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|Arizona State University||Spatial analysis and landscape genetics or ecology (PhD)||12/15/06||6/22/06|
|Mississippi State University||Agronomy/Soil carbon dynamics (PhD)||9/1/06||6/16/06|
|University of Delaware||Brant winter ecology (MS)||7/15/06||6/30/06|
|Oregon State University||Marine ecological monitoring (MS)||7/1/06||6/16/06|
|Lincoln University (New Zealand)||Effects of weed biocontrol on native plant-insect foodwebs (PhD)||6/30/06||6/2/06|
|Mississippi State University||Plant Ecology||6/26/06|
|Université du Québec à Montréal||Insect Biodiversity/Detrital Food Webs||6/23/06|
|Mississippi State University||Wetland and Wildlife Ecology and Management||6/16/06|
|Michigan Technological University||Acid deposition/plant community structure in spruce-fir forests of Great Smoky Mountains||6/16/06|
|Wright State University||Adaptive radiation of a gall midge-fungus mutualism (PhD)||6/16/06|
|University of Canterbury (New Zealand)||Weed population ecology and control (PhD)||6/16/06||5/26/06|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Invasive plant ecology (PhD)||6/16/06||5/9/06|
|Fort Hays State University||Densities of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (MS)||6/15/06|
|University of Tennessee||Forest Nutrition and Restoration (PhD)||6/15/06||5/22/06|
|North Dakota State University||Spatial Ecology, birds (MS)||6/15/06||5/10/06|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Landscape modeling of mountain big sagebrush response to fire regime (PhD)||6/14/06|
|University of Kansas||Terrestrial ecosystem C and N dynamics||6/14/06|
|Florida International University||Marine Microbial Ecology (PhD)||6/10/06||5/31/06|
|Oklahoma State University||Migrant Shorebirds and Habitat Quality (PhD)||6/8/06|
|University of Vermont||Ecology and evolution of invasive Japanese barberry||6/7/06|
|Mississippi State University||Wildlife ecology in agricultural landscapes (PhD)||6/2/06|
|Université du Québec à Montréal||Forest Ecology (PhD)||6/2/06|
|University of Kentucky||Invasive Exotic Plants in Urban Forests (PhD)||6/2/06|
|Nova Scotia Agricultural College||Modelling Nutrient & Water Movement (MS)||6/1/06||4/12/06|
|Ohio University||Soil Ecology and Biogeochemistry||5/31/06||4/18/06|
|University of Hawaii-Manoa||Plant Molecular Ecology (PhD)||5/26/06|
|Université du Québec à Montréal||Ecology of Cyanobacteria (MS)||5/22/06|
|Auburn University||Ecosystem and Regional Studies, Ecological modeling, and Spatial analysis||5/19/06|
|University of Wyoming||Plant Invasion Ecology (2 positions)||5/19/06|
|Clemson University||Forest Ecology (3 positions)||5/17/06|
|Mississippi State University||Stand Susceptibility to Southern Pine Beetle (MS)||5/17/06|
|University of Delaware||Hydrology, soil, and plant interactions in fragmented habitats||5/15/06||5/10/06|
|University of Notre Dame||Global Linkages of Biology, the Environment, and Society (PhD)||5/11/06|
|University of Toronto at Scarborough||Niche evolution in vertebrates (PhD)||5/11/06|
|Alabama A&M University||Forest Fire Ecology||5/11/06|
|Université Laval||Ecophysiological Silviculture (PhD)||5/11/06|
|Iowa State University||Macroinvertebrates/Wetlands (MS)||5/11/06|
|University of Idaho||Biogeochemical Modeling||5/11/06|
|University of Kentucky||Invasive Insect Monitoring (PhD)||5/11/06|
|University of Florida||Forest Water Resources (PhD)||5/10/06|
|University of Wyoming||Soil organic matter dynamics in wetlands||5/10/06|
|Mississippi State University||Landscape Avian Ecology (MS)||5/3/06|
|University of Rhode Island||Shallow subtidal habitats||5/3/06|
|Texas A&M University||Conservation Science (MS)||5/1/06||4/20/06|
|University of Delaware||Black Duck Ecology (MS)||5/1/06||4/17/06|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||White-tailed Deer Ecology (MS)||5/1/06||3/29/06|
|University of Akron||Biology||5/1/06||12/12/05|
|Mississippi State University||Invasive species ecology (PhD)||4/28/06|
|North Carolina State University||Ant Biogeography and Ant-Plant Interactions (2 MS positions)||4/28/06||3/27/06|
|Oklahoma State University||Wildlife Ecology (PhD)||4/27/06|
|University of California at Merced||GIS, Remote Sensing, and environmental science (PhD)||4/21/06|
|Louisiana State University||Hydrology/Water Quality (MS)||4/20/06|
|University of Maryland Eastern Shore||Larval fish ecology||4/17/06|
|ETH Zürich (Switzerland)||Trace gas dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems (PhD)||4/17/06|
|Texas State University||Behavioral ecology of fish (MS)||4/17/06|
|Western Kentucky University||Aquatic ecosystem research (MS)||4/17/06|
|Northern Arizona University||Integrative Bioscience: Genes to Environment (PhD)||4/17/06||3/23/06|
|University of Groningen||Ecology and evolution (MS)||4/15/06||3/16/06|
|Canterbury University (New Zealand)||Plant invasion ecology/applied mathematics (2 positions)||4/13/06||3/29/06|
|Tulane University||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||4/12/06|
|Texas A&M University||Ecophysiology/Ecohydrology of invasive wetland plants (MS)||4/10/06||3/22/06|
|Mississippi State University||Effects of Conservation Reserve Program on birds (MS)||4/9/06|
|Minnesota State University, Mankato||Parasite-Host Ecology and Evolution (MS)||4/9/06|
|Fort Hays State University||Stream/Ecosystem Ecology (MS)||4/9/06|
|University of Missouri-Columbia||Ecological Modeling (PhD)||4/1/06||3/13/06|
|Iowa State University||Avian Ecology (PhD)||4/1/06||3/2/06|
|Oklahoma State University||Forest ecology (PhD)||4/1/06||2/27/06|
|University of Florida||Wildlife ecology and management (MS)||3/31/06||3/1/06|
|University of Arkansas, Monticello||Mammal Ecology (MS)||3/31/06||1/5/06|
|University of Toledo||Carbon Cycling in Managed Forests (PhD)||3/31/06||12/20/05|
|University of Maryland Eastern Shore||Marine/estuarine fishes||3/30/06|
|Miami University (Ohio)||Winter/Polar Biology||3/22/06|
|Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue||Forest Ecology (PhD)||3/21/06|
|Ohio State University||Aquatic Ecology (PhD)||3/21/06|
|Delaware State University||Bat Ecology||3/20/06||3/6/06|
|Oregon State University||Arid Land Restoration Ecology||3/15/06||1/4/06|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Texas Horned Lizards (PhD)||3/14/06|
|Mississippi State University||Agronomy/Microbial Ecology (PhD)||3/14/06|
|University of Wyoming||Soil Carbon Sequestration||3/13/06|
|University of Maine||Tree Ecophysiology||3/13/06|
|Oregon State University||Wildlife Ecology (PhD)||3/9/06|
|Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (Germany)||Dynamics of recreational fishing (PhD)||3/7/06||2/17/06|
|University of Rhode Island||Plant ecology/evolution||3/1/06||2/8/06|
|George Mason University||Conservation Science Fellowships (PhD)||3/1/06||2/6/06|
|Oregon State University||Quantitative silviculture/ecology (PhD)||3/1/06||2/3/06|
|Montana State University||Aquatic snails of conservation concern||3/1/06||1/30/06|
|University of Southern Mississippi||Marine Botany (2 positions)||2/28/06|
|Ohio University||Population Ecology||2/28/05|
|Baylor University||Aquatic ecology, toxicology, and environmental chemistry||2/28/06||1/30/06|
|Virginia Tech||Bog turtle ecology (PhD)||2/23/06|
|University of Nebraska, Lincoln||Stream ecosystem ecology||2/21/06|
|Purdue University||Biogeochemical Modeling||2/20/06|
|Swiss Federal Institute WSL||Alpine Plant Ecology/Land Use||2/15/06||1/18/06|
|Texas A&M University||Conservation and habitat restoration an endangered orchid||2/15/06||1/10/06|
|University of North Dakota||Insect Diversity, Spatial Modeling of Invasive Species (2 MS positions)||2/14/06|
|University of Northern British Columbia||Spatial Ecology, Insects (MS)||2/14/06|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Global Change Ecology/Plant-Insect Interactions (PhD)||2/14/06||1/19/06|
|University of Arizona||Ecohydrology fellowship (PhD)||2/9/06|
|Iowa State University||Lake ecosystem modeling (PhD)||2/9/06|
|South Dakota State University||GIS/land cover dynamics (6 PhD positions)||2/6/06||11/10/05|
|Pennsylvania State University||Forest Ecology/Silviculture||2/2/06|
|University of Toledo||Freshwater Ecology||2/2/06|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Floodplain wetland ecology (MS)||2/1/06|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Community ecology||2/1/06|
|Utah State University||Ecohydrological modeling/invasive plants, Australia (PhD)||2/1/06||1/10/06|
|University of Montana||Fellowship in Disease Ecology||2/1/06||12/20/05|
|Utah State University||Restoration Ecology||2/1/06||12/14/05|
|Loyola University Chicago||Stream Ecology||2/1/06||11/8/05|
|University of Toronto||Forest canopy research||1/31/06|
|Sonoma State University||Marine Conservation/Algal Population Biology (MS)||1/31/06||1/9/06|
|University of Missouri||Watershed Modeling (PhD)||1/31/06||1/4/06|
|Utah State University||Desert Rodent Ecology (PhD)||1/31/06||12/15/05|
|Texas A&M University||Soil Carbon dynamics||1/30/06|
|Texas State University/University of Arizona||Plant Recruitment Ecology||1/30/06|
|University of Arkansas, Monticello||Forest Ecology (MS)||1/30/06|
|John Carroll University||Organismal Biology (MS)||1/30/06|
|University College Dublin (Ireland)||Soil ecology and biodiversity (3 PhD positions)||1/20/06||1/5/06|
|Utah State University||Ecology and Natural Resource Management (PhD)||1/20/06|
|North Carolina State University||Global change/Forest hydrology (PhD)||1/19/06|
|Utah State University||Native Plant Ecophysiology or Materials Development (MS)||1/19/06|
|University of Florida||Adaptive Management of Water, Wetlands and Watersheds (PhD)||1/17/06||10/7/05|
|University of Washington||Forest hydrology (PhD)||1/15/06||1/6/06|
|University of New Mexico||Plant Physiological Ecology||1/15/06||12/20/05|
|Kansas State University||Ecological Genomics||1/15/06||12/9/05|
|Oregon State University||Coral And Sclerosponge Biogeochemistry and Paleoclimatology||1/15/06||12/5/05|
|University of Florida||Ecology of ant-plant mutualisms in Amazonian forests||1/15/06||8/26/05|
|University of Guelph (Canada)||Effects of forest harvesting practices on aquatic-terrestrial interactions||1/13/06|
|University of Utah||Evolutionary ecology of host-parasite systems (PhD)||1/13/06||10/11/05|
|Texas A&M University||Influences of herbivory on treeline under changing climate||1/11/06|
|Plymouth State University||Environmental Science and Policy (MS)||1/10/06|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Remote Sensing & Forest Ecology (2 positions)||7/15/06||6/13/05|
|University of Wyoming||Ecology (PhD)||1/6/06|
|Kansas State University||Impacts of wind power on grouse||1/6/06|
|Rice University||Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of populations and communities||1/6/06|
|Florida International University||Marine Microbial Biology (PhD)||1/6/06|
|Michigan State University||Ecology (PhD)||1/5/06|
|University of Georgia||GIS-based ecological modelling, nutrient transport by otters, Alaska (PhD)||1/1/06||12/13/05|
|Idaho State University||Stream Ecology (3 positions)||1/1/06||12/7/05|
|University of North Carolina||Habitat connectivity for at-risk animal species (PhD)||1/1/06||12/6/05|
|McGill University (Quebec)||Land Use and Global Environmental Change (2 positions)||1/1/06||11/17/05|
|Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)||Ecology of temperate reef fishes||12/31/05||9/27/05|
|Michigan State University||Quantitative Fisheries Fellowship (PhD)||12/21/05|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Dendroclimatology||12/21/05|
|University of Kuopio (Finland)||Emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds from northern ecosystems (PhD)||12/16/05||10/20/05|
|Eastern Illinois University||Behavioral ecology of the Japanese beetle (MS)||12/16/05|
|ETH Zürich (Switzerland)||Plant Evolutionary Ecology (PhD)||12/15/05|
|Michigan Technological University||Field Ecology (2 PhD positions)||12/15/05|
|Delaware State University||Tropical ecology, agriculture (MS)||12/15/05||11/10/05|
|University of Minnesota||Landscape changes and ecosystem processes (7 PhD positions)||12/15/05||11/8/05|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Remote Sensing and Avian Ecology||12/12/05|
|West Virginia University||Wildlife Ecology||12/5/05|
|Portland State University||Ecology and evolutionary biology||12/5/05|
|University of Kentucky||Forest health (MS)||12/1/05||11/9/05|
|University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez||Ecology and management of tropical dry forests (MS)||position filled||10/14/05|
|University of Toledo||Land use and regional water balance in semiarid ecosystems, China||11/30/05||8/3/05|
|Lakehead University (Ontario)||Applied forest ecology (2 positions)||11/28/05|
|Pennsylvania State University||Ecology (6 positions)||11/28/05|
|Oregon State University||Biogeochemistry of forested ecosystems (PhD)||11/28/05|
|University of Alberta||Interactions Between Drought, Grazing, And Root Dynamics In A Fescue Grassland||11/23/05|
|Montana State University||Cropland Weed Management (MS)||11/18/05|
|Pennsylvania State University||Biogeochemistry (6 PhD positions)||11/18/05|
|Pennsylvania State University||Carbon Cycling/Fire Ecology||11/18/05|
|Northern Arizona University||Forest Ecology/Soils||11/18/05|
|University of Arkansas||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||11/15/05|
|Montana State University||Nutrient cycling, organic farming systems (MS)||11/15/05||10/4/05|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Carbon Dynamics (PhD)||11/10/05|
|University of Kentucky||Restoration ecology||11/10/05|
|Fordham University||Ecology and field biology||11/8/05|
|Minnesota State University-Mankato||Invasive Species/Wetland Ecology (MS)||11/8/05|
|SUNY-ESF||Ecology of an endangered snail (MS)||11/8/05|
|University of Michigan||Theoretical ecology, epidemiology, and evolution (PhD)||11/8/05|
|University of Idaho||Stable isotopes and forest carbon fluxes||11/7/05|
|University of Minnesota||Biosphere-atmosphere interactions||11/7/05|
|University of Auckland (New Zealand)||Assembly history as a regulator of ecosystem functioning (PhD)||11/5/05||10/5/05|
|Colorado State University||Ecology of the San Clemente Island Fox (PhD)||11/1/05||10/11/05|
|Texas A&M University||Beach Ecology and Erosion with GIS (MS)||11/1/05||8/29/05|
|University of Hawaii-Manoa||Biocomplexity in Brazil (PhD)||10/31/05||9/28/05|
|Baylor University||Stream Ecology||10/31/05||9/27/05|
|University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science||Landscape change and stressors in stream ecosystems||10/27/05|
|Montana State University||Wildlife Disease Ecology (PhD)||10/25/05|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||Population Ecology||10/25/05|
|New Mexico State University||Cattle foraging behavior||10/21/05|
|University of Helsinki (Finland)||N cycle modeling in tropical agroforestry (PhD)||10/21/05||9/27/05|
|University of Rhode Island||Soil Quality, Turfgrass, and Conservation (MS)||10/20/05|
|University of Kansas||Stream Fish Ecology||10/19/05|
|University of Wyoming||Coevolutionary dynamics between seed predators and conifers||10/19/05|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||Nutria population biology (MS)||10/17/05|
|University of Nebraska, Lincoln||Fish bioenergetics (MS)||10/15/05||10/4/05|
|University of Florida||Avian Ecotoxicology (PhD)||10/15/05||8/16/05|
|Mount Allison University (Canada)||Marine Macroecology and Biogeochemistry||10/13/05|
|University of Montana||Mycorrhizal Ecology (PhD)||10/7/05|
|University of Vermont||Fisheries Biology (MS)||10/5/05|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||Environmental and Evolutionary Biology (PhD)||10/4/05|
|Arizona State University||Urban Ecosystem Ecology/Biogeochemistry (PhD)||10/3/05|
|Texas A&M University||Spatial Sciences||9/30/05|
|Université Laval (Quebec)||Plant-animal interactions in the Arctic (PhD)||9/30/05||9/6/05|
|Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (Germany)||Plant-Herbivore Interactions/Insect Physiology and Proteomics (2 PhD)||9/30/05||8/24/05|
|University of Calgary (Alberta)||Protist population/community ecology, modeling||9/28/05|
|Clemson University||Tree physiology and molecular biology (2 positions)||9/27/05|
|Michigan State University||Molecular Biology/Freshwater Ecology/Public Health||9/27/05|
|University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science||Environmental Science||9/27/05|
|Wageningen University (The Netherlands)||Elephants and browse/grass distribution, South Africa (PhD)||9/27/05||8/31/05|
|University of Nevada - Reno||Landscape modeling (PhD)||9/16/05|
|University of Delaware||Bobwhite ecology and habitat management (MS)||9/15/05||9/1/05|
|Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue||Forestry/Ecology (MS)||9/9/05|
|University of Texas at Arlington||Arctic plant ecology and climate warming||9/9/05|
|Colorado State University||Fire and invasive plant management||filled||9/6/05|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Grassland/Prairie Restoration||8/31/05|
|Oklahoma State University||Fire-grazing interaction: Restoring heterogeneity to grassland ecosystems||8/29/05|
|Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue||Forest Ecology/Silviculture (PhD)||8/16/05|
|Concordia University/Université du Québec à Montréal||Forest Ecology/Silviculture (PhD)||8/16/05|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Population dynamics of a host-parasitoid system||8/16/05|
|Université du Québec à Montréal||Insect biodiversity and coarse woody debris (MS)||8/3/05|
|Boston University||Tree physiology, Ecuador (PhD)||8/1/05||5/17/05|
|University of Wyoming||Rangeland vegetation, remote sensing||7/29/05|
|University of Wyoming||Isotope Ecology||7/28/05|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Plant physiological ecology (PhD)||7/28/05|
|Clemson University||Marine physiological ecology (2 PhD positions)||7/22/05|
|University of Connecticut||Ecology, biogeography, and climate change, South Africa (PhD)||7/22/05|
|University of Nebraska, Lincoln||Crane Ecology (2 PhD)||7/18/05|
|University of Dublin, Trinity College (Ireland)||Impacts of alien plants on native pollinators (PhD)||7/18/05||7/1/05|
|Stephen F. Austin State University||American alligator ecology (PhD)||7/7/05|
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Top | Fellowship Program Links | Short Courses
Alabama A&M University: Graduate Assistantship - Forest Fire Ecology. Multidisciplinary project funded by the National Science Foundation to study the forest ecosystem response to various disturbances. The project is carried out in the north Alabama - south Tennessee area, but mainly on the Bankhead National Forest. The graduate student will join a team of scientists and other graduate students from Alabama A&M University and researchers from the USDA Forest Service to study the fire impact on the vegetative community. Desired background and/or interest in plant ecology. The annual salary is $25k for PhD and $20k for MSc. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Luben Dimov for details at: Center for Forestry and Ecology, P.O. Box 1927, Normal, AL 35762, Luben.Dimov@email.aamu.edu, phone: 256-372-4545, fax: 256-372-8404. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Desired starting date: ASAP. Applicants from underserved groups are especially encouraged to apply. (Important note: the funding agency requires the students to be American citizens or permanent American resident). Posted: 8/10/05, revised: 5/11/06.
Arizona State University: NSF funded postdoctoral and graduate student research assistant positions are available in spatial analysis and landscape genetics or ecology. The successful candidates will aid in the development and testing of new methods and software (PASSaGE v2) for analyzing biological data in a spatial context. My laboratory’s research generally covers a broad array of topics within computational evolutionary biology and bioinformatics, and is associated with the Center for Evolutionary Functional Genomics at the Biodesign Institute and the School of Life Sciences. Postdoctoral Fellow: Experience in spatial analysis, biological statistics, or data analysis is preferred, but no programming skills are required. Ideally, the successful candidate will become involved in ongoing projects in the lab (generally computational evolutionary biology and bioinformatics), but will also be encouraged to pursue independent research on topics related to the overall lab mission and their own background and interests. The position is available immediately, but there is flexibility in the start date. For more information contact Michael Rosenberg at email@example.com. To apply, send a CV, description of research interests, and names of 2 references to the above email address. Graduate Research Assistants: Prospective Ph.D. students should have general interests in evolution, computational biology, and/or bioinformatics. Admission will be administered through the graduate programs in the School of Life Sciences; applications for Fall 2007 are being accepted through December 15. A Masters degree is not required. If interested, please contact Michael Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Posted: 6/22/06.
Arizona State University: A PhD graduate research assistantship is available for a student to work on an NSF funded project to examine the effects of the urban atmosphere on biogeochemical processes in Sonoran Desert ecosystems. This assistantship will be part of a multi-investigator project to study the ecological consequences of organic carbon and nitrogen deposition in desert or desert remnant sites across the Phoenix air shed and will be associated with ongoing ecological research at the Central Arizona Phoenix (CAP) LTER and in the ASU IGERT urban ecology graduate program (see links below). The selected student will have broad flexibility in developing his or her dissertation research within the overall goals of the project and will work closely with the principal investigators, including Drs. Sharon Hall, Nancy Grimm, and Jason Kaye (ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry), and Dr. Jonathan Allen (atmospheric chemistry). Candidates will apply for admission into the School of Life Sciences graduate program at ASU. The starting date is Fall, 2006. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, geology, chemistry, or related discipline and a current, valid U.S. driver’s license. Interested candidates with a strong background or interest in soils, plant or microbial ecology, or biogeochemistry are encouraged to apply. Selection will be based on GPA, GRE’s (general and biology subject), letters of recommendation, and enthusiasm for the work proposed. Send letters of interest to Dr. Sharon J. Hall by email at: email@example.com (preferred) or by mail at: School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Box 874501, Tempe, AZ, 85287-4501. Inquiries about the position can be made to Dr. Hall through email (above) or by phone at 480-965-5650. Posted: 10/3/05.
Auburn University: Ph.D. and M.S. Research Assistantships in Ecosystem and Regional Studies, Ecological modeling and Spatial analysis. We are encouraging highly motivated graduate students to join an interdisciplinary team for investigating coupled biogeochemical and hydrological cycles, and Ecosystem-Climate Interactions. Graduate students could work at a spectrum of spatial scales that range from landscape to watershed to region by using a combination of field studies, ecosystem modeling and spatial analysis (GIS and Remote Sensing). The individuals will participate in several projects funded by NASA, DOE, EPA and others, and be able to function well within a multidisciplinary team. The successful candidates should possess a degree in ecology, meteorology, hydrology, soil science, forestry, geography, or related fields. The annual salary is $17,800 for a PhD candidate and $15,230 for a MS candidate. The Graduate Research Assistants will be awarded Tuition Fellowships as well. Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining their qualifications, resume, copies of transcripts, TOFEL, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Hanqin Tian, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Dr., Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849. Phone (334) 844-1059: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/11/05, revised: 5/19/06.
Baylor University: The Ecotoxicology and Aquatic Research Laboratory and the Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research at Baylor University have openings for graduate research assistants (PhD or MS) in applied aquatic ecology, aquatic toxicology, and environmental chemistry. Emphasis is in the following areas: 1) applied ecology and ecotoxicology of harmful algal blooms, 2) ecotoxicology of emerging contaminants, 3) joint toxicity of pesticide mixtures, and 4) fate of pesticides and pharmaceuticals in aquatic systems. Applicants should have a background in biology, environmental science, biochemistry, or a related discipline. Candidates with an M.S. in aquatic ecology, water quality, and/or environmental toxicology and chemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. Excellent aquatic science and environmental toxicology and chemistry laboratories with state-of-the-science equipment, competitive stipends, and off campus experimental facilities are available to support research activities of the successful applicant. In addition, numerous opportunities exist for multidisciplinary research interaction and graduate training at Baylor University. Start Date: August 2006. To Apply: Candidates should submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae including GPA and GRE scores to either Dr. Bryan W. Brooks (Bryan_Brooks@Baylor.edu> ; 254-710-6553) for areas 1 and 2, or Dr. Jason Belden (Jason_Belden@Baylor.edu; 254-710-2302) for areas 3 and 4. Deadline: Review of applications will commence on 28 February 2006 and continue until the position is filled. Posted: 1/30/06.
Baylor University: The Department of Biology is offering a Graduate Research Assistantship in stream ecology beginning Spring (January) or Summer (mid-May) 2006 to study under the direction of Dr. Ryan King. Funding is available for up to 5 years, with initial funding as a Research Assistant (competitive stipend) for 2 years and additional support through departmental Graduate Teaching and/or other Graduate Research Assistantships. A full tuition waiver will also be awarded. Both M.S. and Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply. The Graduate Research Assistant will participate in a study funded by the U. S. EPA to develop numerical nutrient criteria for wadeable streams in central Texas using an ecological risk assessment approach. The successful applicant will conduct research designed to evaluate the effects of nutrient enrichment on periphyton and macroinvertebrate communities along observed nutrient gradients in natural streams and in 12 outdoor, experimental streams subjected to range of controlled nutrient additions. The experimental stream facility (the "BEAR"--Baylor Experimental Aquatic Research) is located near campus at the Lake Waco Wetlands complex, which also affords 24 outdoor wetland mesocosms and a large research laboratory adjacent to an 80-hectare constructed wetland. The Department of Biology is housed in the Baylor Sciences Building, a brand-new 500,000 square-foot facility fully equipped with state-of-the-art research and teaching labs. The student will be expected to interact with the lab of Dr. Bryan Brooks (co-PI on this project) and others in the interdisciplinary Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, an association that unites aquatic faculty and students from Biology, Geology, Chemistry, and Environmental Studies. Minimum qualifications include a B. S. degree in biology, ecology, or related discipline and a current, valid U.S. driver's license. Selection will be based on GPA, GREs (minimum combined score of 1100), and letters of recommendation. Individuals with previous research experience in aquatic ecology, particularly streams, will be given top consideration. More information about application and degree requirements. Please contact Dr. Ryan King (Ryan_S_King@baylor.edu) for additional information. Review of applications will begin 31 October 2005, although applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Posted: 9/27/05.
Boston University: A PhD assistantship is available, pending funding approval, to examine water transport and carbon allocation in palms, with special emphasis on the role of palm size. Research will be conducted in Amazonian Ecuador and at Boston University. Extended travel to Ecuador is required (approximately 4 months per year for 3 years). This position may have a start date of either Sept. 2005 or January 2006. Desired skills include: Enthusiasm for physically challenging research for extended periods of time at a remote field station; Academic background in the natural sciences; Familiarity with basic statistics, and statistics software; Experience in techniques of plant ecophysiology, including sap flux, gas exchange, stable isotopes, plant hydraulics, plant biometry, and/or data logging; Completed Master's degree, or Bachelor's degree with research experience. Applications should include a cover letter that includes a statement of scientific interests and career aspirations, resume, GRE scores (if available), unofficial transcripts or course/grade summary, and the names and email addresses of three references, all of which should be packaged if possible in a single pdf document, or mailed as a hardcopy. Applications or requests for further information should be sent either electronically or through postal service to: Nathan Phillips, Boston University, Department of Geography and Environment, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 USA, email@example.com. Closing Date: 8/1/05. Posted: 5/17/05.
Canterbury University: Applications are invited for two scholarships (PhD and MSc level) in invasion ecology / applied mathematics based in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Canterbury University, New Zealand and the Bio- Protection and Ecology Division at Lincoln University, New Zealand. The research projects are on spatial modelling of invasive plant species. This work is funded by the New Zealand Institute of Mathematics and its Applications as part of the Modelling Invasive Species and Weed Impact 2006/07 thematic programme. Plant invasions are a problem in most parts of the world. New Zealand ranks as one of the most invaded locations and currently has more naturalised (i.e., wild introduced) plant species than native species and the pace of this invasion has yet to slow. Many of these naturalised species are weeds harming agricultural and conservation landscapes. There is an urgent need for a better quantitative understanding of the often complex invasion processes so NZ's limited biosecurity budget can be used most effectively. In addition to the practical benefits, there is the potential to make fundamental advances in our understanding of ecological systems by applying modern mathematical and statistical methods to NZ's growing weed datasets. There are two scholarships available. The first is to conduct research in modelling the spread of weeds in a heterogeneous landscape. This project will use existing field data on exotic weed performance across a complex landscape to parameterise a model of weed spread and use that model to predict future spread scenarios. A strong background in statistical and mathematical modelling is required and knowledge of plant and invasion ecology is desirable. The second scholarship will use a spatial model of weed spread to develop efficient survey methods for long-term monitoring. A background in applied statistics is required and some knowledge of ecology and of GIS systems would be desirable. The PhD Scholarship is for a three year period of full-time study. The stipend is $20,000 per year plus tuition fees. The MSc Scholarship is for one year of full-time study. The stipend is $15,000 plus tuition fees. Applicants should have at least an honours degree in either applied mathematics, statistics, or ecology with a strong statistical and mathematical component. Applications must include a curriculum vitae and cover letter to the Director of the Modelling Invasive Species and Weed Impact Programme, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand. Please clearly state if you are applying for a MSc or PhD scholarship. For further information and please contact Jennifer Brown Jennifer.Brown@canterbury.ac.nz, Alex James Alex.James@canterbury.ac.nz, or Richard Duncan Duncanr@lincoln.ac.nz. Applications close 13 April 2006. Posted: 3/29/06.
Clemson University: The Silviculture and Ecology Laboratory is currently recruiting two Ph.D. and one MS graduate students to conduct research in the areas of forest ecosystem restoration and fire ecology in three recently funded projects. We are seeking outstanding candidates with BS or MS degrees in Forestry, Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Sciences. The students will be offered a full Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) plus a tuition waiver. GRA for Ph.D. students is for 3-4 years, with an annual stipend of $18k (minimum). GRA for MS students is for 2 years, with an annual stipend of $14,400 (minimum). If you are interested, contact: Dr. Geoff Wang, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 261 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0317 (Phone: 864-656-4864; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). In your initial contact, please send the following information: statement of your research interest, degrees earned. GPAs, GRE score, and TOFEL scores (for foreign students). Posted: 10/27/05, revised: 5/17/06.
Clemson University: Graduate Research Assistantships available in tree physiology and molecular biology (2). (1) A Graduate Assistantship is available to conduct research on the physiology and genetics of chilling requirement for floral and vegetative bud break in trees using Prunus species as a model. Research will involve phenotypic evaluation and molecular fingerprinting as well as gene expression studies. The project is part of a multi-institution, international research effort to identify novel genomic regions and candidate genes regulating winter dormancy and chilling requirement in perennial species. Students interested in a M.S. or Ph.D. are encouraged to apply. Previous experience with tree biology or culture is a plus. (2) A Graduate Assistantship is available to study the molecular genetics of terminal bud formation in tree species. Research will involve functional studies of candidate genes identified in the Evergrowing locus of peach. The Evergrowing mutant is one of only two naturally occurring winter dormancy mutants in tree species. Gene expression studies and transformation will be part of the effort to understand the functional role of the genes discovered in this unique region. Ph.D. applicants are preferred for this position. Previous molecular biology experience is required and applicants should submit a detailed list of techniques with which they are familiar. Previous experience with trees is not required. Candidates with backgrounds in botany, plant biology, molecular biology, physiology, horticulture, or forestry are encouraged to apply. Please send a letter stating research interests and professional goals, a CV including GPA, GRE, and TOEFL (if applicable) scores, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Douglas Bielenberg (email@example.com), 152 Poole Agricultural Center, Department of Horticulture, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0319. Posted: 9/27/05.
Clemson University: Two PhD positions in marine physiological ecology are available in the Department of Biology in the lab of Dr. Amy Moran starting Fall 2005, Winter 2006, or Summer 2006. Graduate students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects involving marine larval ecology, physiology, DNA sequencing, and microscopy. The specific research project focuses on comparative physiology and morphology of invertebrate egg masses with biogeographic comparisons between temperate, tropical, and Antarctic fauna, and would require some fieldwork on the Antarctic continent. Considerable independence is encouraged in choosing research dissertation projects as long as they fall within the general umbrella of currently-funded work. Individuals with a background in marine biology, invertebrate biology, physiology, or population biology are encouraged to apply. Please send a CV (including GPA and GRE test scores) and contact information for three references to: Amy Moran, PhD; firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is the preferred contact method. For snail-mail, please send information to: Amy Moran, Department of Biology, Clemson University, 132 Long Hall P.O. Box 340326, Clemson, SC 29634-0326. Posted: 7/22/05.
Colorado State University: We are seeking a motivated PhD candidate that will conduct an ecological study of the Island Fox on San Clemente Island, California. The PhD candidate will conduct research in cooperation with an MS candidate and will supervise 1 technician. Starting date: December 2005 or January 2006. Objectives: The PhD candidate will cooperate with an MS candidate to study fidelity to territories, activity patterns, habitat use, foraging ecology, dispersal, reproduction, survival, and causes of mortality. Data will be used to develop sound management strategies for maintaining a healthy population. Closing date: 1 November 2005 or until an outstanding candidate is found. For more information, see the full position description. Posted: 10/11/05.
[position filled] Colorado State University: A research assistantship is available beginning January 2006 for a student to pursue a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in fire and invasive plant management in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship. The proposed work will allow the National Park Service to enhance land management decisions related to invasive species and fire management. The approach is to utilize existing satellite-based resources to better understand the interaction between fire, burnt area, and invasive species. Successful candidates will meet the graduate program admission requirements and have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. A firm foundation in ecology is a must for this position. Additionally, understanding and application of GIS, remote sensing, fire ecology, and/or invasive plant ecology will enhance a candidate’s success. See the full announcement for more information. Thorough consideration will be given to complete applications received before 1 October 2005 or until the position is filled. An earlier start date (October 2005 or after) may be possible for motivated candidates. For additional information please contact: Dr. Monique Rocca (email@example.com, 970-491-2112). Posted: 9/6/05.
Concordia University/Université du Québec à Montréal: The SAFE Project (Sylviculture et aménagement forestier écosystémique) is multidisciplinary and pluri-institutional research project aimed at field testing a natural disturbance-based forest management model for the eastern boreal forest. The study includes three field experiments, established between 1998 and 2000 in the Lake Duparquet Research and Teaching Forest (Québec), involving a variety of harvesting intensities. We are seeking a highly motivated doctoral student who has completed a Master’s in forest ecology, silviculture, ecophysiology, mensuration or a related field interested in focussing his or her research on regeneration dynamics, short-term tree and understory response to environmental conditions under different harvesting treatments and stand-level modelling to explore longer-term dynamics. Fieldwork is in Abitibi (Quebec). Successful applicants will have the choice of applying to the Ph.D. program in Biology at Concordia University or the Doctorate in environmental sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In either case, one or more sessions may be spent at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue in order to better appreciate the socio-economic context of forest management in this resource region. A stipend of $15k CAN/year for 3 years will be provided. Applications should include a letter of intent, a CV and the name and contacts for three references. For more information: David Greene, Concordia University, 1455, Demaisonneuve, Montreal, QC H3G 1M8 CANADA. Tel.: 514-848-2424 (2063), firstname.lastname@example.org. Christian Messier, GREFi – UQÀM, C.P. 8888 Succursale Centre-ville, Montréal, QC H3C 3P8 CANADA. Tel.: 514-987-3000, email@example.com. Brian Harvey, Chaire industrielle AFD - UQAT, 445, boulevard de l’Université, Rouyn-Noranda, QC J9X 5E4 CANADA. Tél.: 819-762-0971 (2361), firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 8/16/05.
Delaware State University: A Master's graduate research assistantship is available in the Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources for work on a project with bats at woodland/farm interfaces. This is a two-year position starting May 2006. Candidate must be able to work long hours in uncomfortable field conditions and have a high tolerance for biting insects. Preference given to applicants with prior bat handling and ultrasonic detector experience. Please send cv, including GPA and GRE scores, statement of research interests and experience, and names and contact information for three references electronically to Dr. Kevina Vulinec (email@example.com) by 20 March 2006. Posted: 3/6/06.
Delaware State University: A graduate assistantship at the Master's level is available for a student to work at Delaware State and in Belize, Central America. This position is funded through a grant from the USDA-CSREES. Responsibilities include duties as a teaching assistant for the Field Course in Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Conservation in Belize, work in the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, and a research project in Belize. The candidate should be a highly motivated graduate student interested in tropical ecology, agriculture, and/or systematics, and the willingness to work long hours in tropical field conditions. The position is available starting in summer 2006. Applications should include a c.v., contact information for 3 references, and a brief statement of research interests and career plans. Please send materials electronically to Dr. Robert Naczi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Kevina Vulinec (email@example.com) by 15 December 2005. Posted: 11/10/05.
Eastern Illinois University: M.S. Research Assistantship available for USDA-supported project on the behavioral ecology of the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica). Position will start in August 2006. Applicants must meet admission requirements for the graduate school. Salary: $12,000 per year plus full tuition waiver. If interested, send (email preferred) by January 31, 2006: (1) a cover letter summarizing your background, relevant experience, short-term and long-term goals, (2) a CV or resume, (3) unofficial transcripts, (4) GRE scores and (5) contact information for 3 references to: Paul V. Switzer, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920. (217-581-6951, firstname.lastname@example.org); feel free to email for more information. The Department of Biological Sciences has a strong tradition of organismal biology and many of our faculty share interests in animal behavior, ecology, entomology, and evolution. Posted: 12/16/05.
ETH Zürich: PhD positions: Trace gas dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems. We invite applications for two PhD positions. The PhD theses aim at understanding mechanisms of trace gas fluxes (methane and nitrous oxide) in terrestrial ecosystems and are embedded within a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and within the broader activities of our research group. The successful candidates will plan and conduct field and greenhouse/laboratory trials and analyse the results independently. The involved experimental protocols require a reliable and accurate working style. Candidates should be good team players but are expected to also be able to work with a high degree of independence. Results will be published in international journals and presented at national and international conferences. PhD project 1 is mostly based on field studies. The candidate will plan and maintain a series of manipulative field experiments in pasture ecosystems. Experimental protocols will include the measurement of trace gas fluxes and vegetation and soil processes, with special emphasis on nitrogen cycling and water dynamics. The candidate will also participate in field campaigns conducted in coordination with other projects ongoing in our group. PhD project 2 is largely laboratory based. The candidate will use radiolabelling and modern soil analytical techniques to disentangle soil-borne mechanisms. The investigations will be conducted with samples from several field experiments, including project 1, and in international collaboration with other research groups. We offer a stimulating work environment, modern laboratory facilities, and integration in a large number of national and international research activities. Applicants must own a university degree (MSc or equivalent) that entitles him/her to start postgraduate studies at the ETH Zürich (see http://www.doktorat.ethz.ch for more information). A background in biology, ecology, biogeochemistry and/or agricultural sciences is expected. Previous experience in soil science is welcome. Employment is for 3 years, starting June 1, 2006, negotiable. Salary and social benefits are provided according to ETH rules (CHF 33000-36000). Please send your application (indicating for which position you apply) together with curriculum vitae, copies of diploma and transcripts, and up to 3 references including their current e-mail addresses to Dr. Pascal A. Niklaus (Pascal.Niklaus@ipw.agrl.ethz.ch). Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Posted: 4/17/06.
ETH Zürich: We are seeking a PhD candidate (3 yrs) with a strong interest in the evolution of ecological traits to study mechanisms of habitat adaptation in Silene. This project will involve field and common garden experiments as well as QTL analyses and will be conducted within the Plant Ecological Genetics group at ETH Zürich. Our group is using Silene as a model system for ecological genetics and current research topics include hybridisation and introgression, QTL analyses, habitat adaptation, reproductive isolation, floral odor, and genomics. We welcome candidates who enjoy team work but are also used to contributing independent ideas. Experience with experimental field work and statistical analyses, as well as a talent for organization are a must. Knowledge of genetic laboratory methods (AFLP, microsatellites) would be advantageous but is not required. Candidates should have completed their Master's degree or equivalent (Diplom) in a relevant field and be fluent in English. Our group offers a supportive and stimulating environment, a state-of-the-art molecular lab (including real-time PCR, an automated sequencer, and a BioRobot), as well as excellent climate chambers, greenhouses and common garden facilities. The position can start as early as January 2006, however, later staring dates until March 2006 can be negotiated. To apply, please send to address given below: 1) a letter describing your research motivation and experience 2) a CV together with a copy of your degree certificates (graduate and undergraduate) 3) full contact details of two scientific referees. Applications by email are encouraged. For further information: Dr. Sophie Karrenberg, Plant Ecological Genetics (Prof. Widmer), Geobotanical Institute ETH , ETH-Zentrum, CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland. e-mail: email@example.com, tel.: +41 44 632 8713. Posted: 12/15/05.
Florida International University: Research Assistant (Ph.D. student) Marine Microbial Ecology: Microbial Communities in the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Zone. Within a 3-years project of high-resolution mapping of the effects of hypoxia on water column organisms from bacteria to fish in the northern Gulf of Mexico, one Ph.D. student research assistantship is available. Responsibilities include high-resolution mapping of bacteria and phytoplankton stocks by analytical flow cytometry, assessing microbial community composition and activities by molecular techniques (genetic fingerprinting, quantitative PCR, enzyme assays), and the study of trophic interactions within the microbial food web across the seasonal oxygen minimum zone on the Louisiana/Texas shelf. A solid background in marine sciences and/or ecology is prerequisite; experience with molecular techniques is beneficial. Candidates must be fit for extended work at sea; shipwork experience is beneficial. Position provides a stipend ($18,000 annually) plus basic health care and 90% graduate tuition waiver. Primary work place is the brand new Marine Biology building located directly on the waterfront of Biscayne Bay in North Miami with modern, well-equipped graudate office and lab facilities. More detailed information on the position. Applications should be submitted as early as possible but not later than June 10, 2006. Appointment and admission to the graduate program at Florida International University will commence in August 2006. The position is open to international candidates but international candidates should refer to above given URL for additional information. Address applications with Letter of Intent, CV, inofficial copies of transcripts and diploma, GRE scores, and three reference letters to: Dr. Frank J. Jochem, Marine Biology Program, Florida International University, 3000 NE 151 Street, North Miami, FL 33181; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/31/06.
Florida International University: Marine Biology Program. Ph.D. student position for fall 2006 in the field of marine microbial ecology to study the link between microbial diversity and microbial biogeochemical and food web processes in pelagic and benthic systems of Florida Bay and the subtropical Gulf Stream region off the Florida coast. Studies may involve the diversity of bacterial or eukaryotic (protistan, phytoplankton) communities, factors determining community diversity, quantitative microbial diversity, effects of diversity on nutrient cycling processes, and/or top-down (food web) controls of microbial diversity. Equipment available for research include light and epifluorescence microscopes, FACSort flow cytometer, fluorescent plate reader, real-time PCR, DGGE and electrophoresis equipment, and state-of-the-art research laboratory and graduate student office space in the brand new Marine Biology building. Qualifications: Solid undergraduate and/or graduate education in marine or aquatic ecology and/or biology is expected. Research and/or teaching experience is of advantage. Experience with molecular techniques is beneficial. Candidates are expected to participate in and contribute to project development. Admission to the graduate program is competitive and requires GRE scores (minimum of 1120, verbal plus quantitative) at the time of application. Foreign students must present a TOEFL and Test of Spoken English (TSE; minimum score of 50) at the time of application, except for students from English speaking countries. Work place will be FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus, located on Biscayne Bay in North Miami. Benefits: Initial support is available through Teaching Assistantships, involving 2 sections/week of undergraduate lab course teaching. Annual stipend of $18k plus 90% tuition waiver and basic health care plan are provided. Exceptionally qualified students may be eligible for a Presidential Fellowship ($23k annual stipend). Application: Send cover letter with career interests and goals, CV, transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, unofficial copies), GRE scores (and language tests for foreign applicants), and three reference letters to Dr. Frank J. Jochem, Florida International University, Marine Biology Program, 3000 NE 151 St AC-1, North Miami, FL 33181; email@example.com. Only complete applications with all required test scores will be considered. For foreign students, TOEFL and TSE language tests cannot be waived and must be presented at the time of application. Apply ASAP. Successful candidates will be contacted for submission of full applications including official university admission forms and need to be accepted into FIU Graduate School. Further information on graduate applications and procedures. Posted: 1/6/06.
Fordham University: Graduate teaching and research fellowships are available for qualified M.S. and Ph.D. candidates interested in ecology and field biology, with stipends up to $24k per year, plus full tuition remission. Areas of emphasis for graduate research include: ecological stoichiometry of terrestrial and aquatic foodwebs, global change, impacts of urbanization on community structure and ecosystem processes, plant-fungal symbioses, links between biodiversity and ecosystem services, ecology of vector-borne diseases, pollinator diversity and the role of community gardens in urban ecosystems, ecological and evolutionary genetics of bacterial symbionts and pathogens, physiological ecology of small mammals, community and ecosystem responses to local and regional disturbances, microbial ecology, insect predator-prey interactions, species invasions, evolutionary ecology of aquatic invertebrates, benthic algae in streams and rivers, and studies on the causes of vertebrate extinctions. Students will have available the facilities of the Louis Calder Center -Biological Station, in Armonk, NY, where eight ecology faculty members mentor student research, as well facilities in the Biology Department for their studies. We also have a limited amount of year-round housing on-site for students conducting research at the field station. Students benefit from small class sizes and active mentoring by faculty. The biology department is located at Fordham's Rose Hill campus in New York City, providing ready access to a diverse array of cultural and scientific opportunities offered by the city. The Calder Center is located in suburban Westchester County, approximately 25 miles north of the main campus. Application forms. For any questions, please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) or at Graduate Ecology Admissions, Louis Calder Center -Biological Station, Fordham University, PO Box 887, Armonk, NY USA, 10504. Posted: 11/8/05.
Fort Hays State University: A Graduate Research Assistantship (MS) is available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Fort Hays State University beginning either Fall 2006 or Spring 2007. Research emphasis is flexible, but must assist with determining the densities of black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) on the Smoky Valley Ranch in Logon County Kansas. The position is part of a larger project to understand the dynamics of the black-tailed prairie on The Nature Conservancy's Smoky Valley Ranch and adjacent lands. Candidates must have a B.A. or B.S in Biology, Conservation Biology, Ecology, or Wildlife Management. Prior experience in mammalogy preferred. Candidate review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For more information contact: Dr. Elmer J. Finck, Department of Biological Sciences, 600 Park Street, Fort Hays State University, Hays KS 67601. Ph. (785) 628-4214, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 6/15/06.
Fort Hays State University: A Graduate Research Assistantship (MS) in Stream/Ecosystem Ecology is available in the Department of Biological Sciences beginning Fall 2006. Research emphasis is flexible within the fields of water quality, ecology, or biogeochemistry in streams and rivers located in Central and Western Kansas. The position is part of a larger National Science Foundation funded study with Kansas State University and the University of Kansas evaluating, modeling, and forecasting biological and ecological changes associated with global change. Candidates must have a B.A. or B.S in Biology, Fisheries, or Ecology. Prior experience in aquatic systems preferred. Candidate review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For more information contact: Dr. Eric A. Strauss, Department of Biological Sciences, Fort Hays State University, Hays KS 67601. Ph. (785) 628-5367, email@example.com. Posted: 4/9/06.
George Mason University: The Department of Environmental Science and Policy and the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park (NZP) are pleased to announce the availability of Doctoral Fellowships in Conservation Science. Two fellowships are available starting in the fall of 2006 for students with an MS in Conservation Biology or a related field whose research interests coincide with those of scientists in the NZP Departments of Conservation Biology and/or Reproductive Sciences. Prospective candidates must qualify for admission to the Ph.D. program in Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. More information. Deadline submitting all application materials is March 1, 2006. Posted: 2/6/06.
Georgia Institute of Technology: I am accepting applications for graduate student opportunities in my laboratory in the School of Biology (please note you can still apply by directly writing to me, even though the official application deadline has passed). I am a community ecologist with broad interests in various aspects of community ecology, including causes and consequences of species diversity, the interrelationship between food web structure and community dynamics, ecological consequences of climate change, biological invasions. I have used both laboratory experiments (using protists as model organisms) and mathematical models in my past research, but with plans to work in field systems in the future. Students with general interests in community ecology are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will have the freedom to develop their own projects in systems that they choose to study. Graduate students in the department are typically supported by fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Please contact Lin Jiang at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Posted: 2/1/06.
Idaho State University: Opportunities in the ISU Stream Ecology Center: (1) A graduate assistantship for a Ph.D. student will be available beginning summer 2006 to study direct and indirect effects of nonnative brook trout on linked stream-riparian food webs in watersheds of the northern Rocky Mountains. Student will conduct research as part of an NSF-funded collaboration led by Drs. Colden Baxter (ISU) and Kurt Fausch (Colorado State) to investigate these effects and how they may differ between northern and central regions of the Rocky Mountains. Preference will be given to applicants with an M.S. degree in aquatic ecology or related discipline. Candidate must be highly motivated, willing to conduct research in wilderness settings, and work well with a team. Desired qualifications also include excellent academic record, substantial field experience in aquatic ecosystems, a good quantitative background, and strong writing and computing skills. A graduate stipend and full tuition waiver is provided. For more information contact Dr. Colden Baxter (email@example.com, 208-282-6098). (2) A graduate assistantship for a Ph.D. student will be available beginning summer 2006 to study river ecosystem processes in a combination of wilderness and human-dominated watersheds of the northern Rocky Mountains. The student will conduct research as part of an NSF-funded, interdisciplinary study focused on understanding human alteration of carbon and nutrient dynamics in watersheds of Idaho. Preference will be given to applicants with an M.S. degree in aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, or ecosystem ecology. Candidate must be highly motivated, willing to conduct research in wilderness settings, and work well with a team. Desired qualifications also include excellent academic record, experience with techniques for measuring ecosystem metabolism and nutrient dynamics, a good quantitative background, and strong writing and computing skills. A graduate stipend and full tuition waiver is provided. For more information contact Dr. Colden Baxter (firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-282-6098). (3) A graduate assistantship for a M.S. student will be available beginning summer 2006 to study river-floodplain linkages in the Salmon River basin located in the mountains of central Idaho. In portions of this basin, floodplain connectivity has been compromised by land uses such as dredge-mining, while other portions possess some of the most pristine wilderness habitat remaining in the lower 48 states. The student will conduct research in this combination of settings, with the aim of informing habitat and salmon population restoration efforts in the region. Candidate should have a B.S. in biology, ecology, or related field, experience sampling streams and aquatic biota, and demonstrated writing proficiency. Student must be highly motivated, willing to conduct research in remote settings, and work well with a team. A graduate stipend and full tuition waiver is provided. For more information contact Dr. Colden Baxter (email@example.com, 208-282-6098). For all positions: see the application procedure online. Positions are open until filled, but apply by January 1, 2006 for full consideration. Posted: 12/7/05.
Iowa State University: M.S. Assistantship: Macroinvertebrate-based Index of Biotic Integrity for Iowa Wetlands, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. The student will fulfill requirements for a M.S. degree by developing a macroinvertebrate-based Index of Biotic Integrity for Iowa's semipermanent and permanent wetlands. This will require field sampling of aquatic macroinvertebrates and fishes, and measuring associated biological and physicochemical attributes in wetlands throughout the state. Laboratory and computer time will also be needed to identify macroinvertebrates, quantify their densities and biomass, and analyze data. The student will coordinate activities with Iowa Department of Natural Resources scientists and write annual reports for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. An undergraduate student technician will assist with this project. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, or a related field. Coursework and some research or applied experience in ecology, and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher are preferred. See departmental web site for admission requirements and other information. Salary: $17,500 per year plus benefits and 50% tuition waiver. Position availability is pending final funding approval. Position is open until filled. Preferred starting date is June 1, 2006. Contact: Send cover letter, resume, and copies of undergraduate transcripts to Dr. Tim Stewart, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 50011; (515) 294-1644; firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/11/06.
Iowa State University: Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Avian Ecology. The goal of the project is to examine the effects of a fire-grazing treatment on habitat use and reproductive success of grassland birds in restored, remnant, and constructed prairies. This management framework is an alternative to traditional techniques and is intended to restore heterogeneity to native grasslands by mimicking historical processes. This project involves an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Iowa State University and various components of the study will focus on the response of native plants, invertebrate communities, and habitat use by mammalian predators. Salaries and research support are competitive. The 12-month stipend level is $17,500/year, and the position includes a tuition waiver and health care benefits. A start date of summer 2006 is preferred, but will also consider a fall start. The ideal candidate should have a degree in wildlife ecology, natural resource management, zoology, or a related discipline. Previous experience in ornithology, a strong quantitative background, and excellent English writing skills are essential. Prairie plant identification skills and experience with GIS are preferred. Applicants must send a cover letter outlining their research interests, a CV detailing their academic and professional backgrounds, and the names and contact addresses (including email) of three references to: Dr. James Miller, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3221. Digital copies can be sent to email@example.com. Applications received by April 1, 2006 will be guaranteed full consideration. Posted: 3/2/06.
Iowa State University: Develop ecosystem model of water quality dynamics in Clear Lake, Iowa, as part of Ph.D. program. Model scope will be broad, with special attention on the roles of common carp and zebra mussels. Research includes compilation and synthesis of available data, coordination and oversight of parallel field studies, and development of simulation model. Other duties include, but are not limited to interacting regularly with stakeholders, writing annual and final progress reports, and fulfilling requirements for Ph.D. degree. For more information contact Dr. Clay Pierce (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/9/06.
John Carroll University: The Biology Department seeks graduate student applications for Fall 2006. The department has faculty expertise in ecology, molecular systematics, and cellular biology. The faculty is committed to providing a supportive, mentoring environment for master's level graduate students and has a high rate of degree completion in its 2 year program. Faculty prefer to work in a collaborative environment. For students interested in studying organismal biology the department has strengths in phycology, plant ecology and physiology, and animal behavior, ecology, evolution, and systematics. Facilities in the department are located in the newly built Dolan Center for Science and Technology. Additional access to the Cuyahoga National Park via the Woodlake Environmental Station is also available. The department is composed of 11 full-time faculty members, 13 graduate students, and approximately 240 undergraduate majors. Graduate student support packages include full tuition and fee remission for qualified applicants, and most students receive stipends for their work as graduate teaching assistants in departmental laboratory courses. For more information, please contact Dr. Carl Anthony, Graduate Coordinator (email@example.com) and visit the departmental website to identify possible faculty advisors and learn more about the department. Posted: 1/30/06.
Kansas State University: Two graduate assistantships available to investigate the impacts of wind power development on Greater Prairie-chickens. Field research will involve live-trapping, behavioral observations, radio-telemetry and genetic sampling of grouse in the Flint Hills region of eastern Kansas. The focus of one graduate project will be demographic rates and population viability, and the emphasis of a second graduate project will be population genetics based on microsatellite markers. Responsibilities will include: locating suitable study sites, preparing reports, participation and coordination of field research, and working with industry partners. Applications will be accepted at either the MSc or PhD level, but qualified applicants should have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Biology and competitive GPA and GRE scores. Previous experience with avian field research techniques, grouse biology, statistical software, and organization of field projects is desirable. The annual stipend for graduate positions will be $21,000 per year including tuition. Information on graduate programs at K-State and current projects is available at: www.ksu.edu/bsanderc. The expected start date will be March 2006 for field work and September 2006 for the graduate program, pending confirmation of funding. Interested individuals should send a cover letter outlining experience and research interests, a detailed curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of university transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Brett K. Sandercock, Division of Biology, 232 Ackert Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-4901 (PH: 785-532-0120, FX: 785-532-6653, EM: firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications by e-mail are welcome, and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Posted: 1/6/06.
Kansas State University: Ecological Genomics: Genes in Ecology and Ecology in Genes. Graduate Fellowships available for admission in Fall 2006 to participate in this newly emerging field at the interface of ecology and genomics. 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 State University 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 disciplines (genetics and ecology) and departments. 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 to work towards a MS or PhD degree in this large collaborative and interdisciplinary effort. Twenty 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. Applicants should have the interest and willingness to cross disciplines. Completed applications must be received by January 15, 2006. More information and how to apply. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com. Posted: 12/9/05.
Lakehead University: Two graduate positions at MSc or PhD level are available beginning January, May, or September 2006. Students who are interested in applied forest ecology, in particular, forest succession, forest ecosystem productivity, carbon sequestration, ecosystem structure dynamics, and/or root ecology of the eastern-central boreal mixedwoods, are encouraged to apply. Each qualified student will be awarded with a research assistantship of $12,000 to $19,000 per year for 2 to 3 years. In addition, the student will be eligible for a graduate teaching assistantship of $7,500 to $8,700 per year at the Faculty of Forestry and Forest Environment. Students with high academic standing (GPA> or = 80%) are encouraged to pursue scholarships such as NSERC PGS and IPS, and OGS. Lakehead University offers a significant top-up award to all major scholarship holders. For more information regarding the application process at Lakehead, please visit http://ogis.lakeheadu.ca/. Interested students are invited to submit their CV, a brief description of their research interests, copies of transcripts (can be unofficial) and contact information for 3 references for preliminary evaluations to: Dr. Han Chen, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 11/28/05.
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries: (IGB) in Berlin, Germany offers 5 graduate student research opportunities within an interdisciplinary and international project on understanding the dynamics of recreational fishing. Within IGB, the research group dealing with Sustainable Recreational Fisheries Management lead by Dr. Robert Arlinghaus, has recently been awarded a prestigious grant for the period 2006-2008/2009 entitled "Adaptive Dynamics and Management of Coupled Social-Ecological Recreational Fisheries (ADAPTFISH)". Within this program one post doc position and five PhD student positions are now open. Exceptional M.Sc. students would also be considered. All positions start as soon as possible and are limited to three years. Ref. nr. ADAPTFISH-2: Institutional conditions for sustainable governance of a transforming inland fisheries sector. Ref. nr. ADAPTFISH-3: The complexity of angler behaviour constraint by fishing quality and fishing regulations. Ref. nr. ADAPTFISH-4: Modelling the ecological and evolutionary impact of size-selective recreational fishing. Ref. nr. ADAPTFISH-5: Inducing phenotypic and genetic changes in an experimentally harvested fish stock. Ref. nr. ADAPTFISH-6: Effects of angling on reproductive output and fitness in fish. ADAPTFISH aims at analysing recreational fisheries from both a social scientific and biological perspective including development of integrative models investigating the interactions between anglers and the ecological systems. The ultimate goals of ADAPTFISH are to facilitate understanding of the complexity of fish-angler-interactions, the angler behaviour per se and the potential biological impacts of angling and to derive management implications than can improve fisheries management in the future. Students and the post doc will in principle be based in Berlin (Germany). However, several national and international partners are part of the program and students and the post doc will be working closely with these partners in their home institutes depending on the specific projects aims. Therefore, international applications are highly welcome to this truly interdisciplinary and international opportunity. This will ensure that the idea of interdisciplinary and internationality will flourish for the benefits of the students work and the advancement of recreational fisheries science. It is also possible, depending on the students background and network, to establish new collaborations and host the people at least temporarily outside Berlin. It is also conceivable that students attend a Ph.D. programme at an international university, but answer research questions from Germany. In this case, significant travelling will be involved, for which some funds are available as well. For further information, see the full position descriptions. Questions on the positions and the project are answered by Dr. Robert Arlinghaus at email@example.com (Tel. +49-30-64181-653) or by Dr. Christian Wolter at firstname.lastname@example.org (Tel. +49-30-64181-633). Applications, quoting the appropriate Ref. nr., are to be sent per regular post or email to the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Dr. Robert Arlinghaus, Head of research group Recreational Fisheries, Mueggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin, Germany and should ideally, not necessarily, arrive no later than March 7th, 2006. Posted: 2/17/06.
Lincoln University: New Zealand PhD Fellowship Available - How native plant-insect foodwebs can disrupt and be disprupted by weed biocontrol. Indirect effects of weed invasion and biocontrol on native plant-insect foodwebs may act to reduce the effectiveness of weed biocontrol and reduce the abundance of native insects and plants. Current knowledge is limited on the nature and importance of these effects. Would this knowledge result in more effective and ecologically beneficial weed biocontrol? The PhD fellowship will explore these indirect effects using the foodweb of native Senecio herbs and their insect herbivores, and the invasion into this foodweb by the weed ragwort, S. jacobaea, and its biocontrol insects. The PhD fellowship is available in the Bio-Protection and Ecology Division. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Jon Sullivan (Lincoln University) and Dr. Simon Fowler (Landcare Research. The student should have a background in and/or interest in plant/insect herbivore/parasitoid interactions and in applying foodweb theory to invasion ecology. The research will involve the design, implementation and interpretation of field and mesocosm experiments in NZ. Duration: 3 years. Stipend: NZ$23k per annum (tax-free) plus tuition fees. It is open to applicants from New Zealand and from overseas countries, but the cost of airfares is not covered. Further details or contact Jon Sullivan (email@example.com). Applications close on Friday 30 June 2006. Posted: 6/2/06.
Louisiana State University: Hydrology / Water Quality. A Graduate Research Assistantship at the M.S. level is available in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, with an anticipated starting date of fall 2005. The successful applicant will work as part of a team with several graduate students and faculty on a project investigating the effects of forest operations on water quality in a rural area of Central Louisiana. The goal of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of forest best management practices in protecting water quality at the watershed scale. Duties of this GRA will include field water quality instrumentation, in-stream water quality measurements and sampling, data analysis, and project report writing. The applicant must be in good physical condition and be able to travel out of town at least once a month and be able to work outdoors in inclement weather and withstand annoying insects. If you are interested, please send your resume, GRE scores, and unofficial transcripts to Jun Xu (firstname.lastname@example.org). Application information for LSU Graduate School. Posted: 7/7/05, revised: 4/20/06.
Loyola University Chicago: A graduate student assistantship is available for a highly motivated student interested in stream ecosystem research. Student will be involved in a recently-funded research project measuring the basal food resources (including primary and secondary production and food web energetics) available for the endangered Humpback Chub in the Colorado River within the Grand Canyon. Research will be conducted in the Grand Canyon, and intense field work involving 4 river trips (2-3 week duration each) will be necessary. The selected student will participate in research design, field data collection, data analysis and publication. The student will be expected to develop their thesis in an area complimenting the proposed research. Student will join a dynamic research team composed of two co-PIs, a post-doctoral research associate, graduate and undergraduate students and collaborators at the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center Student and will be encouraged to begin research in June 2006. For more information contact: Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall, Department of Biology, Loyola University Chicago, 6525 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL 60626. (email@example.com). More about graduate studies and application form. Application deadline is February 1, 2006. Posted: 11/8/05.
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology: The following positions (full job ad) are available immediately in the Department of Entomology. PhD Studentship--Plant-Herbivore Interactions: The Host-Adaptation Ecology Group examines the traits involved in successful exploitation of hostplants as food resources by herbivorous insects. One PhD position is available to study the genetic basis of a recent host shift in Plutella xylostella from Brassicaceae to Fabaceae. The successful candidate should have a strong background in ecology, evolutionary biology or genetics. Previous research experience with phytophagous insects is desirable. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with strong communication and excellent organizational skills who can operate in an interdisciplinary research environment. The position involves designing and performing large scale crossing experiments and bioassays with different Plutella strains. Applicants should have an excellent Diploma degree or M.Sc. in entomology, zoology, or ecology. PhD Studentship--Physiology and Proteomics of the Insect Midgut: The Proteomics Group studies the midgut of herbivorous Lepidoptera using a comparative proteomic approach utilizing biochemical, cell biological and molecular tools. We identify and characterize the digestive and detoxifying enzymes which enable insects to escape the defense mechanisms of plants and chemical insecticides. A PhD position is available to generate proteomic maps in combination with cell biological assays to characterize relevant midgut proteins. The successful candidate should have a strong background in biochemical, molecular and/or cell biology techniques in addition to a strong motivation and interest for research projects in insect-plant interactions. Applicants should have an excellent Diploma degree or M.Sc. in biochemistry, molecular biology or physiology. The Max Planck Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and especially encourages women to apply. Applications from handicapped persons will be favored when all other qualifications are equal. Please send your applications until September 30, 2005 to: Katrin Salzmann-Böhmer, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Department of Entomology, Hans-Knöll-Str. 8, 07745 Jena, Germany. Posted: 8/24/05.
McGill University: I have two graduate research assistantships for M.Sc. or Ph.D. students in the Department of Geography at McGill in Montreal, Canada, starting in Sep 2006. The general area of research will be in understanding the environmental consequences of global land use and land cover change. Land use changes have now attained global significance in terms of extent, intensity, and environmental consequences, as highlighted by a recent review in Science. Understanding the relationship between human activities, land use/cover changes, and the structure and functioning of the Earth system is therefore of vital importance. What is the current extent of anthropogenic modification of our planet? How do land use/cover changes alter water resources, biogeochemical cycles, and climate? What are the feedbacks in the human-environment relationships, and where are the thresholds and surprises? Are humans altering the Earth system in a way that will jeopardize our ability to continue deriving resources in the future? These are the types of question that will be of interest to the student positions. I (Navin Ramankutty) will start as an assistant professor at McGill in June 2006. My research has involved understanding the patterns of global agricultural land use/cover change over the last century and their environmental consequences using data analysis and synthesis, and Earth system models. Candidates across the broad spectrum of global environmental research disciplines may apply, but those with degrees in Environmental Studies, Geography, Ecology, or Atmospheric Sciences with an interest in global environmental change are ideally suited. The ideal candidate will have excellent quantitative and analytical skills, and some prior experience working with environmental data and/or Earth system models. Candidates should have strong communication (spoken & written) and interpersonal skills. Funding is guaranteed for one year, and I foresee obtaining continued funding beyond the first year. Minimum stipend will amount to $16k per year. Stipend may be increased to compensate for higher health care and tuition costs of international students. If you are interested, please submit the following by email to firstname.lastname@example.org: 1. Cover letter outlining research interests; 2. Curriculum vitae; 3. Copies of latest transcripts (unofficial copies is sufficient for now); 4. Names and contact address of 3 references; 5. Reprints, if available. Please use the following subject line in your email: GRADUATE RA APPLICATION. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and continue until the positions are filled. The deadline for Sept 2006 admissions is Feb 1, 2006. Please allow sufficient time to complete the review process. I will guarantee consideration of applications received by Jan 1, 2006. For further inquires, please email: email@example.com. Posted: 11/17/05.
Miami University: Graduate Assistantships at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels are available in Winter/Polar Biology. Graduate students receive a full tuition waiver and a competitive stipend. Current areas of interest include relationships between diapause and cold-hardiness in temperate and polar insects, mechanisms of cryoprotection against chilling and freezing, cold sensing and cold-hardening at the cellular level, the mechanisms and ecological significance of rapid cold-hardening, and potentially harmful effects of mild winters on winter survival and reproductive success. One project, supported by NSF Polar Programs, focuses on physiological mechanisms of stress tolerance in a terrestrial midge at Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. Field research seeks to characterize the range of environmental conditions within larval microhabitats and to identify specific physiological and molecular responses to cold and desiccation stress. For additional information about this opportunity please view our web sites (Cryobiology Lab and Department of Zoology) and contact Richard Lee, (phone 513-529-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056. Posted: 3/22/06.
Michigan State University: The Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is pleased to announce the new establishment of a GK-12 graduate fellowship program supported by a 3-yr grant from the National Science Foundation. This program will team students pursuing PhD's in ecology at KBS with K-12 science teachers in rural districts of southwest Michigan. Our goals include enriching K-12 science instruction by promoting and nurturing inquiry-based science teaching while providing our graduate students the opportunity to improve their teaching skills and help address the critical national need to improve K-12 science education. GK-12 Fellows may use this experience to supplement or substitute for traditional graduate teaching experience while they pursue their research training towards a PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology, or related field. Major elements of the KBS program are: (1) Classroom partnerships in which a GK-12 fellow works with a teacher at a district's high school or middle school approximately 15 hrs/wk. Fellows will co-teach and additionally help teachers introduce inquiry activities related to Ecological Literacy into their classrooms and districts. (2) A one week summer teaching institute for fellows, teachers, and mentors, led by MSU College of Education faculty, that will focus on providing inquiry-based approaches to learning for understanding and educational leadership. (3) School-year workshops comprised of science inquiry and teaching components designed to support classroom efforts to incorporate inquiry-based learning in secondary science teaching. GK-12 Fellows may be supported for up to two years while they work on their dissertation research at KBS, under the supervision of KBS faculty. Stipend support is $30k/year, plus benefits, including tuition. Support for other years is available through KBS faculty sponsors and departmental, college and university sources. Students interested in the GK-12 program should contact potential KBS faculty sponsors. Posted: 1/5/06.
Michigan State University: Quantitative Fisheries Fellowship (PhD). The PhD student fellow will be enrolled in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and will conduct research in an area related to the Quantitative Fisheries Center (QFC)’s activities; which include fish population dynamics and assessment in cooperation with fishery management agencies. Most projects would emphasize computer models and data analysis rather than field or laboratory work. We will begin reviewing applications starting February 1, 2006 for students who wish to start summer (May 16, 2006), Fall (August 15, 2006) or Spring (January 1, 2007) terms, and will continue reviewing applications until a candidate is selected. More details on the fellowship and how to apply can be found at http://qfc.fw.msu.edu/Ricker.html. The successful candidate will be fully supported for four years and can apply for a fifth year of funding. Fellows will receive a 12 month stipend of $23k in the first year. In addition, tuition and related fees will be waived within some limits. We encourage interested individuals to contact either of the center Co-directors Mike Jones (email@example.com) or Jim Bence (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to formal application. Including supporting information as electronic attachments at this stage is helpful, including a letter of interest, CV or resume, GRE scores (if available), GPA, and a summary of relevant course work. Posted: 12/21/05.
Michigan State University: We are seeking a graduate student at the MS or PhD level to join a multi-disciplinary research team investigating the promotion and suppression of harmful cyanobacterial blooms by exotic filter-feeders (dreissenid mussels), and the consequences of increases in toxic cyanobacteria for public health. This work is being conducted in inland lakes of Michigan and in Lake Erie and entails a combination of field experiments, field surveys, and lab studies. The project is a collaboration among faculty from MSU (including the Kellogg Biological Station) and scientists from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (NOAA). We are looking for a student with interests and/or experience in the molecular genetics of phytoplankton in the context of ecological, evolutionary and/or public health questions. Potential student projects include: comparative fitness of cyanobacterial genotypes under varying nutrient and grazing regimes, early-detection of toxic and grazing-resistant cyanobacterial genotypes, evolutionary relationships among coexisting cyanobacterial genotypes, etc. A minimum of three years of stipend support, in the form of RA-ships and TA-ships (which include tuition waiver and health insurance), is available given satisfactory progress toward the degree. Additional funding to support the student's research activities will also be provided. The student will have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists at both MSU and GLERL, and will have access to well-equipped molecular biology facilities at MSU. Start time is flexible: January, May, or September of 2006. Please review requirements for acceptance into the FW program at MSU, and email a CV and unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores to Dr. Sarnelle (email@example.com), before applying. Scientists currently involved in the project include: Dr. O. Sarnelle, Dr. J. Rose, Dr. S. Hamilton, Dr. S. Peacor, Dr. H. Vanderploeg, Dr. M. Dionisio Pires. Posted: 9/27/05.
Michigan Technological University: The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is seeking a graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) for the following position. The position includes tuition and a competitive stipend. Funds are also available to cover travel and field expenses. This project is supported by the National Park Service. For more information, contact Chris Webster (firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 906-487-3618). The start date for these positions is January 2007, but an earlier start date may be possible. Applications will be reviewed as received until a suitable candidate has been identified. Because of the combined impacts of the balsam woolly adelgid and chronic acid deposition, the spruce-fir forests of the southern Appalachians are among the most threatened vegetation communities in the eastern United States. This project will explore how acid deposition influences plant community structure in high elevation spruce-fir forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains one of the most diverse assemblages of vegetation communities in North America. Applicants should have a strong quantitative background in field ecology and be willing to work in remote alpine environments. Qualified candidates should have a B.S. in forestry, natural resource management, botany/plant ecology, environmental science, or a related discipline. A basic familiarity with backcountry camping, plant species identification and some prior coursework in statistics, soils, and GIS are preferred. Posted: 6/16/06.
Michigan Technological University: School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. We are seeking two graduate students (Ph.D.) for the following positions. Each position includes tuition and a competitive stipend. Funds are also available to cover travel and field expenses. This project is supported by the National Science Foundation. For more information, contact David Flaspohler (email@example.com, phone: 906-487-3608) or Chris Webster (firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 906-487-3618). Both projects will examine trade-offs between plant and avian community diversity and productivity in grassland and forest landscapes in the Great Lakes region. One position will focus on northern forest ecosystems and the other will focus on southern grasslands (restored tallgrass prairies). Applicants should have a strong quantitative background in field ecology. Qualified candidates should have a M.S. in wildlife ecology, forestry, natural resource management, botany/plant ecology, environmental science, or a related discipline. A basic familiarity with plant and bird species in the region and some prior coursework in statistics and GIS are preferred. Posted: 12/15/05.
Minnesota State University, Mankato: two M.S. graduate students to study factors affecting the distribution and transmission of 2 trematode parasites associated with waterbird mortality in the Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Since 2002, about 9,200 sick and dead waterbirds have been found in this refuge, with total mortality estimated at 20,300 to 24,370. American coots and lesser scaup are the two bird species most affected. An exotic snail, known as the faucet snail or mud bithynia (Bithynia tentaculata) serves as the intermediate hosts for both of the involved species of trematodes. This snail was first reported in the upper Mississippi River in 2004. The students will begin August 2006 and field work will be performed in close contact with USFWS and USGS personnel from Winona, MN and LaCrosse, WI Regional Offices. The two interrelated graduate student projects will: 1) identify ecological factors associated with the transmission of these parasites between their molluscan and avian hosts, and 2) determine population genetics patterns of Bithynia snails within the Upper Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Refuge and among other regional sites supporting populations of this snail. Qualified candidates will possess a B. S. in Biology, or other relevant biological subdisciplines. Extensive field and laboratory experience will be acquired in the process of completing these projects. The selected candidates will be initially funded as Teaching Assistants within the Department of Biological Sciences. If desired, additional funding as Research Assistants can be sought to replace the teaching assistantships. Funding for these positions includes an $8,000 per academic year stipend (additional summer support may be available) and a full tuition waiver. Interested persons should contact Dr. Robert Sorensen (email@example.com or 507-389-1280) for more information and application procedures. Posted: 4/9/06.
Minnesota State University-Mankato: M.S. Graduate Assistant to work on the mechanisms for and affects of the invasion of Phalaris arundinaceae (reed canary grass) in depressional wetlands of southern Minnesota. This project is a collaborative effort between Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The student will begin January 2006 and work in a suite of wetlands that have been invaded and not invaded by P. arundinaceae. The goals of the project are to 1) to describe the vegetation structure (relative species abundance) and function (npp as above ground biomass) of wetland vegetation communities of study wetlands, and 2) to determine the relative importance of anthropogenic disturbances (e.g., nutrient loading, stabilized hydroperiod, or use of herbicides) as mechanisms for the invasion of P. arundinaceae. A B.S. in Biology or Plant Science and experience in plant identification is preferred but not required. Extensive field and greenhouse experiment experience will be acquired. The assistantship is funded for two years and includes a $11,700 annual stipend and a full tuition waiver. Interested persons should contact Dr. Brad Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-389-5728) for more information and application procedures. Posted: 11/8/05.
Mississippi State University: I am seeking potential graduate students to join my Plant Ecology group, which is part of a larger interdisciplinary Invasive Species study group at MS State University. Participating scientists are housed in Departments of Biological Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Plant & Soil Sciences, and Wildlife & Fisheries, as well as the University's GeoResources Institute. Because of funding availability (from the USDA and USGS), this position is targeted for Spring 2007 admission, but consideration will be given to Summer or Fall 2007 entry into the program. This research is funded by grants from the USDA and USGS. Full details of the position. Gary N Ervin, Asst. Prof, Biological Sciences, PO Box GY, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Posted: 5/10/06, revised: 6/26/06.
Mississippi State University: Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Agronomy/Soil carbon dynamics. The project is part of an effort to better understand how lignocellulosic crops contribute to the formation and stability of soil organic matter. Opportunities are also available for studying the soil community dynamics associated with these systems. The broader goals of theresearch are to develop agronomically, economically, and environmentallysustainable cropping systems for production of lignocellulosic and oils energy crops in Mississippi. Salaries and research support are competitive. The 12-month stipend level is approximately 18k/year, and student tuition will be remunerated by grant dollars. Applications received by Sep 1, 2006 will be guaranteed full consideration, with a starting date soon thereafter. The ideal candidate should have a degree in agronomy,ecology, soil science, microbiology, or related field. Applicants may complete the domestic or international MSU Graduate School application form or apply online by following the link on the same page. The GRE Exam is not required. Domestic Applications must include the Application Form (if not applying electronically), a $30 (non-refundable) Application Fee, a Statement of Purpose, Three Letters of Recommendation, Official Academic Records transcript from each school attended), and a Signed Computer Certification Form (if applying electronically). In addition to theseitems, international applicants must also provide TOEFL Scores. All materials are to be provided to the MSU Graduate School at the address shown on the application form. The application process can be accelerated if electronic copies of these same materials are also sent to the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at email@example.com,or to Dr. Michael Collins, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mississippi State University, Mail Stop 9555, MS State, MS 39762. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Mark Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 6/16/06.
Mississippi State University: The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has a doctoral research assistantship available to study Wetland and Wildlife Ecology and Management in agricultural landscapes. The general title of the project is: Integrating Moist-Soil Wetlands into Croplands to Enhance Water Quality, Diversify Production, and Provide Wildlife Habitat. This assistantship provides an annual stipend of $20,000 plus tuition remission. The position is currently available and will remain open until a suitable candidate is employed. This assistantship specifically involves monitoring and evaluating the effect of integrating wetland areas (specifically moist-soil plant communities) into the margins of production rice and/or soybean fields. We are attempting to document the efficacy of using these natural wetlands to mitigate sediment and nutrient runoff and to demonstrate enhanced agricultural sustainability through the integration of a secondary crop, crayfish, into the wetland area. Additionally, the increase in wildlife/waterfowl food and habitat resources associated with these managed wetlands is of particular interest. Within these contexts, the student will be expected to develop integrative research questions and appropriate experiments. Qualifications include a M.S. in biological science, ecology, natural resources, wildlife, or related fields. Candidates should have skills in wetland and wildlife ecology (broadly defined) in addition to interest or experience working with ecological questions in an agricultural framework. Successful candidate should be highly motivated with strong academic and experiential credentials. The Ph.D. student will work with a collaborating team of faculty scientists including Drs. Lou D’Abramo (crustacean ecologist), Richard Kaminski (waterfowl/wetland ecologist), and Todd Tietjen (limno-ecologist). Inquiry emails or phone calls are welcomed and should be directed to Dr. Tietjen (co-project leader) at email@example.com or (662)325-2996. Please submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter that describes your interest in the position, your career goals, GPA, GRE scores, and details your work or educational experience that is most relevant to this position to Dr. Tietjen, Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Box 9690, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Posted: 6/16/06.
Mississippi State University: The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has two PhD assistantships in the area of wildlife ecology in agricultural landscapes. Both of these assistantships come with an annual stipend of $20k plus tuition remission. Starting date is 1 January 2007 (negotiatiable). Assistantship #1: Effects of CRP on northern bobwhite and grassland birds. This assistantship specifically involves monitoring and evaluation of CP33 – Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds, a new continuous signup Conservation Reserve Program practice designed to benefit declining quail and grassland songbird populations. USDA-FSA notice CRP-479 requires that each state that was allocated CP33 acreage develop a monitoring plan following a standardized design developed by the research committee of the southeast quail study group. Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be responsible for collating and managing 3 years of bird and digital land use data from approximately 1200 fields (600 CP33, 600 control fields) monitored in 20 states. This is a unique opportunity to determine the effect of a CRP conservation practice on wildlife from the date of initiation using a robust sampling design across a broad region. The applicant will also supervise and coordinate the required state-level monitoring of CP33 contracts in Mississippi. The applicant may develop additional project(s) that complement related projects at Mississippi State. These projects include national assessment of CRP effects on bobwhite and grassland songbirds; the USDA-NRCS/MSU Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative; and field- and farm-level evaluation of CP33 field borders on bobwhite and grassland bird reproductive success. The applicant would have the opportunity to interact with a number of faculty and research staff working on conservation issues in agricultural settings. Assistantship #2: Wildlife ecology in agricultural landscapes This second assistantship is a special fellowship for outstanding candidates interested in agroecology research. The successful applicant would be able to develop their own project that complemented existing research projects. Existing projects include: monitoring and evaluation of CP33 Habitat Buffers; evaluation of mid-contract management (e.g., disturbance) in forest or grassland CRP habitats; response of grassland birds, pollinators and other taxa to CRP habitats; or other topics that mesh with these projects or deal with agricultural issues. Qualifications (both positions): M.S. in wildlife ecology, ornithology, natural resource/wildlife management, or related field. Candidate should have skills in GIS, statistical analysis or both in addition to interest or experience working with agricultural producers and other private landowners. Successful candidate should be highly motivated with strong academic credentials and high GRE. Inquiry emails are welcomed and should be directed to Dr. Sam Riffell (co-project leader) at firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Wes Burger at email@example.com . Please submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter that describes your interest in the position, your career goals, GPA, GRE scores and details your work or educational experience that is most relevant to this position. Posted: 6/2/06.
Mississippi State University: Graduate Assistantship - Stand Susceptibility to Southern Pine Beetle. A half-time M.S. assistantship will be available starting in August 2006 in the Department of Forestry, working in collaboration with the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology. The successful applicant will take part in a study examining factors at the tree, stand, and landscape level affecting the susceptibility of stands to infestation by southern pine beetle. Minimum qualifications include a B.S. degree in forestry, entomology, or a related field, and an interest in forest health issues. Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Scott Roberts in the Department of Forestry (662-325-3044, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Evan Nebeker in the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology (662-325-2984, email@example.com). Interested students should send a letter of interest, resume, transcripts (photocopy is acceptable), GRE scores if available (photocopy is acceptable), and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Scott Roberts, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State, MS 39762-9681. Posted: 5/17/06.
Mississippi State University: M.S. Graduate Assistantship in Landscape Avian Ecology. I am seeking a motivated individual to conduct habitat modeling of forest birds. Applicants should possess a B.S. degree in Ecology or related field, strong work ethic, a desire to conduct 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 assistantship and summer salary. Starting date is 15 August 2006, although summer field work available starting May 15, 2006. Position is open until filled. 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: 5/3/06.
Mississippi State University: Ph.D. Assistantship in invasive species ecology as part of an interdisciplinary workgroup aimed at developing integrative management approaches for key invasives in the Mid-South US. Work to date has focused on invasive aquatic plants, the terrestrial invasive cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica), and projects related to the invasive cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum), an introduced herbivore of native prickly pear cacti (Opuntia spp.). The workgroup includes expertise in remote sensing, fisheries ecology, invasive plant management, and plant ecology, among others, and is housed in the MSU GeoResources Institute. The specific dissertation research would fall under the umbrella of this broad workgroup, and the student would be expected to contribute directly to data collection in support of existing projects. This position will be based in the plant ecology laboratory of Dr. Gary Ervin, in the Department of Biological Sciences. Related expertise in the home department includes plant systematics, evolutionary biology, landscape ecology, and community ecology. Qualifications: Applicants should have experience in taxonomy of vascular plants, analysis of ecological data, and/or applied GIS methods; preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience in two or more of these aptitudes. Completion of a M.S. degree is not a requisite for this position, but it is expected that the successful applicant will possess at least a basic level of field research experience. Benefits: Stipends will be provided via a combination of Teaching and Research Assistantships, initially two-thirds RA, one-third TA during the academic year and full RA support during summers. The annual stipend will be approximately $16,000, plus a waiver of 100% out-of-state and 71% in-state tuition and fees. Application: Interested individuals should send GRE scores & transcripts (copies are sufficient initially), CV, names and contact information (including e-mail address) of at least 3 references, and letter of interest to Dr. Gary Ervin, Department of Biological Sciences, PO Box GY, Mississippi State, MS, 39762; tel: (662) 325-1203; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing Date: none. This position will be open for either Fall 2006 or Spring 2007 admission. Students interested in Fall 2006 admission are encouraged to begin the application process immediately. Well qualified students interested in Spring 2007 entry will be contacted for submission of full applications including official university graduate admission forms. Further information on graduate applications and procedures is available here. Posted: 4/28/06.
Mississippi State University: Ph. D. assistantship, Effects of CRP on northern bobwhite and grassland birds. CP33 – Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds is a new continuous signup Conservation Reserve Program practice designed to benefit declining quail and grassland songbird populations. USDA-FSA notice CRP-479 requires that each state that was allocated CP33 acreage develop a monitoring plan following a standardized design developed by the research committee of the southeast quail study group. Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be responsible for collating and managing 3 years of bird and digital land use data from approximately 1200 fields (600 CP33, 600 control fields) monitored in 20 states. This is a unique opportunity to determine the effect of a CRP conservation practice on wildlife from the date of initiation using a robust sampling design across a broad region. The applicant will also supervise and coordinate the required state-level monitoring of CP33 contracts in Mississippi. The applicant may develop additional project(s) that complement related projects at Mississippi State. These projects include national assessment of CRP effects on bobwhite and grassland songbirds; the USDA-NRCS/MSU Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative; and field- and farm-level evaluation of CP33 field borders on bobwhite and grassland bird reproductive success. The applicant would have the opportunity to interact with a number of faculty and research staff working on conservation issues in agricultural settings. Qualifications: M.S. in wildlife ecology, ornithology, natural resource/wildlife management, or related field. Candidate should have skills in GIS, statistical analysis or both in addition to interest or experience working with agricultural producers and other private landowners. Successful candidate should be highly motivated with strong academic credentials and high GRE. Starting date: July 1, or as negotiated. Stipend: Starting $18k per annum plus complete waiver of tuition fees. Inquiries: This position is contingent on approval of funds. Inquiry emails are welcomed and should be directed to Dr. Sam Riffell (co-project leader) at email@example.com and Dr. Wes Burger at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter that describes your interest in the position, your career goals, GPA, GRE scores and details your work or educational experience that is most relevant to this position. Posted: 4/9/06.
Mississippi State University: Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Agronomy/Microbial Ecology. Project is funded through the DOE Sustainable Energy Center at Mississippi State. As part of an effort to better understand the role of community dynamics in the efficient breakdown of cellulose, the specific goals of the project are to study the ecology of the residue associated prokaryotic and fungal communities during straw decomposition. The broader goals of the research are to develop agronomically, economically, and environmentally sustainable cropping systems for production of lignocellulosic and oils energy crops in Mississippi. Salaries and research support are competitive. The 12-month stipend level is 18,000/year, and student tuition will be remunerated by grant dollars. Applications received by June 1, 2006 will be guaranteed full consideration, with a starting date soon thereafter. The ideal candidate should have a degree in agronomy, ecology, soil science, microbiology, or related field. Previous experience in molecular techniques is preferred, but not required. Applicants may complete the domestic or international MSU Graduate School application form or apply online by following the link on the same page. The GRE Exam is not required. Domestic Applications must include the Application Form (if not applying electronically), a $30 (non-refundable) Application Fee, a Statement of Purpose, Three Letters of Recommendation, Official Academic Records transcript from each school attended), and a Signed Computer Certification Form (if applying electronically). In addition to these items, international applicants must also provide TOEFL Scores. All materials are to be provided to the MSU Graduate School at the address shown on the application form. The application process can be accelerated if electronic copies of these same materials are also sent to the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at email@example.com, or to Dr. Michael Collins, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mississippi State University, Mail Stop 9555, MS State, MS 39762. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Mark Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/14/06.
Montana State University: We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student at the PhD (preferred) or MS level to conduct research on aquatic snails of conservation concern in the Snake River, Idaho. The successful candidate will conduct surveys to examine the biology of snails (including their habitat relationships) and coordinate the details of a larger study on snail identification and genetics. Although some of the details of the project are required by the funding agency, there will be ample opportunity for the successful candidate to tailor the project to his or her own interests. Experiences working with aquatic snails and in medium to large river systems are highly desirable. Moreover, the successful candidate will be required to synthesize their own information as well as that of the personnel doing the identification and genetics into a final report, which will be used by agencies in the review of the status (e.g., endangered) of the snail; thus, good writing skills are required. In addition, the successful candidate will interact with federal agency personnel (Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) as well as other scientists; thus, good communication skills are also a must. The successful applicant will be primarily supported on a Graduate Research Assistantship. Email Billie L. Kerans (bkerans @montana.edu) for details. We would like the student to begin the project during summer 2006. 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: Snake River Snail Position, Ecology Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717 or apply via email with attachments to Judy Van Andel, email@example.com. Please include the identification of the position in the subject header. First review of applications will begin March 1, 2006. Posted: 1/30/06.
Montana State University: M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship, Integrated Biological and Cultural Management of Canada Thistle, Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences. Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) is an aggressive, creeping perennial weed that infests crops, pastures, rangelands, roadsides, and non-crop areas throughout the northern and western United States. Several stakeholders, including organic growers and alfalfa seed growers have expressed their concern about the lack of viable management options for Canada thistle. We are looking for MS student to evaluate if the joint usage of pathogens, insects, and cultural practices can provide efficient, economically durable, and environmentally benign management of Canada thistle. The successful student will work with a multidisciplinary team composed of a cropping system specialist, an entomologist, and a weed scientist. A series of field and greenhouse experiments will be conducted to 1) Assess the individual and combined effect of stand density and two biological control agents (Pseudomonas syringae pv. tagetis and the stem gall fly, Urophora cardui) on the growth and reproductive output of Canada thistle and 2) Evaluate if infestation of Canada thistle plants by P. syringae and the use of herbicides modifies the behavior and performance of the stem gall fly. Results will contribute to the development of novel Canada thistle management strategies that utilize synergistic interactions between biological and cultural control agents. Contact for additional information: Fabian Menalled, LRES, 719 Leon Johnson Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717-3120. Phone: (406) 994-4783, firstname.lastname@example.org. Application procedures: Submit 1) letter of interest stating professional goals, research interests, and qualifications, 2) a resume, 3) transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies acceptable at present), and 4) the names, affiliations, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references. Electronic applications are accepted. Posted: 11/18/05.
Montana State University: We are interested in hiring a Ph.D. student to participate in a disease ecology study of elk in the Greater Yellowstone Area. The student will start in September 2006 working on a collaborative project between USGS, Montana State University, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department using epidemiology, mathematical modeling, experiments, and field observations. Pending continued funding, the stipend will be between $13k and 18k per year for three years with a full tuition wavier and possible extension. Previous experience in field ecology, statistics, and/or mathematical modeling is a plus. The student will obtain their degree through the ecology department at Montana State. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Dr. Paul Cross at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Bozeman, MT (email@example.com). Posted: 10/25/05.
Montana State University: An independent, responsible, and highly motivated M.S. student is needed to conduct research on nutrient cycling within dryland organic farming systems. This project evaluates biological and chemical processes that control availability of nutrients. Results will be integrated with others on this project to assess linkages between water, nutrients, weeds, and disease. Must have excellent writing skills, a background in soil fertility, ecology, agronomy, or a related field, and a strong interest in lab and field research. Position ideally starts in Jan. 2006. To apply, submit: Cover letter/letter of interest, resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and list of three references with phone and email contacts. Application deadline: November 15, 2005. Send to: Dr. Clain Jones, Montana State University, Dept. of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, P.O. Box 173120, Bozeman, MT 59717. Or, electronic copy to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/4/05.
Mount Allison University: Graduate Research positions in the Marine Macroecology and Biogeochemistry Lab, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. We are seeking two highly motivated graduate students interested in phytoplankton ecophysiology, macroecology, or satellite biogeochemistry. Projects in the lab focus on interactions between climate and marine phytoplankton using fossil records, ecophysiological experiments, and mathematical modeling. Positions are available starting in summer 2006. Applications should include a c.v., contact information for 3 references, and a brief statement of research interests. Please write directly to Dr Zoe Finkel (email@example.com) or Dr Andrew Irwin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to apply or inquire about the position. Posted: 10/13/05.
New Mexico State University: A graduate assistantship (MS or PhD) in the department of Animal and Range Sciences is available to study the influence of social induction and among-individual variation on the ingestion of toxic rangeland plants by cattle. The goal of this study is to understand how peers influence diet selection choices of naïve animals exposed to white locoweed (Oxytropis sericea), and to investigate the mechanisms responsible for among-individual differences in the selection of this toxic plant. We are seeking a motivated individual with a degree in Range Science, Rangeland Ecology, Animal Science, or related discipline who is interested in conducting foraging behavior research. The assistantship will be available beginning January 2006. Course work will be completed at NMSU in Las Cruces and research will be conducted mostly during the summer months at the Corona Ranch (Corona, NM) and/or NMSU's Clayton Livestock Research Center (Clayton, NM). Responsibilities will include development of a research proposal, conducting pen experiments, producing peer-reviewed publications, and assistance with teaching. Stipend is ~$17500 for a 12-month assistantship appointment. To apply please send résumé including relevant course work, and statement of research interest to: Dr. Andrés F. Cibils, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, Box 30003, MSC 3-I, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003. Phone: (505) 646-4342, Fax: (505) 646-5441, Email: email@example.com. Posted: 10/21/05.
North Carolina State University: We are seeking a creative and driven students to pursue M.S degrees as part of broader research projects studying (1) the Macroecology and Biogeography of the ants in the eastern United States and (2) the ecological causes and consequences of the dispersal of seeds by ants. (1) Ant Biogeography: The candidate will develop and conduct thesis research on some aspect of ant macroecology, or biogeography. Potential projects could explore the patterns of diversity and endemism of ants of the eastern U.S., drivers of current and future patterns of ant diversity or linkages between life history traits (such as dispersal mode, morphology and ability) and patterns of distribution. (2) Ant-Plant Interactions: The candidate will develop and conduct thesis research on some aspect of seed dispersal mutualisms, either in the southeastern U.S. or in Australia. Potential projects could explore the effect of variation in ant community composition and ant abundance on seed dispersal, tradeoffs in the evolution of seed and elaiosome size and their consequences, or the relationship between ant midden behavior and the evolution of ant-mediated dispersal. Students will be advised by Rob Dunn and work within the Conservation Ecology Lab Group in the department of Zoology. Opportunities for projects that develop experimental, modeling and/or phylogeographic skills exist within the context of the broader research project. The students will be able to take advantage of strong behavioral and statistical interdisciplinary programs associated with the Department of Zoology as well as an interdepartmental social insect group at North Carolina State. Interested students should apply by April 28 with the intention of beginning graduate study in the fall of 2006. If interested in either position, please send a CV, including GPA and GRE scores, statement of research interests and experience, and names and contact information for three references electronically to Rob R. Dunn (Rob_Dunn@ncsu.edu). The 12-month stipend level is $17k/year, and the position includes a tuition waiver and health care benefits. The ideal candidate should have a strong ecological background, but that background need not include experience with ants in particular. Strong quantitative and writing skills are essential. Posted: 3/27/06.
North Carolina State University: A PhD assistantship is available in the College of Natural Resources to investigate changes in forest hydrology in response to elevated atmospheric CO2 and tropospheric O3 to begin summer/fall 2006. The study will develop closed water-budgets for aggrading forest stands by quantifying above- and belowground micrometeorological conditions, tree growth, leaf area display and physiology, sap flow, and root growth at the FACTS-II Aspen FACE Project in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Since 1997, forest communities of trembling aspen, sugar maple, and paper birch have been developing under atmospheric conditions projected for the year 2050. The stands are now approximately 9 m tall, have reached canopy closure, and have developed a forest floor. Growth and physiological responses to the CO2 and O3 treatments have been pronounced. The successful candidate will assist with the root and micromet studies and opportunities exist to develop studies of isotopic water uptake, root conductance, or related topics. The successful candidate should have experience in plant ecophysiology, plant water relations, forest ecology or related fields. Interested persons should contact Dr. John King (firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-513-7855). Posted: 1/19/06.
North Dakota State University: A master's level graduate research assistantship is available examining the effectiveness of different analysis techniques for analyzing Breeding Bird Survey data, with the focus being on wetland birds. This assistantship is available beginning August 2006. The stipend will be $14,400/year and includes a full tuition waiver. Applicants should have a B.S. in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, statistics, or related field and a GPA > 3.0. A quantitative background and proficiency or aptitude to learn geographic information software and computers are essential for this position. Excellent oral and written communication skills are also required. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Dr. Will Bleier, Department of Biological Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105. E-mail: William.Bleier@ndsu.edu. E-mail submittals are acceptable. Application deadline is June 15, 2006 or until position is filled. Posted: 5/10/06.
Northern Arizona University: Graduate Program in Integrative Bioscience: Genes to Environment. Pending funding, we expect to offer six PhD student fellowships per year starting in the 2006/07 academic year. The purpose of this program is to provide students with instruction and research training focused on linkages between molecular genetics and ecosystem phenomena, with special emphasis on multi-scale modeling approaches. Program graduates will have the skills to address fundamental and applied questions of genetic influences on ecosystem function and response to environmental change. Unique aspects of this program include: 1) multidisciplinary research with a special emphasis on scaling phenomena, 2) inclusion of molecular methodology and applied statistics coursework in all programs of study, 3) seminar courses covering scientific ethics, statistics and modeling, and student research, featuring guest speakers from integrative disciplines, 4) unique internships with community colleges, federal agencies, and Native American high schools to broaden the graduate experience and enhance connections between the research and the broader community. The NAU Integrative Bioscience PhD program will prepare innovative and creative scientists to become leaders in research, science outreach and communication, and environmental problem solving. Contingent upon funding, fellowship packages will include generous, 12-month stipend support for two years, with continued support at more traditional stipend levels. Applicants must concurrently apply to, or already be accepted in, doctoral programs in the Department of Biological Sciences or the School of Forestry. Application deadlines for the 2006/07 academic year will be extended for Integrative Bioscience applicants. Consideration of application packages will begin April 17th. Applications will consist of 1) standard applications required for Biology or Forestry graduate programs (including two letters of reference) and 2) a 1 page essay on how this program would address your educational and career goals. Please e-mail the essay to: Amy.Whipple@nau.edu. Please contact us by email and phone for more information: Dr. Amy Whipple: Amy.Whipple@nau.edu, (928)523-8727 or (928) 714-0409; Dr. Maribeth Watwood, Maribeth.Watwood@nau.edu, (928)523-9322. Posted: 3/23/06.
Northern Arizona University: A M.S. or a Ph.D. Research Assistantship is available in the School of Forestry. The selected student will work as part of an interdisciplinary (ecosystem ecologist, fire ecologists, soil ecologist, dendroecologist, and a statistician) and inter-institutional (Penn State University, NAU, Arizona State University, and US Forest Service) team funded by a USDA NRI grant to quantify the effects of fire suppression, wildfire, and fire management strategies on long-term C storage in ponderosa pine forests of the southwestern US. The graduate student will be co-advised by Dr. Stephen Hart (an ecosystem ecologist) and Dr. Pete Fulé (a fire ecologist). The position starts the summer of 2006 and is open until a suitable candidate is found. The assistantship stipend is competitive and commensurate with experience. Flagstaff is located at an elevation of 2,280 m on the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau and offers exceptional recreational opportunities. Contact Dr. Stephen C. Hart for application information (email@example.com; 928-523-6637). Posted: 11/18/05.
Nova Scotia Agricultural College: M.Sc. Assistantship: Evaluation of beneficial management and practices for improved water quality in Thomas Brook. Supervisor: Dr. Peter Havard, Associate Professor, Engineering Department. This opportunity is for a student who is interested in modelling nutrient and water movement in the Thomas Brook watershed and the influences in changes to land management. The research thesis will focus on development of an effective data set representing the watershed and utilizing the SWAT model to be calibrated and validated for conducting simulations of nutrient movement. This study will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Ali Madani at NSAC, Dr. Rob Jamieson of Dalhousie University and Mr. Dale Hebb of AFFC research branch in Kentville. The project collaborates with several studies monitoring and evaluating management practices in Nova Scotia. Qualifications: Applicants must have a B.Sc. honours degree or B.Eng. with background in environmental studies and meet normal admission requirements to the M.Sc. program. Please contact the Office of Research & Graduate Studies (phone: 902-893-6502, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for admission standards, program information and an application package. Starting Date: September 1, 2006 - Official M.Sc. Registration Date (It would be preferable if the successful candidate could start the research in the summer 2006 prior to official registration in the M.Sc. program.) Stipend: $15k/year for two years. To Apply: Submit a full M.Sc. application package plus CV, covering letter, and a list of references to Ms. Jill Rogers, Research and Graduate Office, NSAC, P.O. Box 550, Truro, N.S., B2N 5E3, Canada. Phone: (902)-893-6330; Fax: 902-897-3430; E-mail: email@example.com. Deadline: June 1, 2006. For further information, contact Dr. Peter Havard at firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (902) 893-6713. The Master of Science program with a specialization in agriculture is offered by the NSAC in conjunction with Dalhousie University. Posted: 4/12/06.
Ohio State University: A PhD position is available in Drs. Virginie Bouchard and Lance William’s labs in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. The graduate student will be working with an interdisciplinary team, who recently received funding from the USDA to look at how the structure and function of aquatic food webs in headwater streams are impacted by various land management practices. The successful candidate will collaboratively design and conduct studies to quantify the structure and function of the aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate food webs in headwater tributaries representing a range of geographic and land management conditions within the Sugar Creek watershed, one of the most impaired watersheds in Ohio. The project will include the use of stable isotopes to understand the link between terrestrial and aquatic food webs. In addition to the sampling and analysis described here, the PhD student will have the opportunity to design additional experiments. We are seeking to hire someone with a Masters degree in natural resources, environmental science, ecology, or related field. Experiences with stream sampling and stable isotope are preferable. Position is available immediately and opened until filled. Please send letter of interest and resume by mail or email to: Virginie Bouchard/Lance Williams, Ohio State University, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus Ohio 43210 (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/21/06.
Ohio University: Graduate Research Assistant (PhD or MS) position is available starting in September, 2006 studying soil carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems. Research will focus on understanding the mechanisms of plant litter decomposition in context of litter biochemistry and the availability of nitrogen and labile carbon. Candidates seeking the PhD (MS) position must have a MS (BS) concentrating in soil ecology, forest ecology, microbial ecology, or a closely related discipline. Expertise with molecular techniques to investigate microbial community function; familiarity with carbon biogeochemistry; and knowledge of field and laboratory methods for studying decomposition is desirable. A successful candidate will have a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and the ability to work independently, and peer-review publications. Stipends are $18,500 (PhD) and $15,300 (MS) with a tuition waiver in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. Applicants should email, as a PDF, a cover letter that summarizes your background and goals, statement of research interests, curriculum vitae with the names and addresses of three references to: Dr. Jared L. DeForest (email@example.com). Review of applications begins May 31, 2006 and continues until filled or ends on June 30th. Further information can be found at the Soil Ecology Lab website and email requests are welcomed. Posted: 4/18/06.
Ohio University: Graduate research assistantship in Population ecology: An NSF-funded, graduate research position is available for individuals interested predator-prey interactions and biological control. Experiments will be conducted using a pea-aphid-ladybug system in laboratory and greenhouse conditions. To be considered, candidates must be eligible for admission to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate program Stipend: MSc candidates $14000/annum, PhD candidates $17000/annum with a tuition waver. Travel funds to attend scientific conferences are available. Deadline: April 30, 2006. Contact: Dr. Kim Cuddington, Department of Biological Sciences, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 11/14/05, revised: 2/28/06.
Oklahoma State University: Migrant Shorebirds and Habitat Quality of Isolated Wetlands in the Mixed-Grass Prairie Region. This study will examine the influence of local and landscape-level variables on migrant shorebirds in the Mixed-Grass Prairie Region of Oklahoma. The objectives of the study are to determine relative abundances, species compositions, and migration chronologies of shorebirds using isolated wetlands; determine habitat selection of migrant shorebirds; evaluate habitat characteristics and invertebrate availabilities of isolated wetlands used by migrant shorebirds; characterize shorebird habitat-use patterns at 2 spatial scales (local [wetland-level] and landscape scales); and develop shorebird habitat models based on scale-level analyses. One Ph.D. assistantship is available for this study. This position is through Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Department of Zoology at Oklahoma State. Anticipated start date for the position is August 1, 2006 or as soon as the position is filled. Salary is $16k/year plus tuition costs covered. Send letter of interest, resume, GRE scores, transcripts, and names and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. Craig A. Davis, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University, 430 Life Sciences West, Stillwater, OK 74078, email: email@example.com, Phone: 405/744-6859. Posted: 6/8/06.
Oklahoma State University: Ph.D. Assistantship in Wildlife Ecology. Stipend: $20k/annum. Start date: August 2006. Requirements: >1,000 GRE (verbal + quantitative), >3.5 GPA for Masters work. Useful skills: Experience in GIS and GPS technology, experience in technical writing and presentations, ability to get along with people. Project description: Two major issues affect wildlife conservation and management in central and western Oklahoma. These include declining grassland bird populations and collapsing rural economies. Wildlife could stimulate rural economies through ecotourism and, in the case of northern bobwhites, fee-lease hunting. Bobwhites require ample amounts of woody cover, which reduces the grazing capacity of rangelands. Also, at some point, woody cover becomes inimical to grassland bird populations. The overall objective of this project is to determine how different levels of sand plum canopy coverage affect bird communities on private ranchland of central and western Oklahoma. A secondary objective is to assess the economic implications of the results. The student will have ample opportunity to generate and test original research hypotheses within the general framework of the study. Project leaders: Dr. Fred S. Guthery, Wildlife Ecology; Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf, Landscape Ecology; Dr. David Lewis, Forest Economics. The new Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management will start 1 July 2006. It will have faculty in fisheries, forestry, range, and wildlife. At start up, the department will consist of about 150 undergraduates, 50 graduate students, and 20–25 faculty. Further information: Fred S. Guthery, Bollenbach Chair in Wildlife Ecology (405/744-0431, firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/27/06.
Oklahoma State University: The Department of Forestry seeks to fill a PhD assistantship position in forest ecology to contribute to the project, "Reconstruction of Fire Regimes and Stand Dynamics of the Oak Forests in the Oklahoma Cross Timbers". The student will actively participate in the research efforts of a team of researchers including faculty at OSU, the University of Arkansas and the USDA Forest Service. The student will be responsible for developing a research question and experimental approach, and conducting field research concerning reconstruction of fire history and stand dynamics. The Cross Timbers vegetation type is a mosaic of tallgrass prairie, oak woodland and oak forest covering almost 5 million hectares from southeastern Kansas across Oklahoma to north-central Texas. It retains some of the best preserved old-growth oak forests in the south-central US because the forest has little commercial timber value and the land is not suitable for agriculture. Fire has played a dominant role in determining the vegetation composition and structure of the Cross Timbers. The exclusion of fire over many decades has led to changes in the vegetation and the role of fire and fire regime attributes. The potential changes due to fire exclusion include loss of biodiversity, more dangerous fire regime and lower productivity. Position: The student will enroll in a PhD program in the Plant Sciences Program at OSU starting Fall 2006. The stipend will be $20,000 per year for three years and will be renewed each year based on satisfactory progress. Benefits include waiver of non-resident tuition, partial waiver of resident tuition and health insurance. Application: Please provide the following by April 1, 2006: statement of purpose, three letters of reference, curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all college level study, GRE scores and a completed OSU Graduate College application. Preference will be given to US citizens and students with a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants should have academic experience in a field that provides background for forest ecology research described above. Contact: Steve Hallgren, Department of Forestry, Oklahoma State University, 008C Agricultural Hall, Stillwater OK 74078-6013. Tel: 1 405 744 6805, Fax: 1 405 744 3530, email@example.com. Posted: 2/27/06.
Oklahoma State University: Fire-grazing interaction: Restoring heterogeneity to grassland ecosystems. This study will evaluate the application of the fire-grazing interaction to promote heterogeneity in mixed grass prairie and sand sagebrush communities in western Oklahoma. Objectives of the study are to determine effects of patch fires and grazing on vegetation composition and other habitat parameters of these communities and determine responses of grassland birds, invertebrates, and biodiversity in general to this management practice. Research will focus on the Cooper Wildlife Management Area in western Oklahoma, but other sites may also be used. Two graduate assistantships (2 Ph.D. or 1 Ph.D. and 1 M.S.) are available for this study and they will focus on 1) the response of grassland birds to heterogeneity at multiple spatial scales, 2) the role of heterogeneity in plant and invertebrate diversity and composition across multiple scales, and 3) a systems perspective of the role of heterogeneity in ecosystem processes. These positions will be in Rangeland Ecology and Management and/or Department of Zoology at Oklahoma State University. Anticipated start date for positions is January 1, 2006. Send letter of interest, resume, GRE scores, transcripts, and names and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, Oklahoma State University, Rangeland Ecology and Management, 368 AGH, Stillwater OK 74078, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 405/744-6410. Posted: 8/29/05.
Oregon State University: A half-time M.S. assistantship is available (beginning summer/fall 2006) at Oregon State’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife through the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon. The successful applicant will participate in collaborative research project coordinated by The Nature Conservancy involving the development and implementation of an ecological monitoring and assessment plan for the re-establishment of the native Olympia oyster (Ostrea conchaphila) in Netarts Bay, Oregon. The successful applicant is expected to develop an independent study associated with the project. Minimum qualifications include a B.S. degree in any biological sciences with strong interests in marine and restoration ecology, 3.0 GPA, and a GRE score of 1000 (Verbal and Quantitative). Interested students should send a letter of interest, CV, transcripts (photocopy is acceptable at this point), GRE score (photocopy is acceptable), and names and addresses of three references to Dr. Jessica Miller, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Oregon State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR 97365. Email: Jessica.Miller@oregonstate.edu. Open until filled with application review commencing in July 2006. Posted: 6/16/06.
Oregon State University: A 4-yr PhD assistantship in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is available to investigate the effects of livestock grazing on abundance and reproduction of grassland passerines. This avian ecology project is part of a collaborative (OSU and The Nature Conservancy) research program funded by USDA - NRI to conduct a large-scale experimental investigation of grassland food web responses to livestock stocking rates. The successful candidate will be part of a team of scientists representing the disciplines of Animal Science, Entomology, Plant Ecology and Wildlife Ecology. The prospective student should have a M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology, Ecology or related discipline. S(he) should also have background and strong interest in avian population ecology. Experience working on multi-disciplinary grassland projects is desirable as are excellent quantitative skills and publication experience. The assistantship will be available May 1, 2006. Coursework will be completed at OSU in Corvallis and research will be conducted at The Nature Conservancy's Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. After coursework is completed the student will work at Union Experiment Station in Union, OR (location of Dr. Patricia Kennedy - PhD advisor). Assistantships include a 12-month stipend ($1650/mos), tuition, and health insurance. See here and here for admission requirements. Send (email preferred) a cover letter summarizing your background, relevant experience, motivation and interests, a resume, transcripts, GRE scores and contact information for three references to: Patricia L. Kennedy, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Union Experiment Station, P.O. Box E, Union, OR 97883, email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is obtained. Posted: 11/28/05, revised: 3/9/06.
Oregon State University: We are looking for a PhD student to start in Fall 2006, with an interest in quantitative silviculture/ecology. The focus of the assistantship is flexible within the framework of developing Bayesian Network models and methodology. These models will be designed predict the full set of ecosystem responses influenced by density management practices, including vegetation, and several small mammal and songbird species. Several long-term large scale management studies (e.g., Density Management Study; Young Stand Thinning and Diversity Study; and the Uneven-aged Management Project) and other related studies provide the database for estimating model parameters. Student should have a strong background in ecology and/or forestry and a strong interest in quantitative methods. Assistantship includes wages, health insurance, tuition, and other project related expenses. Please contact us before March 1, 2006 for full consideration. For more information, contact: Klaus J. Puettmann, tel 541 737 8974 or Klaus.firstname.lastname@example.org; Duncan Wilson, tel. 541 737 6215 or email@example.com; Lisa Ganio, tel 541 737 6577 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/3/06.
Oregon State University: Ph.D. (preferred) or M.S. Graduate Research Assistant, Summer or Fall 2006, Arid Land Restoration Ecology. Dr. Paul Doescher & Dr. David Pyke, Co-Advisors. Successful applicant will: assist in a multi-state (Oregon, Idaho, Nevada & Utah), multi-researcher, interdisciplinary research project examining competitive relationships between native plant species associated with sagebrush steppe and invasive weeds such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) after wildfires and fuel treatments; complete course work and thesis for an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Forest Resources, Forest Science or Environmental Science; prepare one or more manuscripts that will be co-authored with co-advisors for submission to peer-reviewed journals; manage field studies on arid lands; assess ecological responses that might include measurement of plant emergence, survival and reproduction, soil and plant water relations and nutrient dynamics; assist in preparing results for submission to multi-state collaborators; participate in and provide presentations at national meetings, annual reviews, field days and demonstrations. Qualifications: B.S. or M.S. degree in Biology, Ecology or Natural Resources-related program; willingness to work flexible hours according to seasonal demands; demonstrated ability to work independently under potentially adverse conditions, and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Stipend & Benefits: The position is a 0.49 FTE Graduate Research Assistantship $18-20k per year commensurate with experience and degree sought, tuition is waived, and health insurance is subsidized. To Apply: (1) Submit an application to the graduate school. (2) In addition, please submit a letter of application, a statement of education and career goals, resume/CV, a copy of all college transcripts and have 3 reference letters sent to: Dr. Paul Doescher, Department of Forest Resources, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331. Screening of applicants will begin March 15, 2006. Posted: 1/4/06.
Oregon State University: Coral And Sclerosponge Biogeochemistry and Paleoclimatology. PhD or MS student sought for the study of stable isotopes in corals or sclerosponges in a broad range of ongoing projects in Dr. Andrea Grottoli's research group in the Department of Geological Sciences (contact email@example.com for more information). Research involves a combination of tropical fieldwork and laboratory analyses. Desired qualifications: MSc or BS in Geology or Biology or any other science, experience in biogeochemistry, fieldwork experience, and scuba certified. The position starts September 2006. Please complete applications online by January 15 and indicate that you are interested in studying with Dr. Grottoli. Posted: 12/5/05.
Oregon State University: A PhD research position is available in Biogeochemistry of forested ecosystems. The student will pursue a degree in Botany/Plant Pathology, Geography, Geology, Water Resources, or other relevant discipline and will work on the aspects of biogeochemistry of small watersheds at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and LTER. The Andrews Forest site is a comparatively pristine system and available biogeochemical records cover up to 40 years including experimental harvest treatments, natural disturbances and climate perturbations. The student will work in conjunction with the H.J. Andrews LTER group. Additional research and fellowship opportunities may be available through the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Program (IGERT) in Ecosystem Informatics. For information on application, contact Kate Lajtha (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julia Jones (email@example.com). Posted: 11/28/05.
Pennsylvania State University: Restoration of Structural Complexity in Eastern Hardwood Forests. Two doctoral level (masters level may be available) graduate research assistant positions will be available for fall 2006 to work on issues relating to the structural complexity of natural and managed mixed species forests, including developing silvicultural approaches to promote structural complexity and biological diversity in homogeneous mature forest stands to emulate the conditions in late-successional/old-growth forests. Qualifications: 1. Background in forestry is required. Doctoral students must have an M.S. in a natural resources field. 2. Familiarity with GIS and statistical data analysis is desired. 3. Demonstrated skills in written and verbal communication, organization, and reliability are extremely important. Compensation: Full academic year (9-month) support includes tuition and standard graduate student salary (including benefits). Student fees and books are not included; summer salary availability is as yet unknown. Academic year support is guaranteed, pending adequate progress, for 3 years (2 years for Masters). Application: Please send the following via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or snail mail (Eric Zenner, Dept. Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 1530 N. Cleveland Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108) by June 1st: 1. Cover letter describing your background, interest in this position, and professional goals 2. Resume showing all prior work experience and indicating GRE and TOEFL scores 3. Complete transcripts (unofficial copy fine) 4. Names and email addresses (or snail mail) of three references (at least two academic). Please do not apply if you will not be available to start in September of 2006. Posted: 2/2/06.
Pennsylvania State University: The Ecology Graduate Program is excited to announce six additional assistantship openings for graduate study for the Fall of 2006. Our Program enjoys an active and strong core of faculty and a dynamic group of approximately forty graduate students. Together we foster a learning environment centered on ecological theory and application. Our program is a dynamic one and is growing. Core classes in Classical Ecology and Advances in Ecology are offered along with an array of ecologically focused classes taught in many departments. New courses are continually being offered including Ecological Problem-solving, R-based Population Dynamics, and Stable Isotopes in Terrestrial Ecosystems to bolster the already robust offerings. One indication of the level of activity and engagement in ecological science occurred last Spring when the Penn State Ecology graduate students organized and hosted the Northeast Ecology and Evolution Conference here on campus. Some 250 students, post-docs and faculty attended this stimulating conference. Interested students are encouraged to visit us on the web at www.ecology.psu.edu or contact Professor David A. Mortensen (814-865-1906, email@example.com) or the Program Coordinator, Jenny Edwards at (814-865-5557, firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/28/05.
Pennsylvania State University: Six Ph.D. positions (2 fellowships and 4 assistantships) are available starting Fall 2006, with competitive stipends, tuition waiver and health insurance included. The six students will join a group of faculty from six departments across Penn State and the USDA-ARS to pursue interdisciplinary studies at the interface of soil and water sciences. This announcement is specifically intended to recruit one student interested in research questions that link hydrology and nitrogen or carbon cycling in soils. The student will be advised by Dr. Jason Kaye and will have committee members from the integrated soil-water sciences team. Prospective students should contact Dr. Kaye (email@example.com) and consider applying to the Graduate Program in Soil Science. In addition to applying to the Soil Science Program, to compete for the integrated soil-water science assistantships, students should send: 1) a letter indicating specific areas of interest, 2) a resume, 3) a copy of academic transcripts, and 4) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, to: Ms. Kathy Barr, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, 116 ASI Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 814-865-2025, fax: 814-863-7043. We will begin screening applications in December and candidates will be invited for interviews in January. Posted: 11/18/05.
Pennsylvania State University: A Research Assistantship is available at Penn State to work as part of an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional team funded by a USDA NRI grant to quantify the effects of fire suppression, wildfire, and fire management strategies on long-term C storage in ponderosa pine forests of the southwestern US. The team consists of ecosystem ecologists, fire ecologists, soil ecologists, dendroecologists, and statisticians from Penn State University, Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, and the US Forest Service. The graduate student will be co-advised by Dr. Jason Kaye (an ecosystem ecologist focusing on biogeochemistry) and Dr. Margot Kaye (a forest ecologist focusing on dendrochronology). The student will be based at Penn State during the academic year, and spend much of the field season in northern Arizona, working with a team of students and faculty associated with the project. Students may apply to one of the following programs: the Graduate Program in Soil Science, the Graduate Program in Forest Science or the Inter-College Degree Program in Ecology. The assistantship includes stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Interested students should contact Jason (email@example.com) or Margot (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Posted: 11/18/05.
Plymouth State University: The Center for the Environment invites applicants for a new M.S. degree program in Environmental Science and Policy. Students seeking a flexible, interdisciplinary graduate program and with research interests in hydrology and hydrogeochemistry are encouraged to apply. Potential research projects include watershed-scale nutrient fluxes from forested landscapes, hydrologic modeling, hillslope hydrology, ecohydrology, impacts of acid deposition, regional lake chemistry, and reclamation of a heavy metal mine site. Unique opportunities exist for field work at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Funding is available for several students, including competitive stipends and fully-paid tuition for students with quantitative backgrounds in geology, environmental engineering, chemistry, or ecology. Please contact Kevin McGuire (email@example.com) or Steve Kahl (firstname.lastname@example.org) for current opportunities. Posted: 1/10/06.
Portland State University: The Department of Biology is seeking graduate students to join a recently expanded focal area in ecology and evolutionary biology. Our faculty have active and interrelated research programs spanning all levels of biological organization, including behavior, population biology, conservation, genetics, systematics, and genomics. Research in this area is complemented by departmental strengths in physiology, microbiology, and the biology of extremophiles. Portland State is located in downtown Portland and is the largest university in Oregon. The location provides the benefits of a livable, culturally rich urban center and easy access to the natural diversity of the Cascades, Columbia River Gorge, and the Oregon Coast. Research facilities in the Department include the PSU-Keck Genomics Facility, Vertebrate Biology Museum, Herbarium, Aquatic Vertebrate Facility, and additional Greenhouses slated for completion in 2006. Please visit our website for more information about the Department, faculty, graduate studies, and to submit an online application. Posted: 12/5/05.
Purdue University: During 2006-2007 academic year, the Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Dynamics Laboratory will seek two or three Masters or Doctoral students, who are interested in (1) Conducting model-data fusion studies with process-based models of various components of high latitude terrestrial carbon dynamics including terrestrial CO2 and CH4; (2) Modeling grand elemental cycles (e.g., C and N) and multiple gas exchanges (e.g., CO2, CH4, and N2O) between the atmosphere and the biosphere at various scales; (3) Studying impacts of changes of atmospheric climate and chemistry on ecosystem structure and functioning at multiple scales. Previous degrees of applicants could be in Ecology, Ecosystem Sciences, Earth Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, and other relevant disciplines. Applicants with proficient mathematical, computational, and/or remote sensing and GIS skills are preferred. The graduate students will have the opportunity to interact with highly diversified faculty members and scientists in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and the Department of Agronomy as well as the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. Interested applicants could get more information by contacting: Prof. Qianlai Zhuang, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences or Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, 550 Stadium Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051. (email@example.com). Posted: 8/8/05, revised: 2/20/06.
Rice University: I am currently accepting applications for highly motivated graduate students into my laboratory in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice in Houston, Texas. My research examines the influences of interspecific interactions on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of populations and communities. Specifically, I am interested in the influences of mutualism on patterns and processes across populations, food webs, and ecosystems. While my research has focused on pollination biology and plant-insect interactions, in particular the mutualism between senita cacti and pollinating seed-consuming senita moths in the Sonoran Desert, I am amenable to students developing projects on other study systems, whether they be in the Sonoran Desert, local to Texas, or otherwise. Further information on my research, application procedures, at the EEB Department's web site. Interested students may contact me (Nat Holland) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/6/06.
Sonoma State University: I am seeking applications from students interested in completing an MS degree as part of a 3-year research project funded through California Sea Grant examining the impacts of commercial collecting on the population dynamics of the Sea Palm, Postelsia palmaeformis. The project will involve extensive field work on rocky shores in California, Oregon and British Columbia. Additional related areas of interest are biogeographic variation in phenology, genetic structure and physiology. Qualifications: BA or BS degree in Biology, Ecology, or other related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A strong background in field ecology or marine biology is required; candidates with research experience and strong quantitative skills will be given preference. Applicants must also meet the requirements for admission to the MS program in Biology. Support: 1.5 years will be funded through a Sea Grant Traineeship @ $18k/year including a tuition waiver. Additional funding is available from research and teaching assistantships and the university fee waiver program. For additional information contact: Dr. Karina Nielsen, email: email@example.com, phone: 707.664.2962. Sonoma State University, Department of Biology, 1801 E Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Applications for Fall 2006 will be accepted until 31 January 2006. Applications for Spring 2007 will be accepted until 31 October 2006. Posted: 1/9/06.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale: M.S. research assistantship available in the Cooperative Wildife Research Laboratory to study the influence of habitat attributes on contact rates and potential disease transmission among white-tailed deer. This study will involve analysis of a large dataset of GPS-collar locations from deer near Carbondale, IL, to identify sites where deer contact each other most frequently. Field work will involve measurement of small-scale habitat characteristics in sites of high vs. low contact density. In addition, the successful applicant will be responsible for basic administrative tasks for CWRL computer and GIS resources, including maintenance of hardware and software, addressing questions of student related to use of hardware and software, and serving as the primary contact between the CWRL and IT. Requirements include a B.S. in Wildlife Management or Zoology (or related field), a valid driver's license, and computer networking experience. Good oral and written communication skills are desired, as are quantitative and analytical skills. Students with experience with statistics and/or habitat analysis preferred. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, GRE scores, and academic transcripts to Dr. Eric Schauber (firstname.lastname@example.org). Salary: $1,289 / month plus tuition waiver. Last Date to apply: May 1, 2006. Posted: 3/29/06.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale: I seek to fill a Ph.D. graduate research assistantship with a student having a M.S. in wildlife science, zoology, biology, or related field to study conservation, ecology, and management of the Texas horned lizard on an urban military installation. Work will include telemetry of horned lizards, sampling of vegetation and ant prey base, habitat modeling, and translocation. Qualifications: independent but able to work well in a team setting and with agency personnel, great work ethic, GIS experience, minimum of 1100 verbal + quantitative GRE score. Incipient interest in ants would be a plus. Graduate stipend is $1,218/mo with complete tuition waiver and health insurance. Starting date: 1 May 2006. Submit letter of interest, resume, copies of GRE scores and transcripts and names and phone numbers of 3 references to: Dr. Eric C. Hellgren, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, Mailcode 6504, Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-6504. 618-453-6941 (phone); 618-453-6944 (fax); E-mail: email@example.com. E-mail applications are encouraged. Application review will continue until a student is chosen. Posted: 3/14/06.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale: An M.S. graduate research assistantship in floodplain wetland ecology is available as part of a project to develop a hydrologic monitoring network and experimental design for the recently established Middle Mississippi River Wetlands Field Station (MMRWFS), a 1,400 acre floodplain site owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and managed by SIUC for research on wetland restoration and sustainable use of floodplains. We are seeking a highly motivated MS student with experience and interests in any aspect of floodplain wetland ecology. While overseeing the installation and development of a hydrologic monitoring network, the student will be expected to develop their own research project on the site under the guidance of faculty members from the departments of Plant Biology, Forestry, and Zoology (including Fisheries and Wildlife Units). The student will also be expected to coordinate activities on the site with regional agency personnel and landowners. The successful applicant will start in May or June 2006 and will choose a home department, advisor, and graduate committee based on their interests and the project they develop. Applicants should send a statement of interest and qualifications, resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and names of at least 3 professional references to at least one of the following contacts: Matt Whiles, Department of Zoology (firstname.lastname@example.org, 618-453-7639); Loretta Battaglia, Dept. of Plant Biology (email@example.com, 618-453-3216), Karl Williard, Department of Forestry (Williard@siu.edu, 618-453-7478) Evaluation of applicants will begin March 1, 2006 and continue until the position is filled. See also: SIUC Center for Ecology. Posted: 2/1/06.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Ph.D. (4-yr) and M.S. (2-3 yr) Research Assistantships in Grassland/Prairie Restoration to begin January 2006. Research Focus: Understanding the role of filters on the assembly of species during community development and structural consequences for ecosystem function are vexing issues in ecology. It is well known that species can differentially influence community structure through disparate competitive abilities and affect ecosystem processes through variation in allocation patterns and resource use. A field experiment will be used to test whether intrinsic differences within dominant species, for which there is evidence for intraspecific variation in individual traits and competitive abilities, acts as an ecological filter on community assembly and scales to affect ecosystem function. Application: Ecological filters on community assembly are of particular interest to restoration ecologists seeking to predict species membership in re-assembled ecosystems, and ultimately improve restoration success. Cultivars of the native prairie grasses are widely used in restorations, despite that the long-term community and ecosystem consequences of using these potentially more competitive population sources are unknown. This is particularly relevant to tallgrass prairie, where the restoration of diverse species assemblages is difficult to achieve. Students with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the life sciences and an interest in grassland dynamics and/or restoration ecology are encouraged to apply. Please contact Sara Baer (firstname.lastname@example.org, 618-453-3218) or David Gibson (email@example.com) in the Department of Plant Biology. Posted: 8/31/05.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Applicants are sought for an NSF-funded graduate research assistantship (PhD/MS). The research involves modeling the dispersal and population dynamics of a predator-prey (host-parasitoid) system, in particular the planthopper Prokelisia crocea and its egg parasitoid Anagrus columbi (see website below for further details). Applicants should ideally have basic training in calculus and statistics and some interest in insect ecology. The position is available for three years and could begin in Sept. 2005. For further information contact Dr. John D. Reeve, Dept. of Zoology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 8/16/05.
SUNY-ESF: Research Fellowship available to study the ecology of the endangered Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail. Research to focus on interactions between the COAS and an invasive snail through studies of niche overlap and food competition. Intensive 3-year-long, mark-recapture database also available to estimate demographic rates and develop population models. Funding available to support post-doctoral scholar (1-year, stipend ~$30k, plus benefits) OR 2-year MSc student (tuition, stipend and benefits). This work will be done through the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse under the supervision of Dr. James P. Gibbs. The position begins as early as January 13, 2006 or as late as May 15, 2006. Please send a letter of interest, resume, transcripts, and contact information for 3 references to email@example.com. Posted: 11/8/05.
SUNY-ESF: Research and Teaching Assistantships, MS or PhD, are available at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. More information about graduate studies and the graduate program in Forest and Natural Resources Management. I have funding to support a graduate student interested in factors controlling the size of discolored hearts of sugar maple (site quality, soil chemistry, tree pathology, forest management). The project is primarily field-based, but will involve geographical and statistical analysis, collaboration with researchers in wood anatomy (to distinguish true heartwood from discoloration due to decay organisms), and ultimately, outreach to foresters, loggers, and landowners. Links to ecosystem nutrient cycling, particularly Ca, are also possible. If you are interested in this project, please contact Amber Knowlden (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Posted: 7/20/05.
Stephen F. Austin State University: Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in Wildlife Management. Through a cooperative effort between the Texas Parks and Wildlife and Stephen F. Austin State University, we are seeking a Ph.D. student to perform a research project on American alligator nesting ecology, sex ratio variability and stability, and growth rates in inland freshwater wetlands in East Texas. The student will be embarking upon Phase II of a long term research project on inland American alligator ecology, so as to improve management strategies for both harvested and non-harvested alligator populations. Nearly 300 uniquely marked alligators already exist within one study population and will serve as the focal population for this research. Within this general framework, several other research avenues may be pursued. Qualifications: M. S. in Wildlife Science/Management, Ecology, Wetland Ecology, or closely related field. Specifically, field experience navigating and operating boats is required. Knowledge and research interest/experience with wetland wildlife ecology, behavior, and physiology preferred. A strong work ethic, leadership and organizational skills required. Minimum 3.00 G.P.A. and 1000 GRE scores. Stipend/Salary: Approximately $20,000 / year for a 12 month assistantship, for 3 years. Nonresident tuition waived, but resident tuition fees apply. To Apply: Send application, including cover letter stating research interests and career goals; resume/CV, copies of transcripts and GRE scores, reprints, and complete contact information for 3 references to: Dr. Warren C. Conway, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management, Arthur Temple College of Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6109. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 936-468-2090. Posted: 7/7/05.
South Dakota State University: The Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GIScCE) was established in 2005 in collaboration with the USGS National Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS). The GIScCE is dedicated to studying the causes and effects of land cover dynamics at scales ranging from landscapes to the globe. We are currently seeking applicants for six funded Ph.D. graduate research assistantships in Geospatial Science and Engineering to start in Fall 2006. Potential research topics are wide-ranging as each student will work with one or more SDSU faculty members to develop a program related to their research interests and career goals. Applicants should have strong quantitative skills and a background in remote sensing, GIS, quantitative geography, spatial ecology, or a related field. Review of completed application packages will commence February 6, 2006. Successful applicants will receive a nationally competitive salary. Application information. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact one or more of the GIScCE faculty members to discuss their qualifications and possible research topics. Posted: 11/10/05.
SUNY-ESF: I (Ruth Yanai) am looking for a new MS or PhD student interested in forest ecology with emphasis on forest management, forest soils, or forest health. One possible research project concerns factors influencing the heart size of sugar maple; another is focused on predicting forest decline following forest tent caterpillar defoliation. Contact Carolyn Griffin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of the relevant research proposal if you are interested in learning more about these opportunities. Information about graduate programs at ESF. Posted: 1/10/06.
Swiss Federal Institute WSL: We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate (3 yrs, fully funded) in the field of alpine plant ecology, biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and human land use. Research will be conducted at Davos in the Swiss Alps. The Ph.D. work is part of a project that addresses effects of changes in climate and land-use on regional development, resources and the environment. The successful canditate will investigate plant diversity in relation to ecosystem functions like soil stability in alpine ski areas, however, we welcome development of independent ideas. Research questions address basic ecological questions of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the applied context of increasing land-use. Your profile: You hold a graduate degree in ecology, biology or a related relevant topic. You are familiar with experimental field work and statistical analyses. The job requires good organization skills and planning of your own research project. You are a good team player. Knowledge of flora is preferred but not required. You are fluent in English. Our group is part of the research division Alpine Environment at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL (close to Zurich) and the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos. The closing date for the application is 15 February 2006. The position will be filled from 1 March 2006. Please send your complete CV with photo using Reference Number 432 and contact information for two referees to Monika Huber, Swiss Federal Institute WSL, Human Resources, Zuercherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland. For further information please contact Dr. Christian Rixen, email: email@example.com. Posted: 1/18/06.
Texas A&M University: The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries offers a 2-year Graduate Research Assistant position, available to begin August 2006. The successful candidate will have a strong academic record and research interests in collaboration with a multidisciplinary project in conservation science. The position is ideal for a student with a social science background wishing to work in the field of conservation biology, who is seeking cross-training in the natural sciences. Experience in theory and skills of naturalistic inquiry are desirable. Funded by NSF, this research focuses on how science policy is mediated in land conservation associated with land trusts. A central question is how local, regional and global perspectives on biodiversity become linked in the place-based settings associated with protected areas. This place-based research strategy is a logical extension of landscape approaches to understanding behavioral ecology of animal populations. The research team is led by an applied anthropologist and a conservation biologist, who is cross-trained in behavioral ecology and cognitive sciences. The assistant will be expected to complete a graduate research project coordinated with one aspect of the research question. The position requires enrollment in the graduate program at the Master's level, with flexibility for advancement pending successful competition for a fellowship or other matching funds. The student will receive a stipend, benefits and tuition. To apply, send letter of interest, resume, transcripts and three letters of reference to Dr. J.M. Packard (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77845-2258 (email encouraged). Review of candidates will begin in May. Posted: 4/20/06.
Texas A&M University: Ecophysiology/Ecohydrology of invasive wetland plants. We are seeking a highly motivated M.S. student to work on a new research project studying the ecophysiology of giant reed in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. The candidate will develop and conduct thesis research on growth rates and transpiration of giant reed both in a greenhouse biological control experiment and in field plots under the supervision of Dr. Georgianne Moore in the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management. This graduate research assistantship opportunity is for students interested in pursuing a M.S. degree beginning fall 2006, with special interests in fields of plant physiology, ecohydrology, invasive species, riparian restoration, and entomology. Qualified applicants must possess a B.S. degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, horticulture or a related discipline. Previous experiences with field and laboratory experiments (especially with leaf gas exchange systems) or other work in the natural resources arena are highly desirable. The applicant must be comfortable with remote field work under hot/humid weather conditions and frequent travel to/from research sites in Weslaco, Texas. Establish contact electronically and submit a description of career goals, relevant past experiences, curriculum vitae, transcripts and GRE scores (if available), and three reference contacts to: Dr. Georgianne W. Moore (email@example.com). This GRA includes a stipend of $1725 per month, plus health benefits. GRA Application deadline is April 10th. The selected candidate will then be invited to apply to Texas A&M by the June 1, 2006 admissions deadline. Posted: 3/22/06.
Texas A&M University: Graduate Research Assistantship: Influences of herbivory on treeline under changing climate, Department of Geography. We are seeking a highly motivated student to assist with an NSF funded project investigating the interrelations of herbivory on mountain birch establishment above the current treeline in the mountains of northern Sweden. The approach used will rely heavily on field collected data and dendroecological methods. Applicants with interests and/or experience with tree-ring research who are interested in pursuing either a masters or doctoral degree are encouraged to apply. Duties associated with the position will take place both in the field and in the laboratory. The Texas A&M Geography Department has a strong biogeography program that focuses on plant ecology and human/environment interactions. The Department also has strengths in Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing. Students seeking training in biogeography and plant ecology will find an extensive network of faculty on the A&M campus is a variety of supporting programs (e.g. Rangeland Ecology and Management, Forest Science, Entomology, Wildlife & Fisheries Science). Texas A&M also has a large group of faculty interested in Arctic and Antarctic issues. For further information, please contact: David Cairns (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/11/06.
Texas A&M University: A Graduate Research Assistantship in plant community ecology and conservation biology is available beginning June 2006. The student will work collaboratively with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management on studies devised to promote the conservation and habitat restoration of the federally endangered orchid, Navasota Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes parksii) (NLT). Our goals for this research will be to offset NLT plants impacted by a future landfill project and develop strategies for conserving existing NLT populations. Responsibilities will include managing the study, considerable field and lab work, statistical analysis and report writing, directing student workers, and interacting with public officials. Applicants must possess strong writing and speaking skills, be able to conduct research independently, and be capable of interacting with and motivating others. Successful applicants must also be willing to work in adverse weather and physically challenging conditions, live in College Station, Texas, and travel periodically to remote field sites. The assistantship will provide an annual stipend of $15k plus a full tuition waiver and health insurance assistance. Students with exceptional academic credentials may be eligible for more lucrative University fellowships during their first year of study. Applicants should send 1. Letter of interest, 2. Curriculum vitae, 3. Unofficial transcripts, 4. GRE scores and 5. Contact information for three references by Feb. 15, 2006 to: Dr. William E. Rogers, Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, 2126 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843 (email: email@example.com). Posted: 1/10/06.
Texas A&M University: A PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in biogeochemistry and soil ecology is available to participate in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative project funded by the NSF Biogeosciences Program. The successful applicant will investigate physical, chemical, and biological controls over soil organic matter storage and dynamics using innovative molecular, isotopic, and microbiological methods. A successional chronosequence of C3 woody plant invasion into a subtropical C4 grassland will be utilized as a model system to examine how these controls interact in response to this vegetation change. An M.S. in ecology, soil science, organic geochemistry, or closely related field is required. Experience with stable isotope analyses (C-13 and N-15), physical and/or chemical characterization of soil organic matter, and techniques for characterizing soil microbial community composition and function are desirable, but not required. Prior experience with ecological field work, experimental design, data management, and statistics would also be advantageous. Applicants must be available to begin a degree program between June-August of 2006. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of $18,500, a full tuition waiver, and health insurance. Students with exceptional academic credentials may be eligible to apply for more lucrative fellowships from Texas A&M during their first year of study. Contact Dr. Thomas W. Boutton for more information or to apply (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 979-845-8027). Posted: 12/7/05, revised: 1/30/06.
Texas A&M University: The Spatial Sciences Laboratory is seeking highly motivated students for MS or PhD graduate assistantships in agricultural, civil or environmental engineering or natural resources, depending on training and interest. Research opportunities include hydrologic, water quality and best management practices (BMPs), pathogen transport, and global climate change modeling across various spatial and temporal scales. Responsibilities include development of research proposals, project reports and peer-reviewed publications, and in some cases teaching lab courses. Experience with GIS and computer programming is preferred. To apply please send your curriculum vitae, including relevant course work, and statement of research interest to: Ms. Lesli Gomez, Spatial Sciences Laboratory, 1500 Research Parkway, Suite B223, College Station, TX 77845. Email: email@example.com. Posted: 9/30/05.
Texas A&M University: Funds are available to support a Master’s level investigation at Texas A&M University beginning Jan. 2006, into the effect of Sargassum algae (commonly thought of as seaweed) upon beach erosion and dune plant growth. When Sargassum washes up onto Texas beaches, coastal managers are confronted with a difficult choice: should we scrape the Sargassum off the beach or should we leave it on the beach? There is an economic benefit to scraping on beaches with high recreational value, yet Sargassum may protect the beach from erosion. This project will combine ground surveys, three-dimensional Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis, sediment cores, plant ecology, field and greenhouse experiments to answer this question. Responsibilities include managing the study, directing undergraduate student workers, interacting with public officials, field and lab work, computer and statistical analysis, and writing reports. Applicants must be able to speak, write, and teach in good English. The successful applicant will be able to conduct research independently, to teach, to assist with other projects, and to interact with and motivate others. Successful applicants will also be willing to work in adverse weather conditions, lift up to 50 lbs, live in College Station TX, and travel periodically to Galveston TX. Applicants should send 1. letter of interest, 2. unofficial list of all college coursework and grades, 3. resume, and 4. names and contact information of three references by Nov. 1, 2005 to: Dr. Rusty Feagin, Spatial Sciences Laboratory, Dept. Forest Science, Texas A&M University, 1500 Research Parkway Suite B223, College Station, TX 77843-2120, USA. Posted: 8/29/05.
Texas State University/University of Arizona: Graduate Assistantships in Plant Recruitment Ecology. Worldwide, native woody shrubs and trees are encroaching arid into semi-arid grasslands. One puzzling aspect of this phenomenon is that while some woody plant species have proliferated in grasslands, others have maintained their historic abundances. What makes these species different? An NSF-funded collaborative project between Texas State University (PI Susan Schwinning) and the University of Arizona (PI Steve Archer) investigates the critical establishment phase to determine what seedling properties might makes some species more capable than others in dealing with joint stress factors of sporadic water availability, competition from grasses and defoliation. We seek one graduate student to lead a field study on the Santa Rita Experimental Range near Tucson, Arizona. The student will collaborate on a complementary study in a semi-controlled facility at the University of Arizona. Prospective students should have a background and strong interest in plant ecophysiology and/or plant population ecology. The student will be based at Texas State University in San Marcos, but must be willing to spend the summer months in Tucson, near the field site. Assistantships include a $16,000 stipend, benefits and tuition assistance for the first two years and continued funding after that with teaching expectations. The position is available immediately. See http://www.aquaticresources.bio.txstate.edu/ for admission requirements. Send (email preferred) a cover letter summarizing your background, relevant experience, motivation and interests, a resume including relevant coursework, and contact information for three references to: Susan Schwinning, Department of Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/9/05, revised: 1/30/06.
Texas State University: MS Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship. Applications are being sought for one student interested in pursuing an academic career studying behavioral ecology (mate choice and fitness consequences) of sailfin and Amazon mollies starting fall 2006. Amazon mollies, Poecilia formosa, are a unisexual (all female) fish species that are parasitic on the closely related bisexual sailfin molly, P. latipinna. Conflict exists between male sailfin mollies trying to mate with their own species, and the unisexual females trying to appropriate a mating from these males. Dr. Andrea Aspbury and I (Caitlin Gabor) have NSF funding (2 full summers) and departmental teaching assistantships (2 academic years) for a masters research assistant to work on this system. Information on applications (disregard application deadlines). Please also see the Department of Biology for admission information. To apply for this position please send a letter of interest to Dr. Gabor (email@example.com) & Dr. Aspbury (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating why you are interested in doing this work. Also send a CV/ resume of related research, coursework, grades, GRE scores and any other relevant experience via email (preferably) or snail mail. We will respond as soon as we get this information and will consider candidates until a suitable one is found. Posted: 8/5/05, revised: 4/17/06.
Tulane University: Tulane reopened for classes in January and is slowly recovering from various types of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are actively contributing to understanding the ecological consequences of this particular extreme weather event, as well as global increases in such events. Any students currently looking for a graduate program should look into our department, especially those interested in tropical ecology, wetlands ecology, systematics, or conservation biology. All students accepted into the program will receive TA support ($19K per year plus tuition waiver), and fellowships ($24K per year plus tuition waiver) may also be available. For more information on our graduate program and the faculty in our department, please consult www.tulane.edu/~ebio. The faculty most likely to take graduate students for next year include: T. Sherry, H. Bart, S. Darwin, D. Heins, and J. Chambers. Posted: 4/12/06.
Université du Québec à Montréal: I have funds available for one masters student for a project on insect biodiversity and trophic interactions in boreal mixedwood forests. This project is part of a larger project examining patterns of biodiversity at multiple spatial scales in northwestern Alberta, Canada. For this project, we will build on the established biodiversity dataset collected at the EMEND project by analyzing trophic position of arthropod species using stable isotope analysis (C and N). We will concentrate on detrital-based communities because of the complexity of interactions (particularly among predators) as well as the importance for understanding the interaction between biodiversity and ecosystem function. While the fieldwork will be conducted in Alberta, lab work will be done in Montreal. For this project, strong quantitative skills and a background in entomology and ecology are a plus. This position is available immediately, but students could begin autumn 2006. We are a bilingual lab with a strong interest in conservation of biodiversity, community ecology and invasion biology. UQAM provides a unique and positive environment for students in ecology and there are numerous opportunities to interact with other research groups such as the NSERC-UQAM-UQAT Chaire in Sustainable Forest Management and the newly formed Centre d’étude de la Fôret in Montreal. For More Information Contact Tim Work, Sciences Biologiques (Work.email@example.com, 514-987-3000 poste 2448). Posted: 6/23/06.
Université Laval: PhD Fellowship, Restoration of white pine and red spruce via alternative silvicultural practices in a TRIAD zoning experiment. Position: PhD project financed for four years, through an NSERC-Industry grant, in collaboration with Abitibi-Consolidated, Mauricie region, Quebec, Canada. The project is part of a group of projects involving the application of a zoning approach to a large industrially-managed forest area. As part of this exercise we are developing silvicultural strategies adapted to each of the different intensities of management. The specific objectives involve the evaluation of alternative silvicultural practices for restoration of white pine and red spruce, using an ecophysiological approach. The student will be part of the new Centre d'Etudes sur la Foret (CEF), which accommodates 45 Quebec researchers involved in forest biology, ecology and wildlife management. The candidate will be based at Universite Laval, and will be co-directed by Christian Messier (UQAM) and Frederik Doyon (Institut Québecois d'Amenagement de la Foret Feuillue). The research centre trains over 300 graduate students (M.Sc. and PhD) and postdoctoral scientists at a given time. The Universite Laval component is in close proximity to the federal forestry research centre (Laurentian Forestry Centre) and the Quebec provincial forestry research organization (Complexe Scientifique). Universite Laval is a French-language university of over 30,000 undergraduate students and 5,000 graduate students. Starting date: As soon as possible. Salary: Minimum of $15k per year. There is a possibility to apply for an NSERC Industrial Fellowship ($21k per year). Qualifications: - Bachelors degree in forestry, biology, environmental sciences, agriculture - Excellent academic record - Field work experience - Valid driver's license - Some base in French is preferable, but not obligatory; interest in learning is more important! Quebec City is a wonderful place to live and work. Interested candidates should send: a CV, copy of academic record, names and contact information for references, to the following address: Alison Munson, Dép. Science du bois et de la forêt, Université Laval, Quebec, QC, G1K 7P4. Telephone : (418) 656-7669, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/11/06.
Université Laval: Plant-animal interactions in the Arctic. A Ph.D. assistantship (15k CAN$/yr for 3 years plus a $4k supplement in the first year) is available for a student to conduct a Ph.D. in biology starting in May 2006. The project will be co-supervised by Gilles Gauthier (Université Laval) and Esther Lévesque (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières). The research project deals with the impact of climate change on plant-herbivore interactions in the Arctic. The study species will be the Greater Snow Goose and its food plants on Bylot Island, Nunavut. Specifically, the project aim is to study if global warming will have a negative impact on the synchrony between goose reproductive phenology and plant growth in the High Arctic. The project will rely on a combination of long-term data on goose reproductive phenology and gosling growth, and short-term experiments on plants. These experiments will simulate global warming using small greenhouses to measure the effects on plant nutritive quality. The project will require spending 3 months in a remote Arctic camp for at least 2 years. The project will take place in the context of the Centre d'études nordiques, the long-term environmental monitoring program on Bylot Island, the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada, and the International Polar Year. Candidates should send by e-mail a cover letter of interest, a resume, copies of transcripts (B.Sc. and M.Sc.), and the names (along with telephone numbers and e-mails) of 3 persons who can provide references to: Gilles Gauthier (email@example.com) and Esther Lévesque (Esther.Levesque@uqtr.ca). Review of applications will begin immediately until a suitable candidate is found. Students that already have a scholarship and who are seeking a PhD project are also invited to apply. Although the offer is primarily aimed at students that want to start at the PhD level, exceptional students who want to start at the MSc level will also be considered. The priority will be given to Canadian students or those that are permanent residents. The offer is opened until 30 September 2005 or until a suitable candidate will have been chosen. Posted: 9/6/05.
Université du Québec à Montréal: PhD student position available in Forest Ecology. Aging succession aims to understand how mortality process occurs in absence of large scale disturbance. How this mortality involves changes in composition and structure of forest and on how many time it occurs. The PhD student will participate in a project funded by the Sustainable Forest Management Network and the Quebec Natural Resources Ministry with the aim to quantify how mortality occurs in natural boreal forest stands and how it varied from one region to another in boreal forest of Quebec. The project involves the use of large scale data bases such as permanent and temporary network of plots just as comparison of forest maps of different periods. The candidate should be willing to develop skills in statistical analysis and modeling and a background in this field would be appropriate. Applications should be include a brief description of undergraduate training, research interest and experience and a motivation of why the position is of interest. The candidate should have a master degree in ecology or forestry. The successful candidate will receive a fellowship of 16,500 CDN/year for a period of 3 years. This fellowship can be combined with up to 20% of teaching assistantship and other fellowships coming from the Industrial Chair in Sustainable Forest Management of UQAT/ UQAM. Starting date: September 1, 2006. Supervisor committee : Alain Leduc (UQAM) and Yves Bergeron (UQAT). Grad study : Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the Université du Québec at Montréal (UQAM). Financial support: A stipend of $16,500 CAN/year for 3 years will be provided. For more information : Alain Leduc (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Yves Bergeron (819-762-0971 x2347, email@example.com). Posted: 6/2/06.
Université du Québec à Montréal: M.Sc. opportunity – Ecology of Cyanobacteria. The aquatic ecology group (part of the Interuniversity group in Limnology, the GRIL is seeking at motivated student for an M.Sc. project. The student will develop a research project looking at the importance of physical-biological interactions on the growth of toxic cyanobacterial blooms under the direction of Drs. Beatrix Beisner and Dolors Planas. Specifically, we are interested in the relationships between the role of water mixing and circulation on the suspension of resistant forms of cyanobacteria and the production of blooms. The project will involve measuring physical parameters in situ as well as sampling in Mississquoi Bay (Lake Champlain, QC) and the analysis of pigments and algae in the laboratory. We encourage any interested students to apply for this competitive position, especially those with limnological experience. The University is located in vibrant downtown Montreal with easy access to Lake Champlain and other lakes. The ability to work in French is not a requirement, but a willingness to learn some French would be beneficial. The successful student will be remunerated with a fellowship at a competitive rate for a 2 year term. Please send as soon as possible a CV, a cover letter outlining your interest in this position, as well as the contact information for three referees to: Beatrix Beisner or Dolors Planas, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Quebec at Montreal, C.P. 8888, Succ. Centre-Ville, Montreal, QC, H3C 3P8, Canada or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Posted: 5/22/06.
Université du Québec à Montréal: I have funds available for two Master’s level position in the Department of Biology at UQAM which will look at insect biodiversity and the importance of coarse woody debris in managed and unmanaged forest in northern Québec. The first project will concentrate on the effects of partial cutting and experimental prescribed burns in boreal mixedwood forest at the SAFE (Sylviculture et Aménagement Forestier Ecosystèmiques) project. The second project will look specifically at the interaction between local and large scale dispersal of insects within networks of coarse woody debris in managed and unmanaged black spruce ecosystems at the Partial Cut Network Experimental sites in Northern Québec. Both positions are available immediately, but students could potentially begin their program in the fall. There is also the possibility of summer employment prior to the beginning of the program. Our lab is a bilingual research group focused on conservation of insect biodiversity, community ecology and invasion biology. UQAM provides unique and positive opportunities for students in ecology, including many multidisciplinary research groups such as the GREFi and the Chair Research Group in Sustainable Forest Management. Qualifications : Candidates should have a baccalaureate in biology, forestry, entomology or ecology. Motivated, independent individuals with a strong interest in entomology a plus. Financial Support : $15,000 CDN for two years is available For more information contact : Timothy T. Work Professeur sous octroi. Tél. : 514-987-3000 poste 2448, Courriel : firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 8/3/05.
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue: One PhD position is available immediately for studying the impact of soil disturbance by harvesting,site preparation operations and by prescribed burning on tree growth, bryophyte dynamics and soil chemical and biological properties in lowland black spruce forests susceptible to paludification in the Clay belt zone of Quebec and Ontario. While the field work will be conducted in the Abitibi region, the lab and academic work will be conducted both in Quebec city at the Laurentian forestry Centre and in Rouyn Noranda at UQAT. The successful applicant will be awarded with a research assistantship of $18k per year for 3 years. Research will be conducted under the joint supervision of : Dr David Paré, Adjunct Professor at UQAT and Research scientist Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre 1055 du P.E.P.S., P.O. Box 10380, Stn. Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Quebec Canada G1V 4C7. Tel. 418 648 7598, Fax 418 648 5849, email@example.com and Dr. Yves Bergeron, Chaire UQAT/UQAM en aménagement forestier durable, Université du québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, 445 Boul de l'Université, Rouyn-Noranda, Québec J9X 5E4. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested students are invited to send their CV including a brief description of their research interests, copies of transcripts (can be unofficial) and contact information for 3 references to both supervisors. Posted: 3/21/06.
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue: We are seeking a graduate student (M.Sc. Biology) to study forest harvesting practices aimed at limiting intolerant hardwood invasion in softwood-dominated forests. The successful applicant will monitor vegetation response in black spruce- jack pine stands that have been treated by careful logging or partial cutting and investigate poplar suckering response to pre-harvest stand characteristics, environmental variables, harvesting intensity and spatial proximity to merchantable poplar stems, The project is part of a larger research program investigating historical, ecological, physiological and genetic factors influencing poplar dynamics in the eastern Canadian boreal forest. Project begins: Immediately (First program registration in Fall 2005 or Winter 2005-06 sessions). Candidate attributes Very good academic dossier; highly motivated B.Sc. in forestry, biology, or ecology Interest in silviculture, forest ecology and management. Functionally French or willing to learn the language Funding: A full graduate stipend is available. Successful candidates are also expected to apply for other student bursaries. Supervision: Brian Harvey, Research professor, UQAT, Chaire industrielle CRSNG-UQAT-UQAM en aménagement forestier durable; Alain Leduc, Research Professor, GREFi - UQAM & Chaire AFD. To apply, contact by email or send CV and transcript with names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to: Dr. Brian Harvey, Chaire industrielle CRSNG-UQAT-UQÀM en aménagement forestier durable, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, 445, boulevard de l’UniversitéRouyn-Noranda (QC), H3C 3P8 Canada. E-mail:email@example.com. Posted: 9/9/05.
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue: Partial harvesting and green tree retention in Canadian boreal mixedwood forests are gradually gaining support from local communities, scientists and forest managers. The shift from a single even-aged management approach based on complete harvesting of the forest overstorey towards a range of approaches that leave behind varying proportions of residual cover is driven by the scientific community as well as by industry responding to governmental and public pressures. Ecosystemic forest management is one of the main recommendation form the Commision Coulombe who has recently reviewed Quebec forest management. The SAFE Project, a series of experiments within the Lake Duparquet Research and Teaching Forest in the southern part of the eastern Canadian boreal forest, tests an ecosystem management model based on natural dynamics. Briefly, the approach relies on varying silvicultural treatments to more closely reflect aspects of natural dynamics. We are currently seeking a Ph.D student (Environmental sciences, UQAT) to assess the effects of partial cuts and clear cut on coarse woody (CWD) dynamics, CWD microbial decomposer communities and implications for the ecosystem cycle. Th student will be working under the supervision of soil microbiologists and soil scientists. Direction commette: Suzanne Brais (UQAT), Pascal Drouin (soil microbiology, UQAT), Gavin Kernaghan (U. Laval, mycology), Davis Paré (NRCan-LFC), carbone). Financial support: Stipend of CAN$15k/year. Starting date: September 2005. For more information: Suzanne Brais, UQAT, (819) 762-0971 #2349, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 8/16/05.
University of Akron: The Biology Department invites graduate student applications for Fall 2006. With strengths from molecular to ecosystem levels, the Department strives to foster integrative approaches to biological questions, and makes graduate education to this end a high priority. Faculty and students are strongly collaborative, both with each other and with those in other programs on campus (including Geology, Geography and Planning, Anthropology, Biomedical Engineering, Education, and others). For those interested in studying Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal biology, the Department offers a strong program and a very interactive group of faculty and graduate students. Many students and faculty conduct research in the University's Bath Nature Preserve and Field station, and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Areas of strength for this group include physiological ecology, behavioral ecology, plant and fungal ecology, aquatic ecology, evolution of mating systems, experimental evolution, systematics, and molecular evolution. The Biology Department is composed of 21 full-time faculty members, approximately 35 Master's students, 6 PhD students, and 600 undergraduates. Graduate Teaching Assistantships, including stipend and tuition scholarship, are available to successful applicants. Summer research fellowships and summer teaching assistantships are also available to continuing students. Students applying for a teaching assistantship should submit an application no later than May 1 for an assistantship starting Fall semester of the same year. Admissions requirements include GRE scores for advanced biology. More information is also available by phone (at 330-972-7155). Posted: 12/12/05.
University of Alaska Fairbanks: Graduate research assistantships for highly talented and motivated Ph.D. students are available for students interested in using process-based models to study the vulnerability of carbon stocks in high latitude regions to global change. The assistantships begin in summer/fall 2006 and are associated with the NSF-funded Taiga LTER site at Bonanza Creek (A. D. McGuire), U.S. Geological Survey (J. Harden), and University of Colorado (J. Neff). Students with research interests in biogeochemistry, soil thermal dynamics, or model-data fusion are encouraged to apply. For additional information contact Dr. A. David McGuire, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775; Email: email@example.com; Telephone: 907-474-6242. Posted: 11/10/05.
University of Alberta: Interactions Between Drought, Grazing, And Root Dynamics In A Fescue Grassland. Drought has been a common phenomenon across much of western North America, with implications for both the conservation of native grassland communities, and the sustainable utilization of this ecosystem by the livestock industry. Despite the prevalence and importance of drought on prairie vegetation, relatively little is known about the factors that influence the ability of native fescue grassland to both tolerate (or resist) drought effects, as well as its ability to recover following the return of normal precipitation (i.e. its resilience). Drought resistance and resilience are likely to be strongly influenced by other disturbances, including defoliation, particularly as this tends to intensify during periods of limited soil moisture. This study will utilize a mini-rhizotron, rainout shelters, and manipulated grazing regimes to experimentally examine the fundamental spatial and temporal growth responses in rough fescue grasslands (above and below-ground) relative to drought, defoliation, and their interaction, in order to better understand the impact of these factors on the long-term conservation of these areas. This research has clear implications for conservation planners and the dominant land use industries across the region. This project is an interdisciplinary project and will work closely with academic staff in both Biological Sciences and Agriculture. Funding for this project is in place, and we are seeking a graduate research assistant (M.Sc. or Ph.D.; Ph.D. preferred) to spearhead the design and conduct this investigation over a 3 year period beginning in the spring of 2006. The successful applicant should have a background in basic or applied ecology, plant biology, range science or management, or related field, and be qualified for graduate studies. The home department of this position will be Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Sciences in the faculty of Agriculture at the University of Alberta. Applicants should have strong communication skills, be able to work well with others, be conscientious, self-starters, and able to spend considerable time in the field during peak data collection periods (May – August). A valid class 5 driver’s license (or US equivalent) is required. Stipends range from $1375 to $1580/mn (CAD), for the term of 2006-2009. Opportunities for additional funding after this term may exist (TA, grants, etc). Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume describing relevant education, experience and accomplishments, and the names of three references to either of the individuals noted below. Dr. Edward Bork, Department of Agricultural, Food, & Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (780-492-3843, firstname.lastname@example.org). Dr. J.F. Cahill, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (780-492-3792, email@example.com). Posted: 11/23/05.
University of Arkansas: The Department of Biological Sciences is actively recruiting graduate fellows for the Fall of 2006. In particular, the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program is seeking qualified Teaching and Research Assistants. Potential students need to contact faculty as a mentor is required for admission into the program. The University of Arkansas has Doctoral Fellowships that provide supplements above regular TA or RA stipends. For more information, please contact me (Gary Huxel) at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Department of Biological Sciences webpage. Posted: 11/15/05.
University of Arkansas, Monticello: A two year half time M.S. Graduate Assistantship in the School of Forest Resources is available beginning in Fall 2006 studying the use of fire to restore upland oak stands in the Ozark Mountains following red oak borer outbreaks. The study will compare the use of dormant season and early growing season prescribed fires to increase regeneration and recruitment of oaks into these degraded stands. The student should have a background in forestry, ecology, or related field. The assistantship is $12,000 with tuition and fees waived. Contact Dr. Hal Liechty (870-460-1452); Liechty@uamont.edu. More information. Posted: 1/30/06.
University of Arkansas, Monticello: A highly motivated Master's student is sought to conduct a study on the relationships between ground water levels and meso-mammalian relative abundance. The starting date for the project is August 2006. Work will be conducted in eastern Arkansas employing traditional and newly developed methods. Qualifications: B.S. degree in wildlife biology/management, zoology, biology, or related field. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores > 1000 are required. The candidate must be willing to work in extremely hot, humid conditions in the summer and moderately cold conditions in the winter. The successful candidate will also have excellent written and verbal communications skills, the ability to work independently, and excellent quantitative capacity. Desirable qualifications include prior field experience, and experience with GIS and GPS. Salary: This assistantship carries a stipend of $12k per year plus tuition and fee waivers. To be considered for this position, applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, transcripts, and a list of three references with contact information to the address below. Applications must be received by 31 March 2006 for consideration. Information about the graduate program and application materials are available online. For additional information or to apply contact: Robert E. Kissell, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources, University of Arkansas, Monticello, AR 71656. 870-460-1192 (Phone), 870-460-1092 (Fax). Posted: 1/5/06.
University of Arizona: Ph.D. candidates are being sought for a new training fellowship in Ecohydrology. The program will train students to be highly skilled in working at the interface between ecology and hydrology. The Fellows will obtain degrees from the School of Natural Resources while simultaneously interacting with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources. Fellows may also obtain a minor in Global Change. The School of Natural Resources integrates Watershed Management and Landscape Studies; the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and of Hydrology and Water Resources are routinely ranked among the very best among relevant peer institutions. Funding for the Fellowships is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will include an out-of-state waiver, if needed, and a $22,000 stipend per year for up to three years. The training program is led by a team that spans the three core academic units: Drs. David D. Breshears, D. Phillip Guertin, Travis E. Huxman, and Paul D. Brooks. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Starting date should occur by August 2005 for the fall semester. For application materials, contact Academic Coordinator Cheryl Craddock at email@example.com or (520) 621-7260. To apply, send (e-mail preferred) a cover letter summarizing your background, relevant experience, motivation and interests, a resume including relevant coursework, and contact information for three references to either Dr. D. D. Breshears (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. D. P. Guertin (email@example.com), School of Natural Resources, 1311 E Fourth St., BioSciences East 325, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0043. Drs. Breshears and Guertin can be contacted for additional information about the program prior to applying. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the Fellowships are filled. Posted: 2/9/06.
University of Auckland: We are seeking a PhD student to join a multi-disciplinary research team investigating "Assembly history as a regulator of ecosystem functioning: a test with fungal communities," funded by the Marsden Fund of The Royal Society of New Zealand (broadly equivalent of US NSF). This project involves laboratory and field experiments using wood-decay fungi and their consumers in New Zealand beech forests as a model system to study how community assembly influences ecosystem functioning. We welcome applications from both within and outside New Zealand. You will have the opportunity to develop a broad and unique set of skills in a supportive environment by working with investigators having diverse expertise at Landcare Research in Auckland and Lincoln (Canterbury) and at the University of Auckland (Dr Tad Fukami, experimental ecology; Dr Rob Allen and Dr Jacqueline Beggs, forest ecology; Dr Peter Buchanan, mycology; Dr Ian Dickie, molecular ecology). The fellowship can cover stipend and student fees for 3 years, although we will also encourage you to apply for scholarships (such as University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships and New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships). To apply, please e-mail a letter briefly explaining your research interests and career goals, a CV, a copy of academic transcripts, and contact information for two references to Dr Tad Fukami (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5 November 2005 (or before the position is filled). Informal inquiries are welcome. Posted: 10/5/05.
University of Calgary: I currently have 1-2 graduate student positions (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) in population/community ecology available in my lab. I am looking for bright, independent, highly motivated students interested in fundamental research in population and community ecology. Current or planned research projects in my lab include: 1. Spatial dynamics of competition. 2. Community assembly along enrichment gradients. 3. Linking population and community dynamics. 4. Stability and complexity as a population dynamic problem. 5. Local adaptation in aquatic bacteria. As these projects indicate, my own research employs a combination of mathematical modeling and experiments in tractable model systems, particularly protist microcosms. However, I strongly encourage students, particularly Ph.D. students, to develop their own ideas and study systems. Funding will come from a combination of teaching assistantships and research assistantships. For more information on my research, visit my website. Interested students should e-mail me a cover letter describing their research interests, and a cv including contact details for three references. Jeremy Fox, Asst. Professor, University of Calgary (email@example.com). Posted: 9/28/05.
University of California at Merced: Ph.D. graduate research assistantships (1-2 positions) are available in the fields of GIS, Remote Sensing, and environmental science. Background in environmental science, geography, ecology, computer science, statistics, or related filed with strong quantitative skills are desirable. Candidates should be interested in application of geospatial techniques in environment and ecosystem study. Potential applicant should send CV, unofficial GRE scores, unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, the names and email address of three references to Dr. Qinghua Guo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Positions will be open until filled. Posted: 4/21/06.
University of Canterbury: A PhD fellowship is now available to work on the project "Ecology and control of Tradescantia fluminensis in natural ecosystems in New Zealand." The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Dave Kelly (University of Canterbury) in collaboration with Drs Shona Lamoureaux, Graeme Bourdôt (AgResearch) and Simon Fowler (Landcare Research). The student should have a background and/or interest in plant population ecology and ecological modelling. In addition a sound understanding of differential calculus and linear algebra would be an advantage. The fellowship will cover a student stipend of NZ$25k per annum, all university fees, and a suitable research budget, for a period of three years. It is open to applicants from New Zealand and from overseas countries, but the cost of airfares to/from New Zealand is not covered. Further details of the project or contact Dr Dave Kelly (email@example.com). Applications close on Friday 16 June 2006. Posted: 5/26/06.
University College Dublin: We are currently in the process of recruiting three PhD students with an interest in mycorrhizal fungi, microbial ecology and ants for a 3-year soil biodiversity project funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. Further details. Applications deadline: 20th January 2006. Posted: 1/5/06.
University of Connecticut: A Ph.D. level Graduate Research Assistantship is available to work on an interdisciplinary project – understanding how present, past and future climate may drive patterns of plant species and population distributions both spatially and temporally. The focus of this study is the Cape Floristic Region around Cape Town, South Africa. Collaborative research will be conducted in South Africa and at the University of Connecticut and Duke University. Extended field work (up to 2 months or more) in South Africa will be an integral part of the project. There will be extensive opportunities to work with a diverse team of scientists, post-doctoral associates and graduate students that include ecologists, climatologists, and statisticians from both the US and South Africa. This position will have a start date in January (or September) 2006. Desired skills include: a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with research experience; academic background in the sciences and enthusiasm for research that includes field work as well as modeling components; strong quantitative aptitude with some background in statistics and an interest in further augmenting these skills; willingness to travel and work overseas; an interest in working on plant systems. The candidate will have broad flexibility in developing their dissertation research within the overall goals of the project. Graduate stipends are nationally competitive with significant increases scheduled in each year of the project; full tuition waiver is included along with generous health and dental benefits. For more information contact Dr. John Silander: firstname.lastname@example.org, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department. application procedures see: http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/department/prospectivegrads/ Posted: 7/22/05.
University of Delaware: A 3 graduate assistantship, pending final funding approval, will be available in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology to determine Brant winter ecology including food resources and habitat use in coastal New Jersey. Research responsibilities will include food sampling, behavioral data, and hunter killed carcass analysis. Approximate start date is September 1, 2006 although earlier is a possibility. Stipend will be $17,300+ per year plus a tuition-waiver and reduced cost health benefits. Interested individuals should send a cover letter outlining experience and research interests, curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of university transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Chris Williams, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, 253 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716 (PH: 302-831-4592, FAX: 302-831-8889, Email: email@example.com). Applications by e-mail (with electronic copies of requested documents) are preferred, and will be accepted until July 15, 2006. Qualified applicants should have a B.S. in Zoology or Wildlife Ecology, a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA, and a minimum combined math/verbal GRE score of 1100. I will give strong preference to applicants who have record of previous research or field experience. Posted: 6/30/06.
University of Delaware: M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship The newly formed Center of Suburban Biodiversity within the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology is seeking a graduate student to investigate hydrology, soil, and plant interactions within the diverse habitat structure of an increasingly fragmented environment. The student will investigate varying forested corridors widths that abut suburban or agricultural development to determine chemical filtration, carbon sequestration, and plant biodiversity. Additionally we expect predictive GIS models to be developed. This individual will develop additional questions such as how these landscape configurations could affect plant competition, invasive species establishment, and bottom up control of insect or wildlife biodiversity. This study is being used to form the basis for a set of long term, layered projects and landscape planning decisions. We are looking for an individual with experience in soil science, plant identification, ecological interactions, and GIS landscape analysis. We will give strong preference to applicants who have record of previous research experience and publications in the ecology. Qualified applicants should have a B.S. in Ecology Sciences, a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA, and a minimum combined math/verbal GRE score of 1100. The successful applicant will start during the summer of 2006 (flexibility is possible for outstanding applicants). Stipend will be $17,300+ per year plus a tuition-waiver and reduced cost health benefits. This individual will be primarily overseen by Dr. Chris Williams and Dr. Vince D'Amico. The Center of Suburban Biodiversity is a collaborative venture and the graduate student will also be expected to interact with other partners. Interested individuals should send a cover letter outlining experience and research interests, curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of university transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to DR. Chris Williams, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, 253 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716 (PH: 302-831-4592, FAX: 302-831-8889, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications by e-mail (with electronic copies of requested documents) are preferred, and will be accepted until May 15, 2006. Posted: 5/10/06.
University of Delaware: As part of a larger study, a 3-year M.S. graduate assistantship will be available, per final funding confirmation, at the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology to determine food resources and habitat carrying capacity for wintering and spring staging American Black Ducks in both coastal and bayside New Jersey. Research responsibilities will include capture of birds, radio telemetry on the ground and in the air, extensive vegetation sampling, and behavioral data collection. Research will entail long hours as telemetry will be calculated both day and night. Qualified applicants should have a B.S. in Zoology or Wildlife Ecology, a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA, and a minimum combined math/verbal GRE score of 1100. I will give strong preference to applicants who have 1) previous technician experience with duck capture and telemetry and 2) record of previous research experience. Approximate start date is July 1, 2006. The minimum annual stipend will be $17k per year plus a tuition-waiver and reduced cost health benefits. More information about my research and information for prospective students. Interested individuals should send a cover letter outlining experience and research interests, curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of university transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Chris Williams, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, 253 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716 (PH: 302-831-4592, FAX: 302-831-8889, Email: email@example.com). Applications by e-mail (with electronic copies of requested documents) are welcome, and will be accepted until May 1, 2006. Posted: 1/19/06, revised: 4/17/06.
University of Delaware: As part of a larger study, a graduate assistantship (M.S.) will be available at the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology to determine basic demographic ecology and possible impacts of habitat management upon northern bobwhite in New Jersey. I will expect successful applicant to design an additional ecological and/or theoretical research program that operates in tandem with initial research goals (I especially encourage students that have research interests that link behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, and/or population dynamics, although I am open to other suggestions). The minimum responsibilities of the graduate student will include capture of birds, extensive radio telemetry, vegetation sampling, and collection of blood samples. Qualified applicants should have a B.S. in Zoology or Wildlife Ecology, a competitive GPA, and a minimum combined math/verbal GRE score of 1100. Record of previous research experience strongly preferred. Previous experience with avian field research techniques a plus. Start date in January 2006. The minimum annual stipend will be $15,000 per year plus a tuition-waiver and health benefits. More information about my research and information for prospective students. Interested individuals should send a cover letter outlining experience and research interests, curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of university transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Chris Williams, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, 253 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716 (PH: 302-831-4592, FAX: 302-831-8889, firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications by e-mail are welcome, and will be accepted until September 15th. Posted: 9/1/05.
University of Dublin, Trinity College: What are the impacts of alien plants on native pollinators? Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD position, commencing October 2005, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency Doctoral Scholarship Scheme. The project will investigate the potential impacts of alien plants on native pollinators in Ireland. Pollinators provide essential ecosystem services and may be directly affected by alien plants. Bumblebees are important generalist pollinators which have declined during the last century, partly as a result of a reduction in wildflower forage resources. This project will investigate whether invasion by rewarding alien plants has beneficial or negative impacts on native bumblebees using field based sampling and experiments. This project will also assess the impacts of management of invasive alien plants on native bumblebee species. The successful applicant will receive a scholarship award of €15,000 per year. In addition, full tuition fees will be paid for students from the EU. Applications are welcomed from non-EU students, but they would be required to pay higher levels of fees. Applicants must have (or expect to get) a first or upper second class Bachelors, or Masters, degree in a biological science (Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences or similar). Previous experience in carrying out biological field surveys of higher plants and insects would be advantageous but is not essential, and competence in statistical analysis is highly desirable. Candidates should be enthusiastic, highly motivated, competent in written and spoken English, and hold a full driving licence. The project will be supervised by Dr Jane Stout, who should be contacted for further details. The successful candidate will be based in the Botany Department at Trinity College, in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. Dr Dave Goulson (School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, will provide additional advice. Please apply by sending a letter, outlining your suitability for the post, and your full curriculum vitae, containing the names and contact details (address, telephone, e-mail and fax) of three referees, to Dr Jane Stout (Botany Department, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland; E-mail email@example.com). Deadline for applications 18.07.05. Posted: 7/1/05.
University of Florida: A 4-year PhD position is available in Dr. Matt Cohen's Forest Water Resources Laboratory in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. The successful candidate will study Newnan's Lake and its watershed in North Central Florida (just east of Gainesville), emphasizing watershed nutrient/hydrologic budgeting, subsurface/fugitive load mapping, and wetland autopurification processes. In addition to project specific sampling and analysis, the PhD student will have the opportunity to design additional experiments to study nutrient dynamics, land use change and management strategies at the basin scale. Qualifications: We are expecting to hire someone with a Masters degree in wetland/ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, or related field. Experience with GIS and soil/water chemistry is desirable. Position is available immediately and opened until filled. Ideal start date is Fall 2006. Please send letter of interest and resume by mail or email to: Dr. Matthew Cohen, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, 328 Newins-Ziegler Hall, PO Box 110410, Gainesville FL 32611-0410 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 5/10/06.
University of Florida: We are seeking a motivated M.S. student to work as part of a team conducting research on vegetation and avian community response to habitat restoration programs (fire and mechanical treatments) on south Florida rangelands. The candidate will develop and conduct thesis research on one of the following topics: 1) Predator effects on avian nest success in fire and mechanically treated habitats. 2) Impacts of restoration treatments on invertebrate communities. 3) Grazing impacts on fire and mechanically treated rangeland areas. As well as conducting research for their thesis, the candidate will be expected to participate in all aspects of project data collection. Qualifications: Interest and experience in wildlife ecology and management; capacity and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team; ability to identify birds of the eastern U.S., particularly grassland species found in Florida, by sight and sound; experience in vegetation sampling; B.S. degree in wildlife, range, natural resource management, or related field; undergraduate GPA > 3.0 (4.0 scale); combined verbal/quantitative GRE scores > 1100. Start date August 2006. Benefits: $15k/yr, full tuition waiver, medical insurance, and free housing when in the field. Review of applications will begin 31 March 2006 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. To apply, please send a letter of interest including which of the research topics from the list above you would most like to pursue and why, resume, copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial), and contact information for three references to: William M. Giuliano, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, 308 Newins-Ziegler Hall, PO Box 110430, Gainesville, FL 32611-0430. Phone: 352-846-0575, Fax: 352-392-6984. Email applications are encouraged (email@example.com). Posted: 3/1/06.
University of Florida: Doctoral fellowships, IGERT Program in Adaptive Management: Wise Use of Water, Wetlands and Watersheds. Project Summary: Adaptive Management refers to the process for continually improving management policies and practices by learning from the outcomes of operational programs. Our IGERT program in Adaptive Management focuses on research and training experiences for doctoral students that integrate the physical, biological, chemical, and social sciences to address the chosen research theme, Wise Use of Water, Wetlands, and Watersheds. Application deadline: January 17, 2006. Additional information and application guidelines For More Information Contact: Dr. Mark T. Brown, Director, Center for Environmental Policy, PO Box 116350, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (352) 392-2426. Posted: 10/7/05.
University of Florida: A PhD assistantship is available to study the ecology of ant-plant mutualisms in Amazonian forests. This assistantship is part of an NSF-funded collaboration between Brazilian and US scientists and will begin in Fall 2006; the selected student will have broad flexibility in developing their dissertation research within the overall goals of the project. Preference will be given to applicants with (1) a Master's degree in ecology, botany, entomology, or a related discipline, (2) previous research experience in tropical ecosystems, and (3) strong quantitative skills. Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as are a willingness to learn Portuguese and the ability to work under challenging field conditions for extended periods of time. The research assistantship includes funds for travel and research, a stipend of $16,000 with annual increases, tuition waivers, and health insurance. Interested students should send a cover letter summarizing their scientific interests, a CV, and GRE scores/percentiles to: Emilio Bruna (email@example.com). More information on the department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and its application procedures can be found at www.wec.ufl.edu. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2006. Posted: 8/26/05.
University of Florida: PhD opportunity in Avian Ecotoxicology. Seeking qualified PhD degree student to participate in an ongoing research project investigating effects of ecologically relevant doses of methylmercury on development, behavior, reproduction, endocrine function, and health of a large captive group of White Ibises. Unique opportunity to participate in established vertically integrated study of sublethal effects with direct relevance for conservation and management. Stipend, research expenses are grant-supported, begin January 2006 or earlier. Applicants must have MS degree in Zoology, Animal Science, Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Wildlife, Physiology or related field. Successful applicant will be motivated, have well-developed writing and communication skills, good sense of humor, and ability to work cooperatively in team setting. To apply, send names of three refrerences, CV (including unofficial GRE scores and GPA), and letter of application to Dr. Peter Frederick, P.O. Box 110430, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611-0430. Email submissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) are preferred. Applications will be considered in order received until October 15 2005. Posted: 8/16/05.
University of Georgia: I am seeking a highly motivated graduate student (Ph.D.) to work on a GIS-based ecological model exploring the influence of nutrient transport by river otters on the coastal terrestrial environment in Prince William Sound, AK. Project description: Social behavior in coastal river otters is largely driven by the benefits of cooperative foraging on schooling pelagic fishes. Therefore, changes in abundance and distribution of these prey through global warming, pollution, or harvest, could change the transport of nutrients to otter latrine sites on the coastal landscape. Using stable isotope analyses and genetic markers we will quantify the variation of nutrient transport by river otters and explore its effects on the diversity of the soil microbial community, nutrient cycling, plant uptake of marine nutrients, diversity of plants, plant growth, and flowering and fruiting success. After establishing these responses to the variation in otter fertilization, we will develop a model that will simulate changes to the terrestrial landscape based on the distributions of schooling fish, otter activity, and C, N, and P transport by otters. Qualified candidates will be given some flexibility to find their ecological “niche” on this project; however the successful candidate will focus on the synthesis of one or more components of the nutrient transport model (fish>otters>plants>landscape) in a spatially-explicit context. The candidate will spend one to three months in the field per year for up to two years, depending on individual and project needs. Qualifications: The successful applicant will be motivated, have well-developed writing and communication skills, strong work ethic, and ability to work cooperatively in team setting. Experience doing field work in rough conditions, particularly aquatic, is preferred. Proficiency using ArcGIS for spatial analysis, some programming experience, strong quantitative skills, and most of all creative energy, are required! An M.S. in an ecological field, or substantial equivalent experience, is necessary. Minimum entry requirements are 3.2 GPA and combined verbal + quantitative GRE score > 1200. Send a cover letter, CV, and an example of your writing, via email, to: Nate Nibbelink, Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-2152; e-mail: email@example.com Salary: Competitive stipend, tuition remission, health insurance options Last Date to apply: January 1, 2006 for University of Georgia fellowship consideration, otherwise continuous until filled. Contact: Nate Nibbelink Warnell School of Forest Resources University of Georgia Athens, Georgia 30602-2152 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/13/05.
University of Groningen: The Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) organizes a highly successful master's programme on the interface between ecology and evolution. This two-year "top master" programme is designed to provide an optimal preparation for a subsequent PhD programme and eventually for a scientific career in academic research. Through intensive student-teacher interaction during courses, seminars, practicals and individual research projects, students get an intense training in modern research paradigms and techniques. Much emphasis will be placed on the development of critical thinking and the training in "soft skills" like efficient communication or writing grant proposals. The programme is highly selective and aimed at the brightest and most ambitious students from all over the world. All foreign students admitted are eligible for a two-year scholarship. The deadline for application is 15 April 2006. For more information visit www.rug.nl/biol/evobio or contact Franz J. Weissing (email@example.com). Posted: 3/16/06.
University of Guelph: We have immediate openings for 3 graduate students to undertake research at the PhD (preferred) or MSc level to assess the effects of forest harvesting practices on aquatic-terrestrial interactions in northern Ontario, Canada. The students will be housed in the Department of Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, with opportunities to interact with other academic institutions and provincially-based government agencies. Study #1: Spatially Explicit Hydro-Biogeochemical Assessment of Forest Harvesting. The student will monitor biogeochemical indicators to assess disturbance impacts on streamflow properties on hydrological (water yield, peak and low flows) responses to harvesting practices. These data will be used, in part, to develop spatially explicit hydro-biogeochemical models. We are interested in students with strong backgrounds in forest science and/or aquatic-terrestrial interactions and who have experience in one or more of hydrology, watershed-scale processes, GIS, and modeling. Study #2: Responses of Benthic Macroinvertebrate and Periphyton Communities to Forest Harvesting in Boreal Aquatic Systems. The student will focus on the structural (e.g., invertebrate community composition) and functional (primary/secondary productivity, functional feeding groups) responses of macroinvertebrate and benthic algal communities in boreal lakes and streams in relation to harvesting practices in adjacent riparian zones. Persons with experience in aquatic invertebrate/algal ecology/taxonomy, watershed-scale processes, GIS, or modeling are encouraged to apply. Study #3: Aquatic and Terrestrial Microbial Communities as Indicators of Response to Forest Harvesting. This study will focus on the assessment of structural and functional responses of microbial communities of aquatic-terrestrial ecotones (riparian areas) to forest harvesting practices. The student will use traditional and molecular-based tools to assess the relative sensitivity of natural microbial communities to harvesting disturbance and evaluate their suitability as indicators of disturbance. Persons with a background in environmental microbiology and experience in microbiological techniques are encouraged to apply. Students should indicate which study they wish to apply for and their experience pertaining to the position requested. Send cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume and unofficial transcripts to: Dr. Paul K. Sibley, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, N1G 2W1. Phone: 519-824-4120 ext 52707, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/1/05, revised: 1/13/06.
University of Hawaii-Manoa: Graduate Resarch Assistantship (PhD) Position (50% RA) in molecular ecology. Funding for a 3-year Ph.D. project is available through the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) in the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, to work on the development of unique molecular markers for rapid identification of potentially invasive weeds in Hawaii. This project aims to develop molecular markers to identify invasive weeds from closely related and morphologically similar desirable species. The objective is not necessarily to identify species per se, but to develop procedures to screen out certain samples of concerned species or eliminate potential invasive species. The project also presents an opportunity to use molecular population genetic methods to address questions related to dispersal and gene flow in invasive plants. This is primarily a lab-based project, therefore, experience with molecular genetic methods and analyses (e.g. PCR, gel electrophoresis, automated sequencing/genotyping) is desirable but not essential. The candidate will work under supervision of Dr. Ania Wieczorek. The Faculty at CTAHR provides an active and interesting research environment housing number of active groups of ecologists, geneticists, plant and environmental management biologists. Starting date is flexible, preferably in January 2007, and the salary is for a 50% RA and includes a tuition waiver and benefits. Applicants should provide a full CV, including details of laboratory experience, a list of undergraduate courses and grades, a maximum 1-page description of research interests, three letters of reference, and desired start date. There is no fixed application deadline, but position will be filled once a suitable candidate is found. Potential applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to Dr. Ania M Wieczorek (email@example.com). Posted: 5/26/06.
University of Hawaii-Manoa: Ph.D.-studentship available in the Botany Department, starting January 2006, for work on NSF-funded Biocomplexity project. The project focuses on the hunting-mediated biodiversity impacts of the Macuxi people living in the savanna-forest transition of Roraima state, northern Brazilian Amazon. The project will test the hypotheses that traditional aspects of indigenous culture buffer the impacts of integration on resource use and therefore on biodiversity by (1) quantifying social, economic, biological and land-use variables in and around 30 Macuxi indigenous communities; 2) identifying statistical relationships between social and spiritual factors, hunting practices, and the dynamics of medium- to large- body size vertebrate animal populations; and 3) modeling the dynamics of the coupled hunting-animal- landscape system to identify driving processes, synergies between hunting and environmental variables, and feedbacks between hunted populations to hunting practices. The student supported by this fellowship will focus on the plant-ecology aspects of the project, and will work with Macuxi assistants to collect data on 1) fruit availability for terrestrial vertebrate animals and 2) vegetation categories along 4 km long transects at all 30 villages and at a control area at Maracá Ecological Station. The student will collaborate with project researchers to incorporate data into mechanistic mathematical models and spatially explicit GIS models. The student will also develop his or her own research project to complement the overall project focus and will be able to support his or her research with data gathered by other project members on game animal communities, hunting pressure, fire and grazing regimes, among others. Fieldwork is expected to begin as early as April-May 2006, and the student must be available for training starting January 2006. Field conditions are physically rigorous and culturally challenging. Applicants for the position must be physically fit, demonstrate a genuine interest in work with indigenous peoples, and have the ability to either speak Portuguese or learn to speak Portuguese in a short period of time. The project guarantees 4 years of support, including most of the field research needs associated with work on the project. Interested persons please send application package including c.v., 2 letters of reference, and a letter stating qualifications for and interest in the position to Dr. José M. Vieira Fragoso at firstname.lastname@example.org; (808) 956-4734; Botany Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 3190 Maile Way, Room 101, Honolulu, HI, 96822. Application deadline is October 31, 2005. Electronic applications preferred; application materials should be sent as PDF attachments; please ask references to send letters directly to Dr. Fragoso. Posted: 9/28/05.
University of Helsinki: Position for a doctoral student is open in the research project "Plant-plant transfer of symbiotically-fixed nitrogen in the nutrient cycle of tropical agroforestry systems" funded by the Academy of Finland. The aim of the project is to study the significance of direct plant-plant nitrogen transfer in tropical agroforestry systems, in which dinitrogen-fixing legume trees are grown in association with food or fodder crops. The objective of this project is to verify experimentally the occurrence of direct nitrogen transfer between plants, and identify the transfer mechanisms. In his/her dissertation work, the doctoral student will develop a dynamic model for describing the fate and cycle of nitrogen fixed from atmosphere in order to synthetise the experimental results. The work will also include field work in the tropics for model parameterisation. We are looking for a young scientist with following qualifications: –Master’s degree in forestry, agriculture, soil science, ecology or related field; –experience in ecological modelling; –excellent command of both written and spoken English (command of French will be an asset but not a requisite); and –willing to work for several months in the tropics. Completed doctoral studies will lead to the degree of Doctor of Agriculture and Forestry. The Department of Forest Ecology is known for excellence in research and teaching and it provides an inspiring atmosphere for research and graduate studies. The department houses several research groups covering a wide range of subjects, including tree ecophysiology, ecological modelling, forest soil science, and tropical silviculture. At present, the department has ca. 20 doctoral students. The position is funded for four years beginning 1 Jan. 2006. Starting salary will be 1,900-2,100 euros, depending on the qualifications of the candidate. The salary will be taxable in Finland. The student will be covered by Finnish social security. If you are interested in the position, please send your application including: –Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications; –a letter describing your research interests and motivation for applying this position; and –two letters of reference. Please, send the application by 21 October 2005 by mail or e-mail to: Dr Pekka Nygren, Department of Forest Ecology, P.O. Box 27, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland; e-mail: pekka.nygren(at)helsinki.fi For more information, contact Dr Pekka Nygren by e-mail. Posted: 9/27/05.
University of Idaho: Graduate student opportunity in biogeochemical modeling. A graduate research assistantship is available for a motivated student to study watershed- to regional-scale carbon and water cycling in the Northern Rockies. The student will participate in a recently funded interdisciplinary research program to measure and model coupled carbon and water fluxes in complex terrain, and to understand changes in these fluxes given future land-use/land-cover and climate changes (www.webs.uidaho.edu/epscor/V/carbonh2o.htm). Topics include comparing model results with eddy flux tower and other observations, simulating future fluxes under climate and land-use/land-cover change scenarios, and exploring the effects of disturbance. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in ecology, biogeosciences, hydrology, earth science, atmospheric science, or related field, with experience in modeling, GIS, computational methods, and/or remote sensing. Highly qualified M.S. and Ph.D. applicants will be considered. The assistantship provides full support for two years at $23,000 per year plus health insurance, tuition, and fees, with additional funding pending. The graduate student will have the opportunity to attain a degree in either Geography or Environmental Science. The Department of Geography is part of the new College of Science. The interdisciplinary Environmental Science Program emphasizes an integrated approach for students committed to studying and solving environmental issues. Funding begins in June 2006; applications will be considered until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, GPA, GRE scores, and a personal statement that describes the candidate’s interest in the position and relevant education and experience to Dr. Jeffrey Hicke (email@example.com). Informal inquiries via email or phone (970-491-2104) are encouraged. Posted: 5/11/06.
University of Idaho: NSF's EPSCoR program has funded a research assistantship focusing on the use of stable carbon isotopes to scale up forest carbon fluxes, with particular emphasis on belowground processes. Related projects at the site include an isotopic mass balance for the watershed, sapflow measurements in tree stems, parameterization of a biogeochemical model, and eddy-covariance analyses of the canopy. Other expertise on the team includes: remote sensing, climate modeling, forest hydrology, and the physiological ecology of trees. The position is available immediately, but it will be held open until a qualified applicant is found. The student will receive a competitive stipend, medical insurance, and full tuition waivers. For more information, please contact John D. Marshall, Idaho Stable Isotopes Laboratory, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA 83844-1133 (208-885-6695), or firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 11/7/05.
University of Kansas: The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has a position available for graduate work (M.S. or Ph.D.), starting in fall 2006. Potential projects all examine the effects of various environmental perturbations on terrestrial ecosystem carbon and nitrogen dynamics. Opportunity exists in several projects. Potential study sites are located at KU’s Kansas Ecological Field Station and Reserves, but also exist at multiple other locations. Lab work will offer opportunities to gain experience with gas chromatography, isotope ratio mass spectrometry, analyses of soil nutrient parameters, microbial ecology, and/or dendrochronological techniques. Stable isotope ecology is an important focus of the lab. Experience with any or all of these topics is desirable but not required. We are interested primarily in finding a dynamic, intelligent, fun individual with an eagerness to expand the lab’s capabilities and outlook. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Sharon Billings at email@example.com. Posted: 6/14/06.
University of Kansas: Graduate Student Research Opportunity in Stream Fish Ecology I am currently seeking graduate students at the master’s or PhD level who are interested in working on the behavior, ecology, and/or evolution of stream fish populations in Kansas beginning May 2006. Possible projects could include foraging and dispersal behavior, predator- prey interactions, population dynamics, and patterns of community structure. I am especially interested in seeking students who want to use mathematical modeling and/or molecular techniques in concert with field and/or laboratory work in their studies. Stipends start at ~$1,600/month, tuition is reduced or waived, and health insurance is available. See http://www.ku.edu/~eeb/graduate/ for information, including admission requirements, on graduate studies in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Preferred Qualifications: Field experience, especially with fishes; Programming, mathematical, and/or statistical skills; Molecular skills, especially with microsatellite loci. Interested students should contact Dr. Garrick Skalski (firstname.lastname@example.org). Informal inquiries are encouraged. Posted: 10/19/05.
University of Kentucky: Accessing Invasive Exotic Plants in Urban Forests. I am seeking a qualified student who wants to work with invasive exotic plants in city parks in Lexington and Louisville Kentucky. This Ph.D. research assistantship will begin in the fall semester 2006. Qualified students should have a strong interest in working in the area of invasive species and GIS technology. Opportunities exist for the student to assist and help with other projects as they desire. This project will study the association between the occurrence of invasive exotic plants and the characteristics of urban forest remnants and their surrounding landscapes (size, structure, usage, and management). The assistantship is funded by USDA Forest Service. It pays $13k per year plus tuition and health insurance. Application should be made as soon as possible and must include a statement of research and career interests, a copy of all transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. Interested students should contact: Dr. Songlin Fei (email@example.com, 859-257-9760). Posted: 6/2/06.
University of Kentucky: Research Assistant needed for project to develop a quantitative assessment of the potential impact of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in Kentucky, based on the distribution of hemlocks in the state, and provide spatially accurate and timely data on the likely spread of this invasive insect. This interdisciplinary research project between the Departments of Entomology and Forestry will develop an analysis that will provide the basis for examining potential community and ecosystem level effects of the invasion, and will provide the student with the opportunity to learn and use state of the art spatial analysis and remote sensing technologies. Individual will utilize the Landcover database, in conjunction with GPS ground sampling, to delineate areas of eastern hemlock in Kentucky. The information will be utilized to detect the invasion and predict the progression and extent of the HWA infestation. Research Assistant will 1) determine the spatial distribution of hemlock forests in Kentucky using databases and ground truthing, 2) detect incipient HWA infestations, and 3) predict HWA spread based up the distribution of the hemlock forest type. Applicants must be highly motivated, with a strong interest in invasive species. Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Ecology, Entomology, Forestry, Plant Sciences, or a closely related discipline, with strong letters of recommendation. PhD Research Assistants in the Department of Entomology earn stipends of $16k per year, with a tuition waiver and full health benefits. Start date: summer or fall 2006. Interested individuals should contact: Lynne Rieske-Kinney (859.257.1167, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Songlin Fei (859.257.9760, email@example.com). Posted: 5/11/06.
University of Kentucky: I am seeking a qualified student who wants to work in the Big South Fork River National Recreation Area on controlling Japanese Spirea with herbicides and examining its effects on endangered plant species. The assistantship will begin in the spring semester 2006. Qualified students should have a minimum of 1,000 on the GRE scores, a 3.0 GPA, and a strong interest in working in the area of restoration ecology. Other students in my lab that the individual will be interacting with are working on controlling Japanese Honeysuckle during the dormant season, restoration of bluegrass savanna, restoration of northern tall grass prairie communities, and restoration of coastal Texas prairies. Opportunities exist for the student to assist and help with other projects as they desire. This project will focus on attempting to control Japanese spirea in the riparian zone at the BSFNRR while not harming any of the endangered species, like Kentucky Lady Slipper Orchids, that occur in the same habitat. The assistantship is funded by the National Park Service and the student will be interacting heavily with Park Service Botanists and other employees. It pays $12k per year plus a complete waiver of all tuition (student only pays fees) and health insurance. Application should be made as soon as possible and must include a statement of research and career interests, a copy of all transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. Interested students should contact: Dr. Tom Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-257-8633). Posted: 11/10/05.
University of Kentucky: I am seeking one highly motivated graduate student interested in pursuing an M.S. degree with specialization in forest health. The research will be focused on invasive species risk analysis (e.g. pathway identification, environment matching, and establishment probability) and early detection using spatial analysis. The research will provide the student the opportunity to learn and use state of the art spatial analysis and GIS techniques. Preference will be given to applicants with good working knowledge of GIS and strong quantitative skills. The assistantship includes a competitive level of funding for travel and research, stipend, tuition waivers, and health insurance. Position is available starting spring or fall 2006. The application deadline for spring semester 2006 is December 1st, 2005. Please visit the Department of Forestry website for departmental information, admission requirements, and application information. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Fei (email@example.com, 859-257-9760) or Dr. Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-257-3773). Posted: 11/9/05.
University of Kuopio: We are seeking a PhD student to study emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) from northern ecosystems. The PhD position is part of a larger project assessing effects of climatic warming and increasing UV-B radiation on BVOC emissions from boreal and arctic mires and heaths. The position is based at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, University of Kuopio, Finland and it includes collaboration with the University of Copenhagen and The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark. The PhD work will concentrate on identification and quantification of VOC emissions collected from plants and the soil by chamber and branch cuvette techniques. It includes field measurement campaigns at long-term field experiments in northern Finland and Sweden (Sodankylä and Abisko research stations), laboratory experiments in Kuopio, gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric analyses of VOCs and spectroscopic analyses of plant material. We are looking for a candidate with: - MSc in environmental science, biology, chemistry, or a related field -enthusiasm for field work and for learning multivariate statistics -possibly some experience in gas chromatography - good written and spoken English. The fellowship is funded for three years beginning April 1st, 2006. The student will be granted a yearly tax-free stipend of 14400 Euros plus 3500 Euros for pension and insurance costs. Interested candidates should send applications (in English) describing personal qualities, research interests and motivation for this position, and curriculum vitae including names and contact details of two references. The applications should be e-mailed by December 16th, 2005 to Dr. Riikka Rinnan (Riikka.Rinnan@uku.fi). Further information from Riikka Rinnan by e-mail or phone +45 3532 2244. Posted: 10/20/05.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: I am currently looking to accept bright and motivated graduate students into my laboratory starting in the fall of 2006. My research focuses on understanding the patterns and processes of population dynamics in single- and multiple-species systems. I have a special interest in spatial patterns in population dynamics (e.g metapopulation dynamics, source-sink dynamics, synchronous dynamics, and traveling waves). I expect my students to be willing to collect empirical data and to learn simulation modeling techniques so they can employ an integrative approach to addressing ecological questions. While my background is in working with insects (see my website for more information on my study systems), I am open to students working with other study organisms. Lafayette is located in proximity to a number of very interesting natural systems (e.g. forests, bayous, coastal habitats) and within a days drive of more arid habitat in Texas and more mountainous habitat in Arkansas). The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has built a strong program in Ecology and will be offering up to five doctoral fellowships (with limited to no teaching requirements) in the coming year (more information on the graduate program and more information on the department and summations of my and the other faculty’s research interests). Anyone who is interested in working in my laboratory can contact me (Derek M. Johnson) at email@example.com through December 2005. Posted: 10/25/05.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: I will be hiring a graduate research assistant to participate in a field study of nutria population biology. The project will start in January 2005 and will include work in of behavioral, population, and molecular ecology. The stipend will be for $12,000 per year for two years and will include a full tuition wavier. Previous experience with mammals or molecular markers would be a plus. The student will work at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center and will obtain their degree through the biology department at University of Louisiana Lafayette. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Steve Travis at the National Wetlands Center (337-266-8583; firstname.lastname@example.org). Information on the graduate program. Posted: 10/17/05.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: up to five University Fellowships and Board of Regents Doctoral Fellowships to students entering the doctoral program in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology in fall 2006. Fellowships are funded for three to four years and carry stipends of $13,900/9 months-$22,000/per year with waivers of tuition and most fees. University Fellows are assigned limited teaching responsibilities; there is no teaching requirement for Board of Regents fellows. To be eligible for these fellowships, applicants must be a US citizen or have a degree from a US institution. Rather than replying to this message, applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors. Links to the research interests of individual faculty and adjunct faculty, as well as contact information, can be found at our web sites. More information about the biology graduate program. The Department of Biology has approximately 25 faculty members and 70 graduate students. Areas of strength include ecology, conservation biology, evolution, and marine/coastal biology. Posted: 10/4/05.
University of Maine: Graduate assistantship in tree ecophysiology. I am seeking a MS or Ph.D. student to join our research program studying the influence of past and future climate change and management options on the tree species composition of the Acadian forest. The Acadian forest occupies a tension zone between the boreal forest and the eastern deciduous forest providing an excellent setting for investigating the ecophysiology of range-limits, competition, species migrations and related topics. Our current approach is studying the tradeoffs between opportunity and stress offered by rapid shifts in environmental factors. This position includes a stipend, full tuition and health insurance. Contact Mike Day, Ph.D., Department of Forest Ecosystem Science, University of Maine, Orono ME 04469. (Telephone 207.581.2889, email email@example.com). Posted: 3/13/06.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: Two graduate assistantships are available (Ph.D. or highly motivated MS students) at the UMCES's Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, MD. Students will matriculate in the MEES (Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science) graduate program through the University of Maryland. Research topics will revolve around an EPA STAR funded project to study thresholds and quantify resilience to landscape change and stressors in stream ecosystems. Strong quantitative skills and interest in GIS are required. Assistantships are available as early as January 2006. If interested, please contact me directly and send (electronically) a resume (including a list of coursework with grades and GRE scores), a statement of intent, and a list of references to: Bob Hilderbrand, UMCES Appalachian Lab, Phone: 301-689-7141, Fax: 301-689-7200, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/27/05.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: A graduate student fellowship is available to work in a cooperative research program established between UMCES and the National Park Service (NPS). The purpose of this partnership is to enhance the integration of ecological data into environmental decision making. The successful applicant will synthesize park-based monitoring data, which include air, water, and biological resources, for the purpose of communicating trends or thresholds for ecological indicators ("vital signs"). One anticipated outcome of the fellowship will be to highlight the ecological value and regional context of National Parks within an urbanized setting. The student will have substantial interaction with statisticians, landscape ecologists, and science integrators/communicators collaborating on the project. The student will be based at UMCES and will be enrolled through the Marine Estuarine and Environmental Studies program. Travel to National Capital Region parks and the NPS Center for Urban Ecology is also expected. The fellowship will cover stipend, tuition, travel and supplies. For more information contact Bill Dennison or Tim Carruthers (www.ian.umces.edu). Posted: 9/27/05.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore: Seeking 1 MS/PhD student who is enthusiastic and dedicated. The successful candidate will develop a research project on larval fish ecology and contribute to an already 2 year project looking at larval fish ingression to the coastal bays of Maryland. This project is a small component of an on-going collaborative effort with NOAA and Rutgers University Marine Field Station to evaluate larval fish ingression along the Atlantic coast. Assistantship provides for a full tutition waiver and 18k/year, with benefits. Send curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Joseph Love (email@example.com). Posted: 4/17/06.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore: Graduate Student Position is available for Fall 2006 (MS or PhD). Graduate work will be conducted with a team of fishery scientists who work jointly with NOAA, USDA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Department of Natural Resources. Work will involve sampling streams, lakes, coastal bays, and the Atlantic Ocean for fishes. Stipend ranges from $12.5-$18k/year, with full tuition waiver. The University is positioned between the largest estuary of North America (the Chesapeake Bay) and the Atlantic Ocean. The area is rich with potential for marine and estuarine science projects, putting the successful MS or Ph.D. candidate in a position of collaboration and educational enrichment. We immediately invite cover letters (with GPA and GRE scores) and curriculum vita to be sent to Joseph W. Love (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by snailmail to Joseph Love, NOAA LMRCSC, UMES, Princess Anne, MD 21853. Posted: 3/30/06.
University of Michigan: Funding is available for Ph.D. studentships in theoretical ecology, epidemiology, and evolutionary biology. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) (1) dynamics of cholera epidemics, (2) ecological influences on rabies incidence in bats, (3) dynamics of outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, (4) direct modeling approaches to phylogenetic comparative analysis, and (5) new methods for statistical inference using nonlinear, stochastic models with measurement error and incomplete information. Students can be admitted through the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department (EEB), through the Applied Interdisciplinary Mathematics Program (AIM), or through the Department of Mathematics, as appropriate. Please send a CV and letter of interest to Aaron King (kingaa at umich dot edu). Posted: 11/8/05.
University of Minnesota: Ph.D. Assistantships, NSF IGERT for Interdisciplinary Study in Engineering, Earth Science, and Ecology. The University of Minnesota and the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics (NCED) are offering 7 Ph.D. assistantships to study the interplay between landscape changes and ecosystem processes over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and across interfaces, such as agroecoregion or urban boundaries, with an emphasis on non-equilibrium dynamics. This NSF IGERT-funded training program recognizes the need for engineers to increasingly consider environmental constraints, and for ecologists to understand effects of physical processes and materials transport on ecosystem dynamics. The program features a one-year, team-taught course that emphasizes collaborative research projects involving state-of-the-art environmental instrumentation, data analysis, data interpretation, and model building. It offers professional training for academic and non-academic careers including internships, future faculty training, and training in technical and collaborative skills, ethics, and legal issues. The IGERT program provides support for two years ($30k 12-month stipend, full tuition, and health care subsidy), with continuing support provided through the student's graduate degree program. Students supported by NSF IGERT funding must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; however, participation in program activities is open to students of any nationality. Students with a background in any area of natural science or engineering and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Applications must be sent to both the IGERT program and one of the affiliated graduate degree programs (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Civil Engineering; Geology; or Computer Science). The application deadline is December 15, 2005. More information on the program, including for a list of participating faculty, or contact the Program Director, Dr. Claudia Neuhauser (email@example.com). Posted: 11/8/05.
University of Minnesota: Graduate assistantships are available for highly qualified students interested in M.S. or Ph.D. level graduate study in biosphere-atmosphere interactions. Research and Teaching Assistantships with full tuition waiver and stipend are awarded on a competitive basis. Faculty who study biosphere-atmosphere interactions at the University of Minnesota work on a broad range of research topics, including: Carbon and water cycles of natural and managed ecosystems; Canopy-scale turbulent transport and fluid dynamics; Land-cover change effects on regional carbon and water fluxes; Isotopic composition of land-atmosphere exchange; Nitrogen and mercury biogeochemistry; Trace gas exchange. Research projects are located in natural, agricultural, and urban ecosystems. Students have the opportunity to work with one or more members of an interdisciplinary group of faculty in the departments of Civil Engineering; Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Forest Resources; Mechanical Engineering; and Soil, Water, and Climate. For more information about programs of study and research opportunities, please see http://bioatmos.umn.edu. Posted: 11/7/05.
University of Missouri-Columbia: Dr. Hong S. He has openings for two PhD Graduate Assistants for the fall of 2006. 1) One PhD graduate assistant will work to improve LANDIS modeling techniques and develop model applications. The candidate is expected to develop new memory management strategies to allow the model to operate at faster speeds and greater spatial dimensions (e.g., 10,000 by 10,000 pixels). The candidate will develop technical solutions for synchronizing multiple ecological processes at various temporal resolutions (succession, fire, wind, insect/disease, and harvesting). The candidate is expected to develop applications that use LANDIS to assess the short to long term effects of forest management plans and evaluate various fuel treatment scenarios at landscape scales. A qualified candidate should have a background in ecology, forestry, geography, computer science, or closely related fields. Strong background in C++ or C-sharp programming and GIS are necessary. 2) The second PhD graduate assistant is expected to improve the ecological and biological realism of LANDIS succession and dispersal components while maintaining computational efficiency and the current model simplicity. The candidate will develop new algorithms to simulate forest ecosystems in which tree species with similar life history traits co-exist. The succession module should also account for density-based competition, self-thinning, and age-based mortality. The candidate will further develop the LANDIS seed dispersal module to incorporate the most recent scientific information and make the module suitable for a wide range of cell sizes (e.g., 10 m to 500 m). The candidate will develop modeling applications to address issues such as oak decline, interaction of fuel treatments and succession, and/or harvesting. A qualified candidate should have at least one degree in ecology, forestry, biology, or closely related fields. Background in ecological modeling, computer programming, GIS, and statistics are desirable. Both PhD graduate assistants are expected to collaborate with a team of scientists and group members, interact with forest managers, present at national conferences, and write scientific findings for peer-reviewed journal papers. The PhD graduate assistant positions are available in the fall semester of 2006. The stipend for each PhD graduate assistant is $17k/year for three years (50% graduate research assistantship). This stipend covers in-state and out of-state tuition waivers. Application Procedure: Applications will be accepted until position is filled with initial review beginning no later than April 1, 2006. Graduate application materials and more information here. Posted: 3/13/06.
University of Missouri: The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute seeks candidates for a 3-year half-time Ph.D. research assistantship (includes tuition and stipend) on a study to understand how physical, technical, social, and economic factors interact to make certain agricultural practices effective in improving water quality. The study will evaluate the effectiveness of watershed plans that integrate practices to control excess nutrients, sediment, and pesticides in streams. The primary duties of the graduate student will include analysis of hydrologic data and hydrologic modeling. Successful candidates need to have a background in hydrology and GIS. This project has a strong computational aspect and requires good analytical skills. Individuals with some knowledge of a programming language will be preferred. The student will be expected to start in the summer or fall 2006. We will review all applications received by January 31, 2006 or until a suitable candidate is found. Affiliation will be with the Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences. Send inquiries, CV’s, GRE and TOEFL scores, transcripts, and a letter of interests and professional goals along with the names and addresses of three references to: Dr. Claire Baffaut, FAPRI – University of Missouri, 101 Park DeVille Drive, Suite E, Columbia, MO 65203, USA. Phone: (573) 882-1251, Fax: (573) 884-4688, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/4/06.
University of Montana: Applications are now being accepted for fall 2006 to join our NSF-IGERT Fellowship program for graduate education and research training in Disease Ecology. Our focus on the ecology of infectious diseases and the natural laboratory that Montana represents provide an excellent venue to train math, computer science, and biology graduate students in a new and exciting interdisciplinary research field of global importance with considerable scientific, societal, ethical and policy aspects. Stipends for qualified applicants will be $30,000 plus up to $10,500 for educational expenses per year. For details of the program and how to apply, see http://meid.dbs.umt.edu. For questions about the application process, e-mail: email@example.com. Deadline for applications is February 1, 2006 for full consideration. Posted: 12/20/05.
University of Montana: Research assistant (Ph.D.) position in Mycorrhizal Ecology (Microbial Ecology Program). We are looking for a Ph.D. student to join a project recently funded by NSF and USDA on the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in mediating interactions between neighboring plants (including invasive weeds). The focus of this research is to examine: (1) the extent to which neighboring plant species influences AMF community composition; (2) the role of host identity in determining the functional attributes of AMF; (3) whether the presence of a given AMF species alters functional attributes of co-infecting AMF species; (4) whether alteration of AMF community compositional and functional attributes due to neighbor effects differentially drives coexistence or facilitates invasiveness when neighboring plants are either native or exotic species. For details on research in the Fungal Ecology and Biology Lab, see http://biology.umt.edu/fungus/. The research will provide students the opportunity to learn and use state of the art molecular ecology techniques. Good working knowledge of AMF trap cultures and/ or species identifications are preferred skills, and a Master’s degree (or equivalent research experience) is desirable. Financial support: stipend ($14,500 - $20,000, depending on qualifications) and tuition, available for up to 3 years. Position available starting January or Fall 2006. Send CV, transcripts, statement of research interest, and names & emails of 3 references to: Daniel L. Mummey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matthias C. Rillig (email@example.com). Posted: 10/7/05.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln: Graduate student assistantships are available for a highly motivated students interested in stream ecosystem research. One position (PhD candidate preferred) will be associated with recently funded research examining how network position influences spatial patterns in nutrient cycles, stream metabolism, and consumer-resource interactions. This is a collaborative project with researchers from several institutions. Field work associated with this project will be conducted in the Eel River system located within the Angelo Reserve (Northern California). The second position is open to both MS and PhD candidates and the research emphasis is flexible, though preference will be given to individuals interested in: 1) examining links between channel geomorphology and biogeochemistry in sand bed rivers; 2) the application of hydrological models to understand ecological interactions; 3) interactions within floodplain components. Students will participate in research design, field experimentation, data analysis, and publication. For more information contact: Dr. Steve Thomas, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583-0758. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about graduate studies at UNL and to request an application form, see the School of Natural Resources web site. Application deadline is open. Posted: 2/21/06.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln: MS Research Assistantship. Research will focus on measurement of bighead carp and silver carp bioenergetics. Results of this work will be incorporated into predictive models of possible impacts of Asian carp on the Great Lakes food web. Work will be conducted with faculty, graduate students, and other full- and part-time research staff at the University of Nebraska, the University of Illinois, and the Illinois Natural History Survey. Qualifications: BS in fisheries, zoology, or related field and meeting the entrance requirements at the University of Nebraska. Strong quantitative skills and interest in bioenergetics modeling, food web interactions, and impacts of invasive fishes are especially helpful. Salary: $16k/year and full tuition waiver. Start: Spring 2006 semester. Application Deadline: 15 October, 2005 or until filled. Contact: Send cover letter, resume, copy of GRE scores, copy of transcripts, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of 3 references to: Dr. Mark Pegg, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, 12 Plant Industry, Lincoln, NE 68583-0814. (402) 472-6824, Email: email@example.com. Posted: 10/4/05.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln: Two PhD Assistantships: (1) Crane Staging Ecology. This project is intended to generate information on factors influencing distribution and dispersion patterns of staging sandhill cranes in the Central Valley of the Platte River, Nebraska. The study will focus on several elements to include: factors influencing roost location characteristics, foraging location attributes and distribution, and foraging behavior and food consumption under variable levels of resources availability and conditions.
(2) Crane Wintering Ecology. This project is to be conducted in northern Mexico evaluating distribution and abundance of wintering sandill cranes in different wetlands. The study will focus on evaluating factors influencing presence and abundance of cranes during different years and determine habitat use and foraging activity patterns.
(Both) We are seeking a highly motivated individual with interest in field ecology and capable of working under hard field conditions. Annual stipend is $18k/yr with health insurance and tuition waiver. Candidates must have an MSc in a natural resources related field (ecology, biology, zoology, wildlife, etc.) and fulfill all requirements for acceptance at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, School of Natural Resources. Previous experience conducting field projects and Spanish language skills are highly desired. Position will remain open until filled. Send via email, letter of interest, CV including names and contact information for three references, transcripts, and GRE Scores to: Felipe Chavez-Ramirez, Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust, Inc., 6611 W. Whooping Crane Dr., Wood River, NE 68883. For further information, Tel: 308-384-4633; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 7/18/05.
University of Nevada, Reno: Landscape modeling of mountain big sagebrush response to fire regime. Preferred Start Date: January, 2007 (or earlier). Project Description: Little is known concerning historical fire regimes associated with mountain big sagebrush dominated landscapes of the Intermountain West. The objectives of this Joint Fire Science Program funded project are to: (1) use proximal fire-scarred trees to estimate fire frequency for mountain big sagebrush communities; (2) develop estimates of post-fire sagebrush recovery using a chronosequence approach; and (3) use these data sources to model long-term response of mountain big sagebrush to alternative fire regime scenarios. A PhD student is sought to focus on the third objective. This will involve development and application of simulation models to test the appropriateness of shrubland fire frequency estimates for spatiotemporal dynamics of sagebrush distribution, and for assessing the relative importance of spatially heterogeneous burn severity patterns for post-fire succession. Co-investigators on the project include Stan Kitchen (Research Botanist with the USFS Shrub Sciences Laboratory) and Peter Weisberg (landscape ecologist at UNR). The PhD student will be housed at UNR and mentored by Dr. Weisberg. Requirements: Applicants should have a Master's degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Ecology, Natural Resources, Geography, Biology, Range Science/Management, Forestry), as well as interest and aptitude for dynamic landscape modeling, and strong quantitative skills. Prior experience with vegetation in arid/semi-arid systems would be highly desirable. Programming skills are highly desirable, as is previous experience in GIS applications and spatial analysis. Minimum academic requirements are a GPA of 3.4 and a combined GRE score of 1200. The assistantship includes a graduate stipend of $20k/year, pays health insurance benefits, and covers the cost of tuition. Additional information on graduate study at UNR and the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology interdisciplinary PhD program. To Apply: Your application should include a cover letter describing research interests and experiences, a resume or CV, copies of publications (if relevant), an unofficial copy of transcripts, and contact information for three references. These materials should be sent (electronically or by mail) to: Peter Weisberg, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada-Reno, 1000 Valley Road / Mail Stop 186, Reno NV 89557. email: email@example.com. For more information about the project, contact Peter Weisberg. Posted: 6/14/06.
University of Nevada, Reno: A graduate research assistantship is available for a Ph.D. student interested in the ecology and physiology of the invasive plant Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) in the Great Basin region of the western US. The research will investigate the extent that vegetative and climatic characteristics influence the ability of cheatgrass to dominate a site using both natural climatic gradients and controlled environment experiments. The assistantship is currently available, and students who are interested in starting their Ph.D. program during summer or fall 2006 should apply by June 15, 2006 for full consideration; however, applications will be considered until the assistantship is filled. To apply, email a letter that indicates your academic and research interests and experiences, your curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and contact information for three references to: Dr. Robert S. Nowak (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science / MS 370, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV 89557. Voice: 775-784-1656. Note that the successful student will also need to be accepted into one of the Ph.D. Graduate Programs at UNR (Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology, or Environmental Science and Health). Posted: 5/9/06.
University of Nevada, Reno: Graduate Research Assistantship in Dendroclimatology. Applications are invited for a Graduate Research Assistantship at the DendroLab. This is a 10-month assistantship including a stipend, tuition waiver, health insurance, laboratory and field equipment, and travel support. The successful candidate will work toward a Master of Science degree either in the Department of Geography or in the interdisciplinary Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences. The position will begin in Fall 2006, and is guaranteed for one year, with a possibility of renewal for a second year. Applicants should have a BA or BS in Geography, Statistics, Computer Science or a related field. Candidates with background in statistics or simulation modeling will be preferred. Ability to work with statistical packages, such as SAS or R, is particularly welcomed. The successful applicant will conduct laboratory research on the reconstruction of climate from tree-ring records, with particular emphasis on applying stochastic models to climatic episodes. Drs. A. Panorska and T. Kozubowski (Mathematics and Statistics), and Dr. L. Saito (Natural Resources and Environmental Science), all of them at the University of Nevada, Reno, are Co-PIs on this project. The research is funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Another graduate student will also be hired on this project through the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Information on the application process is available online: Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (deadline is February 1st) | Department of Geography (deadline is March 1st). Candidates should also check the University Graduate School website, which includes information for international candidates. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Franco Biondi by e-mail (email@example.com) or telephone (775 784-6921) to discuss their interest in joining this project and their pertinent background and training. Posted: 12/21/05.
University of Nevada - Reno: The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science has available a position in landscape modeling of Great Basin rangelands and woodlands. This position is available either as a postdoctoral research fellowship or a graduate (PhD) research assistantship Preferred Start Date: January, 2006. Project Description: Woodland encroachment into rangeland vegetation is a global phenomenon that remains poorly understood, despite having pervasive ecological and economic effects. Woodland dynamics are difficult to comprehend because causes of change, such as grazing, fire, and climate, interact in complex ways over long timeframes. The goal of this research is to develop a prototype simulation model for investigating vegetation change at the lower woodland-sagebrush ecotone, for a large study landscape in the central Nevadan Great Basin. The model will be used to explore specific hypotheses concerning the relative influences of climate change, grazing effects on plant competition, grazing effects on fire regime, rangeland restoration treatments, and modern fire suppression, on woodland dynamics in the central Nevada Great Basin. Co-investigators on the project include Drs. Peter Weisberg, Ashley Sparrow, and Sherm Swanson. Requirements for a Graduate (PhD) Research Assistantship: Applicants should have a Master's degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Ecology, Natural Resources, Geography, Landscape Ecology, Biology, Range Science/Management, Forestry), as well as interest and aptitude for dynamic landscape modeling, and strong quantitative skills. Programming skills are highly desirable, as is previous experience in GIS applications and spatial analysis. Minimum academic requirements are a GPA of 3.4 and a combined GRE score of 1200. The assistantship includes a graduate stipend of $19,000/year, pays health insurance benefits, and covers the cost of tuition. Additional information on graduate study. To Apply: Your application should include a cover letter describing research interests and experiences, a resume or CV, copies of publications (if relevant), an unofficial copy of transcripts, and contact information for three references. These materials should be sent (electronically or by mail) to: Dr. Peter Weisberg, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada-Reno, 1000 Valley Road / Mail Stop 186, Reno NV 89557. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. For more information about the project, contact: Dr. Peter Weisberg email@example.com or Dr. Ashley Sparrow firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/16/05.
University of New Mexico: The Department of Biology has a graduate research assistantship (Ph.D. level) for highly motivated individuals interested in working on a DOE funded collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) addressing the hydraulic mechanisms of survival and mortality of piñon and juniper trees during drought. The recent drought in the southwestern USA has caused widespread mortality of piñon pine. However, the exact causes of mortality and survival have yet to be elucidated. Field work will be located at a woodland site within the Sevilleta LTER where ecosystem-scale manipulations of water availability will be applied. The project includes opportunities for both measurements and modeling of plant water relations, carbon balance and stable isotopes of carbon and water. The UNM and LANL have a strong group in physiological ecology, ecosystem science and eco-hydrology presenting many opportunities for interaction with scientists in related areas. For more information, contact Will Pockman (email@example.com, 505-277-2724) and/or Nate McDowell (firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-665-2909). Students with backgrounds in biology, or appropriate areas of earth sciences, chemistry, physics, or computer science, and an interest in field work and modeling within the fields of physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology and environmental science are encouraged to apply. Experience using dataloggers, gas exchange instrumentation, sapflow, hydraulic measurements, or modeling is particularly advantageous but not necessary. Assistantship includes full tuition waiver, stipend and health insurance. Admission criteria and procedures. Application deadline is Jan 15 2006. Posted: 12/20/05.
University of North Carolina: Ph.D. students sought to study habitat connectivity for at-risk animal species in the sandhills region of North Carolina. The project focuses on quantifying, modeling, and managing metapopulation dynamics in rapidly fragmenting landscapes, and involves collection of movement and dispersal data, collection and development of environmental data, dispersal modeling, and spatial modeling of habitat connectivity. Study species include the red-cockaded woodpecker, St. Francis’ satyr butterfly, eastern tiger salamander, and Carolina gopher frog. This is a collaborative project among investigators at UNC (principal institution), NC-State, Duke University, and Virginia Tech, and has been selected for funding by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) to support research on the conservation of rare species on and around military installations. It is a five year project beginning in April 2006. Desired qualifications: MSc or BS in Geography, Ecology, or Biology, fieldwork experience, spatial analysis experience. Contact Aaron Moody, Department of Geography (email@example.com) to discuss these opportunities further, and to ensure full consideration. Positions start August 2006. Please complete applications by January 1st for additional fellowship consideration (http://gradschool.unc.edu/). Applications are accepted until March 1. Posted: 12/6/05.
University of North Dakota: Two Graduate Student Research Assistantships, Department of Earth System Science and Policy 1) Insect Diversity of Wetlands One assistantship is available for a M.S. student interested in the insect diversity of wetlands in northern Minnesota as part of a NASA-funded project. The student's thesis will focus on evaluating the restoration efforts of wetlands by surveying insect diversity in restored and natural wetlands. The project will emphasize training in collections-based studies, field-work, geographic information systems (i.e. GIS), the use of satellite and aerial imagery (i.e. remote sensing), and spatial modeling. 2) Spatial Modeling of Invasive Species. Another assistantship is available for a M.S. student interested in modeling the spatial distributions of invasive species of concern to the Northern Great Plains as part of a NASA-funded project. The student's thesis will focus on predictive-distributional modeling using GIS and remote sensing to examine the predicted and actual spread of an invasive species of environmental and/or economic concern. This project emphasizes geographic information systems (i.e. GIS) and the use of satellite and aerial imagery (i.e. remote sensing), and spatial predictive modeling. The successful candidates for these positions will work within a multidisciplinary team of faculty and students interested in the science and policy of environmental sustainability. Both of these positions come with a 12-month GRA, full tuition waiver, and funding up to 3 years. For more information about these positions, please contact Dr. Rod Hanley (Tel. 701.777.3909, Fax. 701.777.2940, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). Interested students should contact Dr. Hanley and apply directly to the UND Graduate School. Posted: 2/14/06.
University of Northern British Columbia: A Master's student position is available May 2006 in the Ecosystem Science and Management Program. The research project involves investigating how spatial patterns of salvage harvesting affect Warren root collar weevil pressure in regenerating stands. In coming years, the province of British Columbia will have expansive areas of regeneration following the current mountain pine beetle outbreak (8.5 million ha). Warren root collar weevil (Hylobius warreni) concentrating in and migrating from residual stands is a growing threat to post-salvage regeneration. Suitable candidates will have a B.Sc. in forestry or biology or similar degree at a recognized, post-secondary institution. The ideal candidate will be a team player with experience in field research settings and an interest in spatial ecology. The project will be supervised by Dr. Brian Aukema and Drs. Staffan Lindgren and Michael Gillingham. Support is available for two years minimum. Applicants will also have opportunities to obtain support and teaching experience through teaching assistantships available within the Ecosystem Science and Management Program. Aside from university resources, the student will receive research support from Canadian Forest Service staff. Interested applicants should send a CV, statement of interest, and names of 2 references to Brian Aukema (email@example.com) as soon as possible. Posted: 2/14/06.
University of Notre Dame: We would like to alert you to a new, interdisciplinary Ph.D. program called GLOBES studying Global Linkages of Biology, the Environment, and Society. GLOBES is being launched by funding from an IGERT (Integrated Graduate Education, Research and Traineeship) grant from NSF, and is directed to finding innovative solutions to pressing world environmental problems in human and global health. This new graduate training program offers generous fellowships to outstanding students, provides team-based teaching and research experiences, and prepares students for careers as the leaders and problem-solvers of the future. The central theme of GLOBES research projects is that environmental degradation in the form of habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, water pollution, and the spread of invasive species and infectious disease has interrelated causes and feedbacks that are both biological and social in nature. To address these problems requires the coordinated effort of biological and social scientists working in concert with experts in public policy and the law. Students who have a strong interest in team-based interdisciplinary studies and research are encouraged to apply. Fellowships, available to U.S. residents and permanent citizens, include generous yearly stipends, a full waiver of graduate tuition, research and travel funds. Application deadlines for Fall 2007 admission vary depending on the home department of study. For additional information on application procedures, GLOBES faculty, home Ph.D. departments, research facilities and the University of Notre Dame, visit the GLOBES website. Posted: 5/11/06.
[position filled] University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez: Two positions toward a Masters of Science degree are available, funded by a 4-year USDA research grant, to study native species regeneration in secondary forests dominated by exotic pioneer species and systems with increased fire frequency. The research objectives are to: 1) Assess regeneration of native and introduced plant species in dry forest stands experiencing fire, dominance by exotic tree species, or both, 2) Assess growth and survival of mature native tree species under new disturbance regimes, 3) Evaluate reforestation success on previously burned coastal dry forest sites, and 4) Evaluate effectiveness of management methods for grass control and their influence on native tree regeneration. Research will take place in and around Guánica, Puerto Rico. Students will be funded primarily on research assistantships including summer support. Funding is guaranteed for 3 years. Students will collaborate with US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife, and PR Natural Resources Departments. Field work is required and field conditions are hot, sunny, and physically demanding. Minimum requirements include: Bachelor's degree in ecology, forestry, biology, botany, or related field, 3.2 GPA, good physical condition, driver's license, and preferably bilingual in Spanish and English (classes will be taught in Spanish). Students should be punctual and self motivated. US citizenship is not required, but non citizens should have or be able to obtain a student visa. Positions start in May or September 2006 depending on availability of quality applicants. Start date in January 2006 is possible in extraordinary circumstances. Interested students should send CV, letter explaining their qualifications (in English), contact details for three references, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Skip Van Bloem, Depto. Agronomía y Suelos at firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic submission preferred. Deadline: December 1, 2005 (Nov 1 for Jan start). Fax: 787-265-3851 and phone 787-832-4040 x 3851. More information on graduate studies at UPRM. Posted: 10/14/05.
University of Rhode Island: M.S./Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistantship. I am seeking an individual with experience in soil science, wetlands, coastal habitats, or landscape analysis to work on a study aimed at investigating relationships between soil properties and the use and management of shallow-subtidal habitats. The goal of the study is to develop a soil-based interpretive tool that can be used to assess the condition of the shallow-subtidal habitats for use, management, and conservation. In our previous research, we determined that shallow-subtidal habitats can be mapped using soil and landscape analysis. In addition, we found that subaqueous soils properties can be used as determining factors for coastal management decisions such as locations for submerged aquatic vegetation restoration. In this study, we will continue to develop a soil-based coastal management and conservation tool by examining relationships between subaqueous soils and a number of uses (and associated habitats) in shallow subtidal ecosystems. Responsibilities of the graduate assistant will be to inventory the soils and habitat of a range of shallow subtidal environments, to sample and characterize the soils in these settings, to evaluate these soil properties relative to use and management of the habitats. Critical questions may include but are not restricted to: What effect does dredging have on these habitats? What effect do docks, piers, and similar structures have on habitats? Can these soils be managed for carbon sequestration? How does water quality attributes effect soils and habitats? Are certain subtidal soil/landscapes important sink for groundwater nitrate through denitrification? What subtidal soil/landscapes can be used for shellfish aquaculture? 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 URI’s Department of Natural Resources Science conducts research in pedology, soil-environmental science, soil ecology, wetland and watershed science, landscape ecology, GIS, and wildlife and environmental management. Posted: 5/3/06.
University of Rhode Island: A graduate research assistantship is available at the M.Sc. or Ph.D. level to study the ecology and evolutionary biology of Phragmites australis. The primary goals of this research are to better understand Phragmites reproduction and genetics of both the native and introduced subspecies. This initial project is a planned three-year effort (potentially starting 1 July 2006) that will include additional graduate students and faculty. Field work will be conducted primarily in the Northeastern U.S but may include the southeast and mid- U.S. All laboratory and greenhouse work will be conducted in Kingston, Rhode Island. Qualifications: Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in plant biology or ecology, earned at least a 3.2 GPA, must have taken the GRE, and must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Field sampling and laboratory experience are required. Experience with nutrient analysis and genetics is highly desirable. Ability to work collaboratively and to supervise research assistants and undergraduates working in the field and the laboratory is also required. Nine-month stipends are approx. $15k/yr and tuition is paid. Summer salary is also available. Starting date may be as early as June 2006 and no later than September 2006. To apply submit the following: a letter stating your qualifications and research interests, a resume, college transcripts, GRE scores, and 3 letters of reference by no later than 1 March 2006 (early application is encouraged) to: Dr. Laura A. Meyerson, Dept. Natural Resources Science, 1 Greenhouse Road, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881. Tel: 401-874-7058, Laura_Meyerson@uri.edu. Selected candidates will be asked to apply to the Graduate School of the URI. Posted: 2/8/06.
University of Rhode Island: M.S. Graduate Student Assistantship: Soil Quality, Turfgrass, and Conservation. Available January, 2006. We are seeking an individual with experience in soil science, turfgrass science, agronomy, plant science, or environmental science to work on a study aimed at establishing the range in soil quality attributes associated with growing and harvesting sod in the northeast. The goal of the study is to increase our understanding of the relationship between soil quality and the various approaches used to grow and harvest sod commercially. Responsibilities of the graduate assistant will be to establish sampling and monitoring sites, to directly document the physical, chemical, and biological soil-quality attributes affected by sod management and harvesting, and to evaluate the effect of various management strategies on these attributes to insure soil conservation. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. URI’s Department of Natural Resources Science conducts research in soil-environmental science, soil ecology, pedology, wetland and watershed science, landscape ecology, GIS, wildlife conservation, and environmental management. Posted: 10/20/05.
University of Southern Mississippi: The Department of Coastal Sciences is requesting applications from highly qualified students for its MS or PhD program in coastal sciences with a focus in botany. The Department of Coastal Sciences is located at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS on the Gulf of Mexico. Project 1: Duties will involve a review of the literature on effects of man- made structures on coastal marshes; establish and conduct experimental studies on plant productivity over an annual growing season (Mar-Dec); and measure light intensity, plant density and morphometrics, and other physiological parameters. There is the potential to link this data to GIS and remote sensing for large-scale assessments of coastal impacts. Project 2: Duties will involve the nursery cultivation of saltmarsh species, Spartina alterniflora (marsh hay) and Juncus roemerianus (black needlerush) from seed. Plants will be used for local coastal restoration projects. Research projects could include germination and seedling survivorship and growth success, photo-physiology using PAM, horticultural selection for restoration-specific strains, and/or genetic analyses of population variability. Applicants with a background in biology or environmental science will be well suited to this project. Successful applicants will be provided a 12-month Research Assistantship with a tuition waiver. Candidates should possess a relevant BS degree and MS if applying for the PhD program. The position is available immediately. Interested individuals should send a CV and statement of research goals to: Dr. Patrick Biber, Assistant Professor, Marine Botany, University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. (228) 872 4260, email: email@example.com. Posted: 11/28/05, revised: 2/28/06.
University of Tennessee: Forest Nutrition and Restoration. A graduate research/teaching assistantship is available for a PhD student to investigate nitrogen relations of native tree species with the objective of developing soil amendment recommendations for mine reclamation sites and other disturbed sites being reforested. The student will develop a research project that will include the use of experimental plots in the Cumberland mountain area of eastern Tennessee, and will help to develop new analytical tools for nutrient analysis of plant tissue and soils. A commitment to undergraduate teaching is required. Students who have completed or are currently completing an MS in forestry, botany, land reclamation, or soils are encouraged to apply. Benefits include a stipend and tuition waiver. Please contact: Dr. Jennifer Franklin, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, 274 Ellington Plant Sciences Building, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 37996-4563. firstname.lastname@example.org Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications for Fall 06 must be received by June 15. Posted: 5/22/06.
University of Texas at Arlington: I am seeking a graduate student (preferably Ph.D. level) interested in arctic plant ecology and arctic ecosystems to work with me (Laura Gough) at the University of Texas at Arlington. This position is funded from a collaborative NSF grant with Dr. John Moore, University of Northern Colorado, to assist in studies of the influence of climate warming on trophic interactions among plants, fauna and microbes in arctic tundra. My portion of the research focuses on plant response to long and short-term increases in soil nutrient availability and the feedbacks of plants to soil microbes and fauna. Funding is available beginning as early as January 2006. Summers will be spent in residence at the Toolik Field Station, location of the Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in northern Alaska, while the academic year will be spent in Arlington in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. 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/. Interested individuals should contact me via e-mail at email@example.com. Posted: 9/9/05.
University of Toledo: Graduate student sought for an Ohio SeaGrant-funded project designed to determine whether light and nutrient conditions inside the Maumee River plume in western Lake Erie act as an incubator of Microcystis blooms. We will use a combination of field data, growth experiments, and molecular and physiological markers of stress to determine the response of phytoplankton communities to differing light conditions both in the field and in laboratory incubations. These measurements will indicate the relative physiological status and potential growth of Microcystis and competing algal taxa within natural algal assemblages, inside and outside of the river plume. The Earth, Ecological, and Environmental Sciences Department is a research intensive environment and offers competitive compensation packages to qualified graduate students. Work will be based at the Lake Erie Center, a state-of-the-art research facility on the shore of Maumee Bay. Contact Thomas Bridgeman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (419) 530-8373, or Christine Mayer, email@example.com, (419) 530-8377, for further information. Posted: 2/2/06.
University of Toledo: Graduate Research Assistant (PhD) position for a project focusing on carbon cycles in managed forest ecosystems starting in summer, 2006. The primary study sites included a recent clearcut & loblolly pine forest in North Carolina, and oak-dominated forest in Ohio. The PRA expected to lead efforts in ecosystem respiration studies using novel analytical and computational approaches. The appointees are expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals, and seek ways of integrating ground data with remote sensing products by collaborating with the remote sensing team in the LEES Lab. Qualifications: B.S. and M.S. degree in ecology, meteorology, biology, soil science, biostatistics, environmental sciences, forestry or related discipline. For applications for Doctoral assistantships, M.S. degree is highly desirable. The candidates are expected to have good work ethic, sincere interest in the chosen topic area, and at least two of the following work skills: good quantitative skills, basic statistical skills, knowledge of North American flora, and understanding of ecosystem function. Application: Please send a statement of research interests, CV, and a cover letter to: Dr. Jiquan Chen, Department of Earth, Ecological and Environmental Sciences (EEES), Mail Stop 604, The University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Toledo, OH 43606. Review of applications begins March 31, 2006 and continues until the position is filled. Requests for further information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/20/05.
University of Toledo: Graduate Research Assistant (PhD or MS) positions in Ecology. Three graduate assistantships are available to study the effects of land use on regional water balance in semiarid ecosystems of Inner Mongolia, China. Rapid intensification of land use has unbalanced the grassland ecosystems, resulting is declining vegetation, increased erosion and sand storms that each year affect thousands of square miles. We will quantify the role of anthropogenic changes in regional water and energy cycles on the sustainability of the natural ecosystems. The individual sub-projects will use remote sensing and GIS, ecosystem biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology and modeling techniques. The GRA-s will work closely with students and scientists of the US-China Carbon Consortium (USCCC) and present their work at national and international meetings. Qualifications: B.S. degree in ecology, micrometeorology, biology, geography, applied physics, biostatistics, environmental sciences, forestry or related discipline. For applications for Doctoral assistantships, M.S. degree is highly desirable. The candidates are expected to have good work ethic, sincere interest in the chosen topic area, and at least two of the following work skills: good quantitative skills, good GIS skills, basic statistical skills, understanding of ecosystem function and the cycles of water and carbon. Application: Please send a CV, university transcripts, contact information of three references, and a cover letter by November 30th, 2005 to: Prof. Jiquan Chen, Department of Earth, Ecological and Environmental Sciences (EEES), Mail Stop 604, The University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Toledo, OH 43606. Information on the current projects and personnel in the LEES lab can be found here. Requests for further information can be sent to email@example.com. Posted: 8/3/05.
University of Toronto: I am seeking a Master’s or Ph.D. student to help conduct forest canopy research. The objective of the research is to quantify developmental changes in the structure of tree canopies (e.g. leaf size and leaf area index), and to determine how these changes influence the understory (light transmission and regeneration). Studies will be conducted at Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve in central Ontario, making use of a dedicated off-road lift system for canopy access by personnel and instrumentation. Interested students should email or call John Caspersen (firstname.lastname@example.org, 416 946-8506). Posted: 1/31/06.
University of Toronto at Scarborough: graduate research assistantship (PhD level) available to work on questions of niche evolution in vertebrates. This position is available as soon as a suitable candidate is found. The student will assess phylogenetic predictors of climatic use and geographic range differences across taxa to address questions of how environmental use evolves. Candidates should have a BSc or BA in ecology, geography, or a related field. Student will be supported through a combination of a fellowship from the University of Toronto Zoology department, teaching assistant duties, and a salary contribution from the graduate advisor. Experience with GIS, satellite imagery, and phylogenetic analysis of characters will be helpful, and ability to work independently is required. Candidates should provide a letter of interest, a CV, contact information for three references, and copies of transcripts (unofficial is acceptable initially) directly (email preferred) to Lisa Manne, email@example.com, University of Toronto at Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON, M1C 1A4; fax: +1 416 287 7642. Posted: 5/11/06.
University of Utah: The Clayton lab is seeking one or two highly motivated Ph.D. students interested in the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite systems. Projects in my lab focus on factors governing parasite specificity, speciation, co-speciation, competition, adaptive radiation, and reciprocal selective effects between parasites and hosts. We also do taxonomic and phylogenetic work on birds, their host-specific feather lice, and the endosymbiotic bacteria within those lice. Positions are available for fall semester 2006. Qualified students will receive an NSF Research Assistantship and/or Teaching Assistantship in the Department of Biology. Please visit www.biology.utah.edu for departmental information, admission requirements and application information. The application deadline for Fall Semester 2006 is January 13th, 2006. Inquiries are welcome via email to Dr. Dale Clayton (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 10/11/05.
University of Vermont: I am looking for MS or PhD students for a newly funded project on the ecology and evolution of invasive Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii). Planned studies include common garden studies of Japanese barberry collected from both invasive and native range along a geographical gradient. However, the successful student would have freedom to develop their own interests. Potential areas of study include evolutionary studies, genetic studies, demography, soil plant feedbacks, and spatial pattern analysis.. Preference will be given to students who already have MS degrees. Funding is guaranteed for length of degree (2.5 years for MS, 5 years for PHD). Graduate stipends are $21,000 and $17,500 for Phd students and MS students, respectively. Students receive health insurance and a tuition waiver. Interested students should send a letter of interest, CV and three letters of reference to Dr. Jane Molofsky, Department of Plant Biology, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont 05405. Email applications are welcomed (Jane.Molofsky@uvm.edu). Posted: 6/7/06.
University of Vermont: Recruiting for M.S. fisheries/aquatic-oriented student to conduct research at the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. The Unit is affiliated with the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont (UVM). Incumbent is expected to develop a thesis topic within the framework of a project addressing the use of sex pheromones of sea lamprey to increase their trapping efficacy. Applicants with knowledge of sea lamprey biology will be given priority. This research is an integral part of a larger study that includes addressing the use of migratory pheromones of sea lamprey in trapping. Therefore, the incumbent will need to coordinate field activities, experiments, reports, etc. with project personnel, which includes Dr. Ellen Marsden (PI), a Master's student advised by Dr. Marsden working on the migratory phase, and federal and state biologists. Because of the collaborative nature of this research, we are seeking an individual who works well in a group, and yet, can complete many tasks independently. Applicants must meet UVM admission requirements. An assistantship stipend is available and out-of-state tuition is waived. To be considered, please send a resume, research interests, transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies O.K.), and names and phone numbers of two references to: Dr. Donna L. Parrish, U.S. Geological Survey, Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 81 Carrigan Drive, 312 Aiken Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. Donna.Parrish@uvm.edu. Email communications are preferred because of the short time frame. Position begins preferably in January 2006. We will begin considering applicants immediately because this work is scheduled to start in spring 2006. However, we will consider highly qualified applicants that cannot start until May 2006. Posted: 10/5/05.
University of Washington: The Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Oceans / Climate Impacts Group seeks prospective PhD students with exceptional quantitative skills for an integrated project that will assess the interactions between broad-scale disturbance (fire) and forest hydrology in the context of climatic change. The successful applicant will be comfortable with a Unix computing environment, have strong programming skills in C or Fortran, experience in handling of large spatial data sets including GIS, and a solid foundation in statistics. The student will work jointly with faculty in the College of Engineering and the College of Forest Resources. The project is expected to be completed in three years. Salary is $1615 per month, with tuition paid. Prospective candidates should apply directly to one of the two Colleges – the deadline is January 15, 2006 – and send a brief statement of interest, and notification that you have applied, to the following: Dr. Dennis Lettenmaier, College of Engineering (email@example.com); Dr. Don McKenzie, College of Forest Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/6/06.
University of Wisconsin, Madison: Two graduate research assistantships in remote sensing/forest ecology are available starting Fall of 2006 or January of 2007. One master’s or Ph.D. level student is sought to study the impacts of forest disturbances on forest community patterns at several study sites including southeastern bottomland hardwood forests and lodgepole pine forests of Yellowstone National Park. A Ph.D. level student is sought to study the effects of defoliating insects on forest communities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ontario. For more information, please contact Dr. Phil Townsend (email@example.com) and see the Forest Remote Sensing Lab website. Interested applicants should have the following skills: - Educational background in landscape/forest ecology, geography, forestry, environmental science, or a related discipline; - Interest in remote sensing, forest ecology, and ecosystem dynamics (e.g, disturbance, landscape change, or nutrient cycling); - Experience and/or some background in techniques of remote sensing analysis; - Motivation to work independently and to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals; -Proficiency with GIS (e.g. ArcGIS) and/or statistical analysis software. -Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential. Please note that one position is a re-advertisement of a previous announcement. Previous applicants who remain interested should email their continued interest. New applicants should submit the following electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org with “graduate student application” in the subject line of your email: - Brief cover letter summarizing research interests and academic and professional background - Resume/CV -Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this point) - GRE scores, if available - Names and contact information for three references (no letters at this point) Once an applicant is selected for the assistantship, instructions will be provided for the formal application process. Assistantships are available for 3-year periods and include an annual stipend ($18,480 for 2006-2007), health insurance and a tuition waiver (see http://www.wisc.edu/grad/). Students interested in starting in Fall of 2007 should contact Dr. Townsend as soon as possible, but no later than July 15. Students interested in a later start date should apply no later than October 1, 2006. Posted: 11/11/05, revised: 6/13/06.
University of Wisconsin, Madison: A Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S. - Ph.D. or Ph.D.) is available to pursue research at the interface of global environmental change, trophic interactions, and ecosytem ecology. This research addresses the impacts of enriched atmospheric CO2 and/or O3 on northern deciduous forest communities. It focuses on the effects of gaseous pollutants on insect-mediated changes in ecosystem structure and function -specifically, rates of herbivory (loss of NPP) and conversion of primary production to organic substrates (frass and greenfall). The research is conducted as part of a large Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) project in northern Wisconsin. "Aspen FACE" is the largest FACE system in the world, the only system addressing the interacting effects of carbon dioxide and ozone on forests, and among the most technologically advanced and ecologically realistic systems for addressing the impacts of future environments on forest ecosystems. For information about research and graduate education in ecology, visit http://www.ies.wisc.edu/meg/. 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 trophic interactions and ecosystem ecology. Candidates must be able to work independently, under adverse weather conditions, during field seasons in northern Wisconsin. Position begins no later than June 1, 2006. Inquiries/applications should be submitted asap, but no later than mid-February 2006. 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. E-mail: email@example.com. Posted: 1/19/06.
University of Wisconsin, Madison: Ph.D. Research Assistantship in Remote Sensing and Avian Ecology. The successful applicant will have a strong interest in remote sensing applications to avian ecology, landscape ecology, monitoring and conservation. Research areas include assessing and modeling the relationship between image texture, vegetation structure, and breeding bird species richness, abundance, and presence. New tools are needed for monitoring biodiversity and the ecological integrity of landscapes. It is generally impractical to implement traditional field methods for identifying where specific bird species and where hotspots of species richness or abundance occur over broad regions, yet there is evidence that monitoring and management is most effective when it incorporates broad scales. Traditional methods can be limiting because of difficulties associated with habitat classification in some ecosystems. Thus new methods are needed to predict avian patterns of distribution and abundance. In this project the PhD student will explore the usefulness of image texture as a source of information about biodiversity, and a conservation tool. The focus of this study is Fort McCoy, WI, located about 90 miles northwest of Madison. Initial models will be developed using existing data on bird occurrence and digital orthophotos, with field validation to follow. The person selected for this Fort McCoy project will coordinate closely with a similar project conducted in parallel on Fort Bliss, NM. Working under Dr. Anna Pidgeon and Dr. Volker Radeloff the student will join the research team in the SILVIS Lab in the Department of Forest Ecology and Management. Candidates should have the following skills: - Educational background in landscape or avian ecology, geography, forestry, environmental science, or a related discipline; - Interest in remote sensing, biodiversity monitoring, and conservation; - Experience and/or some background in techniques of remote sensing analysis; - Motivation to work independently and to publish in peer-reviewed journals; - proficiency with GIS and/or statistical analysis software; - students with Master’s degree preferred but exceptional candidate without Master’s degree will be considered. - Strong English writing and verbal communication skills are required. Potential applicants should submit the following (electronically, preferred) to Anna Pidgeon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or mail materials to: Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1598. - Cover letter summarizing research interests and academic and professional background - Resume/ CV - Copies of transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this point) - GRE scores, if available - Names and contact information for three references (no letters needed at this time). This PhD assistantship is available for a 3.5-year period and includes an annual stipend of $18,120, health insurance, and a tuition waiver. See http://www.wisc.edu/grad/ for further information about the Graduate School. Any offer of an assistantship is dependent upon acceptance to the Graduate School. Posted: 12/12/05.
University of Wisconsin, Madison: PhD research assistantship available in plant physiological ecology. Position available either Fall 2005 or Spring 2006. Funding available for 3 years from DOE as part of the collaborative project "Genetic modification of gibberellic acid signaling to promote carbon sequestration in tree roots and stems". We will be investigating the effect of modified GA metabolism on tree allometry, tissue composition (especially root tannins and phenolic compounds), root turnover, and root litter decomposition rates. Preliminary data indicates that dwarfing caused by altered GA metabolism increases root weight ratio and increases the concentration of phenolic compounds in fine roots. These tree genotypes provide a unique opportunity to examine the potential ecosystem consequences of variation in tree metabolism. Opportunities for learning molecular techniques and advanced methods for phytochemical analysis may be available, depending upon student interest. The position will require extended stays in Corvallis, Oregon, during the first two growing seasons. Prior research experience and ability to work independently desirable. If interested, send a copy of your transcripts, GRE scores, a description of your research interests and career goals, and contact information for 3 references to: Kevin Kosola (email@example.com), Horticulture Dept., 1575 Linden Drive, Madison, WI, 53706. Tel: 608-262-6452, Fax: 608-262-4743. Posted: 7/28/05.
University of Wyoming: Two graduate student research assistantships are available to support a M.S. or Ph.D. student in the Department of Renewable Resources. Successful candidates will investigate the relationship of weed encroachment to native populations in northern and central Great Plains grassland communities. This research project is a funded by grants from the DOD, EPA and DOE. Course work can result in degrees in Rangeland Ecology, Restoration or UW's new Program in Ecology. Field invasion sites are in Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado, and lab and greenhouse projects are in Laramie. Students with interest in plant evolution are preferred. Required: The successful applicant is expected to be energetic, highly motivated, capable of pursuing innovative research questions and able to work for extended periods under field conditions, in greenhouse and lab settings. Applicant must be able to take initiative and possess good written and interpersonal communication skills. Preferred skills: Undergraduate degree and field experience in terrestrial plant ecology, weed science, botany, rangeland ecology, or related fields. One candidate should have interest and experience with plant genetics or greenhouse germination experiments. Another candidate should be field and greenhouse oriented, and interested in designed competitive grow-out experiments. M.S. in botany, rangeland ecology or related field desired for PhD applicants. Stipend for 9 month academic year, and a summer stipend, tuition and continuous health insurance are provided. Assistantship can begin as soon assumer 2006. Fax or email a resume, copies of your GRE Scores and transcripts directly to: Dr. Ann Hild, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071. Direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/19/06.
University of Wyoming: The Department of Renewable Resources seeks a highly motivated individual to join the soil science program as an M.S. or Ph.D. graduate research assistant. Research will focus on soil organic matter dynamics and carbon storage in high-elevation riparian wetlands in Wyoming and California. The assistantship begins in August, 2006, and includes a monthly stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. This announcement will remain open until a suitable individual is found. To apply send curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three references as email attachments to email@example.com, or mail to the address below. For more information contact Dr. Jay Norton at 209-533-5686. Dr. Jay Norton (c/o Janet Marsh), University of Wyoming, Department of Renewable Resources, Department 3354, 1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071. Posted: 5/10/06.
University of Wyoming: A graduate assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D.) in the area of Soil Science or Rangeland Ecology is available in the Department of Renewable Resources for a student to work on a study investigating carbon sequestration in rangeland ecosystems. The project will emphasize carbon sequestration and soil organic matter characterization for research on a grant associated with the Big Sky Partnership supported by the Department of Energy (DOE). The primary objective of the study is to determine to what extent rangeland soil C and N pools and fluxes are altered by livestock grazing and environment (e.g., climate) interactions. Applicants should have a background in soil science, rangeland ecology, botany, engineering, geology, geography, plant science, or other science-based discipline. Requirement: Undergraduate degree and some field experience in soil science, rangeland ecology or any closely related field of study. Applicants must be mature and energetic, able to take initiative and possess good to excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Additional preferred skills include experience with carbon analysis, vegetation characterization, experimental design and computer applications. Stipend is $14k for an M.S. student for the calendar year. Tuition and health insurance are also provided. Send: 1) resume or CV, 2) transcripts, 3) three letters of reference, 4) GRE scores and professional goals statement to Dr. George Vance, Department of Renewable Resources, 1000 E. University Ave., University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071-2000. Direct all inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org. Formal applications 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 September 2006. Posted: 3/13/06.
University of Wyoming: Graduate Fellowships are available for students entering the new doctoral Program in Ecology (PiE) in Fall 2006. The PiE is an interdepartmental program involving 22 faculty members whose research interests range from behavioral and physiological ecology to ecosystem and global ecology. The ecological topology of biotic responses to global change provides an overarching scientific theme for the Program, integrating a broad range of spatial and temporal scales, multiple drivers of global change (climate change, land use, invasive species, biogeochemical alterations), and a diverse suite of analytical tools (stable isotopes, genetic markers, geographic information sciences, modeling, ecoinformatics). We particularly seek students committed to integrating multiple analytical tools in their research, which will be facilitated by NSF-supported facilities at Wyoming that are linked to PiE (Stable Isotope Facility, Nucleic Acids Exploration Facility, Wyoming Geographic Information Sciences Center). Students interested in applying should contact individual PiE faculty members with whom they share research interests (see web page). They can also contact the PiE Director, Dr. Stephen T. Jackson (email@example.com) for additional information. Posted: 1/6/06.
University of Wyoming: I have about three years of funding (additional years of support could come from a teaching assistantship) for a graduate student interested in conducting research on the coevolutionary dynamics between seed predators and conifers. I am seeking someone with a strong background in evolutionary ecology and ideally with research experience in plant-animal interactions. Funding could start as early as January 2006. Please view my website to read about related research. If you are interested, please send a letter stating both your long-term goals and why you are interested in this project, and provide a CV detailing prior experience, copies of college transcripts and the addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of three references to Craig W. Benkman via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 10/19/05.
University of Wyoming: Work with a collaborative team on rangeland vegetation mapping in areas recovering from prescribed burning in Wyoming as part of a larger ecosystem-scale study. Qualified applicants will have a BS degree in biology, remote sensing, or a related field; experience with remote sensing imagery and GIS is desirable. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores to Dr. Brent Ewers (email@example.com). Inquiries can be made by email or telephone (307) 766-2625. Assistantship is available starting Spring semester 2006. Posted: 7/29/05.
University of Wyoming: Graduate Research Assistantship in Isotope Ecology. Work with a collaborative team on vegetation-climate relationships at sites across the Upper Midwest and Eastern North America. Multiple climatic proxies will be applied to reconstructing moisture and temperature conditions for comparison with pollen and macrofossil records. A graduate student position (MS or PhD) is available immediately to focus on oxygen isotopes in peat. Qualified applicants will have a good working knowledge of basic chemistry and prior laboratory experience, and an interest in participating in bog coring expeditions. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and names and contact information of three references, to Dr. Elise Pendall (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 7/28/05.
Utah State University: The College of Natural Resources will offer up to seven PhD fellowships beginning fall 2006 in all areas of Ecology and Natural Resource Management. Stipends are $20k per year for up to five years. For a detailed description of the research areas and application procedures, go to www.cnr.usu.edu and click on the PhD icon on the bottom right. You can also get information by contacting T. A. Crowl at email@example.com. Posted: 1/20/06.
Utah State University: Research assistantship for two M.S. students interested in native plant ecophysiology and/or native plant materials development. Our purpose is to perform research in support of development of restoration plant materials for the semi-arid Intermountain West, e.g., desirable plant/weed competition, seedling establishment, drought resistance, or genetic diversity. Students may affiliate with either the Dept. of Forest, Range, and Wildlife Sciences (College of Natural Resources) or the Dept. of Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology (College of Agriculture). We have financial support, excellent field and greenhouse facilities, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, meaningful interaction with land management agencies and the seed industry, and a beautiful mountain setting. We currently have a native plant graduate group of about 20 students and 26 faculty operating across four departments and four colleges at the university. For more information, contact Tom Jones (435-797-3082, firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/19/06.
Utah State University: PhD graduate research assistantship: Application of ecohydrological modeling for risk assessment of invasive plant pests in Australia. Funding from the Cooperative Research Center (CRC) for National Plant Biosecurity (CRCNPB) is available to support multi-year research in the application of the Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS) in collaboration with the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics (ABARE) and the Department of Agriculture Western Australia. The modeling approach will couple satellite remote sensing, real-time weather and ecosystem models and will be fully integrated with cellular automata activities within the CRCNPB. The selected student will be based at Utah State and will have strong collaborations with researchers at the NASA Ames Research Center. The selected student will have the opportunity to undertake the research for defined periods in one of the Australian collaborating organizations. Requirements: Australian citizenship/permanent residency. Desired qualifications: MS, experience with remote sensing and ecosystem models, programming skills in IDL and or C/C++, excellent quantitative and communication skills, and basic biological knowledge. Procedure: Applicants must apply to the USU graduate school and to the S.J. Quinney PhD fellowship program by February 1, 2006. For additional information contact Dr. Michael White (email@example.com) regarding USU/NASA and Dr. Simon McKirdy regarding CRCNPB/Australia (Simon@crcplantbiosecurity.com.au). Posted: 1/10/06.
Utah State University: Graduate Research Assistantship – Desert Rodent Ecology. A Ph.D. assistantship in the Department of Biology is available to participate in a long-term ecological study of a small mammal community in the Chihuahuan Desert near Portal, Arizona. This project has been collecting monthly information on small mammal populations since 1977. The main responsibilities of the research assistant are to conduct the monthly trapping and manage the long-term rodent and climate datasets. The student will be free to develop their own research questions and will be part of a research team studying this desert system that includes scientists from Saint Louis University and the University of New Mexico. This is a 12-month position with an expected stipend of $15k/year. Support is available for several years and is anticipated to start in summer or fall of 2006. The prospective student should have previous field experience with small mammal trapping. Experience with desert rodents is desirable, but not required. Prospective students are also required to meet graduate student admission standards for Utah State. For further information on the lab, the research project, the department, and admission standards please see Dr. Morgan Ernest's website and included links. Students interested in applying for this position should contact Dr. Morgan Ernest prior to January 31st with a cover letter summarizing their background, education, and relevant experience, their GRE scores, and contact information for 2 references. E-mail is preferred. Contact Info: Dr. Morgan Ernest, Department of Biology, 5305 Old Main Hill, Utah State University, Logan UT 84322 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 12/15/05.
Utah State University: Graduate Research Assistantships, Restoration Ecology. Department of Forest, Range & Wildlife Sciences and the Ecology Center, College of Natural Resources. As part of a multi-institution, multi-state, multi-disciplinary sagebrush restoration/fuels management research project I am seeking a Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant to begin in summer 2006. In addition, there may be another M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship for a highly-qualified candidate. In collaboration with University of Nevada–Reno, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, Brigham Young University, USDA Forest Service, USDA Agricultural Research Service, USDA Bureau of Land Management, and USGS Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, we are conducting a region-wide study on fuels management and restoration of Great Basin Wyoming big sagebrush–bunchgrass ecosystems threatened with conversion to cheatgrassdegraded systems. The overall project integrates plant ecology, fire science, wildlife biology, soil science, hydrology, economics, and social sciences, and includes a strong outreach component. See (http://www.sagestep.org/) for more details. Successful candidates will conduct ecological research relevant to plant responses to vegetation treatments. Areas of particular research interest include, but are not limited to, studies of the role of seed banks in vegetation responses, seed bed conditions and seedling establishment, and studies complementing on-going research on the role of rodents and ants in vegetation dynamics. Ph.D. applicants should have an M.S. or equivalent in Ecology, Biology, Natural Resources, or a similar field. Ph.D. applicants should apply for University admission through the USU School of Graduate Studies and for a USU College of Natural Resources S. J. & Jesse E. Quinney Ph.D. Fellowship(pdf). Applications must be complete by 1 February, 2006. Potential M.S. students at this point need only contact me directly. Please contact Gene Schupp (email@example.com; 435-797-2475) for further information. Posted: 12/14/05.
Victoria University of Wellington: PhD Scholarship to study ecology of temperate reef fishes in New Zealand. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to undertake research leading to a PhD examining the effects macroalgae on temperate reef fish dynamics. The importance and structural role of macroalgae in creating services and positive feedbacks in reef fish communities is poorly known for most reef ecosystems. The overall goal of this project is to quantify underlying mechanisms and varied effects of macroalgae on reef fish demographic rates, and to facilitate predictive modelling approaches. The successful candidate will have an MSc or BSc(Hons), ideally in marine ecology, and have strong quantitative skills. However, the project is multi-disciplinary in nature and we encourage interested candidates with backgrounds in other areas of ecology, environmental science, engineering or oceanography to apply. Key requirements include substantial research diving experience (successful candidates must demonstrate that they can meet NZ Occupational Safety and Health 'Scientific Diving’ requirements), an ability to work independently and in collaborative settings, and a willingness to undertake integrative research across a range of disciplines. This research forms part of the NIWA (National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research) led Coasts and Oceans OBI, a large multi-institutional programme involving marine scientists from throughout New Zealand that was funded by FRST for the next 12 years. As part of this large programme, the student will be very well supported, both in terms of access to equipment and mentoring. Scientists from NIWA and Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) will jointly supervise the research; the successful candidate will be based at VUW. VUW maintains excellent facilities to support coastal research, and combined with the internationally recognised investigations reef fish dynamics undertaken by VUW and NIWA scientists, this scholarship represents an excellent opportunity to conduct world-class research. The scholarship is open to New Zealand citizens and all International applicants, who under a new government scheme (effective 01 Jan 2006) pay tuition/fees at the domestic student rate. The scholarship includes a competitive stipend plus fees for three years. The start date is negotiable but we expect the successful candidate to have enrolled by July 2006. Interested applicants: Please submit application materials by 31 December 2005, to either: Dr Jeff Shima, School of Biological Sciences, PO Box 600, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. OR Dr Russell Cole, NIWA, PO Box 893, Nelson, New Zealand. Electronic submissions may be sent as PDFs to Jeffrey.Shima@vuw.ac.nz and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in your application a cover letter, Cv, statement of research interests, academic transcripts, and a list of at least 2 people who can provide confidential references. Posted: 9/27/05.
Virginia Tech: Ph.D. Assistantship: The project will characterize known bog turtle habitat in Virginia based on soils and hydrology as well as determine from geological maps, soil surveys, and digital elevation modeling, locations of potential habitat. We will make use of existing experimental livestock exclosures to identify how grazing pressure influences soil characteristics, hydrology, and vegetation. We will monitor movement of marked or radioed turtles within wetlands to determine if movements are related to hydrological changes. It is important to determine the effects of livestock grazing on turtle populations and their habitats in order to work with landowners (including government agencies) who are balancing potential benefits of vegetation control with the potential costs of water pollution, soil compaction, and erosion, associated with allowing livestock to graze in wetlands. Start date: August 2006. Faculty contacts: Co-advisors are Dr. Carola Haas, Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, and Dr. Jim Burger, Forestry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Interested applicants should submit to email@example.com a letter of interest (including GRE scores and grade point average for Bachelor's and Master's degrees) and a c.v. A formal application to the graduate school at VT must be made before acceptance. Please contact Carola Haas at firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-9269 for more information. Posted: 2/23/06.
Wageningen University: PhD position, Resource Ecology Group. The candidate will aim at quantifying and predicting the influence elephants have on the browse/grass distribution in the Timbavati area, South Africa. Fieldwork: Mopane vegetation measurements (structure, biomass, quality and regrowth), elephant use (diet choice, browse impact, foraging behaviour registration), and herbivore community (direct observations, dung counts, spoor plots and questionnaires), and modelling; this in co-operation with other Tembo team members, and affiliated research institutes. Requirements: The position is open for non-EU citizens only. Ecologist (MSc degree) with ample field experience in consumer/resource studies; capable of carrying out fieldwork, broad experience in statistical data analysis, in possession of a driving licence, team player. Candidates with a scientific publication record are preferred. Remuneration: A full-time job for 4 years. The stipend will be 1100 euro per months when in the Netherlands and 700 euros when in South Africa. For information contact Dr. Fred de Boer, tel: +31-317-482691; e-mail email@example.com or Prof. Dr. Herbert Prins (+31-317-483773; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). Send your application, including CV, before 27 September to Prof. Dr. H.H.T Prins via fax (+31-317-484845) or email (email@example.com). Posted: 8/31/05.
West Virginia University: Ph.D. or M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship - Wildlife Ecology, Division of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program. Starting Date: May 2006 or negotiable. This project is designed to study the effects of various canopy removal levels and large woody debris manipulation on birds in streamside management zones. Specific objectives are to: 1. document the short-term response of vegetation to two levels of canopy removal in riparian zones, emphasizing habitat characteristics important to ruffed grouse, woodcock, and songbirds; 2. determine the response of terrestrial arthropods to two levels of canopy removal in riparian zones; and 3. evaluate the response of the avian community to two levels of canopy removal in riparian zones, and compare avian communities between riparian and upland areas. This project will be part of a larger project that also includes water quality, benthic invertebrates, and fish. The student will be working toward a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources or a Ph.D. in Forest Science (Emphasis in Wildlife and Fisheries Science). Qualifications: B. S. (for M.S. degree) or M.S. (for Ph.D.) in Wildlife, or closely related field. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 1100. A strong interest in avian ecology, forest management, or riparian areas is essential. Industrious, hard-working student that can make decisions independently, work cooperatively with other students, and supervise technicians is required. Stipend: $12k/year (M.S.), $15k/year (Ph.D.) plus health insurance and complete tuition waiver. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, resume, a 500-word statement of purpose (why you want to work on this project at WVU, your research and career interests, etc.), copy of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. James T. Anderson, West Virginia University, Division of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, 322 Percival Hall, P. O. Box 6125, Morgantown, WV 26506-6125 USA. Telephone (304) 293-2941, extension 2445, Fax (304) 293-2441, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/5/05.
Western Kentucky University: Three M.S. Graduate Assistantships are available for highly-motivated individuals with experience/interest in aquatic ecosystem research in the Upper Green River Basin of central Kentucky. The speciose Upper Green River Basin is currently the subject of a Nature Conservancy landscape-level conservation effort and the geographic entity of Kentucky’s USDA Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). The Green River is one of the top four rivers in the U.S. according to fish and mussel diversity. This region is the subject of several dynamic projects. Future projects may include, but are not limited to: 1. Spatial distribution of crayfish along the mainstem of the Upper Green River, with special emphasis on the regionally-endemic Bottlebrush Crayfish (Barbicambarus cornutus). 2. Use of leaf processing as an ecosystem process tool to assess the influence of landuse patterns and thermal variability at the reach scale of headwater streams. The student will also be quantifying ergosterol content on decaying leaves using a state-of-the-art HPLC unit. 3. Spatial partitioning of macroinvertebrates along the mainstem of the Upper Green River, emphasizing reach-scale hydrologic and geomorphic variability. Finanial support is competitive and evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested persons should please contact: Dr. Scott Grubbs, Department of Biology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101. email@example.com, Phone: (270) 745-5048, Fax: (270) 745-6856. Posted: 4/17/06.
Wright State University: Ph.D. research assistantship available in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Environmental Sciences. Project Title: Collaborative Research: Adaptive radiation of a gall midge-fungus mutualism in a multitrophic context. I am looking for a PhD student to work on an NSF funded collaborative project examining the ecology and evolution of an incipient adaptive radiation of gall midges (Cecidomyiidae) and their symbiotic fungi on goldenrods (Solidago). Admission into Wright State’s ES PhD program will be required of the selected applicant. Anticipated start date for the position is September 1, 2006 or as soon as the position is filled. Salary is approximately $19k/year plus tuition remission. Send letter of interest, resume, GRE scores, transcripts, and names and contact information for 3 references to: John O. Stireman III, Department of Biological Sciences, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, 235A, BH, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435. Phone: 937-775-3192, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 6/16/06.
Assistantships and Fellowships | Fellowship Program Links | Short Courses
Assistantships and Fellowships | Fellowship Program Links | Short Courses | Summer Jobs
Practical Remote Sensing Methods for Conservation Biologists: This course will be offered at the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwestern Research Station located in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October 2006. The course will focus on the practical aspects of remote sensing with the goal of providing sufficient information so that participants will be able to download and display satellite imagery for their area of interest, learn to interpret the imagery by making the connection between abstract image information and the landscape, and use this information to support a range of conservation objectives. The fee for the course is $1,000 for a single participant (space is limited to 15 desktops). Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. The cutoff date for accepting applications is September 9, 2006. More information. Posted: 6/23/06.
Likelihood Methods in Forest Ecology: The Institute of Ecosystem Studies will offer an intensive 9-day course in the use of likelihood methods in forest ecology on October 10-20, 2006. The methods provide a powerful tool for linking models and data, and provide a more flexible alternative to traditional, parametric statistical analyses. Labs will be based on use of the R statistical computing package, and the course fee will include an optional 1-day introduction to the use of R on October. 9. The course will be co-taught by Dr. Charles Canham (IES) and Dr. María Uriarte (Columbia University). Location and fees: The course will be taught on the grounds of the Institute, in Millbrook, NY. The $950 course fee (including the optional 1-day R tutorial) includes 2 weeks of housing in a dormitory at the Institute, and lunches on weekdays. Students will be responsible for their travel expenses, and other meals. The course fee must be submitted by Sept. 15. The fee will be non-refundable for cancellations after Sept. 29. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the concepts and methods of use of likelihood and information theory in data analysis. The labs will focus on the use of software tools (R) that allow the students to construct their own analyses. Students will be encouraged to bring their own datasets for use in individual projects during the second week of the course. Most of the examples used in the course will be drawn from forest ecology. Course Website: More information can be found at www.ecostudies.org/lmfe.html. Target audience and prerequisites: The course is intended for graduate students, post-docs, and practicing scientists. An undergraduate or graduate level background in statistics is desired, but the course will teach the basic principles of probability theory required for the methods. Registration and class size: Class size will be limited to 16 students. To register, send an e-mail to Charles Canham at email@example.com containing your name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number and a brief statement of your research interests. Please put "2006 Likelihood Course Registration" in the subject line of the message. We plan to offer the course annually. Please don't register unless you are certain you will be able to take the course this fall. Posted: 6/7/06.
Ocean Circulation and Ecosystem Modeling CREAMS/PICES International Summer School, August 23-25, 2006, Busan, Korea, National Fisheries Research & Development Institute. The convenors have an interest in accepting several U.S. and Canadian Ph.D. students (all expenses paid!). Background: Numerical models are now used widely by the oceanographic community to understand physical and coupled physical-biological processes, to establish nowcast/forecast systems of the oceans and seas, and to assess future climate change. Physical oceanography has matured to the extent that it has started to provide ocean prediction products on various space and time scales by combining numerical models with observations. The development and application of coupled physical-biological models has emerged as an active area of research in oceanography. Ecosystem models, some created under the auspices of PICES, are capturing the dynamics of physical-chemical-biological interactions and are being applied in the North Pacific. The main objective of the summer school is to teach and motivate postgraduate students, early-career scientists, and other professionals who will be the principal users of numerical models. This three-day summer school will summarize our present knowledge of circulation and ecosystem modeling, and introduce numerical models that can be used and applied in various fields of oceanography. Participants will carry out computer exercises to gain modeling experience. More information. Posted: 5/8/06.
Distance Sampling: The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) is hosting three linked workshops in the summer of 2006 in our purpose-built facilities at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. 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 industry-standard software. The first workshop (3 days, 23-25 August) will run at an introductory level, and will focus on "conventional" distance sampling methods, as described in the standard reference book Introduction to Distance Sampling. The workshop will be a blend of theory and practice and participants will learn how to use the program Distance. Participants will gain a solid grounding in both survey design and methods of analysis for distance sampling surveys. The second workshop (2.5 days, 28-30 August) will cover recent advances in distance sampling research and software, as described in the book Advanced Distance Sampling. It is intended for those already familiar with conventional distance sampling methods (e.g., those who have attended an introductory workshop). Participants will learn the use of covariates for modelling the detection function, double-platform methods for when detection at the line or point is not certain, automated survey design and adaptive sampling. Participants will also learn the more advanced features of Distance. The third workshop (2.5 days, 30 Aug.-1 Sept.) will focus on methods of predicting abundance or density of biological data using the "count" method of Hedley and Buckland (2004, Chapter 4 of the Advanced Distance Sampling book). In these situations variation in animal density/abundance is modelled as functions of covariates such as land cover type, bathymetry, altitude or depth, or other characteristics collected during a distance sampling survey. General additive models (GAMs) or general linear models (GLMs) will be fitted to estimated densities along transects using a new analytical engine inside program Distance. This is an advanced workshop for those already familiar with distance sampling. For all three workshops, participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets, and can expect to do some preliminary analyses with their data. Participants intending to model their own data in the third workshop will be required to have it formatted according to precise specifications prior to arrival at St. Andrews. Computer sessions take place in our modern PC-classroom (attached to the seminar room); participants can use our computers or bring their own PC laptops. Further details. Posted: 4/27/06.
Ethnobotany Live, work and train with indigenous people in the world famous Manu Biosphere Reserve of the Peruvian Amazon. Learn to survive fieldwork challenges in the tropical rainforest and carry out ethnobotanical and conservation research with indigenous Amazonian communities. 10 days intensive training in wilderness first aid, leadership, group dynamics, field research skills, introductory tropical ecology and canopy ascent 17 days carrying out guided research with native Matsigenka informants and taking coursework on ethnobotany, theory and methods in ethnobiology, cultural ecology, tropical botany and ecology, biodiversity conservation and community-based resource management. Course Professors: Glenn H. Shepard Jr. & Douglas Yu Course Aims: To supply young scientists with a unique blend of skills necessary to carry out ethnobotanical and conservation research with traditional forest peoples of the Amazon. To immerse participants in the tropical rainforest and the native peoples of Manu National Park, providing hands-on training opportunities with experienced researchers Shepard and Yu, and with Matsigenka indigenous informants themselves. Start Date: August 18th 2006 Duration: 30 days Enrollment: 12-24. Approximate Price: $3,000 (includes accommodation, course fees, ground transport; does not include RTN airfare to Cusco, Peru) Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org More information. Posted: 4/27/06.
Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology Field Courses: Four sessions of three-week courses are offered every summer at this field research station of the University of Pittsburgh located in Pymatuning State Park, Linesville, PA. Most courses can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. More information. Posted: 4/27/06.
Tropical Avian Ecology and Conservation: For all of you students interested in Tropical Avian Ecology, and who speak some Spanish, here is a wonderful course and multicultural experience for you, based in Bocas del Toro, Panamá. This field course, for graduate students as well as undergraduates, is a three week immersion in tropical birds. It will combine ecological theory with hands-on experience in conservation issues. The course, with students from all over Latin America, will include very different perspectives and experiences and ideas on how to do both science and conservation. Please see the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation website for more information. Posted: 3/21/06.
Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development: Conservation through Research Education and Action (CREA) a registered educational not for profit organisation in conjunction with Florida State University, wishes to announce a four week summer course in 2006 from July 3rd to July 28th, held in the Republic of Panama. We shall examine conservation and related social problems faced by Panama as an exemplar of Latin America, together with proximate and ultimate reasons for biological resource depletion. More information. Posted: 3/21/06.
Biosphere-Atmosphere Research & Training (BART) Technical short courses will provide hands-on technical training to graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty members, and scientists. Each course will provide participants with the tools necessary to conduct research in a particular subdiscipline of biosphere-atmosphere interactions. The technical short courses will be offered over a five-day period at the University of Michigan's Biological Station (UMBS), an outstanding venue for technical courses of many kinds, with extensive classroom, computing, and laboratory facilities. The University of Michigan Biological Station is located at the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, on the south shore of Douglas Lake. The cost for a five-day technical short course is $1200 (includes lodging and dining for six days, as well as facility and lab fees for five days). For more information, contact the BART office at 888-647-0536, email@example.com, in Ann Arbor. Full course descriptions and registration forms are also available at our website, http://www.bart-wmich.org/. Plant Physiological Ecology, June 24-30, 2006. A technical short course in key ecophysical methods, predicated on the concept that plants mediate aspects of mass and energy exchanges between ecosystems and the atmosphere. Topics covered include gas exchange, water relations, root dynamics, and stable isotopes. Flux Measurement Fundamentals, July 9-15, 2006. A technical short course in the use of micrometeorological methods to obtain and analyze fluxes of momentum, heat, and chemical species by eddy-covariance, eddy accumulation and related techniques. Topics covered include theory of turbulent exchange measurements, flux measurement techniques, installation and operation of an EC and energy balance measurement site, and QA/QC.
Measuring Landcover Change and its Impact on Endangered Species: April 3-7 and September 11-15 2006, at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park's Conservation and Research Center. This one-week advanced GIS and remote sensing course provides Conservation biologists and wildlife managers an opportunity to learn how GIS and remote sensing can be used to assess the conservation status of endangered species. Each participant is provided with his or her own desktop computer for all lab exercises. During the hands-on exercises participants will use the Internet, ArcView, ArcView Spatial Analyst, ERDAS Imagine, Fragstats, and other spatial analysis programs. Instructors will lead participants step-by-step through the processes of: * conducting a regional conservation assessment using GIS to determine critical conservation areas for an endangered species; * acquiring multi-date satellite imagery used to quantify land cover change and map the extent of remaining habitat; * using landscape analysis to determine optimal landscape configurations for conserving an endangered species. More details and registration information Contact: Paulina Calle (firstname.lastname@example.org) The CRC also offers an introductory course, GIS and Remote Sensing for Wildlife Managers on October 31-November 4, 2005. More information on any of our courses. Posted: 9/27/05, revised: 3/16/06.
Hancock Biological Station: The following courses will be offered during the 2006 Summer Session at Murray State's Hancock Biological Station on Kentucky Lake. For further information, please visit our web site. May 22 – June 9: Advanced Field Biology, Field Botany; June 19 – June 7: Principles of Ecology, Limnological Analysis. July 17 – August 4: Freshwater Invertebrates, Limnology. Posted: 3/3/06.
Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Fellows. July 27-30, Stanford University. Application deadline is March 17, 2006. More information. Posted: 3/1/06.
Animal Behavior in the Chiricahua Mountains: The Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona will be hosting a 10 day Animal Behavior field course from 1-11 August 2006. Additional information. Posted: 3/1/06.
Summer tree-ring research studies: The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (LTRR) is offering short summer courses in three disciplines of dendrochronology, including studies in dendroclimatology, dendroecology, and dendroarchaeology. Classes will convene May 15 - June 2 on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. More information. Posted: 2/9/06.
Occupancy estimation and modeling workshop: 31 May - 2 June 2006, Texas State University, San Marcos. Instructors: Darryl MacKenzie, Jim Nichols, Jim Hines and Larissa Bailey. Cost: $350 (USD). This workshop will cover many of the latest methods for modeling patterns and dynamics of species occurence in a landscape while accounting for the imperfect detection of the species. Participants will be introduced to available software through worked examples, and there will be special emphasis on aspects of study design. While primarily aimed at the beginner and intermediate level, more experienced researchers will also benefit from attending. Included in the registration fee is a copy of the instructors upcoming book Occupancy Estimation and Modeling: Inferring Patterns and Dynamics of Species Occurence. This workshop is sponsored in part by the Population and Conservation Biology and Wildlife Ecology programs at Texas State. Registration forms and further details. Posted: 2/1/06.
Forest Canopy Access Workshop: Monday, March 27, 2006, the Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. This two-part workshop, hosted by the International Canopy Network (ICAN), will present forest canopy research methodologies and canopy access, focusing on vertebrate, soil and epiphyte sampling, and hemispherical photography. Northwest forest canopy researchers will present their experiences conducting research in the forest canopy, addressing what has worked and what has not worked. A field based tree-climbing session will follow morning presentations. An experienced arborist will discuss climbing safety, showcase climbing gear, and demonstrate rope-based canopy access techniques. Participants will then have the opportunity to climb trees and access the forest canopy. Target participants include biologists, land managers, students, and community members who are interested in learning more about forest canopy research techniques, and applications to conservation and management. Additional information. Posted: 2/1/06.
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: We offer summer experiences designed to help students learn more about ecology, evolution, and behavior in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Classes are designed to get students into the field and work with top scientists from around the world. In 2005 the RMBL will offer Field Ecology, Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management, Animal Behavior, Field Ornithology, Rocky Mountain Ecosystems and Climate Change, Botany, and Field Ornithology. Additionally, students may take an independent research option and conduct a project with the guidance of a scientist. Substantial financial aid is available. The RMBL also has four fellowships through the RMBL Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program that are designed to help students considering a career in field biology. Students take Field Ecology (or an equivalent class) and design and conduct a research project under the guidance of a senior scientist. The RMBL covers the cost of tuition, room, board, and transportation for the Fellows. Positions through the RMBL's Research Experience for Undergraduates Program are also available. For more information, visit www.rmbl.org/education or contact Ian Billick, email@example.com. Posted: 1/30/06.
Mathematics and Field Ecology Summer Program: This summer (12 June - 28 July) Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) will continue a program for Undergraduate and Graduate Students called ELME, Enhancing Linkages between Mathematics and Ecology. ELME is a course-work based research experience designed for students with an interest in applying mathematics to questions in ecology and evolution. Students both with and without formal training in mathematics have benefited from these courses. Students can take 3 one week math courses on topics that are relevant to ecology/evolution and then apply these tools in a field ecology/evolution course. Undergraduate Fellowships and Graduate scholarships are available. For more information see the ELME website. Application deadline: 15 March 2006. Posted: 1/30/06.
Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring/Environmental Leadership: The Smithsonian Institution's Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program (MAB) is offering 2 professional training courses for international scientists, resource managers, graduate students and educators. Both courses will be held in Front Royal, Virginia, USA at the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center. The Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring course will take place May 14 -June 3, 2006. The cost is $3,250 and topics include monitoring techniques for vegetation, mammals and arthropods, as well as an introduction to project planning, GIS, and statistics. The Smithsonian Environmental Leadership course will take place September 17 - 29, 2006. The cost is $2,750 and topics include foundation skills for the environmental leader, determining mission and vision, negotiation and conflict resolution strategies, and impactful environmental communication. The cost for both courses includes tuition, course materials, lodging and meals, and local transportation. For more information contact Melissa Bellman at firstname.lastname@example.org or see the MAB website. Posted: 1/18/06.
Uncertainty and variability in ecological inference, forecasting, and decision making: an introduction to modern statistical computation. June 11 - 21, 2006. An 11-day summer institute will introduce ecologists and earth scientists to modern statistical computation techniques. Ecological inference and forecasting are limited by large and diverse sources of variability that operate at a range of scales. Hierarchical Bayes and Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation provide powerful tools for analyzing processes characterized by multiple sources of uncertainty and variability. Leading statisticians and ecologists will provide day-long presentations and hands-on training with computation techniques. The Summer School will convene at Duke University's Center on Global Change in the Nicholas School of the Environment. More information. Apply on-line through February 3. Posted: 11/15/05, revised: 1/10/06. Dendroecology Workshop: The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, based at on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, is offering a short course in this important and growing field May 15 – June 2. Dendroecology is the study of ecology through the use of the tree-ring record. This record is preserved over long periods of time due to the remarkable preservation qualities of wood, and over the wide geographic distribution of trees. Through the science of dendrochronology, a wide range of ecological variables can be analyzed, including temporal and spatial variation in climate, disturbance, competition, insect outbreaks, and other phenomena. The result is a remarkably long and detailed record of ecological variability. This three-week intensive course will introduce students to basic theory and techniques in dendroecology. Lectures, laboratory training, and a multi-day field trip including data collection are integral to the course and learning strategy. In addition to the course instructors, lectures will be presented by leading scientists in the field as part of the curriculum. Course readings will be drawn primarily from the published literature. The class is designed for graduate or advanced undergraduate students or with an interest in the field, as well as faculty and postdoctoral researchers. Working professionals in forest ecology and management with suitable background are also welcome. Registration and logistics. Dendroecology can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit by registering with the University of Arizona for GEOS (Geosciences) 497k/597k. Registration will be limited to 20 students. Tuition will be payable to the University of Arizona upon acceptance into the course by the instructors and submission of application materials. On-campus housing is available near the LTRR and must be arranged separately. The course fee includes meals and accommodations during the field trip only. International students or those requiring special arrangements to participate should contact one of the instructors. Course dates: Monday, May 15 through Friday June 2, with a one-day break for the Memorial Day holiday. For more information: If you are interested in the course, please contact one of the instructors to discuss your participation: Donald A. Falk, phone 520-626-7201, email@example.com Thomas W. Swetnam, phone 520-621-2112, firstname.lastname@example.org Mail or fax: Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, 105 West Stadium, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA. Fax 520-621-8229. Posted: 1/9/06.
African Desert & Savanna Field Ecology: Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences at NC State University offers a three week study abroad program to Namibia (south western Africa) from May 21 to June 10, 2006. The program will be directed by Dr Dörgeloh who grew up in Namibia and studied in South Africa. The focus of the program is on African wildlife management, savanna ecology, desert ecology, park management, conservation and ecotourism. Application forms can be obtained from the Study Abroad Office. You may also contact the program director directly: WG Dörgeloh (email@example.com). Posted: 1/6/06.
Global Fellowships in Marine Conservation: Each year, the Duke University Marine Laboratory offers an exciting opportunity for US and international students (July 10 to August 11, 2006). Duke's Integrated Marine Conservation Program teaches the principles necessary for the conservation and preservation of the coastal and oceanic environment. The focus is on interdisciplinary problem solving--using natural and social science theory to resolve real world environmental problems. This program is a tremendous opportunity for students at any level to think about conservation biology and policy in an environment full of students and faculty grappling with the same issues. The core class (BIO 109/ENV 209 Conservation Biology and Policy) involves field trips, discussion groups, role play (in 2005 it was a fishery management scenario), lecture, and a final project for graduate students that focuses on the integration of science and policy. Students will leave the class with an appreciation of the policy process, as well as with a grounding in the fundamentals of marine conservation. Dates: Summer Term II: 10 July - 11 August 2006. No course limit (undergraduates, graduate students, professionals) Application deadline (if applying for Global Fellowship): 15 February 2006. Application deadline (if applying for Tuition Scholarship): 1 April 2006. Application deadline (no funding support): 11 June 2006. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; (252) 504-7502. Approximately ten Global Fellowships in Marine Conservation will be awarded on a competitive basis to international students, especially those from developing countries, and will fully cover travel expenses, room and board, and tuition for both BIO 109/ENV 209 Conservation Biology and Policy plus one specialized elective course subject to availability. Electives include: Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles; Marine Mammals; Marine Ecology; Marine Invertebrate Zoology; and Independent Research. The Global Fellows in Marine Conservation application credentials are due February 15. Application and Financial Assistance Information Additionally, a grant from Panaphil Foundation allows the Duke Marine Laboratory to offer two tuition scholarships to U.S. citizens (applications due April 1) and four Global Fellowships in Marine Conservation to international students choosing Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles as their second course (applications due February 15). Duke University Marine Lab summer tuition scholarships are awarded to either U.S. or non-U.S. citizens on a competitive basis and cover full tuition for any one course in Term II. These summer tuition scholarship applications are due April 1st. More information. Contact: email@example.com; (252) 504-7502. Posted: 12/15/05.
Biology, Ecology and Conservation of Antillean Manatees and Bottlenose Dolphins: Oceanic Society Field Research Course. Field Site: Blackbird Oceanic Field Station, Turneffe Atoll, Belize Date: July 8-15, 2006 Instructors: Dr. Ellen Hines, San Francisco State University, Dr. Annalisa Berta, San Diego State University. Local Belizean researchers will also participate & contribute. Course credit available in biology Cost: $990 includes all survey expenses, transportation from Belize City out to Turneffe, accomm/odations (4 students per cabana with shared bath), and 3 Belizean meals a day. Air: Special package rates available, please call the Oceanic Society for details (415-441-1106). (800) 326-7491 Course Description: Both credit and noncredit students participate in a hands-on field study. The course will be a combination of instruction in general marine mammal ecology and specifics about bottlenose dolphins and Antillean manatees in Belize. We will also learn field assessment methods for dolphins and manatees and their habitat, including GPS use and basic GIS location mapping, and talk about conservation issues in an isolated tropical ecosystem. Daily field excursions from the Blackbird Oceanic Field Station will compliment lectures, labs and presentations. Blackbird Caye is approximately 90 minutes by motor vessel east of Belize City. Operated by the Oceanic Society, the Blackbird Caye Field Station sits on a low sand and mangrove island archipelago within the barrier reef system of Belize. This is a remote tropical island with no medical facilities. A private airstrip is available for emergency evacuation. Class format: Class size is small (10 maximum). More details. Posted: 12/8/05.
Conservation and Biodiversity in South African Parks and Nature Reserves: Michigan State University. We're looking for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in biological sciences, environmental biology, natural resource management, wildlife ecology, zoology, or a related field who want to study wildlife ecology and management in South Africa. Program Slide Show | Official OSA Program Site | Online Application. We can take a maximum of 12 students, and we really want to take 12 students that are serious about studying South African wildlife ecology and management. Students interested in going should apply as soon as possible. We will accept students on a rolling admission basis, and the program should be full by the official March 1 application deadline. Feel free to email Jim Schneider if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/15/05.
Introduction To Distance Sampling: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, January 4-6, 2006. This introductory-level workshop will provide biologists with the basics in estimating density of a population using distance sampling theory. We will also introduce program DISTANCE, a software package for analyzing data derived from distance sampling surveys. Participants will be exposed to the philosophy behind density estimation from distance sampling data. Studies using line transects, point transects, trapping webs, and trapping lines will be described. Design considerations and the use of covariates in density estimation will also be briefly covered. This workshop is intended for biologists with an interest in distance sampling and is particularly suited for those conducting terrestrial surveys, e.g., on antelope, tortoises, amphibians, and reptiles. Participants should be proficient with the Windows computer interface and have a working knowledge of basic statistics. The workshop format will include a combination of lectures and hands-on computer lab exercises. The workshop will begin on Wednesday, 4 January 2006, at 8:00am and end Friday, 6 January, at noon. There will also be evening sessions as needed to cover workshop materials. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own data for analysis to the workshop, but should recognize that a thorough analysis will not be completed in the time available. Contact the instructors for details regarding the manner in which data should be formatted prior to arrival at the workshop. Cost for the 3-day workshop is $700 ($560 for registered university students). There is a $50 late registration fee after 21 November 2005. Cost includes all course materials, CD with Program DISTANCE and supporting documentation and examples, facilities for the workshop, and morning and afternoon refreshments. Those planning on using their own notebook computer should first contact one of the workshop instructors. We limit the workshop to at most 24 people, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please register early. Registration is through Colorado State University Conference Services Additional information. Posted: 10/17/05.
Understanding and Implementing Ecosystem Management: The Duke Environmental Leadership Program invites you to participate in this course running November 14-18, 2005. The course will be held on Duke University’s campus in Durham, North Carolina. The deadline for registration is October 24 and courses fill quickly. This course is designed to provide resource and land managers an overview of ecosystem management and how it may be developed and successfully applied to their particular management units, military installation or holdings. The course introduces course participants to the state of the science, current ecosystem management initiatives within the Federal and state governments and in the private sector, and methods and tools currently being used to successfully implement this approach. The development of the ecosystem management approach will be outlined and its basic concepts explained, but the overall course emphasis is on ecosystem management implementation and its application to real world situations. Course participants will work on practical exercises and participate in field visits to learn how ecological, socioeconomic and institutional components can be included in land management. For more information and to register, please visit the Duke Environmental Leadership website or email email@example.com. Posted: 10/7/05.
Practical Remote Sensing Methods for Conservation Biologists: This course will be offered at the American Museum of Natural History's Southwestern Research Station located in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona from 10-14 October 2005. The course will focus on the practical aspects of remote sensing with the goal of providing sufficient information so that participants will be able to download and display satellite imagery for their area of interest, learn to interpret the imagery by making the connection between abstract image information and the landscape, and use this information to support a range of conservation objectives. Participants will work with visual image products and an overview of the automated land cover classification process will be presented including an assessment of the advantages and drawbacks of these map products. The target audience is conservation researchers with little or no remote sensing experience. More information. Posted: 8/10/05.
Integrative Biology and Adaptation of Antarctic Marine Organisms: This National Science Foundation sponsored course will be held in Antarctica at the United States' McMurdo Station for one month, starting January 2006. This is an international course, open to all nationalities. Applications are invited from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other research scientists who are interested in the study of extreme environments and the biology of Antarctic organisms. The course will accommodate up to 20 students. Full scholarships are available to each student accepted into the course to cover the cost of travel from home institution to Antarctica, and room and board while in Antarctica. The emphasis of the Antarctic Biology Course is on integrative biology, with laboratory- and field-based projects focused on adaptations in an extreme polar environment. A diverse teaching faculty will offer students the possibility of working on a wide range of Antarctic organisms (bacteria, algae, invertebrates, and fish), as well as working at several different levels of biological analysis (molecular biology, physiological ecology, species diversity, and evolution). Deadline for receipt of completed applications is September 1, 2005. For more information and on-line applications, please see --http://antarctica.usc.edu/. Posted: 7/1/05.
Counting Critters: 16-21 October 2005, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida, USA. This five-day workshop will introduce participants to the most important methods of estimating animal abundance in a rigorous but accessible way. In the first half of the workshop, we cover plot sampling, distance sampling, mark-recapture and removal methods. We explain the common key statistical concepts underlying the methods, use custom-written simulation software to understand how the methods work, and discuss which method to use when. In the second half, we focus on distance sampling in more detail. We discus practical issues such as use of the software Distance, field methods and survey design. The workshop is aimed at anyone who needs to estimate wildlife density or abundance, and is taught by leading researchers from the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Registration for this workshop is now open. Since our previous workshops in the USA have been oversubscribed, register as soon as possible. For more details, please see http://www.ruwpa.st-and.ac.uk/counting.critters/ or contact Rhona Rodger, Workshop Organizer, CREEM, University of St Andrews, The Observatory, St. Andrews, Scotland KY16 9LZ. Tel:+44 1334 461842. Fax: +44 1334 461800. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/16/05.
Likelihood Methods in Forest Ecology: The Institute of Ecosystem Studies will offer an intensive 9-day course in the use of likelihood methods in forest ecology on Oct 18-28, 2005. The methods provide a powerful tool for linking models and data, and provide a more flexible alternative to traditional, parametric statistical analyses. The course will be co-taught by Dr. Charles Canham (IES) and Dr. Maria Uriarte (Columbia University). Location and fees: The course will be taught on the grounds of the Institute, in Millbrook, NY. The $950 course fee includes 2 weeks of housing in a dormitory at the Institute, as well as lunches and refreshments on the 9 days of instruction. The course fee must be submitted by Sept. 16, 2005. The fee will be non-refundable for cancellations after October 1, 2005. Course description: The goal of the course is to introduce students to the concepts and methods of use of likelihood and information theory in data analysis. The labs will focus on the use of software tools (principally S-Plus and R) that allow the students to construct their own analyses. Students will be encouraged to bring their own datasets for use in individual projects during the second week of the course. Most of the examples used in the course will be drawn from forest ecology. More information can be found at www.ecostudies.org/lmfe.html Target audience and prerequisites: The course is intended for graduate students, post-docs, and practicing scientists. An undergraduate or graduate level background in statistics is desired, but the course will teach the basic principles of probability theory required for the methods. Registration and class size: Class size will be limited to 16 students. To register, send an e-mail to Charles Canham at email@example.com containing your name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number and a brief statement of your research interests. Please put "2005 Likelihood Course Registration" in the subject line of the message. Posted: 4/29/05.
Stream Geomorphology and Ecology: On behalf of the STREAMS program of the Ohio State University we would like to announce the upcoming workshop series entitled Geomorphology and Ecology of Stream Systems. Workshops will be held in Columbus, Ohio on June 7-10, 2005 and in Monroe, Michigan on August 16-19, 2005. The instructors for these workshops are well known scientists in the fields of environmental engineering; stream hydrology and geomorphology; and stream ecology. These technical workshops are designed for environmental engineers, restoration ecologists, environmental consultants, watershed planners, and environmental regulators. Up to 3 Continuing Education Units are available to workshop participants. More information on these workshops can be found at http://streams.osu.edu. Posted: 3/31/05.
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National Park Service: The National Park Service in Fairbanks, Alaska is looking to fill 3 full time summer biotech positions. Only students registered for the coming semester (summer or fall) are eligible to apply. The incumbents will conduct field work, expedite field crews, and/or help with data entry for the Arctic Network Inventory & Monitoring Program in Fairbanks, Alaska. The positions are stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska and include field work in five of the nations most pristine parks, encompassing over 20 million acres in Northern Alaska. These positions will assist park biologists with large mammal, bird, aquatic and/ or vegetation surveys. Field work may be conducted in extremely remote areas accessible only by float plane, boat and/or helicopter. Field work may be conducted in harsh conditions for long periods of time. These positions also require a significant amount of sedentary work such as tabular and spatial data entry and mining of ecological data. Knowledge of Alaska plants and animals and experience with databases (Microsoft Excel, Access or Sequel Server) are a plus. Salary range is from $15.09-$18.69 per hour, plus $25 dollars per day for per diem when conducting field work. Travel to and from Fairbanks can not be paid for temporary positions. If you are interested in any of these positions please send a cover letter, resume or C.V. and a statement of interest (short paragraph) to Suzie Mauro at Suzie_Mauro@nps.gov; 907-455-0668. If you would like more detail about the parks or our program please check out our website or contact the hiring official: Dr. Diane M. Sanzone, Ecologist (Arctic Network Coordinator), National Park Service, 201 First Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99701. All federal employees must undergo background and security checks. The National Park Service is an equal opportunity employer. Closing date: April 21, 2006. Posted: 4/6/06.
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