape. The successful applicant will assist with 1) analyzing spatial patterns of disease incidence; 2) examining the influence of landscape structure on disease spread; and 3) linking data on plant community structure from field plots with high-resolution (1 m) multi-spectral aircraft imagery to map the spatial distribution of host species. Qualifications: Bacherlor's degree in biology or equivalent with at least 2 years work experience using GIS and remote-sensing data for ecological research. Successful applicant will have strong communication skills with background and/or aptitude/interest in quantitative analysis, spatial modeling, image processing, and fieldwork. The applicant should also have background and interests in landscape ecology, plant ecology, and ecosystem dynamics. Stipend: $16,000 per year for two years. Contact: Dr. Ross Meentemeyer (PI), Department of Geography, Adjunct Biology Faculty, (Tel): 707.664.2558, (Email): email@example.com. Closing Date: For January 2003 admission, application materials should be received by October 31, 2002 and sent to Dr. Richard Whitkus, Graduate Coordinator, Department of Biology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Send letter describing research interests and career goals, and all materials requested on the Graduate Program webpage (www.sonoma.edu/biology/gradprogram/admission.html). Posted: 8/26/02.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale: The Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory is inviting applications for a Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S.) beginning August 2003. Assistantships are on a 12-month basis and pay $1,184/month plus full tuition waiver and support for research activities. For more information about our graduate program, see http://www.siu.edu/~wildlife Successful applicant will study raccoon ecology in southern Illinois. Project objectives are to: (1) estimate home range size and overlap, (2) quantify movement patterns, and (3) assess spatial organization relative to agricultural crop damage and potential disease transmission. Field research activities will consist of live-trapping, radiotelemetry, population abundance estimation, and crop damage evaluation. Quantitative analyses will include habitat use, population dynamics, home ranges, and movements, and entail the use of a GIS, multivariate statistics, and several computer software programs. Graduate studies will lead to a M.S. in Zoology (with emphasis in Wildlife Ecology) at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. To be considered, an applicant must have (1) completed a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Ecology, Zoology, or related field; (2) achieved a GPA ?3.0; and (3) scored ?1100 combined on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. Applicant must have superior quantitative skills and experience in capturing and radiotracking animals. Above all, he/she must be a hard worker, independent afield and at the computer, and be able to work in adverse field conditions. Application: Provide a letter of interest that includes (1) a brief biographical sketch including career goals; and (2) a resume including previous experience, GRE scores, and GPA. Application packets will be provided to candidates selected for further consideration. Mail, FAX, or e-mail materials to: Dr. Clay Nielsen, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, Mailcode 6504, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901. FAX: 618-453-6944, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/18/03.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Ph.D. Research Assistantships in tropical stream ecology and herpetology. Two graduate research assistantships are available as part of a NSF funded project investigating how extinctions of stream-dwelling amphibians will affect tropical stream ecosystem structure and function. The two doctoral students on this project will live at remote research sites in the Panamanian highlands on a year-round basis for 2 years and then move to Carbondale to finish their research and degree requirements. The stream ecology position will focus on evaluating stream food webs and energy flow (organic matter dynamics, stream metabolism, secondary production, etc.). The herpetology position will focus on quantifying populations of stream-dwelling tadpoles and snakes (including analyses of growth rates, diet, and habitat use). Both students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the project and coordinate on-site activities in collaboration with other participating faculty and students at the University of Georgia and Drexel University. The successful applicants will have demonstrated experience working independently in remote/rugged field conditions, relevant experience in stream ecology or herpetology, and be available to start in May-June 2003. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience working in Latin America and fluency in Spanish. Applicants should send a statement of interest and qualifications, CV, GRE scores, and names of at least 3 professional references to: Stream ecology position: Matt Whiles, email@example.com, (618) 453-7639; Herpetology position: Karen Lips, firstname.lastname@example.org, (618) 453-5445; Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-6501. Evaluation of applicants will begin January 15th and continue until positions are filled. For information on the SIU Department of Zoology and Ecology Consortium, see www.science.siu.edu/zoology/ and www.science.siu.edu/ecology/. Posted: 12/27/02.
State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry: I can support a new MS or PhD student interested in forest soils, ecosystem nutrient cycling, or forest ecology as part of an interdisciplinary project on the sources and magnitude of calcium supply to forests in New Hampshire northern hardwoods, including the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. In addition, ESF has NSF fellowships available to students interested in making their research relevant to K-12 education (and developing teaching skills). Please contact me as soon as possible for more information. Field work starts June 1, 2003. Contact: Ruth Yanai, phone: 315 470-6955, e-mail: email@example.com, http://www.esf.edu/for/faculty/yanai.htm. Posted: 2/28/03.
Sul Ross State University: M.S. Assistantship, Mammal survey of Amistad National Recreation Area. Duties: Student will be in charge of all aspects of a mammal inventory at Amistad National Recreation Area. Specimens will be obtained through trapping, photography, and other means. Preparation of museum vouchers will be required. Qualifications: B.S. in biological sciences with at least one course in mammalogy; ability to work independently under adverse (extreme heat and humidity) conditions; good writing skills, ability to swim, ability to navigate small craft; prefer candidate with at least a 3.0 GPA and 1,000 GRE (verbal + quantitative). Benefits: Full health insurance, out-of-state tuition waiver. Salary: $10,000/year ($777.77/mo for Jan-May and Sep-Dec, $1,000/mo for Jun-Aug). Starting Date: ASAP. To apply, send a letter of application via e-mail. Be certain to address the listed qualifications, include the names and contact information (e-mail addresses and phone numbers) of three references including the last two supervisors, and attach a resume showing employment history, relevant education, and skills. Contact: Dr. James M. Mueller, Department of Biology, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX 79832; firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 915-837-8084, fax 208-275-6991. Web: www.sulross.edu. Posted: 1/21/03.
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL: The Department of Landscape Dynamics invites applications for a PhD position in Landscape Ecology and Modelling, effective November, 2002 (or thereafter upon agreement). The successful candidate will be expected to investigate the effect of past and possible future changes in climate and land use on patterns and dynamics of timberline in the European Alps in a predictive manner. An existing, spatially explicit forest succession model will be extended into a landscape dynamics model and calibrated carefully to the timberline ecotone. The candidate will develop scenarios of potential future landscape change in collaboration with researchers and stakeholder inputs. Strong programming skills in Fortran90/95 and/or C/C++ as well as a sound background in ecology and/or eco-physiology are expected. GIS/RS knowledge is helpful. The successful candidate will join a small group of plant/landscape ecologists, and ecological modelers. Besides, WSL has other research teams with expertise in GIS and remote sensing, plant and animal ecology, forestry, plant pathology, plant physiology, molecular biology, genetics, social and economic sciences. The project collaborates closely with 8 research teams across Europe and the candidate will be assisted with intensive field data collection from within an EU project. This three-year position is available November 1st. Applications will be evaluated beginning October 1st, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Forward complete CV, selected publications, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references to: Code KZ-321, Personnel Office, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland. If you have questions, contact Niklaus Zimmermann (email@example.com). Posted: 9/3/02.
Tennessee Tech University: I seek a bright, highly-motivated M.S. student to study the foraging ecology of mourning doves and exotic Eurasian collared-doves in captive, and possibly field, environments. This 2-year position will be funded primarily through a teaching assistantship in the Department of Biology at Tennessee Tech University. A 2-month research assistantship may be available during the summer. In addition to the assistantship stipend, the position includes complete payment of tuition and fees. This position will be open until a suitable applicant is selected. Desired starting date is January 2004, but an August 2003 start date may be possible. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, GRE scores, college transcripts, and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for 3 references to Dr. Steven E. Hayslette, Department of Biology, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/16/03.
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 Doctoral student to participate in a new carbon sequestration project in live oak/juniper woodlands. The student will participate in an on going study of the physical and physiological impact of juniper trees on the hydrologic budget. The student will also be expected to develop a project within the general guidelines of the research program but will have great latitude in designing and conducting experiments. The goal of this research project is to determine carbon and water fluxes in native woodlands. This research project will focus on the gas exchange, interception, stemflow, and transpiration of juniper and oak trees over a wide geographic area in central Texas. The student will become familiar with sapflow systems, electronic dataloggers and equipment, and the ecology of the Hill Country of Texas. The student will conduct research at the Research and Extension Center in Uvalde (located 90 miles west of San Antonio) and complete course work at the main campus in College Station. Stipend: $16,000/year plus health insurance and tuition waiver. Beginning date: July 2003. For more information contact: Dr. M. Keith Owens, 1619 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801. (830) 278 9151 ext 128, e mail: email@example.com. Posted: 4/22/03.
Texas A&M University: Two Ph.D. Research Assistantships are available to study the impact of climate warming and altered precipitation patterns on tree and grass interactions in southern oak savanna. The aim of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change project is to understand the mechanisms underpinning tree and grass competition and the role of acclimation in physiological traits in response to interactive effects of key global change drivers. Rainfall exclusion shelters and infrared warming will be used to apply treatments to replicated field plots of species in controlled mixtures. Applicants ideally should have a master¹s degree in biology, ecology, or a related field. Experience with gas exchange techniques, plant-soil water relations or root biology is desirable, but not required. Degree opportunities include Forestry (http://forestry.tamu.edu/), Rangeland Ecology and Management (http://rangeweb.tamu.edu), or Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences (http://soilcrop.tamu.edu/meps/). Benefits include a highly competitive stipend, all tuition and fees, and excellent health care coverage. For more information, please contact Mark Tjoelker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Briske (email@example.com). The positions are available in Summer or Fall semester 2003. The application deadline is March 15, 2003. Posted: 11/11/02.
Texas Tech University: M.S. Research Assistantship is available for a project on sampling regimes for terrestrial vertebrates and native plants. The results will have application to a wide variety of natural resource management programs. The individual chosen will be involved in developing sampling manuals and, primarily, testing the suitability of various assessment methods for specific sites. The project is funded by the Texas National Guard and will be carried out on Guard lands in Texas. Additional projects may be combined with the major focus of the work, in accordance with the interests of applicants. Qualifications include a BS in wildlife or range ecology, biology, botany, or related field; a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; and a minimum GRE score of 1,000 (V + Q). Candidates must be able to work alone under difficult field conditions, as well as work well within a team of investigators. Preference will be given to candidates with summer and winter wilderness camping experience. Proficiency with computers and data handling and analysis strongly preferred. A driver’s license is required. We offer a stipend of approximately $10,000 per year, plus personal health insurance and a waiver of out-of-state tuition. The position can start as early as January 2003 and no later than July 2003. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. For preliminary consideration, applications should include a statement of professional goals, resume, transcripts, and copy of GRE scores. Three letters of recommendation will be required from all candidates who pass the first screening. Send application materials to: Dr. Gad Perry or Dr. David Wester at the Department of Range, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-2125, USA (voice: 806-742-2842, fax: 806-742-2280, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). Posted: 11/25/02.
Texas Tech University: Multi-year Research Assistantships are available to work on the effect of deforestation and fragmentation on the population biology and community ecology of mammals in tropical Peru. This work is part of 2 large multidisciplinary NIH-supported projects examining the long-term ecology of infectious diseases (Arboviruses and Leptospirosus) and mammals. Contact: Michael R. Willig, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-3131. Phone: 806-742-2590[office] 2658 [lab] 2715 [dept.], E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.biol.ttu.edu/faculty/FacPages/willig/MRWilligpage/. Posted: 8/2/02.
Trent University: Graduate student position available for September 2002. I am looking for a student interested in doing research at the interface of landscape ecology, conservation biology, and population genetics. A large, collaborative research project requires a student to study the spatial ecology of fishers (Martes pennanti) using molecular techniques. Experience in any of the following areas is an asset, but not a necessity: molecular ecology, landscape ecology, spatial statistics, and GIS. The position is in the Watershed Ecosystems Graduate Program at Trent University. Interested individuals should send a statement of their research interests and a CV to: Dr. Jeff Bowman, Email: email@example.com, Tel: 1-705-755-1555. Posted: 7/8/02.
Université de Sherbrooke: Forest ecology: Nutrient cycling and forest soil biology. Project: • Describing nutrient cycling rates and ecophysiological properties of soil microbial communities under various types of boreal forest canopies, in the Abitibi region of Québec. • Exploring the relationships between nutrient cycling patterns, soil microbial communities and aboveground productivity and diversity. Duration of project : January 2003 – Dec. 2005. Profile of the candidate: • M.Sc. degree in a forest ecology related field • Strong academic standing • Knowledge of appropriate field and laboratory research techniques • Skilled in the statistical analyses of ecological data • A knowledge of the French language is an asset. Stipend : $15,000 (Cdn) per year. To express your interest, please contact Professor Robert Bradley or Dr. David Paré by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Posted: 2/3/03.
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue: We are soliciting candidates for a Ph.D. project in the area of forest resources. The successful candidate will take part in a project on the spatial modelling of forest productivity in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue area of the Province of Québec, and will develop his or her project around the estimation of the drainage class from spatial information, the inclusion of this drainage information in a model of forest productivity operating at the site and landscape scales, and the comparison of productivity estimates with those obtained from currently used forest management tools. The candidate will ideally possess basic knowledge in forest hydrology, soil science, forest growth and modelling, or in related fields. The candidate will be supervised in his of her project by Pierre Y. Bernier, adjunct professor at the UQAT and researcher for the Canadian Forest Service (CFS), Québec region, and will be co-supervised by Yves Bergeron, professor at the UQAT. The candidate will split his of her time between both institutions. At the SCF, the candidate will be integrated within a research group on forest productivity: André Beaudoin (remote sensing and GIS), Frédéric Raulier (modelling of forest growth) and David Paré (soils). The candidate will be eligeable to a yearly grant of 15 000$. This grant is supported by a project of the «Initiative Régionale Stratégique en Abitibi-Témiscamingue» funded by « Développement Économique Canada » for the first two years of the project. Funds are available starting on April 1 2003, but arangements can be made if an earlier starting date is desirable. Candidates should sent their CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/3/03.
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue: We are currently seeking a Ph.D. student in forest nutrition and silviculture. The candidate's research program will investigate tree and stand response to commercial thinning and fertilization in black spruce and jack pine stands, with emphasis on mechanisms such as foliar response, crown efficiency, biomass allocation, water and nutrient availability. The candidate will interact with industrial partners involved in the project. The candidate will enrol in a PH.D. in Environmental Studies at UQAT (Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rouyn-Noranda). She or he will joint the Industrial NSERC -UQAT-UQAM Chair in Sustainable forest management, a multidisciplinary team of researchers and students. She or he will also have the opportunity to spend one year with the Groupe de recherche en biologie forestière (CRBF) at Laval University (Québec city). UQAT is a small regional University with strong ties to industrial and governmental partners. It is also an active member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie forestière interuniversitaire (GREFi). French is the spoken language but our group include graduate students from Russia, North Africa, Europe, and USA. Minimal French abilities are required. An annual income of $16 500 (CDN) is provided through stipends. For more information: Suzanne Brais, (819) 762-0971 #2349, email@example.com; Claude Camiré, Université Laval, (418) 656 2131 #3337, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/3/03.
University of Akron: The Department of Biology is seeking highly motivated graduate students with interests in aquatic ecology and education to fill a M.Sc. Graduate Fellowship position. The position will be supported via a grant from the National Science Foundation, which aims to strengthen ties between K-12 and graduate education. Fellows will develop an independent research project focusing on the relationship between plankton diversity and functional structure/dynamics. The research will involve field experiments in the Great Lakes region and, possibly, the coastal ocean using a state-of-the-art flow cytometry/digital imaging system. Concurrently, fellows will help develop and implement inquiry-based curricular materials for K-12, based upon their research. Fellows will receive: $21,000/12 month stipend for three years; Full tuition waiver for three years; Exclusive use of a laptop computer; Master of Science in Biology (upon successful thesis defense); Certificate in Technical Instruction (upon successful thesis defense). The NSF Fellowship is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Lavrentyev (email@example.com, 330-972-7922, http://www3.uakron.edu/biology/peterl) and see the project web page, which contains downloadable application materials. http://www2.uakron.edu/gk-12/gk12_main_files/. Revised: 9/16/02.
University of Akron: Program in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. Two NSF-Funded Research/Teaching Assistantships starting Spring/Summer 2003. The Biology Department at The University of Akron invites interested students to apply for two National Science Foundation funded research/teaching positions in ecology and evolutionary biology. Applicants can be either at the masters or doctoral level. Funding for up to 4 years includes travel and research money, full tuition remission, and teaching assistantships with augmented stipend and summer support for $20,000/yr. for Ph.D. and $15,000/yr. for M.S. students. Students will be employed as teaching assistants in the Fall and Spring, and research assistants in the summer. Students will be conducting research in one or more of three areas: ecological field work in New Mexico, laboratory behavioral studies, and molecular characterization with microsatellite markers with either Dr. Stephen Weeks and/or Dr. Joel Duff depending on the candidates interests and background. All projects are based on the unique androdioecious mating system found in the clam shrimp Eulimnadia texana (see http://www3.uakron.edu/biology/resprgm.html#etexana for an outline of the research on this system and http://www.uakron.edu/biology/duff/summary.cs2002.pdf for a summary of the proposed research). Interested students should email a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and a list of names, e-mail addresses and numbers of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by September 30, 2002. Posted: 8/28/02.
University of Alaska Fairbanks: We offer a graduate program in Regional Resilience and Adaptation (RR&A) (http://www.regional-resilience.uaf.edu) 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 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 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. We provide course work and a seminar program that integrates ecology, economics, political science, and anthropology in a systems-modeling framework. We also provide faculty mentorship and internships in areas outside each student's parent discipline. There are numerous 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 99775. February 1 is the target date for reviewing applications, though later applications will also receive consideration. Posted: 11/25/02.
University of Alberta: Fire and Industrial Development in the Boreal Forest. A fully funded graduate research position (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) is available to a motivated individual with an interest in fire science, forest management and ecological modelling. As the successful candidate, you will work with us to quantify the effects of industrial development on the frequency and size of forest fires in the boreal forests of northern Alberta, Canada. Candidates must qualify for admission to the Department of Biological Sciences, at the University of Alberta. Beyond that, we are open to a wide range of academic backgrounds, including forestry, ecology, geography, the physical sciences, mathematics, statistics and computing science. The essential qualifications include: relevant interests; 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. Any experience with GIS, Generalised Linear Models, simulation modelling or programming will be advantageous. The project is fully funded, but preference will be given to candidates qualified for or presently holding an NSERC or similar scholarship. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. The position commences September 01 2003. For further information, contact Steve Cumming (780 432 1589, email@example.com) or Stan Boutin (780 492 1297, firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/4/03.
University of Arkansas: I seek two graduate students for related projects pending funding. A Ph.D. student will use a bioenergetics approach to determine the relationship between prey production and production of brown and rainbow trout in Arkansas tailwaters and the effectiveness of gut content analysis and stable isotope analysis in developing a bioenergetics model. A Ph.D. or M.S. student will work on a project examining factors affecting movement and mortality of rainbow trout in Arkansas tailwaters. Both projects will involve substantial field work in the Ozark Mountains on the Bull Shoals and Norfork tailwaters. In addition, the bioenergetics project will involve experiments and observations in the lab. Applicants should have a B.S. in fisheries, ecology, biology, or a related field and; 3.0 GPA (minimum); 1100 (V+Q) or 1650 (V+Q+A) minimum GRE. Additionally, Ph.D. assistantship applicants should have a M.S. in one of the fields noted above. Previous research experience with fish and/or streams is preferred, but not essential. Applicants must be responsible, motivated, and able to work independently in remote field locations. Stipend will be $15,000 for Ph.D. and $12,000 for M.S. plus full tuition waiver. Excellent Ph.D. candidates will also be able to compete for additional University of Arkansas fellowships of $10,000-$20,000. Closing Date: March 30, 2003. August 15, 2003 starting date is negotiable. Contact me for information or send (email preferred) 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 to: Dan Magoulick, Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. email@example.com, http://biology.uark.edu/coop/dmagoulick.htm, 479-575-5449. Posted: 2/3/03.
University of Arkansas: Ph.D. Graduate research assistantships (2) for evaluating source-sink dynamics in birds. Pending a final decision on funding by NSF, we will be using recent advances in mark-recapture modeling to test the source-sink hypothesis for migratory birds across the Ozarks and for resident species within the Ozarks in Arkansas and Missouri. The successful applicants will gather mark-recapture data on mist-netted birds within areas of low and high mortality of red oak trees due to red oak borers and other natural factors. We seek enthusiastic individuals who can work independently, have good organizational skills, can supervise field assistants, can endure long working days in the field, have experience with mist-netting and banding birds, and possess strong quantitative skills. Knowledge of mark-recapture models is a plus. Applicants should possess an M.S. in wildlife biology, ecology, or closely related field, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and a minimum 1100 (V + Q) or 1650 (V + Q + A) GRE. The stipend is $15,000 per year plus full tuition waiver. Starting date will be Spring semester, 2003. Please send a letter of interest, resume, photocopy of transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to: Kim Smith, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Voice: 479-575-6359; website: http://comp.uark.edu/~kgsmith/) or Bill Thompson, USGS AR Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (E-mail: email@example.com; Voice: 479-575-4266; website: http://biology.uark.edu/Coop/Bthompson.html). Posted: 11/18/02.
University of Arkansas–Monticello: The School of Forest Resources (http://www.afrc.uamont.edu/sfr/) is seeking an individual to fill a M.S. Graduate Assistantship in Forest Ecology/Soils beginning Fall 2003. The assistantship is half time, has a two year duration, and carries a stipend of $12,000 per year plus fees and tuition. The project associated with this assistantship is evaluating the environmental impacts of forest fertilization and herbicide use on soil processes and water quality as well as the effect of these practices on loblolly pine productivity. Mid-rotation fertilization and vegetation control are silvicultural activities that are commonly used in intensively managed loblolly pine forests. It is poorly understood to what degree a combination of these practices alters stand growth, important soil processes such as nitrogen mineralization, or water quality. Research will occur at a number of field sites in the Gulf Coastal Plain of Arkansas. The individual chosen for this assistantship will be involved in all phases of the project and work closely with forest industry liaisons. For additional information or to apply contact Dr. Hal O. Liechty, School of Forest Resources-UAM, P.O. Box 3468, Monticello AR 71656. Phone:870-460-1452, E-Mail:Liechty@uamont.edu. Applications will be received through May 7. Posted: 4/16/03.
University of Arkansas–Monticello: MS Graduate Assistantship - Analyze General Land Office surveyors’ records from the early 1800s to reconstruct the pre-European settlement forest conditions of the Ozark Mountains in northern Arkansas. Background in forestry/ecology preferred but not required. Assistantship includes a stipend adjusted for tuition for two years. Application deadline is May 1; position begins August 2003. If interested, please contact Eric Heitzman, School of Forest Resources, University of Arkansas–Monticello, Monticello, AR 71656; (870) 460-1448; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.afrc.uamont.edu/sfr/. Posted: 3/18/03.
University of Central Arkansas: A USDA-funded MS Graduate Student Assistantship is available to study the ecology of the invasive vine, Japanese Honeysuckle, and its native congeners. Our focus is on contrasting the contributions of vegetative and sexual reproduction to invasiveness. We have one project examining the clonal movement patterns of the invasive and non-invasive congengers and another examining factors impacting seedling recruitment in natural areas throughout the southeastern US (i.e., pollination success, fruit set, dispersal, germination). Work on the project is conducted in campus greenhouses, experimental gardens, and surrounding natural areas. For further information contact K. C. Larson at email@example.com and/or check out the Biology Department Web Page at: and my web page. Posted: 5/13/03.
University of Florida: A graduate assistantship (Ph.D.) is available to a highly motivated, quantitatively-oriented student to investigate population ecology of bobwhite quails and factors contributing to the population's decline. The successful candidate will be part of a collaborative project being conducted at the Babcock Webb Wildlife Management Area, FL (collaborators: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Dept of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida and the FL Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit). Applicants should have a Master's degree in (1) ecology, wildlife or related field, and strong quantitative skills, or (2) statistics, applied mathematics or related field, and interest in ecology. We offer a competitive stipend and full tuition waiver. Experience or interest in mark-recapture analysis and structured population models is desirable. Interested applicants should send a CV, copies of transcripts, GRE scores and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. M. K. Oli, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, 110 Newins-Ziegler Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-0430, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (352) 392-6984. Posted: 5/13/03.
University of Florida: A half-time M.S. or Ph.D. assistantship is available (beginning summer or fall 2003) at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. The successful applicant will undertake a research project examining the ecological determinants of cogongrass (Imperata cylindirca) invasion in southeastern ecosystems. Minimum qualifications include a B.S. or M.S. in forestry or in any biological sciences with strong interests in ecology, good written and oral communication skills, 3.0 GPA, and a GRE score of 1000 (Verbal and Quantitative). Interested students should send a letter of interest, resume, transcripts (photocopy is acceptable at this point), GRE score (photocopy is acceptable), and names and addresses of three references to Dr. Shibu Jose, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, 5988 Hwy 90, Building 4900, University of Florida, Milton, FL 32583. Phone (850) 983 5216 ext. 107, Fax (850) 983 5774, email: email@example.com. For more information on Jose's lab group visit: http://wfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty/jose_research.htm. Posted: 3/18/03.
University of Florida: A Graduate Research Assistantship is available in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, for Fall Semester 2003 to conduct research on predator/prey dynamics and barn owls in agricultural landscapes north of the Everglades. The student selected for the RA will have broad latitude in designing this research project. Applicants should be highly motivated individuals with a keen interest in linking ecological theory and conservation at the landscape scale. Field skills, ability to work independently, and a strong background in ecology are required. Interest in population ecology and landscape ecology (including behavioral landscape ecology) are highly desirable. Skills in population and/or landscape modeling are preferred but not required. This project is a joint project between faculty of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and the Everglades Research and Education Center of the University of Florida. A stipend and tuition waivers are available for up to 4 years. Interested students should send a CV, statements of research interests and career goals, copies of transcripts (unofficial copies are ok) and names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of three references to Lyn Branch, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, P.O. Box 11430, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (BranchL@wec.ufl.edu). Please include cumulative GPA and GRE scores in the CV. Ph.D. students will be given preference for this position, but highly qualified M.S. students also are encouraged to apply. For more information, see: www.wec.ufl.edu/faculty/BranchL. Posted: 11/21/02.
University of Florida: A Graduate Research Assistantship is available in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation for Fall Semester 2003 to conduct research on computer simulation modeling of whole tree carbon and nitrogen allocation. This research is part of a DOE funded project on poplar sink strength determinants. The student selected for the RA will have broad latitude to include experimental studies for parameterization and testing of the model. Applicants should be highly motivated individuals with a keen interest in linking genetic and physiological data with process-based simulation modeling. Computer programming skills, ability to work independently, and a strong background in plant sciences are desired. A stipend and tuition waivers are available for up to 2 years, leading to an M.S. degree. Interested students should send a CV, statements of research interests and career goals, copies of transcripts (unofficial copies are ok) and names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of three references to Wendell Cropper, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, P.O. Box 11410, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include cumulative GPA and GRE scores in the CV. Posted: 12/27/02.
University of Florida: One or more graduate assistantships (MS and Ph.D.) are anticipated for Fall Semester 2003 for studies of beach mice within a landscape context on barrier islands in north Florida. Beach mice are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation associated with beach development and hurricanes and by introduced predators. Potential research topics include (but are not limited to) assessments of the effects of habitat fragmentation, landscape connectivity, and introduced predators on movement, foraging behavior, and population dynamics of mice. Strong field skills and coursework in ecology are required. Background in landscape ecology and GIS and interest in modeling are highly desirable. The successful candidate will participate in the departmental teaching program as a teaching assistant while on campus and will be supported as a research assistant while conducting field research. Interested students should send a CV, statements of research interests and career goals, copies of transcripts (unofficial copies are ok) and names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of three references to Lyn Branch, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, P.O. Box 11430, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (BranchL@wec.ufl.edu). Please include cumulative GPA and GRE scores in the CV. Fieldwork could begin prior to enrolling for graduate course work in Fall 2003. Members of our lab will begin research on beach mice and the barrier island ecosystem in January 2003. Applicants should indicate their interest/availability for working in the field anytime between January – August 2003. This experience is not required but would be useful for preparation of a dissertation proposal. Posted: 11/18/02.
University of Florida: A Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D.) is available Fall 2003 to conduct research on the ecology and conservation of tropical forests. Priority will be given to students interested in 1) ant-plant mutualisms 2) factors influencing plant recruitment, including seed dispersal, seed predation, and seed bank structure, and 3) the use of matrix models to study plant population dynamics. This research is being conducted at the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project in Manaus, Brazil (www.inpa.gov.br/pdbff), though students interested in conducting fieldwork in other locations will also be considered. Additional information on both the research program and graduate study in the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation is available at http://www.wec.ufl.edu/faculty/BrunaE/. Highly motivated individuals with superior academic credentials and strong communication skills are encouraged to apply. Well-developed interpersonal skills are essential, as is a willingness to work under challenging field conditions for extended periods of time. The ability to program in MATLAB is preferred but not required. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply, as are international students. Stipend/Benefits: $13,000 and full tuition waiver. Funding for travel and fieldwork may be available for students working in the subject areas listed above. Additional travel and research funds may also be available for students participating in the Tropical Conservation and Development Program (www.latam.ufl.edu/tcd). The starting date for the Assistantship is Fall Semester, 2003. Interested students should send a CV, statement of research interests, and description of prior academic experience to Dr. Emilio Bruna via email (BrunaE@wec.ufl.edu) or post (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, PO Box 110430, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611). Posted: 11/5/02.
University of Florida: Neotropical Working Forests Doctoral Fellowship Program. With support from the National Science Foundation, the University of Florida is launching an Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program focused on neotropical working forests. The program offers a tiered interdisciplinary curriculum to train doctoral students to conduct applied research on (1) tradeoffs and complementarities among working forest options, (2) the effectiveness of different kinds of working forests for conservation and development, and (3) capacity building efforts designed to promote forest management and conservation in neotropical regions. Information about this program is available on-line at: www.tropicalforests.ufl.edu/wft. Fellowships will be awarded for up to three years of doctoral study in the Working Forests in the Tropics program. Awards include tuition waivers, NSF stipends (currently $21,500 per annum), and some travel and supply funds. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and be admitted to a doctoral degree program at the University of Florida before they begin receiving the fellowship. Deadline: February 7, 2003. Application Guidelines: www.tropicalforests.ufl.edu/wft/fellowships.htm. Posted: 11/5/02.
University of Florida: PhD Graduate Research Assistantship for Spring Term 2003, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Project: Vegetation Responses to Altered Hydrological Regimes in Association with Everglades Restoration. Qualifications: M.S. with strong expertise in plant community ecology, expertise in hydrology, or wetlands ecology preferred. GPA 3.0, GRE V 600, Q 600. Stipend: 0.5 FTE Graduate Research Assistantship $16,700, and tuition waivers. To Apply: Send transcripts, GRE scores, resume, 3 letters of recommendation, and letter of interest to: Dr. Wiley M. Kitchens, USGS, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Bldg. 810, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0485. 352-846-0536, email@example.com. Posted: 9/16/02.
University of Georgia: I am seeking a M.S. or Ph.D. student to work on a research project using advanced geospatial information technology in forestry. This student will have some flexibility to develop a research project focused on using advanced techniques in remote sensing (e.g., high resolution satellite imagery, lidar remote sensing) and geographic information systems (GIS) to study forest structure. Possible areas of specialization may include: 1) estimation of forest structural properties for forest inventory and analysis, 2) examining changes in forest structure through time (including forest productivity and forest carbon dynamics), and 3) exploring the link between forest structure and function. Strong quantitative skills and a background in computers, remote sensing and GIS applications are strongly desired. Experience with field data collection, statistical analysis and programming is also preferred. Assistantships include a salary (currently $18,562/yr for M.S. students and $20,063/yr for Ph.D. students at 0.5 FTE) with reduced tuition and fees of $438/semester. Admission requirements and information on graduate study at the Warnell School of Forest Resources can be found at: http://www.forestry.uga.edu/warnell/html/grad_admissions.html This assistantship is available beginning in Fall of 2003, with funding for up to two years of graduate study at the M.S. level or three years of graduate study at the Ph.D. level. If you are interested in this position, please submit the following materials as soon as possible: (1) Letter of interest describing professional goals, research interests, and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) transcripts, (4) GRE scores and TOEFL scores (for applicants whose native language is not English) and (5) a list of three references along with email addresses and phone numbers. Unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores are fine at this time. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this opportunity. Please send all materials to: Jason Drake, Assistant Professor, Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens GA 30602 2152. Phone: 706 542 6021, Fax: 706 542 8356, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/20/03.
University of Georgia: Graduate Research Assistantship in Landscape Ecology and Land Use History. We are seeking an M.S. student to pursue research on the land use history of Southwest Georgia, starting in the summer of 2003. The study site for this project will be Ichauway, the 29,000 acre reserve and outdoor laboratory of the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center (www.jonesctr.org), located in Newton, GA. The goals of this research effort are to characterize and map patterns of historical land use on a portion of Ichauway, and to examine how land use legacies influence the present structure of forest communities and constrain future options for ecosystem restoration. Research tasks may include consulting historical documents to retrieve information on past ownership and land use, interviews with local residents who have knowledge or past management practices, and collection of increment cores and other field evidence to document stand ages and disturbance histories at different sites. The research assistant will be responsible for interpreting and synthesizing this information into a GIS database. Desired qualifications include a bachelor's degree in natural resource management or a related field (forestry, ecology, wildlife, geography, etc.), with evidence of coursework or work experience in the areas of forest ecology and land management. Prior experience with GPS, GIS, and other spatial information technology is also desirable, although not essential. For information on UGA admission requirements and deadlines, see the graduate admissions page on the WSFR web site http://www.forestry.uga.edu/warnell/html/grad_admissions.html For more information, feel free to contact the project leaders: Dr. Michael C. Wimberly, Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. 706-583-8097 (phone), 706-542-8356 (fax), (email@example.com) and Dr. Lindsay R. Boring (firstname.lastname@example.org). To apply, please send the following materials to Dr. Wimberly: Letter of interest describing professional goals, research interests, and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) transcripts (copies OK), (4) GRE scores (copies OK), and (5) a list of three references along with email addresses, phone numbers, and postal addresses. Posted: 12/6/02.
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: http://agweb.ag.uidaho.edu/igert/ Forms: http://www.uidaho.edu/cogs/ Inquiries: Nilsa Bosque-Perez: email@example.com Project funded by NSF-IGERT. Posted: 12/18/01, revised 5/31/02.
University of Illinois at Springfield: A graduate research assistantship (M.S.) is available for a highly motivated student to investigate nutrient dynamics and microbial ecology of the Illinois River floodplain. The successful candidate will be able to collaborate with other graduate students and P.I.'s engaged in the study of floodplain ecology. This position can begin as early as June with 2 years of support (tuition and stipend). Applicants must possess a B.S. or B.A. in Biology or equivalent, be admitted to the 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 in microbial ecology (molecular emphasis), aquatic ecology, or water chemistry are helpful, but not required. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org (email is preferred) -or - Dr. Mike Lemke, University of Illinois at Springfield, Biology Department, One University Plaza, Springfield, IL 62703. Posted: 5/13/03.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: The Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (PEEB) provides graduate opportunities at the M.S. and Ph.D. level for highly motivated students with interests in ecology, evolution, or conservation biology. PEEB is an exciting interdisciplinary, campuswide program with more than 60 faculty from 11 departments, 5 colleges, and the Illinois Natural History Survey. PEEB faculty work at scales from molecules to global change and in a diverse array of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Because of the breadth of fields covered by this program, there are a minimal number of fixed courses required of all students. We are thus able to offer maximum flexibility while still providing close supervision. The number of courses and the particular courses taken depend on the individual's previous training and knowledge. Courses, laboratory and field experiences are supplemented by seminars on current topics in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. Students are guaranteed funding (2 yrs M.S., 5 yrs Ph.D.) through Research and Teaching Assistantships. If you are interested in becoming a part of the PEEB program please contact us at http://www.life.uiuc.edu/peeb/ Posted: 12/12/02.
University of Kansas: A graduate assistantship in ecology (Ph.D. level) is available in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. We are seeking highly motivated applicants interested in joining us in our long-term experimental study of habitat fragmentation in northeast Kansas (Funded by NSF). We seek students interested in the effects of habitat fragmentation on population and/or community dynamics of plants and animals or on ecosystem dynamics. Applicants must have an undergraduate or M.S. degree in the Biological Sciences with an emphasis in one or more of the following areas: Ecology; Botany; Zoology, Plant Science; Environmental Science or related field. Successful applicants will posses a record of academic excellence, prior experience in field research, excellent skills in writing and interpersonal communication, and a willingness to conduct fieldwork in hot weather. Preferred Skills: Experience with plant identification (particularly with plants of the great plains) and experience in small mammal trapping, statistical analyses and computer applications. Stipends and benefits are competitive. Positions are available starting August 2003. If interested, please make an initial inquiry to: Bryan Foster, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-2106, 785-864-4361, email@example.com. For details on the application procedure please visit http://www.ukans.edu/~eeb/]. Posted: 11/4/02.
University of Kansas: Two graduate assistantships in plant community ecology (Ph.D. level) are available in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. We are seeking highly motivated students interested in experimental plant community ecology, ecosystems ecology, grassland management and/or restoration ecology. Research opportunities exist within the context of a USDA-funded project evaluating the relative importance of localized ecological interactions, soil factors, species pool limitations and management regime in regulating the species composition, diversity and ecosystem sustainability of grasslands. Applicants must have an undergraduate or master's degree in the Sciences with an emphasis in one or more of the following areas: Ecology; Botany; Plant Science; Environmental Science; Range Ecology; or related field. Successful applicants will posses a record of academic excellence, prior experience in field research, excellent skills in writing and interpersonal communication, and a willingness to conduct fieldwork. Preferred Skills: Experience with plant identification (particularly with plants of the great plains), statistics, computer applications, and soils. Stipends and benefits are competitive. Positions are available starting either January 2003 or August 2003. If interested, please make an initial inquiry to: Bryan Foster, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-2106, 785-864-4361, firstname.lastname@example.org. For details on the application procedure please visit http://www.ukans.edu/~eeb/. Posted: 8/26/02.
University of Kentucky: Seeking MS student for research project recently funded by NSF to study differences in Ca cycling between young and old forest stands. The objectives of the study are to describe differences in Ca cycling with stand age, and to determine the source of Ca mobilized from mineral soil in young stands. MS student working at the University of Kentucky will focus on age- and soil nutrient-related influences on leaf litter chemistry. Field work will be conducted in New Hampshire. Qualifications: BS in Biology, Forestry, Natural Resources, or related field. Desire to conduct independent research project in New Hampshire with an interdisciplinary group of scientists. For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Arthur: e-mail: email@example.com, phone: (859) 257-2852. Starting date June 1, 2003. For more information on the Department of Forestry, please visit: http://forestry2.ca.uky.edu/. Posted: 1/22/03.
University of Kentucky: Graduate Research Assistant - Master’s Level. Site and Silvicultural Controls on American Chestnut establishment on Kentucky’s Cumberland Plateau. The overall objective of this project is to develop establishment strategies to guide chestnut reintroduction in the Southern Appalachian region. Specifically, this study will compare initial establishment and growth of pure American chestnut seedlings planted on productive, moist sites and on xeric, sites of intermediate productivity. Seedlings will be established in openings created by timber harvesting and under existing stands where light has been increased through understory removal. The distinct moisture and light conditions found within the various silvicultural treatment will present chestnut seedling varying degrees of competition with fast-growing hardwood species, such as yellow-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera). The project will gather information from five sites across the original range of chestnut in eastern Kentucky. Qualifications: Educational and field experience in forestry and/or ecology are highly desired. This is a field-oriented project that will require strenuous activity and long field days during summer months. The qualified candidate must be self-motivated and independent with good written and oral communication skills. A valid driver’s license is required. The US Forest Service Southern Research Station and the University of Kentucky fund this 2-year assistantship. The position is available in August 2002. For more info, contact: Dr. Chuck Rhoades, Department of Forestry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0073. (859) 257-6359, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://forestry2.ca.uky.edu/rhoades/rhoades.htm. Posted: 7/10/02.
University of Louisiana: Research Assistantship (Fish ecology): Support is available for a graduate student interested in studying the effects of climate change on the evolutionary ecology of fishes in coastal marshes of Louisiana. This position will be available starting in January 2002 and will provide at least two years of support. The stipend will be $14,000 per year with waiver of tuition and most fees. Please contact Paul Leberg (PLL6743@louisiana.edu) if interested. www.louisiana.edu/Departments/BIOL/leberg.html. Posted: 10/9/02.
University of Maine: The Mitchell Center is recruiting students for the 2003-04 academic year. Funded opportunities include: Acid Deposition and Aquatic Chemistry; Watershed Biogeochemistry; Homeland security: safety of drinking water supplies; Public Education About Resources on Lakes, a web-accessible GIS system (http://pearl.spatial.maine.edu); Biosolids; and Traffic and Water Quality. For information on stipends and other program details, please see http://www.umaine.edu/WaterResearch/. Posted: 11/5/02.
University of Maine: Assistantship available, M.S. or Ph.D., Sustainable Agriculture Program, Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences. The student will work in the area of weed ecology or sustainable agriculture with possible focuses including: - Determining the weed community structure on working dairy and potato farms using ordination and other ecological research methods. - Evaluating new rye lines for increased allelopathic potential. - Use of cover crops between vegetable beds to control weeds and delay plastic mulch breakdown. - Working collaboratively with farmers to address their questions through on-farm research. - Self-determined project related to weed ecology or sustainable agriculture. The assistantship will start in the fall of 2003 and will last for a maximum of 2.5 years for M.S. students and 3.5 years for Ph.D. students. To apply, please submit a resume, a list of 3 references with phone numbers, and non-official copies of your GRE scores and college transcripts. Applications or inquiries may be sent to: Chris Reberg-Horton, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, University of Maine, 495 College Ave., Orono, ME 04473-4217. 207-581-2942, 1-800-870-7270 (in Maine), email@example.com. Posted: 10/3/02.
University of Maryland: A four-year Ph.D. assistantship in plant ecophysiology will be available for fall 2003. Successful applicant should 1) have an M.S. in a related field; 2) be familiar with the concept and measurement of plant gas exchange and water relations, plant-soil nutrient dynamics, and their response to air pollution; and 3) be quantitatively oriented. Interested applicants should contact: B. Momen, 1103 H.J. Patterson Hall, Natural Resource Sci. & Landscape Architecture Dept., University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301 405 1332, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/9/03.
University of Mississippi: Applications are being accepted for a student to conduct doctoral research on plankton ecology and/or biogeochemical properties of the lower Mississippi River. The successful candidate must have a strong academic background in aquatic ecology. Fall 2003 or Jan 2004 admission is still possible. Excellent support is available for up to three years through the NSF North-Mississippi GK-12 project. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens are eligible for this position. For more information contact: Dr. Clifford Ochs, Department of Biology, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677. Phone: 662-915-7204, Email: email@example.com. Posted: 5/2/03.
University of Montana: The Big Sky Institute for Science and Natural History (http://www.bsi.montana.edu) is inviting applications for a two-year graduate assistantship for a Ph.D. student starting Sept 2003. The assistantship is co-sponsored by Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Department (http://landresources.montana.edu/). The Ph.D. student working on this project would be co-advised by Dr. Lisa Graumlich of BSI and Dr. Brian McGlynn of LRES. We have firm funding for the first two years of the project and anticipate full funding for up to three additional years. The graduate student will be expected to work with Drs. Graumlich and McGlynn to develop a project that assesses the potential hydrologic response of mountain watersheds in the Greater Yellowstone Area to anthropogenic changes, including climate change and changing fire regimes. The student would take advantage of Graumlich's tree-ring based studies of climate variability and fire regimes as well as McGlynn's expertise in watershed monitoring and modeling. We are particularly interested in developing projects that assess the linkages and feedbacks between vegetation, nutrients, runoff, and soil moisture in high mountain watersheds that are experiencing rapid changes due to anthropogenic factors. The graduate student associated with this project will pursue his/her degree in the Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Department. Desired qualifications include a MS degree in hydrology, ecology, environmental sciences, geography or related fields, and evidence of potential for collaborative interdisciplinary research. Send letter of interest, resume, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to: Lisa Graumlich, Big Sky Institute, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 406 994-5320, fax 406 994-5122. Email applications are encouraged. Screening of applications begins immediately and continues until a suitable candidate is hired. Priority will be given to applications received by March 25, 2003. Posted: 2/20/03.
University of Montana: Ph.D. or postdoctoral research position available for a study of how local-scale parameters (riparian vegetation type and structure) and landscape-scale context together affect bird distribution patterns along the Wild and Scenic Missouri River corridor. Search for a Ph.D. candidate is restricted to students with an M.S. degree in hand or with an equivalent level of writing experience and research sophistication. Ph.D. candidates with GIS interest and expertise are also preferred, as are candidates with research and field experience in river systems. A postdoctoral candidate would be required to have experience with GIS and landscape-level analytical tools. Salary/tuition package for a Ph.D. student would total around $25,000, and salary/benefit package for a postdoctoral associate would be $30,000/yr for up to three years. Send inquiries to Richard L. Hutto, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812 (email@example.com). Posted: 10/3/02.
University of Montana: We are looking for a motivated Ph.D. student to join a USDA-NRI funded project to conduct original research on the effects of fire suppression in ponderosa pine/ Douglas-fir ecosystems on soil resource availability in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Candidates with a M.S. degree and previous experience in forest ecology (particularly soil resource availability and uptake by trees) and/or fire ecology will be given preference. The project will take place in wilderness areas and will require good physical condition. The successful candidate will join the Organismal Biology and Ecology program of the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana. Interested people should send a letter expressing their research and academic interests and Vita to Dr. Anna Sala or Dr. Thomas H. DeLuca:
Dr. Anna Sala, Associate Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, The University of Montana, Missoula MT 59812 USA. (406) 243 6009, (406) 243 4184 (Fax), firstname.lastname@example.org, http://biology.dbs.umt.edu/ecophys/
Dr. Thomas H. DeLuca, Associate Professor, School of Forestry, The University of Montana, Missoula MT 59812 USA. (406) 243 4425, (406) 243 6656 (Fax), email@example.com, http://www.forestry.umt.edu/Personnel/faculty/deluca/. Posted: 9/6/02.
University of Nebraska at Omaha: We are seeking to fill two research positions for graduate work leading to a master's degree. The ideal candidates will be interested in conducting rigorous ecological research that meets the information needs of land managers and policy makers. The emphasis will be on comparing the population and community ecology of birds adjacent to fields planted in transgenic, herbicide tolerant crops to those using traditional crop varieties. Depending on interest and experience, the emphasis may be on either grassland birds species (especially Dickcissels) or cavity-nesting species in riparian areas. The research will include extensive field work consisting of bird surveys, nest monitoring, and collection of data on insect and plant communities. We are planning to fill the graduate assistantships between January and August 2003. For a January start date, please contact us prior to 1 October 2002. For the full job ad, see http://www.unomaha.edu/~jmccarty/jobs.html. Posted: 8/27/02.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Project 1: Rare Plant Research. I am seeking an M.S. student to work on a study of the seed ecology of a rare desert plant, the Las Vegas bearpoppy (Arctomecon californica). This rare and endemic plant, found only around Lake Mead National Recreation Area on gypsum soils, is becoming increasingly rare as human impacts increase. Yet little is known about the fates of seeds of this plant and what environmental factors determine its rather erratic population dynamics. Research on this unique and aesthetic desert plant will improve efforts to restore and expand local populations. Project 2: Invasive Species Biology. An M.S. student is needed to begin a new experiment on two closely related invasive woody plants in the Colorado River basin around Lake Mead. Tamarix ramosissima is a well-studied and widely spread shrub that outcompetes native plants. Tamarix aphylla has just begun spreading into the same riparian habitats and is much larger, perhaps increasing soil salinity even more than T. ramosissima. Little is known about the ecology of T. aphylla. We will exclude these species in various combinations from the recently exposed drawdown zone around Lake Mead and look at their effects on soil salinity and native colonists. Both of these positions will support an M.S. student and provide a solid training in environmental research and preparation for a career in such areas as restoration ecology, invasive species biology or related areas. Two years of year-round support, all fees and tuition paid. Contact Dr. Lawrence Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org, 702/895-3196) immediately for details. Information about UNLV Biology can be found at http://www.unlv.edu/Colleges/Sciences/Biology Posted: 6/9/03.
University of Nevada, Reno: A Graduate Research Assistantship for a Ph.D. student interested in the physiological ecology of desert plants is available to work at the Mojave Global Change Facility (MGCF) and the Nevada Desert FACE Facility (NDFF). Both facilities are large-scale, well-replicated studies of how global changes (N deposition, altered precipitation, and microbiotic crust disturbance for the MGCF and increased atmospheric CO2 concentration for the NDFF) affect a creosotebush-dominated Mojave Desert ecosystem (see http://www.unlv.edu/Climate_Change_Research/ for more information about these sites). Although both facilities are orientated around global change effects, our research programs focus on a fundamental understanding of the ecology of desert ecosystems. Thus, the successful student will conduct physiological ecology research in the context of these global changes, with an emphasis either on the water use and water use efficiency of desert plants or on root growth and physiology. Assistantship is available immediately. For more information, contact: Bob Nowak, Dept. ERS / MS 370, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557 Voice: 775-784-1656, Fax: 775-784-4789, email: email@example.com. Posted: 8/23/02.
University of Nevada-Reno: PhD research position available Fall 2002: Mercury biogeochemical cycling and plants. This project entails the use of state of the art controlled mesocosms (www.dees.dri.edu/GBERL/ecocell_specs.html)at Desert Research Institute (www.dri.edu), multiple plant exposure chambers and single plant gas exchange chamber to study the cycling of mercury between soil, atmosphere and plants. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of scientists working on the mesocosm study that is utilizing monoliths of tall grass prarie studying nutrient cycling, the influence of climate change and Hg cycling. Period of funding is for three years. PhD degree programs at UNR are through the Evolution, Ecology and Conservation Biology program (www.eecb.unr.edu) and the Environmental Sciences and Health program (www.unr.edu/idgrad/esh). Students with a Master’s Degree and a background in plant biology preferred. For more information contact: Mae Gustin, Department of Environmental and Resources Sciences, University of Nevada at Reno, Reno, NV 89557. firstname.lastname@example.org, 775-784-4203. Posted: 8/12/02.
University of New Brunswick: Ph.D. Opportunity, Winter ecology of Atlantic salmon in streams of Norway & Canada. We are looking for an independent, resourceful, and motivated individual to conduct a unique doctoral research project. Scientists from Norway (SINTEF and the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim), France (INRA in Rennes, Brittany) and Canada (Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) and the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) have initiated a 4-year collaborative research project of the physical (hydrologic) and biological characteristics of the winter habitat of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in natural and regulated rivers. The objective of the doctoral research project is to measure the movement, habitat use and survival of juvenile Atlantic salmon (parr) in relation to sub-surface and surface ice formation in small and medium-sized rivers in both Canada (New Brunswick) and central Norway (Trondheim region). The project will involve significant periods of winter field work with some manipulative experimentation in laboratory settings, and some habitat modelling. Monitoring of movement and habitat use will be accomplished using PIT (passive integrated transponder) technology with fixed stations and active tracking of tagged individuals. Applicants should have a strong academic record and previous experience working with stream fishes, preferably in the area of ecology or behaviour. Experience with PIT technology or biotelemetry would be a definite asset. Full funding for salary and research is available for a 4-year term. The successful candidate will work closely with researchers from SINTEF, NTNU, INRA, DFO and the CRI. Deadline: January 30, 2003. Ideal start date May 01, 2003. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and full CV to: Dr. Rick Cunjak, Canada Research Chair in River Ecosystem Science, Director, Canadian Rivers Institute, Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, CANADA. E3B 6E1. Email: email@example.com, Tel: 506-452-6204. Posted: 12/13/02.
University of New Hampshire: A three-year PhD research assistantship position at the Program in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science is available to study nitrogen and carbon cycling in cultures of mycorrhizal plants using isotopic techniques. Nitrogen (N) availability often limits plant growth in forestry and agriculture, whereas excess N in atmospheric deposition increasingly harms forests throughout the US and Europe. Mycorrhizal fungi are key plant symbionts and directly influence plant growth and N cycling through the uptake, retention, and transfer of soil-derived N. At present, mycorrhizal symbioses are poorly understood. Consequently, they are largely absent from conceptual pictures of forest functioning and ecosystem models used to predict forest growth and stress responses. Foliar 15N:14N ratios appear useful markers of carbon and N allocation in the symbiosis, but we have limited understanding of the fundamental mechanisms regulating 15N:14N distributions. We will measure complete carbon and N isotope budgets in mycorrhizal pine and birch seedlings supplied with different N forms, at different N availabilities, and with different fungal symbionts. We will also investigate the underlying biochemical mechanisms causing 15N:14N patterns using data from mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance measurements. From these experiments in culture, we will be poised to (1) measure carbon allocation to mycorrhizal fungi in ecosystems under different environmental conditions, (2) use foliar 15N:14N measurements to indicate allocation to mycorrhizal fungi, and (3) explicitly incorporate mycorrhizal fungi into ecosystem-level models. This work should improve understanding of the regulation of forest productivity by mycorrhizal fungi and the functioning of mycorrhizal symbioses under anthropogenic N deposition. Send letter (Morse Hall, CSRC-EOS, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) describing academic background, research experience, and research interests to Dr. Erik Hobbie (web site: http://www.eos.sr.unh.edu/Fac/People?FAC_ID=78). Application forms are due February 15. More information about the graduate program: http://www.nressphd.sr.unh.edu/. Posted: 1/6/03.
University of North Dakota: Graduate student needed to conduct interdisciplinary research related to ecosystem biogeochemistry using remote sensing and field observations in the Northern Great Plains. The project combines trace gas exchange and nutrient cycling research with remote sensing to assess how land use alters ecosystem functions at several scales of resolution. Applicants interested in carbon sequestration and greenhouse gases are encouraged to apply. This is a joint effort between the University of North Dakota's Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium in Grand Forks, ND and the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Mandan, ND. Team investigators determine sustainable management techniques and provide the scientific basis for policy recommendations. Graduate research assistantships provide a full tuition waiver and a competitive stipend. We prefer the student(s) will start in early 2003. The successful candidate(s) must be self-motivated and able to work in a team environment. The ideal applicant would have experience in environmental science and/or remote sensing. Both M.S. and Ph.D. students will be considered. For further information, please contact Dr. Rebecca Phillips, UMAC Earth System Science and Policy Program, Box 9007, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 58202, e-mail Rebecca@aero.und.edu, telephone (701) 777-6160. Please attach resume, GPA, and GRE score information with all inquiries. Posted: 11/11/02.
University of Notre Dame: Two Ph.D. positions are available for highly motivated students interested in stream ecosystem research. Students will be involved in a multi-investigator wood addition experiment in Northern Michigan. Project objective is to examine the effects of wood on stream ecosystem structure and function, including nutrient and organic matter retention, invertebrate secondary production and fish community structure. Students will be involved in all levels of the research and have the opportunity to develop dissertation topics within the context of the experiment or on related topics. Positions available starting May 15, 2003. For more information contact: Dr. Jennifer Tank and/or Dr. Gary Lamberti, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0369. Tank.email@example.com, Gary.A.Lamberti.firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about graduate studies and to request an application form, see http://www.nd.edu/~gradsch/ and http://www.science.nd.edu/biology/biology.html. Posted: 11/13/02.
University of Notre Dame: Graduate Research Assistantships in Invasion Biology, Ecological Forecasting, and Aquatic Ecology are available in David Lodge’s laboratory beginning in summer-fall 2003. For more information, see the following web sites for: Lodge’s lab--http://www.science.nd.edu/biology/faculty/lodge.html the Dept. of Biological Sciences-- http://www.science.nd.edu/biology/biology.html the Graduate School-- http://www.nd.edu/~gradsch/. The application deadline for Fall 2003 admission is 1 February 2003. Early communication directly with Lodge is strongly encouraged (email email@example.com). Posted: 10/25/02.
University of Oklahoma: Two graduate research assistantships are available immediately in the following areas: 1. Coupling of biogeochemical cycles: To study dynamics of carbon, nutrients, and water in forest/grassland ecosystems using either experimental or modeling or both approaches and to link ecosystem-scale studies with regional and global modeling. We particularly encourage innovative approaches to study coupling among carbon, nutrient, and hydrological cycles. 2. Inverse analysis in ecology. To develop and apply inversion approaches to data assimilation from field CO2 and warming experiments. The goal is to extrapolate results from manipulative experiments, where ecological responses to a rather abrupt perturbation are measured, in order to ultimately understand and predict long-term ecosystem responses to a very gradual climatic change in the real world. Inverse analysis usually requires mathematic and statistical skills together with basic ecology training. 3. Soil respiration: To conduct mechanistic studies to examine how substrate, temperature, and moisture individually and/or interactively regulate soil respiration. We are particularly interested in manipulative experiments using micro- and meso-cosms for the mechanistic studies. We currently conduct collaborative research primarily at four sites: warming experiments in Oklahoma, the Duke Forest Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiment in North Carolina, the Niwot Ridge AmeriFlux measurements in Colorado, and mesocosm experiments in Nevada. Descriptions of the four experimental sites are available at http://bomi.ou.edu/luo. The successful graduate students can use any of the four sites for their research. To apply, send letter of application indicating areas of research interest and qualifications, current curriculum vitae, research publications, and names, email and postal addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to: Dr.Yiqi Luo, Department of Botany and Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be received until the positions are filled. Posted: 1/14/03.
University of Rhode Island: MS/PhD Assistantship. I am seeking an individual with experience in soil science, forest ecology, or landscape analysis to work on a study examining the effect of land-use change on soil carbon pools, sequestration, and flux at a landscape scale. A number of hypotheses will be tested in this study including: will soil carbon storage-landscape relationships differ among land uses; will soils under urban land uses have significantly different carbon pools compared to their former land use; will a loss of carbon due to urbanization be offset by carbon sequestration related to agricultural abandonment; and will soil carbon pools and fluxes vary significantly among forest types having similar ages. Responsibilities of the graduate assistant will be to establish sampling and monitoring sites on selected soils in southern New England, to directly measure soil carbon pools and fluxes at these sites, and to evaluate the effects of land use change on carbon inputs, exports, and sequestration at a landscape scale. Please send résumé, college transcripts, and statement of interest to: Dr. Mark Stolt, Department of Natural Resources Science, One Greenhouse Road, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 02881, phone 401-874-2915, fax 401-874-4561, email@example.com. Posted: 3/7/03.
University of Rhode Island: M.Sc. or Ph.D. - Assessing habitat quality for migrating songbirds using blood metabolites and nondestructive estimates of body composition. A research assistantship is available to study changes in body composition and blood metabolites of representative songbird species as indicators of habitat quality for migrating songbirds while they are using stopover sites in coastal southern New England. The specific objectives and hypotheses of the project include: (1) use TOBEC and deuterium dilution to estimate body composition changes in free-living, migratory songbirds while they reside in specific habitats, (2) using captive studies, determine the efficacy of using certain blood metabolites as indicators of fat and protein utilization and acquisition in songbirds, (3) test hypothesis that rate of change in body composition is positively related to abundance of certain fruits and insects, (4) test hypothesis that in songbirds certain blood metabolites reliably indicate lipid or protein catabolism whereas other metabolites indicate lipid deposition, and (5) determine whether (and how) management of these coastal ecosystems can enhance certain habitats that are deemed better quality areas for migrating songbirds. This project is a planned five-year effort (starting 1 September 2003) that will include additional graduate students. Most field work will be conducted at bird-banding stations on Block Island (ca. 15 km off the mainland) and in Kingston, Rhode Island. Captive animal facilities and laboratory equipment for blood analyses are at the main campus in Kingston. Qualifications: Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in animal/wildlife biology, physiology, or ecology, earned at least a 3.0 GPA, must have taken the GRE, and must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Field experience with songbird capture and handling, and interest in physiological ecology are required. Experience with analysis of body composition and blood metabolites is highly desirable although not essential. However, experience with quantitative laboratory skills is required. Ability to work collaboratively and to supervise research assistants and undergraduates working in the field and the laboratory is also required. Stipends are approx. $15,000/yr and tuition is paid. Starting date is September 2003. To apply submit: a letter stating your qualifications and research interests, a resume, college transcripts, GRE scores, and 3 letters of reference by no later than 28 February 2003 (early application is encouraged) to: Dr. Scott R. McWilliams, Dept. Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881. 401-874-7531; firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected candidates will be asked to apply to the Graduate School of URI. Posted: 2/10/03.
University of Rhode Island: M.Sc. - Effects of forest management on ruffed grouse and associated wildlife in southern New England forests. A research assistantship is available to study survival, home range size, and daily activity patterns of ruffed grouse in managed forests within southern New England. Radiotelemetry will be used to estimate survival, home range, and daily activity patterns of ruffed grouse. In addition, selected species of songbird that also prefer early successional habitats will be censused to determine how forest management type and history influences their occurrence. Most field work will be conducted in Rhode Island on public and private forested land. Qualifications: Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in animal/wildlife biology or ecology, earned at least a 3.0 GPA, must have taken the GRE, and must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Field experience with bird capture and handling, and interest in avian ecology are required. Experience with radiotelemetry and ruffed grouse is highly desirable although not essential. However, experience with quantitative analysis skills and field research is required. Ability to work collaboratively and to supervise research assistants and undergraduates working in the field is also required. Stipends are approx. $15,000/yr and tuition is paid. Starting date is September 2003. To apply submit: a letter stating your qualifications and research interests, a resume, college transcripts, GRE scores, and 3 letters of reference by no later than 28 February 2003 (early application is encouraged) to: Dr. Scott R. McWilliams, Dept. Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881. 401-874-7531; email@example.com. Selected candidates will be asked to apply to the Graduate School of URI. Posted: 2/10/03.
University of South Alabama and Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Ph.D. assistantship to do work on ecosystem services of oyster restoration. The student will investigate the effects of oyster restoration on water-column and sediment nutrient dynamics and assemblages of benthic microalgae. The student will collaborate closely with other students examining other components (e.g. benthic invertebrates and fish communities) of this community-level project. Check http://press.disl.org/Oysterproposal.pdf for a complete description of this multi-investigator project, which is being carried out by Ken Heck, Sean Powers and Just Cebrian. Requirements: Availability to start working in August 2003. Admission to the Ph.D. program is possible at that time provided the candidate meets the requirements for admission. Other arrangements (incorporation into the project in August 2003 with admission to grad school in January 2004) can be made if necessary. If interested, candidate send a resume and full contact information for three references to Dr. Just Cebrian through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or regular mail at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. Posted: 6/4/03.
University of South Bohemia: We are looking for a biologist to study the ecology of herbivorous insects and their host plants in Papua New Guinea. The successful candidate will stay at our field station in Madang (Papua New Guinea) from September 2003 to August 2004. 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 PNG, living expenses in PNG, and a small stipend are provided. The candidate (of any nationality) can enrol to Ph.D. programme at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. The position is also suitable for a postdoctoral candidate or an exceptional B.Sc. or M.Sc. student. Please send enquiries to email@example.com. The deadline for applications (including a cover letter, c.v. and addresses of three referees) is May 1, 2003. More information on the PNG project is available at http://www.entu.cas.cz/png/parataxoweb.htm and http://www.nmnh.si.edu/new_guinea. Posted: 4/1/03.
University of Tennessee: A three-year PhD Assistantship covering tuition and paying a stipend of $15,000 per year is available to conduct a study of effects of different silvicultural practices (clearcutting, shelterwood cutting, diameter limit cutting, wildlife thinning, and prescribed burning) on ecosystem properties and processes such as decomposition, nutrient dynamics, soil moisture regime, light regime, plant species composition and richness, plant-herbivore interactions, and regeneration of oak and other woody species. Treatments for this project are in place and replicated in each of three regions. The candidate selected will be expected to develop and complete an independent research project within the overall framework provided, culminating in a doctoral dissertation. The candidate will also be expected to assist in the teaching program within the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. Applicants that have successfully completed an M.S. degree in forest ecology, silviculture, or a related field, have experience in below- and above-ground resource measurement techniques, and have skills in the identification of southeastern herbaceous and woody plant species are preferred. The Assistantship begins August 1, 2003 and ends June 30, 2006. If interested, contact Dr. David Buckley (Phone 865-974-7978, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Posted: 3/27/03.
University of Texas at Arlington: I am seeking a graduate student interested in arctic plant ecology and arctic ecosystems. I currently have funding for two years of a GRA beginning in Fall 2003, and anticipate additional support after that. Summers will be spent in residence at the Toolik Field Station, location of the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, while the academic year will be spent in Arlington, located between Dallas and Fort Worth. You must be physically able to work at a remote, climatically harsh field site for weeks at a time to apply for this position. For a brief description of my research interests, please see http://www.uta.edu/biology/gough/, and for more information on our department and graduate program, see http://www.uta.edu/biology/. For further information, please contact: Laura Gough, phone: 817-272-1453, e-mail: email@example.com. Posted: 9/20/02.
University of Toledo: We have openings for several M.S. or Ph.D. students with experience & interest in the following four topic areas in the Department of Earth, Ecological and Environmental Science. Please contact the appropriate faculty members for further information on the topic of your interest. You can find application materials on the web through the Graduate School (http://www.utoledo.edu/grad-school/). Please apply to the Biology, Ecology-track programs (http://www.eeescience.utoledo.edu/Academic%20Program/).
Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology: Dr. Jiquan Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org). More information about the LEES Lab can be found at: http://research.eeescience.utoledo.edu/lees/
Ecological Modeling And System Ecology In Antarctica: Dr. Daryl Moorhead (email@example.com); activities summary (http://www.eeescience.utoledo.edu/Faculty/Moorhead/).
Soil Biological Indicators: Dr. Deb Neher (firstname.lastname@example.org). General information about the Soil Biology Indicator lab can be found at http://research.eeescience.utoledo.edu/sobo/. Currently seeking two graduate students supported on grant-funded projects and a third supported on a teaching assistantship.
Wetland Ecology: Dr. Hans Gottgens (email@example.com); see also http://www.eeescience.utoledo.edu/Faculty/Gottgens/
Environmental Microbiology and Bioremediation: Dr. Daryl Dwyer (firstname.lastname@example.org); see also http://www.eeescience.utoledo.edu/Faculty/Dwyer/. Posted: 11/15/02.
University of Vermont: The Botany Department has available several graduate fellowships for qualified students interested in the MS or PhD degree specializing in the ecology and evolution of plants. Among a broad range of other botanical research interests, current ecological research projects include: - ecological modeling via information theoretic and evolutionary computation - decline of red spruce in high elevation forests - statistical and mechanistic modeling of forested systems - plant phylogeny and biogeography - ecosystem responses to disturbance events - dynamics of ecotones - the role of spatial relationships in species coexistence - pattern formation in plant communities - traits leading to a species invasiveness - plant population dynamics - evolutionary divergence and speciation in vascular plants - population biology of rare and/or restricted species of vascular plants - physiological ecology of forest systems - ecophysiology of alpine plants - ecophysiological studies of photosynthesis and environmental stress - spatial and temporal variation in selection - genetics of niche evolution - ecological range expansion in cattails. Our ecologists and evolutionary biologists make use of the abundant natural areas in Vermont, from Lake Champlain to the summits of the Green Mountains. For more information please visit: http://www.uvm.edu/~plantbio/. Posted: 1/23/03.
University of Virginia: I am looking for a self-motivated graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D) to carry out individual research in the general area of plant-pollinator interactions. Specific possible research areas include the effect of pollen nutrient value on host plant choice and larval development by solitary bees, the effect of pollen structure on pollen digestibility, and the influence of landscape management on pollinator populations. Additional areas of plant-pollinator interactions are open, depending on student interest. The research should be carried out at or near Blandy Experimental Farm, one of the ecological research stations of the University of Virginia. Facilities at Blandy include a research greenhouse, research screenhouse, basic lab and field equipment, large areas of land available for manipulation, and natural areas typical of the Shenandoah Valley. The Blue Ridge Mountains are nearby and present a variety of additional habitats. Housing is available as needed at the research station. For more information, contact T'ai Roulston, email@example.com or visit http://www.people.virginia.edu/~thr8z/HomePage.html. Application deadline: 12/1/02. Posted: 10/24/02.
University of Washington: Two graduate research assistantships are available to students with interests in vegetation dynamics, dendrochronology, or ecological restoration. You will join a team of scientists and land managers associated with the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon who are pursuing basic and applied aspects of montane meadow ecology. We are interested in (1) understanding the historical patterns of conifer encroachment into montane meadows of the western Cascade Range, (2) determining the consequences of this encroachment for meadow communities, and (3) developing approaches to meadow restoration through active management of vegetation and fuels. Possible subjects for thesis research include, but are not limited to: (1) spatial and temporal patterns of tree establishment and subsequent forest development, (2) relationships between overstory development and ground-layer vegetation, (3) influences of small-scale disturbances on meadow community composition, (4) patterns and correlates of annual variability in forest and meadow vegetation, (5) responses of forest and meadow communities to experimental restoration treatments (thinning and prescribed fire). Additional information on our broader research program can be found at: http://www.fsl.orst.edu/lter/research/related/jfsp/jfsp02.pdf We seek enthusiastic students interested in developing solid, field-based research, who have strong quantitative and writing skills, who are familiar with or can quickly learn the local flora, and who have the ability to work independently in a fairly remote field setting. Applicants must be available during summer 2003 to assist with baseline field studies. Opportunities exist to interact with other scientists and federal land managers associated with the nearby H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) site: http://www.fsl.orst.edu/lter/ These assistantships are best suited to graduate studies at the Masters level, although possibilities for doctoral study also exist. Candidates must qualify for admission to the Ecosystem Analysis Graduate Program at the College of Forest Resources, University of Washington. A complete application, including statement of interest, resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation must be received by the College of Forest Resources no later than 15 January 2003: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Acad/grad.html. For more information, contact: Charlie Halpern, Phone: 206-543-2789, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Faculty/Halpern/. Posted: 10/17/02.
University of Wisconsin, Madison: A graduate research assistantship (PhD) is available starting 10/1/03 to perform analysis of plant and soil components of nitrogen cycling in cranberry beds. Funding is available for 4 years, subject to satisfactory progress. This project includes both laboratory and field components. All field research will be carried out in commercial cranberry beds; therefore, this project requires an interest in agriculture and willingness to talk with cranberry growers. Interests in agricultural biogeochemistry and/or plant ecophysiology are essential. A second position (MS, 2 years of funding) may become available to study links between hydrology, nitrogen cycling, and nitrogen losses from cranberry beds. For both positions, students have the option of applying either to the Department of Horticulture (http://www.hort.wisc.edu)or to the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies (http://www.ies.wisc.edu/). If interested in either position, please send resume, transcripts, statement of prior research experience and future goals, and names and email addresses of three references to: Kevin Kosola, Dept. of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin, 1575 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: 608-262-6452, Email: email@example.com, Web: http://www.hort.wisc.edu/faculty/Kosola/. Posted: 2/5/03.
University of Wisconsin, Madison: A Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D.) is available to pursue research at the interface of global environmental change and insect ecology. Specifically, this research addresses the impacts of enriched atmospheric CO2 and/or O3 on plant-insect interactions, trophic cascades, and insect biodiversity. The research is conducted as part of a large Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) project in temperate forest stands of northern Wisconsin. For more information about the Lindroth research group, visit: http://entomology.wisc.edu/~lindroth/ For information about research and graduate education in ecology at the University of Wisconsin, visit: http://www.ies.wisc.edu/meg/ Qualifications: Highly motivated individuals with superior academic credentials and strong communication skills are encouraged to apply. Well-developed interpersonal skills are essential. Candidates should have interests in chemical ecology, community interactions, and/or insect taxonomy. Finally, candidates must be able to work independently, under adverse weather conditions, during field seasons in northern Wisconsin. Stipend/benefits: 50% Research Assistantship currently provides a stipend of $17,088, tuition waiver, and excellent medical health plan. Exceptionally well-qualified individuals may be competitive for a UW fellowship. Application deadline is Jan 15, 2003. Position available beginning in Winter, Summer or Fall semesters of 2003, with preference for early dates. Inquiries: Send preliminary e-mail or letter of inquiry, describing research interests and academic qualifications, to: Dr. Rick Lindroth, Dept. of Entomology, 237 Russell Labs, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706. Phone: 608-263-6277, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 7/24/02.
University of Wisconsin, Madison: A Research Assistantship for a Master's Degree in the Department of Wildlife Ecology is available Fall 2002/Winter 2003. The project involves research into Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Wisconsin white-tailed deer. CWD is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) first observed in wild cervids more than 20 years ago in Colorado and Wyoming. However, recent outbreaks of CWD, including the detection of disease in deer from Wisconsin and New Mexico, has elevated concern about this disease to a national level. Currently little is known about the interactions between host species ecology and CWD dynamics, and the implication of these interactions for disease management. The objective of this epizootiological research is to evaluate patterns of CWD among white-tailed deer to better understand disease transmission across the landscape. Funding is currently available for 2 years with an anticipated additional year of funding. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Christine Ribic (Department of Wildlife Ecology) in close collaboration with Dr. Michael Samuel (USGS National Wildlife Health Center). Requirements: We seek an intelligent, highly-motivated person to begin an MS graduate program starting January 2003. Experience and demonstrated interest in wildlife disease, epidemiology, wildlife ecology, GIS, and population level problems are essential. Applicants with a B.S. in wildlife, biology, ecology, veterinary science or related biological fields are preferred. Successful applicant must have taken background courses equivalent to those required for a B.S. from the Department of Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition, satisfaction of the requirements for Graduate School admission is required. Information about the Wildlife Ecology program and admissions policies can be found at http://wildlife.wisc.edu. Start date: Negotiable but the ideal candidate will be available to work during the fall eradication program with an official entry into the graduate program in January 2003. To Apply: Send a letter of introduction describing research interests, a resume which includes a brief summary of relevant experiences, an unofficial copy of transcripts and GRE scores, and 3 references to Ms. Debra Carroll, Department of Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, 53706 (email@example.com). Deadline: 30 August 2002. For further information contact: Dr. Michael D. Samuel, National Wildlife Health Center, 6006 Schroeder Road, Madison, WI 53711. Phone: 608-270-2441. E-mail: Michael_Samuel@usgs.gov. Posted: 7/16/02.
University of Wyoming: The Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory of Dr. Elise Pendall and the Plant Physiological Ecology Laboratory of Dr. Brent E. Ewers (http://uwyo.edu/botany) are seeking a student interested in pursuing M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Ecology. The student will be co-advised, with funding from a USDA-NRI Managed Ecosystems grant to investigate the impact of fire on water and carbon fluxes from sagebrush steppe in Wyoming. In addition to being advised by Drs. Pendall and Ewers, the successful applicant will work closely with a post-doc on the project. Examples of potential research questions include 1) How do vegetation dynamics change over a sagebrush steppe burn chronosequence? 2) What are the mechanisms controlling carbon and water fluxes across a sagebrush steppe burn chronosequence? 3) What are the interactive effects of global change and fire management on regional carbon and water fluxes from sagebrush steppe? The project will use canopy gas exchange chambers, soil respiration, sap flux, leaf gas exchange and stable isotopes of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen to answer these and other potential questions. The successful applicant is expected to be energetic, highly motivated, and capable of pursuing innovative research questions and able to work for extended periods under field conditions with limited supervision. The position is available immediately and applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Initial inquiries can be made to Dr. Ewers (firstname.lastname@example.org; 307-766-2625) or Dr. Pendall (email@example.com; 307-766-6293). To apply, please submit via email, to both Drs. Pendall and Ewers, 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: 5/30/03.
University of Wyoming: A graduate student research assistantship is available to support a M.S. student in the Department of Renewable Resources. The successful candidate will investigate the tallgrass prairie in North Dakota at the Tewaukon Nation Wildlife Refuge. Only about 1% of the total tallgrass prairie still exists today in North Dakota and the Tewaukon National Wildlife Complex has approximately 3716 acres of native prairie. These areas historically have received a variety of management applications from prescribed fire, grazing, haying, mowing, and weed control. The Tewaukon NWR¹s staff is working to target specific priority areas to manage for tallgrass prairie birds. Nine areas (6 on Refuge) have native prairie tracts that will be managed to restore the diverse native floral communities. This research project is a funded by a cooperative agreement between the University of Wyoming, Department of Renewable Resources and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Course work will be completed at the University of Wyoming during the academic year. The student will be stationed at Tewaukon NWR during summer field work. Field research for this project requires extensive vegetative monitoring in summer, and greenhouse activities during the academic year. Required: Undergraduate degree and field experience in terrestrial plant ecology, weed science, fire ecology, botany, plant science, rangeland ecology, or closely related fields. Applicant must be energetic, able to take initiative and possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Preferred skills: experienced in vegetative sampling and plant taxonomic keys, greenhouse experiments and strong computer skills. Stipend for an M.S. student is $10,062 for the 9-month academic year. Additional summer stipend, tuition and continuous health insurance are provided. The project may begin as soon as May 2003. Formal application to the Graduate School (available online) will be required prior to admission. Send all application materials directly to Dr. Hild. Send 1) resume, 2) transcripts, 3) three letters of reference, 4) GRE scores and 5) a professional goals statement 6) graduate school application directly to: Dr. Ann Hild, Box 3354, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071. Direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/18/03.
University of Wyoming: A graduate student research assistantship is available to support a M.S. or Ph.D. student in the Department of Renewable Resources. The successful candidate will investigate the relationship of weed encroachment to native species presence in northern and central Great Plains grassland communities. This research project is a funded by a national grant to the University of Wyoming, Department of Renewable Resources, Laramie, Wyoming . Course work will be completed at the University of Wyoming during the academic year. The student will be stationed in field invasion sites in Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado during summer field work. Field research for this project requires extensive vegetative monitoring in remote areas, and environmental growth chamber lab and greenhouse activities. Required: Undergraduate degree and field experience in terrestrial plant ecology, weed science, fire ecology, botany, plant science, rangeland ecology, or closely related fields. Applicant must be energetic, able to take initiative and possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Additional preferred skills: experienced in GPS, statistics, soils, and computer applications. Candidates with interest and experience with genetic lab procedures or greenhouse grow-out experiments is preferred. M.S. in botany, rangeland ecology or related field desired for PhD applicants. Stipend for an M.S. student is $10,062 and for a Ph.D. student $14,400 for the 9 month academic year. Additional summer stipend, tuition and continuous health insurance are also provided. Send 1) resume, 2) transcripts, 3) three letters of reference, 4) GRE scores and 5) a professional goals statement to Dr. Ann Hild, Box 3354, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071. Direct inquiries to email@example.com. Formal application to the Graduate School (available online) will be required prior to admission to the program. Applications will be evaluated until a candidate is selected. Course work may begin as soon as Fall 2003. Posted: 4/18/03.
University of Wyoming: A graduate student research assistantship is available to support a Ph.D. student in the Department of Renewable Resources. The successful candidate will investigate the relationship of fire to encroachment of rush skeletonweed into Wyoming big sagebrush communities of southwestern Idaho. This research project is a Research Joint Venture project between the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Boise, Idaho and the University of Wyoming, Department of Renewable Resources, Laramie, Wyoming . Course work will be completed at the University of Wyoming during the academic year. The student will be stationed in Boise, Idaho during summer field work. Field research for this project requires extensive vegetative monitoring in remote areas where summer temperatures often exceed 90F. Required: Undergraduate degree and field experience in terrestrial plant ecology, weed science, fire ecology, botany, plant science, rangeland ecology, or closely related fields. Applicant must be energetic, able to take initiative and possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Additional preferred skills: experienced in GPS, GIS, statistics, soils, and computer applications. M.S. in botany, rangeland ecology or related field desired for PhD applicants. Stipend for a Ph.D. student $14,400 for the 9 month academic year. Additional summer stipend, tuition and continuous health insurance are also provided. Send 1) resume, 2) transcripts, 3) three letters of reference, 4) GRE scores and 5) a professional goals statement to Dr. Ann Hild, Box 3354, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071. Direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Formal application to the Graduate School (available online) will be required prior to admission to the program. Applications will be evaluated until a candidate is selected. Course work may begin as soon as summer, 2003. Posted: 8/22/02, revised: 4/18/03.
University of Wyoming: Ph.D. assistantship in Ecosystem Ecology in the Department of Botany. The research will utilize stable isotopes as tracers of carbon and water cycling in investigations of shrub invasion in the western U.S., effects of altered precipitation and atmospheric CO2 on grasslands, biogeochemical consequences of fires and plant succession in the Intermountain West, or land-use change in Panama. Applicants ideally should have a MS degree in biology, ecology, soil science, or a related field. Experience with gas exchange and soil respiration techniques, elemental analyzers, mass spectrometers, or micrometerological equipment is desirable, but not required. For more information contact Dr. Elise Pendall, Pendall@uwyo.edu, and see http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/Botany/. Applications due February 1, 2003. Forms and instructions: http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/UWGrad/app_index.htm. Posted: 12/12/02.
University of Zurich: Two PhD positions are available at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, starting as soon as possible. Students will be integrated in a Graduate Program in Ecology and the Plant Science Centre. The goal of the project is to investigate male/female interactions in the white campion, Silene latifolia, a dioecious plant with XY-sex determination. With hand pollinations and analysis of paternity using molecular markers, we will assess the influence of male and female genotype on pollen performance, paternity and offspring characters and conduct experimental manipulations to unravel the mechanisms. The ideal applicant has a strong interest in evolutionary ecology and good background in experimental design and statistical analysis, microsatellites and/or fieldwork. Fluent English is required, as well as a Master or Diploma Degree (or equivalent) in Ecology, Genetics or Evolutionary Biology. Please send a CV, a copy of your degree, a summary of experience and research interests and the addresses of two referees to Dr. Giorgina Bernasconi. Funding is by the Swiss National Science Foundation for thee years. Average annual salary is approximately 34800 CHF (23800 EUR/25700 USD). For further information, please contact: Dr. Giorgina Bernasconi, Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich, Winterthrerstr. 190, CH - 8057 ZURICH. email@example.com, Tel +41 1 635 48 07, Fax +41 1 635 57 11, http://www.unizh.ch/uwinst/MonteVerita/ascona http://www.unizh.ch/uwinst/homepages/giorgina.html. Posted: 4/8/03.
Vanderbilt University: The Department of Biological Sciences seeks highly motivated graduate students to join a growing group of biologists with complementary research interests focusing on ecological mechanisms of evolutionary diversification. The participating faculty combine molecular and field/experimental approaches in studies of both plants and animals. Ongoing research investigates a wide variety of evolutionary phenomena, ranging from population structure and adaptation to speciation and phylogenetic radiation. We are currently in the process of hiring an ecologist to complement our research strengths, and anticipate the addition of at least one more colleague in the near future. Graduate students receive a generous 12-month stipend ($20,000 plus a full tuition waiver) with modest accompanying responsibilities (only one semester of teaching per year). During the summer of 2002, the department of Biological Sciences moved into a new building complete with state-of-the-art laboratory space, an automated DNA sequencing facility, and modern, spacious greenhouses. For more information on research and graduate study at Vanderbilt, please consult our departmental web page at: http://www.biosci.vanderbilt.edu/. Applications: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gradschool. Questions can be directed to Dan Funk (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dave McCauley (email@example.com), or John Burke (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for applications is January 15, 2003. Posted: 10/2/02, revised: 12/17/02.
Washington State University: Dr. Robert Gallagher has a Graduate Research Assistantship available to pursue a PhD in Crop or Soil Science, and to study how various organic transition crop production strategies impact soil quality, weed dynamics, and the economics of the transition and post-transition periods. For more information on the project, contact him by email: email@example.com or phone: 509-335-2858. The successful PhD student will be expected to assist with the management of the project, and integrate the soil quality, weed ecology, agronomic, and economic issues of the organic transition period into their thesis (within reason). Interdisciplinary thinking and good management skills will be imperative. The stipend will be minimum of $15,500 per year, with health insurance and a tuition waiver. One to two semesters (10 hrs per week) of teaching (as a teaching assistant) will be required. Students should have background (MS preferred) in either soil, plant or agro-ecology. Posted: 9/6/02.
Western Kentucky University: M.S. Graduate Assistantships are available for highly motivated individuals with experience/interest in aquatic ecosystem research. Student will conduct research on either a National Park Service funded project examining the importance of basin geology and airborne contaminants on the structuring of food webs in vernal pools at Mammoth Cave National Park or contribute to an EPA funded project addressing the scale mediated effects on the structuring of fish and macroinvertebrate assemblages in the Upper Green River Basin, Kentucky. Evaluating of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled. Assistantships provide annual stipends of $14,000. Interested persons should forward a CV, transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing their research interests and qualifications to: Dr. Scott Grubbs, Department of Biology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (270) 745-5048, Fax: (270) 745-6856. Posted: 2/20/03.
Wright State University: (1) The new Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program has assistantships available to qualified applicants who are accepted into the program. The assistantships are for a minimum of $17,000 with tuition and fee waivers and are awarded for two years. Year one is a research assistantship and year two is a teaching assistantship. Research assistantships are then provided by the student's major professor for the remainder of their degree study period. The program provides a strong interdisciplinary focus both in the course work and dissertation research, with a focus on contaminant fate and effects in three areas of faculty expertise: environmental toxicology and chemistry, environmental stressors, and environmental geophysics and hydrogeology. There are over two dozen ES program faculty from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics. (2) The Yellow Springs Instruments Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Fellowship. The Research Fellowship is for $25,000 with tuition and fee waivers. This prestigious award will be given to a qualified applicant accepted into the new Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program at WSU. Students may apply with either a B.S. or M.S. degree from a relevant major (e.g., biology, chemistry, geology, physics, toxicology, environmental health sciences). The program provides a strong interdisciplinary focus both in the course work and dissertation research, with a focus on contaminant fate and effects in three areas of faculty expertise: environmental toxicology and chemistry, environmental stressors, and environmental geophysics and hydrogeology. Review of applications for the 2003-2004 Academic Year will begin in June, 2003, and continue until the position is filled. For more information on the curriculum, faculty research areas and application materials see: http://www.wright.edu/academics/ieq. Posted: 10/11/02, revised: 5/2/03.
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Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program for the Americas: http://www.nature.nps.gov/canonscholarships/
DOE Global Change Education Program: http://www.atmos.anl.gov/GCEP/gref.html
EPA STAR Fellowships: http://es.epa.gov/ncerqa/rfa/
Ford Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute: http://www4.nas.edu/osep/fo.nsf
NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Program: http://research.hq.nasa.gov/code_y/nra/current/Fellowship-ESS01/
NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program: http://education.nasa.gov/gsrp/
National Academies Christine Mirzayan Internship Program: http://national-academies.org/internship
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program: http://www.asee.org/ndseg/
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program: http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/dge/programs/grf/
NSF/New England Wild Flower Society Fellowship Program in Conservation Biology: http://www.newfs.org/nsfannounce.htm
National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellowship Program: http://www.nwf.org/campusecology/fellowships/
Organization for Tropical Studies: http://www.ots.duke.edu/en/research/fellowships.shtml
Rainforest Alliance Kleinhans Fellowship: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/programs/research/kleinhans.html
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Introduction to Field Biology: The Wayne State University/Eastern Michigan University Fish Lake Biological Program is offering a three-week Introduction to Field Biology course this summer! The course will be held from 8-5 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 23-July 9. Biology and science-education students from other colleges, as well as in-service teachers, are invited to attend. Dorm and cafeteria services are available on-site. For information and a full schedule of classes, go to http://www.biosci.wayne.edu/fishlake/ . The course introduces students to the plants and animals of Michigan and the methods used by field biologists to study them. Students will spend the majority of the course outdoors trying out field-study techniques; discovering the names (and often the medicinal and other uses) of different trees, shrubs and wildflowers; and exploring the diverse animal life of field, forest and wetland. The course will also consider the challenges of conducting a high-quality field study. For additional information, contact Leslie Mertz (LMERTZ@nasw.org). Posted: 5/13/03.
Multivariate Analysis of Ecological Data: January 2004 Main focus is the constrained ordination methods (CCA, RDA) used with the Canoco software, but we spend substantial time with other topics (other ordination methods, including NMDS, regression methods like GLM and GAM, TWINSPAN, cluster analysis, etc). The participants spend large part of this ten days course working with their own data, presenting their "mini-projects" at the end of course. Students pay substantially lower fee for our course. Course quota is 20 participants and we have already 12 seats booked. More information: http://regent.jcu.cz/. Posted: 5/13/03.
Biological Invasions in the Marine Environment: July 12-13 AND 19-20, 2003. A two weekend workshop that will explore marine bioinvasions, particularly in estuarine environments. Instructor: James T. Carlton, Williams College. Location: Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon, Charleston, Oregon. For: Upper division undergraduates, graduate students and interested professionals. For more information: www.uoregon.edu/~oimb or email: email@example.com. Posted: 5/2/03.
Great Lakes Limnology: Clarkson University offers this dual undergraduate / graduate short course, which will be held on Lake Ontario on the US EPA Research Ship Lake Guardian, September 19-26. Topics covered in this practicum course include physical & chemical limnology, biomolecular ecology, plankton & benthic ecology, and ornithology & environmental change. The course is appropriate for biology, chemistry, environmental engineering and other students with an interest in environmental science. Limit 15 participants. Cost is $800, which includes (reduced) tuition for 3 credit-hours, and all shipboard costs including food. The cost of course is partially under-written by the US EPA Great Lakes Program Office, and Clarkson University. Information and application materials: www.clarkson.edu/lakeontario . Application deadline 8/8/03. Posted: 4/29/03.
Natural History Workshops: The 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. Visit our website at www.uwm.edu/Dept/fieldstation/wkshops.html for full descriptions of each course, fee information, and Registration Form. Posted: 3/18/03.
Distance Sampling Workshops: The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, September 2003. 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 Distance software.
Introduction to Distance Sampling, 10-12 September. 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.
Advanced Techniques and Recent Developments in Distance Sampling, 15-17 September. 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. For more information, see www.creem.st-and.ac.uk/conferences.php. Posted: 2/27/03.
Tropical Marine Biology: held at Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas, July 21 - August 4, 2003. This class usually fills up fast and we can only take 12 students. Students will receive 4 semester hours of transfer credit (undergraduate or graduate) as long as their home institution agrees to it. More information about the course: http://www.bio.gasou.edu/Bio-home/Gleason/Trop_Mar_Biol/TMB_Home_Page.html. Posted: 2/20/03.
Mathematics of Biological Complexity: A series of three Short Courses will be held at the University of Tennessee oriented towards biologically-trained individuals, including graduate students, biology faculty and those desiring to work in emerging fields in computational biology. The objective is to provide a rapid introduction to the mathematical and computational topics appropriate for understanding current research in biological complexity. The topics and dates are: Course 1: Introduction to the Mathematics of Biological Complexity: March 30 - April 2, 2003. Course 2: Optimal Control Theory in Application to Biology: July 9 - 12, 2003. Course 3: Modeling the evolutionary genetics of complex phenotypes: a hierarchical approach from sequences to populations: August 24 - 27, 2003 (Tentative). Complete details are available at http://www.tiem.utk.edu/courses/ Significant financial support is available to cover lodging, travel and registration expenses for attendees from non-profit institutions. Potential attendees are urged to apply to attend any of these courses as soon as possible. Posted: 2/20/03.
Information-Theoretic Approaches to Multimodel Statistical Inference: These two day short courses introduce a variety of general methods based on Kullback-Leibler information. These new methods are useful in model-based inference in the analysis of empirical data in the sciences and industry. The short course will be offered twice: May 6-7 and May 20-21, 2003, at the Aspen Lodge near Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Registration fee is $550. Attendance is limited, early registration is encouraged. Further information: http://colorado1.home.attbi.com/
Rocky Mountain Biological Lab: 4 and 8 week courses in the summer of 2003. Field Ecology, Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management, and an Introduction to Molecular Ecology are being offered June 12-August 10. Mammology and Plant-Animal Interactions are being offered June 12-July 12 and Field Botany and Conservation Biology and Wilderness Research Practicum are being offered July 13-Aug. 10. These courses are designed for undergraduates and beginning graduate students. For more information, visit the website www.rmbl.org or contact Michele Simpson at 970 349 7231. Financial aid is available. Posted: 2/6/03.
Bee Identification: The Bee Course 2003 -A Workshop for Conservation Biologists, Pollination Ecologists, and other Biologists. Southwestern Research Station, Portal, Arizona, August 19-29, 2003. For full details, see: http://research.amnh.org/invertzoo/beecourse/. Posted: 2/4/03.
Biodiversity Conservation: Smithsonian Institution's Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program. The two complementary courses that form this year's curriculum offer a complete and essential program for conservation biologists, ecologists, resource managers and environmental leaders. The Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring for Adaptive Management course (April 30-June 2, 2003) guides you through the process of designing and implementing local and regional biodiversity monitoring programs. The Environmental Leadership course (September 7-19, 2003) emphasizes communication skills to facilitate your interaction with managers, decision-makers and resource personnel. For full details, see http://www.si.edu/simab/ (under Training Opportunities). Posted: 1/31/03.
Organization of Biological Field Stations: an extensive list of courses held by field stations in the US, Canada, and elsewhere is available at http://sql.lternet.edu/scripts/obfsdb/class.pl. Posted: 1/30/03.
Summer field ecology at Hancock Biological Station: Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky. Courses available to all undergraduate and graduate students, May 28 - July 1, 2003. To register or to find out more about the Biological Station and its courses, visit http://www.mursuky.edu/qacd/cos/hbs/hbs-sumr.htm. Posted: 1/30/03.
Landbird Monitoring Training Courses: Point Reyes Bird Observatory. Basic course April 7-11; advanced course April 13-17, 2003. Location: Palomarin Field Station, Bolinas, CA. For full information, see http://www.prbo.org/train.html. Posted: 1/21/03.
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Applications: A three-week Summer Institute will be held at the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC) at Indiana University from May 19 through June 6, 2003. 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. For detailed information about the Summer Institute, please go online to http://www.cipec.org/training/summer_institute/. Deadline is February 15, 2003. Posted: 1/13/03.
Wetlands and Ecosystem Restoration: A suite of 5 short courses will be taught as a part of the Ohio State University's Olentangy River Wetland Research Park Summer Short Course Series in 2003. For details, see http://swamp.ag.ohio-state.edu/ShortCourse.html. Posted: 1/13/03.
GIS and Remote Sensing: The Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center is offering the following courses: GIS & Remote Sensing For Wildlife Managers, March 24-March 28, 2003; Measuring Landcover Change and its Impact on Endangered Species, March 31-April 4, 2003; An Introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing in Conservation and Wildlife Management April 21-24, 2003. For full information, see http://www.nationalzoo.si.edu/ConservationAndScience/ConservationGIS/GIS_training/ or contact: Jenny Gagnon, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1500 Remount Road , Front Royal, VA 22630. 540-635-6535 (GIS Lab), 540-635-6506 (FAX). Posted: 1/7/03.
Marine Conservation: July 7-August 8, 2003 at the Duke University Marine Laboratory. For details, see http://www.env.duke.edu/marinelab/programs/summer2.html.
Tropical Marine Ecology: Five-week course (16 June–18 July 2003) based in Panama designed to provide opportunities for in-depth study of tropical marine ecosystems. Offered for the first time in 2003, it is the first graduate course in marine ecology to be offered jointly by the Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS) and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). The course is ideally suited to students pursuing graduate studies in marine ecology in the tropics and will be led by two full time scientists with assistance from at least ten guest scientists who will join the course for periods ranging from one day to two weeks. The course focuses on the three dominant marine ecosystems of the tropics—seagrasses, mangroves, and coral reefs—and provides both a comprehensive introduction to the ecology of these ecosystems and explorations into research topics of current interest, including the subjects of active, on-site research programs. Students will develop an appreciation for the linkages, interdependencies, and ecological significance of the three ecosystems. The course will include a variety of additional topics, including biological oceanography and the ecology of the benthos and meiofauna. For details, see http://www.stri.org/tropical/. Posted: 12/27/02.
Stable Isotope Ecology: University of Utah, June 15-27, 2003. 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. For details, see http://ehleringer.net/bio6473.html. Applications will be accepted until February 14, 2003. We will notify applicants about February 27 regarding acceptance and further details. Posted: 12/23/02.
Arctic Field Ecology: One section (University of Minnesota, EEB 4842, 5 semester credits) is being offered this summer (29 June - 21 July 2003). This course involves a multidisciplinary team of ecologists and Inuit collaborators in the remote tundra wilderness of the Arctic. This summer the course will investigate ecosystem variation from treeline near the mouth of the Mackenzie River to a research camp on Prince Patrick Island in the Canadian Arctic. We will visit two northern research sites on Banks and Prince Patrick Island by air charter and have a kayak trip along the Thomsen River on Banks Island. We will integrate our course work with a major field study looking at the interaction of vegetation, climate, and soils in frost-boil formation (http://www.geobotany.uaf.edu/cryoturbation/). We camp along the way, interact with scientists at the research sites, and meet with local people to learn about their knowledge of the region. Our goals are that each student: * Learn about current ecological research issues in the Arctic. * Learn about arctic vegetation, soils, wildlife, ecosystem processes, and natural history. * Learn new sampling and analysis techniques. * Generate his or her own research ideas. * Understand the common ground between Indigenous and western views of the Arctic. * Gain new understanding and appreciation of the arctic landscape. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Cost is $3300. See the information packet at: http://muskox.com/acrobat/2003app.pdf For more information contact one of the instructors: Bill Gould, email@example.com, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, 787/766-5335 ext 209 Grizelle González, firstname.lastname@example.org, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, 787/766-5335 ext 112 Andrew Borner, email@example.com, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Posted: 11/22/02.
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: http://regent.bf.jcu.cz. Posted: 5/16/02.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Melanie Allen Truan (email@example.com). 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 (www.ecologia.unam.mx/rlb) and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (www.iai.int). 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 (http://www.ibiologia.unam.mx/ebchamela), 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/8/02.
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: http://www.ots.duke.edu/en/education/courses.shtml. Posted: 1/8/02.
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